Did you also receive this funny text message? It is all over the news for the past couple of days. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is being considered as standard bearer of Partidong Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2016 Presidential Elections.
During the 33rd anniversary celebration of the party on February 21, Sen. Koko Pimentel III confidently told the members of the press that Duterte is a strong contender for the Presidency. “I think sa Visayas, may market si Mayor Duterte because he speaks Cebuano, and a little bit of Ilonggo, and coming from Mindanao, mayroon namang natural identification ang Visayas at Mindanao,” he further said as quoted in some reports.
With my over 30 flights to and fro Davao City, especially during Typhoon Pablo coverage in 2012, I have always loved Davao City. From the moment I rode on a pleasantly groomed taxi with its very gracious driver, to the praiseworthy traffic regulations, and the impressively disciplined people, Davao City is a consummate <3.
I personally heard a lot of great stories about Duterte from the locals. I was on a weekend late-night party with some friends who are from the City. It was almost 4 AM when we parted ways. Not able to bring me back to my hotel, one of them was assuring me that I was beyond safe to walk my way back to the hotel. And she began lecturing me about the almost-zero crime rates in her city, how Karaoke is “party-poopingly” banned beyond 9 PM, how stringent speed limits reduced road accidents, and how someone is severely punished for any illicit act. She boasted that Davao City is the safest place ever. “Takot lang nila sa suntok ni Inday Sara,” she joked in her squeaky Bisaya accent.
I just love Davao City. I adore Duterte for his effective leadership skills. He is someone who has gracefully walked all his talk between the thin line of charisma and fear. He is so loved as much as he is feared by everyone in Davao City. But hey, whoever is behind this text scam, this is just beyond desperate. I mean, you need not suspiciously spam everyone about what we think of Duterte running for President in 2016. You are disgusting people, in a way tarnishing Duterte’s image. And please, compose your message adequately. What’s up with all these jejemon-ness? If we are on Twitter, I would understand given the character limitations. Simply put, if you want a serious answer on your survey, send out a decently composed question! Though a bit relevant of a survey, I deemed this spam is a huge joke. And sorry I was so bored that I played along. Gave this spammer a run for his mountebankery. I replied this: Few minutes after, I received a message from a different mobile number which appears to be a response to my reply to the other number. Apparently, the SMS is computer-generated and requires a formatted response, either a YES or NO. But, no thanks! Had you replied STOP to my HUGOT DAILY SUBSCRIPTION, I would have gladly responded a resounding YES to your shoddily formulated query. So will you, please?