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By Jose Alejandrino President Duterte has the right attitude. In a democracy, you listen to the voice of the majority. You ignore a ...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WATCH: Patricia Bautista explains why parents supporting Comelec chief


MANILA - The wife of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista on Tuesday explained why her own parents are supporting the Comelec chief despite her allegations that he has nearly P1 billion in unexplained wealth. 

Speaking to ANC, Patricia Bautista pointed out that her husband and her stepfather, Dr. Daniel Vazquez, are both represented by DivinaLaw, one of the country’s fastest-growing law firm. 

"I'm sure there is a lot of parental fondness for Andy. But it also is another thing that through DivinaLaw -- DivinaLaw holds my father's estate, which technically, at the end of the day, knock on wood, if something is to happen to my stepfather, will end up being my mother's estate," Patricia said. 

"If something were to happen to my stepfather, I am sure my mom feels she would need protection from Andy. Does that explain why she's on his side? I don't know, you decide." 

Patricia, in a sworn statement, earlier alleged that she discovered bank and real property documents, and several passbooks under her husband's name that were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. 

She said Bautista "might have had, or currently has, misdealing and corrupt practices while in government service."

Bautista, she added, received commissions for referring companies, to DivinaLaw, including Smartmatic, the private contractor that supplied the automated election system for the 2010, 2013 and 2016 national elections. 

During her ANC interview, Patricia showed what seems to be a "commission sheet" dated January 2016 that bears the names of lawyers from DivinaLaw and Smartmatic. 

She also has a letter Smartmatic sent to the Comelec chief that mentions proposed amendments to the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines.

Comelec chief's wife shows passbooks, cash in envelopes, commission sheet

Bautista has denied that he concealed assets and pocketed payoffs from the May national polls. 

"Wala po akong tinanggap na komisyon, kahit na isang kusing tungkol sa isang halalan. Totoo po iyun -- wala," he said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News. 

Comelec chief denies corruption claims, accuses wife of extortion

DivinaLaw meanwhile said it would not issue a statement regarding the issue but would be preparing legal actions, according to a media report. 

http://k2.abs-cbnnews.com/news/08/08/17/watch-patricia-bautista-explains-why-parents-supporting-comelec-chief

Gordon, Sotto say no basis to summon Paolo Duterte to shabu shipment probe

Published August 15, 2017 5:31pm
By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News

Senators Richard Gordon and Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Tuesday said there is no sufficient basis to summon Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte to attend the ongoing investigation into the P6.4-billion shabu shipment smuggled from China.

Gordon, chairman of the blue ribbon committee, said Duterte’s alleged links to the personalities supposedly involved in the shipment, has yet to be supported by evidence.

“I have not found any evidence to believe that,” Gordon said. “Naiintindihan ko yan eh. Sasabihin nila lahat ng masasabi nila para makasira sa tao. Pero ang hinihintay ko ebidensya, ebidensya.”

The name of Paolo, son of President Rodrigo Duterte, was first mentioned in a House committee hearing by Mark Taguba.

Taguba claimed that Paolo was being “name-dropped” by individuals behind the so-called Davao Group.

During the hearing, Kenneth Dong, the alleged middleman in the shabu shipment, denied being close to Paolo. This, after Dong and the younger Duterte’s photos circulated on social media.

Taguba also clarified that he has no personal knowledge of Paolo’s involvement in the Davao Group, saying it was just hearsay.

Sotto, for his part, said critics are just using the term Davao Group to implicate the vice mayor.

“Kapag sinabing Davao Group, kaagad na sinasabi Pulong Duterte,” Sotto said referring to Paolo’s nickname. “Wala, no basis at all. Ano na yun, talagang inaabuso yung paggamit na Davao Group.”

“I don’t think it’s necessary for us to invite the vice mayor,” Sotto said.

Paolo earlier refused to comment on the issue.

“Taguba admitted that his testimony against me was based entirely on rumors. Why would we entertain or believe a hearsay? One does not dignify lies with a response,” he said. — RSJ/KVD, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/621965/gordon-sotto-say-no-basis-to-summon-paolo-duterte-to-shabu-shipment-probe/story/

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista’s unexplained wealth must not be ignored

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista’s statements to the media are full of inconsistencies.
(Photo source: PhilStar)

From the moment Patricia Bautista held a press conference exposing her husband – Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista’s “unexplained hidden wealth” a week ago, the public has been transfixed by the development of the issue. Most people have been left guessing and speculating on which one of the two is telling the truth.  However, the silence from certain sectors in Philippine society particularly the Liberal Party, its allies and supporters is deafening. Even a so-called “investigative journalists” don’t seem to have enough motivation to investigate the source of Bautista’s wealth. Their behaviour is hardly surprising though. Their “no comment” stance just confirms what some have suspected all along.
A lot of people have long speculated that the supposed non-partisan COMELEC Chairman Bautista is allied with the Liberal Party. Now that he is under scrutiny for alleged corruption, his Liberal Party mates are most likely feeling the heat as well. Indeed, this scandal is bigger than Andres Bautista and his wife Patricia. This could spell disaster for the Liberal Party. If prosecuted for illegally amassing wealth, prosecutors could uncover evidence of electoral fraud favouring the Liberal Party candidates in the 2016 — or even earlier — elections. Allegations of vote rigging was rife even during the 2010 Presidential Elections. There are people who insist that former President BS Aquino’s win was the result of vote rigging too.
Patricia Bautista’s message to the public is clear. When asked if she is aware of the implication of what she is doing, she replied that if people turn a blind eye to this revelation, everything they complain about like the horrendous traffic, instability of the economy, and unemployment among other ills that plague the country will mean nothing. After all, the people essentially lose their right to complain when, after their public servants neglect their duties yet again, they go on to elect the same public servants again and again. This is assuming that every election is clean. If there is evidence that the election was rigged to favour candidates the voters did not choose themselves, then the public should be outraged. But if they choose to shrug it off and pretend that vote rigging is okay, then they are throwing away their right to suffrage.
Since that is the case, the Philippines is no longer a democracy. It is being run by the mafia – those who manipulate the result of elections. It may even be possible that they sell the votes to the highest bidder with the help of electronic voting machine provider Smartmatic and COMELEC.
I’ve always said that the problem in the Philippines has less to do with the tyranny of the few, but more to do with the tyranny of the majority – those who give power to the few members of the elite. That statement is evident again with the behaviour of Filipinos who pretend that vote rigging did not happen in the previous elections even when blatant tampering was done in the middle of canvassing of votes in the 2016 Presidential Elections. Some people are in denial because they don’t want to burst their own bubble. They hold on to the belief that the Liberal Party is for the interests of the people because that has been the narrative the party’s allies in mainstream media have been telling us for more than 30 years. These people’s apathy and arrogance make them enemies of the state.
I don’t know how some people can continue deluding themselves even when Bautista is already starting to show signs of inconsistencies. We can’t even expect a statement from the faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University – Bautista’s alma materand Liberal Party ally — to comment on his predicament since condemning his alleged corrupt activities will also reflect badly on the school. They will avoid putting their own in a bad light since it will highlight the fact that the school produces a lot of crooks.
Initially, Bautista said that his wife fabricated documents, but then he admits to owning several bank accounts in his subsequent statements in separate interviews with the media:
“People know this: that there were investments made by my family with Forex. This is a problem now, I don’t know if you’ve heard of this, but it was like pyramid scheme,” he said.
He added the Bautista family would answer the unexplained wealth allegations “in due time.
“It is true that our family and myself have deposits with Luzon Development Bank. As to the amount, I’m not sure because I said, these bankbooks were stolen,” Bautista told ANC’s Headstart.
Though the Comelec chief does not know if there were actually 32 passbooks, he explained that he had several passbooks because of the investments he had with his siblings and parents. “We had to demarcate who owns which.”


Key personalities in mainstream media perceived to be allied with the Liberal Party are noticeably silent about the Andres Bautista scandal.
Bautista’s inconsistencies are very telling. It’s a sign that he could be lying. He is starting to falter. He doesn’t behave like a seasoned lawyer. Why would he even admit that he and his family were into pyramid schemes? He should know that pyramid schemes are illegal in the Philippines. He is behaving more like a suspect under duress. He probably feels like everything is blowing up in his face. He is certainly coming across like a loser since he did not take care of his wife and failed to pacify her when he had the chance.
The source of Bautista’s wealth is one thing – he may or may not be able to prove they are sourced legally, but it still doesn’t explain why he did not include them in his Statement of Assets Liability and Net worth (SALN).  If a former Supreme Court Chief Justice was impeached for less than what Bautista has in his bank accounts, then Bautista deserves a similar fate or, perhaps even more fitting, jail time.

