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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

Monday, December 19, 2016

Global Pinoys: The 2016 Saddest News From The Philippines...

Democracy is DEAD in The Philippines!
Global Pinoys: warning for 2017:
The WORST is yet to come under Duterte
The EQ Scorecard on Duterte's Performance
Duterte-173 days in office! 
What drives you every day in life, excluding your EJKs (State-sanctioned MURDERS), Deals with the Marcoses & China?
The Hypocrisy of  Dutertards: They complain about the NYT actual pictures ("They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals") but do not condemn EJKs!
Duterte' s "Things -To-Do" for the Marcoses: 
1)PhilWeb Deal(done), 
2)LNMB of "Fake Hero" (done) &
 3)LBM as VP (being cooked). 
The Supreme Court  voted 9-5 in favor of giving hero's burial for the DICTATOR. CJ Sereno, Justices Carpio, Jardaleza, Leonen & Caguioa dissented.
Brion, Velasco Jr, Peralta,Bersamin,del Castillo, Perez, Teresita de Castro, Mendoza,& Perlas-Bernabe voted in favor of LNMB! 
The Price is Right!
From New York Times:
MANILA — No Philippine leader since Ferdinand Marcos has held the democratic fate of his nation in his hands so decisively, yet so perilously, as President Rodrigo Duterte.
Authoritarianism may not be Mr. Duterte’s political goal, but it defines his manner and his temperament. And with no institution or political force strong enough to counter him, authoritarianism is where the Philippines seems to be heading.
Mr. Duterte warned that if lawlessness escalated in the country, he might suspend the writ of habeas corpus to allow for arrests without warrants.
“I can be ordered by the Supreme Court to stop it, but there are things that they cannot stop and, maybe, I will not stop,” he said of a possible suspension of the writ. “Whatever, I will tell them I will finish this first,” he added, referring to his administration’s campaign against drugs and terrorism, “then I can go to jail.”
Mr. Duterte operates on a hair trigger, and runs his presidency on impulse. Until recently, this tendency was scarcely known beyond his home town, Davao City, which as mayor he ruled like an autocrat for more than two decades. Even as these traits began to be revealed during the presidential campaign in the spring, they hardly mattered to the 39 percent plurality of voters who elected him. If anything, Filipinos seemed to be looking for a strongman to solve their problems, be it crime or poverty.
So far they have gotten just what they asked for, and Mr. Duterte’s popularity is running high. In a poll by Social Weather Stations last month, 76 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with his performance.
Upon assuming the presidency, Mr. Duterte began a ruthless campaign against drugs, dealers and users nationwide, conducting it much like his administration in Davao City had fought crime — doling out justice by summary execution. To the stern reminders about the rule of law he has received from Washington, other Western governments and human rights groups, Mr. Duterte has replied with his usual belligerence and profanity. He does not want to be told.
Fewer and fewer people will tell him anyway. Mr. Duterte has surrounded himself with a sycophantic cabinet, and his administration is trying to co-opt or intimidate the democratic institutions or traditional political forces that might act as counterweights.
Now a self-professed socialist, he has struck a cease-fire deal with communist rebels. Members of the mainstream left, which previously took to the streets to denounce the ruling powers, were invited to the presidential palace on the day of his inauguration.
The Catholic Church, the rallying force behind the popular revolt that deposed President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, has lost much of its ascendancy. Its main council, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has not formally denounced the extrajudicial killings being carried out in the name of Mr. Duterte’s antidrug campaign. Meanwhile, Mr. Duterte has called the church a “hypocritical institution” and accused “many churchmen” of corruption and sexual misconduct.
The army has come under his intense, unsubtle courtship: He has been going around camps throughout the country, promising to double soldiers’ salaries by the end of the year.
The business community has been largely acquiescent — unsurprisingly, perhaps, given its natural interest in profit over politics.
The media, thrown off by a subject the likes of whom they have never seen, are still trying to get their bearings — except for those journalists who seem only too willing to play along: The Philippine Daily Inquirer has given a regular column to the president’s public-relations man.
Who will stop him? What will he stop at?
#CharlieMike: We know YOU are the mastermind of the SenatePH Death Squad! 
Sept.19, 2016: The transformation of the Philippine Senate into the Constitutional Dictator's RUBBER STAMP!