De La Salle Historian Explains the Reason 'Why President Duterte will Always be Under Attack'

Van Ybiernas | President Rodrigo Duterte | Photo credit to the owner
De La Salle University (DLSU) professor Van Ybiernas took to Facebook to slam the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte by pointing out the reasons why President Duterte will always be under attack.

According to the historian professor, forces like big business and national political elite don't like it when popular politician like President Duterte ascends to power without their blessings and assistance.

Likewise, as per Ybiernas these political elite thinks that the President is actually shaking them down and is a major issue for them, hence, are being doubtful that politician like President Duterte is for real, because for them, no one is a genuine government official.




President Rodrigo Duterte | Photo credit to the owner
"Big business is skeptical that politicians like the Dutertes are for real. In their mind, nobody is an honest politician. But they're not sure whether the Dutertes are not as greedy as they look.", he wrote.

More so, Ybiernas says that these big business and elites can't seem to read the Dutertes' minds, so what they do is secretly back up forces to ruin the name of the president so as to remove him from office.

"That's why secretly they support and finance ---not too aggressively and not directly--- efforts to not only unseat Duterte but more importantly, to discredit the name. Problem is, it's looking like a real waste of money." the professor uttered.

Below is Professor Van Ybiernas full post:



"Leaders like Duterte will always be under attack.

Why?

Because democratically elected officials ---especially those subject to term limits--- are not the true powers in a country; big business and the national political elite are.

Big business and the national political elite have a long lasting and mutually beneficial partnership. Big business finances the political campaigns of national politicians. In turn, these politicians safeguard the interests of big business.

Mutual hostages is what David Kang called this relationship.

Outside the national sphere lies a very loose coalition of transnational/multinational businesses and politicians. Their common ideology is neoliberalism.

These forces don't like it when popular politicians like Duterte rise to power WITHOUT THEIR BLESSINGS AND ASSISTANCE.



Because these politicians will likely seek to break apart that existing partnership, especially if it is mobilized to attack their base of power, such as what's happening now.

The national political elite are the ones who aggressively push for this assault because it's their position at stake. Big business tries to get along with everyone, which is why there are some cracks in this partnership.

In some cases, big business miscalculates their approach to the popular leaders, and misjudges the latter's intentions while in power. Big business ---probably because of their experiences with politicians--- think that these popular politicians are simply shaking them down for more concessions.

But that is where they misjudge Duterte, who is an old man in the twilight of his career. This guy is not saving anything for the future because he's too old for that.

Duterte is not shaking them down. Duterte the politician in his last hurrah is big trouble for them.

The old solution would have been to just assassinate him. But if they do that, they'll just hand the presidency to Sara Duterte on a silver platter. And at this point, nobody really knows what Sara is thinking.

People are beginning to learn that crude as Rodrigo is, he may be the EASIER Duterte to deal with. Sara looks more obstinate than Daddy Rody, which is scaring big business.

Ordinarily, that would mean a withdrawal of investment. Investors don't want to put money into an uncertain situation ---in this case, uncertainty means not knowing what Sara Duterte is going to do with a lot of onerous contracts not in favor of the government.



But investors can't withdraw because the Philippines is a fast growing economy and returns on investment is practically guaranteed. Besides, there is enough evidence that the Dutertes will leave your business alone if you don't disadvantage the people.

Big business is skeptical that politicians like the Dutertes are for real. In their mind, nobody is an honest politician. But they're not sure whether the Dutertes are not as greedy as they look.

It's a poker game and big business wants to maximize profit. That's how their game is played. But they can't seem to read the Dutertes properly.

Sure, they will still turn in a profit. Business flourishes in Duterte country in Davao. But that's not the point. Big businesses need to maximize profit. More importantly, they fancy themselves as great poker players but they can't seem to read the Dutertes properly. And obviously, minimum profits is like a loss to big business. It's unacceptable to them. Problem is they seem like they can't squeeze more from the Dutertes and that pisses them.

That's why secretly they support and finance ---not too aggressively and not directly--- efforts to not only unseat Duterte but more importantly, to discredit the name. Problem is, it's looking like a real waste of money.

There's nothing they'd rather see than a corrupt and malleable Robredo in Malacanang. But that seems like a waste of money, too because they realize she's a long shot.

I tell you, these are the best of times in the Philippines. If not the best of times, then certainly the most interesting times.

Mabuhay!"




Source: Van Ybiernas

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