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Monday, February 18, 2019

Dengvaxia mob


Dengvaxia mob
By Undersecretary Lorraine T. Badoy
Originally published on www.pna.gov.ph


THE Dengvaxia issue has taken on a life of its own so that, in order to clarify and hopefully, to calm and erase confusion, I have thought it best to write a list.

Just so we’re clear as day.

►Does the Dengvaxia issue fall under the PCOO’s purview?

Just like the Maximum Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill (which emanates from Congress), the Dengvaxia issue does not fall under the mandate of the PCOO. It falls under the DOH.



This is not to wash our hands off this matter. I sit with the DOH on a regular basis and I’d like for you to know that the government under President Duterte is different in that it doesn’t see itself as made up of separate departments but as one Team: Team Pilipinas.

It’s just my way of educating you about how your government works.

Communications is a huge area of responsibility. Hence, as a rule, each Department has its own communications section.

Which is why the PCOO has not taken charge of the communications of 4Ps or of the promotion of Palawan as a tourist destination.



Their own departments take care of communicating those programs to the people. (in this case, the DSWD and the Department of Tourism respectively.).

Certainly, the government communications system of which the PCOO manages, is at the service of the entire government: PTV 4, Radyo Pilipinas, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine News Agency, among others.

But active management and strategizing in communicating programs outside of the President’s programs are the responsibility of each department.

The only time we formulate and implement a communications strategy for any department outside of the Office of the President is when these departments reach out to us and ask for our help. And these are usually via Memoranda of Agreements.



Then and only then does this become PCOO’s purview as well.

►Was the President ever silent about the Dengvaxia issue? 

No.

This President will NEVER be silent about things that matter.

On December 13, 2017, at the height of the Dengvaxia issue, this is what the President said...

“If I were president and there’s a vaccine that was already paid for and studies show according to the clinical studies of that company, I as president, ako rin, sasabihin ko, ‘You implement it if it would save lives.’”



In other words, he refused to politicize an issue that should not have been politicized.

To be clear, he didn’t exonerate PNoy or Garin. He didn’t declare their innocence nor their guilt because that is not his job. He is not a court of law.

He instead directed the NBI to finish its investigation and find out who must be held criminally accountable. The case is currently being handled by the DOJ and thus, I cannot comment on it.

All the President did was give us his fair assessment of the situation: “kung ako nasa lugar ni PNoy non, at nabayaran na ang bakuna at sabi naman ng clinical studies noon na safe ito, itutuloy ko.”



Quite significantly, he issued a call for sobriety.

The President is a man of the law. A fiscal for a good part of his career and if there is anything he endeavors to teach us, it is this: that laws of the land must be followed and that we all remain mindful of the law.

May proceso at susundan natin ang proceso na yan.

Also, he will not put in harm’s way the people he has sworn to serve just to score political points.

So early on, the President issued a call for sobriety. And then worked with Sec Duque to protect and serve the children well.



Did you hear the President’s call for sobriety? Kung hindi, baket? Sino ang mas pinaniwalaan mo kesa ang Pangulong sinasabi mong pinagkakatiwalaan mo?

At huwag ninyo syang iinsultuhin na hindi nya alam ang nangyayari sa paligid nya. Hindi ho ulyanin ang ating Pangulo. Napakatalas ng pag-iisip nya. At malamang, mas marami syang alam kesa sayo tungkol sa pagpapatakbo ng ating Bansa.

►Was his alter ego, Sec. Duque, ever silent about the Dengvaxia issue? 

No.

When he sat as DOH Secretary in October 2017, the Dengvaxia program was already in place and ongoing.



On November 29, 2017, Sanofi issued a medical advisory regarding the safety and efficacy of the Dengvaxia vaccine.

Three days later, on Dec 1, Sec Duque STOPPED the implementation of the Dengue Immunization Program all over the country.

On Dec 7, 2017, DOH created Dengvaxia Task Force and on Dec 27, 2017, the Dengue Vaccine Panel Experts (composed of an independent body of expert physicians of the UP PGH) met for the 1sttime to evaluate evidence at hand.

On Dec 29, 2017, the FDA suspended the Certificate of Product Registration of Dengvaxia.

And that’s just an overview of the first month.



