PRESIDENT ASKS: WHEN DID PHILOSOPHY ON HUMAN RIGHTS EVOLVE?

Duterte hits US, UN anew

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‘BROTHERS’ Indonesian President Joko Widodo (right) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (center) visit Tanah Abang market in Jakarta on September 9. Duterte was in Indonesia for a working visit after joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits in Laos, his first international engagement. AFP PHOTO BY BAY ISMOYO

‘BROTHERS’ Indonesian President Joko Widodo (right) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (center) visit Tanah Abang market in Jakarta on September 9. Duterte was in Indonesia for a working visit after joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits in Laos, his first international engagement. AFP PHOTO BY BAY ISMOYO

IT WAS a fired-up President Rodrigo Duterte who ended up giving the lecture on human rights at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summits in Vientiane, Laos on Thursday.

Meeting Filipinos during a working visit to Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Duterte said he needed to silence international critics of his bloody anti-drug war—US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon—by bringing up the forgotten massacre of hundreds of Moros during the pacification campaign of American colonizers in Mindanao a century ago.

Duterte said he made the intervention during the East Asia Summit that gathered 18 leaders including Obama and Ban, confirming reports by wire agencies Thursday night that quoted unnamed diplomats.

Duterte said he dropped his prepared speech and told the body: “This is human rights. What do you intend to do? Do not tell me that that’s water under the bridge. Human rights violation, whether committed by Moses or Abraham, is still a violation of human rights.”


He said he even showed photos and pages of historical accounts of the American pacification campaign, “since human rights was mentioned.”

Historical accounts of the major American massacre in Mindanao, the 1906 slaughter of Tausugs at the Bud Dajo crater in Sulu, placed the number of dead at 600 to 1,000, including women and children.

Duterte said he was waiting for Obama to respond., but the US President did not.

“When did this philosophy about the human dignity and human rights evolve? Now, or during this time? Tumahimik sila [They were silent],” Duterte said.

On Monday, Duterte launched an expletive-laden tirade against Obama before leaving for the Asean summits, which aides said was triggered by reports that the US President would “lecture” him on human rights.

As for Ban, Duterte said the UN chief mentioned human rights “in passing” in a “legitimate statement” and then immediately left. But he noted Ban spoke up about the human rights situation in the Philippines several weeks ago.

“Sabi ko, ‘Isa ka pang tarantado.’ Kaya nag-speech siya, may human rights pero … tapos tindig agad … sumibat [I said, ‘Here’s another confused person.’ He gave a speech, there’s human rights but … he rose immediately … and left],” Duterte said.

The speech was well-received by the Filipino crowd at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, who cheered Duterte’s rants against Obama and Ban.

‘No healing in Mindanao’
Duterte, the first Philippine President from Mindanao, went on to blame the American pacification campaign for continued unrest in the island.

Unrest in Mindanao continues because the Moros view the Filipino government in Manila as merely an extension of Spanish and American imperialism, he argued.

Malacañan Palace, the colonial edifice occupied by Spanish and American governors general that now serves as the official residence of Philippine presidents, is seen by Moros as a symbol of continued subjugation, he said.

“Why has there been no healing in Mindanao? Because they were slaughtered by the imperialists!” Duterte exclaimed.

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  1. Duterte is fighting the wrong crowd. The U.S. has been an ally and friend of the Filipinos for years. They are there when we needed help. So they did an atrocity for a century? Let it be a lesson.
    Were the Chinese and the Russians there when we needed help? No!
    It’s always the U.S. who are first to help the Philippines. Don’t abuse their frienship and generosity.

    • thanks for the help but we should never ever bow to them, there other countries that we can work harmoniously, actually we can stand alone!

  2. Ignacio Balbutin on

    If you go back to history, the massacre was not ordered by the US government against the Tausugs. The order was to talk and pacify the muslims. It was the bickering of the american generals assigned in Mindanao that led to that massacre.

  3. Mr. Duterte’s foul, unfiltered & dirty mouth with expletive profane-laced comments toward President Obama & UN SecGen Ban is a MISPLACED & DISTORTED behavior of a person who is sick with “Psychopathy”. Nakakahiya sa ating bayan ang kanyang behavior especially in front of heads of state.

