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BY RICARDO SALUDO - THE PRESIDENTS WE ELECT AND WHY


APRIL 26 -By Ricardo SaludoWho will win the presidential election? Judging by the latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys, released just days ago, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte looks unbeatable — or not. He leads second-ranked Sen. Grace Poe by 12 percentage points in the Pulse poll, and 9 points in SWS’s survey. With the margin of error and based on 54 million voters, Duterte’s extrapolated lead exceeds 5 million votes.
Around the same week in April 2010, then-Sen. Benigno Aquino III led Sen. Manuel Villar by 12 percentage points in SWS’s poll. The lead swelled to 22 points in the last poll, as Villar lost support and Estrada gained slightly. But don’t discount late rallies. In the 2010 vice-presidential race, then Sen. Mar Roxas saw his commanding lead of 14 points in mid-April vanish in early May, as then-Makati Mayor and eventual VP winner Jejomar Binay caught up. The dynamic that wins elections If Duterte wins, it may affirm the crucial election role played by an apparent dynamic between the personalities and reputations of presidentiables, and the paramount national concerns of the nation prevailing during the campaign and election. This dynamic seems to have influenced in a crucial way who wins the polls, at least in the past three decades since Philippine democracy was restored. Let’s take a stroll along presidential memory lane and see how this dynamic works. It involves two key factors. One is widely assumed to be the main reason voters choose their favored candidate: personality. We elect the presidentiable whose qualities we find most appealing and impressive. This perceived character supposedly trumps issues and platforms, which most voters don’t know much about anyway. So Duterte wins support among people wowed by tough talk, while Poe attracts those seeking a kindly, wholesome leader. Binay appeals to voters who want tried, steady and fatherly hands, while Roxas’s brainy, cultivated manner has yet to catch on. It’s not as simple as that, however. In fact, issues do count, and the traits that eventually woo the bulk of voters are determined by the paramount concerns of the citizenry. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Atty. Dodo Dulay - Duterte is PNoy’s real legacy


APRIL 26 -by ATTY. DODO DULAY
If recent poll surveys are any indicator, Davao City mayor and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) presidential bet Rody Duterte might very well be the next occupant of Malacańang. And if that becomes a reality, Duterte has PNoy to thank for his victory. Duterte’s oft-repeated campaign promise to stop corruption, criminality and the proliferation of drugs within six months, even if highly improbable, has resonated loudly with many Filipinos who are angry, disenchanted and frustrated at PNoy’s vindictive, callous, and self-righteous governance. After six years in power, PNoy leaves no real legacy. His anti-corruption campaign has had little impact on corruption rates because it targeted mainly opposition leaders while most of his political allies enjoyed relative immunity from prosecution. PNoy’s “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” campaign promise has not curbed widespread corruption or significantly reduced poverty numbers. The much-touted economic growth and remarkable credit rating upgrades during PNoy’s term has not translated into a better life for most Filipinos. In fact, for many ordinary folks, things have remained the same, if not taken a turn for the worse. The gap between the have and have-nots, for instance, has continued to widen such that the country now has the highest income inequality rate among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). An Asian Development Bank study showed that the richest 10 percent of Filipino families were “raking in more than a third of the country’s total income.”  Based on the Forbes’ 2014 billionaire list, the combined wealth of the country’s 50 richest individuals ($74.2 billion) accounts for 25.7 percent of the country’s full year GDP for the same year ($288.7 billion). Collectively, the richest Filipinos earned $8.45 billion, which equivalent to 51 percent of the country’s GDP growth ($16.6 billion). READ MORE...


ALSO: EDITORIAL - This man must not be President


APRIL 24 -PHOTO: GOOGLE.COM SEARCH
HE has insulted the Pope, mocked rape victims, and addressed the official representatives of two of this country’s oldest, most important allies with gutter-level disrespect, all of which his deluded supporters have strived to explain away as “authenticity,” or at worst, “taken out of context.” But the latest savage pronouncement of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cannot be dismissed so easily. Speaking to a late-night rally in Manila about his favorite topic – the bugaboo of ‘rampant crime’ that allows him to play on the public’s fears – Duterte said, “The drug pushers, kidnappers, robbers, find them all and arrest them. If they resist, kill them all.” And to anyone who thinks that Duterte’s disregard for due process is out of line, “Go ahead and charge with me with murder, so I could also kill you,” he added.  In case that is not completely clear to everyone, Duterte has just declared that anyone who disagrees with the Law According to Rod Duterte is an enemy to be destroyed. “Oh, but if you’re not a criminal you have nothing to worry about,” the Duterte supporters anxiously proclaim in his defense. Who can know if they are a criminal or not, if that definition is left to the mind of one man? The only way they can be sure is to be cowed into silent acceptance of every atrocious word and deed of the would-be dictator, which is exactly what the would-be dictator wants. But if it works and he cleans up crime and corruption, the method doesn’t matter, some might argue. That argument is senseless, because no one can ever completely eliminate crime and corruption; the best anyone can do is ereduce it to a tolerable level by giving people reasons not to commit crimes in the first place, and making it plain to those who still do that they will suffer swift and severe justices if they are caught. There will always be those who believe they are smarter than the erstwhile “crime busting” politician; we suspect that the more criminals are forming that impression, the more this particular “crime buster” speaks in public.READ MORE...

ALSO: Has SWS been rigging its surveys to boost Roxas’ and Robredo’s ratings?


APRIL 27 -by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO
It seems so, or the Social Weather Station’s collation of data has fallen under the control of Manuel Roxas and Leni Robredo’s operatives, so that in the past two surveys their voter-preference ratings have inexplicably surged, while those of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. have fallen. This could be done because of SWS’s new polling method, which would allow votes for presidential candidate Binay and vice presidential contender Marcos, Jr. – whose ratings have dropped for a reason – to be rejected on grounds, as the SWS itself describes it, of “invalid markings.”  Only in its last two surveys did the SWS adopt this new method, which it had never used before (not in its 2010 polls), for determining how many of its respondents choose particular candidates. Instead of the standard procedure of the pollster writing down the name of the candidate the respondents say they will vote for (and therefore, accepting these at face value), the new method asks the respondents to mark their choice in a ballot, privately, and put it in a container. SWS suddenly changed its polling method, and Binay’s ratings plunged. SWS suddenly changed its polling method, and Binay’s ratings plunged. On the surface, this appears to be an appropriate method. But in reality, it merely mimics how election cheating has been undertaken for decades in this country. This is done during the counting of the ballots, with the votes for the candidate who is being cheated declared invalid or are rejected. At least, in the low-tech way of counting ballots in the past, candidates were allowed to put in place their own poll-watchers who could raise a protest every time a certain vote for their candidates was rejected. The counting of the “ballots” by the SWS, though, takes place in hidden rooms, with no third-party observing the process. In its new method of polling, ballots with “invalid marks,” SWS itself explains, are rejected. It has not explained what qualifies as an “invalid” mark, however. It has neither reported its process for counting the ballots nor disclosed which candidates were chosen in such rejected ballots. The number of such rejected ballots is not insignificant: 7 percent in its March 30 to April 2 survey and 5 percent in the April 18 to 20 polling. (This excludes the 3 percent of respondents in the two surveys who replied that they had not decided whom to vote for.) It does not seem coincidental then that when SWS used this new method of polling, and 7 percent and 5 percent of ballots were rejected, Binay’s ratings plunged from 24 percent in early March to 20 percent in late March, and to just 14 percent in the last poll conducted in early April. If the 7 percentage points of “rejected” ballots in the March 30 – April 2 poll were for Binay, his ratings would not be at 20 percent but at 27 percent, at par with Duterte’s. READ MORE...


ALSO: By Rigoberto Tiglao - How could a Christian nation even make Duterte the leading presidential contender?


APRIL 29 -DUTERTE First of Two Parts Is he even part of our civilization? Duterte, who has boasted he killed criminals himself.
Next to belief in God, the most basic tenet of Christianity, and in this century, of civilization itself as we know it, is reverence for human life. The two beliefs are in fact linked, since human life is a gift of God, and no human, no human institution, can take it away. Pope John Paul II even pointed out that such reverence for life isn’t a metaphysical concept but the basic foundation of modern civilization as we know it: “Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. (Evangelium vitae, 1995, no. 101). Catholicism, which purportedly 90 percent of Filipinos embrace, in fact has been the biggest organization to champion, actually in this century, a total reverence for life. It has opposed capital punishment and birth control, arguing that even the State does not have the right to snuff out a convicted criminal’s life, and the Catholic Church even admonishes the State to prevent a woman from ending the natural gestation of a zygote. So how could Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – who boasts of killing people where they stand, who makes a sick joke about an Australian lady’s corpse, and advocates killing criminals en masse without due process – be a leading contender in a presidential contest? Duterte has been the first politician – really, the first Filipino ever – to be given a pulpit to express such reckless disregard for human life. In a recent interview, he claimed he even ordered the bodies of the 16 hostage-takers to be just “put in a big hole” somewhere in the public cemetery. It is certainly not surprising that he is the one and only Filipino politician to have told the Pope, “putangina mo.” Pause for a while, think about it and you will really be shocked as I have been in the past few months. In any civilized country in the world, a candidate for whatever public position, who professes such beliefs such as his right to kill criminals where they stand, boasts he shoots a suspected criminal in the head after he is asked to kneel down, would be considered a nut case, or be sued for criminal lunacy – even if he claims he has made a ‘Singapore’ out of what used to be a poor city he led as mayor. Is he even part of our civilization? Duterte, who has boasted he killed criminals himself. Is he even part of our civilization? Duterte, who has boasted he killed criminals himself. What happened to this purportedly Christian nation that it would even think of electing as father of our nation somebody who doesn’t share Christianity’s belief and modern civilization’s basic tenet that human life, even that of criminals, must be revered? Duterte’s I-will-kill-criminals-where-they-stand demagoguery, which appeals to the basest instincts of man, has certainly won him a following among the masses who themselves have been the most victimized by criminality and lack access to a functioning legal system. They hear only what they want to hear His elite backers – the most with responsibility to educate the vast masses – utterly block out of their minds Duterte’s unequivocal statements betraying his utter lack of reverence for life, his rejection of due process and the rule of law. What they hear from Duterte they revise according to what they want to hear. For instance, one of Duterte’s biggest and most articulate supporters is former SEC chairman Perfecto Yasay, Jr. Yasay is not only steeped in the values of Western philosophy, a licensed law practitioner in New York, and therefore, one who really understands the importance of due process and the rule of law. But not only that, Yasay’s father is a pastor, and he himself has been a leader of the Philippines’ branch of the United Church of Christ – a Protestant denomination that has historically demonstrated such respect for life that it has always opposed capital punishment, even before the Catholic Church did. What is Yasay’s response to my question whether he supports the extrajudicial killings in Davao City? He says, what Duterte does “is not different from the killing of (international terrorist) Marwan in Mamasapano.” CONTINUE READING... RELATED, PART 2,
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The presidents we elect and why


By Ricardo Saludo

MANILA, MAY 2, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) April 25, 2016 11:58 pm Ricardo Saludo - Who will win the presidential election?

Judging by the latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys, released just days ago, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte looks unbeatable — or not.

He leads second-ranked Sen. Grace Poe by 12 percentage points in the Pulse poll, and 9 points in SWS’s survey. With the margin of error and based on 54 million voters, Duterte’s extrapolated lead exceeds 5 million votes.

Around the same week in April 2010, then-Sen. Benigno Aquino III led Sen. Manuel Villar by 12 percentage points in SWS’s poll. The lead swelled to 22 points in the last poll, as Villar lost support and Estrada gained slightly.

But don’t discount late rallies. In the 2010 vice-presidential race, then Sen. Mar Roxas saw his commanding lead of 14 points in mid-April vanish in early May, as then-Makati Mayor and eventual VP winner Jejomar Binay caught up.

The dynamic that wins elections

If Duterte wins, it may affirm the crucial election role played by an apparent dynamic between the personalities and reputations of presidentiables, and the paramount national concerns of the nation prevailing during the campaign and election.

This dynamic seems to have influenced in a crucial way who wins the polls, at least in the past three decades since Philippine democracy was restored. Let’s take a stroll along presidential memory lane and see how this dynamic works.

It involves two key factors. One is widely assumed to be the main reason voters choose their favored candidate: personality. We elect the presidentiable whose qualities we find most appealing and impressive. This perceived character supposedly trumps issues and platforms, which most voters don’t know much about anyway.

So Duterte wins support among people wowed by tough talk, while Poe attracts those seeking a kindly, wholesome leader. Binay appeals to voters who want tried, steady and fatherly hands, while Roxas’s brainy, cultivated manner has yet to catch on.

It’s not as simple as that, however. In fact, issues do count, and the traits that eventually woo the bulk of voters are determined by the paramount concerns of the citizenry.

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That’s the other key factor in the dynamic: the overarching problems or issues facing Filipinos pondering whom to elect.

In sum, the candidates who gain the most support are those whose traits and qualities are seen to be most effective in addressing the main national concerns at each election.

Hence, voters pick candidates not just because they like or admire them as persons. Rather, we elect leaders because their reputed personalities are most suited to addressing our paramount concerns.


DUTERTE

What worries you shapes whom you like

This correlation between what bothers Filipinos and what kind of leader we elect is seen in election after election, pretty much without fail, at least since 1986.
Back then, the overriding national concern was having a government Filipinos can trust and support.

The Marcos regime had lost credibility and stability amid mounting economic woes and political unrest since the 1983 assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr.

At the time, the opposition had to choose between two aspirants: the patriot’s widow Corazon Aquino and veteran politician Salvador Laurel. The latter eventually gave way and agreed to be Cory’s running mate.

Based on the dynamic between national concerns and candidates’ character, pitting the widow against the dictator was the right move. Filipinos unhappy with Marcos might not have warmed to another politico like Laurel. Rather, voters went for Cory precisely because she was so unlike the consummate, seasoned strongman they want out.

Moving to 1992, the biggest concerns then were the destabilization and coup plots against the first Aquino administration, and its economic miscues, especially the debilitating frequent long brownouts.

Then-Defense Secretary and former Armed Forces Chief Fidel Ramos and former crime-busting judge and immigration commissioner Miriam Defensor-Santiago were the leading candidates.

Again, with instability and misgovernance bothering the electorate, power-hungry politicians were not in favor, like then-House of Representatives Speaker and ruling party presidentiable Ramon Mitra.

Instead, candidates with little political baggage, like Ramos and Santiago, appealed. Ramos eventually won, with Cory’s endorsement and public admiration and gratitude for his defense of her presidency against several coup attempts.

Six years later in 1998, brownouts were history, along with coup plots. But the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis devastated the economy, jacked up prices, and pushed poverty and unemployment to excruciating levels.

In this economic disaster zone, the poor sought a champion to look out of their welfare, and action star-turned-VP Joseph Estrada fit the bill. He won by landslide against rivals seen by most Filipinos as self-serving traditional politicians or “trapos,” especially ruling party standard-bearer and then-House Speaker Jose de Venecia.

Corruption scandals led to Estrada’s ouster in 2001, replaced by her VP Gloria Arroyo. Come 2004, voters had different things on their mind when faced with another politician vs. moviestar choice.

By then, recovery and agricultural development had slashed poverty by about 2 million people. And after the Estrada presidency, voters were more wary of putting inexperienced action stars at the helm of the nation.

So while Arroyo did not have her top opponent Fernando Poe, Jr.’s movie popularity, her proven expertise and experience in government was the winning personality for the largest number of voters, not another matinee idol.

Public support for Arroyo crashed, however, over allegations of election fraud and corruption in public projects. Thus, in the 2010 elections, the nation again sought a trustworthy, honest leader, untainted by graft.

Benigno Aquino III was thrust into that role, helped by the surge in public adulation during the nationally televised wake and interment of his mother Cory in July 2009. And like Estrada and Arroyo, he won with about 40 percent of the vote.


AQUINO

Sadly for the nation and Aquino’s endorsed successor, the escalation of crime and corruption under him has become the paramount national concern today (see http://www.manilatimes.net/how-to-slash-crime-in-six-months/255547/ ).

Faced with this alarming lawlessness, many voters now want a tough enforcer. We may well get one.
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4 Responses to The presidents we elect and why
Amnata Pundit says:
April 26, 2016 at 9:11 am
This is assuming that those election were honest. But what if they weren’t? Then the title of this piece should be, The presidents the Kano choose for us, and why.
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Olivia Charlotte says:
April 26, 2016 at 9:09 am
A right leader should know the importance of women in the Philippines. I have friends and families who were abused by catcalling and It is a traumatic experience for them. I hope Sen. Grace Poe willl become our president because I know she will fight for woman’s right. She will never leave a person behind, she will fight for women who were abused and will save women who will be abused in the streets! I am pro grace poe because I know how to respect a woman and know their importance!!!!
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Contis says:
April 26, 2016 at 8:23 am
By the way things are shaping-up right now theres no way a d30 presidency can be prevented as the writer puts it d30 hits and was succesful on his campaign strategy anchored on reducing crimes but he has no blueprint on how he will do it. What i see is that he will resort to extra judicial killing in order to do the job. Who will the killings. Pulis na nman, so many OB will be released. What will be their basis in killing the person. Hard facts or gossip lng. Paano kung magkamali. And how about if this strategy doesnt work. Will d30 keep up or eat his words. And again the famous statement “what is happening in our country”. No one to blame but we.
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ex tee says:
April 26, 2016 at 3:17 am
A very accurate observation, Mr Saludo!
Caveat for the nation: Careful of what you wish for, you might get it.
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Duterte is PNoy’s real legacy April 25, 2016 9:04 pm Atty. Dodo Dulay


by ATTY. DODO DULAY

If recent poll surveys are any indicator, Davao City mayor and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) presidential bet Rody Duterte might very well be the next occupant of Malacańang. And if that becomes a reality, Duterte has PNoy to thank for his victory.

Duterte’s oft-repeated campaign promise to stop corruption, criminality and the proliferation of drugs within six months, even if highly improbable, has resonated loudly with many Filipinos who are angry, disenchanted and frustrated at PNoy’s vindictive, callous, and self-righteous governance.

After six years in power, PNoy leaves no real legacy. His anti-corruption campaign has had little impact on corruption rates because it targeted mainly opposition leaders while most of his political allies enjoyed relative immunity from prosecution. PNoy’s “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” campaign promise has not curbed widespread corruption or significantly reduced poverty numbers.

The much-touted economic growth and remarkable credit rating upgrades during PNoy’s term has not translated into a better life for most Filipinos. In fact, for many ordinary folks, things have remained the same, if not taken a turn for the worse.

The gap between the have and have-nots, for instance, has continued to widen such that the country now has the highest income inequality rate among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). An Asian Development Bank study showed that the richest 10 percent of Filipino families were “raking in more than a third of the country’s total income.”

Based on the Forbes’ 2014 billionaire list, the combined wealth of the country’s 50 richest individuals ($74.2 billion) accounts for 25.7 percent of the country’s full year GDP for the same year ($288.7 billion). Collectively, the richest Filipinos earned $8.45 billion, which equivalent to 51 percent of the country’s GDP growth ($16.6 billion).

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Meanwhile, the poorest 20 percent of the population only had a 4.45 percent share of the national income. Transposed into pesos, the poorest 20 percent earned P14,022 while the richest 20 percent made P176,863.

Even as PNoy boasts of having transformed the Philippines into Asia’s rising tiger, the number of poor Filipinos has continued to swell. According to Ibon Foundation’s executive director, “since the start of the Aquino administration, the number of poor Filipinos has likely increased by some 2.5 million to reach 25.8 million poor in 2014, using the very low official poverty thresholds. This is despite P178-billion being spent on the 4Ps CCT program over the period 2010-2014.”

Many Filipinos blame this pervasive poverty and inequality on rampant corruption in government, both national and local. PNoy’s “daang matuwid” has proven to be no more than a slogan and a mere front for a political power play to demolish his perceived enemies. In a sign of worsening corruption, the country ranked 95th out of 186 countries, together with Armenia, Mali and Mexico, in Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, 10 notches lower than last year.

Moreover, despite police statistics showing a significant decline in the crime rate, many Filipinos still feel very unsafe in their communities. In the last Social Weather Station poll on crime victimization, some six out of 10 Filipinos fear robbers breaking into their houses while almost one of every two Filipinos is afraid of walking in the streets at night. The survey also revealed that one out of two Filipinos is afraid of drug addicts roaming in their neighborhood.

These “neighborhood fears” are not entirely unfounded, especially with the admission by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) that 92 percent of Metro Manila’s barangays are drug-affected (i.e., has a drug user, pusher, manufacturer, marijuana cultivator or other drug personality in the area) and more than 8,000 out of the 42,065 barangays in the country (around 20 percent) are affected by the drug menace.

Ordinary folks we’ve talked to say PDEA’s figures are far from the reality on the ground. They claim that even far-flung barangays in their provinces have now been invaded by druggies.

So it doesn’t come as a surprise that Duterte has gained major traction on such a simple anti-corruption, anti-crime and anti-drug message. Whether by design or not, Duterte has struck a chord with a lot of people. The fact is many Filipinos feel betrayed by PNoy and ordinary citizens are pissed off at being neglected by their government for the past six years.

It is obvious that our countrymen hate the Aquino administration enough to embrace Duterte. Right or wrong, common folks don’t really care what Duterte says or who he offends. The more the feisty Davao mayor highlights the ways in which Filipinos have been screwed, blued and tattooed by their leaders, the more supporters love him for his straight talk.

So far, personal attacks on Duterte haven’t done much damage, and have even backfired sometimes. Negative publicity hasn’t made much of a dent against him.
Duterte is clearly the product of the angry backlash created by a divisive, vengeful and sanctimonious President. A President who pretended to stand for uniting Filipinos for good governance but instead divided Filipinos with his “political trials” and his “you’re either you’re with us or against us” policy.

There would be no Duterte dominating the political scene today if it were not for PNoy. This is why Duterte is turning out to be PNoy’s only real legacy.


Editorial: This man must not be President April 24, 2016 11:03 pm


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HE has insulted the Pope, mocked rape victims, and addressed the official representatives of two of this country’s oldest, most important allies with gutter-level disrespect, all of which his deluded supporters have strived to explain away as “authenticity,” or at worst, “taken out of context.” But the latest savage pronouncement of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cannot be dismissed so easily.

Speaking to a late-night rally in Manila about his favorite topic – the bugaboo of ‘rampant crime’ that allows him to play on the public’s fears – Duterte said, “The drug pushers, kidnappers, robbers, find them all and arrest them. If they resist, kill them all.” And to anyone who thinks that Duterte’s disregard for due process is out of line, “Go ahead and charge with me with murder, so I could also kill you,” he added.

In case that is not completely clear to everyone, Duterte has just declared that anyone who disagrees with the Law According to Rod Duterte is an enemy to be destroyed.

“Oh, but if you’re not a criminal you have nothing to worry about,” the Duterte supporters anxiously proclaim in his defense. Who can know if they are a criminal or not, if that definition is left to the mind of one man? The only way they can be sure is to be cowed into silent acceptance of every atrocious word and deed of the would-be dictator, which is exactly what the would-be dictator wants.

But if it works and he cleans up crime and corruption, the method doesn’t matter, some might argue. That argument is senseless, because no one can ever completely eliminate crime and corruption; the best anyone can do is ereduce it to a tolerable level by giving people reasons not to commit crimes in the first place, and making it plain to those who still do that they will suffer swift and severe justices if they are caught. There will always be those who believe they are smarter than the erstwhile “crime busting” politician; we suspect that the more criminals are forming that impression, the more this particular “crime buster” speaks in public.

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If one looks back across history, the internal threat that makes a convenient scapegoat for all the country’s ills is a key ingredient of despotism. Note that in Duterte’s statements (even the less outlandish ones) about ‘criminality,’ he isn’t discussing it as a phenomenon, he talks about it in terms of its actors, be they petty criminals or crooked politicians; it simplifies the problem, and gives a target on which the people he stirs to a frenzy can vent their anger. In effect, what Duterte is saying – and what his adoring audience is swallowing hook, line, and sinker – is, “These people (the criminals, the corrupt pols) are standing in the way of a better life for you and your country. Eliminate them, and the problem is solved.”

It is not too far a distance to travel from the realm of “criminals” to “anyone who stands in the way of the Duterte program.” Is there anyone who honestly believes or has any level of confidence at all that the mayor knows where the line is drawn, and has any intention, or even the ability, to stop himself before he crosses it? There shouldn’t be, if anyone has been even casually listening to the incredible things he says.

This man must not be President, because he clearly has no intention of being a President, but rather a dictator. While about 30 percent of the population – if the public opinion polls are to be believed – seem to be enthusiastic about the prospects of giving up their freedom to participate in their government and society, the majority of the country is not. It’s high time we listened to them, and not an anachronism whose attitude and views on leadership went out of style about the time the Marcos family boarded their flight to Hawaii.
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23 Responses to This man must not be President
Nemo says:
April 26, 2016 at 6:27 am
This goes to show that he doesn’t pander to anyone or any religious groups unlike most politicians do very much like tito sotto and pretty much everyone else. Most crimes roots from religion
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june alcut says:
April 26, 2016 at 4:36 am
Duterte is tough on crime? HE IS A CRIMINAL. If it is good to kill suspects without a trial (it’s not), then why doesn’t he work to change the laws? Instead, he has spent decades breaking the law. He has spent decades trashing his marriage covenant, & joking about it. He has spent decades swearing into the ears of children. Now he wants to make homosexual marriage legal. This man is evil.
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Josemakabayan says:
April 26, 2016 at 12:00 am
Pray he doesnt become a dictator, because the only thing that can remove a dictator is a Revolution and it will be Bloody!!???
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MIK says:
April 25, 2016 at 11:23 pm
plan a: duterte must not win presidency.
plan b: impeachment or otherwise.
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Juan Bautista says:
April 25, 2016 at 10:45 pm
@tony.. 30% is not will of the people. If you didn’t lost your math class there’s still 70% left. Don’t they have the ryt to speak as well?
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Rosauro Feliciano says:
April 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm
The enemies of Duterte will do everything even the impossible especially if they are powered by money. They are blind by hypothesis that Duterte will declare martial law the moment he will be our president. They want to project the remarks or statements of Duterte as factual true to happen. They assume that his statements are true and project that to the electorates without the important consideration about what would logically follow the assumption of his statements. They want to project to the electorates that Duterte’s statement is contrary to hypothesis or contrary to supposition in declaring martial law and engage in killings simply will come true. This is why SOME if not MANY of the politicians want our people to be half baked in terms of education. There are millions of Filipinos just want Duterte to be our next president because they believe that he is the only one who can change the situation where we are all in. The promises of all the presidential candidates except Duterte’s are not achievable because of rampant corruption right deep inside the structure of our government where perpetrators of corruptions are the very people who were elected to represent their constituents and in addition to this are some brainless politically recommended as Managers of government institutions Our people don’t care at all what Duterte says out of his anger. What they care is that he is the right person to go after crooks politicians in putting them behind bars. They want the government to do its job in rescuing poverty by providing jobs so they can survive.
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Mikvital says:
April 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm
“This man must not be President, April 24, 2016 11:03 pm”
I’ll keep you comment and I will count the days when this negative article will turn to positive.
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Vik says:
April 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm
Well, I guess the people are pretty much committed to Digong. The vote for Duterte is anti Establishment. You can publish your spiel everyday till May 9. Goodluck.
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Jay R says:
April 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm
The problem with this article is that it paints a picture of terror, chaos and martial rule when in fact Duterte has been saying and doing these things in Davao for the longest time. Is Davao not a beautiful, safe, competitive city? Simply put it this way, what duterte did in Davao is something that he will try to replicate in the whole country. Binay may the country to Makati minus the corruption. That is if ever he wins!
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Jay R says:
April 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm
Then WHO should be the next president?? Binay corrupt or Roxas incompetent
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PatriotOne says:
April 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Duterte knows the long term solution to crime is economic progress for everyone, not just for Imperial Manila, and short term solution is to haunt, jail drug lords even within the PNP hierarchy, and kill them if they fight it out. That’s upholding existing laws, just in case you’re that ignorant.
He didn’t insulted the Pope. He knows that the Vatican is rotten to the core, and epitome of hypocrisy. While the mainstream media is full of bias and spewing half-truths at best.
The people have evolved, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
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makabayan says:
April 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm
The Filipino voters that will VOTE for Duterte are fairly educated and intelligent because they can look at Davao City that used to be crime infested city turned into one of the safest city to live. He spent most of his adult life as a public servant and he is still a very poor ex-mayor comparing to Multi-Billionaire Jojo Binay. I would conclude that Duterte can be trusted with people’s money. On women, it’s a different story.
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John says:
April 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Useless editorial. It is called democracy, for God’s sake. Don’t expect that you are the only smart people here Manilatimes. Go ahead and vote for BINAY or POE and let Duterte supporters vote for him. Giving up your freedom? C’mon it is plain respect for the law. I FEAR more the lies of this editorial than Duterte.
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Carding Timuning says:
April 25, 2016 at 1:21 pm
Duterte must be the next President….he will purge this country of demons and demon lovers…
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Laarni Pesigan says:
April 25, 2016 at 11:30 am
I think most citizens are just plain pessimists not to see how things have changed. We also always look up to the government for solutions even for the petty things. Traffic? Work near your residence. Want more money? Study hard, look for work and spend less than what you earn. Opportunities are already given; yes much can be changed, but anybody has the ability to live decently. Just look at the rags to riches story of many of our countrymen.
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Willam Cartledge says:
April 25, 2016 at 11:04 am
That has to be clearly one of the best descriptions ive read. It sums up exactly why Duterte cant be elected. Jetting out on a jetski and planting the flag to show the Chinese whose the boss just doesnt cut the mustard.
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Juaqin Bordado says:
April 25, 2016 at 9:24 am
James, you like it like Saudi thats fine but still the leaders are the ones who will enjoy not the people, you will never be rich as long as they rule
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Mario Arocha says:
April 25, 2016 at 5:49 am
The dissertation suffers from anemic erudition and palpable ignorance of the man’s record as a public servant.
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Frank says:
April 25, 2016 at 10:21 am
Because the 1,700 – by his count – people killed by the Davao milicia were all hardened criminals…because he said so! (/sarcasm)
james says:
April 25, 2016 at 3:14 am
we need Saudi Arabia Rules………mistake , thief we will cut the hand!!! rape Cut the head!!! the people will follow the rules and they afraid of doing wrong!!!! Allah Hoakbar!!!
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Victor says:
April 25, 2016 at 12:59 am
So, what will this crime busting do, abusive military and police, vigilantes, brutal citizens arrests. IF THEY RESIST KILLTHEM. oh my God lawlessness and anarchy will cover the land. The people will become the very same criminals they are trying to eliminate. Filipinos killing their own countrymen on mere suspicion.
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Jan M. abad says:
April 25, 2016 at 12:40 am
This is simply leading the country to complete Duterioration, and nothing else. Just my thought!
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tony says:
April 24, 2016 at 11:23 pm
Who are you and what is your competence to swap your opinion against the will of the people whatever woll it be?
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Has SWS been rigging its surveys to boost Roxas’ and Robredo’s ratings? April 27, 2016 12:07 am RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

It seems so, or the Social Weather Station’s collation of data has fallen under the control of Manuel Roxas and Leni Robredo’s operatives, so that in the past two surveys their voter-preference ratings have inexplicably surged, while those of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. have fallen.

This could be done because of SWS’s new polling method, which would allow votes for presidential candidate Binay and vice presidential contender Marcos, Jr. – whose ratings have dropped for a reason – to be rejected on grounds, as the SWS itself describes it, of “invalid markings.”

Only in its last two surveys did the SWS adopt this new method, which it had never used before (not in its 2010 polls), for determining how many of its respondents choose particular candidates.

Instead of the standard procedure of the pollster writing down the name of the candidate the respondents say they will vote for (and therefore, accepting these at face value), the new method asks the respondents to mark their choice in a ballot, privately, and put it in a container.


SWS suddenly changed its polling method, and Binay’s ratings plunged.

On the surface, this appears to be an appropriate method. But in reality, it merely mimics how election cheating has been undertaken for decades in this country.

This is done during the counting of the ballots, with the votes for the candidate who is being cheated declared invalid or are rejected. At least, in the low-tech way of counting ballots in the past, candidates were allowed to put in place their own poll-watchers who could raise a protest every time a certain vote for their candidates was rejected.

The counting of the “ballots” by the SWS, though, takes place in hidden rooms, with no third-party observing the process.

In its new method of polling, ballots with “invalid marks,” SWS itself explains, are rejected. It has not explained what qualifies as an “invalid” mark, however. It has neither reported its process for counting the ballots nor disclosed which candidates were chosen in such rejected ballots.

The number of such rejected ballots is not insignificant: 7 percent in its March 30 to April 2 survey and 5 percent in the April 18 to 20 polling. (This excludes the 3 percent of respondents in the two surveys who replied that they had not decided whom to vote for.)

It does not seem coincidental then that when SWS used this new method of polling, and 7 percent and 5 percent of ballots were rejected, Binay’s ratings plunged from 24 percent in early March to 20 percent in late March, and to just 14 percent in the last poll conducted in early April.

If the 7 percentage points of “rejected” ballots in the March 30 – April 2 poll were for Binay, his ratings would not be at 20 percent but at 27 percent, at par with Duterte’s.

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For the manipulators of the SWS data, only 5 percent “rejected votes” were needed to bring Binay’s ratings to 14 in the most recent poll.

In contrast, a survey from April 21 to 23 by a major pollster commissioned privately (which is expected to be released publicly soon), but which did not use SWS’s method of polling through ballots but by the standard way of the interviewer writing down the respondents’ replies, showed the following:
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It also does not seem coincidental that when SWS used this new method of polling, Robredo’s rating jumped from 19 percent in March to 26 percent in April. The 5 percent rejected votes in the April poll were likely those for Marcos and Francis Escudero, which explains why the two candidates’ steady ratings – Marcos’ even surged from 19 percent in December to 26 percent in March – were broken only when the SWS used its new method of polling, and rejected 4 to 5 percent of the ballots. (
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Roxas and Robredo obviously have made manipulated polls as a major part of their electoral strategies, since without these to project that surveys from reputable pollsters show their political support, massive cheating on May 9 elections would be so obvious – far from the polling results – as to provoke public outrage.

The use of ballots and SWS’ power to reject certain ballots is not the only new way it employs for its polls, which is obviously intended to pull down Binay’s ratings. In a previous column (“The SWS mobile ‘survey’ and an Indonesian tycoon’s potential, crucial role in our elections, April 10, 2016), I exposed that the SWS’s new type of polling it calls the “SWS-Bilang Pilipino Mobile Survey” isn’t at all a legitimate poll since it involves a permanent panel of about 750 respondents, whose views the SWS collects through their SMS messages via cellphones provided by the Indonesian-owned PLDT.

Only the SWS and PLDT know the cellphone numbers of these respondents and one easy way of manipulating this panel’s responses would be to send them messages favorable to a certain candidate, before they even receive the question which candidate they prefer.

SWS’s partners in these two very questionable polling methods are entities both controlled by the Indonesian tycoon Anthoni Salim: Smart Communications in the “Bilang Pilipino Mobile Survey” and the newspaper BusinessWorld in the ballot-based polling, in which the SWS rejects certain ballots.

It is certainly not coincidental that in both of these two questionable polls, Binay’s ratings were pulled below Roxas’ at 15 percent in the “Mobile Survey’s” on April 13, and 14 percent in the ballot-based April 18 purported “poll.”

In contrast, the other major firm PulseAsia, which uses the standard method of getting responses in its April 12 -17 poll, reported Binay as staying in third place in the contest, with a 19 percent rating.

Roxas’ and Robredo’s rivals should demand that the Comelec investigate what could be the biggest propaganda scheme of this election.


How could a Christian nation even make Duterte the leading presidential contender? April 24, 2016 10:58 pm RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

First of Two Parts

Next to belief in God, the most basic tenet of Christianity, and in this century, of civilization itself as we know it, is reverence for human life.

The two beliefs are in fact linked, since human life is a gift of God, and no human, no human institution, can take it away. Pope John Paul II even pointed out that such reverence for life isn’t a metaphysical concept but the basic foundation of modern civilization as we know it: “Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. (Evangelium vitae, 1995, no. 101).

Catholicism, which purportedly 90 percent of Filipinos embrace, in fact has been the biggest organization to champion, actually in this century, a total reverence for life. It has opposed capital punishment and birth control, arguing that even the State does not have the right to snuff out a convicted criminal’s life, and the Catholic Church even admonishes the State to prevent a woman from ending the natural gestation of a zygote.

So how could Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – who boasts of killing people where they stand, who makes a sick joke about an Australian lady’s corpse, and advocates killing criminals en masse without due process – be a leading contender in a presidential contest?

Duterte has been the first politician – really, the first Filipino ever – to be given a pulpit to express such reckless disregard for human life. In a recent interview, he claimed he even ordered the bodies of the 16 hostage-takers to be just “put in a big hole” somewhere in the public cemetery. It is certainly not surprising that he is the one and only Filipino politician to have told the Pope, “putangina mo.”

Pause for a while, think about it and you will really be shocked as I have been in the past few months. In any civilized country in the world, a candidate for whatever public position, who professes such beliefs such as his right to kill criminals where they stand, boasts he shoots a suspected criminal in the head after he is asked to kneel down, would be considered a nut case, or be sued for criminal lunacy – even if he claims he has made a ‘Singapore’ out of what used to be a poor city he led as mayor.


Is he even part of our civilization? Duterte, who has boasted he killed criminals himself.

What happened to this purportedly Christian nation that it would even think of electing as father of our nation somebody who doesn’t share Christianity’s belief and modern civilization’s basic tenet that human life, even that of criminals, must be revered?

Duterte’s I-will-kill-criminals-where-they-stand demagoguery, which appeals to the basest instincts of man, has certainly won him a following among the masses who themselves have been the most victimized by criminality and lack access to a functioning legal system.

They hear only what they want to hear

His elite backers – the most with responsibility to educate the vast masses – utterly block out of their minds Duterte’s unequivocal statements betraying his utter lack of reverence for life, his rejection of due process and the rule of law. What they hear from Duterte they revise according to what they want to hear.

For instance, one of Duterte’s biggest and most articulate supporters is former SEC chairman Perfecto Yasay, Jr. Yasay is not only steeped in the values of Western philosophy, a licensed law practitioner in New York, and therefore, one who really understands the importance of due process and the rule of law. But not only that, Yasay’s father is a pastor, and he himself has been a leader of the Philippines’ branch of the United Church of Christ – a Protestant denomination that has historically demonstrated such respect for life that it has always opposed capital punishment, even before the Catholic Church did.

