On 4 September I received an emergency warning from the US State Dept. via the US Embassy in Manila. (As if I’d believe anything the State Department would have to say) telling me that I should avoid visiting the Philippines because of the bombing in Davao City on Sept. 3rd. I do not remember receiving a similar warning after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino or Orlando warning me to avoid the United States because of those terrorist attacks.
The Abu Sayyaf Group has already claimed responsibility for the arrack, but someone is spreading the ridicules rumor that the Philippine Government is responsible for the bombing. What planet are these people from, and it should not even be dignified with a response. But the media will.
Something that I can’t verify but my wife and her sister have been watching the news for days now, and told me that President Duterte has banned foreign media from the Davao area to prevent bias reporting and speculation from distorting the truth. As I said this I have no proof of, but I would agree with that decision. I watched CNN distort the news of Typhoon Yolanda, for the express purpose of selling their sponsor’s products. The most blatant example was when Anderson Cooper found this poor human being living under a plastic tarp, where his house once was, and after losing his entire family of wife and children, Cooper jams a microphone in the man’s face and asked “How do you feel?” Then with connections in Washington, Cooper and his entourage board a Marine relief Helicopter, so they can tour the devastation and send home to Atlanta tape of the calamity, while relief supplies could not be delivered by that Marine bird.
So if the foreign was in fact barred, I can understand the reasons why.
What the Filipino can be proud of is that the next day President Rodrigo Duterte personally visited all the victims and the families of the deadly bombing at Roxas Night Market in Davao City without delay, and I can remember another president who interrupted his golf game and went to a fund raiser, but couldn’t be bothered to fly to Louisiana to comfort the flood victims, and now wants to lecture President Rodrigo Duterte personally in Laos on human rights.
What world leaders need to do is develop “tener cojones”, which is a Spanish translating to English as having a “lot of Balls” The Philippines has now got a man like that, and after the years of the politically correct and UN worshipers in charge we need people like that, the pendulum is swinging the other way now as demonstrated by voters in Britain with Brexit (Which with my not being British it remains wholly their decision, but it proved that they are tired of the same old way of government where nothing gets done Only talked about.
Hopefully “Tener Cojones” will become the norm with our leaders, In America we had one president put a man on the moon, and another president put a man in the ladies room.