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Is This it For Freedom in the Philippines?

May 24 | By David_Roxas | Views: 732 | Comments: 22
Marital law has been declared in Mindanao.  This after several months of Duterte waffling back and forth on the issue.  So what happens next?


I think this may be a test case for the entire nation. I know deep in his heart Duterte wants to declare martial law and I know more than a few Filipinos want him to do it. They would rather have an autocrat than an oligarchy.


Below I will share an article I wrote back in March about Duterte's waffling stance on martial law.


A spectre is haunting the Philippines - the spectre of martial law. The history of all recent Philippine history is the history of dictatorship.  


http://www.gov.ph/featured/declaration-of-martial-law/

Fast forward to 2015 and witness the ascendancy of Rodrigo Duterte.  As mayor of Davao he had already built a reputation as a strongman, a take-no-prisoners kind of guy who would tolerate not the slightest infraction of the law. Davao, they said, was the safest city in the Philippines. This reputation would thrust him into the national spotlight and eventually win him the Presidency. He has not been silent on his opinions of how the country should be run and what it will take to get it back into shape. The spectre of martial law haunts even him.


http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/158810-understanding-duterte-martial-law-remarks


http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/10/1679682/duterte-warns-martial-law

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/883051/duterte-says-martial-law-could-end-drug-terror-problem



The President disdains to conceal his views and aims. He openly declares that his ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing political conditions. Yet something is holding him back from going all the way. 


President Duterte is a man at war with himself.  Deep inside of him is a desire to save his beloved Philippines from drugs and terrorists and foreign influence and everything else he sees as a threat to the divine right of Philippines to exist and sovereignly determine it's destiny. Pitted against that desire is the strong temptation to declare martial law as the one surefire way to accomplish these goals and save the nation.


So will he or won't he?


Listen to the voice inside his head striving to break down that barrier. It says:

"Let the drug pushers and terrorists tremble at a declaration of martial law.  The Philippines and Filipinos have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.                                        Filipinos of all provinces, unite!"

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Balancinghead
May 26
And now, Tourism is now affected. But Flips don't give a shit.

Even as far as calling it, "Temporary Setback".

Saw it on GMA / ABS-CBN - The same news group Flips HATE, but only loves it when it comes to Korean celebrities.
And now, Tourism is now affected. But Flips don't give a shit.

Even as far as calling it, "Temporary Setback".

Saw it on GMA / ABS-CBN - The same news group F...See more
forawhilesir
May 26
@Mike: LOL, I'd forgotten about the six-months-to-fix-drugs thing. I remember at the time thinking, no, surely the masses aren't dumb enough to buy that? Not even Filipinos can be that stupid? Surely, surely not? Oh, but the number of conversations I had with dumbasses who spoke glowingly of that campaign promise AS IF HE'D ACTUALLY DONE IT ALREADY. And then, of course, they voted for him. What a mad fantasy world these people live in.@Mike: LOL, I'd forgotten about the six-months-to-fix-drugs thing. I remember at the time thinking, no, surely the masses aren't dumb enough to buy that? Not even Filipinos can be that stupid? Surely,...See more
CaptainPFB Admin
May 27
BUT FOR GOD SAKE, DON'T CRITICIZE TRUMP FOR BROKEN PROMISES!!! Mike will get all worked up and you'll send him straight to the floor in tantrum. Trump is allowed to behave in the same way without criticism. It's the called the dutertard effect. LOL
David_Roxas
May 27
Duterte did more than promise he would end drugs and crime in 6 months. He said to kill him if he didn't do it!
David_Roxas
May 27
Balancinghead, the assurances coming from Manila that marital law won't negatively impact tourism or the economic situation are pure propaganda. Of course the economic situation and tourism will be adversely impacted by martial law! The assurances that abuses will not happen because this is not 1973 are also propaganda and it is sure thing that abuses will be happening. http://www.philstar.com/...ould-be-good-economyBalancinghead, the assurances coming from Manila that marital law won't negatively impact tourism or the economic situation are pure propaganda. Of course the economic situation and tourism will be ad...See more
CaptainPFB Admin
May 27
Oh look at the Emperor's new clothes!
Artnova
May 28
I was wondering, Anybody Live
Artnova
May 28
Around There?
Backintherealworld
May 29
Before I ever went to the Philippines, it was the last place I ever thought I would end up. No... it was a place that was never even within my realm of consciousness. After my 12+ years there, I am a changed person and not necessarily for the better. I think less of an entire country than I ever thought was possible.

As for the question at hand, I surely hope not as my son is still there and will be for the foreseeable future. As a relatively young white man, I worry that he will be targeted for something or another.
Before I ever went to the Philippines, it was the last place I ever thought I would end up. No... it was a place that was never even within my realm of consciousness. After my 12+ years there, I am a ...See more
Backintherealworld
May 29
On the other hand, the situation in Mindanao doesn't seem any more dire than it ever did. A loose group of bandits flying one flag or another. I doubt D30's proclamation will change anything there, and agree that it will bring tourism to an abrupt halt sooner or later.

As I mentioned to a friend, the Philippines can break your heart if you let it.
On the other hand, the situation in Mindanao doesn't seem any more dire than it ever did. A loose group of bandits flying one flag or another. I doubt D30's proclamation will change anything there, an...See more
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