It won’t be a surprise if the article of The Guardian in UK that claimed Pres. Duterte is out of control in his drug war is a U.S. asset-instigated attempt to oust him by discrediting him abroad. Since the crusading Philippine leader started cozying up to long-time U.S. adversaries Russia and China, even “expelling” U.S. troops from the Philippines by terminating their joint military exercises – the U.S. has been trying to discredit his leadership locally and internationally. It is not about human rights or Pres. Duterte’s drug war – because the U.S. is the no. 1 human rights violator, they’re just good at disguising their wars as righteous crusades – it is all about protecting their interests in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.

The U.S. invaded Iraq on the pretense of seizing WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) but none was ever found and proof of its non-existence was known by the U.S. even before the invasion. The U.S. even claimed that Pres. Saddam Hussein committed genocide by gassing his opponents – no proof of mass murder at the scale they alleged was ever established. That’s because the U.S. took Iraq for its oil reserves – a documentary film that aired on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) showed how big U.S. oil companies siphoned off unquantifiable amounts of oil (they are still doing this today) from Iraq that began after their takeover.

It is all about perception – of the thousands of reported deaths related to the current drug war, only about 25% is the result of police or gov’t operations – the rest are drug operators “cleaning” their ranks or “tying-up loose ends” so these can’t be considered extrajudicial killings (EJK) but deaths under investigation (DUI). The U.S. and its allies or assets would like us to think that the killings are all gov’t-sponsored.

Why won’t the U.S. and its allies leave the Philippines alone like what Russia, China and most of its Asian neighbors do? Why won’t they mind their own business? It is because the U.S. and its allies have vast, decades-old economic, political and military interests in the Philippines and they want to be assured that any Philippine leader is well within their sphere of influence so that these interests will be protected no matter what.