Yeah Rodrigo, you are a real winner, “those who live by the sword (word) will die by the sword”?
Since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a war on drugs last summer, violence has spiralled with more than 7,000 murders, most of them unsolved.
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The Duterte government, and 90% of the Philippine population at large, continue to mock Western institutions by playing smartly in the latter’s own game, and making fun of the inconvenient facts that are just beginning to hit the headlines in the West, e.g. PizzaGate and PedoGate scandals.
Duterte tops Time poll as EU critics told ‘stick to child porn’ | RT
Published time: 28 Mar, 2017 13:33
The Filipino people’s “love affair” with their leader “is like a jet plane that’s just taken off” and EU critics of President Rodrigo Duterte should ‘stick to child porn’.
That’s according to Philippines Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy who defended Duterte’s standing in Time magazine’s Top 100 Men and Women for 2017 survey, where he leads Vladimir Putin, Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Trudeau and Bill Gates. The final ‘Time 100’ list will be published on April 20.
“Plus 9 out of 10 Filipinos right now approve of him.” She added “Wrap your dim minds around that, you clowns. Nine out of ten.”
Anyone with a “teaspoon of IQ on them” would wait for Duterte to make a “huge error” before trying to topple him, she claimed.
“Then and only then would it be the time to let your cash flow to pay the EU idiots with galls as huge as Goodyear blimps to call for the president’s resignation,” she said, adding in Filipino that “those in the EU, just engage in online child pornography. Since that’s what you are good at.”
The warning comes as the EU condemns Duterte’s plan to revive the death penalty for drug convictions. The European Parliament has called for an international investigation into “unlawful killings and other violations” in the Philippines linked to Duterte’s war on drugs, while Duterte has told the EU MPs to mind their own business.
Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that the assistant secretary’s comment was “obviously sarcastic” and she was not advocating child pornography, reported Rappler.
“Asec Badoy loves children and cares about their welfare, so to even imply that she trivializes the issue is unfair and misleading. She is an outspoken critique of social injustice, and we have no doubt as to her stand against child pornography,” Taguiwalo said in a statement, according to InterAksyon.
Badoy, a former human rights advocate and NGO worker, was appointed to implement medical assistance to drug addicts in rehab after her online activism caught the president’s eye.
The Philippines banned a number of x-rated websites at the beginning of 2017 as part of a wider child-porn crackdown.
Duterte has also lashed out at the EU for telling his government to release the recently arrested Drug Queen Senator Leila Delima. He said he is ready to hang his EU critics to the nearest pole for their improper intervention sans appropriate facts about the senator’s case, which prompted the latter to protest and summon the Philippine ambassador to explain Duterte’s latest tirade.
“I will just be happy to hang you. If I have the preference, I’ll hang all of you,” Mr Duterte said. “You are putting us down. You are exerting pressure in every country with the death penalty.”
What makes the 5th Columnists restless for the last 9 months is the fact that the Duterte government enjoys at least 84% satisfaction rating for its war on narcopolitics, according to the latest Pulse Asia nationwide survey.
What this all means is that the Pinoys are not taking any more BS from the EU, or the UN.
So, if you feel like shaking the Khazarian cage, try playing here…
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Too funny. We might have a brown Asian Trump in the Philippines.
“In the USA, we don’t have an ambassador. No ambassador will go there. Until now, we do not have an ambassador in the United States. I don’t feel like sending one,” Duterte said while delivering a speech in Davao City this week.
President Duterte did not offer any further explanation for his comment. It has been seven months since the Philippines had an ambassador to the US. The Philippines Embassy, however, is still operational under the leadership of a deputy ambassador.
Duterte has tried to appoint a new envoy a couple of times, but all the candidates have refused for various reasons. Duterte tried to appoint Chief Protocol Officer Marciano Paynor, but he was too busy with preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum and the post remained vacant.
Last December, Duterte named a columnist of The Star, Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez as the new ambassador to the US. Romualdez initially accepted the offer but eventually refused to take the office, citing eye problems.
“I love my country but I have to take care of my health,” Romualdez said on Thursday.
Duterte’s reluctance to name a new envoy to the US can be perceived as a “disturbing message,” according to former Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario.
“I believe [that this] is a matter which should be urgently revisited,” del Rosario said on Friday.
Relations between the Philippines and the administration of former US President Barack Obama were quite turbulent since Duterte assumed office in June 2016. Durerte’s controversial bloody “war on drugs,” which has claimed over 7,000 lives in just seven months, has attracted numerous allegations of human rights violations and extrajudicial killings. Duterte, in his turn, criticized President Obama and told him to “go to hell,” threatening to end the Philippines’ close ties with Washington and indicating the possibility of embracing China as a key ally instead.
