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BY INDAY ESPINA VARONA: LAUGHING AT A DAUGHTER's RAPE


APRIL 20 -Inday Espina-Varona  -“She can’t be raped; she carries a gun.” – Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, joking about his daughter coming out as a rape victim. It takes a lot of courage for women to come out as rape victims. Sara Duterte, facing backlash over her father’s “joke” about an Australian missionary raped and killed during a 1989 Davao prison hostage crisis, bared her story.READ: Sara Duterte says she is also a rape victim Rape, she said, is not a joke – a statement drawn from her own painful experience. Her terse Instagram note said it all: “Finally said it. Good morning.” She could find no words to defend Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks. Yet she still believed the words had no bearing on his potential as a leader.Many folks jeered at her. I couldn’t. The bonds between children and parents are complex. Many of us will forgive our parents. or try to, no matter the trials they gave or still give us.  Having covered rape survivors over the years, I also know that each one deals differently with the trauma. Friends, too, have been raped and each one reacted in a different way. Sara said the rape happened a long time ago. She did not tell anyone, especially her parents. There are a million and one reasons for rape survivors’ inability to escape the trap of silence.Children – minors -- make up 77 percent of our rape survivors. It’s not true that addicts are the main perpetrators of rape. Many of the rapists of children are people they love or consider authority figures. They depend on the rapists for shelter, for food, for emotional comfort, for survival in school and in the community. Rape is among the most heinous of crimes because it is often committed to flaunt one’s complete control over another person. Rape occurs every two minutes in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Ellen Tordesillas - Fears about a Duterte presidency


APRIL 23 -Ellen T. Tordesillas 
The statement of United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg supporting the concern of Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely of the trivialization of rape by presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, reflects the concern of the international community about the strong possibility of a Duterte presidency. The childish and reckless retort of Duterte, who is leading in the presidential race, daring the U.S and Australia to sever ties with the Philippines if he becomes president, strengthened concerns that a Duterte presidency would be a disaster for the country.The Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA), an international risk management and strategy development consulting firm, conveyed that concern in its April 18 assessment of the Philippine situation. PSA noted Duterte’s bizarre ideas like retaking Chinese occupied features in the disputed Spratlys and reviving the steel industry “when demand for steel globally is at its lowest in decades." "Duterte’s candidacy is a reaction to the calm, deliberate administration of Aquino, which has overtly rejected traditional macho politics. He is presenting familiar themes of populism, identifying enemies and promising to take a hard line against them. He has identified criminals, particularly those involved in drug trafficking, as those who would face his wrath. "The message is particularly effective because the poor are disproportionately affected by crime. PSA data over the past 15 years shows that the vast majority of violent crime occurs in the poorest regions of Metro Manila and other large Philippine cities. Similarly, violence associated with clan warfare, insurgency, and criminal organizations is most endemic in the poorest provincial areas of the country."His vow to execute drug dealers and criminals sounds more like a mayor than a presidential candidate to sophisticated political observers, but to millions of Filipinos he is addressing a core concern that has touched their lives directly, far more than five years of gross domestic product growth and the latest blessings from Fitch, Moody’s and other ratings agencies. "As is often the case with populist candidates, policy details fall short. Duterte’s anti-crime plan involves doubling the salaries of police officers, to make them less susceptible to corruption, and then marshalling thousands of police officers, combined with Philippine military special forces troops, to attack organized crime and drug trafficking groups and to kill those that resist.READ MORE...

