It’s time for the Trump administration to adopt a new approach toward Mr. Duterte. A good first step would be to demand that the charges against Ms. Robredo and other opposition leaders be dropped.
Much of the “facts” it cites to back its position remain hopelessly debatable, however…
Since his election in 2016, Mr. Duterte’s so-called war on drugs has killed more than 6,600 narcotic users and dealers. Activists estimate that more than 27,000 mainly low-income and marginalized individuals have also been caught in the crossfire. Only one of the murders has resulted in the conviction of the police officers at fault. Now, for criticizing this shocking record, Ms. Robredo and other critics may face criminal prosecution.
This also presents a conundrum to the snowflakes that lead the Philippines’ “liberal” Opposition camps. Embrace Trump’s support if he decides to heed the Post’s call? Perhaps anything will do as long as it contributes to their end goal — to fast track their bid for a re-taking of Imperial Manila’s halls of power from Mindanao’s Dark Horse.
Once again “vice president” Leni Robredo proves that she never was part of the Philippine government. Rather than set an example to the Filipino people by exhibiting faith in the ability of their country, their government, and their institutions to sort out its own domestic problems, Robredo shows a sick inclination to reach out to the devices of former colonial masters.
It totally escapes Robredo just how inappropriate her words are in reportedly calling for a foreign “human rights council” to meddle in what is clearly the jurisdiction of a Philippine court as well as every institution involved in the Philippines’ criminal justice system.
Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon? Kasi ‘di ba, mas mabuti ngang pinapakita natin na wala tayong tinatago kaysa haharangin natin?
Robredo is, in effect, encouraging Filipinos to place their trust in a foreign entity, the United Nations Human Rights Council, to rule on what is clearly a case that can be resolved using their existing and hard-fought-for democratic institutions.
Perhaps it is indeed true. Robredo did not win the vice presidency in 2016 and is only in power thanks to the machinations of her partisan camp. This is evident in the attitude she exhibits towards her own people’s government.
Several generations of “activists” have, in their now characteristically-shrill manner, decried the persistence of “US Imperialism” despite being granted “independence” more than 70 years ago on the 4th of July, 1946. What seems to fly above their pointed heads is that the beginnings of a true freedom from “US Imperialism” had actually begun under the leadership of current President Rodrigo Duterte.
Under Duterte, the Philippines had pivoted away from the agenda of its former colonial master and embraced the Asian community within which it truly belongs. The success of this pivot is evident in the shrill stink being raised by Old Guard “activists” who see themselves as the traditional owners of “dissent” in the Philippines’ political discourse.
For the proponents of “people power” activism (the activist axis consisting of the Yellowtards and the Roman Catholic Church) and “revolutionary activism” (the activist sub-culture consisting of communists and their vassals in campus “progressive” organisations), the pivot away from the United States seems to have induced a bizarre separation anxiety. We see this today in how they now desperately cling to the West and, worse, their traditional media for intellectual validation.
When it comes to the crunch, today’s Opposition would rather contradict their own fundamental principles than evolve in a more sustainable manner to be in touch with the pulse of the Filipino public. This has severely cost them — an entire nation lost over two elections in a row.
We do hope that the international community will continue to put pressure on the Philippine government to adhere to its commitments under international human rights instruments.
As if this weren’t enough of a shocking affront to Philippine sovereignty being invited by a politician aspiring to hold a seat in the Senate, Diokno adds that foreigners “influencing the way government operates” is something that he wants seen happen in his country!
The Opposition have truly gone bonkers. Imagine a Philippine Congress dominated by these traitors. It’s time Filipinos put their collective foot down and vote their will to be a truly free and independent nation.