Two Iron Leaders, Two Legends of the East

With his brute hand at work and the impressive iron ways he owned, Singapore became what it is today. That was how the late Lee Kuan Yew became a legend. Democracy did not get into his way as what happened to the disruption of the visions of Margaret Thatcher for Great Britain.

In an interview with Tim Sebastian, the late prime minister was questioned about the controversial death penalty when it comes to drug traffickers as a violation of human rights. Kuan Yew did not falter and instead insisted that “Singapore executed foreign nationals who will destroy the lives of many families.”

In the Philippines, the current President Rodrigo Duterte is being criticized to his death penalty proposal. He even described the human rights campaigners as “stupid,” according to a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He said at the same report that one should pay for the crime they did with the same weight. “I believe in retribution. Why? You should pay. When you kill someone, rape, you should die,” he added.

With Singapore, democracy has not stopped Kuan Yew’s iron ways. In the Philippines, the strong voice of the democratic state with the strong support for humanitarians do not just adhere to Duterte’s drug war.

In an interview of the same publication and report mentioned earlier, the United Nations’ human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, was not pleased with Duterte’s imposition of killing, “The offer of bounties and other rewards for murder by vigilantes, and his encouragement of extrajudicial killings by security forces, are massive and damaging steps backwards which could lead to widespread violence and chaos,” Zeid said.

We placed the president because we believed he will be the president to replicate Kuan Yew’s successful principles, and it is possible. With many reforms in the education system, justice, and government policies, his term will bring many changes. Though, we believe that there should always be a consideration for all constitutional and human rights laws because those exist for the general welfare

(Royanni Miel Hontucan)

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