“Mass murderer? Psychopath? Dictator? Or a political genius?” a voice in Australian accent asks at the beginning of the viral video doing the rounds online lately.
“He looks brusque to the uninitiated,” the male voice continued “but what he is employing is actually psy-ops or psychological warfare.”
In the next sequence, a Caucasian guy elaborated on what “psy-ops” means to help the uninitiated get a handle on the topic.
“Psy-ops or psychological operation is a term used to describe the techniques of psychological manipulations used in warfare,” the man says. “These operations are used to deceive, confuse, disrupt or demoralize the enemy with an aim of weakening enemy resistance or even causing enemy resistance to surrender or even enemy population to capitulate.”
“As a flipside to the ancient wisdom that knowledge is the key to all successful warfares strategies, the art of deliberately sowing deception has been understood and practiced for thousand of years,” the guy concluded.
Next, the listener is greeted by the voice of the man who initially spoke in the video to pick up where he left off.
“Over two thousand years ago, the use of deception and psychological manipulation is a tool of combat detailed by Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu in the Art of War.”
According to Sun Tzu, “All warfare is based on deception. Therefore when capable of attacking, feign incapacity; when active in moving troops, feign inactivity.”
In the next sequence, the narrator in the video encouraged the viewers to look at Duterte’s actions in dealing with criminals from the cultural perspective. He says Duterte is forced to use scare tactics to make the criminals follow the law.
The video showed a couple of footages to demonstrate that Filipinos are the first to violate simple laws because laws are not strictly enforced. He was told following “the law is optional and the justice system is unreliable due to corrupt officials from the highest to the lowest ranks. Criminals use their money to bribe government officials for protection and even buy their way out of prosecution.”
Duterte is aware of this corrupt system being a prosecutor for 9 years.
In the next sequence, the video shows a female and male reporter from Al-Jazeera interviewing President Duterte.
“Do you still believe in the country’s judicial system?” the wide-eyed female reporter asks Duterte.
“Right now, I still believed in the system because I will guarantee that this time that the law is applied,” Duterte replied. “There are judges here in Manila, more than one thousand cases, no conviction at all on a drug case. That is a …(indistinct words) that is, ah, maybe savagery threatening people on both sides. That is how it is played here. That is why we are this miserable about the drug problem. I would rather intimidate and strike fear in the hearts of the criminals just like what happened in Davao when finally you can walk about in the streets late at night and you eat anywhere, anytime and nobody but nobody would bother you,” Duterte replied with authority.
At this pint, the video narrator asks the viewer if Duterte’s strategy work, “Does intimidation and striking fear work?”
The video narrator says yes that Duterte’s strategy or mind games indeed work and cited the figures of pushers and addicts that has surrendered voluntarily. These people, he said are not imprisoned but only made to swear that they will stop selling or taking illegal drugs.
The last but not the least, the video narrator said that publicly shaming and naming of narco-politicians has led to their peaceful surrender.
The video narrator ended by asking the viewers again the same question from the beginning of the video.
Duterte uses psyops to scare criminals and the results are a success.
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Posted by Can Thought Experiment on Sunday, October 16, 2016
The video has been viewed more than 200,000 times and shared more than 8,000 times, less than a day since it was posted by the Facebook page, “Can Thoughts Experiment!”
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