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¡Hola mundo!

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De vez en cuando también compartiré con ustedes vídeos, fotos, refranes y gráficos de la gente, animales, lugares, etc., que encuentro interesante y espero que lo aprecian.

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Deliberate or accidental

Rescued Filipino fishermen and their destroyed fishing boat.

The ramming of an anchored Filipino fishing boat F/B Gem-Ver 1 on June 9 with 22 personnel near Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and leaving them in peril continues to raise the question whether or not the incident was deliberate or accidental.

That the much bigger and powerful Chinese fishing vessel continued its route and deserted the area as if nothing happened even raises a more profound question about the duty to rescue persons in distress at sea.

But, was the destruction of the F/B Gem-Ver 1 really deliberate or was it accidental?

Until an in-depth neutral third party investigation is conducted we will never know the truth about what really happened.

What seems to muddle the initial account of the incident is the way it is being reported by the media. When different observations and conjectures are being added it distorts the truth that it becomes at times incredible whether or not some events, as told, really happened.

Take for instance the statement/description given that after noticing that the Chinese vessel had hit something, that it turned around to verify what it was and found out that it just sunk a fishing boat with people in the sea shouting for help, only to be abandoned.

If this was the case then the Chinese crew members should be categorically condemned for their barbaric and criminal act. But then again, in the same vein, it was reported that they hurriedly left the area afraid that other Filipino fishermen may gang up on them if they linger further. So, which is which now?

With China now forcefully claiming and converting into a military garrison what is rightfully ours in the WPS, while we leave our fate to God, would they still have the brazenness to destroy the livelihood of our fisher folks?

I for one would like to believe that if China can claim the whole of the South China Sea (SCS), of which the WPS is part of it, with impunity and construct sophisticated military bases even inside Philippine territorial waters just so it can control this part of the world, then one could just imagine how insignificant a third world country and the Filipino race is to them. Talking about arrogance, abuse and disrespect despite the altruism the Philippine government has shown them.

But there is really nothing much that can be done about the maritime incident. Unless proven without doubt by a neutral maritime investigative body that it was accidental rather than deliberate, then so be it. Otherwise the incident will always be construed not only that China’s vessel is culpable for deliberately ramming the Filipino fishing vessel, but that falsehood is also being rammed down our throat.

This is the price we are paying for being poor and powerless.

 

Imelda’s jewelries for sale

 

Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos

This is one felicitous decision that is most welcome by the Filipino people coming from President Rodrigo Duterte. It takes political will to do it especially knowing that the president continues to have a soft heart for the family of the despot Marcos, while many Filipinos continue to harbor resentment against them.

I am of course referring to Duterte’s approval to auction off one of three jewelry collections recovered from the fleeing family when they arrived at the Honolulu International Airport during the 1986 People Power Revolution. This was particularly dubbed as the Hawaii collection consisting of 400 pieces estimated to be worth more than P700 million.

Whether or not the jewelries for sale are smaller or less expensive pieces compared to the other sequestered collections is not what matters most. What is of greater importance is that Duterte wants the proceeds to benefit the Filipinos in any way it could.

In reality, auctioning off the three jewelry collections should have been done a long time ago so that those who became victims of the repressive regime, and who has gone sooner to their graves may have enjoyed the fruits of retribution.

In fact it would have been more meaningful and symbolic had former Pres. Benigno Aquino III found the gumption to put the whole collections on the auction block during his presidency. His lack of audacity cost him the chance of getting the credit of alleviating the plight of the poor Filipinos with the proceeds that they needed so badly. It would have been a tribute to the family of a martyred patriarch that suffered so much, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Instead it is now Duterte who is getting the accolade for disposing the ill-gotten jewelries. He deserves it, but it is hoped that it won’t stop here. The people would like to see Duterte also ordering, before his term is over, the sale of the Malacañang collection of around 300 pieces that was left behind after the Marcoses fled the Palace and the Roumeliotes collection of 60 major pieces that Imelda’s Greek accomplice, Demetriou Roumeliotes, tried to spirit out of the country a few weeks after the Marcoses’ ouster.

While it is much appreciated that Duterte approved the auctioning of Imelda’s Hawaii collection based on public interest and not on friendship or political alliance, I find it somehow unreasonable, however, that the very same person that the expensive jewelry collection was sequestered from can still participate in the sale by auction. Knowing how filthy rich Imelda is, she can surely outbid the other buyers or use them to bid on her behalf. Thus, it defeats the purpose of having the jewelry collection to be taken out and away from the clutches of the avaricious former first lady.

To say that Imelda is no longer interested in her sequestered jewelries is absurd, if not a distortion of reality. It is probably what is motivating her to stay much longer in politics so she could have the chance to fulfill once more her evil desire to be reunited with her long seized treasures.

Arrogance

Tutok Tulfo host Erwin Tulfo and former PA Gen. now DSWD Sec. Rolando Bautista

It is very ironic that a man highly groomed to be the next Press Secretary, one in charge of running the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) among other things, has shown his true, repugnant colors this early.

I am of course talking about radio commentator and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo who, in his PTV4’s public service program Tutok Tulfo, viciously and shamefully berated Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista for not acceding to his request for an interview over the radio. What made Tulfo even fuming madly was when he was told by the DSWD office that to have an interview he has to write and request for it.

There is really nothing wrong with it if that is what protocol calls for, but instead of being civilized and understanding, Tulfo showed his ass to the consternation of many, especially those in the military service who have the highest respect for Bautista, not only for being an honorable man but for being fearless yet self-effacing that no less than President Duterte himself chose him  to lead the Presidential Security Group (PSG) upon his assumption of office.

Bautista’s PSG stint, however, was cut short when he was deployed to Mindanao to assist in the fight against terror groups. A few weeks before the Marawi clashes ended, Bautista was promoted to Commanding General of the 90,000-strong Philippine Army.

This is the gallant and highly loved and respected soldier’s soldier that became the object of Tulfo’s outrageous and unconscionable rants.

The unwarranted tirade that targeted Bautista is simply a product of Tulfo’s arrogance.

Arrogance, it is said, is a creature. It does not have senses. It has only a sharp tongue and the pointing finger.

Arrogance, a saying goes, is being full of yourself, feeling you are always right, and believing your accomplishment or abilities make you better than other people. People often believe arrogance is excessive confidence, but it’s really lack of confidence.

How true this is indeed of Tulfo!

But what is contemptible about Tulfo’s scurrilous attack  on Bautista is that it affects also the  sensibilities of the members of his family. How else would you feel but mentally abused when a patriotic and sacrificing head of the family is called names, threatened to be slapped or have his head dunk in a toilet?

Tulfo had even the gall to ask President Duterte to fire him! What arrogance!

Hope President Duterte will draw a red line and inculcate in Tulfo’s head that the services given by former military generals in government are far more important for the success of his administration than what an irrational crusading broadcast journalist can do.

(For more on this and for better appreciation of the story I urge you all to visit this site: http://pinoytrendingnews.net/open-letter-from-a-pma-alumnus-to-erwin-tulfo-in-wake-of-mediamans-tirade-versus-dswd-sec-there-will-always-be-a-time-for-reckoning/. – Quierosaber)

 

Day of reckoning

 

No doubt that there is an utmost necessity for Congress to proceed with the proposal to investigate Peter Joemel Advincula who admitted he was “Bikoy”, the hooded man in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.

The controversial videos has caught the attention and curiosity of the citizenry and it is with bated breath that they are awaiting the result of an impartial probe so that the public will know if there was indeed a politician or a group of politicians belonging to the opposition behind the controversial videos, or was it just a ploy concocted by Advincula himself to accomplish his 15 minutes of fame?

Advincula succeeded in viciously attacking President Duterte and his family, inconsiderately shaming even his young, innocent daughter in illegal drugs trade. Duterte’s close political allies did not go unscathed either. They, too, were besmirched.

But after all these vituperations that took place at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) office during a press conference called by Advincula himself on May 6, the latter veered course and started singing a different tune. This, after the police issued a warrant for his arrest and fearing for his life, surrendered.

In giving himself up to the police Advincula recanted his damning statements and accused Sen. Antonio Trillanes instead as the author of the controversial videos. He also professed the participation of Liberal Party senators, including detained Sen. Leila de Lima, in conspiring for the ouster of Duterte so that Vice president Leni Robredo could take over the presidency.

Ominous as Advincula’s storyline seem to be, the fact remains however that everyone in the opposition are unanimous in disavowing Advincula’s accusations and are vilifying instead his morality and credibility.

But is Advincula really that corrupt and vile, or could a degenerate like Advincula still possesses a modicum of probity for the people to believe in him and thus redeem himself?

Only a comprehensive, thorough and objective investigation could tell the public what the truth really is.

The findings, therefore, will not only be a day of reckoning for Advincula, but as far as the public is concern it will be also a judgment day for Trillanes whom the president had been wanting to lock up but had been unsuccessful to this day.

Whichever way it goes the resolution of these controversial videos and the resulting penalty meted out to the culprit or culprits by the investigative body will be the final accounting for the Filipino people to determine whether or not Duterte, and whoever his heir apparent may be, deserves to continue leading the country.

Collateral damage

Jinggoy, Erap, JV

While collateral damage is a term aptly used in military settings when unintentional or incidental damage or casualty is inflicted as a result of military action directed against targeted enemy forces or facilities, its parallelism, however, cannot escape being applied in politics too.

Such stark analogy is what we have recently witnessed when Senator JV Ejercito lost in his reelection bid in the recently concluded mid-term elections.

We all know the crushing and humiliating defeat suffered by Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada when he got beaten badly by former Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, whose chance to run for mayor in 2016 was thwarted by Erap when the latter renege on their agreement that he was just going to be a one-term mayor. By any measure it was a sweet revenge for Isko.

Janella Estrada and Francis Zamora

We also know about the resounding victory Francis Zamora had over Janella Estrada in the San Juan mayoralty race. Janella is the daughter of Jinggoy Estrada.

The toppling of the Estrada political empire in the local government did not only mean that the Filipino people had had enough of them, but it also signified that neither do the people want another Estrada to make a come-back in the national scene as a senator.Thus, we have seen how the electorate repudiated the candidacy of Jinggoy Estrada.

While most Filipinos are not expressing regret over the drubbing of Erap, Janella and Jinggoy, some are, however, wondering why the much like and favored JV Ejercito did not make it to the senate again.

There is no doubt that JV is a better person, a conscientious legislator and a responsible public servant than Jinggoy. His disadvantage and downfall, however, is that he fell into the trap of running in the same ticket with Jinggoy.

JV is right when he said that running simultaneously with his half brother Jinggoy diminished considerably his chance of getting reelected.

While there was much hype created at the presence of two known rival siblings in the same party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the fact remains that some Filipinos had made up their minds not to have Jinggoy elected again. Needless to say that they were targeting Jinggoy to lose, but the problem is that they were not able to control, much less convince, the other Filipinos to shun him.

Thus, it is in this context that JV became a collateral damage because the votes that went to Jinggoy could have very well been counted for JV.

What a waste of votes, indeed, for a deserving candidate!

Miscalculation

Peter Joemel Advincula

There has been much ado created over Bikoy and his “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos before the mid-term elections not only because of its timeliness, but more so because it was intended to humiliate President Duterte and his family, and discredit his accomplishments that has sustained his popularity.

Overall, it was a cowardly ploy as it involved a young and innocent member of the family.

If one looks at the video keenly, the Machiavellian plot can only come from devious people who are well heeled, in position of power, overly irate and whose ultimate goal at this point in time is to make Duterte a lame duck president by creating a stigma that even the much talked about prospect of her daughter, Sara, succeeding him in the presidential election of 2022 will fizzle put.

That one Peter Joemel Advincula, a former convict facing estafa and illegal recruitment charges, surrendered to seek police custody only showed how scared he is and that confessing the truth is the only way he can be saved from being silenced forever.

Realizing that there was a manhunt for him after a warrant for his arrest was issued and realizing further that his Bikoy videos did not make a dent against Duterte’s senatorial bets, he simply followed his survival instincts that the best way to continue living is to surface and redeem whatever is left that is redeemable in him under police custody.

After the resounding defeat of the Liberal Party’s Otso Diretso candidates, who were suppose to be the direct beneficiary of the controversial videos, Advincula realized too that he was damaged goods – useless and ineffective for the political interests that he was being exploited for.

It was nothing short of miscalculation for the conspirators who hatch the vicious storyline in the videos. They were not smart enough to prevent the exposure of Bikoy’s true identity, but the latter instead is now poised to identify who the malevolent people are behind the Bikoy videos.

There is a need therefore for an in-depth investigation probing into the sinister Bikoy videos. Advincula, the self-confessed Bikoy, simply do not have the motivation for going after the Dutertes considering who he is, a felon, but it is his being a felon that made him a perfect catalyst for the plotters to fulfill their evil desires against the Dutertes.

The burden of proof now is on Advincula. The only way he could redeem himself is to come out with irrefutable evidences that would show who, where, why and what made him Bikoy in the videos.  Unless he does this, Bikoy’s goose is cooked.

Revilla’s magical win

 

Revilla and his ‘budots’ dance campaign video.

I am of course talking about Ramon “Bong” Revilla who seem to have secured the 11th spot in the senatorial race in the last mid-term elections.

Like many, I am wondering what Revilla has that Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile do not have.

I mention the three in comparison because all are out on bail after being charged with plunder at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan over alleged misuse of their pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the lump-sum funds previously allocated to legislators.

Could it be that Revilla has a more effective talisman than Estrada and Enrile have? Not that I believe that having in their possession something that is thought to have magical powers and bring good luck could actually happen, but the fact that Revilla has been returned to the Senate after what he has done makes one wonder really.

Does a lucky charm really works or is it the shallowness of the Filipino voters that made Revilla won?

It would have been a satisfying victory for the people if, like Estrada and Enrile, Revilla was repudiated too. For a government official, and a senator at that, to be accused of pocketing P224 million in kickbacks from fake projects with the help of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles who herself was convicted of plunder is simply unconscionable no matter how one looks at it and the same rejection, therefore, should have befallen his candidacy.

I mean, if like Napoles, Revilla’s former chief-of-staff Richard Cambe, was also found guilty of plunder by the anti-graft court, what does that speak of Revilla acquittal, given that he is the head of his Senate staff? The same question can be ask of Enrile, while his former chief of staff, Jessica Lucila Reyes, continue to languish at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, while Enrile was released on bail in 2015 in consideration of his old age and poor health.

Does this mean to say that had Estrada and Enrile also utilized a campaign video that showed him perform a goofy dance that they would have won too?

How shallow and cheap can we all be to parlay our votes for an idiotic dance so that we can have a questionable character at the senate to represent the Filipino people in legislative matters that will protect the interests of the country and its government?.

Sense of humor is one thing that Filipinos have aplenty. But just because a candidate has found a medium to amuse people so that his disgraceful past can be swept under the rug is another deceitful act on the part of the candidate.

On the part of the Filipinos who still voted for him, it is called stupidity.