Philippine President Duterte is the world’s Number One troll

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent trip to China made me realise that he could be the world’s Number One troll. He leaves his critics baffled and his supporters surprised and awed by his statements. You can call him what you want – a former Filipino actress even called him a psychopath – but he definitely makes people think. He is a provocateur and doesn’t care what others think of him. Members of both the international and local communities have been busy discussing his latest tirade, which seems to occur on a regular basis.

Trolls usually provoke others to test their patience and Duterte has definitely pushed some people over the edge. Senator Leila De Lima went berserk and kept going on a rampage in front of the media blaming Duterte for what she considers “attacks” against her by the Department of Justice and by pro-Duterte Netizens on social media.

Another one who seems to be on the verge of going on a rampage is former President Fidel Ramos. He has been intensely criticising President Duterte lately. His behaviour is quite odd considering he is said to be the one who convinced Duterte to run for President. It’s also unusual because although he occasionally criticised former President BS Aquino, Ramos wasn’t as harsh as he is now with Duterte. In fact, with BS Aquino, Ramos was careful with his words — as if he didn’t want to offend him too much. Suffice to say, Ramos could be butthurt over something. Some say it is his pro-American stance that is making him despise Duterte.

Ramos is not just randomly giving press statements about Duterte, he has been writing a series of articles critical of him and his polices. It’s a good thing hardly anyone takes him too seriously nowadays, partly because his own term as president wasn’t completely corruption- and scandal-free. Some people associate Ramos with his pet project the Centennial Expo at Clark Airbase that was considered a failure, first because of the excesses in construction costs for the project at the expense of the Filipino taxpayers and, second, it became a white elephant after sustaining losses. It eventually closed down in 1999. What Ramos envisioned for the place did not materialise. It was a microcosm of the Ramos administration – full of promise but only on paper. Ramos did not initiate real reforms that could leave a lasting legacy beyond his term.

But now Ramos is saying that the Philippines is losing under the Duterte leadership — as if Duterte created all the problems he is trying to solve today. In fact, the Ramos administration was also into patronage politics or the padrino system of governance. This system, which trumps all system in place, is what is keeping the Philippines from moving forward. It is what allows the Philippines’ endemic corruption to persist. When you allow your allies to get away with committing crime or when you celebrate the mediocre performance of your cabinet members, you allow corruption to flourish.

Speaking of getting away with crime, a lot of people have not forgotten Ramos’s role during Martial Law. Ramos headed the Philippine Constabulary under former President Ferdinand Marcos. Just because Ramos played a role in the ousting of Marcos in 1986 after he defected doesn’t mean that he should be absolved of his shortcomings during what some people consider to be the darkest chapter in Philippine history. He was never taken to account for the abuses committed by the police under his command back then. It’s too bad the history books gloss over his role in the atrocities.

Duterte’s speech in China has also annoyed a lot of his critics particularly when his statements “I announce my separation from the United States” attracted hearty applause from the members of the Chinese government. Duterte went on to say that America has lost both in the military and economic fronts and that he will talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin just to prove that America’s dominance in the world is over. I can imagine members of the US government reeling with anger at being discussed with contempt in front of the Chinese.

Like a professional troll, Duterte knows how to get under people’s skin. It’s amusing the way pro-American commentators are reacting to his banter. They are so predictable. Duterte’s statements are meant to get a reaction and his detractors are getting played.

To people who are smart enough to understand where he is coming from, Duterte does make sense. They may not have announced it formally the way Duterte did but a lot of countries are already dealing with and showing deference to China. They already value China’s role in the world order. In fact, Filipinos who chant anti-China sentiments don’t even realise that a lot of businesses in the Philippine are run by her Filipino-Chinese citizens. What’s really baffling is why there are still Filipinos who refuse to embrace their Asian roots. The Chinese have for so long been trading with Filipinos — even before Filipinos became Filipinos.

Filipinos shouldn’t fret about the idea of the Philippines wanting to break away from the clutches of old “allies” and seeking an independent foreign policy. The United Kingdom did a similar thing when it voted to break away from the European Union earlier this year. Some thought they were crazy to do that. Now some are calling Duterte crazy for breaking with the US. Duterte being crazy remains to be seen. One way of confirming that is in how the US will react to his trolling. Will the US stay despite Duterte’s tirade or leave in retaliation? Either way, Duterte doesn’t care because he’s got new powerful friends now.  

[Photo courtesy ABS-CBN News.]

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popoyb
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I will have to agree with you ilda that duterte is ksp kulang sa pansin. voters are still in the “choice supportive bias” stage so lets give it a few months.

asd
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facebook.com/IgnoreOurRants

TheresaAlvarez
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Trolling is not the same as calling for attention (kulang sa pansin)….
I agree with Ilda. I saw this in Duterte during the campaign period. His trolling is the best way to deal with hypocrites and the biased media. They fall for it every time. In the standard of statesmanship they may call it unprofessional, but with the hypocrites, the “disente”, the elite wannabes and the turncoats in our country, this is the best way to exposed their true colors.

gnogid
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Filipinos shouldn’t fret about the idea of the Philippines wanting to break away from the clutches of old “allies” and seeking an INDEPENDENT foreign policy. – Ilda That is absolutely misleading if not outright wrong. You don’t become independent on foreign policy just because you left a superpower ally in exchange for another superpower ally-to-be. Discarding old friends for new ones does not make one free and balance. In fact, treating a friend of long standing in such manner, regardless of true relationship you had, will make you look unbalanced and unhinged. Lastly, this so-called “separation” thing remains untouched and… Read more »
Marcus
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Despite the conflicting statements, Duterte is keeping his opponents befuddled while keeping the support of the people. The hypocrisy is the enemy’s weakness. It is very hard to listen to anyone if we are unsure whose interest at hand they’re playing for. So when the president speaks, the enemies are confused yet the people listens. This charisma is dangerous for a “bloodthirsty” geopolitician though. Something which is very easy for his critics to capitalize and instigate PUBLIC FEAR. He may be ruthless but he aint bloodthirsty. In Davao, the tribes(familial and ideological) are united yet the criminals are getting killed.… Read more »
gnogid
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So when the president speaks, the ENEMIES are confused yet the people listens. – marcus

Ah, that is the game the president is playing. Befuddle the enemy. But what is the criteria used to determine and identify who the “enemies” are? And why spent efforts confusing the enemy instead of explaining and clarifying to people what the government is doing?

Why spent precious hours confusing when what the government or the leadership should be doing is crystalizing the issue to the people?

Like I said, don’t defend something you yourself doubt.

Marcus
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You not need to ask but only look at the mirror my friend. Who is the enemy? Who is confused? Who is asking the questions?

We, are our own revelation.

Klara
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Citizens of the US and the rest of the west are themselves pawns in somebody’s/ some group’s endgame. Duterte wants us to abandon that sinking ship.

222Hyden007Toro9999.999
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Pres. Duterte does not blog. I am not sure , if he reads the GRP Web Article, or the GRP bloggers’ comments. Fidel Ramos is as corrupt, as any of the past Presidents. There is a rumor here , in the U.S. that: “Ramos owns the “Seafood City” commercial chains of establishments”…from Los Angeles, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada and now to Chicago, Illinois. Ramos is richer, and more corrupt, than Marcos, Sr. Where did Fidel Ramos get the money ? Fidel Ramos is very much indebted to the Aquino-Cojuangco political axis. This is the reason, he was soft on… Read more »
Nina
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“Despite the conflicting statements, Duterte is keeping his opponents befuddled while keeping the support of the people. The hypocrisy is the enemy’s weakness.”

I agree. Duterte got the attention of everyone and it’s always a suspense show in the right aspects. Needless to say, I still trust the President.

gnogid
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What’s really baffling is why there are still Filipinos who refuse to embrace their Asian roots. Filipinos shouldn’t fret about the idea of the Philippines wanting to break away from the clutches of old “allies” and seeking an independent foreign policy. The two statements above only proves the disconnect between the president and the Filipino people. No wonder, Ilda has pulled out all the stops just so we can have a glimpse or resemblance of something as to what Pres. Duterte’s intentions are. In spite of that, the whole piece failed to encapsulate the real objective, the agenda and intentions… Read more »
Greg
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Duterte lives with his foot in his mouth. I can’t wait to see where he takes the Philippines in the future.

hero
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Former President Ramos is just showing what he thinks is wrong with some of President Duterte”s pronouncements especially on “separating” from USA. He may have some valid points having been PNP Chief and a president. Preseident Duterte is NOT infallible. He could commit mistakes being only human so he should have an open mind to listen to experienced people like Ramos who even convinced him to run in the first place. So if Ramos criticises him it must be due to some sincere conviction that Duterter may be wrong and am sure it is for country”s interest he has in… Read more »
hero
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correction: …had Ramos (wrote) written an article..

joeld
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Oh look! Not only Philippines is doing the pivot thing,

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/17/europe-defies-us-signs-on-to-chinas-world-bank.html

Staph it already with the pinoy colonial mentality.

Jigs
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Duterte is an idiot and now GRP is kissing his ass just because Arroyo is supporting him, not because Duterte is great. That’s the truth no matter how you twisted it. I hope the US will pull out all its billion-dollar BPO industry and foreign direct investments in the Philippines, which could affect millions of Filipinos employed, so that Duterte would realize that the Philippines still need US.

Jigs
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Aside from shabu,embrace as well all the fake goods, substandard materials and services, etc. of China my dear Philippines.

Jigs
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More to come and more to follow in the future during Duterte’s stint. Hahahaha! Let’s celebrate for China’s victory! Yeheyy!

Vhenom Zuniga
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This Ilda Idiot Yellowtardz is the real life troll… Maybe she is connected on Drugs and thats why she doesnt like the president…

Jon Zee
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Former? Filipino actress? You mean Agot Isidro? Former? Clearly then you’re either not watching TV coz she has a running show primetime on top TV network. Or maybe you’re just misinformed, or don’t know how to verify facts. Google is free btw.