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EDITORIAL: THE PERILS OFWs FACE IN INCREASINGLY TENSE MIDDLE EAST


LATEST STORIES IN SAUDI ARABIA -An operation by the special authorities against those linked to terrorism recently resulted in the arrest of 44 suspects. During the Dec. 23-31 operation, security forces arrested 44 suspects, including three Filipinos, five Syrians, four Yemenis, a Sudanese and 31 Saudis. ARAB NEWS Published — Monday 4 January 2016 Last update 4 January 2016 1:33 am | نسخة PDF Print News | A A A JANUARY 4 Arab News report said 3 Filipinos–and later the number rose to 4–were among 44 people arrested in an operation on December 23 to 31 by “special authorities” in Saudi Arabia for being “suspected terrorists.” The online portal (http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/859961) reported that the December operation bagged “44 suspects, including three Filipinos, five Syrians, four Yemenis, a Sudanese and 31 Saudis.” The report did not name the persons arrested. No information, if any, sent to the Foreign Affairs department by the Philippine Embassy in the Saudi Kingdom has been made public.
Current events in the Middle East have given our Filipinos working and living there reasons to be concerned over their situation. There are some 1.2 million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, maybe several hundred thousands illegally. And up to another 500,000 other Middle East countries, including Israel. The usually hostile relations between Saudi Arabia, the largest, most militarily powerful and richest Arab and Sunni Muslim country, and its rival Iran, the also large, rich and militarily powerful non-Arab and Persian Shiite Muslim country have finally come to a head. Saudi Arabia executed 47 persons detained for being rebels and Shiite foes of the Sunni Kingdom, including a long-held Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr of whom Iran was fond. Nimr al–Nimr was arrested in 2012 for being the instigator of the anti-Saudi monarchy activities in the Kingdom’s Shiite majority and oil-rich Easter Province. Nimr’s execution triggered demonstrations against the Saudi monarchy in Iran, which culminated in the burning of the Saudi Embassy and a consular office. READ MORE...

ALSO: AFP ANALYSIS - Experts skeptical over N. Korean H-bomb claim...


Analysts say North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un had been looking for a major achievement to highlight at a rare ruling party congress scheduled for May ©YONHAP (NORTH KOREAN TV/AFP)
SEOUL: Nuclear experts cast doubt Wednesday on North Korea’s claimed first successful test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, saying the detected seismic activity suggested a less powerful device.The announcement followed hints last month by leader Kim Jong-Un that Pyongyang had already developed a hydrogen, or thermonuclear, bomb–a claim greeted with skepticism by experts at the time.Crispin Rovere, an Australia-based nuclear policy and arms control specialist, said the 5.1 magnitude tremor detected at the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site was too small to support Pyongyang’s claim.“The seismic data that’s been received indicates that the explosion is probably significantly below what one would expect from an H-bomb test,” Rovere told AFP.“So initially it seems to be that they’ve successfully conducted a nuclear test but unsuccessfully completed the second-stage hydrogen explosion,” Rovere said.The test came just two days before Kim Jong-Un’s birthday. Analysts said the North’s leader had been looking for a major achievement to highlight at a rare ruling party congress scheduled for May – the first gathering of its kind for 35 years.“I don’t think it was a hydrogen bomb test. The explosion had to be larger if it was a hydrogen bomb test,” said Choi Kang, vice president of the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.“I think they are disguising it as a hydrogen test because Kim Jong-un mentioned it before,” Choi said.A thermonuclear bomb uses fusion in a chain reaction that results in a far more powerful explosion than the fission blast generated by uranium or plutonium alone.The North has made many unverifiable claims about its nuclear weapons strength, including the ability to strike the US mainland, which most experts dismiss–at least for now.In September, however, the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security had raised a red flag over what appeared to be a new “hot cell” facility under construction at the North’s main Yongbyon nuclear complex.Radiation fears
Analysts at the think tank said satellite images suggested it could be an isotope separation facility capable of producing tritium–a key component in the design of thermonuclear weapons. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Aquino’s neglect of agri sector dooms our farmers to suffer more in the Asean Economic Community


President Aquino's 2015 State of the Nation Address | SONA 2015  27 July 2015 ONE of the great sins of President BS Aquino and his people is their neglect of the agricultural sector. Like so many promises he made to the people during the time when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2010 and in the first months of his presidency, this mendacious president broke his promise to make Agriculture “always a top priority” of his Administration. In December 2011, BSAquino said in Tagalog at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall where he and Agricultural Secretary Proceso Alcala gave the Gawad Saka awards to deluded farmers and fisherfolks, “Mananatili pong prayoridad ng gobyerno ang pagpapalakas ng agrikultura na alam nating manganganak naman ng pagsulong ng kalakhang ekonomiya sa kanayunan.” [It will always be a priority of the government to boost (or enhance, or strengthen) agriculture which we know will in turn bear the fruit of progress of the larger general economy of the countryside.] Secretary Alcala in Febaruary 2015 crowed about Philippine agricultural growth continuing throughout the year and beyond. He said his department would “vigorously pursue rural infrastructure and technology build-up that will further develop and modernize the agricultural economy.” All of this has turned out to be nothing more than the good secretary breaking wind. Recently, the Philippine Statistics Authority released figures showing that while growth in the services sector (BPOs and call centers) slowed in 2015, the Agriculture sector contracted.Angry farmers speak out This development validates the complaints on the ground by farmers throughout the country. An example of angry and bitter farmers are the members of the Samahan ng Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag). They have berated BS Aquino for not fulfilling the promises he made to the agricultural sector in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2010. They angrily noted that Agriculture was not even discussed in the 2015 SONA.Sinag chairman Rosendo So was reported to have asked, “Nasaan na ang sinasabing rice self-sufficiency, food security, agricultural modernization and anti-smuggling efforts ng previous SONAs of the President? (Where are the so-called rice self-sufficiency, food security, agricultural modernization and anti-smuggling efforts in the previous SONAS?]. Ngayon, tila nakalimutan na ang mga magbubukid sa tinaguriang daang matuwid ng Pangulo. (It seems that now the so-called Straight Path of the President has forgotten us farmers.)”  The people of the agriculture sector, Rosendo So said, were hoping that the President would stopped “the wanton importation and the worsening smuggling of agricultural commodities that deprived the national government of almost P9 billion in lost revenues.” READ MORE...


