Philippines

Presidential Candidate with Alleged Links to Death Squads Wins Election in Philippines

Insists he's not a bigot

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Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who openly wished he could've raped a victim of a gang rape perpetrated in his city first and said he'd kill his child if he caught him using drugs, has been elected the 16th president of the Philippines.

Duterte is a member and chairman of PDP-Laban, a populist left-wing party in the Philippines. The hardline "anti-crime" candidate, who has proposed increasing police and military salaries to decrease corruption and improve crime fighting, credited his focus on "law and order" for his long-standing lead in polls. "What I can promise you is that I will do my very best not just in my waking hours but even in my sleep," he said.

Duterte has been accused of condoning and inciting death squads in Davao, where has been mayor for more than twenty years in three non-consecutive tenures. "If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination," he said in 2009.

Duterte, however, bristled at comparisons to Donald Trump. Duterte may be a bloodthirsty blowhard with little regard for the rule of law, but he insists he's not a bigot. Outgoing President Benigno Aquino has warned Duterte's election could lead the country back to dictatorship.

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  1. Well, as long as he’s not a bigot.

  2. A law and order leftist? I’m sure the Reeducation Through Honest Work Camps will lead to a just society this time.

    1. see: every communist regime ever.

  3. I think it’s great that in the Philippines, no one cares that their president can look like a guy waiting at the bus stop.

    1. The bus to Costco for more of those sweet Kirkland jeans.

  4. …wait, that sign in the background… “stop housing foreclosures”?!! So the Kochs made it to the Philippines too.

  5. Outgoing President Benigno Aquino has warned Duterte’s election could lead the country back to dictatorship.

    What prevented Aquino from leading the country back into dictatorship?

    1. What prevented Aquino from leading the country back into dictatorship?

      The fact that people in the Philippines own a metric fuckton of guns, for one.

      1. Interesting, are they semi-auto restricted or is it basically all illegal but there is an abundant black market of everything full-auto black and scary?

        1. The second.

          The Phillipines has a thriving black market firearm manufacturing industry.

  6. The Phillipines, where the Filipinos live… and speak tagalog. Why the pH and then the f?

    Also, why does no one care about anything but safety?

    1. I’m going to guess the country was named after Philip II, the Spanish king.

      1. Yes, but that doesn’t explain why they aren’t philipinos…

        1. The pH was caustic but the f was frequent?

    2. Phillipines is an Anglicised spelling. The king was named Felipe, the Spanish version of the name, but as it was long standard tradition to translate the names of foreign rulers, he is called Philip in English.

      So the country ended up with an English spelling for the name, since it was a US territory and English is widely spoken there, but the demonym Filipino was taken directly from the Spanish– hence the ‘o’ at the end.

    3. Also, in Tagalog they say Pilipino, as they have no ‘f’ sound.

      1. Why don’t you go to the store, get some pritters, and then go puck yourself.

  7. Duterte, however, bristled at comparisons to Donald Trump.

    Yeah, he’s not building a fucking wall. He already has a kickass moat.

    1. Trump wouldn’t rape his daughter, he would just fuck her. Gosh.

  8. I’d vote Manny Pacquiao for prez if I lived there.

  9. RE: Presidential Candidate with Alleged Links to Death Squads Wins Election in Philippines Presidential Candidate

    Vote for me or die.
    Hmm.
    I wonder how long before Heil Hitlery or Trump the Grump develops this idea on the Amerikan electorate.

  10. Duterte may be a bloodthirsty blowhard with little regard for the rule of law, but he insists he’s not a bigot.

    You know, priorities.

    1. he’s not a bigot.

      He hates on everybody equally. How progressive!

  11. RE: Presidential Candidate with Alleged Links to Death Squads Wins Election in Philippines Presidential Candidate

    Vote for me or die.
    Hmm.
    I wonder how long before Heil Hitlery or Trump the Grump develops this idea on the Amerikan electorate.

  12. “Duterte is a member and chairman of PDP-Laban, a populist left-wing party in the Philippines.”

    A left-winger? So he *does* have something in common with Trump.

  13. the consequences of manny pacquiao losing to mayweather continue….

  14. It will be interesting to see how his election will effect US/Philippine/Chinese relations respecting the South China Seas. He favors improving relations with China over relations with the US, but his countrymen and his country’s territories are being challanged agressively by China. His election has meaning beyond the waters edge.

  15. So I guess he’s compared to Trump, not because of what he says, but how he says it?

    1. So he uses the words “huge, tremendous” and “classy” a lot….

    2. They are both populist left wingers

  16. Screw Duterte. How about some articles on the Libertarian Presidential candidates, and how it is important to vote third party this time around. All these articles about the major parties, and not much in regards to McAfee, Johnson, Or Peterson.

    1. A VOTE FOR DUTERTE IS JUST A VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!111!

      1. I’m voting for Scarecrow to become scarecrow and wood chipper super repair czar.

  17. Well, apparently not…

    Rodrigo Duterte needs a PR makeover to win the presidency

    Filipino voters did not need to see the spectacle of Duterte’s womanizing ways.

    His supporters think that his “honesty” is a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of public servants who try to look like saints but live in “sin” behind closed doors. In other words, they think Duterte is not a hypocrite. They are okay with his womanizing and unconventional lifestyle. That is a good point. I don’t like men who act so holy in public while secretly having mistresses left and right myself.

