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Ed Angara’s final words: Strongman Duterte listens but problem is no one tells him what’s right, wrong

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Despite his headstrong persona, former senator Edgardo Angara believed President Rodrigo Duterte listened to “sensible advice” from those around him.

Former congressman Satur Ocampo had the chance to listen to Angara talk in what would perhaps be one of his last public appearances: a forum at the National Defense College.

In his May 19 column for the Philippine Star, Ocampo shared Angara’s opinion of Duterte.

“My actual personal experience [with him] is he listens to sensible advice,” Angara said. “The danger is when there’s no one who can tell his boss [what is] good, bad, or different.”

The veteran politiko said people would accept a “consultative leader” over a “strongman.”

“It cannot be a one-man rule,” he said. “[The leader] must bring in different constituencies.”

Duterte was included by TIME Magazine in a recent issue among the “strongman” leaders of the world, alongside Russian President Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Angara died on May 13 due to a heart attack.