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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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The EQ Unofficial Duterte Museum:So the World May Know...

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always.
Mahatma Gandhi
“Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame.” 
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After 706 days in office: Everything that a president should NOT be: Misogynist, Crude Comedian-in-Chief, Enemy of the Church, International Pariah, China's Puppet and Marcoses' Strategic Ally for their Restoration.UNFIT for High Office!
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 12,000 people since he took office on June 30th." 
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.
What's NEXT?
Polls show that the drug war remains immensely popular, but a similar majority say they are against all the killings. Critics of Mr. Duterte’s methods say this is a war against the poor, because no drug lords, or politicians alleged to be protecting them, have been punished. From NYT
From Inquirer:
The possibility that the current EJKs will be considered by the International Criminal Court as amounting to a crime against humanity is a liability risk that our President is miscalculating.
Ruben Carranza, director of the New-York-based International Center for Transitional Justice, points out that “[w]hen over 500 civilians have been killed by both police and vigilantes with the clear goal of targeting them in a ‘war against drugs,’ with their impunity explicitly guaranteed by the president, then the elements of EJKs as a ‘crime against humanity of murder’ are already there—(a) widespread or systematic killings, (b) civilians are targeted, and (c) the perpetrators know or intended their conduct to be part of a widespread or systematic attack.”
On Aug. 11, 2016, Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque (now Duterte's spokesman)  delivered a privilege speech in which he said: “It is clear that the civilian population is being attacked—news reports all around us overwhelmingly establish that hundreds of Filipinos have been killed either directly by governmental forces or with their support or tolerance. It is also clear that the President is aware that these acts are ongoing. Even without proof of a directive on his part, he has, in many instances, spoken about the use of violence against drug syndicates."
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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. 
Is Duterte now a candidate for the WORST Philippine president ever title?
Although Duterte has only been in office for  about two years, it is hard to go anywhere and not hear that he is the worst ever Philippine president. 
EQ Poll:Who is the WORST ever Philippine president?
(conducted on EQPost Twitter): Sept 2, 2017
Marcos: 21%
Erap: 4%
Arroyo: 4%
Duterte: 71% 
Base: 826 votes (unduplicated)