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Digong, the ‘running’ President

/ 10:55 PM June 27, 2016

ON JULY 1, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte will hit the ground running.

He’ll be running after drug lords, dealers and pushers.

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He’ll be running after abusive policemen and those involved in drug and crime syndicates.

He’ll be running after robbers, thieves, guns-for-hire, kidnappers and rapists.

He’ll be running after the Abu Sayyaf bandits who beheaded two of their foreign hostages as their “gifts” to him. The fate of these lowlifes deserves special mention when the time of reckoning comes.

He’ll be running after corrupt government officials and employees.

Mano Digong will be sworn in as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines on Thursday, June 30,  but will start working full-time the following day.

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Starting July 1, the country’s lowlifes have better be on the run or stay in their respective hideouts because Digong, the Punisher, will be on their tail.

There’ll be hell to pay for their sins.

Even drug addicts who refuse to be rehabilitated should beware for they, too, are considered lowlifes just like their suppliers.

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However, corrupt government officials and employees won’t suffer the same fate as notorious criminals although they’ll be humiliated in public.

“Pakauwawan gyud ta mo (I will humiliate you),” the President-elect said in Cebu.

He was referring to personnel at the Bureaus of Internal Revenue and Customs who will not stop their shenanigans once he takes over.

That’s Digong’s “real change” policy.

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To the bleeding hearts and human rights advocates, please give Digong leeway in executing his plan for the next 90 to 180 days, no pun intended.

You have long stayed silent on the sidelines as criminals went on their merry way because of our corrupt judiciary.

You would favor criminals over their victims by citing “due process,” a very much abused phrase.

You deliberately forget that crime victims also have rights.

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There are very few private individuals who have been invited to Mano Digong’s inaugural ball.

I learned of three whom I know personally: Ramon S. Ang, Paul Cuyegkeng and Danny Corral.

Ang is president and CEO of San Miguel Corp.

Cuyegkeng is chair and owner of Sumifru, a Davao City-based firm which plants and exports bananas to Japan, Korea and China.

Corral is a sugar importer.

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I would like to congratulate my friend, George “Bugoy” Goking, for winning a seat in the Cagayan de Oro City Council.

I call George bugoy (goon) because although he belongs to a wealthy Chinese-Filipino family, Goking’s heart is with the poor, a sector where a lot of goons come from.

He was probably the only candidate for councilor in the city who didn’t campaign or spend a lot because the poor—who comprise the majority of voters in the city or any other part of the country for that matter—love him.

George, who studied at Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), is a reservist in the Air Force with the rank of master sergeant.

Although he could have applied to become a commissioned officer being a college graduate, George opted to become an enlisted man because he’s humble.

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