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Duterte’s message to the US : https://youtu.be/_Qg8nV9s3MM

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"The extent to which the violence of #US relations with the #Philippines has been made invisible by a history written predominantly by #Americans themselves cannot be overstated.
" It began with a three-year #war (1899-1902) that most #Americans have never heard of. The war overthrew a newly independent #Philippine #republic and cost between 250,000 and a million #Filipino lives – only to be called “a great misunderstanding” by #American #colonial writers.
"After all, the US had chosen the Philippines to be its great #Asian “showcase of #democracy”. The #invasion was a benevolent act. Hence the complete erasure of acts of American violence from the Philippine national story."



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"Awkward facts surrounding Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s awkward estrangement from the United States seem to produce some awkward reporting.
"...I feel reporting on Duterte has been pretty shallow in terms of explaining his attitude toward the US presence in the Philippines...the American presence in Duterte’s home ground of Mindanao has been a 115 year horror show that Duterte is trying to end.
..."Duterte has appalled the United States not only by criticizing the US presence, but by engaging bilaterally with China on the issues brought to a head by the UNCLOS arbitral award...
..."Duterte’s first priority is the drug war which is reported in the Western press primarily through the lens of the vigilante killings.
"To keep the frame on Duterte’s excesses in a way that makes it easier for Human Rights Watch to flay his policies as “death squads run amok for no justifiable reason”, there have been interesting attempts to dismiss the Philippine drug problem as no big deal.
"But apparently it really is a big deal in terms of its social costs (the Philippines has the highest rate of meth use in East Asia), multinational implications (Philippine mules are getting executed in China and in Indonesia, the Sinaloa cartel has even started exploring the Philippine as a market and source of material), and as a driver for corruption of Philippine government and security forces that  reaches up to the highest level.
"The actual story is that Duterte is not only using the threat of summary executions to round up addicts and pushers; he’s naming names, both of cartel leaders and the national and local politicians and officers who shelter them.  It’s a rather thrilling high stakes game—allegations emerged this week that the bombing in Davao that killed 14 people and was apparently an assassination attempt on Duterte was actually conducted by threatened narcopoliticians...but the US press has apparently shown little interest in covering these ramifications.
"Also I haven’t seen a lot of reporting on the fact that Duterte’s drug war necessitates deeper PRC-Philippine engagement in several important aspects." 

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"Serial misreporting on #Asian affairs is the price the #media pays for loyally supporting the #US pivot to #Asia.  It’s also a sign that, after a brief US government dalliance with feisty #Philippine president Rodrigo #Duterte, the skids are probably getting greased for his removal."

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"...Duterte is not just nursing an old grudge over a “mysterious” explosion that maimed a US citizen and an evacuation operation that shouldered aside his cops; he suspects the U.S. was involved in a campaign of terror that killed or injured hundreds of people in his city."

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"Considering this is the first time that the Joint Sea is happening in the South #China Sea, apocalyptic alarms from the usual suspects could not be more predictable – and thoroughly dismissed by the #Beijing leadership.
"The Joint Sea-2016 intervenes just after a quite significant holding hand moment last week in Laos. Hand holders were no less than China’s premier Li Keqiang and #Filipino President Rodrigo #Duterte, a.k.a. The #Punisher, clad for a change in full suit and tie regalia.
"There were good reasons for such camaraderie. After all China and #ASEAN had just agreed that the framework for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea will be in effect before the end of the year. #Singapore lobbied “vigorously” for this key development. Beijing regards Singapore as “a key partner for cooperation in the region”, as Li told Xinhua. The Punisher’s own press secretary, Martin Andanar, squared the circle; “Our president also expressed his approval of having a framework for a code of conduct.”

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"... #Duterte once again made waves on Monday when he called for the withdrawal of U.S. #military from a restive southern island...
..."Duterte wants an independent foreign policy and says close ties with the United States are crucial, but he has frequently accused the former #colonial power of hypocrisy when criticized for his deadly #drugs #war."
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