The madness has already begun
Some of you may have read the rant that I posted prior to the last election (History Repeating Itself?) in which I suggested that in seeking to implement the death penalty, as Duterte appears overly eager to do, it would not be a great leap to start executing anyone else who might be considered worthy.
To my utter amazement, this madness has already begun and Duterte hasn’t even been sworn in yet. The Manila Bulletin and just about every other miserable tabloid rag published in this country has run stories confirming my worst fears. I’ll quote the Bulletin:
“Outgoing Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to consider imposing death penalty to those involved in illegal recruitment activities victimizing aspiring overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). She noted such activities should be regarded as an organized or heinous crime for duping would-be overseas workers.”
Can you believe this crazy bitch? My first thought was that if capital punishment were to be applied to anyone duping stupid Filipinos, then my neighborhood would become quite peaceful pretty quickly. Just about every Filipino is either trying to con someone or some equally stupid asshole has been conned and plotting their revenge.
Let’s also remember that Duterte has said that the only good way to execute someone is to hang them. Death by lethal injection is not good enough for the hard-man of the Philippines – that’s for pussies. No, let’s put a rope around the fucker’s neck and let them strangle to death and shit themselves in front of a cheering crowd.
Let me make my position abundantly clear, even at the risk of inciting comments of strong opposition from those who hold a different view – unless it’s in self defense or as an act of legitimate warfare, killing someone is wrong no matter how it’s done. Not because of religion, not because of some spiritual belief – but because it’s fucking barbaric and absolutely inhuman. End of fucking story!
The reality of it all
My amusement turned to horror as I realized that this was one of those rare occasions when I had actually been right. The Duterte phenomenon really has prompted every crazy mother-fucker to climb out from under their rock and either start killing people or suggesting that it become legal to kill someone.
Now don’t get me wrong, I hate drug dealers and their kind as much as anyone. I’m also not keen on people who prey on the weak and stupid (which makes living here quite interesting).
However, I am in strong opposition to state sponsored killing. Particularly when it’s done vigilante style at the end of a gun held by a police officer or some self important Barangay Captain and his team of low-IQ “enforcers”.
To make matters even worse, ‘Duterte Harry’ has actually said that he’ll use excess campaign funds to provide for a bounty to anyone who kills a drug trafficker. Just when I thought that the lunacy of this country had reached rock bottom, we now have a President-Elect who has actually offered money to prospective killers to entice them to go out and murder people in cold blood. It’s simply the most appalling thing I’ve ever seen apart from the Davao Death Squads. Not at all strange when you consider that they both emanate from the same crazy bastard.
The equally miserable Philippine Star has produced to following report:
“Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the Philippine National Police (PNP), said that in their record of 68 individuals with suspected drug links killed by law enforcers during the period, 31 met their end after the election victory of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – or an average of one a day. The number of those killed has gone up to 70 as of yesterday.”
DU30 isn’t even President yet and vigilantes are already out and about killing people based on a mandate that he’s presented to the country. If they’re not already killing people, then they’re sure as shit having a good think about who else should be killed. All because, and again I quote the Philippine Star:
“The intensity of the operations against illegal drugs, which he (Duterte) is really, really against, has been pushed by the PNP. That’s why our police are focused on illegal drugs, which is priority No.1 of the incoming president…”
I just love that he’s not just against it. Not just really against it but he’s “really really against it”.
Just when I thought that this country couldn’t get any more stupid, I am now confronted with a new level of insanity. It’s like watching a train wreck. I simply cannot take my eyes off it. As the madness reaches new levels, I stand transfixed as the carnage unfolds before me.
To Serve and to Kill
Some of the most corrupt people in this country wear a uniform. They’re all now shit scared that Duterte will find them out before too long. So what do they do? Instead of cleaning up their act, they set about trying to please the new boss by upping their tally of their killings spree. In the six weeks (45 days) since ‘Duterte Harry’ was elected, there have been 60 drug crime related killings (that’s more than one killing per day). It’s just un-fucking-believable!
How the hell do any of us know that the people that they’re killing are actively involved in the drug trade? How do any of us know that these alleged drug villains put up a fight when the arrest was being made? Are we just supposed to trust these corrupt police assholes? Is this actually one of those trust me moments that we as foreigners in this country only know too well? I’m beyond stunned. How the fuck do these people sleep at night?
The fact that this issue is almost being celebrated in newspapers (that are only worthy of being used to wipe an ass) is almost as bad as the act itself. The complicit promotion of this madness is simply a groveling attempt to get back in the good books with a ‘boss’ who has already told them that they’re mostly scum and worthy of a bullet. It’s transparent and absolutely pathetic.
Martial law; because why the fuck not?
I’m also more than a little dismayed that there’s already talk about martial law in Mindanao. This, in a country that should fucking know better.
How many times do these people need to be subjected to authoritarian rule before they wake up and realize that it’s really not a good idea to give any government that much power.
The Manila Bulletin reports:
“Incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte is inclined to declare martial law in the entire provinces of Sulu, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi which are believed to be the last stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf Group”.
Again, don’t get me wrong, I’m as appalled at the barbaric acts perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf as the next person. In a way, implementing martial law kind of makes sense. But that’s the trap that we all fall into. We figure that it just makes sense and what the hell, it doesn’t affect me so let’s just go ahead and do it.
