“Mad dictator-wannabe Duterte has become so intoxicated with power and obsessed with martial law that killings and bombings has become his standard response to almost every issue in front of him. We strongly condemn Duterte’s threats to shoot down protesters and bomb Lumad schools,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.

This is the youth leader’s response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent threats to shoot protesters if they supposedly turn violent and bomb Lumad schools in Mindanao which the president, echoing the line of the military, accused of being training grounds of communist rebels.

“The truth is Duterte’s threats of state violence against the Lumad, activists, and ordinary people only shows how much of a coward this thug of a president is. In truth, Duterte can only exercise force against the marginalized. But he is powerless in the face of militarists, big oligarchs, China and US imperialism,” said Crisostomo.

According to the youth leader, Duterte surrendered the West Philippine Sea to Chinese military might for $24-billion worth of Chinese loans. He added that the cowardly president also allowed US officials to direct military operations in Marawi and maintained US military presence in the country out of fear of a coup by the US-sponsored Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Troll-in-chief” Duterte gate-crashed SONA protest

“Duterte’s latest barrage of petty insults, undisguised threats, and cheap theatrics really is just a continuation of his raving and rambling State of the Nation Address (SONA) and gatecrashing of the SONA protest last Monday,” said Crisostomo.

Commenting on Duterte’s surprise and uninvited apperance at the SONA protest, Crisostomo said the president simply wanted to turn the rally stage into a bully pulpit in an attempt to defend martial law, justify his failed promises, and hurl insults against the ranks of rain-drenched protesters.

“Duterte demanded respect from the protesting crowd. But the kind of respect this bully president knows is silently putting up with his verbal abuses and profanity. This only stoked the ire of the protesters, which included victims of the war on drugs and Lumad and workers from Mindanao suffering from Duterte’s martial law,” said Crisostomo.

The youth leader said that maybe the president thought he could turn the rally stage into a populist media spectacle to threaten all those who do not bow to him. However, Duterte only succeeded in fully unveiling himself as a vain despot who was jeered at by thousands and his effigy smashed by angry youth.

Saying Duterte is bound to follow his idol and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Anakbayan called on the Filipino youth and people to intensify their mass struggles and protests against the repressive, fascist, and anti-people rule of the US-Duterte regime.


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