Before Rodrigo Duterte assumed the office of president, the Philippines was suffering from the effects of IMF/World Bank-imposed austerity and privatization. This shock doctrine is precisely what is coming to the U.S. under the faux Trump. The Philippines is the model to follow on this because the people there have pealed back the onion and support a leader that has done likewise. They are perhaps a half decade ahead of comatose Americans. But the experience of the Philippines shows that can change. And unlike Western politicians, who pay lip service to change before letting down their supporters, the Philippines’ president has delivered on his promises – in spades. He enjoys a massive 83% approval rating.
The first volley from Duterte when he assumed the presidency in July 2016 was to go after the corrupting drug trade. More than 7,000 alleged drug users and traffickers have been killed thus far, many by extrajudicial means. Duterte also known as “The Punisher” calls it a state of war.
“There’s a way of a bit difference between killing of innocent person and killing a criminal. They ought not be mixed up. I’m trying to zero in at law and order because peace is what makes a country developed and progressed,” Duterte said. Overall, crime has plummeted.
Next, he reacted harshly to what he himself described as “economic hitman strategies” from the U.S. He effectively and correctly has described the U.S. as an aggressive rogue power. He is trying to align closer to China and Russia. He is also trying to smooth things over with the Muslim population in the South and see U.S. soldiers based in the country as being problematic. Here are Duterte’s own words on U.S. and EU relationships.
Of late, Duterte is going toe to toe with several of the Philipines’ leading oligarchs, who he says are tax evaders and corrupt democracy. The leader is also taking on the Lugenpresse, who are also tax evaders.
“I will give them a deadline. I need money to run this country. I need money to build houses,” Duterte said. With a true breath of fresh air, he goes on and says, Bring it on, assholes, people don’t trust what the media says anymore!”
Last and certainly not least, President Duterte has vowed to “eradicate all traces of Rothschild financial criminality” from the Philippines, announcing that he will no longer respond to pressure or financial blackmail from the U.S. government or Rothschild-controlled global banking institutions.
It is so heartening to see a real leader who has a lucid, clear worldview and understanding of the plunder. He may not survive, but God speed President Duterte.