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Thursday, August 31, 2017


By Jose Alejandrino

I'm not pro-Marcos but I like to be objective. Our history is full of historical distortions. Much has been said about Ferdinand Marcos. I think it's time we corrected some distortions.

1. Marcos like all our leaders was not perfect. He had his flaws. But not all his reign was bad. There were many good things he did like there were bad mistakes he committed.

2a. Marcos, the CIA chief told me, had no hand in the Ninoy Aquino assassination. It was a Cojuangco family feud between Ninoy and Danding. I told Cory what I knew from the Americans but she already knew. "Let things be," she said. "Let sleeping dogs lie." That is why she did not pursue the investigation of Ninoy's murder. It would have opened a can of worms. To make amends, Danding took care of Kris Aquino's career to make sure Ninoy's youngest daughter would be well taken care of financially.

2b. Marcos really won the Snap Election by 700,000 votes. I saw the final tally, but the Americans made it seem he cheated to trigger Edsa. Marcos was sick. The Americans knew the exact state of his health, thanks to a Cabinet minister who was feeding them periodic reports about his deteriorating health. I won't name him because he is a good friend of my father. The CIA kept President Ronald Reagan informed and he finally decided to let go of Marcos in order not to destabilize the Philippines where the two largest American bases (Clark and Subic) were located outside the United States. Ambassador Philip Habib was sent here as his personal emissary to work out the transition with the Opposition. As Habib said to US Ambassador to Manila Stephen Bosworth before he left, "We'll give him (Marcos) asylum in the United States."

3. Habib chose Cory to run against Marcos in the Snap Election. He argued that only the widow of a martyr would stand a chance of winning. But he knew she was inexperienced. So the deal reached to have a united Opposition was Cory would be president as a figurehead but Doy Laurel would be prime-minister to run the government. After the Snap Elections when Marcos had departed, Cory issued an executive order appointing Doy as PM but Joker Arroyo who wanted to be the "little" president had it rescinded. Doy was downgraded to foreign minister. The Americans saw this as a breach of their agreement and were furious at Cory. Bosworth defended Cory infuriating US Secretary of State George Schultz and was sent to the deep freezer. He was replaced by Nicholas Platt. US Senator Ted Kennedy, the brother of JFK, called Cory "a stupid woman." Later, I advised Cory to dump Joker Arroyo. She followed my advice but the damage had already been done.

4. The December 1, 1989 was the most serious of the coups against Cory. Doy and JPE had resigned beforehand. A July CIA report said the Insurgency had grown to 30,000 armed men. The military was dissatisfied. The Americans blamed Joker and his human rights friends for this state of affairs. Butz Aquino suggested I act as the backchannel to the Americans to try to save Cory's government. During my discussions over a secure telephone line to Washington, I was told they were open to a civilian-military junta headed by JPE. I told them I didn't think it was a viable option. It could lead to civil war, I said. How would that serve their interests on the US bases? They asked me for a guarantor. Without checking with FVR because time was short, I offered him as the guarantor. I told the Americans, you can trust him, can't you? They asked me to stand by while they discussed it in Washington. Over an hour later, they called me to say they were sending their jets from Clark to buzz the rebels on the ground. I announced the coming of the jets before US Ambassador Nicholas Platt did. PDI columnist Larry Henares wrote about in his articles dated December 3 and 8.

5. Butz Aquino handed Cory a transcript of my discussions with the Americans. After reading it, she realized I had made a deal to save her government. The deal was FVR would succeed her as president. She honored her word to me and endorsed FVR. When FVR was running for the presidency, I told him he would win but by not more than 25 percent of the votes. The finally tally was 23.58 percent. Until today, FVR doesn't know how he won. It is a secret between me and God.

All this I wrote in my memoirs which was published in the US in 2009. My American friends read it. FVR read it. They had no comments to make because it was carefully documented.


