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National artist gets slammed again, this time by personalities and netizens after comparing Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to former Pres. Ramon Magsaysay

Former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay was considered to be the “best president of the Philippines”. He was even coined as “Champion of the Common Man,” “Man of the Masses,” or “The People’s President.” Magsaysay’s traits loomed over Filipinos as being sincere, humble, simple, informal.

A national artist is currently earning flak after he likened Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to former President, Ramon Magsaysay, Monday, May 3.

National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose in his column stated that “Rodrigo Roa Duterte may yet be, next to Magsaysay, the best president we ever had.”

It can be recalled that during the height of the ABS-CBN franchise controversy, Sionil posted on his Facebook post that Filipinos “do not really need” the Network. His post earned flak and even received an open letter from a fellow writer.

Now, he claims that “the country is far safer now than at any other time.”

However, such declaration coming from Sionil once again earned the ire of personalities and Netizens.

A Twitter personality named MrsHan contradicted Sionil for stating that the Philippines is “safer” with Duterte’s leadership. She noted the million of Covid cases as well as the dispute along the West Philippine Sea where the Philippine President is silent about.

Former PTV-4 host Jules Guiang criticized Sionil for “resting conveniently on his laurels” after he aligned Duterte next to Magsaysay. For Guiang, the National Artist should have considered the “realities on the ground” before declaring Duterte as the second-best Philippine president.

Columnist Noemi Dado pointed out that the National Artist may be living in a bubble because of his claim.

Kristoffer Pasion, a Twitter personality even called Sionil “deaf” to the misery of the nation.

Twitter personality Mia Magdalena Longid concluded that the “F” in Sionil’s name stands for either “Forgetful”, “Fanatical”, or “F*cked up”.

Jaecee Lim, an online celebrity does not believe Sionil’s claim that Duterte is the next best President next to Magsaysay.

Freelance journalist Bryan Ezra Gonzales speculated that the national artist needed to praise Duterte since he has become “irrelevant”.

Comic artist and scriptwriter Noel Pascual pointed out that Sionil’s name being ridiculed is due to the fact that he has not written anything memorable that can be used to mock him.

Journalist Atom Araullo’s mother, Carol Araullo lost respect to Sionil as he claimed Duterte being as great as Ramon Magsaysay.

Duterte and Magsaysay

Former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay was considered to be the “best president of the Philippines”. He was even coined as “Champion of the Common Man,” “Man of the Masses,” or “The People’s President.” Magsaysay’s traits loomed over Filipinos as being sincere, humble, simple, informal.

Meanwhile, the current Philippine President, Pres. Duterte, has shown simple life. He is also very informal, similar to the late Pres. Magsaysay.

Magsaysay did not like corruption. During his tenure, though short, he fired officials who were shown to have been involved with graft and corruption. However, Duterte appointed proven corrupt officials such as former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was charged with plunder.



In terms of insurgents, Macapagal tried to eradicate those who fought the government through his countless social reforms. For the poor, Macapagal served as their voice after realizing that rebellion will not end if the government will not hear the cries from ordinary people. Duterte on the other hand created a task force to combat insurgents.

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