What is Yasay’s response to my question whether he supports the extrajudicial killings in Davao City? He says, what Duterte does “is not different from the killing of (international terrorist) Marwan in Mamasapano.”

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That shocked me when I heard it. Marwan has gone through the most rigorous due process in this planet, having been indicted in Philippine, US and Australian courts, with the US FBI putting him in its most wanted list. Marwan had surrounded himself with explosive booby traps (which killed four police commandos) and with three platoons with sniper rifles of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and other armed Moro groups.

Yet, Yasay says the killing of Marwan is of the same kind as Duterte’s and his Davao Death Squad’s murders from 1998 to 2015 of 1,424 suspected criminals, none of them charged in court, according to a research by Fr. Amado Picardal. This included 57 females and 132 young people – 126 boys and six girls – not more than 17 years of age. All were unarmed when they were taken, with some killed by Duterte himself, according to his boasts.

Coming from a family of Protestant missionaries, Yasay would have had many friends who must have gone to remote ministries, like Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill did, though she ended up raped and killed in Davao City in 1989.

What did Yasay say of his friend Duterte’s sick joke, made after seeing her dead body that he felt he should have been first in the queue to have her since he was (he still is) mayor of the city where it happened? “It should be appreciated and understood in its proper context. Indeed, the masses have not taken offense at Duterte’s gutter utterances,” Yasay said on his Facebook post.

Yasay told me: “You are being moralistic for political partisan purposes.” I invoke a basic tenet of Christianity and I am being moralistic?

I have discussed Yasay’s views at length since his case demonstrates, as I will show in the second part of this essay, quite well how shallow really has been the veneer of Christianity, and belief in the rule of law among Filipinos, even among the elite, due to their still basic tribalism.

Yasay’s views are typical of those who refuse to hear that Duterte is espousing vigilante death squads, rather than merely invoking the police’s right to defend themselves with lethal force, as stated in the following rant by one Andoni Valencia, an employee of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, who seems to have so much to write about Duterte such as in the following press release: “Killing? What’s the problem with that? Duterte made it clear that when apprehending crime, especially drug pushers and drug users, will be bloody because obviously these criminals will fight back.”

‘God ordered killings’

What’s chilling about the views of this presumably Christian young man is his perverted interpretation of the Bible, oblivious that the New Testament is a big leap from the tribal barbarism of the Old Testament: “I am a Bible-believing Christian, and let us not forget that in the Bible, even God ordered men to lead revolutions (bloody ones) to cleanse the nation. He even used an adulterer, murderer, womanizer, etc. to lead nations.”

Another example of hearing not what Duterte says but what they want to hear, or what is acceptable to them is that Philippine Star columnist Carmen Pedrosa.

She has written over two dozen columns praising Duterte, her main message – that Duterte is “destined’ to be President since “millions of Filipinos” are supporting him. I scoured her many columns, which, however shirk from explaining Duterte’s shocking boasts that he has killed criminals themselves, his jokes on molesting his household help (a venial sin only, he said, since he really did nothing but go to the bathroom to masturbate), and his now infamous sick necrophilia joke.

She offers only one weird explanation for Duterte’s utter lack of reverence for life in her thousands of words praising him, as if there was an esoteric secret the killer revealed to her:

“I now understand the reasoning behind the need for punishment (according to Duterte). It comes from Plato’s Laws.

“It is a custom of our justice to punish some as a warning to others. For to punish them for having done wrong would, as Plato says, be stupid. What is done cannot be undone. The intention is to stop them from repeating the same mistake or to make others avoid their error. We do not improve the man we hang: we improve others by him.“

She quotes Duterte as having invoked Plato for his policy of executing criminals without due process? I wonder why no other reporter or columnist has reported Duterte as quoting Plato.

It is really not surprising that Pedrosa’s interpretation of Duterte’s vigilantism is unintelligible, as her columns have been merely wordy versions of Duterte posters, and of her screaming her lungs out as if she were in a Duterte rally, with such titles as “The Duterte crowd is everywhere,” “Duterte kami,” and “We want change, Duterte, Duterte, Duterte.”

One of the shocking statements in her columns was when she wrote that this killer, this necrophilia, is “God’s miracle” to the Philippines. That, of course, jibes with Duterte’s megalomania, that he will save the nation from criminals, in six months

I have discussed Pedrosa’s views, since her case as in Yasay’s situation demonstrates, as I will explain on Wednesday, quite well how shallow really has been the veneer of Christianity and belief in the rule of law among Filipinos.

If Yasay and Pedrosa are right, that Duterte is just saying he has the political will to go after criminals and prosecute them – and not really to kill them where they are found – do they really think that this Davao mayor would get the support of even a fraction of his adoring, angry masses?

ARE WE ESSENTIALLY A PAGAN, TRIBAL SOCIETY? How could a Christian nation even make Duterte the leading presidential contender?
April 28, 2016 11:12 pm  RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


(Second of Two Parts)

On Monday I explained that one answer to that question is that Christians like Protestant Perfecto Yasay and columnist Carmen Pedrosa simply refuse to believe that Rodrigo Duterte will really kill criminals without due process as he has been saying in his speeches.

He says something. They hear only what they want to hear. He says he will kill criminals where they stand, and not arrest them and subject them to the legal sysem. They insist that he will comply with the rule of law, which Duterte really hasn’t said. And if that is what he really means, he wouldn’t get a fraction of the angry masses with his I-will-kill-them-all screams.


A Davao Death Squad victim. “It will be bloody,” Duterte told a shocked Makati Business Club the other day.

But then that doesn’t answer what is probably the more important question: Why do the masses, who profess to be Christians, still support Duterte (at least going by the surveys) despite his statements that he will kill without due process (suspected) criminals, even if the most important tenet of their religion is reverence for human life?

Catholicism, in fact, has been the most militant religion in today’s world in championing such reverence, even objecting to the taking of human life by a state-nation purportedly duty-bound to defend its members (as in the case of capital punishment) or by a woman who asserts her freedom over her body (in the case of contraception and abortion).

The answer is unpleasant, which many social scientists, however, have pointed out before, even before this Duterte phenomenon prodded us to ask the question.
The Philippines isn’t really a Christian nation, but a pagan community divided into clans and tribes, professing Christianity by force of tradition shaped by four centuries of Spanish colonial rule. After all, it has also has made the exploited classes docile, as they are told they should bear patiently with class rule, and just wait for the classless Kingdom of Heaven after they die.

Study our purportedly revered practices like going to Mass, veneration of the Santo Nińo, the sea of people risking life and limb following the Black Nazarene on a hot day, immolating one’s self on Black Friday. Most Filipinos are really worshipping tribal gods to ask for a boon – for the recovery of a cancer-stricken loved one, to win the lotto, to get a visa for work abroad.

Filipinos live basically as tribal groupings, with family, then clans, being the basic unit. This nation’s dominant religion isn’t really this treasure of mankind we call Christianity, and its people are formed not really as a result of a mass experience of some supernatural revelation but as a product of cultural evolution and rationality.

‘Fear of God’

Ask a Filipino what Christianity is, and he is most likely not going to reply, it’s reverence for human life. He is more likely to say, “fear of God,” by which he means trembling before Moses’ jealous god demanding worship for people to get his gifts.

This is the reason why a candidate who boasts of killing people and throwing their corpses away like garbage has become a leading contender, supported even by some of our educated, religious elite. (“Ibaon sila sa isang butas lang, [Just bury them all in one big hole in the ground,]” Duterte himself said as he narrated how he ordered his men to dispose of the corpses of the 16 convicts killed in the 1989 Davao hostage crisis.)

In their frustration over rampant criminality in the country and the little progress they see in the course of their lives, many Filipinos opt to simply revert to their tribal consciousness, tossing into the dustbin their Christian beliefs.

The elections give them a chance to clamor for a strong leader of the tribe who, as in ancient times – before Christianity, before the advent of the rule of law – can be ruthless enough to kill their enemies. (I was a bit shocked at how Duterte could even rouse the tribe into a violent frenzy: Imagine Ramon Jacinto, a big Duterte fan, calling for a “Rock D’Avance” for his candidate, the big attraction being such rock and folk stars as Pepe Smith and Freddie Aguilar. At the end of his announcement, RJ says, “Upakan na natin! [Let’s go hit them!” What happened to the make-love-not-war ethos of our usual rock concerts?)

The tribal ethos is obvious in that the surge of support for Duterte occurred in his tribe’s territory, Davao City, and spread of course in Mindanao where residents regard him as a tribal brother.

Such tribalism is also obvious in the case even of Perfecto Yasay, a very educated lawyer, whose father was even a Protestant pastor. But he is from Mindanao, born in Kidapawan, with his formative years spent in Davao. He says he has known Duterte for decades. For that, his decades of education on Western civilizations’ principle of the rule of law, his religious upbringing, were quickly shed to support as President an admitted killer. RJ, of course, had been a habitué of Davao City, the nearest urban (entertainment) center from his family’s Iligan Steel Mills.

There have been surges of tribalism in modern history, with disastrous consequences. In Germany, one of the most civilized nations on earth that had produced geniuses in philosophy and art, the tribalism Hitler roused – the belief in a superior Aryan race, the bigger set of tribes – resulted in history’s most horrific war, and the extermination of 8 million Jews, Gypsies, Slavs and other tribes that the Nazis believed blocked the Aryan tribe’s domination of the world.

Closer to home, strongman Suharto of the “Bumiputra” (Malay race) in the late 1960s led a pogrom against Indonesians of Chinese descent, on the flimsy excuse that they were communists and communist sympathizers, resulting in a near genocide of 500,000.

