President Duterte faces regime change plot by US, says local solon
October 25, 2016
Philippine House Representative Harry Roque warned yesterday that if the country's controversial President Rodrigo Duterte does not work on getting himself invited to the United States he faces a possible plot by the US for a regime change, the way other leaders and other countries did in the past. Roque cited as an example one of Duterte's predecessors former President Joseph Estrada. Estrada was eventually ousted after a long process as a consequence of his going against US President Bill Clinton's advice to not proceed with an all-out war against Muslim rebels in Mindanao. The local solon also mentioned Nicaragua in his notion that the United States has the ability and the history of intervening in other countries' affairs.
The unsolicited advice was given in view of the recent tirades by Duterte against an old ally who he has threatened to "break ties" with and whose President (Obama) was called by Duterte as a "son of a whore" very recently. Duterte has made more than overtures to China and Russia to replace the US as Philippines' new economic and military partner. Although it has not been clarified by the newly elected President exactly what he meant by "breaking ties", he has of late backtracked a little bit and declared that he will never severe diplomatic ties with Philippines' "big brother". However, previously scheduled joint military exercises this year between the two allies have been called off by Duterte.
My own advice, for whatever it's worth, is to heed Roque's advice. My rationale: look beyond Estrada. Study the experiences and fate of the likes of Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos, Haiti's Francois Duvalier, Panama's Manuel Noriega, Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar Gaddfi to name few. In each case the footprints of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was all over the place. Need I say more?