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‘Times are changing’ for Duterte’s & his allies, Walden Bello says

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Their alliances aren’t as solid as it seemed a year ago.

Former Akbayan Party-list Rep. Walden Bello is an entertained observer amid all the drama unfolding under President Rodrigo Duterte’s term. The ex-politiko said the cracks are showing via the ties between Senate President Koko Pimentel and Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, as manifested in the Senate’s resolution condemning extra-judicial killings under his watch.

“You know the times they are a’changing when Koko Pimentel lectures Bato about police abuses and lack of professionalism. This is Pimentel’s way of putting some space between himself and Duterte without being explicit about it. As Duterte’s ratings decline, his Senate gang begin to worry about being too closely identified with him, which is why the Maleficent Seven were so upset about not being asked to sign the resolution condemning the killing of minors,” Bello said on Facebook, noting that the popular Bato won’t be as revered as he was before.

He even went as far as dubbing Dela Rosa as the administration’s punching bag, who will eventually be dumped once Duterte doesn’t find him worth keeping.

“Such is the fate of loyal but brain-dead vassals who, unlike the Gordons, Pimentels, and Sottos, have not thought about an exit strategy. There is only one man that Duterte will never dump: Duterte,” the former congressman said.

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