Inhuman creatures

One distinctive invariable characteristic of tribalism, or the racism that Christianity and modern civilization have struggled to overcome for two centuries, is the deep belief that certain classes of humans aren’t really human beings, such as the Jews Hitler killed en masse or the Chinese Indonesians in Suharto’s pogroms. This gives them a perverted justification to exterminate such “creatures.” Christianity and modern civilization though, really only in the last century, have been victorious in having the world embrace the notion that all human beings, without exception, have the same spark of divine life in them.

But this isn’t how how Duterte sees criminals.

For him, criminals aren’t human beings.

Duterte sees criminals as some kind of non-human creatures that must be ruthlessly eradicated. This is probably because of his experience in Davao, which also happens in our biggest cities, where criminals often are those from the hinterlands, taga-labas (outsiders), mostly poor farmers or farmers’ children thinking they could escape rural poverty in the cities but finding little work and becoming desperate, are sucked into urban criminal subcultures.

Note how Duterte has argued in one speech, sounding as if there were creatures (like the Orcs of the Lord of the Rings) who once and for all must be exterminated: “Ano ang mawawala sa Pilipinas kung patayin ko lahat ng mga kriminal dito?” It escapes this idiot totally that if he exterminates this generation of criminals, a new one would just emerge in the absence of an efficient police force and legal system in an egalitarian, prosperous society. He assumes — or perhaps relishes — that when he becomes President, he will kill all criminals. “It will be bloody,” he declared the other day before a shocked group of Makati businessmen.

It is totally beyond Duterte’s thinking that probably at least half of criminals in this country were pushed to live that way because of abject poverty or because they were sucked into sub-cultures where criminality prevailed as a way of life.

It is beyond Duterte’s small mind that other than an efficient police force and legal system and egalitarian economic development are the ingredients to minimize crime, as other cities in the country, among them Cavite towns, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos have proven. It is certainly not coincidental that countries with the highest crime incidences have been countries in abject poverty, such as Nigeria and South Sudan.

Demagogues rousing base tribal instincts invariably promise a desperate people a single, simplistic vision – that they have found the key to lead the tribe into prosperity, and they pretend to be messiahs willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the tribe. Thus, Hitler promised his Thousand-Year Reich that would mark the total domination of the Aryan race over the planet. Suharto promised his New Order that would make all pure-blooded Malays as prosperous as the ethnic Chinese.

Megalomaniac

This megalomaniac mayor promises a crime-free Philippines, even as incontrovertible data shows that Davao is as infested with crime as most of the urban centers are, despite his 23 years of leading it as mayor, and desperate Filipinos believe him.

Of course, he promises to usher in a Federal Republic, a dream of Mindanao and Visayan politicians ranting for decades against “imperial Manila.” And columnist Carmen Pedrosa, whose life-long passion has been for a Federal Philippines, totally, unconditionally believes him, and shoves aside the most cherished tenets not just of Christianity but of modern civilization – reverence for human life.

Pope John Paul II had pointed reverence for life isn’t just some goody-goody notion but the basic foundation of modern civilization as we know it: “Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. (Evangelium vitae, 1995, no. 101).

There has been one episode in our history in which such Christian tenet for cherishing life proved Pope John Paul II’s words right — in February 1986.

As the political crisis unfolded at that time, the revered Jaime Cardinal Sin didn’t really ask Filipinos to overthrow Marcos. Sin just had such a grasp of Catholicism’s deep reverence for life. He, therefore, called on the faithful to mass around Camp Crame, where the rebels had declared they would make their last stand, in order to prevent the loss even of a single life.

