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  1. So if you haven't been following the news, Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, is constantly stirring shit up. The biggest controversy about him by far is how he has repeatedly encouraged citizens to murder drug users (not even dealers, users). You see, the Philippines has a massive drug problem and drug addicts are despised for fueling the drug trade.

    Just yesterday, a top UN official claimed said that Duterte should be investigated for murder, as he boasted that he had personally killed three suspected criminals. Today, Duterte responded to this statement... by threatening to raze the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City in response to those accusing him of human rights violations.

    This is just a small sample of how crazy this dude is. I would not at all be surprised to learn that he himself does meth or snorts coke or something.
     
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  2. The worst part of this is that Duterte probably financed his campaign with drug money.
     
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  3. Honestly his policies have been hilarious and effective. I would not want to live under his regime, though.
     
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  4. If only he could actually erase the UN.... but at least he can be a thorn in their side.
     
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  5. Now that we have a thread for him, I'll leave this old article right here:

    http://www.esquiremag.ph/politics/duterte-100-days-dutertopia-a1515-20161007-lfrm3

    And an article that says that China is the biggest supplier of meth, raising questions about DU30's alliance with China:

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/theres-one-aspect-philippine-drug-183408233.html

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has pursued two main policies during his six months in office: Embracing China and brutally cracking down on his country's drug trade.


    Achieving the latter goal, however, may have to come at the expense of the former, as Chinese suppliers appear to be fueling the production and trafficking of methamphetamine and related drugs to and within the Philippines.

    In Asia, China is the largest source of methamphetamine precursors.

    Most of the world's seizures of raw ephedrine in 2014 took place in China, amounting to 31.6 tons, according to data cited by Reuters. The Philippines was next with 510 kilograms, much of which likely came from China.

    "Although the majority of [China's] precursor chemical production and export is intended for legitimate use, precursors are being diverted by transnational criminal organizations to produce illicit drugs," the US State Department said in a report issued this year.

    China's location near drug-production areas in Southeast and Southwest Asia, its modern transportation infrastructure and coastal hubs, lax oversight of its sprawling industrial and pharmaceutical industries, and official corruption all help "make it an ideal source for precursor chemicals intended for illicit drug production."

    [​IMG](Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) hold up plastic bags of crystal meth, known locally as "shabu," after they were seized following a police anti-drug operation, at a police station in Manila, Philippines, November 4, 2016.REUTERS/Ezra Acayan)

    The Philippines appears to more than just a destination for illicit Chinese narcotics however.

    A Reuters investigation published on December 16 queried officials from the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Justice, finding what appeared to be an "entrenched and sophisticated system of trafficking" organized by small, close-knit Chinese groups that control the process "from the procurement of precursors in China to the production of the drug in the Philippines to its distribution by local gangs."

    This involvement has been borne out by arrests Philippines authorities have made in recent months.

    A bust in August recovered $82.7 million worth of "shabu," a local name for methamphetamine, from a Manila warehouse reportedly belonging to a Chinese syndicate. A September raid on a pig farm-cum-drug lab led to the arrests of seven Chinese citizens.

    [​IMG](Major crystal-meth traffic routes and production areas in the Asia Pacific.Reuters)

    Nearly two-thirds of 77 foreign nationals arrested in the Philippines on meth-related charges from January 2015 to mid-August 2016 were Chinese, according to Reuters. Nearly one-quarter were residents of Taiwan or Hong Kong.

    Duterte has invoked China in some of his broadsides against the drug trade, saying in July that "the big fish" in the industry could be found in China.

    And during Duterte's landmark trip to Beijing in October, he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to set up joint investigations of drug cases as well as to increase exchanges of intelligence and other resources to combat drug crime.

    But Philippine officials are doubtful that any Chinese assistance will be forthcoming.

