PHNO EDITORIALS & OPINIONS OF THE WEEK: FROM THE TRIBUNE

CONSTITUTIONAL IGNORAMUS, LEILA DE LIMA IS


By Ninez Cacho-Olivares ----
Are we back to the Marcos regime, where the protesting and disgruntled public is being warned of sedition and conspiracy to commit rebellion against the government? It is a legal ignoramus who sits as Justice secretary of Noynoy Aquino today.The other day, Leila de Lima called the National Transformation Council (NTC) a group of disgruntled (Gloria) Arroyo allies, saying that its acts already constitute conspiracy or proposal to commit rebellion against the government. She vowed that the government “will not relent in applying the full force of the law against them in order to protect the people and the State from an unconstitutional and illegal power grab.” She even stated that the NTC group has been using a “strategic policy” to instigate a military-backed uprising among Filipinos by exploiting the Mamasapano incident. According to her “certain actions already implemented by the group, from organizing forums and conferences of supporters and sympathizers, can already be contemplated as conspiracies relating to sedition, rebellion or coup d’ etat,” she said. Whaaaat? CONTINUE READING....

ALSO: Edsa, papano? (how?)


Aldrin Cardona ----And then, Noynoy, the fourth president after Marcos, son of Cory and Ninoy, Nobel Peace Prize hopeful, and director of what became the Mamasapano massacre of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) men, under the limited production of the US, which did not want to send a full film crew in the scale of Apocalypse Now, or had it been made obvious would have sent its director to prison for treason, but which it is now fast becoming known, putting the president under fire for causing the massacre, he is proving to be the country’s greatest mistake since Marcos and Edsa.No big celebration is at hand for Edsa.  Mr. Aquino does not seem to have the courage to face the true Edsa participants, the true force of people power, no less than the people themselves, to remind them about their recent history, but from which he had turned his back on by continuing on with policies not inclusive of the people, especially the poor, by robbing them of their taxes, which government uses to bribe its lawmakers and officials with, through the Priority Development Assistance Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program, so they can fortify their hold on power, and enrich themselves at the people’s expense, while slowly driving the people back to the scenarios that led them to Edsa after all.And then, back to Mamasapano, where Mr. Aquino was exposed as different from Ninoy and Cory, proof that even children of illustrious presents could not be their second chances.  Some would fail, a few would succeed. READ ENTIRE COLUMN FROM BEGINNING...

ALSO: Messianic


By Charlie Manalo ---There’s absolutely no argument saying this country needs to be saved. But what is hotly being contested is by whom? And if I may add, for whom? In a forum last Saturday, two groups professed their vows to save the country by calling for the ouster of not only President Aquino but all of those lined up as constitutional successors, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte. While the Edsa 2.22.15 Coalition is proposing Supreme Court (SC) chief Justice Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno to head their People’s Transition Government, the National Transformation Council (NTC) is batting for a Transition Council to be headed by completely anonymous personalities. According to the two groups, their proposed transition bodies would govern the country until such time when a reformed electoral system has been put in place and an honest election has been conducted. Clearly, both the Edsa 2.22.15 Coalition and the NTC want to usurp powers and impose their will upon us.CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Road


By D. Vnetura ---
Edsa today is no doubt as congested as yesterday. There was an accident in the morning, leaving the highway messy with oil slick. The resulting traffic was horrendous. Traffic? What else is new? I passed above the Edsa Shrine on the Rosario overpass on my way to a meeting and saw a horde of men in blue in the area. I don’t think they were there to pray for their comrades, the Fallen 44. They were most likely getting ready for the Edsa event the next day. Feb. 25: another year, another commemoration. Then again, for the 29th anniversary of the renowned Filipino peaceful revolt, rumors and whispers of another “bloodless coup” abounded, following a seemingly endless exchange of rumors and whispers of the infamous Mamasapano clash, which had happened exactly one month before.Another Edsa revolt? Another attempt to clear the Palace of its current occupant to make way for another leader on whom we will place our trust and who will most likely end up getting blamed for failing to solve all our problems? READ MORE...