ALSO: By Homobono Adaza - No hope in elections, hope is with the revolution


by WITH HOMOBONO ADAZA “There are two interrelated aspects to the leader’s role. The leader must exercise power efficiently and wisely. This includes good management, organizing tasks and solving problems… The second aspect – the main focus of this book – is how the leader presents, through action, appearance, and articulated values, a model that others will want to emulate.” — from The Leader by Michael Maccoby THERE appears to be only one subject worth discussing these days, if one wishes to catch public attention – the elections on May 9, 2016. I should know, I read it everywhere. I see it everywhere. I know from all these indicators that if I must continue writing to have an audience for my ideas I must write on the politics of the day or not write at all – burying all my more important ideas in the inner recesses of my mind. I am reminded though, that the best burial of all is to bury all politicians in oblivion, and all the pretenders who keep on proclaiming that the hope of the people of this country is in the elections on May 9, 2016. The decades show nothing has changed With a great degree of immodesty, I might as well let the kids know that election has been my game since I was six years old. At that age, my father was mayor of our town – Catarman, Misamis Oriental. Then, I got involved in the politics of our Central School when I ran for president of the student organization and won. At the Misamis High Oriental School, other than being editor-in-chief of our high school paper, the Misorien Torch, I ran for the presidency of the Senior Council and the Student Council and I won both positions. Politics is in my blood. My first active attempt at national politics was to campaign for Senator Manuel Manahan for President of the Philippines under the Progressive Party of the Philippines (PPP). My first bid for political office was to run as regional assemblyman from Region 10 in Northern Mindanao under conditions of martial law and under my own political party, the Mindanao Alliance (MA), the first Opposition party organized under martial law. I won that election but President Marcos ordered that I should not be proclaimed. I could understand that because I spent one year, six months and eleven days in the Marcos political prisons, and he called me an “imponderable factor.”  Then, I ran for provincial governor of Misamis Oriental in 1980 under martial law and won – one of two provincial governors out of seventy-three in the country. Again, in 1984, I ran as Mindanao Alliance candidate for Assemblyman and won. As such, I orchestrated, for the national Opposition, the canvassing of the results of the 1986 presidential elections.
When the National Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile was on the verge of organizing a new government after the fall of President Marcos, according to MP Rene Cayetano, I just came on time as head of the Opposition negotiating committee to agree with Enrile that Cory and Vice-President Salvador “Doy” Laurel would organize the civilian government while Enrile should stay as Defense Minister and General Fidel V. Ramos would be Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. When Cory Aquino became President, Speaker Nicanor Yniguez, with the support of the Kilusan Bagong Lipunan (KBL) leadership, offered me to be the new Speaker of  Parliament. I refused the offer, which on hindsight, I consider one of the worst mistakes in my life. Another mistake was when I refused the offer of President Cory to be appointed as the first outsider to be Justice of the Supreme Court, out of my anger at the way the Cory boys were organizing the new government. Similarly, when Vice-President Doy Laurel, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs, wanted me to be Ambassador to the Union Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), I refused the offer as I did not like to be buried in the Russian winter, in the same manner that the Cory boys wanted me buried in the Supreme Court. I became the legal counsel of some of the strategic rebel military leaders in the coups of 1987 and 1989, resulting in my having been charged by Secretary of Justice Franklin Drilon, now Senate President, with the non-existent non-bailable crime of rebellion complex with murder and multiple frustrated murders, with a shoot to kill order to boot. I also convinced, together with Generals Edgardo Abenina and Fortunato Abat, CSAFP General Angelo “Angie” Reyes to withdraw support for President Erap Estrada. As a gift from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, I was arrested by his non-uniformed storm troopers with an attempt to salvage me and the ones who were arrested with me in a hotel room on the way to attending a birthday party. Immediately thereafter, I was charged together with my companions with the crimes of conspiracy to commit a coup, attempt to swindle money to finance a coup, and obstruction of justice to allegedly help a young lieutenant colonel, a former Chairman of the Young Officers Union, to evade arrest for a crime he did not commit. All charges were dismissed for lack of evidence. And in the first election for senators after martial law, in 1987, I ran and won under the Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD) together with Secretary of National Defense Juan Ponce Enrile, Senator Arturo Tolentino, Secretary of Labor Blas Ople, Governor Isidro Rodriguez of Rizal, Senator Kit Tatad, MP Wilson Gamboa, Colonel Jess Paredes, Banker Teng Puyat, Muslim Federal Party Chairman Abul Khayr Alonto, Vice-President Joseph Estrada, Senator Eva Estrada Kalaw, MP Edith Rabat and other stars of the Opposition. The official records of Comelec and Namfrel showed that we won the majority in the Senate. But the computers of President Cory decided otherwise, thus only two of our candidates were proclaimed – Enrile and Estrada. Thus, the unknowns and pygmies of the Cory crowd became computerized senators during the Cory watch.Why am I narrating these events? This is what is known in law as qualifying a witness. And as witness to the current events, there is basis for my assessment or judgment on what will probably develop in the months ahead. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Mauro Samonte - If I were Aquino…


