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Mali ang binoto! Duterte’s governance only fit for barangays — Trillanes

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By Xave Gregorio

President Rodrigo Duterte should never have been elected to a national position, as his governance skills are only fit for barangays.

This is what opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Friday (September 8), adding that Filipinos made the wrong choice when they overwhelmingly elected Duterte as President in 2016.

“Pang-barangay lang po ito, hindi lang siguro nabibisto, but ang skills niya, ang governance skills niya, pang-barangay lang. Nakita niyo, even the way he talks, even the way he dress up,” Trillanes said.

“Anong sabi niya sa ekonomiya, ‘Ay wag niyo akong tanungin diyan, 75 lang ang grado ko diyan, ‘wag niyo akong tanungin diyan.’ ‘Yan po, papano ‘to? Paano ‘tong solusyon sa problema natin?” he said.

Inflation last month has hit a nine-year high of 6.4 percent, while the peso has weakened to a 13-year low to P53.8 to a dollar and the economy has slowed down to a three-year low of six percent.

In a speech Friday (September 7), Duterte said he is leaving inflation to be addressed by his economic managers, while also blaming US President Donald Trump for rising prices in the Philippines.

“Inflation is dahil ‘yan kay Trump. When Trump raised ‘yung mga tariff niya, pati banned other items, nagkaloko-loko,” Duterte said.

However, economic managers attribute continued rapid inflation to higher electricity, gas, fuels, fish, rice, personal transport, vegetables and meat prices.

Malacañang, meanwhile, said that a high inflation rate is nothing to panic about, even if this would hit the poor hardest.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, show that the bottom 30 percent of households felt inflation the strongest in the second quarter of 2018, with year-on-year inflation for them hitting 6.5 percent.

“Habang nandidiyan si Mr. Duterte, expect the worst. Hirap ng buhay, mamatay ang mga tao left and right, gigibain ‘yung democratic institutions, sisirain lahat ng established legal jurisprudcence, and so on and so forth. ‘Yan ang ginawa ni Mr. Duterte,” Trillanes said.

As Duterte returns to the country today after a four-day trip to Israel and Jordan, Trillanes urged him to turn his attention to addressing rising prices, instead of focusing on silencing his most vocal critics.

Trillanes is wary of a possible arrest, after Duterte declared void from the start the amnesty he received in 2011.