Still it seems that crime is the number one perceived problem (or actual problem) so if he sorts it out in any significant way then he may be what the doctor ordered, no matter how distasteful his comments are.
A bit of a news update from Asia's Most Christian Country.
I have some acquaintances in the Philippine Army who have just been redeployed to a different part of the country. They're being told to shut down drug factories, presumably with lethal force where necessary. The local police chief has been summarily dismissed and replaced with a new guy, who is apparently out to clean up this town.
It's hard for ordinary people to grasp how completely out-of-hand drugs are in this country - there are entire islands that are basically run by the meth dealers. Apparently there are even drug labs being operated inside the prisons
. Crime likewise - the police are afraid of the crooks. There's a guy down the road from me who has killed two people. He's also a drunk, an illegal squatter, and a child-abuser. Everyone knows. He's still walking free because he's part of some tinpot gang, which renders him untouchable. He's not a one-off; go a few hundred meters down the road in the other direction and you'll probably find another guy just like him.
While we were chatting, one of the guys suggested the gubmint should just set aside an island and dump all the criminals on it. I think he's got a point. Duterte's "I'm going to kill you all" rhetoric doesn't work when you're literally talking about 1-2% of the adult population who are violent criminals and a further 10-20% who are petty thieves, scammers, or so mentally disturbed that they can never be a functioning part of society. At least if you set aside a "prison island" you could treat the criminals humanely: give them a nipa hut, a quarter-acre of garden and a goat and they'd be no worse off than everyone else, and probably a lot better-off than they were yesterday.