Walden Bello: Never Understimate President Duterte
President Duterte has superb PR skills with a “master at emotive politics” following his decision to scrap the peace talks with communist rebels, said former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello.
“Much as I condemn his EJK and related policies, I must–reluctantly– acknowledge President Duterte’s PR skills,” Bello wrote on Facebook.
“The collapse of the peace talks was a big minus for his presidency, but he has turned crisis into opportunity by presenting himself as a suitor who leaned over backward to accommodate the NDF but, despite all this, was spurned,” he said.
“The public is buying it. No mention of the military’s intransigence and its pressure on him to break off the talks. The guy is a master at emotive politics. Never, never underestimate this fellow,” he said.