What do you think about the Philippines' President Duterte?

What do you think about the Philippines' President Duterte?
As we all know, the Philippines' current president is very harsh and sometimes even use curse words to other foreign people such as the international medias and famous individuals. With that being said, many international people hate President Duterte specially with his ongoing 'War on Drugs' in the Philippines. I personally don't hate the man. I believe what he is doing is the right thing since the Philippines has and always been swarmed with dangerous drugs from different cartels and suppliers specially from other parts of the world.

How about you? What's your take on President Duterte?


I support him all the way. The Philippine and the Philippine government needs cleansing from the inside out. Him as a man of action, he is the right person to do that. Using profanity is common with Filipinos so it's no big deal if the president is just acting naturally.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 07-19-2017
But aren't presidents supposed to act proper? Common people swearing does not justify him swearing. You wouldn't swear at your boss on your workplace right? Swearing is only acceptable on informal conversations.
Posted by airfightermax on 07-20-2017
You have a point there airfightermax but I guess we'll just have to live with that. As what Neiltarquin said, it is common for us and as long as President Duterte is doing his job, there is no problem with that. After all, we knew he does that but yet we still voted for him. That means we accepted him and we are desperate. ;)
Posted by galegatling on 07-20-2017
That he uses naughty words is irrelevant. His policies are profoundly anti-humanist. He behaves erratically. He puts people to death for relatively menial offenses. And the nativist tone that follows from your argument, "cleanse", is disturbing. Show me any society in which behaving monstrously and eradicating "undesirables" has lead to an increase in personal liberty. Show me any society in which such dictatorial power has directly lead to an increase in democratic governance.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-21-2017
There's a lot of hate on Duterte for the War on Drugs and other innocent people being killed and called off as "collateral damages". I personally think that if you want to make an omelet, then you have to break a few eggs. Duterte was not who I voted for anyway, but I don't regret that he's the President now. I believe he is much more capable than the rest of his competitors at the time. I think people should be less offended, the war on drugs may not be for everyone but it works for those whose lives have been ruined due to drugs.
Posted by arachnophobik on 07-19-2017
Even on other countries there are collateral damages. We should not exclude the Philippines just because of that. Remember that the Philippines is a poor country so that is expected to have such side effects or damages.
Posted by galegatling on 07-20-2017
I find it unconscionable that you so flippantly pass this off as "breaking eggs". Would you be so pragmatic if it were your family or friends? I think anyone with half a brain could say drug abuse is a poor behavior with unpleasant consequences for the individual and their community. But so many addicts are the product of medical addiction due to prescribed painkillers for very real, and very significant medical problems. It would be convenient if you could simply throw them away as a "bad element who won't be missed", but those are human beings in a world where ethics really are not black and white. This nativist "others" narrative is highly invocative of Nazi propaganda. It has no place on the tongues of a people who support reason, education, and democratic process.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-21-2017
The drug war in the Philippines has destroyed many lives and families. Their people are fed up. President Duterte is crude, but it's necessary to make any headway. I don't live in the Philippines, I just know what I read (which isn't always the truth). A lot of people think the threat is him and not the drugs. Some people are upset because he extended the martial law. The drug situation is bad everywhere, particularly in the Philippines.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-19-2017
You are right. You should not always believe on the news. :) You should ask US, the ones who are living and feeling the effect of whatever is mentioned on the international news. Hmmm I'll tell you something, after all of the Martial Laws that happened in our country, this is the first time that a Martial Law has become so peaceful and so fun. Tourists can even take selfies and eat together with the army. Also, people before Duterte regime were very scared to walk freely at night because of the kidnappers and snatchers etc. But now? Anyone can walk even if you are bring precious things. That's because those criminals already know what the President can do. Although there are still streets and places that are not secured, but we are getting there.
Posted by galegatling on 07-20-2017
I have liked him on his early days on the seat but now I don't really know anymore. He tends to rant about things that's not even the topic. I like that he wants change in the Philippines but I do not agree with his methods. There are much better ways to approach the problems the Philippines is facing and his ways are not really something I could agree with.
Posted by airfightermax on 07-19-2017
Yeah. I guess that's just how he is. But at least though he is getting things done specially on his war on drugs. Unlike the previous presidents, sure they have made some arrests throughout their administration but those are only minor arrests and they are not even focusing on that.
Posted by galegatling on 07-21-2017
His media coverage in the Western world is quite negative so I have only heard bad things about him. The thing that he is most known for where I live is that he encourages civilians to kill drug dealers with no legal repercussions. Personally, I think this is a bit extreme because even murderers and other criminals get their day in court and I don't really understand why a drug dealer can just be killed on the spot based on what an individual civilian, and not a judge, decides. I don't know how accurate this information is because the media can be quite sensationalist and although it seems necessary to take the drug problem in the Philippines more seriously, I'm not sure if his policies are the best way to go about this issue.
Posted by lilac123 on 07-19-2017
That is why you should never trust whatever you hear or see on the news unless the President tells it. I mean, like what you have said that the he encourages civilians to kill drug addicts or dealers. Not totally true and that is taken out of context. What he said was, not his exact words but with the same thought, if you (civilians) encounter drug addicts, you can immediately report them to the authorities. But if your life is in danger because of them, do not hesitate to kill them if it means saving your life. I wish I could tell you more. I guess you'll just have to live in the Philippines to know what exactly is happening. By the way, he now has 82 or 85% approval rate being President of the Philippines. How much Trump has? How much do other presidents in the world have? That just means that people are safe and people love him.
Posted by galegatling on 07-20-2017
He's a fascist. He murders people for mundane crimes. He bullies the people around him. His ego is larger than Trump's, and that's really saying something. His rule has been so ineffectual that he could not keep ISIS from taking over a meaningful swath of his country. He is, by any standard measure, an abject failure as a political leader, and a repulsive human being lacking in even the most basic ethical integrity. God save the Philippines!
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-19-2017
I don't know what to tell you. I just hope that before giving a comment, you should first check if whatever you are saying is true. So you'd rather bomb the hell out of a city where there are potential civilians, kids and senior citizens, just to keep ISIS out of your country? Good thinking. Also, that is your opinion versus the 82% approval rate that he has. His rules have made people stay out at night because they now feel safe. His rules have removed most of the corrupt politicians and government personnels specially at the customs department. His rules have confiscated the highest amount of drugs in the history of the Philippines. His rules has made more than 1 million drug addicts surrender. I can do this all day. But I really appreciate your opinion though. Cheers. :)
Posted by galegatling on 07-20-2017
I have no ethical responsibility to defend claims I didn't make, nor have I any responsibility to be shoehorned into your false dichotomies which are suspiciously convenient to the narrative you are trying to force. You have to make an ethical choice here. You have to decide if murdering people who are inconvenient to you is okay. Part of that choice means accepting that if one day YOU are the inconvenient party that you will willingly submit to your own slaughter for the good of the nation. I find it reprehensible that you are eager to be rid of some, quick to demonize a convenient scapegoat. You have lost the lessons of history. If in removing monsters from your society you have ceded your basic humanity such that you've become monsters through committing monstrous acts, then what exactly have you accomplished? In the absolute best light, a light that is as cynically detached from reality as one can possibly be, you can only call that a waste of energy. You already had monsters.

