We all knew Rodrigo Duterte was going to win the election. Pre-election time you could see that even though Duterte was in total control of Davao City (as mayor), that even in Manila there was a HUGE majority of Philippines citizens supporting Duterte far more than any other presidentual candidates. I was there a couple weeks before the election and as a foreign outsider you still get the feeling that he would win, absolutely positively! Every person i talked to, taxi drivers, waiters/waitresses, Filipino/Filipina friends, etc all support him.
He seems like a loose cannon but also has done a lot to clean up Davao City. From anti smoking laws & liquor bans to vigilante murderes of criminals or ex-criminals.
I'd like to know what are your opinions about him? Did you think the candidates would have been better choices, like Mar Roxas or Grace Poe?
Some things i dont like about Duterte are:
1. His comments (joke) about the Australian missionary who was raped and murdered in a hostage situation in 1989. He reacts pretty badly in this article.
2. His comments about how to clean up the "stray animals problem", a comment he made many years about, but still shows lower education type mentality. Article here shows his terrible views about animals and animal rights. He's Catholic yet he can't even respect life that was created from his "G*D".
3. Death squads, i dont think these should be operating by any government. Supposedly over 1000 people in Davao were killed from his death squads. He also commented that "if i become president i'll bring back the death penalty and 100,000 criminals will be killed and dumped into Manila Bay". WTF!
Those are things i don't personally care for, but after discussing with many of my Filipino friends, they all seem to think he is the ONLY candidate that can make Philippines safe. Putting fear into criminals minds to hopefully make them think twice before snatching phones/purses, or committing crimes.
Here is the actual video of Duterte joking about the rape/murder of the Australian women (I'm currently looking for someone who can give English or Thai subtitles for this)
Read about the new Philippine president here https://en.wikipedia...Rodrigo_Duterte and you can make your own judgements.
What are your thoughts? ideas? opinions about Duterte?