What The Hell Is Going On In The Philippines?

08/23/201626 Comments

Philippines-UN-Withdrawl-500x200by James Corbett
August 23, 2016

I hereby propose a new rule. Let's call it "Corbett's Law."

"When members of the parasitical ruling class war with each other there are no good guys to root for."
-Corbett's Law

The recent spat between the UN and the new president of the Philippines is a good case in point.

When Rodrigo Duterte, the former mayor of Davao City, was running for president of the Philippines, he promised he would be a dictator. He said he would authorize the army and police force to wage a drug war and use extrajudicial killings against "suspects" (i.e. literally anyone) who resisted. He said he would shut down Congress if they ever tried to impeach him. But he also said he'd open the country up to foreign investment so the mainstream business press laughed it all off.

Newsflash: he wasn't joking.

For those who haven't been keeping track, since taking office in May Duterte has:

duterteIn other words, he's the big strong dictator from the sky that dumbed-down populations around the world are hungering for in this age of rising authoritarianism. But what else would you expect from a man who patterns his administration on Hollywood predictive programming like Dirty Harry and Death Wish?

But however insane things may be in the Philippines these days, there are still "teachable moments" that we can get out of it all.

Take Duterte's most recent meltdown. In his Sunday morning press briefing, Duterte--pressed on a UN appeal to stop the extrajudicial killing spree that he has unleashed--lashed out: "Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations. If you’re that rude, son of a bitch, we’ll just leave you." From there, he began attacking the UN in general, calling it "inutile" and "stupid."

“Look at the iconic boy that was taken out from the rubble and he was made to sit in the ambulance and we saw it,” he said, referring to a propaganda photograph from Aleppo (taken by a man who proudly pals around with child-beheaders) that is being used for a new push to step up military intervention in Syria. "Why is it that United States is not doing anything?" Duterte asked, apparently miffed that the UN has not given the green light to a full-scale invasion of Syria. He then expressed the hope that China and Africa would start a counter-UN body and that Manila would get its financial contributions to the UN back.

Unsurprisingly, Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. was quick to walk those comments back this week. At a press briefing Monday morning Yasay passed the comments off as off-the-cuff remarks by a president who was "tired, disappointed and frustrated and angry" and assured the world that the Philippines was not withdrawing from the UN.

UN_General_Assembly_hallBut let's imagine for a moment Duterte wasn't joking. What would happen? How could the Philippines leave the UN?

The surprising answer is they can't. No one can. There are no provisions in the United Nation's charter for the voluntary withdrawal of any member state. In other words, the UN is just like the Hotel California: "You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave."

As Jon Robin Bustamante points out in a surprisingly informative social media post, this was done intentionally to stop threats of withdrawal being used as a political bargaining chip and to stop member states from evading their obligations under the charter.

As Bustamante notes:

The only country to seriously attempt UN withdrawal was Indonesia in 1965. Indonesian President Sukarno withdrew the country after their then-enemy Malaysia was awarded a seat in the Security Council. The Secretary-General noted their decision, but did not remove Indonesia from the roster of its members. One year later, Sukarno was overthrown in a coup and Indonesia resumed full cooperation with the UN.

During this time, Indonesia established CONEFO—a rival international organization with China, North Vietnam and North Korea as its members. The organization was largely ignored and was dissolved after a year. In 2016, Duterte threatens to do exactly the same.

In other words, Duterte would be unlikely to succeed even if he did try to somehow stop complying with the UN.

unpoliceOf course, the UN is the epitome of the corrupt globalist institutions that really should be wiped off the face of the planet, but not because the Security Council hasn't authorized the US to pull a Gaddafi on Assad.

The UN was the brainchild of the Council on Foreign Relations' War and Peace Studies Political Group (itself born from the failure of the globalists to secure US participation in the League of Nations).

I could go on (and I have before), but I think you get the picture. Every person in every nation should be denouncing the United Nations and vowing to withdraw, UN Charter be damned. But just because Duterte said this in a fit of anger (and justified it by saying it wasn't warmongering enough in Syria) certainly does not make him a good guy. It's Corbett's Law in action.

