UPDATE 2/14/2020: Meanwhile, quack lawyer, flamboyant media whore and failed Dturd minion Harry Roque must be missing the limelight and has crawled out of his closet to babble to whoever will listen.
This time, he’s peddling to CNN the preposterous argument that a US marine convicted of homicide in the death of a transvestite prostitute several years ago should be transferred to a Philippine prison upon the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement. (The marine is currently imprisoned on a Philippine military base under conditions agreed upon by the Philippines and the U.S., which is precisely what the VFA mandates.)
Surely, even a dufus like Roque is smart enough to understand that a case duly adjudicated under provisions of the VFA does not suddenly revert to some pre-VFA status upon termination of the VFA. Current Dturd mouthpiece Salvador Panelo — the dufus who replaced the even more incompetent Roque — told CNN that the marine’s situation would not be affected by termination of the VFA.
No shit, Sherlock.
In other words, there’s no story here.
You’d really think that by now big-name media outlets like CNN would realize that Roque is full of shit and will say just about anything to get attention, yet they treat him as if he were a credible source of information and provide him with an unwarranted platform to confuse and inflame public opinion.
That’s stupid and irresponsible. It’s “cheap date journalism,” in which a media outlet need not make any real effort to ask pertinent questions or ferret out the truth, or even make sense of a situation, but simply hand a microphone over to whoever is eager to spout off about something.
In this case, CNN even managed to get its story factually incorrect by reporting that the marine “was found guilty in the 2014 murder.” In truth, the marine was charged with murder but found guilty of the lesser crime of homicide. A killing is not necessarily a murder, which was the entire crux of the case, yet these idiots still can’t get the basics straight some six years later. Amazing incompetence.
The real story here is that the U.S. fully cooperated with every aspect of the investigation and court proceedings that resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of an American serviceman for a crime committed in the Philippines.
In other words, the VFA functioned exactly as it was designed to function, despite the constant ridiculous theatrics of Roque and the assorted Communist blowhards and self-serving douchebags who attached themselves to the sordid spectacle for devious propaganda purposes and turned the atmosphere outside the courtroom into a ridiculous freak show.
CNN should really be asking why Roque has still not been disbarred for illegally facilitating the embarrassing breach of a Philippine military facility.
UPDATE 2/14/2020: Even the perpetually petulant Inquirer has sobered up a bit and forced itself to admit that abruptly abrogating the Visiting Forces Agreement might actually be pretty bad for the Philippines.
It’s refreshing, if somewhat amusing, to see the Inquirer drag itself into reality after so many years of bitchy and often sensational anti-American rhetorical blather.
Even so, the pseudo-nationalist “intellectuals” and closet Communists running that shit show really had to force themselves to admit the obvious, to wit:
“In brief, the VFA has its strong and weak points, the latter vividly standing out in the context of a former colony still shackled by its colonized past. Yet the US government’s “soft” presence is also manifested in sundry forms of humanitarian assistance, such as what was displayed in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in 2013.
A renegotiation of the VFA to make it as close as realistically possible to an agreement between equals is the correct way to go in this fraught issue.”
What, exactly, needs to be urgently renegotiated is, of course, unclear, but they’ll always find something to whine about. In the past, they’ve wasted a lot of space grumbling about the fact that the VFA provides the US military with custody over American personnel charged with crimes in the Philippines until all court proceedings are exhausted. They’ve never got around to explaining why that very reasonable arrangement is so onerous and unacceptable, other than referencing vague concerns about national sovereignty — that is, pseudo-nationalist ego.
But the Philippine government, and quite a lot of the media, seem to run mostly on vanity and the warped cult of victim-posturing. A perfect example is Dturd’s tantrum over the principled denial of Bato dela Rosa’s visa application over his undeniably atrocious involvement in the mass slaughter of Filipinos in Dturd’s phony “drug war.”
Dturd fumes that the Americans are “rude” and “arrogant” for standing up for ordinary Filipinos who have been callously assassinated by his criminal regime.
What a twisted sense of priorities and Orwellian view of reality.
UPDATE 2/13/2020: So much for all the vague talk about “strengthening our own defenses and not relying on any other country.” It turns out that what Dturd really means is more aggressively peddling his wrinkled ass to all takers and sucking up to the Russians as well as the Chinese.
These kinds of games rarely turn out well for weak and greedy opportunists like the Dturd gang. Pretty soon, people are going to really, really wish they could turn back the clock, and the bad old days of Yankee imperialism that so many fake nationalists perpetually whine about are going to look very, very good in comparison.
