Rodrigo Roa Duterte: The Philippine President, The Punisher, The Total Genius, The Patriotic

Rodrigo Roa Duterte: The Philippine President, The Punisher, The Total Genius, The Patriotic


He is the strong leader with a soft heart. He is the ordinary man against the oligarchs, the crime-fighter, the benevolent dictator, the savior. He is the catalyst for change.

““It will be only one Filipino nation.” ~ Pres. Duterte

“I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am a native of the Philippines,” the tough-talking Duterte





President Rodrigo Roa Duterte calls for a press conference at the Presidential Guest House inside the DPWH Panacan Depot in Davao City on August 21, 2016.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday invited the United Nations to come to the Philippines for a public “conference” on killings linked to his relentless war on drugs.

The UN representative can ask him “all that you want to know,” Duterte said in a televised news conference at the presidential guest house in Davao City.

“Extra-judicial killings, I will do the explanation in public, for international release if you want,” he said.

Duterte’s statement compared to an earlier statement by his spokesman, Ernesto Abella, which chided the UN for “unwelcome meddling.”

Duterte did not name the UN representative, but in a Twitter post on Friday, UN special rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard said she was willing to investigate the killings in the Philippines.

“I am willing to answer. I assume full responsibility for what happened because I was the one who ordered it,” he said.

Duterte on Sunday also criticized the UN for not doing enough to stop violence in Syria, which he blamed on the United States.

“I don’t see anybody from this stupid body complaining about the stench of death” in Syria, he said.

Duterte said the UN should have written him instead of criticizing him in a public statement.

“You have fallen short of the protocol needed to respect, you must be a s***. You did not follow the basic rudiments of protocol,” he said.

“Maybe well just have to decide to separate from the UN kung ganauan kayo kabastos p***** e umalis na kami diyan sa inyo [If you are that rude, we will leave you],” he said.

Asked by reporters if he was serious, Duterte said: “The joke is on you.” He said the UN should return the country’s contributions first before the country could leave the group.

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Slams international journalist by answering questions on increasing numbers of killings and the posible of violation in human rights


Mr. Miller is a UK Journalist based in Asia, his question was about the rumours that Duterte released a death squad to kill the criminals without facing any legal processes.

The President answered the question very well and made the journalist speechless.

“Compare the number deaths of the drug personalities on my administration to the previous administration, and you will realize that the number of deaths are the same. It’s just that, those who were killed in the past were the innocent ones.” President Duterte said to the journalist.

The President also mentioned the killings of black people in america and the bombing in Syria.

He also mentioned the iconic Syrian boy named Omran who miraculously survived bombing inAleppo Syria.

Duterte’s answer to Mr. Miller has gone viral and earned praises worldwide and gained hundred thousands of shares on the social media.

Some foreigners also said that the President of the Philippines really knows what is the problem and what issues must be priotize by US and UN.


Offshore-Filipino activist John Arceneaux praises new Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, lawyer & former Mayor, as a genuine grassroots change agent, not genocider

Filipino President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is not the genocider, rape-joke maker, and death squad leader as depicted by Matrix mind-control media, says Arceneaux.

According to press reports, “Duterte said he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also discussed human rights, and he said he told Trudeau: ‘Universal Declaration of Human rights, fine, I said ‘I’m following it, but Mr. Prime Minister, with few exceptions.’”

Arceneaux, an IT entrepreneur who has pioneered social media for off-shore Filipinos, notes that offshore Filipinos play a dominant financial and social role in Filipino society. Yet, Arceneaux says, off-shore Filipinos have had no voice in the Philippines that have represented their interests domestically in the Philippines as well as overseas in nations like Saudi Arabia and Singapore where Filipinos represent a high percentage of skilled and unskilled labor.

Incoming President Duterte, Arceneaux says, will be responsive to the needs of offshore Filipinos, known as “Pilipino sa Ibayong-dagat”.

The UK Guardian reports that Duterte is now threatening journalists with assassination, something condemns.

By Alfred Lambremont Webre


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte calls for a press conference at the Presidential Guest House inside the DPWH Panacan Depot in Davao City on August 21, 2016. 

Story highlights

  • Philippines president fires back at UN criticism of his anti-drug tactics
  • International body recently condemned Duterte’s deadly approach to drug problem
  • President Duterte Fires Thousands of Political Appointees
  • De Lima Affair with Driver ‘Gave Rise’ to NBP Corruption
  • Napoles List Deserves A Second Look

MANILA: The Philippines is not leaving the United Nations, the foreign minister said Monday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to quit the body after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Duterte’s statement “is a statement expressing profound disappointment and frustration”.

