Facebook pages that have been identified to be pro-Duterte shared an article claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte has been chosen as the “world’s strongest man. They also encouraged their followers to share the video, seemingly proud of what they thought to be another achievement of the President.
Pages such as “Kuya Erwin Tol,” “Todayinmanila Ph,” and “Rodrigo Duterte Lines,” shared the article, which has gained over 500 shares already from these pages alone, as of writing.
All three pages also used the same caption: “In The Weekly show with Charlie Pickering President Duterte was picked as the Worlds Strongest Man dahil sa walang takot nitong pagsugpo sa illegal na droga sa Pilipinas. Kahit sa ibang bansa ay kilala na ang ating Pangulo. Agree ba kayo sa sinabi niya? #SharePo.”
But the article actually contained a YouTube clip showing an episode of the Australian satirical TV news program called “The Weekly,” as presented by comedian Charlie Pickering, on ABC.
The six-minute video published on newsmediaph.com showed Duterte’s 2016 campaign video and how he was nicknamed “The Punisher” and his trait of speaking his mind, how he swore at Pope Francis and former US President Barack Obama. Pickering also showed a clip of how Duterte won a landslide victory in the Philippines by promising to fill Manila Bay with the bodies of thousands of criminals as he warned of more killings if he would win as the next president, with the reporter adding that in Duterte’s first three months, around 3,000 people have been killed.
Pickering also noted how over “7,600 lives” have been lost when Duterte assumed office. He pointed out how you simply cannot go around executing people, something which was contrasted with another news clip about how Duterte himself said that he used to cruise the streets of Davao “looking for criminals to kill” and to show his men that if can “do it, why can’t you.”
To this, Pickering reacted by saying: “I don’t know if you’ve ever had a boss murder someone in front of you but let me tell you that the guys find it really motivating.”
The comedian also poked fun at how Duterte “compared” himself to Hitler when he said: “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there are three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” He added how the UN said there are 1.6 million drug addicts in the Philippines, not 3 million, as Duterte has claimed, saying that the Philippine president must have “confused rounding up with rounding up.”
Even Duterte’s previous statement about how he would sign his own pardon to get away with “multiple murder” did not escape Pickering’s notice.
He also addressed how Duterte called the accidental killings of children during his drug was as “collateral damage” and how his administration’s next target is to lower minimum age of criminal liability (MACR) to 9.
Pickering also covered how the government handled over 700,000 drug surrenderees’ rehabilitation, which was partly done by requiring them to participate in a Sunday zumba session.
Despite all these, Pickering also addressed Duterte’s high approval rating.
“86 percent! An approval rating any politician would kill for and that Duterte has literally killed for,” he said.
Before concluding the segment, the comedian said that strong leaders do get results, as long as they are prepared to break a few rules, followed by a clip of Duterte jokingly saying: “In Davao, when I was mayor, that’s why look at Davao. It’s nice. Everyone is dead but it’s nice.”
We’re guessing the admins of the Facebook pages did not watch “The Weekly” segment’s video in its entirety. Otherwise, they would not have urged their followers to share the video, when it is actually insulting President Duterte.
Even some of the comments on the pages’ post about the satirical video pointed this out.
Here’s the original “The Weekly” video clip featuring Duterte.
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