MANILA, Philippines — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines have released a video of the beheading of a German hostage.
The brief video circulated Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, is the first sign that the brutal militants proceeded with their threat to kill Jurgen Gustav Kantner in the southern Philippines after a Sunday ransom deadline lapsed.
The video shows Kantner sitting in a grassy clearing and saying “Now he kill me” shortly before a masked militant beheads him with a curved knife. A few gunmen mutter “Allahu Akbar,” or God is great.
Is The Philippines a Failed State?
I don’t see why the Philippines should be considered a failed state unless you take the monopoly on the use of force requirement to such an extreme that you would say that most states are “failed”. The four criteria from your link are:
- Loss of control of its territory, or of the monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force therein – One could make the argument that rebel groups are disputing control of parts of Mindanao, but unless you are going to claim that any state where anti-government groups have arms (e.g. the US) are failed states, then that alone should not qualify the Philippines as a failed state.
- Erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions. – The government seems to make collective decisions pretty successfully, whether one agrees with those decisions or not.
- Inability to provide public services. – The Philippines does not provide all the public services that some countries do. Neither does the US or China (relative to Germany for instance) but no one calls them failed states. But the necessary public services are usually available and there has been no LOSS of public service for an extended time since martial law times. Sometimes they will be lost due to a natural disaster (e.g. Yolanda) but they are always eventually restored, and in less severe disasters fairly quickly.
- Inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community. – No question here. The Philippines interacts just as well within the international community as any other UN member state.
Philippines: Vice President Leni Robredo after opposition senators were removed — Duterte admin obsessed with monopolizing power
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo lambasted on Monday the Duterte administration after opposition senators were removed from the majority bloc and from their respective committee chairmanships.
Robredo said the administration is putting politics above national interest when three Liberal Party (LP) senators and an ally senator were stripped of committee positions.
“It is now clear that the Duterte administration is incapable of tolerating dissent, no matter how constructive,” the vice president said who in December resigned from the Cabinet as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.
Sen. Franklin Drilon was removed from his post as Senate President Pro Tempore, while Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Francis Pangilinan and Sen. Bam Aquino were ousted from the committee on health, committee on agriculture and food and committee on education, respectively. Drilon, Pangilinan and Aquino are LP members while Hontiveros is from Akbayan party-list, a close LP ally.
Ironically, the four ousted senators along with jailed Sen. Leila de Lima are critics of the administration. They four also attended the 31st-anniversary celebration of the EDSA revolution on Saturday.
“What happened in the Senate today is characteristic of an administration obsessed with monopolizing power and intent on marginalizing those who have opposing views,” Robredo said.
Just this Friday, De Lima was arrested for her alleged involvement in illegal drugs and connivance with high profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prison.
Robredo warned that this scenario has happened before and that it paved the way for a one-man rule.
Despite this, the vice president vowed that the opposition will not be silenced in a nation that “deserve no less” and where “democracy demands dissent.”
Philippines: Duterte defends drug war, rejects advice from “idiot” former President of Columbia (Includes commentary by former President of Columbia Gaviria)
U.S., China Coordinated Policy Reversal (President Trump says U.S. will respect “One China” policy.)
On July 12, 2016 a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague said China’s nine-dash line claim (shown above) was invalid and not recognized in international law.
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