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Duterte Thinks Pacquiao Should Be the Next Philippine President

President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hand of Sen. Manny Pacquiao during a courtesy call at Malacañan in December 2016.
President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hand of Sen. Manny Pacquiao during a courtesy call at Malacañan in December 2016. The STAR, File

hilippine President Rodrigo Duterte repeated statements he made a year ago regarding boxing legend and current senator, Manny Pacquiao: ”Gusto kita gawing presidente” adding, “alam mo kaya mo” (I want to make you president—you know you can handle it). It was at Pacquiao’s 39th birthday celebration, held at the packed KCC convention center in General Santos City.

“You have brought so much pride and joy to our country for being the world champion in the field of boxing. The determination you have shown and the humility embodied in the glorious triumph are worthy of emulation” the president told Pacquiao before an enthusiastic audience of fans and well-wishers.

The question we and many Filipinos have to ask is: Was Duterte serious when he made that statement? Or is he just playing politics and pandering to Pacquiao’s huge following? There is no question that as a world-renowned boxer Pacquiao has brought pride and joy to Filipinos everywhere. However, the jury is still out as far as Pacquiao the senator is concerned. A great boxer does not automatically become a great senator—or for that matter a great president.

In fact the president’s detractors find Duterte himself—with his decades of experience as mayor of Davao City, unfit for the post he currently holds. But the Filipino electorate has spoken and the majority chose Duterte, just like a majority of voters will likely vote for Pacquiao should he decide to run for president.

During the late eighties and nineties a lot of Filipino movie stars and entertainers ran for elected office. Although the vast majority were obviously unqualified, their popularity allowed them to easily win in elections. One movie star who never ran for office, although his fame eclipsed all others, was Dolphy. He would have easily won any elected post he chose. Once asked why he didn’t run for mayor of Manila, the silver screen legend replied: “Madaling manalo. Ang problema, pag-nanalo na ako” (winning is easy. The problem is what happens after I win). With those words Dolphy cemented his legacy as a great entertainer and a great Filipino. Even back then, his mindset was that of a Filipino from an earlier era—an era when government service was a serious calling and only the most capable, who chose to serve the people were voted into office.

Today is a different time. Anyone who thinks he or she can win, runs for public office whether they qualified or not. So now we ask you: What do you think about Duterte’s choosing Pacquiao as his successor? Do you think Pacquiao will run for president? And if he wins, what kind of president do you think he will be. Also, how do you think the Philippines will fare under President Pacquiao? Send us your views and comments below. We’d like to hear from you. Published 12/19/2017

The Philippines Is More Important Than Many Filipinos Realize

We hope that the recently concluded Asean Summit in Manila and President Rodrigo Duterte's meetings with world leaders has opened his eyes to the pivotal role the Philippines must play in the region and the world ... Published 11/18/2017

The Philippines Is No Longer a Christian Society

Man’s first loyalty should be to God and not to political or economic interests and much less to evil, powerful people who engage in all kinds of demonic activities. How was it that so many church-going German Catholics and other Christians gave their support and loyalty to Hitler, a murderous tyrant ... Published 10/29/2017

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to Organize U.S. Opposition to Marcos

I have crossed the Golden Gate Bridge more than 100 times in the 46 years that I have lived in San Francisco but my most memorable crossing occurred 45 years ago this past week when I rode in a 4-car convoy for a weekend retreat at Camp Arequipa, a girl scout camp in Fairfax, Marin County. There were about 20 of us, young Filipino activists from all over the U.S. ... Published 10/3/2017

President Duterte Will Most Likely End as a Failure

We Filipinos have to learn that in a properly functioning democracy, there are no shortcuts, no quick and easy way of doing things, no miracles—only hard work and constant vigilance. We said as much in an early editorial and we want to stress that point again today in light of the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos ... Published 9/22/2017

US Pinoys Call for Prayers to the Blessed Mother for Protection from China

Satellite pictures have now exposed to the world China's secret immoral rushed construction of extensive military bases, runways and stations in seven different areas deep inside the Philippines' UN defined 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Massive fortified buildings and runways are at advance stages of construction in expanded reefs and islands ... Published 9/8/2017

