If this year’s crop of candidates vying for seats in Congress know what is good for them, they should avoid the “issue” of the intervention in the Philippines being mounted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC has indicated a resolve to continue to pursue an investigation into allegations that the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is guilty of “human rights” abuse. However, the remit of the ICC to pursue such “investigations” rests on a nebulous premise at best given that it remains clearly evident that the Philippine state is adequately equipped with a viable criminal justice system and a proven process for impeaching errant public officials. More imporantly, measures to ensure that the popular will is robustly represented are deeply-rooted. Filipinos are members of a populace that is renowned for removing presidents extraconstitutionally. More importantly, they are active participants in institutional processes — elections — that systematically channel their collective will.
Candidates campaigning in the lead up to this year’s mid-term elections are well-advised not to touch the ICC circus with a ten-foot-pole. The ICC brouhaha is essentially no more than an agenda-driven “initiative” mounted by a small cadre of “woke” shills within the Opposition — specifically the Liberal Party (a.k.a. Yellowtard) faction within it that presumes to be its leaders. Using it as campaign fodder would be electoral suicide. Duterte remains an overwhelmingly-popular president and his endorsements materially move public sentiment as recent surveys continue to reveal. He was duly-elected into office in the 2016 elections and, as history has revealed, “popular uprisings” that have unseated duly-elected presidents in the past — in 1986 then in 2001 — have turned from golden to turdesque political narratives that have plunged entire political power bases into death spirals.
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Indeed, inviting a foreign court to “investigate” a sitting president is ludicrous at best. It can be considered to be a bizarre form of reverse-imperialism where a former colony actually invites a foreign power to re-colonise it. It runs counter to every notion of nationalism and the spirit of independence many noted Filipinos lived and died for. Opening one’s doors to allow a foreigner to judge one’s own government is the height of the very snowflakedness that has run the entire liberal agenda in the Philippines aground.
Filipinos should learn to see through the dishonest narrative dubbed “fighting against tyranny” that leaders of the Philippine Opposition are pitching in this year’s elections. There is no “tyranny” and there is no “fight”. All there is is a bald crooked bid to seize power by all means. To the Yellowtards, if this cannot be achieved within the framework of the law, they will mount projects to grab the prize extraconstitutionally if they think they can get away with it — as they did in 1986 and in 2001.
The Yellowtards will not own up to the fact that it is their 1987 Yellowtard Constitution upon which those “uneducated” and “unintelligent” Filipino voters (that they now vilify) chose the leaders they now paint as “evil” villains. They conveniently ignore the reality that the current Speaker of the House — former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo — which they now count as their nemesis — was, herself, a product of the 2001 “EDSA Dos” “revolution” that they shrewdly engineered to steal the presidency away from then duly-elected President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.
In essence, this ICC stunt is the Yellowtards upping the ante — ratcheting up the level of treachery against a legitimate Philippine Government up a hundred notches, beyond mere rebellion to an actual act of treason. Former Commonwealth President Manuel L Quezon would be fuming if he were alive to take stock of what the camp of his grandson is doing today. After all, Quezon is famous for his battlecry for national independence…
“I would rather have a country run like hell by Filipinos than a country run like heaven by the Americans…”
The Philippines, perhaps, may be run like hell today. But it is run by Filipinos. The Yellowtards can’t seem to deal with this and they should be punished at the polls for this inability to support a collective resolve for Filipinos to take pesonal responsibility for the outcome of their own practice of democracy and habitually go running to a foreign power whenever things don’t go quite well for them.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.