In less than 40 days, Rodrigo Duterte will become the 16th president of this republic. The road to Malacañan was steep, and his words are largely to blame for it. His honesty about my many flaws and his no-holds-barred rhetoric is seen by some as refreshing, by most as polarizing, if not political suicide. Duterte is a womanizer, a serial cusser, and an iron-fisted ruler. Despite all that (or maybe because of it?), he won the presidential race by landslide.
Two in every five Filipino voters chose Duterte with the full knowledge of what they are getting themselves into. Filipinos have a pretty clear idea of Duterte’s dark side. Filipinos know – and agree with the idea – that their quest for meaningful change will be fraught with potentially major kinks along the way.
But enough of President Duterte, it’s time to talk about Vice-president Leni Robredo.