Other measures undertaken were the tie-up of the DOH with the World Health Organization experts on capacity building on Dengvaxia related  surveillance.

Around 61 million pesos was spent on tracing each and every child immunized with Dengvaxia and then profiling them to have a baseline assessment of each of them and then for them to be followed up for 5 years after Dengvaxia immunization.

So far, the DOH has profiled 572,537 vaccinees—gone to them, examined them, spoken to them. And they will not stop till they’ve reached the whole 891,295 vaccinees.

PHP5 million was spent on lab studies done by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine for any dengvaxia victim—for which they were charged nothing.



So for instance, if a child in Cebu wanted his blood or urine examined, his specimen was flown to the RITM free of charge.

Close to 7 million pesos was spent on support to regional offices all over the country.

Dengue Fast Lanes were put up in hospitals all over the country dedicated solely to victims who got immunized with Dengvaxia with a 1:1 doctor to patient ratio as much as possible.

Patients were given Dengvaxia monitoring cards to make it easier to identify and follow up and keep track of these children. And if they get hospitalized (public or private hospitals), all expenses will be covered under the No Billing program.


EVEN IF THE CHILD GETS SICK WITH SOMETHING ELSE OTHER THAN DENGUE or anything attributable to the Dengvaxia vaccine.

In March of 2018, Sec Duque was able to get a refund of 1.16 billion pesos from Sanofi that he means to use for the benefit of Dengvaxia victims once Senate okays its release.

PHP50,000 is being given to family members of deceased of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

It is not true that families are coerced into signing forms that will stop them from taking legal action against the government once they receive the PHP50,000.



For those who have experienced this, kindly call 8888 and we will get to the bottom of this.

What it is is a 'one-time financial assistance' and it is from the Office of the President.

The 46 families who have, thus far, claimed the PHP50,000 one-time financial assistance are free to take any legal action against the government if they so wish.

So no, Sec Duque – like the President—wasn’t silent about Dengvaxia. Besides literally speaking to the Filipino people about it a number of times, they were both eloquent in the actions they took to address the terrible situation.


But I guess you didn’t hear them because you were too busy allowing yourselves to be whipped up into a frenzy.

This is the alarming truth that we have learned from this Dengvaxia experience — and what a lot of governments the world over have learned about disinformation is:

►In the face of all these—

A President who has the welfare of the people he serves first and foremost,

A Health Secretary who is just as dedicated to the people he has sworn to serve.


An entire department of faithful, hardworking public servants who must be some of the most heroic public servants I have ever known—

And all the measures they undertook— all that was NO MATCH to the fear-mongering and the hatred and distrust sown by a handful—some of them, workers in government even.

The truth is, public servants of the Department of Health were taken aback and shaken to their core at the hatred and vitriol directed at them by the very public they serve faithfully.

These are health workers who cross seas in rinky-dink boats and climb mountains and get covered with mud—and they sleep in makeshift tents to reach those who are most in need—the poorest of the poor.

Certainly, more noble souls than those who do nothing all day but Facebook while gleefully destroying lives.




And these public servants serve with nothing more than their most noble of intentions.

These days though, because of the hatred directed at them by the unthinking mob incited on them by the irresponsible, our country’s frontliners in the fight for better health for those who need it the most—well, these days, they go about their sad, thankless jobs  without the DOH uniforms/shirts they wore with pride because so much hatred is trained on them. They’ve experienced being stoned, cursed at, spat at.

These are doctors of the barrio, midwives, nurses, barangay health workers who work for a pittance.


And whose only rewards are seeing their patients get better and the pride of knowing they work for a Department that is noble in its aspirations –even if you factor in the imperfections.


And even those psychic rewards have been stolen from them.

Never, according to them, have they experienced this much hatred and vitriol in all the 120 years of the Department’s existence.

Never before have they seen this much maligning of reputations of simple, hardworking public servants. Nor this much sensationalism over such a serious issue where reason should have ruled and where discussions should have been more academic and sober.

Instead what ruled was mob behavior: unthinking, hateful, toxic—incited by a handful of malicious people who are now doing all they can to wash the blood off their hands.


So they instigated, provoked and aroused the flames of fear and hatred.

And when critical mass was created and people got burned, they are quick to let go of their torches and say, “What me? Responsible? It’s all your fault!”

In other countries like Singapore, there would have been an end to this by these menaces being put behind bars.


