6 Reasons Why Trump & Duterte Would Probably Get Along

We're not saying they're exactly the same but hey, they could totally grab a beer and talk about their platform of "change" amongst others, IMHO.

  • Duterte congratulates the 45th president of the United States of America, Donald Trump and said that he hopes for better ties with the US

    • "President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to Mr. Donald Trump on his recent electoral victory as President of the United States of America

      "(Duterte) looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law," on a statement by Martin Andanar, Communications Secretary.

    • House speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also congratulated the newly elect-US president saying that it would "renew and pave the way for better ties between Manila and Washington" after its strains after Duterte criticized the US, on a report by Inquirer.

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  • We’re not comparing Trump to Duterte. Duterte’s political background and years of excellence in the local government is something that Trump will never have.

    • They have a lot of differences and silimarities as well and that’s great. It’s nice to make friends. Especially since President Duterte have been grilling the US-PH ties and other foreign ties the Philippines has at the moment.

      But hey, I’m pretty sure they’ll get a beer and become buds even if they don’t have much political similarities, and here’s probably why:

  • 1. They both "spoke their minds"

    • Since Duterte is genuinely a very candid and natural person, who grew up during the time when Public Relations were unnecessary, he had said a lot of blunder. From bad rape jokes and what he thought of women in general to picking a fight with the US, to cursing the Pope.

      Trump on the other hand has more than people can remember. His political party even needed to take his Twitter away from him. Here are just some of the horrendous things he has said:

      “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”

      “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”

      “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”

  • 2. They’re very vocal about what they think about women—which is not so much.

    • Duterte’s statement towards the raped Australian missionary saying “he should have been first” made him lose a lot of supporters. Trump however has had a misogynistic reputation over the past years. From women’s accusations of groping to treating women as a piece of meat saying that they don't need to do a good job and all they need is a "nice piece of ass"

      He also reportedly bullied Miss America contestants when he used to own the Miss Universe organization.

  • 3. Even though their platforms are light years away, they both pin-pointed the current government’s weaknesses and both promised “Change”

    • Duterte pointed out the numerous faults during the Aquino administration. From transportation to corruption and drugs. Duterte's main platform is "Change is Coming" which is drug-centric. He aims to get rid of the drug trade in the Philippines once and for all.

      Trump on the other hand, promised to "Make America Great Again" he promised to change healthcare, climate change policy and foreign policy.

  • 4. They both understood the power of social media and used it to their advantages.

    • If you've noticed, social media was a war zone during and prior to the May 2016 elections in the Philippines. Duterte supporters, fanatics and "keyboard warriors" took to social media to express their frustrations and support towards the then-candidate. Trump was very powerful through Twitter and reportedly garnerned $ 3.4 billion worth in media coverage.

  • 5. Did I mention that they both love Putin?

    • Trump has always been vocal with his agreements with Russia's Vladimir Putin. "Look at Putin -- what he's doing with Russia -- I mean, you know, what's going on over there. I mean this guy has done -- whether you like him or don't like him -- he's doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period," Trump told Larry King on CNN.

      Duterte says that Putin is "his favorite hero".

  • 6. In spite of all the controversies, they both triumphed after a grueling election

    • Congratulations to both Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump!

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