MEP’s meddling an utter rudeness

 

The European Parliament

I am actually referring to the arrogance and brazenness of some Members of the European Parliament (MEP) who are meddling in the political affairs of the Philippines, a sovereign country at that, by filing a resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima and quashing the drug charges against her.

If this is not a blatant show of superiority complex, I don’t know how else to interpret it.

Let me just qualify what I mean by superiority complex. Surely, it is not about intellectual superiority, nor in terms of integrity and morality, but this pompous and imperious bunch of people think they belong to a superior race because they come from a much developed country and they are white.

That is all there is to it and they think that because they are the high and mighty, that they have the ascendancy, the authority, nay, the ‘sovereign obligation’, to bully and lecture us about justice.

Justice my ass! Justice for de Lima?

But of course justice has been done, and where she finds herself now is the kind of justice that she deserves.

And they don’t have to worry about her safety. She definitely is in good hands. She has to be because the Filipino people would really like to see how the de Lima saga ends, if only to prove that indeed she was deeply entrenched in the drug activities.

This bunch of swaggering and pontificating MEPs think that it was all the time fine and dandy and much better in the Philippines before Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte got voted to the presidency.

I am sure de Lima saw what was coming to her after she won a slot in the senatorial race allegedly with the help of drug money, and seeing, too, that Duterte captured the presidency.

De Lima must have felt sorry in hindsight that she was not able to gather enough evidence to prove that Duterte was behind the much ballyhooed killings in Davao while the latter was the mayor and the former as chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and thence Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

What de Lima is getting is payback time from Duterte, after what he went through being falsely accused and humiliated by her.

Now the table is turned against de Lima and for the information of the MEPs, this is a welcome development for the country.

Duterte’s relentless and bloody war against illegal drugs, not to mention criminality and corruption, is giving most Filipinos hope that under his leadership the Philippines will grow and develop faster.

In fact Duterte’s brand of leadership for many is a breath of fresh air, even with the alleged extrajudicial killings brouhaha, but, unfortunately, the meddling of the MEPs is fouling the atmosphere somehow.

 

Impeachment complaint against Duterte an exercise in futility

 

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano showing his file of impeachment charges against Pres. Duterte.

The writing on the wall clearly points to Sen. Antonio Trillanes as the master mind in Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano’s impeachment complaint filed against Presdent Rodrigo Duterte.

Not only have the duo been together in the infamous Oakwood mutiny in 2003 that was intended to topple down the Arroyo presidency, but the three main charges in the complaint just sounds too familiar that it is simply irrational not to mention Trillanes as the one behind it.

The fact alone that the House has the exclusive power to initiate the impeachment process only shows that Trillanes has used a loyal yes-person in Alejano to file the following charges against Duterte accusing him of:

  • betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution, and other high crimes for his war on drugs which, according to the complaint, the President has used to “induce” policemen into killing alleged drug dealers and users without regard for the law, and making this as basis for their promotion in the police.
  • betrayal of public trust, bribery, graft and corruption, and culpable violation of the Constitution for allegedly creating the Davao Death Squad (DDS) when he was mayor of Davao, citing the testimonies of self-confessed DDS members retired policeman Arturo Lascañas and Edgar Matobato.
  • of graft and corruption and other high crimes for his alleged unexplained wealth and his hiring of contractual employees as mayor. Among the annexes in the complaint are the alleged bank accounts of Duterte and his family.

If these Madalo pair of lawmakers is not grandstanding and ego tripping for their own selfish agenda, I do not know how else to describe it since they know very well that the 1987 Philippine Constitution sets specific grounds for impeachment of the president which are treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes or betrayal of public trust.

What I am saying and asking is: Do this pair of former renegade soldiers have enough solid evidences that would substantiate their allegations/charges so that they could nail Duterte to the cross?

Or are these former comrades in arms solely dependent on what is more commonly used phrase now – the alternative facts – which in reality are false facts or what is bluntly called as lies, especially coming from questionable, if not unreliable, witnesses against Duterte?

