Paredes on clash with Duterte Youth: 'So satisfying to shut them up'


Posted at Feb 26 2017 07:24 PM

MANILA -- Singer-composer Jim Paredes said he had an "enjoyable" confrontation with members of the Duterte Youth on Saturday, during the commemoration rites of the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution.

Paredes acknowledged the group's right to be there but noted that he also had the right to engage in debate.

"It is so satisfying to shut them up when it mattered. Face to face. In person," Paredes said.

"One could not look at me in the eye. I wanted eye contact to be able to actually have a real dialogue -- person to person," he added.

Paredes, a vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, told members of the Duterte Youth that the President is accountable for the deaths of thousands of drug suspects. 

"All the time, I was thinking that these same people like troll comments that threatened me and other people, and wanted my family and others raped or killed," he said.

Paredes said the EDSA gathering welcomes everyone regardless of political color but emphasized the need for respect for the celebration.

"EDSA welcomes everyone. Red, yellow, unaffiliated. I even had former pro-Duterte friends there who had changed their minds. But don't come as a rude guest and show contempt for what EDSA stands for," he said.

The Apo Hiking Society member even posted a photo of one of the members of the group with Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and alleged that the group attended the Saturday event as part of "someone's agenda."

"And no, you are not the victims. You came to provoke with malice intended... You are provocateurs doing this for someone's agenda. You were also there during the anti-Marcos burial rally but stayed a comfortable distance away. This time, you were right beside the monument," he said.