Why Filipinos must not elect Duterte or Binay – two men who may bring ruin to a country struggling to emerge from a culture of political lawlessness, graft, and corruption


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The past six years saw the Philippines recuperating from decades of failed leadership, mismanagement, and plundering. Public officials high and low have been charged with graft, corruption, and plunder – and dozens upon dozens of them have been removed and perpetually disqualified from public office, while many more face similar fates.

This year – on May 9 – the country will elect a new president who will head government for the next six years. Whether the Philippines continues to remake itself and totally eliminate the virus that is both a culture of corruption and abuse of office depends on who gets elected from among the five presidential aspirants. The aspirants are Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Rodrigo Duterte, Jejomar Binay, and Miriam Santiago. Those who have a chance of winning are Poe and Roxas, and, unfortunately, Duterte and Binay.

Duterte and Binay are strong contenders because a lot of people admire politicians that act like bullies who neither fear the law nor respect any reason, as well as politicians that behave like the legendary Robin Hood – who steal from the rich to give to the poor.

Many Filipinos believe that Duterte (a poor imitator of the late Manila Mayor Arsenio H. Lacson) is a Rambo-type hero who takes the law into his own hands to kill the bad guys and save the good guys, all the while forgetting that this type of personality may get out of hand and eventually serve no one but himself. Apparently, Duterte is an egomaniac who believes himself to be above the law. He is that person whose delusions of personal greatness will eventually bloat and then aim to become a dictator.

Many Filipinos believe that Binay rose out of poverty by milking the rich – and therefore needs to be honored for such an accomplishment. These folk don’t realize that Binay milked them as well, and whatever he passed on to them is peanuts compared to what he kept for himself. Robin Hood never got rich.

The Philippines is at the crossroads. If the people elect Duterte or Binay, they set the country back a decade or two in its effort to reform. If the people elect Poe or Roxas – or even long-shot Santiago – they move the country forward and well on the road to political, social, and cultural renaissance.

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About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaperman and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the City of Hayward's Planning Commission, the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Board of CSU-East Bay's Center For Filipino Studies. He is also on Hayward's General Plan Task Force.
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55 Responses to Why Filipinos must not elect Duterte or Binay – two men who may bring ruin to a country struggling to emerge from a culture of political lawlessness, graft, and corruption

  1. Kelly says:

    Oh ano ngayon Rafael? Satsat ka ng satsat, panalo na c Mayor? Magtago kana baka ikaw mauna itapon sa Manila bay, haha!

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  3. Jesusa James says:

    These pro-Duterte comments are from either brain-dead sickos glorifying violence and human violations trolls with just one aim in mind – wreak havoc and sate their primal lust – or they are web crawling hackers, scammers and spammers with pre-packed toilet-bowl material to indiscriminately throw around. They are part of a widespread sick propaganda campaign to stir up anarchy in the country.

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  4. Norman bonruyan says:

    Look who’s talking. Palibhasa wala ka nagawa o wala kang ginawa noong crime czar ka. Dahil pinakinabangan mo ang lahat ng criminal activities. A good example ay ang Kuratong. Ngayon sabihin mo sa taong bayan kung saan napunta o saan mo tinago ang $2,000,000.00 na kinuha mo sa Kuratong na pina salvage mo?

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  5. PiliPinas says:

    kahit sino pa naka-sexmate ni duterte, binay,mar at poe ay wala akong paki-alam, ang kailangan ng bayan ay totoong pagbabago, hindi magnanakaw, hindi inutil at hindi ambisyosa. Gets mo!!!!

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  6. YOU CANT ARGUE WITH ANY DUTERTARDS, EVEN IF YOU PRESENTS A TON OF IRREFUTABLE FACTS, ALL OF THEM ARE DULL EYED SLUGS, WHO ONLY SEE, AND BELIEVE WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE AND BELIEVE. IN OTHER WORDS IDIOTS. p.s yung ipina kilala ni duterte na common law wife nya, di totoo yun, isa lang yun sa mga ka sex mate nya, si GIRLIE BALABA ang totoong common law wife nya, dating abs-cbn davao anchorwoman, na sinulot ni duterte ke aljo bendijo na dati ring anchorman na abs-cbn davao, na tinakot ni duterte at pina alis nya sa davao . facts ito mga dutertards ha di to imbento, do your own research pls, wag lang maniwala sa mga sabi sabi.

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    • Jesusa James says:

      These pro-Duterte trolls, scammers, hackers are either robots or brain-dead zombies spouting pre-packed toilet bowl reeking matter. They’re meant to corrupt and infect threads of conversations.

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    • Kelly says:

      Oh matakot kana, mauuna ka ipapakain sa pating ni president Digong hahaha

      You just talked too soon. Wala kaming pakialam sa tsismiss mo, totoo man o hindi, gusto namin magandang pagbabago sa pinas, taga davao kapa man din, ususero! 🙂

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  7. ppinoy says:

    why is an American trying to tell us who not to vote?

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  8. Johnny Michael R. Conales says:

    This is only a political propaganda, no effect for those people who believes on Duterte’s capacity to lead the country. All criminals and corrupt enjoy for the mean time, because your end is near.

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  9. meron ako ibubulgar, kung sinong me gusto na makilala ang handler ng DDS sa davao? ang panagalan nya ay si SAMMY BUENAVENTURA, former policeman ng davao, ngayon employed sa city government of davao

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  10. iOnEx says:

    Lol express whatever you want bro freedom mo yun pero i believe what i know about digong. laking dabawenyo simula pagka bata hanggang ngayon duterte is duterte.

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  11. Jeson Laurilla says:

    Hindi mo kilala si duterte kaya wag kang mag comment ng ganyan. Wag mo silang itulad sa mga trapo. Kay mar at binay. Mar is incompetent sa dotc, sa dilg, nasaan ang yolanda fund? Hahaha…. and Binay ay ewan. Hindi nga niya maharap ang pinupukol sa kanya na graft and curruption charges. Yes duterte ay barombado, babaero, mamatay tao pero siya lang ang may paninindigan na maging peaceful ang buong pilipinas at mawala ang curroption. Pagod na ang tao sa daang matuwid na sinasabi nila na baluktot naman. We need a leader na may political will. Na handang i sacrifice ang sarili para sa bayan. Kaya matakot na ang dapat matakot. If you are a law abiding citizen wala kang dapat katakutan. Pero kong criminal ka. Mag tago ka na sa saya ng nanay mo….

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  12. Gerald bongar says:

    Try posing directly on Facebook!!! It’s a whole lot of New ballgame. Gridlock in eating bashers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! May midnight snack included!

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  13. teresa says:

    DUTERTE AND BBM, nothing else

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  14. para sa kaalaman ng lahat, si duterte ay nag su supply ng pagkain, gamot at armas sa NPA, kung me magsasabi na naman na black propaganda ito, tanga yun. eto pang isa, alam nyu ba me isang russian built na an-74 aircraft with bu number ek-740 36, ang inabandona ng crew sa davao international airport nung kasagsagan relief effort during typhoon yolanda, nasiraan daw, pero walang nakakaalam kung anong cargo ang ibinaba nito, nang hindi na naka lipad bigla nalang tumakas ang mga crew nito, base sa flight plan nito , nanggaling na ito ng iraq, afghanistan, south africa, china, indonesia at basilan, bago bumaba ng davao, itong eraplano na ito ay owned ng isang armenian air service company na non existent at me connection ke victor bout, na isang illegal arms dealer, na ngayon naka kulong sa u.s. dahil sa arm smuggling sa middle east. dont take my word for it, pwede nyo naman ma search sa net ang mga isinulat ko dito. sa tingin ko pwedeng kasuhan ng treason si duterte pag nag kataon, supplying arms to the enemy of the state, bitay ang parusa dyan.

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  15. Analyn Escuyos says:

    Do not equate Mayor Duterte to Binay because the track record of Duterte’s speaks for itself. Issue of corruption is not at all his practice. When he goes against criminals he does it under the bounds of the law.

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  16. Fred James says:

    Duterte para sa pagbabago. Halatang may pinapanigan ang article nato. Wooooo. Sayang ang Oras kay Roxas!

