Best wishes to the Philippines new president, Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte is a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent who began serving as the 16th President of the Philippines on June 30, 2016.
He is the first Mindanaoan president of the country and he has stirred a great deal of controversy at home and abroad. He is brutally honest and he does not pander to political correctness. John Oliver and other foreign media commentators insult him, the criminals fear him but a group of UN technical experts from reputable international civil Service organisations and think tanks have judged Mr. Duterte as the best President during the period under review.
Mr Duterte stepped into the role as president of a country that suffers greatly from poverty, crime and corruption. Since the time of President Marcos, discussions on social and mainstream media say the crime families have re-established themselves and drugs like methamphetamine are wreaking havoc.
As the mayor of Davao in the southern Philippines, he cleaned out crime and corruption with his own hard-line rule reminiscent of late Mr Lee Kuan Yew who cleaned up Singapore and made it into the prosperous state that it is today. So while commentators around the world accuse president Duterte of ruthlessness, civil rights abuses and disrespect for the rule of law, he has the interest of the Filipino population at heart. A country that operates under the governance of criminal gangs and corporations can never function as a civilised society, and it can never know any real peace and prosperity, so this is an opportunity not to be passed by.
The Philippines also has many other problems as a consequence of the majority of people being Catholics and an aggressive Muslim minority in the South who want to take over the country. According to discussions on social and mainstream media. the Catholic Church bleeds the finances of the country and the criminals and Muslims strain the police and military resources while the cumbersome legal processes established by the USA after World War II is slow, cumbersome and ineffective. One of his first moves as president was to increase the salaries of police officers because the police due to their inadequate compensation lived on the poverty line making internal corruption a big problem.
Anyone who negatively judges President Duterte is ignorant and foolish. The criminals who don't surrender and continue to cause harm to the country and its people although functioning from a point of basic survival and ignorance have to be stopped even if it means they die. A great many drug dealers have died already, but the majority of the killings have reportedly been carried out by kingpins within the drug distribution movement, they have been executing their own distributors so that they cannot be testified against.
Many US commentators have been abusing president Duterte for his ways of doing things and yet their own country is one of the biggest drug dealers as well as being the judge, jury and executioner of millions of men, women and children all around the world. So the US and other countries stand out as supreme hypocrites and bigots by speaking up in this way.
Apart from cleaning up the country, the two major challenges faced by the Filipino people are the sluggish economy and the fact that China has just annexed a huge area of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) depriving many thousands of fishermen and their families a right to life.
The Filipino people have no need to suffer as they do and president Duterte is for the people and not for the people who sponge off them. Like all countries, the Philippines has a hard road ahead because the world is ruled by corruption. Everyone should wish president Duterte every success and support him. The US and other countries should take a leaf out of his book and begin take responsibility for their nations.
To form your own opinion, listen to his SONA 2016 speech. This is the 17th Congress convenes in the morning before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address in the afternoon President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will face the public to deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016 at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.