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OPINION BY TEDDY LOCSIN, JR - AJM MACHINE
[But the Supreme Court can be packed, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to puck—saying it as Filipinos do—it for a long period of time. For all jurisprudential intents and purposes, the High Court can become a law firm's or a lawyer's or a business sector's AJM—automated jurisprudential machine. You only need to have most of the members with long tenures in your pocket or formerly working in your firm.]


APRIL 30 -Teddy Locsin Jr. Although I pleaded for it, the last debate did not include the most important question for the candidates.That question is, quote, "Ten (or is it 11) Supreme Court vacancies will occur in the next president's term. Which law firm, or which personal lawyer in your campaign, or which business sector that you are partial to will help you fill those vacancies? Either from members of a law firm or two, or from the friends of your lawyer, or from the retainers of your business companions?" End of quote and of question.As a politician, I can tell you that the House of Representatives cannot be bought but only leased—and at that only from time to time. It can never be owned in fee simple but used only for a short time like a motel. The Senate being smaller may be leased but on an hourly basis—parang law firm in that respect.But the Supreme Court can be packed, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to puck—saying it as Filipinos do—it for a long period of time. For all jurisprudential intents and purposes, the High Court can become a law firm's or a lawyer's or a business sector's AJM—automated jurisprudential machine. You only need to have most of the members with long tenures in your pocket or formerly working in your firm.Next question, quote: "To avoid this temptation to pack the Court, will you now commit to fill up all coming Supreme Court vacancies purely on the basis of the seniority of serving judges and prosecutors with no regard to anything but the longevity, the integrity, and the fidelity of their service to justice? Any hint of previous acquaintance or association will be sufficient on its face to disqualify the nominee." End of question; close of quote.These questions should have been asked; for the first virtue of government is justice. If justice can be manually manipulated, meaning programmed by "pucking" the bench, then there is no reason whatsoever to endure having a government and paying taxes to maintain it.FULL COMMENTARY.

ALSO: By Raissa Robles - Fact-checking the cheating allegation against Mar Roxas and ABS-CBN


APRIL 25 -By Raissa Robles -
Many, many online sites have been put up by political spin doctors in order to smear rival candidates. Which is one reason why I am very careful not to immediately believe short video clips posted as proof of wrongdoing. I have made it a rule for myself to see the entire video clip first before making a conclusion. In fact, that is what I did with the Rodrigo Duterte video clips on his “rape” story. A short clip was posted last night immediately after the presidential debates. It claimed that ABS-CBN and perhaps Karen Davila leaked questions in advance to Mar Roxas. Which is why he came well-prepared. In other words, Mar Roxas cheated, the unknown writer claimed. Because how else could the one typing the heads for ABS-CBN know what Mar Roxas was about to say if he or she did not have Mar Roxas’ replies in advance. Look at this The allegation of cheating seems highly believable if you only listen to this short video clip. But, it turns out, the video clip was edited to make it appear that Roxas and ABS-CBN were in cahoots. Because the official transcript of the debate shows the clip referred only to the second time that Roxas had mentioned “malalaking interes”. Karen Davila: Pero kaya niyo bang lahat na banggain ang mga malalaking department store, malalaking mall? Thirty seconds Secretary Roxas. Sec. Mar Roxas: Alam mo, Karen, sa kasaysayan ko, binangga ko mga malalaking interes. Pharmaceutical industry, cheaper medicine law, banking industry at insurance industry, yung pre-need law natin. So sa aking karanasan, binabangga ko ang mga malalaking interes kung ito ay para sa kapakanan ng ordinaryong Pilipino. Wala akong problema doon. Could the unknown writer have made a mistake and only heard the second time that Roxas had said those words? Naaah. It was clear the post was meant to deceive, provoke and anger a lot of people. Because the first part of Roxas’ sentence was cut away, precisely to give that impression of cheating. You could see the editing was crudely done because the clip did not start at the beginning of the sentence. It’s the same thing that the Roxas critics did to him in that edited voice clip of his altercation with Tacloban city Mayor Alfred Romualdez. They removed sections that would have explained his very controversial statement which mentioned the words “Romualdez” and “Aquino”. FULL COMMENTARY.

ALSO: By Ellen Tordesillas - : Duterte's tactics show truth is not on his side in conflict with Trillanes


MAY 2 -Ellen T. Tordesillas
If you have to resort to lies in a conflict, it only indicates that truth is not in your side. It’s becoming obvious that the expose of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of Davao City Mayor Duterte’s bank transactions that can go up to as much as P2.4 billion has hit hard the frontrunner in the May 9 presidential elections, more than his infamous rape comment. Although I seriously doubt if this latest controversy would bring him down from number one in the race, the issue would hound him even if he wins the presidency.So far, his actions are that of a person twisting and digging himself in a quicksand.When Trillanes IV first made his expose alleging that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not the poor and honest public servant that he presents himself to the public because he had more than P200 million in his BPI Julia Vargas branch account in 2014 which he did not include in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN), Duterte called the senator a “liar” and dismissed the bank account as a “fabrication.”"You can check with the bank. You go there,” Duterte said in a forum with the Makati Business Club April 27, the day the first expose came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.My friend took up Duterte’s challenge and went to BPI Alabang Town Center the next day, April 28, and deposited in the bank account number published by the Inquirer. It was accepted by the bank and she was given the receipt showing that the account is a joint account of Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Duterte.My friend sent me a photo copy of the deposit slip and I posted it in Facebook a little past 1:30 p.m. It immediately went viral shared by more than three thousand people in one hour.Less than two hours after, Inquirer posted a breaking story, “Duterte admits existence of BPI accounts.”TIMELINE: Duterte camp denies, admits BPI account Duterte said his account contained just a few thousands contrary to the more than P200 million that Trillanes exposed complete with the amounts and dates of the deposits. Eight of the ten deposits in 2014 totalling P197 million were made on the mayor’s birthday, March 28. Trillanes dared Duterte to open his account so the public would know who is telling the truth. READ MORE...

ALSO: By BUDDY GOMEZ -  If Duterte has nothing to hide...


MAY 4 -The question, my dear, is if the candidate you idolize has nothing to hide, why is he slinking in evasive contortions?  Duterte, characteristically cocky, believes he can smokescreen himself away from the grip of the recently unearthed truth. If indeed Rodrigo R. Duterte has nothing to hide, after all the braggadocio and consistent self-branding as fearless and forthright--by tough talk, uncouth behavior and gutter language-- why not simply bare his financial entrails. Of course, the world knows that a straight forward disclosure unadorned by equivocation is truly liberating. The cleansing of one’s supposed unsullied reputation without comparison. Or, inevitably, fatal! Must Duterte be reminded once more that if there is nothing to fear, there is nothing to hide. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear! Evidently there is too much to hide. And this tough guy knows it is going to be fatal. Most of all, excruciatingly, fatally painful to his sincere and loyal followers. By temporizing, this haughty ‘punisher,’ this promised champion of existential change has been reduced to a strange hybrid of a jelly fish and a squid, intentionally inky and without a backbone when facing the painful truth. This bully is unable to man up! Duterte is now in an obstructing/obfuscating mode. Under the circumstances, it is the stance of a weakling. His lame defense of the revealed hidden bank accounts and dozens of real estate property holdings can only cause demoralization for those who clung to the ardent admiration that, at last, they have found a conquering messiah who will rid the country of official graft and corruption. Alas, their emperor has no clothes! Many of Duterte’s true believers have been wailing ‘black propaganda!’ as an offshoot of the Trillanes bombshell. At this juncture of this dramatically charged confrontation, I find that there is no longer any need for black propaganda if ever there was any use for it to still supplement what Duterte himself has single handedly provided the electorate. He shames his followers who viciously attack the sources of revelations by himself confirming the allegations cast upon him. You see, folks, by his own behavior and utterances, Duterte is himself, by himself, exhibit # 1. READ MORE...


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OPINION: AJM machine


Teddy Locsin Jr.

MANILA, MAY 9, 2016 (ABS-CBN) Teddy Locsin Jr. Posted at Apr 30 2016 03:49 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2016 05:26 PM - Although I pleaded for it, the last debate did not include the most important question for the candidates.

That question is, quote, "Ten (or is it 11) Supreme Court vacancies will occur in the next president's term. Which law firm, or which personal lawyer in your campaign, or which business sector that you are partial to will help you fill those vacancies? Either from members of a law firm or two, or from the friends of your lawyer, or from the retainers of your business companions?" End of quote and of question.

As a politician, I can tell you that the House of Representatives cannot be bought but only leased—and at that only from time to time. It can never be owned in fee simple but used only for a short time like a motel. The Senate being smaller may be leased but on an hourly basis—parang law firm in that respect.

But the Supreme Court can be packed, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to puck—saying it as Filipinos do—it for a long period of time. For all jurisprudential intents and purposes, the High Court can become a law firm's or a lawyer's or a business sector's AJM—automated jurisprudential machine. You only need to have most of the members with long tenures in your pocket or formerly working in your firm.

Next question, quote: "To avoid this temptation to pack the Court, will you now commit to fill up all coming Supreme Court vacancies purely on the basis of the seniority of serving judges and prosecutors with no regard to anything but the longevity, the integrity, and the fidelity of their service to justice? Any hint of previous acquaintance or association will be sufficient on its face to disqualify the nominee." End of question; close of quote.

These questions should have been asked; for the first virtue of government is justice. If justice can be manually manipulated, meaning programmed by "pucking" the bench, then there is no reason whatsoever to endure having a government and paying taxes to maintain it.


Fact-checking the cheating allegation against Mar Roxas and ABS-CBN Raissa Robles Posted at Apr 25 2016 04:48 PM


By Raissa Robles -

Many, many online sites have been put up by political spin doctors in order to smear rival candidates.

Which is one reason why I am very careful not to immediately believe short video clips posted as proof of wrongdoing. I have made it a rule for myself to see the entire video clip first before making a conclusion.

In fact, that is what I did with the Rodrigo Duterte video clips on his “rape” story.

A short clip was posted last night immediately after the presidential debates. It claimed that ABS-CBN and perhaps Karen Davila leaked questions in advance to Mar Roxas. Which is why he came well-prepared.

In other words, Mar Roxas cheated, the unknown writer claimed. Because how else could the one typing the heads for ABS-CBN know what Mar Roxas was about to say if he or she did not have Mar Roxas’ replies in advance.

Look at this

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SCREENSHOT OF THE VIDEO

The allegation of cheating seems highly believable if you only listen to this short video clip.

But, it turns out, the video clip was edited to make it appear that Roxas and ABS-CBN were in cahoots.

Because the official transcript of the debate shows the clip referred only to the second time that Roxas had mentioned “malalaking interes”.

Karen Davila: Pero kaya niyo bang lahat na banggain ang mga malalaking department store, malalaking mall? Thirty seconds Secretary Roxas.

Sec. Mar Roxas: Alam mo, Karen, sa kasaysayan ko, binangga ko mga malalaking interes. Pharmaceutical industry, cheaper medicine law, banking industry at insurance industry, yung pre-need law natin. So sa aking karanasan, binabangga ko ang mga malalaking interes kung ito ay para sa kapakanan ng ordinaryong Pilipino. Wala akong problema doon.

Could the unknown writer have made a mistake and only heard the second time that Roxas had said those words?

Naaah.

It was clear the post was meant to deceive, provoke and anger a lot of people. Because the first part of Roxas’ sentence was cut away, precisely to give that impression of cheating. You could see the editing was crudely done because the clip did not start at the beginning of the sentence.

It’s the same thing that the Roxas critics did to him in that edited voice clip of his altercation with Tacloban city Mayor Alfred Romualdez. They removed sections that would have explained his very controversial statement which mentioned the words “Romualdez” and “Aquino”.


OPINION: Duterte's tactics show truth is not on his side in conflict with Trillanes Ellen T. Tordesillas
Posted at May 02 2016 10:58 AM | Updated as of May 02 2016 04:50 PM


Ellen T. Tordesillas

If you have to resort to lies in a conflict, it only indicates that truth is not in your side.

It’s becoming obvious that the expose of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of Davao City Mayor Duterte’s bank transactions that can go up to as much as P2.4 billion has hit hard the frontrunner in the May 9 presidential elections, more than his infamous rape comment.

Although I seriously doubt if this latest controversy would bring him down from number one in the race, the issue would hound him even if he wins the presidency.

So far, his actions are that of a person twisting and digging himself in a quicksand.

When Trillanes IV first made his expose alleging that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not the poor and honest public servant that he presents himself to the public because he had more than P200 million in his BPI Julia Vargas branch account in 2014 which he did not include in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN), Duterte called the senator a “liar” and dismissed the bank account as a “fabrication.”

"You can check with the bank. You go there,” Duterte said in a forum with the Makati Business Club April 27, the day the first expose came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

My friend took up Duterte’s challenge and went to BPI Alabang Town Center the next day, April 28, and deposited in the bank account number published by the Inquirer. It was accepted by the bank and she was given the receipt showing that the account is a joint account of Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sara Duterte.

