San Francisco protests after Presidents Trump and Duterte meet in the Philippines

SAN FRANCISCO — This skit demonstrated the undermining of president Rodrigo Duterte by president Donald Trump to exploit aggressive US expansion in the Philippines and throughout Asia.

The performance was part of a large rally held by Filipino-American activists and their allies in front of the US federal building in downtown San Francisco.

“We really see both Trump and Duterte’s presidencies as fascists presidencies that really strike fear in people,” said Jessica Antonio, Bayan USA. “They use fear against people.

Already disappointed in the actions of President Duterte — activists here say are surprised of his behavior with Trump.

“He has turned to really be the puppet of the U.S. Now, he sang a love song to Trump,” said Antonio. “I’m sorry. It just blows my mind that that actually happened and we really see his true colors are there.”

Allies from other Asian American communities such as the hella organized Bay Area Koreans joined in the protest in solidarity.

“Korea has had many experiences of that, living under dictatorship. It’s very similar to the dire situation in the Philippines now, but also we like to work to talk about how corporations undermine our ability to thrive,” said Io Sunwoo.

In response to Trump’s promises of more trade between the US and the Philippines, activists say this is another example of the Philippine exploitation.

“We don’t have the industries to make our own products and that’s what we’re against,” saidAurora Victoria David, NAFCON. “We want the resources of the Philippines to actually be processed in the Philippines, so there are jobs for the workers.”

“What we want for the Filipino people and society is national sovereignty. We want control over our own resources, our own people, our own policies because we know what’s best for our land and our people; whereas when the U.S. comes into play we see us turned into a commodity,” said Joemae Santos.

According to the activists, the demonstrations will not stop once Trump returns to the United States. They say they will continue to reach out to more communities of color to continue their fight against U.S. imperialism.

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  • Mario
    15 November 2017 at 1:30 am - Reply

    The Filipino Democrat activist is so jealous on the successful meeting between Trump and Duterte. Do your protest in Manila,not in San Francisco, we know it is painful Hillary Clinton lost the election….Obama-LIBERALISM is over,we are heading to CONSERVATISM. Prez Trump first year, he inherited Judicial vacancies, appointed 215 young conservative LIFETIME judges for the lower court(Circuit, District,and Fed etc.) That is why Trump will be the most powerful President America ever have, he inherited Judicial lifetime vacancies.. No matter who will be the future President after his term, Supreme Court and Lower Court will be conservative majority for the next 40-50 years. Being a millennial follow the conservative path, or else you will be left behind. The effect, any leftist agenda will NOT passed,Trump, will tell you “See you in Court”.It is a matter of days, before year end, Lower Court will be conservative majority. Come January Trump will be on the attack mode, he owns the court, military, Police etc.

  • Arbi
    15 November 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Then they both retired to a golden shower …

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    16 November 2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Too bad it did not happen the way these leftists or left leaning activist wanted it…I’m telling you, those cultural Marxism advocates are losing ground this time…

  • American
    18 November 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Hey Filipinos get out of America, this isn’t your country.

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    18 November 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    This cultural Marxism (aka Liberalism) modus operandi is to aggressively criticized the Philippines government regarding human rights using fabricated, exaggerated figures (Robredo, 2016). The media in collusion with Bayan, Anak Bayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, and other factions of the CPP-NPA National Democratic Front (Sison, 2016) conducts annoying protest, eventually lead into acceptance… Don’t forget folks, Marxism is well above the corporate level, Philippine Congress or Senate, they’re all over the place…