Thursday, September 15, 2016

Duterte stands up for Asia

September 9, 2016 EIR New Paradigm 29
Sept. 3 (EIRNS)—The Philippines
has been the economic
basket case of Southeast Asia ever
since the United States, under
Secretary of State George Shultz
and Assistant Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
orchestrated a coup against
its nationalist leader, President
Ferdinand Marcos, in 1986, one
of the first “color revolutions” run
by the Project Democracy team in
Washington. Before that criminal
act, the Philippines was the envy
of Southeast Asia, and even of
South Korea, as the leader in industrialization,
food self-sufficiency,
and economic development
Now, finally, after 30 years,
the Philippine people have
thrown out the crew of subservient
leaders who answered only to
Washington and Wall Street, and have begun to clean
out the filth and relieve the suffering left behind—
drugs, terrorism, hunger and poverty—under the newly
elected President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office on
June 30.
The most blatant and disgusting symbol of the coup
against the Philippine people and nation in 1986 was
the immediate shutting down of the Bataan Nuclear
Power Plant by Cory Aquino upon her installation as
President, on orders from Washington. The plant,
launched by Marcos in 1974 and built by Westinghouse,
was complete and ready to be turned on, but never produced
a watt of electricity. Aquino nonetheless promised
Wall Street that the country would pay every peso
of the cost of the plant, which it
did, even as the Philippines economy
and standard of living plummeted
to its current disastrous
However, between August 30
and September 1 of this year, the
International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) sponsored a conference
in Manila on “Prospects
for Nuclear Power in the Asia-Pacific.”
The new Duterte Government
took full advantage of the
IAEA forum as the opportunity to
both declare its intent to re-open
the Bataan Nuclear Plant and to
launch a mass education campaign
to counter the lies and fearmongering
of the anti-nuclear
mafia controlled by the West.
Energy Secretary Alfonso
Cusi told the press that the conference
had provided him and others with a “virtual crash
course on the entire chain of launching a nuclear program
and the importance of public information.” He
said that he and others had visited the Bataan Nuclear
Power Plant (BNPP) Thursday morning. “The timing
of this summit is perfect,” Cusi said. “As a coincidence
we had a hearing also in the Senate. We discussed also
nuclear power plants, and today we inspected the BNPP
and there are a lot of discussions,” he said.
Butch Valdes, the head of the Philippines LaRouche
Society, had organized a tour of the Bataan plant for
politicians, engineers, and others in 2008, which
sparked the growing interest in reversing the disastrous
decision to mothball the plant. Valdes has since been
II. Southeast Asia & Ibero America
Philippines Prepares To Go Nuclear
As Part of New World Paradigm
by Michael Billington
Malacañang Photo Bureau
Then President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte, on
June 30, 2016.
30 New Paradigm EIR September 9, 2016
the leading spokesman for restoring the Bataan plant as
the necessary spark for restoring economic growth, and
was invited to address the IAEA conference, to speak
on the role of the public in countering the anti-nuclear,
anti-science lies, and on using the issue of nuclear
power to mobilize the creativity of the people to create
a future of human dignity for all. His powerful speech
is included in this issue.
Duterte vs. Obama’s War and Poverty Agenda
The Duterte government’s courageous stand is not
only transforming the Philippines, but has dramatically
changed the entire dynamic of Southeast Asia and Asia
generally. His policies have sent the Obama government
and the Wall Street controlled NGOs into hysterics, but
he has increasingly won the hearts and minds of a grateful
nation, while joining proudly with the Chinese-led
process of cooperation for development centered on the
New Silk Road process. Some crucial points:
• Upon his inauguration, Duterte immediately set
in motion the process of reconciliation with China, essentially
ignoring the imperial court set up in the
Hague which ruled in an illegal arbitration that China
has no historic claims in the South China Sea. Obama
and his neocon allies were ready to act immediately
after the decision to provoke a military confrontation
with China, but Duterte’s
move quashed that effort.
Duterte said openly and
clearly that the Philippines
needs infrastructure and industrial
development above
all, which, he said, is only
available from the Chinacentered
new paradigm.
• Duterte’s Defense Secretary,
Gen. (ret.) Delfin Lorenzana,
told the press that
the Philippine defense
budget would no longer
waste money on ships and
planes designed to confront
China in the South China
Sea, since “there will be no
war.” Instead the budget will
shift to helicopters, coast
guard vessels, night vision
equipment, and other material
needed to fight the terrorist
scourge and the interrelated drug crisis across the
• Duterte declared a war on drugs, and is carrying
it out in earnest, not in name only. While the West focusses
on the hundreds of people who have been killed
in the newly escalated war, they ignore the fact that
600,000 people have turned themselves in, and that
the President has publicly named many elected officials
and several leading generals in the police and the
military who were protecting the drug traffickers. He
has sworn to wipe out the drug scourge within six
• Duterte has also sworn to wipe out the Abu
Sayyaf terrorist kidnapping gang, which has sworn allegiance
to ISIS. The Saudi-linked jihadist gang has
beheaded their kidnap victims, both Filipino and foreign,
when the demanded ransoms were not paid. The
battles have already begun in the southern islands of
Sulu Province, and Duterte has deployed 2,500 extra
troops to the battle. At the same time, he and the leaders
of the long-festering communist insurgency have
agreed to a cease fire and are working towards a peace
agreement and integration of the insurgents into civil
society. Crucial to this has been Duterte’s pledge to address
the needs of the impoverished and hungry masses.
He is also working towards a peaceful resolution with
Right to left: Philippines LaRouche Society (PLS) leader Ver Archivido, head of the PLS Butch
Valdes, and Cathy Cruz at the IAEA conference in Manila.
September 9, 2016 EIR New Paradigm 31
the Islamic separatist groups in Mindanao, but not the
• Although Duterte had a productive meeting with
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who encouraged the
new President to proceed with his plans to meet with
the Chinese to find bilateral solutions to the South
China Sea conflict, Duterte publicly denounced U.S.
Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, who
throughout the election campaign openly attacked
Duterte, illegally attempting to infuence the election.
Also, when Goldberg confronted Duterte to live up to
the country’s “pledge” at the Paris Global Warming
conference, Duterte rejected it outright, saying that his
country needed industrial development, and refused to
limit carbon emissions which would undermine that
urgent necessity. Told that the Philippines must live up
to its signature on the Paris agreement, he responded
that “that was not my signature.” Goldberg had been
thrown out of Bolivia in 2008 when, as U.S. Ambassador,
he openly backed a separatist movement there.
• Duterte has also declared that he will allow the
Marcos family to bury the late President Ferdinand
Marcos in the Hero’s Cemetery in Manila, established
after World War II for Filipino military personnel from
privates to generals who served during World War II
(over 33,000), and later designated a National Pantheon,
“to perpetuate the memory of all the Presidents
of the Philippines, national heroes and patriots for the
inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generations
still unborn.” The presidents subservient to
Washington since the coup against Marcos have refused
to allow his burial in the Hero’s Cemetery. This
action will further restore the legacy of Marcos as one
of the great leaders of post-war Asia, whose removal
led (as intended) to the destruction of the nation economically
and morally.
‘I like Putin Better—We’re Alike’
When asked by the press on Aug. 30 whether he
would respond to President Obama at their planned
meeting at the ASEAN Summit in Laos on Sept. 6,
after Obama said he would confront Duterte over
human rights and the rule of law, Duterte said it depended
on whether or not Obama were willing to listen
first: “They must understand the problem first before
we talk about human rights. I would insist, ‘Listen to
me. This is what the problem is.’ Then we can talk. No
Asked about his planned meeting with Vladimir
Putin, Duterte said: “I like Putin better. We’re alike.”
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