3 aspects of Rodrigo Duterte’s enduring mass appeal

Ex Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is Da Man! He recently starred in Vice Ganda’s Gandang Gabi Vice and made waves across Pinoy society. This is the guy Filipinos want. He’s got a platform (federalism among other yummy visions) and he’s got conviction. Plus, he’s got a Law degree. Sweet!


Specifically, these three no-brainers are what make Duterte the top choice from the Visayas:

He deals with crime.

Results. No ifs, no buts, no excuses. Duterte gets things done and gets the crooks done in good — permanently in a lot of cases. What more can ordinary Filipinos ask for? Human rights? Sorry guys and gays, di-nakakain ang human rayytsszz.

When a country is ruled by a deeply-entrenched oligarchy where warlords roam the countryside, I don’t think human rights is a luxury we can afford. After all, we are talking about a country where #PatayinAngMgaPABEBE is a top-trending hashtag. And presidents and their henchmen who steal enough money to launch 13 New Horizons missions to Pluto get away scott free.

Kung baga, anything goes in Da Pinas, di ba? Duterte is the only guy who is real enough to know what the Philippines is really all about.

He is a lady’s man.

What can I say? Duterte speaks Bisaya. And that is what probably makes him appealing to the ladies. Matigas ang dila niya, if you know what I mean. 😉

The important thing though is that even if he admittedly had three chicks sabay sabay aside from his then wife, they all were aware of their place. Asked if all any of his girls knew they were but one of several others, Duterte said in Tagalog, “I think they’re just being stone cold about it.”

On that, I’m pretty sure the good ex-Mayor kept them warm enough during their time together.

He can dance.

Well, yeah, in a daddy groovy kinda way. Still, he did try and utlimately it was all about how Filipinos embraced the show — with a resounding thumbs up!

And that’s how elections are won — and cime is solved — in the Philippines. Duterte style!


Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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He’s a not an “Ex-Mayor”.
He is the “current” Mayor of Davao City. 🙂


GRP isn’t for duterte. Halata. Hahaha




Gandang Gabi, Vice! is a comedy talk show and Vice Ganda is a stand-up comedian, actor, TV host and product endorser. When politicians like PNoy and Duterte guest in his comedy show, they are like saying, “We’re guesting here as celebrities not public servants, we’re here to entertain the viewers so please, don’t take us seriously.”

Let it be known that our political leaders is putting public service behind their back when they give in to show business and broadcast journalism is getting dull when a celebrity/variety show host takes the role of a broadcast journalist.


A leader with results. I agree with him about “Peace and Order” first. Once achieved, everything else will follow.

Davao City clips:

DCplinado: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkLFNfD9P3M

Alagad (central 911): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNL57RLOkFo

Smoke Free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLN1CjdV830

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

sancho alconce

Peace and order! I do not know whether to laugh, cry or maybe I am just dreaming.


Duterte does understand the systemic problem of corruption in our country! And the Federal Parliamentary form of government is a better option for us. Clean up the Police and Military ranks and everything will definitely follow! Unfortunately he is not keen on running for President!

My dear writer, when I stumbled upon this article in the inter webs, I was shocked. Please pardon me for frankly saying but you have no taste in writing. You are a crass and uncultured writer, if I may say so. I am Bisaya and I am amazed by your a ability to not only insult our pronunciation but also generalize us that because we are Bisaya we are automatically a ladies’ man in one paragraph. You try to be sarcastic about Duterte’s many girls but you came out to be obnoxious about it, simultaneously degrading relationships with the statement… Read more »