ALSO: By Buddy Gomez - Duterte devalues, demeans, a danger and a disaster


APRIL 21 -The Presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is not clinically insane. Neither does he legally qualify as ‘non compos mentis.’ Beyond any doubt, he is responsible for his own behavior and he knows it. In fact, he brags about it. What he is unaware of is that he is suffering from a severe personality disorder, an attitudinal maladjustment that indicates obsessive/compulsive propensities and proclivities that all point to a very unsafe egocentricity. If perchance and by a mere plurality of people’s quirk, Duterte is afforded authority and power as President, he poses a real peril to society. Duterte is a certified sociopath. He is mentally and morally unfit to be President. In the recent past, he has been lampooned as a Filipino incarnation of Achmed, the “I keel you” guy. (Remember the world renowned stand-up comic, Jeff Duncan and his ‘dead terrorist’ Achmed?) READ: Rodrigo 'I Keel You!' Duterte is a vulgar show-off  Beyond that humorous sarcasm is the ugly reality that Duterte is admittedly a murderer. Both personally and directly as well as an unabashed mastermind. He has not only publicly and flagrantly bragged about it, he swears he will perform some more carnage by the thousands to combat and solve crime “in three to six months,” feeding the carcasses to fatten the fish in Manila Bay! All extra-judicially, of course. A la Duterte. Likewise, he promises to mow down union member-protestors when on strike for labor grievances. And even close down Congress if they should behave untowardly to his notions of a reforming leader of the nation. This Duterte style of leadership, brandished as a political clarion call to his faithful coterie, which they all swear by, they call Pagbabago (Change), the country’s existential need.  Hallucinatory, indeed, when their “Pababago” protagonist is himself incapable of change. He has been mired in a 71-year congenital condition which has worsened over his lifetime, evidently starting from an ill-tempered, spoiled rotten childhood. It is unequivocal that the psychiatric profile that “opposition research” has been able to unearth from court records confirms Duterte’s unusual human behavior as the cause of his marriage’s failure and annulment. READ MORE...


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Laughing at a daughter's rape


APRIL 20 -Inday Espina-Varona

MANILA, APRIL 25, 2016 (ABS-CBN) Scarredcat - Inday Espina-Varona Posted at Apr 20 2016 06:06 PM - “She can’t be raped; she carries a gun.” – Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, joking about his daughter coming out as a rape victim.

It takes a lot of courage for women to come out as rape victims.

Sara Duterte, facing backlash over her father’s “joke” about an Australian missionary raped and killed during a 1989 Davao prison hostage crisis, bared her story.
READ: Sara Duterte says she is also a rape victim

Rape, she said, is not a joke – a statement drawn from her own painful experience.

Her terse Instagram note said it all: “Finally said it. Good morning.”

She could find no words to defend Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks. Yet she still believed the words had no bearing on his potential as a leader.
Many folks jeered at her. I couldn’t. The bonds between children and parents are complex. Many of us will forgive our parents. or try to, no matter the trials they gave or still give us.

Having covered rape survivors over the years, I also know that each one deals differently with the trauma. Friends, too, have been raped and each one reacted in a different way.

Sara said the rape happened a long time ago. She did not tell anyone, especially her parents. There are a million and one reasons for rape survivors’ inability to escape the trap of silence.

Children – minors -- make up 77 percent of our rape survivors.

It’s not true that addicts are the main perpetrators of rape. Many of the rapists of children are people they love or consider authority figures. They depend on the rapists for shelter, for food, for emotional comfort, for survival in school and in the community.
Rape is among the most heinous of crimes because it is often committed to flaunt one’s complete control over another person.

READ MORE...

Rape occurs every two minutes in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country.


INFOGRAPHIC: A rape every 53 minutes: Fast facts on rape

Official statistics don't reflect the true breadth of the crisis. Only three of 10 survivors of sexual abuse seek help to stop the attacks. Almost 40 percent suffer in silence; 27 percent share the experience but back out from seeking aid.

Many are blamed for their ordeal. Many are told in a thousand different ways that they deserved the rape. Or that their personal pain must be subsumed for various reasons: the economic needs of the family, to prevent a clan from being shamed, to prevent reprisals by kin, to preserve personal reputation.

And so rape has become endemic to the culture, among the many crimes committed with impunity. Think about it – a rape every two minutes and only 7,416 rape suspects are in jail, in a country that has won top education and health marks for narrowing the gender gap.

A young friend once shared – years after the fact – that she had become depressed and suicidal because her mother accused her of “asking for it.”

The rapist was the son of a family friend. The rape happened at a time when, rebelling against family problems, my friend went out drinking and carousing to escape strife at home.

To this day, she still cries at the memory of her mother’s contempt: “Malandi ka kasi.”

Another friend, with an outwardly tough personality, was told by her father: “Nakakahiya ka. Ang tapang-tapang mo, nagparape ka lang.” (You should be ashamed. You’re tough and you allowed yourself to be raped.)

You would think Duterte, the father, after apologizing for his “gutter language,” would take the time to absorb his daughter’s confession.

You would think he would take the time to appreciate the risk Sara took for him.

After trying to convince us of his anger and empathy for victims of abuse, including rape victims, you would expect him, at least, to sit down and talk to his daughter, a grown woman now, to share in the pain and sorrow, to learn lessons from her experience.

