Tatad chastising Duterte over ME visit is idiotic

Former senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad and President Rodrigo Duterte.

I do not know why a washout and a loser like former senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad still has to open his mouth and say something critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to the Middle East (ME) when nobody anymore gives a damn about what he thinks and says.

If Tatad thinks his being a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei gives him the moral ascendancy to be listened to, he is so fucking wrong.

Tatad who until now, no doubt, has that delusion of grandeur for having served the dictator Marcos and became prominent when he announced the declaration of Martial Law on Sept. 23, 1972, should just write about something else because every time he badmouths Duterte he is taken for an idiot.

Now why would Tatad say that Duterte committed “nothing less than an act of disrespect” by traveling to Muslim countries on official visits during Holy Week?

Why, would that make Duterte less of a Christian and less of a leader if he goes on a state visit at a time when Filipinos observe the traditional Holy Week?

“I cannot imagine any of his hosts—Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, or Qatari Emir Tanim bin Hamad al Thani—making a pilgrimage to a non-Islamic place during Ramadan while the Muslim world is doing its month-long religious fast,” Tatad said.

What an absurd and idiotic comparison!

Yes, Duterte may have embarked on a long journey to the ME, specifically to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Qatar, but it is a noble mission for the Philippines and the Filipinos, especially those working and having work-related problems with their employers in these countries.

That Duterte timed his visit during the Holy Week is not being rude and irreverent, but he probably did it to fully make use of his time and be productive in earning goodwill with these countries instead of being idle for the whole week when public offices are closed.

Could Tatad not see it this way?

Tatad’s bashing of Duterte would have been justified had the latter went on a leisure trip, but for a working trip, couldn’t the former Marcos sycophant at least give credit to Duterte’s well-meaning government mission to the ME?

But then again there is not even an iota of comparison between Duterte and Tatad.

Tatad’s noise is simply to satisfy a strong craving of attention for a ‘has been’.

That is all there is to it.


Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

Until I find myself again in my own place and alone I think this will be my last blog for the year.

For a change, instead of our kids and their respective families spending the holidays with us, we decided, since there are just the two of us, and while we still can, to be with them in Manila, thus, rescuing them not only from the hassle of making sure that all the kids are accounted for in what is getting to be a stressful trip during the holiday season, but also saving them the travel expenses that are not easily cough up these days especially if you are bringing your family.

While wishing you Happy Holidays and all the best for 2017, let me just leave you with these thoughts….


…..and a video made special for it is a beautiful song rendered by one dealing with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


I’ve heard about this baby boy
Who’s come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God’s only Son was born, oh Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You’ll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah

For more on Kaylee Rodgers please go to this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kaylee-rodgers-autism-singing-hallelujah_us_585ad9dce4b0de3a08f3edc3.

Season’s Greetings!

starsThis is one of those times when I gladly have to give up my seat to my grandchildren, who, no doubt, will take turns using the computer for their own individual entertainment when they come visiting us for the holidays.

It is a welcome respite, nonetheless, for it also gives me quality time to bond with my children whom I seldom see because of their respective work responsibilities and who are getting older themselves, while I find myself heading towards the sunset – still actively, as yet, thanks God! What makes the journey interesting to where humanity ends up going, one time or another, is that on the way I continue making our family recipe chorizo formulation and my own version of healthy bacon (free from nitrite preservative) that I call Pinoy bacon which has become a hit to my children and my grandchildren now. I keep myself busy also making cookies like Scottish short bread, German honey cookies, Oatmeal raisin cookies, Lemon bars, Chocolate crinkles, etc. My bread pudding gets good reviews because what gives it a twist are the red berry-like limoncitos growing in our backyard. My crisco-based empanadas are also in demand by family members. Well, talking about propping up an old image! Your indulgence, please.

Not sounding melodramatic about it all, the fact is that there is no other time of the year, like Christmas and New Year, when being together as a family has more meaning in our lives.

With that said, let me convey to you all my warm and friendly wishes for the Holiday Season and a Prosperous 2016!

Happy holidays!


santa doy bongoton

Season’s Greetings!

wish1Before my grandchildren lord it over the use of my computer during their visit to spend the holidays with us, let me just convey to all those following my blog and visiting the site my best and sincere wishes for the holidays and for health, happiness and prosperity for the coming year – wherever you and your family are.

Also join me in a silent prayer that 2015 may transform many of our compatriots in becoming more active in calling for a real change in the way we view and choose public officials as leaders of this country so that we can move steadily and progressively forward with their responsible, committed and selfless ways.

Happy holidays!                                             Santa Doy Sievert