ALSO: Silence and admission


Aldrin Cardona ----The generals would no longer talk.
We could not expect them to say anything further because it has become obvious that the effort to save President Aquino from accountability on the death of the 44 PNP-SAF (Philippine National Police-Special Action Force) men in Mamasapano had clamped all possible leaks.Malacañang, however, could only muffle the sounds of guns firing from Mamasapano 22 days today after the massacre of the fallen 44. It can only silence the generals from revealing what they know in the congressional investigations on the massacre of the 44.
But nothing, not even Allah or any of your gods, can stop the world from seeing how the 44 died at the hands of the combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the BIFF, along with the other gun-coddling residents of Mamasapano, including members of the Abu Sayyaf, paid armies of the Ampatuans, other private armies in the service of their feudal lords and bandits mingling with everyone, once including Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, who may have paid one or many of them to carry out terrorist bombing operations which may have become successful or otherwise.Various video clips, long enough to reveal the truth about the Mamasapano massacre, have long been out and posted in the social media.READ  MORE...

ALSO: Yellow baby never grew up


YELLOW MOB PRESIDENTIAL SEAL --
Before several youth groups, Noynoy, in a speech again resorted to reliving the past, recalling the yellow age when People Power triumphed over a dictator on a three-day event that culminated in then President Ferdinand Marcos leaving the country on Feb. 25.He recalled that it has been nearly three decades since a dictatorship was ended by the massing up of the crowd at that stretch of the famous highway between Camps Crame and Aguinaldo and that the spirit of Edsa was what has guided him through the many problems that he has confronted through his presidency.
Only a few in the crowd realized what Noynoy meant since none in the crowd was born yet during the 1986 yellow event.
Even in the aftermath of the Mamasapano massacre, it was the death of Ninoy Aquino whom he constantly uses as a security towel amid the demands for his accountability on the incident.

ALSO: No, no, no, no Noy


GULO NG PILIPINAS --
The Palace is getting desperate and is cooking up and resorting to blatant and shameful lies to extricate Noynoy out of the mess he created that has resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos last Jan. 25. Noynoy’s mouthpiece Sonny Coloma farmed out statements or more accurately, a storyline, to the media which basically was the coup de grace of the plot that its allies in the Senate tried to establish in that Noynoy had known about Oplan Exodus but that his ward, resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and relieved SAF chief Getulio Napeñas acted on their own in launching the mission to neutralize Marwan and his henchman Usman. Now the insensitive Noynoy, apparently through his spin doctors, added a new twist to the script, hoping to fully free himself of blame from the incident, saying that he was fed with lies and that Purisima and Napeñas did not follow his orders to coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).According to Coloma, Noynoy made the statement in a meeting with his House allies late Monday evening.The meeting apparently was held to plot the web of lies needed to shield Noynoy from the incident and bury the truth about the Mamasapano incident along with the policemen who died in favor of personal and political considerations of Noynoy.CONTINUE READING...


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Constitutional ignoramus, Leila is


By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

MANILA, MARCH 2, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares - Are we back to the Marcos regime, where the protesting and disgruntled public is being warned of sedition and conspiracy to commit rebellion against the government?

It is a legal ignoramus who sits as Justice secretary of Noynoy Aquino today.

The other day, Leila de Lima called the National Transformation Council (NTC) a group of disgruntled (Gloria) Arroyo allies, saying that its acts already constitute conspiracy or proposal to commit rebellion against the government.

She vowed that the government “will not relent in applying the full force of the law against them in order to protect the people and the State from an unconstitutional and illegal power grab.

She even stated that the NTC group has been using a “strategic policy” to instigate a military-backed uprising among Filipinos by exploiting the Mamasapano incident.

According to her “certain actions already implemented by the group, from organizing forums and conferences of supporters and sympathizers, can already be contemplated as conspiracies relating to sedition, rebellion or coup d’ etat,” she said.

Whaaaat?

Doesn’t she know her Constitution and what the proviso says, by way of freedoms and rights of the people?

Article lll, Section 4 of the Bill of Rights states very clearly: “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

Yet this legal and constitutional ignoramus categorizes, nay, already says that the NTC is guilty of conspiracy to commit rebellion against the government, and that it has already implemented actions, such as organizing forums and conferences of supporters and sympathizers, which already pass for conspiracies relating to sedition, rebellion or coup d’ etat.

