Philippines election: Populism, celebrity and ugly realities..Digong wins
As the Philippines prepares for its fifth election since the “People Power” revolution that overthrew dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, the BBC’s South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head asks whether any candidate can address the country’s true problems.
If you want to understand the dynamics of this election look away from the flutter of posters, from the noisy campaign trucks and their jaunty songs, and from a bewildering selection of smiling candidates contesting thousands of elected posts.
Look instead at the creaking infrastructure of Manila, the visible slums, the denuded mountainsides and scrappy farms.
The Philippines stands out – in a region that was once a byword for crippling poverty – for its failure to match its neighbours’ partial success in reducing inequality.
Official statistics show that poverty has stayed at more or less the same level for the past decade, despite economic growth averaging 6%.
Ask a motor tricycle driver or a day labourer how much the past four elections have changed their lives, and they will nearly all tell you: not one bit. If you look at how they live, you can believe them.
On paper, outgoing President Benigno Aquino has performed well – better, certainly, than his two predecessors.
Foreign direct investment has quadrupled, and the budget deficit has fallen. Spending has increased on infrastructure, schools and rural development. Middle-class Filipinos who have good jobs or businesses feel better off.
Hardline anti-crime candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has claimed victory in the Philippine presidential election.
The official PPCRV poll monitor said the mayor of the southern city of Davao had more than 14.8m votes – about 39% – with 90% of ballots counted.
Manuel Roxas is in second place with 9m (23%). The winner is decided on a simple majority of votes cast.
Mr Duterte has been the long-time front-runner in a campaign also driven by the economy and corruption.
Duterte was born on March 28, 1945, in Maasin, Leyte, in the Philippine Commonwealth to Cebuano lawyer Vicente G. Duterte and Soledad Roa, a native of Cabadbaran, Agusan, who was a school teacher and a civic leader of Maranaodescent. Duterte’s father Vicente, prior to being provincial governor of (the then-undivided) Davao province, was once a mayor of Danao in Cebu. Rodrigo’s cousin Ronald, on the other hand, served as Cebu City mayor from 1983 to 1986. Ronald’s father, Ramon Duterte, also held the position from 1957 to 1959. The Dutertes consider the political families of the Durano and the Almendras clan as relatives. Duterte also has relatives from the Roa clan in Leyte through his mother’s side. Before they resettled to Davao, Duterte’s family lived in his birthplace in Maasin, Leyte, and in his father’s hometown in Danao, Cebu, until he was five years old.
sounds like an asshole..hes from a “special” family though..
“Duterte, who has been dubbed “The Punisher” by Time magazine, has been criticized by human rights groups and by Amnesty International for tolerating extrajudicial killings of alleged criminals allegedly by the vigilante Davao death squads. Duterte has been heavily criticised by numerous organizations for condoning and even inciting murders to take place during his leadership.”
he should be ostracised by global powers then eh?