The ‘Trump of the East’ could be the next president of the Philippines


MANILA — It seems to be the season for tough-talk politics.

As the United States adjusts to the rise of Donald Trump, the Philippines, a former colony and longtime ally, is observing the rise of its own populist phenom, presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte, a motorcycle-riding, rape-joke-making mayor, is the favorite heading into the Philippines’ presidential vote Monday, commanding a solid but not certain lead over a pack of challengers with strong links to the country’s political and showbiz elite.


Favorite quote from the late Lee Kuan Yew remains: “What a country needs to develop is discipline more than democracy.”


Rodrigo Duterte, whom the Washington Post called “Trump of the East”, won:

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