Robredo’s “palit-ulo” allegations


Vice President Leni Robredo

It is unfortunate, if not saddening, that Vice President Leni Robredo, a lawyer, has gone down to the gutter-level of attacking and debasing President Rodrigo Duterte about some serious allegation which has still to be proven by her.

While Duterte has recently absolved Robredo of being a party to a destabilization campaign being waged against him, the fact remains, however, that the vice president is spearheading the opposition group that is very vocal against the president’s bloody war on illegal drugs that has cost thousands of lives already.

It is in this context that Robredo newly and publicly revealed a new heinous scheme called “palit-ulo”, literally translated as “exchange heads/swap heads”, being employed by the government operatives in the slums or poverty-stricken areas when searching for persons of interest involved in illegal drugs.

Robredo elaborated this by completing the story, saying, “They (communities) told us of the ‘palit-ulo’ scheme which means ‘exchange heads’ where the wife, husband or relative in a so-called drug list will be taken if the person himself could not be found.”

This unconfirmed and unsubstantiated story, while prejudicial and damaging to President Duterte, has actually been recorded and scheduled to be played at the 60th annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria.

Robredo’s message obviously did not sit well with Malacañang as Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella immediately issued the following statements:

“Eight months into our campaign against illegal drugs, Vice President Robredo, suddenly refers to an alleged ‘palit-ulo’ scheme – which she mistakenly describes as substituting a relative for a missing drug personality.”

“While she has the right to speak freely on matters of public concern, she also has the responsibility to be careful with her statements especially avoiding unfounded allegations from questionable sources.”

While Abella admits the existence of a “palit-ulo scheme”, he explained, however, that this game plan involves “a commitment of a drug suspect to provide assistance in the arrest of a ‘bigger fish’ in the illegal drug syndicate”, which could earn the former a plea for lighter charges.

That is all there is to it, but having said that, Robredo has still to justify or prove that indeed an actual swapping of heads occurred.

Now I am wondering if Bongbong Marcos would have been a better vice president.

Trillanes, de Lima and Lascañas


Senators Trillanes and de Lima.

Senators Trillanes and de Lima.

Senators Antonio Trillanes and Leila de Lima have been hogging the limelight lately for the obvious reason that both want President Rodrigo Duterte out of the presidency.

Like mad dogs both Trillanes and de Lima are going after Duterte with the former alleging that the president has hidden bank accounts, together with his family, that runs in billions of pesos and the latter calling the president murderer and sociopathic serial killer.

The noises that both senators are making are in the hope that their anger against Duterte will rub off on the Filipino people so that an uprising would ensue that could be the start of the president’s downfall.

But what is outrageous and sickening about the Trillanes and de Lima scheme is that both are also hinging their success on the come-backing, now retired police officer SPO3 Arthur Lascañas, who on October 3, 2016 appeared in the Senate that was investigating the alleged existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) and, under oath, swore that he was never connected with the heinous organization because in the first place it never existed.

Self-confessed members of the DDS: Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas.

Self-confessed members of the DDS: Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas.

This time, however, Lascañas resurfaced singing a different tune, to the delight of Trillanes and de Lima no doubt, and flanked by well known human right lawyers from the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) claimed, nay, confirmed that the DDS indeed existed under Duterte’s term as mayor of Davao City and confessing further that Duterte paid them between P20,000 to P100,000 for each kill.

Needless to say that, like Edgar Matobato who was Trillanes’ and de Lima’s ward, Lascañas has now joined his comrade in arms in accusing Duterte as the mastermind behind the killings in Davao.

But what does this make of Lascañas really?

And what does this speak of Trillanes and de Lima who are now coddling a retired policeman who has not only admitted having killed people but who has breached the sanctity of the Senate by lying after having been sworn to tell the truth?

Wasn’t Lascañas’ behavior an affront to the institution that its members were taken for a ride by a felon?

And yet we have now Trillanes and de Lima approving and defending Lascañas’ reappearance and confession simply because it provides something that both think will strengthen their cases in ousting Duterte from the presidency.

But how wrong can they be.

Even with Matobato and Lacañas as their aces against Duterte, Trillanes and de Lima don’t have a Chinaman’s chance in ousting the latter for it is not just about Duterte ordering/doing the killings, but it is more about proving that Duterte did the ordering/killing.

Worse still is that Trillanes and de Lima do not have the Filipino people behind them.

Trump’s America

trump1I will not be writing about Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States of America, as there are more writers, authors and pundits who can describe him better as a person and as the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth today.

All I can say is that on November 2016, Trump made the cover of the famous German Der Spiegel magazine, when he won the election, depicting him as a fiery Earth-bound asteroid that could very well “end the world (as we know it)”.


Always providing the world with absurd pronouncements/statements, nothing, however, has been more ridiculous, outrageous and discordant than Trump’s recent executive order implementing the travel ban to the USA of people coming from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

It is for this reason that, again, Der Spiegel had Trump on the cover of their magazine depicting him as a machete-wielding figure, mouth agape, holding the Statue of Liberty’s severed head aloft menacingly with the caption America first.


No doubt the new cover speaks volume about what is happening in Trump’s America today with respect to immigrants and most especially to refugees. The latter’s resettlement has been halted for 120 days except those coming from Syria whose resettlement to the US has been stopped indefinitely, leaving tens of thousands of people in refugee camps.

