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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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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

The tightening of the noose around de Lima’s neck

 

Archenemies de Lima and Duterte

Archenemies de Lima and Duterte

It may be imaginary but what is happening to Sen. Leila de Lima these days seems to appear that she has this noose around her neck that is gradually tightening up.

De Lima probably thought that when she was chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and went after former Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Davao that she would succeed in hanging the latter for his alleged human rights violation or abuses that was highly publicized.

Alas, she failed but what she succeeded instead was putting Duterte in bad light by making the latter appear that he was behind the notorious and feared Davao Death Squad (DDS).

Needless to say that nothing came out of the investigation and no charges were filed against Duterte and Davao City continued to be the peaceful and livable place it is today, which is envied by other cities in the country.

But what de Lima did to Duterte – the indignity, shame and derision inflicted- has always left a bad taste in Duterte’s mouth and tore the very fabric of pride and decency inside his being.

There was nothing that Duterte could do in avenging the wrong that de Lima has done during those times especially that de Lima has become the high and mighty that she acted to be as DOJ Secretary.

It is very obvious however, in today’s events, that even as Secretary of Justice, de Lima continued to harbor displeasure and enmity against Duterte. The most glaring proof to this is secretly keeping the self-declared killer Edgar Matobato under the witness protection program (WPP), either for safe-keeping or to be used later as ‘lethal weapon’ against Duterte, if the time arises.

As we all know, de Lima, a popular DOJ secretary of the Aquino administration, especially when she spearheaded the raids in the luxurious kubols (living quarters) of drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), and a known stalwart member of the Liberal Party, ultimately became a senator during the presidential elections in 2016.

Yes, she was the 12th and last among those voted upon, but still a senator nevertheless. But never in de Lima’s wildest dream however would she have thought that Duterte will one day be president.

In fact she probably thought that the Filipino people will shun from voting to the presidency a man whom de Lima herself has disgraced by calling him vicious and deplorable, all but short of calling Duterte a killer.

How gravely wrong de Lima was and the rest is history.

Now de Lima is feeling the noose – the same imaginary noose that she once placed around the neck of Duterte – which, unknowingly, Duterte transferred to her neck.

The shocking difference now is that de Lima’s noose is starting to tighten all because of her greed and scandalous folly that has been exposed in Duterte’s relentless war on illegal drugs.

That she has used Matobato to testify against Duterte in an investigation that was suppose to shed light on extrajudicial killings (EJK) only proved her intense hatred against Duterte. This move and her malicious intentions, however, cost her the chairmanship of the justice committee which was tasked to investigate the EJK.

Matobato’s unreliability as witness in making it appear that Duterte was behind the DDS only help tighten slowly the noose around de Lima’s neck.

That the House of Representatives is conducting its own probe on de Lima’s involvement in drug-related activities inside the NBP also adds up to the further tightening of the noose around de Lima’s neck when it was revealed by the drug lords and other witnesses how she was accumulating money coming from them.

What could really hang de Lima for sure is when the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) can provide Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre bank documents that could possibly link de Lima to the drug money from the NBP drug trade.

 

‘EU de puta’: Duterte’s new curse expression for the EU

 

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte

We already know the popular phrase used by President Rodrigo Duterte in expressing his anger or annoyance against a number of Filipinos whom he loathe with all his might.

Almost always it is directed at personalities involved in illegal drugs which Duterte has been waging war against for almost three months now.

Often times also the people that gets the receiving end of his diatribe are politicians, businessmen, media practitioners, human rights advocates and last but not least are the members of the Catholic Church hierarchy.

By now we are all used to hearing Duterte utter the ‘putang ina’ expression of disgust any where he goes and in every speech he makes whether in formal meetings, spontaneous gatherings, addressing military personnel, or what not.

Duterte’s talks may not seem complete, funny, educational and factual without the inclusion or inclusions of his favorite interjection of ‘putang ina’ which he normally ascribe to people here and there and everywhere.

When Duterte is referring to American government officials or any migrant to the US who are already American citizens like, UN’s Ban Ki-Moon, who seem to question his words and deeds in running the country, what he does is simply translate his most often used Tagalog curse to English and the phrase sounds even more profane now like, ‘son-of-a-bitch or son-of-a-whore!

The question now is do they deserve to be called this?

Well, why not?

If the Americans don’t know who we really are and don’t have any idea of what the Filipinos have gone through and they start meddling in the affairs of the state thinking that they are much more developed and progressive country and pretend they are more knowledgeable than us and therefore has the right to pontificate over our inadequacies as if they are holier-than-thou, then they should start learning more about us and start showing respect and treating us equally. Like what Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said during his speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, the Filipinos cannot forever be the little brown brothers of the Americans.

Divine Providence has destined for Duterte to become the president for he is about the only hope that the Filipinos have for this country to turn around and finally take off and the only person who can stand up against any powers that be to tell them that he is not a puppet of anybody for he is the president of a sovereign country and that he is not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people.

Now the European Union (EU) seems to be getting the goat of Duterte as well for the same reasons that he has been bad-mouthing the Americans.

“EU, you pretended to be imbued with humanity. Ngayon, maraming migrants namamatay diyan sa dagat. (Now many migrants are dying at sea.) You have stopped helping your fellow human beings. They are there dying tapos magturo kayo sa akin na pumatay ng criminal (then you point to me because I kill criminals)?” he said.

Duterte said he has lost respect for the EU.

I have the feeling that one of this days Duterte will rephrase his expression of anger, disgust and annoyance and curse the hypocrite high ranking members of the EU with a Spanish sounding translation that exclaims emphatically , saying, ‘EU de puta’ (  from ‘hijo de puta’, which is a Spanish translation for ‘son-of-a-bitch’).

De Lima’s gambit against Duterte boomeranged on her

 

Embattled Sen. Leila de Lima

Embattled Sen. Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima thought she had an ace in Edgar Matobato when she had the self-proclaimed assassin and former member of the dreaded Davao Death Squad (DDS) testifying in her former Justice committee investigating the alleged extra-judicial killings in the Duterte administration’s current war on drugs.

De Lima may have successfully restrained her euphoric emotions from being noticed by the public but deep inside her she surely was head over heels at what she was hearing when Matobato directly implicated President Rodrigo Duterte and to some extent his son Paolo, now vice mayor of Davao City, over the gruesome killings said to have been perpetrated by the DDS, most of which were allegedly ordered by former Davao City mayor and now President Duterte.

But it was very obvious, however, that the Senate inquiry, then chaired by de Lima, made an oblique turn by allowing Matobato to narrate his horrid and beastly experiences while a member of the DDS simply with the sinister purpose of putting the President Duterte in bad light.

What was disgusting about the whole proceedings was not that Sen. Antonio Trillanes showed his rotten ass-hole character against Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, but it was the senseless, idiotic and vengeful attitude of de Lima, as chair of the committee, to allow Matobato to proceed with his horrific tale knowing that in the process de Lima was no longer looking for flaws in aid of legislation but rather relishing at the verbal barbs directed personally at Duterte mainly for her self-satisfaction and political realization.

Apparently this gaffe did not pass unnoticed by most senators supporting Duterte and they were all saying that Matobato’s heinous DDS tale was a separate subject not covered by the resolution authorizing the inquiry, which was looking into alleged extra-judicial killings in the current war on drugs.

Thus, the result was that after the Senate next convened, Sen. Cayetano delivered a privilege speech denouncing how the Senate Justice committee had been used, not for an inquiry in aid of legislation but for an apparent “demolition job” on the President.

It was bad enough that Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a lesser star of a senator, removed a much heralded senator in de Lima from the chairmanship of the powerful Justice committee after the former moved to declare the chairmanship and the memberships vacant, but what is even worse is that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre is preparing 12 high-profile inmates/drug lords from New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and other penal colonies to testify against de Lima in a hearing at the House of Representatives, which is scheduled to investigate the proliferation of illegal drugs at  NBP and how money was collected to allegedly bankroll de Lima’s senatorial run.

De Lima should have handled her boomerang intelligently and expertly. Now it is coming back hard at her.

Duterte’s war on drugs

I came across this video and found it as the truth more than the negative imputations hurled at President Rodrigo Duterte who has promised to wage a relentless war against those involved in the proliferation, pushing and using of illegal drugs. I am re-posting it for anybody interested to watch it, learn and appreciate what the government is doing for the Philippines and its people.

 

 

Marcos daughter should teach forgiveness lesson first to mother and brother

 

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos

Imee Marcos, the eldest daughter of the despot, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., seemed to have realized now that her father was no hero to the Filipino people.

It finally sunk in on her the reality that, indeed, her father was an evil man to many Filipinos, especially to some of the victims who are still agonizingly alive and to those whose relatives suffered and died from persecution during the dark and despicable days of Martial Law which he imposed all over the country.

For why else would she be apologizing, pleading and hoping that the Filipino people would find mercy and compassion so the cold body of the dictator could finally be interred under the warmth and hallowed grounds of the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ cemetery) befitting a hero who has served and has done our country proud?

If Imee thinks what she is doing is as easy as going to confession to have her sins absolved, she is dead wrong.

Her father’s sins were utterly different. Her father’s lust for more power and greed made him vilely oppressive, persecuting the very people he was sworn to serve and shamelessly plundered the nation dirt-poor.

What makes Imee’s pleading even more deplorable, if not regrettable, is that during the authoritarian rule of his father she was already in her late teens and therefore aware of what was going on around her and before here.

“I hope that whatever the sins of my father were – because he never said that he is not a mere human who errs and commits sins… they can find forgiveness for him. In forgiving us, my father, I wish that their anger will be assuaged do they can have peace and tranquility.”

All are wishful thinking!

Forgiving is not a problem, but how sincere Imee really is?

bongbongWhy would it matter to the Filipino people to forget and forgive when the son and namesake of the dictator himself, former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who was also in his teens already and fully aware of what was happening by the way he donned fatigue uniform of the military in one of the photo ops of the former dictator addressing the crowd of supporters from the balcony in Malacañang, would not even admit, much less apologize for the evil deeds of his father, but rather chose to exalt the dictator?

We even have to hear yet from the Marcos matriarch, Imelda herself, how contrite she is really as she is very much part and parcel of the scandalous and infamous conjugal dictatorship.

What I am just pointing out here is that before Imee starts pouring out her heart and apologizing to the Filipino people, that she has to convince her brother and more importantly her shameless mother to admit and acknowledge that brutality, killings, corruption and plunder indeed happened during the dictatorial regime and for it, individually and collectively, they are expressing their remorse and begging for forgiveness.

Still it is not a guarantee that an inch of the hallowed grounds at the Heroes’ cemetery will be ceded to them for the dictator’s grave site.

Trillanes now Senate’s puffed-up member

 

Sen. Leila de Lima mediating at the warring Senators Trillanes and Cayetano.

Sen. Leila de Lima mediating at the warring Senators Trillanes and Cayetano.

It used to be that the Senate had undeniably two puffed-up members, namely, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.

Perhaps because of their years of prominence as top-grossing action movie stars they no longer could distinguish between reel and real appearance.

But almost always, unmindful or not, they try to project themselves as they have become – as actors.

Thus, whether campaigning for votes as politicians or crafting laws and conducting senate inquiries as senators you are likely to see them grandstanding or acting pompous.

In reality they were not cut to be senators of the realm but their popularity made them so. As if they were not filthy rich already both still got greedy and indulged in corruption and this is why they no longer belong to the august chamber of the senate but rather in the undignified place call the PNP detention center.

As is always the case anywhere and in whatever you do there is always somebody who takes over a person’s quirks.

Since we are talking about the senate, a glaring example is how Sen. Antonio Trillanes has taken over single handedly the pomposity exhibited by both Estrada and Revilla.

What is surprising however is how Trillanes got to be arrogant and overbearing when, unlike Estrada and Revilla, he was a soldier?

Well, everybody knows how he gained his popularity – by notoriety, when he lead a group of soldiers and tried to mount a coup against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The rest is history.

What I am just bringing out here is how I wish Estrada was in the place of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano in the hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Justice chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima, when Trillanes tried silencing Cayetano from further questioning self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato. He even had the gall to reach out and turn off Cayetano’s microphone!

Estrada said if Trillanes tried such move on him, he would have retaliated. “Sayang wala na ako diyan, dahil kung ako ang pinagsabihan mo ng ganyan, hindi kita sasantuhin!!” (Rough translation: It’s a pity I am no longer there, because if you have done that to me, you would have gotten it from me too!)

Bully against bully! What a despicable scene it would have been!

They may belong to the same ilk but at least Estrada has the decency of knowing the true meaning of respect.

It is very ironic that Estrada is the one reminding Trillanes on the time-honored Senate rules on respecting colleagues especially during congressional inquiries when Trillanes should have ingrained it in his mind having graduated from the prestigious Philippine Military Academy where proper human morality conduct and behavior is also taught.

Undoubtedly, this makes Trillanes the most puffed-up member of the senate now.