Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 29 December 2016, 21:30 hrs, UTC, Post #66.
BBC Asia Report, 29 December 2016.
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This has been a most unusual and surprising political year. In the United States, billionaire businessman Donald Trump scored a totally unexpected win over his Democrat challenger, Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump’s extreme right of center views have made many people in the U.S. angry, unhappy, and deeply concerned.
While we have to adjust to the new world according to Mr. Trump, the Philippines must deal with Rodrigo Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City who pledges to drop corrupt officials and criminals from helicopters. Like Mr. Trump, President Duterte has promised to crack down on crime and remove corruption from government.
The BBC Asian service believes Mr. Duterte may be a curious contradiction:
“Mr Duterte made his latest comments in a speech to victims of a typhoon in the central Philippines on Tuesday. A video clip of his remarks was posted by his office.
He threatened the helicopter punishment for anyone who might steal the financial aid he was promising.
“I have done this before, why would I not do it again?” he said to applause.
He suggested his victim or victims were kidnappers who had murdered a hostage. It is not clear when or where the incident took place.
On Thursday, the president appeared to distance himself from his earlier remarks.
“Helicopter to throw a person? And if that is true, I will not admit it,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN news.”
Despite calls from opposition politicians and human rights groups, Mr. Duterte remains popular in the Philippines.
Mr. Duterte is creating a lot of discomfort for the U.S. State Department by his candid remarks about foreign policy and his embracing of Chinese economic and military moves in the South China Sea. Whether Mr. Duterte or Mr. Trump are merely bluffing to build popular support at home remains to be seen. Get ready for a tense diplomatic ride into the future.
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