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BY AMADO MACASAET: SONNY DOMINGUEZ IS A GOOD CHOICE


MAY 13 -It has been reported Sonny Dominguez is being considered as one of the cabinet members of the incoming administration of Rodrigo Duterte. Sonny is fit for any job in government. He is well rounded in government service.
He is reputed to be intelligent, honest and hard working. These traits are not easily found in one man. Sonny has all of them. Sonny’s family has always lived in Mindanao. His wife Bol is an American mestiza. She is not out going unlike the wives whose husbands keep or hold influential position in government. Sonny served in the Cory government as secretary of agriculture and was named president of Philippine Airline where he stayed until his president stepped down. In my personal opinion he is most fit as secretary of finance having been exposed to the world of money; how it should be raised and spent. President-elect Duterte and Sonny are familiar with each other. Sonny knows how the new president works his butt off. READ MORE...

ALSO: BY ELLEN TORDESILLAS - DUTERTE EYES GILBERT TEODORO FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS


MAY 13 -GIBO TEODORO FORMER Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro is being eyed by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to be his foreign secretary, not as defense secretary, as some new reports say, a source close to Duterte said. In an interview before the May 9 election, the source said Teodoro has not yet responded to the invitation to join the Duterte cabinet. Teodoro ran for president in 2010 but lost to his cousin, Benigno Aquino III. The job of foreign secretary would be doubly challenging in a Duterte presidency considering the incoming head of state’s irreverent nature, lack of patience for formalities and protocol and l frequent use of profane language. The most important foreign relations issue for the incoming administration is China. The decision of the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea on the case filed by the Philippines to declare illegal China’s all encompassing nine-dash-line map is expected to be handed down in the next few weeks. It is expected that China would do something to strengthen its claim of almost the whole of South China Sea whatever the UN Tribunal decision would be. Already, China has expanded its occupation of the disputed features in Spratlys by reclamation and building of what looks like military facilities. From the statements of Duterte on the China issue, it’s apparent that there are many aspects of the conflict that he doesn’t understand. In an election day press conference, Duterte said China should respect the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone granted to coastal states under international law and should team up with the Philippines to jointly exploit offshore oil and gas. Reuters quoted Duterte as saying, “I would say to China, ‘do not claim anything here and I will not insist also that it is ours’. But then I will just keep (turn) a blind eye...If you want joint ventures, fine, we can get the gas and the oil. I believe in sharing.” READ MORE...

ALSO: By Rey O. Arcilla - ‘PUSONG MAMON’


MAY 12 -AS early as February 15, I predicted Digong will be our next president in a column titled “President Duterte”. On March 28, my column had the title “Digong by a Landslide”. By April 11, in my “Critical Mass” column, I said the critical mass that is needed to make Digong president had been attained. Today, he is “unofficially” the President-elect! Warm congratulations, Sir! *** Why did I bat for Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong? But first, for the record, I don’t know him, he doesn’t know me. We shook hands immediately after I introduced him as the guest speaker at the commencement rite last month of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU). That was our only encounter. The year before that, I also introduced him during the 64th Foundation Anniversary of LPU, but did not even get to personally meet and greet him then. Incidentally, he is an Outstanding Alumnus of Lyceum. So, the reasons I batted for him… He’s tough. He’s uncouth. He is prone to cursing. But he promises to stop that now and be more “presidential”. He exudes sincerity. Hindi siya mapagkunwari. He tells it like it is. He wanted the people to accept him the way he is. He has a soft heart (pusong mamon). I will never forget the TV clip where he was shown crying his heart out (humahagulgol) at the resting place of his parents after his victory. He is human after all. Of all the presidential candidates, he was the only one who kept invoking the will of God. He has a sense of humor. A very important trait for a leader to have to keep his balance. READ MORE...


ALSO: By Dahli Aspillera - NONE OTHERS CAPABLE...?


MAY 14 -JOURNALISTS Jose Rodel Clapano, Non Alquitra spells to us sample political families claiming their birthright to lead. The conceited few that compel the rest to push and shove the Anti-Dynasty bill, a great need which is overdue. The Ejercito-Estrada political dynasty: Ex-President Joseph Estrada, reelectionist mayor of Manila and Guia Gomez of San Juan are winners by slim margins..too many wish there were better choices. Estrada received 283,149 votes against former mayor Alfredo Lim’s 280,464, based on the final official tally released by the city board of canvassers. He led by 2,685 votes. Guia Gomez won by 1,224 votes against her Vice Mayor Francis Zamora. She received 28,828 votes against 27,604 for Zamora. Gomez’s running mate, Janella Estrada, won by 9,434 votes against her main rival, Rolando Bernardo. Janella, granddaughter of Joseph Estrada, is a daughter of incarcerated Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the Manila mayor’s son by his wife, former senator Luisa Ejercito-Estrada. Estrada also has a son with Guia Gomez, who is sitting senator Joseph Victor Ejercito. House Minority Leader Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, the vice mayor’s father, won with 31,172 votes against Jana Ejercito’s 22,922 – a difference of 8,250 votes. In Pasig City, Robert Eusebio won the mayoral race with 282,812 votes against Odylon Ramos’ 13,812 votes. Eusebio will replace his wife, incumbent Mayor Maribel Eusebio. He served as mayor from 2007 to 2013. Since 1992, the Eusebios have been in power in Pasig. Vicente served from 1992 to 2001, Soledad from 2001 to 2004, Vicente again from 2004 to 2007. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Bernard Karganilla -P.I. FILIPINOS; PERFECTLY Imperfect Filipinos


MAY 11 -By Bernard Karganilla
PERFECTLY Imperfect Filipinos. That’s what Marvin Joseph R. Occeno, my student, calls his countrymen. And why not? “We all make mistakes and have flaws, although I tell you, there so many flawless Filipinas out there.” “Many more are addicted to international movies and TV shows rather than to our own. Well, sometimes I cannot blame them since Filipino teleseryes are said to be cliché.” In addition, the largest march against illegal drugs (the ‘Grand BIDA March’ included 332,963 people) was organized, in Manila, Philippines, on 21 March 2009” by PAGCOR. “A barcode system and an on site registration method were used to count the participants. The organizers estimate a total non-official number of 600,000 people.” [www.guinnessworldrecords.de/world-records/largest-march-against-illegal-... And Filipinos vote the way they vote. Like singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” With gusto and violence. Occeno’s apt definition also calls to mind a character in Rizal’s first novel: “Standing well with all the authorities, clever, cunning, and even bold in speculating upon the wants of others, he was the only formidable rival of a certain Perez in the matter of the farming-out of revenues and the sale of offices and appointments, which the Philippine government always confides to private persons. Thus, at the time of the events here narrated, Capitan Tiago was a happy man insofar as it is possible for a narrow-brained individual to be happy in such a land.” “Incapable of any new idea and satisfied with his modus vivendi, he was ever ready to gratify the desires of the last official of the fifth class in every one of the offices, to make presents of hams, capons, turkeys, and Chinese fruits at all seasons of the year...” “He was ever first to talk in favor of any new imposition of taxes, or special assessment, especially when he smelled a contract or a farming assignment behind it. He always had an orchestra ready for congratulating and serenading the governors, judges, and other officials on their name-days and birthdays, at the birth or death of a relative, and in fact at every variation from the usual monotony.” [Chapter VI: “Capitan Tiago.” The Social Cancer: A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere] READ MORE...


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SONNY DOMINGUEZ IS A GOOD CHOICE

MANILA, MAY 16, 2016 (MALAYA) By Amado P. Macasaet May 13, 2016 - It has been reported Sonny Dominguez is being considered as one of the cabinet members of the incoming administration of Rodrigo Duterte. Sonny is fit for any job in government. He is well rounded in government service.

He is reputed to be intelligent, honest and hard working. These traits are not easily found in one man. Sonny has all of them.

