Duterte: “If I don’t act like a dictator the Philippines won’t progress”

https://www.rt.com/news/418255-duterte-dictator-philippines-government/

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that if it weren’t for his dictatorial style, his country would stagnate and never improve.

Opposition leaders have railed against Duterte’s proposal to revise the Philippines’ constitution. Currently the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of each state in a body of states are contained within a central authority, but the proposal aims to switch these over to a federal system.

“If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don’t act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country,”the president said at the meeting in Visayan, as cited by The SunStar Manila. Duterte made the inflammatory remarks when speaking to a gathering of former Communist rebels, insisting that his style of governance was necessary in order to sustain progress and growth in the country.

“That’s true. If I don’t act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country,” he added. “I had to (act like a dictator). Besides, you have chosen me as your president. Why won’t you follow me when my dreams are all for you?”

Critics have long accused Duterte of authoritarian tendencies, given his abrasive and combative rhetoric when dealing with opponents, coupled with his tough stance on drugs, which has become the hallmark of his presidency.

He also came under intense criticism for declaring martial law on the southern island of Mindanao last year during the Islamist insurgency in Marawi City.

Duterte’s latest comments come just days before the country celebrates the 32nd anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, February 22–25, 1986, which ultimately toppled the brutal Marcos dictatorship.

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ahh rodrigo..is there a less pc leader in the world right now?

That’s true. If I don’t act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country,” he added. “I had to (act like a dictator). Besides, you have chosen me as your president. Why won’t you follow me when my dreams are all for you?”

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~ by seeker401 on February 14, 2018.

One Response to “Duterte: “If I don’t act like a dictator the Philippines won’t progress””

  1. article dated February 2017
    http://fintechranking.com/2017/02/28/the-startup-that-wants-to-build-a-cashless-economy-in-the-philippines/

    “Sixty-nine percent of Filipinos were underbanked as of 2015. But the country also has the fastest-growing smartphone market in ASEAN–not to mention that it’s home to the selfie capital of the world. The combination creates an interesting opportunity for fintech entrepreneurs…

    “Vernon was inspired by WeChat’s success in China and decided to create a similar platform for the Philippines, integrating payments options into Tagcash. “Since the Philippines uses social media and chat so much, it makes sense to integrate payments and transfers within that area. We started with [a] website and API, created an app for it, and now we are venturing into chatbots, so that anyone can transfer and spend money via Facebook messenger,” Vernon said.”

    Philippines are a boom for fintech. Interesting social dynamic, Duterte is about as loud as they get, like Trump in ways. He gets the attention of the social media, and in a nation that leads in social media, it seems any attention, even if awful (Duterte self-proclaimed dictatorship), may be good in the social media world. Keeps the news circulating fast and the social media medium in use often. Gotta build more tech (slight sarcasm).

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