Will the Church leaders of today have such an unwavering moral compass, and speak out loudly against a candidate who openly boasts of his irreverence for life?
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48 Responses to How could a Christian nation even make Duterte the leading presidential contender?
Kenny says:
April 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm
Misleading picture. Actually our country has so much murders on innocent people that we are hardly Christian at all. Remember this journalist supporting Iglesia using flawed logic just to curry favor?
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Kenny says:
April 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm
PRECISELY WHY A CHRISTIAN CORRUPTION BECAME THE MOST CORRUPT, VIOLENT, UNSAFE, HYPOCRITE, POOR NATION WITH MILLIONS OF SUFFERING PEOPLE enduring harsh commutes and red tape and among a few nations in Asia unable to meet Millennium Development Goal targets and among the most dangerous places for journalists, prevalent drug use, and yet focused on being polite and forgiving. Just compare Myanmar, they have honest workers due to their belief in Karma and Japan with a society that respects each other and they are not even Christian. Maybe being Christian is a problem by itself?
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pedro somoroy says:
April 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm
mr rigobert: are you implying we protect the criminals instead of the law abiding innocent citizens? you are so loud about the rights of the those who committed activities that harm and destroy the lives and future of the law abiding citizens. are you the protector of these criminals? are you not going to help duterte become a good president ? can u not enlighten us why there a radisson hotel in davao that charges 7000 pesos a night, why sm has 2 big stores, why san miguel has a 2000 hectares ecozone with a private pier and airport?
someday, when we are able to secede , you will miss us.
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Martin Gee says:
April 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm
Christian or not, the people are desparate. I understand Yasay ans Pedrosa, a leader is an avenger of God for good or for evil…that is Biblical…but am still weighing who will be my president…definitely not one who renounced being a Filipino!
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JRT says:
April 29, 2016 at 11:24 am
It’s not a rocket science to understand the rise or shall I say the popularity of Duterte. He reflects the sentiments of the people who are desperate to change their life for good. This can happen to any country. It happened in Germany – rise of Hitler, Italy – rise of Musolini, Spain – rise of Franco, and now Donald Trump, etc. People are usually entice to candidate who speaks the same language. The two filthy word “PI” became an instant hit to many Filipinos who can’t control their mouth. The problem with the other candidates including the administration candidate is that they do not appeal to many Filipinos. There is lack of advertisement of their achievements and did not improve the lives of many Filipinos. Unfortunately this sentiment will come back to hunt the many Filipinos who supported Duterte because it will be almost impossible for Duterte to change the lives of many. Meanwhile Duterte who is almost every news is gaining support because he acts and talks like many Filipinos. I hope he does not drag the country back to the martial law days and foreign investments will disappear. My one cent of analysis.
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Eduardo B. Emia says:
April 29, 2016 at 11:01 am
Mr. Tiglao may I ask you this very simple question, How do you describe our country as a Christian republic? Perhaps you will answer me that majority of our populace are Catholics including you and you will conclude that we are a Christian country. I don’t hate Catholics I love them but not on their dogma, beliefs and doctrines. When I was in Singapore my Singaporean friend ask me how to become a Catholic.? I wonder why he ask me this question, I just simply answered him back by attending mass, believed in Virgin Mary, make a sign of the cross,follow their doctrines and worship idols. He answered me back no, he told me to become a Catholic you allow your leaders to corrupt, you allow your people to do drug trade, you allow people to do any kinds of criminalities like murder, snatching, robbery and extortion etc. He told me farther that majority of those who are in prison are Catholics couple with a grin in his face and this is what your country claim as the only Christian Country in Asia. Duterte is a Catholic like you and have a character flaw similar with other Catholics that curses. You can’t deny that because that is the truth whether you like it or not. He thinks as a Catholic, speak as a Catholic and work as a Catholic. But in general he always think, speak and work with great concern for the welfare of the masses that elitesta like you can’t accept. Criminals that resisted arrest from policemen in Davao City were killed in protecting themselves. Drug addicts were rehabed and drug pushers are put in jail. Is there any body from Abnoy’s Boys tried to negotiate with the NPA in releasing their hostages from the military whom they captured during an encounter. After several days of the abduction of 4 hostages in a Samal Beach Resort in Samal, Davao del Norte our beloved Mayor informed Malacanang that the hostages were taken to Sulu but they never listen to Duterte. For almost 8 months there is no move to rescue the hostages until our government received an ultimatum from ASG to pay for their ransom or else otherwise one of them will be beheaded. One of the Canadian National that was hostaged was killed and beheaded and Abnoy reacted and ordered a manhunt operations for the ASG terrorists. The action of Abnoy is too late Mr. Tiglao. Can you blame the Catholics, Lumads, Evangelical Christians, Muslims and other religious groups to vote for Duterte? Majority of our fellow men want a total change in our governance except the elitestas like you. If your president will win and something happened to your relatives or nearest kin killed by criminals or become drug addicts by Catholics like you, then you will experience the pain of voting a President na walang malasakit sa sambayanan at tapang in solving and eradicating the evils and ills in our society. You portray Duterte as criminal, but you never portray Abnoy and his cabinets in Mamasapano and Kidapawan Massacres as criminals. These political events described and pictured the real image of our contry that was considered as the only Christian Country in Asia that was governed by crooked and corrup Catholic politicians.
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DuDirty says:
April 29, 2016 at 10:54 am
Because he has LOTS of Monet 2.4 BILLION PESOS in the bank
>http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/files/2016/04/duterte-accounts-620×2349.jpg
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Aurelia says:
April 29, 2016 at 10:48 am
We still uphold human life, primarily our life. Duterte is not anti-life; he in fact aims to protect human life, the life of innocents. If someone attacks you with a knife, would you Tiglao not defend yor life at all cost — regardless of your religion and even at the expense of the attacker? Everyday, there are threats to our life, and criminality is one major threat. That’s why we Duterte supporters subscribe to his agenda of suppressing criminality…and we know he can do the job, far better than your presidential candidate, Tiglao…
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Norland says:
April 29, 2016 at 10:32 am
Generally, I agree with the writer. We call Christian nation but we think and act like a pagan and tribalism. Now, we even want to role model and elect an official that is a killer/murderer, womanizer, lair, a dictator and corrupt candidate. No wonder our country remains poor and degraded.
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Jose Samilin says:
April 29, 2016 at 10:28 am
PRAYER FOR 2016 ELECTION:
Lord, You know the hearts of all men. You know our innermost thoughts and intentions and You know our strengths and the span and reach of our abilities.
All authority comes from You and its You who guide and bless human authority. We ask You, Lord, to give us the right leaders for our time, that will govern this country, in reflection to how You govern all things. May your good purposes be fulfilled, and may we be one with Your cause. Amen.
Now, Mr. Tiglao, do you have the right to explain and question, if in fact, Rodrigo Duterte is truly sent by God. Can you surely comprehend the mystery of man as God creation? Maybe Mr.Tiglao you are just anti-election process and you do not accept that the power granted by the Constitution and COMELEC power to proclaim, though were granted by the civil government through the sovereign power of the State but such authority was ultimately governed by God’s power. Just think about it, Mr Tiglao. Cheers!!
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Julio says:
April 29, 2016 at 10:21 am
Simply lang ang sagot, Sawang Sawa na ang mga tao sa pangako at sa krimen. Kaya supportado nila na patayin ang mga kriminal.
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Amnata Pundit says:
April 29, 2016 at 10:18 am
Are the people right only if they vote for Binay? If the people prefer the thief to the uncouth, how does that make them more Christian? God the Father said an eye for an eye, so if the people prefer to listen to the Father instead of the Son, why shouldn’t we listen to the people if we believe that indeed, Vox Populi, Vox Dei? The people in desperation have become results-oriented, not process-oriented. When God bombed Sodom and Gomorrah and massacred in Jericho, He was being results oriented, so why should we be holier than the Almighty?
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Naldo says:
April 29, 2016 at 9:58 am
It took BS Cojuangco-Aquino III to for us to realize what we have become, this phenomenon transcends religion, because long before humans realized the meaning of life or religion, humans were used to think in its primal state, although religion had given that semblance of higher consciousness among humans that we are creatures of intellect, it did not take away our primal instinct to kill or be killed – or as often referred to in the animal kingdom as the survival of the fittest.
And, depending on which religion a human subscribes to, it, by looking at history has always been marred by violence and death, which until the present time exist, just as an example of religious war is what is currently happening in the mid-east, between Sunni (Wahabi) and Shiite, or some years past the Northern Ireland conflict, looking into human history, we humans had never ceased in fighting and killing each other over issues that opposite sides do not come to agree, and it always has to do with politics or religion.
So, not even the most intelligent being on earth is impervious of the idea of killing, the west although they are highly advanced in critical thinking, their leaders would not hesitate to send their armies to war to protect their ‘interest’. Yes, it is all about the ‘interest’, which brings out the primal instinct among us humans, religion of any domination has not properly adressed this issue to avoid conflict among us humans.
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selya says:
April 29, 2016 at 9:53 am
How I wish articles like this were also available in Filipino, so that our less-educated countrymen could have easier time reading and comprehending them.
The popularity of Duterte is in part symptomatic of the poor education in our country. Many of our people are simply not mentally equipped enough to understand, accept/reject, and make valid arguments.
Reading and scrutinizing “long” English articles on which to base their opinion of the candidates are too much of a hassle for them. Resorting to sound bites and “funny” memes on social media is way easier. :(
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pedro somoroy says:
April 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm
hi selya, you are right. the supporters of duterte are not well educated .
maybe the dep ed did not release funds for the education of the people in mindanao. nobody talks about the status of the educational system in mindanao.
i can only remember some: UP-davao, ateneo de davao, Uni of mindanao, notre dame uni and the notre dame system in the whole of cotabato and jolo,
la salle system in mindanao, mindanao state university system, and all other public schools.
maybe something is wrong with what they teach, or the people in mindanao are just dumb.
Roger Sy says:
April 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm
Unfortunately, it is the same mentally-challenged masses, products of deprivation by the ruling elites and oligarchs that are being continually exploited during elections to perpetuate themselves in power. Would you blame these ‘mentally unequipped’ people, if at some point in their lives they slowly come to the realization how much they have been abused, all these years?
Rizalito David says:
April 29, 2016 at 9:11 am
Duterte’s rise can be attributed not much on the people’s frustration and disappointment over years of government failure to address basic welfare issues. It is more of how he was able to mirror the fundamental flaws in the Filipinos fundamental character. Duterte epitomizes what is wrong in many of us – all air and short on substance. It is not the people’s fault that they possess such character. They are mere victims of their own personal circumstances which is the least of their choosing. But as to Duterte, he is a victim of himself. His own personal choice. But wait didn’t his shrink say that he possess the Antisocial Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Well just the same many adore and praise him out of their laziness and dumbness which Duterte equally reflects. DUTERTE FANATICS SIMPLY SEE THEMSELVES IN HIM!
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lili says:
April 29, 2016 at 11:43 am
True
Cebuana says:
April 29, 2016 at 9:03 am
How could a Christian nation even make a corrupt and autistic person the president of the Philippines? C’mon, imperial manila, do you have something better to throw at du30 other than these baseless accusations?
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Ken says:
April 29, 2016 at 9:39 am
Corrupt? How about the bank accounts of duterte? 2.4 Billion where did he get that money? For being mayor of Davao?
nimrod says:
April 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
Roxas is the best they can offer? …… Why not Trillanes, he’s the best to bring this nation back to the stone age …..
Amnata Pundit says:
April 29, 2016 at 8:50 am
If your thesis is that we are not a genuine Christian nation- and I agree wholeheartedly with that- what’s wrong with Duterte becoming our leader then? What can be so wrong with a leader who only reflects our true nature? What’s wrong with exterminating criminals? How different is that from joining an underground movement that is engaged in armed rebellion? If you remember the Inquisition where the Church sadistically tortured non-believers to death- not to mention their abuses here that led to the revolution during the Spanish Colonial era- how can you expect this same Church to provide a genuine moral compass for our society? When there is a total breakdown in morality such as we are witnessing today, what is needed is the rage that God demonstrated when He bombed Sodom and Gomorrah and massacred in Jericho. When people are desperate for change, they don’t need a Thomas More, they need – and want- a Duterte. We should thank God we have Duterte. I’m not exaggerating when I say he may be the country’s last chance.
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Rus says:
April 29, 2016 at 8:11 am
Mr. Tiglao, first-off, there is no such thing as a Christian nation. A Christian is a person who believes in Christ, follows His teachings, and obeys His commandments. There is no single nation on this planet who can correctly claim that all of its citizens and inhabitants do that.
To argue that majority of Filipinos are Catholics and Protestants, hence, the Philippines is a Christian nation, will also not hold water since Jesus said that those who will find life (that is, Jesus – John 14:6) are few (Matt. 7:13-14). If God’s words is true, and it is (Prov. 30:5), Christians will never comprise the majority. So that leads us to the question of whether Catholics and Protestants are Christians or not.
