"It's a useless life that's not consecrated to a great ideal.It's like a stone wasted on the field w/out becoming a part of an edifice."
RIZALA question that seems to be on everybody's mind these days turns out to be: Is Rodrigo Duterte the worst President in recent history?
Objectively, isn't Ferdinand Marcos a most worthy candidate for worst President? Maybe the young have no memory of the brutal years of martial law regime, his silencing the free press, his dictatorial control, the imprisonment, torture, murder and disappearance of thousands and his shameless plunder of the nation's treasury.
Ferdinand Marcos : "He might have started as a hero
but ended up as a crook.”
Singapore's Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
"Over the next decade, Marcos’s cronies and immediate family would tiptoe back into the country, one by one – always to the public’s revulsion and disgust, though they showed that there was nothing that hidden money and thick hides could not withstand."
From Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First”Here’s the tally of victims for the Marcos dictatorship:
The Marcos children must be very happy. Duterte appears on the brink of replacing their father, the late dictator, as the country's worst president!
16 million Pinoys voted for him. After just two years, we have a bully and a butcher, 12,000 + EJKS and the peace of the graveyard.
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
"Where is Peter Lim?"From The Philippine Inquirer
On July 7, 2016, Mr. Duterte himself publicly identified Lim as among the biggest drug dealers in the country, along with Herbert Colangco, Peter Co and Kerwin Espinosa. In that same announcement, the President threatened Lim on national TV: “If he has friends here, tell him, the moment he lands here at Naia, he will die…”
Surely, the country’s law enforcement units must know that every day that Lim is on the lam only undermines the President’s centerpiece agenda of fighting drugs and criminality. Worse, it reinforces the view that the drug war is fundamentally unjust: It bears down hard, even brutally, on poor, powerless Filipinos, while big fish like Lim are apparently able to evade the noses of authorities (blessed with billions of pesos in intelligence funds, it must be said), thumb their noses at the justice system—and be the subject of earnest entreaties for their surrender by no less than the presidential spokesperson.
"There are no masters where there are no slaves!"
RIZALBy Federico Pascual, Philippine Star
Is President Rodrigo Duterte a traitor, a tuta (lapdog) of China, or simply a pragmatist trying to get the most of a delicate situation?
The question is being raised again in social media and other opinion forums after the President delivered remarks at the sendoff Tuesday of 50 Filipino scientists tasked to do research at the Philippine (Benham) Rise off Aurora province.
Particularly intriguing was Duterte’s disclosure that his friend China President Xi Jinping had assured him that “we will not allow you to be taken out of your office and we will not allow the Philippines to go to the dogs.” He said Xi’s assurance was “very encouraging.”
In the context of concern over an alleged creeping autocratic rule, a marked rise in prices of essential goods, a drop in overseas workers’ remittances, and suspicions of a “sellout” to China, Xi’s assurance sounds like meddling in domestic matters.
Duterte elaborates: “China will never allow the Philippines to be destroyed… Naisip-isip ko wala naman tayong magawa dito sa China, might as well make friends with them.” (I was thinking there’s nothing we could do with China anyway.)
Is the President pleading helplessness in the face of a superior force? If China is such a formidable antagonist, what do national interest and duty demand of the President and Commander-in-Chief? Has he sought wider counsel outside his Davao coterie?
The Philippine Rise, a 13-million-hectare underwater plateau that is wider than the entire Luzon, is believed to be rich in biodiversity, natural gas and minerals.
The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf confirmed on April 12, 2012, that the Rise is part of the Philippines’ continental shelf. This accords the Philippines exclusive rights to explore and exploit its resources.
Touching on the conflict in the West Philippine Sea, where China has transformed reefs and such uninhabitable maritime features into military outposts in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone, Duterte said: “I’m ready to fight, but is it a battle that we can win?
“We are now negotiating. Kaysa magkagiyera ako, mauubos ang sundalo ko. ‘Yong WPS, kunin ko na lang kung anong makuha natin. (Instead of going to war and losing my soldiers, I would rather try to get what I could.)
In similar situations, including the rapid militarization of artificial isles in the country’s EEZ, Duterte’s foreign office has not emitted a whimper, or bothered to file a formal diplomatic protest, if only for the record.
Duterte seems scared of displeasing Xi, who has kept him hoping and waiting for the delivery of China’s promised massive aid, loans and investments.