I am not even asking if both Trillanes and Alejano have enough followers in the House to muster enough votes to make the case against Duterte prosper.

No wonder Sen. Panfilo Lacson wished them good luck!

But what we should be asking really are:

  • Was there treason, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and high crime committed by Duterte while still the mayor of Davao City?
  • How does Davao City now compare with other major cities in the country?
  • What does the Commission on Human Rights have to legally uphold Duterte’s human right violation?
  • Wasn’t the reason Duterte won overwhelmingly the presidential race is because the people want the country to be transformed the way he changed Davao city into a safe and livable place?

Thus, I would say that the impeachment complaint against Duterte is nothing but noise and an exercise in futility.

 

Lascañas and Matobato are ventriloquist dummies of Trillanes

 

Self-confessed killers Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas.

I wonder what impression the others have on self-confessed hitmen, former Special Police Officer 3 (SPO3) Arthur Lascañas and Edgar Matobato, but for me I see them all as Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ ventriloquist dummies.

In his ardent quest to oust Pres. Rodrigo Duterte from Malacañaang, Trillanes has been moving heaven and earth searching for testimonies  and smoking guns that will convince the populace that the man they have overwhelmingly voted for president is corrupt and a killer as well pretending to be a righteous person.

This of course coming from an ambitious man whose career in the military was cut short, thank goodness, because of his own narcissistic approach to life which can easily be observed glaringly the way he talks and carries himself.

Until Duterte came along, Trillanes thought that his notoriety coupled with his grandstanding in the Senate during the height of the corruption probe of the Binays would make him a shoo-in in the vice presidential election of 2016 placing him just a heart-beat away from the presidency if he wins.

Divine Providence made sure Trillanes won’t get his wish with Duterte’s entry in the presidential race and the rest is history.

Now Trillanes is and has been on the warpath against Duterte and for a reason – the spoiler of his political dreams and aspirations has to be avenged.

Not being able to prove that Duterte has billions of pesos in the bank as he alleged, Trillanes, with the assistance of Sen. Leila de Lima, made sure that he would go hammer and tongs after Duterte on the latter’s dark past with the much ballyhooed Davao Death Squad (DDS) when he was still the mayor of Davao City which reportedly killed over a thousand people.

This Trillanes made by coddling and using both Matobato and Lascañs as his main witnesses to nail Duterte on the cross.

Despite the questionable credibility and utter inconsistencies of both witnesses, killers in their own rights, Trillanes continues to believe they have the testimonies, the goods, the smoking gun that will finally unmask Duterte, as criminal.

But of course Trillanes has to believe and be convinced by the detailed account of his witnesses for after all both Matobato and Lascañas are his ventriloquist dummies, which means that he is the source of what needs to be heard by the public.

And it pleases no one’s ears but his!

Robredo should resign from the Liberal Party

 

Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo

There is no doubt that while the Filipino people have collectively and overwhelmingly ensured the victory of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to be the country’s president in the 2016 presidential election, I am also sure that most Filipinos have breathe a sigh of relief that Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo won the vice presidency over the late dictator’s son and namesake, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

By now we already know who Duterte is and how zealous he is in carrying out his promise, which have been supported by the people, to wage war against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

On the other hand we have also seen the warming of relationship between PDP-Laban’s Duterte and Liberal Party’s (LP) Robredo which culminated in the latter being named Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairperson, thus, becoming member of Duterte’s Cabinet.

Despite being clearly identified with the “yellows”, the symbolic color of the LP, Duterte took chances of appointing Robredo as Housing czar and making her participate in Cabinet meetings as a token of acceptance and belief that she has the intelligence, diligence and the integrity to further boost the capabilities of the Duterte administration.

From the very beginning also, and even to this day, Robredo has expressed her continued support for the Duterte administration despite the latter’s colorful language and perceived chauvinist attitude towards women, but there are issues that she simply has to oppose and speak against like the dictator’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and the extra-judicial killings that have been happening in Duterte’s relentless war against illegal drugs.

