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Hontiveros downplays Duterte’s record high popularity: Babagsak din ang authoritarian!

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By Shane Juan

Senator Risa Hontiveros has downplayed President Rodrigo Duterte’s soaring high popularity, with eight out of 10 Filipinos approving of his performance.

Hontiveros said world history shows authoritarian leaders eventually fall.

“Alam natin sa history ng ibang mga bansa, nagkaroon ng mga authoritarian at even dictatorial governments na sa simula ay may bihis demokratiko. Pero sabi rin ng history, ang lahat ng mga authoritarian, matatalo din at naglalaho din,” she said Wednesday (July 12).

Hontiveros said Duterte’s popularity doesn’t mean Filipinos accept his leadership style.

“Hindi ko sasabihin na acceptance, kasi kahit sino namang tao, palagay ko hindi talaga tatanggapin sa puso ang patayan, ang kabastusan sa kababaihan o kaya yung pagtataksil sa national interest at pagpapailalim sa Tsina o sa kahit anong bansa,” she said.

Hontiveros said Duterte should use his courage in fighting against China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea, and pushing for genuine programs and reforms for the general welfare of Filipinos.

“Tinatanggap ko parang sinasabi ng mga survey popular siya but also everything that I have said, hindi ibig sabihin nito maayos ang pamumuno niya, na hindi ibig sabihin nito habambuhay na lang ay mananatili siya diyan sa kapangyarihan. Most of all, ang ibig sabihin nito ay para sa amin sa oposisyon, kailangan namin na higit pa magtrabaho kasama ang ating mga kababayan,” she said.

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