President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Pantaleon
“Bebot” Alvarez (left photo insert). Apollo Quiboloy (right photo
to Deterte's choice for the next Speaker of the House, Incoming Davao
del Norte Representative Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, they will definitely
bring back the death penalty to the Philippines. In a video interview
with local press, Alvarez noted that he is confident it can be done.
Turning his back on the United Nations and its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
who stated in 2014 that the "Death penalty has no place in 21st
century," Alvarez pointed out that that was just the UN's opinion and
they can keep it to themselves.
So is the
Philippines—the Southeast Asian country with the highest GDP in 2015,
moving back to the "Dark Ages" of Philippine politics—a period
characterized by "intellectual stagnation and widespread ignorance like
we had during the Joseph Estrada administration? Will the country move
forward or backwards with Duterte at the helm? As we intimated in an
earlier editorial, who Duterte surrounds himself with will determine the
ultimate success or failure of his presidency.
A positive sign is
Duterte's recent distancing himself from his close friend Pastor Apollo
Quiboloy. Critics of Quiboloy point out that anyone who claims to be the
"Appointed Son of God" should not hold any serious government
So at this stage, it
is still a wait-and-see game regarding this incoming administration. We see some
good signs but we see some troubling ones as well. Filipinos should soon
get a clearer picture of what a Duterte presidency will be like. The
incoming president promised significant changes in three to six months.
So we really don't have to wait long to find out if we made a good
decision or a bad one this past election.