WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Four years ago, no one saw it coming — that a foul-mouthed, non-traditional politician in the person of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte would be elected next president of the Philippines. But someone did: retired US Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
In a recorded video of statements made four years ago in New Hamphire, Souter said:
“Augustus became emperor not because he arrested the Roman Senate. He became emperor because he promised that he would solve problems that were not being solved.”
As if to address the many persistent problems that have been going on for a long time in the Philippines, he added:
“Some one person will come forward and say, “Give me total power and I will solve this problem.”
“…and the day will come when somebody will come forward and we and the government will, in effect, say, “take they ball and run with it. Do what you have to do.”
And the rest is history. Rodrigo Duterte was elected president and the Filipino people gave him the ball and run with it.
Watch the the full clip of Justice Souter: