Filipinos abandon The Yellow Narrative and embrace The Duterte Way

Filipinos’ gripes are really quite simple and straightforward. There is no justice. There are no consequences for law breakers. Due process is too slow. Nothing changes. There is no political will to change. The genius in the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is hinged upon a simple habit. His government listens to and empathises with ordinary Filipinos.

The lower 95 percent of Filipinos can relate. Without the political connections and resources enjoyed by the upper 5 percent, everyone is subject to the opague, snail-paced, and aribitrary nature of practically every system and process in the Philippines. To the average Filipino, concepts of due process and rule-of-law are so abstract to begin with. As such, getting the average man-on-the-bangketa to take the leap of faith and place their trust in these abstract systems is a hard sell. To be fair, Filipinos, for some time, have embraced them and regarded the democracy and its institutions “restored” in 1986 as the key to a future national prosperity.

Unfortunately, Filipinos have been let down. 30 years of “democracy” has failed to deliver on the promise of fair and swift justice and modern services that serve all at a consistent level of quality regardless of social status and financial means. The story can be likened to the way Lucy would, in so many words, persuade Charlie Brown to kick the football only to yank it away as he came running in for the punt.

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The Duterte Way appeals to Filipinos because it seeks to extricate them from the recurring pattern of promise-and-then-disappointment that follows the six-year election cycle. Election in and election out, promises issued by candidates are founded upon the “civil” and “decent” dogma of liberal democractic ideals enshrined in what is now known as the “Yellow Narrative” — the emotionalist no-substance philosophy that dominated political discourse in the Philippines over the last 30 years.

The backlash following mass disillusionment with the Yellow Narrtative and a wholesale embrace of the Duterte Way is what we are seeing today.

Well underway is Duterte’s allegedly bloody “war on drugs” that has so far put the Philippines within the radars of various human rights “watchdogs” and liberal media outlets in the West. And then there is the threat he issued the other day to pull the Philippines out of the United Nations and start “its own thing” with China in response to mounting criticism for this. Recently, it is a reported directive to sack politically-appointed government officials in agencies still perceived to be corrupt.

The psychology behind all this is quite simple. Filipinos want to see visually-arresting representations of government action on key national issues and tangible equally visually-arresting results. Duterte is delivering both by the bucketloads, but his key challenge is in how adeptly he swings the double-edged sword he wields. One edge is evident — he has captured the imagination and trust of the Filipino people by being both decisive and resolute, to the point of pissing off powerful interest groups. The other edge will manifest itself once he follows through with his backswing — delivering results in a sustained manner.

In short, Duterte must not squander the political capital he has amassed both from the winning rhetoric he consistently fielded during the campaign and the perfectly-aligned follow-through on this rhetoric as president in the last couple of months.

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Proud Pinoy
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So in just a few weeks, Duterte has destroyed the global image of the Philippines. Even the United Nations Human Rights division wants to get involved. This “thug” President that you have placed in a pedestal has not only forsaken the rule of law, he has begun tarnishing our diplomatic ties with America and other Western countries.

Why do you defend this thug, Benign0?

Hindi ka ba nahihiya? Or perhaps the rumors are true that you are a paid hack to cause discord in Philippine society. So is Mr. Kritz your CIA handler?

Your support for Duterte has exposed you.

Enjoy Your Blunder!

a yellow tard
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the just concluded part1 of de lima’s probe on extrajudicial killings is of de lima and yellows defence to distract the coming HR 105 to probe why drugs proliferation exist inside bilibid prison under her watch. and did she win the first part?

zaxx
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His government listens to and empathises with ordinary Filipinos.

Well, the following is exactly what ordinary Filipinos (fed up with criminals, corruption, incompetence) have long been wanting to hear in a leader…

8-21-16 President PressCon, Umaapoy sa Galit

41:36: “I was never born to protect evil; I was born in this universe to suppress evil.” – Du30

42:33: “If I go to hell, I will bring all of these criminals with me.” – Du30

The Quezon “run like hell” quote and the Ninoy “worth dying for” quote just melt in comparison with Du30’s.

yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader
Just finished watching Day 1 of De Lima’s senate hearing on “extra-judicial killings”. It was very informative, but I think not in the way De Lima expected. If her goal was to discredit Duterte’s war on drugs, I think it may have backfired because the two witnesses she presented ended up confirming many of the things Duterte has been saying. The first witness was a woman whose live-in partner and his father were killed. The second witness was a woman whose mother and father were killed. 1. Both Witness 1 and Witness 2 confirmed that all the slain victims—yes, ALL,… Read more »
d_forsaken
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The freedom to move forward to new opportunities and to produce results comes from living in the present not the past.

