Filipino President rejects Obama meddling in his country

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Filipino President rejects Obama meddling in his country

Postby Bill Whatcott » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:54 pm

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President Obama (left) is worried about human rights for drug pushers, President Dutarte of the Philippines (right) not so much.

Singapore executes drug dealers and sends drug users to hard labour. Their taxpayers aren't saddled with the massive social and fiscal costs of a quarter of their population being addicts. When one factors in regular Cannabis use and presecription drug abuse, not to mention the more publicized methaphetiamine and heroin/fentanyl epidemics, here in BC we are dealing with an substance abuse epidemic that could be as high as 25% of the population. That is a big problem that will negatively impact our society on every level.

The death penalty was mandatory for drug piushers in 2011 when I was in Singapore and two foreigners were executed that year for drug trafficking. Somewhere around 1000 or so addicts were arrested and put into hard labour, most of them were Chinese or Malaysian nationals. Indiginous Singaporeans never use illicit drugs. The result? Very little street crime, no tax burden, and one overdose death for the entire year. Singapore does not have our waiting lists for health care, they have a more functional military, a more efficient and effective judicial system and a better mass transit system. Indeed they are a first world country and their corporate and personal income tax rate is but a fraction of what Canada's is.

British Columbia has a smaller population than Singapore and we already have 440 overdose deaths this year from Fentanyl alone, other drug overdose deaths are hppening but don't make it in the news. We have lots of street crime related to addicts robbing and stealing to get their drugs. Surrey has an appalling murder and gun violence rate, all of it related to gangs and drug trafficking.

Singapore has a population for 5.6 million people and only 8 murders for all of 2011. Our tax burden and social cost when one looks at the welfare and subsidized housing for addicts, so called harm reduction (free needles, supervised injections), emergency room visits, paramedics, police, cost of rehab, court costs, lost productivity, etc.... is billions to the economy every year. Singapore and now Philippines is doing a better job fighting the scourge of illicit drug use and in a more humane fashion (for law abiding taxpayers) than Canada or the US.

It is my hope these nations take pride in their work and start shoving Canadian and American crime victims into the faces of Prime Minister Selfie Zoolander and President Obama when they want to start lecturing them on human rights.

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‘Son of a bitch I will swear at you’: Obama cancels meeting after Philippine president’s foul-mouthed comment
Teresa Cerojano,
The Associated Press
September 5, 2016
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world ... l-killings?

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned President Barack Obama on Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or “son of a bitch I will swear at you” when they meet in Laos during a regional summit.

Duterte said before flying to Laos that he is a leader of a sovereign country and is answerable only to the Filipino people. He was answering a reporter’s question about how he intends to explain the extrajudicial killings to Obama. More than 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users have been killed since Duterte launched a war on drugs after taking office on June 30.

Obama cancelled the meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday, early in the morning and spokesperson he would use the time to meet with Korean President Park Geun-Hye instead.

In his typical foul-mouthed style, Duterte responded: “I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum,” he said, using the Tagalog phrase for son of a bitch. Some translations have suggested the phrase is closer to “son of a whore.”

Duterte has earlier cursed the pope and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (I find it interesting this writer capitalized "UN Secretary-General" and not the Pope, BW)

It isn’t clear whether Obama planned to raise the issue of extrajudicial killings with Duterte during a scheduled meeting on the sidelines of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Asked at a news conference in Hangzhou, China, whether he still intends to meet with Duterte and raise the issue of extrajudicial killings, Obama said he had instructed his aides to assess whether it is still possible for the two leaders to have a constructive meeting in Laos.

“I always want to make sure that if I’m having a meeting that it’s actually productive, and that we’re getting something done,” Obama said.

“We recognize the significant burden that the drug trade plays not just in the Philippines but around the world, and fighting narco-trafficking is tough. But we will always assert the need to have due process and to engage in that fight against drugs in a way that’s consistent with basic international norms. And so, undoubtedly, if and when we have a meeting this is something that is going to be brought up,” said Obama, who has been attending a meeting of the Group of 20 nations.

Who is he to confront me?

“Who is he to confront me?” Duterte said in his remarks, adding that the Philippines had not received an apology from the United States for misdeeds committed during its colonization of the Philippines.

He pointed to the killing of Muslim Moros more than a century ago during a U.S. pacification campaign in the southern Philippines, blaming the wounds of the past as “the reason why (the south) continues to boil” with separatist insurgencies.
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Re: Filipino President rejects Obama meddling in his country

Postby Bill Whatcott » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:13 pm

It looks like Duturte's tough approach is working on some:


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