Good Grief! That is an idiotic reading of a group that demands the resignation of Noynoy and as any idiot should know, no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression and of the press or of the right of the people to peaceably assemble to petition the government for redress of grievances.

The constitutionally incompetent De Lima who should be sacked for threatening people and groups with conspiracy to commit sedition and rebellion simply because they have the constitutional right to their speech and expression whether in forums, holding conferences and coming up with protest actions against the administration---which is not the government--precisely due to Noynoy’s gross mishandling of the Mamasapano massacre, leaving 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos, criminal acts, especially as no crime has been committed, unless of course, protest actions are already a crime.

And to think that de Lima earlier sat as chairman of the Commission on Human Rights.

Hello.
 
There were no guns. There was only a peaceful assembly where they aired their grievances. That’s conspiracy to commit sedition and rebellion?

What the hell! Noynoy and his security aides, military and police chiefs as well as the Senate and the House of Representatives have been trying to cover up their roles in Oplan Exodus and the Filipinos, whether in groups or individually have the right to do just what this constitutional ignoramus called Leila de Lima says are criminal acts.

Rebellion?

Sh*t!!! It is her principal and his security aides, including herself, who are committing a crime of massive cover up for Noynoy and all those who went to the extent of lying in an earlier Senate session, where they all claimed that they had informed the President late afternoon on what was happening in Mamasapano.

Hell! Even this constitutional ignoramus comes up with an idiotic “analysis” that there is no chain of command in the Philippine National Police, as this exists only in the military.

De Lima is guilty of covering up for her boss, Noynoy, to get him off the hook and absolve him of all liabilities and responsibility.

And to top it all, she says that “The nation is still grieving, and without any sense of shame, these personalities would use the people’s grief to pervert a national catharsis, serving only their own thirst and craving for absolute power by imposing upon this nation a tyranny of religious and political has-beens.”

She calls them “has beens” and plunderers and without even having any proof at all and excuse me! They haven’t been convicted of plunder nor charged in the case of all those who form the council.

Obviously, Noynoy and his Cabinet members, especially De Lima, are scared stiff of being thrown out of their offices that they come up with charges of rebellion and sedition, thinking that such threats will shut up the people.

She should start charging those Muslim rebels who massacred our SAF commanders for armed rebellion, sedition and murder, instead of charging the groups that want Noynoy and his frigging administration out.


Edsa, papano? Written by Aldrin Cardona Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00


Aldrin Cardona

Today marks the 29th year since the people forced the late former President Ferdinand Marcos into exile in Hawaii.It was dubbed the Edsa People Power.

But forcing Marcos to leave would not have been possible without the pressure exerted by the US government against the unpopular dictator.

It was not just us.

Marcos would not have left and succeeded in crushing the throng of people massed outside camps Crame and Aguinaldo had the US not been tacit about its intent to have him kicked out, as the US was in danger of losing its interests in the Philippines if it would not help usher in what became known as a peaceful revolt.

The country was on the verge of a bloody revolt then.

The Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army were nearing what it endearingly called the “strategic stalemate” that would have prepared the NPA for an eventual victory, strengthened no less by Marcos and his anti-people policies which drove the masses to the side of the Maoists.

Marcos had used the CPP-NPA as a leverage with the US, but Cory Aquino and her bunch of supporters from the country’s former oligarchy who have been displaced by Marcos’ cronies offered the US with a viable alternative to make the US comfortable with change after more than two decades of US-sponsored Marcos rule.

Cory had knocked off the CPP-inspired groups as major political influences to the masses. Cory was a fresh face and widow of martyred Ninoy. Ninoy was a rallying point for the progressive groups then. He paid the ultimate prize for his presidential ambition, because life was not patas under those conditions.

But while press freedom was restored after Edsa, along with other rights acceptable to the new order, these same freedoms were used by the Cory oligarchs to change the people’s political mindset, drawing them away from progressive thoughts into passiveness, their minds and emotions driven by what they see in telenovelas and noontime shows, which do not strive to educate and empower the people.
Almost three decades hence, even Edsa seems to have been forgotten by almost three generations born after the fall of Marcos.

Whatever gains Edsa had brought forth have been eclipsed by the same stories of graft and corruption, of persistent poverty, of joblessness, of the same old ruling families, of pockets of rebellion due to wide social and economic disparities between the poor and the haves, about lack of opportunities for the people, same subservience to the US and then now China, and hundreds of other issues which have been prevalent at the time of Marcos and remains prevalent now, four presidents after the dismantling of the old order.

And then, Noynoy, the fourth president after Marcos, son of Cory and Ninoy, Nobel Peace Prize hopeful, and director of what became the Mamasapano massacre of 44

Special Action Force (SAF) men, under the limited production of the US, which did not want to send a full film crew in the scale of Apocalypse Now, or had it been made obvious would have sent its director to prison for treason, but which it is now fast becoming known, putting the president under fire for causing the massacre, he is proving to be the country’s greatest mistake since Marcos and Edsa.

No big celebration is at hand for Edsa. Mr. Aquino does not seem to have the courage to face the true Edsa participants, the true force of people power, no less than the people themselves, to remind them about their recent history, but from which he had turned his back on by continuing on with policies not inclusive of the people, especially the poor, by robbing them of their taxes, which government uses to bribe its lawmakers and officials with, through the Priority Development Assistance Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program, so they can fortify their hold on power, and enrich themselves at the people’s expense, while slowly driving the people back to the scenarios that led them to Edsa after all.

And then, back to Mamasapano, where Mr. Aquino was exposed as different from Ninoy and Cory, proof that even children of illustrious presents could not be their second chances. Some would fail, a few would succeed.


Mr. Aquino’s critics from the Left have claimed his hands have been tainted with blood by the massacre of land tillers at Hacienda Luisita when the president was still warming up his bottom in Congress. But the massacre of the fallen SAF 44 in Mamasapano covered his whole arms and face with blood.

What he could not explain, he forced others to take the blame.

And today, he will face Edsa not as an avenue to our redemption but his shame.


Messianic Written by Charlie V. Manalo Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00


CHARLIE MANALO

There’s absolutely no argument saying this country needs to be saved. But what is hotly being contested is by whom? And if I may add, for whom?

In a forum last Saturday, two groups professed their vows to save the country by calling for the ouster of not only President Aquino but all of those lined up as constitutional successors, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte.

While the Edsa 2.22.15 Coalition is proposing Supreme Court (SC) chief Justice Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno to head their People’s Transition Government, the National Transformation Council (NTC) is batting for a Transition Council to be headed by completely anonymous personalities.

According to the two groups, their proposed transition bodies would govern the country until such time when a reformed electoral system has been put in place and an honest election has been conducted.

Clearly, both the Edsa 2.22.15 Coalition and the NTC want to usurp powers and impose their will upon us.

Edsa 2.22.15 Coalition wants to cleanse the system by putting Sereno at the helm. Isn’t Sereno an Aquino appointee, who, if she would have her way, would let Noynoy go scot-free from the Disbursement Acceleration Program controversy?

Sereno also tried to block the appoint of another Aquino lapdog to the SC for she has her own personal choice, former Commission on Audit Chair Grace Pulido-Tan to assume slot vacated by Sereno herself after she assumed the Chief Justice post.

The role of Pulido-Tan in this administration? She just provided the basis for the prosecution of Aquino’s perceived political opponents for 2016 while at the dame time shielding the president’s allies in the multi-billion peso pork scam.

And in case one is wondering who are the personalities involved in this coalition, I hate to say this but they include some of those who have been involved in covering up for Noynoy and his family.

The NTC, just like the Edsa 2.22.15 Coalition, wants to go around the rule of succession by proposing the establishment of a transition council as caretaker government until an election is held.

The NTC argues that none of those listed as constitutional successors are qualified to take over the government as like Noynoy, they were illegally installed to power courtesy of the fraud election results emitted by the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

With the overwhelming documentary and circumstantial evidence presented to prove the results of the PCOS machines could be manipulated and in fact have been manipulated (Actually, in the article I’ve written for the Tribune during my election coverage, I bared that some of the ballots used in some precincts in Angono, Rizal were already pre-shaded in favor of Noynoy), I am inclined to believe in their argument, but with some reservations.

