Who wants to be a dictator


By Chempo

dictatorWe have all seen real life dictators in our very own lifetime – Pol Pot, Muammar Qaddafi, Robert Mugabe, Mao Tse Tung, Marcos, etc., and we all know what they did to their countries. Many put themselves on the throne by usurpation in which case there is little the individual can do. But consider this, for those that arrived via the ballot boxes, such as Marcos, what might have been had people known the ones they were supporting would turn out to be monsters. If you, as a voter, seeing and understanding the character flaws, all those red flags, would you have at least hesitated and re-considered carefully?

I am no psychotherapist, but let me pretend to be a neuro-scientist for just a while and show why character traits of dictators have factual basis. Everyone of us has dark and aggressive thoughts now and then. President Jimmy Carter once said ‘We all commit mental rapes”. But we have something called “conscience” which is our inner voice telling us what is right and what is wrong. Our brain circuitry is such that there is a place that generates all these aggressive impulses or animal instincts in us, which interact, or are processed, in another part of the brain, where moral and ethical impulses reside. It’s here that the saints and the devil in us battle it out. Most of us are are wired properly, so we turn out all right.


Let’s scan the brain

The amygdala

The extended amygdala is the culprit. That is the critical node in our brain with all our animal instincts. Thankfully, only a very small percentage of people have this node producing very strong aggressive impulses. These are the psychopaths of the world, and in this pool swims the would-be murderers. The most talented go on to become dictators.




The orbital cortex, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and anterior cingulate cortex are where moral and ethical considerations are processed. If the brain activity here is high, the aggressive impulses of the amygdala are inhibited. If brain activity here is low, due to impairment, birth defect, injury etc., the amygdala takes over the behavior of the person.

Science tells us a person with high activity in amygdala and low activity in the three frontal cortex regions are predisposed to certain aggressive traits. All psychopaths are wired like this, but not all people wired like this are psychopaths. What is it that turns people with psychopathic traits into cold-blooded killers? Could it be genetics, social circumstances, power-hungry lusts, etc? It’s a big unknown.  Many of these people are in business boardrooms or other institutions, organizations or offices. These are the “little dictators” that most of us have experienced one time or another.


Personality traits of Dictators

James Fallow (of “Philippines – a damaged culture” fame) made a lengthy study of dictators past and present and he summarized their character traits as follows :

Psychopath personality disorder:

Glib and charming
Grandiose sense of self
Pathological lying
Manipulative and cunning
Lack of remorse or guilt
Emotionally shallow
Lack of empathy, callousness
Deflect responsibility for actions
Poor early behavioral control

Anti-social personality disorder:

Unusual need for stimulation
Socially deviant lifestyle
Sexually deviant
Malignant narcissism – believe in own lies
Insatiable appetites
Excellent memories
Terrible taste in art
Mary very poorly

Now do a little mental exercise.

  • Think of a “little dictator” you are familiar with and score him.
  • Think of some dictators you know of and do the same scoring.

Science don’t lie.

Question is, would you place any 2016 presidentiables here?

I’ll elaborate on some of the traits.

Lack of remorse or guilt / Emotionally shallow / Lack of empathy, callousness

These are more or less related. The person has very low empathy for others. He does not easily connect on a person-to-person level. But somehow, he views people on a wider collective, such as his townfolks, his province mates or his nationals. All murderers have these traits. Their lack of emotion also shows on their palm lines – the heart line is weak. Jihadi John and others like him displayed absolute calm and no emotion when they cut off the heads of the unlucky infidels. Pol Pot had no qualms ordering the execution of millions of Cambodian intellectuals in the ‘Killing Fields’. Anyone with guts and emotion would find it difficult to perform these evil tasks.

Duterte : “If you’re afraid of dying or killing, then just don’t run for president”. We need to distinguish the lack of guts and the lack of emotion. We especially need to be careful of those with lots of guts but lacking emotion.

Poor early behavioral control

This is an early tell-all sign. Those who turn dark almost always have some childhood trauma, like loss of biological parents, suffered sexual abuse, etc. Whilst I truly empathize and do not wish to trivialize the matter, one of the presidentiables actually had this sort of experience. Are there other tales of childhood days of 2016 presidentiables out there? Here’s one:

22 things to know about ‘Duterte Harry’

One should appreciate the usual brashness of youth and acts of bravado. But it’s something else when someone displays abandonment of responsibilities, given the level of seriousness about ‘Duterte Harry’s situation.

Hypersexuality / Sexually deviant / Sadistic / Insatiable appetites

Genghis Khan tops everyone on this. An international group of geneticists studying Y-chromosomes in 2003 found that about 8% of people living in the regions covered by the old Mongolian Empire have DNA genes that can be traced to him. That’s about 16 million offspring today.

Mao was the Red God in public, but a terrible sexual pervert in private. Care to read about this as told by his personal doctor of many years :

The Tyrant Mao, as Told by His Doctor

Boring Mar has only one wife (like most of us) whom he still loves after all these years. Binay has a mistress, Duterte boasts of his fairer companions.

Malignant narcissism – believes in own lies

This is the trait most lay observers relate to evil. These people have a sense that they are larger-than-life types of characters and are self-centered on their own power and capabilities. Their egos need constant admiration. Their behavior is often arrogant and haughty. The danger of this character trait in a leader is that he will not have anyone around him who does not sucker up to him.

Davao City has the lowest crime rate in the country. Real police statistics showed this to be a fallacy. Yet, a lie peddled as a truth is now believed to be true.

Glib and charming / Charisma

They are all charming in their own way to their receptive crowds. Their speeches need not be beautiful prose, in fact, they may be lacking of substance, but speakers just have a way of endearing themselves to the crowds. Some will even resort to vulgarities. But they have magnetic qualities about them. There was nothing intellectual in Hitler’s speeches, or Hugo Chavez’s. Marcos is the exception. He was actually a good orator.

New Society

This is the real give-away. Many dictators move in this direction. They end up selling a grand new society vision. Pol Pot slaughtered millions of educated Cambodians to return to an ancient agrarian society; Mao  caused tens of millions to perish either in the hands of Red Guards or from famine in the Cultural Revolution; Hitler wanted to create a great Aryan Race so he took eugenics to real evil levels, killing off those who would contaminate the strong Germanic gene; our very own Marcos, too, talked of a New Society.

There is talk of Federalism in Election 2016. Granted that this is a political structure but, in a way, it does relate to the idea of a new social order of things. Proposed by some professorial, intellectual or specially assembled committees, it’s obviously a harmless expression of people searching for alternative means of government. Coming from power hungry individuals, it takes on a very different tone.



This article is not an attempt at analyzing personality traits. That is a complex area best dealt with by the experts. There are other issues that are hardly touched on, such as genetics and the social context. It’s simply a listing of personality trait commonalities found in dictators that you can use to score your candidates.


Not all disorders are negative

In the words of James Fallow : “We often think about dictators in terms of good vs. evil. However, the highly trained soldiers that are sent out to eliminate dictators may have many of the same qualities as their targets. I have worked with defense agencies in the fields of cognition and extreme small group warfare to discuss how to determine the right types of people that have the icy, aggressive qualities combined with the warmth and morality that together make a good soldier who acts optimally depending on the context of the situation, for example being in a surprise firefight vs. dealing with the local civilian population. Previous gang leaders from L.A. have done particularly well on one such desirable trait: they seem to have an intuitive sense of danger and are rarely caught by surprise, and as such are gifted survivors. In the end, what makes the difference between these soldiers and dictators, psychopaths, and killers is the balance between their emotions, drives, instincts, and moral compass in a contextually appropriate manner.”


Hare Psychopathy Checklist

This is a popular tool used by psychotherapists to gauge the personality disorder of  patients. The professionals use this to score the following:

  • Psychopathy / Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder

Lets have some fun. Click on the link below and do the following:

  1. Test score yourself and see if you are a psychopath.
  2. Test score each of the 2016 candidates based on your best knowledge of the subjects.

Self-Assessment on Psychopathy /Narcissistic Personality Disorder


The Way of the Devil

Dictator is a devilish topic so it may be appropriate that I throw in this final tickler.

In my previous article Part 1 of Marcos Revisionism, I alluded to the Dark One behind all insidious work going on all around us in conditioning minds to accept white-washed versions of history. The Devil gets into our minds through his representatives and works on us till the day he collects our souls. His success rate is fantastic because he is absolutely one smart  *******.

What is it that drives people to clamor for a savior, a punisher, someone who looks like a strong man, to the extent that the weaknesses, moral scars, and potential dangers of such a man in high office, become insignificant and overlooked or accepted as lesser sin? It is FEAR and IGNORANCE. Filipinos feel the hopelessness of their situation – criminality, poor employment prospects, corrupt and inept administration and leadership, poor living conditions etc? It is still a damning living environment in the eyes of the massa despite economic improvements. The fear is deep that nothing’s gonna change for them. The Devil understands mortal thinking exceptionally well. The best cards up his sleeve are FEAR and IGNORANCE and so he drills that deep into our minds and corrals us into the hands of potential danger. He understands very well the general populace is impatient with slow progress, that they can’t see good work by well-intentioned men who chip away slowly at layers of bad governance, that they want to trade slow and study progress for a strong man who, at the snap of his fingers, will make the country change for the better.

I will share with you the methods of the Devil and how you can have salvation. I’m doing this for two reasons:

  1. This knowledge is absolutely worthy of acquiring. How I wish that I had mentors in my younger years who had guided me to this. You will understand the meaning of living the life of a ‘drifter’ and ‘definiteness’. You will also understand how and why you must think for yourself (as in critical thinking). Understanding and practice what you learn here will lead you to the path of success and happiness in your life. Learn why the Devil cannot get control of the minds of 2% of the human race and who these people are.
  2. In the context of this article, it will help you to sieve through all sorts of black propaganda, lies, half-truths, lesser important issues and priority issues. You will understand yourself better and be able to analyse candidates in a better light, no matter who you are supporting at this moment, or have not made up your mind, or couldn’t care less because you think your vote is an exercise in futility. With great knowledge gained, you may happily confirm your support, or you made decide to switch candidate, or you may realize that you do have a responsibility to cast your vote after all. In short, it will make you a better person.

Watch OUTWITTING THE DEVIL by Napoleon Hill. You probably know Hill was a great writer of motivational books.

Hill cornered the Devil to an exclusive interview where he must answer the writer’s questions truthfully. You will be spellbound by the Devil’s revelation of his secret methods and marvel at the simplicity and the intelligence. As you learn his ways, and so you learn to get out of his claws. It is lengthy, but trust me, it is worthwhile INVESTING your time.

This is one of the most powerful motivational materials out there and it’s free. Do refer this to your loved ones.

Do not switch off your lights. The Devil sounds real scary.


xmas-decorI would like to wish our gracious host Joe and his family, and everybody at this Society


And when you toast and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ away do you happen to know this was penned by Robert Burns. So it’s very apt that from our great bard my present to all of you is this :

“Oh would some power the gift give us, To see ourselves as others see us”

192 Responses to “Who wants to be a dictator”
  1. karl garcia says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All! 😄😄😄😄😄

  2. https://raissarobles.com/2015/12/17/fun-facts-marcoses-star-wars/#comment-355800 – this says a lot about Digong Duterte… the discussion and the links to sociopathy… our topics converge. One of the component traits of sociopathy, Fearless Dominance (FD) was very common among American Presidents, Teddy Roosevelt had the highest score from what I remember… There is also the “Dark Triad” in the discussion I am referring to: sociopaths, narcissists and Machiavellians. Usually sociopaths have narcissists as sidekicks… Duterte and Cayetano are what come to mind, but Escudero and Poe could also be an example if one looks at it well.

    What I also read somewhere years ago, but cannot find the link anymore, is that sociopaths often come from areas that were in deep crisis over centuries: Ukraine and Ireland (potato blight) were mentioned as examples, but also Sicily. Irish mafiosi, maybe even the Kennedys to some extent, Ivan Demjanjuk, Victor Chikatilo, Tony Soprano. Might be that in harsh environments, people cluster around sociopaths out of fear, and that these even ensured the survival of the entire community by sacrificing a few – and left their seed in many to pass it on. Yes, Davao comes to mind, Nicaragdao 30 years ago. But I have also told stories of Bikol from ancient times (Handyong and his wife Oryol, the devil’s daughter – the devil was called Aswang and lived in Malinao volcano, just across our hometown of Tiwi, where it is rumored that she still appeared in the hot springs from time to time to lure men into disaster) up to the wild days of the abaca boom of the late 19th century, where it is rumored that my folks were NOT always that nice… lots of violence.

    Karl once posted a text about how my uncle, the late General Javier Carbonnel, helped stop the 1989 coup attempt against Cory, braving bullets among other things… now that is a family trait, not total fearlessness but the capability to overcome fear in extreme situations when necessary.

    Guess it comes from living in volcano country. In the early 1970s I remember how a major quake hit Manila. My father grabbed my brother and me by the neck like two rabbits and pulled us under the heavy, tropical wood dinner table. Reactions from a land of earthquakes. Atty. Irineo Salazar, my grandfather, was buried during an eruption of Mount Mayon in 1978. The ground shook all the time, so I guess people who grow up there develop these instincts. But I liked going in a tour at night to see the eruption’s colorful fireworks pretty close. No fear at all there. The jeepney speakers played Saturday Night Fever. We took the plane back to Manila – a propeller plane that started straight towards Mount Mayon… it was fun to watch the spewing lava from so close.

    OK, I was 13 then. What I have read about sociopathy also says that teens have many aspects of sociopaths, but most outgrow it later on. The balance between animal and human is delicate in our minds. Maybe where Duterte is too hard, Roxas appears to be too soft, especially for those in the places where there is hardship and there has been civil war like in Mindanao. Duterte again may appear too hard to those in the better off parts of the Philippines, where warlordism was something that happened in the 1950s to 1970s – Durano of Cebu (related to Duterte) or Crisologo of Ilocos (related to Chavit Singson) were notorious examples. Magsaysay was a tough guy, but won the sympathy of people by rushing to the help of Moises Padilla, and seeing to it that the goons who killed him got their just sentences – he came to late and carried his bleeding corpse. Now that is a real hero, and that was why 2 million people attended Magsaysay’s funeral, out of 20 million Filipinos back then. And yes, his plane crashed, just like Jesse Robredo’s plane.

    • chempo says:

      On Machiavellians

      Irineo — Lee Kuan Yew must have been the number 1 Machiavellian. His means was Machiavellian but his ends were noble, or at least for the bigger good. In the last 10-15 years, probably in the wake of social media explosion, there was a growing anti Lee sentiment amongst the young (it’s just like in Philippines, people do not see the good done by Mar). But some 30 years ago, when it was’nt so fashionable to be anti-establishment, my younger brother and I used to talk politics. There were many instances when we were able to decipher Lee’s moves having observed his Machiavellian ways. When he promotes someone, and he said something, we knew that guy was doomed.

      Just a comment to say that this socio/psycho stuff is a damn gray area.

      I think in Philippines political arena, there are many in this category of people.

      Chiz and Poe I’m not too sure. I don’t see them in this basket. Not that I’m an expert, just feelings.

      • “When he promotes someone, and he said something, we knew that guy was doomed.”

        Marcos and Tatad (who now is Binay’s sidekick) – there was a point where Tatad was moved out of his key role in Marcos propaganda, promoted away into virtual oblivion.

        Marcos and Imelda might have been a classic socio/narc tandem… but then again as you said it is hard to tell for sure… but Marcos was for sure Machiavellian.. some say that the sociopaths were among his implementers… I guess there are many shades of grey really.

        • chempo says:

          Is it grey or gray? what the…

        • Vicara says:

          Chempo, I would add that dictators create other dictators, and this is something I fear more than what Duterte would do in office.

          As have been noted in different studies, sociopaths may actually be counted among the “successful”–or at least function well enough in a law-abiding society, despite their lack of internal control or moral compass. Apparently there are more sociopaths per capita to be found among captains of industry than in the general population. If he is indeed a sociopath (and the signs are there), Duterte might be considered a “high-functioning” one. He’s just gotten away with it this far because of the context in which he came to power and operated–in the Davao of the 1980s-90s, which was the site of vigilante and communist-against-communist killings. In the uncertainty and fear of those times, an astute strongman who could contain violence–even if greater violence was his tool–could win the local community’s mandate.

          Thing is, allow a sociopath strongman in Malacanang, and others will follow. Conceivably, every mayor and governor will want his own private death squad. Because, look, Rody had the DDS, and now he’s president. We all want to grow up to be president, so let’s take the same path. Every barangay tanod will take on a new swagger and shake a bigger stick at miscreants–whether real or imaginary or set up. Justice–which has been slow or zero over several administrations–will speed up considerably, because “justice” will now be served in an extrajudicial, personal, idiosyncratic and indiscriminate manner. DIY. There will be flash mob “justice” incidents here and there. The country’s security forces will be increasingly outraged over the “competition” and sooner than you’d think there will rise rumors of coups d’état (real or imaginary), separatist movements (real, imaginary or semi-imaginary) by the usual suspects (Maoists, Moros) and the newer ones (ISIS, maybe Malaysian saboteurs and, who knows–Mar’s guerrillas? As I said: imaginary). Etc, etc, etc. We’ve been through this drill before, in the 70s. Nasty mock republics in other parts of the world have also gone through the same process.

          Incidentally, regarding Duterte’s Christmas greeting video, crocodile smile and all: That dimly lit, dark-paneled office setting is distinctly Stalinesque, circa 1937. Prepare to disappear, comrades

          • Madlanglupa says:

            That greeting video? Could cue in the Imperial March for the added chilling effect.

          • chempo says:

            Vizcara u state the fears that many unfortunate ly do not believe. That’s the idea behind my article. To try to let these folks to see things better. Your peek into a future under duterte is no exxageration. In a selection process whether for an employee or President my suggestion is always go for one with the right values.

            • Vicara says:

              Indeed, Chempo. In every term of office there are countless variables that come into play. The important thing is to elect someone with an internalized ethical compass, a kind of “snap to” default that draws that leader back again and again to what is right and just, despite the inevitable mistakes and trade-offs that come with democratic politics. The important thing is to have someone with that internal compass to steer by and generate what Buddhists refer to as “skillful action.”

  3. I see, dictators — psycho or narcissistic — have no sense of humor.

    • Humor and human are related… dictators are inhuman. The “humor” they have is sadistic, like Digong laughing about “Mar is not able to handle stress”. Some of the berdugos of Marcos had a similarly sick sense of humor. A journalist wrote about Imelda during Martial Law, always referring to her as “you know who”. The rumor was that when the PC came to arrest him, knocked on his door, he asked who is there, they answered “you know who!”.

      There was a Presidential decree against rumor-mongering during Martial Law BTW. This is not a joke. Just like there were “secret decrees” which you could be arrested for violating. Just like there were “secret marshals” who summarily executed holduppers and dealers…

    • chempo says:

      John Gunther (American journalist 1901-1970). – tells of an incident which occurred when he was granted an audience with Mussolini. After the interview Mr. Gunther submitted his manuscript to Mussolini for his approval. In his news story Gunther had told of an incident which Mussolini had related with much laughter. Mussolini deleted the story with the comment, “Dictators don’t laugh.”

      • Quezon liked Mussolini… and Quezon was authoritarian one should never forget that, and very Macchiavellian… so maybe Mussolini was simply Macchiavellian, not sociopathic. Quezon disliked Hitler – he met both men BTW, so his gut feeling must have been good.

        Quezon’s 1935 Constitution BTW had sweeping powers for the President, which he used well, like Martial Law before the Japanese came. Marcos misused what both Quezon and Magsaysay used properly. The 1987 Constitution would not even allow a President to declare Martial Law, suspend habeas corpus and padlock Congress like Marcos did, the disadvantage of Cory’s Constitution is that it creates numerous deadlocks as a result…

        • chempo says:

          Dictatorial powers does not make dictators. Eg in war, we give dictatorial powers to the president.

          Dictators institutionalise dictatorial powers.

          • Marcos was able to decree Martial Law alone. Arroyo I think had to ask Congress first. Checks and balances are stronger in the 1987 Constitution from what I gather.

            • From 1981 onward, Marcos rule was theoretically a democracy… parliamentary under majority rule of the KBL. Marcos had an NP candidate run against him for President, which is why Marcos-minded forces accuse Roxas and LP of putting up fake candidates as well.

              LABAN came up as an opposition during the times leading to 1986, and Marcos-minded forces still maintain it was NAMFREL that cheated in the 1986 elections, not COMELEC – which was BTW founded under Quezon. The fear-mongering of Marcos-minded forces that LP has become a democratic pork barrel dictatorship is based on how THEY did it back then. Real democracy is based on honesty and fairness that many Filipinos lack.

    • DelPi says:

      Elmer, so you are saying that Lee Kuan Yew and Park Chuch Hee are Psyco or narcissistic? Singaporeans and South Koreans will have you for Kim Che and Chili Dog.

  4. edgar lores says:

    1. Way to go, chempo. First you scare the living daylights out of us with visions of a psychopathic president, and then you wish us Merry Christmas!

