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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

 


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THREE days before the recent elections in the Philippines, John Oliver, the British political satirist on television, “baptized” then candidate Rodrigo Duterte (now President-elect) as “Trump of the East” because, like the Republican presumptive standard-bearer, Mr. Duterte is also a tough-talker and foul-mouthed.

Despite the mouth of Mr. Duterte, however, 38 percent of the 56 million Filipino voters gave him the benefit of the doubt.

They entrusted to him the presidency of their country for the next six years.

(Note that 62 percent of the Filipino electorates did not vote for Mr. Duterte.)

It seems his “ex-future” best friend and spiritual adviser Pastor Apollo Quiboloy was able to convince Filipinos it was not the mouth of Duterte, but corruption, criminality and poverty which were the problems of the Philippines.

Less than two weeks after he earned the title of “President-elect,” and after announcing on television that he had forgotten the bitterness of the election campaign, it seems the presidency is going to Mr. Duterte’s head.

First, he left out the person who he claimed his longtime friend and who dreamt of his becoming president 18 years ago.

And who lent him a private jet during the campaign.

Second, after eating durian inside a candy store in Davao City last weekend, he started to lambaste the Catholic Church and the Catholic bishops for going against him in the last elections.

Then, jokingly said, he was intoxicated by durian.

At one point, he cursed the Catholic bishops pointedly with his patented “putang ina!”

After castigating the bishops for issuing a pastoral letter discouraging Catholics from voting for him, he cursed, “Putang Ina ninyo!”

I hope the incoming leader of Filipinos did not mean it literally but, rather, as mere expression of disappointment.

But, I thought, he said earlier he had forgotten the negatives of the campaign season, and that it was time to move on.

Mr. Duterte even called on the attention of his election opponents saying, “Let’s be friends.”


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Evangelist Apollo Quiboloy (left), leader of the religious group Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name, said he understands that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (right) is busy preparing for the presidency.  (File photo)


I think Mr. Duterte crossed the line this time around.

Coming from a president-to-be, such cursing of senior church leaders of the religion of 80 percent of the country’s population is disgusting, to say the least.

It was an utter show of disrespect.

Reminds us of Joel Osteen’s preaching last Sunday.

The globally popular television preacher talked about bad words that could leave hurt in a person for a long, long time.

Like what we used to hear from our parents, he advised that if we are angry and not sure of what we will say, it is better to keep quiet.

Step back, calm down, and control your mouth.

Because we could release one or two irresponsible words in two seconds, but its negative impact could last for many years, preached Osteen.

In the absence of constructive dialogue, like we predicted in last week’s issue, the next six years will be rough sailing for the Catholic Church in the Philippines in relation to Mr. Duterte being president.


Duterte of the West (Donald Trump)


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The British satirist Oliver missed half of the story when he only made reference to President-elect Duterte as “Trump of the East.”

We will balance the story by calling Mr. Trump, “Duterte of the West.”

We will try to be specific in pointing out the similarities between the two.
 
What are those similarities?

And differences?

1. Both are bad-mouthed and tough-talkers. Both have “I don’t give a damn” attitude whoever gets hurt. However, Mr. Trump does not curse unlike Mr. Duterte.

2. Both think they are the God-sent saviors of their respective countries. Mr. Trump says he will make America great again. Mr. Duterte promised “pagbabago.” (change). Both believe they are the only ones who could do what they are promising.

3. Both have issues with women.

4. Both are fond of making sweeping generalizations, which are attractive to listeners, but unscientific and make unintelligent premises.

5. Both have issues with Pope Francis.

6. Both don’t have clear programs, but have supposed solutions.

7. Both are seen as politically risky, but just the same, voters like them.

8. Both are unpredictable and unconventional.

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