Volume III, Number 7. 15 April 2021.

President Duterte finally reappeared in public after an absence of nearly two weeks, quelling persistent rumors that his health condition is worsening. He’s reportedly suffering from migraines and chronic back pains, Barrett’s esophagus and Buerger’s disease. And, as rumors have it, his latest disappearance was because he suffered a stroke. As his presidential term nears its end in 2022, it looks like it’s the end of the road for Duterte, in more ways than just his failing health.

Duterte and his cronies have bankrupted the country through their bureaucratic corruption and military overspending. Sections of the ruling elite are growing more and more dissatisfied with the regime’s totalitarian craving for absolute power and absolute corruption beyond 2022. They are alarmed by the worsening economic crisis, appalled by the mass murder in the name of the ‘war on drugs’ and anti-communism, extremely troubled by the longest Covid-19 lockdown in the world and disgusted by Duterte’s kowtowing to Chinese imperialism.

Military and police officials of the Manila government, both active and retired, are rabidly loyal to the US. Led by Gen. Lorenzana, their grumblings against Duterte’s coziness to China is becoming more and more vocal. The US is not all pleased that Duterte cannot be counted on to protect US and western interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

A broad united front is also developing among opposition forces, ranging from the right to the left. Strange bedfellows indeed. But because of the broadening opposition ranks, the target of the Filipino people’s disgust for the five years of tyranny, mass murder, plunder and incompetence is getting ever narrower and sharper. Duterte’s ruling clique is shrinking!

In its inexorable drive for absolute power in the next 12 months, the Duterte regime will be on a self-destructive path of treason, absolute corruption, murderous rampage and oppression. More and more Filipinos will join the resistance movement, the armed revolution and the Communist Party of the Philippines. The Filipino people will become ever more resolute in fighting and striving to defeat this murderous regime.