June 30, 2017 marked the date
that Rodrigo R. Duterte was sworn into Philippine presidency, and recently the
statements from the opposition claiming that his administration has not
achieved anything have created a ruckus around the media, both local, national
In light of which, Pinky
Omac-Santiano, a staunch supporter of the Philippine president has posted a
long, detailed opinion in response to the opposition’s attacks. Granted, the
post is a bit long, so here’s a bird’s-eye-view of what her statement was
Santiano, in her Facebook post
dated July 7th, started by mentioning how, one year into the presidency,
Duterte has already begun implementing drastic reforms in governance and
politics and has achieved a lot into addressing the needs of the poor. She then
proceeds to say that the opposition belies these achievements and claims that the
PRRD administration is a “dismal failure”. She also called abhorrent
the comment of LP stalwart Cong. Edcel Lagman who, together with cronies like
Sen. Antonio Trillianes and the other “
Next, the netizen who has been a
serious supporter of the president way back since the moments leading towards
the presidential elections last 2016 then presented her challenge: How about rating the opposition as to its performance
after one year under the Duterte presidency? According to Santiano, the
opposition’s purpose is to oppose the current government, to offer better
alternatives to the decisions that the current administration are making, and
to make sure that the voice of the people is not violated. She asks the
question, “What has the opposition
done so far?” and the proceeds to answer them in the next paragraphs.
Here is a list of the things the
opposition has done either done or tried to do, albeit with unsuccessful
results, according to Santiano.
* They tried to take down the Mindano Martial Law – going against the
will of the Filipino people who supported it.
* They tried to annihilate the government’s Drug War program, claiming
that the drug situation here is not as bad as the administration claims, and
that the Philippines’ drug problem is only a hype proliferated by Duterte
* Above all, they have tried to impeach PRRD — who is immensely
supported by the Filipinos — from the presidency.
And these are just flecks from
the tip of the iceberg. Pinky Omac-Santiano, in the afore-mentioned post,
continued to go over the series of wrong turns by the opposition which, in her
opinion, are faults which will eventually lead to the downfall of their causes.
As of the present, the said
Facebook post only has over 60 reactions and 45 shares, most likely owing to
its direct English and TLDR (too long; didn’t read) presentation and format
which, admittedly, is not very saleable to majority of Filipino social media
Regardless, it presents a ton of
valid arguments and is a definite must-read.
version will be forthcoming, making it more relatable to the Filipino masa.
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