by Jose Alejandrino
When the local media twisted his words, President Duterte ordered no more press conferences.
When the president called PLDT's Manny V Pangilinan a foreign puppet, he was delivering a message.
It was the same message to Leila de Lima who had slandered him with baseless accusations of vigilante killings and human rights violations but herself was immoral and corrupt.
It was the same message to Catholic bishops he called hypocrites by violating the constitutional provision on the separation of Church and State.
It was the same message to foreign ambassadors who had no right to meddle in the internal affairs of the country they were accredited to.
It was the same message to foreign media like CNN.
It was the same message to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
It was the same message to US President Barack Obama who dared lecture him on human rights.
It is the same message to all his critics.
The message is, “Don’t push me around.”
Clearly President Duterte is not the kind to be pushed around, particularly when they got their facts wrong. He was elected to do a job and nothing will stop him from doing it.
He is prepared to lose his honor, his life, the presidency.
An overwhelming majority of Filipinos trust him. They don’t care if he cusses and curses. All they are interested in are results. His political enemies bent on destroying him have not grasped the public mood. They continue to obstruct his program. There lies their Waterloo. When the people grant him revolutionary powers, they will finally understand.