Clueless son

The son of the incumbent Philippine president, who goes by the name of Paolo Duterte, has shown that he can be quite the erratic thinker, not too different from his old man.

This is the same Paolo Duterte who was once vice mayor of Davao City, but who resigned because he said he could no longer take the pressure of the job. Now he is running for congressman in the city where his sister is currently mayor, the same position their father held for many years.

Paolo’s sister Sara is known to be harboring dreams of higher public office, but has deferred her expected senate run for another time, it seems. Maybe she does not want to hand over the reins of the city to her brother who may be playing solitaire, poker, or black jack without a full deck.

How else can one explain Paolo’s lambasting some of the biggest names in Philippine business, politics, and media for supposedly taking part in a plot to oust his dad?

We do not know how much of an education the presidential son has, but he clearly does not know the difference between those who oppose his father’s policies for the good of the motherland, as against those who would remove him not only extra-judicially, but violently as well.

Take a look at the list of supposed destabilizers: From the business community, companies such as Jollibee, PLDT, Dole, General Tuna are said to be plotting a coup against the Duterte regime.

From the church, there are former senator and Opus Dei member Francisco Tatad; Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Bishop Leo Drona, Bishop Antonio Realubin Tobias, Bishop Emeritus Julo Xavier Labayen, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, and Bishop Arturo Santos.

From the judiciary, there are retired Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

From government service, there are Vice President Leni Robredo; Senators Risa Hontiveros and Leila De Lima; former Vice President Jejomar Binay; former Cabinet officials Norberto Gonzales, Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, Florencio “Butch” Abad, Allan Purisima, Paquito Ochoa, Ging Deles and Cesar Purisima.

From the military, there are retired general Victor Corpuz, and retired generals identified only by the surnames Cunanan and Jampe.

From local media, there are professor and columnist Randy David, Maria Ressa of Rappler, columnist Ellen Tordesillas and broadcaster Ed Linga.

For good measure, the young Duterte also included Imelda Nicolas, sister of FilAm millionaire Loida Nicolas Lewis as an anti-Duterte plotter.

It is not known why he excluded former President Benigno Aquino III, Senator Antonio Trillanes, and former Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas from his fantastic list.

Let us be clear: Philippine News does not for one second believe that any person in the Duterte list is in any way, shape or form engaged in any act that would seriously destabilize the government.

Please note that we excluded from this line up the usual suspects who may or may not be plotting to rid the Philippines of the elder Duterte. A few Left-leaning organizations were named by Paolo Duterte as active plotters, but we reserve judgment on them.

As for Paolo Duterte, the less we hear from him, the better for all.