by MAURO GIA SAMONTE
FOR all the many bad things people say of President Benigno C. Aquino, he cannot be so dull-witted and moronic as not to realize that he’s got in his hands an enormous power by which to prevent himself from getting the terrible fate he dumped upon his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The lady president, so robust and energetic at the forefront of the world war on terrorism in the heyday of her administration, now languishes in detention, albeit in a hospital, all of this Aquino’s making. So Aquino knows all too well that you don’t have to be found guilty of plunder to be jailed; all it takes to do so is a ruling by the Ombudsman of probable cause of the plunder charges against you. This was the case with Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, no matter that the octogenarian former Senate President has been freed from detention on bail. The point here is that Aquino’s Administration has not been exactly simon pure. In fact to the contrary, and under a hostile next president, he appears headed for exactly the same fate that has befallen GMA and a host of other Aquino political enemies. Would the Napoles pork barrel scam have materialized without concurrence from the Chief Executive? The huge fund releases executed in the gargantuan graft scheme was undertaken through nothing else than the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and it was very highly probable that those fund releases could not have taken place if Aquino had not agreed to them. And then again when finally Napoles decided to surrender after a time of being a fugitive, who did she give herself up to but President Benigno C. Aquino? Why Aquino? She was a grand scammer, all right, but still a criminal whose pettiness of character just didn’t deserve such grand presidential attention. Unless there was something truly grand indeed that could be talked about just between her and the President of the Republic of the Philippines. What that something was would be up for the next president to uncover – not for anything less than a patriotic duty to see justice through for all. And yet the Napoles pork barrel scam is just one among many offenses for which Aquino must make retribution. To wit, his bribery of the members of the impeachment trial court in order to get a verdict of conviction for Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona; his virtual act of treason by attempting to sell out Mindanao to the Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) through the BBL; his utter dereliction of duty in the face of the Yolanda rampage that wrecked death and destruction on Samar and Leyte; and his all too unconscionable inattention while 44 members of the police Special Action Force were being massacred in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. If I were Aquino, I certainly must be chilling now from the prospect of getting incarcerated along with those I had consigned to jail in my term. But certainly such eventuality is preventable. One means of doing it is getting Mar Roxas elected president. That’s his best assurance against facing charges and being arrested. In fact, this is a popular perception not only among political analysts but also by gutter people. READ MORE...


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The perils OFWs face in increasingly tense Middle East


LATEST STORIES IN SAUDI ARABIA -An operation by the special authorities against those linked to terrorism recently resulted in the arrest of 44 suspects. During the Dec. 23-31 operation, security forces arrested 44 suspects, including three Filipinos, five Syrians, four Yemenis, a Sudanese and 31 Saudis. ARAB NEWS Published — Monday 4 January 2016 Last update 4 January 2016 1:33 am | نسخة PDF Print News | A A

MANILA, JANUARY 11, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) January 6, 2016 11:02 pm - A JANUARY 4 Arab News report said 3 Filipinos–and later the number rose to 4–were among 44 people arrested in an operation on December 23 to 31 by “special authorities” in Saudi Arabia for being “suspected terrorists.”

The online portal (http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/859961) reported that the December operation bagged “44 suspects, including three Filipinos, five Syrians, four Yemenis, a Sudanese and 31 Saudis.” The report did not name the persons arrested.

No information, if any, sent to the Foreign Affairs department by the Philippine Embassy in the Saudi Kingdom has been made public.

Current events in the Middle East have given our Filipinos working and living there reasons to be concerned over their situation. There are some 1.2 million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, maybe several hundred thousands illegally. And up to another 500,000 other Middle East countries, including Israel.

The usually hostile relations between Saudi Arabia, the largest, most militarily powerful and richest Arab and Sunni Muslim country, and its rival Iran, the also large, rich and militarily powerful non-Arab and Persian Shiite Muslim country have finally come to a head.

Saudi Arabia executed 47 persons detained for being rebels and Shiite foes of the Sunni Kingdom, including a long-held Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr of whom Iran was fond. Nimr al–Nimr was arrested in 2012 for being the instigator of the anti-Saudi monarchy activities in the Kingdom’s Shiite majority and oil-rich Easter Province. Nimr’s execution triggered demonstrations against the Saudi monarchy in Iran, which culminated in the burning of the Saudi Embassy and a consular office.

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The Arabs suspected the Iranian authorities of having instigated or at least encouraged the anti-Saudi rallies. So, the Saudi government immediately broke diplomatic relations with Iran.

The following Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) issuance sums up the feelings and the situation of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia.

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Pinoys apprehensive, vigilant amid rising tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Migrant rights group based in Saudi Arabia today (Jan. 5) said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are apprehensive but vigilant amid rising tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The other day, Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic ties with Iran following condemnation on Saudi’s execution, among the 47 executed, of one of its influential Shiite clerics who were critical to the Sunni Royal family.

Bahrain followed Saudi Arabia to cut its diplomatic relation with Iran. It is expected that other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will follow the same move isolating Iran from the rest of the mid-east countries.

“Sentiments of most of the OFWs in the Kingdom: apprehensive but vigilant due to the perceived volatile political rift between the Saudi govt. and Iran,” said John Leonard Monterona, coordinator of Migrante-Middle East (M-ME).

Monterona observed that so far there are no huge demonstrations inside the Kingdom that will undermine its internal peace and order situation.

“If there are demonstrations these were outside Saudi Arabia,” Monterona, who is based in Riyadh, Saudi’s capital, added.

He issued an advice to all Filipinos in the Kingdom to shun activities that could be perceived as terroristic acts amid the reported 44 suspected terrorist nabbed last week, 4 of whom are said to be Filipinos, citing an Arab News report.

Monterona called on the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to validate that report and seek to get detailed information about the alleged 4 Filipinos nabbed among the 44 suspected terrorists.

He added that the Philippine government should keep an eye on the Saudi-Iran rift and consider readying its evacuation and emergency plans to secure the safety of its nationals working and living in the Kingdom.

One Response to The perils OFWs face in increasingly tense Middle East
Eddie de Leon says:
January 7, 2016 at 7:59 am
Thanks for unceasingly writing for the benefvit of OFWs, Manila Times.
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AFP ANALYSIS: Experts skeptical over N. Korean H-bomb claim January 6, 2016 8:51 pm


Analysts say North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un had been looking for a major achievement to highlight at a rare ruling party congress scheduled for May ©YONHAP (NORTH KOREAN TV/AFP)

SEOUL: Nuclear experts cast doubt Wednesday on North Korea’s claimed first successful test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, saying the detected seismic activity suggested a less powerful device.

The announcement followed hints last month by leader Kim Jong-Un that Pyongyang had already developed a hydrogen, or thermonuclear, bomb–a claim greeted with skepticism by experts at the time.

Crispin Rovere, an Australia-based nuclear policy and arms control specialist, said the 5.1 magnitude tremor detected at the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site was too small to support Pyongyang’s claim.

“The seismic data that’s been received indicates that the explosion is probably significantly below what one would expect from an H-bomb test,” Rovere told AFP.

“So initially it seems to be that they’ve successfully conducted a nuclear test but unsuccessfully completed the second-stage hydrogen explosion,” Rovere said.

