The re-education of Rodrigo Duterte

They say it takes a village to raise a child. In Davao City Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte’s case, it might take an entire nation to help him watch his tongue. Since announcing his candidacy, 70-year old Duterte has been experiencing a public berating, probably for the first time in his life, for his remarks that some consider offensive. It’s been entertaining, to say the least. While it is good to know that there are still Filipinos who value decency in Philippine society, we also need to remember not to overreact lest we get distracted from the more important issues plaguing the nation.

Hopefully it is not too late for Rody Duterte to learn tact and diplomacy before he becomes president.
Hopefully it is not too late for Rody Duterte to learn tact and diplomacy before he becomes president.
Thanks to social media, Filipinos from all walks of life are able to express their views about current issues. In the case of Duterte’s “foul” mouth, for example, not all who are offended by his swearing, “sexist” and “misogynist” remarks come from the country club set, and not all who defend him come from people who live in the gutter where Duterte proudly claims to have come from. This incident showcases our society’s many contradictions.

Indeed, a robust exchange of ideas is one of the keys to a healthy democracy. More Filipinos are now exposed to alternative views other than what they get from mainstream media and the Sunday homily. That is a good sign that there is a chance our society can reach maturity one day.

Even septuagenarians like Duterte can learn from Netizens. He could be the Philippines’ Eliza Doolittle – someone who can be taught civility and diplomacy. It’s not too late. It may be hard to teach old dogs new tricks but if Duterte wants to win the Presidency, he needs to listen to his critics and try to appeal to their emotion. His latest gaffe has certainly outraged a lot of Filipinos and the only way to win them back is to apologize without reservation.

Did Duterte trivialize rape? Was he promoting rape? Did he disrespect the victim? Here is the full text of his recent statements that got him in trouble, translated in English:

All the women were raped so during the first assault, because they retreated, the bodies they used as a cover, one of them was the corpse of the Australian woman layminister. Tsk, this is a problem. When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped. I looked at her face, son of a bitch, she looks like a beautiful American actress. Son of a bitch, what a waste. What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up. I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.

The mayor should have been first. Did he mean something else with that line or should we take it at face value? Duterte said he uttered those statements in 1989 at the height of the hostage crisis in Davao’s jail. According to Duterte, he was angry after seeing the body of the victim and then proceeded to kill the rapists. What does that tell us? It should tell us that he was angry at the rapists, right? But how do we reconcile what he said about feeling sorry for not being the first in line to rape the victim?  Perhaps he did mean something else but since he was talking in Tagalog, which is not his native language, it may have all been lost in translation.

During a press conference, Duterte did not offer any explanation for his statement though. He did clarify that his remarks weren’t meant as a joke. Frankly, I was more disgusted with the audience who laughed at a no-laughing matter subject. They have a sick sense of humor. The audience needs their own public berating. Their behavior says a lot about Philippine society in general — that women are still regarded as people of lower status.

After watching several videos of Duterte speak, I noticed that his tone is the same whether he is serious or joking. He has this permanent look on his face that reminds you of The Dude – a no worries kind of guy. He wasn’t even worried about losing voters. That attitude is a bit worrisome. It could mean that the public has to accept him for who he is — warts and all — and that winning could give him immunity from public backlash if he wins the Presidency.

The public needs to be clear to Duterte before the election that crassness will not be tolerated from the President. If Duterte wants the job, he needs to learn to compromise and act with a little bit of consideration for others’ feelings. After all, if he becomes President, he will have to deal with a lot of foreign dignitaries and cannot afford to keep offending them with rude remarks. The best way to avoid this is to just stick to business and stop attempting to be funny. The country is already in deep shit, we don’t have time for laughs.

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63 Comments on “The re-education of Rodrigo Duterte”

  1. >> After watching several videos of Duterte speak, I noticed that his tone is the same whether he is serious or joking.

    If you think the “psychopath” or “sociopath” remarks that several commentators have thrown out there are over-the-top, try watching interviews (if you have the stomach for such things) with convicted murderers who have scored high on the PCL-R. This is precisely what they do. It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is: their tone and affect remains the same.

