Rodrigo Duterte for president: Filipinos swing towards the other extreme of the “masculinity” spectrum!

In the last Philippine presidential elections 6 years ago, Filipinos had a chance to select the best from among the candidates available. They could have compared accomplishments, scrutinized platforms, and asked the candidates what their visions are for the Philippines in the future. The candidates could have sold themselves based on why they are the best of the bunch. The candidates could have discussed issues and the concrete and detailed plans on how to go about solving problems currently facing the country.

Instead, the candidates resorted to mudslinging and passing themselves off as the “least evil”. Instead, the voters cast their ballots on their feet, focused on personalities, and basically demonstrated that they do not wield wisely the privileges and responsibilities afforded by the democratic vote.

The man who would go on to win the presidency then, was Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino, arguably the least qualified among the crop. And he won primarily because of the sympathy vote for his dead mother who passed almost a year before. People believed that he would carry on his dead parents’ legacy.

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Depending on one’s perspective, he did, if one thinks that he was an awful president as his mother, or just as much a traitor as some think his father is perceived to be. Or maybe one can say that he didn’t, because as a president, BS Aquino was an utter letdown.

BS Aquino’s administration, most of it over, can generally be described with one word: limp-dick.

Not responding immediately to or hiding in times of crises? Yup.
Perpetually blaming the predecessor and other people for things that should have been under his control? Definitely.
Unable to take criticism? Absolutely!
More concerned with covering his balls (or ass) than he is with solving problems or taking responsibility or taking action? No doubt about that!

One can only expend so much patience with a limp dick. No matter how much you try to make it stand firm, assert itself, and it just doesn’tpinipitik na nga at lahat – out of frustration you’ll just quit and look for another one that does.

Enter Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Now here’s a guy who is no-nonsense. He oversaw discipline in his own backyard and is a big part of the reason why it is considered a safe city by the locals. He takes care of criminals – and he’s not shy about using deadly force to make it absolutely clear that they are not welcome in his jurisdiction. He is not hesitant in using the dirty finger and filling his sound bites with expletives. He has openly admitted that he has relationships with more than one woman at a time. He has taken unequivocal stances on issues and expresses openly and unabashedly his frustration with the slow pace of justice and the pervading corruption in Filipino society.


To Filipinos fed up with corruption and a government that does not take action, Duterte is a welcome relief. Aside from appearing to them as a guy who has the potential and wherewithal to solve those problems, he also appears to them a “man’s man”, the macho guy whom they can count on to save the day.

Whereas BS Aquino has shown that he consistently responds to adversity by being a limp dick, Duterte, on the other hand, continues to make provocative statements, penetrates into the voter base, and expresses himself like a “titing galit” that gets his supporters excited and aroused.

What we have here is a swing from one end of the “manhood” spectrum to the other. Filipinos chose before the non-threatening, non-achieving, diffident and unassertive (according to then US Ambassador Kenney), and “not corrupt daw” Aquino, got frustrated that he wasn’t any different from those before him, and now look at the expletive-throwing, in-your-face, unrestrained Duterte as if he were an oasis in a desert.

In Chinese philosophy, the opposing forces of yin and yang are a central concept. Yin represents the dark, feminine, negative energy, while yang represents the bright, masculine, and positive. I guess you can figure out for yourselves who represents what between Aquino and Duterte. Do remember a point I’ve been trying to make: that they both represent opposing extremes of the typical Filipino male.

What is more interesting about Aquino and Duterte, however, isn’t the fact that they represent opposing extremes, but what makes their supporters similar.

Saw their respective candidates as someone who can bring about “change”? Yes.
Were very insistent in making them run when they were reluctant to do so? Check.
See their chosen one as above criticism and reproach? Absolutely!
Latch themselves on to another “potential” hero who will supposedly do everything for them so that they don’t have to? Hell yeah!
Propagate false dichotomies? (“You are an Arroyo supporter!”, or “You side with the criminals instead of the victims!”) Can’t deny this.
Fawn over someone who thinks himself above the law? Duh, obvious!

Underneath the ever-changing preferences of the Filipinos for the extremes of “manhood”, it seems that the imperviousness, the incorrigibility, and the utter stupidity of the voting public – they’ve all stayed the same. Not to mention that Filipinos keep missing the point that change that is more effective and permanent starts from the ground up – not forced upon them from the top down. It starts with Filipinos themselves.

That spells doom for the future of the Philippines – no matter how tough or “manly” the president is.

8 Replies to “Rodrigo Duterte for president: Filipinos swing towards the other extreme of the “masculinity” spectrum!”

  1. A good read that rings true, Fallen Angel. I’d like to invite you to read my upcoming article. It expounds further on the last part of your masterpiece here.

  2. The “dick” of Aquino is limp. Up to now, he is not married.Kasi Bakla siya… The “dick” of Mar Roxas is limp. Up to now, he cannot impregnate Korina Sanchez.

    “Malalaki” is the call of the day. “Matigas” at sumusugod. Duterte tries to show us: he is the man.

    We wait and see. Some politicians are: ” hangang daldal lang”…then, they go to pfftt!!!

  3. Go for the nuclear option and vote this bad boy in.. Things have gotten a bit too stable under the current prez making the peso higher, it better value for us tourists back when the woman was in office. Hope he gets voted in and brings about some nice good ol fashion chaos so we can have cheaper bar fines again..

    Nowadays the minimum cost for barfine is 1k peso from the local nightclub.. Its almost the same rate as back in Kansas now.. 🙁

    The way i see it if u got all shit choices for prez vote for the one who will fuck things up the most.. At least it won’t be boring eh?

    Heres hoping the price off pinay ass goes down in ac.. Or im off to cambodia

    1. Chino. You are not very observant of the world around you. The extremes are gaining popularity throughout the world. Look at Europe and US. The tendency of going to extremes is not just a Filipino trait.

  4. Sometimes, I can’t help bit think someone is behind all this: create the problem through Noynoy, then bring out Duterte (or whoever will win) as the people’s “savior” to the “evil” Noynoy (ever notice the big publicity Duterte is getting? It’s either reminiscent of Noynoy’s stint or just no different from the others). Yup, an effective way of controlling the people, alright.

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