Seguridad ni Duterte

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PNP training by Bavarian State police (source: Hanns-Seidel foundation)

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By Irineo B. R. Salazar

Maraming humahanga kay Rodrigo Duterte. Sa totoo lang, marami talaga siyang nagawa sa Davao, hindi mapagkakaila ito. Pero maraming gustong siya ang maging Presidente, para lumaki raw ang seguridad sa Pilipinas. Maraming krimen ngayon sa Pilipinas, maraming takot, at maraming sawang-sawa na. Pero siya ba ang solusyon? Tignan natin ng mabuti.

Mga nagawa na ng gobyerno

Tignan muna natin ang nagawa na ng gobyerno. Matagal ng tinutulungan ang Pilipinas ng Hanns-Seidel Stiftung sa München para repormahin ang pulis at hustisya. Ang Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung . . .

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You may read the entire article at Irineo’s blog: “Seguridad ni Duterte”

 

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73 Responses to “Seguridad ni Duterte”
  1. Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

    Ang problema kay Duterte ay ito: kung ano ang puno, syang bunga. Maaring benevolent dictator si Duterte, pero hindi tayo nakasisiguro sa mga galamay nya. Sumagot ka nga lang sa Inquirer comments, eh tingnan ko kung makalalabas ka ng buhay. Tinawag pa nga akong kriminal dahil ayaw ko kay Duterte. Ala eh, kung ganyan ang usapan, hindi pwedeng itanim ang punong Duterte sa Malacañang. Times 10,000,000 ang magiging effect ng violation of human rights ng puno. Alam mo naman ang Pilipino, kapag nakatikim ng poder (power) eh sagad to the bones. Panuorin ang Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) para makita ang dark side of man. Mabagal at nakakabwisit ang demokrasya, pero tama lang sa tao, lalo na sa Pilipino. Herd mentality yan.

    • Bakit kaya since 1945, walang direct election ng Presidente ang Alemanya? Dahil ganyan halos din ang nangyari dito. Nanggaling ang Alemanya sa Pangalawang Imperyo na from 1871-1918, natalo sa gyera at naging Weimar Republic. Ginulo ang Weimar Republic ng mga dating loyalist ng Emperor sa militar, ng mga tabloid na hawak ng isang mayaman na oligarko na si Hugenberg, at ng mga taong may herd mentality. Sadsad sa hirap sila noon, ignorante pa ang mga tao sa demokrasya, tumaas ang mga krimen noon 1920s…

      Sino ang nakita nilang tagaligtas. Isang taga-South at ang partido niya. Nagsimula ang National Socialist German Workers Party o Nazi sa Bavaria, sa Munich… kung saan ako nakatira ngayon. Marami sa kanilang galit sa Imperial Berlin noong una… dito sa Bavaria karamihan Katoliko mababa ang tingin ng mga Protestanteng nasa Norte sa kanila pati sa kanilang dialect… maraming mga maton na ni-recruit si Hitler para guluhin ang mga kalye, mga Sturmabteilung (SA) na napakabrutal at herd mentality, kung sino ang may ayaw sa kanila binubugbog nila sa kalye. Pati pulis madalas na kasali. Iyong mismong Bavarian State Police ni-recondition nila after the war, kaya they are the best to teach the PNP how to become a modern democratic police force – in fact Pope’s visit and APEC proved it…

    • Ganyan din ang naranasan ko sa isang FB group, abay pinagtulungan ba naman ako ng ilan sa kanila…kriminal daw ba ako kaya ayaw ko kay Duterte. asus na, hay naku pa