I don’t think there is really anything wrong with Robredo expressing her opinion against these issues as she is only articulating her rights, but what makes her and her statements controversial is that she continues to be highly seen as the leader, if not the mouthpiece, of the yellow movement of the LP.

This is what made Robredo persona-non-grata in the Duterte Cabinet, and for a reason, because now she is even being blamed for being part and parcel of a clique calling themselves Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC) that is planning to oust Duterte.

I believe Robredo when she says she is not involved in any plot to oust Duterte, but no matter how much denying she opines the problem lies in the fact that she refuses to accept that she is being used and manipulated, and this definitely speaks bad of her.

If Robredo disavows any participation and has still an iota of faith in Duterte’s governance that he is doing it for the country and people, then she should resign and disassociate herself from the LP in any manner, shape and form that allows her to keep her independence, sincerity, integrity and incorruptibility intact.

Working with Duterte with the same determination and passion, while expressing objectively her displeasure over some unpalatable issues, will be good for Robredo instead of being used brazenly by unscrupulous “friends” as an arrowhead to target Duterte’s indiscretions.

 

The controversial Marcos burial at the LNMB

 

lnmbI had been very critical of this despicable branch of the Marcos family, who after being booted out of the country for the monstrosities and plunder committed during the dark years of the Martial Law, they were made to come back without any trace of remorse on their part.

Thinking and believing perhaps that they were humbled by their grim experience to have been expelled and considered persona non grata in their own country people welcomed them as having learned their lesson of humility.

Little did we know that as soon as the despot’s family set foot and settled at their bailiwick in Ilocos Norte they were already plotting their political comeback.

Immediately they got back their political bearings controlling once again the Ilocos region with their money, clout and influence.

Not long after the matriarch, Imelda, and the despot’s son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, were strutting like peacocks in the halls of Congress when they were elected Congresswoman and Senator, respectively.

One could see that the Marcoses never learned from the EDSA revolution. On the contrary, they belittled it for now they have started gaining followers and supporters as they were back in power and popularity.

Marcos Jr’s popularity, especially among the youth, prodded him to run for the vice presidency in 2016 thinking that he would easily capture it.

He nearly did, but Divine Providence has its way of derailing his arrogance and rotten ambition and Leni Robredo got elected vice president, though Marcos Jr is contesting her winning to this day.

I say rotten because during Marcos Jr’s campaign sorties he has been convincing people how good a president his father was and never apologized for the wrongs his father did to the millions of Filipinos during the dark years of his regime. In fact he was saying that he was to resurrect the programs of his despot father if and when he wins.

While this was short of saying that his father was a hero, all these pronouncements about the good deeds of his father was preparing the minds of the people to recognize and accept that his father deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

Marcos Jr may not have won the vice presidency, thank goodness, but unfortunately a beholden President Rodrigo Duterte has taken the cudgels for the Marcoses and pushed for the burial of the dictator at the LNMB.

It was bad enough that the Supreme Court en banc sided with Duterte, but what made it worst is when the Marcoses hoodwinked and pulled a fast one on the people by burying surreptitiously the remains of the dictator at the LNMB (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/marcos-secret-burial-provoked-sensitivities-of-filipinos/).

What is heartening, however, is that protests about the secret burial at the LNMB is being done all over the country and participated mostly by the young people or whom we aptly call now as the millennials.

What more can we, the old folks, ask for now that the younger generation are more involved and are more sympathetic to the feelings of the older generations.

The Black Friday movement that has awaken and mobilize the youth should be a movement repudiating the Marcoses, any of the Marcoses, now and until they all learn to apologize the atrocities committed by their despot father to many Filipinos who are still longing to see their love ones.

(Please click this link for more substantive information on the subject: http://interaksyon.com/article/134617/fm-burial–former-con-con-delegates-condemn-shameless-treachery.)

