Tell it to SunStar: Nothing new

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is nothing but a paper tiger. After declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations, he will now go after progressive and left-leaning organizations which he tagged as legal fronts of the CPP.

Philippine government complicity is evident and guilty in the unprecedented killings which have risen to alarming proportions under Duterte’s regime. But even without this kind of declaration, Duterte has been endlessly attacking the intensifying resistance of the Filipino.

On the last quarter of 2017, a number of progressive individuals were clear targets of his regime.

With the martial law rule in Mindanao and the continuing implementation of counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, human rights violations, extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, threats and harassments will soar to an unimaginable height.

Duterte and his political minions are attempting to conceal their grave violations against the Filipino people by shutting down slowly the Philippine press and letting his army of pseudo-journalists and trolls to take control of the flow of information.

Fascism and repression is Duterte’s answer to the people’s rising rage and disgust. While murdering thousands of his citizens, he goes non-stop as well in passing neoliberal policies that are an encumbrance to the Filipino people.

But this imbecilic and vapid character of Duterte is nothing new. He has been continuously threatening and killing the growing mass movement. And in all of his attempts, he has failed.

A dictator wannabe cannot silence the intensifying dissent and disgust of the Filipino people. With the escalating strength of the mass movement, Duterte should now sleep with his one eye open.--College Editors Guild of the Philippines
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