Insecure Duterte deflects issues, blurts out lies

Sitdown one-on-one talk between President Roddrigo Duterte and Chief Legal Counselor Salvador Panelo, Tuesday afternoon. Screenshot grabbed from Rappler.

Without the press behind - aside for the state media - President Rodrigo Duterte went through his address to the nation in a sitdown tête-à-tête with his Chief Legal Counselor Salvador Panelo, Tuesday afternoon.

Another trick from the old Marcosian playbook is an appeal of colloquial and personal, albeit, staged pronouncements to pressing issues hounding the bloody regime.

The cheap dictator affirmed anew the alleged connivance of opposition forces, of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Magdalo Party-list, Liberal Party, and other groups, to an ouster movement based off foreign information, a seeming wiretapped conversation they were provided.

Addressing the rice crisis, the clueless president claimed it to be "artificial," played through supposed manipulation. He said that Sabah can be tapped for rice supplies if worse comes to worst. "I am advocating tarrification; anybody can import," the President added.

He proved his insecurity with ex-military rebel and now-Senator Antonio Trillanes in his indignation to alleged supporters of the Magdalo solon from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, even said that he encourages another mutiny.

So far without regrets, Duterte said he inspired the drug-related killings, of the nanlaban, but "far from being a dictator." The anti-poor drug war will continue, he said.

Nevermind that he had been ill-managing the situation in the West Philippine Sea dispute, while the Chinese government has been persistent in building facilities in the oil-rich seas.

Cognizant of the economic life in the country, the imperialist boot-licker insisted on allowing investors to operate and profit off our natural resources. Nevermind that he had been ill-managing the situation in the West Philippine Sea dispute, while the Chinese government has been persistent in building facilities in the oil-rich seas. But Duterte spewed tirades against protestors and unionists going on strike which scares the local big compradors and foreign corporations.

The seeming ailing President is running out of excuses in his arsenal, and like a broken record, kept on repeating the same remarks on prominent issues.

Ending his talk perfectly defined it, "kung mag coup d’etat, e, 'di mag-coup d’etat kayo." His address to the nation is nothing but filled with insecurities, lies and aversion from the real issues. Confronted with multiple crises, it is apparent that the Duterte regime is already isolated, despite his bare alliance with the neoliberal Pampanga Rep Gloria Arroyo and the wishful thinking Marcoses.

The seeming ailing President is running out of excuses in his arsenal, and like a broken record, kept on repeating the same remarks on prominent issues.

Duterte should be reminded that the present distemper in the society is inevitable with his anti-people and fascist policies.

Perhaps, what is clear, that in such time of his isolation, he is clutching tight to his fascistic schemes, even recognizing an ouster movement, while inspiring state terrorism through his anti-people wars: Oplan Tokhang, Oplan Kapayapaan, and Martial law in Mindanao.

Further, it is certain that in times of political turbulence, the toiling masses have no other recourse but to tread the path of broad resistance from all fronts. Duterte should be reminded that the present distemper in the society is inevitable with his anti-people and fascist policies.

Alternatively, it was the sick dictator who was prompted by the youth, manifested through the quick response actions done following his address. That waves upon waves of stubborn protest actions will stand up against his murderous regime. Come September 21, a multi-sectoral mobilization will not only commemorate the dark years of Marcos' Martial law, but will also condemn this new dictatorship under the Duterte regime.

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