Saving Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign from his own balasubas supporters

Well, what would one expect of a character like Rodrigo Duterte? A man with his character would, indeed, reflect the character of his constituents. Mga balasubas.

My colleague Paul Farol earlier wrote about the plight of a certain Jack Labang who had the “audacity” to post a disapproving comment about Duterte’s recent announcement of his candidacy in the coming 2016 presidential elections and how this guy was thrashed in various Facebook forums infested with Duterte supporters.


Now that Paul had published his work on GRP, supporters of Duterte who are subscribed to the GRP Facebook Page are also now out in full force slamming the article, Paul himself, and the overall GRP site and its Admins as well! It’s good in a way. It’s an opportunity to purge our page of people following us for the wrong reason.

Thing is, I myself have written quite a bit about Duterte and will have to admit that I wrote these without bias — neither for nor against him. I admired his boldness and pointed assertions but, at the same time, noted the slippery slope that is his shortcut approach to law enforcement and justice delivery. I wrote about Duterte because he facinated me. He was someone to watch because Duterte, unlike the other wishy-washy no-substance presidential candidates in the running, did not equivocate in his views, made bold and categorical assertions, and had a clear vision around how to go about changing things. Most important of all, he had a track record of delivering results (flawed or questionable the means to achieving these may be).

Unfortunately, it is not Duterte himself that does him in. It is his supporters. A disturbing alarm bell about his supporters (or, for that matter, any tardic supporter of any politician) is a quickness to permanently shut out any view they perceive to be critical of their bet. That’s a sure recipe for the sort of goosestepping type of blind following that asks for trouble once such a politician siezes power. When a leader gets surrounded by blind followers who consciously and deliberately close their minds to even the slightest criticism, the outcome becomes predictable.

This is a specially dangerous cocktail for a man such as Duterte who has openly threatened to kill people who cross his path (consistent with his self-avowed record in his former role as Mayor of Davao City). Duterte’s followers have as early as now proven to be of the blind sort with a penchant for Taliban-like behaviour. They will likely take the vigilante attitude of their leader to heart and, themselves, propagate Duterte’s dangerous fundamentalism. The sense of superiority in how they regard the way things are run in Davao is practically reminiscent of the way German Nazis regarded their homeland when they set out to blitz the rest of Europe.

Perhaps Duterte does not intend to have his supporters behave this way. That simply means, just days into his candidacy, Duterte already suffers from a monumental public relations problem of his own followers’ doing. He needs to get his act together if he is to mature into a leader of presidential calibre and get his supporters under control to mitigate any further risk of damage to his campaign.


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Renee Parra
Again, I would also have to agree with you on this one. We can promote our chosen candidates w/o having the mob mentality. I am for Duterte because of his leadership effectiveness and efficiency as well as his track record when it comes to governance. But I would prefer to respect the other candidates supporters as they too have their reasons and opinions for choosing the others. I hate it when one slams or even threatens the other because they think their opinions matter. We all have our reasons and point of views with all the candidates, we just have… Read more »

I wonder how many of the commenters on Facebook actually got past the title…


You have to remember that the Death Squad of Davao are really the Sparrow Unit of NPA, the group of feared assassins. They don’t know how to argue, they just know how to shoot accurately.

Funny also that Duterte is against an Americana when his running mate, Cayetano, is an Americano.


This Dueterte guy has admitted KILLING people by decree, that is, on his very own orders.

How mentally retarded does a nation of people have to be to elect an admitted (mass) murderer to lead them?

Look not to this creep, but rather commit to getting rid of him and all like him.Confined to a prison cell this guy would be of more constructive use to Filipino’s. As he would be unable to kill anyone else.

One YellowTard gone; another YellowTard of the same specie, shall take over. Italy’s Mussollini, and his Fascist regime had the same method of enforcing law and order in Fascist Italy. Even the Mafia and Cosa Nostra, were afraid of him. some fled to the U.S. Killing and murdering people are not the long term solutions to enforce law and order. It is a short term solution. Once the Fascist leader will be gone. There will be a vacuum left…and chaos will take over. Look at Iraq, when the U.S. forces, were witdrawn by Obama. There come up an ISIS Caliphate…that… Read more »

filipino’s are filipinos. the dysfuntional culture is still present and is seen when they get butthurt when their candidate is being criticized. kahit saang panig may ganyan talaga. the attitude of the followers reflect upon the leader. don’t get me wrong I will support Mayor Duterte if he files his COC on or before Dec 10, 2015. If loses I hope MDS gets the seat. ok din ako dun. 🙂


I wonder: are Filipinos looking for a dictator who will “discipline” others, because they just want others to shape up, but they themselves won’t shape up? They want others to follow the law, but when they are asked to follow the law, they balk?


Do you think that Duterte is the next Hitler? Well at least that will be enough to scare China on their aggressive military plan to occupy the entire West Philippine Sea due to their so-called historical claim on that sea and rich in oil & gas reserves. Maybe it’ll be better if we could say Duterte is the next Genghis Khan and you know what that guy did to their country around 800 years ago. Here’s your historical claims, China!!!


GRP people always strike Duterte because the way he manage his constituents. My only question is that, in this coming election to whom are dudes are voting for? If you’ll do your IDEAL boycot thing, I think it is the time to stop writing about this thing. Also why cant we also focus on the GOOD THINGS? Like the honesty of POE or the Credibility of Roxas? Did it rang a bell? hahaha


From one dog all the dogs bark.


Why are you so insecure of his supporters? They will not bash you unless you are misleading the public thoughts. Try to be mature and religiously research first before making up tales and myths about Duterte. Your credibility will surely be degraded.tsk!

Wow, look at this country, to much freedom pagtawid nga lang sa kalasada ng tama di magawa, mga drivers di marunong gumamit ng kalsada, Bilibid drug lord and rapist prisoners living like a king, Traffic problems there are solution and im willing to propose to this government the solution and nobody in the government has the guts to solve it. Look at how they respond the #tanimbala incidents so slow and untill now they are still confused the magnitude it could affect to our country, i know this government is not perfect, they are doing great in tourism and the… Read more »

It’s a good point. But, let’s get real, Filipinos tend to act like that no matter the character of the person they support. It’s alright that this is being pointed out, but it’s irresponsible to only highlight Duterte’s supporters. It would have been fair to look at the other camps’ sides and weight in.


When you just put labels on, like “balasubas”, aren’t you trying to pick a verbal clash against duterte’s followers? When they fight back please don’t go ranting on about it again.


As if many people reading our site do not know the meaning of balasubas supporters

In your own stance maybe you are right. Can you redefine what balasubas mean to you? People are shouting for change because they are already fed up of the real situation if our country. We have too much democracy. Look, try to visit Singapore, Malaysia or Japan, there’s the Law that fears them. Duterte is the prelude to what we want as a strong nation we dreamed of. He is just rude as he speaks because he attacks the rotten character of criminals and lawlessness. You have to attack the real psyche of these people. It may sound balasubas as… Read more »

I am a Duterte supporter. Since most Filipinos are pasaway, I think we needed to decrease the entire population. If I am given immortality or any kind power, same thing, I will wipe out all criminals, I might include you too. And fuck you! For calling the supporters balasubas!


Fear the law man! If you cant obey the law, better kill yourself

Chris Toh

This article should atleast be fair. Every camp has this kind of “Balasubas” supporters. Why point Duterte’s camp alone?


That’s some way to generalize rody’s supporters. Balasubas? Really now. Hiyang hiya naman ako sa pro-duterte family kong working class and all achievers at that.