Duterte’s Timeframe Just Went From Six Months to More Than Six Years

Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise during the 2016 election was that he would need just six months to eradicate the drug problem in the country. Then as president on September 2016 he admitted that he would need another six months to achieve that goal ... Published 8/21/2017

Free Education? Not So Fast Mr. President

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that grants free tuition to students in state-run colleges and universities. Called the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017, the new law, Republic Act (RA) No. 10931, left it to lawmakers and government executives to figure out a way to fund it, for the 2018-2019 school year ... Published 8/4/2017

Why Is There No July 12 Philippine National Sovereignty Day Celebration

President Rodrigo Duterte won the most votes among US overseas Filipino voters in the May 2016 elections partly due to his strong showing in The Filipino Channel (TFC) special town hall forum on the Philippine elections held on May 1, 2016 and presented to a TV audience of 250,000 cable subscribers. At this town hall forum, representatives from all the presidential candidates passionately presented their candidates' views on a variety of topics and were cheered on by their supporters dressed festively in the political colors of their candidates ..." Published 7/21/2017

Ex-President Aquino’s Dilemma Could Be President Duterte’s As Well

Philippine Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio-Morales just filed criminal charges against former president Benigno Aquino III for the blotched military operation commonly known as the Mamasapano Massacre. Former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and former Director Getulio Napeñas of the Special Action Force (SAF) were likewise charged along with Aquino. The three headed the 2015 police operation codenamed Oplan Exodus where 44 SAF police officers were killed by the combined rebel forces ..." Published 7/15/2017

Chinese Missiles and Fighter Jets Soon Based at Panganiban Reef Just West of Palawan

In According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a Washington-based think tank, and a part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), China has upgraded its facilities in Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef), Fiery Cross Reef, and Subi Reef. According to the June 19, 2017 AMTI report, China is continually “expanding its already substantial communications and radar capabilities on the artificial islands. A very large antennae array is being installed on a small outpost at the southern side of Mischief Reef ..." Published 7/4/2017

President Rodrigo Duterte Can Still Do the Right Thing

In a recent article in Asia Times, William Pesek a Tokyo-based journalist and former columnist for Barron’s and Bloomberg noted that President Rodrigo Duterte might be “shooting the 100 million-person (Philippine) nation in the proverbial foot?” with his bloody war on drugs, instead of continuing to improve the economy he inherited from former President Benigno Aquino—“an economy on the ascendancy – from weak link to investment-grade growth star in just six years” ... Published 6/25/2017

Why Xi Jinping Threatened War If the Philippines Drills for Oil

Though nothing Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has said or will say carries any shock value anymore, his surprising announcement on May 19 caused seismic tremors. At a Manila press conference on that day, Pres. Duterte disclosed that while attending the “One Belt, One Road” summit in Beijing on May 15, Chinese Premier China Xi Jinping warned him that there would be war if the Philippines tried to enforce a United Nations arbitration ruling and drill for oil in the West Philippine Sea ... Published 6/15/2017

Philippine Congressman warns of Duterte dictatorship, pleads for Congress to convene

Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat has expressed serious concern that President Rodrigo Duterte is dangerously close to becoming a dictator and it may just happen without Congress doing its constitutional role to be a check against abuses by any other equal branch of government ... Published 6/1/2017

Martial Law in the Philippine South

While on a state visit to Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao in response to a string of attacks by a band of terrorists known as the Maute group. During a press conference on his arrival back in Manila, Duterte mentioned the killing and decapitation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief of Malabang, as well as arson and fighting in the streets of Marawi ... Published 5/25/2017

ATM Statement on Social Justice and Environmental Protection

Secretary Dominguez stated recently that the mining industry requires good governance and transparency to ensure that it contributes to development. We agree. That is why closing and suspending those mines that violated the Mining Act (RA 7942) and other environmental laws were necessary. Our alliance sincerely believes that the results of the Mining Audit were credible ... Published 5/20/2017

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