Senior analyst on Duterte’s interview: “Nothing to see here but a rambling old man desperately clinging to power” - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, September 11, 2018



Senior analyst on Duterte’s interview: “Nothing to see here but a rambling old man desperately clinging to power”



President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday that he will hold a press conference in a Malacanang and wanted to address the Filipino people. This, however, was cancelled on Tuesday, the day of the press conference, and was replaced with a tête-à-tête' ( A face-to-face meeting or private conversation between two people) with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo. 
Kevin Madrilla and President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from Facebook and The Philippine Star

According to Kevin Madrilla, a Senior analyst and UP graduate, the president’s interview with Panelo showed that the government is competent.

He says that the president was more concerned about “political survival”. He then accused the president of not showing concern towards the “daily sustenance of the people he pledged to serve.

Madrilla was obviously exasperated in his post, saying that “his tired pronouncements about not caring about power is lip service”.
Kevin Madrilla / Photo from Facebook

He also accused President Duterte of dodging topics and always looping back to the issue of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. This, Mandrilla says is indicative of the presidents’ “gnawing anger and fear”.

Not only that, but Mandrilla also attacked the form of the venue the president chose in order to share a message to the country.

Mandrilla claims that Panelo was one of Duterte’s lap dog and that it was only state-funded media that was allowed inside to cover. Mandrilla says that this means that the Duterte administration is insecure and paranoid.

"Even the choice of forum to express his thoughts is telling -- hosted by one of his lap dogs in an exclusive venue attended only by state-funded media," he said.

Nothing to see here but a rambling old man desperately clinging to power,” he added.

Mandrilla also warns the people, saying that they would have to tolerate four more years from Duterte and calls all Filipinos to be as livid as he is.

Read his full post here:

"The staged 'tête-à-tête' just confirms what is already obvious. This government is shaking in insecurity and being choked by its own incompetence.

A sound and competent government would've prioritized the dreadful increase in prices and the rice crisis. But no, not this government. Duterte's most pressing concern is not the daily sustenance of the people he pledged to serve, but the political survival not only of himself but the elites to whom he is grossly indebted.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo / Photo from The Philippine Star

His tired pronouncements about not caring about power is lip service -- another kabalbalan in an already thick list of his crazies. Listen to how he forcefully boasted about what he did for the military. Note how he always goes back to his squabble with Trillanes even when the topic has changed. His behavior can only be explained by gnawing anger and fear.

Even the choice of forum to express his thoughts is telling -- hosted by one of his lap dogs in an exclusive venue attended only by state-funded media. What else could have driven this but insecurity and paranoia? Nothing to see here but a rambling old man desperately clinging to power.

But this is what we have to endure probably for another four years if this administration doesn't run out of its luck. You would really wonder why we are even in this nightmare. We have so many brilliant women and men with integrity but somehow ended up with this mess for a president. Ang hirap lang talaga paniwalaan na sa ganito tayo kababa umabot. I am livid. We should all be.”