Duterte’s victory is Mindanao’s gain PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2016 13:48

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

For the first time in over 70 years, since the first President of the Republic was installed and over a century if we include the presidency of Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite, during the Spanish-Filipino revolution, Mindanao has a president —  His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte from Davao City.   Mindanao’s first president will unshackle neglected this neglected but resources-rich islan from misery, because the new president’s heart is for Mindanao and the Visayas but more for Mindanao.

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All sorts of negative comments and personal brands were made against Mr. President Duterte. He was called a “butcher”,  “berdugo”, “killer”, “rapist”, “drug protector” “with hidden wealth” and worst a “criminal”. But those unsavory comments did not convince the suffering and neglected Filipinos from changing their votes for Mr. President. It even strengthened their trust and confidence on President Duterte as surveys showed and accused President Duterte’s political opponents of unleashing desperate moves of “black propaganda”. The will of the people and their anger against President Aquino’s misgovernance prevailed over the gimmickry of desperate candidates.

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An old proverb says “if your are gold even if thrown into the mud,you will still shine”. Indeed, President Duterte is gold. He has been shining against those “mud slinging”, hurled against his personality. Immortal words of poet Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, thus: “What’s in a name, that which we call a rose? By any other name would smell as sweet” Indeed it’s true, if your heart and conscience arre clean, bad people cannot pin you down.

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Mindanao will now have a new beginning. Foresee our aspirations and dreams these long years have finally come. So many Philippine presidents already came and went, but Mindanao remains underdeveloped. Its people are mostly neglected, especially the aborigines, the Indigenous Peoples. Its marine and underground natural resources are harvested and profited by foreigners and out-of -town industrialists and the crumbs of progress are left for the neglected Indigenous Peoples and aborigines whose ancestral domains are the source of these natural minerals Now that the President of the Republic is from Mindanao, these will all be protected. Our dreams are fulfilled.

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Listening to the first presidential public interview of President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte in which he said that he will push through with his campaign promise if he wins to deal with the corrupt, criminals and drug lords and other malefactors in the country with an iron hand, is a fair warning to them. Reform, stop or face the dire consequences of the President’s resolve. The warning of the President is a “due process” because it gave criminals a choice. Therefore the fate of these “black ship” citizens are in their hands on what to do with their life.

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In the local scene and development, clearly incumbent Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar made her point and intention clear, her leadership at the polls is unquestionably sure and firm. The Mayor was able to pull up to victory most of her council slate, because now the incumbent Mayor is in control of the city council. For sure development will run faster in Zamboanga City now that obstructionists to her programs were almost eliminated after the local election.

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Let not the people of Zamboanga City doubt that corruption will happen, now that Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar controls the City Council where government expenditures and financial budgets emanate. Let the new President Rodrigo Roa Duterte do it, because fighting corruption is part of the priority of the new President of the Republic.

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Scoop: Let Mayor Beng govern the city freely. The city is fed up of too much politics and obstruction and frankly jealousy. To those political leaders who are planning to sabotage good governance in the city, think many times before doing it. Zamboanga City was the “premiere city” of Mindanao for so many years until ambitious politicians froze the phase of the city’s development just for popularity. Forged alliances with syndicates and lawless elements to justify their means and now Zamboanga City is the “sick city” of the south. We are lagging behind by over 50 years in development and progress with the cities of Davao, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Iligan, Butuan and Bukidnon. Honestly our neighboring cities of Dipolog, Pagadian and Ozamiz  are far catching up with Zamboanga City in progress. Or perhaps they have already surpassed us. YES, Zamboanga City is till very rich in terms of money in circulation, but, it won’t be long when we will also lose these billions of pesos in our banks, when our surrounding areas are more developed than Zamboanga City. Agree or disagree.