The sight of a noted critic of Rodrigo Duterte being placed under arrest bristles the senses. However, if you look deeper, the truth becomes obvious.
The measles has returned to the Philippines, claiming the lives of almost 70 children. As a teacher in that country, the vaccine paranoia that parents possess is certainly real, and borderline legitimate.
The social uproar over the teenager killed in one of Duterte’s drug raid is systemic to the misunderstanding of my government’s goal. It’s a tragedy, yes, but nothing in the larger scheme of things.
Earlier this week, Rodrigo Duterte called for martial law on the streets of Mindanao in response to the attack by IS-sponsored terrorists – and as someone who calls those streets my own, I desire more of it.