Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has finally decided to run for president in the May 2016 National Elections. But does he have the chance to pull it off? Do his supporters have the basis to call him the next president of the Republic of the Philippines? Most of us already knew the story of Duterte’s journey to presidency. So without further ado, here are 7 reasons why he could win the 2016 presidential election.
1. Duterte has a strong base online.
Mayor Duterte does not only have a strong base online but he has gained a lot of social media followers in a natural way. In other they words, they’re organic, not paid. It also means that most of the people who liked his Page are most likely to vote or to campaign for him. Aside from his Facebook Page with more than a million likes, there are also several groups that were voluntarily created by his followers to support his presidential bid for the 2016 national election.
With more than 40 million Facebook users in the Philippines, we cannot ignore the power of Duterte and his followers on social media. And take note that Duterte’s actual online campaign (aside from the campaigns that were initiated by his volunteers) has not even started yet. His Facebook Page doesn’t even have a cover page yet.
2. He is the epitome of change for many Filipinos.
Change is long overdue in our country. Millions of Filipinos have been crying out loud because of the palpable effects of corruption, poor justice, poverty, street crimes, traffic, and more. Yes there are leaders who promise to change our country for good but many Filipinos are already tired of promises. What they want are not scented words but no-nonsense actions. I’m not saying the Duterte is definitely a messiah or a saviour for Filipinos, but many Filipinos, a million of them or more, look at him that way.
3. Many Filipinos want to experience a Davao-like country.
I know there are also Filipinos who want to experience a Makati-like country where there are towering skyscrapers and economic boom. But Davao is also a rich city. In fact it is the 5th richest city in the Philippines despite of its far distant location from Metro Manila or the National Capital Region where financial investments and economic development is more centered by the government.
Moreover, Davao City is also considered the safest city in the country. Thus, a Davao-like Philippines is not only a rich but also a safe country. In this regard, millions of Filipinos dream to live in a nation as rich, as clean, and as safe as Davao City today.
4. He has what many of his rival candidates don’t have.
Unlike Vice President Jojo Binay, Mayor Duterte doesn’t have a lot of allegations of corruptions. Unlike Mar Roxas, Duterte is regarded as one of the first leaders who visited and helped the Yolanda survivors. Unlike Grace Poe, the mayor is already a veteran and a proven effective leader. And unlike Senator Santiago, Rody is more physically fit to serve as the president of the Philippines. In other words, Mayor Duterte is not stained with corruption; he’s not into too much politics; he knows what he is talking; and he doesn’t have medical issues that Filipinos would be worried of.
5. He has many supporters to support him financially.
Duterte may not have millions or a billion peso fund to challenge his richer opponents but his supporters are ready to shell out personal money to fuel his machinery and help him run a competitive presidential campaign. Besides, his supporters also consist of businessmen and OFWs who can afford to invest in his presidential bid in their pursuit to attain change in the country.
6. He has the most hardworking and relentless supporters.
Mayor Duterte may not be the most hardworking politician who can tour around the Philippines and reach even the most remote parts of the country just to win votes but he has the most diligent and persistent supporters who can do that for him. Undoubtedly, his supporters are not ordinary followers – they are loyal and die-hard followers who are ready to support, defend, and fight for Duterte.
7. His declaration to run could be in perfect timing.
Winning in the political arena doesn’t only require popularity, money and machinery – it also needs perfect timing. Popularity can be a negative popularity in a blink of an eye if not managed carefully; money can dry out if spent early; and political machinery can bear no results if run without perfect timing.
With Duterte’s late declaration of his presidential candidacy (less than 6 months before Election Day), his positive popularity is still intact; his money has not yet dried out; his machinery has just warmed up; and his political opponents might only have a few time left to kick him out of the competition.
The points above are just my own opinions. They might be true or not but one thing is for sure… we, the Filipinos, are eagerly waiting for a better change in our country. We need a man who is not only a man of no-nonsense action, but a man who has consistent no-nonsense actions that will finally bring genuine progress in our nation and for the next generation.
How about you? What do you think about Mayor Duterte? What do you think are the other reasons why he can possibly win the 2016 presidential election?
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Kenshin Himura says
As a good citizen in this country. I cast my vote only for Duterte
disiplina kailangan says
“GOVERNMENT PROJECT,,DON’T DELAY”,, DUTERTE-CAYETANO 2016!!!!
in short,sa lahat ng mga nagdaang Presidential election ang kumandidato ay nagkukumahog pra maupo sa Pwesto.Hinaharana ang sambayanan sa parehong musika iba iba mn lyrics,puro empty promises namn.Duterte instantly maDE a DIFFERENCED a CHANGED among them,He blatantly refused the POSITION,saying He doesnt need it nor dreamed of it.We the electorate,labored to convince Him,asking Him to reconsider for the sake of our Mother Land and for the next Generation to experience aFATHERLY blanket of Protection and Discipline that will surely shape the brighter future of our beloved Nation.
Jung-hwa Soon says
This got me teary eyed while being reminded of the ordinary citizens having their heads shaved while begging for Duterte to file his COC. These are all true. He may not even realize how great is the impact he made not only to the residents of Davao. I was a long time resident of Davao and just last month I applied for transfer of voters registration with a heavy heart because I would still want Duterte as my Mayor (as he filed his candidacy for Davao City Mayor). Now that he has expressed that he will run, I am given another hope to still vote for him, this time not as mayor but as President. I feel that his fight is also our fight. If the time comes that he will become this country’s next President, his journey will also be our journey.
Hi Nadz says
He is humble and down-to-earth filipino. Not greedy in a position unlike other candidates . Strong with political will .. Yun ang gusto kong maging presidente … like McArthur said ” A True leader has the confidence to stand alone , the courage to make tough decisions and compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader , but becomes one by equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent ” .. Let us make Duterte as President of the Philippines !!!
juanito delacruz says
Unlike other candidates.. Most of his supporters are willing to volunteer themselves to help him in his goal.. as they say.. “There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer”
Unless someone along the way manipulates the votes. That happens everytime.
jhovan agriz says
Tama ka dyan FAQ. perfect timing talaga..kaya panalo na tayo.. by GOD’S BLESSINGS.. and the support of all supporters who does not care about vote buying…thanks to all loyalist fighting for Mayor DUTERTE to be the next Pres. of our Country..God Bless Us All…
Boss Chris says
Huli mang dumating una pa rin
Swift MiX says
I will vote for this man, so our kids once again can walk safely in our streets. It is a pity with a god-believing country, we are full of criminals. I saw a country with many atheist but crime is almost zero. Why is that?
Ycel Pikitsquared says
du30 a modern world crusader indeed