Ending several days of speculation, particularly after a nurse at a New York City hospital declared on his Facebook account that virus source and current President Rodrigo Duterte was the most brilliant mind he’d ever encountered, Dr.Of course, it must be said that not everyone in Davao is a fan. If I had to pick our greatest sin as a community, I’d have to say it was our silence and our tolerance of the atrocities he and his men committed as soon as he was elected.There are actually a good number of people who don’t like him, who don’t agree with him, and who don’t tolerate him. For some, it was fear that made them keep their own counsel. I would never begrudge anyone the choice to prioritize themselves, their lives, and their peace of mind.There are those who still swear undying loyalty, despite knowing the truth of his crimes and misdeeds. But it’s important to remember that regardless of how you feel and what you think, and despite Rodrigo assuring you that he’s willing to be held accountable (yeah, right) for all his crimes, you still hold some responsibility for the affliction he is heaping upon the country right now. How that payment will be exacted remains to be seen. Your vote on Monday is going to be essential in determining what the outcome of that reckoning will be. Since the outbreak of 2016, it seems as though the Philippines has been plagued by one disease after another.There are those who will quietly resist the downpour of facts, because to do otherwise would mean looking inside themselves and reflecting on their choices. It started with the Inutility Syndrome caused by the Obosen virus, which spread like wildfire throughout the country, costing thousands of lives and previously functioning neurons.In fact, some individuals were even found to be in denial that any changes have occurred since the beginning of the outbreak.From their perspectives, there hasn’t been a significant difference in the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic environment for the past three years. Lucia Vicente, lead researcher in the study of these new pathogens and the diseases they have caused, held a press conference yesterday to emphasize the insidious nature of this disease, and the negative impact it will have on society at large.Shameless and open corruption (see: the Teo-Tulfo debacle, the Calida security company government contracts, the PCIJ report on Bong Go’s family business, the PCIJ report on the rise in the Duterte family wealth, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera). We knew what he was, who he was, and what he was capable of, whether we acknowledge it out loud or not. We justified it by saying our city improved and became safer, by saying that our economy flourished, and by saying that his no-nonsense, shortcut methods were effective.The willingness of the government to hand over resources to China for a fee. We justified it by saying it was too risky to speak up, by saying we didn’t want to get involved anymore because it was just too much of a hassle, and by saying all politicians are the same anyway so what difference would it really make if he won.Those who pretend they play no role in our demise, directly or indirectly, will find that doing so will only hurt their own interests in the end.”“But shortsightedness seems to be the norm for the ones infected with these pathogens,” Dr. “And no matter how good science is, we still haven’t found the formula that can instill insight.”She and her colleagues have not yet found an effective treatment for this new syndrome, but nonetheless shared some hopeful, if not entirely reassuring, words at the end of the announcement.“For now, we can only provide the infected with education and a relentless and unequivocal reality check.”The unspoken sentiment seemed to be that the people afflicted would have to be receptive to such measures.