So now, just ask yourself instead how you’d feel if this was something being proposed in your country of origin. Let me tell you, if it were my hometown, I’d sure as shit see it as the thin edge of the wedge. I’d be marching in the street with thousands of other like minded people. On the other hand, Filipinos welcome this kind of tough guy madness and the media celebrate it (albeit in a disguised fashion).
It’s the thin end of the wedge and Filipinos couldn’t give a fuck nor will they until it comes to their local community as it inevitably will. Even then, they’ll say, what the hell, maybe it’s a good thing. That is until their son disappears and they find his dismembered rotting body tossed on a local trash heap.
What the fuck are “emergency powers”?
The incoming Duterte administration is also proposing that the new President should be granted “emergency powers” to combat the traffic problem in Metro-Manila. Because why the fuck not? Having some extra power will always come in handy somewhere along the line.
This time, I’ll quote Rappler (they all write the same shit anyway):
“DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is considering requesting emergency powers from Congress to solve the traffic crisis in Mega Manila, his incoming transportation secretary said Monday, June 20.”
Again, don’t get me wrong. Driving in this country is a complete joke and the drivers are an utter disgrace. Undisciplined assholes abound. The Filipino driver is, in my experience, the simply the worst most stupid, dangerous and incompetent asshole in the world (and believe me, I’ve done some traveling). Giving someone “emergency powers” may make sense to some people but to me it’s just another thin end of the wedge issue.
What the fuck are “emergency powers” anyway? You can bet your ass that anyone given those powers will use them in any way that they want. I’m pretty sure that the details of these powers are going to be very fucking broad, extremely vague and almost impossible to understand. What’s next? Emergency powers to stop public farting? A ban on holding hands when outside? I know it sounds pretty far fetched but I suggest to you that crazy shit like this can happen in this country at the drop of a hat.
I’m going to make another prediction. Duterte will eventually want to impinge on the rights of everyone in this country. We already know that smoking will become a problem. When will it become okay to say that being gay is illegal or that certain types of people should be rounded up and put into camps?
Here’s a little something to show you that I’m not out of my mind. The Philippine Star (that miserable rag) reports:
“… a Filipino man is apprehended by police for being shirtless during an operation in Manila, Philippines. In a crackdown, dubbed “Oplan Rody,” bearing Duterte’s name, police rounded up hundreds of children or their parents to enforce a night curfew for minors, and taken away drunk and shirtless men roaming metropolitan Manila’s slums. The poor, who were among Duterte’s strongest supporters, are getting a foretaste of the war against crime he has vowed to wage.”
Now again, don’t get me wrong, I’m not fond of having drunk assholes roaming around my neighborhood at night and the idea of rounding them up has some appeal. Moreover, those little thieving asshole kids are on my shit list too. However, rounding people up with intent worries me for reasons that any student of history will understand.
How about trying something that might change things longer term?
Where I come from originally, the root causes of problems are examined. Investing in things like education, vocational training, employment laws and healthcare programs are all important elements that help to stop poverty, corruption and criminality. If someone can feed their family and ensure their well being, their a lot less likely to turn to a life of crime.
If this country hadn’t pissed all of it’s money (and the money that our countries gave them) away on petty and large scale corruption, they might have the funds needed to focus on these issues. Instead, they’ve started to round people up to deal with the issue because “that’s the way we do things in the Philippines”. Fuck solving the problem, let’s just be seen to do something no matter how useless it actually is.
Let’s try to put all of this in perspective
Let me try to sum this up.
- People are already being killed in Duterte’s name.
- Newspapers are writing about it with barely disguised glee.
- Martial law is being proposed in parts of the country.
- Emergency Powers are being considered to solve problems.
- He’s not even in office yet!
- Imagine what it’s going to be like once he IS in office?
Filipinos couldn’t really give a fuck about how any of these changes might impact on them, the media love all this stuff even if they can barely disguise their glee and a load of people have decided that the only way to solve the madness that is the Philippines is to give some crazy guy (who has admitted to killing thousands or people) the authority to do whatever he wants so long as he makes it all better.
The church is always in there somewhere
Incredibly, the only voice of reason in all this is coming from the Catholic Church. Believe me, I’ve had a good look around and I just can’t see any serious contention about this issue. You can always count on the church in this country to butt in on anything that they feel is worthy of their commentary. The hell with the separation of church and state.
The Philippine Star reports as follows:
“To kill a suspect outright, no matter how much surveillance work may have antecedently been done on the suspect, is not morally justified, the CBCP president said.”
No shit? On this occasion, I guess I’m going to have to support the church (I can’t believe I just wrote that). In any other country there would be fucking outrage. There’d be a hew and cry about this issue from every roof top. Here, there’s just a politely worded press release from the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines that no Filipino has probably read let alone care less about (or in some cases understand) even if they did read it.
It’s not really surprising. Most Filipinos only go to church to either ask for things that they want or to be forgiven for the crazy evil shit that they’ve done since their last confession.
May I remind you that this country has a church led by someone who has actually declared himself as the “Appointed Son of God” (who is in fact a Duterte adviser and major campaign contributor). It has another church that kidnaps and holds constituents who disagree with them until they relent or the cops turn up. The largest church here by a long-shot just wants everyone to be poor, have more children than they can feed or care for and be sufficiently stupid and disinterested so as not to question any of the mumbo-jumbo that they present as doctrine.
Is it any wonder that the vast majority of Filipinos couldn’t a rats ass about anything?
Hold onto your seats
You just couldn’t make this shit up if you tried and the madness has only just begun. Hold onto your seats folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
So ends the rant. Thanks for reading.Published in