Sonny’s family has always lived in Mindanao.

His wife Bol is an American mestiza. She is not out going unlike the wives whose husbands keep or hold influential position in government.

Sonny served in the Cory government as secretary of agriculture and was named president of Philippine Airline where he stayed until his president stepped down.

In my personal opinion he is most fit as secretary of finance having been exposed to the world of money; how it should be raised and spent. President-elect Duterte and Sonny are familiar with each other.

Sonny knows how the new president works his butt off.

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Sonny’s appointment should allay fears of many that the new president may have to use an iron fist to make the country grow faster. An iron fist is not necessary to create a peaceful and prosperous nation.

More important is that Duterte has to act swiftly in the dispensation of justice. He will use the law with dispatch and fairness as everybody should to prosecute offenders.

I do not personally know Duterte. I guess he won by a landslide because the voters need peace and justice which he committed to give to the richest and poorest.

I guess Sonny is fit even to be Executive Secretary. But that is only my opinion.


DUTERTE EYES GILBERT TEODORO FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS By Ellen Tordesillas May 13, 2016


GIBO TEODORO

FORMER Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro is being eyed by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to be his foreign secretary, not as defense secretary, as some new reports say, a source close to Duterte said.

In an interview before the May 9 election, the source said Teodoro has not yet responded to the invitation to join the Duterte cabinet.

Teodoro ran for president in 2010 but lost to his cousin, Benigno Aquino III.

The job of foreign secretary would be doubly challenging in a Duterte presidency considering the incoming head of state’s irreverent nature, lack of patience for formalities and protocol and l frequent use of profane language.

The most important foreign relations issue for the incoming administration is China. The decision of the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea on the case filed by the Philippines to declare illegal China’s all encompassing nine-dash-line map is expected to be handed down in the next few weeks.

It is expected that China would do something to strengthen its claim of almost the whole of South China Sea whatever the UN Tribunal decision would be. Already, China has expanded its occupation of the disputed features in Spratlys by reclamation and building of what looks like military facilities.

From the statements of Duterte on the China issue, it’s apparent that there are many aspects of the conflict that he doesn’t understand.

In an election day press conference, Duterte said China should respect the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone granted to coastal states under international law and should team up with the Philippines to jointly exploit offshore oil and gas.

Reuters quoted Duterte as saying, “I would say to China, ‘do not claim anything here and I will not insist also that it is ours’. But then I will just keep (turn) a blind eye...If you want joint ventures, fine, we can get the gas and the oil. I believe in sharing.”

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Maybe Duterte is not aware that a joint exploration project with China and Vietnam was undertaken by Gloria Arroyo in 2004 in a project titled Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU).

The legality of the JMSU has been questioned before the Supreme Court.

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has said in his lectures on the South China Sea, said joint development of the Spratlys with China is not possible without violating the Constitution. Carpio said, “China’s offer of joint development in the Spratlys has one pre-condition – that the other state concede to China indisputable sovereignty over the Spratlys.”

Carpio pointed out that the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) is part of Philippine national territory as defined in the Philippine Baselines Law (RA No. 3046, as amended by RA No. 5446 and RA No. 9522) and in Article 1 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution on the National Territory.

“Any President who concedes sovereignty over the KIG to China culpably violates the Constitution and commits an impeachable act,” he said.

Carpio also underscored Section 2, Article XII of the 1987 Constitution that mandates the “State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its xxx exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens.”

“Conceding to China sovereignty over the Spratlys, whose surrounding waters facing Palawan form part of the Philippines’ EEZ, or even just allowing China to use and enjoy the Philippines’ marine wealth in these waters, violates Section 2, Article XII of the Constitution. Any President who violates this constitutional provision commits an impeachable act,” Carpio said.

But one idea of Duterte that could improve Philippine-China relations which has dipped to its lowest under the Aquino administration is his willingness to talk with China bilaterally, something that President Aquino shunned saying that the Philippines needs the help of allies in the conflict against the economic giant China.

