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Duterte Message to Obama — The War On Drugs Will Continue – We Are No Longer Your Colony

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Sept. 5, 2016 (EIRNS)–In a press conference in Davao as he was leaving for the ASEAN Summit in Laos which begins Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte ripped into Obama’s colonial arrogance and the U.S. history of colonial suppression of his country. He is scheduled to meet privately with Obama on Tuesday afternoon, but Obama says he is now having his “team” review whether or not to cancel the meeting.

Asked at the press conference how he would respond to Obama’s intended challenge on the deaths in his war on drugs, Duterte answered: “I am a President of a sovereign state, and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina [son of a bitch], I will swear at you in that forum…. I do not want to pick a quarrel with Obama, but certainly I would not appear to be beholden to anybody.”

At the end of his response, Duterte said: “I do not kneel down before anybody else except the Philippine people, working in misery and extreme povery and hunger…. The war on drugs will continue. Plenty will be killed until the last drug pusher is off the streets, until the last drug manufacturer is killed, we will continue, and I don’t give a shit about anyone observing my behavior.”

He also challenged Obama to deal with the extrajudicial killings in the U.S., and the treatment of refugees. He pointed to the colonial legacy in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao, Duterte’s home: “Who is he? As a matter of fact, at the turn of the century, before the Americans left the Philippines, in the pacification campaign of the Moro in this island [Mindanao], there were about 6 million population of the Moro. How many were killed? Six hundred. If you can answer that question, and give an apology, I will answer him. Who is he to confront me? America has one too many to answer of misdeeds in this country.”

Obama will not be answering to those misdeeds. Late today he announced that he was cancelling the meeting with Duterte. It seems that the President who prides himself as the drone killer, slaughtering thousands of men, women, and children around the world with drones, without the benefit of due process, doesn’t want to be called out as the real master of extrajudicial murder.

British/Saudi Axis Strikes at Duterte With Terrorist Bombing in Duterte’s Home Town

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Sept. 3 (EIRNS)–An explosion has killed 14 people and injured at least 70 others at a night market in Davao City in the southern Philippines, the hometown of the President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte’s current full-scale war on drugs and terrorism is based on his successful cleaning out of that filth in Davao as mayor or vice-mayor of that city for 30 years, before his election as the nation’s President starting this year.

Duterte immediately flew back from Manila to Davao, where he visited the scene of the crime and the victims in the hospital and the morgue. Duterte’s daughter Sara is now mayor of Davao, and his son Paulo is vice-mayor. The role of the terror bombing as a death threat to Duterte and his family is clear.

An improvised explosive device caused the explosion, Presidential spokesman Martin Andanar said, adding drug traffickers opposed to Duterte’s war on crime or Islamic militants may have been responsible. “There are many elements who are angry at our president and our government,” Andanar told DZMM radio.

Duterte later declared a “state of lawlessness.” While not equivalent to martial law, it does allow troops to back up the police in urban centers and to man checkpoints and to increase patrols.  Duterte cancelled his first foreign trip, due to start in Brunei on Sunday, in order to concentrate on the security situation at home, officials said.

A spokesman for the Abu Sayyaf terrorist organization, Abu Rami, claimed responsibility for the blast, but a later Abu Sayyaf release said it was the work of an allied terror group called Daulat Ul Islamiya. However, Duterte said investigators are looking at other possible suspects, including the drug syndicates. Be it the drug mafia or the terrorists, the roots go directly to the British-Saudi axis of international terrorism and the world drug syndicate Dope, Inc., furious that Duterte has broken the nation’s colonial chains.

Philippines LaRouche Society (PLS) Head Butch Valdes Addresses IAEA Conference on Nuclear Power in the Asia-Pacific

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Sep. 1 (EIRNS)–The following is a report from Philippines LaRouche Society (PLS) leader Ver Archivido on the speech Wednesday by the head of the PLS Butch Valdes at the IAEA conference in Manila. A transcript will be available soon.

The National Power Institute’s Director Dr. Kenneth Peddicord introduced Antonio Butch Valdes as founder of the Save the Nation movement; a former Undersecretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports; a former President of the Asian Institute of Management Alumni Association; and founder of the Philippine LaRouche Society, among other honors.

Butch told the audience the context in which the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant should be viewed. First, the reason it was built, and the resulting effects when it was mothballed in 1986, not only to the Philippines but to the rest of the South East Asian region. And lastly, the Promethean role of nuclear power under the IAEA and others, in bringing the use of fire to the future generations.

The Philippine Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is the result of US President Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative. PAEC is the precursor of the current Philippine Nuclear Energy Institute (PNRI), the organization that had the mandate for the Philippine Nuclear Power Plant in the late 1970s.

The 1972 shift from the Bretton Woods fixed-exchange rates to the floating-exchange rate system has brought the Philippines economy to dramatic decline — imagine a devaluation of the Philippines currency vis-a-vis the dollar by almost 100%. The price of oil became too expensive. President Ferdinand Marcos pushed for an energy development program along with his 11-point industrialization program, which include nuclear energy development.

In 1985, the Philippine Nuclear Power Plant – Unit 1 was ready to start, but was halted by US Ambassador Stephen Bosworth. Then the “People’s Power” EDSA color-revolution happened, President Marcos was ousted, and, in 1986, the nuclear plant was mothballed by President Corazon Aquino.

With the mothballing of the nuclear power plant, and the implementation of the policy of globalization, the Philippines became a service economy, abandoning entirely the plan of being an industrialized nation, a producer economy. The rest of the South East Asian region then failed to go nuclear as well.