The Philippines president welcomed Donald Trump’s presidential victory, and many believed that would help mend relationship between the two countries. Late in January, however, Duterte accused the US of building a “permanent” arms depot in his country and warned Trump that such actions jeopardize security treaty between them. Earlier this week, Duterte supported Trump’s travel ban, which does not affect the Philippines, However, he said he would do nothing to help illegal Philippines migrants if they get caught in the US.
by James Corbett
February 5, 2017
Remember when I warned about the worrying signs that Filipino President Rodrigo “Dirty Harry” Duterte was setting up a police state, including deputizing the public to kill suspected criminals, threatening martial law if the judiciary tried to stop him and endorsing the killing of journalists? Well, to adopt the parlance of the millennial Buzzfeed set, you won’t believe what happened next!
Actually, you will believe it. The Philippines has turned into a police state.
Specifically, Duterte himself had to halt his own self-declared war on drugs earlier this week because (who could’ve guessed it?!) the Filipino police had taken it as carte blanche to go on a kidnapping, murder and theft spree. A new report on the killings alleges that the police “have behaved like the criminal underworld they are supposed to be suppressing, taking payments for killings and delivering bodies to funeral homes.” It goes on to accuse the Filipino “authorities” of a “systematic, planned and organized” campaign of killings that could constitute a crime against humanity.
As if to underscore the point, a new story broke this week of a South Korean businessmen who was killed by a gang of “rogue” police officers. Using a fake warrant, the Philippines’ finest arrested him, dragged him to the national police headquarters, strangled him to death, cremated him and flushed his remains down the toilet.
Bowing to the mounting pressure, Duterte gave a speech earlier this week to announce a dramatic change in plans. “I have ordered the police to stop all operations,” he said. “No policeman in this country anywhere is allowed to enforce laws related to the drug campaign.”
All’s well that ends well, right? I mean, you can’t make an omelette without killing 7,000 people, right? And, after all, at least the man who consciously models himself on Clint Eastwood movie characters had the sense to call an end to the program, right?
Wrong. He’s not ending his war on drugs. In fact, he’s about to make it even worse.
While Duterte is taking the national police off the drug beat, he’s instead handing the reins over to the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency, who will be acting with the support of the military. Oh, and he’s now threatening to kill even more people and extend the drug war, originally slated to end in March, until 2022, the end of his presidential term. But don’t worry about martial law; he insists that he won’t need to declare it in order to enlist the military in his slaughter.
That a government-sanctioned death squad program has turned into a nightmare of blood, violence, criminality, corruption, mayhem and terror should surprise no one. That we are moving into an era where strong-man authoritarian thugs not only implement such programs but are increasingly lauded for it should, if not surprise, at the very least concern everyone.
I’ve seen it even in my own audience. “Maybe this is just being misrepresented by the lying fake news media,” they say. “Maybe the Philippines needs a tough-talking straight shooter like Duterte to deal with the drug problem,” they argue. Interestingly, none of the people who make these comments seem to actually live in the Philippines, so, presumably, they do not expect to deal with the consequences of Duterte’s undeclared martial law or face the prospect of jackbooted police thugs showing up in the night with a fake warrant to drive them to a holding cell and murder them.
Ask the people of El Salvador what they think of the idea of government death squads to stamp out a nascent “terror problem.” In the 1980s the Reagan administration gave support to the Salvadoran government in its civil war with a left-wing insurgency that had attempted a coup in 1979. Their method of operation, still veiled behind classification but now partially revealed and referred to as “the Salvador Option,” was to fund nationalist death squads to hunt down and kill suspected rebels and sympathizers. Numbers are not certain, but the final report of the Truth Commission set up in the wake of the slaughter concluded that “the death squads in rural areas account for a significant proportion” of the 70,000-80,000 deaths in the 12-year conflict.
Or ask the victims of the death squads in Iraq unleashed by Colonel James Steele, a veteran of the Salvador Option who oversaw the Iraqi Special Police Commandos in 2004. Recruiting Shia fighters from notorious militias like the Badr Brigade and the Mahdi Army and unleashing them on Iraq’s Sunnis, this “special commando” death squad begat secret detention centers, torture and a wave of sectarian violence that had not been present in the country to that point.
