July 30, 2016


By Al P. Garcia

joma-duterte-0510-1The “Game of Thrones”(GOT) ended last June but I feel obliged to write about the victory of the House Starks at the “Battle of the Bastards” and the investiture of Lord John Snow or John Stark as the “King of the North”.

In the Philippines, after the “GOT” presidential elections in May 2016, a warlord mayor from the south has been elected as President of the Philippines. He assumed office last June 30, 2016.

During his State of the Nation Address last July 25, he announced a “unilateral ceasefire” with the NDF and yet, even if the ink has not dried up, he cancelled the ceasefire.

Like the crazy king, Robert Barathaeon, he went ballistics when his will that the NDF announced a unilateral ceasefire was not granted. But I believed that was the instruction from his boss, US State Department Secretary John Kerry he is just carrying out. As Prof.Joma Sison said about King Digong , “ he is a bully and to volatile to negotiate with.”

Violations of human rights has been so common during the Marcos years of martial law, It has been proven by the list of human rights claims by the agency in charge of imdemnifying the human rights victim that reached almost 75,000 claims. Its more than that because there was no clear recording of the atrocities of the Marcos martial law years. So we have to contend with what was recorded then.

Just in the Eastern Forest Region of Isabela alone , more than 150 barrios were evacuated and more than 50,000 people were affected from 1972 to 1977. This was repeated in other parts of Northern Luzon Eastern Cagayan from 1980 to 1986, in Western Cagayan,Kalinga and Apayao,Abra, Mountain Province to the Ilocos Region from 1983-1986 and other parts of the the Philippines especially in Mindanao.

Thus the north suffered like in the :Game of Thrones” and they remembered.

As if insulting the victims of human rights violations during martial law, he told them bluntly, ”just collect your claims and forget what happened “ to that effect. And saying in deadpan fashion, ”what do you want to do with the body, burn it?’

Maybe Duterte made the promise to the Marcoses and he is now stubborn to stay true to his word. He personally said, his family a has along relationship to the Marcos. His father was a cabinet secretary of Marcos and he owed his first job to Marcos as a persecutor. Utang na loob mentality at its worst.

But he should know better that the north suffered like his brothers Moros in Mindanao. It is the height of arrogance and wrong expenditure of political capital for Digong Duterte to force the NDF to follow his lead and make it appear that he truly wanted peace.His action speaks louder and displays what values he holds dear. And human rights and freedom is not one of them on this case. By saying “ human rights is not an excuse to destroy this nation” during the SONA.

The question that should be asked is “who is destroying this nation by not upholding human rights in the first place.? Remember
Mr.Duterte, your actions speaks louder than your words.

Mr.Duterte, You are no different from other Philippine Presidents of the past who will bulldoze their ways among the people. You pretend to be of the people but you are no different from past President who are against the people.

To Digong Duterte, be warned; “THE NORTH REMEMBERS!


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