    Duterte’s upbringing “in the gutter” has produced exactly what you would expect. If the Philippine nation believes that its last hope is to elect a psychopath as president, there is no hope.

  2. Since his followers/supporters claims he is a hero in the said incident and that he led the attack, and have been constantly saying that we should know the details/background of what happened, then let’s indulge them and look at the available details.

    Mayor Duterte said that “When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped.”

    One media outlet in 1989 noted however, that, “One of the officers leading the attack, Major Nonito Serrano, spotted the Australian woman, grabbed her and ran back to the shelter of an adjoining administration building.

    Though wounded himself, he placed her in a Red Cross ambulance, which took her to Davao Doctors´ Hospital. Media witnesses described the wounded woman as “stiff and full of blood.” She was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital.”

    There is also confusion on the manner of Hamill’s death, one said her throat was slashed and the other said she “was shot in the neck during the final exchange of gunfire.”

    Maybe if we can find a copy of the congressional inquiry regarding the matter, we can clarify more details.

    The reason I raise this is we need to know if his statements are accurate.

  3. What does that tell us? It should tell us that he was angry at the rapists, right? But how do we reconcile what he said about feeling sorry for not being the first in line to rape the victim?

    (emphasis mine)
    This does not necessarily mean “first in line to ‘rape‘..”, but may also simply mean “first be sexually intimate” with an attractive woman, as I grew-up in the PI where I’ve heard so many similar macho-utterances like “sana ako na-una diyan” (roughly, “I wish I’ve been the first”(?)) in situations other than rape.

    1. This does not necessarily mean “first in line to ‘rape‘..”, but may also simply mean “first be sexually intimate” with an attractive woman, as I grew-up in the PI where I’ve heard so many similar macho-utterances like “sana ako na-una diyan” (roughly, “I wish I’ve been the first”(?)) in situations other than rape.

      Still, it’s weird if you think about it… How can he feel sexually aroused from a corpse and think about sex under those extremely distressing circumstances? I know he’s a womanizer and all, but does his libido have no off switch???

      1. do you honestly believe that Duterte was aroused when he saw the woman’s corpse? Really? when pepsi paloma died I said “sayang, ang ganda pa naman nya. Sana naiyot ko sya.” I did not fantasize having sex with a dead corpse, and I was not aroused when I said it.

        See the difference or you are just not capable of reading between the lines, or you have no idea what figure of speech is?

        1. do you honestly believe that Duterte was aroused when he saw the woman’s corpse? Really? when pepsi paloma died I said “sayang, ang ganda pa naman nya. Sana naiyot ko sya.” I did not fantasize having sex with a dead corpse, and I was not aroused when I said it.

          Still, the figure of speech used was/is sick and weird and seemed out of place at that time in 1989 and on that stage in the rally…

          Were you there face to face with Pepsi Paloma’s cold corpse when you said, “Sana naiyot mo sya”? See the difference?

          All Hail the Intellectually Superior High and Mighty Ren Car – the Mental Giant!!!

  4. Duterte’s remark was simply insensitive and outrageous. Being brutally frank and making fun of a tragedy, is despicable.

    We apologize for the family of the late Jackie Hamil. Some of us are very thankful, for the good deeds, she had done to our country. We are thankful for them. We appreciate them.

    1. First of all, Duterte did not rape Jackie Hammil. Second, Duterte had her rapist killed.

      If I were Jackie’s dad, I would be grateful to Duterte because he ended that rapists life and the fking scum will never get the chance to rape another woman or go free.

      I would not be offended by what Duterte had said. What he said was stupid and I know too well that he never raped, nor wanted to rape Jackie. Every single one of us have said things in the past that we did not mean.

      I judge a people by their actions, not words. Talk is cheap.

  5. this coming elections will restore the Philippine democracy and not kill it cuz it’s been killed since 1986.

  6. All great leaders/CEOs (or tyrants if you want) have psychopathological aspects in them that made them effective in their positions.

    OKTHANKSBYE.

  7. The person of his Character is someone who doesn’t take crap from his constituents, that’s why he always says Philippines is not ready for his kind of leadership
    He demands change, if we want change and good governance we should be pro active citizens. We are the one’s who should mold our leaders.

    1. If that were true, then the past presidents should have been molded by us by now but I don’t see them changing their habits.

    1. Binay or Duterte?

      It is a choice between two evils: a rapacious crook and an insensitive loudmouth…who do you prefer?

    2. None of the above or Miriam! If she can’t continue, then the VP takes over! One is more Presidentiable than Duterte!

  8. Duterte’s mouth is a pile of garbage – no question about that but I can see why millions of ppl support him – because the ppl believe that the rest of the candidates are either inexperienced (Poe), corrupt (Binay), Roxas ( a weakling and the same old incompetent shit). Inam not including Defensor as I do not think she is still running.

    In my opinion, Ppl do not mind Duterte’s foul language because they believe he is the only candidate who can really make a change and he is not in the pocket of any politicians, oligarchs, or special interest groups.

    His disgust for criminals, rapists, kidnappers, drug lords resonate with people because those issues matters to them the most.

    He is an unorthodox politicians and he is more than willing to resort to draconian ways to get the job done unlike the other canidates who use flowery rhetoric to pander to the Filipino people.

    One has to be an idiotic, moronic nincompoop to believe that Duterte would really have preferred to be the first to rape the woman. You can question Duterte’s foul and crude language but I do not think there is anybody who can question his sincerity and desire for a change.

    Some ppl say he is a womanizer. So what? We are a nation of womanizers, Duterte is not running for the Papacy. How many of our poiticians and celebrities whom people revere despite the fact that they are morally bankrupt?

    Gabriella also said that Duterte have no respect for women bec he is a serial womanizer. Who are they fucking kidding? These modern feminists is so full of shit. They blame Duterte for having many kabit? What does it say about his women? They knew that he is a serial womanizer yet they still cling to him. Gabriella or the modern feminists do not hold women accountable for their sexual immorality – they place the blame solely on men and they ended up infantalizng women.

    One more thing, Duterte has a good track record for women’s and lbgt rights.

    1. “We are a nation of womanizers”

      Then don’t advertise yourselves as the “only Christian country in Asia” then. Your vices run counter to your suppposed Christian values.

      1. WTF?!! Where did that come from?!? I, or anyone here, did not advertise the the Philippines is the only Christian nation in asia! Whose ass did you pull that from?!? Do not talk from your ass – you would look like one.

        There are good christians who lives a christian way of life, and there are christians in name only. The same holds true. for jewish, muslims, hindus, sikhs, taoist, etc. The miltitant fundamentalist terrorist call themseves muslims.

        It is a fact that the Philippines is the only Christian country is asia but no one ever claimed the All filipinos live a christian life. We are a nation of womanizers but so as most christian countries in latin and south america.

        Dude, your ignorance is not bliss at all, lol. Try again!

    2. You have the best argument/reply of them all, I guess… thanks for the truth you posted in this article of Ms Ilda… Am impress of you both…

  9. The video is dated 1989 alright but it gives us a glimpse that there are a lot of Dutertards in the making. Duterte is not yet President but people are already serving as his apologists for his wrongs.

  10. who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? not i…i pay my taxes right, not i…i obey traffic rules…not i, i use the zebra lines to cross the street, not i…i obey the law….i am not afraid of the big bad wolf…

  11. I hate to see Duterte having similarities with PNoy -> having blind supporters a.k.a. Dutertards, always think he’s right, won’t listen to constructive criticism, won’t apologize for failure or mistakes. Here, for example, you have found the perfect leader. We are the very mirror of the leader we choose, right? So if the leader has flaws and the supporter have the same flaws and neither of them is willing to change, what will change then?

    1. It is the fact that he is different from PNoy that some of us would be convinced to come to his defense.
      PNoy was someone who absolutely did nothing good prior to his becoming president, Duterte has praises about his about his results and how modern he made his city. Stuff like that.
      And PNoy was seriously taking advantage of the corruption allegations against GMA and made a slogan about anti-corruption, someone who does not have any experience fighting corruption and was a former political ally of GMA turning against her because it is popular. I hated his guts. Not to mention the sympathy votes because his “saint”(LOL) mother died.
      I don’t know man, Duterte is just so crass and I worry having a president who speaks like an old man you would meet everyday but so far he has vision, he wants to be realistic. Two things most politicians lack.
      But if this is all just a front to get to the office, then I guess its time to migrate.

      1. But if this is all just a front to get to the office, then I guess its time to migrate.

        I hope you’re wrong about this coz he’s going to win… If it turns out that he’s not the leader his followers make him out to be, then the country will be in more deep shit for we will all have a womanizing pervert, cursing old man, gun-toting vigilante, and socialist dictator for president…

        1. the curse of the living: making choices.

          damn if you do, damn if you don’t. right?

          you can run with your tail between the balls. you can hide or be invisible. look! you are still alive. now, make the choice. 🙂

        2. Trip laski. I find your comment hilariously ignorant to the core. Gun Toting vigilante? Who gives a rat’s ass when the man shot, or have his posse killed criminal elements? Do you have any proof he killed innocent people? Say your sister is being raped, would you rather have the rapists arrested and tried? What if the rapist is influencial and he gets away with it? Would you like that? I am talking about being caught in the act of raping soneone, or a clear cut case of rape. I do not have a problem with any law enforcer who shoots a kidnapper, murderer, or rapist who is caught in the act of violent crime.

          Womanizing pervert? Like that is so rare in our country? Do u really think the people care more about a leader’s sexual immorality, or lack thereof, than actually doind something to drastically lessen criminality?

          Now, your socialist comment made me laugh. Can you tell me what makes duterte a socialist? What programs did he introduce that makes him a socialist? Do you have any idea what socialism is? Are you aware that we have had mixed economy of capitalism and socialism for over 70 years? Are you also aware that almost all countries – such as the US. Japan, Canada, South Korea, the UK, France, italy, spain, all countries in Northern Europe, etc have socialist domestic economic policy?

          You know what really gets to me? It is ill-informed people like you who throw around words or terms which you do not even know what tbey mean. If you are going to call Duterte a socialist you have to expound on it. Better yet, you have to educate yourself before you spew such ignorance which make you sound like a mental midget, lol. Haist!

      2. Trip laski. I find your comment hilariously ignorant to the core.

        Well, that’s your opinion, but I will fight for your right to say it! 🙂

        Gun Toting vigilante? Who gives a rat’s ass when the man shot, or have his posse killed criminal elements? Do you have any proof he killed innocent people?

        Some people gives a rat’s ass, especially families of innocent ones…

        Human Rights Watch has investigated a number of cases where the victims were unintended targets —“victims of mistaken identity, unfortunate bystanders, and relatives and friends of the apparent target.” According to the data gathered, there were 16 such victims documented from 1998 to 2008.

        Even when the DDS kills its intended victims, the lack of due process or even basic police work makes it likely that many of these alleged criminals are actually innocent. In the same 10-year period, there was no information on the victims’ involvement in crime in more than half of the cases (54 percent or 363 victims). So in total, there are 16 definitely innocent victims and 363 potentially innocent victims up to 2008. In most of the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, the victims were involved in small-scale drug dealing, drug use, petty crimes, and gang membership. Aside from being male, most of the victims had two other things in common: They were young and poor.

        Say your sister is being raped, would you rather have the rapists arrested and tried? What if the rapist is influencial and he gets away with it? Would you like that?

        No, I wouldn’t like that at all. I despise rapists, so no matter what happens I’d hire a death squad to off the fucker.

        I am talking about being caught in the act of raping soneone, or a clear cut case of rape. I do not have a problem with any law enforcer who shoots a kidnapper, murderer, or rapist who is caught in the act of violent crime.

        I also have no problems with anybody, law enforcer or not, who shoots a criminal as long as it falls within “exigent circumstances.”

