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New low

Jul 18, 2017

SECOND LEAST peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific region this year. With only war-mongering North Korea beating it to this new low.

That is how the Philippines placed in a recent study of the Global Peace Index.

“The Philippines’ overall score has deteriorated since new president Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016. A bloody war against drugs and crime has been extended nationwide, and is reflected in a deterioration of the country’s Societal Safety and Security indicators,” the report said.

Extrajudicial killings of alleged drug offenders, the report noted, “significantly increased security risks, even for ordinary citizens who could potentially get caught in the crossfire.”

Globally, the Philippines went up one notch to 138th from last year’s ranking of the most peaceful in a field of 163 countries with war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen at rock bottom.

Malacanang, but of course, disputed the Global Peace Index ranking.

“Basically, we don’t know where that person is coming from, because if you based it on reports… what we know from local polls is that 75 percent of Filipinos are happy with Duterte administration’s performance,” said presidential mouthpiece Ernesto Abella.

Yes, as in so great the Duterte administration’s performance that thensenator now Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano gushingly levelled up the country to the niche of Singapore.

Incidentally, that tiny nation-state ranks 4th most peaceful in Asia-Pacific and 21st in the world. Way, way out of the Philippine’s reach, even by the longest stretch of imagination.

Yeah, Cayetano, dream pa more.

To think that the report did not even cover the war in Marawi!

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