February 21, 2018, 9:29 pm
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The dreaded DDS

EVERY president has been accused, at one point or another, of having double standards. Whether it be in favor of friends, family, allies or those who work for him, high officials in government have encountered this allegation, rightly or wrongly. To some extent, President Duterte
was chosen by some of his voters in the belief that he would balance the scales in favor of the ordinary Filipino, convinced by his scathing monologues against traditional politicians and their oligarch allies.

More than a year into his presidency, it seems that the same fate has befallen Mr. Duterte. The acronym DDS, infamous for the Davao Death Squad and embraced by Mr. Duterte’s supporters as their monicker for themselves, is taking on another meaning: Duterte Double Standard.

It his highlighted by the appearance of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Atty. Manases Carpio (the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte) at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the Php6.4 billion drug shipment that slipped past the Bureau of Customs last May.

Strategists for the Palace along the Pasig River probably concluded that a mere appearance by the President’s family members would satisfy the public clamor to have them answer questions about their alleged relationship with customs fixers. After all, the president who signed an executive order putting into motion the freedom of information mechanism for the executive branch could barely afford to be perceived as protecting those close to him. However, there was one thing worse than snubbing a Senate hearing: appearing and refusing to answer simple questions.

The way the younger Duterte was handled by majority of the senators present showed a stark contrast from previous resource persons that appeared before them. Polong, as he is known in Davao, was unable to adopt the humble persona masterfully wielded by his father. Game face on, he dismissed questions from senators, at several instances even refusing to answer them; at one point, he verbalized his disgust at being questioned repeatedly. Unfortunately for him, Senator Trillanes had already trapped him into unwittingly answering a seemingly innocuous question: the vice mayor admitted he had a tattoo on his back, which according to Trillanes, was proof that Polong was a member of the Chinese triad. Even the normally volcanic Dick Gordon was meek as a lamb when it came to fielding questions for the younger Duterte, deftly maneuvering him away from further skirmishes with Trillanes.

The tune of the Palace has changed when it comes to allegations against Polong. Previously, President Duterte was adamant that he would relinquish his post if even “a whiff of corruption” was raised in connection with his children. His spokesperson now defends Polong vigorously, saying that whomever accuses the vice mayor should be prepared to present credible evidence of their claims. Whatever happened to a whiff? Gone with the wind, like many of their previous promises. Former DILG Secretary Ismael Sueño, who was fired for allegations brought against him by his undersecretaries, must be cringing at these developments, given his quick dismissal without the benefit of pleading his case before the audience of one.

Polong’s appearance at the Senate, surrounded by his lawyers and allies, juxtaposed with the murder photos of teenagers Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz, paint a stark but jarring contrast between the privileged and the ordinary in light of the war on drugs. The two boys, killed in anti-drug operations, were mercilessly gunned down by policemen. No fancy lawyers, no protective allies, no benefit of defending themselves alive. Worse, their supposed links to drugs are being bandied about to justify their deaths, “intel” sourced by your PNP from....Facebook.

Meanwhile, no big-time drug supplier has been the subject of these anti-illegal drug operations, and exclusive villages and clubs are still immune to Tokhang operations.

More proof of this double standard is how President Duterte has treated the Marcos family, beginning with his decision to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Some had hoped that Duterte’s debt of gratitude had already been paid with the burial, but it seems that the tab just keeps getting longer and longer. Declaring September 11, Marcos’ birth anniversary as a holiday even in Ilocos Norte is a slap on the faces of the thousands of martial law victims, the very people that the State is seeking to do right by under the Human Rights Victims Reparations and Recognition Act of 2013.

Of course, the elder Duterte sees nothing wrong with granting the Marcos family’s request for the local holiday. After all, he said, Marcos is a hero to the Ilocanos. I doubt that Hitler’s hometown holds any commemoration of his birth, as with the other hometowns of the other despots.

While on this side of the world, the dictator’s family is allowed to throw a private party for hundreds inside public property, complete with members of the Army and the PNP as their guard.

As icing on their cake, the NHCP was present at the unveiling of a statue of Marcos in Batac, with daughter Imee Marcos joyfully proclaiming that “history is not done indeed with Ferdinand Marcos.” As the old adage goes, be careful what you wish for, Governor. You still might live to see the day that statue is torn down, suffering the same fate as the confederate monuments in the United States.

From erring assistant secretaries openly flouting government prohibitions, to members of the First Family continuing to enjoy the protection of their father’s power and position, to old allies benefitting from a whitewashing of history, it seems that the 16 million voters who voted for change are certainly getting the short end of the stick. Unfortunately, it is not just the 16 million who are left holding the bag; the rest of the nation is right up there with them.
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