PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT CALLS OBAMA A “SON OF A WHORE”: AMERICA’S PAST RACIST POLICIES TOWARDS THE PHILIPPINES

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not a man who minces words– he recently called President Obama a “son of a whore” and warned him not to lecture him on human rights. He added that he would not take orders from the leader of a country that was a former colonial ruler of the Philippines.

Mr. Duterte, who took office in June, has sanctioned the killing of drug dealers to try to wipe out the illegal drugs trade in the Philippines,” the BBC reports. A former hit man, Edgar Matobato, had testified that Rodrigo Duterte “presided over the extrajudicial killings of about 1,000 criminals and political opponents when he was mayor of Davao City for most of the past two decades — even ordering some of the killings himself”, the New York Times reported.

Duterte’s jab at America’s “colonial ruling” era is a sentiment held by many Phillipinos. The anger that has abided for many decades among the country’s citizens is predicated, in part, on the American Imperialism that held active during the reigns of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and McKinley.

In his book, “The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism,” Mark Zwonitzer writes, “Roosevelt congratulated his generals for their military victories in the Philippines even after they admittedly ‘went in and killed every native we met, men woman and children. ‘One soldier,’ said about the battles, ‘I am in my glory when I can sight my gun on some dark skin and pull the trigger.’”

No reasonable American could be proud of Roosevelt’s embracement of such acts today, but the hurt feelings of many Philippines have survived the test of time, and some anger occasionally surfaces. Of course, given Duterte’s own horrific acts, it does not fit that he be the person who reminds us of America’s failings of the past.

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