Rodrigo Duterte: Problem solver or maker?


Rodrigo Duterte: “I don’t care about Human Rights.” [EPA]

Rodrigo Duterte, the president of Philippines, is not the suitable person for the office. Almost everyone has heard of the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, and his brutality against drug dealers in the Philippines. President Duterte was elected to the Philippine’s highest office in July of this year, prior to this, he was the mayor of Davao City from 2013-2016. Duterte gained popularity in Philippines when he declared the War on Drugs, which is a campaign to reduce drug smuggling and punish drug dealers to reduce crime.

Duterte speaking with the residents in Davao City [Keith Bacongco]

Duterte eventually succeeded in earning his position by winning 40% of the votes – a massive number of 16 million votes with his closest rival 6.6 million votes behind. According to Trending News Portal, albeit using inhumane brutality, Duterte has succeeded in reducing crime rates in the Philippines by 49%.

Despite these accomplishments, Rodrigo Duterte is not being ethical in “protecting” his country by killing 2000 citizens, many of who have not even been proved guilty of doing drugs. This government policy of terror is not going to last long and could potentially bring up more violence and chaos into the country as many of his actions go against basic human rights. He may be reducing crime rate in the short term, but as time passes, this could possibly bring up more crime from murder as he allows people to possess guns and permits them to shoot anyone suspected of drug dealing.

From calling Obama “a son of a whore” to stating his statement of Philippines’ separation from the US to side with China and Russia, Duterte has created massive complication in the politics in Asia. Duterte also praised Hitler in his speech saying, “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there is three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” He also gets his statistics wrong as Hitler slaughtered 6 million Jews. Furthermore, Duterte pointed his middle finger at Brussels when the European Nation urged him to do investigations to be carried about human rights abuse.

Duterte also disrespects victims of rape by saying, “I saw her face and I thought, ‘What a pity… they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor (who is himself) should have been first.” This is not the right person to lead a country and create peace. Duterte will cause bigger problems with his ignorant words that will put the country in struggle with other nations. As a strong violator of human rights, Rodrigo Duterte should not remain in presidency and he should apologize for all the nonsense he had said.

At his final campaign rally in May 2016, Duterte said, “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I’d kill you. I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.” Human rights are the basics in what every person deserves. To openly violate these rights proves Rodrigo Duterte should not be kept in Office and lead a country.