Cyberlibel laws are being crafted and strengthened as we speak and I am hoping prosecutions will follow.

Those responsible for the 500% increase in measles incidence should be held accountable—as they ought to for the way they’ve maligned and spread atrocious lies about faithful and hardworking public servants whose only treasure is their good name.

And by causing irreparable harm to the Filipino people.

These are the toxic ones who make public service even more thankless and more soul-crushing than it already is and something no one will ever want to get into except the corrupt.



Governments around the world have closed ranks to share best practices to battle this scourge.

Disinformation (fake news) can hurt not just one person. It can hurt an entire nation. It can hurt an entire world. It can hurt the poorest of the poor.

►Was I fired at the DSWD? 

No.

I am a Presidential appointee. Only the President can fire me. I was an Asst. Secretary there and the President moved me to the PCOO as an Undersecretary. Assistant Secretary to Undersecretary sounds like a promotion, right? Not fired. Whoever says that is either stupid or thinks you’re stupid and is obviously lying and you should stop believing him.


►What is the greatest weapon against all the toxicity of fake news?

Someone who stands apart from the mob because a mob is UNTHINKING.

Someone who can think critically and independently. Someone who is not easily led, like sheep, to slaughter.

Stop being a follower.

Do not surrender what is sacred: your own thoughts.


Then, as now, the greatest force against lies and dangerous deception is an individual who has a strong and educated mind and has no need to be told what is right or wrong because she can figure this out on her own.

I truly believe that now—more than ever—the world is in grave danger from those who could wreak havoc by stealing your mind and making you part of the mob.

It is, therefore, a moral imperative to know who it is you truly are and then to stand your ground.

You, as an individual, can save the world.

You are the Greatest Force against the evil that incites the unthinking mob.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rappler analyst predict protest, instead Duterte is treated like a RockStar ~Share Video

This video will make you proud of our president.

Political analyst Dewi Fortuna Anwar, who serves as Director for Program and Research at the Habibie Center admits that Duterte is vey popular in Indonesia and  is widely talked about.

However, Dewi also told Rappler that Duterte might be met with a protest.

As it turned out her analysis was very wrong.  In a visit to Tanah Abang textile market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Duterte was met by a huge crowd of Indonesians some of which screaming  “Duterte, Duterte, Duterte”

The Tanah Abang market is the most popular public market in Indonesia which considered to be similar to Divisoria in the Philippines.


Because of Duterte, consumers’ confidence index finally lands in the positive territory


Yellowtards will never post or share this. If they had their way, they would probably hide this bit of news from you.

Why would they do that?  We because they are immature and bitter and want the country to collapse under Duterte. Everything they post is bad news, and even if it is good news they want to make it bad.

Because the Yellowtards feel bad, they want the rest of the country feel bad. Isn't that childish behavior of spoiled brats?



Please read the article written by Lee C. Chipongian of the Manila Bulletin titled Consumer confidence turns positive – BSP published last September 9, 2016.

Consumer confidence turns positive – BSP 
Finally, Filipino consumers’ confidence index landed in the positive territory and at its highest since the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) first conducted the survey in 2007 on perceived improvement in peace and order situation, availability of more jobs, stable commodity prices and expected increase in salaries.

The BSP said that Filipino consumers’ confidence index (CI) was highest at 2.5 percent in the third quarter versus the previous quarter’s -6.4 percent.



In presenting its third quarter Consumer Expectations Survey (CES), the BSP noted that this is the first time that the optimists outnumbered the pessimists since they first conducted the survey in 2007.

The BSP said the optimism stemmed from the perceived improvement in the peace and order situation, availability of more jobs, stable prices of commodity and an expected increase in salaries.

The survey report also highlighted effective government policies, the new administration and its war on drugs, and continued assistance from the government conditional cash transfer or the “4Ps” (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program).

The BSP said consumers’ positive outlook extends to the fourth quarter this year and in the next 12 months.



This is shown with a CI of 27.3 percent for the next quarter versus 5.6 percent in the last survey, and for the year ahead the CI was 43.8 percent compared to 26.6 percent in the previous survey.

“Consumers anticipated that improvements in the peace and order situation, availability of more jobs, salary increases and good governance would continue over the next 12 months.