How Rappler misled EU, Human Rights Watch, CNN, Time, BBC — the world


Stop using that fake news of ‘7,000 summarily executed’
AS Mark Twain put it, a lie can travel around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.
A section in the European Union Parliament’s resolution last Thursday that interfered with our justice system and condemned the government’s campaign against illegal drugs read: “7,000 drug-related killings by the police and vigilantes have been reported since President Duterte took office on 30 June 2016.”
That 7,000 is the same number Vice President Leni Robredo used in her message last week to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs to rant against Duterte. It is the same figure that was used in the very critical report on the country by New York-based Human Rights Watch. It is the same figure used again and again by Western media, such as CNN, BBC, Time, and even the New York Times — all citing the Philippine National Police as its source. Even Al-Jazeera and Wikipedia cite this 7,000 number.
That 7,000 figure is false, from a fake news fabricated (or stupidly calculated) by the financially-bleeding news website Rappler (rappler.com) and repeated in Hitlerian fashion by Yellow propagandists that even Western media which are normally fact-check obsessive, have assumed it to be an accurate figure released by the PNP. Rappler has been very much an anti-Duterte news outfit, and is now mostly funded by the American firms North Base Media and Omidyar (whose owner had founded eBay).
The article by Rappler was first posted September 13 and, regularly updated, reads:
“There had been over 7,000 deaths linked to the ‘war on drugs’ – both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings (including deaths under investigation) from July 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.”
It gave a breakdown of its more precise 7,080 figure, which it claimed was “based on revised PNP data at the end of that period,” as follows:

The Rappler report is so patently wrong, I can only attribute it not to stupidity but to malice. It included 4,525 “deaths under investigation or investigation concluded” as killings related to the ant-drug war – which they aren’t!

The PNP’s regular reports on “victims in cases of deaths under investigation or investigation concluded” refer to all murders and homicides, whether it is the result of road rage, robbery, or deadly love triangles— and not just those related to the anti-illegal drug campaign. Rappler very wrongly and perhaps maliciously  classified these deaths as due to Duterte’s war against illegal  drugs, therefore bloating  three times the number of  people killed in the course of that campaign.
Somebody should be fired at the PNP—or Malacañang’s communications team— for allowing the Rappler lie to go unchallenged for six months, that Western media, and now even the European Union Parliament, have swallowed it hook, line and sinker, and have even disseminated it.
After Rappler’s false report that its 7,080 figure referred to those killed “from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings,” Robredo and other yellow hacks have since used this figure, for example, in her UN message, as the number of people “killed in summary executions.” This has created a very false picture of a country in which police lined up drug suspects on the wall and shot them dead.
It was only last week that a PNP spokesperson pointed out how terribly wrong that 7,000 figure which Robredo used in her message to the UN narcotics body was. He said that, according to PNP data, there were 2,582 killed in legitimate drug operations so far, not 7,000, and that “deaths under investigation” includes “all crimes happening on the streets.”
Even as I, and the PNP, have pointed out its mistake to Rappler, it has not apologized for its error, nor has it deleted its fake news. Is that responsible journalism?
But do we have any means to check the PNP’s figures, to find out if they are credible?
We have. To the credit of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, hardly a pro-Duterte newspaper, it listed, based on police blotters and the dispatches of their national network of police reporters, killings related to the anti-drug war, from July 1 to February 16, when government officially halted, temporarily, its campaign. The list was detailed, with the names of the victims if available, where they were killed in case of police operations, or if they were found dead, murdered by what the paper termed as “unidentified hit men.”
Based on the PDI’s raw data, we extracted the following:
• There were 2,107 killed in the campaign against illegal drugs from July 1 to February 16, which is even smaller than the PNP’s figure of 2,582, even if the police’s number includes drug-related deaths up to March 15.

