Old colonial scars revealed: The presumptuous diplomatic row over the Madam Secretary circus

Filipinos have long been known for their inability to distinguish between real life and reel life. Theirs is a society, after all, that elects showbiz politicians to power on the basis of the achievements their fictional characters win on screen.

Thus it is hardly surprising that a diplomatic row would erupt over a recent fictional depiction of a Philippine president on the American TV show Madam Secretary

In the next episode of the TV series “Madam Secretary,” which airs on CBS on March 12, the fictional Philippine leader gets punched in the face by the fictional US secretary of state after he makes a pass at her during a foreign policy meeting.

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The 20-second video teaser of the episode, titled “Break in Diplomacy,” shows fictional Philippine President Datu Andrada, played by actor Joel de la Fuente, with a bloodied nose after a shocked US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, played by actress Téa Leoni, punched him in the face in a room that looks like the Office of the President in Malacañang.

A Philippine flag and the seal of the President of the Philippines are also seen in the background.

Before getting punched in the face, the Philippine leader is shown leering at McCord.

As expected, this latest circus has elicited all the wrong responses from both camps in the Philippines’ political “war”.

On the administration side, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte sent a letter oto CBS Corp to “strongly protest the highly negative depiction of a character purported to be the Philippine President.”

On the anti-Duterte and Opposition camps, the usual online “activists” and members of various politically-passionate cliques are cheering the spectacle as evidence that Hollywood is somehow expressing solidarity with their cause.

But taking a higher vantage point to this latest outrage fad offers a more simple take on this latest spectacle: It’s a TV show. Get a grip.

If (and this is a big IF) the producers of Madam Secretary actually did make a conscious attempt to take a swipe at Duterte, they weren’t really doing anything that the Yellowtards in the Philippines haven’t been doing over the last 12 months consistent with their lame efforts to chip away at the president’s broad base of support. As such, the big high fives being presumptuously sent out by anti-Duterte Filipinos to their old colonial masters across the Pacific are really just another manifestation of the need for colonial validation that Filipinos remain addicted to.

On the part of the current administration, well, Jesus, you guys should have just let that one pass. It’s just a TV show.

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Dave
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Remember when the real Philippine President insulted the real American President in real life, and the American President shrugged it off?

Baylee
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Remember that nosy American president who picks on other leaders on their domestic affairs while bombarding Syria and Iraq? Remember that??

d_forsaken
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Fiction writers, magicians, politicians and priests are the only people rewarded for entertaining us with their lies.

If you make fiction just as valuable as reality, then any reality you don’t need can be a delusion.

787Hyden007Toro999.999
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787Hyden007Toro999.999
The TV series was made by leftist TV writers. The actress, looks like they are featuring : Hilary Clinton… Filipinos are not sexual predators, as featured in the TV series..they are not as ignorant, as the story showed. We have good Presidents, and Diplomats,; who understand Diplomatic protocols. In truth, it is the Americans, who are sexual predators; and who are raping Filipino women. How many American Marines had raped Filipino women ? The last rape case; the complainant Filipinos woman, who was raped; was given a Green Card, in exchange for dropping of the rape case. How many Filipinos… Read more »
actjaxs3000
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Facts, the Philippines has one of the highest rape and murder percentage of modern countries in the world. Your focus on expats lets criminals get away. Example, Peter Scully girlfriend was on video torturing and killing babies and kids. Your country arrested him and let her walk away. Why? A TV show is the least of our concerns. There are walking streets here, GRO’s. The Philippines is the number 2 country in the world to come for sex. One of the highest percent of countries of having older expats married to young women. You support pedophiles. Koreans, Chinese, Germans, and… Read more »
Baylee
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Facts, you’re more likely to get shot in the US than in the Philippines (outside of Manila). Facts, you don’t honour rights of the Child in your country as you’ve never signed UN Convention along with Somalia…which bears no different than those countries who practice child marriages. Facts, drugs like shabu make up that huge demographic who raped. Yet you hypocritical Americans do not like it if Duterte is cracking down on them hard – legally of course – not your version of reality of his deeds. Facts, you’re more likely to get raped and cat called in any state… Read more »
Greg
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Hyden, You are correct about American soldiers disrespecting Filipinas and, in some cases, raping them. If an American military person rapes a Filipina, the death penalty would be the best punishment, if allowed by law. If it’s not the law, then Congress ought to change the law. However, the Christian rule of “Thou shalt not kill” would prevent such a law. This, among other reasons, is why I am not a Christian. I would have to be soft and I am not. If I remember correctly, you seemed to have previously supported rape, when allegedly committed by Filipino men. Not… Read more »
Baylee
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No, rather it is you lot that promoted raping to happen in the country. When you opened Subic Bay, you allowed rampant prostitution to happen. There was one Filipina who got almost raped by some G.I. years back in Bohol. And she isn’t the only one taken advantaged of. Many Filipinos condemn rape you moron. But US Military bases do not care much when they abuse women who entertain for them that’s really the case. It’s also why Okinawans wish to get rid of your US bases there too. They’re nothing but nuisance and bad influence on the community. You’ve… Read more »
Greg
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Baylee, If you are going to be a low self-esteemed asshole and call people names, then don’t bother posting; it just makes you look weak. Secondly, you accuse me of supporting American foreign policy, which I do not. I am not some globalist Wilsonian Leftist like Bush, Clinton or Obama, who believes in bullying the world. I did not vote for any of the politicians who vote to do these things. You are a weak person who likes to blame everyone else for the Philippines’ problems. I opened Subic Bay? How? Who allowed the American military into your country? That’s… Read more »
actjaxs3000
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Facts at @ Baylee, once again; facts do not include personal feelings or thoughts. It is simple statics. You sound educated so let go back to that class you had in college. Then I am going to give you the sources for your information that you quoted which is only one by the way. Crime stats global standard is to count per 100,000 people. This puts everything in true perspective. Example having 100 people killed in a city of 1 million is not the same as having 100 people killed in a city of 100,000. Also putting up a website… Read more »
salagintong bukid
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YES! death penalty is the solution for those committing heinous crimes no doubt. why let the senate decide about it? they should ask the people. let the voice of the pilipinos be heard on death penalty. those who opposed it knew they’ve committed heinous crimes.