He couldn’t be bothered.

Duterte, the father, called his daughter’s rape a “personal matter.”

Worse, twice he said it couldn’t be true. The first time, to reporters; the second time, before the public. He called Sara, his daughter, “a drama queen.”
That is classic abusive behavior.

Disclaimer: The views of the author are her own and not necessarily the views of ABS-CBN Corp.


Fears about a Duterte presidency Ellen T. Tordesillas Posted at Apr 22 2016 01:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2016 12:54 AM


Ellen T. Tordesillas

The statement of United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg supporting the concern of Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely of the trivialization of rape by presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, reflects the concern of the international community about the strong possibility of a Duterte presidency.

The childish and reckless retort of Duterte, who is leading in the presidential race, daring the U.S and Australia to sever ties with the Philippines if he becomes president, strengthened concerns that a Duterte presidency would be a disaster for the country.



The Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA), an international risk management and strategy development consulting firm, conveyed that concern in its April 18 assessment of the Philippine situation.

PSA noted Duterte’s bizarre ideas like retaking Chinese occupied features in the disputed Spratlys and reviving the steel industry “when demand for steel globally is at its lowest in decades."

"Duterte’s candidacy is a reaction to the calm, deliberate administration of Aquino, which has overtly rejected traditional macho politics. He is presenting familiar themes of populism, identifying enemies and promising to take a hard line against them. He has identified criminals, particularly those involved in drug trafficking, as those who would face his wrath.

"The message is particularly effective because the poor are disproportionately affected by crime. PSA data over the past 15 years shows that the vast majority of violent crime occurs in the poorest regions of Metro Manila and other large Philippine cities. Similarly, violence associated with clan warfare, insurgency, and criminal organizations is most endemic in the poorest provincial areas of the country.

"His vow to execute drug dealers and criminals sounds more like a mayor than a presidential candidate to sophisticated political observers, but to millions of Filipinos he is addressing a core concern that has touched their lives directly, far more than five years of gross domestic product growth and the latest blessings from Fitch, Moody’s and other ratings agencies.

"As is often the case with populist candidates, policy details fall short. Duterte’s anti-crime plan involves doubling the salaries of police officers, to make them less susceptible to corruption, and then marshalling thousands of police officers, combined with Philippine military special forces troops, to attack organized crime and drug trafficking groups and to kill those that resist.

READ MORE...

"The simplicity of his plan appeals to many voters, but that same simplicity is what disturbs his detractors. If it was as simple as marshaling officers to attack criminal groups, then the problem would have been solved long ago. In reality, the criminal syndicates are feeding a demand for drugs, guns, money, prostitution and other vices that won’t disappear once the syndicates are attacked.

"The drug traffickers and criminal syndicates are also deeply intertwined with the police and with politics. Senior Philippine police drug enforcement officers have repeatedly been arrested for trafficking drugs and some lower level officers assist drug traffickers as their sideline business. Politicians accept money from criminal syndicates to finance their campaigns. In short, drugs and crime are deep societal problems that cannot be fixed with an attack by special forces.

"Duterte is the opposite of Aquino, a deliberate and introverted politician.

Duterte makes off-color jokes, offering to have sex with all the brides at a mass wedding and opening his speeches by promising to change this 'bull*** life we live' under the current administration. This is music to the ears of millions of Filipinos who are tired of the carefully scripted policy speeches of Aquino.

"Ironically, one of Duterte’s key message is to take a hard line and crack down on corruption, but most domestic and international observers say the Philippines is undergoing one of its least corrupt, best governance periods in decades.

While President Aquino’s efforts have only scratched the surface in reducing endemic corruption at all levels of government, it nonetheless represents a significant perceptual improvement over the president’s most recent predecessors.



"And Aquino has achieved this with in a distinctly dry, bureaucratic manner that eschews macho politics. He has worked quietly to reform the institutions that drive corruption. One example of this is the new 'no-contact' policy for traffic violations in Manila. The program, used in many countries around the world, uses closed circuit cameras to spot traffic violations and then sends the evidence (a photo of the incident) along with the fine to the registered owner of the vehicle.

"There is nothing sexy or macho about the program but it is potentially one of the most powerful traffic policies ever put in place in the Philippines. If implemented properly, it could simultaneously stop the chronic petty corruption of traffic cops while at the same time bringing increased safety and discipline to the mean streets of Manila, particularly among the Mad Max provincial bus drivers and disrespectful jeepney drivers.

"Duterte also uses closed circuit television extensively in Davao, but he uses it to direct a bare knuckles police force against street criminals. Duterte has fashioned himself as a problem solver in his town. He has not only cleaned streets of crime, and litter, but he has improved fire and ambulance services and fixed a wide range of problems that directly affect ordinary citizens. But solving the problems in a city, with the sweeping powers of a mayor, is much different than solving the problems of a nation with the muted, shared powers of a presidency.

"As president, Duterte has offered a raft of questionable proposals, including bizarre suggestions. He has said he will negotiate directly with China on the South China Sea, something that China wants because it will allow them get the United States, the United Nations and other power players out of the mix. If China does not return the islands that the Philippines claims, Duterte says he will singlehandedly retake them himself. That’s a fun line for a campaign speech but it does not provide much insight into the actual problem and is merely foolhardy rhetoric.

"Duterte has also vowed revive the country’s steel industry at a time when demand for steel globally is at its lowest in decades. He supports foreign ownership of land and key industries, which many see as a main impediment to the Philippine economy and he has called for an outright ban on mining – which could bring tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy if properly managed.

"Rodrigo Duterte is not going to sail out to the Spratlys and reclaim them. He is not going to build a steel industry around a collapsing global market for steel. He is not going to solve drug trafficking and crime with special forces troops. These are the populist lines that he is throwing out to get elected. But that leaves the most pressing question: what then is he doing to do?

The uncertainty around that question is the real danger of a Duterte administration."


Duterte devalues, demeans, a danger and a disaster Buddy Gomez Posted at Apr 21 2016 04:09 PM

The Presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is not clinically insane. Neither does he legally qualify as ‘non compos mentis.’ Beyond any doubt, he is responsible for his own behavior and he knows it. In fact, he brags about it. What he is unaware of is that he is suffering from a severe personality disorder, an attitudinal maladjustment that indicates obsessive/compulsive propensities and proclivities that all point to a very unsafe egocentricity. If perchance and by a mere plurality of people’s quirk, Duterte is afforded authority and power as President, he poses a real peril to society. Duterte is a certified sociopath. He is mentally and morally unfit to be President.

In the recent past, he has been lampooned as a Filipino incarnation of Achmed, the “I keel you” guy. (Remember the world renowned stand-up comic, Jeff Duncan and his ‘dead terrorist’ Achmed?)

READ: Rodrigo 'I Keel You!' Duterte is a vulgar show-off

Beyond that humorous sarcasm is the ugly reality that Duterte is admittedly a murderer. Both personally and directly as well as an unabashed mastermind. He has not only publicly and flagrantly bragged about it, he swears he will perform some more carnage by the thousands to combat and solve crime “in three to six months,” feeding the carcasses to fatten the fish in Manila Bay! All extra-judicially, of course. A la Duterte. Likewise, he promises to mow down union member-protestors when on strike for labor grievances. And even close down Congress if they should behave untowardly to his notions of a reforming leader of the nation.

This Duterte style of leadership, brandished as a political clarion call to his faithful coterie, which they all swear by, they call Pagbabago (Change), the country’s existential need.

Hallucinatory, indeed, when their “Pababago” protagonist is himself incapable of change. He has been mired in a 71-year congenital condition which has worsened over his lifetime, evidently starting from an ill-tempered, spoiled rotten childhood. It is unequivocal that the psychiatric profile that “opposition research” has been able to unearth from court records confirms Duterte’s unusual human behavior as the cause of his marriage’s failure and annulment.

READ MORE...

 

Quotes from the examining psychiatrist, Dr. Natividad Nayan, a highly credentialed former President of the International Council of Psychologists: “gross indifference, insensitivity and self-centeredness,” … “grandiose sense of self-entitlement and manipulative behavior,”…..”pervasive tendency to demean, humiliate others and violate their human rights and feelings.” Dr. Nahan’s conclusion: “Antisocial, Narcissistic Personality Disorder.”

READ: Understanding Duterte: What a psych report says

A brief litany of very recent Duterteic behavioral examples likewise confirm further Dr. Nayan’s past clinical conclusions.
How can anyone ever forget: “putang ina KA!”…”umuwi KA na” (you s.o.b., go home!) directed at Pope Francis? And after a public furor, Duterte simply finessed by saying his tirade was against government’s handling of Manila’s traffic.

