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papa2I 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.

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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

Binay’s pathetic metaphor of himself with Singapore’s legend

 

Vice President Jejomar Binay

Vice President Jejomar Binay

Pathetic is about one’s pitiful behavior, but then it can also mean a desperate and despicable demeanor.

It is very unfortunate, therefore, that Vice President Jejomar Binay made a barefaced comparison about how similar he was with the late venerable Singapore legend, Lee Kuan Yew, during his reign as Makati mayor, because it has only shown more than ever the utter disparity between the two of them.

“His political will and pragmatic approach to governance was my inspiration in rebuilding Makati after the 1986 EDSA Revolution from a bankrupt municipality to the country’s premier city providing unparalleled social services to its constituents,” Binay said of Lee.

Upon hearing Binay’s metaphor, former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary ‎Solita “Winnie” Monsod, in her Philippine Daily Inquirer column, said: “Now that has to be the most tasteless, and shameless, use of an iconic public figure’s death for one’s own political ends, in the hope that the glitter from Mr. Lee’s stature will rub off on him.”

And rightly so!

Binay’s pathetic metaphor is so despicable, not only because he glorified himself at the expense of Singapore’s esteemed founder in death, but the man is so desperate in clinching the presidency in 2016 that he wants the Filipino people to believe that he can do to the country what Lee has done to Singapore.

Many may have felt the iron hand of Lee when he sternly ruled and transformed Singapore from the bottom rungs of the Third World into one of Asia’s wealthiest and least corrupt countries just during his generation, but most Singaporeans consider him a treasure of efficiency, integrity, strategy, foresight, incorruptibility, leadership,  authority and truly a public servant.

With all the charges of corrupt practices Binay is facing today while he was Makati’s mayor, could the same be said of him, if and when he is elected president of the country?

Let us not be deceived by sweet sounding, eye-popping metaphors.

Binay is not, can not and will not ever be a Lee Kuan Yew.

How about this for an apt comparison (from Facebook.com):

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LOL!!!

‘Bosses’ gave PNoy lower poll ratings

 

President Benigno Aquino

President Benigno Aquino

Many have been anticipating that President Benigno Aquino’s (PNoy) speech before graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy a few days ago would be his last in dealing with the odious Mamasapano massacre.

Since nothing has changed much in PNoy’s opinion about his role in the said botched operation, much less express regret over the lapses he made, except to say this time that what he needed was public understanding as he was also a victim of grave indiscretion by the one authorized to conduct the covert mission, or so he wants the public to believe, it is only a wise political decision that he stops further discussing about it.

The fact, however, remains that it is PNoy’s opinion, supported by his adulators in congress, against the opinion of the majority of his ‘bosses’ – the voting public – and the sad truth is that PNoy’s bosses are dismayed, if not appalled by his statements and actions, that his latest approval and trust poll ratings say it all.

What is even more disgusting in PNoy’s behavior is that he even had the gall to criticize both the PNP Board of Inquiry and the Senate Mamasapano Reports as lacking in facts and veracity because it failed to get his version of the carnage that resulted in the death of 44 PNP-SAF troopers.

It was just as good that PNoy was not interviewed to air his side or both reports would not have been done objectively. As he branded the reports about his lapses as mere ‘speculations’, what he would have done was try to influence such that both reports would appear truthful since it came from him, the president, thus discrediting the real facts taken under oath during the investigation. This would have created a greater uproar than his not having said sorry at all, for, certainly, those tasked to investigate would stand by what they heard from the resource persons and not about what PNoy personally feels, thinks and believes about the whole thing.

Could you imagine if both reports were just solely putting the blame on SAF commander Getulio Napeñas, as what PNoy has been claiming all the time, saying, that the sacked commander fooled him?

Didn’t suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima fooled PNoy the most since he was the one in the middle of the planned covert operation briefing and updating the president about Oplan Exodus?

Couldn’t this be another reason why PNoy claims the issues about him in the reports are mere speculations because both reports pointed at his friend and protégé, Purisima, a major culprit in the botched operation, and had his side been heard that he would have absolved Purisima, just as he hasn’t been mentioning the significant role that Purisima played in this deadly drama during his speeches?

Some of PNoy’s political apologists say that he should not be held responsible and accountable for the debacle suffered by the police commandos because he has little control over it.

Little control?

The fact that PNoy understood that the lack of coordination between the military and police officials contributed significantly to the death of the raiding commandos, and said further that he would never authorize an operation that would endanger the lives of government troops, only shows that he has himself to blame.

For, why is it that he allowed himself to be carried away and disrespect the PNP chain of command by keeping the two key people in the hierarchy, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and OIC PNP deputy Director Leonardo Espina, in the dark, when these are the very people that could have made an able and proper coordination with the military for the much needed assistance to repel the Moro rebels at the time the lives of the Fallen 44 were in peril?

PNoy may not want to talk about the Mamasapano massacre anymore, but this issue against him will linger, making him more unpopular and untrustworthy, and is destined, as he has admitted, to go with him to his grave.

(For more interesting read about PNoy, as an individual and as president, I am sharing with you this article published in Sunstar Cebu on March 28, 2015 written by Allan S.B. Batuhan: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2015/03/27/batuhan-i-can-t-stand-sight-him-399890. I could not agree with the author more. I would suppose this is how majority of Filipinos feel about PNoy now. – Q)

 

Makati two-mayor brouhaha a shame

binay-300x150It looks like the Makati City two-mayor brouhaha is getting nowhere and the contentious issue is not only giving the nation’s premier city a bad name, but it does not speak well also of the leaders of the executive branch of government.

With the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) carrying out the Ombudsman’s order to preventively suspend Makati Mayor Junjun Binay for six months in connection with a complaint that he together with several city government officials were involved in the anomalous bidding and construction of the Makati City Hall Building II, a strong message was being sent that corruption was no longer tolerated in government.

It went well, even as Binay made the city hall his home for days while his avid supporters made sure that he won’t be forcibly taken out, and even still when the 6th Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the DILG from implementing the suspension.

Why wouldn’t it go well when both Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima issued identical opinions that the TRO was moot and academic since it was issued three hours after the suspension was already served and after Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña had already took his oath as acting mayor.

Of course this did not sit well with the Binay camp such that they petitioned the CA to cite Morales and de Lima for contempt for allegedly defying its order stopping his preventive suspension.

What happened next was an embarrassment as de Lima, during a speech at the 2015 District Conference of the Rotary International District 3800, said that her opinion “does not adjudicate or bind anyone.”

“In the first place, how can the act of rendering an opinion be unconstitutional? It does not purport to adjudicate or bind any one. It is an opinion. It is advisory in nature,” she said.

Unlike Morales, de Lima seemed not so sure anymore of his initial statement. Is she succumbing to pressure? Is she losing her “balls”?

This seemingly reversal of opinion, despite having told Peña that he should start exercising his duties as acting Mayor, has emboldened Binay to continue in his position Makati mayor, and even thank de Lima for saying that her opinion on the TRO issued by the appellate court was only “advisory in nature.”

Unexpectedly, however, but a very much welcomed analysis and opinion, is one given by the knowledgeable Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago saying that Morales was right in ignoring the TRO granted by the CA to suspended Makati Mayor ‎Binay.

Citing a Supreme Court (SC) ruling Santiago confirmed and defended Morales’ action.

Surely, this is putting de Lima in bad light and only highlights the difference between how the latter and Santiago intelligibly argues the case in question.

But, where shall we go from here?

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas has still to be heard and his silence is deafening, even as he is maligned by Binay.

How much more inutile and shameful can leaders of government be to allow this blatant display of arrogance and defiance of the law committed by seemingly powerful and influential political clan to go on?

Morales is a retired associate justice of the SC. Are we saying now that she is not showing probity as an Ombudsman?

Lee Kuan Yew: an exemplary figure

 

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew is dead!

Long live Lee Kuan Yew!

The man may not belong to a royal family, but he might just as well be because Singapore, for what it is now, will always be Lee’s domain and will forever be equated with him as an exemplary figure.

Lee is dead, after he founded Singapore and transformed the once sleepy and tiny island with no natural resources into a bustling city now considered as one of the world’s richest nations, but his legacy of corrupt-free governance, coupled with his authoritarian rule that made sure the multiethnic and multi-religious discords were reined in and controlled will always be a blueprint for success.