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@actjaxs3000:

Statistics can be increased or decreased; the Americans have the same problems in their inner cities. Aside from race problems.

The Americans were here in the Philippines, before World War II…so the Japanese militarists came here , to destroy their military installations and to drive away the Americans.

We owe nothing to these colonialists/imperialists, because they stole our natural resources, for many years…we are glad they are out now in our country !

Greg
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Yes, let the people decide then. There should be a referendum.

897Hyden007Toro999.9878
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@ Greg: I never wrote in any of my blog, that I support rape. I was commenting that, if a woman go on a drinking spree , with the “barkada”, of her husband. It is an “invitation” on her to be raped. Once, she is dead drunk. Any male in her drinking partners will take sexually advantage of her. It is irresponsibility on her part, much more “unwomanly”, for a woman to get drunk; or go to a drinking spree, with friends of her husband. Most of the foreigners, who come to the Philippines, are sexual predators, in their countries.… Read more »
Greg
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Hyden, Well, your attitude is one of the reasons the Philippines is a mess. A woman getting drunk with a bunch of males is not an invitation to be raped. You claim to be religious – but are generally saying that male humans cannot control themselves and are like a pack of wild beasts. If these males cannot control themselves then they are the lowest animals and are at the bottom of the animal kingdom. Your sexist opinion of women allows men there to behave like losers, and act irresponsibly. Getting drunk is against the bible and has nothing to… Read more »
sckang
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My late legal dual citizen wife and I were classified as Asian-Americans. For those of us that are non-white American Citizens do face those hurdles and it’s NOT just the non-Americans. We worked hard in the United States doing 2 to 3 jobs each. We saved money so we could go to her hometown of Lucena City. We bought good land with a clean deed with no legal impediments for more than $12,000 . The buyer recieved 120 -$100 CRISP U.S. Dollar Bills and boy, wasn’t she happy! Yes, there are many foreigners that are sexual predators and there are… Read more »
sckang
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Many years, my late dual U.S.-Philippine Citizen Legal Wife and I were living in Dumaguete City, where I attended Silliman University Divinity School for the Maaster of Divinity. We were living in apartment complex across the street from South Sea Resort in Barangay Bantayan. Our neighbor was an American Man and observed over time high school girls were going into his apartment. They came out disheveled. This happened over a few days. Finally my wife had enough. Instead of confronting the man, we told the landlady and she was shocked and angered. We got into her car and went to… Read more »
Greg
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Yes, I am not surprised. The human race has many evil people in it.

Baylee
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It’s working in Singapore so why not? Even Florida still has death penalty. It’s just so fitting to put this in place with the kind of society we have that see little value in following simple law and order.

actjaxs3000
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Question, what makes this different now? American presidents and other countries presidents have been showed in American TV shows, movies and everything doing stuff from raping, killing, getting killed, and many other things. The White house has literally been blown up and destroyed many times all through the history of Hollywood before you and I were born. It is a TV show.