    [​IMG](Philippine Drug Enforcement agents sort containers containing chemicals during the destruction of seized chemicals and lab equipment intended to make meth, also known as "shabu" in Valenzuela, Metro Manila, December 8, 2016.REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

    "I almost fell off my chair when I heard that China would be helping the Philippines with its drug problem,” a Philippine Department of Justice official who has dealt with drug offenses for some time but with little cooperation from China toldReuters.

    “We are not aware of any high-profile drug cooperation between China and the Philippines since the president’s visit to Beijing," Philippine National Police spokesman Dionardo Carlos said to Reuters.

    'I will kill you if I see you outside'
    Duterte has framed use of shabu as a danger to his country (though usage rates he cites don't stand up to scrutiny), but so far his criticism of Beijing for its response, or lack thereof, to its drug industry has paled in comparison to the Philippine president's eviscerations of his own countrymen involved in the drug trade.

    [​IMG](Nora Acielo, 47, lies dead after she was gunned down by unidentified men while she was escorting her two children to school in Manila, Philippines, December 8, 2016.REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

    Broader geopolitical concerns may be behind his seeming reluctance to target China with the same vitriol he has flung at drug users and pushers in the Philippines, as well as at the US and human-rights organizations that have criticized his bloody crackdown, which has claimed more than 6,000 lives and led to the arrests of many thousands more since he took office six months ago.

    While Duterte's administration has not been hesitant to paint with a broad brush when staking out domestic lawbreakers, it was much more nuanced with defending Chinese officials from Reuters detailing of Chinese involvement in drug production and trafficking.

    "Many of those running the drug trade are Chinese triads, which are criminal syndicates. These are not government officials," a statementfrom Duterte's office, issued in mid-December, read.

    "It is not fair to blame all of China and her people for the drug problem perpetuated by some of its nationals," the statement said. "Not all Chinese are related to drugs."

    [​IMG](Inmates sleep inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines, October 19, 2016.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

    Duterte's stance is likely of a piece with the rhetorical and political pivot he's tried to make to world powers other than the US since he took office, a major part of which has been his efforts to reconcile with China. These efforts have had a material element.

    A US senator, dismayed by the mounting body count in Duterte's drug war, put a hold on the sale of 26,000 rifles from the US to Philippine police, prompting an outburst from Duterte, and the US recently decided to shift $5 million in funding for Philippine law enforcement away from drug-control programs.

    China has reportedly offered $14 million in small arms and fast boats to support the Philippines' drug war and fight against terrorism. Beijing has also made a $5oo million long-term soft loan for other equipment.

    [​IMG](Armed security forces take a part in a drug raid, in Manila, Philippines, October 7, 2016.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo)

    The $14 million is minuscule compared to the more than $120 million in military aid supplied to Manila by Washington in 2016. But that amount and the $50 million soft loan illustrate the marked reversal in Chinese-Philippine relations, which less than a year ago were colored by a bitter dispute over Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

    Duterte's excoriations of his country's drug users has vastly outstripped his criticism of China, which appears to be a driving force behind the scourge he claims to want to wipe out.

    "I will make it a must, a mandate that all of you affected by drugs, do not leave your homes," Duterte said at the end of November. "If you go out, you sons of bitches, I will kill you if I see you outside."
     
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  6. Yeah, threaten to destroy a building in New York City. See how far that gets you.
     
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  7. I unironically enjoy watching Duterte's antics.
     
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  8. Make of this what you will, but Duterte did actually admit to fentynal use. And then he backtracked and claimed he was joking. Unfortunately, while there are many news stories about this, I don't really trust any of them given the current state of the media.

    But if you're interested, search "duterte fentynal" on Google.
     
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  9. The dude is like a mixture of Kim Jung Il and Tuco from Breaking Bad. It's hilarious seeing what he's going to do next.
     
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  10. People say it's Trudeau, but I believe Duterte is the Tumblr president: Give him asspats or he'll REEEEEEEEEEEE at you.
     
