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.


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.

Church launches rehabilitation project for drug users


 Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle with a group involved in illegal drugs.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle with a group involved in illegal drugs.

The ranking members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) have been silent for a long time about President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

Their silence is of course very much welcomed as it does not add up to more misunderstanding and disharmony between the church and the state.

It is, therefore, very encouraging and reassuring that while the church has kept their silence on Duterte’s relentless war on drugs, it has also understood the magnitude of the drug problem in the country that has already included government officials and other civil servants.

Understanding the enormity of the drug problem the country is having is one thing and appreciating the work government is doing in fighting and controlling it is another for it makes people and organization think how they could contribute to the efforts done.

It is in this light that the leaders of CBCP should be commended for putting their plan under wraps or without fanfare until now when they finally announced their launching of an anti-illegal drugs program aimed to rehabilitate drug addicts.

The program called, “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay,” entails that parishes in the archdiocese set up treatment centers.

This worthy endeavor by the church definitely complements the planned construction of rehab centers by government in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, with one being built in Nueva Ecija courtesy of a Chinese philanthropist.

Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said that the program will be administered by the Restorative Justice Ministry which aims to provide psycho-spiritual support to drug dependents.

Restorative Justice Ministry head Fr. Roberto de la Cruz, said: “This is our reaction to what is happening to our country now. Are we not going to do anything and let them die? Let us help them.”

“Now that they’ve surrendered to the government, our task is to ask them to surrender themselves fully to God because that’s when transformation will start,” he said.

The individuals enrolled in the rehabilitation program will undergo spiritual formation, counseling, livelihood projects, skills formation training, arts and cultural program, and sports activities.

Comforting words, indeed, and much to hope and thank for.

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.