Duterte wants Filipinos to eliminate their colonial mentality

There is a lot of wailing and weeping in the Philippines lately. Most of the noise is coming from critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. His critics appear to be disappointed that there was hardly any fallout after his tirade against U.S. President Barack Obama before he left for the ASEAN summit in Laos. They were expecting it would all be downhill for Dutere since the international media went on a frenzy, some giving him scathing criticism. Even after President Obama assured everyone that he didn’t take Duterte’s comment personally, Duterte’s critics still insist that his latest “gaffe” would spell disaster for the country.

Duterte added colour to the usually-bland ASEAN summit. (Photo source: GMA News Online)
Duterte added colour to the usually-bland ASEAN summit.
(Photo source: GMA News Online)
Fortunately for the Philippines, the predicted doom and gloom scenario did not happen. The issue, as it turns out, was simply overblown by mostly local journalists who either wanted a scoop or still held a grudge against Duterte for the snub they copped from him. Their loyalty to the country has now become questionable. Being Filipino, it was baffling the way these journalists screwed up the translation of their own language especially the cuss term putang ina. Their false interpretation of Duterte’s favorite expression gave the international community a negative impression of the Philippine President.

You would think that Filipino journalists would ensure they give the most accurate interpretation of their own language and cultural nuances considering that foreign correspondents rely on them. But, no. It seems Filipino journalists (some, not all) prioritise clickbait type of news reporting over accuracy and integrity. One can’t help but think that some members of mainstream media in the Philippines are not patriotic. They seem to apply that all-too-familiar colonial mentality to their work. This is evident in how they do not care if their own President is ridiculed by the outside world as a result of their own biased reporting. Indeed, Filipino journalists inject malice along with their “facts” in their work.

Meanwhile on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, Duterte’s critics are showing their double standards. They conveniently share articles from foreign media outlets that are critical of Duterte only. Their actions are so illogical since a foreigner’s interpretation of the term “putang ina” is most likely inaccurate. Yet they still share articles built on that flawed interpretation in forums and discussion boards just to prove that Duterte’s reputation is already in tatters. It’s like they are wishing it would be the end of Duterte’s administration. It’s worth mentioning that Duterte’s critics are the same people who hate overseas based Filipinos who comment on or dip into current issues about the Philippines. It is hypocrisy at its finest.

Just to be clear, I myself wish Duterte wasn’t so abrasive. I’ve always known that his foul mouth could pose a problem in diplomatic relations both locally and international. As mentioned before, his foul language is distracting some people from focusing on his good intentions. Not everyone is the same. While some people can ignore how the message was delivered, there are some who focus more on form instead of substance. These people miss Duterte’s important message that Filipinos do not have to answer to anyone outside of the Philippines when it comes to dealing with their own problems.

Duterte wants Filipinos to think outside the box. He wants Filipinos to stop being beholden to the Americans and to do away with colonial mentality. He wants the outside world to treat Filipinos as their equal. The only way to achieve that is for Filipinos themselves to believe that they are worthy to be treated as such. If Filipinos continue to kiss the ass of their former colonial masters, they will continue to be treated like second-class citizens. The real question is, why do Filipinos need to kiss Westerners’ asses in the first place? And the answer to that is, because Filipinos are still too dependent on international assistance from the West especially during calamities from both man-made and natural disasters.

Large crowds gathered in Indonesia to catch a glimpse of the 'rock star president'. (Source: Senyora on Twitter)
Large crowds gathered in Indonesia to catch a glimpse of the ‘rock star president’.
(Source: Senyora on Twitter)
Some of Duterte’s critics are saying that Filipinos have lost the respect of the international community. In my opinion, a lot of them already harbour a low regard for us to begin with. They see people from Third World countries like the Philippines as moochers. They feel like they can walk all over us because they give us so much money and help whenever a disaster strikes. Perhaps a fallout after Duterte’s tirade against Obama would be good for the Philippines in the long run. Maybe, just maybe once the assistance from Westerners that Filipinos have gotten used to receiving stops coming, Filipinos can find a way to stand on their own feet and finally earn some global respect.