• Out of this, 1,137, or 54 percent of the total, were killed in police “buy-bust” and Operation Tokhang* operations, as well as in the course of serving of search or arrest warrants. Some 970, or 40 percent, were found dead – “killed by unknown hit men,” as the PDI described it.
• Other than the 132 killed with such notes on cardboards pinned on the corpses saying, “I am a drug lord”, or a “I am a pusher,” the paper however doesn’t explain how it, or the police, concluded that the other 838 killed were killed as a result of the anti-drug war.
• Some 385, or 18 percent, couldn’t be identified.
Some 2,107 people killed in the anti-drug war in seven and a half months of course is still deplorable, but far from the 7,000 that Rappler and Robredo claim, and certainly gives a new perspective in assessing Duterte’s anti-drug war
Furthermore, the geographical distribution of those killed in the anti-drug war is revealing: 1,131, or 55 percent, of the 2,048 cases in which their location was determined, are only in five cities, known to be havens of the illegal-drug trade: Quezon City, Cebu, Manila, Pasay and Pasig.
It would make very good sense for Duterte to focus his anti-drug war on these five cities. Their mayors though should be taken to task as to why the illegal-drug trade has proliferated so much in their cities: Quezon City’s Herbert Bautista, Cebu City’s Tomas Osmeña, Manila’s Joseph Estrada, and Pasig’s Robert Eusebio. As a former mayor, Duterte I’m sure can have a heart-to-heart talk with these ineffectual mayors.
On the other hand, if Robredo and other human rights champions are really sincere about stopping the summary executions of suspected drug pushers and addicts, they should focus their limited resources on these five cities to expose and prevent human rights abuses.
Rather than just bawl and beg the UN to interfere.
*”Tokhang” is a neologism consisting of the Visayan words toktok (knock) andhangyo (beseech). Operation Operation Tokhang supposedly involves the police knocking on the homes of suspected drug addicts and pushers to ask them to stop their criminal activities. But, the police claims, many of the suspects decided instead to fight the police, resulting in their deaths.
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DLSU Professor: "Ginagawa tayong tanga ng media"

Van Ybiernas, a distinguished historian who regularly comments on significant socio-political agencies, recently published an expository post describing the dominant features of Philippine media vis-à-vis the unfair privileges granted to the ruling class.

In the said post, Ybiernas defied the society's power structure by claiming that those in power (viz. the media, the politicians, and the rich) are losing their hold of the common citizens.

That is, those in the lower social structure, the once underprivileged Filipinos, are no longer subjects of the manipulative ruling system. The everyman can now speak for their selves; can fight for injustice, and for their rights.

Also in the said post, Ybiernas pointed out that for a very long time, the Common Tao was subjected to this unfair system established by the powerful ruling class. Claiming that such inequality should be put to an end, Ybiernas expressed that people regardless of status should be put to an end,Ybiernas expressed that people regardless of status should be equal chances to speak and be heard. Yet, because of the unchanging vile character of the ones in power, such hopes have become ideal. Not until now, where people have become empowered.

To further understand the sentiments of the profound historian, attached here is the exact copy of his recently published Facebook post. It reads:

"Opo! Harsh ako sa media. Harsh ako sa mga may pangalan, may status, mayaman, makapangyarihan, atbp… (Pero) hindi ako harsh sa kabaligtaran ng mga nabanggit.

Sa loob ng matagal na panahon, pipi ang mga nasa ibaba ng lipunan. Pipi tayo! Walang nakakarinig sa atin!… Silang may access, sila lang ang may boses. Media lang ang may boses. Pulitiko lang ang may lakas. Mayayaman lang ang may privilege.

Ang akin lang ay pagpantayin ang nasa itaas at nasa ibaba. Ibigay ang lakas sa tunay na dapat mayroon nito.

Ginagawantayong tanga ng media. Ginagawa nila tayong pipi. Akala nila mananahimik na lang tayo sa mga katarantaduhang pinagsasabi nila. Hindi po! Tapos na po ang panahon na pipi ang bayan, ganun pa rin sila hanggang ngayon. Sensationalized! Irresponsible! Manipulative!

Bakit? Kasi andun ang pera at kapangyarihan… para sa kanila! Para sa kanila bilang indibidwal. Para sa kanila bilang isang grupo!

Ano ang napala ng bayan? Wala! Inaasahan ng mga ul*l na ito na susunod lang ang bayan sa kung saan sila dadalhin ng media! Ang tingin nila sa bayan ay walang isip, walang boses, atrophied.

Huwag kami, mga ul*l!

Hindi ngayon hanggang bukas, makalawa!

Hindi na habang-buhay!

Tapos na ang pagka-pipi ng bayan!

Humanda kayo!" Ybiernas ended asserting that the lower social structure, once deprived and disadvantaged, are about to wage a significant battle against the greedy ruling class.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A classic instance of Western media spin

I SPILLED my coffee watching CNN’s 8 a.m. news, when its ticker tape flashed: “Duterte orders police to kill those resisting arrest, followed by “Duterte: Kill the idiots.”
A newsreader then simply repeated those statements, adding, as it does every time there’s news now about the Philippines, that Duterte’s war vs illegal drugs has killed “thousands”.
I googled ”Duterte kill the idiots,” and the search results showed two dozen items showing the same headline, by news organizations such as American network ABC, the internet-only The Daily Beast to small news outfits like Panay News. Credit its going “viral” to a dispatch by Reuters, whose correspondents have the knack for finding the sensational spin.
I initially thought, “Has Duterte gone mad, and has followed Trump?” As is my habit, I searched to hear exactly what he said. I managed to get quickly a video of Duterte’s speech, at the National Heroes Day celebration the other day, where he purportedly made those statements.
What follows is my word-for-word transcription of Duterte’s relevant statements. You judge if those news reports are really accurate or represent a classic instance of how Western media, or any media can spin a particular quote so as to shock people.
“In the performance of their duty, tell your men that whenever their life is in danger and they are in the actual performance of their duty, your duty requires you to overcome the resistance of the person you are arresting. Not only just to shout to him to surrender because it is a [indistinct], and if he resists and it is a violent one placing in jeopardy the lives of my policemen and military, you are free to kill the idiots.”
That the news story has become viral is of course partly Duterte’s fault. “Kill the idiots” is such a great attention-grabbing quotable quote, on par with that classic “Kill all the lawyers.”
Of course, one can insist that still, Duterte categorically said “free to kill the idiots”. But do you think Duterte would have instead said: “If they resist arrest and are violent, shoot them in the legs?”
Anyone who’s used guns knows how impossible this is, unless you are a professional sharpshooter: to aim for and hit the legs of someone about to shoot you. The training of police and military organizations all over the world is for their men to make it their second nature to aim for the center of the body (and thrice), as that would minimize the likelihood of missing the target – which certainly won’t be case if you aimed at his peripheral parts. Coincidentally, a human body’s center is where the heart is, so in effect you are shooting to kill. If only God had located humans’ hearts in their legs!

Australia TV reporting on Duterte’s quotable quote and Rappler’s Maria Ressa pouncing on it.
Would it have been better if Duterte instead said, “If they resist arrest violently, aim for the center of their bodies”?
Would it be more informative if the news organizations’ headline was instead: “Duterte authorizes the police to shoot-to-kill, if those resisting arrest fight back.” That would be more accurate really. But would that make shocking, “viral” headlines?
And the use of idiots? That’s Duterte’s normal uncouth language that he is used to, but expletives certainly aren’t his monopoly. I can imagine Trump similarly using “idiots” if had to refer to criminals, if he stops himself from using “motherfuckers.” Should Duterte have used cock-suckers as a Trump aide described one of his colleagues?
Let’s face it, Western media, which we think – given their reporters high salaries and its centuries of evolution –are so professional, just aren’t. Listen to CNN and Fox News, and you’ll get a total contrasting picture of Trump and the US situation now.
As Philippine print media used to be, especially during the past administration (remember the anti-Corona frenzy and their idolatry of the President?), US and European media occasionally are afflicted with that virus called herd mentality.
In the US case, such herd mentality even allowed President Bush to invade a sovereign nation, Iraq, destroy its cities and kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis—on the basis of the total lie that it had weapons of mass destruction.
Media herd
Media herd mentality is probably one of the most dangerous social phenomena now, as it brainwashes entire peoples to believe even a total lie, so that governments could start a war that that can throw the entire world into conflagration. The global scourge of terrorism now is almost entirely due to the US invasion of Iraq that its media sold to Americans.

