By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
Duterte either has gone crazy or pretends not to know the meaning of the term, oligarchy. It means the rule of the few. He is the chief political representative of the oligarchy of big compradors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists in the Philippines. He is the autocrat and tyrant among his fellow oligarchs. Most of the oligarchs, especially the worst of them, are allied with him.
As his idol did, Marcos used state terrorism and martial law to accumulate power and wealth for himself and his crony oligarchs. Duterte pretends not to know that he emulates Marcos by abusing his political power to enrich himself and his fellow oligarchs who collaborate with him in oppressing and exploiting the people. He wants the absolute power of the fascist dictator for the purpose of absolute corruption.
Duterte’s closure of ABS-CBN does not mean the end of oligarchy but the end of a broadcast network that allows criticism of the crimes of his regime. It is mainly and essentially an attack on the freedom of the press and advancement of his fascist agenda and his own cabal of oligarchs who are the worst oppressors and exploiters of the people.