Moreover, Jesus explicitly stated that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36) so it is useless to insist that the Philippines is a Christian nation since it is of this world. Also, to be able to enter the kingdom of God, one must be born of water and spirit (John 3:5) so we might as well ask the Catholics and Protestants if they were born on this way and how.
To your question on how could a Christian nation even make Duterte the leading presidential contender – a Christian nation, if there is one, will not. The Philippines, by making him the leading candidate, only proves the point that it is not a Christian nation.
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Diego says:
April 29, 2016 at 7:58 am
A critic is a legless man who teaches running.
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Junie says:
April 29, 2016 at 7:56 am
The problem, idol Bobby, is that there really is not much choice from among the candidates that offers hope for change -big change. I’m sure you’re not rooting for Roxas, nor Poe. Binay? if Duterte dies before election day, i might just vote for Binay.
I feel nothing will change under Binay. He offers nothing more than the usual motherhood statements we have heard so many times before. Add to that is his weak, uniinspiring defense of himself against accusations of large scale corruption. I also suspect Binay is the 2nd manchurian candidate of BS Aquino. I have yet to see him hit Noynoy hard on anything that ails his pathetic government.
In Duterte I see some hope for big change. Federal, parliamentary form of government he envisage. A good start. Nowwithstanding his foul mouth and misplaced bravado, he is the only choice for me.
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Sivenar Pineda says:
April 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm
You’re right Junie, cheers!
APO3KR says:
April 29, 2016 at 7:55 am
AMB. TIGLAO, THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS THAT THE PEOPLE, SPECIALLY THOSE MILLIONS WHO JOINED THE EDSA I, PHYSICALLY LIKE ME, OR BELIEVED THE CAUSE OF EDSA I WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES AND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE BETTER, WERE FRUSTATED.
AFTER 30 YEARS. AS THE LATE CARDINAL SIN SAID ” WE SENT AWAY ALI BABA BUT TOOK CARE AND EVEN FATTENED HIS FORTY THIEVES AND THEIR FAMILIES “. NOW THESE FORTY THIEVES MULTIPLIED LIKE MUSHROOMS AND WERE WORSE THAN ALI BABA DURING MARTIAL LAW. ANG NAKIKITANG NAKAWAN NA AY BY THE BILLION OF PESOS IN PDAF AND DAP.
AMB. TIGLAO, IN OUR FRUSTRATION, KAHIT KAY DUTERTE O DEMONO AY KAKAPIT NA KAMI, HINDI ITO DAHIL SA RELIGION, MUSLIM, KATOLIKO O KRISTIANO. ITO AY DAHIL SA ARAW-ARAW NA KRIMEN. DROGA AT LEAGLIZED KORAPTION NG MGA POLITIKO MATAPOS ANG EDSA I.
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Ric Brazil says:
April 29, 2016 at 7:50 am
Call it desperation. You probably heard this: “Ang taong nagigipit sa patalim kumakapit”. Among to be blamed are our leaders the past 30 years. What have they really done to improve the lives of ordinary Filipino, exacerbated the last sis years. We have Executive department where all corruption start. We have Congress that houses the criminals. We have “hoodlums in robes who withhold justice to the oppressed.
From among the candidates now, do we really have a good choice? Blame it also those leaders who field candidates, the King makers as they say. Just hope Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should give priority to all the criminals in government if and when he becomes president. And I mean, big time criminals.
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Meihammer says:
April 29, 2016 at 7:23 am
How? Because the nation that you claim to be Christian is full of corrupt Christians! Drug coddlling Christians! Incompetent Christian officers! Criminal Christians. And many more. Now here comes a Christian who is not a fundamentalist Christian but believes in god, and he doesn’t care if he steps into the feet of the rich who control the politicians, the corrupt, the drug lords, the officers, the people who deliver injustice to the poor, and you are screaming hell? Hell is the current situation where there is plenty of corruption including your candidate binay. He yet has to clear his name. You must have read the response of your Christian pope to duterte. Think about it, your candidate is so tainted that only those who will benefit from him would want to vote for him. why would a normal sane person vote for a person who carries a Damocles sword over his head all the time? The sword is about to fall unless he saves himself by being president. so he is using the presidency as an escape from the wrath of the people. Good person? Maybe for people who will benefit from him, he is a good person.
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Sivenar Pineda says:
April 29, 2016 at 11:50 am
This i s the best comment and answer to your opinion idol RT.
Well said Mr Meihammer, congratulations
WJGBalderama says:
April 29, 2016 at 7:16 am
I have been mulling over this for awhile. If you think about it, there are three reasons why people would choose one candidate over another:
(1) Situational – people are tired of the crime situation in the country. They see how drug use is becoming the scourge that is, and they just want to elect someone or anyone who could do something about it. If it’s Duterte the mealy-mouthed braggadocio, then so be it.
(2) Ideological – people will vote along what is perceived as the party line (i.e, the party with which they are most comfortable). Thus, a loyal Liberal party person will always vote for the party’s nominee no matter what because of some unknown measurement only that person is able to explain;
(3) Cultural – people will vote for a certain candidate who hails from the same region. The clannishness of the Filipinos are well-known. So, when an Ilocano runs for national office, you can bet that the solid North factor will be at play.
As for other reasons such as religious or moral, well, say what you will, but these factors have never stopped some Filipinos from taking on extramarital affairs, having children out of wedlock, and teating on the national cash cow (referring to politicians on the take). Perpetrators look at these transgressions as merely tempting fate and bears little or no guilt over their commission. To the extent that the church as a group may endorse a particular candidate, I do not believe that people will automatically follow and pull the lever for that candidate come election time. In Duterte’s case, the voters see a candidate who is unorthodox, erratic, and arrogant — the very antithesis of the conventional Filipino politician who wants to be loved — and elected. This is not a defense but an explanation of the phenomenon that is Duterte. Having said all that, it is my hope that people will wake up and soundly reject his candidacy. He does not represent the good that is within us as God-fearing people.
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Sivenar Pineda says:
April 29, 2016 at 11:56 am
A very practical, situational and unbiased comment. i salute you sir.
P.Lorenzo says:
April 29, 2016 at 7:02 am
The people are simply “angry” because of all the ‘Christian’, but corrupt, unscrupulous and hypocritical leaders who have been taking advantage of the Filipino people for so many years.
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meilan rey amper says:
April 29, 2016 at 6:26 am
Sir i am a Catholic. Before your question i also have a question. How come a predominantly Christian Philippine government leaders become so corrupt?
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steve says:
April 29, 2016 at 10:45 am
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA! Brilliant response!
diosdado says:
April 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm
may i say what Greg Tengson, a Filipino evangelist in the 50s and 60s. I heard this from our Pastor in our high school bible subject in a protestant school in 1978: “The Philippines is the only christian nation in asia without christ”. we profess to be christian but do we practice the teachings of christianity in our everyday life? we are very religious but not righteous. I believe that the spirit of christianity have not entered into our bones and inner consciousness because we were not thought on the teachings of the bible. The bible is there to be read but do we read them like the way we voraciously read other books? I believe that since the day christianity was introduced to us its teachings were never been taught straight from the texts of the bible. We heard the teachings of God or the Bible or Jesus through sermons; and we go to church as matter of customarily practice and not the essence of going to mass. You recite those impose by the church as ritual readings and prayers. The protestant came and christianity became more direct to the people because it is more bible based but we can not anymore turn what has been put into our consciousness about christianity and its practice. What I understand about duterte is he is a practical christian- one who believes in God and obey his laws and commandments but will do things even against these God’s laws if it is necessary. I believe that duterte will not just kill without any lawful or moral reason. He is just a practical person.
Karlito says:
April 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Not all.
ErsFrans says:
April 29, 2016 at 6:21 am
After more than 400 years of being brainwashed to be “easily forgiving people by god’s will”, we will never be trampled anymore. We forgave when the Japanese came, we forgave when the Spanish left, we forgave when the corrupt plundered us, but now, no more.
The people are tired of all this misery by people screwing with us and are deaf to our interests. You are deaf to us when Kidapawan screamed for help, when Zam oanga screamed for help, when Tacloban first was destroyed, when the Moros are screaming their plight, but now, we will be sure ypu will no longer be death when we elect our desired representative to power!
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ruben m dimaculangan says:
April 29, 2016 at 5:43 am
he will be for a while the solution to the filipinos’ moment of despair. But after 3-6 months of power he will cling to whomsoever will provide him with more power clout. First, in order to protect himself vs human rights violations. Second, because it’s nice to be there on top. Until he reverts to the same old problem that we used to have.
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Thelma says:
April 29, 2016 at 5:30 am
In other countries, any coach/manager/leader of even the roughest sports organizations is given tantamount consequence (warning, fine or termination) for uttering a statement (even just once) even half as repulsive as Mr Duterte’s repertoire of profanities in public. The organization usually issues a statement “His/Her comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organization.”, followed by a tangible punishment.
Why are many Filipinos suddenly willing to lose some of their humanity (and by such examples maybe the humanity of the young generations as well) to vehemently prop up Mr Duterte? Are all his promises which are supposedly guaranteed judging by his performance in Davao, worth each of his supporters’ soul?
What happens if he fails at this level of game where it is a lot more difficult and complicated, a different and a lot wider terrain to navigate, highly energised and very fast paced? In any game or competition, a perceived success in level 3 or 4 does not guarantee success in level 10. All the stresses of running the country are more likely to make Mr Duterte’s lack of humanity even more horrendous.
If Mr Duterte fails, would he even care? He is most likely to blame the people who voted for him and curse them to his heart’s content- in public of course- where he is in his most glorious. He is most likely to say, “You knew me through and through and/yet you happily chose me.”
In most countries there are more poor than well off people. But most of the poor ones will not surrender their humanity to grandiose promises and ill-conceived means to an end. We might still be a poor country, (although compared to previous decades, a lot has already been achieved nationally) but must we now also be poor in manners, ethics and values- fundamental principles which are the basic foundations of every civilised society that has endured and prospered? And if we all got materially well off through Mr Duterte’s dogmatic style, can we deeply and honestly savour it with a clear conscience?
Filipinos might soon become infamous as the first civilized, religious and well-educated society that willingly and wholeheartedly (eyes and ears wide open) embraced an openly foul-mouthed, promiscuous and what not as their top leader towards their quest for a decent, better life.
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lc says:
April 29, 2016 at 4:10 am
How could a Christian nation even make Duterte the leading presidential contender?
It is because the Philippines is a “Christian nation” in name only regardless of how much devotion is being displayed. “Love thy neighbor as you love thyself” has never been in play meaningfully.
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Maninistis says:
April 29, 2016 at 3:52 am
Finally an admission that Christianity has nothing to do with the ‘situation’. The Phil behaves as a Complex Adoptive System that has been allowed to evolve without guidance from govt, using feedback. Tribal society dynamics work at the local level as a complex adoptive system, albeit with local feedback as guidance. Cell phones allow “tribal values and feedback” to be applied across the country, at near-instantaneous speeds. Insisting that a society adhere to “Christianity” while it elects a “unchristian – like” candidate or conducts the Holocaust is not going to work. It has been said that the Holocaust produced a country of people who knew what they were doing was wrong, but that it was the “Thing to believe in, the thing to do” given the socioeconomic realities of their time. We sit at our desks (like priests in pulpits) and pontificate upon the electorate (the majority of whom live in less than ideal socioeconomic conditions outside of NCR) telling them what issues they should be worried about. They are just looking out for themselves since no one else does(It took 3 generations and modern telephony technology). And this is how a complex adoptive system works. A people who are oppressed by intent or neglect will do something about it. Eventually. Just because they are slow to do so in no way predicts that they will never act. Their delay just makes us more surprised and disconcerted when the day comes. Contributing to ‘our’ surprise is the fact that ‘we’ in our offices, are in the “can’t see the size or dangers in the forest due to the density of the trees”. (This mainly affects those who suffer from “affluenza” while growing up in gated communities, who never played patintero in the dust of the school yard).
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Marc Gamora says:
April 29, 2016 at 2:18 am
A very good read!
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Mark Torres says:
April 29, 2016 at 12:38 am
The poor have found a way to express their outrage at the way BS Aquino treated them under his presidency.
A Duderte vote is a vote against BS Aquino.
The other three candidates have connections with Aquino.
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Saul says:
April 29, 2016 at 12:04 am
I beg to disagree that we are a Christian country. we are just a professing Christian country but not believing Christians. true Christians do not worship idols.
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neil mcnally says:
April 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm
TRUE.Also..i have lived 70+ years,and have found that most if not all christians do NOT love everyone.
sui sen says:
April 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm
The Philippines is NOT a Christian nation…it is a secular democratic country. There is no role /part/involvement of religion in any government function…clear and simple. Yes Philippines has a big Christian population but we are as a nation, uphold the separation of religion and state. To use a flawed argument to attack mayor Duterte only shows your desperation and the people behind you…shame…but then again why would someone feel shame when spinning and spreading black propaganda is his bread and butter?
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neil mcnally says:
April 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm
How come whenever i visit a government office i often see jesus christ and other religious propaganda staring at me..as well as unsmiling staff!!??


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