DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Many Filipinos are urging him to run for president in 2016, despite his reputation as a gun-toting mayor who has no problem with extra-judicial killings of criminals and drug traffickers. He is Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of Davao, one of the major cities in the Philippines’ Mindanao island.
Although he has repeatedly said in public that he has no intention of running for higher public office, Duterte went on record that if he becomes president, he will abolish Congress and form a revolutionary government to totally rid the government of corruption.
He has also promised to bring back high educational standards by banning Facebook and mandating instead that young people use Google.
“I am sick and tired of our youth using Facebook as their primary news source while wasting hours and hours posting and commenting on insignificant events in their already empty lives,” Duterte said. “They should instead use Google to enrich their knowledge about history, geography and science while keeping abreast on world developments that have a direct impact on our country,” he added.
Duterte criticized Mark Zuckerberg for the latter’s effort to provide free Facebook access in the Philippines. At the same time, he said he would encourage Google to set up operations in the Philippines, including the inclusion of Google Search in all school curricula, as a way to bring about a truly informed and intelligent citizenry.