The heartless slaughter of people you disagree with is nothing to be happy about. It's genocide. It's what Hitler did.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-21-2017
Thanks for your opinion. :) Much appreciated!
Posted by galegatling on 07-21-2017
The reports that I have heard of Duerte via US news media and from Filipino citizens who are right there experiencing his administration first hand, paint a sad and hopeless picture for the future of the Philippines. The first complaint was about his strong-armed handling of the country's crime problems related to the criminals profiting from illegal drug sales. The second complaint was that he is allying himself with the wrong countries and when history is recorded for posterity, “his story” may not be so pretty! Forget about foreign news reporting agencies. But it's not good when you hear more citizens of a country complaining about their leader than praising him.

I'm American. I should know! I hear far more complaints about our president, Donald Trump, than I hear people admiring him for his leadership skills. People have even taken to complaining about his kids! That is not a good thing!

Looking from a distance at Duerte? I don't know what to think! (O.o)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-19-2017
I believe that a world leader needs to be strong. Sometimes that strength makes a few enemies and there is nothing we can do about it. Someone in a leadership position needs to crack a few skulls every once in a while in order to keep a country (Especially a troublesome one like Philipinnes) under control. So yes I approve of his methods.
Posted by Marvadaum on 07-19-2017
The fight that he faces is not evil at all, since the Filipinos have always been full of drugs and crime, but his measures are not quite correct and his attitude less, he thinks to end everything quickly regardless of the means used in the process.
Posted by Deathisue on 07-19-2017
yeah, I do not agree with his ways of doing things AT ALL. He is going for ways that have been proven to be not working years ago. I do not know while he is pursuing these practices but, I hope he wakes up and understands that what he is doing is not working.
Posted by airfightermax on 07-20-2017
I have to admit that I don't really follow him but we do have some news about him and the large majority are all negative. I actually can't recall our reporters mentioning anything positive... I remember that he is quite brutal and offensive with his words and statements. He seems far from an ideal president.

