Rodrigo Duterte

New pin-up boy for Tobacco Control. HuffPo:

Smoking In the Philippines Could Land You In Prison For 4 Months
The tough new law will end smoking in public places.

MANILA, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign a regulation this month banning smoking in public across Southeast Asia’s second-most populous country, rolling out among the toughest anti-tobacco laws in the region.

Public health campaigners who have long battled against the country’s hefty tobacco lobby welcomed the push to end smoking in public places and said they believed Duterte, with his tough anti-vice record, was the man to do it.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial told Reuters on Tuesday she hoped the president would sign the ban, which expands the definition of public places, into law before the end of October and that it would come into effect next month.

She was quoted by newspapers as saying that no smoking would be allowed in public places, whether indoor or outdoor.

But at least Duterte won’t murder smokers. Amnesty International:

“Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days as president have been marked by state-sanctioned violence on a truly shocking scale. His brutal crackdown on those allegedly involved in drug crimes has led to carnage on the streets and the obliteration of key human rights, including the right to life and to due process,” said Rafendi Djamin, Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific at Amnesty International.

“Since he was elected President Duterte has actively created a climate where anyone can kill, or be killed, in the name of the ‘war on drugs’. This mass killing must end immediately and all those responsible, at all levels of command, must be brought to justice.”

President Duterte has promised to kill tens of thousands – and on one occasion millions – of people involved in the drugs trade. He has actively encouraged the killing of drug addicts themselves, as well as offering huge bounties to those who turn in drug lords; dead or alive.

Furthermore:

Duterte says he can’t imagine living without Viagra

Sounds like he probably has a lot of enemies.

Outgoing United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is plotting to oust and assassinate him.

“No. Those kinds of statements are not correct, not true,” Goldberg recently told INQUIRER.net in a chance interview in the ARMM Health Forum in Pasay City.

What a shame.

 

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28 Responses to Rodrigo Duterte

  1. jaxthefirst says:

    Well, par for the course, isn’t it? Anti-smokers certainly do tend to be the kind of people who don’t flinch at the idea of punishing, however excessively, anyone who doesn’t do as they are told. Didn’t Ms Arnott herself (or one of her acolytes, maybe) actually hint fairly recently that she agreed with ISIS’s brutal treatment of smokers? She may not have said so in so many words, but she certainly didn’t condemn it as completely abhorrent, so the implied “agreement” was there for all to see.

    OK, so Duterte may well have a particular bugbear about illegal drug-users/sellers, but I’ll bet it’s only the (no doubt sizeable) income that he gets from (no doubt sizeable) tobacco duty that prevents him from meting out the same punishment to anyone else who doesn’t do as he wants them to. After all, as we all know, anti-smokers are highly dependent upon at least some people continuing to smoke – their livelihoods depend on it! And I expect that’s no less true in Duterte’s case, as harsh anti-smoking measures like this are always inevitably preceded by massive hikes in tobacco duty.

    It’s just a shame that all those virtuous non-smokers who supported (and, sometimes, still support), the smoking ban don’t realise what ghastly company they are aligning themselves with, simply by refusing to condemn these evil creatures and their vile, puritanical, bullying policies.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Didn’t Ms Arnott herself (or one of her acolytes, maybe) actually hint fairly recently that she agreed with ISIS’s brutal treatment of smokers? She may not have said so in so many words,but she certainly didn’t condemn it as completely abhorrent, so the implied “agreement” was there for all to see.
      Such is the obsession of Deborah Arnott. Murder is legal when it involves killing smokers.
      Do we wonder why SMOKING CIGARETTES is a statement of FREEDOM?

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    It’s quite telling that the tobacco control elite praise the Philippine smoking ban since its organized by an authoritarian de facto dictator that encourages death squads to enforce anti-drug sentiment.

  3. But at least Duterte won’t murder smokers.

    ==

    Not at first of course. Remember when the Antis were declaring they’d never try to ban smoking from pubs or take Santa’s pipe? Or having a law/regulation without penalties while assuring everyone that it will be “self-enforcing”?

    It truly is that cracking open of Pandora’s box out there.

    :/
    MJM

  4. JSD says:

    Hi Frank – I have never posted on your blogs but I read it daily from here in the US. Bars and most public places in this area went no-smoking about 10 years ago.

    Recently, my condominium HOA decided to take a vote on banning smoking in the complex. This proposal included harsh financial penalties, a micro-management monitoring scheme and shaming upon anyone that would break the new rule. Myself figuring that people like us are outnumbered, I was certain it would pass and promptly began my plan to move on as I had no interest in living in such conditions.

    Guess what? The proposal DID NOT PASS! A small victory indeed but this is notable in an area where the anti’s tend to run rampant with their propaganda.

    Keep banging on!