  4. Jessie Corrales on

    everybody can say what they want, but you’ll have to assassinate him to stop him. Duterte is a leftist with e deep-rooted suspicion of the US, as all leftists do. To a leftist, the Americans cannot be trusted bec they’re users, manipulators and self-centered people whose only interests are their interests. To them the filipino is just a monkey ally, they can do what they please with us.

  5. if he really wants to be patriotic then he should recommend to congress to change the name of Philippines which is a colonial name to something native like Maharlika. Philippine name was derived from King Phillip II of Spain, so that will make us still like subjects and slaves of Spain. He should also start speaking in Tagalog in his speeches. He is anti American but he like to speak English. even him is still a colonial mentality lol.

  6. President Du30 needs nobody to lecture him on any subject. .Nobody. Tell me one good reason why should he? Human rights is a western concoction under the pretext of colonisation full of hypocrisy, What human rights when these same people are destroying their own country. Look at the yellow skinned Taiwanese who thinks they are “white” and preferred to be enslaved by the Americans and the Hongkongers who think they are white skinned British (nearly all have prefixed English names) and are happy to be enslaved by the British. Keep it up President Du30.

  7. Some people must be jumping up an down like chimps when it was made known that the tall man from the white house will lecture him on human rights. It didn’t happen! Now they’re concentrating on his out bursts. Will this make the country better? We have daunting problems to be solved and we are concentrating on bis outbursts! SAD.

  8. While, Dudirty is blaming the Americans for the century old killings in the South of the country, he doesn’t blame himself for the State sponsored extra-judicial killings that happened and is happening all over the country. The pot calling the kettle black. lol…..

  9. Long live the King! Our king is always right never wrong…never back down…never kneel. A true king indeed. we’ll make him royal and forever will rule. A holy red warrior. Following the foot steps of Jesus but not the pope. . .

  10. what he is doing is pretty good for the country, pretty brave too, but not smart compare to the reporters who can easily provoke him to say stuffs that are not necessary. he is like the ‘siga sa kanto who start a sentence with putang ina and putang ina as a period. And btw putang ina is a common expression in tagalog. putang ina mo is an insult directed toward you. and that will sure get yourself into trouble. ask any tagalog. and they will agree with me. BTW also bakla is transgender literally not homosexual, or a guy without a dick. taranta is confuse and tarantado is a disconcert persons or confused person not a fool as the media term it. Google can help this reporter and editor do a better translation. if they conceit they do need help in translate. then go to google its that easy.

  11. “Well, this is an unfortunate part of the UN institution. It’s the – the theater of the absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament.”
    Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel

    “The U.N. is worse than disaster. The U.N. creates conflicts. Look at the disgraceful U.N. Human Rights Council: It transmits norms which are harmful, anti-liberty and anti-Semitic, among other things. The world would be better off in its absence.”
    Charles Krauthammer – Columnist for National Post

    “Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society… It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff.”
    Stephen Harper – former Canadian Prime Minister

  12. other countries also have suffered under US Imperialism namely; Vietnam where over a million vietnamese died both civilian and military combined during the Vietnam war, the massacre of native americans, the atomic bombing of Japan, the atrocities of CIA ops in Latin America, etc, but you dont see these countries blatantly foul mouth the US. this is not the way to do it. Like Vietnam for example, now we see normal diplomatic relations with vietnam and US again but of course the Vietnamese are cautious with the US entry again and they just deal with them on a case to case basis and the younger generation do not have animosity against the Americans. In fact US companies are slowly investing in Vietnam. Duterte has to do it gradually if he wants to cut the depency and alliance witht US but not right away. the country is not ready for this now. the economy first needs to be developed including the armed forces needs to be modernized. a rush towards his anti western rhetoric will only back fire and will cost him his presidency.

    • history repeat itself, which is happening in the philippines right now. your friend become your enemies and your enemies become your friend. look at russia,china and,cuba and vice versa japan,veitnam and germany on the 21th centuries alliances. why worry about the philippine military? they can only last for 6 month of an open war of any form. they will run off of ammunitions because their supplies are being control by an outside super nation.