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'ANDY's TERM IS APR 2015-FEB 2022. MEANING, LIBERAL WANTS TO KEEP HIM THERE' - TP with Atty Trixie

SEN. TRILLANES PILIT NA DINADAMAY SI PAOLO DUTERTE NA ANG BASEHAN LANG AY HEARSAY! IBA TALAGA!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TRILLANES HINDI NAGTAGUMPAY SA PAG DAWIT SA PANGALAN NI VM PAOLO DUTERTE SA CORRUPTION SA BOC

NICANOR FAELDON WINASAK ANG KAHAMBOGAN NI TRILLANES SA SENADO

ANDY BAUTISTA WALANG LUSOT SA MGA PUNTO NI THINKING PINIOY! Galing Talaga Ni TP

Family photo with Captain Stefano Aiello of MSC Poesia - August 10, 2017

WHAT A CRAP !!!

By Jacques Phillip, Freedom Wall (original)

This crap disgusts me to the core. we never see or hear of hypocritical Shysters, such as these two, entering any religious dwellings, until they're caught with their hands in the cookie jar. 

And to make matters worse. They're only doing it to create the "illusion" of being God fearing saints, who could never do wrong towards the people. As well as preying upon the idolitrous weakness their people hold towards them.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

ANG GALING NI ATE! KUHANG KUHA KUNG PAANO MAG SALITA SI LENI LUGAW PANOORIN

MAHARLIKA SLAMS PIA RANADA, MALACAÑANG PRESS CORPS 'INA-ALLOW NILA ANG FAKE NEWS KASI ANJAN NA KAYO'

"ANO NA ANG GAGAWIN NG LP NGAYON? TAKOT NA TAKOT SILA KAYA LAHAT NG DEMOLITION JOB GAGAWIN NA."-TP

Andres Bautista Aid Carrying P9.12M Nabbed at NAIA


Airport security on Saturday detained and questioned a man carrying a luggage full of money, while trying to board to a Singapore-bound flight at around 11:00PM.

The man, identified as Nathaniel Ereseo, was reportedly working closely with embattled Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Chairman Andres Bautista.

Airport authorities were alerted when Ereseo refused to have his luggage opened after passing through X-ray machine at boarding area.

Ereseo was detained from 10:30PM and was released at 4:00AM, leaving his bag full of money.

Ereseo carried a total of $182,000 (P9.12M). He did not give any statement why he is carrying such hefty amount of money, but said he is one of the legal assistants of Bautista as supported by his documents.

The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is already investigating the case.

Authorities suspected that the money may have connection with Andres Bautista’s controversy, but cannot find a link on why his employee carrying such money going outside the country.

The Bureau of Immigration has already issued a hold order against Ereseo pending while ongoing an investigation.

The money is being held at AMLC office in Manila. /Jovic Alegre/

http://www.pinoyobserver.com/andres-bautista-aid-carrying-p9-12m-nabbed-naia/

'ANDAMING PROBLEMA NG BANSA, KESA YONG ISSUE NYO NA YOU CAN'T SIT HERE' TP on Malacañang Press Corps

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Filipino feminists like Risa Hontiveros had abandoned Mrs Patricia Bautista

Risa Hontiveros:
Real feminist or selective feminist?
(Photo source: Cebu Daily News)

