Yeah, and while you're thinking about all mundane things, the country's dollar reserves are silently being eroded to keep the peso from further sinking, the trade deficit is widening, inflation is rising, the budget deficit has gone up close to 400 billion pesos, there is a looming threat of the suspension of tariff free exports of more than 6000 Philippine products to EU countries, China is continuing to build structures in disputed areas , the unemployment rate has gone up, the Abu Sayyaf has taken almost double the hostages that they previously held, bodies are piling up faster than you can bury them, and all these happening in less than a year.
Duterte sure beats Marcos by a mile - it took Marcos years to ruin the country, Duterte is doing it in record time - it took Marcos years for the world to take notice, well Duterte did it during his first months in office.
And I'll have to give it to Duterte, he sure has the political will to bring his enemies down to their knees at the country's expense. And as for eliminating poverty, he still has a long way to go, millions more waiting in line to be killed.
As if these things never happened in the previous administrations! During the time of Marcos, our economy was in shambles. During the time of Cory, the economy failed to recover due to endless coup d'etat tries against her. Forward to P-noy's admin, China had forbidden our fishermen from our own shoals, but now they can go there and fish; PDAF and DAP were examples of legalized plunder that deprived our people of basic services. The ASG has been terrorizing us since the beginning but what have the other presidents done? And now, you are attributing these to the present admin? And how can you say that Duterte has ruined our economy? We have better prospects now under him than any other corrupt presidents before him. We ain't seen nothin' yet. And don't push the panic button yet on the peso depreciation. It may be bad for import (gasoline, etc), but it's good for export and our OFWs.
Duterte had no enemies, but some people turned themselves into his enemies. They got their comeuppance. These people have skeletons in their closets so they try to make noise to cover up their shenanigans. Those waiting to be killed are criminals, and if you are one of them, beware! You still have time to change your evil ways.
Good for exports if there is no trade imbalance, but you see there is a larger trade deficit which means more dollars going out than dollars coming in, and this would further be exacerbated if EU countries would discontinue trade free tariff exports for more than 6000 Philippine products.
And so you need Chinese permission to fish on our own waters now even after the international tribunal ruling? You see even the Supreme Court ruling on the DAP recognized that it accelerated development , it was the method which was questioned - the PDAF had a website which detailed specific spending including details like the project, location, amounts disbursed , the lawmaker involved so there was actually greater transparency.
Close to 8000 of Filipinos have been killed - are all of them criminals? It took one Korean for Duterte to admit that 40% of the police force was corrupt - so who would now be accountable for the lives lost during the campaign spearheaded by a police force that was in Duterte's own words 40% corrupt?
Unemployment has gone up , budget deficit is near 400 billion, Aquino actually shrunk the budget deficit from 300 billion during Arroyo's time to 72 billion by 2014 and now it's back. Diokno admitted that the country's economic fundamentals were strong due to Aquino's fiscal management - and if there was one thing the Aquino administration was guilty of , it was underspending.
So if there is a larger trade deficit, you want these countries to just import our inferior products and pamper our manufacturers? You have to be competitive and not just wait for government to spoonfeed you. So what if EU cancels free tariff for our products? We can always reciprocate in kind. But rather than EU, we're better off doing business with our ASEAN neighbors. The world is actually wooing ASEAN to include them in ASEAN trade and economic fora.
So what if you need to ask permission from the Chinese? Be practical. Last time I heard, our fishermen couldn't even fish in their own territory even with permission. It's a no-brainer which situation favors our fishermen, so you better ask them which one they'd prefer.
That 40% or even higher, of the police force are corrupt is common knowledge. They've been with us for as far as I can remember. Most are leftovers from previous admins because they were weak presidents. Duterte is now cleansing the police and even the bureaucracy, but you still complain! Blame yourself for being weak and tolerating weakness.
I'm not sure if all of the 8000 killed were criminals, but I believe most of those killed in police encounters are. Vigilante killings should not be attributed to the police; doing so would be sheer idiocy.
You quoted it correctly when you said Aquino's admin was guilty of underspending, and therein lies the reason why our budget deficit shrunk: because of the so-called savings kuno. By the way, the SC probably stated a general principle that when you allocate budgets for projects, naturally there would be some developments, but greater transparency you said? Perhaps you were living in another planet that you have not heard that most of these allocations went into the pockets of Napoles and our honorable lawmakers who are now in jail.
Our inferior products , come again? The trade imbalance is with China , not with the United States or Japan our three top trading partners, you think we'll ever have a positive balance vis a vis Chinese products keep on dreaming, I've had first hand experience, our garments factory had to close shop because the market was flooded with cheap Chinese goods.
Do you have to ask permission from your tenant to enter your own house? The international tribunal already gave us the high ground, and we're ceding that - do I have to remind you about Duterte's jet ski remark and the complete turnaround afterwards - but of course he has broken most of his promises , including that one about pork barrel because it remains the carrot aside of course from intimidation to keep members of congress in line.
So he knew that 40% of the police force was corrupt , then why would you unleash that type of group in the drug campaign, why not cleanse it first , that's putting the cart before the horse - because he doesn't care about the lives of the poor, to him they're simply lab rats in an experiment and if he was so successful in Davao , why are there still drugs in Davao more than 20 years after he took office? Why did it take one single Korean fatality, not the thousands of Filipinos including kids , for him to acknowledge the ineptness of the force he was unleashing on hapless citizens? Any vigilante caught in Davao after more than a thousand killings , how about after close to 6000 kills in the country , any substantial development or significant arrests made - the human rights director who wrote the report on EJKs noted in an interview - how can an armed group roam around freely in heavily patrolled areas and not get caught if the police are not complicit?
And Napoles got caught , correct - now some of the biggest crooks including Arroyo, Bolante , et al and perhaps even Napoles in the near future are being freed. The tendency of corrupt people is to overspend , more projects , more sources of corruption, right.
Duterte lies and he lies blatantly - he actually said to a group of Filipinos in Indonesia that he has already doubled the salaries of policemen and soldiers - doblado na - when the increase in allowances and benefits of this group was because of the executive order signed by Aquino, Executive order 201. This is the video of Duterte speaking to the Filipino community - you can watch it or scroll to the 1:17:10 mark where he said - kaya dinoble ko, doblado na sila ngayon - but perhaps he was referring to Lascanas and other members who the DDS who were receiving monthly allowances of 100k from him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwgNfHnqwbY