Rodrigo Duterte: The Dark Knight of Davao?

“Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero: He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector… a Dark Knight.”

~Commissioner Gordon, The Dark Knight

I’ve already thought about the idea of having Rodrigo Duterte as a president and I believe I’ve already written an article about that particular subject. However, with all the hullabaloo going on over whether or not he and his vigilantism is what we need is a good question that we should be asking ourselves if we plan on voting him into office. You see, while Benign0 does mention the appeal of such an individual in one of his latest articles, it still nags at me if what he does can be called “justice”.


Well, I do like him better than De Lima and her lame approach to various crises that have devastated the country over the years. Indeed, I am one of the many who are tired of the “pacifism” espoused by De Lima and her ilk which has time and time again condoned brutal acts of rape and slaughter all because “criminals have rights too”. I was also more than a little amused by Duterte and De Lima’s exchange of insults with the former going as far as to call the latter “gaga” (which is a derogatory word for women) and for the latter to call out the people’s support of the former, saying that Duterte too should also be considered a criminal.

Now, I do support and even laud Duterte’s approach to crime and criminals as I am well aware of how corruption has literally infiltrated every level of our country. Indeed, I would say that it’s about damn time we got around to cleaning up the infrastructure of the Philippines!

However, what doesn’t jive with me is how so many think that Duterte is the answer to all our woes as a nation. First of all, as a metaphor to drive my point home, the Punisher is not a full-time member of the Avengers and for good reason. If you read the comics, you’ll notice that Nick Fury and Tony Stark see the Punisher as a very dangerous man who they only tolerate because he keeps the crime rate down. However, they only consider him as a “sometime” ally just like Deadpool (whom they see as greedy and deranged) and, at best, a loose cannon and, at worst, a liability. Take note too that Batman is generally mistrusted by the Justice League because of his shadowy ways and that some members see him as a criminal as well because vigilantism is also considered a crime.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you want to vote for Duterte in the coming elections, it is not my place to stop or discourage you from doing so. However, I am more than a little hesitant to support a man who relies on hired death squads to do his dirty work. I do indeed admire the man’s approach and believe that this kind of thinking will get rid of some of the Philippines’ dirtier aspects, but do we really want him to occupy the ultimate seat of power in the country?

I really think this bears a bit of thinking. I have always believed that the salvation of the Filipino people lie in the hands of the people themselves, not in the hands of just one man and the hired guns who serve him. I am sorry, but I don’t want to trade one form of tyranny for another.

God save the Philippines…


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He is exactly what is needed by a primitive feudalistic society such as the Philippines where laws are simply bypassed

God save the Philippines indeed; but he can’t as long as they reject him. It sickens me how Filipinos proclaim themselves the only Christian country in Asia. Despite spending two years there, I’ve yet to meet more than a half-dozen people there with good Christian morals, nevermind someone who has genuine Christian faith (I’ve met maybe two or three of them). Anyway: your post raises the issue, exactly how do you fix a failed state that worships the Lord of the Flies? Is it even possible? In theory you can shoot a few criminals. But what do you do when… Read more »
I think Duterte clearly denied the DDS as a criminal group but as a development system instead. Here’s an excerpt from his past statement in various interviews. “I told you not to bullshit me. When we talked about it here long before the hearings, I told you that I really don’t do those things (extrajudicial killings). Because I’m a lawyer like you,” Duterte’s response to Delima. I admitted I am 100 per cent terrorist but I am terrorizing only the drug pushers, kidnappers, hold-up gangs and other criminals,” he said on TV in 2003. (YOU CAN ALSO CHECK THE PHILIPPINES… Read more »
Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head…Man is always something worse or something better than an animal; and a mere argument from animal perfection never touches him at all. Thus, in sex no animal is either chivalrous or obscene. And thus no animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkenness – or so good as drink. – GK… Read more »
if mayor duterte will run for the office, my 1st vote goes to him. to me, it’s not about the DDS. it’s about discipline and his advocacy for Federalism/Parliamentary. in killing for justice, i guess this is the style that will suite our country for now. as what a german tourist said, “you can’t apply western ideas in the philippines.” probably for now. as long as the feudalistic nature of most filipinos remain, this style of governance is needed in the meantime. it will take years to reform once thinking and we can’t just leave it to natural evolution. mabagal… Read more »
Duterte is more than a man with hired guns. Sit down and have a conversation with him and you will see that his true powers come from his charm and authoritative demeanor. Anyone around him can’t help but follow his lead. The guy can convince you to do anything. Its just fortunate that a guy who has as much of leadership charm as he is also has messiah complex. The guy can’t help but be a hero. THIS is why I think he can be trusted to lead this country. The only problem is, I don’t trust the rest of… Read more »
Bing Bong

This guy is a Filipino Politician, or did you idiots all forget? He is as full of shit as the day is long and just as guilty as the rest of the politicians and it is them who belong at the bottom of Manila bay ‘fattening up’ the dead ‘fish’.


I think there is over emphasis on the dirty harry aspect of Duterte’s successes at Davao. I think the bigger part of the successes at Davao were due to good governance.

I think Duterte never really needed DDS to make Davao a model city. Same way that Gordon never needed such death squads to be “successful” at managing SBMA/Olongapo/Red Cross. Nor BF needed those to run Markina / MMDA / DPWH. For me, it’s because they were exceptionally good managers.


A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.


We are not Democracy; We are Feudal Oligarchy. I don’t know how Duterte will deal with those Feudal Oligarchs; those Political Opportunists; those Corrupt Politicians; the MILF, Abu Sayyaf, Al Queda, ISIS…and all vermin that are running around in our country, freely.

Aquino collaborated with them. He even gave them funding…

Anybody can run for President…the mentally ill, the mentally retarded, the corrupt, etc..


With Duterte as President. Will we go to war with China over Spartly Islands? Aquino dived and hide into his Hole, when the Chinese began building “military facilities” on the island…


Duarte is more punisher than batman with how he operates.


Murder all the opposition and control all the crime, exactly what the Mafia do.
So how many millions or billions does Duarte have stashed away?
Davao poverty stricken 3rd world city.

Presidente Emilio

I’d rather vote for Gordon. Nuff said.


No man can justify being judge, juror and executioner.

Ramil Sonza

@Bingbong…. Lool!! You need your blog all by yourself… HAHAHAHA!!


I’m not sure if Duterte will be a good leader. even though he declares that he will be strict and punish people doesn’t prove that he is a great leader. He might be a criminal too for all we know. We need to really pick the best leader calmly for our dying country

I personally believe that Duterte would be better off to run as Senator with a focus on fighting crime and improve our country’s military and police forces. I see Duterte as a powerful lawmaker. He doesn’t pretend or even try to be the goody two-shoes, he just has plan and the resolve to do it despite what it could do to his image. He could pass good laws and create committees (that actually work) for improving public safety and military prowess. He could actually be what Miriam Defensor-Santiago could have fully been. Duterte has potential to be a true statesman,… Read more »
Manang Mambobola

He’ll maka a great DILG Secretary instead.

Sam Mante
The present situation of the Philippine govt is very sickly. The effect of a centurys worth of bribery graft and corruption is widespread. The drug problem is wide spread and is killing our future generations and no solution in sight. People in authority that are supposed to arrest and eradicate the drugs are making their living by looking the other way. From the top officials to the lowly laborer are very adept at exploiting these situation. What are the chances of rehabilitating a corrupted population if you don’t have a Duterte kind of leadership in the country? None, nada, zeltz.… Read more »