I am for Duterte because he’s the only candidate who has indicated agreement (one time or another) with each one of the three goals of the CoRRECT Philippines movement in reforming the constitution:
- Establishment of a Free Market in the Philippines;
- Start the evolution towards a Federalized government (devolution of power away from Imperial Manila); and
- Quick transition to a Parliamentary form of government.
In that order of priority.
I only have two worries about Duterte, but these worries may be unfounded:
- If he does execute criminals in an extra-judicial way, then we will lose our rights to defend ourselves in court.
- He seems to be too forgiving of the Muslim separatists and Muslim supremacists.
I think the root problem of criminality can be solved by first protecting judges, being creative in diminishing the number of cases in backlog, and strictly disallowing bribery in the judicial branch of government. I believe Duterte can do all these. He can finally allow the police to do their work in investigating and prosecuting those who have killed judges and journalists, and also providing protection to those who serve to keep justice in the islands. He can fund a commission on how to diminish the backlogs, and enforce its findings, and by his example reduce, if not eliminate altogether corruption in the judiciary. Corruption exists not just among the lowest ranking officials of government: it is endemic from the top all the way to the bottom. It can only be defeated if the top finally refuses to engage in it.
Davao has been a victim of numerous bombings in the past, one of the most heinous ones perpetrated by no other than the foremost proponent of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). I hope Duterte sees the radical Muslims for what they really are: ideologues who are after world domination. I hope he sides with, and helps the moderate voices among Muslims, who have to be wary of both the radicals and Christians who think that Islam cannot be reformed, that all Muslims are the same. One way to sabotage the moderates is by being too accommodating to the radicals. The radicals must be defeated, and the moderates’ free speech vigorously protected.
A federal system of governance should finally provide an outlet for peace-loving Muslims to establish their own regional government. This should then remove the main excuse for radicals to attack soft targets.
I wish my homeland luck in this upcoming Presidential election.
Please Note: I speak only for myself. The CoRRECT Movement does not endorse any candidate. Our main objective is to reform the defective 1987 constitution.