UPDATE 2/11/20: Well, Dturd doubled down on the crazy and actually had notice served on the U.S. that he was terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement and officially bending over for a panda gang-bang.
The usual blind and dogmatic commie press release junkies celebrated but it’s just never enough to make them shut up and go away.
Others of a more sober nature contemplated the actual effects of this stupid, rash, and exceedingly childish move.
And some, sounding more than a bit like apologists, opine that “behind this veneer of personal grievance lies a long-term desire to wean the Philippines away from the United States and deliver it into a strategic alignment with China before Duterte’s term ends in 2022.”
That’s giving Dturd far too much credit for rational thinking. The truth is that he simply has a life-long animosity toward Americans and is happy to sell out to China for whatever he can get to provide illusions of progress. It really is just that simple.
Meanwhile, Dturd’s crass buffoon foreign secretary hinted quite strongly that this is all just a negotiating posture.
That’s quite likely the case. That and a childish cry for attention. But this time, just don’t blame the mess on the U.S. when China takes advantage. Just don’t.
UPDATE 2/10/20: This fiasco is quickly becoming a farce, to nobody’s particular surprise.
After letting his mouth do the thinking as well as the ranting, Dturd now looks like he’s squirming and looking for a face-saving way out. He’s claiming that US President Donald Trump is “trying to save” the Visiting Forces Agreement. No specifics offered, of course.
The Senate wants to revisit the VFA, rather than abruptly scrap it. In other words, play the China card and try to extract more giveaways from the U.S. This shit just never ends.
Dturd’s own Cabinet is busy pointing fingers at each other and looking like a car full of clowns. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana publicly called Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo’s claim that Dturd had ordered that an official notice of abrogation of the VFA be sent to the U.S. “fake news.” Ouch. Panelo, of course, insists there’s no inconsistency in his garbled statements.
And it turns out that, all the finger-pointing aside, the U.S. has received no formal order to terminate the treaty, and presumably this all remains just a bunch of loose talk.
The American media is left to opine that Dturd’s “ego and mental instability have no limits.”
So will Dturd stick to his guns and shoot his nation in the head? Or will he find a way to back down without looking like a big dumb pussy, so this can all just go away?
You really know your nation is run by a petulant provincial brat when he makes rash decisions about national security that are driven by perceived slight rather than actual national security interests.
Dturd’s impulsive command to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the U.S. — the treaty that establishes a legal framework governing U.S. troops visiting the country to interact with their Philippine counterparts — would at least make some twisted sense if he had been acting at the behest of his puppet masters in China.
But no, he’s simply flipping out because the U.S. denied a visa to his longtime gopher and enforcer, Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who oversaw Dturd’s assassination campaigns back in Davao before Dturd inflicted him upon the entire nation with his fake “drug war” cum national distraction and bad-action-movie-fantasy-role murder spree. Bato is now a senator and dependable Dturd stooge.
It has been reported that Dturd plans to soon have a telephone conversation with U.S. President Trump, another highly insecure national leader who’s not known for rational public policy decision-making.
Let’s see how that goes. Dturd is no doubt desperately hoping that Trump will give him some face-saving excuse to back down from this nonsense.
And he might. Trump is no defender of human rights, and it’s easy to see him ordering his State Department to grant Bato’s visa and say this was all a misunderstanding.
But Trump really, really doesn’t like to be muscled. So it’s also easy to see him telling Dturd to go bend over for China until they fuck him inside out.
The irony here is that even Dturd quite likely understands that he’s making a stupid move. But now that he’s publicly ranted about it, he can’t allow himself to back down and act like a true leader and skilled diplomat. Nope, because the only thing that really matters is his petty macho theatrics. Some really, really stupid, childish people are actually impressed by this type of silly bullshit.
But let’s be real here. Dturd is desperately attempting to compensate for his personal insecurities: the facts that he was dominated by strong women as a child (and was possibly molested by a priest), grew up a spoiled petty provincial elite brat who idolized the macho bodyguards who ensured that he didn’t get his ass kicked, and has spent a lifetime affecting an underprivileged man-of-the-people and one-man-army persona to cover it all up. It’s like a really, really shitty movie for wimpy macho-fantasizing teenagers that just keeps playing.
But would a national leader really jeopardize his nation’s defense at a critical time — when a regional bully is stealing everything it can and an enormous public health calamity is just getting started — because he’s butthurt over a perceived public slight?
A true national leader definitely would not.
But a ridiculous old tantrum-prone clown surrounded by spineless stooges might.