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Filipinos are tired of corruption

Readers write to Gulf News about issues affecting them and their community

16:42 March 20, 2017

Filipinos are tired of corruption

Vice President Maria Robredo is speaking for herself alone and she does not represent the people of the Philippines (“Philippine Vice-President slams drug war”, Gulf News, March 15). We have the best President ever now who is building a nation and protecting the future generation. Those killed were criminals, drug syndicates or rapists. They deserve to be punished rather than multiplying and victimising innocent children! We are tired of corrupt government officials. Filipinos love the Philippines and we have already chosen Rodrigo Duterte for a change.

From Ms Corazon Ante

Dubai

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Drugs no more

As a Filipino working in the UAE, I need to defend our President and his fight against drugs and corruption. Drugs in the Philippines are already rampant and people know who the drug lords are, who are supported by the government officials. Only President Duterte has the courage to fight and stop it and, based on what I noticed on my recent vacation, the country is way much better now than before.

From Ms Mah Belle

Abu Dhabi

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Mission to clear

The Philippines President is on a mission, which no state leader has dared. He knows that his life is in immediate danger and he can be attacked at any moment by the powerful drug cartels, still he is standing strong and firm for the future of the country. Best wishes to him to remove every single remaining drug dealer or peddler in the Philippines.

From Mr Nasir Khan

UAE

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The good fight

Filipinos have never been this hopeful before. We now have confidence and trust in our government and authorities. We are slowly taking down corrupt and power-hungry politicians and fighting for democracy and for our rights, which were being controlled by politicians for the longest time. They don’t want to stop without a fight. Trading government positions and seizing power is their business so they do not easily back down, especially as playing with the country’s money is on their agenda! But Filipino spirits around the world are the strongest and we will never give our country back into their hands again. This fight is for our children’s children. We want to give them a great and prosperous country. I feel Filipinos are fighting their greatest war in the Philippines – not the war on drugs, but the war against oligarchs, who were using the poor as their shields and as collateral to take down the government of the people led by Duterte.

From Ms Zherra Kristel Ann

UAE

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Hopeless ambition

It is beyond many people’s wildest imagination that decades of dominance by the Liberal Party has ended in one snap. Robredo is their last hope to get back in power. They can’t even get support from their people in destabilising the current Philippines government, so I would expect more noise in the international arena. Hopelessness is eating the Liberal Party alive. Their game is over.

From Mr Zu Baynosa

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Change has arrived

In the Philippines, every family that has seen a loved one battling with drug addiction has long been helpless and hopeless, because the drug problem has been rampant. Now, we are blessed to have a president who truly wants to save our country from the evils of drug addiction and get rid of corruption. Not only that, rehabilitation centres are being built for those who want to be treated, and government officials in the current administration are working hard to help and give genuine service to poor Filipinos, fisherman, farmers, and minority communities.

From Mr Cycy Hortelano

Abu Dhabi

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Be vigilant, everyone

Greed is a strong motivator compared to anything else (“Be careful of fraudsters on social media”, Gulf News, March 15). Those fraud emails and scams circulate for years in Europe and the USA. Maybe awareness campaigns could help educate the people here.

From Mr Zors Jolanda

UAE

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Lesson learnt

People don’t learn! These fraudulent emails and scams have been circulating for many years. You cannot trust a stranger over the internet, phone or even Facebook or any other social network. Sometimes, we don’t trust people who we have personally known for many years, so why should we trust complete strangers?

From Mr Fadi Hajjaj

Ottawa, Canada

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Don’t be easily fooled

Trust has to be earned. You cannot start chatting with someone and just trust everything he/she says, no matter what. This report said the woman was trying to increase her income and help raise and support her children. Her desperation put her in this position of trusting a complete stranger, but she was taught a bitter lesson. Whenever I am chatting with a new person who has either sent me a request on Facebook or other groups on social media, and money issues happen to enter the conversation, I immediately press either the ‘block’ or ‘delete’ button.

From Mr Manfred Anwanda

UAE

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Didn’t fall for it

The same thing happened with me. I received the same message on LinkedIn and a user called Monica, who was supposed to be a US army officer, approached me. But I searched for her on the internet and came to know it was a scam. I shared this information with my friends on LinkedIn so they would be aware of it. People like these seem to be collecting personal data from others. So, be aware and careful. Let the authorities take serious action against them.

From Mr Murtaza Ali

UAE

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Be kind to every living thing

Meting out cruelty to animals is too appalling (”Police arrest man who fed cat to dogs”, Gulf News, March 13). People who commit such inhumane acts are heartless and devoid of humanity. Animals are man’s best friends and have to be treated with love and care. Kindness begets kindness. I hope doing community service will make them realise the importance of kindness and compassion.

From Ms Jayashree Kulkarni

UAE

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Suicidal tendencies

A person suffering from extreme depression - jobless, penniless, homeless, heavily in debt, no communication with their families back home, family problems - leads him to commit suicide (“Man climbs roof of Abu Dhabi petrol station and threatens to kill himself”, Gulf News, March 16).

From Ms Becky G. Villafuerte

Manama, Bahrain

Don’t be fooled

Doesn’t matter if the truth is out, people will still be wary as they don’t know when a cut-out might be replaced with real car and a hidden camera - a good idea - inside the cut-out (“How UAE police use a fake cop car”, Gulf News, March 16).

From Ms Eva Singh

UAE

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Cutting crime

A small town in England tried this in 2012 for a different reason – they did not have the budget for the real thing! I read that it cut crime by half. I am sure it will be the same case, here in the UAE.

From Mr Noel Shami

UAE

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Gone again

Being a habitual quitter, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar’s resignation is no surprise (“Mystery behind Manohar’s resignation deepens”, Gulf News, March 16). His frequent quitting of top posts goes to prove that he cannot face trying times and only seems to enjoy his position when things are going well. When he replaced N. Srinivasan as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President, he had promised the moon. But not only has he failed to stop the scandals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but when the time for implementation of the Lodha committee’s recommendations was imposed, he just ran away from facing the task ahead and went to the ICC to enjoy its relative comforts. Even during the Bengaluru ‘Cheatgate’ Test, he was inactive as the Chairman of ICC. All this goes to prove that Manohar is a ‘man of inaction’ and it is good that he quit the ICC post before he was forced to be removed. Yet, I feel he is expecting a new plum position elsewhere!

From Mr N. Mahadevan

Chennai, India

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