The test came just two days before Kim Jong-Un’s birthday. Analysts said the North’s leader had been looking for a major achievement to highlight at a rare ruling party congress scheduled for May – the first gathering of its kind for 35 years.

“I don’t think it was a hydrogen bomb test. The explosion had to be larger if it was a hydrogen bomb test,” said Choi Kang, vice president of the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

“I think they are disguising it as a hydrogen test because Kim Jong-un mentioned it before,” Choi said.

A thermonuclear bomb uses fusion in a chain reaction that results in a far more powerful explosion than the fission blast generated by uranium or plutonium alone.

The North has made many unverifiable claims about its nuclear weapons strength, including the ability to strike the US mainland, which most experts dismiss–at least for now.

In September, however, the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security had raised a red flag over what appeared to be a new “hot cell” facility under construction at the North’s main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

Radiation fears

Analysts at the think tank said satellite images suggested it could be an isotope separation facility capable of producing tritium–a key component in the design of thermonuclear weapons.

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Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst with the Rand Corporation, was also unconvinced by the H-bomb test claim.
“If it were a real H-bomb, the Richter Scale reading should have been about a hundred times more powerful than what we saw, which would have been in the range of seven or so,” he told AFP.

Bennett assessed Wednesday’s explosion as in the 10-15 kiloton range, just less than the Hiroshima blast in 1945.
He said the fusion element of the explosion may have failed entirely, or the fission element did not operate correctly.

But Bennett said the increasing power of the blasts heightened the prospect of triggering an earthquake and the release of radiation from the underground test site, a source of great concern to Chinese people across the border.

Asked about next steps, Bennett said: “We have to be concerned because he has this separate party congress that he’s planning to do in May, which is a huge political deal.”

“And he’s done a test now which most people and most experts in the world will say didn’t work. Is he going to be forced before May to do another test to demonstrate that they can get it to work? And that’s the ultimate instability.”

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, which briefed lawmakers after the North’s announcement, also said it was unlikely to have been a hydrogen bomb.

A member of the parliamentary intelligence committee who attended the briefing said the NIS had seen no tell-tale signs of an explosion powerful enough to be attributed to an H-bomb.

The North’s first two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 were of plutonium devices, while the third in 2013 was believed –though not confirmed–to have used uranium as its fissile material.

Seong Chai-Ki, senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, said Wednesday’s was more likely a boosted fission test–generally seen as a precursor to a full H-bomb detonation.

“There has been speculation that North Korea would first test its boosted fission weapon rather than going directly to a hydrogen bomb test,” Seong told AFP.


EDITORIAL: Aquino’s neglect of agri sector dooms our farmers to suffer more in the Asean Economic Community January 4, 2016 10:42 pm


President Aquino's 2015 State of the Nation Address | SONA 2015  27 July 2015

ONE of the great sins of President BS Aquino and his people is their neglect of the agricultural sector.

Like so many promises he made to the people during the time when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2010 and in the first months of his presidency, this mendacious president broke his promise to make Agriculture “always a top priority” of his Administration.

In December 2011, BSAquino said in Tagalog at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall where he and Agricultural Secretary Proceso Alcala gave the Gawad Saka awards to deluded farmers and fisherfolks, “Mananatili pong prayoridad ng gobyerno ang pagpapalakas ng agrikultura na alam nating manganganak naman ng pagsulong ng kalakhang ekonomiya sa kanayunan.” [It will always be a priority of the government to boost (or enhance, or strengthen) agriculture which we know will in turn bear the fruit of progress of the larger general economy of the countryside.]

Secretary Alcala in Febaruary 2015 crowed about Philippine agricultural growth continuing throughout the year and beyond. He said his department would “vigorously pursue rural infrastructure and technology build-up that will further develop and modernize the agricultural economy.” All of this has turned out to be nothing more than the good secretary breaking wind.

Recently, the Philippine Statistics Authority released figures showing that while growth in the services sector (BPOs and call centers) slowed in 2015, the Agriculture sector contracted.

Angry farmers speak out

This development validates the complaints on the ground by farmers throughout the country. An example of angry and bitter farmers are the members of the Samahan ng Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag). They have berated BS Aquino for not fulfilling the promises he made to the agricultural sector in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2010.

They angrily noted that Agriculture was not even discussed in the 2015 SONA.


SINAG chairman Rosendo So with some school kids in Pangasinan who were served nutritious food produced by local farmers and fishermen. PHOTO FROM MANILA BULLETIN FILE

Sinag chairman Rosendo So was reported to have asked, “Nasaan na ang sinasabing rice self-sufficiency, food security, agricultural modernization and anti-smuggling efforts ng previous SONAs of the President? (Where are the so-called rice self-sufficiency, food security, agricultural modernization and anti-smuggling efforts in the previous SONAS?]. Ngayon, tila nakalimutan na ang mga magbubukid sa tinaguriang daang matuwid ng Pangulo. (It seems that now the so-called Straight Path of the President has forgotten us farmers.)”

The people of the agriculture sector, Rosendo So said, were hoping that the President would stopped “the wanton importation and the worsening smuggling of agricultural commodities that deprived the national government of almost P9 billion in lost revenues.”

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The Sinag leader said “instead of pushing for increased rice productivity and food self-sufficiency, the Aquino Administration even seemingly gave its tacit approval for smuggling to continue. “Government’s own statistics should have sounded the alarm bells for this administration. From an employment figure of 12.04 million people for the sector at the end of 2009, agriculture is now (2015) employing only 11.480 million,” said Sinag Chairman So.

If farmers are being killed by smuggling, they will be massacred by the Asean Economic Community that was born on New Year’s Eve, December 31.

Comprehensive package of support

We laud Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for calling for a “comprehensive package to help farmers cope with the effects of AEC.”

He correctly urged the government to provide a comprehensive program to help the country’s agricultural sector and farmers vulnerable to the influx of duty-free commodities into the country.

Marcos made the call because, as we stated earlier, the Asean Economic Community (AEC) formally came into force on December 31. Among other consequences of the birth of AEC, import duties have been removed across the borders of the 10-member countries of Asean– Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

“We have seen the effects of unbridled importation and the smuggling of agriculture products such as rice, onions and garlic on our farmers. With the removal of tariff barriers our farmers may suffer more unless the government gets its act together to provide a comprehensive package of support,” Marcos warned.



Senator Marcos acknowledged that big farms producing export-oriented agriculture products may fare well with the AEC. But he warns the small farmers will be vulnerable particularly with the continuing decline of the entire agriculture sector.

He noted that the Philippine Statistics Authority has reported that agriculture declined by 0.1 percent in the third quarter of the year, mainly caused by poor palay, corn and sugarcane production which declined 15.7 percent, 1.7 percent and 41.5 percent respectively.

Senator Marcos said for the sake of the farmers, the government must pursue strategic infrastructure and technological programs to improve our transportation network, roads, ensure a reliable and cheaper supply of electricity and upgrade the country’s irrigation systems.

He had earlier called for free irrigation service to Filipino farmers as he also urged the National Irrigation Administration to condone the existing P12 billion debt of the farmers and irrigators’ groups.

Senator Marcos has also been lobbying for farmers to have better access to cheaper credit facilities, crop insurance coverage and technical support.

8 Responses to Aquino’s neglect of agri sector dooms our farmers to suffer more in the AEC
victor m. hernandez says:
January 5, 2016 at 5:13 pm
It is sad and unfortunate, agriculture in a typhoon prone area is a very risky proposition. Infrastructure and technology can overcome this reality but the government failed to deliver the goods: irrigations, transport and roads, mechanization. The situation is aggravated by rampant smuggling of agricultural products. This government seems to be doing a lot of things to aggravate the situations not only in the agricultural sector, but even in the urban centers, e.g. turning EDSA into a huge parking lot during peak hours, which is practically all of one’s waking hours; trains that conked out every now and thenm or even rammed the trains against the wall. Nothing beats this one: two to three hours travel from Quezon City to Makati or Roxas Boulevard. But I guess it’s a matter of perspective when one considers the guy in Malacanang saying, this is progress! Talk of inclusive growth, beats me.
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boying labro says:
January 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm
Pnoy Aquino is the FAther of LIARS. Palagi na lang nyang binobola ang mga taong naloloko nya… dapat malagay ito sa guiness book of record. THE FATHER AND GREAT LIAR Person of the year 2015…
He is really incompetent leader and brainless person…ZERO VOTE TO ALL HIS LIBERAL PARTY.. AND TO HIS ALLIES, BNAY, POE AND DIGONG…
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Brandogandanghari says:
January 5, 2016 at 11:46 am
Only the late President Marcos supported the farmers. He built world class mega dams like the Magat dam in Isabela and Pantabangan dam in Central Luzon for irrigation and power generation not just for the farmers but for the entire country. When Marcos built the NLEX, he had the farmers in mind. Instead of building the road on Pampanga farmers land, he built an aqueduct instead, the Candaba Aqueduct, a 5 kilometer long bridge along NLEX, so that the kapampangan farmer can still work in their land below the aqueduct while traffic is on the bridge, unlike in SCTEX. Marcos also made the Bureau of Plant Industries that distributed high yield crops like monggo which my father usually planted in our farmland when I was a kid. Marcos also made the Philippine Crop Protection Insurance Act. What a Good Leader. Sadly, this country hails traitors and false heroes, false flags like you know who.
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Eddie de Leon says:
January 5, 2016 at 8:23 am
This ought to warn our people not to elect Abnoy Aquino’s choice for president in the 2016 election. But what chance doe the good people inour country6 have against thge Smartmatic PCOS machines if all the safety features are not restored?
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Meynardo Custodio P.E. says:
January 5, 2016 at 8:04 am
The President is not a Superman. It is very obvious that the directions and efforts exerted are for the good of the country. The results are tangible. The people can see and feel it. We must remember that the success depends not solely from the leader but a very great part must come from the people.
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You must only be informed by readings supplied by the Aquino Admninistration and its conscript media–which are the top newspapers in the PPhilippies –but not the independent scholars, reporters and observers.
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ren fuentes says:
January 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm
maybe you are the only one who can see and feel the progress of the country that you said was brought by boy sisi and his minions. what we see are the progress in their bank accounts thru pdaf and dap. with TRILLIONS as yearly budget there are no improvements whatsoever. where are the 12.000 km of roads that boy sisi bragged in his sona?? what about airports, the trains, highways??? do not say that the skyways being built here in metro manila are projects of boy sisi. these are financed by private entities and will be paid by us by toll fees. our TRILLION budget never financed these skyways.
Meynardo Custodio P.E. says:
January 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm
I left the country about 35 years ago to seek opportunities abroad. I traveled and worked several places in the US and other foreign countries. Except for short visits one, of my last was 1987 when we bring my father’s remain for burial in the beloved country. Even at that time life and progress in the country is not uplifting. Abroad I had the opportunity to always work with some Filipinos who kept on migrating abroad and with other foreign nationals so I am aware of how life and progress the country is going. I have a very good view and experience how the country goes because I am updated. Last year was my 2 consecutive visits. It was a great change in many aspects-technically socially and politically . It was moving on the right direction but I can still see the negative attitudes that are distracting the country and hindering the progress. The results are tangible. You can see it, you can feel it, and you can read it. Compared to the previous administrations, the Philippines is doing very much better. It is no longer the “sick man” of Asia. It is rejuvenated and healthy. See the GDP, the foreign investments, the new-infrastructures, the foreign commitments, they are all highly positive. There are some setbacks but the plus side is very much encouraging. There are very strong initiatives to move fast forward and soar but it is up to the Filipinos to do their part. The leader will not be successful if the people are not doing their part. I have lived in a country where the people love their country. If you walk and throw your cigarette butt on the sidewalk the next person behind you will pick-up the thrash you throw and put it in the proper place.
Rudy Liporada says:
January 5, 2016 at 1:58 am
Failure to improve the lives of peasants is the best recruiter for the New People’s Army. The Communist program states that the bulwark of the NPA are the poor peasants. Hala Kayo!


