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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Duterte's First 100 Days:God save The Philippines!

"Remember, it didn't start with gas chambers.
It started with politicians dividing the people with"us vs. them."
It started with intolerance and hate speech and when people stopped caring, became desensitized
and turned a blind eye."
Duterte (Like Hitler) Supported by Moral Leaders
Reasons why HE rose to power
He was a persuasive speaker, with the power to make people support him.
The moderate political parties would not work together, although together they had more support than him.
There was widespread poverty and unemployment, which made people angry with the government. People lost confidence in the democratic system and turned towards the extremist political parties .
The death squads attacked his opponents.
The propaganda campaign was very effective and it won support for him. They targeted specific groups of society with different slogans and policies to win their support.
He was given power in a seedy political deal by a political party who foolishly thought they could control him.
Industrialists gave him money and support.
The above description is NOT about Duterte. This is a BBC article on how HITLER rose to power! Isn't it eerily similar to the Duterte story in the Philippines?
The Rodrigo Duterte presidency promises to bring back the Philippines to medieval times.
National Berdugo (Butcher)
From Human Rights Watch
For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem. They’re a political platform.
Duterte publicly admitted his direct links to the Davao death squad during a May 24 live broadcast of his weekly television talk show. “Am I the death squad? True. That is true,” Duterte said on-air while discussing his accomplishments as Davao’s chief executive. He then pledged that if he became president of the Philippines he would execute 100,000 more criminals and dump their bodies in Manila Bay.
Duterte’s comments echoed those he made on May 15, which asserted the summary killing of suspected criminals as a key plank to his approach to public security.
Duterte’s boastful brand of violent impunity should be a path to prosecution, not a platform for political office. Until the government adopts a zero tolerance attitude toward public officials who publicly endorse extrajudicial killings as an acceptable approach to governance, Duterte and others like him will pose a grave danger to the safety of the citizens they are elected to protect.
1987 Constitution
ARTICLE III
BILL OF RIGHTS
Section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any
From Inquirer
Rodrigo Duterte may have learned a lesson from late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 
“I will work for the restoration of the death penalty, I will really bring it back (and make) it public so that the people will see for themselves (how criminals are punished).”
The 1987 Constitution abolished the death penalty. 
Section 19 of the Charter’s Bill of Rights  states: “Excessive fines shall not be imposed, nor cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment inflicted. Neither shall the death penalty be imposed, unless, for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it. Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua.”
Duterte favors hanging, not lethal injection.
"Mas nakakatakot  lyung hanging makikita mong nagkakawag-kawag doon."
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Two independent special rapporteurs of the United Nations' Human Rights System have condemned President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's statements last week that corrupt journalists are not exempted from assassination.
In separate comments on Monday, U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on summary executions, said Duterte’s statements provide the excuse for violent attacks against journalists by those who feel offended by them.
As far as Duterte is concerned, there are three kinds of journalists – the first are the honest crusaders; the second are those in the payroll of private companies; and the third are the “lowlife” who demand money in exchange for stopping exposes.
"Kayong mga [You] lowlife … you can die for all I care,” he said last week.
"It's not because you're a journalist na [that] you're exempted from assassination. Freedom of expression cannot help you if you've done something wrong to the guy,” Duterte said. “The constitution can no longer help you pag-binaboy mo ang isang tao [if you treat a person like a pig]."
"Kung journalist ka naman na tama, wala naman gagalaw sa iyo," he added.
 [Translation: "If you are a good journalist, no one will touch you."]
Kaye said justifying the killing of journalists based on how they do their job “can be understood as a permissive signal to potential killers that the murder of journalists is acceptable in certain circumstances and would not be punished.”
 “Such provocative messages indicate to any person who is displeased by the work of a journalist, or an activist, for example, that they can attack or kill them without fear of sanction,” Kaye said.
Heyns said Duterte's message "amounts to incitement to violence and killing."
"These comments are irresponsible in the extreme, and unbecoming of any leader, let alone someone who is to assume the position of the leader of a country that calls itself democratic," he added.
"If I obey the 10 Commandments or listen to priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor." Duterte
From Philippine Daily Inquirer
Duterte has projected the image of an action-oriented, results-driven executive who can address people’s fears about an environment perceived as dominated by criminal elements. In the process, he has broadly, almost boastfully hinted that he had indeed ignored human rights and legal norms, enforcing the law by violating the law.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Perhaps, Duterte might not have done any killing himself, though he may suggest even this to burnish the Dirty Harry brand. But as mayor, he had people ready and eager to follow his orders. As president, he would have even more people to do his bidding.
According to a newspaper report, Duterte said that, as president, he would allow policemen on duty to kill criminals and would protect them against charges of human rights violations. He also said that the policemen would “go first, should they commit wrongdoings.” He referred to three rogue policemen who were recently killed, but “did not directly respond to the question if he was the one who killed the police officers.”
Duterte is not infallible. Neither are the subordinates on whose information he depends. The execution of policemen who make mistakes offers small comfort to families of the victims. People will make mistakes, but these should not lead to irreversible consequences. Summary executions permit no room to appeal possibly erroneous decisions.
The issue is whether the police should have the power to execute people they arrest on the basis of their suspicions, without due process of law. And, whether mayor or president should have the power, by direct order or by insinuation and promise of protection, to effect these executions.
An incoming president accustomed to act with impunity places everyone on a slippery slope. Where would Duterte draw the line on crimes he can punish without regard for constitutionally guaranteed human rights? 
Archbishop Socrates Villegas 
The Church has receved obscenity-laden attacks from incoming President Rodrigo Duterte
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte once called the Church as the “most hypocritical institution". 
CBCP leader Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas finally aired his side regarding the scathing statements made by Duterte against the powerful Catholic Church. 
In his statement released on Sunday, Villegas highlighted the importance of silence. His message was one of reconciliation. 
“Mine is the silence of respect for those who consider us their enemies but whose good we truly pray for and whose happiness we want to see unfold,” he said.
It was clear that the Church will not engage in a war with the incoming president.
“There is virtue in silence. There is virtue in speech. Wisdom is knowing when it is time for silence and when is the timing for speech,” Villegas said.
“Mine is the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate,” he added.