What is worrying – and sickening – is that herd mentality afflicts not just the most mediocre of journalists but even the best.
Consider my former colleague Sheila Coronel who abandoned Philippine journalism to teach rich Americans investigative journalism at Columbia University in New York, to become the director of its Stabile Center of Investigative Journalism and then academic affairs dean of the journalism school itself, considered the best in the US. (That’s like a doctor trained at taxpayer-subsidized PGH and at public medical centers to become the best tuberculosis physician, only to teach tuberculosis treatment at a New York hospital catering to billionaires.)
Instead of doing investigative journalism on Trump’s real wealth or connection with Russian oligarchs, or such important, but hard topics relevant to Columbia University as how American wars are responsible for US technological breakthroughs, Coronel has rushed to join the anti-Duterte mob of American journalists, and wrote several pieces in prestigious New York publications that pay unbelievably high fees painting Duterte as, to use her term, a “blood-bathed” President and Manila’s streets as littered with corpses.
While Coronel writes well—in her melodramatic 1980s style using colorful heart-tugging anecdotes—I’m quite sure one of her qualifications that made editors buy her stories would be that she was a Filipino “investigative journalist.” In fact, she bolsters her demonic portrayal of Duterte by referring to her coverage of him as Davao City mayor back in the 1980s, implying that he was already a killer then and she is the expert on his soul.
But Coronel wants to have her cake and eat it too, to live and work in the US, yet still pretend to be an expert on the Philippines, as most ranting anti-Duterte Fil-Ams (the most prominent being billionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis) are fond of doing. She bases her data on what’s happening in the Philippines on what other American journalists have written, and forgets the investigative skills she learned at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.
In her recent article in a journal, “A Presidency Bathed in Blood,” Coronel wrote: “The drug war, which Duterte officially launched on his first day in office, has claimed the lives of as many as 9,000 suspected drug dealers and users.”
9,000 number
I asked her through Facebook’s Messenger where she got that 9,000 number, a topic of considerable interest to me as I wrote three columns debunking that figure, which was based on a completely wrong article in internet-only news site Rappler. (In my column, “How Rappler misled EU, Human Rights Watch, CNN, Time, BBC — the world,” Manila Times, May 19, 2017)

She replied: “Numerous news reports quote that figure.” She even gave me the link to her Google search results. I asked her why she “didn’t bother to verify if this is fake news, used mostly by Western media. “
I told her that even the Google search results she sent me had several reports specifically disproving that figure, yet she ignored those articles.
She didn’t reply after that. She “unfriended” me as a Facebook friend, obviously so she won’t read my posts that disturb her New York world-view.
If a professor and dean of Columbia University’s journalism school throws journalistic rules of verification and objectivity, and on the President of her former country, what can you expect from old, weary wire correspondents rushing to file dispatches as fast as they can to fulfill their daily quota, or from mediocre TV reporters?
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A new drug called Flakka

Jose Alejandrino

A new drug called Flakka is spreading throughout the United States. It is cheap and very profitable for drug dealers. It is coming from China exported by the Triad.

This demonic drug has many side effects. It is replacing heroine and cocaine in the US. Its chief side effect is it gives superhuman strength requiring six police officers to subdue an individual affected by the drug. The individual becomes extremely violent.

I expect this drug to hit the countries of SE Asia, including the Philippines. This is why we need to break the distribution network of drugs. Customs must also be on the watch against smuggling.

The American authorities have already started warning the public about Flakka and its deadly effects. They have asked China to help. The Chinese authorities have banned its export but the Triad has a wide network to smuggle it out by trucks through the Burma road and then load it on ship. It can also be ordered online by mail. The producers of Flakka promised to replace each Flakka that is intercepted by local government authorities.

Flakka is much deadlier than shabu. If it spreads in the Philippines, its people will be in mortal danger.

Please share to everybody. I hope the mainstream and social media will diffuse the terrible effects of this drug.

Saldy and Lorenza’s choice

Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:01 am 

It was like the cliffhanger ending of a thriller, I was told, in that it could have gone either way at the very last moment. And early the other day, Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos had only a few minutes to decide their fate.

They could cast their lot with those who wanted to use them as Exhibit A and B in the campaign against extrajudicial killings that their slain son, Kian Loyd, had single-handedly reignited. Or they could believe President Rodrigo Duterte, who promised them justice for Kian and punishment for his killers.

Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta was on her way to pick up the Delos Santoses from their home early on Tuesday, to take them to an audience with Duterte. Acosta would just be a few minutes ahead of another group, which would parade Kian’s parents at the launching of a self-styled anti-tyranny movement in a Catholic seminary in New Manila, Quezon City.