We are committed to the U.N. despite our numerous frustrations with this international agency,” Yasay told a news conference. (


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Duterte enjoys high levels of support among Filipinos, who he says are tired of the scourge of drugs.
However, the new president’s approach to drug crime is facing scrutiny within the country, with one of Duterte’s most vocal opponents, Senator Leila de Lima, conducting an inquiry into the high numbers of drug-related deaths since he took office.
The senator has called Dela Rosa to a senate hearing on the issue.
Last week, in a speech to police officials, Duterte launched a deeply personal attack on de Lima, shocking many Filipinos.
Duterte stands by his tactics, which he says are justified in ridding the country of drugs.
My orders are for the police to go out and hunt for criminals,” he said. ‘I tell them to arrest these criminals if they surrender peacefully, but kill them if they put up a violent struggle. I assume full responsibility for what happens.





Duterte gets support of Australian netizens in war against drugs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in 60 MINUTES (Australian television program)

“The recent documentary made by the 60 MINUTES (Australian television program) is very biased. This is giving a wrong message to the viewers trying to destroy the good credibility of our beloved president. The reporter tried to show that President Duterte, PNP Chief De la Rosa and the policemen are abusive officers committing crimes against human rights without going deeper to know the real story to show the real situation. 60 minutes failed to show numerous drug related heinous crimes that Pres. Duterte  giving extreme measures to solve those issues. Human Rights Campaigner Cookie Diokno saying ‘This isn’t a war on drugs. It’s a war on poor people’ misleading the 60minutes. The President is dealing with the druglords, the drug traffickers who are not poor. They are wealthy people who are pressing poor to getting poorer. The President didn’t order to kill all the criminals and he doesn’t want everybody to die. She is exaggerating her views. The killings of criminals are justified. The shoot-to-kill order is only applicable to those RESISTING ARREST in a situation when drawing guns first leaving the police with no other option but to take them down. This does not reflect the real situation in the Philippines right now. One thing worst, the journalist relied much on his translator who is giving him lame opinion. The translator lied to him, as the drug user said he bought 300 pesos worth of drugs for him to smoke!”  ~

Duterte gets support of Australian netizens in war against drugs

Australian news show 60 Minutes Australia, which prides itself in being that country’s “leading current affairs program” with more than “35 years of excellence,” was slammed on social media for its one-sided and decidedly unflattering portrayal of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his crusade against drug lords and criminals. 

Comments from the Philippines and Australia, where the program aired, were almost unanimous in condemning the report. Many of the commenters told the reporters that they should have spent more time in the Philippines instead of relying on the word of one or two people.

One of the best comments, which perfectly captures the sentiments of majority of Filipinos towards their own media and how it presents Duterte’s war on drugs, was from Miss Lauren Jaide who writes:

“Shame 60 minutes. I understand you need a catchy headline to attract an audience but to say 600 murdered in two weeks essentially by the president is defamation. One drug dealer would have multiple clients but for arguments sake let’s say at least 5 clients each. Now if there were 600 drug dealers with 5 customers each that is 3000 people. That is 3000 lives that are lost to drugs, that is 3000 families whom are affected by drugs. Let’s not be naïve to think there are only 600 drug dealers and drug pushers in the Philippines…. There are many many more so 3000 is a conservative figure. In reality the affect of drugs in the Philippines is crippling. Drug dealers may not all directly murder people (though some do) but they do kill people, ruin lives and destroy families. It is heart breaking to lose any life and I’m sure everyone has a reason as to why they ‘had’ to become a drug dealer but these people are being given an opportunity to surrender, to make the right choice, to stop killing people via drugs – if they choose to continue then they are fully aware of the consequences for their actions.

Philippines is a beautiful country and now they finally have a president whom is not corrupt, who has a proven track record of lowering crime rates and drug activity and who truly wants the best for his people. I can’t wait to go back to Philippines and not have to have a guard with an AK47 escort my children and I from our car to the hotel entrance whilst physically removing a woman whom pushed her way through to grab at me and my son….. My heart breaks for the poverty and those affected by it. May Duterte be successful in his vision for Philippines.”

Here is a sampling of some of the comments made on the post.


On behalf of the many Filipinos who support President Duterte in his sincere desire to clean up the Philipines, not for his sake (he is 71 years old, after all), but for the sake of our children — we would like to say thank you to Ms. Jaide and all the other Australians who stood up for fair and balanced reporting.

It is disconcerting when you turn on the news, or read the papers, or go to any of the websites of the supposedly “reputable” media outlets and see that what they are reporting is completely different from your own reality. This is why so many people are now turning to social media, not for news but for validation that what they are feeling is also shared by other people. Your comments from the other side of the world are much appreciated.

Duterte is a known master tactician and strategist – in comparison to others. The most brilliant strategy Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte’s Strategy: ‘A Total Genius!’

In a post written by Romeo Poquiz ‘The Duterte Strategy’, he exposed how Duterte a master strategist.

The Duterte Strategy

Now it can be told. Many still don’t get it. Duterte is a masterful tactician and strategist – all others pale in comparison.

Opening Strategy
Remember the non-filing of his candidacy after the deadline and later substitution, where everybody was in suspense until he delivered the coup de grace? If Ruy Lopez has a classic chess opening strategy, Duterte does not only have an opening but also middlegame and endgame strategies – the Duterte Strategy.