However, if I truly wanted to judge him and his actions I would have to live in the Philippines. Everything else is just an outsiders opinion.
Posted by Mehano on 07-20-2017
Right. But I guess we can't really have an ideal president after all. Each one has it's own characteristic and attitude, even us. That's just how they do things. Let us just hope that they are always thinking and doing things for the better good.
Posted by galegatling on 07-21-2017
I actually didn't vote for Duterte. So, when he emerged the winner, I told myself, Let's see what he can do those others haven't done. So, when he went on war with Drugs, I was all the way supporting him. He was the first President to really deal with this problem and I am so much in support on this. Some said that other persons were innocent yet got killed. On the first place, the authorities don't just believe what other told them about a person said to be involved in drug peddling. They studied their activities, their whereabouts and their way of life first. So when they do the arrest, they are sure already that he is indeed involved in drugs. And this is the issue is said to be an extrajudicial killing. For me, they are not. They are necessary to protect the authorities from being shot by the said person. I am in support to President Duterte. His mouth maybe foul sometimes, but he makes sense when he speaks.
Posted by SimplyD on 07-20-2017
I am not a fan of President Duterte and I'm not a detractor either. I just look and be honest with myself on what I see in him. He has the popularity so that is already an advantage because he always gain the public opinion as if he couldnt' do wrong. And he is a worker and a practical president unlike others who subscribe to theories. Duterte acts on what is needed. On the downside, Duterte has a machine gun mouth that spills invectives. He curses and say unsavory remarks. He is so brutally frank that his enemies are scared of him. Overall, he is a good president compared with the others before him.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-20-2017
Ever since I am already on Dutertes side. I believe in his idea that eliminating drugs is the only way to make our country back to normal. He's the only person for me that really do actions, unlike other presidents who just keep spitting words but not doing any single moves. It's like making a promise that is made to be broken lol. Let's give him a chance because little by little I believe he can fulfill his dream to make our country better and clean just like what he did to his community in Davao, Philippines.
Posted by mcbryan080990 on 07-20-2017
Duterte has some positives and negatives going for him (just like any other president). Here's what I think are his positives:

  • He is ruthless when it comes to criminals but is compassionate for those who are good.
  • He has a sense of humor.
  • He is smart and cunning.
  • He is like a father figure. He knows how to take care of his people.
  • Made a lot of good promises
But then we go to the cons:

  • His humor can be twisted and may go the wrong way at times.
  • He is a womanizer (which sets a bad example)
  • He loves to use swear words (which again is a bad example)
  • He changes his mind a lot (at one point, he's saying this, then you'll see him doing the other)
  • Lots of his promises haven't been realized yet.
These are only based on my observations and may or may not be true.
Posted by limberg on 07-23-2017
Indeed! Good observations! Most of them are true. I don't really follow him that much. I just based my informations on the posts on social media and testimonies of other people which is 95% of the time are very accurate. I agree about his change of mind. That is I think the main reason why some people don't fully trust him.
Posted by galegatling on 07-23-2017
I may have heard his name, but I knew nothing of the President before this discussion, if he is putting people to death for minor offenses, he sounds like a dictatator to me. I find that appalling. That is far worse than using a few curse words.I mean really?? to death??
Posted by kgord on 07-24-2017
How can you believe killing people is right? He is responsible for murdering many people who were just suspected of having something to do with drugs. Would you still support him if someone you know was murdered without having a trial because of a simple suspicion?? He's a heinous man and choosing him for a president shows that people in the Philippines aren't mature enough to have a peaceful leader.
Posted by reginafalange on 07-25-2017
Alright, let's say he's killing criminals and that's good. However... Where is the line drawn?

You start killing criminals, then you evolve into calling your opposition criminals, therefore you get to kill them. Where is the line drawn? Countries do not need a father figure, they do not need someone all-powerful that dictates who lives and who dies.