Though many Singaporeans also criticized and went against Lee’s strong-arm policies and tactics, yet he was able to prove that his mission and vision for his small country was a success, when after guiding for 31 years until 1990, Singapore became the trade and financial hub of the world, not to mention that its military might is nothing to be sneezed at.

Had we had a Lee Kuan Yew in the Philippines, a country with vast natural resources and at the time when the country was only second to Japan in its economic stature and Singapore was still at the bottom of the economic ladder, we would have found ourselves fully developed now and the Filipinos appreciated and admired.

Alas, it was not to be.

As the autocratic leader of Singapore took the country forward to progress, while inspiring developed nations to invest in the country and provide jobs for its people, the Philippines stagnated, with the quality of life of the people declining because of the culture of corruption persistently pursued and adopted by the country’s leaders as if it was a badge of honor.

Phoeey!

Lee’s book “From Third World to First” has this to say about what makes Filipinos, as people, a failure:

“The difference lies in the culture of the Filipino people. It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial.”

Relative to this let me just invite you to read what I wrote in 2011 by opening: https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/marcos-could-not-have-turned-the-philippines-like-singapore/.

CHR’s Rosales is wrong in her Senate Mamasapano report interpretation

 

CHR chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales

CHR chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales

Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales has been reported to have strongly criticized the Senate Mamasapano Report saying that it was “mostly based on emotions rather than an objective interpretation of facts.”

I do not know where Rosales was during the senate investigation, but if leaders from the different sectors of society have heaped praises for the way neophyte Senator Grace Poe ably handled the proceedings with all objectivity, it boggles my mind how Rosales could describe it to be subjective.

There is no doubt emotions were high in some aspects of the investigation, but how could the final report be based on emotions when the investigation was conducted not only in aid of legislation, but also finding out how and what contributed to the death of 44 PNP-SAF troopers?

Rosales deplored the use of the word “massacre”, to describe how the fallen troopers died as “excessive” because, as she claims, the SAF were also armed and, thus, they were not necessarily “helpless or unresisting.” That is true, but ‘massacre’ here is not about the act, but rather the intent that the Moro rebels had in making sure that none lives to tell the tale by pumping more bullets on the fallen police commandos.

Rosales complained also that the report failed to mention the death of a number of civilians caught in the crossfire.

In the same breath, Rosales, likewise, lambasted the Senate report for its “skewed understanding of the peace process in Mindanao.”

To me it looks like Rosales herself is getting the better of her own emotions, such that she could no longer distinguish what is what and which is which. It looks like she is a victim of the proverbial saying of “not seeing the forest for the trees.”

Unlike Rosales, the Senate report was about looking into the biggest factor or factors that resulted to the Mamasapano debacle that led to collateral killings despite being successful in neutralizing one high-value target.

How much more objective can one get when the report itself questions the leadership attributes of President Benigno Aquino, both as president and commander-in-chief?

Everybody, including the senators, understand the importance of having peace in Mindanao or the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), but is it a “skewed understanding of the peace process in Mindanao”, if the report asks for a total review of the BBL and questions the probity of the MILF peace negotiators?

Surely the Senate report is not polarizing public opinion about the Mamasapano massacre, but Rosales’ comments sure as hell do.

General Pangilinan becomes victim of political sniping

 

Major General Edmundo Pangilinan

Major General Edmundo Pangilinan

Senator Alan Cayetano’s act of blocking the confirmation of the promotion of Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry Division commander Edmundo Pangilinan to a two-star general or as Major General is political grandstanding, at best, and, at worst, an unjust political sniping.

Pangilinan is the Army commander who refused to give the go signal to fire artillery support in the absence of complete information on the ground.

Cayetano strongly believes that had there been artillery fire the January 25 Mamasapano massacre could have been prevented.

There is no doubt that with military support lives of the PNP-SAF members conducting the raid could have been saved, but the foremost question that has still to be answered to this day is: Was there proper coordination ahead of time between higher police and military officials, such that when the assistance and artillery support was needed, the armed forces was ready to deliver?

How could Pangilinan be falted when he was not briefed before hand about such a delicate and dangerous mission as Oplan Exodus, and when the call for help was made, it was following the concept of “time on target” advice, which means that the police commandos where already at the target site conducting the raid.

A General worth his salt won’t just react and order firing at the coordinates given just because artillery support is being asked.

This is what Pangilinan was arguing about at the Senate hearing – that he wanted more information or more specifics because the given coordinate in the first place was where the trapped commandos were. So where specifically were the Moro rebels holed up?

It is easy for Cayetano and some other politicians to say now that Pangilinan should have ordered to fire his artillery, but what if civilians and friendly forces were killed instead of the rebels?

At the back of Pangilinan’s mind was the fact that he did not want the peace process to be derailed.

Given the circumstances that he was in – meaning, that like Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP OIC Deputy Director Leonardo Espina who were kept in the dark until the Oplan Exodus shall have been started, Pangilinan’s restrained response to fire is well taken or else he would have been labeled also as criminal for wantonly killing civilians.

Cayetano should have been fair to Pangilinan. That he should be careful whether or not Pangilinan is deserving of his two-star rank is uncalled for. Confirm him for Chrissake!

Cayetano’s political sniping should have been directed at former PNP chief Alan Purisima, who, because of his equally covert participation in Oplan Exodus, with the knowledge and tacit approval of President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), contributed to the botched operation by failing to follow through his promise to sacked SAF commander Getulio Napeñas that he will take care of informing/coordinating with AFP chief Lt. Gen. Gregorio Catapang.

Napeñas could never have coordinated with the military because of his continuing distrust, blaming them for leaking sensitive information every time a covert police mission is planned. He trusted Purisima to do instead the coordinating hoping that it will be fruitful. Alas, it never came to be and the result was the devastating loss of 44 precious lives.

Cayetano’s political sniping should have been directed also to PNoy for being inept enough to involve a suspended Purisima and trusting the disgraced former PNP chief with all his might, and which to this day continues to believe that neither of them has done any wrong at all.

Resolve Makati two-mayor issue immediately

 

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay

It is not only the people of Makati that are caught in a bind about who the mayor is of the country’s prime city, but the general public, as well, is confused as to what is happening and why rightful authorities are taking a long time to resolve the two-mayor issue.

As if President Aquino’s denial that he committed lapses in the Mamasapano massacre is not bad enough for the country, now comes another embarrassing act by Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, who, after having been ordered suspended for six months by the Ombudsman over corruption charges in connection with supposed overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2, continues to hold on to his seat of power.

Makati Vice Mayor Romulo "Kid" Peña Jr taking his oath as acting mayor.

Makati Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr taking his oath as acting mayor.

This after Vice Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr has already taken his oath as acting mayor and a few hours before Binay received the Court of Appeals’ 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) against his suspension.

Now it is this TRO that has emboldened Binay to stay glued to his seat, even as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima claim that Peña is now the acting mayor.

As far as Morales is concerned, her six-month preventive suspension order on Binay already took effect on March 16.

De Lima on the other hand has this to say:

“We are of the opinion that the TRO is without legal force and effect because it is already moot and academic, the acts sought to be restrained having already been performed and accomplished”

“Whether the TRO seeks to restrain the issuance by the Ombudsman of the assailed joint order, or its implementation by the DILG, the same is already moot and academic simply because before they were restrained, the Ombudsman had already issued the joint order and the DILG had already implemented the suspension of Mayor Binay.”

“Simply put, the TRO came too late in the day. There is no other action that is needed on the part of the Ombudsman or the DILG that would amount to its violation or non-observance.”

Despite all the rhetoric, the fact remains that Morales, de Lima and DILG Secretary Mar Roxas have not succeeded in booting out Binay from his position.

The TRO may have emboldened Binay, but what really motivated and compelled him to stay put at the Makati City hall is not to give Roxas the pleasure of seeing him ousted and suspended.

The crux of this hullabaloo is nothing but the worthless Binay family and Roxas political rivalry that is being aired by the Binay’s for expediency, wherever they may find themselves.

The Jejomar Binay-Mar Roxas presidential rivalry is nothing to croak about.

Their individual style of leadership is not what this country needs. It is a waste of time giving them special attention.

What I am just saying is that let not the Office of the Ombudsman and the DOJ be kept hostage by their personal and political enmities.

If these government agencies think they have done the right thing without any doubt and they are the right authorities to order the suspension of erring public officials, then by all means implement the law to the fullest and resolve the Makati two-mayor issue immediately.