A Bold Statement Of 16th President Of The Philippines Essay

1818 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
A bold statement, to say the least. Since Duterte’s rise to power in May, 2016 as the 16th President of the Philippines, as what is described as a “landslide” victory with over 16 million votes (around 39% of total votes cast, more than 6 million votes ahead of his closest rival), both his actions and words has brought the Republic of the Philippines to the spotlight numerous times (Cruz, 2016). From comparing himself to Hitler, to cursing Obama “putangina” (literally means whore-mother, “figuratively” calling Obama “son of a bitch”), Duterte certainly made himself stand out from other heads of states and governments (Villamor, 2016; Lacorte, 2016). Is Duterte simply a mad man that was given the power of a state, or is there strategy underneath his “iron fist” policies and “careless” choice of words? This paper aims to analyze Duterte’s reasoning on “sabotaging” the US-Philippines relations, using the theoretical approach of neoclassical realism, and seek to give an explanation to Duterte’s seemingly reckless diplomatic maneuvers.
“The Philippines is not a vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States,” – Duterte, in response to accusations about human rights violations from the US (Lacorte, 2016) The fact is: this is not the first time, or first year for Duterte to do things that are considered “undiplomatic,” and go against international organizations or other states to enact policies that would be condemned as “inhumane,” such as the extrajudicial…

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