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The Duterte administration’s catastrophic response to the Covid-19 pandemic’s continuing onslaught is a veritable indictment of the lackadaisical performance of President Rodrigo Duterte in confronting the contagion. This will be an overriding issue in the 2022 elections. Since Duterte is barred from running for reelection, his surrogate candidate for president and other anointed aspirants will bear the brunt of defending his dismal response. Duterte’s disastrous performance dooms his candidates as the voters will unleash their fury and frustration on election day.

Solicitor General Jose Calida’s braggadocio in his soliloquy when he delivered his opening statement during the resumption of the oral argument in the anti-terrorism petitions before the Supreme Court is deflated by his demurrer to answer interpellations from the Justices by suffering his associates themselves to reply to the Justices’ probing questions.

For many years extending to the Duterte administration, the sitting president has been annexing the legislative’s power of the purse to the executive’s power to disburse. The awesome concentration of these two potent powers – appropriation of public funds and expenditure of the people’s money – creates a budgetary dictatorship of the president.