In most modern 21st Century liberal democracies, victims of rape and harassment are encouraged to blow the whistle on their abusers. After all, abusers won’t be punished unless someone points the police and the justice system in the right direction to make resolution happen. Feminists, in particular, are supposedly in full solidarity with their females-in-arms. They are expected to get behind hapless women who blow the whistle on abusive spouses, bosses, and other big bad men who are in a position to make their lives miserable.
Unfortunately, it seems Filipino feminism had abandoned Mrs. Patricia “Tish” Bautista, wife of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista. Unlike Senator Leila De Lima who philandered with a married man, was an abject failure as head of the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights, and stands accused of abetting a vast drug trafficking network within the country’s largest penal facility, Mrs. Bautista does not get to find comfort in the warm bosom of her own society’s feminist movement (pardon the pun).
The question is, how is Mrs. Bautista a different enough case to De Lima to warrant such a world of difference in the amount of support from Filipino feminists that she attracted (or failed to attract, as the case happens to be)?
The difference, it seems, lies in party loyalties. Mrs. Bautista’s husband, after all, is the COMELEC chairman who presided over the conduct of the 2016 national elections. This is a man who refused to investigate allegations of electoral fraud and bent the rules to prevent a mass disqualification of Liberal Party candidates for failure to comply with his own agency’s guidelines. As such, it seems, the Liberal Party owes him a lot.
This mutual utang na loob (debt of gratitude) now manifests itself in the way the usual self-appointed “watchdogs” of righteousness have relented from pouncing on what is, by any standard, a national scandal. Filipinos have long defined their lot as the inventors of “people power”. This “will of the people” is deeply-ingrained in the dogma and propaganda collateral (collectively referred to as the “Yellow Brand”) of the Liberal Party. As chief of the Philippines’ electoral governance body, Andres Bautista being accused of being in possession of “unexplained wealth” should have roused the “people power” squad to a protest frenzy. But that did not happen. Neither did Filipino feminists come to his wife’s rescue.
The thing with Filipino feminism is that its key “thought leaders” happen to be stalwarts of this clique of partisans within today’s Opposition. Take former commie-turned-reactionary Senator Risa Hontiveros who is routinely described as a “staunch feminist”. She refers to her party, Akbayan as a “feminist party” and claims that it…
[…] opposes the sexism and patriarchy of Philippine society whose insufferable expressions include the reduction of women to face-and-body sex objects and our demotion to half-humans, half-citizens in a society of institutions lorded over (literally) by men.
Quite a mouthful but essentially builds upon the old cliché that women are “victims” in a “man’s world”.
The trouble with being a partisan first and a “feminist” a distant second as Hontiveros evidently is, is that the principles of the second routinely trumped by the loyalties of the first results in an untenable inconsistency held prisoner by the grip of utang na loob. The feminist rhetoric surrounding De Lima (a Liberal Party senator), for example, breaks down when one considers that De Lima does not fit the mold of the hapless victim of “a society of institutions lorded over (literally) by men.” Mrs. Bautista, some would argue, is not exactly an exemplar of hapless victimhood herself. But De Lima is a Philippine senator and her lover is a subordinate upon whom she wields clear power over.
Between the colegiala profile Mrs. Bautista cuts today and the brass-balled persona De Lima brings to bear in her numerous media rampages, one couldn’t help but be baffled by the choice of people Filipino “feminists” led by the likes of Hontiveros prefer to rally behind.
The short of it is that Mrs. Bautista blew the whistle on a powerful man and, now, finds herself up against a diminished but still-powerful clique of politicians institutional leaders, and “influencers”. That’s pretty much the same sort of situation the average hapless rape or harassment victim faces when she mounts the courage to face her oppressors. Real feminists encourage that sort of initiative. It gives them something to work with in championing their cause. Unfortunately, Filipino “feminists” are poor copycats who, under the shadow of their political overlords only manage to exhibit a pale shadow of the real thing.
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PUMALPAK SI TRILLANES WALANG MATIBAY NA EBIDENSYA LABAN KAY DUTERTE

SAMPAL SA MUKA NI TRILLANES! BUTI ANG IBANG LAHI PINAG TATANGGOL SI DUTERTE

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Smartmatic-PCOS and the Bautista exposé

FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 12, 2017 - 12:00am

Of course it can be expected that most will be more interested in the Andy and Patricia story than the deeper reasons that it should happen at all. To this column, we should not be distracted from the more important lesson and duty of Filipinos.

It has to do with the money to be made in the automated election system – Smartmatic PCOS. It did not begin with the 2016 elections but with the 2010 elections or perhaps even earlier when the decision was made to switch from manual to automatic electoral system. There were defects in the manual system but these could have been corrected. To me, the best correction would have been to adopt a different political structure – that is to switch from presidential unitary to parliamentary federal.

