Hontiveros tells Duterte: Drop dictatorial ambitions

Published February 24, 2018, 3:01 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Mario Casayuran

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros called on President Rodrigo Duterte today to abandon his ‘’dictatorial ambitions’’ and go back to the ways of democracy.

The spirit of the 1986 EDSA revolution is the ideological opposite of authoritarianism, Hontiveros said.

Senator Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

The lady senator emphasized that President Duterte should learn from the lessons of EDSA and accept that authoritarianism is an unsustainable framework of governance.

Hontiveros issued the statement as the country observes today the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

“President Duterte should read the writing on the wall and learn from our history. It’s not possible to have a sustainable dictatorship, not even his so-called ‘Dutertismo.’ Sooner or later, it will collapse beneath the weight of its own contradictions. That is the fate of all dictatorships. This is what EDSA taught us. Democracy always pushes back. No would-be dictator can outlast democracy,” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros pointed to the 1986 and 2001 EDSA people power uprisings as proof of the Filipino people’s democratic tradition.

“In just 15 years, the country had two popular uprisings that toppled a dictatorship and an abusive and corrupt government. That is no small feat. It is a testament to the Filipino people’s strong democratic instinct,” she said.

“We may falter along the way and be seduced by authoritarian shortcuts and false promises, but in the end, we always find our way back to the revolutionary and democratic ideals of EDSA,” she added.