 

 

More fun in the Philippines

 

Sen. Leila de Lima

Sen. Leila de Lima

Definitely, I am not talking about the Philippine tourism battle cry.

Everybody knows it is fun to go around in the Philippines, but these days there is more fun in the Philippines by just staying at home watching the idiot box and being entertained by a scandalous lady senator, a high profile illegal drug distributor and a former driver cum bodyguard cum lover of the lady senator I am talking about.

I am talking of course about Sen. Leila de Lima who finds herself – both her personal and political life – in dilemma (no pun intended) ever since she dared take President Rodrigo Duterte to task in the latter’s bloody war against illegal drugs.

It is common knowledge to all that the bad blood between Duterte and de Lima started when the latter, while still the chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), before becoming Justice Secretary under the Aquino administration and later a senator, went to Davao City and confronted, nay accused, then Mayor Duterte of human rights violation.

Although nothing came out of this accusation, even when de Lima already headed the Justice Department, the hurt done by de Lima to Duterte in maligning his name and reputation enraged the latter no end and was just waiting for an opportunity to get back at her.

Unexpectedly and unfortunately for de Lima, the reluctant Duterte was finally convinced to run for the presidency in 2016 and the rest is history.

Now de Lima finds herself mired in a hole of scandalous conduct as a woman and an elected   government official that only the fearless, the unforgiving and the iron-fist Duterte has the guts to make sure she falls into the trap of her own folly.

With the power that Duterte has now at the tips of his hand he is exacting his measure of revenge and there seems to be no let-up in his implacability against de Lima.

Duterte exposed de Lima’s dalliance with Ronnie Dayan, her former driver and body guard who became her lover eventually. De Lima admitted having fallen in love with Dayan, who was tagged as the bagman of De Lima during the 2016 senatorial election. The contribution allegedly came from convicted drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Kerwin Espinosa and Ronnie Dayan

Kerwin Espinosa and Ronnie Dayan

Dayan, who was recently arrested after disregarding summons from the House of Representatives to attend the probe on illegal drugs, supplemented the information that he had a relationship with de Lima for seven years. He also admitted having received money from self-proclaimed illegal drug distributor, Kerwin Espinosa, for political purposes.

Espinosa, like Dayan, has also just been arrested after a long man-hunt and were the main feature of news programs, press conferences and inquiries.

Today, November 23, Espinosa was grilled at the Senate about his illegal drug activities and also about what he knew about the death of his father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, who was gunned down in Baybay City provincial jail.

Tomorrow, November 24, Dayan is scheduled to appear in the Lower House relative to his participation, if any, in the illegal drug trade in the NBP.

The question many are asking now is: Since de Lima found time in attending the Senate inquiry where Espinosa was the main character involved, would she be able to find time also to attend the House probe where Dayan will no doubt find himself in the hot chair?

Talking about entertainment and having more fun in the Philippines via the idiot box!

At least for the moment.

The U.S. 2016 presidential election

 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

The U.S. presidential election that will happen in a couple of days pitting Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump is one event that has distracted me no end to the extent that it has prevented me from writing often.

It is indeed a very interesting election – one that is vicious and corrupting that you can even call it perverse election.

America has never seen nor experience one like this before.

No doubt it is for the history books also, for this election will not only determine whether the 45th American president will be a woman or a demagogue, but it will also decide whether or not the U.S. will continue to remain a super power and keep its world leader status intact – respected and recognized.

What is making the U.S. election so unique and memorable, but crucial, is because no one of the two candidates are well liked by the American populace and therefore it is more of choosing the lesser evil.

Crooked Hillary against the obnoxious Trump!

But you know what, the funny thing is that even with Trumps small hands and short fingers, what is absolutely true is that every time the latter points a finger at Hillary accusing her of her crookedness the three other fingers are facing towards him which unquestionably  shows that he is, in all respects, what he is faulting Hillary of.

Wish the Americans good luck!

May the best person wins.