First, if it is possible to manipulate the results in favor of a number of candidates, then it would also be possible to have them manipulated to favor only one candidate.

For if Noynoy could have his way in 2010, why won’t he let his running mate, Mar Roxas emerge as the vice presidential winner. I’m not saying Noynoy cheated or someone did not cheat for him, we’re doing everyone an injustice here by saying all the winners in both the 2010 and 2013 elections cheated their way to victory.

Second, assuming their argument is 100 percent accurate, the problem is that nothing had been done in the past four and-a-half years to correct the mistakes, thus, we have come to a point where we have an undeserving and incompetent president who allegedly cheated his way but have been de facto acknowledged by the people.

And the only solution now is to oust him with which an opportunity is presented to us now. Which then brings us back to the question of succession.

These groups abhor Binay for the sole reason he is being probed for alleged corrupt activities with which no evidence linking him yet has been presented yet. He is being investigated by people who have their eyes set on 2016.

Since the Corona impeachment, to the cases filed against former president, now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal — Arroyo, we have been consistent in saying not to be hasty in condemning them until they have been convicted by the courts after having presented evidence against them, which hasn’t t been done so far.

So, what’s the difference in Binay’s case?

What they are mouthing are Palace’s lines to save Aquino’s ass.

As forensic expert Raquel del Rosario-Fortun posted in her Facebook account, “To survive as president, make sure they hate the vice president more. Parang twitter. The parody shouldn’t be better than the real thing.”

“Ano ang silbi ng bise-presidente sa Pinas? Panakot para hindi patalsikin ang president,” del Rosario-Fortun adds.

Another social media user, one Kuro June puts the line of argument straight to the dustbin.

“Ito lang kasi yan. ‘Corrupt’ versus Incompetent. And by the looks of it, sa ‘corrupt’ na ako. Why? Wala pa kaming proof na corrupt nga si Binay pero proven na incompetent incompetent nga si PNoy,” June said in his FB page.

“Sorry but I may not be pro-Binay because I’d vote for Marcos. But if ‘yang dalawa lang pagpipilian, I’d go for the shadow than the hepatitis,” he added.

And to sum it up, as Neal Cruz of the Inquirer told them right in their face last Saturday,

“Your are stealing away our rights to choose a successor.”

And you are no Messiah.



Road Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00


By D. Venturaq

Edsa today is no doubt as congested as yesterday. There was an accident in the morning, leaving the highway messy with oil slick. The resulting traffic was horrendous.

Traffic? What else is new?

I passed above the Edsa Shrine on the Rosario overpass on my way to a meeting and saw a horde of men in blue in the area. I don’t think they were there to pray for their comrades, the Fallen 44. They were most likely getting ready for the Edsa event the next day. Feb. 25: another year, another commemoration.

Then again, for the 29th anniversary of the renowned Filipino peaceful revolt, rumors and whispers of another “bloodless coup” abounded, following a seemingly endless exchange of rumors and whispers of the infamous Mamasapano clash, which had happened exactly one month before.

Another Edsa revolt? Another attempt to clear the Palace of its current occupant to make way for another leader on whom we will place our trust and who will most likely end up getting blamed for failing to solve all our problems?

Again, what else is new?

Days before this anniversary, critics of the Aquino government had let loose a volley of sharp-edged remarks — designed, no doubt, to raise emotions and get people out to Edsa. If words could literally cut, President Noynoy would have actual blood in his hands. Some of the most cutting remarks could make a saint cringe.

Even the saintly looking Sen. Grace Poe got a share of such comments for supposedly buying into Malacañang’s latest “storyline” — that PNoy was “misinformed” on the day of the clash between the police commandos and the rebel groups, resulting in the grievous loss of lives. According to the latest findings, PNoy’s trusted man, Alan Purisima,had told him army assistance was being given when it was not.

The Mamasapano “misencounter” — another “mis” in this sad, sad affair — is turning out to be the tipping point for the Aquino administration, which had survived other issues like the “Yolanda” aftermath with positive popularity ratings. But now, people sense something is being kept from them and they do not like the feeling of being deceived, especially by those who had vowed transparency and anti-corruption. This, on top of the series of major tragedies in the country that had apparently resulted from or been worsened by all sorts of communication problems within the leadership.

