Philippines: Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) – Resolution No. 06 Series of 2021 (09.07.2021)

Philippines: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte letter to the Chinese President Xi Jinping (09.06.2021)

Philippines: Joseph Cabatbat Argel – House Resolution No. 1783 – Strongly Urging President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to Immediately Terminate or Withdraw Executive Order No. 134, Series of 2021, Import Duty on Rice (20.05.2021)

Philippines: Statement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Nikkei Future of Asia Conference (21.05.2021)

Philippines: Statement by Amb. Albert Del Rosario – Accountability in China’s Seizure of Scarborough Shoal from the Philippines (14.05.2021)

Philippines: NTF-WPS Sustains Patrols and Monitors continued Illegal Incursions by Foreign Vessels in the West Philippine Sea (12.05.2021)

Opinion: Is Duterte under a spell from Beijing?

The Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte seems to be tricked, fooled or be caught by Chinese authorities. The Filipino President seems to be in-debt and own the Chinese a huge load of favours. Since, his pride and his stances towards is so peaceful. This coming from a man who has no trouble tarnishing, addressing people in brutal manner and even striking hard at his enemies.

Still his silence and mediocre attempts of defending his foreign policy in concern to Beijing is weak tea. The President just looks like his given up diplomacy and even standing strong on the rights of land, islands and sea in Western Philippines Sea. An area, which has been contested by both nations, but the Filipino nation won this case. Meaning, the international law is an favour of Manilla and not Beijing.

With that in mind, it is weird that his breaking his back and putting his feet in his mouth. Instead of acting as the Patriotic and Steadfast man his perceived to be. Has he added such debt on the Republic that he has traded away pieces of land?

Has the Build! Build! Build! Programme and loans for infrastructure across the Republic cost its sovereign ownership and because of the rates on these loans. He rather cosy up to Beijing, instead of buying peace in Manilla. Is that’s why his so weak and forgiving to the Chinese?

Because, if these we’re people being red-tagged, possibly connected to the communists. He would have hired the gun and buried you. However, if you are in-connection to the high power and the ones with suction in Beijing. He will grovel and be sweet as sugar.

That is where Duterte is weird. A man who can so easily buckle-up and go hammering on opponents. For someone who can sufficiently target anyone. Has not trouble to offer his hand and be gentle and rub the hands Xi Jinping.

Does Duterte want to act like a caretaker of a Chinese Province or be a proud President of the Filipino Nation? The way he speaks of this manner, it seems like he wants to be a governor appointed by Beijing to rule the Philippines for them.

If he can give away the Scarborough Shoal or the Huangyan Island, which they have claimed ownership over since mid-1930s. While the Philippines won the latest case in 2016. Therefore, the President should shield this island and such. However, he seems frightened and you can wonder what he has gotten from the Chinese.

Has Duterte done something stupid on his visits in Hong Kong or what underlying factors is it with the loans taken out during his term? What is the strings of China and what did he have to give up as collateral for the possible debt?

Did Duterte sign-off Scarborough Shoal for the BBB loans and such? Is that why his so friendly… and so kind towards China?

Because, this is not his typical self… but seemingly a character flaw of someone who can stir up harsh words with no work and be hot-headed. However, that never happens in the way towards Beijing, but can happen towards everyone else.

Duterte is just weird and you can wonder if he has given away something to have an achievement in his term. He was able to push the BBB, but the price of that is to give up his “independence” and loyalty to the Republic. As he knows the friends of Beijing bailed his pet-projects. That is why he needs their favours and see it as a political victory to give a little questionable land in West Philippines Sea, as he can point at the infrastructure built in his term. Peace.

Opinion: Rodrigo be consistent

The Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte have today been inconsistent. He has released a “Message” supporting the press and being a genuine part of the World Press Freedom Day of 2021. He has come out with a positive statement, which seems like what you should say. However, on the same day he retaliates against the ABS-CBN. Which he has had an issue with for years. Just like his government have gone after Rappler too. Not like he values them or their freedom of the press.

These two companies have gotten into trouble for their reporting. Their actions and their issues with Rodrigo. Yes, ABS-CBN had really vicious adverts during the Presidential Campaign before Duterte was elected. Still, the state have retaliated against the media network and media house of ABS-CBN.

He is the Head of State but can never overcome the shortcomings of others in the past. The President never have the ability to let bygones be bygones. That is a sign of weakness and not strength. If he wants to seem like a big-man and a powerful individual. This is not it. He is like a whiny teen who is still mad at the crush who never returned the feelings or the appreciation of the other one. Duterte is furious that someone did him dirty and cannot overcome it. That is just tragic. Knowing the power of his office and all his allies across the Republic.

If he believes in freedom of the press. Prove it. Not just challenge the franchise of ABS-CBN again. Not go after the Rappler like you have done. If you believes in these things. Not only praise and behind the “yes-man” but let “nay-sayers” get a voice. Still, that is apparently a lot to ask for. Since you are just brutal and doesn’t have a heart to act otherwise.

As the President he can be responsible and wise, but this is just foolish. This man could be so much better and his advisors could have given him a heads-up. Seems like they fear challenging him or question his actions. The President is praising the press, but at the same day saying one of the biggest media network shouldn’t get licence to operate. That shows how ruthless he is and not caring about these values. These values cannot matter to him… when he wants to suffocate and silence the ABS-CBN.

Duterte could show some humility and be the better man, but that is apparently to much to ask. The ABS-CBN know what they triggered and did, but the President should know the dirty game of politics. As he has been involved in that for so many years in Davao and later in Manilla. He should know this perfectly well. Instead of going after them, but he should undress them and show them where they were wrong. To take away their ability to report, have licences and go after their heads. His just showing why people is questing his paths in the first place.

Rodrigo needs to chill, eat some adobo and drink a red horse beer. That would be healthy for him. I doubt he would do so, but in this instance. He should be the bigger man, but when it comes to him. That’s too much to ask apparently. Peace.

Philippines: Department of Foreign Affairs – Statement on the Illegal Presence of the Chinese Coast Guard in Bajo de Masinloc, and their Belligerent Actions against the Philippine Coast Guard (03.05.2021)

Philippines: SELDA – On Macli-ing Dulag’s 41st death anniversary: SELDA vows to resist fascism and tyranny of Duterte regime (24.04.2021)

On the 41st death anniversary and martyrdom of Macli-ing Dulag, Cordillera hero, former martial law victims under the human rights group Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) lambasted the Duterte administration for its “desperate efforts to twist history and for its continuous attacks against the Filipino people.”

“Today, we honor the bravery and leadership of Macli-ing Dulag against the evil schemes of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Together with the indigenous communities of Cordillera, he had shown that a fascist dictator is no match against the united people fighting for their rights,” said Danilo dela Fuente, the group’s vice chairperson.

Dulag led the collective opposition of the Kalinga and Bontoc tribes against the Chico River Dam Project, a flagship project of the Marcos dictatorship during Martial Law. Estimates suggested that had it been built, it would have destroyed 1,400 square kilometers of rice terraces, communal forests and sacred burial grounds and displaced through flooding an estimated 100,000 people living along the river. He was assassinated on April 24, 1980 by military elements from the 4th Infantry Division, and his murder was considered as a watershed moment in the coverage of killings and other human rights violations under the Martial Law.

However, last January 7, the heroes monument erected by the people was desecrated by the Kalinga Philippine National Police forces. It was later put up again by the people of Kalinga on the Day of Valor, April 9.

“By putting up the heroes’ monument again, the people of Cordillera victoriously frustrated Duterte’s futile attempt to revise history and erase the indigenous people’s rich history of courage against the atrocities during Martial Law. His legacy – resisting fascism and uniting the people to assert their rights – lives on to this day, “ Dela Fuente added.

The SELDA official also noted that such legacy is also reflected in the community pantries set up all over the country, and is also feared by another fascist regime under Rodrigo Duterte.

“The resistance against the Chico Dam Project and the creation of different community pantries have both shown the Filipino people’s indomitable spirit in relation to their economic rights and needs, albeit in different forms. The fascist Marcosian tyrant Rodrigo Duterte, in his desperate attempt to hide his political impotence, is currently using his minions in the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) to harass these organizers through spreading malicious lies and blatant red-tagging. However, such smear campaigns expose the administration’s inefficacy to address the pandemic and the economic slump and strengthen the people’s clamor for genuine social change,” he stressed.

“As we remember Dulag’s martyrdom and the Cordillera people’s heroic resistance against the Marcos’ martial rule, we are also reminded to continuously resist all forms of historical lies, tyranny and fascism. We vow to strengthen our assertion of people’s rights, and continue in demanding for accountability and justice in all forms. We will never forget,” he ended.