28 years
Community Service
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
A Tiger Always Growls . . . before he attacks . . . like Duterte

By Carlos A. Arnaldo
June 3, 2016


Following the Trump syndrome on CNN, I come to the realization that the Republicans are nominating a presidential candidate whom the party does not want!  In the case of the democrats, the people are similarly rejecting dynastic and traditional politics by supporting a maverick and rebel, Bernie Sanders, against the Clinton couple. In other words, finally, perhaps, Americans are rejecting the monopolistic control of their own two national parties!

We are already learning this, a few months ahead of the Americans.

In the Philippines, the nation also rejected traditional, dynastic politics by electing a similar maverick, Rodrigo Duterte. He is cursed and drubbed for his remarks against women and concerning the rape of a woman tourist, his barbs against the Church, his attacks on so called ‘dishonest’ journalists and media. And yet, despite his ‘ideosyncrasies,’ (that’s a euphemism for his barbaric antics and tactics), Duterte remains a stalwart believer in his own power to deliver. And he probably will. He has already lined up his cabinet and held several hours long press conferences. 

Part of a maverick’s strategy to succeed, are his verbal warnings  that come, unfortunately, in the form of barbs and bad mouthing. While in many instances these are unreflected, impromptu sound bytes, his usual way of talking, these are also calculated to spark reactions among those favorable to his policies, and those opposed. This is how the maverick identifies his enemies! The more violent the reaction, the tougher that enemy!

But, and this is a big but,  many of us are more used to calm, reflected thinking, argumentation with strong justification, a rationalized approach to things.  If you recall in the presidential candidate debates concerning the funds due to coconut farmers by the banks, the four candidates all belabored administrative measures and means to rectify the situation. Duterte merely said, ‘You owe the money, pay it.’ Mavericks don’t waste time in surveys and methods, they come to the point. And perhaps the best way they can get there is to cuss! Cussing has a way of making people realize what’s what, get to the point and do it!

Much as Duterte’s tactics annoy me, I have to hold off and measure him by his own yardstick, not mine.

Duterte has the highest lead over his next rival in any presidential election so far, an unprecedented 6 million plus votes. Difficult to say the people made a mistake! We should certainly support his maverick goals, but be wary of maverick methods. The end does not always justify any Machiavellian means.

    MoreGeorge Poblete Receives Queen's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers award
    Fe Paca-Taduran

    OTTAWA, CANADA --- Scarborough, Ontario resident George R. Poblete,  received the Queen's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers from the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston, during a formal presentation ceremony made at  the Rideau Hall at 1 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, on April  24, 2017. (in photo: Queen’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers awardee George R. Poblete(left) with Right Honourable Governor General...
    MoreThe Giant Sleeps, While Wild Rumours Made Tourists Restless
    Edwin Mercurio

    Coron, Palawan – The “Sleeping Giant” of Palawan looms large over the islands of Coron. Atop the elevated Mt. Batyas an estimated 1,500 steps uphill climb and downhill descent  combined, the islands of Coron are visible.
    MoreECC NSW and APCO march to muzzle hate speech
    Richard J. Ford

    On the 31 March 2017 a celebration of the defeat of the 2nd attempt of the Liberal Government to introduce...
    MoreAPCO’s Charity Ball 2017 to celebrate 119th Declaration of Philippine Independence set on June 10, 2017
    Richard J. Ford

    “Respect and Harmony for a Progressive Multicultural Society”. 
    This is the theme of the much-awaited...
    MoreMaking traffic jams bearable
    Willie Jose

    If you’re thinking of visiting our homeland, there’s one good advice:  brace yourselves both physically and mentally for the heavy...
    MoreDOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac meet Repatriated Workers from Saudi Arabia
    Department of Labor and Employment

    PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. Undersecretary Joel B.Maglunsod  and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, together International Labor Affairs Bureau OIC Director Mary Sol...
    MoreLong live Mother Earth!
    Julia Carreon-Lagoc

    I cannot let Earth Day, April 22, pass without a tribute to Mother Earth, as precious as your own mother—to...
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.


    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.