    • wangad says:

      tulad ni pnoy benevolent leader pero maraming malevolent kasama sa paglelead. ang galamay ang nakakasira sa ulo ng samahan. walang perfectong tao, lahat may pagkukulang. ako, ikaw, sila at kayo, lahat may pagkukulang. kung ginawa ng Maykapal ang perfectong nilikha. may saya at lungkot ba, may tama at mali ba, may ginhawa o sarap ba. nasa tao na ang pagpupuno ng pagkukulang. kaya nga tayo binigyan ng utak para tayo makapag-isip. pero sa pinas sa botohan walang isipan, ang yumayanig ay KWARTA, POPULARIDAD at TAKOT. noong una maraming maprincipyong tao dahil nasa ibaba sila, ng sila ay na sa position na makapagbabago at nasa itaas, nawala ang pagka prinsipyo dahil ayaw na nilang mabalik sa pangkaraniwan. ito ang gulong ng buhay…ginhawa tapos hirap tapos ginhawa…hirap, taas. baba. hay buhay lulubog lilitaw.

  2. Bing Garcia says:

    The BBL can help curb the spread of extremism in Mindanao, National Security Council Director-General Cesar Garcia, Jr. said, pointing out that “the Bangsamoro government would be able to help moderate Islamic leaders to counter the ideology of radicalism being promoted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and steer the Muslim community away from ISIS influence”.

    • BFD says:

      But first, let them define first what the Sharia law is…. it’s vague even to them… with different interpretations depending who is interpreting…

  3. HighFive says:

    Sa dami ng nagpahayag ng kandidatura sa pagkapangulo sa ating bansa, bakit hindi lahat nabibigyan ng individual na attention ng media ang bawat pangalan nila at ang layunin nila para sa bayan. Upang sa ganun marami ang mapagpipilian ng mga botante.

  4. inquirercet says:

    ever wonder why duterte supporters never use statistics to support his anti-crime persona?

    maybe this will clear thing up:

    davao’s monthly total crime per 100,000 population for 2011 is 45.7 (multiplied by 12, that is 548.4 crimes per year per 100,000 people in the city)

    http://www.nscb.gov.ph/ru11/PRODUCTS/factsheet/2012/FS01-RD11-2012f%20march%2030-crime%20stats.pdf

    NCR yearly total crime per 100,000 population for 2010 is 407.5

    http://www.nscb.gov.ph/secstat/d_safety.asp

    • So it means, there are more crimes in Davao than in NCR…so what are the Duterte supporters gloating about? Makes you think about media spin, and swallowed HLS by his supporters.

      • inquirercet says:

        exactly mary grace, media coverage/exaggeration or the lack of it affects crime perception.

        • Marie says:

          I think voters are inspired by the mere headlines and soundbites he continues to drop the last few months.

          I can’t blame an average Filipino who faces the threat of crime and inequality on a daily basis thinking he can clean up the country in one stroke.

          But given a few months tp think and read up on him- I hope he cannot sustain his popularity.

  5. john c. jacinto says:

    Nakakatakot at malaking banta sa demokrasya at rule of law ang Duterte sa Malakanyang. Sira ang tuktok ng mamang yan at walang batas-batas sa kanya. Huwag niyang sabihing nagbibiro lamang siya sa kanyang mga binitiwang salita; mas higit ngang nakakabuwisit ang ganun dahil wala kang mapanghahawakan na palabra sa kanya. Dapat siguro ay sa mental hospital gawing pangulo si Duterte, harinawang tumino ang mga siraulo dun gaya nya.

    • Mga supporter niya, akala nila siya ang huling makakaligtas… parang Hitler, our last hope…

      iyong mga bataan ni Mang Dolpong Hitler na Sturmabteilung (Storm Division) ang nanindak sa taongbayan para mapunta siya sa poder. Karamihan basagulero…

      Kung saan papunta pa lang ang Pilipinas, pabalik na ang Alemanya.

    • @ john c. jacinto

      I posted you above comment in various FB groups. maganda kasi tagalog. I generated a lot of likes.

  6. jameboy says:

    Tama lang si Duterte sa Davao City. The people there deserved him. Tama lang na maghari-harian si Duterte sa ciudad niya at wala na tayong magagawa do’n. Pero para tumakbong presidente, iba nang usapan ‘yan.

