The south-east Asian nation of Philippines just underwent one of the nation’s most contentious and controversial national elections in the history of the nation. After the relatively liberal and successful Presidency of the current incumbent, the nation has decided to elect a far right leaning person called Rodrigo Duterte. Rodrigo Duterte is more renowned for his controversial statements that had upset virtually every strata of society. Rodrigo Duterte still managed to however contest and win the election, making him the President elect of Philippines. He has been known to make extremely insensitive statements like 'criminals must be murdered by the state'. He had also gone as far as to condemn the rape of a foreign national in his country, but added that he would have done the same if he were in the rapists place.
Trump of the east
Such antics won the President elect the nickname of the 'Trump of the east'. Rodrigo Duterte had actively executed various criminals during his time as the Mayor of Davao. Rodrigo had executed several prisoners under his watch, and while he has denied that he had any direct link in the matter, he openly condoned the act and claimed that if he were elected President, he would carry out such executions all over the nation. This won him popular support in an unbelievable wave of conservatism across the country.
In the meanwhile, there has been a lot of talk regarding Rodrigo’s financial and economic policy for the nation. Philippines is one of the only successful and fast growing nations in south-east Asia. With Japan going through one of its worst recessions and China facing a monumental market crash that it is having a tough time getting out of, Philippines has enjoyed an increasingly faster thriving growth rate. Last quarter, the island nation of Philippines overtook China as per growth rates.
Friend to the rescue
While people have backed Rodrigo to the Presidency, many people are concerned about the President elect’s policies. Many critics claim that the president elect does not possess the financial and economic acumen to guide the national economic and financial policies. In light of this, the soon to be appointed financial chief of Philippines, who also happens to be a friend of Rodrigo came to his aid. He stated that Rodrigo’s chief aim is to abolish all crime in the nation in order to make it safe to bring in investments.