Diplomats critical of the Aquino government’s position argue that In negotiations, the size of the country does not matter. It depends on the quality of negotiators.

The conflict over Scarborough Shoal, 124 nautical miles from Zambales, is between the Philippines and China and does not involve other countries who are claimants of parts of Spratlys in the South China Sea.

Reuters also, reported that Duterte plans to call a summit on the South China Sea among claimants -Philippines, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan plus the United States, Japan and Australia.

He should be told that every year the countries including other members of Asean and other dialogue partners like Korea and Russia during the East Asia summit. The South China Sea is always in the agenda.

Duterte will be attending that summit as Philippine president.


‘PUSONG MAMON’ By Rey O. Arcilla May 12, 2016



AS early as February 15, I predicted Digong will be our next president in a column titled “President Duterte”.

On March 28, my column had the title “Digong by a Landslide”.

By April 11, in my “Critical Mass” column, I said the critical mass that is needed to make Digong president had been attained.
Today, he is “unofficially” the President-elect!

Warm congratulations, Sir!

***

Why did I bat for Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong?

But first, for the record, I don’t know him, he doesn’t know me. We shook hands immediately after I introduced him as the guest speaker at the commencement rite last month of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU). That was our only encounter. The year before that, I also introduced him during the 64th Foundation Anniversary of LPU, but did not even get to personally meet and greet him then. Incidentally, he is an Outstanding Alumnus of Lyceum.

So, the reasons I batted for him…

He’s tough. He’s uncouth. He is prone to cursing. But he promises to stop that now and be more “presidential”.

He exudes sincerity. Hindi siya mapagkunwari. He tells it like it is. He wanted the people to accept him the way he is.

He has a soft heart (pusong mamon). I will never forget the TV clip where he was shown crying his heart out (humahagulgol) at the resting place of his parents after his victory. He is human after all.

Of all the presidential candidates, he was the only one who kept invoking the will of God.

He has a sense of humor. A very important trait for a leader to have to keep his balance.

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He showed he is not in awe of any one, especially foreigners.

He was the only one who made the national flag the symbol of his campaign. As far as I know, he was also the only one who asked his supporters to sing the national anthem, at least in one of his rallies that I saw on video.

That shows he loves his country and his people. To me, that also means he is a nationalist, a patriot, not a Leftist as he himself claims and certainly not a communist.

To be honest, I have always had a problem with determining or defining where the Center is, or Left of Center or Right of Center. What exactly is the Center?

I believe the Center should be the Nationalist, left of that would be the Leftist and on the right would be the Rightist.
But I will leave that to the political scientists for now.

***

Now the hard work begins.

Digong faces a formidable challenge. But first things first.

Obviously, he cannot do the tasks ahead alone. The key to his success, as he once said, is to choose the right people for the right job. No square pegs in round holes. It is one of the reasons I batted for him.

***

The fact that some of Digong’s pronouncements during the campaign jibed with a piece I wrote 12 years ago likewise attracted me to him. The relevant portions of the piece follow:

“If we succeed in putting our house in order, everything else will fall into its proper place, including an independent foreign policy as mandated by the Constitution.

“How do we put our house in order? We provide all the basic needs of our people – food on the table, shelter and, above all, education that gives greater emphasis on the sciences. But first, we have to provide them with gainful employment.

“How do we do that? We need to raise the necessary funds. How? The most obvious answer is by eliminating, if not minimizing, graft and corruption in every branch of the government. We honestly believe, for instance, that the collection of the right amount of taxes and duties alone will generate enough revenues to fund our economic and security needs. We won’t need to borrow.

“With money and, of course, fiscal discipline, we can do almost anything – build highways and railways, farm to market roads and a country-wide irrigation system; improve and build airports and seaports across the country. (This alone will create a substantial number of jobs.) With modern infrastructure, agricultural and industrial production will grow.

“Tourism too.

