OA is the Filipinos’ abbreviation for overacting. This is what critics of President Rodrigo Duterte are doing to get attention.
And getting attention they did globally. International media now think our country is in deep crap because of Duterte’s leadership. But not all are swayed by what appears to be a concerted political effort to put Duterte down despite his great job on crime reduction.
Our people ignored Sen. Leila de Lima’s grand political show during the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings where she got all the flak instead of support.
There could be truth in what we heard during the hearing but the essence of it was already declared by Duterte himself when he was still campaigning for the presidency.
Duterte promised he will kill criminals so that Filipinos can walk safely even at night. He vowed to get rid of drug manufacturers and pushers and warned doing it would be bloody.
Despite that, he won because people liked what he promised. Did Leila think people would hate Duterte now because he’s fulfilling that promise?
De Lima brought up an important issue on human rights but the manner and timing it was done really reeks with dirty politics. And so instead of getting help, people hated her.
Hating De Lima was not difficult to do because aside from being a remnant of the previous administration accused of ‘noynoying’, she was hitting a very popular president who is dead serious in bringing reforms in our country.
So not too many are really buying the cooked up concerns on Duterte and the government because they are overdone. Stories like our economy is falling because Duterte is cursing on Western powers are not working to discredit the present administration.
And I’m not the only one saying this. A few weeks ago, top fund manager Mark Mobius said economic risks remain “benign” in emerging Asian markets, including the Philippines.
Mobius believes the assumption to office of Duterte would be “good” for the country in the long run.
Spending more than 40 years working in emerging markets all over the world, Mobius said in a television interview that investors should not be overly concerned over Duterte’s firebrand image, given that the Philippine president belongs to a new wave of “more populist leaders” across the globe.
Leaders like Duterte, he said, are effective in implementing law and order in their respective countries, “which is a good thing.”
“I think the marketing impact is going to be good to longer term. Once he (Duterte) gets his house in order….I think he’s going to be softening and you’re going to see the reform taking place,” said Mobius, who is executive chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group.
The expert is neither turned off by Duterte’s use of colorful language. “No I really don’t. I think we’re seeing this globally, more populist leaders, people who are effective in pushing down crime and corruption. You’re seeing that all over the world, which I think is a good thing,” he said.
Mobius said concerns about the Philippines and Duterte are “overdone” considering that other countries in Asia, like Indonesia and Thailand, are also dealing with their own political issues.
“I don’t see downside anywhere, because there are individual problems in each country. There’s concern about Duterte and the Philippines which I think is overdone. There are concerns about reform in Indonesia; in Thailand, the political environment may be questionable. But all in all, the situation looks pretty benign in Asia,” he said.
This “benign” situation, Mobius said, also includes the Philippines, where a successful campaign against crime and corruption spearheaded by Duterte “will be very positive for the (country).”
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