History Repeats Itself
It’s all about keeping allies and military allies in check.
The verbal attacks ongoing between the United States and Russia over the bombings of Aleppo, Syria have worsened the problem in Aleppo with too many people killed, including children.
The Aleppo problem will not likely be resolved, because the US wants a regime change, which means the ouster of President Bashir Assad, with the US supporting the rebels who, like the US, want Assad out, for them to be in power.
Russia, an ally of Assad, is against a regime change but opts for an election for Syrians. This is the reason the problem of Aleppo can hardly be resolved among the three countries, the US, Russia and Syria.
In much the same way, the US government and its western allies are bearing down heavily on President Rody Duterte mainly because the US fears losing its ally the Philippines, convinced that Duterte is leaning too much toward China, and even Russia, both foes in the military sense, of the US government.
With apparent congenial ties between China and the Philippines under Duterte blossoming, US fears that the Philippines, its ally and strategic partner in its pivot to Asia, is fast losing its ally in Asia and Asean to China over the disputed South China Sea to China and Russia.
Yet if one looks objectively at what Duterte has been doing to strengthen ties with China, it is, at this time, to ease problems concerning Filipino fisherfolk and strengthen trade ties, knowing that the Philippines can’t possibly fight China militarily and the country cannot afford to be a sitting duck for either superpower should a war ensue.
Apart from this, Duterte seeks peace in the region, which is what most Asean nations want and Rody seems to be succeeding in this, not by giving up its claim over its economic zone, but by not bringing this specific issue up in forthcoming talks with China.
Other Philippine presidents never really brought up this issue. It was only when Noynoy Aquino, the certified puppet of the US, started hitting out at China when ties deteriorated between the two Asian countries.
But with Duterte as president, the RP-China ties have warmed up and the US prefers a Philippine president whom it can, not only influence, but control and one who does its bidding.
This is the reason the US never had problems with previous presidents, such as Cory Aquino and her son, Noynoy, Fidel Ramos and Gloria Arroyo. The US hand was clear in the ousters of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and Joseph Estrada.
In the case of Marcos, he was into cutting off the US bases in the country and warming ties with China and Russia. In the case of Estrada, he rejected US President Bill Clinton’s request for Estrada to stop his all-out offensive against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that the US was apparently supporting.
One suspects that the same treatment is being readied by the US, with an Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel being quoted as saying that “I think it would be a serious mistake in a democratic country like the Philippines to underestimate the power of the public’s affinity for the US. That’s people power.”
As the country’s history has shown, there have been two governments, Marcos and Estrada’s, that were toppled by people power.
No doubt, the US has plans afoot to topple Duterte and his government, either through people power again, or have a regime change by having him assassinated or “killed in an accident.”
The US has employed such moves to oust leaders who don’t toe Washington’s line.
The signs of these moves are much too clear. The same anti-Marcos, anti-Estrada, anti-Binay and now anti-Duterte media have been working overtime to come up with anti-Rody news reports, quickly picked up by the human rights groups, and the international news, knowing that these negative reports, some of which have clearly undergone spins, that they know would tick off Duterte, who then comes up with an outrageous response and threats that he more often than not, does not mean.
The Hitler remark, to cite an example, was mainly in reaction to a hysterical Sen. Leila de Lima’s charge that Rody is a “mass murderer” and linking this to the extrajudicial killings in the country, which the anti-Duterte media bloats the numbers of drug killings, without however, separating the numbers of the vigilante killings, the police killings and more importantly, the numbers of those drug dependents and pushers who have surrendered, which are more than those killed.
The same pattern of destroying Philippine presidents is at play again. And the US hand is also at play. But the outcome of their plans for a regime change and for the yellows to take power again and be America’s puppets may just be different this time around.
People power, even a staged one, with America involved, may no longer work the way it did with the two presidents.
Whatever else one can call Rody Duterte, he is not a hated figure — at least not yet. And Filipino nationalism appears to have taken root.
Source: Ninez Cacho-Olivares, TDT