Are you ready for President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s musings which will become some powerful quotations that will endure the test of time when the next generations of men and women would use it to give colours and depth to their research articles and published books. And all what he says are hard hitting, many times controversial remakrs and comments.
Other heads of the state or of the nation, past and present had said their musings which later on became popular quotations. Take Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon’s thundering speech at the US Congress when he was fighting for the independence of his country. He says: “I prefer a government run by Filipinos like hell, rather by the Americans like heaven.” Or President John F. Kennedy when he delivers this line: “Ask not what the government can do for you, rather ask what I can do for the government.” Another one from Pres. Quezon: “My loyalty to my party ends when my loyalty to my country begins.” Ninoy Aquino’s famous quotation: “The Filipino is worth dying for.”
Elpidio Quirino says: “This country will survive not because I say so, but because our people have proved it in the past, are proving it now, and will prove itin the difficult years to come.” How about Pres. Ferdinand Marcos when he muses: “We shall not merely dream, we shall achieve. We are the nation today with courage and vision we shall be more.
President Joseph Estrada speaks: “Andres Bonifacio started a revolution against the Spaniards. This time we have another revolution -to stop the lopsided distribution of wealth.” Fidel Ramos says: “We cannot improve government except by wiping corruption out of our public life.
We cannot have peace and stability- except by stamping out crime and rebellions. And lastly, from Pres. Diosdado Macapagal, he says;”I end with the proud declaration of the truth that the Philippines is irrevocably a land of freedom.
The love of freedom is the central trail of the Filipinos.
Now, how about the musings of the President-elect Rodgrigo Roa Duterte? When asked to run for the presidency in 2016, he says: “I’ll not be like other presidents.” and add to his humour: “If you are looking for a good leader, you can look up in Manila. Binay is good, Poe is good, Erap is good, Miriam is good, Bongbong is good, Mar is good, Cayetano is good, Lacson is good. Well if you do not find them good, you can look south…then you can find the very good.”
When asked to get an image consultant, Duterte says: “What you see is what you get. This me.” Some of the selected quotes the President-elect Duterte: “I never thought I’d be a mayor. Never im my wildest dream.” And when he rejected the award as the Best Mayor, he comments: “I did it not for any glory but because that was what the people expected me to do.” On the Yolanda, he says: “God must be (have been) somewhere else or he forgot that there is a planet called Earth.” And as a Mayor of Davao: “Kung pakikinggan ko ‘yan 10 Commandments, pati ‘yung pari diyanm wala na akong magagawa sa pagka-Mayor ko.” And about his city council: “City council as a body of people sitting as representatives of the people so I felt that everybody must be represented . How can you find peace here is you keep on with your biases.”
On Family planning: Duterte says: “Family planning in the country cannot maintain its momentum because you keep the people in total ignorance.” And in the government, he says: “The trouble with us in government is that we talk too much, act too slow and do too little. What the country needs is not more laws but more good men in the government.” And for his presidency, he writes:”A leader must be a terror to the few who are evil in order to protect lives and well-being of the many who are good.”. Added to this, he says: “I could make this sacrifice if only to save this country from being fractured.”
When criticized about his hard hitting comments and remarks, he says: “For every profanity, there is a story behind it. People should go beyond my cussing.”
And being the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte will make radical changes never experienced before by the more than 100 million people, and what a journey to join him and record all his comments and remarks which will be someday will become a mirror of his governance. And to repeat what he says: “I’ll not be like other presidents.”
And I am willing to join the journey for the next six years!