    2. Seriously, though, I think Duterte ticks all the boxes of a psychopath except the following:

    o Emotionally shallow
    o Lack of empathy

    2.1. After reading “22 things,” I will give him emotional depth because of his reaction to Yolanda’s devastation.

    2.2. I will also give him empathy because of his embrace of the lumads, NPAs, and the Muslim community.

    3. What struck me though was that he clings to a ratty security blanket. Good grief!

    3.1. The psychology surrounding “comfort objects” seems to be shallow and immature, and deals mainly with the phenomenon as it appears in children.

    3.2. To me though, the phenomenon in an adult signifies a deep-seated sense of psychological insecurity in existential terms. That is, the man has not arrived at a comprehensive Weltanschauung, whereby he has an overarching view of the scheme of things and “knows” his place in it.

    3.3. Note that Duterte was critical of the Pope and of the Church. Together with his justification of vigilante justice, this makes me wonder if the man is a follower of Jesus.

    4. Speaking of the Savior, the best of Christmastide to you and to everyone. Be safe, everyone!

    • Weltanschauung means view of the world.

      Duterte has a Davao-Anschauung… possibly even a Philippinenanschauung?

    • chempo says:

      Weltanschauung — new word for me Herr Edgarm danke.
      Security banlket? — wonder when he was weaned of the pacifier?

      Pope and church — perhaps it was after all, just a bad joke. But you know, people in high office can cause a war by loose tongues.

    • Lim says:

      I would like to offer my viewpoint of psychopaths, as up to now I am still in contact with one.
      – emotionally shallow:
      Psychopaths have little to no emotions or feelings. In fact they hate and cringe when having to show feelings such as showing and “saying” affection to family. The ’emotion’ that is strong with them is anger, but anger is even debated as shallow or non-emotion, even. Check out the interiew with his ex-wifeI would like to offer my viewpoint of psychopaths, as up to now I am still in contact with one.

      – emotionally shallow:
      Psychopaths have little to no emotions or feelings. In fact they hate and cringe when having to show feelings such as showing and “saying” affection to family. The ’emotion’ that is strong with them is anger, but anger is even debated as shallow or a non-emotion, even. Hence why he always has a “tough boy” machismo persona. Pride is their life. Hurt it and they will kill you.

      Check out the interiew with his ex-wife, that she felt miserable, where she accused that she was subjected to domestic violence while with him. The psychologist also mentions of lack of commitment (womanizer, fickle plans and all talk) and the lack of remorse or guilt, which is a key trait to psychopaths/sociopaths as they have almost no conscience.


      They have to pretend to be human, thus their show of “sympathy” (note: not empathy for empathy means the person goes beyond sympathy and tries to feel deeper the plight of others) is shallow. When required, they force crocodile tears out–used only for the purpose to reach their goal and to fool others. So for you to believe he has emotional depth just because he shed tears for the Yolanda devastation: first give me a video showing that part of the article so you can see for yourself upon closer inspection the truth behind it. Video or it did not happen as they thought it did.

      Psycho/sociopaths may agree to some people’s plight, but the genuineness is not there. Their thirst for power is more important to them; these lumads, NPAs and Muslims come last and are thought of only when convenient.

      3 and 3.1- They are mostly big babies (if grown men). Either they don’t care at all about their loved ones/family, or they make an exception to some members of the family–perhaps the mother who loves him unconditionally.

      3.2- It is also almost impossible for them to find their “place” on Earth as even their current position (Mayor) is not enough. What they want is more power, more control of people (who are viewed as objects) and the unending thirst to be “better” than anyone. They always think they are correct, the term “Me against the World” a favorite pity play. Nobody else is correct, or else they will shoot you down (verbally into affecting your psyche, or else physically where they will be a predator in the room).

      3.3- They also do not believe/question the existence of a god. More of agnostic or atheist. So even those senators, mayors, etc. that feign faithfulness to a god only use their power to soften and manipulate the heunconditioally.

      • Lim says:

        Excuse the errors. Kindly skip the first -emotionally shallow paragraph.

        3.3….That feign faithfulness to a god only use their power to soften and manipulate the masses.

      • chempo says:

        To err is human LIM, especially thinking with these keyboards. Don’y worry about that.

        I agree with your points on Yolanda tears, Lumads, NPAs and Muslims. All politicians had a public facade and a private one. It’s in the private domain that one sees the real politician. It’s the family, the friends he is close to, the little things he does that no public is present that you get a true sense of the man. Everything else is for show.And the little that we know of his private life does not project a nice picture thus far.

        • Lim says:


          Your statement that it is in the private domain where one sees the true politician made me realize that looking into that is also an important factor in gauging people. Duterte supporters love to defend their supreme leader using ad hominem, throwing the question back at you (thus not answering it), saying that their Wise One is “only joking, chill out!” (when as a candidate he has NO DELICADEZA to joke around since the position at stake is the HIGHEST SEAT of leadership), and even saying that leading the government is different from leading a family.

          That his machismo and womanizing is totally different from governing the people, and that the entire country should just cover their children’s ears when he swears; I suppose we too have to cover their eyes and nose when he does his public executions too? Cover their nose a little too long for it might be better to end their future suffering than to let them be subject to unknown horrors and plans for the whole country under his tyranny. Sorry for the macabre but that is one future that seems possible with him. So your statement is the best come back to that excuse that domestic daw =/= public. What apaths and enablers!

          • chempo says:

            Let’s not be too rough on Duterte supporters.

            Many are those who are simply followers — they go along with their friends, family members. They let others do their thinking for them.
            Many are those who are naive, taken in by the public facade and cannot see through the falsehood. These people are simple minded, innocent types.
            Many are those who have certain capabilities of analysing for themselves, but ignorance to details prejudice the outcome of their thought process.
            Many are those who stick to whatever their values of loyalty — citymate, provincemate, clan, same skin colour, etc… these are people who stick to “them” and “us” mentality.
            Many are those who see something of themselves in Duterte.

            These last of which are the most dangerous. These are the mini mi’s. The most talented of these will go on to become Little Dutertes.

            • Lim says:

              I do not see where I was too rough on the Duterte supporters. They actually love to shut people down without letting them explain themselves, even going so far as to calling them the same rapists, killers, etc. JUST because their opinion differs from theirs. Also, apaths and enablers are facts, terms that describe them. Apaths are just as you described: ignorant or willfully ignorant people who go with the flow, while enablers are those who agree to his extreme plans and allow his ego to thrive by their constant worship of him.

              Those “mini me” I would 90% assume are sociopaths/psychopaths. If people relate themselves to this leader then they have little empathy. What differentiates normal humans from spaths is the normal’s capability to feel and feel guilty. Spaths dislike feeling, preferring to constantly think and act on instinct (if lower IQ).
              The mini-me are hidden spaths waiting for a chance to cause chaos and have their way. Like those chavs in England who caused the riots. What I get from them is that they are thirsty for blood to be spilled.

              • What I can say about people who support sociopathic regimes or movements is that they often are not full sociopaths, but their definition of who is considered human is limited.

                I know people who were at the front during the Balkan wars of the 1990s – ex-Yugoslavia.

                One of them is a brutal (by experience) but deeply compassionate gangster type, a Catholic Croatian. He once told me: “people are people, religion doesn’t matter, politicians are pigs – I had Muslim Croatians who fought beside me and died in the trenches, and when I saw the Serbs who were our enemies I saw many misled young men who believed the nonsense their politicians told them”. After that he closed his eyes and moved his burly gym body to the music – we were drinking hard stuff in a pub, I could see his pain…

              • Joe America says:

                Never imagining it could be theirs . . . or their loved ones’ . . .

            • Lim says:

              The beauty about experiencing various hardship is that one gets to see differing word views, “truths” people believe in whether factual or not.

              I have yet to study more about the DSMs below the 5th where ASPD (clinical term for socio/psychopathy) is in category with.
              As mentioned, chempo helps clear the kinds of supporters he has: apaths (misguided/ignorants), enablers (harsh/vocal worshipers) and spaths themselves. I would suppose majority supporters are among apaths and enablers, while 20%-40% supporters are spaths.

              • I would classify myself as the “firefighter” type – I can shut down fear temporarily to deal with difficult situations, and many of my IT projects have been near to “suicide missions”.

                I was a Kabataang Makabayan activist in my youth, urban demonstrations, up to now I would be able to find my way from Liwasang Bonifacio, Quiapo or Recto to Paco Cemetery on foot – that place was were we met hours later in 1981, made sure nobody was missing.

                But good I left – for sure I might have been skilled enough for the Alex Boncayao Brigade, but I am not the kind to just kill people cold-bloodedly, even if they are defined as enemies. In fact I came into conflict with leftist leadership AND Marcos people back then…

              • Lim says:

                Irineo: Thank you for your insight, that is quite interesting.
                For an active individual you would be part of those who enable a movement or cause by concrete action, a body that goes into the foray head on. There are also those that work best behind the scenes or through publications.

                It is good you did not allow yourself to be used as a tool for killing cold-heartedly.

              • Lim, many thanks… also for coming over here. You definitely add very rich inputs!

                In a way, I am also in the forefront, allied with Joe and with my own blog… feel free to look: http://filipinogerman.blogsport.eu/seguridad-ni-duterte/comment-page-2/#comment-1614

                Of course with my name known I cannot go back to Manila for the moment, even more now as I have openly challenged some people. But my invitation to meet Duterte on neutral ground where he cannot play out his goons stands… even Singapore if he ever was there.

      • “So for you to believe he has emotional depth just because he shed tears for the Yolanda devastation: first give me a video” I have seen the video.

        First he does show “shock”… next thing he says could someone please remove the corpses here “ang baho”… he did not do anything to move them himself, expecting others to do it, while some have mentioned that Mar Roxas actually moved corpses by himself.

        But people are easily fooled because sociopaths are perfect actors and observers.

        • Lim says:

          I see, there is a video online then? Maybe I’ll search for it. But then again one reason why I dislike seeing pictures or videos of his face is because he reminds me so much of psychopaths. The trauma and hate I have for them is that bad. I did not believe in devils before, but if they do take form, they look just like humans; the Devils are the psychopaths.

          The spath I know dislikes disgusting things sometimes. Does not like gorey movies where decapitation is done without sense. But the spath would happily be with Duterte and gladly supports his public hangings for all to see.

          A person, a running public candidate, who has and knows delicadeza will not say aloud “ang baho” on TV. That shows disrespect for the already dead.

  5. karl garcia says:


    Last 2010,the Villar Camp tried to use the mental health issue against PNoy, it did not work.
    Thanks to the C5 scandal and Cory magic.
    If Rizalito David will file Dq cases against all candidates,then more people will demand let the people decide,which maybe bad or good.