Middlegame Strategy
No money, no machinery? Think again. He uses his weakness as his strength. He is not known outside Mindanao and he needs billions for media exposure. Result? He got it for free.

He pokes fun and sometimes ridicule, double-talks, uses sarcasm, hyperbole, pun and other figures of speech. Cursing is one of his weaknesses but why do people get more excited everytime he curses? He uses feints and subterfuges and lures and traps the enemy. Trillanes was a victim – largely due to his own viciousness, hubris and stupidity. Roxas, in a desperate move, joined in the fray. Both of them – CHECKMATE!

Secret bank accounts? Oh, come on! They are not secret – they are in listed in Duterte’s own name, which anybody can check, as what Trillanes had done, naturally. Hidden wealth? Oh my! With his daughter as a joint depositor in the account, which makes her an automatic candidate herself for criminal prosecution? They are both lawyers and they are not that stupid. If Duterte had those wealth, he should have stashed them elsewhere under a fictitious name or have spent them already since he is already old with only a few years left. Besides, he needs a pair of quality shoes.

Ask the people in Davao why they are very passionate in defending him. I myself will not be very stupid enough to defend him if the allegations of his opponents are true. If he has no track record to back him up, I would have been a goner a long time ago. Again, refer to Exhibit Number 1 – DAVAO CITY. Example: He donated his own house in Davao City as a hospital for children cancer patients.

Endgame Strategy
The casting of votes will be in 7 days. HE IS WAY UP IN THE TILLS, with his opponents desperately clinging together and using the might of their combined forces and resources to bring him down. NO WAY will they succeed!

Their only hope? CHEATING, of course! Will Duterte be worried? Hell, NO! In fact, Cheating will lead to a revolution (without bloodshed, I pray). A revolutionary government ( unlike that of Cory Aquino) will fast track the Change required of this country.

Remember: Duterte had no Money and Machinery. The millions of his supporters, even very poor ones, spent their own money and used all their available means to campaign for Duterte. They waited long hours under the searing heat of the sun, without food and water, even until past midnight just to hear him speak. These supporters who all invested so much cannot accept to be cheated and will treat cheaters unkindly with all they got.

The people are his machinery. If you missed going to any of his campaign sorties, you will not understand. His supporters do not only have fires in their bellies – they have blazes burning in their hearts.

On election day, Duterte will be in a faraway beach, topless with a leg up on a table, sipping coffee and reading a magazine while waiting for the events he planned to unfold. He will not do and say anything as things unfold. The people will bring him there.


[Source Romeo Poquiz Facebook]

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Mr. Jose Alejandrino tried to explain on his viral Facebook post.

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No president of the Philippines before Rodrigo Duterte dared take on so many big problems simultaneously. He is fighting corruption, illegal drugs and criminality, the oligarchy, tax evaders and smugglers, to name the main ones. A David fighting so many Goliaths on so many fronts. It takes guts and Rodrigo Duterte has guts.

That is why makes Rodrigo exceptional. He is not afraid to lose his life, his honor, his presidency in pursuit of what he believes in. To protect his law-abiding countrymen and women, to build a new nation for our children and grandchildren.

He is ready to defy Satan because he believes in his God-given mission. He believes in putting the Filipino First in his dealings with foreign nations. He believes in saying what many Filipinos dare not say, whether it is to his people, the politicians, or to the church.

Like Heneral Antonio Luna, he is bold and brilliant. Like Andres Bonifacio, he is a Katipunero and a revolutionary. And despite his making fun of his own academic credentials, he has the intellect of a Jose Rizal.

He is a man who has been underestimated. Beneath that provincial look is a clever politician, a smart strategist, an awesome tactician. He has different strokes for different folks. He is capable of disarming his political rivals with charm and politeness only to swing a sledgehammer when needed.

Rodrigo is different because he doesn’t care for his job. Being president does not impress him. It is just a job he was elected to do and he intends to do it his way. Sorry na lang for his critics. They can say what they want but that will not divert him from his purpose. No other president is as focused as he is.

These are the qualities that make a great leader. FVR got it right when he asked me what I thought of Rodrigo being the next president. I said I didn’t know whether he wanted to be president. Before I knew it, FVR was on the plane to Davao to convince him to run.

Once Rodrigo made up his mind, I promised FVR I would do everything I could to help him win. FVR knew what I was talking about. He didn’t need to know the details. He left it up to me to work them out operating in the shadows as I had always done with previous presidents.

As I had predicted to FVR when he ran for the presidency, I also predicted Rodrigo would be the next president. How did I know? Ask the Good Lord. It is He who makes everything happen.


Source: Jose Alejandrino/Facebook


‘Duterte phenomenon’ reveals democratic fatigue

“It’s going to be bloody. People will die,” warns 71 year-old Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking politician.

He is the Godfather, the Punisher, John Wayne riding in from the mesas to save the helpless town folk. He is the man who will break rules and pull triggers, the man in fatigues cradling the rifle – the big man with big gun and the big threats, whose moral code is the code of the wild, the Rappler piece says.

