© Copyright, 2015 (PHNO) http://newsflash.org 


EDITORIALS & OPINIONS OF THE WEEK:
(Mini Reads followed by Full news commentary)

FROM ABS-CBN

By Inday Varona: DUTERTE's GIANT WAKE-UP KICK


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has just delivered a kick powerful enough to send hands flying off our precious backsides. Duterte's Social Weather Stations (SWS) lead – 38% to the 21% of erstwhile front-runner Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay – should send us scrambling. “Us,” meaning those who believe painting Duterte as a homicidal maniac is the answer to his candidacy. “Us,” meaning those who scream over Duterte’s human rights abuses and are silent on the bloody hands of those who currently rule the nation. “Us,” meaning those who practice the politics of expedience – going hammer and thongs when the enemy sins but playing blind, deaf and dumb when friends and patrons commit the same acts. That’s most of us. Duterte’s followers are wrong to believe legal short cuts are the answers to this country’s problems. That doesn't make them thugs. They're ordinary people acting on the basis of their experience and knowledge and groping for what they think is the answer. Reading the SWS results, pundits asked, will Duterte’s cursing ways turn off people? Good god, why should it? It’s not that Duterte’s people dislike the charismatic Pope Francis. But they see the Pope as too big, too strong and stable, to be affected by a vulgar remark. We’re not getting it. This is about the desire to Be-Duterte. He represents a vicarious thrill for people without the clout to curse officials in public. You think they aren’t cursing in their homes? They’re cursing in social media; they’ve been cursing for years. They know the powerful move only when forced against a wall. And so they’re getting behind Duterte, right or wrong. We get our cues from life experience and from our perceived leaders/heroes. Being-Duterte is a perverse aspiration. But we live in a perverse world. So many crime victims abandon their quest for justice because the so-called pillars of justice are bent every which way. So many weep as abusers go free. Being-Duterte is all about the ability to go after scalawags and knock their heads together – or shoot their heads off. It’s wrong. But so is setting free one of the principal accused in the Maguindanao massacre – who’s now running for office. So is welcoming datu accused of murder into Camp Aguinaldo and the House of Representatives, where they proceed to lecture on when it’s okay to kill. READ MORE...

ALSO By Teddy Locsin, Jr: Figure of spits


What was truly objectionable about Duterte's speech at his PDP proclamation is that one of its founders—who is still very much alive as of this writing—was not invited. Many might say that had I been present I would not be here today. Don’t believe that for a second. Absent proof beyond reasonable doubt, Duterte hasn’t hurt even a fly. Where’s the dead fly? He says he killed and had others killed, but absent proof, he is just getting his rocks off or blowing steam like we all do when we threaten to kill in our frustration. Killing is just a figure of spits, as we Filipinos say. I know people who have really killed. I was related to one, nice guy. At his trial he put his arms around me and asked after my aunts in Negros, “Give your tita Conchi my best.” Real killers do not talk. Noli de Castro warned me that they are the most polite people I will ever meet, always adding “po” after every phrase. The rough ones are all talk. If DU30 ranted and raved about killing, it was just a way to get votes without paying for them or words he is now regretting having said. And yet he did not rant. He soberly insisted he is a murderer. It is murder to kill the innocent before they are proved guilty in a trial. After the trial, it is homicide because there is no death penalty. READ MORE...

ALSO By Ellen Tordesillas: Remember the honest NAIA janitor?


Gadayan was featured in CNN Philippines If you are intelligent and rich, there is no problem about getting the education you desire. If you are poor but intelligent and have good grades, there are opportunities to higher education given by the government and private institutions. But if you are poor and do not have good grades (there are many factors involved why many children do not do well in school), getting on to higher education would really be a problem. If your educational record is not impressive, you would have a difficult time getting a good job. If you don’t have a good job, escaping from the cycle of poverty would be hard. That’s the problem of Ronald Gadayan for his children. Do you still remember Ronald Gadayan, the janitor at NAIA-2 who returned a pouch left by Cebu-bound Philippine Air Lines passenger Francis Lloyd Chua Ty containing P634,807.96 in cash and jewelry wristwatches and expensive sunglasses valued at P1.8 million? This happened in September 2012. Gadayan is a contractual employee at NAIA earning P481.00 a day. He could have kept Ty’s pouch and used the money. (Ty was already in Cebu when he was informed that Gadayan found his bag. He sent his executive assistant to claim it.) But he said: “Ang turo po ng aking magulang ay wag kunin ang bagay na hindi sa iyo. Lumaki po akong naghihikahos, pero kailan man hindi ko pinag-interesan ang mga bagay na napupulot ko sa trabaho (My parents taught me never to get what is not mine. I grew up poor but I never took any interest in the things I found while at work).” For such an honest deed, Gadayan was commended and awarded. Ty gave him a cash reward. Gadayan was held up as a role model for government employees. He was featured on TV and newspapers. Gadayan is humbled by all the praises heaped on him. He just wishes that all those who promised to help him with the education of his children would make good on their promise. Gadayan, 39, has three children: Harold, 12 (Grade 6); Hazel Anne, 10 (Grade 5) at Hannah Maria, 6 (Grade 1). His wife, Rosalie, takes care of their children in Bulacan, where they are renting a house. He is renting a room near NAIA to cut travel time and save on transportation expenses. READ MORE...

ALSO By Rick Olivares: Behind Salud's resignation from the PBA


Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) president and CEO Chito Salud

Chito Salud resigning his post as president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was something I saw coming a mile away. How so? The moment it was announced that Salud was being moved to that position while someone — who turned out to be Chito Narvasa — else would take care for the game operations of the league, it was a train wreck waiting to happen. This was the first time in league history this was going to happen with Salud taking care of the business side while the league operations went to Narvasa. Were there procedures in place to define duties and responsibilities? On paper, yes. The marketing was to go to Salud. The problem is some of those concerns overlap with Narvasa’s. Case in point, one governor’s concern about players requesting for parking tickets at game venues. Who takes care of that? Why was it Salud who answered that question a recent board meeting? I have it on good word that when former league chairman Patrick Gregorio proposed the CEO-commissioner system to keep Salud with the PBA, one governor said that had he been present during the discussion he would have voted and bared his disagreement because it would have been superfluous. Gregorio had good intentions, of course. For one week, he joined Salud in all PBA concerns from the D-League and PBA games to sitting down and discussing matters with players, officials, coaches, trades etc. After one week, related Gregorio, he felt exhausted, and he understood Salud’s reasons for wanting a break. The former league chairman felt that it would have been a waste to let go of a man of Salud’s talents, hence, the CEO/president position. But who defines the roles? It was at best nebulous and somewhat vague. This was like those turbulent 1980s when Ferdinand Marcos was president and Cesar Virata as prime minister and finance Minister. To date there are no procedures in place. Indeed. And who handles what? READ MORE...

ALSO By Buddy Gomez: An ex-future President Duterte or eggs on my face


A baker’s dozen of eggs on my face, I could very well end up with! But, heck. No guts, no glory ! As uncle Kung, (Fu Cius that is, ) so aptly drilled upon our highly impressionable minds, on matters like bluffing in a game of Texas Hold’em, among others. And so here goes. Irresistibly confused I am, about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s off again-on again Presidential candidacy. Somehow, I have this gutsy funny feeling that he is not really ‘dead!’ serious about ‘gunning’ for the Presidency of the land, at least not quite settled in his mind, to my mind! Not only because time and again he has boldly indicated his lack of interest, a non-sanguine attitude for the position. Even going as far as saying, as he formally filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC), that he will accept the decision of the Commission on Elections if and when its decision is a “DQ.” Disqualification. Methinks, Duterte has not totally leveled with his new found flock. Does he have premonitions? What gives, then? Mayor Duterte is not only attractively brash, foul-mouthed, ill-mannered and now an apparent darling of the undiscerning masses. He is also a lawyer, a San Beda College graduate, evidently intelligent. A first semester subject in Civil Law, “Persons and Family Relations,” tattoos indelibly in a Frosh’ psyche: “Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith.” Duterte is fully aware of the facts and consequences of the process by which he is pursuing his candidacy which is as an unintended substitute, late-coming and wishy-washy as he has comported himself. There is the matter of the irreversible facts of the recorded scenario, as it has already played out. It is a fact that the individual (a certain Martin Dino) Mayor Duterte is to be a substitute for, first filed and then withdrew his candidacy as “Mayor of Pasay City.” That is a matter of record. It was reported that Dino withdrew because of the fear that he would be declared a nuisance candidate. As such, he would not have been legally certified as a qualified candidate for the Presidency. Has he then become a non-candidate? If indeed filing for candidacy for the Pasay City mayorship was an innocent error (a slip of the pen!), Martin Dino did not even attempt to correct the alleged “error” despite having been publicly informed of it. (My skeptical mind tells me that Dino was toying with the law, intentionally, knowingly and in an irresponsible jest, put in “Mayor of Pasay City” simply for the comedy he could create.) Is Duterte just stringing along his supporters until the very last moment when he will say, ”I yield to the wisdom of the Comelec’s decision declaring me not legally qualified to be a substitute candidate for the mayorship of Pasay City.” This is not a joking matter, despite the surreptitious, suspiciously naughty attempt of non-candidate Dino. Philippine election law’s illustrious guru, Romy Macalintal, says this lapse in Dino’s COC is a serious matter that ought not be taken lightly. A legal confrontasi is inevitable. All combatants must accept the decision of the relevant authority whichever way it goes. It also goes without saying that it must be attended by a highly unalterable process, replete with an edifying push for irreversible civic maturity of the electorate that the grandstand’s roar ought not to figure in a Comelec/Supreme Court decision that is fixed in the letter and in the spirit of the law. Dura lex sed lex. The law may be harsh but such is the law. In the event of a “DQ,” for as long as that decision of the Comelec and/or of the Supreme Court is clearly an ineluctable destiny indelibly etched in the law, such decision must be accepted with humility and dignity. Rodrigo Duterte must own the sublime responsibility to quelling his political parish from riotous reaction. It is to be noted that some quarters have already been airing threats abetted by irresponsible pundits. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Duterte's giant wake-up kick

MANILA, DECEMBER 14, 2015 (ABS-CBN) Inday Espina-Varona Posted at 12/07/15 11:49 PM - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has just delivered a kick powerful enough to send hands flying off our precious backsides.

Duterte's Social Weather Stations (SWS) lead – 38% to the 21% of erstwhile front-runner Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay – should send us scrambling.

“Us,” meaning those who believe painting Duterte as a homicidal maniac is the answer to his candidacy. “Us,” meaning those who scream over Duterte’s human rights abuses and are silent on the bloody hands of those who currently rule the nation.

“Us,” meaning those who practice the politics of expedience – going hammer and thongs when the enemy sins but playing blind, deaf and dumb when friends and patrons commit the same acts.

That’s most of us.

Duterte’s followers are wrong to believe legal short cuts are the answers to this country’s problems. That doesn't make them thugs. They're ordinary people acting on the basis of their experience and knowledge and groping for what they think is the answer.

Reading the SWS results, pundits asked, will Duterte’s cursing ways turn off people?

Good god, why should it? It’s not that Duterte’s people dislike the charismatic Pope Francis. But they see the Pope as too big, too strong and stable, to be affected by a vulgar remark.

We’re not getting it. This is about the desire to Be-Duterte. He represents a vicarious thrill for people without the clout to curse officials in public. You think they aren’t cursing in their homes? They’re cursing in social media; they’ve been cursing for years. They know the powerful move only when forced against a wall. And so they’re getting behind Duterte, right or wrong.

We get our cues from life experience and from our perceived leaders/heroes. Being-Duterte is a perverse aspiration. But we live in a perverse world.

So many crime victims abandon their quest for justice because the so-called pillars of justice are bent every which way. So many weep as abusers go free. Being-Duterte is all about the ability to go after scalawags and knock their heads together – or shoot their heads off.

It’s wrong. But so is setting free one of the principal accused in the Maguindanao massacre – who’s now running for office. So is welcoming datu accused of murder into Camp Aguinaldo and the House of Representatives, where they proceed to lecture on when it’s okay to kill.

READ MORE...

Who's talking about these statistics?


Graphic by human rights group Karapatan


Graphic by human rights group Karapatan

On the opposite site, many families see the powerful waltz away from accountability while their kin languish in jail for years, sometimes longer than the prescribed punishment for the crimes they’re accused of.

Law enforcers or leaders of the land quickly absolve their friends and patrons even as they take shortcuts against their enemies.

Agriculture Secretary Prospero Alcala? Untouchable. Bong Naguit of Pagcor? Untouchable. Security guard Rolly Panesa was tortured and jailed for being a rebel leader, despite a barrage of witnesses providing correct identification; never got an apology.

What did it take for the President to understand SUSPENDED when it came to good friend Alan Purisima? It took Mamasapano; the death of 44 elite cops, 13 Muslims and his own peace legacy.

Even those of us who have never experienced crime up close and personal know that corruption has great rewards in this country. See PDAF and DAP and the many, many friends of the powerful who aren’t in jail. That’s how you turn “focus” and “continuity” into dirty words.

On Twitter, Tsukuru Tazaki @biboyped asked, “Will Duterte change the cycle or will he be swallowed by it? How strong is he?

Dean Bocobo @SagadaSun answered with more questions: “Well, WHAT exactly makes you think DUTERTE is gonna be any different? He can't win without P3B. Who's gonna back him?”

Duterte isn’t the answer. He won’t break that cycle. He presents enough outsider traits to make people hope he will. He and his people display the same tendencies that fuel the cycle, the very same only-bad-people--need-to-fear line that President Benigno Aquino and his allies like to peddle.

What we should be asking is, “What will break the cycle?”

Former journalist and human rights worker Carlos Conde says it best: Provide an alternative; eliminate Duterte’s reason for being.


The way to defeat Duterte is to take away his reason for being, says former journalist and human rights worker, Carlos Conde.

Many people are doing what Conde prescribes. Hardly any is running for national office.

Most politicians are too busy and too ambitious to think about thorny, convoluted issues like justice. They’re focused, even now, on organizing operators for social media, on hocuspcosing or on getting rivals disqualified. Again, the short cut. The rest of us bleat like sheep. We echo our bets’ rationalization. We buy and even endorse their dirty tricks.

You don't like Duterte? You can stop him only if you muster the guts to knock some sense into your bets.

In this country, leaders don’t lead.


Figure of spits Teddy Locsin, Jr.Posted at 12/02/2015 10:42 PM

What was truly objectionable about Duterte's speech at his PDP proclamation is that one of its founders—who is still very much alive as of this writing—was not invited. Many might say that had I been present I would not be here today. Don’t believe that for a second. Absent proof beyond reasonable doubt, Duterte hasn’t hurt even a fly. Where’s the dead fly?

He says he killed and had others killed, but absent proof, he is just getting his rocks off or blowing steam like we all do when we threaten to kill in our frustration. Killing is just a figure of spits, as we Filipinos say.

I know people who have really killed. I was related to one, nice guy. At his trial he put his arms around me and asked after my aunts in Negros, “Give your tita Conchi my best.”

Real killers do not talk. Noli de Castro warned me that they are the most polite people I will ever meet, always adding “po” after every phrase. The rough ones are all talk. If DU30 ranted and raved about killing, it was just a way to get votes without paying for them or words he is now regretting having said. And yet he did not rant.

He soberly insisted he is a murderer. It is murder to kill the innocent before they are proved guilty in a trial. After the trial, it is homicide because there is no death penalty.

READ MORE...

We can dismiss all that talk as mere expression with a small vocabulary. To be sure, I like it better than listening to a slippery boy talking Tagalog in circles. As for his repeated use of—ano ba yung…tanginang…coos word…gina-gamit niya, punyeta?—my father had exquisite manners and said puñeta at every turn. As for insulting the Pope, I’ve done that on twitter but insulting an imam es otra cosa, that takes guts.

