'Duterte is there to serve his people based on an understanding of reality'- Political analyst, Asia Times writer

‘He embraces modern multipolarity with Filipino characteristics’- a column headline reads.

Veteran columnist and former ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao shared this column from a Western Analyst, who also writes for the Asia Times, Adam Garrie.

Garrie, was described by respected news website as “a geopolitical expert with an emphasis on Eurasia, the director of Eurasia Future, and a frequent guest on “Digital Divides,” RT’s “CrossTalk” and Press TV’s “The Debate.”

Mr. Tiglao said that he absolutely agrees with Garrie, who wrote this enlightening insight that others like him, do not have.

In the said column, Asia Times writer expressed his admiration towards the Philippine president who was able to embrace modern multipolarity (having multiple centers of power or influence.

Below is the must-read highlights of Garrie’s write up, which Tiglao also found very informative;

“President Duterte’s approval ratings in the Philippines remain incredibly high, both by the standards of his contemporaries and by international standards. His continued popularity in his country demonstrates that Filipinos know something that many overseas have not yet been able to grasp.

As of December 2017, President Duterte had an approval rating of 80 percent. An additional survey found that of the four most recent Philippine Presidents, Duterte was rated the most trusted.

By contrast, Donald Trump’s approval rating among Americans as of March 2018 stands at 42 percent, his highest since taking office. In recent European surveys, Britain’s Prime Minister received an approval rating of 27 percent while the French President’s approval rating was 28 percent and Germany’s veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel came in with a 39 percent approval rating.

All of these numbers among prominent Western politicians are significantly lower than that of the Philippine President, but this is only half the story. Duterte’s policies are openly detested among the Western global elites because they represent an economic pivot in the Philippines away from the US and its EU cousin, to the wider pan-Asia world.

Duterte’s building of new economic partnerships across Asean, with China, Russia and India, have shown that Duterte does not favor any one nation or region, but is instead looking to diversify the international outlook of the Philippine economy. This strikes at the heart of the yellow/Liberal agenda which seeks to promote stagnation in the Philippines under the guise that an old broken system can somehow fix itself.

Free weapons

When it comes to security issues, Duterte has received free weapons from Russia and looks to build further security partnerships beyond the traditional Western NATO axis. Duterte’s war on drugs has proved to be highly popular among Filipinos and for good reason: it has cut crime, anti-social degeneracy, has increased productivity and has led the Philippine economy to be named the number one investment capital of the world.

Simultaneous to cleaning up the streets and opening the country for business, Duterte has diversified the internal market in the Philippines, making old oligarchs less powerful, while tax reforms look to put the economic future of the country in the hands of local businessmen and entrepreneurs as well as their international partners.

It is clear enough why countries like the US and its Western allies are feeling upset at losing their once unstoppable economic and political monopoly over the Philippines. As such, they are using their mainstream media outlets and international political associations to slander Duterte as much as possible.

But why is it that some independent commentators or self-described activists who don’t normally take mainstream media stories as gospel, also see fit to slander Duterte?

The key to understanding why Duterte is misunderstood even among political sceptics in the wider Western world, requires understanding the fact that concepts like 21st century non-alignment, multipolarity and political values which transcend traditional definitions of right and left, are still grossly misrepresented, in both mainstream and so-called ‘alt-media’.”

Garrie also added that President Duterte and the Philippines has no responsibility to answer any of its foreign critics.

“Ultimately, Duterte and the Philippines do not need to answer any of its foreign critics. Duterte’s job is to serve his people, not the wishes of foreigners. However, it is important in an age of soft-power projection, to have the necessary tools to explain why Duterte is so misrepresented in certain countries.

Duterte has embraced modern multipolarity with Filipino characteristics.

The far right and far left are there to serve themselves, while Duterte is there to serve his people based on an understanding of the reality, complete with the straight-talking personality that helps make this clear to all but those who refuse to listen”

Source: Manila Times

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