American expat’s “Can we Americans borrow Duterte for a while after 2022?” Facebook post gone viral

While the local and international press connives to slow down Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs campaign by raising the issue of human rights violation, his supporters never grew tired defending him on social media.

It’s not surprising when the likes of Sass Rogando Sasot, Ira Panganiban, Atty. Bruce Rivera et al defends President Duterte on social media because since from the very the beginning, these social media personalities have been a supporter through and through!

However, when a foreigner defends President Duterte from critics including the international press (American-based news media) and the human rights watchdog like the United Nation with such fervor, it says a lot of Duterte’s leadership, don’t you think?

John Parsons, an American expat living in the Philippines for 30 years writes a highly emotional letter defending Duterte from critics on Facebook.

The highly emotional post of John Parsons has garnered tremendous support from netizens since it went “live” on Friday, September 16. As result, it has been shared almost 30,000 times on Facebook.

Filipino netizens who stumbled upon Mr. Parsons’ viral post wanted to expressed their gratitude by commenting on the thread with positive comments.

Check out the sampling of the comments from netizens below.

Elizabeth Lourdes Verzosa Domingo says:

You are more of a Filipino than an American, Brother John! Yey! Agree ! Thanks for taking the time to speak out! Kumusta kayo amin.

Juda Himoya Yunker says:

Mabuhay ka Kuya John! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!!! Kuya asking your permission to repost.

Annabelle Plaza says:

Know that you are deeply appreciated John( John Parsons). Maraming salamat!!

Te-em Manuel W says:

Very very well said… The best explanation i’ve read so far, salamat manong

Sam Gimbo Ngan says:

this so true. you are so right john. the philipines is lucky now to have a leader like duterte. we did not know the magnittude of the drug problem in the country until it was seen because of duterte’s crusade on war against illegal drugs and he mean it no matter who the person is. we do hope that someday the filipinos can proudly say, the philippines is now a drug free country. God bless the philippines!

Even a fellow foreigner can’t help but says something good about Mr. Parson’s post.

Paul F Hartford says:

Good to hear your perspective John. Very thought provoking.

Find out why John Parsons’ post has been receiving so much love from netizens by reading the full text of his post below.

I finally feel that I need to speak up.

There has been much in the press lately about newly elected Philippine President Duterte. Most of what is said focuses on his policies toward the illegal drug problem, and his direct (to put it mildly) comments to other national leaders, particularly to US leaders. The world’s press responds with concern, even alarm. In the Philippines, he is immensely popular. As an American who has lived here in the Philippines for 30+ years, I think I understand why.

Allow me to explain. First of all, the facts. 1) Americans almost never take culture and other cultures’ viewpoints and values into consideration. Almost never. That explains nonsense foreign policy and constant misunderstanding. 2) Americans are one thing; the American government is something different. Generally speaking, Americans are liked here. Generally speaking, the American government is grossly arrogant and condescending, and is often despised because of it. 3) Other nations and cultures, in this case the Philippines, are fed up because of #1 and #2.

Along comes a man like President Duterte. He is not a “ruling class politician”. He tells it like it is, no political gibberish. He identifies problems and tackles them head-on. He knows where he is going, and doesn’t waste time dancing with the stars. And he is not afraid. He is going after the illegal drug trade, which means going after politicians and large segments of law enforcement and military. He is going after chronic problems that have been perpetuated by established political practices that served only the masters and not the nation.

Fiipinos have a President, a real President, one that they are proud of. And rightly so.

He is engaging China, not challenging China. He has to. It’s the largest nation on earth, only 400 miles away, has a massive army, and pretty much controls the economy of SE Asia. Why not depend on the Philippines own ‘relational intelligence’ and the art of negotiation, of which Filipinos are masters?

No more is the day that the nation says, “We are suffocating under a blanket of drug addiction, corruption, a government that doesn’t care – and we can’t do anything about it.” Yes, the Philippines can do something about it. The national attitude has changed in only weeks. The nation is standing, is standing on it’s own, and is looking at other nations eye-to-eye. Peers. A sovereign nation among sovereign nations.

Then along comes a few international organizations and the press: “You can’t do that – respect the rule of law!” Then comes the American President (see #2 above) saying the same thing. Well, whose rule of law are we talking about? (see #1 above) Missed bomb runs in Afghanistan are just “collateral damage”, but a fierce fight against crime is a violation of human rights? So President Duterte calls the American President on his hypocrisy and arrogance. Filipinos cheer. They have a President who demands respect as an equal.

Just today, after more statements about President Duterte’s anti-crime actions and human rights, the Philippine Foreign Minister says, “[The Philippines} cannot forever be the little brown brothers of America.” The CNN writer commented, “The phrase is used in the Philippines to refer to people that are trying to act like they’re American.” What a laugh – that’s the equivalent of believing ‘the finger’ is really a Hawaiian peace sign. That’s what Foreign Minister Yasay was saying: “Stop looking down on the Philippines, stop treating us as inferiors, stop telling us what to do, and while you’re at it, go take a long walk on a short pier.” But, being Filipino (masters of relational intelligence), he said it in a nice, diplomatic way – so much so that the audience probably did not realize what he was really saying (see #1 above).

Filipinos cheer again. “We are a sovereign nation. We can and will clean up our problems. We will take our rightful place among the nations that we should have taken a long time ago. All we ask for is a little respect. treat us as brothers – equal brothers.”

I feel really good about living here.

(PS – When Mr. Duterte’s term is finished in 2022, can we Americans borrow him for a while?)

Please post your comment or reaction below.

Source: John Parsons


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