When Acosta arrived first at the Delos Santoses’ home in Quezon City, Saldy and Lorenza had apparently already made up their mind, a source who was involved with the talks with the couple but who has not been authorized to speak for the spouses told me. And they went with the PAO chief, thus embracing Duterte—which Lorenza did literally some time afterwards —and repudiating those who wanted, as I described it in yesterday’s column, to politically weaponize their grief.

The rest, many already know. Duterte met the Delos Santoses in a private audience for more than two hours, with only a handful of people in attendance; he also gave Lorenza a hug, upon the grieving mother’s request.

It was during the meeting that Duterte explained to the couple why he could not visit Kian’s wake, which every anti-Duterte politician had already done. The President said he had to wait for the report of the National Bureau of Investigation on the incident, since it would not look good if he visited and appeared to be favoring Kian prematurely.

“I am also the head of the police and I don’t want to prejudge them,” Duterte told the couple, according to the source. “I cannot look like I am punishing them without basis.”

After the meeting, the slain young man’s parents urged everyone not to involve them in partisan politics. What they wanted, they said, was justice for their son, implying that they trusted Duterte (and Duterte alone) to give them what they sought.

It was also reported that Lorenza was an overseas Filipino worker and a member of a militant urban poor organization. They were Duterte supporters, like most poor people, but it was really Kian’s grandfather who was the leader of a local pro-Duterte movement.

Yesterday, Kian’s parents went to the Department of Justice to begin the process of going into the government’s Witness Protection Program. There, safe in the government’s protection, they will most likely be able to talk freely about how they were courted by forces attempting to bring down the Duterte government by using Kian as the poster boy for the human-rights crowd—including reports that they had been offered money to join the effort.

* * *

My source said the Delos Santos couple was offered P2 million in cash by the anti-Duterte crowd for their “cooperation.” Their presence at the launching of the group calling itself the Movement Against Tyranny at the CICM seminary in New Manila, Quezon City was to be the start of what was probably envisioned as a long roadshow presentation, where they would appear and speak about their son and the bullet-riddled fate that befell him that fateful day in Caloocan City—and the beginning of their repayment of the money given to them.

I will not identify those who allegedly made the offer of money to the couple. The disclosure of that information will really be up to the Delos Santoses and the government prosecutors they are talking to at this point.

But as I’ve already written, the couple’s decision to believe Duterte’s promise took the wind out of the sails of those who thought that Kian’s killing was their chance to bring down the President using that incident. And, according to my source, a pall of gloom has descended on these would-be crusaders for justice, “because they know they had the boy’s parents, and they many never get a chance like that again.”

When the people ordered by those who wanted to use Kian as a political battering ram against Duterte arrived to fetch Saldy and Lorenza, of course, the couple was no longer there. The couple had already decided that the President was not the bloodthirsty killer that those frantically whispering in their ears for an entire week said he was.

It’s up to Duterte now to prove that the trust given by the couple to him has not been misplaced. Or they could once again start listening to siren song of the anti-Duterte gang—and make a small fortune besides.

Duterte has to show that he will punish those who killed Kian to the fullest extent of the law. And he must prove that he really meant it when he took Lorenza into his arms for a consoling embrace.

Justice, for Kian’s parents, is non-negotiable and does not carry a price tag. And these are the kind of people that Duterte must not disappoint, no matter how many many inroads he makes in his campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and all the other stuff that he says has kept us from being the great nation that we can be.


Anong masasabi mo sa panawagang mag-leave o magbitiw na sa Comelec si Bautista?

Anong masasabi mo sa panawagang mag-leave o magbitiw na sa Comelec si Bautista?
Published August 24, 2017 7:44pm

Nanawagan ang anim na komisyoner ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) sa kanilang kasamahan na si chairman Andres Bautista na mag-leave of absence o magbitiw sa harap ng alegasyon na mayroon siyang mga tagong-yaman.

Inihayag nina Commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Luie Tito Guia, Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon, Al Parreno, Arthur Lim at Sheriff Abas, ang panawagan kay Bautista sa isang pulong balitaan nitong Huwebes.