Or ask the victims of the kill/capture program that spawned the Salvador Option in the first place, the Phoenix Program. As listeners to The Corbett Report over the past week will know, the Phoenix Program was the CIA-directed psychological warfare operation during the Vietnam War that pioneered the technique of terrorism-in-the-name-of-counterterrorism, which included interrogation centers, torture, and grisly assassinations of suspected Viet Cong sympathizers (i.e., anyone the Americans or South Vietnamese didn’t like).
And now Trump advisor Erik Prince has suggested reviving the Phoenix Program for use against ISIS, the terror boogeymen du jour who were created, trained, equipped and funded by the US and their allies—and who would fall instantaneously if state support were cut off. Because what could go wrong with a military death squad given free rein to identify, capture, torture and kill anyone they want in one of the most sensitive regions of the globe?
Of course, the idea that the Phoenix Program needs “reviving” is a bit of misnomer. Not only have versions of it been deployed in Honduras, El Salvador, Iraq and now Syria in various forms over the decades, it also served as the blueprint for the US’ own Department of Homeland Security. Phoenix Program researcher Douglas Valentine has an entire section on the Phoenix-DHS connection in his new book, The CIA As Organized Crime, including the modeling of the DHS’ “fusion centers” after the Phoenix intelligence and operations coordinating centers in Vietnam.
After I reported all of this earlier this week, someone bothered to email me with the one-line message: “This is what we need.”
This is 2017 in a nutshell for me (so far, at least): #MakeDeathSquadsGreatAgain.
It’s a strange line of thought for erstwhile freedom advocates to suspect that a government death squad could be the answer to our problems, but such is the renewed authoritarian age in which we’re living. People are looking for a big strong daddy government leader to come in and beat up the bad guys and make things great again. And, increasingly, it looks like that’s what they’re going to get. Well, the beating-up-people part of it, anyway. And killing. Lots and lots of killing.
And here I am in the absurd position of having to actually say that maybe, just maybe, government death squads are a bad idea. Ask the people of the Philippines.
Feb 2, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that the country’s drug problem has become a national security threat, and that he intends to issue an official order directing the military to help in his campaign.
Duterte said on Thursday that he does not intend to declare martial law, but added that his controversial war against illegal drugs will continue.
“I’m taking in the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and raising the issue of drugs as a national security threat so that I will call on all the armed forces to assist,” he said in a speech broadcast online from his hometown of Davao City.
Referring to suspected drug criminals, he said in a mix of Filipino and English, “You bleed for those son of a b***h. How many? Three thousand? I will kill more if only to get rid of drugs.”
Duterte made the statement after the Philippine defence ministry urged him on Wednesday to call on the military for help in going after drug criminals and corrupt police officers.
The Philippine police, the country’s main law enforcer, earlier said that it would suspend its anti-drug campaign and “cleanse” its ranks, after it was revealed that some of its officers were carrying out kidnap-for-ransom operations using the drug war as a cover.
Jee Ick-joo, a South Korean businessman living in the Philippines, was among those who fell victim to the police syndicate. His murder inside Philippine police headquarters in Manila triggered a congressional investigation causing international embarrassment for Duterte.
On Monday, Duterte lashed out at the police, telling them, “You care corrupt to the core. It is in your system.”
As of January 31, there have been 7,080 people killed during the first seven months of the Duterte presidency, according to the police. Of that number, 2,555 were killed in police operations, while 3,603 others were killed by unknown suspects.
|As of January 31, 2017 the death toll related to the anti-drug war had hit 7,080 [Al Jazeera/Ted Regencia]|
‘Economy of murder’
On Wednesday, Amnesty International Philippines reported that police officers were being paid by the government for killing drug suspects.
“This is not a war on drugs, but a war on the poor. Often on the flimsiest of evidence, people accused of using or selling drugs are being killed for cash in an economy of murder,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Director.
The Amnesty International’s investigation, documented at least 33 cases involving the killings of 59 people.
A previous Al Jazeera investigation also revealed that police officers were involved in attempted killings of unarmed drug suspects, who had already surrendered to authorities.
But in his speech on Thursday, Duterte was adamant, saying that even US President Donald Trump supports his policy, repeating the details of his conversation with the American leader in December.
He has previously said that his war on drugs would continue until the end of his term in 2022.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned against the militarisation of Duterte’s drug war.
“Using military personnel for civilian policing anywhere heightens the risk of unnecessary or excessive force and inappropriate military tactics,” Phelim Kine, HRW deputy director, said in a statement to Al Jazeera.
Kine said there is also a “deeply rooted culture of impunity for military abuses” in the Philippines, and that the military’s “long history of masking extrajudicial killings” of suspected communist rebels “has sinister parallels” with police anti-drug operations.
Source: Al Jazeera News