They also expected possible decrease in prices of goods, lesser household expenses as well as an increase in household income and savings which could translate to growth in real income and higher purchasing power of the household,” said the BSP.

The survey also said that for most Filipinos, they think inflation rate would continue to decline over the next 12 months and this “indicates that inflationary expectations are likely to moderate over the next 12 months.”



“In the meantime, fewer expected interest rates to increase as the CI dropped to its record low. (They) also view that the peso would continue to appreciate against the US dollar over the next 12 months,” said the BSP.

Consumers also see positive movement in the unemployment index in the year ahead which could “translate to improved labor conditions.”

The current CES was conducted July 1 to July 12 and covered 5,810 households nationwide. About 3,002 or 51.7 percent were from the National Capital Region (NCR) and 2,808 or 48.3 percent from areas outside of the NCR.

The BSP said 46.9 percent of survey respondents were from the low-income group, 38.8 percent from the middle-income group and 14.2 percent from high-income group.



Do yellowtards love our country? If yes, why do they spread bad news even if there is good news. Share

The goal of the Yellowtards is not to help our country progress, but to make us look bad so Duterte will fail.

Shown below is an article written by MJ Quiambao Reyes.

ON PHIL STOCKS & DOUBLE STANDARD

Did you know that for the 1st time in 24 years, Phil Stocks soared and rose by 23.78 points after Duterte delivered his 1st SONA?

When the PSEi went up very significantly that time, his critics were quick to dismiss and said: "That's not because of Duterte. That's normal. Stocks always go up after every SONA!"
Ang tatalino nila eh!

BUT did you know that PSEi consistently went down after initial SONAs of Aquino, Arroyo, and Estrada--contrary to what they said?

(please check the photos)
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When Phil Stocks dropped the other day (which for those who really know stocks is but normal), the bleeding hearts, propagandists, & yellow journalists went to town and had an early Christmas! They cheered and filled their walls with PSEI reports blaming Duterte left and right and yes, even taunting his supporters.

Someone even tried to challenge me to refute his statements about that drop and Duterte being the reason behind it according to his reliable source-- a "reputable tourist guide". Sorry for him but I do not engage in a battle of wits with high and mighty people who think they have the monopoly of knowledge and whose intention is just to discredit the new govt.

Instead, I am sharing these info to you, my friends, so that YOU are equipped with the right and necessary information and not be easily swayed by misleading and distorted reports and misinformed opinions. Like I always say to you guys, it is always better to be more informed than merely opinionated. Wag nyo po gayahin ang kabila na puro banat lang at paninira--sabay proclaim themselves as disente.

Friends, wag na po tayong makipagmurahan at bangayan pa. Just be more informed and be the better man. We do not need to proclaim ourselves as the decent or intellectuals--let's just think, and act, and talk, and show them how to be one.

P.S. The Stocks rose again today! ;)

(Pakihambalos na lang po sa pagmumukha ng ilan nating mga kapwa Filipino na sa halip makipagtulungan sana muna sa bagong gobyerno ay pilit nilang pinababagsak agad! At hayan, lumabas na naman ang aking pagka-Amazona! Nyahaha! Tao lang po. Now you guys have to remind me too, sometimes! :-) :-) :-) )
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#mediawatch #mjquiambaoreyes

Thursday, September 8, 2016

While Pangilinan questioned "state of lawlessness" ISIS Philippines released a recruitment video.


Above, ISIS Philippines recruitment video, will Filipino Muslims head the call?

While Senator Francis Pangilinan questioned the "state of lawless violence" declared by Duterte, the ISIS Philippines released a recruitment video.

The senator's question came about when the PNP reported that crime had gone down 49 percent during the first two months of the new administration and somehow Pangilinan forgot that Duterte’s declaration of a state of emergency came after the bombing in Davao City on Friday (Sept. 2, 2016) last week that left 14 people dead and dozens injured.

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts

Netizen J. Marnelli was asked if she regrets voting for Duterte. Her answer is unforgettable. Share


Netizen Jean Marnelli was asked if she regrets voting for Duterte and her answer is unforgettable.

From Jean Marnelli's post:

I was asked if I am experiencing buyer's remorse, having voted for such an uncouth president.



