“Palpak daw si Duterte sa pangakong Zero corruption and zero drugs.”
This is the favorite line of Duterte critics when they engage Duterte supporters in a debate online and even offline.
Dr. Chao-Tiao Yumol of Lamitan, Basilan grudgingly agrees with the critics of President Duterte, saying there is some grain of truth to their criticism against the President. However, the good doctor was quick to counter the attack of the critics and put them on the defensive.
“Totoo naman yun. Pero ang mahalaga, nauumpisahang linisin.”
Yumol remarked that President Duterte’s bid to totally eradicate illegal drugs totally is bound to encounter hiccups because the network of illegal drugs in the country is well-entrenched. He mentioned high ranking AFP and PNP generals involved, even in our judiciary down to the governors and mayors. Yumol urged netizens to imagine that Bilibid was even turned into a shabu kitchen of politicians affiliated with a political color.
“Paano hindi ka papalpak, eh ang lalim na ng network ng droga. AFP and PNP generals involved, pati mga judges, governors at mayors. Isipin mo naman Bilibid ginawang kusina ng shabu ng mga dilaw.”
Yumol said he is hurt by the attacks of critics against the President on social media and the people because they have no idea what is going on behind the war versus illegal drugs. He lamented that these ordinary people are living relaxed lives behind their cellphones and computers.
“Napakasakit ng mga binibitiwang salita laban sa Pangulo ng mga taong nasa social media at mga taong hindi alam ang totoong laban. Mga ordinaryong tao na relax na relax sa buhay nila sa likod ng cellphone at computers.”
Yumol praised the critics of the President for their courage because they can censure the President. However, he finds it amusing because these same people cannot even cuss at their corrupt barangay captains, abusive barangay councilors, their neighbor cop peddling illegal drugs and their thief mayor who is also a druglord.
“Ang tatapang nga eh, kasi Presidente agad pinagmumura nila. Pero ang nakakatawa kasi hindi nila magawang murahin yun korap na barangay captain nila, yun abusadong kagawad, yun kapitbahay na pulis na nagbebenta ng droga, hindi nila magawang murahin ang mayora na magnanakaw at druglord.”
Yumol once again praised Duterte’s critics for their bravery, in a sarcastic tone.
“Palpak daw si Duterte dahil hindi nagawa ang pangako. Wow ang tapang.”
Yumol remarked that these same critics couldn’t even muster the courage to ask their corrupt Mayors about their election promises that remains unfulfilled. He wonders why are they silent?
“Pero hindi nila magawang tanungin si Mayor na magnanakaw kung nasaan na yung pinangakong sesementohin ang kalsada, na papaaralin ang anak nila, nangakong ireregular sila sa city hall after 10 years na pagiging job order. Di ba tahimik kayo?”
Yumol finds it funny because Duterte’s critics aren’t scared to cuss at President Duterte and yet, they can’t even asks their Mayors and Governors about their election promise to bring change?
“Bakit hindi mo hinanap sa mayor at governor mo yung pangakong pagbabago? Takot ka? Pero presidente minumura mo, sa matapang ka na?”
Yumul says that our problem is in our municipalities and cities, so near to them and yet the critics aren’t bold enough to speak against corruption in their own backyard. But Yumul lamented, critics are quick to criticize or speak against the President.
“Andun ang problema sa bayan natin, nandiyan lang sa malapit sayo pero di mo magawa magsalita. Pero ang tapang mong murahin ang Presidente para pakita mo na wow atapang atao presidente minumura.”
Yumul ended the FB post leaving some words of advice to the critics of the President for them to
“Ang pagbabago wala sa isang tao, nasa bawat isang Filipino. Pag may mali lumaban ka, magsalita ka, magkaso ka, ireklamo mo, hindi yung tatahimik ka lang tapos iaasa mo lahat sa Presidente at pag di niya nagawa wala siyang kwenta sa mata mo, eh di ba ikaw din?”