888Hyden007Toro9999.999
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@Greg: I do not condone men behaving like beast, and raping women. However, if a woman goes on a drinking spree, with her husband’s friends. There is the most possibility, that she will be sexually assaulted and likely to be sexually taken advantage of , once she gets, dead drunk ! What is she doing in drinking alcoholic drinks, and getting drunk with her husband’s buddies , in the first place ? Did she had something to do, other than getting drunk ? Why not take care of her household, and her children ? She is an irresponsible mother, and… Read more »
sckang
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actjaxs3000 – The Philippine Daily Inquirer , that ANTI-American Paper, tried to fan the nationalists nd instead, it was great to red the responses. More than 90% of the respondents said it was just fiction and that Duterte deserved the insult! The fictional president is Fil-Am Actor Joel de la Fuente.
I’ll be cheering as fictional U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord played by Tea Leoni gives the bad fictional Philippine President a big bloody nose!

Greg
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Hyden,

Well, there is no sense in debating with someone who condones rape. It’s time for you and the Philippines to adopt atheism and realize beastly behavior apparently cannot be controlled, as well as getting drunk and premarital/extramarital sex. I am discussing criminal behavior, which the males engaged in. The woman engaged in irresponsible behavior – but not criminal behavior. Getting drunk is not permitted by the bible. Atheism commence…

Baylee
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Not all Americans like it when other certain people that other Americans favour on TV are being made fun of. And even, their way of lampooning them in media today is just so tacky.

896Hyden007Toro9999777.99
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@Actjaxs3000: There is a difference in featuring us, Filipinos, as ignorant, sexual predators and without knowledge of diplomatic protocol…much more without civility… Why did the TV writer choose us, instead of other countries ? There are American liberals , who support the Aquino Cojuangco political axis. The American leftist and liberals , who are supporters of Obama, and Hilary Clinton, are mostly , in the American TV media. The TV story has something to do with Pres. Duterte, swearing on Obama (“Putang Ina” ), who I believe deserved it …Obama’s mother was a white girl from Iowa, who was impregnated… Read more »
555Hydern007Toro9999.999
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@Greg:

I write again: ” I do not condone rape”…But, the woman got drunk, and allowed herself to be a victim of sexual assault.

If I pick up a red hot charcoal…surely, I will get burned. It is debatable: whose fault is it ? I, who picked up a red hot burning charcoal, or the charcoal, being a red hot burning thing ?

I believe it is I , who is at fault; if I would not be too dumb to pick up a red hot charcoal. I wouldn’t have been burned !

This is analogous to the drunk woman’s behavior …

Greg
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Hyden,

Atheism, let it commence in the Philippines. Atheism commence.

salagintong bukid
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to date, trillanes is already guilty of violating Republic Act No. 6968, section 3 Chapter 1. it’s a race between him and president duterte at the finish line.

actjaxs3000
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@hyden, the show has featured many other countries. You are talking about a show that you have not watched apparently. 1 episode and people are crying, stop being babies. Also, you have a misunderstanding about American in general. Movies and TV shows purpose is to entertain and make money. Just like SNL made fun of Obama and his family and makes fun of Trump. The other non-political shows do not care . Iowa is not redneck country by the way. It has not ever been part of the South. You would know this if you actually read any history book… Read more »
967Hyden007Toro999.99
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967Hyden007Toro999.99

@Greg:

There is Freedom of Belief, in our country. If people wants to be Atheist…let them be…I have a good friend here in the GRP, named : Robert Haighton, who is an Atheist…he is from Neatherland..

So, those who want to be Atheist, they can ask information thru this GRP web blog , on him, about Atheism …

Definitely Maybe
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@Greg,
It’s puzzling and quite paradoxical that you’re actually advocating Atheism here when in another post you declared that you are not!

“First of all, I am not an atheist.”

Why Christianity is real

234Hyden007Toro999.99
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@actjaxs3000: American TV writers, should be sensitive to the feelings of other people. We are not Americans. We are Filipinos. Most of those in the entertainment world are extreme liberals, like Hollywood in California; and TV industries in New York. So, the scene of a Philippine President being slapped by a Secretary of State is uncalled for…it is an insult to us.. My brother, who is a practicing physician in the U.S., had practiced in Iowa. He practiced there for more than ten (10) years. Iowa is an agricultural state, with mostly white farmers. The Mexican illegal aliens, help in… Read more »
675Toro007Hyden9999.999
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675Toro007Hyden9999.999

@actjaxs3000:
It still matter , even Obama and Aquino are not presidents. Obama put a “shadow government”, that subvert the political agendas of Pres. Trump.

Aquino also placed a “Shadow government”, and put a Fake Vice President, Leni Robredo, whose late husband , Jesse Robredo, was involved in illegal gambling and illegal Shabu drugs.

The Aquino Cojuangco political axis, is involved in trying to discredit and impeach Pres. Duterte!

