Lately the world’s been so focused on the oh-so-important topic of Western politicians eating onions that they’ve forgotten about what’s been going on in the Eastern world, particularly in the Philippines.
If you’re the kind of person who would be up for a rant about Trump any time of the day, whether arguing his ridiculous wall-building proposition (did Berlin teach him nothing?) or laughing over his accusation that Obama’s birth certificate was a fraud, then prepare to rage, because there’s someone else who’s even smarter! Hard to believe, I know.
Elected last Monday (May 9), the Philippines’ newest president, Rodrigo Duterte, has actually managed to beat Trump in the “I can’t believe this is really happening” department. As mayor of the country’s third largest city, Davao, for 22 years, you’d think the public would have had enough of his dictator-like leadership. Apparently not.
It may take a moment to process that someone in such an extraordinary position of power could make these contentious statements and get away with it, but here’s just three of his most infamous quotes for you to digest:
- Duterte’s response to traffic jams caused by Pope Francis’ visit to Davao:
“Pope, son of a whore, go home. Don’t visit anymore.”
- As mayor, Duterte was determined to transform Davao from plagued with crime to one of the safest cities in the world, and succeeded. Now this may sound like a wonderful accomplishment, but how exactly did he achieve his goal? The rumoured answer: death squads. His alleged squads killed over 1000 suspected criminals, including petty drug dealers and 132 street children. Sounds a little Stalin-ish to me.
“I do not want to commit a crime but if by chance, God will place me (in the presidency), watch out. The 1,000 (I allegedly killed) will become 100,000. That will fatten the fish in Manila Bay. I will dump their bodies there.”
- The president expressed his belief that as mayor, he should have been first in line to rape an Australian missionary before she was murdered in 1989. In response to cries of outrage from Australian ambassadors, he simply threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Canberra.
“There was this Australian lay minister… I saw her face and I thought, son of a bitch. What a pity… they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first.”
The Filipinos voted in Duterte even after hearing him joke about rape and murder, openly disrespect women and insult the Pope. The fact remains that he won on a landslide. The big question is: HOW?
It appears the public are attracted to his hard-man exterior and his promises to quickly fix deeply-rooted issues in society such as crime, drug-abuse and corruption. Unmistakably, these problems will disappear rapidly under his direction, but the methods he uses to achieve these goals are revolting. Shunning human rights laws by reviving the death penalty, which is exactly his intentions, is not an acceptable solution.
I may just be a girl with an opinion, but I think the world needs to stop making memes comparing Trump’s hair to corn cobs and start keeping tabs on this guy during the next six years of his term.
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