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A house of cards founded on hallucination

MANILA (SE): As the administration of the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, turns 100-days-old, it remains largely defined by his obsession—a massive onslaught on the poor in the guise of a war on drugs.

Although he has made significant progress with the Mindanao peace talks and in currying favour with China, his most conclusive achievement is inspiring over 4,000 murders of people who may or may not have been involved in drugs—certainly some were not.

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Shoot the messenger

MANILA (SE): “If Germany had Hitler, The Philippines would have…,” the president of the nation told a crowd in his heartland of Davao City on September 30 as he turned the finger of his hand poignantly towards himself.

Speaking upon his return from a state visit to Vietnam, Duterte sparked an immediate outcry from representatives of survivors’ groups from the Adolf Hitler extermination camps and Jewish groups the world over.

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Emerging patterns from Duterte’s erratic rhetoric

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the highly confusing and seemingly contradictory statements on foreign policy articulated by the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, some patterns are beginning to emerge.

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Swapping drug addiction for blood addiction

ARAKAN (SE): Father Peter Geremia, the Italian priest who came into the news as the offsider of the murdered Father Fausto Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato, in 2011, says that he had been told by a Filipino priest that the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, knows the heart of the ordinary people and knows that they want to oppose the drug syndicates, the murders, rapes, holdups and the system of corruption of the police and judiciary, as well as that in every other public office in the land.

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Human rights with Asian characteristics

MANILA (SE): The old boys’ club was on hand to welcome the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to his first Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5.

No doubt eager to make an impression, he pushed his big domestic barrow of the elimination of all drug-related creatures from the face of this earth among his newfound peers, encouraging them to adopt his methods and make a big push for a drug-free ASEAN region.

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We can’t choose who lives

MANILA (SE): In many parts of the world today lives are selectively being discarded in the interests of promoting fear campaigns designed to achieve political ends.

Australia turns boat people away from its shores in the name of saving lives at sea, some parts of Europe turn refugees away in the name of screening  terrorists and in The Philippines, the president is murdering people at random in the name of ending a culture of drug dependency.

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Supreme Court hearing on Marcos burial opens

MANILA (SE): August 24 saw the opening of discussions in the Supreme Court of The Philippines on the controversial issue of the burial of the body of the former martial law president, Ferdinand Marcos, in the nation’s Heroes Cemetery, which the president, Rodrigo Duterte, has okayed to take place later this month.

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Terror hits Davao City

DAVAO (SE): A bomb blast ripped through the Roxas Night Market in Davao City on September 2 leaving 14 people dead, including a pregnant woman and her child, and 68 others injured in its wake.

Filipinos from Davao living in Hong Kong reported a sleepless night, with some unable to contact family and being left wondering overnight if they were safe or not. One described it as being a city of fear, as staying home or going out seem to be equally dangerous.

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Rebel leaders freed ahead of negotiations

Manila (UCAN): “There should no longer be any doubt that President Rodrigo Duterte is serious and determined to find a peaceful solution to the decades old communist insurgency,” the peace adviser of the Philippine government, Jesus Dureza, said after 17 Communist rebel leaders were released from prison on August 19 prior to peace negotiations aimed at ending almost five decades of conflict.

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Priest wants facts from Duterte not guesses

MANILA (Agencies): Monsignor Meliton Oso accused the president, Rodrigo Duterte, of shooting his mouth off when he randomly publicly accuses people of involvement in the drug rackets.

The director of Social Action in Jolo told Radyo Veritas on August 11 that he is taking particular exception to the naming of Jeffery Selis, who was included in Duterte’s latest round of accusations and was described as a former member of the congress.

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