By Homobono Adaza: No hope in elections, hope is with the revolution
January 9, 2016 12:13 am HOMOBONO-A.-ADAZA


by WITH HOMOBONO ADAZA

“There are two interrelated aspects to the leader’s role. The leader must exercise power efficiently and wisely. This includes good management, organizing tasks and solving problems… The second aspect – the main focus of this book – is how the leader presents, through action, appearance, and articulated values, a model that others will want to emulate.” — from The Leader by Michael Maccoby

THERE appears to be only one subject worth discussing these days, if one wishes to catch public attention – the elections on May 9, 2016. I should know, I read it everywhere. I see it everywhere. I know from all these indicators that if I must continue writing to have an audience for my ideas I must write on the politics of the day or not write at all – burying all my more important ideas in the inner recesses of my mind.

I am reminded though, that the best burial of all is to bury all politicians in oblivion, and all the pretenders who keep on proclaiming that the hope of the people of this country is in the elections on May 9, 2016.

The decades show nothing has changed

With a great degree of immodesty, I might as well let the kids know that election has been my game since I was six years old. At that age, my father was mayor of our town – Catarman, Misamis Oriental. Then, I got involved in the politics of our Central School when I ran for president of the student organization and won. At the Misamis High Oriental School, other than being editor-in-chief of our high school paper, the Misorien Torch, I ran for the presidency of the Senior Council and the Student Council and I won both positions.

Politics is in my blood. My first active attempt at national politics was to campaign for Senator Manuel Manahan for President of the Philippines under the Progressive Party of the Philippines (PPP). My first bid for political office was to run as regional assemblyman from Region 10 in Northern Mindanao under conditions of martial law and under my own political party, the Mindanao Alliance (MA), the first Opposition party organized under martial law. I won that election but President Marcos ordered that I should not be proclaimed. I could understand that because I spent one year, six months and eleven days in the Marcos political prisons, and he called me an “imponderable factor.”

Then, I ran for provincial governor of Misamis Oriental in 1980 under martial law and won – one of two provincial governors out of seventy-three in the country. Again, in 1984, I ran as Mindanao Alliance candidate for Assemblyman and won. As such, I orchestrated, for the national Opposition, the canvassing of the results of the 1986 presidential elections.

When the National Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile was on the verge of organizing a new government after the fall of President Marcos, according to MP Rene Cayetano, I just came on time as head of the Opposition negotiating committee to agree with Enrile that Cory and Vice-President Salvador “Doy” Laurel would organize the civilian government while Enrile should stay as Defense Minister and General Fidel V. Ramos would be Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
When Cory Aquino became President, Speaker Nicanor Yniguez, with the support of the Kilusan Bagong Lipunan (KBL) leadership, offered me to be the new Speaker of Parliament. I refused the offer, which on hindsight, I consider one of the worst mistakes in my life.

Another mistake was when I refused the offer of President Cory to be appointed as the first outsider to be Justice of the Supreme Court, out of my anger at the way the Cory boys were organizing the new government. Similarly, when Vice-President Doy Laurel, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs, wanted me to be Ambassador to the Union Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), I refused the offer as I did not like to be buried in the Russian winter, in the same manner that the Cory boys wanted me buried in the Supreme Court.

I became the legal counsel of some of the strategic rebel military leaders in the coups of 1987 and 1989, resulting in my having been charged by Secretary of Justice Franklin Drilon, now Senate President, with the non-existent non-bailable crime of rebellion complex with murder and multiple frustrated murders, with a shoot to kill order to boot. I also convinced, together with Generals Edgardo Abenina and Fortunato Abat, CSAFP General Angelo “Angie” Reyes to withdraw support for President Erap Estrada.

As a gift from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, I was arrested by his non-uniformed storm troopers with an attempt to salvage me and the ones who were arrested with me in a hotel room on the way to attending a birthday party. Immediately thereafter, I was charged together with my companions with the crimes of conspiracy to commit a coup, attempt to swindle money to finance a coup, and obstruction of justice to allegedly help a young lieutenant colonel, a former Chairman of the Young Officers Union, to evade arrest for a crime he did not commit.

All charges were dismissed for lack of evidence. And in the first election for senators after martial law, in 1987, I ran and won under the Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD) together with Secretary of National Defense Juan Ponce Enrile, Senator Arturo Tolentino, Secretary of Labor Blas Ople, Governor Isidro Rodriguez of Rizal, Senator Kit Tatad, MP Wilson Gamboa, Colonel Jess Paredes, Banker Teng Puyat, Muslim Federal Party Chairman Abul Khayr Alonto, Vice-President Joseph Estrada, Senator Eva Estrada Kalaw, MP Edith Rabat and other stars of the Opposition.

The official records of Comelec and Namfrel showed that we won the majority in the Senate. But the computers of President Cory decided otherwise, thus only two of our candidates were proclaimed – Enrile and Estrada. Thus, the unknowns and pygmies of the Cory crowd became computerized senators during the Cory watch.
Why am I narrating these events? This is what is known in law as qualifying a witness. And as witness to the current events, there is basis for my assessment or judgment on what will probably develop in the months ahead.

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Awards for outstanding achievements
In my judgment, anybody who believes that the coming May 9, 2016 elections will bring better life to the Filipino should have his head examined, unless a miracle happens that Congressman Roy Señeres will be elected President. Consistent with this judgment, I have presumptuously created the Diliman Way Medal For Outstanding Achievements.

Congressman Roy Seneres – Medal of excellence in leadership for courageously espousing and advocating the cause of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the contract workers and the Filipino downtrodden, relentlessly and without fear of the oligarchs who consistently manipulate the electoral process in this country. Seneres has brains in his balls and balls in his brains, and with specific program of government.

Vice-President Jojo Binay – The Alibaba Medal of Excellence for surviving and dodging the flood of charges for plunder and graft and corruption. Despite the overwhelming flood of evidence against him and members of his family which can easily convince any rational being that he and members of his family are guilty of the charges, he has the gall to travel around the country and say that he is innocent to the point that survey groups maintain Binay is number one in the presidential race. Any fool will know that this prediction is a lot of nonsense unless we assume that the Filipino voter is stupid or can be easily bought. For Binay to survive the avalanche of charges is a credit to balls and brains, thus this medal.

Secretary Mar Roxas – The Noynoy Cacique Medal for his non-stop recitals that he is the continuous advocate of the matuwid na daan and for dividing the country among the oligarchs while paying lip-service to the common people. Why can’t Mar be his man? He is an intelligent individual. His off the cuff replies to questions distinguish him from Binay and Duterte. He insults his origin – President Manuel Acuna Roxas, his grandfather, and Senator Gerardo Roxas, his father.