A good example for this is India which is one of largest democracies. They came here to sell their system and explained how they conduct their election. The way I understood it the first consideration was the huge number of illiterate voters. Like them that should be also our first consideration. We would need to restructure our political system to include them in the election system. That means smaller subdivisions of the population or going federal. There should be little time for dagdag-bawas or the tedious process of moving votes from precinct to town to province to Manila where cheating and corruption happen. The party that wins in the local elections are added and known immediately by the voters in the precinct themselves while they watch the counting. They vote for parties using symbols that illiterate voters understand. For example dog for liberals, cat for conservatives and lion for radicals. All they need to do is choose from these symbols. Counting for the winning party takes place on the day of voting at the precincts. If the lions win the biggest number of votes the party then chooses who they would vote for as prime minister. If there is a deadlock between winning party candidates they then go to coalitions to achieve a majority. This is of course a rough sketch of what we could do here in the Philippines. The key is to restructure into a parliamentary federal system.

The question I would ask is why Comelec should have engaged Smartmatic when it was already in disrepute with several suits filed against it in other countries. Indeed it did not matter to Comelec that turning over the electoral system to dubious machines was unconstitutional. And we let it go in 2010 despite all the doubts and questions of reformers.

When Andy Bautista was named PCGG chairman I and many others cheered because of his background and a good reputation. He was a friend whom I knew as a co-member of the 2005 Constitutional Commission organized during Arroyo’s administration. You know, the usual presumption was that he is from Ateneo, good family and well connected.  He reminded me that he visited me in London with the Diokno sisters. As PCGG chairman, I shared my documents on the Imelda trial in New York with him so we would both have complete sets of the hearings. When President Noynoy appointed him as Comelec chairman, I thought it was a good move and that we could expect honesty and integrity in corruption ridden Comelec.  I did ask him if he would go against the President if he needed to. He said, “yes.”

This column dug deeper into the Smartmatic-PCOS system and found there was more to it than the debate on whether we should return to manual in 2016. With the information, I would say categorically we have no choice but to discard the automated electoral system being forced on us by Smartmatic. It will not be an easy task. It demands a single minded and purposeful battle against Smartmatic, its system and the machines it has been peddling to corrupt officials.

At first, we were merely looking at big money being traded each time we had elections – money to buy votes, money to buy politicians’ favor, money to campaign and so forth and so on. The desire for good governance and the election of capable, meritorious candidates was out of the equation. Presidential elections had become a business and made millionaires even billionaires out of incompetent but popular personalities.

After googling for information on Smartmatic and its chairman, Mark Malloch-Brown, there was more about him that we should know.

He was central to the puzzle of why Smartmatic had such power and would not yield to any investigation or threat.

Prior to being Smartmatic’s chairman, he was vice-chairman of the George Soros Investment Funds and the administrator of the UN Development Program.

Wayne Madsen of the Strategic Culture Foundation wrote that “nowhere is the Soros and CIA influence felt more than in the UN Development Program.” He said that “many UN staffers have links to the CIA” like Lynn Pascoe and Gregory Starr, both UN undersecretary generals. Malloch-Brown was also the UN deputy secretary general.

It would be a mistake if we were to miss the essential lesson of the Andres-Patricia Bautista marital fight. It is both personal and public.  We should not limit it to the crimes committed. It will not change things even if we impeach Andres Bautista as Comelec chairman. There will be another Andy Bautista who can and will be corrupted with the political structure we have. That is touching only the surface. And yes, Patricia is a heroine. She was instrumental in bringing out the scandal to Duterte and to the public. More than ever the case for a government with revolutionary powers has become urgent. Instead of wrangling about his impeachment, we should simply abolish the Comelec. The corruption is both in the higher and lower levels.

God or whatever force there is beyond us is making it finally possible to change the way our country is run. The Andres and Patricia Bautista struggle brings us back to the question: is it coincidence or destiny? We are being given all the chances to change. Shall we take it or leave it?

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/08/12/1728097/smartmatic-pcos-and-bautista-expose

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MGA DILAWAN HINDI MAKAPANIWALA SA IBINUNYAG NG PANGULO! TUNAY NA MAY MALASAKIT SA BAYAN!

Pres Duterte 1st Achievements Part 3 - Mr Riyoh feat Socmed Warriors

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Duterte hits Aquino anew after 'insulting' comment on drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Tactical Command Post of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident in Barangay Kilala in Marawi City. During his visit on August 4, the President provided the soldiers in Marawi City with groceries and watches. He also checked the condition of the wounded troops. The President then told the troops to remain steadfast as they are about to win the war against the terrorists who laid siege in Marawi City. Joining the President were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. Presidential Photo/Albert Alcain
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte once again called out his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, for questioning the efficiency of his anti-drug campaign.

