Former DILG Secretary: US hypocrite for calling out Duterte on “attacking” critics

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Once again, the US State Department issued a report criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte for “attacking” critics of his government which they claim has a “chilling effect” on free speech.
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It cited an example of the President’s public accusations against Senator Leila de Lima on the New Bilibid Prison drug trade that happened during her term which has affected her judicial process. Nevertheless, de Lima is now detained for violating several provisions of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

In its report, the US said that Duterte’s “public attacks on individuals and international bodies who have criticized his policies had a chilling effect on free speech and expression.”

Former Department of Interior and Local Governance Secretary Rafael Alunan III blasted the US for commenting that Duterte’s “attacks” have a chilling effect when they themselves “verbally attack or smear or frame sovereign nations”. It is a well-known fact that the US colonized the Philippines back in 1898.

“The President isn't stopping anyone from talking. In fact our press here is so free that it's expensive. Social media is unsocial. And they're all alive!” Alunan said in his post adding that Duterte permits criticisms from all sides. What he does to retort or reply to these criticisms is merely Duterte defending himself.

Despite international criticisms, Duterte maintains popularity with the Filipino masses as he determinedly pursues his war against drugs, corruption, and crime.

Read his full post below:

"Bullshit. They verbally attack or smear or frame sovereign nations but when they fire back it has a "chilling effect?" What kind of sissy talk is that?

Who is stopping anyone here from speaking up? The President isn't stopping anyone from talking. In fact our press here is so free that it's expensive. Social media is unsocial. And they're all alive! He's the one being attacked by partisans, do-gooders and even foreigners left right and centre who have no business butting in on our internal affairs. He's simply defending himself.

Has he behaved like the jailed Ampatuans? Or Abu Sayaff? Or NPA? Or Maute? Or Al-Qaeda? Isn't he more like Wyatt Earp and Eliott Ness trying to clean up the enormous mess he inherited? Or like Presidents of countries like Mexico heavily infected by the drug virus?

If you're failing back there in the U.S. against the drug problem, mind your own failure. If you can't be a friend you say you are and actually help stamp out the fire from both the demand and supply side, then just stand aside. We want to succeed here."

Former DILG Secretary: US hypocrite for calling out Duterte on “attacking” critics Former DILG Secretary: US hypocrite for calling out Duterte on “attacking” critics Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on March 06, 2017 Rating: 5

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