HOW TO CRUSH AN IDIOTIC MIND

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So you think I’m ranting? You can bet your last cent, I am! And I am ranting because I am now beyond being sad, alarmed, indignant and angry.

I. Am. Livid!

Why? Let me share with you all the idiotic posts I have been reading on my FB feed lately, and the reasons why I consider them such.

1. Declaring ML is a presidential prerogative.

True, it is a presidential prerogative. There is no argument about that. The issue here is whether the recent developments and the present situation in Marawi warrant the declaration of ML over the entire group of islands in Mindanao. What could be Duterte’s compelling reason to declare ML when the AFP and the Pres’l Spokesperson have been repeatedly issuing statements that the situation in Marawi was stabilized and that the AFP had the situation under control. They have also been giving out constant assurance that there is no ISIS presence in the country.

Duterte, on the other hand, has been singing an entirely different tune. During his meeting with Pres. Putin, for instance, he said that he needed the latter’s help in fighting ISIS elements that “have occupied a part of a Philippine town.” Where did he get that intel if not from the AFP? And in case he would later claim that he has another source, why did he not share that extremely sensitive info with the AFP?

Personally, I think that with his declaration of ML, Duterte has just ticked an important item off his bucket list. It has always been his dream. So with or without a compelling reason, Martial Law was bound to happen under this administration. He had been toying with the idea since he assumed office and, with his flip flopping and sometimes contradictory statements about Martial Law, he has been testing the waters, so to speak. (Click here http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/specialreports/611900/duterte-s-martial-law-warnings-for-mindanao/story/ and here http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/158810-understanding-duterte-martial-law-remarks ) It’s just sad that the first president from Mindanao, instead of addressing the root causes of the problems there (poverty, land-grabbing, social inequality, injustice, etc), would use this situation to fulfill a personal fantasy.

2. Martial Law has been declared in Mindanao, yet the people ranting against it are from Luzon and Visayas.

The last time I checked, there remain three main islands that comprise the Philippines –Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao— so, whether we like it or not, we are all in this together. Moreover, the latest developments in Mindanao inevitably affect the whole country as the declaration of ML opens deep, painful and festering wounds from the past. Also, ML in Mindanao is and should be everyone’s concern –Mindanaoan or not—especially since Duterte is already contemplating the idea of extending it beyond the constitutionally-mandated maximum of 60 days and expanding it to cover the entire country. So, yes, every Filipino should speak up now. While we still can.

3. If you can’t be of help, shut the fuck up! You are reeking of the stench of a yellow cult/Dilawan/oligarch/elitist/!

Before you go on with your name-calling, let me remind you that the role of opposition is crucial to a country’s democracy, and the government should accept that role, however small or inconvenient it may prove to be.

It is the opposition’s role to challenge government policies and provide alternatives where appropriate. It is the opposition’s role to question the government and hold it accountable to the public. It is the opposition’s role to ensure that all voices will be heard. In return, the government should respect and listen to the opposition. They should not be made to feel threatened, maligned, intimidated, mocked, abused, humiliated, persecuted or eternally silenced by the government or its supporters.

As a good Filipino citizen, there are at least three things that I do to help my country — I pay my taxes right, I abide by the laws of our land, and I take my role as an opposition to heart. Oh, and there’s one more. I try to empower as many of my kababayan as I can by informing and educating them through social media. I write articles and share information acquired only from reliable, credible and verifiable sources. I never spread fake news or the revisionist’s version of our history.

4. The President, the AFP and the other authorities know what they are doing. Let them do their job.

If the authorities really know what they are doing, Duterte as the Commander-in-Chief should not have left the country with all his security and defense officials in tow. But, as it is, he went to Russia –supposedly for an entire week– with PNP Chief Dela Rosa, AFP Chief Año, DND Sec. Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Esperon, Exec. Sec. Medialdea, ARMM Police Director Sindac, and the commanding generals of all three major service commands – the army, navy and air force. They left the government defense forces virtually without leaders amidst the numerous police and military operations that they are conducting all over the country.

Additionally, according to our lawmakers, failure of intelligence and coordination among our security forces led to the bloody clashes in Marawi City. With PhP2.5 billion intel funds at their disposal, the government should have been sufficiently informed and fully prepared before sending our troops to any operation especially in Mindanao.

If we are, however, to believe DND Sec. Lorenzana and the PNP’s words that there was no failure of intelligence and that the police, in fact, knew of the Maute Group’s plan to attack Marawi as early as May 17, they must have realized the enormity of the trouble our troops would likely be heading to. Why then did all these have to happen? Why did our officials decide to proceed with their Moscow trip? Was it the government’s intent to have the Marawi situation blow out of proportion so that there would be a compelling reason for the eventual declaration of Martial Law? After all, the casualties could easily be considered part of the firefight’s collateral damage. Let us hope not.

5. Martial Law is necessary to address the problems in Mindanao.

No. Placing the entire Mindanao under Martial Law is a disproportionate response to a “localized and contained” situation. Even Atty. Christian Monsod, one of the framers of our Constitution, believes that declaring a State of Emergency “would have been sufficient to address the situation in Marawi” as “there was no proof that the skirmishes were part of a concerted effort affecting the entire Mindanao.” The Phil. Muslim Society, a group of Muslim lawyers, is planning to challenge Duterte’s hasty declaration before the Supreme Court. According to them, “declaring martial law will only invite more atrocities, more young people to join the rebels.”

History tells us that ML could easily lead to abuses and dictatorship.

Bigger and more ferocious insurgents, rebel forces, terrorist groups and religious extremists (CPP/NPA/NDF, MILF, MNLF, Abu Sayyaf, BIFF, Khalifa Islamiyah, Jemaah Islamiyah, etc) have been wreaking havoc and mayhem in the country for many years now. Clashes between the government and the anti-government forces have resulted to bloodier and more hostile encounters before. Yet, no post-Marcos administration dared to declare Martial Law (aside from Gloria Arroyo who, in the wake of the Maguindanao Massacre that killed 58 people, declared ML in the province of Maguindanao for 8 days—a decision which caused her 7 lawsuits). Until now. So what makes the Maute Group special? Is it because they are the ones responsible for the bombing in the night market in Davao, the President’s beloved city?

Duterte, in his effort to assuage our fears about his ML declaration, said that there is no need to worry if you are a law-abiding citizen. He also claimed that no abuses will happen under his Martial Law.

Why do these statements sound all too familiar?

Because with his War on Drugs, he said the exact same things.

A few months after, however, when even law-abiding citizens would turn up dead, and cases upon cases of police scalawags’ involvement in despicable crimes were exposed, he and his bunch of apologists started singing different songs. The one was entitled Collateral damage, while the other, Internal cleansing of the PNP.

Duterte supporters, in trying to defend their Tatay Digong’s latest controversial action, claim that the Constitution provides safety measures against Martial Law abuses. We need not fear, they say. Sure, we won’t.

We won’t if only Duterte doesn’t maintain a stranglehold on the “super majority” of our lawmakers. We won’t if only most of the Supreme Court justices are not formulating their decisions based on either their fear of Duterte or how sufficiently their palms have been oiled. We won’t if only he is not trying to buy the police and military’s loyalty with many promises (“I will go to jail for you!”) and meaty government positions. We won’t if only somebody like Cardinal Sin is currently leading the church and its flock in fighting the many clowns in government.

I hope, there won’t come a time when I would have to say, “I told you so.”

A PRESIDENT’S POTTY MOUTH

Today marks the Duterte administration’s 100th day since he assumed office on June 30. What’s the best way to observe this milestone, you ask? By reminding ourselves of the President’s trademark gutter mouth, that’s what!

The following is a list of Pres. Duterte’s statements that left the world in shock, and the Filipinos either cringing in shame or cheering shamelessly.

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Image grabbed from the net.

On God:

I can teach God about justice.

When a one-year-old baby, 18-month-old baby is taken from the mother’s arms, brought under a jeep and raped and killed, where is God? And in Syria, women and children, who don’t want to have sex with Isis [Islamic State], they are burned. So where’s God? My God, where are you?

On the Catholic Church:

There are things which the Catholic Church must change or else, it will — by the end of these three decades from now, it becomes irrelevant.

I once considered being a priest. It’s good (that) I didn’t join the priesthood or else, now, I would be a homosexual.

To/On US and/or Pres. Obama:

They say, the CIA is planning to kill me. Until now, I cannot believe that I am the [President]. Give me the chance to think [and realize that I am the] President.