“With enough money, we can easily solve the peace and order problem and safeguard our national security by providing the wherewithal to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) without having to depend on anybody. We can also pay AFP and PNP personnel adequately to enable them to better resist temptation.

For the same reason, the salaries and allowances of members of the bureaucracy must also be raised to more realistic levels

“With modernized military and police organizations, plus the requisite economic development program for the country and especially Mindanao, the road to peace with the secessionist rebels and the CPP-NPA will be paved.

“Thereafter, the economy will flourish, aided not in the least by the consequent inflow of foreign direct investments.”

“Our workforce will also no longer be compelled to look for jobs abroad. The phenomenon of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has wreaked havoc on our social and moral fiber. We should, however, continue to protect and promote the welfare and interests of our heroic OFWs.”

***

Back to the just concluded elections…

To the doomsayers of the Makati Business Club and its surrogates: Look at the positive reaction of the stock market and the rise of the peso to Digong’s “unofficial” victory!

You will soon find out that good governance translates to good economics, not the kind we have been having since the time of President Emilio Aguinaldo when the ilustrados/oligarchs, and now the taipans and the political dynasties practically rule the country, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The people no longer want that.

***

From an internet friend:
Fred is 34 years old and he is still single.
One day, a friend asked, “Why aren’t you married? Can’t you find a woman who will be a good wife?”
Fred replied, “Actually, I’ve found many women that I have wanted to marry, but when I bring them home to meet my parents, my mother doesn’t like them.”
His friend thinks for a moment and says, “I’ve got the perfect solution, why not find a girl who’s just like your mother?”
A few months later, they meet again and his friend says, “Did you find the perfect girl? Did your mother like her?”
With a frown on his face, Fred answers, “Yes, I found the perfect girl. She was just like my mother. You were right, my mother liked her very much.”
The friend said, “Then what’s the problem?”
Sadly, Fred replied, “My father doesn’t like her.”


REY ARCILLA


NONE OTHERS CAPABLE...? By Dahli Aspillera May 13, 2016

JOURNALISTS Jose Rodel Clapano, Non Alquitra spells to us sample political families claiming their birthright to lead. The conceited few that compel the rest to push and shove the Anti-Dynasty bill, a great need which is overdue.

The Ejercito-Estrada political dynasty: Ex-President Joseph Estrada, reelectionist mayor of Manila and Guia Gomez of San Juan are winners by slim margins..too many wish there were better choices.

Estrada received 283,149 votes against former mayor Alfredo Lim’s 280,464, based on the final official tally released by the city board of canvassers. He led by 2,685 votes.

Guia Gomez won by 1,224 votes against her Vice Mayor Francis Zamora. She received 28,828 votes against 27,604 for Zamora.

Gomez’s running mate, Janella Estrada, won by 9,434 votes against her main rival, Rolando Bernardo.

Janella, granddaughter of Joseph Estrada, is a daughter of incarcerated Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the Manila mayor’s son by his wife, former senator Luisa Ejercito-Estrada.

Estrada also has a son with Guia Gomez, who is sitting senator Joseph Victor Ejercito.

House Minority Leader Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, the vice mayor’s father, won with 31,172 votes against Jana Ejercito’s 22,922 – a difference of 8,250 votes.

In Pasig City, Robert Eusebio won the mayoral race with 282,812 votes against Odylon Ramos’ 13,812 votes.

Eusebio will replace his wife, incumbent Mayor Maribel Eusebio. He served as mayor from 2007 to 2013.

Since 1992, the Eusebios have been in power in Pasig. Vicente served from 1992 to 2001, Soledad from 2001 to 2004, Vicente again from 2004 to 2007.

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Reelectionist Vice Mayor Iyo Bernardo received 273,378 votes compared with his rival, stuntman Val Iglesias, who received 12,108 votes.

Eusebio’s brother, Ricky, won the congressional seat by beating rivals Mons Romulo and Christian Sia.