  18. So which of the 13 families does he belong to?

  19. My cousin owned a bar in the Philippines back in the 80’s. His (now-ex) wife was stationed there with the air force. He just loved that place. Actually, my doctor is from there – his son (born here) is taking over his practice. Nicest people….

    Anyhoo…

  20. OT – A Slice of the Confederacy in the Interior of Brazil

    “SANTA B?RBARA D’OESTE, Brazil ? On a stage festooned with Confederate flags, a singer was belting out “Dixieland Delight” by Alabama near an obelisk honoring the Americans who fled to this outpost in the aftermath of the Civil War.

    “”We’re not racists,” said C?cero Carr, 54, an engineer whose great-great-grandfather hailed from Texas. Wearing a fedora featuring the rebel battle flag, he explained in Portuguese, “We’re just revering our ancestors who had the good sense to settle in Brazil.”

    “At the annual celebration of Brazil’s self-described Confederados one scorching Sunday in April, Confederate flags adorned the hoop-skirted gowns of young belles and the trucker caps worn by beer-guzzling bikers, as well as the graves of pioneers with surnames like McAlpine, Northrup and Seawright….

    “Generations after the first Confederates arrived here, some are trying to decipher their complex legacy. Around Brazil, their descendants include Ellen Gracie Northfleet, a former justice on Brazil’s Supreme Court; Rita Lee Jones, a rock singer and animal-rights activist; and Greg?rio Duvivier, a comedian who writes a biting satirical column in the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.”

    1. Wow – that’s pretty damned interesting.

    2. Smiling at her husband, Ms. Copriva, 43, who works as a maid, gazed at the graves around them. “We know there was slavery in both the United States and Brazil, but look at us now, white and black, together in this place,” she said while pointing to the tombstones. “Maybe we’re the future and they’re the past.”

      Yes, that’s what being dead usually means.

      1. But sometimes…. believing is all we have

          1. I was referencing this

            re: journey – I contributed briefly to an ’80s live-karaoke-band called “Sexy American Girlfriend” for a few years, and playing that song was one of the few highlights that made it semi-worthwhile. A few others as well. Much of it was brutal, soul-crushing tedium (*you do not know pain until you’ve been on stage while 3 middle aged jewish women try and collectively sing ‘Karma Chameleon’)

              1. I think it would be great to have a software program where a CGI Shelby Foote will recount anyone’s personal life anecdotes in the style of the “Civil War” documentaries.

                Like, “the Night of Brad’s Bachelor Party”, as told in the style of The Battle of Sunken Road.

                “The first man to fall was brad’s cousin… who had only just recently told his mother that he’d make sure no one embarrassed the family…. He, along with many others, were found in the swimming pool as dawn arrived, casting light on the wreckage of so many lives….”

            1. I didn’t know you’re a middle-aged Jewish woman.

              1. I’m transitioning. I’d appreciate it if you referred to me as “Shoshana Slotnik” in the meantime.

                1. But you revert to Gentile on Wednesday, which is when I saw you at Porky’s BBQ Palace.

          2. Ugh. The first two Journey albums were classic
            After that…nehhh.
            The early stuff is always better. After a band starts getting steady pussy, their music loses its creative edge.
            At least, that’s my theory.

      2. What if generations are reincarnating in rotation?

          1. the conundrum of consciousness has

            1. (oops) *eluded beings throughout the cosmos for eternities….

              yokels have it all figured out though

    3. I’m sure they snobbishly disdain the Nazi expats as nouveau-raciste.

      1. The good ol’ boys from Brazil.

        1. Led by Hickler.

    4. There was an unsuccessful attempt in Mexico when Maximilan invited confederates to stay and gave them land.

      Didn’t work out because he didn’t stay in power for much longer.

  21. I want a candidate with ties to the Death Star.

    1. A fully operational one, or that new lame planet one with the extra shitty defense lasers?

      1. A completed MK 2 of course.

        1. Ah yes the one with the safety hand rails around the main cannon observation console.

  22. i’d say he’s more like ted cruz from the puritan party oops i mean the gop.

    1. Jesus wants you to vote for Ted. Don’t you know that?

  23. So the Phillipines has gone full alpha with their choice of President. The PUA community should be pleased.

    1. You’ve see how dresses himself?

      1. You’ve seen how he dresses himself?

  24. I wonder if Art Bell has a stated opinion about this. Maybe on BellGab.

    1. BellGab

      Holy fuck, that’s a thing.

  25. Death squads smeth squads – at least he got things *done. Not like our do nothing Congress!

    1. Ah, the Zeroth Amendment.

    1. Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said that the City government will subsidize a large portion of the commuters’ fare to greatly contribute to the productivity of the ordinary workers which in turn will hasten an inclusive national growth.

      Duterte sounds more Bernie than Trump.

  26. “Duterte is a member and chairman of PDP-Laban, a populist left-wing party in the Philippines.”
    ——-

    So he believes in facts and science then? What’s the problem?

  27. Fun fact, US voter registration is available in Tagalog.

  28. “Duterte may be a bloodthirsty blowhard with little regard for the rule of law, but he insists he’s not a bigot.”

    Make no mistake – If Duterte was a dem nominee going against Trump, this would be lefty rationale for supporting him.

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