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”.

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

marius
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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 »
Dave
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If Filipinos are telling you they’re “the only Christian country in Asia,” they’re ignoring the western side (Orthodox countries) and their little neighbor to the south, East Timor (Catholic). But apart from that, sure!

It’s strange that such a conformist country would boast about being the “only” one anyway.

I would question their other popular claim of being the most proficient English speakers in Asia too, but the Education First ranking excludes the Philippines for some reason. Feel free to imagine conspiracies.

http://www.ef.com/epi/#asia

andrew
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indonesia has some catholics as well

Goliath
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@Dave DON’T CRITICIZE WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND! IWAS-YABANG DIN MUNA PA-MINSAN MINSAN! “I would question their other popular claim of being the most proficient English speakers in Asia too, but the Education First ranking excludes the Philippines for some reason. Feel free to imagine conspiracies.”- Dave Here’s why “Education First ranking excludes the Philippines for some reason.” “Only countries with a minimum of 400 test takers were included in the index. Countries with fewer than 100 test takers on either of the two tests were also excluded, regardless of the total number of test takers.” Why was the Philippines not… Read more »
Vhein
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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 »
Bing Bong
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what about getting rid of the corrupt politicians that have bankrupted the coutries future,huh? YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

Reinelle Jan Bugnot
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better to get rid of something than to not do anything at all. I do not quite see if the derogatory word exactly fits the receiver. of course, corrupt officials would receive their share if the possible consequences thier actions has brought to them (if duterte’s principle continues). I do not see a hint of idiocracy on the vhein’s statement. What appears to be most “idiot” here is the fact that a potential change is rejected just because one believes that no action againsts the higher end criminals is ever possible.

Bing Bong
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@ Renhaller,because you are just as big an idiot.Duterte has cops that can enforce the laws, but they don’t! WHY IS THAT? HE is killing his competitors.Get it now?IDIOT.and then he points his finger at them and calls them criminals and idiots like you do not even realize that there are three other fingers on that murdering scumbags hand pointing right back at him,so fuck you and this other guys logic(?) too. The criminal justice system is so slow in the Phils. because no politician can ever get put in a jail cell before he gets pardoned by the next… Read more »
BlackGuard
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Eh natural! Davao’s his jurisdiction for Pete’s sake.

vhein
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Hey Bingbong, relax! That’s the reason why he’s pushing federalism…

Add
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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 »
andrew
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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 »
vhein
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Exactly!

BlackGuard
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Thumbs up!

Balay
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Exactly!
We NEED to change this failure Government into Federal System!

Many critics are afraid of his “DDS” influence and can’t see beyond that. For those who are afraid of Duterte, I quote this from a movie Frailty:

“Only demons should fear me… and you’re not a demon are you?”

Gary
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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
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the attributes of Mussolini and Hitler too !!! Great choice flip-tards.

Gary
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Yet Davao’s intensive security network, competent police force and world-class rescue system (911) is something other Philippine cities could only dream of.

Reinelle Jan Bugnot
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Also, attributes of Caesar, Alexander, Lee Kuan Yew, etc. It is a great choice. Do you have a better choice? Binay? Bbm? Cayetano? Hahaha.

Big Bang
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haha ikaw ang gago.. magkano bah bayad sayo ng kabilang kampo?? mukhang pera gago

Big Bang
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Bing Bong..ba’t di ka nalang tumakbong Presidenti ng Pilipinas..I bet you know everything.!!!. it would be a pleasure seeing Filipino people criticizes you.

ikaw na me alam, ikaw na magaling, ikaw na anak ni Lord..hiyang hiya naman ako sayo..

Jessel
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You cannot understand because you’re not a resident of Davao. Sorry but im starting to believe that you really want crimes to happen. Discipline in davao means No smoking in public, you’ll go to jail if caught Speed limit to 30kph in downtown areas and 60kph only in national roads, jail or penalties if caught Liquors are sold until 12mn and bars close from 1am to 2am. No minors are allowed to go out and drink at night. Fireworks can cause injuries and worst than that so NO fireworks allowed during christmas and new year. If you do so ending… Read more »
Dave
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If Duterte did get in, at least that could mean Philippine politics getting more international attention and scrutiny. Part of the reason the current president seems to get away with anything could be that no one else in the world knows or cares who he is, since he doesn’t seem to have a personality.

Even the best American and British satirists who lay into the mad leaders of the world are still stuck making jokes about Imelda Marcos’ shoes when it comes to the Philippines. They would notice this guy.

