One of President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters expressed his frustration and disappointment over the leader’s actions and pronouncements.
The supporter, after defending Duterte from his friends who have been critical of the President, went to address Duterte. The Philippine Daily Inquirer published his open letter, but requested to keep his identity a secret.
“We all know how hard the international community and the press have been on you. And while most of us are still with you on your program against crime and lawlessness, your impulsiveness and quick temper have made it very, very hard on those of us who voted for you to justify your actions. Enough is enough.
We can only do so much to rationalize your actions without making ourselves look like fanatics who are only too willing to look the other way whenever you act like a thug. What happened to your promise to stop, at the very least, swearing like a sailor?
Act like a President, Mr. Duterte, with dignity and self-control. We don’t need to hear the colorful language and gestures that threaten to alienate us from the world.
Shut the f**k up and get on with your programs. It is all we expect of you. And hopefully, in the end, it is those actions meant to uplift the Filipino that you will be remembered for.”
This letter was published the day after Duterte decried how he is unfairly compared by his critics to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
“Kaya kung ikaw nandito, bakit hindi ka nagmumura? You’re portrayed or pictured to be some… a cousin of Hitler. And you do not even bother to find out, to investigate,” Duterte said in his speech on Friday morning, September 30.
However, CNN noted how the Philippine president seemed to embrace the comparison when he later said how Hitler killed millions of Jews and how he’d be happy to kill millions of drug addicts in the country.
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there is three million drug addicts [in the Philippines], there are. I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…” he trailed off. But he later added, “You know, my victims, I would like to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”