        Womanizing pervert? Like that is so rare in our country? Do u really think the people care more about a leader’s sexual immorality, or lack thereof, than actually doind something to drastically lessen criminality?

        It still doesn’t make it right just because everybody does it. At this point, people like you are so desperate for a quick fix that they fail to see there’s still another candidate worthy of consideration – MDS.

        Now, your socialist comment made me laugh. Can you tell me what makes duterte a socialist? What programs did he introduce that makes him a socialist? Do you have any idea what socialism is? Are you aware that we have had mixed economy of capitalism and socialism for over 70 years? Are you also aware that almost all countries – such as the US. Japan, Canada, South Korea, the UK, France, italy, spain, all countries in Northern Europe, etc have socialist domestic economic policy?

        – Davao City mayor says he adheres to socialism, not communism. He is happy that communist leader Joma Sison supports his candidacy. He is even willing to form a power-sharing scheme with the communists. However, they cannot control the armed forces, police, finance, and int’l relations dep’t.

        – At the Davao Expo 2013, he advised agri-business players who might be asked for “revolutionary taxes” by the NPA to “just pay them.”

        – Yes, I know what socialism is. Yes, I’m aware the Phils. has a mix of both. Yes, I’m aware that some countries have socialist policies.

        You know what really gets to me? It is ill-informed people like you who throw around words or terms which you do not even know what tbey mean. If you are going to call Duterte a socialist you have to expound on it. Better yet, you have to educate yourself before you spew such ignorance which make you sound like a mental midget, lol. Haist!

        I didn’t feel the need to expound as the purpose of my post was to give a brief idea of what he might just be if it turns out that he doesn’t really possess the leadership skills his followers believe him to have.

        There you go you Intellectually Superior ren car you… All Hail the High and Mighty Ren Car – the Mental Giant!

  12. Duterte’s “apology” video itself was quite confusing. He said sorry to the Filipino people, but he will not apologize to a specific group, or for narrating the bare fact that he said what he said 30 years ago.

    Well incoherent as it is, at least we heard the magic word “sorry”. For some people, that’s all that really matters.

    This is a big contrast to the incumbent – where the hardest thing to say is “sorry”. No sorry for the dead Chinese tourists. Erap who went to HK to apologize has more balls to meet the victims.

    An apologizing president is what we need. I think Duterte will do better simply apologizing the same way he did after he combined PI and the pope in the same sentence. You don’t lose points by saying sorry; in fact you gain back not just the offended but also everyone’s respect.

    1. Apologizing to the Filipino people already includes all, does it not? So why on top of everything apologize to a specific group?

      1. Apologizing to the Filipino people already includes all, does it not? So why on top of everything apologize to a specific group?

        If he can give a lousy apology to the Filipino people including all, then why is it a problem for him to give another lousy apology to a specific group?? So confusing…

    2. We already HAD an apologizing president. If I remember correctly, it was in 2007 when the president said “I Am Sorry” live on national TV.

  13. even if one believes that an off-the-cuff remark was OK because it got a response, an apology would not detract from the speaker, but a lack of one just might.
    then again, on the other hand, how many of the other presidential worthies has ever apologized for anything? maybe they also need the practice?

  14. Right from the very start, Duterte has enchanted the people with his gutter, bastos language, and for as long as Rodrigo Duterte is himself, the people will continue to like him….Sawang-sawa na kasi ang tao sa mga malilinis, disente, magagalang, mayayaman, mga prim and proper — KUNO!

  15. The reason why Digong always seems to get into trouble with his words is that he talks to his audience the same way he would talk to his friends.

    Let’s be honest here. We all talk shit when we’re with friends and there’s no taboo topic or politically correct opinion when all of you are just there to talk shit and pass away the time. I doubt everyone’s conversations with their friends is on a topic of great importance.

    1. Let’s be honest here? Lol. u r being facetious, right? Many Filipinos put themselves on a pedestal, and many are quick to criticize or condemn the actions of others while they themselves are guilty of. Political correctness in our country is getting out of hand. Every group is offended by jokes. Some ppl even consider jokes as bullying which is pretty fucking pathetic if you ask me.

