Sen. Cayetano's open letter to President Barack Obama
An Open Letter To President Barack Obama
The White House
With A Prayer for a successful meeting between him and President Duterte.
Dear President Obama,
As a Citizen of the world and a believer in Change, allow me to write you an open letter to attempt to articulate the audacity of the Filipino people to hope for a better future and to aspire for a nation that is secure,peaceful,law abiding and prosperous.
While we are still mourning and recovering from the Davao Bombing, while our law enforcers are sacrificing and doing their duty everyday to reclaim communities from narcotics and criminality (many police officers have died in the line of duty), while our President is pursuing peace and fighting corruption, powerful forces are working against us (locally and internationally).
I write to you because more than any other person, you know how it feels to have the weight of the world on your shoulders.
To have the burden of fixing the problems of your own country but having to constantly live up to the expectations of the entire world.
To be called on, and depended on but at the same time to be hated and cursed at.
To be pulled and torn in every direction and at every crossroad.
I ask myself where does President Obama get the strength to see this through? It can only have come from the grace of GOD and a deep love of one's people and of all humanity.
Despite all the challenges, you have persevered and have accomplished so much.
Now it is our turn. Our turn to experience Change we can believe in.
We finally have a President who has faith in GOD, who has a deep love for our people, who is willing to sacrifice even his life and honor to see that change comes to all Filipinos.
President Duterte and our entire nation is now fighting 3 wars simultaneously.
The War against poverty (which includes leveling a playing field that by and large only oligarchs grow and prosper while the greater majority struggles just to survive);
The War against crime, illegal drugs and corruption, and;
The War on war. The quest for a just and inclusive peace and an end to the decades-long communist insurgency as well as other rebellions in our country.
After decades of hopelessness and up to 10 million Filipinos leaving our country to find work in foreign lands and after an entire generation exposed to the perils of illegal drugs, we finally have a President who is trying to get the country back on the right track.
Mr President, how many times have you been misjudged, prejudged or judged unjustly because of your nationality, Party affiliation, stand on issues or even your skin color?
Yet despite all these, you persevered. You never gave up! If there were mistakes along the way, you learned from those mistakes and you spawned an entire generation of people around the world saying "Yes We Can!"
Will you now allow us to lose hope and fail? Will the West deny us the "Change we can believe in?" Just because some people have misjudged our beloved President based on how he speaks. Aggravated by an obvious misinformation campaign about the human rights situation in the country.
Does he not deserve to be judged on his record and his actions? On facts and not manipulated statistics? On where he wants to bring the country rather than his sometimes politically incorrect words?
We Filipinos will always be your brothers and sisters. Your allies and friends. But we also deserve our own national identity and a chance for an independent foreign policy.
A foreign policy for Filipinos by Filipinos. A balanced friendship with our oldest ally and big brother the United States of America on one hand and a friendship of mutual respect with our neighbor China on the other.
You have tried at every turn to avoid war and done everything for peace! Can't we work on a win win win situation for the U.S.A, Philippines and China?
Over the last 7 years you have patiently addressed concerns of pessimists, critics and hardliners and pushed your peoples agenda forward inch by inch.
Well now the pessimists, critics and hardliners in the West, the United Nations, and the Philippines want us to continue to bicker and disagree. To let disagreements escalate into fights. And for what? So that no one wins?
Hardliners fear the Philippine government will make peace with the communist rebels. Critics Fear that CHRISTians and Muslims can't build communities and a Nation together? Pessimists say that we can't be a drug free Country.
Will we let the pessimists and hardliners win Mr President? Or will we persevere and try to understand each other, so we can wake up one day to a peaceful, prosperous and progressive Philippines.
Can't we give the Philippines and President Duterte a Chance?
As We Pray that GOD Blesses America, We ask The Americans to be used by GOD To Bless The Philippines.
GOD Bless You President "Yes We Can" Obama!
GOD Bless President Rody Duterte!
GOD Bless The Philippines!
Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano