WA Delegate (non-executive): The Gülenist Conspiracy of Ketchupland (elected )
Founder: The Noocracy of Fontelian
The embassy with Equinox is being withdrawn. Closure expected .
Today's World Census Report
The Most Influential in Sapientia
World Census experts spent many evenings loitering in the corridors of power in order to determine which nations were the greatest international diplomacy heavyweights.
As a region, Sapientia is ranked 3,675th in the world for Most Influential.
|1.||The Gülenist Conspiracy of Ketchupland||Civil Rights Lovefest||“We have no border fence”|
|2.||The Democratic Republic of Bramston||Left-wing Utopia||“Light the Way”|
|3.||The All Time Sapientia Legend of Chuck Norris Haters||Anarchy||“Sapientia Uber Alles! Veritas Vos Liberabit!”|
|4.||The Infected Ileum of Roborussia||Left-Leaning College State||“You gotta make way for the robo superior.”|
|5.||The Noocracy of Fontelian||Civil Rights Lovefest||“So much for pathos”|
|6.||The Filipinocracia of Pasong Tirad||Scandinavian Liberal Paradise||“I can't hear you over my free healthcare”|
|7.||The Art Vandelay of Pygmyraptor||Left-Leaning College State||“There goes the neighborhood”|
|8.||The United Empire of Earth Belle Hades||Scandinavian Liberal Paradise||“Compromise. Compromise is the reason bad guys win.”|
|9.||The Nomadic Peoples of The Malamutes||Corporate Police State||“If you can't run Big Dogs, you'd better stay home. ”|
|10.||The Holy Empire of Tursiaria||Psychotic Dictatorship||“Orantes ad Mare”|
- : Zoterik ceased to exist.
- : The Hierarch of Asy of the region Equinox ordered the closure of its embassy in Sapientia.
- : The Free Land of Abingdonii of the region Free Islands of the Indian Ocean proposed constructing embassies.
- : The Sovereign Community of Delvetia arrived from Balder.
- : The Republic of Culdrose arrived from Lazarus.
- : The Republic of Culdrose ceased to exist.
- : The Art Vandelay of Pygmyraptor arrived from Osiris.
- : The Sovereign Community of Delvetia ceased to exist.
- : The Art Vandelay of Pygmyraptor ceased to exist.
- : The Republic of Culdrose arrived from Osiris.
Sapientia Regional Message Board
I really appreciate the insightful response! So what are the main checks to Duterte's power in the Constitution? What point is too far for him to go?
Unfortunately legitimate opposition is pretty much difficult to find in our situation. Congress has a "super-majority" at the moment, with many congressmen jumping ship the moment Duterte was elected. Even the main opposition party, the Liberal Party, joined the ranks of the majority coalition and now make up more than 2/3rds the population of Congress. The main holdout, we thought, would be in the Senate.
However, the main opposition Senator is now under attack from a witch-hunt aimed at halting her investigation into the president's role in the EJKs (extra-judicial killings). Even her personal life is undet attack. The Senate just recently voted her out of her chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Justice, with the Senate voting 16-4 in favor of replacing her.
Any checks into Duterte's power lies in the constitution. However, these checks are now very very fragile, as there has been word circulating about attempting to change the constitution to give the president more power - making dictatorship "constitutional," giving the president both executive and judicial powers and God-knows how much more.
Polls on Duterte's support with the public are still out there and no results are out yet. I am legitimately scared of an eventual return to the dark age of the dictatorship that gripped our country only 30 years ago because the Philippine doomsday clock is looming ever closer to midnight.
What's worse is how divided he has made Filipinos. People praise and criticize him at the same time and ad hominem attacks are everywhere. I'm currently fighting a social media-war with my grade school teacher and I'm constantly being thrown accusation of pseudo-intellectualism, elitism and the like.
Whatever our differences are, dear Sapientia, I will always be an advocate of the kind of liberty that the first Filipino revolutionaries once had: liberty from oppression, from fear and, most importantly, liberty from the idea that one man is enough to "save" a nation that doesn't need saving to begin with. The rhetoric I see used by Duterte during and after the elections, I see with one of your presidential candidates and I am legitimately terrified for the world.
Duterte is a corrupt, anti-poor, anti-Filipino, authoritarian on the brink of declaring himself a dictator and it doesn't bode well for Filipinos. Whatever good he has done will always be outweighed by the bad he has done - the economy (just recently considered as a "bright spot" in the world economy) is on the brink of collapse, law and order is pretty much out the window, our foreign relations are turning to s*** because of our president's lack of diplomatic ability, China is encroaching on our territory, the Filipino people are divided more, any opposition against the president is being whittled down piece by piece, Duterte has surrounded himself with yes-men in his cabinet, the Senate, the Congress and the Supreme Court and more and every day people are dying from people who want to take the law into their own hands and a trigger-happy police force thag thinks they're above the law all because of some self-righteous "crusade" against drugs. All because of one man with an ego the size of the moon who sees himself as perfect and above criticism as well as surrounding himself with a personality cult that sees him as a messiah.
In short, to answer your question: whatever checks and balances we have are eroding more and more each day.
Human rights matter. That's the most important thing I have to say. Human rights protect [i]everyone[/]. Not just criminals. It affords even the poor the due process that seems to be the privilege of the rich. It makes sure everybody is treated as the human beings they are with the dignity they deserve.
I saw on Reuters today that he likens drug users to the Jews in the Holocaust. Is it safe to say that he is essentially likening himself to Hitler and a de facto Dictator now? :\
He basically justified the killings by saying he's willing to kill 3 million drug users (3 million FILIPINOS). Our newly appointed ambassador to the UN went further and justified the Final Solution as something that needed to be done.
Plus his youth supporters are called the Duterte Youth. He's creating a personality cult.
I saw yesterday that a woman was NOT elected Secretary General of the United Nations, so I'm officially conceding the "Predict the Future" contest from several months ago. Congrats to those who had Brexit as their selection! I think you all remain in first place.
Also, I am utterly aghast and my heart breaks for you, PT. :(
Donald Trump's political execution is tomorrow night. This song fits so well
Miss you losers
Some of us are still here!
Duterte needs to be taken out with U.N. sanctioned force
Whoa, what the heck happened to Zo? :/