Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rodrigo Duterte's Hand Reading

Robert Duterte photo
If I hadn't known that these were the hands of the President of the Philippines, Robert Duterte, I would never have guessed it.

The lower portion of this hand is dominant, the thumb high-set and closely held (near the palm), the second phalange of the thumb is thick, the quadrangle (space between the head and heart lines) is narrow, and the headline is average. The Jupiter (index) and Mercury (pinky) fingers are pointed, a fairly unusual sign in a successful politician. And the Mercury (pinky) finger is long as well. The mounts are mostly well developed, particularly the Mount of Moon, and the Jupiter (index) finger is bent. When read together these signs do not paint a pretty picture.

This hand shows a personality that is impulsive, and idealistic to an extreme, but one cannot help but wonder about the depth of these ideals. The ideals that the owner of this hand holds are not always practical and doable. So finally, it's all about talk. There is also a certain coldness
in his nature. You can check out images of his hand here and here.

Contrary to Duterte's image, the hand reveals secretiveness, and a tendency to be suspicious, particularly of anything unfamiliar. This is not a person who lets people into his heart easily. And if he gives the impression of frankness probably because he can be blunt, and as everyone knows he can be crude at times. This is evident on his hand too.

His thinking is not independent – it is more influenced by upbringing/society. He is a person rather set in his ways, controlling, and selfishness is a personality characteristic. Clear thinking is not evident on his hand, and this can bring out negative qualities.

Yet, the owner of these hands is an enormously successful Filipino politician. Maybe there is some gem-like quality that his hand has failed to reveal. Or perhaps a clearer picture of the hand could reveal it.

One of the reasons for his success could be that he has exceptional communicative abilities, along with strong idealism. He can use words to sway and appeal to the public and these words are based on ideals. The poetic rhetoric can touch hearts. And he is not dishonest as such. He speaks his mind and appears to believe in what he says. Also, as Duterte belongs to a political family, this probably gave him the right political mindset and the opportunity as well.

You might also be interested in reading about Duterte's successor Bongbong Marcus.

You can also read about China's Li Keqiang, Wen JiabaoMao Zedong, or Xi Jinping, Hong Kong's John Lee, Brazil's Evo Morales, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, North Korea's Kim Jong-il, Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai, or Turkey's Tayyip Erdoğan and many more famous Politicians and Heads of State from all over the world.

(Free photo from the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


  1. Heey veгy nice blog!

  2. Many have compared him to Mao Zedong whose clear palm image I've been searching for a long time. The comparison is especially due to his hardcore tactics regarding drugs elimination in Philippines as Mao ran a similar campaign during his tenure.

    Also, in Duterte's case I am guessing his pointed fingers show an idealism of some kind?

  3. Yes, pointed fingers show idealism but as his hand also shows crudeness, the idealism will be of that realm. It is not true idealism in that sense. This idealism will also be coloured by his tendency to see things with his own world view. Also, the lines and the shape of the hand can often either soften this quality of idealism or enhance it. That is why I am against reading just one sign. Pointed tips on this hand may have a completely different meaning than pointed tips on another hand.


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