A worthy leader
(The Freeman) - January 18, 2019 - 12:00am

Reading the newspaper every day keeps me abreast and updated of any events and happenings here and abroad. But there seems to be something deep in my mind that makes me restless and sleepless, something that encourages me to speak out through print media irrespective of whether the subject matter is important or not.


Without much ado, let me start commenting of what President Duterte used to say when he lambasted some high-ranking officials of the Catholic Church. I mean those harsh words that he uttered when he told the street idlers, the “tambays” to rob and kill moneyed bishops. A person with sound mind and intellect would never say at once that President Duterte encouraged them to rob and kill bishops. Remember President Duterte is a lawyer, frank and straightforward in his words when he speaks and at the same time he is one of a kind who never hesitates to use hyperbole when he wants to emphasize something significant before the audience.

Hyperbole is an exaggeration of words sans any intent of disparaging the truth. In hyperbole, the construction of the sentence appears magnified and expanded, and may seem to be impossible to happen in the interpretation and understanding of the narrow-minded. But not for an open-minded person with in-depth understanding as he can easily grasp what the writer meant to say. This is what happened to all the Ppesident’s critics. They literally interpreted his words even to the extent of lambasting and condemning him for having said so.

What the president wanted to emphasize is that those who are in the highest level of governance within the Church should imitate Christ who came not to be served but to serve. That those high ranking officials of the Catholic Church, now living in luxury, should think twice that they are not there to live a life of comfort and ease but rather to go beyond the peripheries, to be one with the poor ones who cannot even eat three square meals a day. And that they should feel the pain, the miseries, the sufferings of the poor parishioners who are in extreme need of financial support and assistance. I say this without prejudice to the teaching of the Church that those most blessed should share their surplus goods with those who lack the necessities of life.

To all voracious readers of this paper, I have already said it before and I say it again: All harsh criticism and negative comments against President Duterte’s leadership originate from his vocal critics in Luzon or within Metro Manila. Never can you hear that he received flak or criticism from the Visayas and Mindanao.

It doesn’t matter if we have a badmouth president like Rodrigo Roa Duterte. What the country needs is a leader who is not corrupt and abusive, one who is sensitive and responsive to the people’s cry for change and for the betterment of the lives of the people he is sworn to serve. In the latest SWS Survey, President Duterte remains as popular as ever because he truly shows his mettle. He is efficient and seriously committed to do his task as chief executive of this country of ours.

Amidst all the waves of criticism and condemnation by his political nemesis, President Duterte remains unshaken and unwavering, worthy to be called a very strong and most trusted leader of the Filipino people.

Joselito S. Berdin

Lapu-Lapu City

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