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Wanted: The right leader

The Filipinos are not asking for a perfect president, just someone who will honestly serve the country

Rodrigo Duterte

Ninety-three days before the Philippine election and it is getting harder to choose who should be the rightful leader for the Philippines.

The past six years of President Benigno Aquino III’s term in our country wasn’t an easy road. He needed to face issues and big events such as Super Typhoon Yolanda, SAF 44, APEC, the Papal Visit, and more. When his term ends in less than three months, what the Filipinos need is a new leader ready to face the pressure of corruption, poverty, education, climate change, and many others.

But even right before the elections, some candidates are already starting to disappoint the country through the promises they couldn’t keep and responsibilities they failed to do.

ALL EYES AND EARS  Top: Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte at Rappler's #TheLeaderIWant Forum; Above: Students of the De La Salle University Manila listen to Duterte and vice presidential candidate Alan Peter Cayetano.

ALL EYES AND EARS Top: Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte at Rappler’s #TheLeaderIWant Forum; Above: Students of the De La Salle University Manila listen to Duterte and vice presidential candidate Alan Peter Cayetano.

Students of De La Salle University (DLSU) were not at all very happy with the recent presidential forum #TheLeaderIWant organized by Rappler in the university. Out of the six presidential candidates (Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, and Roy Señeres) and five vice presidential candidates (Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honasan, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., and Leni Robredo), only one tandem showed up, Duterte and Cayetano. Instead of a debate, what happened was a presentation of platforms and answering of questions from the two candidates.

“I give them credit that they went out of their way for this event to push through even though the other candidates backed out. It’s a plus point for them for showing that once they commit to one thing, they really do it. It’s unfortunate that they weren’t given the chance to debate with other candidates and we cannot compare how their characters and ideas differ from those of the other candidates,” says Thomas Bienvenida, a senior AB Psychology student of DLSU.

In the forum, Duterte put an emphasis that if he won the election, he would eradicate crime in the country within six months.

“If I become president, there is no such thing as bloodless cleansing. Give me three to six months,” he told the students with full conviction.

The tandem also tackled issues about making the country a better place to live in by creating infrastructure and providing fast internet speed, equality under the law, providing solution to the heavy traffic through regional development, inclusive economy leading to federalism, poverty alleviation, and local government code. Due to lack of time, however, they failed to talk about international relations, educational reforms, and science and research. But they did leave the audience with a promise of creating a crime-free country in less than a year.

“If in six months, you don’t feel safer, that more than half of the drug pushers either stopped, or are gone, that you cannot walk the streets feeling safe, if in six months you are not satisfied with him, he will resign and I will join him,” says Cayetano.

We’ll see about that.

  • vic suplido

    politically it is a good plus for the tandem however I hope the debate organizer should explain why the other candidate did not come, for sure they were properly advised. there is always two side of a coin.

  • mindo601

    DU30/Cayetano walang ng iba pa.

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  • Jeffrey Delos Santos

    God willing Duterte-Cayetano tandem wins the elections in 2016!

  • Rain X

    Binay cannot engaged talks in an areas where people are professional enough especially in the Q & A part dahil nbotata na sya sa UPLB and in Gensan f m not mstaken. Now what he did is mag ikot sa mga urban areas na pang kalye talks lng this VP is wise he knows how to elude his corruption issues.

  • Apple Mondragon

    nasasabik na ako sa mga plano nila mayor duterte at sen.cayetano sana manalo sila para mabawasan na ang krimen sa bansa natin

  • Ben Bagasbas

    wag na po kayong magdalawang isip pa alam naman natin na sila lang ang sagot sa pagbabago mayor duterte at sen.cayetano na po tayo.

  • Manya Kesa

    si mayor duterte at senator cayetano na talaga ang sagot sa kahirapan ng ating bansa,