By: Elena Grace Flores
Insulting people and by making drastic promises and threats that sound so unconventional and exaggerated attracted more than 16 million voters and installed President Rodrigo Duterte as President of the Philippines.
Now, “the Punisher” is governing with the same insults, promises and threts in his humorous but below the belt ways which is another “tell-it-like-it-is” politician, just like America’s very own Donald J. Trump.
Calling the US ambassador a “gay son of a bitch,” during a military talk and boasting how he complained to Secretary of State John Kerry about Goldberg without respect to one of America’s most senior diplomats, because he was annoyed with his criticisms when he made that rape joke to the dead Australian missionary.
The State Department immediately clarified the statement made by the president,” according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau. What’s to understand? The candidate who campaigned with insults and threats is now governing with insults and threats. Much worse, it turns out his campaign threats, even the most outrageous, were not empty. Certainly, Duterte gave a bad impression internationally no matter how his supporters will defend him.
In fact, Trump is likened with Duterte as a plainspoken strongman. He attracted voters with promises to tackle the country’s problems without regard for the pleasantries of human rights or the respect to the vital objections of the elites. He vowed to clean the streets of criminals and drug dealers, promising to fill Manila Bay with the corpses of criminals and he did just that plus dead bodies of the innocents.
He refused to apologize for anything he had said even if it was not only Goldberg who commented on his bad joke saying;
“I was angry she was raped, yes, that was one thing. But she was so beautiful, I think the mayor should have been first. What a waste”; referring to the Australian victim in Davao.
The comment sparked criticism not only from the American envoy but also many others.
In the five weeks since he took office, hundreds have been killed without due process. His “Kill List despite not being updated,” is still being used to shame those who are suspected to have something to do with the illegal drug trade including one judge who already died eight years ago.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Maria Lourdes Sereno, who issued a letter politely urging the President to respect the “constitutional order” got alarming martial law threats from the president. However, after realizing that the judiciary has a say in any martial law proceeding, he apologized to the latter blaming his temper.
The President is noted to attack anybody who will interfere with his plans. the President also started his war on powerful business figures. “I am fighting a monster,” he said, “… believe me, I will destroy their clutches in our country.” Then he went on naming the said “monsters” including Roberto Ongpin, chairman of of PhilWeb, a major gaming technology firm. PhilWeb’s stock wend down and Ongpin resigned. So, welcome to the man who will bring some destruction before the order comes back hopefully in the near future.