What about openly exhibiting his macho-ness by forcibly mouth-kissing resisting partisan fans? Is that not flaunting, a display of public debauchery? Promoting bandit-taxation forcibly excised by NPA-communist rebels? “Just accept it and pay up,” Duterte advises.

And with the same breath, he declares that Communist leaders will be given Cabinet positions in his administration, demeaning the near thankless herculean endeavors of our military and police, alienating them as a logical consequence.

Then comes his Ilocano vote-baiting spiel: Marcos is the greatest! Bury him among the nation’s heroes! Trapo, trapissimo! What about recalling a confessional incident where he admits to sexually molesting a sleeping household maid? This story-telling is his sick form of amusement and entertainment for his audience.

Meted a light penance because it was a mere ‘venial sin,’ according to Duterte, he in fact demeans and devalues womanhood. Duterte dismisses his lasciviousness by insensitively, condescendingly saying, “She is just a maid!” (The President of a country, an avowed “ ‘atchai’ killer?” A National shame! Despicable!)

The quintessence of poor judgment (like no other, ever, presidential candidate has committed) is the use of a gruesome rape incident, couched and delivered via gutter language joke, to entertain and tickle the funny bones of his lumpen proletariat audience calculated to endear himself and attract their votes to become their President.

What sick mind would derive pleasure from self-adulation in first claiming anger over the hideous crime of rape and in the same breath, describing the murdered victim, an Australian Christian missionary, as an attractive movie actress look-alike, then expressing a frustrated wish that as Mayor he should have been at the head of the rapists’ queue! Revolting! And this shoddy excuse of a man wants to be President! Sadly and cruelly, the latest polling puts him in the lead of the Presidential pack.

The worldwide resonance created by the reportage on Duterte’s behavior in that gruesome and hideous rape retelling episode, most prominently by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Washington Post, has already brought painful and shameful dishonor to our country and people. As a leading candidate, Duterte’s demeanor has already devalued the Filipino. We are an otherwise good people, albeit happily foolish every now and then, but we do not deserve a demeaning disaster.



And so, the world is now watching and with bated breath, waiting. Will the Philippines elect an unadulterated scoundrel?

Without any error envisaged, the reforms and changes needed to combat the societal ills and culturally embedded infirmities of our beloved country require decades of patient and persevering nurture. This arduous trek has began and the endeavor is bearing fruit. Stoking impatience with bluster and promises of instant gratification will only create a mirage.

While servant leadership by personal example is an indispensable element of our society’s progressive amelioration, no one man, not one President in one single term can ever accomplish that sought for goal. The poor and the corrupt will always be with us. Stemming and containing the twin maladies of poverty and corruption is a very long journey that feeds upon the healthy respect of the governed. That endeavor requires a sober, steadfast soul, which Duterte does not and will not possess. An unhinged, loose cannon never reaps a people’s invigorating respect.

Yet, I do not discount the stygian mishap, a freak of fate, that of Duterte slipping through as President. Should that occur, it will certainly by a mere sliver of unconvincing plurality. The two-thirds of the electorate who will not have voted for him, will surely regard him with animosity and utter disrespect. It will be a presidency quite different from Fidel Ramos’ who although winning with just a quarter of the electorate’s plurality, did not engender animosity from the majority and in fact soon earned grudging respect. After the elections of 1992, Ramos governed effectively with the seeming winds of a majority at his back. On the other hand, Duterte has already abdicated that possibility.

Without having earned the respect of the majority, a Duterte presidency will be saddled with an incapacity to govern effectively. A Duterte presidency may just as well also confirm that long standing fear that the Philippines is really ungovernable, thanks to the preponderance of the misguided undiscerning.

When Rodrigo Duterte brazenly claims that he is the ‘huling baraha,’ the last card, he is exhibiting delusional conceit and chauvinism. A “savior” complex! Another confirmation of Dr. Nahan’s psychiatric evaluation. The misguided political credo of Duterte and his viciously angered and addled horde of loyal suckers would have us believe that without Duterte, only doom awaits our still benighted motherland! Such arrogance is impervious to the distinct fate of our abused country being the planet’s unrivalled laughing stock.

Well, I have old news to share lest the dazzle of the electoral climate may have caused momentary amnesia. Remember only too well that we may have suffered from serial Sisyphean episodes in the past but we have always survived. The Philippines is indestructible!

But why chance a dangerous aberration?

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