Philippines is making a mistake, I believe. I hope I'm wrong.
Posted by VintageRose on 08-02-2017
The main thing is that as far as he is following the rules and regulation of his country to the letter in order to bring about good justice then there is nothing bad about his action of punishment. But i will advise him not to use abusive language on his citizens or foreigners, so as not to give himself a bad image.
Posted by babyright on 08-23-2017
I loved our president, though many black propaganda's spreading around the country. He only do, for the best of our country, no man would dare, such incredible performance, to end the bad omen of the country. Drug lords doing their best, just to destroy duterte's reputation, but his popularity was too high. He understood, how poor people wanted, and their needs. I was full of joy, when he win, the election las month. He even surpass, the four previous president, if you combine the two, they were out performance by duterte. His enemy fund many black propaganda, and rallies just to take him out of position, but he always prevail.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-27-2017
I can't say certainly but aside from the one who is impeached, he will probably be the second worst in terms of being knowledgeable to be the President of the country as I quite can't understand how he's been acting or leaning towards unorthodox approach on governing. He certainly has the most simple way to deal with a current problem of the country that a good point though but I can't say he's really knowledgeable in governing the whole country by the manner he speaks to them. Feels like we've made him the President for us to obey his rules but it should be the other way round. He must listen to the voice of the many Filipino and the large portion of that are the poor to poorest citizens by which had to turn to dealing drugs just to get by. Lots of people died on that campaign against war he was promoting but I can't say for sure if he's dealing with the right people cause most of those personalities who died are just small time drug dealers or users and I haven't seen a major drug dealer or cartel who've been caught by the police.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 09-06-2017
It's difficult for a foreigner to criticize the leader. For instance, Americans might say he's too tough on drugs, but the Phillippine leader could simply point out massive faults in the US justice system. Note this whole scene is similar to those ESL teachers in Korea who condemn Koreans as racist and sexist - when many in the US and other western nations are the same. So in the end, it all seems like hypocrisy.
Posted by jyy on 09-08-2017
i support him i saw his some media interview i think it is just his way of style to interact with people he is very true to his feelings that's way he cursed. also he act consistently in the problems here in the Philippines even thou sometimes he is over reacting, but he knows what he is doing.
Posted by tophew on 09-09-2017
I a believer of President Duterte The good thing about Duterte that it is clear that he loves Philippines and his people so much. I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt that all his statements whether good or bad have come from a deep longing for genuine and lasting change to happen in his country. Country like Philippines needs a strong leader, not corrupt leader and good public servant to his people. Whether or not you agree with his methods, his war on drugs comes from his desire to save the future of the youth and to make sure that Philippines does not become a narco-state.
Posted by honeybabe on 09-12-2017
Where we are outside the Philippines, we are going t charge their president harshly or even hate him. What we all should understand it the people of that country that voted him in office legally. I have admired him in the fight against drugs in that country, the Philippines has been a major transit route for the illegal drugs trade and if he is going to destroy the drugs menace there then his methods will have worked for the better of his country.
Posted by williamk on 09-12-2017
I'm from the Philippines and I like President Duterte amongst who have been president of our country. Yes he speaks harshly, but he is sincere in his advocates to the Filipino people. People from other countries and some Filipinos see President Duterte as not good President and don’t like him. But President Duterte is the only President that has many accomplishments in a short period of time compared to former presidents. He is the only president that abolished illegal activities inside of the biggest prison in our country. He is the only president that built a place for women who have been drug users before. He is the only president who able to reveal big people behind illegal drugs including some authorities and government officials. For other people he is not good but for most Filipino people he really is a good president.
Posted by vhinz on 10-15-2017
I think that he's really doing a good job if we're comparing it to the previous president that we ever had. He definitely lessens all those criminals, especially those who are connected to drugs. Imagine, if there are no drug addicts, that will definitely lessen the rape, robbery, killings in our country. Hope that the death penalty resumes here so anyone who's considering to commit crimes, they'll think twice. Our world needs to balance. We're overpopulated now since there are lots of people born each hour than losing one. To balance, at least we should eliminate all those criminals since they've done nothing but to ruin other people's lives.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-13-2017
I think his harsh tactics will come back to bite him one day. Some raid will go wrong and after a few innocents die he will have to answer for that somehow. I think he is right to target drug criminals and syndicates but his methods lower him somewhat to their level.
Posted by NickJ on 11-18-2017
I don't know this president that we'll and irrespective of the fact that there are claims he does this or that, we have to show some kind of respect to him in a way that we should desire too. Such respect is what is going to foster unity and love among us and not hate to other nations. I'm of the opinion that he is just a person that can easily get annoyed and nothing more.
Posted by Barida on 12-23-2017
President Duterte at least has done something. Yes he uses swear words but at least he is doing what a president should be doing. I believe that he is also not a corrupt peraon, he strongly hates corruption.

