Next to the late President Ramon Magsaysay, President Rodrigo Duterte is the “best President” that the Philippines has ever had, according to National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose.
In his May 3 column for the Philippine Star, Jose gave Duterte credit for making the Philippines safer and its economy more resilient.
“It may turn out that for all his vulgar language, Rodrigo Roa Duterte may yet be, next to Magsaysay, the best president we ever had. All the criticisms considered, just remember this – the country is far safer now than at any other time. And inspite of the poverty, the economy is sure to recover; our foreign reserves are the highest ever,” he said.
Jose said he’s hopeful that the Moro rebellion will soon end and the communist movement will be “demolished soon.”
He made no mention of the alleged human rights violation that happened during the current administration or criticism of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.