So, not all Ateneans are against President Duterte after all as what the mainstream media wants the public to believe!
In a Facebook post recently, David Nye, an Ateneo high school teacher wrote an enlightening view on Duterte’s pivot towards China while dropping the US as an ally.
In the post, teacher David Nye clarified the “separation” statement of President Duterte and said these are based on practical considerations for the Philippines’ benefit. If anyone has a problem with that, he or she should have his/her head checked.
First, pursuing an independent foreign policy is no big deal. It’s what truly independent countries are expected to do. The colonial era is a distant memory and neocolonialism should be taught a lesson. Second, even countries which are cozier to the US—and benefit much more from US aid and other perks like visa-free entry and preferential work permits—have begun to adopt more pragmatic policies which make the US uneasy. Case in point: staunch US allies such as the UK, Germany, France and Italy have decided to join the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in March. For those of you not familiar with the AIIB, it’s an international financial institution that aims to support the building of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region.The proposal was first made by the Vice Chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, a Chinese think tank, at the Bo’ao Forum in April 2009. The initial context was to make better use of Chinese foreign currency reserves in the wake of the global financial crisis.
In addition, if China is really “evil” as the media and some closet racist Filipinos make them appear, why did the US invite China to joint military exercises, including the massive Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) war games in Hawaii in June?, he asked. “Is the US adopting the adage, “stay close to your friends, but closer to your enemies?” Because if that’s what they’re thinking, China stands to benefit from those exercises more than the US. So that line of thinking makes no sense.”
Meanwhile, teacher David Nye lashed at the local media for hoisting down their version of truth to the public, unmindful that this further erodes their credibility in the bar of public opinion because they figure “we’re big,” “we’re strong,” “people will continue to patronize us.”
There they go again.
The mainstream media’s latest favorite loaded term against Duterte is “backtrack.” They’ve started interpreting Duterte’s clarification that he meant “”separation of foreign policy” rather than “a severance of ties” when he declared a separation from the US. His clarification makes sense in the context of what he’s been saying and doing.
But the media won’t have it, and continue to use terms based on their unverified and non-fact-based interpretations. They simply wanted to create a narrative out of thin air—and presumably based on the bias they’ve been clearly displaying without regard for journalism ethics. They figure “we’re big,” “we’re strong,” “people will continue to patronize us.” Fair enough, but by doing so a growing number of people will question your credibility and journalistic integrity as well. The Gallup Organization reported in September that Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year. How about Filipinos’ faith in mainstream Philippine media?
Judging from monickers being thrown out there and the media’s incessant abuse of so-called “anonymous sources” (there are ethical standards as well which sets the bar on when “anonymous sources” can be used in news reports), I would like to think the numbers are pretty low as well, if not lower.
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