IS DUTERTE THE NEW STRONGMAN OF ASIA?

In terms of dictatorship, Asia is and was never wanting.  History is littered with famous dictators or strongmen from the Orient such as Mao Zedong of China, Hafiz Assad of Syria, Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Ho Chi Minh of North Vietnam, Park Chung Hee of South Korea, Lon Nol of Cambodia, and Kim Jong Il of North Korea as examples.  You can listen to Manhattan Transfer’s “WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE” for a listing of famous dictators sang a song.  Or you click on the link here for full list of dictators around the world from past to present.

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Yes, even in this age of social media network, dictators and strongmen are still present.  And unfortunately, media and some people have the habit of presuming a leader has a tendency to become one.  Take for example, presumptive President elect Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who declared during the campaign period that he will implement some local ordinances in Davao City in the entire archipelago which sent some shivers to many Filipinos.  And, some already are in the belief that Martial Law is coming once he assumes power on June 30, 2016.  Here is an interesting article I read in the internet answering the question “IS DUTERTE THE NEXT STRONGMAN OF ASIA?”

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Here’s an excerpt of the article;

MANILA — There was no tension on the faces of the police officers guarding City Hall in Pasig City on Monday evening. The mood outside was festive: Working-class Filipinos in sandals, basketball shorts and tank tops were sharing snacks and joking as they watched on a large screen the returns for the national election held earlier that day. Nearby, several police officers sat in the white, plastic monobloc chairs endemic to Filipino bureaucracy, taking it easy.

The bloodshed that so often attends political changeovers in thePhilippines was happening in other provinces. Somewhere else, gunmen had shot candidates and voters. Somewhere else, a grenade had been thrown at a market. Somewhere else, soldiers had been killed.

Read the entire article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/12/opinion/rodrigo-duterte-philippine-election-manila.html?_r=0

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