  6. Chivas says:

    This article is relatable because so many people seems to be entitled in things they don’t own in the first place like a son with a rich dad or relative. (We are happy, as kids, to be rich in hugs than in money before, we still cherish that experience today.)

    I generally consider myself weird. I can invite you for a beer sesh or me in a formal gathering and in no bs I will tell you I don’t know what “normal” is normal or what “right” is right in any given topic.

    Some Ad Executive in an alta event told us about cold cash investment on social web and I asked: “Cash colder than a witch’s tits?”, many laughed and the exec frowned. But that’s me, I pierce through bs like knife in a butter.

    Mao clearly has Pygmalion complex. Irrational desire to align people in the same page.

    Watch American Greed by CNBC, you will laugh about how disappointingly a Filipina worked with motivational religious(“Believe in Gaahhhd and Laawwd” ad nauseam subroutine type) real estate speakers who frequently hire prostitutes and buy coke in Vegas to dry investor money and it did.

    So are those Entrepreneur folks who invite you to seminars because you can free yourself in the rat race (a disease belief by Kiyosaki repackaged by zerglings who realized it’s more profitable to sell courses on how to be rich than to actually be one.), that it is okay to invest(and depend) on their “services” and live in a futon for the rest of your life because it’s cool, you’re passionate, yay, like Steve Jobs.

    The problem is that, you have to get the time, the people, the environment and the trend that Steve Jobs had before you can be closer to be him. Case of Bill Gates, get the previous plus have rich parent lawyers who can steer IBM contract to Microsoft PC.

    All of that is nothing for some of those Entrep speakers, buy the ticket, seat and receive the transmission, done, repeat until you get that Holy Grail “business idea” from the oak tree located in Saharan dunes, in a chest of a rare Red Jerboa.

    It seems like every master persuader has got their “Promised Land” setup: Lucas Duplan, the founder of Clinkle did this in an elegant fashion.

    If you want to start a business, get an object and convince me to pay for it without me knowing how that happened. Even Gary Dahl of Pet Rock knows about this.

    Beware of idols, too much belief on other people’s wisdom will force you depreciate your own.

    So as motivation speakers out there who consider rich/successful people (good guys) and poor/unsuccessful people (bad guys).

    Here in the Philippines we got John Calub who talks about “Money Magnet” seminar.

    If you think you’re down in life, like getting a mcnugget for breakfast or having a fansign from a loveteam you don’t really know, not feeling well on markets to consider yourself in the bottom of the pack because you are a competent humble shy type but not feeling good anyway, you must attend that seminar. For entertainment, of course. Warning: If you take that seminar seriously, you must have your head examined.

    We also got Ian Del Carmen for his Fireball eBook repurposing cocained-gorilla make money online course.

    I know, these people got to make a living, people got to buy kid’s braces, but they are very ethically challenged.

    In a lighter note, always ask yourself, do you wanna do this X activity and let Jesus Christ’s Second Coming see you still doing that?

    What’s interesting with these dictators (or misaligned peeps) is that they are once that innocent dreamer, caring brother, brave comrade and you can say, a fellow Katet. They are not enemies in their own eyes for sure and keep that in mind. All. The. Time.

    There’s a danger when a magician worship his own tricks. Or a dealer to be addicted on his own supply.

    It pays to study and absorb Banachek’s work, Barnum techniques, and the book “Never To Be Lied Again”. So useful on interacting with people in all types.

    (Don’t use it hooking up women because respect is all that you have before confidence, if you lose respect, you lose it all.)

    In the end, it is your sole responsibility to always watch your back and keep your nose clean.

    Not money, not “bad belief” it is rather self-deception that is the root of all evil.

    • chempo says:

      You remind me of MRP in his sobre moods.

      “Beware of idols, too much belief on other people’s wisdom will force you depreciate your own.”
      At first I read “defeacate”. Needed a re-read. Are those great men of the past idols? I think believing in Plato or Confucius is very different from believing what Justin Bieber tweeted?

      Like your last line. We are back to Joe’s ‘thinking critically”.

  7. karl garcia says:

    As far as Martial law is concerned,we sort of madesure it would be very hard to happen,so martial law will be very remote.
    the dictator may resiort to numerous presidential decrees and executive orders.My much hated TROs may turn out to be my best friend in this case if all decrees of the dictator to be will be TROd unli.
    Now as to ordering the military and police to do his or her bidding.I am more worried of the NPA,the leftists and Islamic rebels.

    • The 1949 German Constitution (West German, but the Federal Republic never officially recognized the German Democratic Republic, the way Taiwan and China don’t recognize each other, there were never embassies only “representative offices”) was also designed to avoid the mistakes of the Weimar Constitution… the amendments to allow for emergency powers made in the times of Baader-Meinhof terrorism were heavily discussed and led to protests… finally these changes were calibrated to avoid dictatorship and abuse…

      https://www.bundestag.de/blob/284870/ce0d03414872b427e57fccb703634dcd/basic_law-data.pdf – Section Xa, State of Defence, page 106ff… Section X page 91ff is also worth studying especially Article 109a Budgetary Emergency and the stuff on what taxes go to the federal states, how the Federation helps States to guarantee “equivalent living conditions” = “Walang Iwanan”… or Article 115 Limits of Borrowing especially Section 2).

      • Karl, I am sure your father will be able to confirm that the Armed Forces underwent not only a massive expansion in the Marcos days, but also an extensive “Ilocanization” in order to have a critical mass loyal to Apo Lakay… before Marcos it was majority Tagalog.

        Now the AFP has had MNLF people integrated into it in the past, not really in a good way. Duterte might try to integrate ex-NPAs into the AFP and PNP as well as MNLF people.

        He will for sure also have his own Mindanao connection in both which he would utilize.

        • karl garcia says:

          Fabian Ver took care of that. FVR is from Pangasinan,but almost Ilocano.It would not surprise me if the PMA was forced to favor Ilocanos.

          • karl garcia says:

            My dad did a series of lectures on military history until Manila Penn coup,I posted it,but was told to delete it later.

          • Now I understand why all military promotions – I think from Colonel onwards – have to pass Congress and even COA if I am not mistaken. So that Ver cannot happen again.

            Even from vice-consul onwards I think, maybe even for attaches I don’t remember for DFA. Because those who represent the country abroad are key positions and could also be heavily misused politically. Even influencing foreign press which I heard happened in early Cory days when the loyalists where still very strong in DFA. OK street names could be because they might name everything after Marcos in Ilocos and Romualdez in Tacloban, Philippine micromanagement is due to abuse of discretion and the like happening often.

            • karl garcia says:

              We are actually full of check and balance mechanisms and strict rules and policies.Yet we have more corrupt people in public and private sector.

              • The more checks and balances, the more people you have to pay off I guess. The stricter the rules, the more creative you have to be in faking things… 😦

                So if the ethics are not there, you can do what you want, it won’t help in the long run.

              • chempo says:

                Karl — that is Philippines greatest paradox.

                You also have more laws and lawyers than New Zealand has sheep. And yet the whole country is stiffling under a mesh of pending cases. Even killers literarily caught with the smoking gun still cannot be sentenced after 10 years.

              • Madlanglupa says:

                It is why there are people who want parliamentarianism and by changing the Constitution do away with the American system we have almost from the start — thinking that the checks and balances are strangleholds, and that in their argument we have too many laws but a few implemented.

                But it’s worth nothing that in less than a decade Japan underwent several prime ministers until Shinzo Abe put his foot down.

                We have idealistic young people entering the civil services with the assurance of a pension and hoping to create changes in the system, but the old politicos already there try to corrupt them to become their clones, to perpetuate this culture of corruption, to pilfer taxpayers’ money for their end… hell, dig into a balikbayan box in the morning for their kids’ pasalubong in the evening.

                In the private sector, some professionals (i.e. doctors) and technicians (i.e. auto mechanics, computer technicians) are taught to scam their customers by charging more for low-quality work, with the resulting dark image of them in the consumers’ eyes as white-collar, blue-collar thieves.

              • chempo says:

                @ madlanhlupa — I don’t think parliamentary, federalism, or any form of government can change Philippines for the better. Its the people not the form of governance. Philippines has a societal disease that requires at least a generational change before you can get out of the of the malaise. You have squandered the possibilities if what EDSA 1_could have brought. Let’s hope Filipinos do not squander the improvements that Pnoy has given the country. .

            • chempo says:

              Ah Irineo, so now I understand why even the simple job of naming street names is not left to LGUs.

              “Micro-management” was the first term I was told when I came here. That mean payment vouchers for Php10.00 also required the senior manager’s signature. Difficult to see how a country can progress like that.

        • karl garcia says:

          That reintegration thing is scary,now that you’ve mentioned it,they need good debriefers,their briefs might be hard to remove.

          • Muslims are not allowed to remove their briefs, which is why many women over here prefer to go to fully nudist spas, everybody has to be nude there and most Turks will not do that. So there are no mamboboso there, except for an occasional Catholic Filipino hehe…

            The integration of East Germans into the Federal Republic was just as hard, fortunately the civil rights movement over there – the present President, a protestant preacher, was among them – seized the Stasi secret police HQ and made sure the documents were not removed… well Germans have always kept good records even the Nazis did. So they could sort out who was political and who was career within the National People’s Army of the German Democratic Republic, and integrate the good soldiers. What they didn’t do was to let former secret police people into the BKA (Federal Criminal Police, like FBI) or former spies into the BND (Federal News Service, like CIA). Now I remember that for more traditional Filipino security-minded people like Alunan, even AFP-MILF stuff was too much.

  8. Krampuses are Christmas demons in Austria and Bavaria that drag naughty children to hell.

    Seems the Philippines now has political Krampuses before Christmas, dealing with criminals.

  9. caliphman says:

    There is good news, questionable news, bad news and terrible news in the Journal today.

    The good news is Miss Philippines won the Miss Universe pageant and she wont have to share it with Miss Colombia because the announcement was blundered.

    The questionable news is Comelec en banc disqualified Poe with finality and handed pro-Roxas supporters what they’ve always hoped for, clear Mar’s path to the presidency by pushing her to be his vp, DQ her candidacy, or smear her so his popularity overtakes hers.

    The bad news. AP’s just released survey shows that with voters feel with Poe gone and Duterte possibly DQed, they would rather vote for Binay instead. Hullo, you mean all that petty politicing and here we are, back to a Binay future?

    The terrible news. Actually a DQed Duterte did not happen and its going to be a choice between a dictatorship or kleptocracy. Of course one could put in a protest vote and write either Mar Roxas or Yoda in the ballot. Ooops, I forgot CPMers insist no Americans or aliens elected to Malacanang.


