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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, June 24, 2017

So The World May Know: The Duterte Achievements After One Year In Office.

Duterte's Achievements After One Year in Office
With an overwhelming mandate, he could have done so much for the country.Instead, he chose MADNESS,VIOLENCE & 8000+ EJKS.
1) Asia's Shoot To Kill Republic
From The Current
Danica Mae Garcia's family was just sitting down for lunch when the gunmen came.
Two masked men pulled up on a black motorcycle outside her family's house in Dagupan City, Philippines, and opened fire. They were targeting the girl's grandfather, Maximo Garcia. But five-year-old Danica Mae was killed in the crossfire.
"We are trying to move on and just thinking that maybe that's part of our life," she tells Tremonti. "We are just praying that Danica can have justice for what happened to her."
Danica Mae is one of thousands of Filipinos who have been killed in the Philippines in connection with the country's bloody war on drugs, started by president Rodrigo Duterte in July. Some have been killed by police, allegedly in drug arrests gone wrong, but many have also been killed by masked vigilantes who have never been caught.
"The cold blooded killing of Danica Mae Garcia illustrates what is nothing less than an utter human rights catastrophe that's underway in the Philippines," says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phelim Kine.
"President Rodrigo Duterte's abusive and ill-conceived 'war on drugs'... has killed more than 8,000 people since he took office on June 30th." 
"He made campaign promises… to fill Manila Bay with the bodies of thousands of executed suspected criminals and he is delivering on his campaign pledges with a vengeance."
2) Bread and Circus in Duterland
The expression "bread and circuses" captures a certain cynical political view that the masses can be kept happy via extravagant entertainment, offered as an expedient means of pacifying discontent or diverting attention from a source of grievance.
The country hosted the 2016 edition of the Miss Universe Pageant last January 30.
3) Extra-Judicial Killings
From Philippine Star:
"You cannot solve a crime by committing another crime."
An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Laity (CBCP-ECL) made this statement regarding the “Huwag Kang Papatay” or Thou Shall Not Kill campaign of the Catholic Church amid the reported extrajudicial killings in line with the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs. About 8,000 extra-judicial killings have been reported since the start of Duterte's war on drugs. 
“You cannot do something good by committing something evil. You cannot get rid of crime if you will commit another crime. Killing is a crime,” said CBCP-ECL chairman Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.
4) The Philippines pivots to China
From The Economist
These days the expansionist power in Asia is China. A potential flashpoint for a future war lies barely 170 nautical miles from Corregidor—a ring of reefs and rocks called Scarborough Shoal. A big fishing ground, and a former bombing range for American and Filipino forces, it was seized by China in 2012. Were it to build a military base there, as it has done in the nearby Spratly Islands, Scarborough Shoal would be as a dagger aimed at Manila.
It is time, surely, for the brothers to link arms again. The trouble is, Rodrigo Duterte, the hard-man president, wants to turn his back on America. The Philippines is not a vassal state, putang-ina (“son of a whore”), he exclaimed when asked whether Barack Obama might object to his bloody war on drugs. A month later, on a visit to Beijing, “Rody” announced his country’s “separation” from America, and its dependence henceforth on China. The Chinese leadership promised some $24 billion worth of loans and investments.
Yet, rhetoric aside, strikingly little has changed. American forces are still helping Filipino ones against jihadists and upgrading Filipino bases to challenge China’s ambition in the South China Sea. 
5) No respect for Human Rights
Duterte does not, as he has put it, “give a shit” about human rights. He sees it as a Western obsession that keeps the Philippines from taking the action necessary to clean up the country. He is also hypersensitive to criticism. “Duterte’s weakness is, really, he’s a tough guy,” Greco Belgica, a Filipino politician and an ally of Duterte’s, said. “You do not talk down to a tough guy. He’ll snap.” From New Yorker 
6) Confrontation With The Church
Duterte: "Catholicism would be passé in 30 yrs!"
Philippine President Dutert said Catholicism would be passé in 30 years!
"That religion will become passé in the next 30 years lalo na pag lumabas na ang abuses nila," he said.
Duterte has long been critical of the Catholic Church, whose leaders have repeatedly spoken against his bloody campaign against illegal drugs. From ABS-CBN News
7) No END To ENDO
From The Guidon
Duterte vowed during his electoral campaign that he would put an end to contractualization. However, Bello signed Department Order (DO) 174 on March 15, which labor groups claim only promotes regulations on contractual work, contradicting Duterte’s promise.
Other labor issues raised by protesters include ending employer abuse and the prevalence of child labor.
Labor groups strongly denounced DO 174 for perpetuating endo, clamoring for its immediate abolishment by the administration. Under DO 174, principal owners will be able to continue outsourcing labor through agencies whom the employees are solely assigned to. They also claim that the DO strips laborers of their rights to collective bargaining and unionization.
8 ) The Duterte/Marcos Alliance
The Duterte / Marcos Combination
The WORST that can happen to the Philippines! 
9) P1, 000 SSS Pension Hike
President Rodrigo Duterte granted the ₱1,000-increase in the Social Security System (SSS) pension
However, the pension increase will come with a corresponding rise in the contribution rate by members, SSS chairman Amado Valdez also said in the same press conference.
10 ) Martial Law in Mindanao
From GMA News
Malacañang and the military on Friday hailed the first month of the implementation of martial law in Mindanao as a success, saying it was key in containing the crisis in Marawi City.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said martial law helped prevent extremists from establishing a “wilayat” in Mindanao.
Long after Duterte has gone and his most vociferous followers are footnotes in history, we will write about this terrible era of avarice, injustice & death. New York Times