But we can still hope that in the battle of political parasites that seems to be shaping up between Duterte (and future authoritarians like him) and the UN, both sides may be mortally wounded.

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  1. stevekelly911 says:

    >>>Every person in every nation should be denouncing the United Nations and vowing to withdraw, UN Charter be damned.

    James, you do know that your international ‘rights’ have now been revoked, because you dared to oppose the U.N., denouncing ‘peace’, meaning you must be some kind of terrorist by default?

    The internet is FOREVER, and Big Brother will now have this little capital crime filed away until the day the Smurfs turn up at your door to drag you to Room 101 … hopefully you get a sexy smurfette turn up, but it’ll probably be a guy called Abesi, with a nice strong machete arm, deep voice, and a loving humanitarian glare in the eyes; recently employed from defunct ________ Freedom Fighters of ________ Dictator in chief, after a genocide clears a demographics problem from the vicinity of a nice stash of natural resources now managed from Zurich or London.

    Oh what a nice calming light blue color … so serene … how could anyone be against ‘peace’ James?

  2. VoiceOfArabi says:

    I like the idea of Corbett’s Law… I am going to use it in conversation.. 🙂 .

    Late Col.Qaddafi of Libya was a mad man, and insane, and that’s according to the people who loved him.. So, you will understand that I have no love for the man or the dictatorship he created, however, and this goes against Corbett’s Law when i say i did enjoy seeing him expose the U.N. for all the wrong doing you high light above, and he did it standing on the U.N. podium in New York, followed by tearing up the U.N. charter and throwing it at the head of U.N. at the time.. This is on YouTube if you enjoy a laugh check at 1:33:00 below


    Accepting the United Nation is accepting false sense of security. It makes us complicit in the crimes they allow to be committed. It is about time we grew up.

    James… On a different topic, I have an idea….

    Is it possible to have a section of the website dedicated to discussing topics chosen by the subscribers, for example, this week it would be a topic like why the UN is actually making the world “worse” (broken windows effect). Then, all the subscribers can engage in a discussion with replies to the person who starts the topic and each other…

    So, James, you would received every week/month (?) request to discuss different topics from subscribers, and you will chose one, who will be allowed to write up a short discussion topic, which would end up on the website, and a discussion will follow by the members (or even open it up to none members to contribute (?) i am just thinking out loud)

    What do you say Mr.Corbett??

  3. VoiceOfArabi says:

    I just wanted to add on the Philippines, which is a wonderful country with really nice warm people..

    Mr. Rodrigo Duterte is no different to Don. Trump or Hillary Clinton.. the only difference is he thinks “why lie and pretend”..

    He will soon find out that if world leaders don’t toe the line and “lie and pretend”, they will soon end up with a stick up their bottom just like col. Qaddafi did courtesy of U.N. and NATO.

    watch this space

  4. BuddhaForce says:

    The UN has admitted some responsibility for the Cholera outbreak in Haiti that killed an estimated 10,000 people.

    Good thing they believe they have total immunity from all laws everywhere…

    • nosoapradio says:

      Thank you BuddaForce for this and all your hard work!

    • nosoapradio says:

      So of course they “acknowledge their responsability” merely as a pretext for occuyping the country and doing more damage.

      Stanley and Nelson Romulus and their mother (scroll down a tad) thank the U.N. for their great handiwork done with Clinton’s blessing.


      “…On July 6, 2005 the residents of Cite Soleil were the objects of a full military assault by UN forces. It resulted in over 22,000 rounds being fired in a raid on the pro-Aristide slum ordered by Brazilian General Heleno Ribera. By the time the gun smoke cleared it revealed a nightmare of blood and screams as people bled to death in close-knit tin roof houses, small alleys and narrow roadways in Cite Soleil…

      The most terrifying images captured by Ristil on July 6, 2005 were those of a family killed in their home. The victims included a mother and her two infant sons.”

      What does Clinton have to say about UN Peacekeepers in Haiti?

      “Clinton continued, “[Haiti is safer today] because of the work of the United Nations peacekeeping and police forces. No effort like that is without controversy and incident, but they have basically done a good job. I was there in the streets of Cite Soleil. I saw the children walking without fear.”

      The ‘controversy and incident’ referred to by Mr. Clinton stems from accusations of UN involvement in human rights abuses and their oversight of the Haitian police as the force committed summary executions and widespread false arrests following Aristide’s ouster in 2004.”

      Kevin Pina’s documentary on Haiti’s history of abuse at the hands of western powers:


  5. archives2001 says:

    James, I just wonder if there’s any truth to Karen Hudes’ thesis of
    thousands of tons of gold being stored in the Philippines courtesy of
    Jose Rizal and Marcos.

    • BuddhaForce says:

      I’ve not heard Hudes’ theory, but it sounds like you want to look into Operation Golden Lily and the ‘M’ Fund. The supporting documentation is pretty light, especially since some of the records of those involved (Kodama kikan for instance) were “burned” after WWII. It will also really help if you can read Japanese.

      The reading itself is interesting though, and there are a few nuggets that can be extrapolated from the larger picture, including the familiar template of the CIA making use of organized crime figures in Japan (similar to it methods in Italy, the US, and France).

      The Japanese secret societies (i.e. Black Ocean, Black Dragon, etc.) are likewise pretty fascinating, particularly the political assassinations that they were alleged to be involved in. There was a series these bombings and murders, (I want to say in the early 1900’s but I can’t find any of my old source materials,) which were even denounced as political conspiracies in the Japanese Diet. It makes a great contrast when you look at this period of time where Japan was rife with admitted political conspiracies, and then look at the U.S. where of course, “there has never been a conspiracy in this country.

  6. mellander says:

    This guy sounds like he graduated from the Kim Jong Il School for SE Asian despots…George Soros or someone like him probably paid for his tuition and appropriate brainwashing

  7. boilerroomed says:

    I like the new Corbett rule. I’ll add it to the Lew Rockwell rule that states that: when the government comes up with a name for a bill, if you think the direct opposite you’ll be correct nearly 100% of the time. (Not a direct quote but I hope adequate)

    BTW the picture of Duterte reminds me of James T. Kirk for some reason. Maybe the haircut?

  8. candlesnstones says:

    ‘what the hell is going on in the philippines?’ is the question. please allow me to chime in on this topic because it would appear yall have been misled. i suggest watching the press briefing in full before passing judgement on duterte. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlRtM-e8UxM

    • nosoapradio says:

      Hey Candlesnstones,

      I’ve watched 17 minutes and 38 seconds of your Duterte link and indeed, for the moment, it’s very compelling. The man really appears to be preoccupied with the corruption in his country, he appears to be truly honest and intelligent.
      I hope I’ll be able to watch the whole thing (in excess of 2hours and unfortunately I’ve got tons of work to do today) – only then will I feel mildly confident about germinating an opinion on the character but he’s quite intriguing indeed. At the moment, I have to wonder, if he is what he really appears to be, how did he get to the head of that country…?

      In short, thanks for the link!

      • nosoapradio says:

        Ok Candlesnstones,

        Work be damned, I listened to the whole thing. One may agree or not with his fundamental methods or principles, Duterte is a very intriguing character. Fatigue and what appears to be disgust and conviction pushes him to the limits of credibility when he uses “bad language” to convey his point – And we westerners are not used to listening to (what really appears to be) frank and heartfelt answers that require time and repetition to get across. Also rather cathartic to see a leader at least temporarily fire on air all of the presidents of the government and financial? associations…
        Interesting answer concerning the ceasefire with communist… rebel group? (they are using violence to try to take power)
        Looked like there might have been an attempt to trap him with the “are you trying to find and catch this driver” question…? And with what he admittedly “heard accidentally” on “a friendly” country’s wiretapping?
        Of course there was the highly telegenic British critic with accusations of his enforcing gun law and the numbers of deaths in the streets at the hands of his police, NGO creep trying to discredit him- he Duterte amply retorted with the hypocrisy of anglophones accusing him of such things…
        I wouldn’t be surprised if Duterte himself were also versed in sophistry but he certainly knows how to wield images and emotional anecdotes to make his points.
        I liked the hilarity concerning the futility of wrapping criminals in plastic…
        Well, this free association must now come to an end as now I’m really behind schedule but absolutely no regrets!
        Very thought-provoking, will require much sdditional inquiry.

