Friday, May 4, 2018

Duterte disputes Time: 'I am not a strongman, I haven't jailed a critic for badmouthing me, except foreigners'

Following the release of the Time Magazine’s depiction of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the world’s emerging “strongmen”, in its May edition, Duterte disputed saying that he is not a strongman.

In his remarks during the 37th Principals Training and Development Program and National Board Conference in Davao City, he said ‘I am not a strongman’.

“Hindi naman ako (I am not a) strongman. I have never sent anyone to jail for badmouthing me. But [if you are a]foreigner, that’s another thing,” President Duterte said.

The president had recently ordered the arrest of an Australian missionary, Sister Patricia Fox for allegedly engaging into political rallies or “partisan political activities,”.

Fox’s visa was later on cancelled by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for violating the Philippine law, that foreigners are not allowed to be involved in political activities.

The said Time cover story also featured Russian President Vladimir Putin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“In every region of the world, changing times have boosted public demand for more muscular, assertive leadership. These tough-talking populists promise to protect ‘us’ from ‘them.’ Depending on who’s talking, ‘them’ can mean the corrupt elite or the grasping poor; foreigners or members of racial, ethnic or religious minorities. Or disloyal politicians, bureaucrats, bankers or judges. Or lying reporters,” the article read.

In its cover, the author who is an American political scientist, Ian Bremmer described Duterte as: “a former mayor who talked more like a mob boss than a President, on his promises to wipe out the drug trade with his own brand of justice.”

This is already the second time that President Duterte was featured on the cover of the Time Magazine, the same one that profiled the Philippine President as “The Punisher”.

Source: Manila Times