In Marikina City, Rep. Marcy Teodoro of the National People’s Coalition (NPC) defeated incumbent Mayor Del de Guzman. Teodoro had 86,751 votes as against De Guzman’s 82,300.

In Mandaluyong City, wives replaced husbands in political posts. Menchie Abalos, wife of incumbent mayor Benhur Abalos of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) was declared winner of the mayoral race--garnered 105,495 votes.

Abalos will replace her husband, incumbent Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr., who is on his third and last term.

City congressman Natali Gonzales has his wife take over his elective position. Queenie Gonzales replaced her husband in the House of Representatives..

Makati 2nd district Rep. Abigail Binay won by 15,000 votes against acting mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña. Peña was named acting mayor after Abigail’s brother Erwin was ordered suspended over alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2. Every Binay has taken turns holding political posts in Makati.

Abigail’s husband, Luis Campos, is taking over as Makati 2nd Representative vacated by his wife. The Binay political dynasty will expand with the addition of in-laws.

Late Tuesday night last was when suspicion and worry settled at the Marcos headquarters. Supporters felt in their hearts but unspoken, that somewhere out there were goings-on to Marcos’ disadvantage and

The Yellow Group’s advantage. The thought was a downer that none present noticed nor partook of the lechon, etc. spread prepared for those stopping by to congratulate. The next morning, the numbers out confirmed the worst fear of those concerned.

The complaint of Vice Presidentiable Marcos of cheating going on in the dark of night should be brought to Comelec’s serious attention.

And as if to confirm hanky-panky schemed and scripted, electricity was cut and Makati went brown out at 1: a m Wednesday night. Been a very very long while since our last brown out here in Makati. No mechanical reasons for Makati lights out. What are we supposed to think?


Dahli Aspillera


P.I. FILIPINOS By Bernard Karganilla May 12, 2016


By Bernard Karganilla

PERFECTLY Imperfect Filipinos. That’s what Marvin Joseph R. Occeno, my student, calls his countrymen.

And why not? “We all make mistakes and have flaws, although I tell you, there so many flawless Filipinas out there.”

“Many more are addicted to international movies and TV shows rather than to our own. Well, sometimes I cannot blame them since Filipino teleseryes are said to be cliché.”

In addition, the largest march against illegal drugs (the ‘Grand BIDA March’ included 332,963 people) was organized, in Manila, Philippines, on 21 March 2009” by PAGCOR. “A barcode system and an on site registration method were used to count the participants. The organizers estimate a total non-official number of 600,000 people.” [www.guinnessworldrecords.de/world-records/largest-march-against-illegal-...

And Filipinos vote the way they vote.

Like singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” With gusto and violence. Occeno’s apt definition also calls to mind a character in Rizal’s first novel: “Standing well with all the authorities, clever, cunning, and even bold in speculating upon the wants of others, he was the only formidable rival of a certain Perez in the matter of the farming-out of revenues and the sale of offices and appointments, which the Philippine government always confides to private persons.

Thus, at the time of the events here narrated, Capitan Tiago was a happy man insofar as it is possible for a narrow-brained individual to be happy in such a land.”

“Incapable of any new idea and satisfied with his modus vivendi, he was ever ready to gratify the desires of the last official of the fifth class in every one of the offices, to make presents of hams, capons, turkeys, and Chinese fruits at all seasons of the year...”

“He was ever first to talk in favor of any new imposition of taxes, or special assessment, especially when he smelled a contract or a farming assignment behind it. He always had an orchestra ready for congratulating and serenading the governors, judges, and other officials on their name-days and birthdays, at the birth or death of a relative, and in fact at every variation from the usual monotony.” [Chapter VI: “Capitan Tiago.” The Social Cancer: A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere]

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We are reminded as well of another character in Rizal’s second novel: “I am the Judge who wishes to castigate this system by making use of its own defects, to make war on it by flattering it...It is madness to attempt to influence the thoughts of the rulers–they have their plan outlined, the bandage covers their eyes, and besides losing time uselessly, you are deceiving the people with vain hopes and are helping to bend their necks before the tyrant.” [Simoun to Basilio. Chapter VII of The Reign of Greed: Complete English Version of El Filibusterismo]