    Hindi porke’t kaya mong pumatay o nakapatay ka na ng tao e pwede ka ng presidente. Hindi porke’t kaya mong magbanta (threaten) at manakit o manira dahil sa tingin mo e mas mataas ka sa batas e pwede ka ng maging pangulo. Hindi porke’t makapangyarihan ka e dadaanin mo na lang lahat sa pwersa at pananakot masunod lang ang gusto mo.

    Hindi natin kailangan ang isip-pulbura. Ang kailangan natin e epektibong sistema na makatao at maka-Pilipino.

    Hindi maka-demonyo. 👹

  7. If you are looking for action, come over to the FB Learning Center page.

    I am on my way to Berlin, to the Heneral Luna premiere – DDS doon ninyo ako hanapin…

  8. Bing Garcia says:

    In their open letter, the peace panels claimed that “from this global lens, the Philippine peace process on the Bangsamoro has earned the support of the international community for providing a model whereby an Islamic movement can find redress of its grievances through a civilized and democratic process, within the country’s territorial integrity and constitutional framework”.

  9. Mami Kawada Lover says:

    I’ve been engaging with Duterte supporters recently. I don’t mean to offend any of them, and I’m not going to generalize, but a number of those I’ve talked to give arguments that are very similar to the ones given by Marcos loyalists. When their arguments are questioned, they can resort to name-calling or ad hominems. I have also observed that some Duterte supporters have said that they don’t really care about human rights or due process as long as “crime goes down”. And perhaps even sadder, many of his supporters say that “the Philippines is not ready for democracy” or “democracy has failed the Philippines”. Really? They’re willing to give up even basic human rights just for a single goal: to lower crime? That’s very short-sighted, in my opinion.

  10. caliphman says:

    Just a short but very significant comment about Duterte.

    The first is that the Pulse Asian private poll is demonstrably rigged but it seems like everyone has been so caught up in Duterte surging to the lead and his controversial reentering the race, no one caught the virtual impossibility of the poll results.

    Take a very close look at the prior and full PA poll in September which was more or less corroborated by the SWS having roughly similar results.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3b9qPFV1cRDVnFxLTRjNUptZ2s/view?pli=1

    The breakout for the NCR for the top 4 are as follows:
    GP 26%, B 22%, Dut 21%, R 11% Total 80%

    Private PA NCR results just released:
    GP 26%, B 22%, Dut 34%, R 11%. Total 93%

    So by some incredible coincidence, aside from Duterte the other 3 top candidates got identical percentages as they did in the September full survey. Which means to say because the grand total has to be 100%, Duterte in a month scooped up all for himself 13 percentage points from whatever was left from the rest of the field. What makes this even more unlikely is that Miriam supposedly also grabbed from what little was left 3% because her numbers doubled to 6%!

    The same incongruous and incredible results can be shown by analyzing the huge jump in poor class results the private poll shows for Duterte. He shows an increase from 16 to 34% in class D whereas the other 4 contenders including Miriam combined picked up 1% implying that Duterte picked up 18 percentage points from the very small undecided and very small also rans!

    Note to Pulse Asia, private results may look more plausible if other top contenders do not show the exact same results as the previous poll and big jumps for one candidate can be explained other than by very small percentages of whomever was left out

    Maybe Joe’s friend, NHerrera can post a table that summarizes these magical results more clearly to our less numbers-inclined friends.

    • NHerrera says:

      I just read this. Thanks caliphman for pointing out those numbers. The phrase “incredible coincidence” seems appropriate. Magical numbers indeed. It does seem to rhyme with the saying — we have lies, da… lies, and statistics. Give me time to mull over this. If I don’t come out with anything your notes do not need elaboration.

      PA seems to owe us some explanation on the coincidence you pointed out.

      • caliphman says:

        Well they also have to explain how it is possible that all the percentages of candidates not incl

        • caliphman says:

          uded in the private survey all chose to vote for Duterte and none for the other top candidates. Bongbong had 7% and Lacson and Estrada had small percentages, so all of these chose Duterte except a few for Miriam??