Duterte believes he can save the badlands where peace is broken, no citizen is safe, criminals work overtime, the police are corrupt and every addict is armed, according to a profile of him published inRappler, an influential Manila-based online news site.
If I promise to kill you, I will really kill you,” Duterte told one rally, raising an iron fist, the symbol of his candidacy to lead the island nation of 100 million people.
Duterte’s campaign rallies are like raucous parties with his supporters screaming and applauding his crass and expletive-laden remarks which often mock many of the Philippines’ democratic institutions and customs.
Millions of Filipinos frustrated and angry at violence, a lack of law and order, corruption, infrastructure bottlenecks and perceived weak political leadership have found a champion in the mayor of Davao, the largest city on the southern island of Mindanao.

“Frustrated with the shortcomings of democratically elected governments in the past, a growing number of Filipinos are giving in to democratic fatigue and embracing autocratic nostalgia,” says Richard Heydarian, a political science professor at Manila’s De Le Salle University.

Heydarian says Duterte’s rise threatens the country’s elite democracy – a political system dominated by powerful dynastic families that supplanted the administration of the late corrupt dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship 30 years ago.

He says the country’s mood is one of grievance politics and a yearning for change – for better or for worse.

“The Philippines is steadily giving into ‘strongman syndrome‘, the misguided belief that tough-talking and political will alone can address complex 21st-century governance challenges.”

The “Duterte phenomenon“, which cuts across all classes and demographics, has been fuelled by the image of a strong mayor who put the fear of God into criminals, turning a city of 1.4 million into one of the country’s safest urban areas, although some independent analysts have questioned the achievements.

Duterte’s portrayal of himself as the whisky-sipping, gun-slinging tough guy who wiped out criminals and drug dealers has propelled him towards the country’s highest office, despite few people ever being prosecuted for the vigilante crimes or copycat death squads that have emerged in other cities.

For almost two decades the highest levels of successive Philippine governments ignored Duterte’s ruthless approach to crime while the abuses have drawn scant public criticism in a country where crime rates have soared in recent years.

This is a manifestation of the deep frustration and disenchantment about many problems that are not being resolved,” says political analyst Temario Rivera.

“While voters know that the solution is not that simple they are looking for a leader that is decisive and has the political will.”

Duterte says he is not smart but vows to make things happen and is willing to hunt down criminals … [and] as a guarantee, he has also pledged to resign if he fails to deliver on his promises,” Cornelio says.


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: A Socialist in Disguise?

Time magazine called him “The Punisher”, while other publications refer to him as “Duterte Harry”, the Trump of the Philippines, or a “dictator in waiting”. I feel compelled by the somewhat simplistic analyses in Canada and elsewhere concerning the new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, to weigh in with a somewhat more balanced view of this controversial figure.

Elected by an overwhelming majority of over six million votes last May, “Digong” was inaugurated as President of this South-East Asian country of over 100 million on June 30. In a clear sign that this was not business as usual, Duterte invited the leaders of a rally of thousands that had marched to the gates of the Presidential Palace, Malacañang, to join him inside the Palace. The leaders presented Duterte with a People’s Agenda that includes a 15-point Program for Nationalist and Progressive Change as well as a more detailed agenda for the First 100 days. The topics in the agenda range from economic development, social policy, peace and human rights, to governance and foreign policy.

Traditionally such rallies are met with water cannons and truncheons, and sometimes live bullets.

Following his election, Alternative International interviewed Duterte in Davao, a city of two million on the southern island of Mindanao where he was mayor for 20 years. Surrounded by a throng of journalists, bodyguards and well wishers, they waited their turn in a hotel meeting room until almost midnight as Duterte dined in the next room with Philippine boxing legend and recently re-elected Senator, Manny Paquiao. The dinner was followed by a marathon two-hour press conference. By the time Duterte arrived for Alternative International interview, he was tired and had a migraine, but was still ready to talk for over 40 minutes.

The interview will be part of a new independent documentary I am working on about a legendary leader of the revolutionary Philippine left, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, who it turns out was Duterte’s professor of political economy during university.

In Canada and elsewhere in the global North, we seem to like our politics Euro- or Americano-centric, and simple. There are the good guys and the bad guys.

Generally, the good guys are those leaders who offer foreign mining and other corporations a free hand to do business in their country without too many controls or regulations, or who buy western military material and/or support western powers’ decision to bomb, send troops and/or occupy other countries in the name of “democracy”. The Philippines is such a country, tied to the US in particular through a series of unequal treaties and agreements since the former colonial master granted the Philippines formal independence in 1949. Canadian mining corporations have been benefitting from these policies, including TVI in Mindanao.

The bad guys are everybody else.

But Duterte, despite a foul mouth, provocative statements on rape and the Pope, and association with anti-drug “death squads” in Davao, does not easily fit into such a black and white dichotomy. He is a conundrum to both those on the “left” as well as the “right” of the political spectrum, as Philippine activist Carol Pagaduan-Araullo points out in her column, Streetwise.

Araullo notes, “For those on the Right who support him — who comprise the socio-economic elite, the dominant classes, the status quoers, the political conservatives, and reactionaries — Duterte is what the ruling system needs to “fix” what is broken and in so doing maintain and strengthen it further.”

They hope Duterte will “act as the charismatic demagogue who can make the people believe that the system can still be fixed and that he is the one to do it.”

Meanwhile the poor and disenfranchised, of which there are plenty in the Philippines — 66 million of a population of 100 million live in abject poverty, less than $3.50 a day, while 20% of the labour force are obliged to seek work abroad — were supportive of Duterte’s calls for law and order and “death” to drug pushers.

They also supported Duterte’s promise to end corruption, incompetence, and subservience to Washington, the hallmarks of the previous regime of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. Noynoy is the son of former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, who replaced the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. Great hopes had thus been placed in Cory’s successor, hopes that were soundly dashed over the last six years.

 However, behind the crass law and order bluster of the new President lies a more complex character. Duterte refers to himself as a “socialist” and “the first Left President of the Philippines”. In the heart of the election campaign he conducted a widely publicized Skype exchange with Prof. Sison, founding chairperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The CPP and the armed revolutionary force it commands, the New People’s Army (NPA), is present in scores of guerilla fronts in 71 of the 81 Philippine provinces and has been waging a people’s war for the past 47 years – drawing support from millions of people in all parts of the country.

Duterte invited Sison, 76, back to the Philippines and offered the CPP four cabinet posts. Sison, who was tortured and imprisoned for nine years under the Marcos dictatorship, has lived in forced exile in the Netherlands, with wife Julieta de Lima, for the last 30 years following the removal of his Philippine passport by the government of Cory Aquino.

The Skype call to Sison was part of a concerted effort by Duterte to immediately resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which represents the CPP, the New Peoples Army (NPA) and 16 other revolutionary organizations.

Although Duterte fundamentally represents the interests of the Philippine elite, as Araullo points out, “his record of non-antagonistic and, even more so, friendly ties with the New People’s Army in Davao City, as well as support for the Leftist movement in general, underscore three aspects of Duterte that distinguish him from other run-of-the-mill bourgeois politicians.”

Firstly, he does not spout the rabid anti-communism of his predecessors and considers revolutionaries neither “terrorists nor traitors, but as patriots who are seeking radical societal change for the good of the majority of the people,” writes Araullo.

Secondly, Duterte acknowledges “the deep socio-economic and political underpinnings of armed conflicts cannot be resolved by military means alone.

Duterte announced his intention to release all political prisoners including the 18 NDFP peace consultants who were illegally arrested by previous governments despite protection under the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). In my interview with Duterte, he seemed to backtrack somewhat on the promise of general amnesty for political prisoners, saying that his will start with the release of the “leaders” involved in the peace talks. Human Rights advocates in the Philippines are already stepping up pressure tactics to get him to respect his promise to release all, especially starting with the sick, women and elderly for humanitarian reasons. There are currently over 560 political prisoners in the Philippines, according to the principal human rights organization, Karapatan.

Thirdly, Duterte has thumbed his nose at conventional ideas and norms about how a President should act, notably with the former colonial power, the USA, as well as with the Philippine Congress, Supreme Court, the judiciary, civilian bureaucracy, and Catholic church hierarchy, along with the big landlords and the foreign multinationals and their local associates.

His attitude towards the powerful Catholic Church is noteworthy in a country where about 80 percent of the population are Catholics, the largest concentration in any Asian country. With divorce still illegal and the church hierarchy opposing abortion and contraception, Duterte has called the church a “most hypocritical institution” and has come out in favour of birth control.

Duterte has so far proved to be a clever tactician, weaving a complex path between the status quo and reform, keeping the extreme right at bay, with their thinly veiled threats of a military coup, while reaching out to the revolutionary left as he tries to put into place his vision of a “reformed ’socialist’ society“.

In the late night interview which took place a month before his swearing-in, Duterte told Alternative International that he is more comfortable being known as the first left “mayor” of the Philippines. He had trouble with the idea of President.

And in response to the accusation that he is a Trump clone, Duterte replied, “no I am not like Trump, I am not a bigot who discriminates against Muslims and other such people.” Duterte has been strongly supportive of marginalized minorities, including Moro Muslims and their call for greater autonomy, and is an advocate for gay marriage and LGBT rights.

Duterte has also carried through on his promise to offer cabinet posts to representatives of the left after Sison formally declined the offer for Communists to take the positions.

The new cabinet members include feminist professor Judy Taguiwalo and peasant leader Rafael “Paeng” Mariano. Taguiwalo was named Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). A former political prisoner, she was head of the Department of Women and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines and has a Canadian connection, earning her master’s degree at Carleton University.

Taguiwalo wasted no time showing her colours by visiting a refugee centre for hundreds of Lumads, or Philippine indigenous people, on the southern island of Mindanao. They were forced from their land under counter insurgency operations by the Philippine military and hired mercenaries under the former government.

Mariano, a farmer and chairman of the militant peasant’s organization, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Philippine Peasant’s Movement – KMP), will head the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). Mariano has said that he will investigate the situation at the huge plantation four hours north of Manila, Hacienda Luisita, which is owned by the family of the outgoing President Aquino and where there is an epic battle for land underway led by landless peasants. The struggle is symbolic of the continuing feudal land holding structure and lack of true land reform in the Philippines.

Peace talks will begin between the Duterte government and the NDFP in the coming weeks in Norway, which is acting as mediator. This is a major advance since peace talks with the former government were stalled since 2011. CPP founder Prof. Sison stated that he wishes to return to the Philippines as early as this this month (July) to be personally present for the release of the political prisoners and the signing of the preliminary peace talk documents. Sison is a senior advisor to the NDFP in the peace talks.

Sison, however, is facing opposition from Washington, which since the Philippine election has renewed the mislabelling of the revolutionary forces, the CPP and NPA, as “terrorist”. Sison points out that it is “hypocritical” for US imperialism, “the biggest terrorist power in the world” to try to sabotage and upset the peace process with the incoming Duterte government.

The meddling by the US reveals just one of the basic challenges facing the Duterte government and the Philippine people.

It is going to take a lot more than a few reforms to root out the entrenched system of wealth and power of the landed elite, big business, and bureaucrat capitalists that is backed by the police and military, the judiciary and the military might of the United States. Even those reforms will only stand a chance of being enacted if the Philippine people organize and mobilize to keep up the pressure on the Duterte government in the face of the fierce opposition that will arise.

There will no doubt be many more surprises in store under President Rodrigo Duterte, and as my Philippine friends have pointed out, he could be the best, or the worst, President the Philippines has known.


Malcolm Guy is a Montreal-based filmmaker and anti-imperialist activist.

‘Dutertismo’ – The Philippine version of ‘Facism’

Duterte kisses Philippine flag

At the end of his rambling speeches before mesmerized crowds, presidential candidate and preelection poll frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte touches the Philippine flag that is brought to him on cue. He brings it to his lips, and solemnly proclaims: “Together let’s fix this country.” As he raises his clenched fist, the audience breaks into ecstatic applause.

No other presidential candidate in Philippine political history has used the nation’s highest symbol so deliberately and to such effect. This melodramatic patriotic gesture seems to work. Instead of explaining his political program, Duterte regales his listeners with stories of his frustrating encounters with a dysfunctional national government and how he deals with these to produce tangible results in Davao City. He himself admits he has no program of his own to offer, and that he intends to copy some of the good plans of his rivals.

What is urgent, he says, is that we restore order and respect for authority. He laments the fact that criminals, drug peddlers, and corrupt public officials have been able to act with impunity by exploiting the weaknesses of the judicial system. In this manner, he articulates the exasperation and desperation that the people experience in their daily lives.

But more than this, he unleashes a torrent of aggressive and resentful impulses not previously seen in our society, except perhaps in social media. For now, the explicit targets are the drug syndicates, criminals, and government functionaries who spend more time making money for themselves than in serving the public. In the future, they can be any group that is perceived to stand in the way of genuine change.

Never going into specifics, Duterte promises just one thing: the will and leadership to do what needs to be done—to the point of killing and putting one’s own life on the line. “If you are not prepared to kill and be killed, you have no business being president of this country,” he has said on more than one occasion.

This is pure theater—a sensual experience rather than the rational application of ideas to society’s problems. Observing the same phenomenon in Europe in the 1920s, the Marxist critic Walter Benjamin interpreted the events that saw the rise of Hitler and Mussolini as the transformation of politics into aesthetics. In Germany, this phenomenon came to be known as Nazism; in Italy, it was called Fascism.

It would probably be appropriate to call its Philippine incarnation “Dutertismo.” Calling Duterte a fascist would probably not mean anything to the average Filipino. If at all, it might focus inordinate attention on the man himself and the dark charisma he projects, when what is needed is to understand the movement he has given life to and the collective anger and despair it represents.

It would be instructive for all of us, in this election season, to take a moment to step back from the political personalities that today occupy center stage, and view the broader picture that seems to be upon us in the light of the history of other countries. A book titled “The anatomy of fascism” written by former Columbia University professor Robert O. Paxton and published in 2004 has proved to be an eye-opener for me.

Fascism is neither a distinct ideology nor a coherent philosophy of government. Therefore, it would be hard to locate it in the political spectrum between Right and Left. Its agenda changes as it moves, rejecting what it regards as the flabbiness of existing moral and political institutions.

It draws its base from all social classes, from the cities as well as the countryside, attracting support from businessmen as well as former soldiers, workers and peasants, intellectuals and artists, statesmen and shopkeepers. Paxton quotes an entry from the diary of the novelist Thomas Mann in March 1933, shortly after Hitler became Germany’s chancellor. What Mann saw was a revolution “without underlying ideas, against ideas, against everything nobler, better, decent, against freedom, truth and justice.”

As puzzling as it might appear, this complex phenomenon can be explained, Paxton writes.  “Fascism rested not upon the truth of its doctrine but upon the leader’s mystical union with the historic destiny of his people…. Fascist leaders made no secret of having no program.  Mussolini exulted in that absence.”  Hitler had a 25-point program but he also declared it to be changeable, staunchly refusing to make “cheap” promises. Indeed, what this really signified, says Paxton, is that “the debate had ceased.”

Fascists dismissed modern liberal politicians as “culpably incompetent guardians” against the enemies of the state. They had nothing but contempt for humanist enlightenment values. The supreme irony is that the typical bearers of these values—the educated middle classes—found themselves cooperating with, if not actively supporting, the movement. Unable to appreciate the complexity of the problems facing modern society, and seeing only the unpalatable choices before them, they primed themselves for a “brutal anti-intellectualism” that reduced everything to the “will and leadership” of the strongman.

Reading Paxton’s book while watching Digong Duterte speak before the Makati Business Club gave me goose pimples. These captains of industry came to listen to his economic program. The man started by reading the scanty notes before him with undisguised indifference. He then put these notes aside and used up the time telling them about how he dealt with criminals, and how he was more honest about his libido than any of them in the room.

As it turned out, he was the program they came to hear.


When we had enough of the self righteous a-holes


Mark Lopez

In a nation full of hypocritical rightists, pretentious moralists, and deceitful public servants, I’d take a foul-mouthed, uncouth and disgusting president anytime of the day, including Sundays and Holidays.

And I actually don’t care if I am labeled a tard or be lumped in the same mold of that man, I am taking comfort in the distasteful words and action that he is spewing against criminals, plunderers, traitors, oligarchs and all those who betrayed the public trust. I am relishing every curse, every accusation, every revelation of wrong doing.

Because deep within me, I am cursing and accusing as well. Because whenever I look around, I see the effect of neglect, of ineptitude, of pure rhetoric and hollow accomplishments, of empty promises, and plain callousness.

I am tired of all the bullshit of politicians pretending to be statesmen when they are nothing but plain plunderers. Evidence? Just look around – traffic, crime, urban decay, dilapidated infrastructure, floods, long lines, migration, poverty, inequality, and waste of resources.

And I am so wary of pseudo crusaders, fake thought leaders, pious pastors and deceptive opinion makers. They who impose their version of what is true or what is right are no better than trolls or mongers.

And due process is a catchphrase that is ideal in utopia. In our real every day living, it is nothing but a shield of the powerful against the powerless, and a cover of cowards who cannot take responsibility for their action. In our world, “due process” is the tool of sly and savvy lawyers from elite schools to play around and make a mockery of real justice.

We have had due process for decades. What it did is make the rich richer, the poor poorer, and justified the injustice.

I did not vote to look for perfection, for decency or to exalt a presidency. I voted for a leader who recognizes what my country has become, and change it to what it should be. A leader who is emphatic of what people have endured and suffered for so long, and wants to act on it.

A leader who is willing to kill and be killed, just to clean up the mess that incompetence and greed left behind for so long.

We have suffered far more than we have to as a nation.

Enough is enough.

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Beyond war on drugs, Duterte seen setting up economic boom

Less than two months in office, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is getting high marks from the business community for policies that could engineer an economic surge and companies say they are making new investments as a result.

While Duterte may be getting headlines for a bloody war against drug dealers and users, less attention has been paid to one of Asia’s few economic success stories.

The groundwork was laid by Duterte’s predecessor, President Benigno Aquino, who took growth above 6 percent over his six-year term , but executives are also cheering the new administration’s focus on building new infrastructure and say it could spell the start of a long-term boom. Some even see Duterte’s violent and highly controversial anti-drugs campaign as potentially positive.

“We are in a very good spot,” said Antonio Moncupa Jr., president and CEO of East-West Banking Corp, one of the top 10 lenders in the country. “The pronouncement of government prioritising infrastructure spending, accelerating it and cutting red tape, solving peace and order, I think all point to very good prospects ahead.”

Last week, the government announced that the Philippines’ economy grew at 7 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, its highest level in three years. It makes the Philippines the fastest growing among all countries that have reported so far for the second quarter.

When Duterte won the May presidential election, there were questions marks over how he would handle the economy – Duterte, who is nicknamed “the Punisher”, has been unapologetic over unleashing the police on drug users and dealers. Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said on Monday that there have been 1,800 drug-related deaths since Duterte took over as president, with 712 of those at the hands of the police.

The new president has launched a crackdown on online gambling, vowed to destroy oligarchs, warned that the country could live without a mining industry if environmental standards were not met and called the U.S. ambassador a “gay son of a whore”.

But Duterte has a 91 percent approval rating in the latest public survey and businesses are lining up to announce expansion plans. The mainstays of the economy – remittances and the outsourcing sector – are flourishing and boosting domestic consumption.