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  17. base on our integrity..the filipinos have no integrity..give him 1000 pesos…he will vote for you with pleasure…a sad shame…

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  18. Dave Garcia says:

    Is this article an analysis or a paid advertisement? I wonder why a retire person living outside the country can give a bullshit analysis of the situation in Davao???? Do you have any chance to live and experience ordinary life in Davao City? Or your analysis is based only on BASELESS statements from the people paying your ASS to write this article? Do not be fooled by this article. Try to live in Cubao or in Metro Manila… then write your analysis…. Then maybe you will have my fifty centavo!

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  19. Deo says:

    Duterte ako solid at hindi ito matitibag

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  20. TANGA LANG ANG BOBOTO KAY DO DIRTY, MAGNANAKAW , SINUNGALING, MAMATAY TAO AT HIGIT SA LAHAT KOMUNISTA

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    • GEORGE FUENTES says:

      SAAN PO SIYA NAGNAKAW?BAGONG PARATANG YATA YAN AH.KAWAWA KA NAMAN.

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      • sino ang kawawa? di mo ba alam me kaso si duterte na technical malversation of public funds sa ombudsman? di mo ba alam ang issue ng over priced garbage bin sa davao, di mo ba rin alam ang 2,000,000.00 pesos per day na intelligence fund ni duterte na hindi na audit at walang nakakaalam saan nagagamit, di mo ba rin alam ang issue regarding artica sportsdome na pinahinto ni duterte ang construction dahil daw substandard, pero ng na inspect ng third party expert na prove na walan depekto ang project, pero nabayaran na pala ng full ni do dirty, alam mo rin ba na hindi lahat ang napapatay ng dds ni do dirty ay kriminal, marami ay mga media men nag bulgar nang anomalya niya at ng anak nyang si paolo katulad ni jun pala, na isang witness sa pag patay ke abog rubillo na involve si duterte, ang pag patay ke inspector guiritan ng davao pnp sa harap ng jollibee centerpoint matina, me cctv sa harap ng crime scene ha, pero sabi ng central 911, patay daw ang cctv sa area na yun ng maganap ang krimen, di ba malaking kalokohan. o ngayon sino sa atin ang walang alam o nag tatanga tangahan lang?

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    • Georgina Mills says:

      Taga davao ako. Taga saan kaba? Dami mong alam ah. Di sana nakulong na siya dahil dyan. Puro kau paratang. Ipakulong niyo si duterte kung totoo yan hindi yong puro satsat at paratang kau. Halata kau maxayo. Kung kailan tumakbong presidente saka naglabasan mga kwento niyo.

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      • sigurado ka na taga davao ka?open secret ito sa sa davao, takot lang ang local media na pag usapan ito baka mapareho sila ke jun porras pala at iba pang media men na naging critics ni digong, na pinatay ng DDS. miss, taga davao po ako, taga dona luisa village po ako, kapitbahay ko po si GIRLIE BALABA.

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    • John Constantine says:

      Who do you think will be the right choice Mr Rafael Ganowika. Enlighten us with your wisdom on who should we vote.

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  21. Aryan Aquino says:

    If we want to continue the progress brought by Daang Matuwid. Let’s vote for the best candidate to continue the programs. One who has experience, has excellence but not corrupt and not hi tempered. Only MAr Roxas is the best qualified for the job. Go Mar

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  22. Maybe for Poe or Santiago.. but not for Roxas for God’s sake!

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  23. lugar to ng mga noytards. what do you expect? hahahha

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  24. hahahahah takot na yung mga bibitayin. hahahha

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  25. 30du says:

    Paulit ulit nya sinasabi “we do it according to the law” , dikaba nakikinig? He is not above the law. No one is. Even before i knew about Duterte, I prayed so hard to God na bigyan nang pagkakataon ang Pinas. Katulad nang iba bansa may maayos na daan, building, hospital, school. Bilang OFW nakikita mo sa iba, bakit sa atin wala. Galing na ako sa Davao, nakita ko kun gaano ka disiplina ang tao. Yun pala wala tayo, disiplina. Dapat mabait nalang lagi pasensya nalang lagi sa mali. Si duterte ayaw iyon kaya nga maayos ang davao. Yun napakulong nang dilaw tama lang yun pero iilan lang yun, papaano naman yun kasama nila?

