Good morning and happy Christmas holidays!
Today I am concerned about how the campaign against the Duterte administration still rages on despite the 6 months of continuous improvement in the country. Filipinos are actually relieved that public menace from drug related crimes (hold-ups and the like) have gone down and that the streets at night are visibly peaceful. This is true anywhere, in the big and small cities and big and small towns. Disagreements between political divides are undergoing dialogues and the arms struggle has stopped. We have become better friends with more nations than before.
This campaign to disparage the Duterte administration has a personal agenda. The personalities who work hard to undermine the efforts of the government are waging a campaign to take back the power that they lost during this election. That they have lost this power is a grave threat to them, especially those who have criminal cases now arrayed against them. Precisely that the people decided on Duterte is not understood by these elite. Despite the clear evidence of a better governance and a happier populace, these elite insist on their rhetoric that the country is heading for disaster. Precisely that the people decided on Duterte was that they saw through the decades how the country has headed toward disaster because the governance of the past had not especially looked into the condition of the majority who are the poor and neglected. If the population is 98 million and if majority translates to more than half, then that’s 49 million people AT THE LEAST! who are constantly at their wit’s end where to find food for the next meal.
Despite that, the country has held on to its spiritual values. Respect for elders was never lost. The family is as highly valued as ever. Teachers are highly regarded. We have remained united against violence and against the culture of impunity among the powerful (and invisible) elite. We are not used to killings and we are not immune to the intensity of trauma caused by any crime, even something as petty as a disrespectful exchange of words.
My concern is that the UN (and other nations, but I won’t bother enumerating which these are) is naively focusing on my government when it has other bigger concerns that need investigating, like Syria that is being attacked by the “good guys” actually! and where the rest of the world has no idea about how the mainstream news is silent about it::::: http://uspeacecouncil.org/?p=3019
The UN in our case is like a little scradedy-cat who is determined to fight a monster-shadow that’s caused by a hand at child’s play. Stop being naive and grow up, dear United Nations. We depend on you to be mature and fair.
May God’s peace reign in the world and may those who are suffering soon see the light of day. May all who wallow in power and are callous over the sufferings of their neighbors open their eyes and truly help.
…This link opens to my post about this drug-war. (note: The little hearts in all my posts used to be red, now they’ve turned black all at once. I have to take the time to edit them. Just think of them as little red hearts that I wanted us to be happy about. Thanks!)