Batocabe defends ‘dictator’ Duterte

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AKO BICOL partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe believes President Rodrigo Duterte is a true “dictator” in the best sense of the word.

“If a dictator means having the political will and guts to do what he thinks his right for the benefit of the silent majority despite strong opposition from a noisy minority, then he is a dictator,” he said.

“If a dictator means going against traditions and fighting well- entrenched establishments and exposing them for what they are, he is a dictator,” Batocabe said.

“And finally, he is a dictator for saying and doing things we are too afraid to say and do in public but we all want to say and do. He is a dictator for having such courage to go against well- established political norms land institutions like the US and EU as well as the church which past democratic presidents could not even try not even in their dreams,” he added.

He was reacting to news reports quoting Duterte as saying, in Cebuano, “If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. Because if I don’t act like a dictator, son of a bitch, nothing will happen to this nation. That’s true.”

“If I don’t act like a dictator—my style now—nothing will happen to this country,” he was quoted as saying