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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Mayor Duterte: "Resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with GOOD." Pope Francis

As the 2016 Philippine electoral contest looms large, we wonder whether Duterte is happy with the results of a campaign that he has built almost entirely on hatred, fear and personal invective. Does he have any remorse over what he’s created, or is it all just part of the show for him?
"If I obey the 10 Commandments or listen to priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor." DoDirty 
Global P:inoys: Why does CCP-NPA Chairman #JoMaSison call #Duterte the Pinoy Comandante HugoChavez? 
Lesson for Heil DoDirty!
Stalin, the dictator of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952, acted like he was indestructible . Easy to do when you command one of the world's largest military forces. (We can't imagine Stalin being as tough without his tanks.)
When it was suggested to Stalin that the Pope might appreciate his ceasing to oppress Catholics in Russia, Stalin scoffed, "The Pope? How many divisions as he got?" implying that the Vatican's army of zero could hardly stand up to his army of millions.
Davao City – “Kung ilalagay ako ng Diyos na maging president, ang unang magdudusa ay ang Diyos” (If God places me in the presidency, the first one to suffer will be God Himself).” DUTERTE
Sabi ko, ‘Sinong darating?’ Sabi si #PopeFrancis. Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope, p*****ina ka, umuwi ka na! #Duterte 
“When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame.”
– Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
"The best way for us to show confidence in our institutions is to allow them to function normally." 
CICERO
The Roman Statesman
"Resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat
evil with GOOD."
Pope Francis
DUTERTE: Taking the law into (one's) own hands
To mete out justice as one sees fit without due recourse to law enforcement agencies or the courts.
From The Free Dictionary
From Global Balita:
In 2003, when human rights advocates claimed that Davao City had become the country’s “murder capital,” Duterte responded in his TV program “Gimmick for the Masses,” saying: “I admit I am 100 per cent terrorist but I am terrorizing only the drug pushers, kidnappers, holdup gangs, and other criminals.” He said, “Kidnappers, drug pushers from other places, I dare you to come over here so that I can finish you off. Davao City will be a murder capital for you. This will continue up to the end of my term.”
Although Duterte was never proven to be associated with DDS – which was often referred to as “Duterte Death Squad” — he had made public statements that seemed to encourage or condone those killings. In February 2009, he told reporters: “If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination.”
The spate of killings in Davao City attracted the attention of the international group Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW conducted a study and released a 103-page report entitled, “You Can Die Any Time: Death Squad Killings in Mindanao.” The report detailed the involvement of police and local government officials in targeted killings of alleged drug dealers and petty criminals, street children, and others, and described the lack of any effort by the authorities to investigate the killings and bring the culprits to justice. 
Victims of Davao Death Squad
AMNESTY International on Monday raised red flags about the human rights record of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and expressed alarm at the public’s fascination with his notoriety for using trigger-happy solutions to crime.
The London-based nongovernment organization, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977, said that of the five presidential aspirants, it had been monitoring “for the longest time” the activities of Duterte, who has emerged as a front-runner in opinion polls, particularly on persistent rumors of his links to the vigilante “Davao Death Squad.”
Victims of Davao Death Squads
One of the mayor’s recent pronouncements that has particularly distressed the human rights group was when he said he intended to revive the death penalty and “to execute it on a weekly basis,” said Amnesty International Philippines (AIP) chair Ritz Lee Santos III.
“There are no formal charges in court, but based on the records of the Commission on Human Rights, which we also monitor, there are allegations of human rights violations against him,” he said.
The militant Karapatan, one of the most vocal rights groups in the Philippines, has been unusually silent on alleged vigilante killings in Davao City.
“It’s general knowledge, and we don’t agree with it. But it’s hard when there’s no documentation. We should be able to substantiate any allegations,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general. “No one is coming forward,” she told the Inquirer.
Under Duterte’s helm as mayor, congressman and vice mayor, Davao City has risen in the past two decades to become one of the world’s safest cities, but at the cost of human rights violations purportedly with the mayor’s blessing.
“It’s alarming,” said AIP campaigner Wilnor Papa.
“They have to understand that the right to life is inviolable and should not be abused at any opportunity. People ought to be educated that human rights is nonnegotiable,” Santos said. From Inquirer