posted on Nov, 6 2016 @ 11:47 PM
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: audubon
You know who's business this isn't?
Anyone's but the Filipinos. Has the leader of the Philippines declared war on the states surrounding it? No. If it did? Their job to fix, no one
I agree. Duterte is not a problem that America should address and I don't think that the US govt is taking that position nor will they.
Duterte, despite, his very high popularity numbers that brought him into office is not an effective president for the Philippine Republic. In fact he
is fast becoming the country's biggest threat to its constitution and an even greater threat to its economy.
I am not a believer in the US's colonialist policies at all, but the fact is that Philippines is married to the US through its history and it is
dependent on the US for its economy. Period.
1/3 of the money coming into PH is through US business and through the 2.5 million Filipinos that live in the US supporting their families back home.
And they do support them in great numbers.
Duterte's election is a product of equal parts fear mongering, national pride, and lack of education.
Sure he is tough on drugs. At the cost of the rights guaranteed by his country's constitution...
Sure he is proud if his country and people and heritage (he is of Chinese descent). At the cost of breeding xenophobic ideas that the evil westerners
are their problem...
The majority of Filipinos are very poor and must trade off education to work just to survive.
It is up to the very capable Filipinos to dump this guy and I believe they will.
Being an American who lives in PH I can only tell you what I have seen first hand and what real Filipinos are saying. And the real Filipinos I know
and socialize with have said that the people will eventually reject Duterte as they have already begun to.
Many believe we wikk see him step aside.
Just my thoughts.
Again, US does not need to do anything here.