In other words, who’s in control here? Why is blame being passed around and nothing is being done about the bigger and more immediate concerns, such as, in the case of Mamasapano, why a bloody encounter went on for hours in spite of ongoing peace talks? The same was asked after the Yolanda tragedy and government was criticized for its slow reaction to the needs of the typhoon victims, as well as the infusion of political color into the resulting blame-throwing business that our officials seem to love to do after some massive failure is bewailed by the public.

I think most Filipinos would have viewed today’s celebration as just another one of those traditions in which people saw no more meaning. But recent events and, I would like to believe, a maturing population have made many of us more enlightened about where we are today as a country and as a people — 29 years after a regained democracy.
This awareness of “sameness” should lead to some big changes if people just got a hold of themselves and really thought of the good of this country. Obviously, the old ways simply won’t be effective anymore. The endless talking in the halls of power are coming off as useless noise nowadays, but then so is this endless urge to escape the present with talks of coup d ‘etat or human chains on Edsa. We can’t keep on doing this and expect miracles.

Another “Edsa” won’t be the answer to our problems. Another “Edsa” won’t give us the assurance of better leaders. If there is one thing we should have learned from “Edsa,” it is that kicking out those who no longer appear acceptable will not bring a shiny new Philippines.

So that leaves us with President Noynoy Aquino, son of Ninoy and Cory. He has a little over a year left before we elect a new set of leaders. Much has been said about the son, the brother and the father of a nation. I suspect it has left a lasting mark on the family name. Maybe, as a result, Kris will find it a little bit more challenging to enter politics. But, who knows, right?

Because more than the blame-throwing we all invariably end up doing, one would hope that today’s Edsa commemoration would have made us learn to be more discerning — to look beyond the names and faces, to seek the truth, to learn more than we are told.

Maybe someday — not 29 more years, I hope, we can make our way out of this bumpy, traffic-laden road called Edsa.


Silence and admission Written by Aldrin Cardona Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00


By Aldrin Cardona

The generals would no longer talk.

We could not expect them to say anything further because it has become obvious that the effort to save President Aquino from accountability on the death of the 44 PNP-SAF (Philippine National Police-Special Action Force) men in Mamasapano had clamped all possible leaks.

Malacañang, however, could only muffle the sounds of guns firing from Mamasapano 22 days today after the massacre of the fallen 44.

It can only silence the generals from revealing what they know in the congressional investigations on the massacre of the 44.

But nothing, not even Allah or any of your gods, can stop the world from seeing how the 44 died at the hands of the combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the BIFF, along with the other gun-coddling residents of Mamasapano, including members of the Abu Sayyaf, paid armies of the Ampatuans, other private armies in the service of their feudal lords and bandits mingling with everyone, once including Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, who may have paid one or many of them to carry out terrorist bombing operations which may have become successful or otherwise.
Various video clips, long enough to reveal the truth about the Mamasapano massacre, have long been out and posted in the social media.


They are now being sold in Quiapo, with makers of the cheap DVD films expectedly to be called heartless by Malacañang, the way it chastised the men who posted and shared the same clips in their social media accounts.

But that is how truth comes out nowadays.

Not even the generals’ silence on Aquino’s knowledge of the operation can be denied.

The senators who asked PNP-SAF commander Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. could not expect any more direct answers from him as he now seems willing to take all the heat out of that botched raid on Marwan’s lair right within an MILF-controlled area. His tears may have been more for him and his now troubled career.

But somebody has to make the sacrifice for the president. Those who have shown their allegiance to the Chief Executive have been rewarded well. Resigned PNP Chief Alan Purisima can attest to that.

But the videos…

President Aquino had confirmed knowing very early about the botched operation. He had admitted this before a SAF in formation when he tried to appease the troops.
He asked if they have something to tell their commander-in-chief.

He was given an icy silence as a sign of protest.

They have many things to say at his back, maybe because for many of them, he does not deserve to be talked to on matters so serious, only real men would comprehend.