          • NHerrera says:

            ADDITIONAL NOTE

            For as long as we are talking numbers, the RP-WIDE September results for the four candidates less Santiago (sequenced as in your note above) are:

            GP 26%, B 19%, Dut 16%, R 20%

            The corresponding September NCR results as you have posted above are:

            GP 26%, B 22%, Dut 21%, R 11%

            This is very “creative” if there was manipulation. The IMPRESSION that may be made is that since the RP result is close to the NCR result EXCEPT for Duterte and Roxas, the November NCR result of

            GP 26%, B 22%, Dut 34%, R 11%

            “MAY” ALSO REFLECT, an RP-wide result except for Duterte and Roxas. (But that is just the suspicious me.)

            No further notes from me.

            • Joe America says:

              Giancarlo will provide an interesting perspective (Tuesday’s blog) that to me suggests we ought not worry too much about the polls, but just use them as rough guidelines for right now. The polls that America conducts, called “primaries”, are, on the other hand, completely meaningful.

  11. karl garcia says:

    On facebook I just keep quiet when my fb friends discuss their differences in opinion in their comments about any post about Duterte. There is a segment that really believes in Duterte, not only from Friends and relatives from Davao,but also from NCR.

    • caliphman says:

      Karl, something is definitely not right when one is already feeling intimidated into silence and the subject in question has not been elected into the position of power where he told Rappler’s Ressa: “pero pag nilagay ninyo ako, do not fuck with me.”

      • karl garcia says:

        caliphman,
        for now,I find it hard to go against uncles,aunts,former college professors etc.I just let them exoress theur opinion, maybe next time I post something about Duterte, I will say what I have to say.

        • Joe America says:

          I find this fascination with the two top trolls, Trump and Duterte, to be an amazing statement of the simplicity of voting decisions. Both say things that are offensive to our highest values that hold that people should be treated with respect. Trump would ban Muslims from America and Duterte would kill people without trial, on his say-so. These are the values of Hitler and Marcos, the worst of the worst, and people are attracted to it because they feel the existing system has let them down. Americans are tired of desperate people wanting in to partake of their riches and Filipinos are tired of traffic jams. So they want change. Trump and Duterte stir the passions, and so passion rules over head.

          The premise of democracy is lost on the voters. The premise is education and rational choices.

          Thus, we stand on the brink of oceans of blood strewn across two lands. The blood belongs to our kids. We old farts can just stand back and read our history books and shrug.

          “Been there, done that, but nobody’s listening.”

  12. bauwow says:

    Hi Guys, Solita Monsod wrote a bit on Davao being the safest city in the world. You were right, it was not supported by hard facts or data. Numbeo is crowd sourced lang pala, thus driven by opinion. The rankings can be manipulated as she wrote on her column,

    http://opinion.inquirer.net/90692/talking-about-the-next-president

  13. manangbok says:

    “The beauty of democracy lies not just on its assurance of personal liberties, although that certainly is a large part of the appeal, but also on its proposition that citizens ought to be looking out for each other. It does not put its faith on the benevolence of one person – it puts its faith on the common sense of everyone. It does not imagine a perfect state, and so it is rooted in a reality that people, unlike deities, are prone to make mistakes and should therefore be called out for their bullshit.”

    Nice article from Philippine Star
    http://www.philstar.com/supreme/2015/10/31/1516597/benevolent-dictatorship-possible

    I think Duterte should be called out for his BS.

    And seriously! Filipinos should know better than to clamor for another dictator. Or another “savior” … only we can save ourselves. By looking out for each other.

  14. manangbok says:

    What I REALLY want is a government (elected leaders and the bureaucracy) that will inspire me to do the rights things … or better yet, a government that will make it easy for me to do what is right (i.e. simplifying income tax filing and paying perhaps? putting easy-to-see signages on the street that I can follow … hiring competent airport people who knows how to think critically while doing their jobs … etc etc).