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  11. He insults the UN chief this time:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/duterte-says-hell-burn-down-210240957.html

    Rodrigo Duterte offered his latest controversial remarks on Thursday. This time they were aimed at the United Nations’ human rights chief. The Philippines president attacked the U.N.'s high commissioner for human rights for suggesting the organization should open a murder investigation against Duterte, describing Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein as an "idiot" and claiming he'd "burn down the United Nations."

    Duterte, who became president of the Philippines in June 2016, has repeatedly shared detailed accounts of killings against suspected drug dealers and criminals he committed on the streets of Davao, when he was mayor of the city. "In Davao, I used to do it personally, just to show the guys that if I can do it, why can’t you?" Duterte said earlier in December. His recent comments followed a statement from the United Nation’s high commissioner for human rights, who condemned the Duterte's remarks, which appeared to openly boast about killing civilians of the Philippines in the street.

    [​IMG]
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pointing to a piece of paper containing a list of personalities he alleged are involved with the drug trade, as he delivered a speech during an awarding ceremony for outstanding Filipinos and organizations overseas, at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines Dec. 19, 2016.

    "It is unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer," al-Hussein said in his statement.

    "You do not talk to me like that, you son of a bitch," the president responded, speaking at an army base in the southern city of Zamboanga Sunday. "I will burn down the United Nations if you want. I will burn it down if I go to America." The president has also encouraged vigilante-styled killings of anyone openly breaking the law in the Philippines as part of his crackdown on drugs and crime throughout the country.

    "Your understanding of international law is lacking," Duterte continued. "We are the ones contributing to the United Nations. You morons! You sons of whores! And I pay your salaries. Do not open your mouth there. I employ you."

    The Philippines' "war on drugs" has been linked to more than 5,900 deaths since Duterte took office in June. Of those killings, 2,086 were part of police operations, while 3,841 were extrajudicial or vigilante-style killings, CNN reported. The killings, as well as Duterte’s controversial remarks, have sparked international outcry since he became president in June.

    The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently called Duterte’s "war on drugs" into question in a letter sent to the department on Thursday, describing the president’s efforts "a campaign of mass atrocities thinly disguised as a response to a public health emergency."

    "Rather than address the systemic problems related to the country’s drug crisis, invest in treatment programs, or approach the epidemic with a focus on the health and well-being of the Philippine people," the letter, signed by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, and two Democratic senators, Sen. Markey and Sen. Coons, said. "President Duterte has instead pledged to kill another 20,000 to 30,000 people, many simply because they suffer from a drug use disorder."
     
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  12. When I was in high school in Hawaii there majority of people had some Filipino in them and goddamn do they love sucking the country's dick (at least the people I met in school who were born in the USA, lived in the USA and probably never even visited their ancestral land because it's a dump).
    Good thing this is a dumpy country and not somewhere important.
    But what can you say about a country that elects a man who wanted to join a gang rape and murder a bunch of people?
     
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  13. Ironically, he's apparently addicted to fentanyl.

    It could be behind his bizarre outbursts, as well:

     
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  14. I have some Filipino family, I wonder if they're embarrassed or worried by this
     
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  15. A few months ago he had an 86% approval rating and now he's still at a 63% rating so they are most likely happy.
     
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  16. Well they are a bit odd, they always seem too happy all the time like they're purposely trying and it comes off weird
     
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  17. [​IMG]

    Don't forget, this man was president of the Philippines before, and he was a bigger dictator than DU30. Difference is that he had US support(because they had bigger problems back then) and he put a lot of US bases in the country. Before he was president, the Philippines wasn't a dumpy country, until the 90s. Everyone still blames this guy for making the once promising independent state a dumpy country, and for the poverty due taking money away with his reign. Oh yeah, Duterte even gave this guy a burial in the cemetery for heroes there, angering millions of people, you see Duterte is kinda pro-Marcos.
     
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  19. :story: I would give him a medal and immunity in my sovereign citizen apartment if he burned down the UN building.
     
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  20. Duterte on fentanyl use: You’ve never been to paradise but I've been there

     
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