Fans of Rodrigo Duterte should first think of their jobs and daily food for their children, siblings and parents before casting their vote for the Davao city mayor on May 9.
Why so? Simple.
If Duterte fans don’t wise up soon enough, they are likely to regret ever voting for him after being led into believing his tall promises, mainly on mass extermination of criminals.
Duterte fans and undecided voters should face and deal with this harsh reality – where will your jobs and livelihood be under a Duterte presidency?
Bluntly speaking, Duterte hardly cares about jobs, livelihood and growing the country’s economy. He’s not very interested in jobs, livelihood and economic matters because of his obsession with tackling criminality. After seeing his “magic formula” – a strongman approach to criminality – win the hearts and mind of many Pinoys, he is now shrewdly cashing in on this phenomenon to capture the presidency.
That Duterte hardly cares about the country’s economy – and by extension, jobs and livelihood for every Juan de la Cruz including Duterte fans — was made as clear as daylight yesterday.
He went yesterday to a very, very important business meeting attended by the most important business leaders in the Philippines. Duterte was the guest speaker at yesterday’s luncheon meeting of the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines, two of the country’s most influential business groups today.
Those who attended the luncheon gathering were presidents, managing directors, chief executive officers and even owners of the corporations that they are running. They came to hear what Duterte plans to do to grow and expand the economy if he wins the presidency. They wanted to hear what role private businessmen will play under a possible Duterte presidency and what his administration plan to do to help the business community flourish and expand.
But Duterte sorely appointed them. Instead of outlining his vision, programs and projects to grow and expand the country’s economy, he again spoke about his favorite subjects – dealing with criminality harshly, education, government red tape and health services.
The situation can be likened to a job applicant going for a job interview with a prospective employer. It is plain and simple common sense to prepare very, very well for a job interview before seeing a prospective employer. Meticulous preparation simply means knowing very well the subjects of the interview by gathering as much information as humanly possible through research, readings and even personal chats with family members and close friends who know intimately the subjects of the job interview. Without thorough preparation ahead of a job interview – whether for a job as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, as a call center staff in Ortigas or a clerk or IT professional in Makati – an applicant won’t have much hope or chance of nailing a desired job.
Duterte never prepared for a very important speech and dialogue with the country’s most important and influential business leaders. His pathetic lack of preparation and concern for economic matters was clearly shown in the lack of substance in his rambling speech, which included his standard self-deprecating, sex-spiced jokes.
His clear lack of interest in very vital and critical issue of growing and expanding the country’s economy raises glaring and most disturbing questions: Is he fit and ready to run the economic affairs of the country since his background is only that of running a city in Mindanao?
If Duterte lacks the interest, knowledge and aptitude to run the affairs of the country, what will happen to the jobs, livelihood and daily food of more than 100 million Filipinos? Basta basta na lang as he focuses on taking down criminals and other issues?
If the national economy is not given proper and full attention and support, what will happen if the economy goes haywire in a worse-case scenario and companies start closing down, resulting in job losses and loss of incomes?
What future awaits the estimated one million fresh college graduates every year? Will scores of fresh graduates desperately chase after jobs overseas even at the risk of being scammed by vicious recruiters, drug mules and even prostitution victims of international crime syndicates?
If Duterte fans start losing jobs and incomes, and experience economic hardships, can they ask the mayor to produce instant jobs for them?
Compared to a city mayor without any interest at all in economic matters, an alternative candidate like Mar Roxas is a far superior choice because of his wealth of experience in the economy and workings of the government, as well as his corruption-free track record. To a lesser extent, Grace Poe is another option with the competence and leadership qualities that she has shown chairing key Senate public hearings despite being inexperienced in the civil service.
In two separate occasions earlier, two other presidential candidates – Roxas and Grace Poe – addressed the influential business leaders and expounded on their proposed economic programs and key projects. With his long years of government service, Roxas obviously impressed business leaders more than Poe.
Having less criminals roaming the streets as what Duterte promises is well and good. But every Filipino, together with all his or her loved ones, has to eat three square meals a day. Jobs, livelihood and daily food are the top priority of all Filipinos, whether in the Philippines or overseas. A presidential aspirant, like Duterte, who hardly cares about these issues clearly has questionable sincerity and genuine concern for the betterment for the general welfare of all Pinoys.
Duterte is bad for Philippine economy and all Pinoys. Duterte only knows how to run a city in Mindanao and is best staying there. Our country will be better off with a more competent and experienced bureaucrat like Roxas or to a lesser extent Poe.
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