Philippines’ controversial presidential candidate has been widely compared to White House hopeful Donald Trump. But a new comment made by the Filipino politician now made him more like the equally controversial Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Both Duterte and Putin have strong anti-American sentiments and both psychological well-beings are now being scrutinized.
Morning News USA was among the first American websites that spotted the similarity between Duterte and Trump. Both of the presidential candidates earned backlash for contentious statements. They were both criticized after they made disrespectful comments about Pope Francis. They were also condemned globally for offensive reactions regarding rape.
On April 20, Duterte has this to say to all global leaders who despised him after his rape joke made it to international headlines: “Australian, American ambassadors: Shut your mouth.”
“Do not interfere because it’s election time,” GMA News quoted Duterte as saying.
The presidential hopeful also does not care if both Australia and the United States take offense with this remark. He went as far as saying that if he wins and becomes the next president of the island nation, both Australia and the US can sever their alliance from the country.
“I never interfere in their elections. If I become president, go ahead and sever it (ties with the Philippines),” he said.
The contentious remark does not sit well with the international community; especially that US is actively helping the Philippines with its territorial claims against China over South China Sea.
With this latest controversial statement from Duterte, Morning News USA could not help but see the striking similarity between him and Russian president Putin.
Putin has consistently expressed his strong anti-America sentiments. In fact, Pentagon has always cited Russia, together with China, as the top threats against the nation’s security.
Just recently, in light of the Panama Papers scandal, Putin accused America as the master mind behind the leak. In the past, he also accused America of being the nation responsible behind the war in the Middle East.
Another similarity that Duterte and Putin have is that following their controversial statements, their psychological well beings were subjected to critical analysis.
According to a psychological report on Duterte obtained by ABS CBN News, he is suffering from Antisocial Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The analysis was brought to light during the annulment case filed by his ex-wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.
Dr. Natividad Dayan, former president of the International Council of Psychologists, prepared the report. According to him, Duterte has a psychological condition characterized by “gross indifference, insensitivity and self-centeredness, grandiose sense of self-entitlement and manipulative behaviors; and pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their rights and feelings.”
In February of 2015, Morning News USA reported about a classified research conducted for Pentagon that looked into the personality of Putin. The research, made in 2011, found Putin to be suffering from autism, specifically Asperger’s syndrome.
Brenda Connors, an expert in movement pattern analysis at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, made the report. In it, she said Putin’s “neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy.”
“The Russian President carries a neurological disorder,” Connor wrote in the report.