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Killing In The Name Of Duterte

Even the freedom to express oneself in facebook or online in blogs etc are at stake. This is not an exaggeration as one student has already received death threats for being persistent in asking questions about Duterte’s education platform. The threats have gotten so bad that Stephen Villena has had to delete his facebook page and retreat from his online life.

Even the freedom to express oneself in facebook or online in blogs etc are at stake. This is not an exaggeration as one student has already received death threats for being persistent in asking questions about Duterte’s education platform. The threats have gotten so bad that Stephen Villena has had to delete his facebook page and retreat from his online life.

Written and illustrated

by Jude Bautista

During the TV5 sponsored presidential debate in the midst of talking about Mar Roxas’ Wharton diploma, out of the blue Rodrigo Duterte said, “Yan ang problema. Kung ‘di ka marunong pumatay ng tao at takot ka mamatay, you cannot be president.” (You cannot be president because you do not know how to kill or sacrifice your life.) The Presidential debate held was at U.P. Cebu last March 20, 2016.

Interaksyon clip of statement

The statement by Duterte is one of many pertaining to his strong man tactics of intimidation, holding fear in the eyes of criminals in Davao, hence the platform of peace and order. Filipinos by now are used to his wild, brusque comments but that one was in plain sight of a national audience, heard live on TV and even streamed live on the web.

It is this THINKING that its OK to kill, its OK to get rid of your enemies, of criminality without due process that breeds persecution on a massive scale.

It is this THINKING that its OK to kill, its OK to get rid of your enemies, of criminality without due process that breeds persecution on a massive scale.

While these statements draw some indignation in some quarters there are those who are encouraged by them for a tougher stance on drugs and criminality in the Philippines. For anyone who values democracy, these words should bring with it an alarm that our open society and way of life is very much in peril.

Those who support Duterte are not aware that even the freedom to express oneself in his or her facebook page or online in blogs etc are at stake. Anyone who dares disagree with Digong Duterte is in danger of being branded as a rebel, as an enemy of the state and is in danger of being arrested even worse killed as he himself constantly brags about.

Jason Barcial (Bogs) is tortured during interrogation. 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jason Barcial (Bogs) is tortured during interrogation. 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

This IS not an exaggeration as one student in UP Los Baños has already received death threats for being persistent in asking questions about his education platform during an open forum with Duterte. Assuming the student was impolite and pesky in trying to clarify the question, did he REALLY deserve to be given death threats? THIS is the kind of thinking that is already happening and spreading in our country: “He disagrees with our leader, off with his head! How dare he question our führer we should kill him!” The threats have gotten so bad that Stephen Villena has had to delete his facebook page and retreat from his online life.

The attraction in Hitler and Duterte’s solution is its simplicity: there’s the enemy, KILL IT. Duterte said,”Yung 1,000, (killed) magiging 100,000. Dyan mo makita tataba yung isda sa Manila Bay. Dyan ko kayo itapon”.

The attraction in Hitler and Duterte’s solution is its simplicity: there’s the enemy, KILL IT. Duterte said,”Yung 1,000, (killed) magiging 100,000. Dyan mo makita tataba yung isda sa Manila Bay. Dyan ko kayo itapon”.

Duterte’s statement that he was not offended with the way he was asked can’t be relied on. Duterte cannot wash his hands of it even if it’s just his overzealous supporters who cyberbullied Villena. It is this THINKING that its OK to kill, its OK to get rid of your enemies, of criminality without due process that breeds this kind of behavior and violence on a massive scale. Duterte’s words are not in line with his actions and thinking. He has already lied about his presidential candidacy more than a dozen times manipulating media to garner more publicity. Then making his intention to run a ‘media’ event, no one dared call him out on his many previous pronouncements that he ‘did not covet’ the presidency.

The idea is conformity; we HAVE to give up our freedoms so all our problems will be solved by this strong leader. This LEADER is STRONG for the simple reason he’s ready to KILL, just like Adolf Hitler.

The idea is conformity; we HAVE to give up our freedoms so all our problems will be solved by this strong leader. This LEADER is STRONG for the simple reason he’s ready to KILL, just like Adolf Hitler.

