Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Legacy of Duterte



Pres. Rodrigo Duterte | Photo CTTO
Rome wasn't built in a day. Or Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Shanghai, NYC, or any of these fancy First world cities

When you look at a country's rich history, you can pinpoint the person who kickstarted the changes. It's always ONE person who can be credited for inspiring change, and then sunod sunod na, and then it stalls, and then another round again of good leaders. Because it's never static.

For Madrid, it would be Charles, in the 13th century, responsible for many of the city's major infra. (Is he also the guy who ordered to move capital of Toledo to Madrid)
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Or the king who ordered expeditions, Felipe was it, whom the PH was named after?

Do you know Madrid used to be part of Italy before? And then when their king died leaving no heir, France took over? Ganon talaga matagal bago naayos ang magagandang lugar na ito. (Ganyan talaga pag bagong travel, dunung dunungan.)

The phrase "ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME" was literal. Rome's emperors built roads that led to her for those it considered its "provinces."

And they did that for hundreds of years.

As you can see, even Gothic cathedrals took hundreds of years to finish, and even Sagrada Familia will take another 8 years (in time for Gaudi's 100th.)
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It takes hundreds--even thousands--of years to develop a country and millions of people to help one man achieve his vision-- builders, designers, doctors, educators, artists.

The Philippines was liberated from Spain in the late 19th century, but then we had Americans and Japanese and World War 2.

We are a very, very, very young country in terms of dealing with our own sovereignty and independence. We're still defining and redefining what it means to be us--to be FILIPINOS.

We're tweenagers (not even teens yet), and we're still at the cusp. Our emotions are roiling and volatile, but we also have a bright future ahead of us.

While most Western cities are waning, we as a young republic has so much more to offer. Energy, vision, and a sort of tabula rasa (clean slate) so we can mold ourselves into what we dream to be.
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We've allowed other people--other nationalities-- to define who we are, and that's where our conflict stems from.

I believe in the vision of the President, and there is no doubt--whether you like him or not--that he is the central figure in modern, contemporary Philippines.

There will be a Philippines before Duterte, and a Philippines after Duterte. That's how we are going to define the start of this period to future generations of our children.

There will be the Dark Ages and then there will be the Duterte Age.

Mark my word.

But he needs our help to build a country we can be proud of 10, 20, 50 years, 100 years from now. That bridge isn't going to build itself. That highway, that railway, that new airport. We who believe in this country's promise must all pitch in. Those who don't, I'm sure they're going to claim credit anyway (#salamatbam)
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The best judge of Duterte isn't Jim Paredes or Maria Ressa, it would be history.

And right now, thanks to a massive BUILD BUILD BUILD program, (which by the way isn't just financed by China), history will one day build a massive bust of Duterte's head in solid gold at the squares and parks in our future. (Duterte will be long gone to have the opportunity to oppose it.)

The new Philippines won't be built in a day (Nahiya ako sa expectations ng iba dyan), but we will get there.

Welcome to the Age of Duterte. (2 A.D.) lol

#KAYANGKAYAKUNGSAMASAMA

Source: Krizette Laureta Chu