JUNE 2017



..."Trump's invitation to Duterte: A gift to Filipinos"

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But his portrayal wasn’t exactly flattering. Duterte’s profile in the Time special report began with his infamous pronouncement: “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now there are 3 million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

The profile was written by Cesar Gaviria, the former president of Colombia, who recalled his own country’s disastrous war against illegal drugs.

“The cure was infinitely worse than the disease,” Gaviria said.

That’s precisely what has happened in the Philippines. The Duterte Slaughter, billed as a cure for the country’s problem with illegal drugs, has quickly morphed into a national tragedy, a cynical, brutal, inhumane campaign against poor Filipinos.
In just 10 months, the Duterte Slaughter has killed more than 5,000 people.

Scathing Editorial

“Let the World Condemn Duterte,” the New York Times declared in a scathing editorial, which reacted to the case filed against Duterte with the International Criminal Court.

“The I.C.C. should promptly open a preliminary investigation into the killings,” the New York Times said. On Duterte, the Times declared: “This is a man who must be stopped.”

Amnesty International, the respected human rights organization that has already published an in-depth report on the Duterte Slaughter, weighed in again as leaders from the ASEAN met in Manila.

“While they meet in their comfortable surroundings, ASEAN leaders should spare a thought for the thousands of people who have been killed as part of Duterte’s brutal crackdown,” Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement. “The vast majority are from marginalized and neglected communities, making it effectively a war on the poor.”

Searing Indictment

It is a terrifying campaign being waged by people in power, the Amnesty International director stressed. “As the death toll mounts, so does evidence of the Philippines authorities’ role in the bloodshed.”

Then, this searing indictment from one of the world’s most respected human rights organizations: “That the Philippines is chairing the ASEAN Summit against this horrifying backdrop is a scandal, and should prompt the government to make independent and effective investigations into unlawful killings an immediate priority. They must send a clear message that there will be accountability and an end to such shocking violations.”

The shocking violations of human rights are bound to continue as Duterte supporters continue to slaughter poor Filipinos, many of them accused without due process of being drug dealers or addicts.

But the good news is that nearly a year after the Duterte Slaughter began, there’s a growing worldwide clamor to end the mass killings.

If Digong goes to Washington, the global spotlight on the Duterte Slaughter will grow even more intense. (Inquirer.net)



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