During his visit to government troops in Marawi City on Friday, Duterte said that Aquino's comment that nothing happened during the first year of the current administration's drug war was insulting.
"Nung tinanong siya about the drug operations at sinabi niya, 'Wala naman nangyari mag-iisang taon na,' alam mo ang retort ko sa kanya, I answered back, 'Napakungonggong mo naman,'" Duterte said.
Duterte added that police and soldiers have been killed in operations against alleged drug personalities.



The president also claimed that the conflict in Marawi started with an operation against the illegal drug trade.

The Marawi siege, however, was triggered by an operation of government forces to neutralize Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon.

"How will you say walang nangyari, nakakainsulto 'yan and I am very sensitive sa ganitong issue kasi marami na ang sundalo pati pulis na namatay so if you are careless magsabi ka walang nangyari, talagang mag-init ang bunganga ko," Duterte said.

Aquino earlier said that his last statistics in 2015 showed that there were 1.8 million users, which is the same with the figures from the end of 2016.

Malacañang, on the other hand, released a statement claiming that about 96,703 personalities have been arrested in the first year of Duterte's drug war while only 77,810 drug personalities during Aquino's entire term of six years.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/08/05/1725506/duterte-hits-aquino-anew-after-insulting-comment-drug-war
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Mga mansion ng Parojinog sinasadyang giniba para magmukhang hindi mayaman nahuli cam

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano delivers the opening speech

PINAKUKULONG NA! MAG- AMANG JUNJUN AT JEJOMAR BINAY MANINIRAHAN NA SA LIKOD NG BAKAL NA REHAS!

Molest me, Father, for I have sinned’

BY ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS ON AUGUST 5, 2017

OF the figures in the Catholic Church, it is the parish priest who works at the grassroots. He is tasked to counsel those who are lost and those who are last. He is the representative of Rome with the people. He receives confessions from the sinners and gives communion to the faithful. He directly touches and ministers to his flock. His position embodies not only one that is holy, but also one that is trusted.

Thus, it is utterly offensive that a priest should be the one who should break that trust, and undermine his representation of the sacred.

This is the sin of that priest who now stands accused of violating the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act, after he was arrested for allegedly procuring the services of a 13-year-old sex worker whom he was caught taking to a motel.,

That the girl was a minor, and that her pimp was also a minor, only affirm what is fairly known. Child prostitution is already pervasive, where boys and girls render sexual services for as low as the cost of a mobile phone loads.

These are loud indictments of moral decadence, things which adults, more so spiritual leaders like priests, must address.

And this is where the crime of this priest becomes more repugnant.

It doesn’t even matter if the girl is a commercial sex worker, which some are pointing out as if that would justify his act.

The abomination here is that he is a priest.

And not just a priest, but a parish priest who happens to be also the president of a local college.

The girl may have sinned in selling her body, but she did not deserve to be molested by a priest.

She deserved guidance.

The girl is an out-of-school youth. She is a lost soul who needed his spiritual counsel. Yet, and as allegations indicate, he was in fact a returning client of the girl who, instead of being counseled and shepherded back to the faith, was led to a motel room to perform the services for which she was paid.

Lest I be accused of making a generalization, this is just one priest out of the many other good priests who minister to their flock in accordance with the vows they made when they were ordained.

But one should also be conscious of the many incidents of molestation happening in so many places, many already well-documented, of priests sexually assaulting altar boys and young girls, in church cloisters or in parochial schools, with some even ending up impregnating their female victims. Even President Rodrigo Duterte spoke of being a victim of a sexual abuse at the hands of a priest when he was still a young boy.

And one must also be fully aware of how the Church hierarchy in many places have merely reassigned the offenders to other parishes, or how Church leaders have participated in the cover- up.

There is the appeal that priests are also human, and that they have their own needs. The policy of the Roman Catholic Church for priests to be celibate is an outcome not of a biblical edict, but of a deliberate choice by the Church leaders themselves. Protestant pastors are allowed to marry, and have the opportunity to consummate their sexual needs with their legitimate partners. I am not sure if incidences of child molestation by Catholic priests would be reduced if the prohibition for them to marry is lifted by the Vatican.

