a reply to: slider1982
as someone who has lived under Duterte, i say you are in essence wrong. the killings and Duterte do not have a 90% approval rating. it only appears so
to those who's real source of information is on comments on news items. there are a great many people opposed to both. sadly many of those opposing
Duterte have grown fearful of stating their disagreement. this is for good reason. the Philippines has had lots of history with people being killed
over their political disagreements. and such dissenters were openly threatened over their views against Duterte. and when you have someone like
Duterte imprisoning even those in government who disagree with him (ironically on what appears to be trumped up drug charges, like De Lima), or trying
to impeach them. as well as the allowing of not just police, but anyone murdering "suspected" drug users/pushers"
, with no more
than a sign on a tied up dead body saying "drug dealer" (i have seen far too many pictures and video of such bodies on the news the
last few months) to get away with it. added to that the strong history of police corruption. it makes that fear very real. just a couple days ago a
police station was discovered to have a secret and hidden jail cell
. this cell was actively overcrowded to the point of most people having no
choice but to stand because there was no room. these people in the cell were not charged, in fact the police did not even acknowledge the people were
being held by them, for at least days at a time. the purpose was the police trying to extort up to 1 million piso each to not be charged with "drug
crimes". also in the last few days was yet another shoot out, resulting in dead drug suspects
. they showed pictures of the dead
, with a gun, and scattered shells like you would see after being ejected during a gun fight. only problem is the gun was a
. and this is not anything new. within the first two weeks of Duterte there were a lot of stories of people seeing such scenes right
after it happened, and before news crews got there drugs and weapons magically appeared where none were immediately after. not really surprising with
the history of police corruption. corruption which especially the last two governments worked very hard to eradicate. only to have Duterte wipe out
most of their gains against that corruption. until Duterte got elected such stories of police blackmailing, especially for such high sums of money had
practically disappeared. yet just after he was elected a friend of the family was killed when he refused to pay such a large extortion fee for
something he did not do. something that is suspected to be true in a lot of these executions. as well as being people opposed to Duterte. people have
even come forward from the very beginning, saying they were forced to murder these people or they or family would be killed.
you are correct he did not take power by force. he was elected, even with the high suspicion of being in charge of the death squads in Davao City,
where he was Mayor of. most of his supporters fall into two groups. those and their families who profited greatly under the Marcos dictatorship. who
want a return of those great times
. and the younger generation that due to the whitewashing of history taught in school think that the Marcos
dictatorship was a time of no crime or corruption, and prosperity for all. those young people who are upset at the corruption in the country, not
realizing that that corruption is actually left over from the corrupt Marcos regime. and the sad fact is many of those people would cheer him on if he
came out and said he was going to open Nazi concentration/death camps for the millions of poor people.
in all honesty the only "clean up" i have seen in Manila is the removal of most of the street vendors in Divisoria. no where else. Taft for example is
still like driving through a marketplace with vendors blocking most of the road. as are most areas that have always been clogged with illegal street
vendors. crime has not changed for the better. if anything it might be getting worse. police are becoming more corrupt again. i see just as many
people on drugs. to be honest, i suspect Duterte is a drug user. just look at his red eyes (when he is not wearing sunglasses), and listen to his
speech and what he says. seriously Trump is a masterful orator and puts out brilliant tweets compared to Durerte.
but here is the thing. it is a large part of any county's leader or statesmen like ambassadors to meet, praise and be cordial to all the slime that
are leaders and officials of other countries (at least when not at war with them). even Winston Churchill who was extremely against communist Russia
(and that is putting it nicely) and it's leaders, was cordial and held talks with Stalin. it is part of the job, putting aside personal feeling for
the good of the country, and being cordial and nice even to known child molesters, rapists, mass murderers, thieves, thugs, madmen, etc, and treating
them like they are your best buddies. fact is no matter how you personally feel about anyone, or any country should have no bearing on how you treat
them. you are the face and expression of your country's interests
. you can hate them, but need to act like they are your best friend. or when
called for even if it is your best friend, should treat them as an enemy. there is no room for your personal feelings, the needs and aims of the
country come first, last and always.
in this case Trump needs to repair the damage Obama did to the reputation of the US all over the world, not just with the Philippines. and that means
being nice even to a psychopath like Duterte.