  13. What about China’s intrusion in Spratley’s? That going on RIGHT NOW. China is driving away Filipino fishermen in Philippines own waters.

    Why is Duterte silent on this more important present situation and wasted time instead on something that happened, what one century ago?

    • Dick S. O'Rosary on

      By dissing Washington and uniting SEA, Beijing will certainly take notice and reassess their stance with Manila. Think about that.

  14. they us forgive them because they don/t know what they were doing,.the american lesson on that war was the invention of the 45 caliber handgun that became the official weapon for u.s. military officer up to this date.

  15. The bloodletting and murder is an invigorating but useless to eliminate drugs.
    Duterte’s solution is a bandage on cancer and it will not STOP all drugs.
    Soon Filipinos will turn on this dictator and run him out of the country when the progress that has been made in the Philippines collaspes.
    Good luck with this madman… you’re gonna need it.

    • Duterte knows one thing and one thing only, and that one thing is how to kill. That one thing won’t get him very far.

    • Ignacio Balbutin on

      The madman that you are talking about is the man that brought the crime rate lower, we can now walk on our streets with peace, he is the man that is stamping out corruption, maybe you are the one who is mad in saying this

  16. Please don’t under estimate our President R R Duterte, he knows what he is doing to our country for the goodness of his people and for the peacefulness of our country that we can roam around without no fear. Free country at last like the old time when I was younger walking at 2 or 3 o’clock in the early morning nothing happened to me. He bring that moment and time back. Mabuhay our President Duterte and long live the Philippines and our President Duterte. We love and keep up the good and great work for, to and with the Filipino people. May God Bless You and keep You Away From Harm.

  17. One is true about the massacre cause what they killed there is not just a Muslim but a true blood Moro a tausugs. One still recognised among our neighbouring brothers.

  18. I thought the administration played its role well at the ASEAN meet.

    Less than a week after the bombing incident, both Obama and Ban missed that key reality that has plagued the region for many years. I think they were the ones most out of step with reality. ASEAN needs to find a common set of goals that will push them ahead. I’d say that terrorism, the drug trade, and internal peace are the major goals that need to be taken care of first before socio-economic development can really take off. These are common threats that I think the ASEAN members can best unite around and evolve together – if they want to be a true regional organization.

    Why is it important to bring up and accept the reality of the colonial legacy? I’d say look at the MILF and MNLF today and the progress being made towards peace. Until their issues are recognized … peace will be difficult to come by. It is time to heal the country first and bring the filipinos together.

  19. Annak Te Amianan on

    “When did this philosophy about the human dignity and human rights evolve? Now, or during this time? Tumahimik sila [They were silent],” Duterte said.

    Tumahimik sila should be: They better shut their mouth!

  20. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    09 September 2016

    You can say that Der Fuhrer Rodrigo Duterte is INCORRIGIBLE
    .
    This time, after savaging the American ambassador to the Philippines, Pope Francis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President Barack Obama, he was at it again reportedly in Indonesia, ranting and foul-mouthing both Ban and Obama–Obama for what the US soldiers did way back around 120 years ago to the Moros in Mindanao.

    As expected he has gotten worldwide publicity–but it is of the NEGATIVE kind which does not improve his image as a genocidal maniac who relishes wallowing in the gutter where, of course he gets his mouth full of garbage and excreta.

    MARIANO PATALINJIUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com

  21. Am I wrong or the president is arguing that a massacre that took place a hundred years ego in Mindanao gives him permission to kill his own people in 2016?

    • It was inappropriate for Pres. Duterte to dig that century old massacre of Moros vs Obama on the issue of human rights. Obama was’nt born that time. Concrened lang naman si Obama sa sobrang dami ng drug user/pusher fatalities. Parang kapulisan ay naghuhunting lang ng mga bayawak sa kanilang madidilim na lungga at pinapatay. Life is very cheap.

    • so why is there continuing conflict, war and atrocities in the middle east (between Israel, arabs states and Iran)? Iran even called for the annihilation of Israel nation! their conflict is millennium old and they are still killing each other up to this day?