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Duterte to be sworn in as Philippine president, launch crime war

Duterte to be sworn in as Philippine president, launch war crimes

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"He has also told ordinary Filipinos to kill suspected criminals." - article

That never works.

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" He has also told ordinary Filipinos to kill suspected criminals."

Bold that word "suspected".

All those right-wingers love this policy. Now all they do is go shoot dead the noisy neighbors they never liked, their in-laws, etc. and claim they were "drug dealers."

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This guy sounds like how Trump would really like to be.

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"This guy sounds like how Trump would really like to be." - comments

Trump's legal team should look into copyright and trademark violations.

Duterte's probably ripping Trump off somehow. Just like everyone else.

Poor Donald J. Trump, it's all so unfair to billionaires.

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He promised bodies clogging Manilla Bay?

Something seems off with this man. A sane president would promise to REMOVE the bodies from waterways, not dump more.

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"The foul-mouthed politician’s style is a sharp departure from that of the laid-back Benigno Aquino, the outgoing leader of the Southeast Asian nation of 102 million people."

Better a foul mouthed straight shooter than serial liar politicians. A problem solving politician is far better than one who only want power for self serving interest. Politicians should exist to serve the people, not to put on a show telling lies to serve their own agendas. Civility without solving problem is way overvalued. Duterte will merely be exercising 'executive order' like other presidents before him, so he should not be accused of being authoritarian.

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Better a foul mouthed straight shooter than serial liar politicians.

Why do so many people think it has to be one or the other? I admit I don't know much about Filipino politics, but this guy sounds just as bad as a serial liar politician.

Just because he sounds different from a typical politician, doesn't mean he's better. On the flip side, just because a politician sounds like a typical politician, doesn't necessarily mean they're bad. There's a middle ground that you can often discern if you look close enough.

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@MrBum

The problem with many democracies is some problems are unsolvable unless a tough guy like Duterte come along. PH have being a democracy for about three decades post Marcos and she is still a violent crime ridden country. Duterte is extremely frustrated at the slow pace of PH development as a crime free country one should expect from a democracy.

In other democracies, crime is not always front and center, but human rights abuse of minorities that make them feel hopeless. In US we see Trump frustration with immigration issue, thus the crude foul talking style from him. There is virtually no civil talking politician who can ever get things done with such tough issue. The masses are angry and they need a tough talking crude politician to rally them around. Being too civil is just too much cosmetic behavior of a politician who fear to lose his job. People like Duterte and Trump have no fear and they attract massive support from the angry populace who demand solutions. They are problem solvers. Reputation can wait a while!

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President Duterte's achievement in Davao city is an open book. What startled me most is the fact that the city is the only one in the whole Philippines with a basic 911 service ! (Manila, the capital =zero)

Furthermore this guy is not an American puppet and will not play to the tune of Uncle Sam's wily provocation of China.

His plan for a Federal state of government will hopefully pave the way for a progressive and peaceful Mindanao that will push the Philippines ahead in ASEAN .

Godspeed , Philippines!

Congratulations President Rody !

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@MrBurn Basically, almost every Filipino politicians are greedy and corrupt. We have this term called "TRAPO" or Traditional Politician who promises during election campaigns but forgets about it when elected.

Pres. Duterte is a bad-mouth, no denying that. But look at his achievements in his home city, Davao. It's far better and safer than Manila and other cities that other politicians bragged they did. Like for example former vice-president Jejomar Binay. When he campaigned 6 years ago, he boasted he made Makati (Central Business Area of the Philippines) to what is it right now. But in reality one of the most prominent families of the Philippines, the Ayala's made almost all remarkable features of the city, from business hubs, city parks, shopping malls, hotels, etc.

The Filipino people is tired of this TRAPO's and wanted change, and they saw change through Pres. Duterte.

And to the people comparing him to Trump, well he is not. Trumps ideology is more on racism unlike Duterte who wants change and enforcement. Don't compare him to Trump if you don't live or lived in the Philippines. Just saying

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Bounties for drug dealers? How about the so called drug lords? Are drug dealers and drug lords synonyms? There were a number of drug related deaths right after his winning and sad to say they all seem small fry just to sow fear or to assert truth to his word. Ahh, I miss the time when ex Pres Marcos sentenced a big fish in the name of Lim Seng death by firing squad. I just feel that this time it's a silent way to put out one syndicate in favor of another. Wish I'm wrong. There was a time when parliamentary form of govt was tested and now the federalism as if the Phils is a vast country. The idea sounds good but he having spent his entire life in Mindanao shld have known better. The Muslims want to have their own state, their own religion, their own rules. While the left want to turn the whole country into a different ideology. I just think he has no fix plan on how to run everything. It's quite dangerous to ally oneself with differing groups of different vested interests. And poor Juan would be at the receiving end! What a pity!!