Hitler and Nazism

We’ve seen it through out history over and over again. This is how Nazism began in Germany. They had economic problems, chaos was happening. Then came this charismatic speaker named Adolf Hitler. He believed in the glory of Germany. He offered strong leadership and rounding up all its enemies. Everyone who was captivated by Hitler’s promises, his supporters became members of the party. Anyone who was not a member, anyone who disagreed with him was the enemy. The idea is conformity; we HAVE to give up our freedoms so all our problems will be solved by this strong leader. This LEADER is STRONG for the simple reason he’s ready to KILL, just like Duterte.

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism.

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism.

The analogy with Hitler is appropriate as VP Binay repeatedly likened Mar Roxas to Joseph Goebells, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda. Not a lot of people were shocked that Binay & Duterte seemed chummy. Binay refused to question Duterte when given the chance in the debate format and even shook his hand.

Full video and analysis of 2nd Presidential debate:

The attraction in Hitler and Duterte’s solution is its simplicity: there’s the enemy, KILL IT. As early as 2015 Duterte bragged about his links to the Davao Death Squad and even turning it into a campaign promise, he said, “Alam po pag ako ang presidente, I will warn you I do not covet the position. Pag naging presidente ako, magtago na kayo. Yung 1,000 na yan it would reach 50,000. I will kill all you [expletive] breaking the life of the Filipino miserable. Papatayin ko talaga kayo. Manalo ako kasi because of breakdown of law and order. I do not want to commit a crime but if by chance, God will place me there, magbantay kayo. Yung 1,000, magiging 100,000. Dyan mo makita tataba yung isda sa Manila Bay. Dyan ko kayo itapon”.

Jason Barcial (Bogs) is tortured during interrogation. 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jason Barcial (Bogs) is tortured during interrogation. 3 STARS & A SUN Musical based on Francis Magallona’s Music at the PETA Theater Center. Photo by Jude Bautista

In Hitler’s case it was the Jews, he believed they controlled the German economy and justified their arrests. Hitler was not satisfied with just the Jews, those who were infirm, homosexuals, different races were also rounded up. By the end of World War II – 6 million Jews had been exterminated in concentration camps. Many more were killed in invasions of Poland, parts of Russia, France, other European countries and even as far as North Africa.

Duterte: “Kung 'di ka marunong pumatay ng tao at takot ka mamatay, you cannot be president”. For anyone who values democracy, these words should bring with it an alarm that our open society and way of life is very much in peril.

Duterte: “Kung ‘di ka marunong pumatay ng tao at takot ka mamatay, you cannot be president”. For anyone who values democracy, these words should bring with it an alarm that our open society and way of life is very much in peril.

Leadership

One difference between Hitler is that Duterte is incapable of being able to clearly explain his own platforms and programs if any. For a lot of despots the requirement is being able to express yourself in a manner that would capture the imagination of the populace. In Duterte’s case he’s actually famous for being inarticulate; his oft repeated tag line: ‘Human Rights? Ambot!’

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism.

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism.

Recently he has been changing his tune and turning his message into that of Leadership. For anyone who doesn’t THINK, doesn’t analyze the word or its implications, it’s very easy to fall into the belief that leadership means ordering people around. Leadership by Duterte’s definition is instilling FEAR, by threatening criminals with death and FORCING people to CONFORM. For anyone who’s aware of basic management, anyone who’s been part of a team whether in basketball or any sport would know that leadership is NOT about that.

We Filipinos we KNOW what leadership IS in basketball: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson are two of the best to ever play the game. Even today: LeBron James and Steph Curry are great leaders. In the PBA it was Ramon Fernandez, Allan Caidic and Alvin Patrimonio.

Even the freedom to express oneself in facebook or online in blogs etc are at stake. This is not an exaggeration as one student has already received death threats for being persistent in asking questions about Duterte’s education platform. The threats have gotten so bad that Stephen Villena has had to delete his facebook page and retreat from his online life.