    Is this too much to ask?

  15. My response to a FB commenter (direct message) who did not like that I had equated Duterte to Trump. The commenter claimed I had a “brain full of rats” and should “shut up”.

    “Ah, I see that, like your idol, you fashion yourself an executioner rather than a person who respects human rights like freedom of speech. That’s why I don’t like Duterte. His mouth inspires a lot of little executioners who can do his dirty work for him.”

    Then I elaborated a little later to another commenter . . .

    What is scary is the attitude of his followers. A whole lot of them view themselves as little executioners, and run around insulting and threatening people and telling them to “shut up”. That would become the tenor of the nation. Those are the people he would empower. Not Filipinos who believe in free speech, respect and human rights.

    Then I got the idea down to 140 characters in a tweet, which you are welcome to sottocopy and distribute:

    “Duterte’s mouth seems to inspire little executioners who run around insulting people and telling them to shut up. Welcome to Duterte world.”

    Cayetano said it in a more sophisticated way… that politicians should stop arguing and let Duterte do his job by uniting behind him to fight crime. And telling Leni that Naga’s crime rate is higher than Davao’s and that of Manila is terrible, the latter we have proof here it is not true… well, well.

    • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Little+Hitler

      http://www.economist.com/node/21530945

      DURING the second world war a new term of abuse entered the English language. To call someone “a little Hitler” meant he was a menial functionary who employed what power he had in order to annoy and frustrate others for his own gratification. From nightclub bouncers to the squaddies at Abu Ghraib prison who tormented their prisoners for fun, little Hitlers plague the world. The phenomenon has not, though, hitherto been subject to scientific investigation.

      Nathanael Fast of the University of Southern California has changed that. He observed that lots of psychological experiments have been done on the effects of status and lots on the effects of power. But few, if any, have been done on both combined. He and his colleagues Nir Halevy of Stanford University and Adam Galinsky of Northwestern University, in Chicago, set out to correct this. In particular they wanted to see if it is circumstances that create little Hitlers or, rather, whether people of that type simply gravitate into jobs which allow them to behave badly. Their results have just been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

      A lot of Little Hitlers in present-day Germany come from East Germany… most probably come from the East German security forces… they are over-represented among personnel in jails and bouncers (the other half of jail guards and bouncers in Germany seem to come from Turkish migrant families where fathers are authoritarian to violent, mostly migrants from Anatolian villages) as well as housing superintendents, the kind everybody loves to hate. They mostly have a Saxon accent, like Martin Luther and most of the Berlin wall guards had… the East German regime employed no Berliners to guard the wall for fear of them letting relatives through… Berliners on both sides of the wall hated the Saxons… The Authoritarian Personality by Adorno was a postwar philosophical study of Little Hitlers…

  16. https://www.hrw.org/report/2009/04/06/you-can-die-any-time/death-squad-killings-mindanao

    At around 6 p.m. on July 17, 2008, 20-year-old Jaypee Larosa left his home in Lanang, a quiet residential neighborhood in Davao City, to go to a nearby Internet cafe. An hour later his family heard six successive gunshots. A neighbor rushed into their house to say one of their sons had been shot in front of the café. Jaypee was taken to a hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.

    Eyewitnesses said that Larosa had been shot by three men in dark jackets who had arrived on a motorcycle. After they shot him, one of them removed the baseball cap Larosa was wearing and said, “Son of a bitch. This is not the one,” and they immediately left the scene. It appears that the assailants were seeking to kill another man, a suspected robber. No one has been arrested for Larosa’s murder. His family is unaware of the police having taken any meaningful action in the case.

    • According to these “insiders,” most members of the DDS are either former communist New People’s Army insurgents who surrendered to the government or young men who themselves were death squad targets and joined the group to avoid being killed. Most can make far more money with the DDS than in other available occupations. Their handlers, called amo (boss), are usually police officers or ex-police officers. They provide them with training, weapons and ammunition, motorcycles, and information on the targets. Death squad members often use .45-caliber handguns, a weapon commonly used by the police but normally prohibitively expensive for gang members and common criminals.

