Facebook netizen and lawyer Bruce Rivera feels it is his duty like all patriotic Filipinos to defend the country from foreigners meddling in our internal affairs.
In the Facebook post written in an open letter style, Rivera lectured the Senator and a US senator at that to never assume things or listen only to one side of the story.
First off, Rivera urged US Senator Leahy to ask how President Duterte managed to get 87% approval rating despite grumpy old white men breathing down on his neck. Rivera also remarked that the CIA cannot remove President Duterte from office because the Filipino nation is behind him minus a noisy few.
As a US Senator, never assume things or listen only to one side of the story. First, wonder how a President is able to get an 87% approval rating despite grumpy old white men breathing down his back. Your CIA cannot remove him because the whole Filipino nation is behind him minus a few.
Rivera urged Senator Leahy to respect our laws, the very same law that allows people who share the same color as Leahy a much better deal than the darker ones. Rivera assured the US Senator that De Lima is tried in a speedy, public and impartial trial. Rivera said this is the same judicial system where the accused, De Lima worked as a lawyer, CHR Chief, and SOJ and the same judicial system she used to preventively imprison former President GMA until the courts acquitted her. Rivera assured Senator Leahy that De Lima will be released if the court acquits her.
Let us talk about De Lima. Release her? Did you make our law that makes the crime charged UNBAILABLE? We made the law and you should respect it. In the same manner we respect your laws. The very same ones that allows people who share your same color a much better deal than the darker ones. We fellow our laws here in the Philippines. De Lima is tried in a speedy, public and impartial trial. The same judicial system she worked as a lawyer, CHR Chairwoman, Secretary of Justice and the same system she used to also preventively imprison our former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo until the same courts acquitted her. If De Lima is acquitted, she will be released. But do not tell us to release her before any court has acquitted her. And our Philippine Supreme Court has sustained the imprisonment. So what the f**k is your problem?
Rivera asked in jest if the US Senator was simply bored governing less than 700,000 people in his state of Vermont that he wants to interfere in the affair of a nation of 104 million+ people? Rivera suggested to the US senator to invite the anti-Dutertes to Vermont since they have problems replacing their work force because of two factors: aging population and low wages, only slightly higher than Latvia?
Are you bored with governing less than 700,000 people of Vermont that you want to interfere in the affair of a nation of 104 million independent people? Or perhaps you have forgotten that there are less and less people working in your state because your state pays employees slightly higher than Latvia and there are no labor unions to protect them because 11.8% are unionized. You have an aging population of Vermontians who are getting old like you and no one is taking over the jobs left by the retirees. Perhaps, you can invite those anti-Duterte Filipinos who would rather kiss your ass at our nation’s expense.
Rivera advised the US Senator (Leahy) to get his facts straight or better yet read. Or the Senator give the Philippines a visit to see for himself how wrong he is. However, Rivera sounded confident the US Senator isn’t visiting Manila anytime soon because he is a lazy American, who would rather sit behind his desk and rely on the internet and the information that arrives to his lap. Rivera said that people like Maria Ressa came to him for a reason. They have an agenda.
Get your facts right. Or better yet, read. Or you could have done your homework and came to our country to see for yourself how wrong you are. But like any lazy American, you just relied on what you see in the internet like you do with your shopping. The very reason why many US malls are closing because lazy American like you just manage to look at a small screen inside your office and make judgments. Too late now. You will not get to see how beautiful my country is because you were too lazy and relied on the internet and the information that came to you. And people like Ressa came to you for a reason. They have an agenda.
Rivera pointed the obvious to the US Senator regarding Maria Ressa whom he said isn’t politically persecuted as she wants the international community to believe. In fact, Ressa is free to spread lies and hatred against Duterte. In other words, Ressa can say anything, write anything and Duterte isn’t stopping her from talking. The problem with Ressa is that less and less people believed her. Unlike before where she can influence public opinion, today it is a different story altogether. Rivera called it an issue of credibility rather than freedom.
Rivera wanted the US Senator to correct him that he is giving the impression he is kind to tax evaders like Ressa because she is a journalist. If Ressa violated IRS laws or even a local tax law in Vermont and the US filed a case against Ressa, how would the US senator feels of Putin tells him to stop harassing Ressa?
Is it not obvious?
No one is making Ressa stop yapping about Duterte. Not even Duterte could stop him. Your allies are butchering journalists in embassy walls and you act as if Ressa is being stymied. Rappler is not censored and allowed to be accessed by the public in the Philippines. Ressa is going around the world spewing hatred against Duterte acting like she is more American than Filipino and you tell us that we should give her a voice.
Sir, she has a voice. A very very noisy voice which we endured listening because your CNN made her the hideous icon that she is. In fact all journalists in this country are free to say what they want. In fact, we get punished more if we say something bad against Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas etc because they fact check Facebook and they can suspend me or mass report me for writing this article as they did many times in the past. So, who is the bully now??
My point is, Ressa can say anything and we hear it. Problem is, nobody inside this great nation of ours is listening to her albeit a few people who look like her or think like her. Her Rappler can change public opinion before but not this time. It is more an issue of credibility than freedom. And do not tell me that as a US Senator, you are kind to tax evaders just because they are journalists. If Ressa violated IRS laws or even local tax laws in Vermont and the US filed a case against her, how would you feel if Putin tells you to stop harassing her?
Rivera ended the FB post wishing the US Senator to see the stupidity of his statement.
I hope you see the stupidity of your statement. Okey then….mamam na. Drink your milk and go to bed.
Hope you sleep soundly…
Source: Bruce Rivera