Better think twice now because I would be asking you to leave the Philippines altogether.

The Americans, I don’t like them. They are reprimanding me in public. So I say: ‘Screw you, f*** you, everything else. You are stupid.

I do not want to quarrel with the most powerful country on the planet, but Washington has been so liberal about criticizing human rights, human rights and human rights. How about you? I have so many questions also about human rights to ask you. So … people who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.

As you know, I’m fighting with (US Secretary of State John Kerry’s) ambassador. His gay ambassador, the son of a whore. He pissed me off.

You have a president, Netanyahu… he doesn’t care about America. Do they ever chastise Netanyahu? No. (on likening himself to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over how they both defy the influence of the United States on the two countries)

I would not cut our umbilical cord to countries we are allied with.

I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go. It’ll become more heated. If they (the ASG members) see an American, the latter will really be killed. Ransomed off, then killed.

Instead of helping us, the first who attacked (the anti-drug campaign) was the State Department. So, you can go to hell. Mr. Obama, you can go to hell.

I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw away questions and statements. (in Filipino) Son of a whore, I will curse you in that forum.

I purposely did not attend the bilateral talks between ASEAN countries and the president of the US. The reason is that I do not like the Americans. It’s simply a matter of principle for me.

Eventually in my time, I would break up with America. I would rather go to Russia or to China. Even though we don’t agree with the ideology, they have respect for the people.

We will be wallowing in the mud if you do that to me. (to US Pres. Obama)

Itong EDCA, it is an official document but it’s only signed by an aide and si Gazmin. It does not bear the signature of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Aquino. Better think twice now because I would be asking you to leave the Philippines altogether.

United States failed as a friend to the Philippines.

There are others who have the mental capacity of dogs who lap at the ass of the Americans.

I got really angry about these threats over this human rights issue. This is the fault of the crazy people in the State Department.

If you think it’s high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it. Go away. Bring your money to somewhere else. (addressed to the US, EU and UN)

To the European Union:

These stupid lawyers in the EU… well, screw you. I will kick you.

(You can go to hell, Mr. Obama.) The EU, better choose purgatory. Hell is filled up. (over criticisms of his deadly anti-drug war)

I have read the condemnation of the European Union against me. I’m telling them, ‘F**k you. You’re doing it in atonement for your sins.

To the United Nations:

I don’t give a sh*t. I am the president of the Philippines, not the republic of the international community.

I am inviting the United Nations’ Ban Ki … what’s the name of that devil? … Ban Ki-moon… to come to the Philippines.

(I encourage her to) come to the Philippines and count the numbers of deaths also incurred by government with [her] fingers to guide her how many deaths were cost. (to Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur for summary executions)

Pati ito si Ban Ki-moon, nakihalo. He also gave his statement before, several weeks ago, about the human rights violation. Sabi ko, isa ka pang tarantado (I said, you’re one more fool).

Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. (in Filipino) If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave. Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway.

To the International Critics:

Every time you insult the Philippines or you reprimand or castigate me in public, you are really crucifying the Filipino people.

Tomorrow, I will be friends with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Chinese President) Xi Jinping.

To China:

The Chinese people this time might find a place in their hearts for the Filipinos. After all, I come from— there’s a Chinese blood in me, so I hope that you treat us your brothers, not your enemies and take note of the plight of our citizens. (to Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua)

On the War Against Drugs:

There are 6,000 barangay captains doing their own thing, manufacturing shabu. How am I supposed to deal with – sometimes I am tempted really to declare martial law.

Rehabilitation is no longer a viable option (for shabu addicts).

Do your duty, and if in the process, you kill 1,000 persons because you were doing your duty, I will protect you. (to police officers)

What I can assure you is, for as long as I’m president, you will have all equipment and weaponry necessary to win the war or at least to defeat them in every fight. (to Filipino soldiers)

I have started this; I will end this. I don’t mind landing in jail as long as you visit me in Muntinlupa. Bring drugs so I can be addicted to them. (on his war against illegal drugs)

You do not have to worry about the criminal liability. I will go to prison for you. Just do it according to the book. If you are pressed down, then do not worry. Just call my name and I will be there to protect you. (to the police and military officers)

If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful. (to the crowd)

There will be no let-up in this campaign. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher has surrendered or been put behind bars or below the ground if they so wish.

I ordered the validation. I am the one reading it and I am the sole person responsible for this one. (on the narco list)

I am telling you, do not go on the other side. Otherwise, you will be first in the [kill]list. (to the police and military officers)

Crime against humanity? In the first place, I’d like to be frank with you: are they humans? What is your definition of a human being? Human rights? Use it properly in the right context if you have the brains. You cannot wage a war without killing.

If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you.

I will pay, for a drug lord: 5M pesos if he is dead. If he is alive, only 4.999 million.

If they are there in your neighborhood, feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun. You have my support. If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him. I will give you a medal.

We are 104M. You care about –how many—1,600 being killed.

It’s not the work of police to be wrapping people with plastic and (putting) him in the bag. That is not the job of the police. I just told (them) that one bullet will do. Why do you have to wrap it? I said, don’t waste your time.

I am ordering the sequestering of this property. Chua can never get it back again, I can assure you. Pag bumalik sya dito, sabi ko, sya nalang ang lutuin dyan sa loob. [If he goes back, he’ll be the one who’s going to be cooked there inside.] If you pour muriatic acid, you will never know where he is. (referring to a shabu laboratory in Pampanga)

I will not relent on this because they will do everything to make us, me, kneel down. ‘Di ako papayag. Alam nila ang problema. [I will never agree to it. They know the problem.]

On Extrajudicial Killings and Human Rights Violations:

My order is shoot to kill. I don’t care about human rights. Believe me, I don’t give a s**t about what they will say.

Do not listen to human rights’ [advocates] because [an advocate of the] human rights is antithesis of government.

You are all hypocrites! You cannot even protect the human rights in your own country, (of) the African-Americans and other minorities, not to mention your inutility in dealing with the genocide going on in Africa and other countries. (to New York-based Human Rights Watch)

Our justice system is dysfunctional. They have to shape up before we can really follow due process.

There is no law which says I cannot threaten criminals.

To Abu Sayyaf and other Terrorists:

I will really open up your body. Just give me vinegar and salt, and I will eat you.

Go ahead. Set off bombs. Time will come when I will eat you in front of the people. I will devour you. (after the Davao bombing)

There will be more, because of retaliation, reprisals, and there will be maybe more blasts. But, there will be a day of reckoning. Bantayan ninyo.

All of us want peace, not the peace of the dead, but the peace of the living. We express our willingness and readiness to go to the negotiating table, and yet we load our guns, fix our sights, pull the trigger. It is both ironic and tragic, and it is endless. (to our Muslim brothers)

To the CPP/NPA/NDF:

Let us end these decades of ambuscades and skirmishes. We are going nowhere and it is getting bloodier by the day.

I am announcing a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA-NDF effective immediately. I expect and call on our fellow Filipinos and the National Democratic Front and its forces to respond accordingly.

On Sen. Leila De Lima:

Every time I watch the video, I lose my appetite. Only people who will fall for her are … I am not a guard or a motorcycle cop or convict. (referring to Sen. De Lima’s alleged sexual escapades)

Akala niya, siya ang conscience of the country… P—– i– mo, hanggang ngayon naghihintay ako niyan… I kept quiet because you are a lady.

I have a special ano kay ano. She is a government official. One day soon I will – bitiwan ko yan (I will drop her) in public and I will have to destroy her in public.

If you remember, I was the only whipping boy niya. Human rights siya noon, she was starting to castigate, crucify me.

To Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Do not create a crisis because I will order everybody in the executive department not to honor you.

Would you rather I declare Martial Law?

To the Media:

I will not respond to questions anymore ever until the end of my term.

They said I am the most unpopular among the international press. I don’t care.

Stop threatening foreign and local media — even when they come up with unfavorable or critical write-ups. (to supporters)

I’m urging you; make this trip your last in Davao City. I do not care if no one is covering me. Do not threaten me. I said I’m ready to lose the presidency, my honor or my life. Just do not fuck with me.

You insult me internationally, fine, do it… You know, men judge best when they condemn. The translation of son of a b****, p**** ina mo… But they changed the nomenclature – ‘son of a whore,’ which is really not good to hear.

Nagpapapansin ka talaga sa akin (You’re really trying to catch my attention). (then made a wolf whistle to GMA-7 reporter Mariz Umali)

Corrupt journalists are legitimate targets of assassination.