What is interesting is whether you can charge a man for homicide on his repeated insistence that he personally killed or ordered to be slain people on mere suspicion of being criminals.

If he raises the defense of no corpus delicious, then he’s talking through his hat. Miriam made her own threats but when I confronted her with her statement that if elected she would line up customs officials and shoot them, she said, “What lousy law school did you go to, Teddy? No one, least of all a president sworn to uphold the laws can do that.”

No need to ask Duterte. He said he will do on a national scale what he insists without proof he has done on a local: kill at will—which presidents are least able to do. In short, he gave 2 reasons you should or should not vote for him.

No. 1, by his own admission, he is a serial killer. And No. 2, absent proof, he is making false claims. What a pity. Before he spoke he was the best of all the candidates.


Remember the honest NAIA janitor? By Ellen T. Tordesillas Posted at 12/07/2015 12:35 PM
 


Gadayan was featured in CNN Philippines

If you are intelligent and rich, there is no problem about getting the education you desire.

If you are poor but intelligent and have good grades, there are opportunities to higher education given by the government and private institutions.

But if you are poor and do not have good grades (there are many factors involved why many children do not do well in school), getting on to higher education would really be a problem.

If your educational record is not impressive, you would have a difficult time getting a good job. If you don’t have a good job, escaping from the cycle of poverty would be hard.

That’s the problem of Ronald Gadayan for his children.

Do you still remember Ronald Gadayan, the janitor at NAIA-2 who returned a pouch left by Cebu-bound Philippine Air Lines passenger Francis Lloyd Chua Ty containing P634,807.96 in cash and jewelry wristwatches and expensive sunglasses valued at P1.8 million?

This happened in September 2012.

Gadayan is a contractual employee at NAIA earning P481.00 a day. He could have kept Ty’s pouch and used the money. (Ty was already in Cebu when he was informed that Gadayan found his bag. He sent his executive assistant to claim it.)

But he said: “Ang turo po ng aking magulang ay wag kunin ang bagay na hindi sa iyo. Lumaki po akong naghihikahos, pero kailan man hindi ko pinag-interesan ang mga bagay na napupulot ko sa trabaho (My parents taught me never to get what is not mine. I grew up poor but I never took any interest in the things I found while at work).”

For such an honest deed, Gadayan was commended and awarded. Ty gave him a cash reward.

Gadayan was held up as a role model for government employees. He was featured on TV and newspapers.

Gadayan is humbled by all the praises heaped on him. He just wishes that all those who promised to help him with the education of his children would make good on their promise.

Gadayan, 39, has three children: Harold, 12 (Grade 6); Hazel Anne, 10 (Grade 5) at Hannah Maria, 6 (Grade 1). His wife, Rosalie, takes care of their children in Bulacan, where they are renting a house. He is renting a room near NAIA to cut travel time and save on transportation expenses.

READ MORE...

Gadayan said his children go to a public school which offers free education. What he is worried about is when time comes for them to go to college. There were public officials who promised scholarship to his children. But he has not heard from them anymore.

Gadayan said he approached Education Secretary Armin Luistro and he was told, “hindi qualified and mga anak mo sa scholarship dahil hindi matalino.”

Hurtful Luistro’s reply was, he was just being honest with Gadayan. Scholarship grants, be it in public or private schools, require that the applicant pass an academic exam. To get into the University of the Philippines or any State University where tuition is not as high as in private schools, one has to pass an exam.

Gadayan’s problem for his children is the problem of many young people coming from poor families, who could only afford to go to public schools in the provinces where the quality of education in many areas leaves a lot to be desired. When they move on to higher education and they have to compete with others, the cards are stacked against them.

It has been three years since Gadayan was the flavor of the season. He is still a contractual employee at NAIA earning P481.00 a day. His wife is looking for a job to augment their income Can somebody help?