Domestic expansion

Jollibee Foods Corp., the biggest fastfood chain in the country, plans to open 200 more domestic stores this year. So does Robinsons Retail, taking its total to over 1,500. BDO Unibank Inc, the country’s biggest lender, plans to open 50-100 new branches this year.

“We are supportive and encouraged by the new administration’s socio-economic agenda, which has a holistic approach for the benefit of all, including JFC,” said Jollibee investor relations officer Cossette Palomar.

However, the Philippines has a worrying precedent of a strongman leader.

In the 1960s, when the country had one of the highest per capita incomes in Asia, Ferdinand Marcos took over as president. Two decades of dictatorship, corruption and plunder by Marcos left the Philippines in a shambles.

“Business will be good under this administration,” BDO Unibank executive vice-president Luis Reyes said of Duterte. “Concerns centre more on the extra-judicial killings.”

Supporters of Duterte say even as the long-term mayor of the southern city of Davao, where he earned his reputation for busting crime, he created the conditions for business to flourish.

Government data show that the Davao region’s economy grew by 6.6 percent on average in 2010-14 compared with 6.3 percent for the whole country. According to one estimate, there were more than 20,000 people in outsourcing jobs in the city in 2013, and this sector was growing at more than 20 percent a year.

Duterte’s reputation of carrying out his promises has given businesses plenty to look forward to – for instance his vow to make spending on infrastructure a priority.

“I believe infrastructure is going to grow very fast and it will have a double or triple effect,” said Henry Schumacher of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. “Money will be available. An iron fist is going to be behind it.”

Speed up, or else

In May, Duterte told the country’s main telecom providers to speed up the internet, or he would junk laws that prohibit foreign competition.

Duterte’s economic plan also includes lowering corporate and income taxes and a commitment to invest in education, to reap the demographic dividend of the country’s young population.

About two-thirds of the Philippines’ 100 million people are of working age, between 15 and 64, rising from about 56 percent of the population in 1990. In 2030, about 70 percent of the 125 million people will be of working age, the government has projected.

“This is another advantage given other neighbours in the region, most of Northeast Asia and some in Southeast Asia, have populations that are ageing and are therefore facing labour supply constraints,” said Euben Paracuelles, an economist at Nomura.

Still, Joanne Burgonio, a 27-year-old software analyst in Manila, said it was too early to say what a Duterte presidency would bring.

“My concern is transportation,” she said, adding that she waited two hours for a bus home the previous evening.

“His focus now is (on) drug pushers, hopefully the focus will be on infrastructure. I am optimistic because whatever he promised before he was elected, he is doing.” Reuters

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Quotes


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ANC News Anchor Teddy Locsin Jr. was all praises for President Rodrigo Duterte in his first ever State of the Nation Address (SONA), Locsin sees that Duterte is tired but will do what he can for real change, or die trying. Locsin also compares understanding Duterte to reading a complex book, a complex book will have an effect on you long term while reading a simple book will give you shallow and temporary satisfaction.


Locsin: We Have A Thinking President, Let’s Take Advantage

Published on Jul 25, 2016

Teddy Locsin Jr. talks about the need for deep reading and the new Philippine president and real change.


ANC News Anchor Teddy Locsin Jr. was all praised for President Rodrigo Duterte in his first ever State of the Nation Address (SONA), Locsin sees that Duterte is tired but will do what he can for real change, or die trying.

Locsin also compares Duterte as to like reading a complex book, a complex book will have an effect on you long term while reading a simple book will give you shallow and temporary satisfaction.

“If you read simple book, It will bring you immediate pleasure but only a passing and shallow understanding of our complex world” Locsin said.

“I’m saying this because we now have a president who will influence what we reads, and therefor what we think.” he added.

Seasoned Politician
Locsin also said that Duterte might be mistaken for superficiality and simple mindedness, but he is the furthest from that.

“He has lived through the hardest times of our country, he has heard the tattered banners of opposing camps, beating the hurricane winds or our politics and conflicts” he said.

“He speaks little but speaks volumes, he has isolated surprisingly complicated words, shouts of the suffering of out people and speaks faintly of the hopes they are giving up” he added.

Thinking President
Locsin praised Duterte for having the best suggestions in tackling the root problems facing our country.

“We have a thinking president, let us make the effort to think as hard as he does” Locsin challenged his audiences “make no mistake, whether he has read the situation rightly or wrongly, he will proceed twat, on the conclusions he has arrived at with much hard thought and deep reflection”.

“So he will not stop, unless we give him a compelling reason to stop, and also a better way to seek to good ends he seeks” Locsin added.

Old, Resolve
He also sees that Duterte is old and tired but the resolve in him is still shining bright.

“He is old, I sense he is tired, but he is resolve, and while there is breathe in him, not just to talk change like past presidents but make change, and die trying”. Locsin said

“If we do not take advantage of this man’s leadership, we shall miss our last change of real change” are Locsin’s parting words .




The President and The Leader : Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Duterte is no trump! never was and never will,

never was and never will no comparison.




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