The MILF representative to the initial Senate hearings denied a massacre had taken place. He claimed a misencounter, parroting the earlier claims made by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, but the videos don’t lie.

The viral videos, which Malacañang can no longer stop from spreading, were confirmations of the barbarism, brutality and extreme cruelty of the participants in the carnage of the 44.

They are enough reasons why the people now want Malacañang to step back from its commitment to pursue peace with the MILF, which now turns out unprepared to commit to peace.

And this still does not count the MILF’s harboring of Marwan, an international terrorist wanted for the series of bombing operations in support of the al-Qaeda and the Jemaah Islamiya, two international terrorist groups hiding under the cloak of a fervent religious belief, which drives some members of the MILF, the BIFF, the local ISIS-affiliates and the Abu Sayyaf to create their own local versions of heaven in Mindanao by killing people who do not share their views and beliefs.

And for this, President Aquino is pursuing the Bangsamoro Basic Law which would give the MILF, which is just a portion of the many Muslim tribal groups in Mindanao, a sub-state (and money) of its own.

Government claims to have found flaws in the Autonomous Regions of Muslim Mindanao which it does not admit it may have committed a mistake rushing for its creation in 1990. And in rushing for the BBL, how can government be so sure it is dealing with the right leaders who could not admit their people have coddled a government enemy, shot its troops to death when they could no longer fight, looted their belongings because they could, hacked their heads off and toyed with their scattered brains and pierced their butts for fun?

How can a government force the people to be silent about this after they had witnessed the bloody clash even if they were away from Mamasapano on Jan. 25?

The people also do find it funny that it is now the president clamming up.

He cannot explain the deaths of 44 of the best SAF troops, himself.

And that is a confirmation of what we have suspected all along.


Yellow baby never grew up Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00


Before several youth groups, Noynoy, in a speech again resorted to reliving the past, recalling the yellow age when People Power triumphed over a dictator on a three-day event that culminated in then President Ferdinand Marcos leaving the country on Feb. 25.

He recalled that it has been nearly three decades since a dictatorship was ended by the massing up of the crowd at that stretch of the famous highway between Camps Crame and Aguinaldo and that the spirit of Edsa was what has guided him through the many problems that he has confronted through his presidency.

Only a few in the crowd realized what Noynoy meant since none in the crowd was born yet during the 1986 yellow event.

Even in the aftermath of the Mamasapano massacre, it was the death of Ninoy Aquino whom he constantly uses as a security towel amid the demands for his accountability on the incident.

Since Edsa is equated with former President Cory Aquino who assumed the presidency through the supposed popular revolt which was actually a successful coup d’etat led by then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce-Enrile and Philippine Constabulary Chief Fidel Ramos.

The overthrow of then President Ferdinand Marcos was sparked by an event that happened three years earlier on Aug. 21, 1983 when his father was assassinated on the airport tarmac when he returned to the country from the United States.

Since the start of his presidency, Noynoy would summon the names of his parents whenever he stumbles upon a crisis situation such as now where he is besieged as a result of the Mamasapano slaughter of the 44 Special Action Force commandos.

Noynoy remained known more as Cory and Ninoy’s son rather than as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Since Cory’s assumption to power incidentally, the yellow mob had dominated Malacañang interrupted only by a brief two years under former President Joseph Estrada whose vote the elitist conspiracy failed to manipulate because of the overwhelming public support for him.

After Cory, installed through questionable circumstances was Fidel Ramos, another key figure at Edsa which the yellow mob adopted as its own.

After Ramos, came Estrada whose vote in the 1998 elections by an unprecedented 40 percent vote margin over the rest of the contenders, was too overwhelming to be reversed through any manipulation efforts.

Despite his popular win, the jealous yellow mob which does not want anybody outside its circle to sit in Malacañang, started a vilification campaign against Estrada.

The campaign against Estrada culminated in a railroaded impeachment case against him and Estrada’s eventual decision to step down buy not to resign, to prevent a bloody confrontation.

In his place, the mob installed Vice President Gloria Arroyo, a daughter of another Philippine president and an economics teacher, whose credentials got the yellow mob’s approval.