That would be a wonderful Christmas gift for this honest person.


Behind Salud's resignation from the PBA Rick Olivares
Posted at 12/02/15 5:18 PM


Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) president and CEO Chito Salud

Chito Salud resigning his post as president and chief executive officer of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was something I saw coming a mile away.

How so?

The moment it was announced that Salud was being moved to that position while someone — who turned out to be Chito Narvasa — else would take care for the game operations of the league, it was a train wreck waiting to happen.

This was the first time in league history this was going to happen with Salud taking care of the business side while the league operations went to Narvasa. Were there procedures in place to define duties and responsibilities? On paper, yes.

The marketing was to go to Salud. The problem is some of those concerns overlap with Narvasa’s. Case in point, one governor’s concern about players requesting for parking tickets at game venues. Who takes care of that? Why was it Salud who answered that question a recent board meeting?

I have it on good word that when former league chairman Patrick Gregorio proposed the CEO-commissioner system to keep Salud with the PBA, one governor said that had he been present during the discussion he would have voted and bared his disagreement because it would have been superfluous.

Gregorio had good intentions, of course. For one week, he joined Salud in all PBA concerns from the D-League and PBA games to sitting down and discussing matters with players, officials, coaches, trades etc.


NARVASA

After one week, related Gregorio, he felt exhausted, and he understood Salud’s reasons for wanting a break. The former league chairman felt that it would have been a waste to let go of a man of Salud’s talents, hence, the CEO/president position.

But who defines the roles? It was at best nebulous and somewhat vague. This was like those turbulent 1980s when Ferdinand Marcos was president and Cesar Virata as prime minister and finance Minister.

To date there are no procedures in place.

Indeed. And who handles what?

READ MORE...

During the last PBA Draft, Narvasa informed this writer that he went to the venue without anyone having briefed him on what was going to happen and what was expected of him. During his time as head coach of Shell, it was the coaches of each team who called out their respective picks in the draft. That procedure was changed during the time of former commissioner Noli Eala who patterned the PBA’s draft after the NBA’s.

I do not believe that there was any malice involved. It is just an unfortunate result of a flawed system that unfortunately pit two men unwittingly against each other. The word going around is the two men eventually stopped talking to one another with people in the office taking sides.

I have to feel for Salud who was ready to call it a day after the PBA’s 40th season but was prevailed upon to stay. And all of a sudden there were issues about compensation and control over what department and what.

I understand Narvasa as well who only means to effect professionalism and good change but has found his decisions misinterpreted and has been on the firing line for comments made here and there.

It is unfortunate that the drama that should only be confined to the hardcourt spills off it — throw in the Snow Badua "ban," the Pacquiao-Dubai thing, the Joe Lipa indefinite suspension. That only serves to reveal that the league is in turmoil.


An ex-future President Duterte or eggs on my face Buddy Gomez Posted at 12/09/2015 11:57 PM

A baker’s dozen of eggs on my face, I could very well end up with!

But, heck. No guts, no glory ! As uncle Kung, (Fu Cius that is, ) so aptly drilled upon our highly impressionable minds, on matters like bluffing in a game of Texas Hold’em, among others. And so here goes.

Irresistibly confused I am, about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s off again-on again Presidential candidacy. Somehow, I have this gutsy funny feeling that he is not really ‘dead!’ serious about ‘gunning’ for the Presidency of the land, at least not quite settled in his mind, to my mind! Not only because time and again he has boldly indicated his lack of interest, a non-sanguine attitude for the position.

Even going as far as saying, as he formally filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC), that he will accept the decision of the Commission on Elections if and when its decision is a “DQ.” Disqualification. Methinks, Duterte has not totally leveled with his new found flock. Does he have premonitions? What gives, then?

Mayor Duterte is not only attractively brash, foul-mouthed, ill-mannered and now an apparent darling of the undiscerning masses. He is also a lawyer, a San Beda College graduate, evidently intelligent.