If you are an upright journalist, nothing will happen to you. The example here is Pala. I do not want to diminish his memory but he was a rotten son of a bitch. He deserved it.

On Hitler:

I have been portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler. He massacred three million Jews. Now there are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least, if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have (me).

On the Issue of the PDAF Scam:

In between, far and wide in this controversy, I will now raise again the Napoles issue. It deserves a second look.

On the Paris Climate Agreement:

We have not reached the age of industrialization. We are going into it. But you (the industrialized countries) are trying to (cite) agreement that will impose limitations on us. We maintain the present emission. That’s stupid. I will not honor that. If you have qualms, pay us or give us time to catch up.

On Ferdinand Marcos:

My father was one of the Cabinet members of Marcos. That is why I cannot disassociate.

To the Jewish Community:

My wife is a Zimmerman. She is a descendant of an American Jew. Zimmerman. So why would I defile the memory of the Jews? What would I get if I insult the Jewish people when we have been friends and even in the matters of, I said, arms.

On Jane Veloso:

To beg for (Jane) Veloso’s life amid Philippine drug war leaves bad taste in the mouth.

On Federalism:

I can commit today to the Republic of the Philippines that if you will hurry up the federal system of government and you can submit it to the Filipino people by the fourth or fifth year, you call for a referendum, and after that, call for a presidential election.

On Death Penalty:

Every president along the way didn’t impose it only because the Catholic Church and all the bleeding hearts would say that only God could kill. But what if there is no God?

On Contractualization:

Let me warn again. You guys in the business sector, I do not want to quarrel with you, I will protect you. I said there will be no more shake downs in the Customs and in the BIR. I’m warning you again, but with all the protection that this government is giving you, if you continue with contractualization, there will, indeed, be some misunderstanding between us.

On Corruption in Government:

On Monday, I will declare all positions in the government — because of the presidential appointments — I will declare all your positions all throughout the country, vacant. You know why? I still hear corruption being committed by people especially in the regulatory agencies.

On his apologies:

I would like to apologize to you publicly. And I would say now, I am very sorry. Somehow, we were negligent in counter-checking during the first report. (to Rep. Amado Espino)

I would like to make it clear, here and now, that there was never any intention on my part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Germans. (to the Jewish community)

Dutertism:

Dito na lang kayo sa bago, Iglesia ni Duterte. Maganda dito, walang bawal.

I am a peaceful man now after the ASEAN.

I have learned a lot during my prosecution days. We planted evidence. We arrested persons but we released them, [then] telling him that it was this person who squealed on him. And then when he goes out for the killing, then we said that it was this fellow who really did it, who did you in.

When somebody called me [and told me about Sara’s miscarriage], I went to bathroom because I was at the lobby. I cried. These are the things in life that you cannot deal by just [ignoring it]. You have to heal yourself.

Election come and go, as we all know, and this would be my last fling with public service. I am old and, after this, I am going to retire.

In this quest, I will put at stake my honor, my life and the presidency itself.

On his Big Mouth:

The issue here is not my mouth. And they would say the ratings on business, on the economy, so be it, you get out of here. Then, we will start on our own. I can go to China, I can go to Russia. I had a talk with them, they are waiting for me, so what the hell. (when U.S.-based firm Standard & Poor warned that it may lower its investment-grade rating for the Phils. if reforms stall)

I can be foulmouthed but when I make a mistake, I can say I am very sorry.

For every profanity, there’s a story behind it. People should go beyond my cussing.

And you say that my mouth is not for a statesman, whoever told you I was applying for a statesman?

No, I will not stop, I will lose the momentum. And I cannot afford it because I am the President. The momentum has to be there and it will be there for six years until the last pusher is taken out of the streets. I cannot just play silent. (on Sen. Gordon’s suggestion to stop talking)

Never mind my mouth. I never aspired to be a statesman.

President Duterte might be a leader with big balls who will try anything in order to get the job done. Unfortunately, he has a bigger mouth that does not know how and when to shut up. As the man holding the highest position in the land, he is expected to adhere to some kind of proper decorum and presidential protocol. So for the country’s sake, let us all hope that our president will learn (asap!) how to wash his mouth —or how to zip it altogether!