June 24, 2017, 3:00 am
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‘Dutertenomics’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Cabinet officials, who introduced what they called “Dutertenomics” at the World Economic Forum for the Association of Southeast Asian held recently in Cambodia, explained that it was designed to entice businesses to invest in the Philippines.

They assured investors that the Duterte administration has already launched a campaign to rid the government of corruption and promoted accountability and transparency in all its business transactions.

They added that “Dutertenomics” is part of the Philippine Development Plan which seeks to accelerate poverty reduction, and to transform the country into a “high to middle income country to be among the largest economies in the world by 2022.”

Indeed, as one of Duterte’s Cabinet officials put it, “the Philippines has been pursuing an aggressive infrastructure plan under its ‘Build, Build, Build’ program to spur economic growth.” He added that construction of a network of roads, bridges, railways and airports are now underway.

Incidentally, the Philippines is the 24th out of 41 Countries in the Asia- Pacific Region, in terms of infrastructure access, as reported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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President Duterte has mastered Sun Tsu’s The Art of War, according to eminent socio-political analyst James Pamis. Obviously, he was referring to Duterte’s ongoing war on drugs, which may put him on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Geneva.

When informed about it, Duterte said he welcomed the ICC trial. “I will not be intimated and I shall be stopped just for what? The ICC? Impeachment? If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go”. And he added, “the war on drugs and the drive against criminality and corruption will continue and it will be brutal.”

Oh, by the way, a BBC Documentary shows that the war on drugs works, and that the drug lords are the ones doing “Extra Judicial Killings” (EJK) and drug addicts. 

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An attempt to impeach President Duterte, who was then in Cambodia and China, was junked by his allies in the House of Representatives as “insufficient in form and substance.”

The impeachment case was filed by Rep. Gary Alejano, a former rebel soldier who, along with Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, was a member of the “Magdalo” mutineers during the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Both Alejano and Trillanes are known as rabid political critics of Duterte.

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China has called on the international community to respect the Philippines’ sovereign prerogative in combating the drug menace in the country.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued the statement after 45 of 47 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) urged the Philippines to end extra-judicial killings which are consequences of its war on drugs. 

 “Drugs are the common enemy for all human beings, bringing pain to many developing countries, including China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. “China supports President Duterte and the Philippine government in combating drug-related crimes in accordance with the law.”

“We hope the international community can respect the judicial sovereignty of the Philippines and support its efforts in fighting drug-related crimes through cooperation,” Geng added.

The Philippines has received a total of 220 recommendations – the highest – from among the participating states. 

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Quote of the Day: “President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has the fighting spirit that few can match. He is incredibly courageous and fights hard to achieve his goals. And he always and inspires others to do the same!” – Anon.
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