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Duterte's Imaginary Enemies

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on April 6, 2018 04:10

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Duterte has created imaginary enemies to cover up his inability to govern a country with justice and fairness. The enemies are those who criticise his bloody war on drugs.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who admitted using Fentanyl more than the prescribed dosage, has recently accused the CIA of plotting to kill him. But how true is the claim? 

In today’s toxic information war, almost no politician can be trusted. If America’s Donald Trump has “fake news” to vend, and the conservatives “alternative facts,” the Philippines’ Duterte has imaginary enemies. And his online trolls are ready to defend him on all platforms of social media, primarily Facebook.

We have an old saying jokes are half-meant. Filipinos love to crack jokes as part of a laid-back and relaxed culture. And Duterte has mastered the art of inserting humor, like that sick joke about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary, in his impromptu public speeches.

During his campaign in 2016, he joked about his being impotent and need for Viagra. He’s old, in fact, the country’s oldest elected president. Along with this joke was a promise to fill Manila Bay with thousands of dead bodies, corpses of drug addicts and drug dealers, to fatten the fish.

When elected, Duterte kept his promise to kill drug users and small-time peddlers of crystal meth, locally known as “shabu.” His war on drugs was not without collateral damage – innocent bystanders, students, pregnant women, and even infants and children. Over 16,000 people had been killed so far, according to reports. That’s enough to fill the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

To justify his obstinacy to keep his insane war, Duterte accused critics as out to get him, and he created an imaginary enemy called “Dilawan” or the Liberal Party (LP), which used yellow as the party’s color. But who are these liberals? Majority of LP members forged an alliance with Duterte’s political party, PDP-Laban, forming a “super majority” in both houses of Congress. LP is not the enemy, but an ally.

Sen. Leila De Lima, a long-time critic of Duterte’s human rights abuses when he was Davao City mayor, is now imprisoned for trumped-up drug charges. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice dropped the case against the big-time drug smugglers and drug lords involved in the 6.4 billion-peso drug seizure that implicated his son, currently a vice-mayor of Davao City.

Duterte earlier accused Rappler, an online news portal, a CIA-funded news organisation. Of course, it was a lie. Rappler’s Maria Ressa was one of the women who stood out to criticise Duterte, speak the truth, and keep sanity in public discourse. Among these women are Vice President Leni Robredo, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. It seems Duterte is afraid of women, and he could not stand by them. Yes, women who stand for truth.  

Governing is not all about violating human rights by killing drug users and petty drug peddlers; it is about running a country with justice and fairness. Duterte has created imaginary enemies to cover up his impotence and inability to govern the Philippines based on principles. 

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on April 6, 2018 04:10

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Source: Al Jazeera

In expletive-filled tirade, Philippine president also accuses the US government of lacking 'word of honour'.

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