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Top Secret Files of a Mental Fugitive, Exposed

Intermission #2: Some Filipino Voters in a Nutshell

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Now, for some seriously needed context...

In 2015, Duterte confirmed his links to extrajudicial killings in Davao, and warned that if elected president he may kill up to 100,000 criminals.
And he just said he's running in 2016 for presidency. And he was already popular before he intended to run.

Let that thought sink for a moment.

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  1. Nuclear Consensus's Avatar
    Now that you mention it, Duterte's anti-drug death squads look promising on paper, but unfortunately the idea breaks down at the national level. Gives you a lot to think about before election day.
  2. Seika's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclear Consensus
    Now that you mention it, Duterte's anti-drug death squads look promising on paper, but unfortunately the idea breaks down at the national level. Gives you a lot to think about before election day.
    I think you and I must have a different idea of the definitions either of "death squads" or "looking promising". The two don't especially go together.
  3. DreamsRequiem's Avatar
    Well, it's really something to think about, being that the death squad might be one of the primary reason why Davao is 4th is safest cities in the world.
  4. Ivan The Mouse's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DreamsRequiem
    Well, it's really something to think about, being that the death squad might be one of the primary reason why Davao is 4th is safest cities in the world.
    Well, Duterte also said this: "If Congress threatens me with impeachment, I will close it down."

    He also said, "Its going to be a dictatorship. Its the police and the military who will be the backbone. If they agree with you if the right-thinking policemen and military men agree with you then after 6 years, there will be a new set-up: maybe a federal type, less corruption, and a fresh air for the next generation.

    And, for the record, it's the police and military who are implicated with the killings of a tribal clan in Southern Philippines called Lumad in an attempt to clear out Communist rebels. The military is denying, and the police are clueless.
  5. Nuclear Consensus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan The Mouse
    And, for the record, it's the police and military who are implicated with the killings of a tribal clan in Southern Philippines called Lumad in an attempt to clear out Communist rebels. The military is denying, and the police are clueless.
    That's what they said about Maguindanao too.
  6. JetKinen's Avatar
    At least he is honest.

    That is more you can say about other politicians.
  7. Spinach's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seika
    I think you and I must have a different idea of the definitions either of "death squads" or "looking promising". The two don't especially go together.
    Anti-rabies ridden child-eating wild dog death squads are promising if you ask me.

    See you can put these phrases together.
  8. Nuclear Consensus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seika
    I think you and I must have a different idea of the definitions either of "death squads" or "looking promising". The two don't especially go together.
    By "look promising", I meant "brutally effective".

    As an aside, I've always wondered why the families of the murdered drug pushers never filed complaints against Duterte.
  9. Ivan The Mouse's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclear Consensus
    By "look promising", I meant "brutally effective".

    As an aside, I've always wondered why the families of the murdered drug pushers never filed complaints against Duterte.
    They're afraid to be the the next victims, of course.
  10. DreamsRequiem's Avatar
    I actually know someone who is the mother of a dead criminal in Davao. Duterte has a system, do it once, get jailed. Get out of jail and do it again, die.

    This woman wasn't angry at Duterte, she's grieved her son but she knew why he died. He was a convicted criminal, and he already has his chance and wasted it. I've known 3 people from Davao and absolutely none of them have complaints against their mayor, as he's kept their city safe and he's very effective on what he does. He kills drug pushers, rapers, and any other kind of people who has done some terrible crime, he doesn't kill every criminal instantly. He gives people second chances, and it's their fault if they waste that.
  11. Ivan The Mouse's Avatar
    Even then, we have this little law that makes "inciting to sedition" a crime.

    In practice right now, it is being charged against people who say things that the Philippine government doesn't want to hear or people to hear. If Duterte becomes President, there's a chance that he'll just bypass the law and silence people who do speak out against the government.

    It doesn't help that one of the popular Vice-Presidential Candidates is Bongbong Marcos, the son of Ferdinand Marcos, and he's trumpeting the legacy of his father as a campaign platform.
  12. DreamsRequiem's Avatar
    good points, but I really don't think he's gonna be president anyway. Swindling and cheating is a huge thing in the Philippines and we all know how easy it is to change the votes with a simple call. It also just so happens that this guy might not really be all that interested in being the new president, and it shows through his currently lackluster campaign and the way he presents himself, which is unmotivated.