I remember that one article that I read on the internet, it was during the thyphoon Yolanda that hits Philippines so bad. A lot of people offer their help including some foreigners. A foreigner said to the one that wrote the article, that people of the Philippines should not vote for that one man (pointing to the man who was just sitting on the tent and do nothing but answer to the interviews of media). That was a politician who was a current senator that time and was rumored to running for preaidency. Then the foreigner said this "people should be voting for someone like him (pointing to a man at his old age, who is busy assisting the wounded and giving some food to the victims). The article writer said that it was President Duterte (who was a mayor of Davao that time) who the foreigner was pointing to. It was just a single gesture that shows how President Duterte care for the people.

I personally do not like him using swear words. But i would rather have a president like him who truly cares for his people than those who uses sweet words but not doing the right thing as president.
Posted by lei08pineda on 07-22-2018
I think the man is doing a great job in peace and order. Many people think that he so brutal or something, but when you see results and surveys the results are quite significant. Although he had some issues like human rights and other things, overall his administration is doing great in terms of the general public approval.
Posted by fishbate on 08-04-2018
I think the issue of human rights is just being used by civic groups to push their own agenda at the expense of the president. We were really surprised with the hordes of arrested drug users and drug dealers every day. Take note that is every day just like catching fish in a pond. I didn’t know that there are too many people who are involved with illegal drugs. It is good for the president to eradicate that problem.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-20-2018
It's either you hate him or you love him. He's out of the box. He's not the usual politician you will see who's prim and proper and very cautious not to offend the public. But for me, I find distaste as well for his unwholesome and tactless speech. However, I will take a foul-mouthed man at any time but who has the political will to lead the nation than a prim and proper man who has no backbone. He was relentless in addressing and combatting the problems of the country that have plagued its people for a long time.
Posted by Chinet23 on 08-25-2018
I have heard a lot about it. And I am starting to respect that. I can tell you that Philippines will surely change if takes strong decision like trump. No need to go liberal and left wing. That way your own culture is going to be preserved. On that note you can see that Philippines is not that bad either.
Posted by overcast on 11-01-2018
Only those who are not from the Philippines does not understand what was really happening. they just rely on news which in fact some of the new are not true. I respect him as a president despite him uttering some bad words in front of the camera. I know he is really true to his self and not just like any other politicians who are too good to be true. He really walk the talk and he really know what was the problem in the Philippines.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 11-17-2018
In his first two years, I would rate him 9/10 because of his drug campaign and in solving the Marawi Siege, Abusayaff - Isis problem. He did a good job in killing off all the Islamic fundamentalists in the country. Basically what he did was a mouse trap offensive. The Isis - Abusayaff and other Islamic fundamentalist groups were led to converged and conquer Marawi City in Mindanao, Philippines, after confirming it, the military closed all possible escape routes, then they bombed and assaulted it for months until every single terrorist was killed. The death toll of civilians was high but I believe that the end justifies the means.

At present he's playing with China, Russia and America and the prize is the West Philippine Sea or what is called the China Sea. He's a brilliant tactician although he's not good with words. He's building a lot of things here roads, bridges and procuring a lot of submarines, tanks, guns and planes from Russia and China while keeping America as an ally. He is basically using the West Philippine Sea as a leverage to get what the country needs from these nations. I'll give him 10/10 for that, the guy has balls of steel. But when it comes to basic goods and services, he is a poor economist. Because the most important thing is to make the masses happy by bringing down the cost of food but what's happening is his people are announcing that its going down but in reality it's going up. That means he's got corrupt people under him which he can't control or he doesn't know what's the real score when it comes to the real prices of basic commodities. For this I give him a rating of 4/10.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-12-2018
Well arguably, he doesn't seem the ideal president. He could be tackless sometimes, he could be rude in speaking his mind. But I could say that he is the president the Philippines right now. The country has reached a stage where it could not be save by conventional measures. His governance is a wake up call to all politicians to actually work their asses off to have visible results for the advancement of the country.
Posted by emiaj55 on 12-13-2018