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― Archibald MacLeish

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Duterte strikes AGAIN! Wants to burn Singapore's flag!

DUTERTE :What an international disaster! 
Duterte wants to burn Singapore's flag!
Duterte says he'll talk to Indian ambassador over '5-6' 
Rape joke on murdered Australian missionary,
Slams Mexico in front of envoy 
Wants Somalia and Yemen as role models
And sides with China on Spratly's !
Duterte: “Humanap kayo ng flag ng Singapore, susunogin ko”
From RisePhilippines
MANILA, Philippines -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday threatens to burn a Singaporean flag after the Mayor heard that the Singaporean Embassy is mulling on filing charges on some supporters of the Mayor who uploaded a photo of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long allegedly endorsing Duterte.
“Humanap kayo ng flag ng Singapore, susunogin ko p*tangina.” (Find me some Singaporean flag and I’ll burn it!), Duterte said in his political rally held at Daet, Camarines Norte.
The Mayor even raised his middle finger and murmured some bad words.
The Singapore government has denied claims spreading online that its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has endorsed a Philippine presidential candidate.
Singapore Embassy Manila said in a Facebook post last Friday that any report of endorsement is “untrue.”
“Embassy has learned of a FB post mischievously alleging that the Prime Minister of Singapore endorses a presidential candidate (Duterte) for the upcoming presidential election in the Philippines. This is untrue,” the embassy said.
From Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – The Singapore government on Monday said it is seeking legal advice over a “misleading” Facebook post indicating that its prime minister endorsed presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte.
In a Facebook post, the Singapore Embassy in Manila said it "takes a serious view" of a fake Facebook post containing a photo of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong with a quote seemingly endorsing Duterte seriously. It also asked the public to remove the post.
The bogus fake endorsement bore the caption: "Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is the only presidential candidate that could make Philippines like Singapore."
Prior to seeking legal advice, the Singapore Embassy in Manila on Thursday also took to Facebook to clarify that Lee’s photo endorsement circulating online is not true.
Meanwhile, the Singapore government expressed its well wishes for the upcoming May 9 polls and stressed that it's up to Filipinos to choose their leaders.
Duterte says he'll talk to Indian ambassador over '5-6'
From GMA News:
Davao City Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called out the Indian ambassador for the longtime practice of some Indian migrants who offer five-six loans, or those that lend cash at a hefty 20-percent interest.
In a speech before business executives at a Makati Business Club forum, Duterte sought Indian ambassador Lalduhthlana Ralte to discuss with him the practice.
The presidential candidate brought up the issue while narrating the financial problems of common folk such as public shool teachers.
His mother Soledad was a teacher.
“Silang lahat [teachers], tali iyon sa five-six. Lahat, without exception. Lahat, five-six iyan. Tapos... is the Indian ambassador there? I will just talk to him privately kasi ganito iyan, eh. Magkakaproblema tayo. Yes, this is what happening," Duterte said drawing laughter from the audience.
“I do not mind Indian nationals going around five-six, okay na sa akin iyan kasi there is no government insitution giving that kind of set up. Immediately, walang file-file, walang approval.... Nandiyan agad ang pera kung kailangan nila,” he added.
Duterte said some lenders also sell appliances and other items to the borrower on loans, adding to their burden of payments.
“So the poor Filipinos is entirely tied to misery. Okay lang sa akin maghiram kung maaari lang, you may want to talk to your compatriots na please lessen the burden of the Filipino because we are a poor country," Duterte said.
"In fact, we will welcome any help you will extend to us, to lighten the load of the Filipino,” he said.
During the listening tours of Duterte and running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to different sectors, loan sharks have always come out as one of the problems of fishermen, farmers, and other workers.
They said working class Filipinos agree to borrowing money from loan sharks despite the high interest rate because they have no choice.
Duterte and Cayetano promised that they would work to make a system of affordable loans available.
The Indian envoy was not the first ambassador that Duterte had engaged during the course of his campaign.
In April, Duterte asked the crowd at a tourism event in Pasay City whether or not they would go to another country with a well-known drug problem like Mexico.
“Bakit pupunta ka ba sa Mexico ngayon? Are you going to Mexico with all the kidnappings and killings there? Drugs. Colombia. Everywhere. America,” Duterte said.
He didn't know Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor in the audience, even seated beside his running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
“Yes, the Ambassador is there. I am sorry,” Duterte said when his attention was called to the presence of Villaseñor while some in the audience giggled.
"What a pity. What came to my mind was, ‘They raped her, lined up for her.’ I was mad because she was raped? Yes. That’s one reason. But she was so beautiful. The mayor should have been first.” Duterte 
More recently, Duterte criticized US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely for supposedly meddling in Philippine politics after the made comments related to his controversial rape joke. From GMA News
“We note there has been widespread condemnation of the comments in the Philippines, including from Philippine President Benigno Aquino 3rd,” the foreign ministry said, referring to Malacañang’s statement that Duterte “does not respect nor care for the sensitivities of the countries with whom the Philippines maintains cordial and cooperative relations.”
“Australia strongly condemns such comments that make light of rape, which is a violent crime. Rape, or any form of sexual abuse, should not be trivialized.” Australia Foreign Ministry 
From Manila Bulletin
US Ambassador Philip Goldberg echoed the statement issued by Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, who criticized Duterte for saying that he should have been the first to rape Jacqueline Hamill, an Australian missionary who worked in Davao City.
“Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere,” Australian Ambassador Gorely posted on her Twitter account on Monday.
“I can only agree with the colleague from the Australian Embassy,” U.S. Ambassador Goldberg said in an interview aired by CNN Philippines.
“Any statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder, are not ones that we condone,” he added.
''Pareho kami ng China. They claim it, I am insisting it is ours, period. Hindi ako maniwala sabihin ng tribunal na: 'O Philippines, ganito…' No, no, no. To hell with you guys.''Duterte
Duterte willing to back down on sea dispute with China
From ABS-CBN News
MANILA – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to ''shut up'' about the West Philippine Sea dispute if he becomes president, as long as China will offer to build vital transportation facilities and other infrastructure in the Philippines.
Speaking at a press conference in Palawan last Thursday, Duterte said he is open to having joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the disputed waters, an approach the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has long dismissed.
''If you want, joint exploration. Kung wala akong pera pang-equipment ko, just give me my part,'' Duterte said.
Duterte said, if China will ''build me a train around Mindanao, build me train from Manila to Bicol... build me a train [going to] Batangas, for the six years that I'll be president, I'll shut up."
"I would like The Philippines  to be like Somalia 
or even Yemen."
Duterte