  5. Busted: News about Bill Gates investing $20B in PH came from a …

    memebuster.net/bill-gates-investing-20b-in-ph-came-from-a-satirical-blog/

    Sep 27, 2016 – Did Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates invest $20 billion in the Philippines under the President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration?

    If you do try and Google Gates and his investment in the Philippines, he was reportedly spotted visiting the country in April 2015 with his wife, as they enjoyed a brief summer vacation in Palawan. He was also said to have visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the same month because his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is the biggest philanthropic donor to the IRRI, according to Tony Lambino, IRRI head of communications.

    But that is as far as Gates’ recent connection to the Philippines went as a potential investor and it wasn’t even during Duterte’s time yet

  6. prog says:

    I think the Swedes have left it too late to rein in their ‘progressive’ ethos. This is the kind of thing that happens to civilised societies when going on 10% of the population follow the directives of a total nutter.

    https://www.thelocal.se/20161016/islamic-state-flag-is-legal-in-sweden-prosecutor-rules

  7. smokingscot says:

    Whole stack of articles about President Duterte’s forthcoming visit to China.

    Seems the authoritarian antique’s getting a wee bit ticked off at the Yanks and their having all sorts of military facilities in his country. And he does get kind of personal in what he says.

    I mean even our very own barking mad Jean-Claude Juncker wouldn’t come out and say in public that President Obama is a “son of a whore”, nor would he explicitly state said President should “go to hell”.

    Anyhow Duterte should be wrapping up his “State” visit to Brunei (where he’s either looking for money, or visa relaxations for Filipino workers), then it’s off to Beijing where he’ll tip-toe round that business of their grabbing whacking great areas of ocean by constructing military bases on coral reefs – and kicking out Filipino fishermen.

    Nevertheless, he seems to have got one thing right on the geopolitical sphere; there’s very little more that can be miked from the Yanks (and should Trump prevail, he may have to pay for their “protection”), so best to throw his lot into the faster growing economies – and those with a greater willingness to line pockets.

    (This by the by is not a one off. The folks in Okinawa are righteously pissed-off at the Yanks and their sodding great base with aircraft all day and night. But most of all they’re hellishly furious at the number of drunken service personnel, vehicular damage, vandalism, rapes and, more recently, murder. They’ve been negotiating to get them off the island for decades).

    Thus the quote from Duterte “I will break up with America” and “I would rather go to Russia and to China.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/17/china-courts-philippines-leader-duterte-amid-signs-of-us-rift

    I get the impression Duterte is your typical Filipino President – in it for the money. Yet Tobacco Control does tend in time to become very political itself, certainly they’ll do everything in their power to influence appointments in high office and ensure funding. The minute Duterte feels the slightest threat, that’ll be that. End of.

    Big tobacco in the Philippines offers a ready market to tens of thousands of poor farmers, plus distribution and all the rest of that stuff. A blanket ban as proposed will severely hit the leisure industry – hence taxes – and big tobacco is very good at lining pockets.

    I agree the guy’s making enemies and he’s creating an enemy within as well (namely TC and smokers). He’s nuts, but he’s a survivor and let’s face it he wants at least two terms in office, possibly with the baton passing to one or more of his four offspring.

    The Chinese and Russians understand that – as do the Yanks.

  8. Frank Davis says:

    The odd thing about Duterte is that he himself would seem to be a drug addict. He’s addicted to Viagra, is he not? For he “can’t imagine living without Viagra.” And it also presumably means he’s addicted to sex, because Viagra is a sex aid.

    • Joe L. says:

      Is it really that odd, Frank? From what we understand about Hitler’s disdain for tobacco and his penchant for cocaine and amphetamines, this hypocrisy appears to be a common trait among tyrannical authoritarian dictators throughout history.

      • prog says:

        I know what you mean, though Uncle Jo and Mao smoked (perhaps they quit and became even worse monsters).

      • smokingscot says:

        Got a Google answer to “what does Viagra do”.

        “Viagra is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and impotence in men. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis in order to help a man get and sustain an erection when he is sexually aroused or stimulated.”

        It takes about 30 minutes to come on stream, but the pill alone ain’t enough, he needs a jolly good form of stimulation to get it up. Then it can last for up to 5 hours, but is usually good for between 2 and 3 hours.

        https://www.dred.com/uk/how-long-viagra-lasts.html

        It’s made by Pfizer, though the folks in India don’t recognise their patent, so do a generic version for lots less money.

        Oh, for and on behalf of all those who seek to control others, I’d like to point out it is and always has been the case that there’s one rule for you and another for the controllers.

        And should you extract the piss outta them, or in any way criticise, then you’re a lackey, a stooge, a denier. In short, a royal pain in the butt – and they don’t like you, so they’ll go in the huff and tell.

