“I am anti-West. I do not like the Americans. It’s simply a matter of principle for me.”This is the tough statement from President Rodrigo Duterte. He has even lashed out United States President Barack Obama on his speech during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Laos, which sparked controversies and made headlines in the international media.
Duterte has been throwing crude language over America and pointed out during his presentation in ASEAN on how Americans killed thousands of Moros in Mindanao.
On a viral article posted by the Boston Globe, the story traced back the reasons of Duterte’s grievance in history.
The following is an excerpt of the article:
Americans, he asserted, unjustly seized the Philippines in 1899, waged a horrific military campaign to suppress native resistance, and “have not even apologized to the Filipino nation.” He waved photographs showing bodies of Filipinos killed in that war.The writer, Stephen Kinzer, said that American forgot the Philippine war that brought trauma to all Filipinos. A lot of innocent lives were killed and Philippines, after the invasion of Japan, thought would get the freedom that they had been longing. But it turned out to be a colonized country of America.
Duterte’s grievance is rooted in history. Americans, he asserted, unjustly seized the Philippines in 1899, waged a horrific military campaign to suppress native resistance, and “have not even apologized to the Filipino nation.” He waved photographs showing bodies of Filipinos killed in that war.
Soon after Duterte made that startling speech, his foreign minister, Perfecto Yasay, went even further. In 1899, Yasay asserted, the United States “arrogated our victory in the struggle for freedom” and then used “invisible chains” to bind Filipinos into “shackling dependency.” Americans, he said, treat Filipinos as “little brown brothers not capable of true independence or freedom.” To escape from that humiliation, he concluded, the Philippines must end its “subservience to United States interests.”
Most Americans would have no idea what these new Filipino leaders are talking about. We forgot the Philippine War long ago. Filipinos remember it vividly. It stands with the horrors of Japanese occupation during World War II as one of their great national traumas. A very old debt is finally coming due.
At the end of the article, the writer noted:
“This is the massacre at Jolo — look at the bodies there,” Duterte said as he displayed gruesome photos taken after an American attack in 1906. Americans might find it puzzling that a Filipino president would use the story of this long-ago massacre to justify ending his country’s security partnership with the United States. Invasions and occupations, it turns out, leave deep scars. They provoke anger that becomes part of collective memory. It is passed down through generations. That is why a 110-year-old atrocity has suddenly leaped from the pages of history to reshape today’s world.READ ALSO: Political Analyst Defends Duterte on Sharp Statement to US, WOAH!