So, we believe the TV scene is part of the Obama/Aquino Cojuangco political axis, efforts to discredit Pres. Duterte !

sckang
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I have been in your country for nearly 25 years and have seen enough of Filipino Television to tell you, that they should be sensitive to us Americans. Filipino TV plays the American Stereotypes to the hilt and it’s many time awful and disgusting.
I AM AMERICAN-AKO AY AMERIKANO!
The show is FICTION!

Baylee
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There are hardly fucking Americans in any Filipino shows you liar. And I’m not even a fan of any show. I personally don’t give a fuck about how shows in US depict the president as I know Duterte doesn’t give a fuck either (an attitude taken right). I haven’t watched any new American show since about more than a decade ago. I could complain the many times how fucked up the shows have become with overtly feminist (and I mean the obnoxious sjw types) female characters have turned into – and I’m female saying this ! And other things about… Read more »
323Toro007Hyden999.999
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@sckang: Who cares, if you are an American…does that mean , you are always right all the time ? The scene of the TV show, is a political propaganda. We are not too dumb to distinguish between fiction entertainment and political propaganda… I have not seen any Filipino TV shows, that portrayed Americans, as stereotypes. I have not seen any TV show; showing any Filipino government official slapping an American President. The Americans may be showing Pres. Trump, as stupid jerk, in their Saturday Live Night show….however, it is their business… We don’t want to be portrayed as : dumb,… Read more »
Greg
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If you don’t want Filipinos to be portrayed as uncivilized and ignorant, then it’s best not to allow old, nasty foreign men into your country to fuck young women. Also, society not treating women like garbage is also a good idea. The Philippines has a joke of a reputation because of sex tourism.

sckang
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You’re blind! On ABS-CBN and the other channels, there’s been portrayals that were sterotypical. And I have seen enough TV and movies . Being a legal permanent resident in the country for nearly 25 years, I have seen enough to know you’re not being truthful. I do live among the everyday hardworking people and know a lot more than those foreigners that are yes, CLUELESS! There’s been a lot of crap on TV. That idiotic 3 hour SHOWTIME shows enough to get my blood boiling. WTF! There’s skits that border on disrespect and it shows.

actjaxs3000
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BIG QUESTION, why is it that Pitch Perfect 2 the movie was one of the highest grossing movies here in the Philippines and has the song spotlight that everyone sings at Karaoke was okay to the Philippine people. It directly talks about Lady-boys of the Philippines and the old guy going back stage to have sex with one of the people and most important his many sex trips to the Philippines. Where is the outrage? Right the movie had music in it, so that made it okay right? Or was it because everyone wanted to say it was just a… Read more »
Haden007Toro999.999
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@sckang:

I was born in the Philippines. I did not see anything in any show , Americans portrayed as stereotypes. Maybe, as a foreigner living in our country…you still do not understand our culture; much more the mindset of common Filipinos…

Why not go back to your country, if you don’t want to watch “stupid shows”…

I don’t like the shows myself. However, it is what the TV Fake News, want to show…to dumb us further…

The media is being controlled by the Aquino Cojuangco political axis !

T
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I have seen the episode from end to end and here’s my 2 centavos. It was pretty much what i expected; the president portrayed is pretty much a blend of manny pacquiao, duterte and bill clinton. In short, he is a hollywood caricature… and yes, given the right PR and the right time… the filipino people will actually vote someone like him into office. There is a scene wherein the ph armed forces chief indirectly asked mccord and co. if they were willing to participate in a covert assassination attempt to oust the president and install the vice-president who was… Read more »
actjaxs3000
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Du30 is lying or the problems with rapes and murder in the Philippines is a Fillipino problems not a foreigner problem. ? By Du30 official reports and going all the way to 2004 when official records were made public. Foreigners have never accounted for more than 0.75 percent of the of any crime here in the Philippines. Matter of fact rape and murder is almost exclusively to Filipinos. Foreigners accounted for less than 0.1 percent the last 5 years. Also the safest places to avoid being raped or killed, in is the areas that have the highest percentages of foreigners… Read more »
claudio
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It’s a big irony in the Philippines that the rich and educated actually suffer more from colonial mentality than the middle and lower classes. Saw this Bloomberg Phils video and I was struck by the attitude of the Pinoy anchor person while he was interviewing Agnes Callamard about the situation in the Philippines. https://www.facebook.com/BloombergTVPh/videos/vb.1664321827137907/1929203493983071/?type=3&theater I think the Pinoy anchor’s name is JP Ong. He looks like your typical sheltered, upper middle class Starbucks type. Listen to his line of questioning. He’s so starstruck with Callamard and the UN that he thinks they should just step over the head of the… Read more »