 A first semester subject in Civil Law, “Persons and Family Relations,” tattoos indelibly in a Frosh’ psyche: “Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith.” Duterte is fully aware of the facts and consequences of the process by which he is pursuing his candidacy which is as an unintended substitute, late-coming and wishy-washy as he has comported himself. There is the matter of the irreversible facts of the recorded scenario, as it has already played out.

It is a fact that the individual (a certain Martin Dino) Mayor Duterte is to be a substitute for, first filed and then withdrew his candidacy as “Mayor of Pasay City.” That is a matter of record. It was reported that Dino withdrew because of the fear that he would be declared a nuisance candidate.

As such, he would not have been legally certified as a qualified candidate for the Presidency. Has he then become a non-candidate? If indeed filing for candidacy for the Pasay City mayorship was an innocent error (a slip of the pen!), Martin Dino did not even attempt to correct the alleged “error” despite having been publicly informed of it. (My skeptical mind tells me that Dino was toying with the law, intentionally, knowingly and in an irresponsible jest, put in “Mayor of Pasay City” simply for the comedy he could create.)

Is Duterte just stringing along his supporters until the very last moment when he will say, ”I yield to the wisdom of the Comelec’s decision declaring me not legally qualified to be a substitute candidate for the mayorship of Pasay City.”

This is not a joking matter, despite the surreptitious, suspiciously naughty attempt of non-candidate Dino. Philippine election law’s illustrious guru, Romy Macalintal, says this lapse in Dino’s COC is a serious matter that ought not be taken lightly. A legal confrontasi is inevitable.

All combatants must accept the decision of the relevant authority whichever way it goes. It also goes without saying that it must be attended by a highly unalterable process, replete with an edifying push for irreversible civic maturity of the electorate that the grandstand’s roar ought not to figure in a Comelec/Supreme Court decision that is fixed in the letter and in the spirit of the law. Dura lex sed lex. The law may be harsh but such is the law.

In the event of a “DQ,” for as long as that decision of the Comelec and/or of the Supreme Court is clearly an ineluctable destiny indelibly etched in the law, such decision must be accepted with humility and dignity. Rodrigo Duterte must own the sublime responsibility to quelling his political parish from riotous reaction. It is to be noted that some quarters have already been airing threats abetted by irresponsible pundits.

READ MORE...

And should it be a “go” for the mayor, hey, let then the fun begin!

AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT

Now, about an unfortunate relevant incident. As a concerned and caring Filipino and Benedictine brat (San Beda boy), I must seize this opportunity to comment on the reported presence of, and to chastise, the two incumbent associate justices of the Supreme Court, Messrs Jose C. Mendoza and Bienvenido L. Reyes, in a coffee shop caucus promoting and plotting the political fortunes of Duterte.

The Davao City mayor happens to be a Lex Talionis Fraternity ‘brod’ and a fellow San Beda College alumnus of the two sitting justices. That meeting is just another sad confirmation of a common but undesirable Filipino form of camaraderie and compadrazgo. Because of the dramatis personae in attendance, it becomes a disgrace and an affront to the dignity of the Supreme Court, recuperating as she still does from an unsavory past repute. Occupying as they do such extraordinarily and exclusively rarefied heights in Philippine society, Justices Mendoza’s and Reyes’s display of school spirit is misplaced and bereft of a sense of propriety.

(Editor's note: Two people who were in the meeting on Wednesday belied the report that Justices Jose Mendoza and Bienvenido Reyes plotted the political fortune of Duterte. READ: '2 SC justices didn't join Duterte bandwagon')

BTW, a ‘baker’s dozen’ is 13, not 12. Here is a bit of trivia worth sharing. It is a rule of the realm in Olde England that to keep purveyors of bread from shorting customers, an added egg is an assurance of culinary fidelity!

My personal ‘baker’s dozen’ is an honest but disturbing hunch that refuses to go away. Wishful thinking? Why not! It is a democracy, right?

Eggs on my face is not an end-of- the-world reckoning for me. Neither would a President Duterte be the demise of this resilient and unsinkable Republic! Relax.

Comments and reactions are welcome: tgomeziii@outlook.com


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2015 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE