In a post on his Facebook page entitled “Why Duterte,” Filipino novelist and national artist for literature Francisco Sionil Jose said that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity and current domination in the presidential race reflects the voice of angry Filipinos who are “fed up with corruption at all levels of our society, “and who are “frustrated that the gains of the Aquino administration do not translate into their improved welfare and safety.”
“Minus the verbosity,” Jose thinks that the Davao mayor “represents radical change,” according to his post on Wednesday.
“If he is not sucked into the rotten patronage system as most of our politicians are, or assassinated, he may hasten the implosion which is already in progress, evident in the Duterte phenomenon itself and in the discrediting of so many of our institutions, from the Supreme Court to our churches to Congress,” Jose wrote.
He also added that if Duterte does win as president, the military will play a huge role in realizing his plans.
To an extent, he may have to follow the footsteps of a former president, according to Jose.
“How he enforces change will determine his success. In which case he must have the total support of our Armed Forces, just as Magsaysay did, if he is to destroy corruption, dismantle the oligarchy and the provincial warlords, resolve the Communist and Moro rebellions, and strengthen the Philippines’ position against China,” he explained.
Towards the end of his post, Jose acknowledged the unwavering passion and loyalty of the Armed Forces, saying that “for all its weaknesses, the Armed Forces is organized and disciplined, and is composed of patriotic and principled Filipinos.”
“They will die for our poor country yet are often little appreciated by the people themselves.
I have seen from the many times I have spoken with them that our Armed Forces have learned from its martial law experience.
They can halt the disintegration of this nation,” Jose noted.