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UP’s Randy David says Duterte wants the impossible: Sorry, int’l community can’t, won’t leave PH alone

Mar 27, 2017 @ 21:11

President Rodrigo Duterte is wishing for the moon when he said the international community should “leave us alone,” University of the Philippines sociology professor Randy David said.

In his March 26 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, David said global public opinion is an inescapable reality that all countries should learn how to deal with since the world has become one big society.

“No government, no matter how popular, can command the rest of the world to ‘leave us alone’ and expect to be taken seriously,” he said.

Aside from the United Nations and foreign media, David said other international players which would be quick to react to anything that happens in the Philippines include financial institutions, global corporations and credit and investment ratings.

The difference between citizens’ opinion and that of global players is the swiftness with which they react.

“Unlike citizens that must often wait for elections to make their opinions matter, global players can act almost immediately and with equally costly consequences,” David said. “They can put their money into a country’s stocks in expectation of long-term growth and stability, or withdraw capital at the first sign of political uncertainty.”

While Duterte may construe the views given by foreign entities on his policies as interference in the country’s affairs, David said any form of public opinion “serves as a society’s ultimate tool of self-observation” and may prompt a government to examine itself.

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  • Gone are the days of Pol Pot, Stalin, Idi Amin and Hitler. They are aberrations of history.

  • brent condura

    Akala kasi ni madman Idioterte the whole global community ay parang Davao City lang madali lang sabihin “get out of my city, or else I will make you leave horizontally”.

  • beautilicious

    The government including some of it’s fanatics, followers and politicians are so naive and put their positions as license to tell the world to leave the Philippines alone are either incompetent, ignorant or SO FULL OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR EGO’S WHO THINKS THEY ARE UNTOUCHABLES..SADLY THEY ONLY THINK ABOUT THEMSELVES AND NOT THE FILIPINOS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO SERVE.

  • redbaron

    Duterte is 70 years old. He is living in the past. No matter where we are globally, he still insists on his old antiquated ways and ideas. It’s impossible to teach this old and sick man new tricks…
    If I were him, I would just rest and enjoy his last few years…

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