My friend sent me a photo copy of the deposit slip and I posted it in Facebook a little past 1:30 p.m. It immediately went viral shared by more than three thousand people in one hour.

Less than two hours after, Inquirer posted a breaking story, “Duterte admits existence of BPI accounts.”

TIMELINE: Duterte camp denies, admits BPI account

Duterte said his account contained just a few thousands contrary to the more than P200 million that Trillanes exposed complete with the amounts and dates of the deposits. Eight of the ten deposits in 2014 totalling P197 million were made on the mayor’s birthday, March 28.


Duterte: 'That’s Trillanes. Be careful with that idiot'INQUIRER PHOTO

Trillanes dared Duterte to open his account so the public would know who is telling the truth.

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Duterte accepted the challenge of Trillanes while revising the amount of his bank assets. It’s less than P200 million, he said. Now, he is talking of millions of pesos in the bank.

Duterte's propaganda team released a bank balance of P17,000. But Trillanes said he will insist on the transaction history of the account.

Duterte, isinapubliko ang laman ng bank account

Duterte then set a condition that he will only agree to the opening of his bank account records if Trillanes would reveal in an affidavit how he obtained the bank documents. That’s as good as not allowing the opening of his bank accounts.

'Puro kambyo': Trillanes hits Duterte's contradicting statements

Did Duterte violate law in accepting 'birthday gift'?

Trillanes will be at the BPI Julia Vargas branch today, May 2 at 11 a.m. Duterte will not be there. He said he will in Davao but he will be represented by his lawyer, Salvador Panelo.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s cyber trolls are on a rampage.

My FP post linking my article on the evolution of Duterte’s BPI account was removed by Facebook.

Facebook removes post if they receive several complaints about it. Who would complain about an article on Duterte’s bank account?

I have been a subject of cyberbullying. The memes are actually hilarious in their stupidity which is something to be sad about because they are symptoms of a deeper problem in our society.

The other day, I got this text: “Mga DDS nais nyo ba maka txt message ang balasubas na super epal na senador antonio trillanes mayroon po ako personal cp no ng senator na epal na yan.kaya mga dds dumugin po natin sya at eh post ko sa lahat ng duterte pages ang personal nya cp no.”

DDS stands for Davao Death Squad.


OPINION: If Duterte has nothing to hide... Buddy Gomez Posted at May 04 2016 11:24 PM
 

The question, my dear, is if the candidate you idolize has nothing to hide, why is he slinking in evasive contortions?

Duterte, characteristically cocky, believes he can smokescreen himself away from the grip of the recently unearthed truth. If indeed Rodrigo R. Duterte has nothing to hide, after all the braggadocio and consistent self-branding as fearless and forthright--by tough talk, uncouth behavior and gutter language-- why not simply bare his financial entrails.

Of course, the world knows that a straight forward disclosure unadorned by equivocation is truly liberating. The cleansing of one’s supposed unsullied reputation without comparison. Or, inevitably, fatal!

Must Duterte be reminded once more that if there is nothing to fear, there is nothing to hide. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear! Evidently there is too much to hide. And this tough guy knows it is going to be fatal. Most of all, excruciatingly, fatally painful to his sincere and loyal followers.

By temporizing, this haughty ‘punisher,’ this promised champion of existential change has been reduced to a strange hybrid of a jelly fish and a squid, intentionally inky and without a backbone when facing the painful truth. This bully is unable to man up!

Duterte is now in an obstructing/obfuscating mode. Under the circumstances, it is the stance of a weakling. His lame defense of the revealed hidden bank accounts and dozens of real estate property holdings can only cause demoralization for those who clung to the ardent admiration that, at last, they have found a conquering messiah who will rid the country of official graft and corruption. Alas, their emperor has no clothes!

Many of Duterte’s true believers have been wailing ‘black propaganda!’ as an offshoot of the Trillanes bombshell. At this juncture of this dramatically charged confrontation, I find that there is no longer any need for black propaganda if ever there was any use for it to still supplement what Duterte himself has single handedly provided the electorate. He shames his followers who viciously attack the sources of revelations by himself confirming the allegations cast upon him. You see, folks, by his own behavior and utterances, Duterte is himself, by himself, exhibit # 1.

