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I shall be writing topics as it comes to mind. It could be topics, past or present, but relative to the times. I shall also be reacting to articles published, whether domestic or foreign, and voicing my opinion. My views shall always be objective.

Every now and then I shall also be sharing with you videos, photos, sayings and graphics of people, animals, places, etc., that I find interesting, which I hope you will appreciate.

Also, there are times when I will be posting articles about facts – why it happened that way or what could have been if something else happened.

I welcome you to my blog site and I look forward to inter-acting with you. Your participation, your thoughts and commentaries, either for or against, will be very much appreciated. We may have differences in opinion but that is the essence of being rational, to be able to agree to disagree. It is my aim that as we go along we enlighten not only ourselves but also those that finds the opportunity/chance to visit this site. Let us enrich each other in knowledge and build each other up in friendship. Thank you. Jesus Sievert a.k.a  Quierosaber

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¡Hola mundo!

Escribiré temas como estos vienen a la mente. Esto podría ser temas, pasadas o presentes, pero con relación a los tiempos. También reaccionaré a artículos publicados, doméstico o extranjero, y expresaré mi opinión. Mis vistas siempre serán objetivo.

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.

También, hay tiempos cuando fijaré artículos sobre hechos – por qué pasó así o lo que podría haber sido si algo más pasara.

Bienvenidos a mi sitio de blog y espero colaborar con Vd. en el futuro.

Su participación, sus pensamientos y comentarios, para o contra, serán muy apreciados. Podemos tener diferencias en la opinión pero eso es la esencia de ser racional, ser capaz de consentir en discrepar. Esto es mi objetivo que como continuamos, aclaramos no sólo nosotros mismos sino también aquellos  que encuentran  la oportunidad/posibilidad de visitar este sitio. Déjenos enriquecer el uno al otro en el conocimiento y en la amistad. Gracias. Jesus Sievert alias Quierosaber

Robredo disavows being puppet of the LP

 

Vice President Leni Robredo with President Rodrigo Duterte and some Cabinet members.

Vice President Leni Robredo with President Rodrigo Duterte and some Cabinet members.

Truth to tell is that I have nothing but admiration and support for Vice President Leni Robredo as a person and as a politician.

I expressed this opinion and you can find it at : https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/duterte-doing-an-injustice-to-robredo/.

But truth to tell also now is that, whether or not she resigned or got booted out from the Duterte Cabinet, I would have preferred that she remained independent rather accepting and taking the helm of the Liberal Party (LP) as urged by the existing members of the party.

It is not too late though and she can still change her mind, notwithstanding that the LP has been her husband’s party, for the truth also is that the LP now is no longer the same while her husband was still alive.

In fact it was Robredo herself who said that when she ran for congress in Camarines Sur she was able to prove that she could work independently, without any influence from her party.

The reason why those opposing the Duterte administration in the LP want Robredo to lead is simply because, unlike many of them, she continues to be credible and has always been portrayed as a decent, intelligent and a charismatic political leader.

It is only understandable that many perceives Robredo to be a lap dog or a puppet of the LP because in reality those behind that are propping her up do not have the integrity or reliability and much less the competence to rally a forceful opposition.

What has the LP done anyway that is constructive enough to sway the sentiments of the people to support them?

Nothing! Nada!

Majority of the people are still supporting President Rodrigo Duterte because many things, in so short a time of his administration, have happened that augurs well for the country and the Filipino people.

I am not saying that Robredo should not oppose Duterte’s ways of governance if what he does and says do not conform with her principles and values, for then she will only appear to be hypocritical.

But if Robredo has the interest of the country and the welfare of the people foremost in her agenda too, just like Duterte’s, why would she still have to lead the LP when she knows very well now the difference between how it was during the heydays of the LP in Aquino’s time and how hopeful the people are today under the leadership of Duterte and hers, for that matter?

I am sure that because Robredo is now disavowing being a puppet of the LP that she knows she is just being used.

What is encouraging is that Robredo has not lost her respect for Duterte’s leadership as she still wants to assure Duterte of her support for the good things the president is doing.

That she is out of the Cabinet does not mean that she will be confrontational for every move and statement Duterte makes.

Robredo simply has to learn to live with Duterte for who he is because he has proven to be an effective leader.

Duterte never minded Robredo’s opposition to some contentious issues the latter has been expressing and defending. Duterte respected that.

If only Robredo would start learning how to disassociate herself from the LP and its ‘yellowtards’ and be just independent in her criticisms of the administration, what positive difference it would be making for the country with her working harmoniously with Duterte in their quest for peace, stability and progress.

A waiter’s useful spoon

Every once in a while I get bored writing and I opt instead to share with you funny (to my standard) images and/or a story to enliven one’s self. This is one of those times and what I am posting reminds me of stories or videos I have seen in the past about despicable reactions of waiters towards an equally despicable customer’s food before being served.
Well, what you are about to read is a story of what I consider a very alert and creative waiter serving an observant and a very inquisitive customer – in fact too inquisitive for his own good!
So a word of caution, please: Watch out for waiters with a spoon in his shirt pocket!
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A man entered a restaurant and sat at the only open table. As he sat down, he knocked the spoon off the table with his elbow. A nearby waiter reached into his shirt pocket, pulled out a clean spoon, and set it on the table. The diner was impressed. “Do all the waiters here carry spoons in their pockets?” The waiter replied, “Yes. Ever since an Efficiency Expert visited our restaurant… He determined that 17.8% of our diners knock the spoon off the table. By carrying clean spoons with us, we save trips to the kitchen.”The diner ate his meal.
As he was paying the waiter, he commented, “Forgive the intrusion, but do you know that you have a string hanging from your fly?” The waiter replied, “Yes, we all do. Seems that the same Efficiency Expert determined that we spend to much time washing our hands after using the men’s room. So, the other end of that string is tied to my penis. When I need to go, I simply pull the string, do my thing, and then return to work. Having never touched myself, there really is no need to wash my hands. Saves a lot of time.” “Wait a minute,” said the diner, “how do you get your penis back in your pants?” “Well, I don’t know about the other guys, but I use the spoon.”

NBI findings put Duterte on the spotlight

 

espinosaTasked to investigate the controversial killings of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa and fellow inmate Raul Yap inside the Baybay City, Leyte provincial jail on Nov. 5, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) finally came out with a report concluding that the victims were murdered by policemen belonging to the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) Regional Office No. 8.

“After conducting an exhaustive investigation of the incidents surrounding the killing of Mayor Espinosa and Yap, the NBI concluded that the testimonies of several witnesses had disputed the claim of an alleged shootout between the (police) operatives and inmates Mayor Espinosa and Raul Yap but (was) a ‘rub out’,” the NBI said in a statement.

“Rub out” is a local expression, referring to the police killing a suspect and then saying he died in a gun battle.

What this underworld lingo simply means is that the victims are killed mercilessly while unarmed.

NBI deputy director Ferdinand Lavin further made a statement, saying, “The pieces of evidence, both testimonial and the forensic evidence all agree. We believe we have a very strong case.”

Thus, the NBI is now recommending the filing of murder and perjury charges in the Department of Justice against 24 officers for their alleged role in the killing and subsequent lies.

For better appreciation and comprehensive understanding of the events that transpired which lead to the murder and perjury charges against the culprits, please go to this link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/851292/nbi-mayor-espinosa-was-murdered-defenseless.

What I am just trying to point out here is that how would these anomalous events impact on the psyche of President Rodrigo Duterte who, no doubt, is now placed on the spotlight for making it known, from the very beginning of his war against illegal drugs, that he will never let a policeman go to jail if he legitimately or dutifully killed a drug personality following orders as explicitly explained by Duterte every time he talks about the drug menace engulfing the country?

Certainly, based on what the people have seen and heard during the Senate hearing on the killing of Espinosa, the independent investigation by the NBI on this heinous crime perpetrated by policemen only confirms that, indeed, a crime was committed for no other reason than to silence Espinosa, with Yap becoming a collateral damage.

It is interesting what Duterte has to say on the NBI findings.

Talking about extra-judicial killing!

Under our laws, this is it!

Sad! Sad! Sad!

Duterte doing an injustice to Robredo


Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo

The resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo as chairperson of the cabinet-level Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) did not really come as a surprise to me.

Since I first learned a few months ago that the 2017 proposed budget for the office of the vice president was reportedly slashed from P500 million to P428 million, this after her travel allowance for this year was reduced to P37 million from the nearly P60 million allotted to her, I thought it would just be a matter of time before she raises up her hand and give up her Cabinet position.

What made it sooner was apparently the dismaying and disappointing slashing further of the 2017 budget for all key shelter agencies, which included the HUDCC, by a devastating amount of more than P19 billion.

It is bad enough that one’s travelling expenses are curtailed, but how can one perform an efficient job managing housing projects and the amenities that goes with it for the needy when one barely have enough resources?

On top of all these, Robredo also lamented saying, that “all her key shelter appointment recommendations have not been acted on” and that “the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed”.

One can only understand, therefore, the frustration Robredo has been putting up with all these restrictions and impediments thrown at her by the Duterte administration despite the impressive accomplishment HUDCC has done in barely five months under Robredo’s leadership.

Thus, when Robredo reportedly received a text message from secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco relaying President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction telling her “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings” beginning Monday, Nov. 5, she did not hesitate filing her resignation as well as Housing secretary for this was the God-given graceful exit she was waiting for.

While it is true that Duterte and Robredo have diverging views politically and morally on various issues plaguing the country today, it cannot be denied, however, that Robredo has been supportive of Duterte’s programs when it comes to development and improving the lives of Filipinos, this, even as the former has been at the receiving end of the latter’s sexist remarks as perceived by the womenfolk and the most telling blow of all which is Duterte’s bias for Bongbong Marcos who continues to contest Robredo’s victory.

What a waste of talent of a decent, intelligent and productive person – a pure public servant that Duterte is eliminating in his Cabinet.

 

Whichever way one looks at it Duterte is not only gravely erring in his decision but more painfully Duterte is also doing injustice to Robredo and to the country.

Unbelievable duo!

I saw this article by Josh Starling at this site: http://www.inspiremore.com/belgian-shepherd-adopts-tiny-rescue-owl/, and I could not wait to share it with you because I am sure you, too, will be amazed at how the bond of friendship and trust developed between these two unlikely fauna creatures, thus, the caption, ‘Unbelievable duo!’

Gentle Giant Adopts Tiny Rescue Owl, His Protective Love Will Make Your Day.

Josh Starling

Aug 19, 2016

Tanja Brandt is a German photographer who has dedicated her career to photographing animals and wildlife. In one of her most recent projects, Brandt shot photographs of a highly, unlikely pair of friends. Ingo, the Belgian shepherd; and Poldi -short for Napoleon- the one-year-old owlet who have formed the most incredible bond.

Brandt describes the relationship between Ingo and Poldi as somewhat of a ‘protector-protected’ relationship. Ingo is a guardian for Poldi, whom Brandt says “doesn’t know how to live free.”Poldi didn’t hatch until two days after his six brothers and sisters.

Poldi didn’t hatch until two days after his six brothers and sisters.

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2-dog

He has always been very vulnerable due to his size.

3-dog

4-dog

Ingo, on the other hand, comes from a family of strong and oftentimes ruthless police dogs.

5-dog

6-dog

Ingo is very protective over the year-old owlet.

7-dog

8-dog

Their bond is as strong off-camera as it appears in Tanja’s photographs.

9-dog

10-dog

“They respect each other and they can read each other.”

11-dog

12-dog

Even though Ingo is much bigger and stronger, it’s clear he would never hurt his friend.

13-dog

x-dog

Their friendship is definitely mutual.

14-dog

15-dog

They love and care for one another.

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17-dog

Duterte and martial law

 

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte

For the life of me, I cannot understand why some people are resorting to evil machinations against President Rodrigo Duterte purporting that, because of what is going on relative to the latter’s continuing bloody war on drugs, bomb threats from extremists and the recent military offensive undertaken by the government against the Maute group in Lanao del Sur, who are trying to impress the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by terrorizing residents and flying  its most recognizable black and white flag adorned with Arabic lettering, he will declare martial law.

I presume the opposition, the opportunists and the unscrupulous simply does not want Duterte to succeed.

Why would Duterte do it when everything is under control and he gets things done accordingly and the way he sees fit with the support not only of majority of Filipinos , but most specifically by the business sector and by the  members of Congress?

By support I mean that most Filipinos trust him and his courage and political will simply stands out for he is seen to be doing the things he wants done because it is for the good of every Filipino, regardless of belief and ideology, and for the interest of the country.

Actually one cannot separate Duterte from martial law or to distinguish Duterte apart from martial law for what he is doing in this country today, imposing his will, is a moderate or a measured martial law.

The iron-fist rule and the no-nonsense governance Duterte was practicing in Davao, that turned the big city into a safe and livable place, is simply being replicated in a much bigger scale now and if he is succeeding, where no other past presidents achieved in less than a year of his assumption to office, one can only give credit to the person for who he is and his conviction of what and how a president should serve the Filipino people.

The good thing is that Duterte knows his law and the prohibitions and consequences of declaring martial law, though I seriously believed that he erred in his indifference and not giving a damn to the feelings and sentiments of the martial law victims still crying for justice to this day when he granted the Marcoses permission to have the dictator buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

Thus, Duterte was right when he chided the scaremongers, saying, he did not need martial law despite ongoing security threats in Mindanao.

“Martial law for what? Killing people? I would rather empower every mayor,” said Duterte, adding that it would work as long as local executives didn’t abuse their power.

That is leadership and his faith in the Filipino people that things can be done lawfully when everyone is incorruptible.

 

Diokno resignation mars Duterte’s administration

 

Ms. Maria Serena Diokno

Ms. Maria Serena Diokno

I am actually referring to National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chairperson Maria Serena Diokno who resigned from the Duterte administration in protest over President Rodrigo Duterte’s order allowing the remains of President Ferdinand Marcos to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

The daughter may be a far cry from her more illustrious father, the late Jose “Pepe” Diokno, a noted Filipino nationalist who became a Senator of the Philippines, a Secretary of Justice, a founding chair of the Commission on Human Rights, and founder of the Free Legal assistance Group.

Not to be forgotten, however, is that Diokno, bar and CPA board topnotcher, went against the dictator Marcos by leading street protests when the latter suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus and later arrested when martial law was declared, spending nearly two years in detention.

Of his situation and predicament Diokno made this famous quote: “Law in the land died. I grieve for it but I do not despair over it. I know, with a certainty no argument can turn, no wind can shake, that from its dust will rise a new and better law: more just, more human, and more humane. When that will happen, I know not. That it will happen, I know.”

There is no wonder, therefore, that Maria Serena gave up the NHCP chairmanship. The same flood flows in her and she is still her father’s daughter – principled, conscientious and incorruptible.

Duterte may be unmoved or unfazed by his decision to allow the burial of the dictator Marcos at the LNMB, saying he was trained as a lawyer to make judgments based on law and not on sentiment.

To some extent I agree, but more than law this is history, and history at its worst, mind you, where families are still seeking the truth about the disappearance of their love ones. It is bad enough that the Supreme Court dismissed petitions questioning the legality of Duterte’s decision and ruled that the tyrant could be interred at the LNMB as a former soldier and president since no law would prohibit it, but it is even unnerving that Duterte rammed it down the throat of the Filipinos thinking that it would suffice and put closure to this perverse issue.

But what made this perverse issue more revolting than ever is when the Marcoses use their power, influence and their scandalous money in government to hastily and surreptitiously allow the family to have the burial at the LNMB.

I salute Ms. Diokno for her bold stand and the relevance and conviction of her statements when she wrote History Lives, which I am reprinting below.

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