"The undersigned Comelec commissioners, having at heart the best interest of the service, and motivated by a deep sense of duty to our people, are constrained to come out in the open to strongly and urgently urge Chair J. Andres D. Bautista to go on leave of absence for such period as may be necessary or resign for his own sake, for the sake of his career, and most importantly, for the sake of his family particularly his four innocent children," saad sa kanilang inihandang pahayag.

"Chair Bautista has not made good on his promise that he would inform us soonest on his course of action of either a leave of absence or resignation. More than two weeks have elapsed since then," dagdag nila.

Ipinauubaya na umano nila kay Bautista ang pagpapasya kaugnay sa kanilang panawagan.

"What he will take is his own decision. We are just urging him. The effect on the Constitution has become undeniable. We live it up to his conscience," ayon kay Lim.

Sinabi naman ni Guanzon na ilang ulit nang lumiliban si Bautista sa kanilang mga papupulong at hindi nito naibibigay ang " 100 percent of his time" para sa ahensiya.

Sa nakaraang pagdinig ng House Committee on Appropriations tungkol sa budget ng Comelec sa 2018, hindi rin nakadalo si Bautista kaya hindi natalakay ang naturang pondo.

"I think he should resign for his own sake and the for the sake of the Commission on Elections. I think that for me, yesterday was a... was for me really what made me decide to now advise him to resign," ayon kay Guanzon.

"Besides, since the first day that I advised him to file a leave, yes he failed to attend about two en banc meetings aside from yesterday's budget review and of course because all of his problems," dagdag niya.

Nahaharap sa kontrobersiya si Bautista matapos akusahan ng kaniyang asawa na mayroong siyang mga nakatagong yaman na hindi umano idineklara sa kaniyang Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth.

Sinampahan na rin siya ng impeachment complaint sa Kamara de Representantes.

Dati nang itinanggi ni Bautista ang mga alegasyon ng kaniyang asawa at sinabi rin nito na ipinagdarasal at masusi niyang pinag-aaralan kung kailangan niyang magbitiw o magbakasyon sa trabaho.

"As I have publicly stated, these are options that I have been considering and praying over. When I decide, they will be the first to know," saad ni Bautista sa text message bilang reaksyon sa panawagan ng kaniyang mga kasamahan.-- FRJ, GMA News


‘Revolutionary government’

 (The Philippine Star) 

If he will have his way, President Rodrigo Duterte would like “to destroy” the government as the only way to stamp out completely the systemic corruption at the Bureau of Customs, and the entire bureaucracy for that matter. As far as President Duterte sees it best, only a “revolutionary government” can crush the crimes and corruption crippling the Philippines all this time.

A Palace birdie quoted President Duterte exclaiming anew that a “revolutionary government” is perhaps what the Philippines badly needed now, especially to best address the pernicious problems of corruption in the bureaucracy. The President wisecracked this during the meeting he called at Malacanang Palace with the leaders of the rebel soldiers group called the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM).

The President expressed his frustration in particular over the latest smuggling case of tons of shabu that slipped through the Bureau of Customs headed by commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. What especially riled the President the most was the failure of Faeldon, supposedly assisted at the Customs Bureau by his former fellow Magdalo mutineers, to put a lid on corruption at one of the most graft-prone agency of government.

Despite being directly linked by Sen. Panfilo Lacson to alleged pay-offs at the Customs Bureau, President Duterte apparently gives more credence to the innocence of his embattled Customs chief who once joined the mutiny to fight corruption in the past government. In apparent pique over this shabu smuggling case, the President named retired Police Gen. Isidro Lapeña, who is currently the head of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA), to replace Faeldon as Customs chief.

While President Duterte has been openly advocating for “revolutionary government,” a shadowy group has finally come out in the open with such threat to establish one in our country.

Hence, the “loyalty check” at Malacanang starting with the RAM leaders’ meeting two weeks ago although President Duterte keeps repeating he is more than willing to step down and give way to a “junta” government run by the military.

PADEM, in a statement issued last Monday, condemned President Duterte and held him accountable for betrayal of public trust and violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. In their statement, the group said it is now working for the withdrawal of military and police support from the 14-month old administration of President Duterte who won the majority votes in last year’s presidential election.

PADEM lashed at President Duterte for allegedly allowing China to occupy land features in the West Philippine Sea. They also accused him for allegedly mis-using the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) and turned them into his private armies in carrying out extrajudicial killings as part of his administration’s anti-drug campaign.

