Imagine the presidential election campaign in which ambitious candidate campaign offends people, and makes promises and threats are so scary that people think, of course, he must be exaggerating. Now imagine that the candidate won.
Welcome to the Philippines, where Rodrigo Duterte, also known as "the Punisher" on 30 June he occupied the post of President. Duterte caused an international scandal when he called the US Ambassador and insulted him by calling him "gay". He claimed that he used these words in conversation with us Secretary of state John Kerry, when Kerry visited the Philippines.
The brand new administration Duterte already has the worst features of the emerging fascist dictatorship. He attracted voters with promises to solve the country's problems without taking into account the intricacies of human rights or trivial objections elites. He vowed to clear the streets of criminals and drug dealers. He said he's had his fill of Manila Bay the corpses of criminals.
His previous statement was equally shocking, and he refused to apologize for what he said or did.
The U.S. Ambassador apparently "angry" at the President when he criticized striking the joke Duterte about the meeting about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary in Davao, when Duterte was mayor there. The comment provoked criticism not only from the American envoy, but from many other political figures.
Duterte refused to apologize, and when his party expressed regret on his behalf, he disavowed the apology. Apologies are anathema to potential dictators who portray themselves as infallible and omnipotent.
June 25, a few days before taking office, he addressed the crowd who gathered in Davao city to celebrate the victory. In the speech, broadcast nationwide, he announced harsh measures against drug traffickers, offering people just to kill them. "Kill him," he said, "and I'll give you a medal." Within 5 weeks after taking Rodrigo's office, hundreds of people were killed without trial.
A few days ago the President issued a new list of judges, politicians and military figures, which he claims are involved in drug trafficking. A stunning provocation has alarmed many Filipinos, including the chief justice of the Supreme court, Maria Lourdes Sereno, who sent a letter urging the President to respect the "constitutional order".
3 August, the President started his war with powerful business figures. "I fight with a monster," he said, "... believe me, I will destroy them in our country." He then continued to call some of the "monsters" he planned to destroy, the rich people in a number of industries.
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