IT’S nerve wracking that almost every day the “biased” media continue to print lies against our beloved, immensely popular President Rodrigo Duterte. His die-hard followers are completely justified in cursing and even wishing dead all those who dare tell lies and criticize or deliberately misquote the well-meaning, decisive President.
There is only one truth, so when there are two versions of the President’s statement, one has to be a lie. So, previous reports that the President wanted the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States will continue were either lies or a deliberate misquoting to paint the President as America’s little brown brother. The real position of the President is that he wants to pursue a balanced foreign policy by moving closer to Russia and China.
Another lie by the “biased media” is the report that the President didn’t want to release the latest list of alleged drug personalities because it contained some of his friends. The truth is, he doesn’t care whether he’ll hurt his friends or not in performing his duties. Remember, when his friend Pastor Quiboloy complained of being excluded from his inner circle, he remarked: “Country first before friendship.”
But the biggest and cruelest lie of all is that on the existence of a Davao Death Squad under his sponsorship. This is nothing but idle gossip. Sure, there have been decades-old talks of suspected criminals being summarily executed in Davao but there has never been any witness to prove this, or to link then City Mayor Duterte to the killings. Who knows, they might have been victims of rival gangs.
What’s more disheartening is the fact that even priests who are supposed to be guardians of truth are the main purveyors of this lie about the DDS and the President.
On Nov. 21, 2001, Archbishop Fernando Capalla of the Archdiocese of Davao issued a pastoral letter titled “Thou Shalt Not Kill” where he lamented the killings allegedly perpetrated by the DDS.
“There is a saying that ‘He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.’ This is a strong and ominous warning to states or individuals who are self-proclaimed gods.” He described the self-proclaimed gods as “without moral and social conscience.”
He maintained that it’s wrong for any government to tolerate criminal groups like the Davao Death Squad to kill.
“The so-called death squads are violating both civil and moral laws and, therefore, are criminals themselves,” Archbishop Capalla said.
He then implored the government and its law enforcement authorities to stop Davao City from becoming a “Wild Wild West where the only law is the law of the gun.”
Note that this pastoral letter was issued way back in 2001. It riles the President’s millions of supporters that the Church continues to bandy about this unconfirmed DDS as if it’s the biggest threat to the country when drugs pose a bigger one. No wonder, the President said the Catholic Church could soon become irrelevant while asking his faithful supporters to join the “Iglesia ni Duterte.”
Do they want drug addicts to continue to rob, kill and steal? They are the dregs of society, in the minds of the enlightened administration supporters, and the sooner they’re eliminated, the better for the country.
Another lie being peddled by those who want to oust the President and given ample play by the “biased media” is the claim that about 3,700 suspected drug addicts and dealers have been killed since the President took over. Figures from the Philippine National Police are more authoritative: only 1,756 have been killed from May 10, 2016 to Sept. 23, 2016.
Leaders of the Catholic Church charge that the President lied when he said during the campaign that he would resign if he couldn’t end criminality in six months. They took issue with his call for an extension of six more months. “I can’t kill them all,” he explained, referring to drug addicts whose number he placed at 3.7 million.
Understandably, his supporters don’t care how long it takes him to exterminate drug pushers and users as long as he does it. Okay, let’s do the math: Some 1,756 have been killed from May to September, or a period of five months. Going further, and assuming the same rate of suspects resisting arrest, 17,560 will be killed in 50 months, 175,600 in 500 months, 1,756,000 in 5,000 months, and 3.51 million in 50,000 months.
So it will take President Duterte more than 4,000 years to kill all the drug addicts and pushers, but he can’t live that long. He can eliminate only about 20,000 in his six years in office. Pity the Philippines if he’ll leave with unfinished business!
There is one way he can pursue his desired change: Follow the example set by Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, an equally strong revolutionary leader in amending the Constitution so he can reorganize the judiciary, take full control of Congress and media, and seek reelection without limit.
But what if the Philippines ends up like Venezuela? Ah, that’s another story.