The group likewise scored President Duterte, as the Commander-in-chief, for what appears to them as a bungled handling of the anti-terror operations in Marawi City while the city lies in ruins and hundreds of civilians as well as government troopers either get killed or wounded.

However, the leaderships of both the AFP and the PNP were quick to douse cold waters over PADEM’s propaganda and their alleged plot to forcibly remove President Duterte from office.

“The AFP categorically denies the recent statement issued by a group that pretends to be representative of the men and women of the AFP and the PNP and called themselves the Patriotic and Democratic Movement,” Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, declared in a statement he read before the press last week.

The 130,000-strong AFP, headed by Chief of Staff Eduardo Año, reiterated that the country’s military establishment stands by the constitutionally mandated government and unequivocal in their support to President Duterte as their incumbent Commander-in-chief.

For its part, the PNP headed by Director General Ronald dela Rosa committed the full might of the 190,000-strong police organization to stand in the way against any attempt to destabilize government and challenge their earnest resolve to protect the State and its institutions.

“We call on these shadowy groups with sinister motives to please spare the PNP from their delusion of getting any form of support from our ranks. We will never allow the PNP to be used in any move to betray the Constitution and grab power,” read the PNP statement as released to the media also last week by PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos.

Per their own investigations and sleuthing, the AFP traced the links to PADEM to a certain Jon Bustamante of Pinoy Abrod, an Amsterdam-based publication of overseas Filipino workers. Military cyber security experts found out Bustamante is closely identified with Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, who is also based in The Netherlands.

Shortly after Bustamante uploaded the PADEM statement, Sison and his fellow communist leader Fidel Agcaoili shared on their respective social media accounts Bustamante’s post.

The CPP, along with its military arm New People’s Army, and the National Democratic Front have conducted off-and-on peace talks with the Duterte administration here and abroad. However, President Duterte indefinitely suspended the peace talks amid continuing NPA attacks against government forces and extortion activities in various parts of the country.

While peace talks are suspended, the President and Sison are currently engaged in ongoing word war. The President’s browbeating of Sison escalated when he claimed the latter is “dying” already of cancer. Sison, in turn, vowed to continue waging their war to establish their own “revolutionary government” in the Philippines.

While President Duterte definitely subscribes to a “revolutionary government” in the Philippines, it is not, however, under the same concept that the CPP-NPA-NDF wanted to rule.




Tuesday, August 29, 2017




President Rodrigo Duterte this Monday, August 28 had a meeting with the parents of 17-year old Grade 11 student Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was killed during the Oplan Galugad operation in Barangay 160, Caloocan City last August 16. The president met Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Palace.

So far, no details has been released as what President Duterte and Kian's parents have talked about. Nevertheless, the Delos Santos family reportedly requested the said meeting, which took place two days after the teenage was buried. His death caused public anger, and protests against the Duterte administration's intensified war against illegal drugs.
In an earlier interview, President Duterte said he already have watched the CCTV video showing two policemen dragging a man to the dark alley, where Kian's lifeless body was found. According to him, he will not interfere with the ongoing investigation by the NBI and CHR, and that the cops involved should be jailed if they will be proven guilty. 

Nevertheless, the president said he decided not to visit Kian's wake just like what Vice President Leni Robredro and two Liberal Party (LP) ally senators Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes IV did. According to him, his visit might validate claims that the police really killed Kian, and there might be speculations that he will just apologize to the family.

Meanwhile, Sen. Trillanes criticized President Duterte for personally talking with Kian's parents. According to the soldier turned politician, the president's act is very suspicious considering the fact that it was held at Malacañang. He added that the president is also guilty to Kian's killing because of his repeated strong statements against drug suspects.

"Ayan na, lumalabas na rin na guilty ang mamang ito. Ni hindi na nga pumunta sa burol para makiramay man lang, tapos ngayon kinausap nya ng private. Dalawa lang yan e. Pinakiusapan nya ang mga ito na huwag nang ituloy ang kaso at bibigyan na lang sila ng pera, o kaya naman tinakot nya." Trillanes, who is a staunch Duterte critic, told reporters.