The Duterte in the Eye of the Beholder

The true sign of a successful demagogue is when leaders from various points of the political and social compass believe that he represents them. Thus with President Duterte – so far, at least. Of course it is early days and many of the above may find that after a few months in office he was all bluster and none of their expectations are significantly fulfilled. However, a casual reading of the opinion columns in such newspapers as The Philippine Daily Inquirer provides a revealing insight into the nature of an appeal that is supposed to encompass all classes and ethnicities, even if they come from radically diametrical points of view.

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