UK Political Expert: Rodrigo Duterte is the Filipino Robert Nesta Marley - The Daily Sentry

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UK Political Expert: Rodrigo Duterte is the Filipino Robert Nesta Marley



President Rodrigo Duterte / Bob Marley (ctto)


In his recent article, Director of Eurasia Future and a geo-political expert Adam Garrie compared President Rodrigo Duterte to Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley, who became an international music icon for his spiritually infused music.

Bob Marley, is the man who made reggae music popular – which was also incredibly anti-imperialist and deeply religious.

Though Marley is a religious man, he was never into organized religion. He even resented most traditional religions by using his songs.

“For Africa and the Caribbean, Marley’s music was itself one part political education and one part religious sermon. For others including white westerners, Marley’s music was an eye opener where familiar pop music themes of trite hedonism were replaced by deeply political messages slamming the colonial mentality while frequent words of praise to God were sung – something that rarely happened (or happens) in American or European popular music.” Garrie stated.

Garrie even shared one of Marley’s famous songs that showed his resentment of the religious leaders; check out below:

“Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!

Preacherman, don’t tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don’t know
What life is really worth.
It’s not all that glitters is gold;
‘Alf the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, eh!
Stand up for your rights. Come on!

Most people think,
Great God will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. Jah!

Get up, stand up! (Jah, Jah!)
We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game –
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, Lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty God is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can’t fool all the people all the time.
So now we see the light (What you gonna do?),
We gonna stand up for our rights! (Yeah, yeah, yeah!)

So you better:
Get up, stand up! (In the morning! Git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Stand up for our rights!)”


“The first verse is an unambiguous rejection of the doctrine of earthly suffering for a heavenly reward that is preached by many established organised Christian churches. Instead, Marley insists that the downtrodden embrace a message of early empowerment combined with religious devotion to God whose omnipresence is out outside of and which transcends religious institutions.” Garrie explained.

“The second verse continues these themes of earthly joy and redemption while the third verse criticises how organised religion is able to fool people into rejecting divine redemption on earth. 
While this section also makes reference to Marley’s belief in the divinity of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, the words even in this section continue to have a universal meaning for those outside of the Rastafarian movement.” He added.

This message from Marley actually got the people thinking, but it also challenged the old religious groups and leaders, not only in Jamaica but also in Africa.

Garrie has compared it to recent remarks of President Duterte, who spoke publicly about his dislike and distrust of the Catholic Church.


“Both Marley and Duterte used the power of words that were profound in their apparent spontaneity and simple in terms of their direct appeals to the people in order to awaken a latent ethos of self-discovery, spiritual re-discovery and anti-colonial empowerment among the audiences the lyrics and speeches were initially intended for.” He further explained.*

During his time, Marley used concerns and records as a way to spread a message to empower oneself as it can lead to collective enlightenment, like how the Philippine President rejected the belief of the Catholic Church.

“In this sense, Duterte is fast becoming like an elected version of Bob Marley for The Philippines – a man who without fear or restraint is preaching the truth as he sees it for the benefit of his people.” Garrie said.

“When Duterte said “I do not care if I burn in hell, for as long as the people I serve live in paradise”, this was as powerful as any of the lyrics in a Bob Marley piece and were indeed very much related both in essence and spirit.” He said.

“Like Marley, Duterte is now an icon of a political and spiritual movement that seeks both political and spiritual liberation from the colonial doldrums by embracing a God of humanity and of compassion rather than the one preached by institutions who themselves are as corrupt as any broken political system.” Garrie added.

With this, maybe, many of the Filipinos would agree, that in a sense “Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the Filipino Robert Nesta Marley.”



 Source: Eurasia Future