Daily Archives: June 1, 2016


June 01, 2016


By Arturo P. Garcia

Barely 30 days before Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assumes the presidency of the Philippine Republic , he has filled up majority of his cabinet.

Duterte administration, especially the putative cabinet has been the target of left and right criticisms from different quarters. It seems that having a popularly elected president has its own problems.

Like the tactical alliances with Marcos. GMA, Villar,Cojuanco and the PDP-Laban he build for his candidacy, the strange bedfellows now appears in his cabinet. Most of them are recycled FVR,Estrada, GMA appointees in the cabinet.

He appointed is retired AFP Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr as national security adviser. He was involved in the “Hello Graci” scandal of his boss-Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the fraudelent elections of 2004. He was also the former Executive Secretary of GMA and was the peace adviser to the MILF and the NDF.

The anointed Duterte’s Speaker of the House, Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez is also GMA’s DOTC secretary. Now they have a majority in the house with 300 or more balibmbing or turncoats from different parties.

Besides this problems, the incoming Duterte’s administration is also being besieged by anti-communists groups that opposed his policy of peace talks with the communist and his offer of four cabinet positions to the NDF.

Actually he has appointed Leling Briones from the old CPP pro-Lava Moscow party, Judy Taguiwalo and Paeng Mariano, nominated by the NDF and Bebot Bello, another GMA cabinet member to the peace process.

From the Marcos Loyalist group, he appointed Atty. Salvador Panelo and others.

The more I watch “ The Games of Thrones” , the more I see Duterte as Tywin Lannister or Lord Frey for their ruthless cunning and bloody demeanor. But lets give him the benefit of the doubt because he is barely starting.

Well, can I tell that to my friends in the NUJP?I still wonder.

But let us all live in these interesting times. Good luck!