Duterte is turning the Philippines back into a REAL southeast Asian country


Why the sudden interest of the foreign media in the Philippines? It is because they found a bogeyman in its current president, Rodrigo Duterte, to feast upon. Indeed, Duterte is living up to the smear that goes way back to the campaign leading up to the 2016 elections that he is the “Donald Trump of the Far East”. Westerners, after all, are utterly convinced of the undisputed ascendancy of their way of life — where the individual and her entitlement to “human rights” trumps all else.

The Philippines is, of course, the United States’ Mini Me. It is a quaint legacy of American aspirations to create a beacon of democracy in the region to assure a world fearful of the communist onslaught that at least one southeast Asian domino will remain standing as the others (as the thinking at the time went) fell. Many Filipinos continue to cling to the old notion that their duty as a people lies in upholding that mission to be instrumental to the containment of any threat to America’s hegemony in the region.

Times have changed. As we have seen, the ascent to power of Duterte manifests a change in what Filipinos consider to be the good of their society. Duterte replaces that traditional “good” long considered to be embodied by the “victors” in the 1986 “people power revolution” now known simply as “the Yellows”. Duterte won on the back of mass disillusionment over the broken promise of 1986 that was 30 years in the slow making. Under the Yellows, liberalist democracy was perverted beyond all recognition and turned into nothing more than a pillar that propped up an expanded class of oligarchs that consolidated and concentrated power in Imperial Manila.

Duterte is turning the Philippines back into a true southeast Asian country. He is, in effect, attempting to address the root cause of a national identity crisis suffered by Filipinos over the last three decades. Southeast Asia is home to autocratic “democracies” — states that have, one way or another, found a balance between outwardly being what the West think the world’s nations ought to be and, from the inside, being what they really are.

This is the confusion evident in how foreign media is currently “reporting” the situation in the Philippines. Its sources of information for these “reports” are the corporate media minions of the Yellows — self-anointed “heroes” of free speech that have used that lofty status to hypnotise an entire society. Was it Duterte that snapped Filipinos out of that state of hypnosis? More likely it was the failed administration of former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III that did the job and paved the way for Duterte’s rise to power.

Either way, it does not matter now. What matters is the future under Duterte’s government. De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras wrote in a Facebook post how Duterte now presents his people with “a breath of empowering uncertainty that creates spaces for us to redefine ourselves, our politics, our international relations.”

Change is, of course, uncomfortable. In the case of what is happening to the Philippines today, it comes across as confronting to what some have called the disente (“decent”) classes who have, hook line and sinker, embraced the American Way of “human rights”. For the first time in a long time, perhaps, we are confronted with the uncomfortable possibility that there are alternatives to this dogma. Contreras writes…

For once, we have a President that forces us to recalibrate, to re-examine our friendships with the US, to deconstruct the alien elements of a very individualistic human rights construct in the face of our cultural nuances as a communalistic society where rights are seen not as individual entitlements but in the context of social relationships.

This, it seems, is the reason that, at the grassroots, Filipinos fundamentally do not have a problem with Duterte. The problem, as is becoming ever more evident, lies with an oligarchic class unwilling to give change a chance.

This change, after all, requires doing things differently. What, after all, has liberal democratic ideals delivered to the average Filipino? It is this lack of results at the levels in Philippine society where voters are most numerous that the oligarchic classes that are in the midst of a shrilly crying Bloody Extrajudicial Killing! seem to be oblivious to. Instead, their Taliban-like adherence to the artefacts of Western imperialism have put them out of sync with the pulse of Philippine society at large. To continue to apply the same methods and expect different results is, quite simply, a sad form of insanity. Change, therefore, should involve a courageous embrace of diffent approaches.

Unfortunately, this small elite clique of disente change-averse Filipinos control a vast information dissemination industry that they are now desperately using to cobble together a power base to re-launch their bid to re-take the top government posts they regard as theirs by birthright and pedigree. In this context, it is understandable why foreign media are complicit in this undertaking — because the very ideologies upon which their industries have also been founded is being put to the test in the Philippines.

But to be truly southeast Asian is to grow and develop according to one’s sovereign terms. This is how Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia did it. And this is how Vietnam and the other new Indochinese members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are doing it. Duterte is showing Filipinos an option that, in all ironies, never occurred to them — that it can be done the southeast Asian way. The American Way was a fun ride in Disneyland. But to prosper in the manner that only southeast Asia does, the Philippines needs to go back to the basics and start planting rice.

When Filipinos learn to once again keep busy with the business of producing stuff and being independent, the shrill “human rights” slogans of The Huffington Post and The Economist will fade into mere background noise — sources of quaint intellectual amusement for the irrelevant disente crowd as they tap their self-important tweets on their iPads while sipping their Starbucks lattes.

[Photo courtesy Suara.com.]


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The color yellow is usually a sign of sickness and should be expunged. The body releases yellow snot and phlegm if we have a respiratory illness. Our skin and eyes turn yellowish due to jaundice, which is a symptom of hepatitis. Urine is yellow-colored because it contains waste products that could make us sick if it remained inside us. Abcess (or nana) means an infection. Rotting flesh becomes yellow before turning black. What does this all mean? In the comparison above, if the Philippines is the human body, then the Liberal Party is the one making our country sick and… Read more »
Interesting how much outpour of sympathy & concern are being given to drug criminals—-“human rights” they say, whilst the poor hapless rape, murder, & robbery victims of these criminals are being silenced as they attack the one President who finally has the real balls to speak out, defend, & fight for these victims, past to future. What show of urgency and manner of sympathy & concern are these so-called “human rights” whiners giving to these victims of heinous drug crimes?—Nothing!—-I don’t hear any effective solution coming out from that camp to rid ourselves of this drug problem. The former DOJ… Read more »

What the yellow essentially represents is an abandonment of our national identity. And it’s not just with Filipinos. Look around. On an individual basis, once you lose a sense of self identity, there’s nothing worth fighting for. What one does then would only be for self interest-something the LP epitomizes and their yellow mentality.


