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Edited Apr 01, 2017, 16:53
Re: Duterte update
Apr 01, 2017, 16:52
It's impossible to understand Duterte without first addressing the issues that propelled him to power - the highest homicide rate in Asia, rampant corruption, and a loss of national pride due to more than a century of American colonialism / neo-colonialism. One can of course debate whether Duterte's "strong man" approach is appropriate in such a situation, but it's misleading to assume that the country was substantially better before he took over. One should also question why, out of all the tyrannical third world leaders, Duterte has suddenly become the "flavor of the month" for the Western press to vilify.

Andre Vltchek, one of my favorite journalists, wrote a good piece on Duterte back in December 2016, after spending time in Manila. I recommend it to those who want to get a more nuanced view of this figure.

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