      1. Which is my point. The hypocrisy of the Filipino because as I mentioned in my previous post, these same people who criticize him talk about the same type of shit amongst their friends. The only difference is that 1) they’re not in the public eye 2) it wasn’t captured on camera.

        I have to agree with you on PC. It’s the new thought control. Welcome to 1984.

      2. The Philippines is the hypocrisy capital capital of the world. Politicians, celebrities, and regular citizens on social media invoke God and morality all the time yet they themselves are immoral.

        Duterte is a breath of fresh air. He is not afraid or embarassed to tell like it is, and he do not hide under the cloak of pseudo-morality unlike the self-righteous hypocrites.

        Filipinos want honesty from their leaders – they want the truth but they cannot handle the truth. They prefer leaders or prominent people of white washing the issues. Most importantly, Duterte do nit say things that people would like to hear. He say things what is on his mind. You can not get any genuine than that.

        1. talokalo: Duterte is the worst presidential candidate except for all the others. I also dare the ones who said that the ppl
          who support duterte are bobotantes. They better make sure they have the cerebral abilities to say an idiotic and ignorant shit like that.

        2. The bobotante remark gets old. The definition of bobotante is person who does not vote the same way you do.

          We all have reasons on who we vote for but at the end of the day, these are all judgement calls. I will vote for Duterte but to those who don’t want to, I doubt I can do anything to change their minds.

        3. The ones who call people bobotantes are the real stupid fucks, lol. I would like to introduce them to kettle 🙂

  16. Gabriela, please do not be a FEMINIST. Ano ba ang ginawa ninyo para e-educate rin ang mga babae para maging mabuting maybahay sa asawa nila? Gumawa ba kayo ng free skills training at cash capital para sa mga babaeng bayaran para makapagsimula sila ng bagong buhay? Ano ba ang ginawa ninyo kay Maria Teresa Carlson (asawa ni Cong Farinas na nagpakamatay)? Kinopkop ninyo siya pero lumabas na tinuruan lang pala ninyo siya kung ano ang sasabihin tungkol sa personal na problema niya sa kanyang asawa. Sa bandang huli, kayo Gabriela na tuloy ang binuweltahan niya. Pakipaliwanag po….

  17. Should we berate the laughing audience while some comments in here and in some other posts are suggesting that we excuse and try to be more understanding of the secretly grinning with lust mayor? Well, that says a lot about our sensibilities! Ramon Bautista must be shaking his head!

    1. actually, there is no excuse for what duterte had said about the rape victom. Ppl do not support him for being politically incorrect or brash. All presidential candidates have flaws and that is a fact. The only difference is that Duterte do not hide his flaws and that is appealing to his supporters. He does not wear the cloak of a decent person. He is what he is, and at least you know whst you are getting. Of all the candidates, he is the only one who is so passionate about the extermination of the criminal elements. The others just follow suit.

      Furthermore, he is the only candidate who wants to manufacture stell
      again, which any economist would agree that a country with a strong steel manufacturing is essential to a country’s economy. He also proposed to have big business in the provinces to spur job growth so that there will be fewer people to seek jobs abroad or move to Manila. What are the platform of the other candidates for job growth?

  18. Duterte and BBM have cemented their lead in the most recent survey. But it was taken before this volcanic eruption took place.

    We will likely see Duterte’s rating take a big hit in the next round of results. But I could be wrong – no other candidate is taking this much media coverage. And remember – this is all free without costing their team a single peso.

    It makes me think – maybe Duterte’s camp is doing this on purpose. They know that Duterte is the antifragile candidate. In fact, had this story not come center stage, many would not have known his heroics 30 years ago – betting his very life to free hostages. This only earned him points on my scoreboard.

    I have always wondered if there was a way to rise to the presidency even without tons of money. It looks like Duterte will be rewriting the books on how ascending to the throne in PH is done. The age of necropolitics is over; people hereafter will be studying how Duterte’s trailblazing political maneuvering works, and use it as the new template for their rise to power.

    The Duterte saga continues. I’m already excited to get to the next chapter.

