Strolling around Facebook is getting more difficult each day. And it is beginning to become a source of irritation. Why? Election. That’s why.
With the presidential election being a month away, I cannot help but see a wave of irritable people and posts. And I always get to see lots of opinionated posts that I would be happy if they shoved it in their asses. Unfortunately, they do not know how. Because of that, I pulled out one out of my ass, and posted it. Here it is.
The post was a reply to a certain newspaper post by a certain journalist. I mean no harm or anything. I want to get my sorry ass out of trouble. It is just that, sometimes, it is hard for me to ignore these stuffs.
Edit: I removed my comment from the Facebook post. I realized that I don’t want to draw any attention to me. So, here I am, shoving my opinion in my ass.
Pardon me for the intrusion, but I want to share my five cents in this post. I will refer to the author, not to the exact person who posted this. I just want to share my thoughts, and I apologize to you in advance if this post is an inconvenience.
As a disclaimer, I want to say that I respect Duterte and see him as one of the best presidential bets that the Philippines has seen. However, it is kinda ironic that Duterte was well praised in this article and most of the other candidates were put into bad light.
Well, it is kinda funny that the author did not even say anything concrete about Miriam. He just quoted her, and he did not even say any praise or derogatory comments about the senator. It is safe to say that this is an advertorial post. This is a biased post for a candidate. This is not something that a journalist must put into the local newspaper. But that is just my opinion. I am just referring to what was quoted. If this was the full article, I will stand on my case. But if it isn’t, then I will retract my statement.
If we are talking about promises that cannot be fulfilled, Duterte has said one of the most ambitious promises made by a candidate in history. That promise is to abolish crime and corruption in three to six months. As a layman like me, it sounded like Eddy Gil who promised that he will give each Filipino a million pesos.
Are you saying that his promise is true because he specified a time? Is that the reason his promise should be true because it was time based? If you are referring to SMART action planning, then Duterte’s promise failed to show that it is SMART.
SMART: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Yes, the goal is specific. But was there an exact plan provided on how he will achieve the goal? None. Measurable? No, there is no plan. There is nothing to measure. Duterte did not provide the numbers. All he said that he aims to eliminate all.
Achievable? Filipinos should know how bad the government’s state when it comes to corruption. Corruption has entrenched the government since time immemorial. Corruption has rooted deep in this society. Removing it in three to six months, is, surely, not achievable. Also, it is not realistic.
Timely. He provided a time. It seems timely because we need his solution fast. But considering the ambitious goal that comes with this plan, the amount of time, yet again, is unrealistic.
If people would praise Duterte and compare him to other candidates, I believe that this type of comparison is not really the best. Just like other candidates, he made promises like a typical trapo. And always remember that Duterte did not magically turned Davao into heaven in six years. He did it for two decades. Consider how large the Philippines is to Davao and the differences in executive powers and responsibilities.
I do not want to be pessimistic, but I want people to know that our country will not be instantly “cured” overnight, in three or six months, nor in one presidential term.
And just to be fair with Roxas, the article mentioned that his promises were not the ones the Filipino people want to fulfill. I was scratching my head for the inconsistencies. As far as I know, Roxas also wants to fight corruption, fix the traffic on EDSA, and etcetera. Are those things you do not want to be accomplished?
Aside from that, if traffic will be the basis for getting a presidential candidate, Duterte already said himself that he cannot fix that traffic. He said that last year as far as I can remember.
Going back to topic, in case you watched the presidential debate, Duterte even said that he would incorporate Roxas’ plans into his. I do not really understand the logic in this article, to be frank. But I know one thing. This is just an advertorial article for the good mayor.
Duterte is not that different, trapo wise. The article posted was biased for one candidate. If it was supposed to be a campaign material, it was written in bad taste.
Hopefully, when one campaigns for a candidate, he must at least forget about crab mentality. Pushing one up, pulling everyone else down.
It is okay if the article or material was at least informative, factual, and not opinionated. If it is an opinion, it must be at least sound and logical. Unfortunately, the article I am referring now is not. Too bad.