Last week, a gaggle of seven self-important Lefties stormed the front page of a naive Philippine Daily Inquirer masquerading or at least somehow appearing to be a delegation of European Union (EU) enforcers. They were in Manila to deliver a stern warning from both the EU and the United Nations that the Philippines could face sanctions if the government of President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t, according to the Inquirer, “stop the killing of suspects … [in his] fierce war on drugs”.
Then, as something rather unpleasant hit the fan, Duterte responded with a threat of his own – that EU member states which interfere in Philippine affairs do so at their peril. To make the point he said this: “… we can have the diplomatic channel cut tomorrow. You [all diplomatic staff] leave my country in 24 hours”.
That quickly focused minds and equally quickly elicited a disclaimer in the form of a “Clarificatory Statement” from the EU.
That said this: “… the European Union had no involvement whatsoever in the visit of the seven-member delegation of the ‘International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance’ to the Philippines, which took place 8 – 9 October in Manila, and consisted of representatives from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Australia and the US. It included one German Member of the European Parliament. It is therefore not correct to label the visit an ‘EU mission’ and we kindly ask publications which have done so to rectify this mistake”.
Thus, the EU washed its hands of this ridiculous charade, even though opposition voices in the Philippines tried to present it as further proof of international dissatisfaction with Duterte. So who were they really and what was their ‘mission’?
Let’s start by naming and shaming these pompous imposters from First World nations who believe they can jackboot their way into a developing country and issue threats and ultimatums to its democratically elected government.
All members of the Left’s political elite – they represent part of the hardcore Euro-Left that continually tramples on the sovereignty of weaker nations in that abomination of a union which is their Europe. Now, they’re taking their show on the road in an attempt to stamp their authority on Asia.
And while China is much too powerful for them to confront effectively, the Philippines they believe can be quickly brought to their heel. To facilitate that, they’ve been given inside help to destroy the Filipino people’s choice of government from the Liberal Party and its fawning groupies from the Philippine Left.
Here they are. Thomas O. Melia, of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Linda Töyrä, a Social Democrats Party member of the Swedish Parliament; Arne Lietz, a member of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (a group within the Party of European Socialists) and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP); Giacomo Filibeck, Deputy Secretary General of the Party of European Socialists; Conny Reuter of the European activist-Leftist network, Solidar; Konstantin Woinoff, President of the Progressive Alliance, and Benjamin Maxfield of the socialist-rooted Australian Council of Trade Unions.
They’d come on a junket from the Berlin-based fascist-Left Political Alliance (PA) and were in Manila as guests of PA member, and stunt organiser, the Akbayan Citizens Action Party – a socialist/liberal anti-Duterteist group affiliated to the Philippines’ Liberal Party and headed by its chairman – full-on Duterte critic, Senator Risa Hontiveros. So, obviously, she had a hand in this pantomime. No surprises there.
So here’s our question then: If members or employees of foreign governments come to the Philippines and publically criticise the president, should those governments – as guests of the Philippines – be permitted to maintain a diplomatic presence in the Philippines? In short, should their ambassadors and consuls be made persona non grata and kicked out?
Certainly, German-born fascists, Melia, Leitz, Reuter and Woinoff; Italian-born fascist, Filibeck, along with their fellow travelling Swede, Töyrä, and Aussie, Maxfield, who were offered the Inquirer as a political platform, had no EU authority at all.
But one is an MEP; one is a member of the Swedish Parliament. And one is the assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia of USAID – a US Government agency with a long history of channeling “political aid” to opposition political movements engaged in removing governments. That man, Thomas O. Melia, most likely, will have been the star guest; the VIP. Based on form, if we had to guess where the money for a putsch against Duterte was coming from, USAID would be high on our list.
Former US ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, who interfered in the May 2016 Philippine election and came close to being asked to leave the country – as he was in 2008 in Bolivia for consorting with opposition groups while he was ambassador there – was pictured with Philippine Vice President and the figurehead of all opposition to Duterte, Leni Robredo, at a USAID event in Manila in July last year. In Bolivia, he’d allegedly been planning to channel millions of USAID dollars to opposition groups. ‘The Goldberg plan’ to oust Duterte.
The point is that these three stunt-participants represent foreign governments in some capacity. In other words, they’re not private citizens; they speak in those capacities. That’s why they were in Manila; that was the weight they brought. Consequently, they can’t claim to be speaking and demonstrating as private individuals.
We believe, for starters, that what these rabble-rousers did was certainly enough to warrant summoning the German, Swedish and US ambassadors to Malacañang to register the government’s displeasure at representatives of their governments interfering in the internal affairs of the Philippines and abusing diplomatic privilege.
We know that there’s a tremendous amount of sabotage of the Duterte administration going on by agencies of Western governments right now – not least from the US, hypocritically a country that’s still having a hissy-fit over the alleged involvement of Russia in its elections last year.
But then that’s typical of the double standards of the Left. They, it seems, can intrude in any country where they don’t happen to like the government, but are outraged at any suggestion of a foreign power sniffing around them.
The Chinese have the right idea for people like this, they bar them from entering the country. America does the same, as does everywhere else – certainly Germany and Sweden don’t just let anyone in to talk at public forums. In June, for example, Germany rejected a request from Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to address ethnic Turks during his visit to Berlin for the G20 Summit.
Like those countries, the Philippines is a sovereign state and has every right to prevent undesirable aliens from going there to engage in subversive activities. This gang of Euro-septic Lefties certainly wouldn’t dare to try and pull a stunt like that in Singapore – or in fact anywhere else in the Asean region. So how come they can get away with it in the Philippines?
Let us know what you think.