    Poe, Mar, Binay – all boring. Keep this Duterte show going guys. The “fun” has just begun. I want to see the part where Duterte has all the convicted corrupt officials lined up in Luneta to get their laglag bala sentence. The fireworks of justice will be music to the ears of our justice-starved people.

    1. Yup, zaxx, cemented is the word.

      Showed the video to guys not in the internet in three occasions, family drivers, tryke drivers, construction workers. The reaction was unanimous that DU30 was not cracking a necrophiliac joke, nor was he promoting rape. They interpreted “dapat na-una mayor” as “tarantado kayo, mas tarantado ako”. It was to them a rape joke alright, but as I already suspected, not about rape per se, but in advanving his machismo image. So, I understand now why the audience laughed.

      I will speculate that in the next survey, we will see a decrease number in the ABC, which has been his forte, but perhaps not that much since this segment, I guess, is more interested in a protest vote or a vote of disgust with the incumbent. On the other hand, he might have picked up votes in the D and E since.the tabloids have picked up.on the story.

      So, you are right, the word is cemented. DU30 now concentrates on NCR, Cebu & Mindanao, and he is well on his way to the palace by the Pasig River. BBM is also cementing his lead via Luzon and NCR, concentrating on labor groups where he has.gained much support of even those who used to be dissidents of ML.

      If ever, it is Poe who would have gained from the joke bcuz the favorability survey of Mar and Binay are in the scale of hate. People are just repulsed by these two.

      But what is more worrisome now is that PNoy said he will lead a people power if DU30-BBM win. This is not an empty threat. He might not have people since.his favorability rating is now zero in NCR and his now.Laglagan Party will no longer be there, but his core.group remains. These bastards think PHL is about them.and for them. They created a bubble econonomy to prop up their image, but really not to help the country. They will now create havoc to burst that bubble. They can do that for PNoy has demonstrated his capability of treason just to advance themselves, as in BBL.

      DU30-BBM will hit the ground running, and PNoy has to be careful or he will not.only.end up in jail. DU30 will resist every provocation to declare ML as this will only prove PNoy correct. But, the amount of chaos that will be created will be a measure of how stupid PNoy will go. A stupid president will leave a stupid legacy. Just wish the likes of Raffy Alunan, Dante Liban, Roman Romulo etc instead of Pacquiao, Villanueva, Hontiveros, etc were in the Senate to help, but it seems Senate will be more of the same, and it could be another problem.

      So people will rejoice that change has come on May 9, but that change.might not be beautiful in first two years because PNoy will test the.limit of his stupidity thereafter.

  19. Duterte is an awful candidate… Unfortunately the rest are worse – not including Miriam because she’s not in the equation anymore.

    The biggest joke here is that we have to choose from 4 awful candidates. Duterte still has immense support simply because he’s the lesser evil. Binay is corrupt – legally unproven, but he’s not really doing a good job making people think otherwise. Roxas is an awfully incompetent “leader”, a fake, and worst of all, a Yellow oligarch. And Grace is most probably just a puppet.

    The insensitive rape joke aside, I can imagine that out of all of them, Duterte would be the ONLY ONE who would deal with the 1989 situation with such fire, dedication, and good leadership (assuming that the stories about Duterte’s heroism are all true). Duterte is the only candidate that people (or at least his supporters) expect to be open and honest about his governance. Still, someone needs to teach this guy how to act civil.

  20. P.S. to Trip Lasky regarding socialism.

    Dude, allow me to ejumicate you (pun intended, lol) further about socialism. The tone in your statement made me think that you are a q capitalist – nothing wrong with that but I ask you this question. Name one country who has a better than average economy who has a purely capitalistic form of economic policy? I will be waiting for your answer.

    I mentioned on my previous post that the Philippines have been practicing socialism, in part not in whole as I have also stated that we have a mixed economy for the past 70 years, but I did not elaborate what kind of social programs we have. Well, read and learn.

    1. Public school is socialism? Why? It is because the government owns the public schools and it is involved in developing and, most importantly, the government, or the taxpayers, pay for the tuition fees and all expenses related to running public schools.