        The really amusing bit about Viagra is the effects of long term use are pretty foul:

        Affects the hearing, may cause double vision, heart palpitations, strokes, heart attacks, diarrhoea, gastritis, incontinence and a whole stack of others.

        livestrong.com/article/75866-longterm-effects-using-viagra/

        But what the heck, if the guy wants to spend 30 minutes waiting for a chemical to kick in, then rut like a teenager for 3 or more hours, that’s fine. Wiki tells me he very much likes to sow his oats wild, much to the ire of his first missus. She kicked him into the long grass several years ago. Now he’s not married, but has him a common law wife – Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña and she’s 25 years his junior.

        So, like many others who have raided the kindergarten, there are certain expectations. One being that you do your husbandly duities when required, or lose it.

        Cielito “Honeylet” does seem worth hanging on to. .

        • beobrigitte says:

          It takes about 30 minutes to come on stream, but the pill alone ain’t enough, he needs a jolly good form of stimulation to get it up. Then it can last for up to 5 hours, but is usually good for between 2 and 3 hours.
          That long????

    • beobrigitte says:

      The odd thing about Duterte is that he himself would seem to be a drug addict. He’s addicted to Viagra, is he not? For he “can’t imagine living without Viagra.” And it also presumably means he’s addicted to sex, because Viagra is a sex aid.

      What he isn’t interested in is companionship, friendship and accepting his age (or the circumstance that he has had his time).
      I believe we come with a “use by” and “expiry” date. I’m most certainly well past my “use by” date(no longer able to reproduce). But my expiry date I’ll know when it happens. Nothing I do/did before can change that.

  9. Supergran says:

    Typical little despot! Small man with a shrivelled … ahem! (organ)!! :) who needs viagara to “keep it up” – sounds like a perfect little anti-smoking zealot to me. The prick!

  10. garyk30 says:

    This is not a law passed by elected representatives, it is an Exec Order banning smoking and he promised an Exec Order banning alcohol too.

    A tin God forcing people to live in his idea of paradise.

  11. smokingscot says:

    Hot off the DP tweet feed.

    Duterte states.

    “There is no debate that you will die of cancer if you continue using nicotine.”

    So e fags are to be included in the planned ban.

    Why stop there, jolly well ban gums and patches whydoncha?

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/585228/lifestyle/healthandwellness/duterte-reminds-public-about-smoking-ban-shuns-indoor-smoking-areas

    • beobrigitte says:

      Duterte states.

      “There is no debate that you will die of cancer if you continue using nicotine.”

      What are the long term issues using viagra? Increased susceptibility of STDs if the choice of partner isn’t limited? BTW, Syphillis can be a killer…..

      Duterte (in my opinion) is a sex addict.

      • smokingscot says:

        Seems the old fart’s being advised by fuckwits.

        Here’s a link to the latest research (6 Oct 2016) into the benefits of nicotine, from none other than the Texas A&M University.

        “Smokers are far less likely to be overweight or obese, which provides some benefit to the brain. When people don’t eat too much, their brains don’t shrink as quickly, keeping them mentally sharper for longer”.

        As a consequence:

        “oral nicotine may actually prevent the brain from ageing, and thus developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease”.

        http://naturalsociety.com/nicotine-may-help-prevent-alzheimers-parkinsons-disease-9686/

        Of course they say we shouldn’t take our oral nicotine via a ciggie. Stuff that wherever, I shall continue to self preserve using the most convenient and cost effective means at my disposal. Not some weak garbage concocted by big pharma.

  12. beobrigitte says:

    The tough new law will end smoking in public places.
    Will it really? Smokers will just gather in private places, NEVER vote for such an idiot president ?again. Smokers will be pushed into the “underground” where scared people don’t live.

    President Duterte has promised to kill tens of thousands – and on one occasion millions – of people involved in the drugs trade. He has actively encouraged the killing of drug addicts themselves, as well as offering huge bounties to those who turn in drug lords; dead or alive.

    Furthermore:

    Duterte says he can’t imagine living without Viagra
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!
    The sex addict speaks……
    *pfffmmmmuahahahahahahahahaha* *giggle* *LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL*

    Seriously though…
    Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte, also known as Digong, is a Filipino politician and jurist who is the 16th and current President of the Philippines. He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office, and the fourth of Visayan descent. Wikipedia
    Born: March 28, 1945 (age 71), Maasin, Philippines
    Party: PDP–Laban
    Spouse: Elizabeth Zimmerman (m. 1973–2000), Honeylet Avanceña
    Previous offices: Mayor of Davao City (2013–2016),

    Also:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-doesnt-give-a-s-about-human-rights-war-on-drugs-civilians-a7365156.html
    Duterte may give a shit about human rights, for as long as he gets his VIAGRA he’s happy?
    The availability for Viagra obviously isn’t a human right?

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