Duterte endangers Ph by siding with Trump on killing Iran military chief – groups

Duterte endangers Ph by siding with Trump on killing Iran military chief – groups

Manila, Philippines – As President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he will side with United States of America if Filipinos working in Iraq and Iran are harmed, the Anakpawis Party-list and Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) slammed it as aberrant and lacked common sense as the crisis was clearly instigated by the latter when it killed Iran military chief Qasem Soleimani Friday last week.

“Duterte’s declaration reeks of being an American lackey and opposite of reason. He threatens to ally with the US if Filipinos are harmed but silent on its endangerment of 4 million OFWs. This exposes his moral compass clouded by his subservience to the foreign power,” Anakpawis Party-list former lawmaker Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao said in a press statement.

He added that even allies of the US are already withdrawing or keeping a distance from the crisis, but Duterte came out blabbering which essentially puts the country into the list of potential targets due to the presence of American military forces. Even US’s close ally Israel has distanced itself from crisis and claimed it was purely an American event. Military forces of Germany and Canada are pulling out of Iraq, as US forces moved out towards Kuwait. Even the royal families from Saudi Arabia are migrating towards Europe to escape the crisis.

More seriously, the Iranian parliament declared that all US military forces are terrorist due to its murder of their military chief amid the country’s threat to retaliate on US military targets.

“His blabber is worse than silence amid the presence of American military facilities and personnel in the country, which are now terrorists in the eyes of Iran. We are also urging the people to oppose the possibility of transforming our territories as staging ground for attacking Iran, as what the Marcos dictatorship carried out during the Vietnam war,” he added.

For his part, Pamalakaya National Chairperson Fernando Hicap earlier lambasted the appointment of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu to the Middle East, citing he is falling behind on his own Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program and environmental protection in the country. Cimatu was a special envoy in the Middle East in 2004 who secured the release of a Filipino hostage in Iraq.

“Malaki ang trabaho ni Cimatu sa bansa, pero dadalhin pa siya sa Middle East. Malaki na ang nagbago sa rehiyon at hindi lang Iraq ang apektado. Sa kalaunan, mga opisyales din ng Department of Foreign Affairs ang uutusan niya at magtatrabaho. Panggulo lang siya run,” Hicap said.

The Philippine embassy in Libya has already urged OFWs to prepare for evacuation, while in Saudi Arabia they are advise to be vigilant. Moreover, Iran has threatened Israel and Dubai if US retaliates on their recent offensive at a military base in Iraq. More than 680,000 OFWs are in the United Arab Emirates, which the majority 450,000 are in Dubai.

“Kitang kita natin na si Trump ang pahamak sa mga Pilipino, pero si Duterte sa kanya pa rin kakampi. Malaki ang epekto nito sa mga OFW at kung makauwi ang 4 milyong OFW, wala namang trabaho o kabuhayan ang naghihintay sa kanila rito. Ang lahat ng krisis na ito ay bunga ng kabaliwan ni Trump, at ang kumampi sa kanya ay isa ring baliw,” he slammed.

Finally, the groups urged the people to deny supporting the US war of aggression on Iran as it is a threat to world peace and stability.

“The beneficiaries of US war of aggression on Iran is their oligarchs who profits from arms deals and oil monopoly who are already commencing with their speculation bringing about world price hikes of petroleum products,” Casilao bared.

“Talo ang mamamayang Pilipino at ng mundo sa napipintong gera ng US at Iran, si Trump at mga kakutsaba niya lang ang makikinabang rito. Dapat itong tutulan ng mga Pilipino, bilang ambag sa panawagang kapayapaan sa buong mundo,” Hicap ended. ###

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