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Saturday, February 18, 2017

EQ Post Investigation: Do you know Duterte's 10 Worst-Kept Secrets?

1) Duterte will NOT honor the Ten Commandments
"If I obey the 10 Commandments or listen to priests, I would not be able to do anything..." Duterte
From Philippine Daily Inquirer
Duterte has projected the image of an action-oriented, results-driven executive who can address people’s fears about an environment perceived as dominated by criminal elements. In the process, he has broadly, almost boastfully hinted that he had indeed ignored human rights and legal norms, enforcing the law by violating the law.
2) Secret: He will NOT be the poster boy of the "Huwag kang papatay' campaign of the Church!
From Philipine Star:
"You cannot solve a crime by committing another crime."
An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Laity (CBCP-ECL) made this statement regarding the “Huwag Kang Papatay” or Thou Shall Not Kill campaign of the Catholic Church amid the reported extrajudicial killings in line with the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs. About 7,000 extra-judicial killings have been reported since the start of Duterte's war on drugs. 
“You cannot do something good by committing something evil. You cannot get rid of crime if you will commit another crime. Killing is a crime,” said CBCP-ECL chairman Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.
3) Is Duterte ever serious about resigning from the presidency?
In a video message posted on the Presidential Communications Office’s Facebook page late Thursday night, Mr. Duterte said that he would resign if the allegations made by the senator were proven true.
“If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed P2 billion illegally or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as president immediately,” Duterte said, further calling the allegations “old and rehashed.”
Never ever take Duterte's words seriously!
At a press conference on Feb. 16, Mr. Trillanes challenged Mr. Duterte to explain the alleged P2 billion in his bank accounts and the alleged millions deposited by a campaign contributor to his children and common-law wife’ accounts, raising the issue that was first brought up as the 2016 election campaign was coming to a close.
4) Duterte isn't poor at all!
In the Thursday night video message, Mr. Duterte defended his common law wife Cielito “Honeylet” S. AvaceƱa, and said that she earns her own money from a doughnut business which she started 18 years ago and a businesses supplying meat to five malls in Davao. The President also said his family isn’t poor as his father was governor of Davao City and left him an inheritance.
5) He has a "SPECIAL MISSION!"
San Beda monks have a special prayer after mass in San Beda for Duterte, their most outstanding alumnus-
"You have CHOSEN Rodrigo Duterte..for a SPECIAL MISSION."  EJK spree?
6) Reasons why HE rose to power
He was a persuasive speaker, with the power to make people support him.
The moderate political parties would not work together, although together they had more support than him.
There was widespread poverty and unemployment, which made people angry with the government. People lost confidence in the democratic system and turned towards the extremist political parties .
The death squads attacked his opponents.
The propaganda campaign was very effective and it won support for him. They targeted specific groups of society with different slogans and policies to win their support.
He was given power in a seedy political deal by a political party who foolishly thought they could control him.
Industrialists gave him money and support.
The above description is NOT about Duterte. This is a BBC article on how HITLER rose to power! Isn't it eerily similar to the Duterte story in the Philippines?
7) Was Duterte addicted to Fentanyl?
President Rodrigo Duterte compared the feeling of using an entire fentanyl patch to being "in paradise."
In the course of discussing the state of his health, Duterte said that the level of his spinal pain was at six, on a scale of one to 10, when he was given a prescription for the strong pain reliever.
He said he was supposed to only use a fourth of a patch until he accidentally slapped on a whole.
"Into the six months, nagana ako kasi I have to cut the goddamn thing into four. Isa lang. Nagkamali ako minsan. Nilagay ko ang lahat," Duterte said.
"Maganda ang feeling... You have never been to paradise but I've been there. Parang paradise noong gamit ko," he added.
He said he was reprimanded by his doctor when the latter saw that he was using an entire patch.
"Iyong pain management ng St. Luke's, I won't mention the name... Sabi niya, 'Gumamit ka ng isa?'" Duterte said.
"You know, if you're lying to me, you better look for another doctor. Hindi mo ako kailangan sa buhay mo,'" he added.
Duterte first mentioned his earlier use of fentanyl before business men in MalacaƱang, also while he was discussing his health.
He said then that his doctor warned about losing his cognitive ability with too much fentanyl."
"He said, 'Stop it. The first thing that you would lose is your cognitive ability... (You are, you know, abusing the drug'," Duterte said. 
8)  Duterte does not, as he has put it, “give a shit” about human rights. He sees it as a Western obsession that keeps the Philippines from taking the action necessary to clean up the country. He is also hypersensitive to criticism. “Duterte’s weakness is, really, he’s a tough guy,” Greco Belgica, a Filipino politician and an ally of Duterte’s, said. “You do not talk down to a tough guy. He’ll snap.”
From New Yorker 
9) President Rodrigo Duterte introduced former Senator Bongbong Marcos to the Filipino community in Beijing, China as the next vice president-- that is if he wins his electoral protest.
Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, were sharing the same stage where the president was speaking.
Duterte introduced Marcos saying he would be vice president if he wins his election protest.
"Si Bongbong, kung manalo siya sa protest niya, baka bago ang ating bise president," Duterte said before members of the Filipino community in Beijing.
10) The Duterte / Marcos Combination
The WORST that can happen to the Philippines!