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  26. Erickson Mapote says:

    I totally disagree with your biased piece of junk! Hope you retire from writing biased article and just enjoy your life in US. You left the Philippines and now your writing a black propaganda against a man who loved the country so much and ready to sacrifice himself to serve it. Shame on you!

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  27. Troy says:

    I do not agree with your intelligent analysis about my former Mayor of Davao Rodrigo Duterte. I assumed you had verified the information you heard or read about Duterte. Davao used to be a town with so much killings and robberies everywhere. I remembered every morning walking about 2 miles to school worrisome that I might be robbed or mugged. I was not kidding it is true. I had been robbed and mugged many times in the streets of C. M. Recto, Ponciano, Bolton and Bankerohan. We used to be scared getting home late because of rampant crimes in our town. That was before the time of Duterte. When he became the mayor of Davao City, he cleaned our streets from hoodlums. He served with sincerity and compassion to the poor people of Davao. If he killed the criminals, that was during confrontation or at a crossfire. He sent a clear message that lawlessness has no place in his town. It worked. That is why Davao is better than most towns of our country. It was because of Duterte’s strong hand against criminals and compassion for Davawenyos. It is not fair for you to judge Duterte because of what those hypocrites accused him of. He served the people of Davao well with sincere public service. He is not corrupt. He is down to earth. He might say bad word but it was just out of frustration from the rotten system of our country. Nobody in the present presidential candidates who has the guts and political will to move our country forward. ROXAS- incompetent. POE-inexperience. BINAY-corrupt. SANTIAGO- I love her but I like Duterte better. This election is not about maybe he/she is better. We need proven leadership. Duterte is a proven leader. He was an excellent mayor of Davao and his track record will bring our country to progress. His platform to curb criminality, drugs and corruption is a perfect recipe to progress. Why Duterte? Because he had done it before.

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    • I could agree with you, Troy – but the point is this: history shows that leaders who take matters into their own hands in disregard for the law end up being bad for the people. People will be slow to notice the many who are jailed or killed because they dare speak against the regime. A dictator will not only put away criminals but also his enemies.

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      • Erickson Mapote says:

        I disagree. Mayor Duterte only acts based on law and not above it. You should do your research first.

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      • Troy says:

        That is a different scenario. Duterte is hard on criminals not against his critics. You cannot be soft on criminals because they do not care about the law. Criminals are repeater doers. They will not stop until they are caught or dead. And if they were given another chance 99% they will do it again. Duterte is not a dictator. I know him being a person from Davao. He personally called the victims to ask what help He can do for them. If he needs to shoulder the expenses of hospital or funeral services he would do so. This is not a lie. That is how Duterte served the people of Davao.

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  28. Ernesto Rivera says:

    I only have two candidates in my mind – either Poe or Roxas. Who among these two would be beneficial to the country and its future.

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  29. Grace Poe para sa nakararami.

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  30. Alberto Reyes says:

    Hope many people will read and understand this column for this is the best description our country will become if we the Filipino people will not vote base on our conscience and integrity

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  31. romy Sinajon says:

    totally agree with this assessment!

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  32. Butch Bautista says:

    Admin,shame on you . You are blinded by the black propaganda of the yellow cult and now you are corrupting the mind of your readers. Please wake up we Filipinos need change, if you want to stay forever in darkness so be it stay stagnant

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    • Gian says:

      Which black propaganda are you referring to?

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    • J Q says:

      What change, for the worst? All the Filipinos need is a common denominator to unite and joins hands together to move the country forward. What could we expect from your Duterte who doesn’t even speak the national language fluently and even promising the moon and stars because that’s what the people like to hear? Running a country is not a hyperbole and the one to lead must have his/her feet on the ground. Be real and face all the consequences and never brand your style of leadership as it might worked only in the less than 3 percent of your people and will never reach out to 50 percent to gain at least an average working efficiency. And kindly tell him stop patronizing everyone who is known to had sacked the country’s coffer. At the end the question remains, in all these promises made, where will they get the money? Bear in mind “the road to hell is full of good intentions”.

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  33. Ed says:

    This report is so biased

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