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Their paragon of public morality, the exalted practitioner of ‘”disciplinary brutal tough love,” the one who will bring about the “tunay na pagbabago,” the much desired societal reconstruction and reformation, because he is supposedly unstained by graft and corruption, has now been unmasked. He has been living a double life, after all. He has been a closet crook. He has been outed. He is also just another crook! Did he not admit that he had many rich friends from whom he accepted cash gifts in the form of bank deposits in exorbitant amounts? Millions upon millions, in fact.

THE SUPREME AND HIS LACKEY

The other day, I took the effort to watch the Internet/Skype conversation that the Duterte handlers arranged between him and the Filipino Communist Supremo, Jose Maria Sison, who has been cowardly luxuriating in Utrecht, in the Netherlands. Bullyboy Duterte was visually crouched and cow towing in the presence of the detached puppeteer of the New People’s Army, already acting like a surrogate, an acolyte! Repeatedly saying “sir,” “sir,” with every gap in the conversation, to display obeisance.

A candidate for the Presidency of our country behaving like a lackey to an avowed enemy of the State. How do you explain that to your followers? Downright unbecoming! Already Duterte has demeaned the very position and prestige of the Presidency which he seeks. And he promised to call on Joma Sison, soon after the elections--if he wins--and before his inaugurals. What for? To kneel before Joma and kiss his hands! He declared himself a “Leftist," emphasizing further, “I am a Socialist!”

In ending the cyberspace session, Duterte expressed gratitude to Joma Sison for the “natutunan ko sa iyo, sir!” Exactly what was it that Joma has taught him and that Duterte has learned for which he is grateful? This is not black propaganda, it is all over Facebook and YouTube.

THE CULT OF MALEVOLENCE

Last week, I took the passing opportunity to speak of the campaign staff, managers, handlers, advisers, consultants and hangers-on of the Presidential candidates who I claim will “populate the talent pool of potential” appointees in the incoming administration of the winning candidate. The character of an incoming administration is defined by the behavior of these individuals.

I spared naming the Duterte cadre as the most notably egregious. But today, I will. They are. These individuals are the master manipulators, the bullies and mudslingers responsible for the ruses and subterfuges, dirty tricks and tactics in the relentless pursuit of campaign advantage. These people are responsible for the despicable series of fake documents and false endorsements.

Examples: viciously attacking Ellen Tordesillas for proving that Duterte’s bank account does exist, wishing rape of the comedienne Melai’s daughter, using that Yolanda nurse in a falsified commentary, to name a very few. Even the Iglesia ni Cristo was “used.”

To be sure about it, this malevolent group does not represent the true character of the millions who in their sincere desire for reform genuinely idolize Duterte. They, too, are victims of deception because they have allowed themselves to be mesmerized by interminable doses of political placebo that is a distinct Duterte specialty.

The truth is that the millions of sincere ardent fans of Duterte do not know who these shady individuals are. Perhaps it is now time for the Duterte adherents (I have kin and friends among them) to have a reexamination of conscience. Conscience in this sense means society’s accepted moral values and ethical standards where personal honesty and integrity \in the leader we elect is paramount. It is not yet too late to avoid the pain of the Duterte perfidy assaulting your sincere innocence.

MONDAY, MAY 9 IS D-DAY

It is not the end of the world, regardless. While our beloved country is indestructible, she is not beyond being ravished once again, at a time when we have yet to fully recover from the economic disaster and moral evisceration that the rapacious Marcos dictatorship has wrought upon the land. There are two things to bear in mind.

One. The stark possibility remains that if the arithmetic holds, we could very well have a Duterte presidency. In this instance, it will definitely be a Presidency by a questionable plurality that does not bode well for the country. Instability and chaos can arise.

Seventy-five percent of the Filipinos will not go to bed with the NPA and Joma Sison. Neither will they condone and forget Marcos and Martial Law. This is what a Duterte Presidency stands for. He said so himself. The overwhelming majority of Filipinos will not take Duterte in supine indifference.

Two. There has never been a presidential candidate and a plurality president who ascended the otherwise lofty heights of Malacanang with as much moral baggage as Rodrigo R. Duterte now possesses. In fact, a moral baggage overload. Has any one ever mentioned the Philippines as the planet’s unrivaled masochistic laughing stock? You, a patriot? Go ahead, go “Duts!” I have absolutely no desire to say “I told you so!” But I can almost hear that “giant sucking sound.”

That debilitating cacophony is Duterte all over. He is the harbinger of another unwarranted disastrous aberration in the life of our country. We are all aware of and agreed upon what problems ail Philippine society. We must know and accept that a morally reprehensible Rodrigo R. Duterte is not the solution.


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