Taiwanese politician includes Duterte in campaign posters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 22) — President Rodrigo Duterte's tough stance on illegal drugs has impressed a foreign politician so much, he's including it in his campaign.

Chen Renzhi, a politician from Taipei who is running for a representative position, told CNN Philippines, "The anti-drug achievements of Mr. Duterte, the President of the Philippines, have been well-known in the international community. These also serve as a deterrent to drug addicts and traffickers in the Philippines. I admire Mr. Duterte's determination to curb the illegal drug menace that's why I opted to use his photos in my campaign."


Chen added he hoped his action did not offend Duterte.

Chen's campaign poster was spotted in Hualien City, Taiwan. It read, "Value life, say no to drugs."

Taiwanese journalist Yuhsuan Chang told CNN Philippines Duterte was very popular in the country.

"I think in Taiwan he is as popular as Trump," he said.

He added, Taiwanese were impressed by Duterte's "guts and courage."

Chang, a political reporter who has visited the Philippines, said he felt the pride Filipinos had in having Duterte as president.

"His most successful achievement is he made Filipinos feel confident, and he had the will to make a difference" he said.


The elimination of illegal drugs was one of President Duterte's campaign promises, and at the start of his term, he said he would rid the country of it in six months.

Later on, the President said he had underestimated the depth of the problem. In December 2017, Duterte said eradicating the problem may not happen duing his term.