BAHRAIN, The Middle East (The Adobo Chronicles, on board Philippine Airlines) – There is a growing clamor among Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters to grant him revolutionary powers in order to expedite the transition to a Federal and Parliamentary form of government.
So far, Duterte himself has given no specific indication that he indeed wants to have revolutionary powers. Now we know why, thanks to his Holy Week state visits to the Middle East.
In the past two days, Duterte has personally met with King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. He is expected to meet with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar today.
A mole in Duterte’s delegation told The Adobo Chronicles that the main purpose of the meetings with the monarchs was to seek their advice on what is needed to be a king 👑.
“I am a mere mayor of a city in the Philippines and I have no experience ruling an entire kingdom ” Duterte reportedly told the heads of state.
Is it time to practice saying ‘Hail to the King’ instead of ‘Mabuhay ang Pangulo?’
We reached out to Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima for comment. None have returned our texts.