Thirdly, there’s Emilio Aguinaldo who played the role of “pinakaulo,” enjoining the people to avoid “sacking, plundering, robbing and deceiving, [for those actions] destroy our credit and hurt us much before other nations and injure tranquility.” [Letter of July 15, 1898; as cited in Remigio E. Agpalo, “The Philippine Pangulo Regime,” Philippine Political Science Journal, Vol. 20, No. 43, 1999, p. 56]

On a different note, we should get our metaphors straight. He is more Hermann Wilhelm Goëring than Adolf Hitler. Reichsmarschall Goëring was the Nazi “given a direct order by the Reich Chancellor and Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, to solve the question of the European Jews.” [Peter Longerich. The Wannsee Conference in the Development of the Final Solution. London: The Holocaust Educational Trust, 2000] Moreover:

“The purpose of the system is to terrorize the masses into obedience; and the worst features of it have been employed against supporters of the regime whose loyalty has been for some reason suspected, not less than against its opponents...But perhaps the most striking example of the Brown Terror was the infamous night of June 30, 1934, when Hitler and Goëring were directly responsible, under hideous circumstances, for the assassination of some thousands of their own supporters, including some of the best-known members of the party, for alleged conspiracy.” [Harold Joseph Laski. The Rights of Man: Macmillan War Pamphlets 8. London: Macmillan, 1940]

Colonel-General Göering founded the Gestapo in 1933, used the SS to crush the SA, amassed kickbacks from industrialists, threw lavish parties and wore garish clothing, and chased skirts. “Unlike the collection Hitler amassed for his Führermuseum, Hermann Göering accumulated artworks as a testament to himself...In his capacity as Plenipotentiary for the Implementation of the Four-Year Plan, Göering controlled several agencies well suited for plundering.” [www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/holocaust/bio/bio_perps_goring.htm]

SA-Gruppenführer Göering, after hearing Hitler’s Obersalzberg Speech, “jumped on a table...made blood-thirsty promises” and “danced like a wild man.” [E. L. Woodward and Rohan Riftlep, eds. Documents on British Foreign Policy. 1919-1939. London: HMSO, 1954]

Generalfeldmarschall Goering was the highest-ranking Nazi official tried, convicted and sentenced to death at Nuremberg for crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity (United States, et al. v. Goëring, et al). Be that as it may, Goëring’s personal guilt was conflated with the collective failure of conscience of German society.

As Dr. Otto Stahmer, Defense Counsel, in his Final Argument offered: “Goering sincerely believed that salvation could only come through Hitler. He recognized in him the born natural leader who understood to influence the masses and to guide them and who, driven by a fascinating strong will, could not be frightened by any obstacle. He realized that under a democratic constitution only such a man of certainly demoniacal-demagogic talent could survive. And therefore he joined him.” [http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/suppb_part1_chap_03.asp]

From that to the “Perfectly Imperfect Filipinos” of the Philippines where the case of “candidates receiving the same number of voters for the position” is resolved by the “drawing of lots to break the tie.” [Comelec Resolution No. 10083 pursuant to the May 9, 2016 national and local elections that was promulgated on March 15, 2016, Section 11, letter D-II] Thus, in the case of Bocaue, Bulacan where Jim Valerio and Joni Villanueva both got exactly 16,694 votes: “It was agreed that the coin toss would be a best of five, with the first to get three points to be declared winner.” [https://sg.news.yahoo.com/coin-toss-decides-bocaue-mayoral-000000662.html]

The “Perfectly Imperfect Filipinos.” For whom Jose Rizal reflected: “(W)hat do I care if the coming generation would enjoy more or less freedom than I, have better or worse education, if there be justice for all or there be none...(?)” [Pensamientos de un Filipino, Madrid, 1883-1885]


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