What followed were nine years of what many called plunder and abuse of power that approximated, if not exceeded, the type which was last experienced during the Marcos regime.

In the four years that he was president, Noynoy had failed to make a mark and would have to constantly make reference to his parents as if seeking consolation from them and public sympathy for him.

The Edsa revolt which essentially was a middle-class uprising that resulted in the ouster of former President Marcos was hijacked by the yellow mob as its own and now Noynoy wants to squeeze political profit out of it.

Right now, the memory of the Edsa revolt is very distant and largely unknown to the youth whom many even questions since it involved the removal of a president which is not different from the unconstitutional ouster of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada in 2001 that led to the nine-year rule of the Arroyo administration.

Who would believe that the Edsa revolt would produce two presidents from the family of Ninoy, and who knows how many more. It was not the real miracle of which the Filipinos are being led to be reminded.

The first act of Noynoy as president was to reciprocate the parochial interest of the yellow mob which sought retribution from its own failed experiment which was former President Gloria Arroyo, who also took power through the extra-constitutional Edsa II.
Noynoy issued an executive order to create the Truth Commission which the Supreme Court had ruled as unconstitutional.

By 2016, the next election, Edsa would exactly be 30 years and it seems that the yellow mob would not spare anything to assure the reins of government would not be handed over to anybody outside its circle.


No, no, no, no Noy Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00


The Palace is getting desperate and is cooking up and resorting to blatant and shameful lies to extricate Noynoy out of the mess he created that has resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos last Jan. 25.

Noynoy’s mouthpiece Sonny Coloma farmed out statements or more accurately, a storyline, to the media which basically was the coup de grace of the plot that its allies in the Senate tried to establish in that Noynoy had known about Oplan Exodus but that his ward, resigned Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and relieved SAF chief Getulio Napeñas acted on their own in launching the mission to neutralize Marwan and his henchman Usman.

Now the insensitive Noynoy, apparently through his spin doctors, added a new twist to the script, hoping to fully free himself of blame from the incident, saying that he was fed with lies and that Purisima and Napeñas did not follow his orders to coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

According to Coloma, Noynoy made the statement in a meeting with his House allies late Monday evening.

The meeting apparently was held to plot the web of lies needed to shield Noynoy from the incident and bury the truth about the Mamasapano incident along with the policemen who died in favor of personal and political considerations of Noynoy.

Noynoy, who has a moist eye on the Nobel Peace Prize, supposedly issued orders not to reinforce SAF troopers who were being butchered in a cornfield in Mamasapano, Maguindanao by a combined force of Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in consideration of the peace agreement.

It has turned out that most of the slain SAF members were slaughtered during the time when negotiations were being held, that included members of the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities and the International Monitoring Team, and the hostile forces were assured that the beleaguered policemen are not getting any form of reinforcements soon.

The scenario is now complete, which is that Noynoy was bypassed by Purisima and Napeñas on Oplan Exodus and that the two scapegoats will have to suffer all the blame for the death of the 44 SAF commandos.

The Senate hearing had set the tone for the grand deception cooked up by the Palace with the help of its senator-allies who dominate the upper chamber.

The progression of the Senate hearing in which everybody seems to be volunteering the short messaging service messages contained in their mobile phones and making it appear that all the communications for Oplan Exodus were made through texting, which is an absurdity, made the finale, which was that of Noynoy skewering the scapegoats predictable.

The premise that Noynoy was fed lies came from his confidante Sen. Chiz Escudero who pinned Purisima on the difference between his message to Noynoy that reinforcements were on the way and the actual situation on the ground which according Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero was his mere assurance to Purisima on the availability of military assets to aid the SAF troopers.

But didn’t Purisima ask for military assistance, and all Guerrero claimed was availability, without extending the assistance asked?

Escudero even commented that Purisima’s “wrong information” proved costly in terms of the lives of the SAF troopers.

That apparently keyed off the Palace spin doctors to have Noynoy dump all the blame on Napeñas and Purisima, who are two willing suckers, with the claim that they did not follow orders and fed Aquino with lies.

From half-truths, the desperate Noy and his Palace cohorts have resorted to peddling bare-faced lies to escape accountability over the Mamasapano incident.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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