In just a few short months Duterte’s presidency has gone from full of hope, to blood bath, to ineffective, to downright incompetent and ridiculous. Thus condemning the Philippines to another term of drudgery, that will see the country fall even further behind the rest of the world.
Sure you can cite the impressive growth rate of the country’s GDP as progress, but the growth has been there for a long time. The dysfunctional system remains in decline.
As the months go by it becomes more evident that Duterte has very few strings to his problem solving bow. His grand plans have been met with a reality check that you have to be good at solving problems to make progress. Unfortunately Duterte’s problem solving thought process does not go beyond “I’ll kill you!”
So I just wanted to recap the groups that he has threatened so far. There is an obvious trend here, and if any of you are not sick of hearing this stuff already then I bet that you will be before his term is done.
We all know about the war on drugs, the scourge of the four million drug addicts, the duty Duterte has to his country… yada, yada… bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. The threats here are well known. With the campaign obviously not working he then just asked all the drug addicts to stay home.
More Drug Addicts
Then we have the massive failure in police discipline that anyone smarter than a house brick could see coming. Duterte is undeterred!
It’s not working buddy. Time to roll those pebbles around in that head of yours and find some new ideas.
In the fallout Duterte had to recount a condition he laid out for an NBI appointment where agents would be killed if work gets messy.
Perhaps they should be made to do push ups instead?
To the mayors around the country involved in the drug trade, especially those on his notoriously inaccurate hit lists.
Then of course the media. For someone who talks so tough he gets a bit whiney when someone disagrees with him.
Human Rights Activists
Remember he doesn’t like being criticized…
In one of his most publicised ramblings:
From the same rant there was a more amusing line that didn’t get the same media attention
“You United Nations, you do not know how to diplomacy. You do not know how to behave to be an employee of the United Nations.”
Ok, so he hasn’t threatened to kill anyone here. I still wanted it on the list though for the pure comedy value.
To the country’s billionaires regarding paying their taxes:
To those who were engaging in the dodgy employment practice known as contractualisation:
He just had to throw in that last part. He may have being president confused with being god.
American Drug Addicts
And finally, putting words in the new US President’s mouth and threatening all drug users in the USA.
Did you notice the common thread here? Well there are two. The overuse of death threats is obvious, the other is that none of these underlying problems have been solved yet.
The threats are not working buddy. Time to roll those pebbles around in that head of yours and find some new ideas.
The national embarrassment continues. But what do you expect when you elect a former prosecutor, who has openly admitted to planting evidence and who’s view of the law allows killing as long as there is a good reason:
“When was it a crime to say ‘I will kill you’ in protecting my country? When did saying ‘if you harm my country and my children, I will kill you’ become a crime?’ My God!” he said.”
The most troubling aspect of all this is that Duterte himself genuinely thinks he is doing good for the Philippines. He is not and history will judge him in a similar ilk to his idol Ferdinand Marcos.
Update: Rather than write a whole article as a follow up i thought i would just add in the latest. The public have now been put on notice that corrupt police are likely to start turning up dead… More attempts at just killing off problems that brings us closer to the tipping point where a revolt against Duterte is likely.