Duterte’s nationwide support is amazing PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 February 2016 13:49

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Social media, particularly Facebook,  is now the political battleground of national candidates, especially for President and Vice-President. The good, the bad and the ugly side of all candidates are made public. Group supporters from the country and abroad have now joined the propaganda battle in the internet. These are expensive projects to utilize in commercial television channels and radio programs aired nationwide and ultimately end up uploaded in the internet and public individual Facebook accounts. One keen observer in this “propaganda war” in the social media can discern who is popular and acceptable to the public. Political surveys done by many groups give confusing results and sometimes these are also uploaded in the internet. Clearly, the contest for popularity and public acceptance on their candidacy is very, very expensive and this will run into billions of pesos. Very obvious too, commercial TV and radio stations and national newspapers, will be the big winners in this propaganda battle and for sure there are no free advertisements in this case, even to their favored candidates. Only perhaps manipulating survey results to favor their candidate.

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, the only presidential candidate from Mindanao, one of the biggest cities in area in the world, is leading the pack of presidentiables as gleaned from the comments and reactions of concerned voters and the public from the internet, Facebook and national and local daily newspapers. Even in local radio stations’ morning programs, Duterte leads in random questions asked from radio listeners. Surely if this trend sustains up to election day, Digong Duterte will be the next President of the Philippines.

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The mud slinging and “black propaganda” hurled against Duterte on his misadventures of kissing women in public, as a womanizer, insulting the Pope on his Eminence recent visit in Manila, human rights violations and even in his drug busting operation in Davao City, was a “dud” and had no effect on his campaign but instead made Duterte more popular nationwide. Even Pope Francis praised Duterte’s honesty in speaking the truth against the government’s handling of the traffic in Manila. The good trait of a man will always prevail against all odds. Duterte’s campaign slogan of  “quick solution to the country’s problem of crime” is gaining ground against other candidate’s campaign promise of prosperity and poverty alleviation, which has been promised by candidates decades ago. Voters believe that the real cause of poverty in the country are the unsolved crimes which hamper the economic and livelihood activities of the law abiding.

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It is not only the people of Mindanao supporting and accepting the candidacy of Digong Duterte, but, almost all law abiding and peaceful citizens of the country from the farthest Northern provinces and cities and the Visayas, visibly those who are fed up of unsolved crimes and proliferation of illegal drugs in the country believe that Duterte if elected President can solve this menace in the soonest possible time without exemption. Unsolved crimes and illegal drugs are a bigger problem in the Philippines more than poverty. Because poverty and hunger are being addressed not only by government but even the religious sector, civic organizations and foreign donors are helping curb poverty and hunger. But government sadly has not done so much in solving crimes and the drug problem in the country. Many decided to join the bandwagon of Digong Duterte, because of his proven experience as a “crime buster” and “drug buster” that made Davao City when he was mayor as one of the most peaceful cities in the world.

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One incident that Digong Duterte’s popularity is nationwide was when a friend of Table Talk from Baguio City and Pampanga, when we were with the NCIP in Manila, surprisingly texted me requesting me to give full support to Digong Duterte for President. It was indeed a gesture of sincerity, when they said, they have never met Duterte but only heard what he has done to Davao City and made it very peaceful against all sort of crimes. Perhaps  their text message to me said, “he is the right man this country needs, so justice will prevail that even our neglected Indigenous People will have a chance for alleviation which has long been denied to us”.  Well said my friends, I am from Mindanao and sometimes Mindanaoans are clannish.

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Scoop: Each of us have our own choices. If you have one, stick with it, there is no replacement for sincere beliefs. It is always a way of life for everybody. I have already mine and I will stick to it. Agree or disagree.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 16:49