    • Well, I have been explaining this so many times, but it seems it isn’t really understood. People THINK – whether it is correct or not is another question – that it is the same old game as always in the Philippines. However has power and money hogs it for himself, those who support him or her only want to be part of the gravy train, or even get some crumbs. There is no sense of modern society based on real performance and opportunity.

      How many people have already benefitted from the economic gains? That percentage may be the Roxas supporters. The others believe they will hog everything for themselves only.

      The Filipino mentality is fighting to get some cake, not working to enlarge the cake for all.

      • Now it would be logical to be against the Binays because they eat a lot of cake and leave the crumbs to the poor… but that is not the logic of Filipinos.

        During Martial Law, posters of Imelda Marcos hung in the squatter huts along the rails… while MRP-like anti-rich and anti-intellectual rhetoric was normal… they felt that Imelda was one of them because she talked ordinary while looking glamorous.

        • Having to actually work for your cake means you are at the end of the food chain… of course there is a sizeable proportion of modern Filipinos who see performance = reward… but the others are the generals who make their sergeants drivers and houseboys, the bosses who don’t even pick up the phone by themselves to call someone, pakitawag si ganito, the bosses who “delegate” meaning let others work and only make big speeches… Mar Roxas actually going to Tacloban… was like a Brahmin doing real work… shocking, and then falling from a motorbike.. that loss of face does not happen to an upper class… in a country were even generals do not wade through water but have alalays carry them.

          • pelang says:

            “In a country where generals do not wade through water but have alalays carry them.”

            I have read somewhere that this general who had him piggy-backed by his seargent thru the water was Gen. Honrado, the present managerbof NAIA, can anybody confirm this? Thanks.

            • Joe America says:

              Here’s the photo. The article to which it is attached does not identify the General.

            • karl garcia says:

              the one who piggy backed him are natives,who get payed for piggy backing tourists.that was the excuse of general ilagan .per the article edgar linked, it was hospitality,but the americans maybe too heavy fir their hospitality.

              • karl garcia says:

                my dad wrote an oped article in his defense.


                In defense of General Ylagan
                By Plaridel C. Garcia

                This is an unsolicited defense of an Air Force general in the twilight of his career. His Reuters photo piggyback-riding on a Dumaguete local with an American Air Force sergeant behind walking through water was front-paged. With that picture he was called hydrophobic, a wimp, maarte, and even a transgressor of “civilian supremacy over the military at all times.” I guess “violating the Constitution” in the privacy of the bedroom is OK.

                What could Washington have said if instead the local media had photographs of an American sergeant riding piggyback with a Filipino general behind wading a la MacArthur? For sure, the GI sergeant would not be called hydrophobic. He might even be cited as humanitarian– giving an unemployed native a tip that could be more than a week’s income in pesos. At worst, dog-loving Americans could wish that the dollar tip would not be used to buy dog’s meat. But Sarge would not be pictured as a symbol of American “political arrogance and economic extravagance.” They don’t do that to their servicemen in harm’s way. The popular host of an American TV show Politically Incorrect was almost lynched by a Texas posse in particular and the flag-waving Americans in general after Sept. 11. He was just trying to be funny when he said the US military was not less cowardly by shooting at the Taliban from thousands of miles away.

                In the Philippines, sergeants and generals are fair game. To be sure, our military and police have not succeeded in putting a closure on the communist and separatist insurgencies aggravated by the new terrorist threats and other transnational crimes. Yet the same critics profess that there is no military solution to our “permanent wars.” Perhaps we have too many generals and admirals in the military and the police, with more in mufti and civvies. But why do we keep promoting them, only to degrade them? Perhaps we should do an OJT at the new Pentagon office for “information operation.”

                General Ylagan is not afraid of water. He has been flying missions aboard in some of the world’s antique aircraft, over our huge expanse of water. He is not a wimp. An Air Force pilot is anything but a wimp. He could have been maarte by walking through water like MacArthur. At Leyte, the American Caesar is said to have asked for a “take 2”.

                He was not the only person carried to and from the fishing boat. Provincial and local officials participating in the maritime floral offering were similarly transported. It was not a tactical ship-to-shore movement. Why should he soak a pair of boots and pants in the brine when there are enough unemployed persons who derive income from the absence of a local wharf?

                Perhaps the foreign press was not malicious at all. They could have found it interesting that there was an asymmetric movement between a Filipino general and an American sergeant. That is what Balikatan is partly about. The fact was that Sgt. Harris was just too heavy to be carried on the balikat (shoulder). He could have been more willing to support the local economy. American sergeants receive higher pay and allowances than a Philippine general in pesos.

                I do not know how General Ylagan is picking up the pieces of that “floral offering” from some Filipinos ”who are worth dying for.” He might find some consolation in Eisen­hower’s observation of aerial dog fights in WWII: It is not the bark of dogs that counts in a fight but the fight in the dog.

                “ A broken heart is a distemper that kills many more than is generally imagined”-Fielding. It is the fight in a dog, General Ylagan, not its distemper.

      • Joe America says:

        You are rich with insights today, Irineo. And, regarding taking the cake, people will continue claiming for themselves after the election, and Binay or Duterte will be compliant. There will be a new ombudsman and over a dozen new Supreme Court justices and that “me first” culture will be a perfect fit for the Chinese as they buy their way in. The old Philippine culture will resume, and the people will get what they deserve . . . or the power people, for thinking democracy can work in a nation with little national conscience.

        • Joe, what people usually want is to satisfy the now urgent necessities, even as a temporary measure. The next meal, the hospital bill settlement, the noche buena spaghetti and salad ingredients, all contained in a bag of goodies or a letter of guarantee to the hospital accounting departments, or a funeral parlor who provide coffins for their dead – these are all provided by the “innovative” politician sourced from his plundered wealth. They can’t be bothered to think of long term matters or distant future, they have to survive now. The help from the national government is insufficient, like in the case of the 4Ps of the DSWD, the mother and the children just have to show their 4P card and they are entitled to free consultation, laboratory tests and medicine, the problem is the laboratory facility is not complete – just basics, the meds are just for ordinary illness and TB DOTS, and the doctors are infrequently found in the clinic. Catastrophic illness is simply not covered in the diagnosis stage, although for dengue cases (when already confined) are fully chargeable to Philhealth, and a number of dialysis session is shouldered by the same government institution, but mostly the poor have to go to politicians for immediate help for additional areas not provided by the national government. We need to help this people see the wider picture for the sake of their next generations. That we still have four months to make a difference to prevent a Poe or a Binay or Duterte presidency who will mangle the constitution by way of the 11 SC associate justices that will be appointed based on the influences of the people surrounding them now.

          Such mentality is usually observed, too, on a higher level. Just to prevent a Binay presidency, some learned people have surrendered the fight and decided to support the popular Poe NOW and refuse to think of the consequences of a blatant violation of the constitution and law, the danger of establishing a bad precedent that will have far reaching consequence 20 or 100 years from now, that of a possible president or government official with a Russian or a mainland China parentage because we let a popular foundling be accommodated despite the stated violations. The Comelec has ruled, the three SC justice SET memberstoo, who should know the law have made public their legal opinions in thick pages although outnumbered by their co-members who likewise made public their one-page political opinions.

          I hope the SC will not disappoint us and base their final ruling not on the NOW scenario but for the future generations to come – have the foresight and vision to do so.

          For us idealists, the fight is to change the current perception against the most qualified, the most experienced, and the best one to continue what the Daang Matuwid has begun.

          • Joe America says:

            Interestingly, I don’t see you as an idealist, which to me means ideas often detached from pragmatism. I see you as well principled, with the kind of discipline and self-sacrifice needed to have a real community, or democracy. It is the proper kind of discipline, self-imposed, versus that of Duterte, which is outwardly imposed discipline and crazy when it departs from the laws.

            • I have just received the best Christmas gift from you Joe, for saying that, and I thank you so very much. You inspired the majority of your commenters here, you who have showed us how to appreciate and support a good leader for the benefit of the whole nation.

              “All who inspire people to think and act on their own initiative are my enemies”, the Devil confesses. You inspire us Joe and I ardently pray to God to protect you and your family from the Devil inspired enemies that you made while doing so.

              Merry Christmas!

          • “in the case of the 4Ps of the DSWD, the mother and the children just have to show their 4P card and they are entitled to free consultation, laboratory tests and medicine, the problem is the laboratory facility is not complete – just basics, the meds are just for ordinary illness and TB DOTS, and the doctors are infrequently found in the clinic.”

            thanks… these kind of realities on the ground are what was missing in my picture of the situation… that shows a lot is being done but their are weaknesses in some details.

            But the picture being painted by so many that NOTHING has reached the ground is total nonsense then… just like the constantly repeated lie that Yolanda survivors are still homeless until now, I have seen the DSWD FB page and the houses where many are.

            Same thing about crime.. at Raissa’s blog people have written that many cities in the Philippines are just as safe as Davao or even more… maybe Manila is dangerous but then so is Davao… on a map of the Philippines, what places would be color red, blue, green?

            “mostly the poor have to go to politicians for immediate help for additional areas not provided by the national government.” Well, the answer to that is simple.. the government would have MORE money to spend if it were not being stolen by those politicians….

            • Yep, you hit it right in the head, stolen by the “innovative” politicians who maintain that special fund exclusively for needy voters. Binay’s doctors must have been kept busy to keep him healthy with all rhose boodle feasts he is joining in.

        • The funny thing about the Krampus is that he is only one of the many Perchten or nature spirits of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Christian_Alpine_traditions… much of this tradition has been revived especially in ski towns, old pagan stuff with a message…The Krampus is one of the Shiachperchten (shiach = ugly i.e. evil in the dialect), while Frau Perchta (the peasant version of the Norse/Germanic goddess Freya) is the most beautiful of the Schönperchten (schön = beautiful i.e. good)… in the most raucous version of the tradition, the beautiful and ugly, good and evil fight it out between Christmas and Three Kings Days, and the 12 days of Christmas are know as the Rauhnächte (rough nights), with good of course winning on Three Kings Day, when the year gets going…

          Now is it just a coincidence that Miss Wurtzbach has just appeared right now just after Krampus Duterte, or did the pagans know that for every evil and ugly figure that appears, a good and beautiful one comes as a symbol of hope? But there will still be rough nights. In some Austrian mountain villages the Krampuses playfully molest women, grab them and stuff, with Schönperchten of all shapes and sizes coming to save the women from them. These ancient festivals are popular among teens of course, who haven’t taken sides yet. The teenage Philippine nation will have to go through the fight between good and evil, and finally decide on what side to take. In some versions of the Perchten, Frau Perchta wears a crown, sometimes similar to the sun. The darkest days of winter are over then.

