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Post100,000 Promised Executions: Duterte's Law and Order Rhetoric (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 05/17/16 6:46 am)
John Eipper asked me about President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte's Trump-like quotes. On his last campaign rally in Manila on Saturday May 7, he swore to kill 100,000 criminals:
"Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings (clergy?), you better go out. Because I'd kill you."
"I'll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there."
See: Philippines election: Rodrigo Duterte in quotes
10 May 2016--BBC
See also: Duterte to restore death penalty
May 16, 2016 by Catherine S. Valente
Duterte also said he would make sure that he and his security forces would be immune from prosecution when he steps down as president. He would be better than the Quisling-turned-president Manuel A. Roxas, Sr., the grandfather of Duterte's opponent Mar Roxas II, because Duterte would sign a pardon or general amnesty for members of his security forces including himself. The amnesty will read: "Pardon given to Rodrigo Duterte for the crime of multiple murders, signed Rodrigo Duterte," something Manuel A. Roxas, Sr. should have done when he pardoned his fellow Japanese collaborators.
The US Senate should be held responsible for the summary executions committed by Duterte.
If killing 100,000 criminals is not enough to horrify Washington DC sophisticates, supposing Duterte starts a French Revolution style of purging the oligarchs, summarily executing the undemocratic oligarchs, their relatives, friends, cronies and politicians. Who should be held accountable?
I am 100% sure it is the US Senate that should be held responsible for failing to recall a defective treaty while allowing the US government to continue funding the tyranny of the oligarchs since 1946.
Remember the defective Takata airbags that killed only 11 people worldwide? It was recalled, affecting anywhere from 51 million to 65 million cars worldwide at a cost of over $4 billion, with Honda being the hardest hit. After an investigation, "US regulators believe the volatile chemical used in the inflators, ammonium nitrate, can cause airbags to explode with excessive force."
Why couldn't the US government or the US Senate investigate the World Bank that continue to knowingly waste US taxpayer money on the Philippines, refusing to see that our tax dollars are going straight to the oligarchs?
JE comments: Applying tort law to geopolitics is a novel way of thinking--I think. I'm not sure if Bienvenido Macario is serious with his airbag analogy, but imagine the possibilities for future consumer litigation.
That the Filipinos elected a law-and-order zealot shows more than anything their level of desperation. Has street crime become truly unmanageable in the Philippines--like, say, in today's Venezuela? Duterte's bravado would probably find sympathetic ears among the citizens of Caracas.
Duterte's promised method of execution? Hanging. Watch out, do-nothings.
Should Foreigners Solve Philippines' Problems?
(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy
05/18/16 4:28 AM)
Extremely correct comments from John E on the post from Bienvenido Macario (17 May). If I may, however, add my comments to Bienvenido Macario's crusade for the well-being of his country, I would like to say that the last thing a patriot should do is invoke foreign bayonets to solve a nation's problems.
Bienvenido should try to consider that perhaps the US did the right thing on 4 July 1946, while the problems of the Philippines started with the betrayal of the great hero Emilio Aguinaldo by the US forces that captured him on 23 March 1901 and forced him to renounce the independence proclaimed on 12 June 1898.
It is understandable that he later sided with the Japanese, believing their promises of independence within the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
A small clarification to a previous post on the Philippines, which was implicit but may confuse someone who is not a fan of Spanish history. They were run from Mexico (Nueva España) up to 1821 then after the Mexican independence, of course, directly from Madrid.
JE comments: I have pointed out the Philippines' strange history as a "double colony" administered from Mexico. The archipelago was also a penal colony where Nueva España sent its undesirables. This happened to the hero of José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi's classic (and extremely long) 1825 novel, El Periquillo Sarniento.
Returning to the Co-Prosperity Sphere, who can recommend a good history of life in the Philippines under Japanese occupation?