Even the freedom to express oneself in facebook or online in blogs etc are at stake. This is not an exaggeration as one student has already received death threats for being persistent in asking questions about Duterte’s education platform. The threats have gotten so bad that Stephen Villena has had to delete his facebook page and retreat from his online life.

What do we see from all these great names? They lead by example. Each of them worked hard had tremendous discipline in training themselves working with and encouraging their teammates. They were able to communicate very effectively with their teammates. We see this ON and off the court. That’s what leadership is. Duterte is not even disciplined enough to follow his own schedule on the campaign trail. And yet we expect him to instill discipline among our people. Senator Trillanes made note of this in an interview with PDI. Leadership does not equate to fear and intimidation in the way that Duterte tells us.

Duterte: “Kung 'di ka marunong pumatay ng tao at takot ka mamatay, you cannot be president”. For anyone who values democracy, these words should bring with it an alarm that our open society and way of life is very much in peril.

Duterte: “Kung ‘di ka marunong pumatay ng tao at takot ka mamatay, you cannot be president”. For anyone who values democracy, these words should bring with it an alarm that our open society and way of life is very much in peril.

We don’t even have to go out of politics. We have good leaders; they just don’t necessarily grab headlines or blurt wild sound bites like Duterte. Dick Gordon is one such person. He has consistently been able to assist our kababayan in nearly EVERY instance of disaster from typhoons to earthquakes, droughts etc. as head of Red Cross Philippines. I’ve seen it first hand as a photographer in Tacloban.

Dick Gordon is tough he gets things done. He organizes and mobilizes people to solve problems, issues. He’s never HAD TO kill people to do it; THAT’S LEADERSHIP. From left: Red Cross (Phil) Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon, Red Cross (China) EVP & Intl Red Cross VP Dr. Baige Zhao spends time with kids of San Jose Central School in Tacloban. Photo taken last February 10, 2014 by Jude Bautista

Dick Gordon is tough he gets things done. He organizes and mobilizes people to solve problems, issues. He’s never HAD TO kill people to do it; THAT’S LEADERSHIP. From left: Red Cross (Phil) Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon, Red Cross (China) EVP & Intl Red Cross VP Dr. Baige Zhao spends time with kids of San Jose Central School in Tacloban. Photo taken last February 10, 2014 by Jude Bautista

Gordon is tough he gets things done. He organizes and mobilizes people to solve problems, issues. He’s never HAD TO kill people to do it. He never really had to scare people into following him the way that Duterte has. THAT’S LEADERSHIP. He’s at the top of my list among Senatorial candidates.

Official music video

Killing In The Name Of- RATM

The title for this article is actually taken from a song by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, a rap rock group in the late 90s. The song KILLING IN THE NAME OF speaks against how the state can sponsor murder for whatever purpose it deems. The song has become an anthem of fighting an established power that represses the will of the people. In 2009 a British fan named the song as a true no.1 hit. His cause (via an fb page) was trying to take control of their music charts as opposed to ‘manufactured’ songs by recording companies and TV networks shoved down the throats of music fans.

While the tone of racism doesn’t apply to Duterte, it’s the clear words against state sponsored murder that should ring true for our Kababayan in this time of election:

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites

You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites

You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism.

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism. 

Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses

Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism.

Lyrics from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s song KILLING IN THE NAME OF- describes state sponsored murder, conformity and racism.

Leadership does not equate to fear and intimidation in the way that Duterte tells us.

Leadership does not equate to fear and intimidation in the way that Duterte tells us.

Video w same song entitled Now You DO what They Told Ya

Even the freedom to express oneself in facebook or online in blogs etc are at stake. This is not an exaggeration as one student has already received death threats for being persistent in asking questions about Duterte’s education platform. The threats have gotten so bad that Stephen Villena has had to delete his facebook page and retreat from his online life.

Even the freedom to express oneself in facebook or online in blogs etc are at stake. This is not an exaggeration as one student has already received death threats for being persistent in asking questions about Duterte’s education platform. The threats have gotten so bad that Stephen Villena has had to delete his facebook page and retreat from his online life.

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