Fine. I am embarrassed.
Because it had to take this crass and ill-mannered man for me to finally see:
  1. The jobless and maltreated OFWs stranded in the UAE finally coming home. News broke out on this as early as 2009. There are 9000 of them. First batch flew in August this year.

  2. A one-stop-shop established for the OFWs and the ending of Tanim-Bala.

  3. A government branch that finally implemented the FOI. 

  4. A crackdown on mining malpractices with 4 mines suspended to date and more coming as the government has just completed its audit.




  5. Centralized and nationwide Emergency Response Team (911) and Citizen Complaint Hotline (8888) 

  6. The gates of the DAR opened after being shut for more than a decade. 

  7. A signed indefinite ceasefire agreement. 

  8. An actual war against drugs. Say what you want about it but for every politician that said they were fighting it, this is the first time I can actually see it happening.




  9. An increase in the allowance of Filipino athletes representing us in the Olympics. 

  10. A president that has command responsibility and is willing to take the hit for his men which is driving increased morale in our police and military forces. Remember the lack of ownership during SAF44 and the HK Tourist Bus Hostage Crisis? 

  11.  A president who is arrogant enough to lead this small archipelago like it was the best country in the world and stand up to the powers that be. If you've travelled outside, you'd know that the Philippine Passport is an almost powerless passport. I do not know where he gets his nerve. I think in his heart and mind, he really believes this is the best country in the world. That's crazy. We all know we're not.




You know what's most annoying? His potty-mouthed presidency is just 69 days old.

Now, being a well-mannered big fan of perception management and word choice, I am now asking myself--

What did I actually DO for my country in the last 69 days aside from grudgingly pay taxes and post commentaries like this on FB?

Nothing.

Damn you, Duterte. Why can't you just be lip service like everyone else?

Embarrassing.



What do we do when the institution that is suppose to protect us betrays us? Share

What do we do when the institution that is suppose to protect us betrays us?

The media which is controlled by the elite has been twisting the truth to make sure Duterte fails. For once in our history, we have a President who wants to make real change and his enemies are making sure his every move is blocked.

I am so frustrated that sometimes I want to cry in anger, however if I feel this way; I wonder how the president feels.

Another Filipino who is equally frustrated is MJ Quiambao Reyes who posted on her Facebook wall and wrote the following:


By MJ Quiambao Reyes
Shame on all the pseudo-journalists, editors, & publishers who are giving journalism a bad, bad name!

Shame on all the papers & news agencies who allow the gross prostitution of what should have been a noble profession!

Stop calling yourselves journalists when all you're obviously after for is to bring down Duterte and this new government.

Wag kayo magtanga-tangahan just so you can continue to mislead people and scare them and sow hate for the new President!

Why give such a headline and make it appear that State of Lawlessness grants Warrantless Arrest when all these that you mentioned are in fact existing standard clauses for warrantless arrests?

In layman's term, dati na itong procedure or standard clauses kung saan kahit sino pa na kasakuyang gumagawa ng krimen (kasalukuyang pumapatay o nangri-rape halimbawa) ay maaring arestuhin. Dati na ito! Mga gago kayo!

What is your agenda in coming- up with such malicious and highly misleading news report? Scare the Filipino people and turn them against the new government?

I'm curious, how much is the cost of your newspaper these days?

Those papers who have been using distorted and malicious headlines placing at risk our diplomatic relations with other countries---

Those papers who are coming up w/ misleading reports like this just to turn the public against the government--

You are a disgrace to your country & fellowmen. You should be sanctioned for Malice (if not, inciting to sedition or other more appropriate charges).
Ang aga aga nakakataas kayo ng presyon!

Kayong mga klase ng yellow journalists, kayo dapat sini-Senate Hearing at pinu-front sa mga Police Operations!

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/…/proclamation-allows-arrest-w…
#MediaWatch #MJQuiambaoReyes

Obama was lucky he had an excuse to cancel the meeting with Duterte. Find out why & share


Video of Duterte's rant about Obama & the US' human rights record
First of all, let me touch on the alledge insult that was not an insult.

If you listened carefully to what Duterte said, he never mentioned that Obama's mother is a whore, as a matter of fact Duterte never swore at Obama.

What Duterte said was a conditional statement or also known as an "if" statement.