      The insiders told Human Rights Watch that the amo obtain information about targets from police or barangay (village or city district) officials, who compile lists of targets. The amo provides members of a death squad team with as little as the name of the target, and sometimes an address and a photograph. Police stations are then notified to ensure that police officers are slow to respond, enabling the death squad members to escape the crime scene, even when they commit killings near a police station.

      very nice… get a barangay captain pissed off and you might land on the death list…

  17. mahirap pag nanalo and isang kandidato na d sumusunod sa proseso ng batas. duon ako sa pinunong d man sikat pero marunong sumunod sa batas.

  18. http://safecities.economist.com/whitepapers/safe-cities-index-white-paper/

    On the safest cities worldwide index of The Economist (UK) no Philippine city included.

    I will definitely believe Western sources more than Filipino sources, sorry to say – where is MRP?

    Among Western sources, US the least, they often work with crooks, Germans more, British most.

    Swiss, Dutch, Scandinavians I give as high credibility as the British, but no source on safest cities.

  19. DAgimas says:

    I once had a conversation about welfare with my Vietnamese officemate.

    I said I could not understand why the govt is providing welfare to able bodied men and women. it should only be reserved to those who can not work like children and the elderly.

    his responds made me think twice about the rationale of welfare. he said that if you stop giving welfare, those who are receiving will get it from someone else like you and me. in other words, they will commit crime to get by.

    by his reasoning, people commit crime because they have a need to satisfy and one way to eliminate these PUSH factors is to provide it thru welfare…

    as Erap said an empty stomach knows no law.

    no wonder that all those who get the ire of Duterte are just the small fry. mga pipitsugin. they are the ones who has empty stomachs. not the drug lords

  20. mcmxciv says:

    The problem is people are desperate for drastic and aggressive change.

  21. RHiro says:

    So now the great Leviathan comes forward who represents the fears and trepidation of the majority…We are reverting to the reality of the political economy…A microscopic minority who would like the country to move into a liberal democracy are too microscopic to matter.

    But the reality still remains we are closer to Hobbesian view of political realities.

    The same holds true for the more advanced societies. We should not discount the popularity of
    Trump, Marie Le Pen and other wingnuts coming to the fore…Now we have Duterte…

    The guy is deliberately and openly mocking the established order.

    The whole world is reeling from the effects of economic globalization and advances in
    technology…Bankers folly in the U.S. spread a virus all over the world and the fall of the S. Union created failed states that is resulting in ethnic, sectarian conflicts all over. Then the challenges resulting from the rise of an new power in China…

    France and the U.K. bear a great responsibility for creating NAZI Germany wherein wholesale industrial production geared to mass murder became official State policy.

    “I cannot leave this subject as though its just treatment wholly depended either on our own pledges or economic facts. The policy of reducing Germany to servitude for a generation, of degrading the lives of millions of human beings, and of depriving a whole nation of happiness should be abhorrent and detestable, – abhorrent and detestable, even if it were possible, even if it enriched ourselves, even if it did not sow the decay of the whole civilized life of Europe. Some preach it in the name of Justice. In the great events of man’s history, in the unwinding of the complex fates of nations Justice is not so simple. And if it were, nations are not authorized, by religion or by natural morals, to visit on the children of their enemies the misdoings of parents of rulers.”
    ― John Maynard Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-union-lack-of-unity-by-nouriel-roubini-2015-11

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/world-powers-can-collaborate-on-challenges-by-javier-solana-2015-11

    When someone suggests that governments had better include a Weapon of Mass Monetary Destruction one has to admit that the world is going bonkers….

    • Germany after WW1 and the effects of the Versailles treaty… which is why the USA was smart after the war and went for the Marshall plan instead of the Morgenthau plan… while the Russians went for wholesale thievery of East German industrial assets.

