Inquirer columnist Rina Jimenez David has earned the backlash of the DDS camp after comparing President Duterte to former President Marcos.
According to Jimenez, the videos and photos of President Duterte staggering down the stairs, stumbling down from a low platform and even falling asleep during the Philippine Military Academy graduation rites, reminded her a scene of the 1986 snap election campaign scene.
Jimenez’s comparison of PRRD to FM did not make a lot of Duterte supporters very happy.
One of the known personalities from the DDS camp who reacted strongly versus Jimenez’s statement was Atty. Bruce Rivera of TV5.
First and foremost, Rivera, a highly opinionated and vocal defender of PRRD, told Jimenez that comparing President Duterte to former President Marcos was unfair.
Rivera said the public were worried who was in charge if Marcos was indeed sick.
In addition, the opposition at that time were anxious to tell Marcos to step down since he was overstaying his welcome.
In contrast to Marcos, President Duterte was halfway through his CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED six-year rule.
Rivera wrote that in light of the high approval rating and a robust economy, there is no reason to make PRRD feel unwelcome by making a symbolic comparison to Marcos.
Second, for the sake of argument, if President is indeed sick but his mental faculties are still intact and able to intellectually discharge his duties, Rivera told the opposition can only wish and wish for their intellectually deficient bet to take over.
In the event the opposition can install Robredo as President, Rivera warned the opposition not to expect DDS to accept things meekly.
Rivera told Jimenez and her opposition friends the least they can do is to be thankful and commend PRRD and not write an article making his age a liability despite the work he has done if they see things getting done, the economy is working, if they see an ill President go on a state visit after state visit and travel the breath of his archipelago.
Before ending his FB post, Rivera urged Jimenez to imagine herself being replaced by a young writer in her column because her picture reminds readers of being old, unhealthy and uncool when you still have the mental faculties to do your job.
You may read Rivera’s full FB post below.
SO WHAT IF PRD IS SICK???
I got this picture from a post by Edwin Jamora and this really struck a chord because this shows how hatred can make you see things in a malignant way. It just makes me angry.
First of all, it is unfair to compare PRD today to FM towards the end of his leadership in the 1980’s. In Marcos’ case, there was speculation as to his health because people were worried who was in charge if he is really sick. And the opposition that time wanted to tell FM to give up his rule because he stayed too long. PRD is still half of his CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED six-year rule. With a high approval rating and a robust economy, there is no reason to make him feel unwelcome by making a symbolic comparison to Marcos. Miss David, I know subconscious programming when I see one.
Second, assuming arguendo and just to indulge your excitement on thoughts of an early demise, let us assume his is sick, what do you want him to do? Abdicate to Leni the throne? The President may fall all he wants, he might sustain injuries and bruises but if he has control of his mental faculties and able to intellectually discharge his duties, you can only wish and wish and wish for your intellectually deficient bet to take over. Wishful thinking but let me be brutally honest, in the instance, a few, like a super minority becomes successful in installing Leni to the presidency with the help of foreign powers, do not expect PRD supporters, majority of us have CAT and ROTC training to be meek and accept this anomaly.
And if you see things being done, if you see an economy working, if you see an election so one-sided, it went beyond a Duterte mandate but an LP lynching, if you see an “ill” President still go on state visit after state visit, travel the breath of this archipelago, have the mental agility to see a cadet without a watch and give him his own watch, the least you can do is BE THANKFUL and COMMEND his dedication and not write an article making his age, his health and everything human in this President a liability despite the work that he has done. You cannot a 73 year old President to be super healthy because we also did not demand PNoy to explain his coughing in his SONA and that Interfered with our lives as we had to endure the minutes lost, time we will never get back, listening to his coughing every half-sentence
And being not so young yourself, you should have been more understanding of the ravages of time because you do not look that you are that healthy yourself.
Yes, I am mean but you deserve this tirade. Not only have you exhibited unsophisticated political discourse, you have also the temerity to ageist in a culture where we should be celebrating age advancement as an achievement rather than a curse. Imagine if tomorrow, a young writer suddenly replaces you in this column because your picture reminds readers of being old, unhealthy and uncool when you still have the mental faculties to do your job.
Clearly, that would be wrong, right?
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