Butch concluded by reminding the audience that only man uses fire, i.e. from wood, coal, oil, nuclear, from fission to fusion, matter-anti-matter, and that mankind can solve any problem.

(Two slides on the New Silk Road and the Development Corridors were prepared, but unfortunately were not shown due to time constraints.)

After the conference, a meeting commenced with the DOE Secretary Alfonco Cusi, attended by government organizations PNRI, NPC, DOE, and members/officers of the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Islands (CCPI), former Representative Mark Cojuangco, Butch Valdes, other government officials, and some former engineers and employees of the Bataan nuclear power plant when it started in late 1970s.

Engineer Mauro Marcelo of the National Power Corporation made a presentation on nuclear energy, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in particular. This presentation will be used in order to educate the public, especially the media.

Secretary Cusi said to the press that if it were his sole decision, he would absolutely revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

CCPI President Yulo made recommendations to the DOE Secretary that it is high time that the nuclear plant be revived. He cited 1960s and 1970s statistics showing the Philippines’ leading economic role in ASEAN, which would have been even greater if the nuclear plant had been opened,– but then cited the current situation in 2016, with Philippines having the highest unemployment rate in the ASEAN. Needing a cheap source of energy is a no-brainer, all economies need it, Mr. Yulo said.

Butch Valdes added that while people often associate nuclear energy with electricity, it should be noted that it is also crucial for water, as potable water through desalination can be produced with the heat from the nuclear plant. It then can be used for irrigating the lands of Luzon to create food, solving the water problems of the country.

Secretary Cusi assured then that he will provide a full report to President Duterte.

The IAEA Manila Conference on Nuclear Power in Asia a Great Success

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Sep. 1 (EIRNS)–The three day conference on Nuclear Power in the Asia-Pacific Region, sponsored by the IAEA in Manila, concluded today with a rousing call from the Duterte government’s Energy Secretary for reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Plant and proceeding onwards with nuclear power.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said that the conference had provided him and others with a “virtual crash course on the entire chain of launching  a nuclear program and the importance of public information.” He said that he and others had visited the Bataan plant Thursday morning. “The timing of this summit is perfect,” Cusi said. “As a coincidence we had a hearing also in the Senate. We discussed also nuclear power plants and today we inspected the BNPP and there are a lot of discussions,” he said.

It should be noted that Butch Valdes, the head of the Philippines LaRouche Society, had organized a tour of the Bataan plant for politicians and engineers several years ago, which sparked the growing interest in reversing the disaster of shutting the plant after its completion in 1985, without producing a single watt of electricity. He has since been the leading spokesman for restoring the Bataan plant, and was invited to address the conference on Wednesday (see the accompanying report on his presentation).

Cusi said that “with intensified electrification programs, increasing population, and strong GDP growth, demand for electricity is expected to grow by an average of 5 percent per year… This is the most pressing concern for the country,” and that “given its known characteristics, nuclear energy can be a viable choice for the country.”

Cusi said one of the things they learned was how other nations launched their own nuclear programs.

The meeting was chaired by the Philippine Ambassador to the UN, Zeneida Angara Collinson, who told the press: “For me the most important thing is the understanding of our people about what nuclear energy, nuclear power is all about. Having understood that, then we can form our own opinion.”  She noted that experts who attended the event claimed that the BNPP was sturdier than the nuclear reactor in Fukushima, which was damaged by an earthquake and a tsunami. She said that while a single nuclear reactor will cost billions of pesos, it is cheaper to run because of the relatively cheap cost of fuel, and noted the dozens of nuclear plants being constructed in Asia. “They can no longer get [energy] from biomass, solar,” she said, adding that they were “fluctuating and we cannot use them as baseload.”  The ambassador said the Philippines is already lagging behind.

“Malaysia already has a nuclear science university,” she said, explaining that knowledge in nuclear science can be applied to agriculture and health.

Duterte, in Great Demand for Bilateral Meetings at the ASEAN Summit, Says He Prefers Putin over Obama

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Aug. 31, 2016 (EIRNS)–World leaders are anxiously signing up for bilateral meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in Laos on Sept. 6-8. Meetings have been arranged with, among others: Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe, Malcolm Turnbull, and Barack Obama.

Asked in a press conference Tuesday if he were willing to discuss his war on drugs and human rights issues with Obama, Duterte said it depended on whether or not Obama were willing to listen first: “They must understand the problem first before we talk about human rights. I would insist, ‘Listen to me. This is what the problem is.’ Then we can talk. No problem.”

Asked about his meeting with Putin, he said “I like Putin better. We’re alike.”

He will not hold a formal meeting with Premier Li Keqiang, who will represent China at the Summit, as negotiations proceed for restoration of ties between the two nations. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay reported that there would likely be an informal handshake meeting between the two at some point during the Summit. Yasay also indicated that there is a deal in the works, confirmed by Chinese officials, for China and the Philippines to agree to joint fishing rights in the Scarborough Shoal, the most hotly contested issue between the two in the South China Sea.

Back home, Duterte has launched his policy of militarily crushing the terrorist gang Abu Sayyaf, which has funded itself by kidnappings, beheading several Filipinos and foreigners when the demanded ransom was not paid. Abu Sayyaf has declared allegience to ISIS. Several battles took place over the past week in Sulu province, an island chain southwest of Mindanao. On Aug. 26, six Abu Sayyaf were killed, including one of those responisble for the beheadings, but on Aug. 29 twelve government troops were killed in another clash.

Following the death of the soldiers, the government announced that 2,500 more soldiers, or five battalions, were being sent to Sulu to join the war. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reiterated that the government was “going full force and has an all-out operation” to crush the Saudi-linked gang.