          • Some Duterte supporters…

            the good chasing the evil…

            the definition of good from time immemorial is what holds the community together and makes it more successful as a whole… honesty and fairness i.e. forthrightness is one important aspect.. reduces transactional cost and grows the cake for everybody.

        • Dolf says:

          It is incredibly presumptuous, not to mention foolish and ignorant, to presume that democracy is the ultimate system of government that all aspire to.

          History has shown that almost every form of government ever employed has been hailed as “the best”. Republics? Check. Multinational empires? Check. Feudal monarchies? Check. Absolute monarchies? Check. Constitutional monarchies? Check. Colonial empires? Check. Representative democracies? Check. Given that everyone who has made that declaration in the past has been wrong, what makes you think we’re right this time?

          If people want democracy, they will achieve it in a manner consistent with their history and self-conception. The West used to (lol still does) go around imposing its political structures on people, under the guise of a ‘civilising mission’. This is now, near universally, regarded as A Bad Thing Wot We Gone And Done. The notion that we have a duty to go and ‘help those who think our system is the right system’ can actually be traced back to the French Revolution, and it was under that banner that Napoleon laid waste to Europe. Similarly, the USSR was committed to exporting revolution. Both of these turns are demonised. Why can we not recognise the same patterns in our own behaviour?
          If they really want any given political system so badly, there is no way that a government can continue to impose a system on an unwilling people. That is how revolutions happen, and they tend to work out badly for everyone involved.

          Finally, if you’d really like to push the brainwashing/education angle as an explanatory variable, I would agree in part. But I would point out that it happens everywhere. Remember being taught in school Why We Vote? Remember how “democracy is a guarantee that our wishes will be respected, and that it is our civic duty to vote?” (Quote may be a little inaccurate; I’m drawing on a memory from around 18 years ago.) We do it to. Legitimising ideologies are an omnipresent feature of any polity, be it a socialist single-party state or a liberal constitutional democracy. Additionally, a large part (up to 73%, in one study) of Western political opinion and preference is determined by the signalling/messaging of policy elites and ‘identity entrepreneurs’.

          Generally, our opinion is shaped by what the government of the day promotes, which they then tap into and claim as ‘the will of the people’. If you study extreme right wing parties, then they’re the perfect window into this phenomenon.

          I put it to you that we, in democracies, are every bit as ruled as those outside of it. We just like to tell ourselves otherwise, because we all want to believe the world is fair.

          • http://filipinogerman.blogsport.eu/evolution-of-order/ – order has always evolved to handle the balance between individual aspirations and community needs with increasing social complexity. Stage 8 would be a form of humanistic order and I think some kind of democracy is necessary so that elites do not ignore the will of the people. There are many variants of democracy in the world, and the Philippines is working on finding its variant.

            The strength of democracy is its capability to correct mistakes made by the ruling groups, and the strength of real capitalism as opposed to oligarchy (China is one, mind you) is that you have some degree of selection which makes the community as a whole stronger.

            Some degree because too much selection destabilizes the community, makes it weaker. The failures of fascism and neoliberalism show this. Communism also fails, because a state run just by one group tends to favoritism which weakens the whole. But China today is basically oligarchic fascism (PLA-run companies among others) under a Communist facade combined with the social imperialism that Deng Xiaoping did not want his country to fall prey to, in fact he said if that happens fight China, and help the Chinese become free.

            • Dolf says:

              “Communism also fails, because a state run just by one group tends to favoritism which weakens the whole”

              It’s far from established fact that everyone having a right to have a say is the way to ensure the best for all; the Trilateral Commission established as much back in the 70s.

              In fact, democratic states seem to function best when people are systematically excluded from decision-making.

              If you’ll look at what happened in Brisbane, they had a guy’s sentence downgraded from murder to manslaughter. There were crowds demanding that he be sentenced as a murderer anyway. Do we let the crowd have its say? Or do we trust in the professionals whose job it is to make these hard and unpopular decisions in the name of the rule of law? Sometimes we need people whose responsibility lies in making decisions on our behalf.

              Just because communism it’s not our standards doesn’t mean they can’t have their own. Daniel Bell writes about China’s political system from within Chinese standards of legitimacy. He concludes that its far from perfect, even by its own measures, but there does exist an alternative to liberal democracy that is responsive and delivers good outcomes.

              A country where 1% of the people own 99% of the equity is called an “oligarchy.” We are allowed freedom to elect and decide about hot-button issues like abortion, but after the election, out of out sight, the oligarch rule. Our politicians are little more than dogs who eat only from their rich masters hand. Our “Fed” monetary system is managed by the oligarchs, not the government. If you look carefully at the money, it says it is issued by the “Federal Reserve,” not the US government.

              We are allowed freedom of speech because no-one in power cares what you say. So, our main improvement over the Chinese is better marketing.

            • Dolf says:

              “and help the Chinese become free”

              The Crusaders thought they were saving the souls of the Holy Land. The Aztec thought they were keeping the world alive. Napoleon thought he was bringing liberte to Europe. The colonial empires thought they were bringing civilization to the barbarians. The Japanese thought they were freeing Asia from the Europeans. The US thought it would bring democracy and freedom to the Middle East. They were all sure they were doing the right thing.

              History tends to look far less favorably on these people. “The one thing we learn from history is that nobody ever learns from history.”

              • Joe America says:

                As an advisory to readers, Dolf has been flagged as a likely troll by the spam detection system, or a sympathizer with the Chinese position to undermine the integrity of Western forms of government. JoeAm

              • Swen says:

                You cannot have respect for humanity without respecting the right for another to disagree.

                I tend to give China a fairer hearing than most. I haven’t accepted the Party Line that China is the devil, and I’m not as quick to jump to conclusions on any given issue.

              • Joe America says:

                Note to Readers. Swen, along with Dolf, is flagged by the spam control system as likely trolls. You can follow for yourself the pro-China arguments, or efforts to disparage Western forms of government. I will allow their posts for now. JoeAm

              • Swen says:

                People yearn for self-determination. This is not the same as democracy, certainly different from liberal democracy, and often involves an ideological element justifying a degree of oppression. The actual standard of legitimacy varies wildly depending on group and time period. Ultimately, what people yearn for is the feeling that life is fair, and that life is getting better. In some states, this means having an electoral democracy. In others, direct democracy (Switzerland). In others still, having a state which supports the spiritual life (the Middle East). In others, the state as a protector (Russia). All want a degree of meritocracy, but the actual implementation of this varies wildly.
                Chinese people, for instance, don’t seem to want democracy but many of them are acutely aware of what democracy would mean for China.

                They look at my country, Australia, and what a s**tfight our political system is, and are glad they don’t have to deal with that. They look at what their government has done in 40 years, and conclude that the basis of the CCP’s legitimacy is its achievements.

                They conclude that Australia isn’t rich because it’s democratic, but rather that it’s rich because we were a favoured colony blessed with mineral wealth. These are not brainwashed drones, either. I have debated the issue of Tiananmen with them, they know much more about the GLF and the Cultural Revolution than I did (and were exceptionally critical of all three). My sample size may be skewed because it is small, but it went a long way to reshaping my preconceptions regarding the basis of the Chinese system.

              • karl garcia says:

                this will be a case of cat and mouse or whack a mole.will the spam filter setting make joeam.com an anti-China site?

              • Joe America says:

                Those whack a mole games at the arcade are quite fun. A good way to release frustration. The moles look a lot like Binay to me, always ducking and evading.

              • karl garcia says:

                Ok,whack the mole.

              • Joe America says:

                You should photoshop that to put Binay and Duterte faces onto the moles.

              • karl garcia says:

                i tried to download a photo editor and paint, but i am no artist.i gave up.

          • Joe America says:

            Very interesting analysis, Dolf. I find myself nodding in agreement. I do think the last sentence warrants thought. I agree we are ruled, and the primary influence over the ruling figureheads is the money from large corporations. The voice of the people is sometimes loud enough to influence decisions, but that voice is being dumbed down and becoming extreme, partisan and divisive. Normally the strength of democracy is the checks and balances the allow it to wobble forward around a center-line, but I’m not sure it can hold together in the face of massive efforts to brainwash, trick and intimidate people by all kinds of interest groups. I think it is far from the most efficient and progressive form of government. It just has a happy feel about it, that we are all participants.

            • caliphman says:

              Joe, if these are indeed Chinese trolls operating in stealthmode then they must be the Mark II version. They seem more articulate and their arguments more sophisticated and subtler to appear more reasonable and biased. Whatever the case, they should receive no welcome much less respect if they think hiding their agenda or keeping up false pretenses with such ludicrous aliases like Dolph or Even will fgool anyone here but themselves.

              • Joe America says:

                The arguments are getting more subtle, aren’t they? But they are connected to the previous flight of trolls who were more abrasive. The method is pretty simple to identify. New names with eloquent arguments with a pro-Chinese bent. The names and e-mail addresses change but the computers are the same.

    • http://www.interaksyon.com/article/121766/binay-poe-tie-for-top-spot-in-sws-poll-digong-drops-to-3rd-mar-rises-to-2nd

      My take the evidence presented by Poe regarding her residency is convincing and she should not be disqualified on this charge.

      What would be interesting to me is given that their core supporters are mostly matched I’d like to see a survey on what are the important issues for the non solid supporters

      • NHerrera says:


        Gian, earlier Joe and I used the wave analogy on the survey numbers — specifically the wave dampening/modulation image of the survey. See the infographics in the following Business World report of the SWS-BW survey of December 12-14:


        Here is a complementary view as I summarize the Standard (Laylo), Pulse Asia, and SWS surveys taken at almost the same period:

        ———— Std Laylo-PA Surv– Average– SWS
        Cand—– Dec 4-12-Dec 4-11–Std-PA—Dec 12-14

        Binay—– 23——— 33———- 28.0——-26
        Poe——- 28——— 21———- 24.5——- 26
        Roxas—- 22——— 17———- 19.5——- 22
        Duterte– 19——— 23———- 21.0——- 20
        Santiago- 3———- 4———– 3.5——— 4
        (Diff)—– 5———– 2———– 3.5——— 0
        TOTAL—100———100——– 100——– 100

        Considering the statistical error, the average of the Standard-PA numbers compares rather well with the most recent SWS numbers

        Similar wave analogy goes for the Vice Presidential survey results of SWS.

        Will somebody kindly provide the infographics of the Business World Report. I am not versed in this sort of thing. Thanks.

        • NHerrera says:

          I agree, it will be most interesting to see a survey on what important issues are important to the non-solid or non-base supporters of the candidates, considering that in the approach to May, the numbers are clustering in a rather narrow range (except for Sen Santiago).