      Present development in the Philippines is good, but it may be leaving too many people behind both economically and mentally. BBM and Duterte are using this discontent, and crime may be something those who cannot catch up with development are resorting to. Something which happened in Eastern Europe as well after the fall of Communism – rapid neoliberalization left too many people behind, a fertile breeding ground for criminals, right wing lunatics like in Hungary and neo-Communists like in Bulgaria.

      At least the present Philippine government has programs like CCT and Pantawid Pamilya to alleviate poverty, MSME initiatives to help provide opportunities for enterpreneurs, and security initiatives like Oplan Lambat-Sibat to provide safety for the common man not living behind the walls of gated communities. But there would not be widespread discontent if these initiatives truly had traction everywhere. Seems the government is doing its best, but its best isn’t good enough for a number of people. This is what populists are exploiting.

      • DDS remind me of the Free Corps which roamed the Weimar Republic, terrorizing democratic people and later forming the core of the Nazi SA and SS groups…

        If not for the stabilizing influence of Western Europe, Eastern Europe would be in the same chaos now as the Weimar Republic. Fortunately Romania, Czech Republic and Poland have progressed due to migrant workers coming home to found businesses… Hungary and Bulgaria still have severe problems while in Greece right-wing and left-wing lunatics hold sway… the Baltics are doing well due to Scandinavia nearby, luckily.

    • http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/114661-democracy-development-duterte

      We accept this model of “effective” governance because we want to remain comfortable in our sleep every night with the thought that we are safe from the ills of society, that we do not have to painfully struggle for our rights and welfare to be taken care of, because we have a superhero that will pull the trigger for us to keep the villains away.

      But we know fully well that there is no easy road to genuine peace and progress. We, as a nation, as a people, have been uncomfortable for very long. Our genuine comfort lies in the assertion of our rights and dignity, in our active involvement in governance and making democracy work for us every day. We have forgotten so easily that we, collectively, have that power to transform our lives, our community, our nation and society. And it requires us to struggle.

      An excellent analysis… Democracy means struggling, living under a dictatorship is the easy way out.

      Besides, law and order is a nice thing, but arbitrary enforcement leads to more disorder.

  22. They seem to like telling people to shut up… now Duterte’s son is doing it…

  23. http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/76785/duterte-and-trump – for Sonny, a living example of a meme in the original sense of the word… the idea that Duterte and Trump are both trolls may have originated with Joe America… Enrile later made the same comparison… and now this..(LOL!)

  24. I would often asks my classmates who have taken a liking for Duterte, “What do we answer to our children when they ask if killing is ok?” Their answer was, “Son, it’s okay to kill criminals because the world is cruel.” I cannot fathom how this argument would sell to the children. I could only imagine the wrinkled looks on the faces of the children if this is the kind of answer we give.

  25. I have serious doubts that Duterte is what he claims he is, EVEN if one has no problems with extrajudicial killings – I personally think they were appropriate during the “Nicaragdao” period of Davao but not today anymore. I from my vantage point doubt that he can deliver for the Philippines. Now I have also been called “yellow” by some. Actually I am what they call “black” in Germany: conservative. Now if there were a clean and truly democratic right-wing traditionalist party in the Philippines I would be in favor of it, but the only somewhat clean and somewhat democratic party in the Philippines today happens to be the Liberal Party. The rest I am not yet convinced. I would have given Duterte a chance if the tone of his supporters had not reminded me of Neonazis. And believe me, living in Germany I know what these folks are about. Who is to say that Duterte supporters will not just shout down, ridicule and intimidate people like they do now, but also start beating up and killing people arbitrarily once their idol is in power? What if a person likes the color yellow and is wearing a yellow shirt, and meets a group of drunken Dutertistas in a dark alley? Is this the kind of safe place the Philippines is going to become? Seguridad ba, sigurado ba, o siguro lang? My article asked a question, the answer is clear NOW.

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