Rodrigo Duterte has been the president of the Philippines for almost 3 years now, and in that amount of time, the president has received both tremendous love from his supporters and hate from his critics.
Kevin Mandrilla and President Rodrigo Duterte / Composite photos from Facebook
His presidency was one that was not expected, and his style of presidency is something that the country has not ever experienced before.
One thing is for sure, the president’s fanbase is something that is strong and has continually supported him in all his actions and endeavours.
Feeling that you don’t matter
University of the Philippines graduate Kevin Mandrilla, a critic of Duterte and supporter of the Liberal party recently took to the popular social media site to share his frustration.
As someone who is part of the youth and one who is not afraid to call out President Duterte and his administration when they do and say things that bring harm to the country, he feels like he has reached a point where what he says, no matter how important, is being ignored.
Kevin Mandrilla / Photo from his Facebook account
He shares about the different ways the Filipino youth has shared their thoughts. One thing he gave an example of is how if you are sharing your thoughts in a decent manner, people will not listen to you because it seems like you are “plastic” or not being true. If you follow “their” way of talking, they will still not listen to you because it is disrespectful. If you speak in English, people will see you as someone who is showing off. And if you speak in Tagalog, you will not be listened to either because it’s a common language that can be easily passed off.
Mandrilla was talking about the staunch supporters of the president who always come to his defense and refuse to engage in proper discourse.
It’s all about the president
As Mandrilla goes on in his post, he says that it has become clear that the manner of speaking is not the issue when attempting this discourse.
He says that the issue is that the youth is talking at all. He pushes that all they want is for you to not talk anymore or at all.
He further says that this group is threatened or maybe they just do not want anyone criticizing the president.
More than that, he adds that this fear of criticism has gone too far. Because of the hate Duterte supporters has for the “dilawans” or the opposition, many important issues are pushed aside and not given much consideration nor attention.
Tricked by empty promises
Madrilla is clearly frustrated as he says that these Duterte supporters continue in supporting the president even though it is already quite clear that there are some things he has said and done that is harmful.
He even goes as far as to say that he feels like these people who are still in support of the president have been fooled by the “change is coming” campaign that the president promised them.
But instead of this better life that was promised, Mandrilla says that all the president has delivered so far are the deaths of many people who were caught in the drug war.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from Philstar
Ending his post, Mandrilla asks these people why they continue to stand by these killings. Saying that no one is really benefitting from all of this. The Filipino people get nothing, and the children of those who continually support the president will be left with nothing, only a president whose platform was killing the very people he vowed to serve.
Read his full post here:
“Kapag disente ka magsalita, naiinis sila. Plastik daw. Kapag naman ginaya mo yung paraan ng pagsasalita nila, naaasar pa rin sila dahil bastos daw at parang hindi raw nagaral.
Kapag nag-English ka, masyado ka raw nagmamagaling. Kapag nag-Tagalog naman, hindi rin naman papakinggan ang sinasabi mo kun’di mumurahin ka lang at sasabihan ng kung anu-ano.
Ang nagiging malinaw lang sa bawat pag-atake nila ay hindi naman talaga ito tungkol sa lenguaheng gamit o kung paano ka magsalita.
Ang gusto lang nila ay manahimik ka. Hindi nila matanggap na may mga taong pumapalag sa dami nila, mga taong ayaw uminom sa parehong basong nakapagpalasing sa kanila.
Lalong-lalo na kapag bata ka. Ang dalas maliitin ng sinasabi mo kesyo hindi ka pa buhay nung panahon ni kopong-kopong at marami ka pang dapat kaining bigas.
Puwes, ito ang tanong ko sa kanila.
Dahil lang sa galit ninyo sa dilaw, hinayaan niyo na lang ang gobiernong ito na pumatay nang libu-libong Pilipino? Hinayaan nyo lang din na gawin tayong katatawanan ng mundo at hinayaan nyo na lang maliitin tayo ng gobiernong Tsino. Uulitin ko, dahil lang galit kayo sa dilaw. Napakababaw.
At dahil pinagmamalaki ninyo ang edad ninyo — ibig sabihin sa tanda ninyong yan, ganun pa rin kayo kadaling paniwalain at paikutin? Nasabihan lang kayo ng change is coming bumigay agad kayo. Ang dami nyo nang naranasan at narinig na mga pulitiko tapos sa isang iglap, dahil lang sa isang tao, nakalimutan nyo na agad ang mga bagay na dapat alam nyo na. Ilang beses ba tayo dapat madala sa mga politikong mahilig mangako para lang manalo?
Ipapaalala ko lang na kayo ang dapat gumagabay sa mga kabataan pero bakit kayo mismo ang naliligaw? Ang dami nang ginawang kalokohan ni Duterte pero wala lang sa inyo.
At sino ang nakikinabang sa huli? Kayo ba? Mga anak nyo ba? Ang bansa ba? Hindi. Lahat ng ito para lang sa isang politiko na ang pinakaplataporma na ay pumatay ng tao.”
Source: Kevin Madrilla | Facebook