        • Joe America says:

          I agree that this infographic on the SWS poll trends seems most reasonable. I don’t comprehend the volatility on Pulse. If we take SWS and consider that the campaign season has not even officially begun, then I’d suggest that Binay, Poe and Duterte should be very worried. Roxas has money and a rock star of integrity for VP. He can demand debates, which they will refuse, and receive the lable of “frauds” and “chickens”. That gives him three strengths against their huge portfolios of problems.

          • NHerrera says:

            Hmm. Second to last line — the marketing man suggesting one from Marketing Tricks 101?

            Yes, for an admittedly biased Pro-Roxas commenter hereabouts, I say the Roxas Camp — kudos too to Leni for her efforts; steady as she goes — has reason to feel good. But don’t rest you guys. The hard fight is still ahead. February 9 – May 7 is still the official campaign period, with D-Day on May 9.

        • caliphman says:

          I do not know how one can take the business world article headline and conclusion which is that Pulse Asia is showing dramatic lead changes that are extremely volatile and then get the average of the the three separate firms as being more like the SWS numbers which has been more stable in showing . the candidates in a tighter race. I do not care if one calls that wave or chromatic or spectral analysis but that is just excuse my saying it so, plain stupid. If you take several sets of numbers and one set is more volatile than than the other sets, it is mathematically certain that the averages for all the sets will tend to show that the numbers are closer together compared to the most volatile set. The Pulse Asia results are extraordinary because of the dramatic lead changes and quite in contrast with rhe SWS results. But one cannot dismiss its survey because of what the process of averaging does, it “averages” or lessens the differences between numbers. This is elementaty school arithmetic!

  10. edgar lores says:

    1. I started viewing “Outwitting the Devil” and after many minutes I noticed the video is almost 4 hours long!

    2. At any rate I finished the first two portions where the Devil lists the two tools for controlling human minds and the second portion where he lists the two secret principles by which he gains control.

    3. One can tell the video (or book) is outdated when alcohol and cigarettes are listed as the tools. Nowadays it’s alcohol and drugs. (Actually, the book came out in 1938 long before tobacco was considered substance abuse.)

    3.1. In Buddhism, these vices are “attachments” which prevent enlightenment. But in Buddhism, attachments are more than substance abuse and take on the broader meaning of the neediness of the ego.

    4. I find it intriguing that the two secret principles are (a) habit and (b) capturing the mind of the child by “using those who are in charge of them.” And who are in charge? Well, generally parents, priests and pedagogues, but I would add a fourth “P” — peers.

    5. The reason I find the secret principles intriguing is that it parallels my thinking.

    5.2. What I refer to as “conditioning” is the equivalent of the second principle. This is the cultural conditioning we receive from the four Ps.

    5.3. And what I refer to as “enlightenment” is the equivalent of arising above conditioning, seeing the world not from the “habit” of our conditioning but with eyes afresh, with the doors of perception cleansed.

    6. And I keep emphasizing the virtues of “self-reliance” and “individuation”, of trying to achieve the full of one’s potential.

    6.1. And who are the Devil’s greatest enemies on earth? The Devil’s confesses: “All who inspire people to think and act on their own initiative are my enemies”.

    6.2. Also this: “Nothing can stop me except the power of accurate thought. People who think accurately do not drift on any subject. They recognize the power of their own minds. Moreover, they take over that power and yield it to no person or influence.”

    6.3. We have to be careful here. The operative word is “accurate.” People who are passionate and have strong opinions are not necessarily critical thinkers.

    7. There are certain things in the video that jarred my sense of rightness. But I will try to finish viewing (or reading) it. Thanks, chempo.

    • chempo says:

      Edgar, I know it will be very interesting to hear from you on this video.

      3.1 Buddhism’s ‘attachments’ is more than just a neediness of the ego. Some ‘attachments’ sure are egos — I have a BMW, my house is bigger etc, but some are just the human heart’s longings — I like the broken down watch that was the first present my son gave me, I’m still using the old pen which I used toe sign my first million dollar contract, etc. I’m sure Wil also counters this, unless he has a way of professing love without attachment.

      6.1. I guess Joe is also one of the Devil’s greatest enemies haha.
      6.3 Yes agreed

      • edgar lores says:

        3.1. Old watches and old pens are not attachments in the Buddhist sense. One is not grabbing at or onto these things. These things have become a part of ourselves. True, here is separation “materially” but no separation spiritually; therefore there is no attachment.

      • Joe America says:

        And proud of it . . .

  11. chempo says:

    Has anyone tried the online HARE PSYCHOPATHY test?

    I have a feeling only Wil is below 10.
    Any others who profess they are under 10 has got to be liars haha.

    • NHerrera says:

      Chempo, thanks for the blog article. No, I haven’t yet taken the HARE PSYCHOPATHY test. Ignorance is bliss. 🙂 I was about to start viewing the “Outwitting the Devil” video, but after noting the video length, reserved viewing that for later. Thanks for that too.

      Season’s greetings to you and your family!

      • chempo says:

        Thks NHerrera, Merry X’mas to you and your family too.
        Lechon and San Mig are good matches. Enjoy.

        • Just be careful with the saturated fat that whacks the ideal lipid profile (cholesterol and triglycerides). Early January is the usual month that the emergency rooms are at overflowing capacity with patients who indulged too much during the season. Lucky are those who can indulge and still maintain the healthy numbers in their lab tests.

          Hams. lechon, and barbecues… hmmm…delicious, tempting and deadly.

          Sorry for being a spoilsport. Spread love and joy!

          Merry Christmas!

          • NHerrera says:

            Thanks for the Advisory, Mary. I will just dip my finger in the lechon sauce and taste it. And drink half a bottle of San Mig. Your advice to a 77 year old is much appreciated.

            Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and family!!

            • Merry Christmas to you, too sir NH. My Christmas wish to you and each and everyone here – a long, satisfied and healthy life for more sharing and exchanging of ideas and opinions.

            • karl garcia says:

              I thought you were just 75, so my dad is just a few months older,not a few years like I once said.Merry Christmas and you too Mary and Chempo.
              Mary ,do what you adviced manong NHerrera,just look at the food and take a picture…no jk eat,but just a little.

              • My technique is to stay away from temptation, karl…after receiving their year-end pay (13th month and bonus), the staff sampled all the food restaurants in Bonifacio Global City while I stay at the office commenting on FB, here at Joe’s and at raissa’s. I stuck with my staple diet of boiled sayote and tomatoes plus fish. I just can’t resist barbecues, they are my undoing. Tonight the family will have a get together, I hope I can still call on the mighty will power.

          • GO EASY on “sinful” food.

            Two cardiologists have reminded merrymakers to eat and drink in moderation to avoid the so-called “holiday heart syndrome.”

            This condition is a general term for a range of cardiac anomalies brought about by the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, fatty and salty foods and caffeine, especially during the holiday season.

            Dr. Mariano Lopez, president of the Philippine College of Physicians, Wednesday said excessive intake of alcoholic beverage and guilty pleasures that pack very high sodium and calories burdens the heart, causing it to malfunction.

            “It usually occurs during the Christmas season or any fiesta when people eat and drink a lot,” Lopez told the Inquirer in an interview. “And when that happens, they can experience severe palpitations and irregular heartbeat, which can transform into ventricular fibrillation and cause sudden cardiac death.”

            Ventricular fibrillation, a cause of cardiac arrest, is the fatal irregularity of the heartbeat.

            Lopez said the “holiday heart syndrome” can be life-threatening to revelers who have an underlying heart condition but do not eat right or do not exercise self-control.

            For healthy people, the condition can be reversible after treatment for about two to three days, he said.

            Symptoms of the condition include palpitation, shortness of breath or dyspnea, chest pain and swelling of the ankles and feet.
            “Usually, those who experience these symptoms, we send them to the hospital and give them drugs to make the heart slow down,” said Lopez.

            Spike during Christmas

            Dr. Willie Ong, a fellow of the Philippine Heart Association and a former consultant of the Department of Health, also warned against the spike of holiday heart syndrome cases during the Christmas season.

            On his Facebook account, he enumerated seven food items commonly found on the noche buena table of Filipino households, which should be consumed with restraint to avoid the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

            These are: fried food, doughnuts and pastries, candies, chocolates and other sweets, soda and fruit drinks, potato chips, bacon, hotdogs and sausages, and hamburgers. He noted that all these were either rich in fat, sugar and preservatives.

            An informal survey in Metro Manila hospitals from 2004 to 2008 has shown a tripling of emergencies and admissions during the Christmas season.

            According to the unofficial study, there were 153 cases of heart attack and stroke reported in December 2004; 163 during the same month the following year; 172 in 2006, 170 each in 2007 and 2008.

            Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/749852/docs-warn-of-holiday-heart-syndrome#ixzz3vDMToEzT

    • Wilfredo G. Villanueva says:

      Aw, Chempo. Pressure, pressure.

  12. NHerrera says:


    Compared to the earlier survey numbers where the topnotcher in the Presidential wannabes was in the high 30s compared to the second placer, in the 20s, these earlier large differences (between topnotcher and the second placer) have been attenuated — most probably because the positives and negatives of the various candidates have been exposed, some of which are obviously contrived. Assuming all five Presidential Candidates are in the ballots, this attenuation will quite obviously result in a very tight race between the four candidates (excepting Sen Santiago).

    Without being entangled into the messy and contentious issue of forecasting who will be the topnotcher and who will be the second placer, I ran through a probabilistic calculation known in the literature as a Monte Carlo Simulation (forgive the technical gibberish). Using as one basis the projected 2016 actual (as compared to registered) number of voters of about 45 million, my calculation results in a rather UNCOMFORTABLE one — that the vote difference between the topnotcher and the second placer may range only in:

    – a low of less than 1 million votes;
    – a high of 2.5 million votes.

    I hope it is closer to the higher number because a vote difference of less than 1 million will lead to complaints left and right. (Just my opinion.)

  13. Letlet says:

    May the true joy and peace, given to the world through the birth of the Incarnate Word, be with you all this Christmas and throughout the New Year. Happy Christmas to you all.

  14. Bing Garcia says:

    While Binay and Poe got the highest scores in the survey, SWS director Leo Laroza said they are statistically tied with Roxas and Duterte for the top spot since the poll had a margin of error of ±3% for national percentages.

  15. junie garcia says:

    I feel this will be the start of the upswing of votes for both Roxas and Robredo. Apparently voters have started to look more closely at the candidates and their qualifications so I won’t buy the scenario being floated by some political analysts that in the event of Poe’s disqualification, the votes will swing to either Binay or Digong.I would like to believe that Digong is but a flash in the pan so to speak while Binay’s votes will remain limited to his core group. I, too, like Robredo’s steady climb, now even surpassing Cayetano and is tied with BBM. I credit this to her untiring efforts and her charisma that has captured the attention not only of the female voters but the youth as well. A very Merry Christmas to you, Joe and all contributors and followers of this blog.

  16. bauwow says:

    Chempo, thank you for this article! Never thought I’d encounter amygdala and ventromedial cortex in the same paragraph again.😃
    I would add that dictators never planned or set out to become, well a dictator. Maybe something in their brain lost their circuitry or they were just plain drunk with power. Funny thing is, they never saw themselves as dictators and firmly believe that they are holding on to power.

    • Chempo says:

      Glad u like it. I agree with you no one set our conscientiously to be a dictator. Power is intoxicating and so they advance down the path. Normally when the arrive at the throne the first thing they do is kill off their right hand man. They don’t trust these guys. Dictators are paranoid of back stabbers. Castro did in che Guevara, Mao killed off Lin pao, etc. Yes they honestly don’t think they are dictators. That’s malignant narcissism. They really believe in their own lies.

  17. bauwow says:

    Also, I have to state that I am amazed by the dissection of our guru Edgar Lores regarding the devil’s greatest enemies are “All who inspire people to think and act on their own initiative are my enemies”. WOW!!!

    And Oo nga

    • bauwow says:

      Merry Christmas to everyone! May this break give us the necessary strength to forge ahead next year, and may our prayers be heard tha our country will have another 6 years of continuous growth an development.

  18. karl garcia says:

    A card for you all.

  19. bauwow says:

    So that’s how its done! Thanks Manong Joe for the tip. Now how can we do it with a smartphone?

  20. Bert says:

    To the whole Society of Honor family, my wholehearted season greetings to all of you guys. More enjoyable and more rambunctious days for all of us in this site in the days and years ahead, :).

    Joe, my friend and brother, wishing you and family all the best.

    I won’t mention names, but you guys are all dear and close to my heart. And that’s coming from the heart.

  21. Thanks, Chempo for an article full of grains of wisdom.

    We all know who among the PH candidates have the dictatorial tendencies. The real question is: Who wants to vote the dictators as PH leaders in 2016?

    For those whose answer is: ME. E-mail me and I’ll send you a thinking cap for free.

  22. Jorge Barba says:

    Laughable article. It just pull out a cursory similarity and conclude that Duterte belongs to the pack. Have you ever done much deeper analysis on your data of the person you’re talking about?

    How many people Duterte rescued or assisted such as the poor, captured military, victims of calamities, sick? None of those matches of the dictator you’re trying to compare.

    Have you seen Duterte writing anti-semitic notes long before came to power like Hitler?
    Have you seen Duterte doing his own western mental abstraction like Polpot?

    Btw, as to the fallacy of the lowest crime rate, DCPO already provided with the proper data that a much lower percentage of crime in Davao were for bodily or property harm. The rest are for politice initiatives and violations of their stricter crimes.

    Take for instance Economic Intelligence, cited by Monsodas more credible than Numbeo. I personally know that 11 pm and beyond, it’s not really that safe in Melbourne and worse on the West Side where it is virtually a ghost town where you’ll be a sure target of drug and other criminals. Same also for Sydney and New York. These 3 cities are in the top 10 of EI and yet Monsod is so naive doing data comparison…..where it include metrics a developing country can’t match.

    Had it only for personal safety criteria alone, Davao can easily beat any top 10 cities in EI.

    When Duterte wants criminals gone, he meant it via his own personal experience – he saw the real horror of the MRI results of brains being melted and the worseing drug menace in the country.

    The former DEA handed him the terrifying drug problem in the country…even ordinary people knows the depth of its practice even among poor neighborhood.

    Have you been into the provinces and saw for yourself the extend of drug menace? Even 8 year old children are now becoming victims of rape.

    • chempo says:

      Jorge, this for your comment. I appreciate your views and you try to support your views.. This article made no claims the good mayor is a dictator. It only drew on what seems worrisome character traits and leaving to readers to their own conclusion. There is no doubt he tamed a frontier town. Its still debatable whether the means justified the ends. Moreover as the era of lawlessness has ended, certainly the style of rule should change. Or else comes true the saying of the heroes stayed too long to become the villain

      • Stayed too long, they did…for more than 20 years. Of course they should have accomplished much given that long reign with the city run by practically the whole family with no check and balance, their long time city administrator a Binay man later appointed in the BSP. Every accomplishent they did is their duty and they were there to do it.

    • Joe America says:

      I am afraid I don’t follow the logic. We know Duterte has done good things for Davao, so those can always be cited. We know that drugs are a problem around the world, but citing horrific incidents of an 8 year-old getting raped is no justification for justifying a leader who is foul of mouth, disrespectful of women, cites killing as a solution, and threatens people with vengeful repercussions if they object to his ways. If we say that this kind of manly Death Squad mentality is right for Davao, and we don’t need to worry about human rights or laws, then we should approve those methods for any city or municipality, and go back to the days like the American wild west when the sheriff decided who stayed in town, who left, who was jailed, and who was killed.

      For myself, I don’t want all the LGU’s run by gunslingers, I don’t want my nation represented by a rough, foul-mouthed man, and I would not allow my son to watch this guy in a public forum, for the dirt that just flows naturally from his mouth. You may support whom you wish. I trust you can also allow others their choices without being disrespectful.

    • Bert says:

      “Had it only for personal safety criteria alone, Davao can easily beat any top 10 cities in EI.”—Jorge Barba

      Maybe you’re right, Jorge. But wait for the time when you or members of your clan become the victim of Duterte’s ire or of his Death Squad then say that again one more time.

    • Madlanglupa says:

      Is it not that the cure you champion might be more deadlier than the disease, which could also kill the ailing patient?


  23. chempo,

    Thanks for the article. I’m reading Mary Beard’s “SPQR” right now and the very first chapters are on Cicero—- and that time before Roman emperors, when the Senate and the Roman people were in the center, though maybe more on the Senate (populated by rich, older Roman men).

    Which brings me to current events. What’s your take on President Basher al-Assad?

    • chempo says:

      Happy new year Lance

      I really do not know much of President Basher al-Assad. He is the little prince that took over his father’s job after the heir apparent, his elder brother, died in a tragic accident. He is into his 3rd term of office, never democratically elected, but put in place by dear daddy’s powerful Ba’ath Party. He rules by virtue of an Alawite military under his command. It’s the same story throughout history, of a small minority, the Alawites, ruling a larger sectarian majority, by sheer brute force. It seems he was complicit in the assasination of Hariri, the Lebanese President.

      I don’t think he is an all powerful dictator, like Idi Amin, Hitler, Papa Doc, or even his dad Hafez, etc, in the sense that he is the sole voice that dictates events in Syria. He does not seem to command that kind of stature. I think it is the powerful Ba’ath Party, more probably, some old men clique within the party, that pulls the strings.

      In any case, as a certified ophthalmologist, he has his eyes fixed on the throne and no Arab Spring, Allied Forces, Russians, ISIS, or Isrealis can make him leave the palace without a fight.

  24. DelPi says:

    I just want to add more list of dictatotors to help out and see the big picture, so please check out this link out of curiosity. Dictatorship is not that badd, remember Lee Kuan yew?


    • Joe America says:

      Even Lee Kuan Yew had power, and was not afraid to use it, even if it upset a lot of people. His family planning initiatives (birth control) back in the late 1960’s were very controversial. Those who objected were good people. So one has to accept that the values of one person will overlay the values of what I would call the “consensus of society” in a dictatorship, and the values of that one person may change once he or she feels the glory of power.

      The other thing is that a President in a democracy has to demonstrate unusual strength, to allow the freedoms he allows, which end up putting him in the targets for a lot of criticism. So we ought not look at democratically elected presidents as weak because THE SYSTEM is full of argument and criticism. It is, after all, the way the SYSTEM works.

      So with those remarks as preliminary, who would you find acceptable as a Philippine dictator among the following candidates:

      Noy Aquino
      Grace Poe
      Jojo Binay
      Mar Roxas
      Rodrigo Duterte
      Miriam Santiago
      Chiz Escudero
      Bong Bong Marcos
      Leni Robredo
      Manny Pacquiao

      • DelPi says:

        Great question and I agree with the values and the character summary. I think Mar Roxas possessed those values and he could be a dictator, but he doesnt have that fire in the belly to dictate good vs evil.

        • Joe America says:

          Actually, your comment inspired a full blog, as you will see noted in the right column, scheduled for January 10. Mar Roxas was third on my list. I prefer his style to those who I think would dictate more evil than good, but I agree there are stronger candidates for dictator. Let’s hold this off for further discussion on the forthcoming blog, eh?

          Thanks for inciting the blog. 🙂 🙂

      • chempo says:

        Joe, regarding the family planning initiative of Lee, it was the STOP AT TWO campaign. We were 3rd world country then and to break the poverty trap, the government worked out 2 child per family will give us zero population growth. There was no laws passed, nothing so coercive or authoritative like the way they do it in China. It was just education and tax incentives and disincentives. Compare this to Philippines RP bill and one can go into a long discussion on which type of governance is better.

        The policy was such a success that when it became apparent the maths was not correct and we were heading for negative population growth, it became extremely difficult to get people to have bigger families.

        • Joe America says:

          Thanks for the background on that. Indeed, when one grants responsibility in a forthright way, it works better than demanding obedience. That’s the lesson to me.

  25. Lim says:

    Before anything else I would like to say: thank goodness for people like you. I stumbled upon your site whilst searching for these related topics on the presidential candidate. And glad I did. Your insight in this has me curious to read more of your works.

    I personally had experience with psycopaths that opened my “third eye”, if you could say that. An experience that shook my world and opened the flood gates to sooth my overheating skin from the vile wretchedness of these kinds. Upon years of personal research and accounts of others, I can say it’s very easy to spot these people. That presidential candidate clearly being one of them. Look out for the tells and the red flags; it’s evident in the way they look, act and talk that these kinds of people have the same characteristics. But later on they will trip on themselves and it’ll be laid bare to see who they are, due to their own inflation of ego that they cannot stand to keep a secret. They will tell it all, and don’t be fooled when they “joke”: it is a hidden truth that they play like a puzzle, baiting you to see if anyone will catch their naughty little tell. Like a child playing with a matchbox spider, these psychopaths are just that. And they are iredeemable once they’ve reached maturity. It is born and festered, so most succeeding the source will follow.

    • chempo says:

      Thanks for dropping by Lim and we’re glad you found us.
      The Society here appreciates your comments. We are all in a learning process and always in sharing mode. Dissent is welcome, so long as it’s civil and meaningful and on the issues, not on the commenters.
      Joe is our gracious host, but we are one exuberant crowd.
      On behalf of Joe, I would like to say that whilst we discuss politics, our interest and what drives our participation here is always what’s best for the Philippines.

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