Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines whom the Western Media call “The Punisher.” Whom the New York Daily News calls “brutal strongman.” Whom CNN calls “admitted killer.” Whom The New York Times asked the world to condemn.” Rodrigo Duterte who topped a TIME online poll on the most influential people in the world while still bashed by the magazine. Whom his critics call a “murderer.”
Yes, it’s the same Rodrigo Duterte who has tried to make peace with his country’s rebels. Rodrigo Duterte who has launched a no nonsense campaign to bring about the elusive peace and order in the Philippines. Rodrigo Duterte who has reached out to all the leaders of the ASEAN nations to forge unity and cooperation. The same Rodrigo Duterte who has reached out to China and Russia like no other world leader has done before. Rodrigo Duterte whom presidents like Donald Trump and Xi Jinping look up to in the hope of preventing the breakout of war in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world.
Rodrigo Duterte. Peacemaker.
Is a Nobel Peace Prize in order? Not that he cares about “awards.”