For better understanding and appreciation of who Trump is and how the world views him, let me invite you to click the following links:


The case of the snotty receptionist

I got this joke from a friend and I thought I would share it with you, well, just for a change and for some laughter.

But you know what – this may sound funny, but there are really some doctor’s receptionists out there that are just as overbearing and unsympathetic as the one featured here.

Obviously, you will notice that the patient here is a senior citizen and a quick witted one who administered to her a quick dose of her own medicine – and even worse!

That is all one has to do to put this type of puffed-up clerks in their right place.


Yesterday I had an appointment to see the urologist for a prostate exam. Of course I was a bit on edge because all my friends have either gone under the knife or had those pellets implanted

The waiting room was filled with patients.

As I approached the receptionist’s desk, I noticed that she was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler.

I gave her my name, and in a very loud voice, she said, 


All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at me, a now very embarrassed man. But as usual, I recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied,


The room erupted in applause!





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!
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.”

De Lima resorting to psywar against Espinosa


Sen. de Lima with Kerwin Espinosa, but the senator denies knowing the Espinosas.

Sen. de Lima with Kerwin Espinosa, but the senator denies knowing the Espinosas.

With alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa now under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the very one person that is feeling upset and maybe freaking out is Sen. Leila de Lima.

The death of Kerwin’s father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa may have been a thorn removed from her side especially after he accused de Lima of coddling his son in the latter’s drug operations in Eastern and Central Visayas. This also after the late mayor showed photos of De Lima and Espinosa in Baguio City in February 2016 to establish their links.

However, de Lima has probably come to realize now that Kerwin is becoming a far bigger and painful thorn on her side and a more terrifying enemy than his father because his arrest and detention, his possession of a “blue book” validating the names mentioned by his late father in the latter’s “pink book” and the assurance by the PNP that Kerwin has to stay alive for him tell his tale is making her do everything possible, including the use of psywar, to save her skin.

For one whom I described as grasping at straws (, there could not be a better weapon than the use of psywar at his new formidable enemy.

For how else would one describe de Lima’s action targeting and influencing Kerwin’s emotions and reasoning when she supposedly advise Kerwin, saying: “This is my advice to Kerwin. Don’t ever think that your ‘cooperation’ will spare you your life. Sooner or later this government is going to make sure you end up like your father. I make the same prediction for Jaybee Sebastian.”

Jaybee Sebastian is of course the high-profile inmate highly regarded as the top drug lord inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) who has also accused De Lima of getting bribes from convicted drug lords during her term as Justice Secretary.

No doubt de Lima is hoping against hope that Kerwin will sing a different tune by absolving her, or by keeping mum, or by having amnesia, but the writing on the wall does not favor her and the die is cast of her deep involvement with so many witnesses already swearing on it.

Kerwin now seems to be the be-all and end-all witness when he appears at the senate probe on his father’s death on November 23.

Likewise, it will be the day of reckoning for Sen. Leila de Lima and her psywar tactic.

Marcos secret burial provoked sensitivities of Filipinos


The Marcoses during the secret burial of the dictator: Irene, Bongbong, Imee, Imelda

The Marcoses during the secret burial of the dictator: Irene, Bongbong, Imee, Imelda

The Marcoses has done it again!

Today, November 18, 2016, just like the fearful day when martial law was furtively declared by a minion of the dictator Marcos, the nation is once again aghast by the brazenness of the Marcos family in disrespecting and disregarding with impunity the sensitivities of the Filipino people by slyly burying the remains of the dictator at the hallowed grounds of the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

There is no doubt that people were expecting the dictator to be ultimately interred at the LNMB as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte. It even became a grim reality when the Supreme Court en banc voted 9-5 in favor of having Marcos buried at the LNMB.

But why make it so hush-hush?

This is what got the goat of the Filipinos and Duterte should understand why the people are once again demonstrating because the Marcoses pulled a fast one and victimized us again.

Didn’t we hear the Marcoses saying that they would confer with the Duterte first so that the burial date could be announced later.

There is no use debating anymore whether the dictator was a hero or not, or was deserving of a hallowed space the LNMB or not.

For where else in the world is a plunderer, a murderer and a despot hailed as a hero and gets to be interred in the consecrated grounds where the dead has all done serving the nation and the people with honor, loyalty and dignity?

Yes, you guess it right! Only in the Philippines!

Alas, to be buried at the LNMB today is no longer about exemplary deeds and creditably in the manner you served the country and its people. The important qualification considered now is whether you were once a soldier or a president, period.

But that is neither here nor there now.

The dictator Marcos buried at the LNMB is fait accompli.

A soldier turned president turned tyrant has been acclaimed and the biggest losers are the people Marcos has been sworn to humbly serve.

As retribution against the unrepentant Marcoses for the grievous wrong this disreputable family has inflicted on us, there is only one thing we, Filipinos, can do now. It is making sure that Duterte will not appoint the dictator’s son and namesake, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, to any position in his administration in any manner, shape and form, and that he should never be supported in his aspiration to become the leader of this nation and the Filipino people in years to come.

I hope Duterte’s love for the Marcoses ends where his love for the country and his desire for better quality lives of Filipinos, first and foremost, starts to prevail.