But certainly, while there is reason to allow priests to become human and fulfill their sexual needs, it is not justified for an adult male church leader to have sex with a minor, for in the end it is not only a violation of their vows and of the internal rules of the Church. It is in fact a criminal act.

There is moral failure when those who represent an institution such as the Church don’t live up to its tenets and what it preaches. I was personally shocked, for example, when I learned that another priest was accused by the lay leaders of his parish of mishandling church funds, this at a time when the Church was condemning corruption in government.

I also was so offended when I was called a child of the devil by a priest in his sermon just because I supported the Reproductive Health Law; and he even exhorted his flock to declare war on people like me. I did not expect this to come from one who is the face of an institution that condemns violence, and preaches love, acceptance and understanding.

And the hypocrisy is reproduced by people who on this very instance are quick to defend the priest by maligning the girl simply because she is a sex worker. Others quickly politicized the issue and alleged that the priest, who happens to be anti-Duterte, was only set up as if it makes sense that he had to be singled out by Malacañang among many priests who spoke against the President. These are the very same people who would have excoriated the President for his rape jokes, but would either be dismissive, if not defensive, of a priest who had sex with a minor.

There are many good priests, as there are many good Catholics. Church leaders have already ordered an investigation, and have vowed to let the truth come out. They have also provided support to the girl.

This is an opportunity for the Church to prove that it is serious in making sure that priests who betray their vows suffer the consequences.

http://www.manilatimes.net/molest-father-sinned/342499/

Veteran soldier says Drilon and LP are trying to protect the illegal drug trade


Senator Franklin Drilon was the first, among others to question the PNP-Ozamis Cit for the raid conducted in the residence of the Parojinog's, a known political family in Ozamis.

The raid in Ozamis City has become a high-profile case since it involves high ranking officials in the city and their associates. Eleven were killed in the said raid.

Retired serviceman Abe Purugganan posted in his Facebook account his stand on Brilon's immediate reaction towards the incident. Purugganan stated that the attack dogs of the opposition are now "badly battered."

And even Drilon's swift response on the raid and questioning the authorities on the manners of the execution of the operation gives Purugganan another lamp to brighten the shadowy action of Drilon.

The chairman of the Liberal Party stood up to their commitment to protect the illegal drug trade, as Purugganan posted.

"Mr. Drilon who is the Chairman of the Liberal Party has taken matters into his own hands. He is now complaining on the raid in Ozamis City," said Purugganan. He also believes that Drilon knew what would happen next that is why Drilon took an extra mile to block the next action on eliminating drug operations in the country.

Read full post below.

The attack dogs of the opposition are badly battered. They are losing in the propaganda battle.

Mr. Drilon who is the Chairman of the Liberal Party has taken matters into his hands. He is now complaining on the raid in Ozamis City.

LP is really standing up to their commitment to protect the illegal drug trade.

LP is aware that the war on drugs has zeroed in against narco politicians who are also members of LP. He knows what is coming an he wants to preempt the efforts of the Duterte administration.

Source: Abe Purugganan

http://www.balitangtotoo.com/2017/07/veteran-soldier-says-drilon-and-lp-are.html

Organisers of street protests in the Philippines viewed as freeloaders and moochers