Does he not realize that an Aquino endorsement is a kiss of death? It will take the PCOS machine to elect him President and that spells trouble for him and the country.

Senator Grace Poe – The Natural Born Medal of valor for maintaining that she is a natural-born citizen despite the relentless bashing by her sworn enemies, who have their own candidates, and whose knowledge of the law is minimal.

Being natural born Filipino is the presumption of law in this country. He who alleges that she is not natural born has the burden of proof. Why the heck her lawyers are desperately looking for her parents is a great puzzler. It takes courage to sustain her claim that she is natural born, thus this medal.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – The Baby Face Nelson Medal for courageously maintaining that he has killed helpless drug pushers or users, in violation of provisions of our Constitution and our laws; for insulting and cursing the Pope; for vulgar expletives and profanities; for boasting about his vigorous powers with the help of Viagra resulting in adulterous and bigamous relationships with women other than his wife. It takes brains and balls to virtually run away with murders and other crimes without being prosecuted.

Senator Miriam Santiago – The Cancer Survivor Medal for having survived various cancers in her life. It takes a lot of courage to survive cancers of all kind without any damage to show for it and to continue maintaining that she has survived them all.

Your choice or mine
My choice is the revolution – peaceful constitutional revolution with the creation of a Constitutional Transition Government (CTG) based on sections 1 and 3, Article II of the Constitution which mandate that “sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them” and the “Armed Forces of the Philippines is the protector of the people and the state.” This is a recurring refrain till it happens or if elections come to pass.

If there will be elections on May 9, 2016, the only intelligent choice of the Filipino voter is Congressman Roy Señeres – the only presidential candidate who brings hope for a better life to our people.

4 Responses to No hope in elections, hope is with the revolution
RoAti says:
January 9, 2016 at 7:56 am
If the notorious PCOS hocus pocus machine decides the outcome of the elections contrary to what the populace have voted for, “there will be wars and rumours of war”. And the prophecy about this current president would come true and plunge our nation into total chaos and of widespread unrest.
It is true then whoever gets elected in the above list is not the answer to our highly volatile and precarious situation. Are doomed as a nation. But then as Christians we will pray for guidance as in Divine intervention to save us from this maladies created by our own leaders(?) who highly thinks of themselves as the Messiah! When in truth they are nothing but a bunch of dummies with no clear idea of what ills the nation. I hope we will survive, Inshallah.
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LA says:
January 9, 2016 at 5:59 am
Naku Bono ha, ibig mo sabihin eh computerized senator si Rene? Malaking isyu yan. Wala naman yatang prescription ang criminal act so kailangan halughugin ang records ng Comelec at Namfrel upang ilabas ang katotohanan. Ibig sabihin pala ay nagsimula ang hocus locus ng computer sa halalan nuong panahon ni quo rhee? Then, that reinforces the fact the indeed, Malloch who taught quo rhee the strategy of demonizing Mr. Andy and who is now the head of Smartmatic, will again do a repeat performance this coming boudaville on May 2016.
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leipzig says:
January 9, 2016 at 4:39 am
“Why the heck her lawyers are desperately looking for her parents is a great puzzler.”
The reason could be publicity. It’s like a telenovela wherein a child is looking for her missing parents, and the public is glued to their television waiting in excitement when the child will find and meet her real parents. and once she meets her parents, the public will rejoice she finally found her parents.
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Ed deLeon says:
January 9, 2016 at 1:59 am
Mr. Adaza, you said,
1. Binay – “Despite the overwhelming flood of evidence against him and members of his family which can easily convince any rational being that he and members of his family are guilty of the charges, he has the gall to travel around the country and say that he is innocent to the point that survey groups maintain Binay is number one in the presidential race. “.
2. Llamanzares – “Why the heck her lawyers are desperately looking for her parents is a great puzzler. It takes courage to sustain her claim that she is natural born, thus this medal.”.
3. Duterte – “for insulting and cursing the Pope; for vulgar expletives and profanities; for boasting about his vigorous powers with the help of Viagra resulting in adulterous and bigamous relationships with women other than his wife.”
This is what I can say:
1. Binay and Llamanzares are topping the surveys because they are paying reporters in any media just to mention their names everyday. Let Binay explain his questionable wealth in court and not use legal technicalities to get away with it. Llamanzares should not use the name of FPJ during the elections and I assure that with her unqualified qualifications, she will be #5. Llamanzares should give up her dream of becoming a president because of her LIES (she hads been a foreign passport despite renouncing her foreign citizenship). These two candidates are the big spenders in their TV campaigns. I am wondering where do they get their money for this.
2. Duterte’s boasting of being macho is an indication of malnourished I.Q. and insecurity. He wants to picture himself as the best when in fact he is not. He wants to shout to the world that he is a graduate of San Beda because during those days, they look up at you as rich and the powerful if you are enrolled in an exclusive school.The truth to the matter is, I can beat Duterte’s IQ even if I’m not a graduate of an exclusive school. Beware of Duterte’s children when he gets elected. They will be worst than the children of Sadam Hussein and Khadafy.
*** I hope these comments will not be deleted in a few minutes so the readers will understand why these candidates should not be elected.


By Mauro Samonte: If I were Aquino… January 9, 2016 12:10 am MAURO GIA SAMONTE


by MAURO GIA SAMONTE

FOR all the many bad things people say of President Benigno C. Aquino, he cannot be so dull-witted and moronic as not to realize that he’s got in his hands an enormous power by which to prevent himself from getting the terrible fate he dumped upon his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The lady president, so robust and energetic at the forefront of the world war on terrorism in the heyday of her administration, now languishes in detention, albeit in a hospital, all of this Aquino’s making. So Aquino knows all too well that you don’t have to be found guilty of plunder to be jailed; all it takes to do so is a ruling by the Ombudsman of probable cause of the plunder charges against you. This was the case with Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, no matter that the octogenarian former Senate President has been freed from detention on bail.

The point here is that Aquino’s Administration has not been exactly simon pure. In fact to the contrary, and under a hostile next president, he appears headed for exactly the same fate that has befallen GMA and a host of other Aquino political enemies.

Would the Napoles pork barrel scam have materialized without concurrence from the Chief Executive? The huge fund releases executed in the gargantuan graft scheme was undertaken through nothing else than the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and it was very highly probable that those fund releases could not have taken place if Aquino had not agreed to them.

And then again when finally Napoles decided to surrender after a time of being a fugitive, who did she give herself up to but President Benigno C. Aquino? Why Aquino? She was a grand scammer, all right, but still a criminal whose pettiness of character just didn’t deserve such grand presidential attention. Unless there was something truly grand indeed that could be talked about just between her and the President of the Republic of the Philippines. What that something was would be up for the next president to uncover – not for anything less than a patriotic duty to see justice through for all.

And yet the Napoles pork barrel scam is just one among many offenses for which Aquino must make retribution. To wit, his bribery of the members of the impeachment trial court in order to get a verdict of conviction for Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona; his virtual act of treason by attempting to sell out Mindanao to the Muslim Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) through the BBL; his utter dereliction of duty in the face of the Yolanda rampage that wrecked death and destruction on Samar and Leyte; and his all too unconscionable inattention while 44 members of the police Special Action Force were being massacred in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

If I were Aquino, I certainly must be chilling now from the prospect of getting incarcerated along with those I had consigned to jail in my term. But certainly such eventuality is preventable. One means of doing it is getting Mar Roxas elected president. That’s his best assurance against facing charges and being arrested. In fact, this is a popular perception not only among political analysts but also by gutter people.

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My problem in this regard is that Mar has consistently been faring badly in poll surveys, making it highly doubtful if he could even land second to Vice President Jejomar C. Binay in the presidential contest. In the latest Pulse Asia survey, he landed the fourth slot, behind Duterte and Llamanzares, topping only the perennial loser Santiago.

Certainly I have the Comelec at my beck and call. I have the entire election mechanism to manipulate election results in order to turn the tide in Mar’s favor. In addition, I have the entire resources of government to use in Mar’s campaign so that thereby cheating is made less rampant.

But then there’s this disturbing performance by Binay that increasingly propels him to the top of the contest. Quite pestering is Binay’s history of doubling up in the last stretch – which is beginning February, the start of the campaign period. Now that Binay scores 33 percent, come election time he shall have scored 66 percent, or a conversion to votes of roughly 15 million, a comfortable win by any reckoning.

According to my asset in the Binay camp, the vice president has enjoined his supporters to pile up their lead in the race so that even if I (Aquino) cheat, he will still emerge winner.

Binay, according to my asset, has said, “Even if they cheat and yet we still win, then that’s okay with us. But if they cheat and we lose, then I swear I will fight it out with them to the death.”

The gall of that Nognog. Forgetting that he is just a handiwork of Mommy to whom he should swear eternal loyalty. Or is he doing a Quezon already: “My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins.” Hey, the guy’s telling the truth, I mean Nognog.

The gall, indeed.

Can he be greater than his Creator Cory? Certainly not. So, can he not also be greater than his Creator’s son.

I am the president. I can do everything to prevent his nascent pretention to own greatness.

I don’t even have to cheat to beat him. Cheating by a president is a most cheap enterprise.

Look at GMA. She and her Garci did her in. No, I won’t be done in that way. I’m much too brilliant for that. How do I hope to stop the Binay blitzkrieg? Implement the law. Simple as that.

The Ombudsman has ruled probable cause in graft charges against him at the Sandiganbayan. All the court has to do is act on the Ombudsman ruling of probable cause, get Binay arrested and detained. That’d be the spark to start a prairie fire. And when upheaval and chaos break out, that’s one good, legal reason for me to pull the last card up my sleeve: martial law.

The constitution provides I can declare martial law unilaterally in sixty days. If I declare martial law in, say, April, sixty days from April is June. Between April and June is May, the month of the election. Can you have election under martial law?

See how cool that is? Mar Roxas need not win to save my neck from the next hostile president. Best is to get me stayed put in power.

So to those who endlessly slam me for being an idiot, moron, and the most corrupt and worst president the Philippines has ever had, fuck you all!

5 Responses to If I were Aquino…
mario says:
January 9, 2016 at 7:47 am
The best thing Pnoy should do before the may 9,2016 election is to resign and let Binay take over as president afterwards all the blame to Pnoy will be diverted to Binay and that’s it mar will say blame Binay for all “Kapalpakan and nakawan”by government.But the problem is, will the electorate believe this scenario? I think this suggestion will be the laughing stock of the politicians. Also the problem was, Mar can’t be trusted if he cannot be trusted he is not mean to be the president of this country.
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Edgar G. Festin says:
January 9, 2016 at 7:33 am
Some of them will even testify against him (Aquino), including Abad!!!
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banong says:
January 9, 2016 at 6:58 am
We all know that Annoy is the most ignorant president we ever had so using the powers at his disposal is out of his retarded mind. Talking about incarceration….he is just about 6 mos. away from being put in isolation inside NBP on a straight jacket..and for his faggot friend Roxas to win in may is just to incomprehensible to even think of..he may even join him as kakosa at NBP together with his bald mate abad for that DAP history in the making robbery of the treasury…. may they all rot in jail together with GMA…
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LA says:
January 9, 2016 at 5:29 am
Indeed, benigno wants to declare martial law but he has to find a very credible reason to do so and that reason can not be anchored on the present political squabbles. His predicament is the patriotic elements in the police and military establishment who will never allow the repeat of a past. Surely, even the comrades of the Mamasapano Heroes might do him in should he try to play games. Hence, he can either inflame more the ISIS/Abu Sayaf bogey or magnify the tsaynis incursions. Or he can increase street violence like kidnapping, carnapping, riots and assassination of public figures. Whatever it is, he can never turn back the tide of history – unless Jojo is his real secret weapon (dahil may pinagsamahan). Even Chiz may just be a smokescreen who will ultimately dump Grace as what he did when he suddenly made a noybi.
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leipzig says:
January 9, 2016 at 4:13 am
Noynoy wants to get out of Malacanang soon. He was just prodded by his relatives to run for president when his mother Cory died months before the 2010 election. But he dreads also the plunder charges that he will face once he is not president anymore, because he will definitely go into jail.
Then he would realize that all his former cabinet secretaries and politician friends he tried to shield from going to jail just abandoned him.
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