An omen for November? John Oliver’s filleting of Philippines presidential “Trump of the East” backfired — or had no effect. Rodrigo Duterte was elected Monday anyway.On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” the British comedian decried what he called a “total f-ing monster” who “tested the limits of basic human decency.”
As the Daily Beast noted: “For those believing the U.S. has become the laughingstock of the world, however, Oliver offered an olive branch: Rodrigo Duterte. Yes, the current mayor of Davao City and frontrunner for president of the Philippines … is perhaps the only person on the political stage even more outspoken than Trump and, according to Oliver, is ‘a colorful character, to say the least.’
“At a mass wedding recently, Duterte — taking a page out of Braveheart —offered himself up to the brides as a wedding gift, announcing from the stage, ‘I don’t have money to give, but I could give your wives something else—and this is for the wives only. Men, I’m sorry but you don’t get anything because I’m not a queer.’”
With 79 percent of precincts reporting, Duterte had 14.0 million votes — well ahead of rivals with 8.4 million and 7.9 million votes.
Others cast their views:
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) May 9, 2016
Yes. Time to accept reality. Congrats, Duterte. The fate of our country is in your hands now.
— Mika Aereen M. Reyes (@MikaReyesLovers) May 9, 2016
"i wish a filipino could've done a duterte take down like john oliver did" no one can because they'd be gunned down in a matter of hours
— neighbourhood goth (@gothtita) May 9, 2016
Duterte supporters can't attack John Oliver for his bad language because their candidate is known for using worse language.
— Scott (@All_Eskat) May 9, 2016
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