555Hyden007Toro9999.999
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555Hyden007Toro9999.999
The Aquinos, the YellowTards and their “People Power” did not do anything good in our country. They strengthened the Feudal Oligarch. The economy is in the control of their relatives and fellow Oligarchs. Graft and corruption were widespread. Shabu Drug proliferation is like a plague. Drug Lords are protected by Aquino and his cahoots. Immorality of De Lima, the former Secretary of Justice, has been shown, without any moral regret. The sister of Aquino, Kris Aquino, is herself an immoral person. Many lovers, many husbands , and many love affairs. She was even infected by STD… Duterte is cleaning the… Read more »
a yellow tard
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the next probe HR 105, jayvee sebastian, herbert colangco, and peter co should be present so that the driver will tell the truth. they are the ones who said they’re giving their protector 5 million weekly.

4DSakeOfDCountry
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Please!!!!…. Make the country self-sufficient and independent from other countries/organization…. DRUG/Corruption free or maybe by the least controlled/minimized but not rampant like what the “YELLOW CULTS” did…. The one’s to blame are the “YELLOW CULTS” past administration who didn’t do anything to stop criminality/drugs rather than help them make drugs in Prison and make it 5 star hotels, didn’t do anything to help prevent/mitigate disasters rather than when it already happened adverstized online “HELP YOLANDA VICTIMS”, and when help/donations arrived, “STOLE IT”…. Hey why didnt the UN instead ask ABNOY AQUINO what happened to the mssing 200+ BILLION YOLANDA FUNDS?… Read more »
Pastor Ernie
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I do not like President Duterte’s actions. They are not consistent with the teachings of Christ. Even the way he speaks is full of anger, full of hate. He is indeed going to hell.

Why cannot we have a True Christian president like Noynoy? I heard MLQ3 is a devout Christian. I am sure he will make a good president.

Let us pray that Duterte does not destroy the Philippines.

God bless.

yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader
Just watched Day 2 of Senate hearing. Tables were turned once again on De Lima, without any effort it seems from the PNP or Duterte’s senate allies. This must really be karma at work, or Duterte’s magic is really strong. De Lima opened the session by saying she had asked ABS-CBN, Inquirer, and GMA 7 to submit their “kill list” databases and methodology for compiling the lists. However, only GMA 7 submitted. Strange. If those lists were being prepared properly, shouldn’t these media groups have their databases and methodology on hand at any time? Or were those lists haphazardly done?… Read more »
Hazel Pineda
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Naiyak naman ako. Well said sa sumulat nito. Salamat po sa mga pulis pati na din sa mga sundalo

Danny
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Bravo! You nailed it. Good write-up.

RBM
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I think dapat hinde si De Lima ang inupong Chairman ng Senate Committee, napaka bias nyang magtanong. Its so annoying when she replied to Bato, when he told De Lima.. ” Sana noong time nyo naglagay na kayo ng SAF dun para hinde naging talamak ang pagpasok ng drugs sa bilibid”… De Lima answered.. ” Ginawa na namin yan, KAYA LANG MADAMI PANG DAPAT ASIKASUHIN… Tinanong pa namin mga abugado about it!”… Kitang kita ang walang sinseridad sa sagot nya.. NONSENSE!.. I even saw yung malimit na paglunok nya ng laway kapag nasusupalpal sya. She’s absolutely made herself miserable and… Read more »
MSG
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Well done. Article is very fair and objective.
Kudos to PNP Chief 👍

Dem dela Pena
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TWO THUMBS up ako kayGen.BATO at sa mga kapulisan niya GODBLESS to all you GEN. BATO and your men.

Ronald Roura
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God bless.

ron
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Napakahaba po…pero tinapos ko dhil bawat salitang isinulat ninyo ay nararamdaman ko at may puso… Naawa ako sa mga kapulisan natin ngaun lang sila nagpursige nang sobrah dahil ngaun lang nila nakita at natamdaman na di sila pababayaan nang chief at presidente… buhay nila ang kapalit konting pagkakamali lng nila sa isang operasyun. Pero eto itong mga kampon nang #Kadilawan at CBCP at mga Ungas sa CHR. Na nagdodown sa mga kapulisan natin… nkakagalit dahil noong panahong mga kapwa nila Dilae ang namumuno at mas talamak ang patayan nang inocenteng mamayan dhil pinatay gihasa ninakawan..e mga bingi ang mga ungas…… Read more »
yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader
Saw the video of Leila de Lima’s press conference today with senate reporters whom she was feeding cake and pancit because her birthday is coming up. While she was denying Duterte’s latest accusations against her, I was reminded of the time she defied a Supreme Court order and arrested the sick Gloria Arroyo at the airport years ago. I remember wondering at that time, what kind of person is capable of doing something like this? Even if, granting for the sake of argument, Arroyo was guilty, how can a government official—the Secretary of Justice, no less—flout a Supreme Court order… Read more »
NylG
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so very well said…! kudos to the author…you should write more of these enlightening, inspiring essays…!