By Maguayen Marino

People are speaking openly now about what was previously asked only in hushed whispers:

Is Davao City Rodrigo Duterte running for President in 2016?

Those speaking openly about Duterte’s possible candidacy in 2016 speak with a positively hopeful tone, for they well know the qualities of the man.

They know as well that whatever he promises he delivers, since Duterte is a man of his word.

His leadership qualities give Filipinos a reason to look forward to the future that they hope that Duterte would decide to run for president.

The Philippines has never elected a President from Mindanao.  The late President Sergio Osmeña was from the Visayas, the only president who is not from Luzon.

Duterte’s roots are deeply Visayan and the Visayas region has pledged support should he decide to make his bid for the presidency.  He is one Filipino who has evolved beyond the concept of regionalism to personally embrace and practice a deep awareness of being a Filipino who cares more deeply about the totality of the nation, and sees all Filipinos as one big extended family.

His awareness is well-founded, for out of the myriad nations and peoples on earth, there is only one Philippines and unlike some of it’s global neighbours does not have colonies scattered around the globe.

The Philippines does have over 7,000 islands, but locating it on the globe or map of the earth might evoke surprise or chagrin since geographically the Philippines is one of the smallest countries in the world.  Size doesn’t matter actually, and is a fair leveller since the Filipino’s deep empathetic nature and inexhaustible talent makes them the most in-demand professionals worldwide.

The Philippines’ natural and human resources are what inspired the popular description of the country as “The Pearl of the Orient.”

A pearl is a cumulative object of nature. It has symmetry, lustre, weight and beauty. If the Philippines is a pearl, then its people are more so, and Duterte is one of the rarest of the pearls.

He is a politician who consistently serves the greatest good.

He accomplished this as the Mayor of Davao City, and should he be elected to the highest office in the land, he will accomplish it as the President of the Philippines.

Dutertes’ record of public service speaks for itself, and it would be no small blessing to have for a change a President who is not long-winded and rhetorical, but speaks straight from his heart and straight to the point in terms that all levels of society can clearly understand.

He is all  do and less talk, and is far and away the best choice among the presidentables.

He is the Philippines best opportunity to break away from the institutionalized form of political structure that enriches the few and impoverishes the many.

 Beneath his tough-as–iron exterior beats a empathetic heart.

A heart that beats for the marginalized and poorest in society and the dignity of the entire Filipino nation.

More and more people are waking up to having Duterte as the next President of the Philippines.

With the miracles he has done in Davao City, Duterte’s local management expertise will be a big asset in running the country. Is there a politician today who has the skill and qualities fit to be elected President of the Republic of the Philippines more than that of  Rodrigo Duterte?

More the reason why every Filipino voice should be lifted in unison to proclaim that it is high time for Alma Patria Pilipinas to undergo a make-over; to create a Philippines that does not impoverish it’s citizens, but one that empowers them to reach their fullest potentials.

Rodrigo Duterte is the man for the Philippines’ future.

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