Let's put it this way, if I said that I will punch you in the face if you disrespected my daughter, does it mean I have already punched you? When Duterte said that he will curse Obama if he brings up the issue of human rights, did it mean he cursed Obama already? Definitely not.


So now let's discuss Duterte's rant.

Imagine if Duterte did not rant.

Instead he met Obama face to face, and then when Obama raised the issue of human rights all of a sudden KABOOM!!!  Duterte unleashes his lecture about human rights and exposing the hypocrisy of the US for the world to see.

If this happened, who would have been embarrassed, Duterte or Obama?

Whether you like it or not Duterte was right about the US human rights record. We start out with the genocide of the American Indians. It is said that when Columbus arrived in the Americas there were over 10 million of them but at the end of the 19th century only 300,000 survived.

Then we look at the Philippines where 600,000 Moros where killed by the Americans. Then the Vietnam war where 1.1 million Vietnamese were killed when the US invaded Vietnam.

Finally, we have Iraq, Libya, and Syria were hundred of thousands have died and a country has been left in ruins.

If that is not human rights violation then what is? At the end of the day, the US does not have a right to lecture anyone about human rights because their hands is covered in blood.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Will we still love the USA if the PH turns into a narco state like Mexico because of US interference?


If our country turned into a narco state like Mexico because of US interference ,will our love for the US turn sour?

I have always been pro-US ever since I can remember but now my sentiments are starting to change. For once we have a leader who is fighting the scourge of drugs which threatens to turn our country into a narco state like Mexico. Unfortunately, the most powerful country in the planet wants us to fail.

Under the pretext of human rights, the US has put pressure on our president to halt its war on drugs, however if they were really sincere about human rights abuses why don't they put pressure on repressive governments like Saudi Arabia?

Bringing the issue of human right closer to home, the US supported Marcos whose human right record is said to be covered in blood because it guaranteed that the US interest were protected.

The way I see it, the human rights issue is being used against Duterte because he is not an American boy. Duterte is too nationalistic and what he wants is for the country to get the best deal from the US, Japan, China and even Russia.  And I don't think the USA likes that.

The basis of my comment is the PhilStar article titled US stands firm on human rights issues in Philippines.  Please read the full article shown below.

US stands firm on human rights issues in Philippines
By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com)
September 7, 2016 - 11:33am

MANILA, Philippines — The United States maintained that it will not soften its criticism about human rights concerns and drug issues in the Philippines.

US Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said that Washington is willing to have a conversation with the Philippines regarding its concerns about human rights.

"President [Rodrigo] Duterte may disagree with us strongly on that, and that’s part of the conversation of – between allies and partners that take place on – with a number of countries around the world," Toner said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Toner added hat expressing such concerns is a part of a healthy bilateral relationship between two nations.

"So that’s part of what we believe to be a healthy bilateral relationship, where we can express those kind of concerns, as we do with countries around the world and governments where we believe there are credible reports of human rights abuses," the US State Department official said.

The Philippine president has expressed regret over his tirade against Obama which came out as a personal attack.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Prepare to cry - This is the way our kababayans in Laos welcomed & showed love for Duterte

Special thanks to the anonymous guy who uploaded this video. Thank you for sharing the joy.

I have never seen a Filipino leader get this so much love and I hope and pray that Duterte will succeed in delivering his vision for us Filipinos.

VIDEO-Duterte's Obama rant provoked by disrespectful tone of voice of Reuters reporter Morales?

Some people say Reuters reporter Jerome Morales' tone of voice was disrespectful towards Duterte and the condescending way he said "human rights" may have irked Duterte and fueled his rant at Barack Obama.

If you listen to the way Morales said "human rights", he seemed to insinuate that Duterte didn't know what his question was all about.

Do you think Jerome Morales was disrespectful? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Shown below is the full video.

VIDEO-Duterte will lecture Obama if US Pres. mentions human rights

Video of Duterte answering a reporter who asked about Obama bringing up the human rights issue.

Obama will be embarrassed if he brings up the issue of human rights.

When Reuters reporter, Jerome Morales asked Duterte about being questioned by Obama regarding extra-judicial killings, Duterte replied by saying "The Philippines is not a vassal state. We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States." Duterte continued by saying "I do not respond to anybody except to the people of the Republic of the Philippines."

For the first time in my life, never have I felt so much pride in being a Filipino. Watch this video and find out why.

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.