Rafael Alunan Explains Why Pres. Duterte Says Obama 'Can Go to Hell'

Former Interior Secretary and considered as one Pres. Rody Duterte's avid supporter on social media, Rafael Alunan explained the reasons why the President said that "Obama Can Go To Hell," which was reported not only by the local media but also the international press.

Rafael Alunan shared his explanations through a lengthy Facebook post explaining the reasons why Pres. Duterte made the statement against the United States President.

The former senatorial candidate Alunan also added an article posted by the world-renowned New York Times.

According to Alunan the local news only focused on what President Duterte said which was picked up by international media, and excluded the explanations why he said it.

Here's the Complete Statement of Rafael Alunan on Facebook:

Ok, now I get the backstory as to why he said so. The local news I read yesterday only focused on what he said, and excluded why he said it. I was dumbfounded and had no idea what caused it.
I can understand why PRRD lashed out, after all we are supposedly defense treaty partners.

Acquiring weapons and systems from the U.S. should be the most normal thing to do. We need it to build credible deterrence and for law enforcement. Except that it has been most abnormal for the most part of the treaty's history. Wrong items, poor quality, obsolescence and limited supply.

There are many reasons for that and the blame falls on both sides of the aisle. For the most part, America's problem with us lies in its trust and confidence in our capability to professionally handle weapons and systems (i.e., not to be used for coup attempts, for destabilising countries; no sustainable budget for repairs and maintenance; poor training regimens, etc).

Is it warranted? Well, examine history and place yourself in the shoes of the giver, and you'll find that there's room to agree. But is it fair to leave us high and dry in the face of growing external threats in an ever-growing dangerous world? What is the treaty for? What is the partnership for? It's still one-sided.

PRRD is new on the scene and in the infancy of his presidency, he's felt America's insensitivity - being taken for granted, lectured to and looked down on. Instead of helping out to deal with the problems he inherited from their fair-haired boy who did nothing much except allow the country's problems to fester, they're putting pressure on him to exert command and control.

A person like PRRD, who wants to fix things and place other things in its proper places, has a fierce loyalty to his oath of office and to the people who elected him. He takes seriously his role as father of the nation and as the sovereign head of an independent country. He inherited monumental national security problems needing a "whole of nation" approach.

He needs help from the bureaucracy, the citizenry, friendly countries and, most of all, treaty partners. But nothing doing. The latter's agenda has come across as self-serving. It seems that despite our weakness in the defense chain, it wants us weak enough to do its bidding. It may have been alright for past presidents, but for PRRD who wants to firm up the nation's backbone and self-respect, he'll stand up to its cavalier behaviour we're all tired of.

Actually, PH-US relations have improved somewhat since 1991 after the departure of its bases, but its myopia and insensitivity continues to be felt. Here, I would dichotomise the situation: if I were to choose who to trust for prescience and swift reliable action, between America's military and its politicians, I'd choose the former. They've proven it time and again.

Unfortunately, the military takes its orders from its political leaders, like here, and that's where the trouble is, from 10,000 miles away. They're in their own world, busy fighting each other and making lots of money (legal of course).

Source: Rafael Alunan FB Page

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