        Thanks again for the exhortation to watch this video.

        • candlesnstones says:

          one moment please

        • candlesnstones says:

          its a joy to see someone able to assess duterte with an open mind especially in light of all the negative publicity. im curious… why are you drawn to this topic. you had much work but decided to watch the press briefing instead.
          im glad you did though because many cannot see the good in others like you and i. while dutertes foul mouth may push the limits of credibility for some it may bolster that credibility for others. after all theyre just words and whether or not specific words have a negative connotation is a choice. no to mention words are just hints and never quite convey ones thoughts. most communication is nonverbal. mannerisms, voice fluctuations etc sometimes speaks volumes.
          couple all of the above with 20+ years of being mayor of Davao and voila… President Duterte! dont forget davao went from one of the most dangerous to one of the safest cities on the planet in 8 years under duterte. it appears duterte wants do the same nationwide and the people of the philippines love him.
          to answer your questions… anyone who was appointed by the previous administration should consider their post vacant… i believe the cease fire was with a radical group in mindanao. all hell broke loose last year when a $5 million reward was offered for a ‘terrorist’ hiding there… and the driver and senator appear to have ties to high profile inmates and the production of shabu (methamphetamine).
          frankly speaking i thought there were mechanisms in place that made it impossible for people like duterte to attain such posts. perhaps this neocolonial state we call the philippines has more sovereignty than i realized. and if the people of the philippines can elect duterte then we in the united states can easily rid ourselves of the rot

          • nosoapradio says:

            Besides helping me to procrastinate, he was fascinating to watch and I know nothing about the Philippines as was evident from my last post, so t’was an intersting entry point.

            Besides, I derive a rather twisted pleasure in any and all UN bashing.

            Interesting to see the man making his statements, and then compare with how they’re necessarily taken out of context and relayed in the global media…

            just talk him til he’s tired and starts losing patience and poise and starts feeding the media hungry for outrageous statements…

            As for how he got where he is, despite his genuine disdain and disgust for the UN and the inscrupulousness and hypocrisy of the West, Duterte’s tolerated perhaps because he’s an unwitting accomplice of the Rothschild global elite mafia he may even despise:

            indeed, he’s very pro police in a globally rising police state. Turn the Philippines into Singapore with cameras and everything? Making his people love and respect authoritatian police – make way for smart cities etc. A lot of work to be done in the Philippines to that end.
            Maybe, potential tourism and other lucrative economic markets there if cleaned up? with buisness booming in the East…

            So perhaps controlling the country through drugs and poverty has become obsolete during the rise of the East and Ambiant Intelligence…? obsolete in the age of The New Smart World Order….

            Maybe also another potential and geo-strategic ally for China with the blocks being drawn out and the scene theatrically being set in preparation for another global war?…whatever form it may take…

            Gotta run…

          • mik says:

            I have no problem with Duterte’s language, cursing is absolutely acceptable to me when properly used.

            Looks like Duterte had solved some problems of Philippines, people choose him for president. But he is angel-dictator. He might do a lot of good for people, but he might also turn bad later. We can’t be sure what will happened.

            He is not for ever. Who will come after him, when presidential position might have dictatorial powers attached?

            History is full of examples of really bad dictators.
            I think we should not be easy going regarding would be dictators.

            • nosoapradio says:

              Yes. Setting the precedent of a dictatorship that prioritizes (among perhaps more laudible aspirations) protecting the police and encouraging them to use their firearms is indeed an extremely dangerous one.

  9. Cu Chulainn says:

    this might help James


    Obama-Duterte Blow Up: What the Corporate Media Doesn’t Get

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