Daily Lessons from Life 29 April 2018 - Zero to Hero...
"Philippines' Duterte calls North Korea's Kim 'hero of everybody'
MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday (Apr 29) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he had previously called a "fool", is now the "hero of everybody", after Kim pledged to work with Seoul for "complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula.
Duterte said he would "congratulate" Kim, who just became his "idol", if he gets a chance to meet him. He said he would tell the North Korean leader "I admire you. You know how to time (your moves)".
"For all of the time, he was pictured to be the bad boy of the community. With one masterstroke, he is now the hero of everybody," Duterte said when asked to comment on the historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news conference after he returned from an ASEAN summit in Singapore.
"He appear to be amiable, jolly good fellow, and very accommodating," Duterte said of Kim.
Duterte has more than once criticised Kim over his nuclear ambitions. In April last year he questioned his sanity and urged the United States to show restraint and not be baited by a man who "wants to end the world".
A few months later, Duterte called Kim a "fool" and held nothing back in rebuking Kim for "playing with dangerous toys"."
"From Zero to Hero" is how President Duterte described Kim. From one unconventional political leader to another. No pretension. No hesitation to acknowledged he was wrong about Kim n for the many i sullts thrown at Kim by him. Apologised n get back with life n things as Kim has changed!
This is what i like about President Duterte.
He complimented Kim for "good timing to turn around"!
Of course there is a risk nothing concrete will come out of this historical n epic moment for the North n South Korea if promises were not kept or blocked by outside powers who want to still be the "Masters" for their own reasons.
For now, i just want to acknowledge my respect for President Duterte's candidness n strong courage to apologise n move on!!