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@trinklets2 I think the bounties are higher depending on the role..

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@sado, my point is the deads are all but frys not the big fish. And I forgot to mention the word you use, TRAPO. Frankly, Duterte is a trapo himself. He detests political dynasties and clans but he belongs to one. After his term as mayor who is lording it over in Davao now. If the meaning of trapo to you is being sweet talking the masses while thieving he may not be in one sense but talking something and taking them back once bashed is a picture of an opputunist harping on the emotion of the masses as one coming from humble beginnings. How can one be from humble beginnings when he was schooled in exclusive schools? He exemplifies the rich kid who used his parents money to roam around the streets instead of doing his studies so he won't just get a passing grade at the Bar! And I strongly hate being foul mouthed is synonymous to living in slums. There are a good number of good people who lived in the slums who finished elementary and secondary ed in public schools and who worked their way into college and who are now fruitful members of society who are not as foul mouthed as him. Iam fond of sarcastic humor too but what he said on the rape victim and the reaction of those around him just left me in a chuckle even up to now!!

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i think Philippinos are not looking for the "perfect president" (if there's such a thing). right now, it's the "lesser of all evils" kind of thing for them. they think that the negative things about duterte are more tolerable than the other politicians'. duterte did a great job in his hometown and is well loved despite his unusual style as i found out.

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I think he has "Trumped" Trump

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apparently, duterte has been like that for more than 30 years already. even before trump. i read a story about how he personally asked a "no smoking" violator to eat his own fag.

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Well said trinklets!

Hiro Nobumasa

Furthermore this guy is not an American puppet

A Chinese puppet though, Digong begged permission to the Chinese intruders to allow filipino fishermen fish in our own territory, He also discontinued the modernization of the Philippine Armed Forces! why!? along with the good things he did in Davao is also a list of absurd decisions he made. This guy is very inconsistent, catcalling a female reporter in the middle of a serious press conference while catcalling is prohibited in Davao city, breaking his own rule.He is indeed unique, very inconsistent and unstable. He wants to get rid of crimes in 6 months but empowers the Philippine police to take over while they are also the big crime offenders in the country.

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I think some of this is a bit extreme, but death penalty for drug possession is no different from Singapore, and I think is good. Even if you can argue some drugs are fine if used responsibly by adults, I would point out that same drug may end up in my kids hands if its legal. No thanks. Kill em.

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"People like Duterte and Trump have no fear and they attract massive support from the angry populace who demand solutions." - comments

An angry mob is certainly a fearful thing.

Those who believe angry mobs should rule nations are choosing anarchy or a cage match of Law vs. Vigilantism.

"He [Duterte] has also told ordinary Filipinos to kill suspected criminals." - article

Praising those who urge harm on others for suspicion [Duterte] or prejudice [Trump] doesn't show anything except ignorance.

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pinoykantuko:

Your president Duterte seems to have a very good grasp about geopolitics and that is good for your country.

He probably observed that the USA did absolutely nothing when China reclaimed islands in the SCS a few years back and again when Beijing built not one but three large airstrips on those islands!

Furthermore , with so much pressure on China now that a decision by the IC is on the horizon , don't you think it's the perfect time to talk about train projects that neither America nor Japan ever offered to your country?

Washington and Tokyo only offered symbolic instruments of war and destruction and surely President Duterte could see another version of Afghanistan , Iraq and Syria in South East Asian horizons.

Who do you think will benefit from war?

So, by saying clearly that he doesn't want war with China but welcomes Beijing to invest in the Philippines he shoot 2 birds with one stone!

Firstly, no expensive arms purchases and secondly, jump starting the building of the much needed trains that will benefit many Filipinos without dropping the island claims.

Most importantly your country will not become the next Island of Bases like my beloved Okinawa.

Your president is not a China puppet . He is a master of geopolitics!

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@hiro, a master of geopolitics? And you could say that again! A big chunk of his campaign fund came from the Chinese. And he once said he'd give up claim on the islands if China would build a railway system in Mindanao. And when some sectors questioned that statement he backed off and said he's into multilateral talks re the islands. He is I think a master joker. Saying something and taking them back when bashed. That kind of actuations is good only in the local govt where conflicts can be settled by just having karaoke/pub gatherings and "maboboteng balita" plus some take home cute bar girls. Statements in the local scene can be just like that. But will that hold on national or international level? In his locality his slips of tongue could be overlooked by the locals and unheard of worldwide. But being in the highest position of the land where most men looks at things with objectivity and reason, he is a picture of uncertainty. I pray that the only country I've got may not experience the Vietnam like exodus. Who do you think helped that country defeat America during the war? It's basically a war on ideologies and the ultimate goal of ousting US as world's no. 1. I don't have any relatives in the US nor funded by them, but I think it is No. 1 and let us leave it as is unchallenged. And with regards to the the airstrips built by China on the islands in question. How can the US question that when during that time everybody were agog looking for the lost Malaysian airline not knowing that China was busy bringing in the materials in the guise of helping find the missing plane! Very wily and treacherous!