Don’t get me wrong. I do agree that Duterte’s tirade was unfair to Obama. While I realise that Duterte was speaking only in hypothetical terms – that he was only giving warning that he would get pissed off if Obama questions the way he is handling the drug epidemic in the Philippines – I felt sorry that Obama had to be the recipient of Duterte’s venting. Obama is such a nice guy after all. Then again, perhaps this is why some people perceive Obama as weak. Or his pacifist attitude could be just a front. Let us not forget that it was Obama who ordered his marines to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.

There are reports saying that Duterte showed the ASEAN summit delegates photos of how Americans slaughtered Moros in Mindanao in the 1900s. It seems like Duterte took the opportunity to highlight the hypocrisy of the Americans since the superpower has itself been accused of human rights atrocities in their own country and abroad for decades. Some are also blaming the US for the refugee crisis in Europe — a result of their failed foreign policy in the Middle East.

Whether Duterte’s critics agree that his actions were inappropriate or not doesn’t really matter. It is apparent that Duterte is charting a different course for the Philippines. It could be one that could lead us to a more independent Philippines. How this will play out remains to be seen. This is definitely not boring times for Filipinos and the rest of the world. It could be time to fasten our seat belts.

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Nice take on the issue! Just simply analytical and avoids the route of being just another Duterte Cult article!

a yellow tard
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obama realized duterte is reasonably right against war on drugs, corruption and terrorism. the drug lords and its pushers were doing inhumane to pilipinos killing the country by drugs. do they fall under humanity? NO, they’re all evil soldiers of satan. they don’t deserved to be treated like humans.

gnogid
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The article is a sorry representation of the writer being all over the place on the issue with the sole intention to shield Duterte from any fault or embarrassment from his latest outburst. While expressing “Duterte’s tirade was unfair to Obama”, the writer appears to be fine with the speculation of the former’s speculation of the US president questioning how he handles the drug problem in the country. The writer “felt sorry” for Obama but at the same time accompanies it with a matter-of-fact justification about reports of Duterte showing ASEAN delegates photos of American atrocities in Mindanao. Obama is… Read more »
555Hyden007Toro99999.999
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555Hyden007Toro99999.999
The War on Drugs will never be won, by Human Rights and Due Process, tying the Police…Shabu Drugs are already PANDEMIC in our country. There are too many Shabu addicts. There are too many Shabu Drug Pushers. The Drug Lords, are mostly government officials. The Chinese Triad Drug Mafia crime syndicate has gained a foothold in our country. They have corrupted high government officials, like De Lima and Aquino, during their tenure. It is just natural, if Pres. Duterte, is angry; if Obama, is requiring him to do this, and do that on his War on Drugs… The Aquino Propaganda… Read more »
gnogid
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We cannot eliminate colonial mentality (if such really exists) by one arrogant, careless and dumb statement. Colonial mentality cannot be eliminated by making statements meant to defend one’s personal preference in an imagined setting with an imagined adversary. It cannot also be eliminated by just blaming the media and protecting and isolating the media’s source of information.

In other words, eliminating colonial mentality is not possible if we’re going to do it with a biased mentality.

a yellow tard
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and why did obama say ‘do it the right way, the war on drugs’? that means do it the right way the druglords and pushers did it to the country inhumane. i think it’s clear enough to understood. why treat them humane if they’re doing inhumane.

a yellow tard
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nobody can destroy duterte ‘cuz the pilipinos love him. there will be a display of fireworks once the XXX queen goes to jail and the Philippines will have a very joyous christmas once again and a happy new years to come.

Robert Haighton
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“… Filipinos can find a way to stand on their own feet …”.

