Duterte’s Detractors Are Not a Political Opposition But a Cult of The “Yellow god” - Int'l Political Expert - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Duterte’s Detractors Are Not a Political Opposition But a Cult of The “Yellow god” - Int'l Political Expert

A screen-capped photo of the president from his SONA video on Monday, July 23

President Rodrigo Duterte’s detractors are not political opposition but a cult of the “Yellow god”, this according to geo-political expert and Eurasia director, Adam Garrie.

Garrie agrees that the  president was able to detailed the key problem solving techniques relating to important issues that the country is facing today.

On the other hand, Garrie noted that while the President’s speech was measured, there will always be the predictable reactions from the opposition, which he describes as “hysterical.”

“It seems that when Duterte pledges to decrease the power of his office and retire from the Presidency at the moment his current term expires, this makes him a “dictator”. It seems also that by seeking a relationship with China based on dialogue, cooperation and peace through prosperity, this somehow makes Duterte more “reckless” than those who want a militarily weak nation like The Philippines to take on China – a state with one of the most powerful armed forces in history.” Garrie wrote.

“It further appears that renegade one-man band opposition “leader” Antonio Trillanes made up his mind about Duterte’s speech, days before it was even given.” He added.

Garrie noted that it was somehow ironic, that while Duterte’s opponents appeared to have suddenly re-discovered their intense Catholicism, they are now more like placing their faith in “political programme that seeks to oppose everything Duterte does even when no rational argument can be articulated to covey the reasons behind the opposition.”

Garrie further slammed the president’s critics for depicting the latter as tyrant leader and for condemning his speech even before it was delivered, saying these acts are not reasoned-counter argument.*

“these are products of faith – but not faith in the compassionate God that Duterte has spoken about. Rather, these responses are symptomatic of faith in one’s own ability to shift public opinion through histrionics rather than through anything remotely connected to reality.” the Eurasia director wrote.

Garrie also pointed out that politics fundamentally is all about problem solving, a very essential skill that a leader must have.

“If one’s countrymen and women are poor, one needs to find a way to make their lives more materially comfortable. If the streets of a nation are filled with narco-terrorists, one must devise a plan to create a healthy and safe environment for all. If red tape is getting in the way of progress, one must find the right blade with which to cut it.”*

Senators from the Liberal Party, photo collage from rappler

 “If one’s Constitution is outdated and outmoded, one must devise and/or select the best proposals to amend it. Duterte pointed to all of these problems and more, while he then proposed ways in which he will continue to solve these problems.” He added.

“On the opposite side of the debate, a statistical minority do not seek out alternative methods of problem solving but live in a state of denial whereby the problems that most Filipinos have identified as serious are non-existent.” Garrie wrote.

He cited how odd it was that opposition dared to suggest that fighting the war on drugs should be done by making peace with those people who violated the rights of the innocents, while advocating a militant stance against China that might cause mass destruction.

“It seems therefore that a “yellow god” is worshipped by Duterte’s political opponents where in a more functional political system, an opposition would attempt to offer counter-proposals based on rational problem solving techniques. Instead the “yellow god” must be satisfied at all times and this “yellow god” does not have any time for realism or honesty. 

Instead it demands faith in the ridiculous, devotion to the nonsensical and loyalty to that which cannot be questioned rather than that which can be offered in a serious discussion.” Garrie said.

Source: Eurasia Future