Pres. Duterte is changing our country. Foreigners should stay out , in meddling in the internal affairs of the Philippines.

The U.N. should go to Iraq and Syria, where the ISIS caliphate is murdering thousands of people. Subjugating infidel women as sex slaves…

We can solve our own problems, without foreign help. The U.S. should stop in making the Filipinos their Clones…we cannot be “Little Brown Americans”…we are searching our own national identity, lost due to colonization.

The War on Drugs, can be won on our own terms…not from foreign countries terms !

So, stay out from the Philippines !

Boy Gutom

I’m hungry.


Philippines is on BBC World News now almost every night …which surprise me.


I never knew the Philippines was “a REAL southeast Asian country.” I’ve always thought of it as the Mexico of the Far East, complete with hand-me-down religion, government, and way of life from the west—where the people think like Spanish aristocrats and behave like Americans. This means Duterte will have to kill everybody, including himself, to erase everything that has defined the Philippines for centuries and start all over.

Let me play a devil’s advocate a see if we can strike a balance in the conversation. I don’t think foreign media got a sudden interest in the country because they found a bogeyman in Pres. Duterte. The country attracts attention from foreign media because we have, to say the least, an unconventional and controversial president. The smoke of the 2016 campaign has been gone after the last tally of the result was announced. Not a whimper of protest came from those who lost the election. But there is an emerging feeling even before he was declared the election winner… Read more »
“Under the Yellows, liberalist democracy was perverted beyond all recognition and turned into nothing more than a pillar that propped up an expanded class of oligarchs that consolidated and concentrated power in Imperial Manila.” …..Under the yellows? huh? how long did gma rule? was she a yellow? is she cozying up to abnoy or duterte? how about fvr? who was behind duterte’s run? erap? how long these nincompoops rule altogether? they were all LP puppets? PLLLLEEEEASE? ABnoy and his cohorts have a lot to answer for but if you are going to argue please put at least a semblance of… Read more »
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LOL, ‘A Real S. E. Asian country’, what is that exactly? A THIRD WORLD SHITHOLE? It already was a THIRD WORLD SHITHOLE, give it a little time….

….and it will still be a THIRD WORLD SHITHOLE.

Duterte kills a few thousand drug addicts and makes a few crude remarks and all of a sudden the Phailippines is somehow a changed country? Please, poverty is where 33% of the citizenry reside and nothing else has changed, so what is this nonsense?

Patriotism is a thing difficult to put into words. It is neither precisely an emotion nor an opinion, nor a mandate, but a state of mind — a reflection of our own personal sense of worth, and respect for our roots. Love of country plays a part, but it’s not merely love. Neither is it pride, although pride too is one of the ingredients. Patriotism is a commitment to what is best inside us all. And it’s a recognition of that wondrous common essence in our greater surroundings — our school, team, city, state, our immediate society — often ultimately… Read more »

awesome article!!!!

Hopefully there can be progress in the Philippines – but not without a systemic change in values from the top down. The Philippines ought to be able to improve – but this is contingent upon good policies, honesty, ending corruption and laws be followed. I am doubtful Duterte can change things; further, what will happen next election? If he can make significant changes( infrastructure, proper funding of departments, end corruption) then the country may move toward a better direction. Referring to previous comments regarding foreign typhoon aid, other countries will donate and the pera will be stolen as usual. I… Read more »
Francisco C. de Asis

It’s funny to call this country a liberal democracy in substance. The president is all powerful chief that control lots of the power. The Congress is suppose to be a co-equal branch, but in reality join the new chief’s rule and are basically lackeys. There isn’t substantive loyal opposition to keep the President in check and this has been this way long before Duterte became president.
Provincial and local government is mostly controlled by the ‘chiefs” and marching off to the ballot exercise is in most cases just like a shadow play, lots of sauce and no substance.

a yellow tard

hey guys! is Marcos burial at the LNMB democratic? a one’s defeat in a final battle between democracy vs communism?

a yellow tard

de lima might attend the probe against her to block all accusations on her. that’s her delaying tactics still hoping president duterte will be impeach. what she didn’t know impeaching the president is they’re impeaching themselves at the senate all yellows.

a yellow tard

early in this video she thinks she could ran away on her crimes


Sick N. Tired

Since The anti-Duterte group cannot manipulate the people within the country, they are trying to appeal and manipulate the International community. Bravo!!! Lame lame lame… Now that the Abi Sayyaf released their last victim NOBODY CARED TO REPORT THE GOOD NEWS huh? Sad souls…


“Let’s have more respect for other people’s opinion.” Right, benignO? Those were your words.

Bodik Baniqued

The only thing I hate about what the writer wrote is when he called Duterte as “Donald Trump” of the country.
First, he is way too different from Trump and this Presodent has a heart while the other doesn’t have any!
You say he is a new bogey man – one who has his own brand and what’s the intention to make him a “copy” of Trump?

Let’s be consistent in what we write.