This will take a while before that will happen with all the current PH culture (holism, utang na loob, collectivism, etc etc)

Guest
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I really believe Duterte meant to curse the journalist who asked him the question that irritated him because he sounded an ass kisser. Observe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gW9XTfxlGQ From 5:43 to 12:35 After speech… Thank you very much. Have you not had snacks? You won’t really clap; you must be feeling weak. [some laughing…] Any questions? I’ll give you few more clarifications on the statement only. Do not ramble into politics, it’s too far away. Yes, may we accommodate the… – Good Afternoon sir Jerome Morales from Reuters news. Sir ahh there have been ahhh concerns on extra extrajudicial killings sir ahh and… Read more »
Aeta
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[Revised] Ilda, The only way to get rid of Colonial Mentality is through complete freedom from foreign influence that has been affecting all aspects of our society–religion, government, traditions, and way of life—for a very long time. It’s time for the Philippines to chart a new course by weaning itself from its “handout” dependency to the United States. My only concern is-because of the strong Chinese political and economic influence in the country—that the Philippines might fall into the trappings of one colonial master (Americans) to another (Chinese). Historically speaking, we Filipinos are incapable of turning to one another to… Read more »
a yellow tard
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we cannot blame the pilipinos why their dependency from other countries is a must, because they’re poor. but we almost made it during the Marcos era. now pilipinos knew very well how communism works, they want the country poor and lures the people to believed whatever they say. and still they’re kickin’ ass till now thinking there’s still followers to listen to them. there’s no more.

Jorge Barba
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Just rephrase the journalist question and Duterte’s answer is just fine –

mrericx
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What about eliminating crab mentality in our country? Will PDu30 do that before his term will end in 2022? That one is much worst that our colonial mentality, SERIOUSLY & it shows!

PtrNene
Guest

Perhaps it is our colonial past that holds us in its iron grip wherein we have allowed our now-Filipino surrogate masters to substitute for those who once held sway over us, so much so that we as a people have not grown nor flowered as a free people should have!

Mike Fajardo
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It’s sad to say our own media personalities (some) are the once doing criticize to our President. They always mentioning the summary executions as our Policemen and President behind the scene but in other side they were out of focus. Just take a look on the killings of Maguindanao ambush where so many people are dead and Hacienda Luisita as well. We hope the CHR will resurface on these issues. Lastly, don’t judge our beloved President Duterte by his mouth but rather look what he has done for the benefit of the people and the young children…God Bless You Tatay… Read more »
Carlos Jones
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i want to patronize local products, i really do, and probably other people want to as well.. the problem is the quality and/or price.. ever seen a flashlight that’s made here in the Ph? pwde mo ba s’ya i-compare sa, let’s say, maglite? i went to kultura the other day to look for some native dinnerware.. alam n’yo kung magkano ISANG plato? 550.. P550.oo for one fucking plate.. and alam n’yo kung ano major materials nya? BUKO..! isang putanginang plato ng gawa sa buko worth 550..! and you want the people to patronize local products? ..magsusuntukan muna tayo bago mo… Read more »
Juan Dela Cruz
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Very ambitious, It is impossible to achieve.

Jerry Lynch
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Here was my first post in Facebook this morning. After reading yet another American “news” article about Obama being called “a son of a whore” by Duterte it becomes necessary to make a correction. In my opinion the American press is doing itself, and our President a disservice by not reporting accurately. American news sources tend to favor a liberal agenda when reporting on American politics, but in this case they are not doing due diligence by watching the exchange Duterte had in which it was obvious he was calling the reporter that name, not Obama, and Duterte has also… Read more »
gnogid
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“After reading yet another American “news” article about Obama being called “a son of a whore” by Duterte it becomes necessary to make a correction.” ======== To “make correction” at this time would be a futile attempt to deodorize the event. I don’t think there is room for correction when an official explanation was already given. That and the fact that the fiasco already yielded a lost opportunity on our part. “In my opinion the American press is doing itself, and our President a disservice by not reporting accurately.” ======== What is there to report accurately when it’s all there… Read more »