Bing Bong
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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’.

Reinelle Jan Bugnot
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I don’t know about thr irrational hatred towards anybody defined by the term “politician,” not to mention the absurd and out-of-context use of derogatory terms, but “being as full of shit as others” doesn’t necessarily root towards the same proffession. Just like other voters who knows where to place their votes aren’t necessarily “as full of shit” as you.

No offense.

Reinelle Jan Bugnot
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pardon my typographical errors.

Bing Bong
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NONE TAKEN, so don’t feel bad when I tell you your a fuckin idiot if you do not realize there is not a single non-corrupt official in the Republic of the Philippines, not one ! That is what that ‘as the rest of them’ meanst,if you now of one politician in that mess of a country,(I have lived there for many years and there may have been one but he ended up in an airplane ,that was past its usage date, at the bottom of the sea of Mindanao,really bloated by the time they got him out of the water… Read more »
Big Bang
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So ibig sabihin bah d natin dapat iboto ang Filipino Politician na sinasabi mo? ano bah ang dapat? dapat ba kamo yung American Politician iboto natin sa Pinas? so pwede na ba c Obama dito?lol kagaguhan mo..tanga ka lang nagmamarunong Bing Bong

JustineD
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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.

d_forsaken
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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.

0211Hayden007772Toro
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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..

991Toro000775Hayden
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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…

Ricardo-diaz
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Duarte is more punisher than batman with how he operates.

Yawn
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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.

andrew
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by Peter Wallace (an excerpt about Davao City) We toured his emergency response station. I couldn’t believe I was in the Philippines. I mentioned how impressed (that word kept cropping up) I am with his new fire trucks. “Not new,” he said, “properly maintained.” Not only were they well-maintained, they were also well-equipped. Even helmets and fireproof clothing were on the seats waiting to be put on instantly for rapid response to a fire call. There was a pediatric ambulance just for mothers giving birth, which they can do in the ambulance if time runs out. It had an incubator,… Read more »
Yawn
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Philippines is a 3rd world country.
Davao is a 3rd world city.
If you think Davao is wealthy or a 1st world city then you are the biggest fucking idiot on the planet.
A third of the population live on a dollar a day, i suppose they are rich too?

Gamedex
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Wow… got intrigued about that excert Andrew posted and I had to read more. And the reality is that crime flourishes in the Philippines, but doesn’t in Davao. It is now listed as the 12th safest city in the world, even outranking Tokyo, Dubai, Ottawa, Copenhagen and Reykjavik. Davao was given a crime index of 20.13. According to the Internet site Numbeo, which compiles crime statistics from more than 400 cities worldwide, “crime levels lower than 20 are very low, crime levels between 20 and 40 are low, crime levels between 40 and 60 are moderate and crime levels between… Read more »
Marle
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I don’t really understand why the mayor’s supporters are claiming that Davao is the 4th safest cities in the world. Here is the link of the 50 safest cities in the world and Davao is NOT included :http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/these-are-the-10-safest-cities-in-the-world–lJR0wZ8sse

Presidente Emilio
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I’d rather vote for Gordon. Nuff said.

Yawn
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No man can justify being judge, juror and executioner.

Bing Bong
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Espescially this scumbag,and his whole thieving family !

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

andrew
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lol. probably Yawn and Bing Bong are just one account.XD

Gamedex
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Looks like the man have a lot of hate. But if he does have a better choice, I’m all ears. 2016 is my first time to vote. And if Duterte can do to the whole country what he did to his home turf, just like what Andrew has posted, I cant think of anyone better to give my vote to.

lalan2016
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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

andrew
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this is what he has in Davao City: 1. Central 911 – police, medics, K9 unit, pet rescuers lahat na yan. just dial 911. NOTE: it’s free. in U.S.A / Canada – once they entered your house, you pay 500$. in Davao City, it’s free. 2. no smoking ordinance is followed. 3. solid waste management act is followed. at eto ang malupit: this is the link eto ung source: – just scroll down until you see Davao City. (http://environment.asean.org/recipients-of-the-2nd-asean-certificates-of-recognition-on-clean-air-clean-water-and-clean-land-2014-2-2/) excerpt below: Awards & Recognitions: One of the 20 Most Livable Cities in Asia The Philippine’s Most Livable City (Asiaweek survey… Read more »
Lemnemonic
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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
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He’ll maka a great DILG Secretary instead.

Sam Mante
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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 »
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