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent State of the Nation Address brought to the public’s attention the leaders of protest rallies in the country. A lot of people have noticed that some of those who organise rallies against incumbent Presidents have been the same people doing it for decades. Members of the public are simply tired of seeing the same faces year after year. It is proof that they don’t make a difference at all and that these people cannot seem to find real jobs. They seem averse to the idea of being productive members of society.
In the same way there are ‘professional squatters’, there are ‘professional activists’ like Renato Reyes.
Take the case of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) group leader Renato Reyes. He has been accused of profiting from his role in organising rallies. He doesn’t seem to have a permanent job outside of his rally life. He has admitted to joining rallies since he was 16 years old while he was still in college. He certainly doesn’t look like he is only in his 20s now. As a matter of fact, he has been at the forefront of protest rallies even before former President Gloria Arroyo came to power. His life goal is “to serve the people as long as Satur Ocampo, Carol P Araullo, Joma Sison, Fidel Agcaoili, Judy Taguiwalo”. One has to wonder which people he is talking about. Not everyone subscribes to their views. Not everyone wants to topple the government and install their brand of governance.
Renato and his kind epitomise the saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. I mean, what the hell is their group’s agenda anyway? They use the same slogan against the sitting President and call them “Tuta ng America”. They even accuse Duterte of being one even though the President has been openly criticising and cursing the US and some Americans.
The BAYAN group is said to be aligned with the communist movement. So one can be forgiven for saying that the group will not be happy unless the country is under communist rule. They are against the alignment of the Philippines with the United States, which they view as imperialist. But it is quite ironic that these people use the same technology developed in the US. They probably even use their iPhones and MacBook pros during their “meetings”.
You will find that some members of these groups were actually educated abroad and are sons and daughters of elite members of Philippine society. They once lived decadent lives, but, perhaps, became bored with their lack of direction, claimed to have turned their backs on their previous lifestyle, and joined the communist movement as some kind of “adventure”. These are what you call misguided folks who still believe in the theory that all property ought to be owned by the community instead of private citizens who worked hard to acquire and develop these. Of course at the backs of their heads they can still go back to their nice homes once the thrill of hiding from the law become boring for them too. The poor members of their advocacy group do not have that luxury though.
Those who subscribe to the theory of communism are akin to moochers and freeloaders. They think they are entitled to other people’s hard-earned money. They think it is not fair that some people are rich and are enjoying a comfortable life while others live in squalor. To them, rich people should be held responsible for everyone else’s welfare. But, really, there is only so much rich people can do particularly when the poor keep multiplying like rabbits.
Interestingly, Joma Sison, one of Reyes’s idols and founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines currently lives quite comfortably in the Netherlands while his comrades do the hard work for him. Members of his party wreak havoc in some parts of the Philippines extorting money from legitimate businesses and producers. They also kill members of the police and military who get in their way. It is quite baffling that politicians like Senator Risa Hontiveros consider him a “hero” when he inspires his followers to commit violence and destabilise the government. People like Hontiveros seem to be harbouring criminals while enjoying the perks of being in government. She should be considered an enemy of the state. These people are full of contradictions.
Groups like BAYAN and other left-leaning movements follow Reyes’s template of blaming the government for the poor’s misery. Previous governments as well as the present one may have neglected their duties, sucked the coffers almost dry, and allowed the decay of public infrastructure, but that doesn’t give license to some “poor” people to feel entitled to receive doled-out food, money and shelter just because they are poor. This is exactly what Members of the militant Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) had in mind when they took over ownership of the government housing units in Bulacan.
After Duterte gave them the housing units they forcefully took from the government, they wanted more. They now demand that more housing units be given to them. This is a classic case of biting the hand that feeds you. The problem in this kind of situation is that it is promoting mendicancy. When is it going to end? The more you give, the more some people expect that they are entitled to what hard working citizens have.
Where do these poor people get their mendicant ideas? Well, they get them from leaders of groups like Bayan, Anakpawis and Kadamay whose members teach the poor what to think, what to say, and what to ask the government for. The leaders of these groups take advantage of the poor people’s gullibility and desperation. The leaders of these groups know that they only need to give them a little incentive like free food and drinks to join their causes and rallies. Their main agenda is to blackmail the government into giving them what they want lest they continue to hold protest rallies depicting the one government official or the other — including the President himself — of being neglectful; as if the President and his government are the only ones responsible for other people’s welfare.
So far, protesters are lucky that Duterte seems to have socialist ideals. He is very accommodating to them. He even talked to them after his SONA outside of the Senate halls. But these protesters are very impatient. They think Duterte has the power to take public funds easily and use these to respond to their demands. They are unrealistic and irrational. The productive members of society – those who pay taxes should have a say on where their money should be spent.
One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand why protest leaders like Reyes fail to make a difference in Philippine society after all these years. Their idea of “progress” is taking from other people who work hard and giving it to those who work less. It’s a concept that is not sustainable. Those who work hard will have less motivation to work hard when they see their money going to people who hardly appreciate what is given to them. For how can someone appreciate something that was given under fear of emotional blackmail? People must do their share in nation building. The people who work hard to earn a living must not be punished for those who choose to be burdens to society.
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