October 12, 2021

PINK inspires hope but the battle for good governance is long and painful

Around six years ago, in my attempt to make light of the imminent grim future of the Philippines under Duterte, I wrote a piece that embarrassingly suggested that a Duterte presidency was not that bad. He did not have that much political clout, so I reckoned if he did something malevolent while in power, the powers that be in Luzon, where around 50% of voters reside, would just oust him and restore “normalcy” in governance.

It did not take that long for me to cringe at my predictions. Not only did Duterte become a very powerful political figure, but he has also demonstrated the awesome powers of being a president in the Philippines to unprecedented extents.

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