Saturday, May 14, 2016

3 Potential Ripples of the Duterte Phenomenon in Asia and the Pacific

[I initially published this in my Fatherhood Blog, but heck, this article rightfully belongs here].

The May 9, 2016 national elections in the Philippines that saw the rise of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to power drew the active participation of the electorate in the intense debates, thanks in large measure to social media. 

Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte Photo taken from the video by Matt Wilkie

Exchanges were so passionate at all levels that relationships were strained even among families and friends. When Duterte was vocal to his displeasure to statements from foreign observers, some fear the country's relationship with other countries would be strained as well.

But first, who is Duterte and why is he popular?