    2. Public hospitals. I do not think I have to explain why this is a form of socialism. Anyone with an IQ of above 79 would have gotten my drift by now, lol.

    3. highways and roads

    4. The military, police, intelligence agencies

    5. Public Libraries

    6. Postal Service

    7. Bridges

    8. Social Security

    9. public parks

    10. Court system

    That’s only 10 but I can name many more. When you refer to Duterte as a socialist, you seem to infer a bad tone towards socialism but you have not provided evidence that he is a socialist. Just because he have sime social programs does not mean he is a socialist. Perhaps you thought socialism also mean communism? Lol, poor you – the ill-informed.

    Can you even imagine living in a counrty whose economic policy is strictly capitalism? Can you? Well, I do not think you can because you do not know that it means, lol.

    Now, go back to your drawing board and I suggest you read “The little engine that could,” or if you want to go hardcore, read ” Das Kapital” and “The wealth of Nation.” hahahaha!

    1. Thank you for stating all of the obvious above!!!

      What I said was “SOCIALIST DICTATOR”! See the difference now??? Please read and understand before going on one of your full-on du30 fanboy fits 🙂

      Thanks for the book suggestions. I’m actually catching up on my comic book reading now “Child’s Play” (Daredevil #183-184) – Punisher vs. Daredevil…

      All Hail the Intellectually Superior High and Mighty Ren Car – the Mental Giant!!!

      1. hahaha! You just doubled down in your ignorance! Socialist dictator?!? If duterte is a socialist dictator, he should have been wealthier than Binay – you ignorant nincompoop! If he is a socialist dictator, he should have owned all the private companies in Davao or, at the very least, he is a in partnership with his cronies who own the companies in Davao.

        Socialism is a state controlled economy. Does Diuterte “himself” control the economy of Davao? If he is a dictator socialist, all business instittution are owned by him and hid cronies!

        You said I stated the obvious? Yes, it is obvious to people who has the basic knowledge in ecomics and political science but it is obvious that it is not obvious to you. The funniest part is you tried to correct me by saying something even more stupid, hahahahahaha! Bwahshahaha! I am literally laughing my ass off, hahahahahahaha!

        1. Ren car, you intellectually superior point misser you…

          The original line from the post I responded to before you went full-on Dutertard mode said, “But if this is all just a front to get to the office, then I guess its time to migrate.”

          Then I said “he might just be” or “might become” a SOCIALIST DICTATOR if given the full POWER and mandate from the masses…

          Ren car the high and mighty deduced right away that I don’t have the basic knowledge in economics and political science from that single post… Wow, way to go Mr. Sherlock Holmes!

          “Deception may give us what we want for the present, but it will always take it away in the end.”

  21. Ilda, I know why It’s not worrisome. In the same interview in which he was explaining his actions he also said:

    Duterte’s verbatim quote: “I can lose the elections today. Hindi na lang ako maka-atras, kasi marami na ang nagbigay (ng pera) sa akin ngayon nung tumaas na ang rating ko. Kaya kung tumagal pa ang rating ko tumaas [unintelligible] magbibigay pa sila ng pera.” (I can’t withdraw at this point, because many have given me (money or campaign contributions) since my preference ratings started rising. So, if my rating continues to go up (unintelligible) they will give me (more) money.

    Apparently, he also received 100M from Cayetano which he couldn’t refuse just to run for presidency.

    Source: http://goo.gl/hfRttU

  22. Jeez, peeps, stop making excuses for Duterte. He screwed up, he apologized, end of story.

    Your dicks are not attached to this guy. No one is perfect but to actually try to defend such silly comments is beyond stupid.

  23. ‘Indeed a robust exchange of idea’s…’… COME OFF IT LADY. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING,BESIDES YOURSELF? the Filippines is a corrupt mess of a country where the elite rule and everyone else tries to GTFO of the country. There are no debates that matter, only the facts: If your an elite, your OK, if your not, YOU ARE FUCKED. Case closed, Sweetheart.SO, GET A CLUE, they are free.

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