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It's time to stop patronizing the president and people of the Philippines

By September 23, 2016 4 Comments

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte had a response for the European Union who told him how to run his country. The European Union has expressed concern over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.
President Duterte has drawn international criticism for his open season on drug traffickers and dealers. The EU issued a statement asking President Duterte to end the killings and to bring his nation’s policy into line with international human rights laws.
However, others are critical of this request. After all, drug dealers don’t care for human rights.
President Duterte replied to the EU request by saying, “I read the condemnation of the EU against me. I will tell them: F*** you. You’re doing it in atonement for your sins.”
President Duterte accused the EU of hypocrisy, given Europe’s history of incredible human rights violations.
“And then the EU has the gall to condemn me. I repeat: F**** you.”
About 2,400 people have been killed in the past two months alone for their suspected involvement in drug activities. In particular, drug gangs are fighting for survival against police. President Obama was also critical of President Duterte’s policies, to which Duterte reminded Obama that the Philippines was no longer a colony of the USA.
For its part, the Church has also criticized and condemned the killings.
Yet President Duterte is right. The Philippines is an independent country, not a colony of the EU or USA. It is the people of that country, and nobody else who have the right to say how the country should be run. If the people want street justice to bring a national crime epidemic under control, then they will have it. And if they believe the force used by police and vigilantes is too much, the people have ways of dealing with that too.
Nobody thinks killing is a good thing, but that isn’t the issue. The problem is that outsiders continue to address President Duterte and the Philippine people as if they were inferior. Then, when President Duterte reminds these people that his country is a sovereign, independent state that owes nothing to anyone, and demands the Philippine people be treated with respect, world leaders become upset.
Obama cancelled a meeting with Duterte following their last exchange of words.
If the world wants to communicate with the people and president of the Philippines, then it must first give these people the respect they deserve. How many nations have offered to support President Duterte? How many nations are making the situation in the Philippines worse by demonstrating systematic disrespect? It is the United States that maintains a military base in the Philippines, something the people there do not want. How many bases does the Philippines have in America? How many Philippine citizens run riot through American towns on the weekends?
The Philippine people must be treated as equals by the international community. If we want them to change something, then we should ask how we can help. Only when we have re-earned their respect can we afford to suggest an opinion. And only then will they be interested in what we have to say.
But Europe, and the United States, both with long histories of systematic abuse of their own people and plenty of extrajudicial killings of their own, have no right to address the President of  the Philippines with disrespect.
Certainly, any killing is terrible, but the right to judge belongs to the people of the Philippines and God, not Obama or the EU.
By David Drudge

4 Comments

  • anton says:

    America has a big problem also on drugs………your right!!!!!!!! young people who faced high unemployment, high inflation and poor prospects…

  • Norman B says:

    This story is sad because it states other countries don’t respect the Philippines, but it’s very hard to respect a leader who call other leaders like the pope a son of a whore. I for one don’t respect this thug. If he wants to end the drug using why don’t he go after the big distributors like the Chineese, Japanese and other big gangs who bring the drugs into his country. He’s picking on his the low income users who needs his help and just like a bully he will not mess with the big bad guys. Come on and lets see you take on the triads. This guy has lost his mind. Which countries helped the Philippines when deviations hits the Philippines. As far as bases we don’t have bases in the Philippines and Philippines can’t afford to have bases in the USA.

  • Hmmn, america is a friend… But never let his
    Friend rise, what america does here is not for the interest of filipino people. Their interest is to contain china. Using phil. Territory to protect not the phil but for japan and taiwan.

  • Catholic bishops are playing holy, do you forgot your own history? Pls read what alamo reveal the true color of the pope and catholicism? Don’t you read the article of alamo church of america that high caliber jesuits were the one who first introduces drug addiction? Is it true or not.?

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