President Rodrigo Duterte is stone-cold silent about the police and military raids that led to the deaths of 9 activists in Calabarzon.
Yet it’s his publicly spoken words that link him to the series of deadly operations that culminated on March 7, now known as the “Bloody Sunday” operations.
In Episode 18 of Seat of Power, Rappler’s podcast about the Philippine presidency, reporter Pia Ranada goes back to Duterte’s orders against communists and activists.
Way back in 2017, Duterte had already outlined how he would rid the country of all Leftist influence. Saying the death of an infant in a communist rebel ambush on soldiers was the last straw, he turned his back on peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and vowed to declare them as terrorists.
He then threatened to arrest, not just armed rebels, but legally-recognized organizations he claims are just communist “fronts.”
If there’s one thing certain about Duterte, it’s that he’ll make good on violent threats.
Listen to other Seat of Power episodes:
- Episode 1: COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response
- Episode 2: Duterte’s hands all over ABS-CBN franchise rejection
- Episode 3: The frightening future of Duterte’s anti-terror law
- Episode 4: Duterte’s 2020 SONA in 5 minutes
- Episode 5: What happens if Duterte gets COVID-19?
- Episode 6: Duterte, Trump, Bolsonaro: The ‘medical populists’
- Episode 7: Pandemic leadership: Duterte vs Leni
- Episode 8: Duterte’s secretive Malacañang
- Episode 9: Duterte’s vaccine dreams vs reality
- Episode 10: Duterte’s role in the Cayetano-Velasco Speakership tussle
- Episode 11: 4 reasons why Duterte’s ratings are still high
- Episode 12: ‘Corruption crackdown’ by a master of spectacle
- Episode 13: Covering a President who lies
- Episode 14: Tarlac shooting: Blood on Duterte’s hands
- Episode 15: Unpacking the PSG vaccine mystery
- Episode 16: China’s new Coast Guard law and Duterte
- Episode 17: Duterte’s VFA threats: Negotiating tactic or rash outburst?