At least the Philippines knows what they are getting from electing “The Punisher”.
That’s what Time magazine, a high-profiled weekly magazine based in New York City, said after leading presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is compared to Republican nominee and real estate mogul Donald Trump.
“The Philippines knows what it is getting. With Trump, America is looking at the unknown,” Time’s Charlie Campbell wrote in an article published May 10 in the magazine’s website.
Campbell wrote that Duterte and Trump might share similarities in their presidential campaign as being too straightforward and barbaric in words, but at least the man from Davao has his track records to back him up as a politician.
“Similarities between the combustive pair are overplayed. Duterte, 71, has spent three decades in public services, first as a lawyer and prosecutor, and later as mayor and Congressman,”the article read.
Moreover, Campbell said the support for Duterte is based on his performance as Davao mayor for three decades, attracting voters to consider him as they see him as the change the country needs.
“The main difference between Trump and Duterte is that we have a rough idea what a society governed by Duterte looks like — moreover, those who live in it are overwhelmingly supportive."
Last March 27, Duterte told the Associated Press that he must not be compared to Trump, saying that the American presidential candidate is a bigot unlike him.
This is not the first time Duterte was compared to Trump by foreign media outlets. The Guardian said his ways make him “separated at birth” from Trump while the Chicago Times called him “the extreme version of Donald Trump” in the “long-suffering Philippines”.
On the Election Day, comedian John Oliver blasted Duterte in his HBO show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver where he referred to Duterte as the “Trump of the East”.
“If you think Trump is bad, wait until you meet Rodrigo Duterte,” he said.
Currently, Duterte is projected as the country’s next president after gaining a landslide votes and after three of his opponents namely Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay and Grace Poe already conceded to him.