During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Duterte promised that “Change is Coming.” Though he did not have any grand plan on implementing change, many Filipinos thought that all stories about him were organic.
Without question, they believed that Davao City is the 4th safest city in the world, though it was not even in the top twenty in the Philippines. There was a story about him helping Yolanda victims, though the event never took place.
He promised to solve the traffic problems in Metro Manila, though he has no idea how to solve traffic problems aside from keeping the speed limit to 40 km/h in EDSA. He promised to kill the rice cartel in three days. Today, we have farmers leaving the land because the government cannot protect them from the cartels. We import rice, and you can guess who are those who are making bushels of money.
He waged war on drugs. Thousands of suspected drug addicts got killed. According to the President, the number of drug addicts increased to 10 million. It was more than a million before the so-called war on drugs. He also said that he was willing to kill 3 million drug addicts.
When I was young, I was told not to believe any promise made during April Fools day. But since the day Duterte decided to go around the country to campaign for Federalism, every day became April Fools day.
Duterte claimed that Covid-19 would go away by April 2020. He was parroting Donald Trump. And even then, we knew that Donald Trump was wrong. He said that we were fools for believing that the coronavirus is dangerous.
I believe that our taxes are squandered on paid trolls and fake news spreaders.
You can be forgiven if you get fooled on April Fools’ day. But being fooled every day isn’t cool.
Think. Be careful.