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trinklets2:

FYI, the USA have a virtual 24-hr satellite monitoring system all over the globe. They can detect even an underground bunker in your own backyard!

NASA can even scan the Moon and Mars at their whim.

I don't know if you're being funny but even Ichabod can differentiate 'mobile' ships searching for the missing Malaysian airplane and ' stationary' ships encircling and reclaiming an island!

I'm afraid you are just vastly underestimating the technological superiority of the USA and the firm grasp of geopolitics of your new president.

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Hiro S. Nobumasa

Your president Duterte seems to have a very good grasp about geopolitics and that is good for your country

Is this a joke? What will you say when China builds a manmade island within the Japanese territory and prohibits Japanese fisherman to fish there? Do you think Shinzo Abe should ask for China's permission? He maybe not a China puppet, but a coward.

don't you think it's the perfect time to talk about train projects that neither America nor Japan ever offered to your country?

Will you make a business deal with your neighbor who tresspased your own garden and threatened to shoot you if you move around there? And why is it Japan and America's business to offer Philippines train systems? Take note, China is not offering to build a train system, Duterte is proposing a barter deal! Give our own territory to China and including the riches of that sea and livelihood of the filipino fishermen in exhcange for a railway system built by China and of course the profit goes to them as well. It's a win win situation for China and not for the Philippines, so why is that a master of geoplitics?

Firstly, no expensive arms purchases and secondly, jump starting the building of the much needed trains that will benefit many Filipinos without dropping the island claims.

Do your research: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/88187/aquino-ph-close-to-finalizing-deal-on-purchase-of-korean-fighter-jets

You keep on pushing for trains, indeed train is good! but look at the geography of the Philippines, it's an archipelago with mountainous islands, yup it's possible for Luzon and Mindano but it's never gonna be as effective as Japan

Most importantly your country will not become the next Island of Bases like my beloved Okinawa

Where is the current american island base in the Philippines? it's more than 2 decades now since they left. China built one illegally now though! And you know what? maybe the reason why China hasnt built one in your territory is because of that American base in Okinawa.

I'm afraid you are just vastly underestimating the technological superiority of the USA and the firm grasp of geopolitics of your new president.

Uhm... we know what US and China can do and so as Duterte, but the question is to ourselves, to be with US or China? And knowing filipinos, I don't think we are okay with China. will you?

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pinoykantuko :

Good day from Naha!

There is a new military base constructed in your pristine Palawan that will be used by the USA under the VFA. If your government is not careful it will soon grew just like the massive air bases here in Okinawa.

Maybe all the bases here can then be transferred to the PH and we will be very happy and you will then be very glad too! America will then be your shield against China!

I hope your new president Duterte will welcome back American soldiers to Subic and Clark too so that my beloved Ryukyu will no longer be the 'Island of Bases'!

Unfortunately for us and fortunately for the P.I. your president is choosing diplomacy as the first line in dealing with your neighbor .

Maybe he's learned a lesson or two from what the USA did to fellow democracy and ally Taiwan, when Carter broke diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of guess ...( ) what country?

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@hiro, you seem to have great indignation of the American bases. If everybody respect everybody and respect the sovereignty of every country, who needs an army? Who needs the bases? There are a lot of murder and homicide perpetrated by both Japanese and foreigners but because there are sectors who dislike the presence of the bases hence the anger double fold. I do not underestimate the US. neither Japan. And first time t hear that good news about Palawan. Visitors won't be afraid of kidnapping over there anymore. I don't like conflicts. I present my views and hold on to them. Bickerings like this isn't profitable. Iam simply praying for world and inner peace. Thanks for sharing.

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Hiro

There is a new military base constructed in your pristine Palawan that will be used by the USA under the VFA. If your government is not careful it will soon grew just like the massive air bases here in Okinawa.

Many administration both in US and Philipiines have passed already and this massive american base is still doesn't exist. Plus USA doesnt need to play this uner the table, if they want to build a base in the Philipines, they can. But it's not necessary. Let's stop being naive here, we all know that if a conflict starts with China both my country and your's will still ask for US' assistance. Do you really think Japan can protect herself from China? hehe wishful thinking. Duterte is a reckless leader, he even said comments that could've ruined our relationships with Australia, USA, Mexico, Singapore and even the United Nations, so why is that a master a geopolitics? he is better a local town mayor , that's it.

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