"The moderate political parties would not work together, although together they had more support than him."
This quote does NOT refer to Duterte. This is the gist of a BBC article on how HITLER rose to power! Isn't it eerily similar to the Duterte story in the Philippines?
In the Philippines, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is still the presidential frontrunner in the latest ABS-CBN survey by Pulse Asia Research. Duterte kept his 33% rating for a 2nd week in a row, in the April 26-29, 2016 survey.
Can the moderate Philippine political parties learn from Germany's tragic experience with Hitler ? In other words, in this late hour, can they form an unlikely loose political alliance to fight Duterte?
Our quick reaction is simply to dismiss this idea and say "we are all proud members of the Talangka Republic of the Philippines!"
Wait a second, there was a historical precedent just six years ago!Senators Mar Roxas and Benigno Aquino III flash the Laban sign after a press conference at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan yesterday. Roxas, president of the Liberal Party, announced he was withdrawing from the 2010 presidential race to support the candidacy of Aquino.
FLASHBACK Sept.1, 2009
From Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II made the “supreme sacrifice” and announced yesterday that he would give way to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party in the 2010 elections.
“Ito na ang pinakamabigat na desisyon sa buhay ko. Maniwala man kayo o hindi, ginawa ko ito para sa bayan, para sa inyo (This is the toughest decision of my life. Believe it or not, I did this for the nation, for all of you). I do this for unity in support of change. And if that means somebody must make the sacrifice, it must be me. Ako na (It’s me),” Roxas told a press conference at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan, which was organized by the Liberal Party (LP).
Roxas, the current LP president, declared that he would now support the presidential candidacy of Aquino, who is also an LP official and son of the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino who recently passed away.
Wearing his signature blue shirt, Roxas was teary-eyed and emotional as he read a prepared statement that still surprised many despite speculation for several weeks that he would give way to the younger Aquino, whose popularity is rising a month after the death of his mother.
Roxas said his decision was the product of serious talks with Sen. Aquino and that he would like to make the sacrifice for the sake of the country.
“Over the weekend, Noynoy and I had many long conversations. Masinsinang usapan. We agreed. Let us forget about ourselves for a moment. This is not about us; this is about our people and our country. This is about our common dream. The dream of our parents,” Roxas said.
Why should the moderate Philippine political parties unite and form quickly a loose coalition versus Duterte?
There is a very strong possibility that the next Pinoy president will be "the Duterte Rape Joker". And the Filipino people will pay a huge price in terms of the loss of basic freedoms.
If elected, Duterte will declare Martial Law!The tough-talking local executive says he will simply close down Congress if it attempts to impeach him. "'Pag i-impeach ako, sabi ni Trillanes, eh 'di isara ko 'yang Congress. Eh 'di wala nang mag-impeach sa akin," said Duterte in Bataan on Thursday.
Duterte had previously brought up the idea of having a "revolutionary government" if he becomes president, and he said he intends to follow through on it.
In every revolution that succeeds, siya 'yung tigas. He now becomes the authority," he said, before bringing up the case of late former president Ferdinand Marcos.
"Tingnan mo si Marcos. Pero kaniya, Martial Law, iba yun. Dictator? Ah, eh 'di alangan. Ako na ang Congress, ako na ang presidente, dictator ka talaga," said Duterte, adding that congressmen wouldn't be able to do anything about it.
Only "United Hands" can fight the Iron Fist!For presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the most dangerous for the Philippines if elected president.
Santiago called the threat of one of Duterte's staunch supporters' "almost seditious."
"Right now, his most trusted man, Pastor (Apollo) Quiboloy of Davao City has already announced that if the elections don’t turn out Duterte, he is going to personally lead a revolution," she said.
"What kind of talk is that? That is almost seditious. And this is for a man of the cloth," she added.
Quiboloy is the head of the Davao-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name religious group. Duterte has admitted that he has received gifts from the pastor and his camp maintained that there's nothing wrong with this.
Santiago said unlike the public's former knowledge of Duterte as a "straight-shooting mayor" who is almost penniless, "masyadong malalim itong Duterte na ito."
"What about the plunder charge filed against him by Trillanes? We don’t have any acceptable reason for all those accusations against him," she added.
“Si Duterte, pinalabas na ang mananalo dahil sa maraming pinalalabas na humahanga sa kanya. Hindi niyo dapat ikahanga yan, pumapatay ng tao yan, walang awang pumapatay ng tao po yan.” BinayDON’T vote for a merciless murderer and butcher like Digong.
For the first time, Vice President Jejomar Binay made an epic declaration against his friend Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte .
His previous campaign speeches usually attacked Mar Roxas as incompetent and Grace Poe as inexperienced.
Binay once praised Duterte as a good candidate for president having years of experience as local government chief executive in Davao City.
But on Monday, Binay’s admiration for Duterte turned into vilification. He minced no words in urging voters not to vote for Duterte, who he said is a “murderer” and a “butcher” for his alleged links to the Davao Death Squad.
Speaking from a makeshift stage in the country’s largest barangay, Binay said:
Binay pleaded to the crowd not to translate their amusement with Duterte to votes for the tough-talking mayor.
“Natitiyak ko ang inyong paghanga sa kanyang sinasabi na pinapatay ko yan! Puputulin ko ang ulo niyan! Huwag naman. Yung paghanga ninyo, sana huwag niyong ilipat sa pagboto. Kailangan ang iboboto niyo, maipagmamalaki ninyo na maging pangulo. Responsibilidad ng bawat isang Pilipino na hindi dapat maging pangulo itong si Duterte,” Binay said, eliciting cheers from the crowd.
Binay said Duterte’s alleged death squad has committed extra-judicial killings of suspected criminals and drug pushers who came from the ranks of the poor.
Binay said voters may regret choosing Duterte for president because of the latter’s harsh anti-crime policy that may victimize innocent people.
“Bakit kayo magsisisi!? Anak ng pucha, bakit ito pa binoto ko?! Kapag napatay na ang anak ko, ang mahal ko sa buhay,” Binay said. From Inquirer
“An executioner who threatens us or a government we are afraid of would not lead us to our dreams A berdugo, she said, is someone who covers his face and who people do not know, and who acts against his own countrymen." Grace PoeWhat she fears most is a government that dictates on its people, that scares its people and does not listen to its people, she added.
Asked about Duterte’s statements, Poe said she was concerned about his claim that he would set up a revolutionary government if somebody tried to oppose him.
“That is the most alarming for me,” she said.
Price of laughter
She said that many people were amused by the mayor’s statements, including her. “But if you think about it well, what is the price of this temporary laughter? We might lose the freedoms we have fought for,” she said.
One example, she said, is losing the right to say that one dislikes the President, for fear of being punished.
There may be a steep price to pay for the semblance of peace that some people want, she said.
Countries run by a dictatorship appear orderly and peaceful, such as North Korea, but its people are not happy, she said.
“If you go to North Korea, it is peaceful there. People follow rules such as where to cross the street. But if you ask them if they are happy, they are not. Because many of them are hungry, many of them are afraid, many of them can’t speak even before their families for fear they would be reported,” she said.
Asked if the Philippines would become like North Korea under a Duterte presidency, she said the mayor’s statements provided a preview of what would happen to the country.