Bombshell in Beijing

Big story today was President Duterte, in Beijing, announcing before Chinese officials the Philippines’ “separation” from the United States in terms of military and economics. In place, he said, he is forging alliances with China and Russia, two of Uncle Sam’s favorite frenemies. Depending on whether you’re a supporter or not, this move is either decidedly bold or downright stupid. Expectedly, those who believe in the latter are freaking out big time, and Facebook is once again on fire.

Duterte. Some days I think he’s a hero, some days a buffoon. And some days, like today, I don’t know what to think of him. He walks the thin line between a patriot and a madman. Is he leading the country to progress or to perdition? Knowing such a character is elected to rule the country for six years is making some people lose their shit. Meanwhile, I watch from the sidelines and try not to get affected.

Following Duterte’s bombshell earlier I asked an office-mate: “What do you think powerful people are talking about behind closed doors these days?”

His answer was cryptic: “Uncle Sam will not take this sitting down.”

And here I ask: How long before the indignation move from Facebook to the streets? Think: Manila’s own Arab Spring. It’s a scary thought, and to me it’s scarier because if it happens, I don’t know which side of the fence I’ll be on. One thing’s for sure though, I’ll emerge from it heartbroken.

Playlist: MegadethCountdown to Extinction; The PixiesHead Carrier; NirvanaNevermind; OverkillW.F.O.


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