I think people should stop making memes of President Duterte and family as the Philippine version of House Stark of Game of Thrones. It feels like it’s bad luck. Not that I am superstitious, but there’s a probability that whatever happened to the Starks could also happen to the Dutertes.
I am a firm believer in the fact that the political principles of the dynamics in the world of Game of Thrones are not different, or should I say, the same in the Philippine political landscape- minus the dragons, the Night King and the Others.
But Duterte is truly like Ned Stark when he was Hand of the King under King Robert Baratheon. Just like Ned, the new president has a very promising start. He is chivalrous and determined to bring down and destroy all the evil forces in the capital and in other realms.
It’s quite worrying because this southron lord who has come to claim the throne in Malacañang could be devoured by the system. Only a fool could claim to be not tainted by corruption or say that he could withstand the establishment’s dark vortex. And any man who vows to change the country with words such as “change” and “better future” is doomed to become a new disappointing system that replaces another.
You see corruption and injustice are so deeply rooted in our politics and social culture that even Lucifer himself doesn’t bother anymore to frustrate whatever divine agenda the Almighty has for our country. And add to that the bishops who are so vociferous of their opinions and EXPERTISE on matters such as sex, family, and politics.
But he did have achieved and spearheaded a lot of things in a week that other buffoon-presidents tried hard to do in six years. And change is never a pleasant thing, especially when there’s a twisted quarter-of-a-century-old political culture that has been rampant in our communities. Many people, high born and low would be too reluctant, pessimistic, or would even oppose any change at all, even if it’s for the good of the nation. We can’t even follow basic rules in traffic, and we hit our MMDA officers when they reprimand us, even if we are in the wrong! And how far will the fierce mob of Dutertards back up the president when things could go wrong? History tells us that Filipinos, even those known to be nationalists, have been the greatest turn-cloaks of all time.
I refuse to be the new Negastar in this new age of Philippine politics. But with so much promises and many things to fix in our republic, and my being fully immersed in the next few weeks in my reading of “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, one can’t help but think of Ned Stark’s pretty head rolling down the steps of Baelor’s Sept.