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US ATROCITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES

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  1. reedak

    reedak Well-Known Member

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    1. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is never one to hold back, especially with words.

    When criticized, he often fires back with his own verbal ammunition. And his frequent target has been the United States, which, as he has repeatedly said, is in no place to criticize him for violating human rights because of its own history of atrocities against Filipinos. For Duterte, that history stretches all the way back to the 1900s, when Filipinos fought for independence from U.S. control.

    Duterte dredged up one such piece of history during his second State of the Nation address on Monday.

    It was about three church bells that American troops took as spoils of war after burning down Balangiga, a small seaside village on the island of Samar in the Visayas region of the Philippines, in retaliation against Filipino guerrillas. One of the bronze bells was taken to a military museum in South Korea. The other two have been on display at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyo.

    For Filipinos, the bells are rightfully theirs, a reminder of the slaughter of thousands of civilians, including women and children.

    “Those bells are reminders of the gallantry and heroism of our forebears . . . who resisted the American colonization and sacrificed their lives in the process. Give us back those Balangiga bells. They are ours. They belong to the Philippines. They are part of our national heritage,” Duterte said toward the end of a lengthy address in which he frequently veered off script, lashed out at critics and political enemies, and used an informal tone sprinkled with Tagalog expletives.

    After applause that lasted a few seconds, he added, in Tagalog: “Return them. It’s painful for us.”...

    Another piece of history that Duterte has frequently brought up is the Battle of Bud Dajo in 1906 on the island of Jolo in the southernmost part of the Philippines. American troops killed hundreds of Moro men, women and children trapped in the crater of the Bud Dajo volcano, as the United States tried to take control of the country’s Muslim stronghold.

    By then, much of the Filipino resistance against the United States had dissipated, and President Theodore Roosevelt had declared the Philippine-American War over four years earlier. But the country’s Muslim minority in the south resisted in what became a long, drawn-out battle....

    Duterte shot back (at Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), telling reporters Friday that he can — and will — investigate the United States’ history of human rights violation.

    “You’re investigating me and the internal affairs of my country? I'm investigating you, and I will investigate you, and I will expose it to the world what you did to the Filipinos, especially to the Moro Filipinos,” he said.

    Duterte also said he will never come to the United States during or after his term — despite an invitation from Trump a few months ago.

    “I’ve seen America, and it’s lousy,” Duterte told reporters....

    Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...ted-states-over-its-atrocities-a-century-ago/

    2. Duterte is a rare Asian leader who dares to lash out openly at US Imperialism. Compare to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meekness in responding to Trump's despicable behaviour of using an Indian accent to mimic him at meetings, Duterte's boldness in his head-on confrontation with the the US Empire is praiseworthy indeed.

    Using an analogy, Duterte is a "shark in a pond". Just imagine that: If Duterte is the leader of China, we will surely see a big flare-up in the Pacific.

    https://qz.com/india/1186340/donald...an-accent-to-mimic-narendra-modi-at-meetings/
     
  2. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    Oh what an example of an "asian leader". Do you really want these conditions in your own country?

    Death squads, a leader with a dirty mouth (called a US president "son of a wh*re" or gave absurd statements like "Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts. ... I'd be happy to slaughter them.")
     
  3. reedak

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    Well said. Neither Duterte nor Trump. Your opinion please?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/05/06/trump-covid-death-counter/
     
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    The handling of Covid-19 by Trump is a disaster.
     
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    Right. It's puzzling he could win the election in 2016.
     
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    Nevertheless I would rather live in the USA than in China or the Philippines
     
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    Provided you won't be infected by COVID-19 or shot by a mad gunman on rampage.
     
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    Better free and dead than living under tyranny.
     
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    Duterte is known as Asia's Trump with his populist platform. I guess he is up to no good this time around, too, fanning anti-American sentiment to further his cause. I have come across very racist Filipino posters from the country on online forums. Duterte represents this dangerous segment of Filipino society.
     
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