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IF ONLY CORRUPT OFFICIALS COULD BE MADE TO DISAPPEAR LIKE DRUG DEALERS


JULY 6 -OUR page 1 banner yesterday “5 more drug dealers dead” repelled some, cheered a lot. The story told of how policemen and special agents have killed 69 drug dealers since President Duterte won the presidency on May 9.
It’s really good news that drug dealers are being made to disappear from the face of this earth. It seems that all that the PNP officers and men needed was to hear tough talk against criminals from someone in the government, even only a city mayor President-elect, for them to go into action. The dark shadow on this good news is that human rights groups are raising the cry against abuses and vigilante killings—as if the policemen who had killed the drug dealers have committed extra-judicial executions. As far as reporters could tell, however, the drug dealers killed were wanted persons with long records. All this makes not a few of us, Filipinos, wish corrupt government officials would also disappear unceremoniously. These corrupt officials really do a lot of harm to our Republic and to the people themselves. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Bold and necessary exposure of rogue cops


JULY 5 -GOOGLE IMAGES -'I'm not a Messiah, I am your garbageman.'
PRESIDENT Duterte has done the most necessary act to make the people truly believe that the war against drugs and drug lords is for real. He has pulled out five police “generals” involved in the illegal drug industry from the shadows. He has exposed them for the world to know as enemies of the Republic and cruel destroyers of the lives of fellow Filipinos, including young people, who become drug addicts. The President revealed that he has ordered the removal of the following top police officials from their posts: General Marcelo Garbo, General Vicente Loot, General Bernardo Diaz, General Joel Pagdilao, and General Edgardo Tinio. These top police officials are now all under investigation and will eventually be indicted. One of them, Vicente Loot, left the service before he could be fired. He became a local politician in Cebu and is now the mayor of Daanbantayan town.  These top police officers did not only commit treason against our nation. They have also dishonored the Philippine National Police as an institution, besmirched the honorable profession of “police officer” and mocked their pledges of loyalty and honor. It appears that all of these “police generals” are referred to as such because they all supposed to be honorable graduates of the Philippine Military Academy.READ MORE...

ALSO: Good—NIA (Irrigation), NFA (Food) and PCA (Coconut) again under Agriculture Department


JULY 7 -PRESIDENT Rody Duterte immediately granted the request of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol for a presidential executive order placing the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Food Authority (NFA), and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) back under the Department of Agriculture (DA). The President also gave Piñol control over the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM), which former President B.S. Aquino had created on May 5, 2014. Aquino made the head of OPAFSAM a Cabinet member. Aquino also made it the overseer of the four largest government agencies that used to be under the DA. These are the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), NFA, NIA, and PCA. It was an unwise and a bad management decision of BS Aquino to break up the cluster of offices and agencies under the control of the agriculture secretary. The breakup only exacerbated the lack of concern of Aquino for the agriculture and agrarian sector. A farmer himself, Piñol personally knows what the agriculture sector, and with it, agri-business, needs to become the leading component of the Philippine economy. The most recent data says unemployment has increased by 2 million—to 11 million jobless Filipinos. Most of these are in the rural, the agricultural, areas. Agriculture is where most of our labor force is located because we are still essentially an agricultural country. We are not an industrial economy, and the service sector (BPOs mainly) has unhealthily become the most dominant and productive segment. We must make excellent use of our agriculture resources. READ MORE...

ALSO By Ma Isabel Ongpin: Wanted - true leaders


JULY 8 -by MA. ISABEL ONGPIN
THE world after Brexit, terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia looks the same but it is not. Brexit or the vote by Britain to leave Europe has shown that there is a majority that has emerged that finds the regulations and conditions of the European Union on their everyday life as intolerable. The “trickle down” effect of an economy on the rise has been debunked. It just does not work and we can look into our own country and see that a rising economy does not necessarily mean everyone’s boat rising with the tide. When a substantial number of the population of a country that believes in democratic government is unhappy, untoward events are just around the corner via elections. Voters will punish those they consider responsible. That in itself is not a negative. But with the anger fueled by irresponsible misinformation, particularly through media, rumors and demagoguery, the new leaders that are poised to take over governance seem to promote retrogression in civil liberties and democratic paths in the rush to put out the fires. They close doors and may cause a retreat from the status quo that may not necessarily be a positive development, though initially they will take steps to address the grievances that are eating their constituents. Usually these are reactions that are simplistic and bring on more problems in the long run. Britain will have to navigate through many shoals to come up with the wishes of its electorate in the move out of the EU that will bring it to a better place.  The discontented who repudiate democracy are even more menacing when their grievances make them take the path of violence. The terrorist elements in our midst and the world seem to be multiplying with an ensuing escalation of lethal violence that disregards civility, humane values and reason. As a result, the political class is in turmoil. In Europe, the far Right seem to be ascending, particularly in France and the Netherlands in the face of terrorism and economic problems. In Spain, there is a paralysis of governance as opposing political leaders refuse to break a stalemate of differing political stands to come together and lead the country by consensus. Economic problems have brought the country to this impasse. READ MORE...


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If only corrupt officials could be made to disappear like drug dealers…

MANILA, JULY 11, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) July 4, 2016 10:26 pm - OUR page 1 banner yesterday “5 more drug dealers dead” repelled some, cheered a lot. The story told of how policemen and special agents have killed 69 drug dealers since President Duterte won the presidency on May 9.

It’s really good news that drug dealers are being made to disappear from the face of this earth. It seems that all that the PNP officers and men needed was to hear tough talk against criminals from someone in the government, even only a city mayor President-elect, for them to go into action.

The dark shadow on this good news is that human rights groups are raising the cry against abuses and vigilante killings—as if the policemen who had killed the drug dealers have committed extra-judicial executions. As far as reporters could tell, however, the drug dealers killed were wanted persons with long records.

All this makes not a few of us, Filipinos, wish corrupt government officials would also disappear unceremoniously.
These corrupt officials really do a lot of harm to our Republic and to the people themselves.

READ MORE...

The corrupt government employees, from the highest national level to the barangay, contribute hugely to the state of poverty of some 27 percent of our population and to the near poverty of another 25 percent or so. Government programs that, if properly made to run, and funds in billions of pesos allocated to relieve the hunger and helplessness of our destitute, if properly spent as the law requires, would have begun to ease the lives of our poor and given them the possibility of a new start and a way out of their dead-ends.

But the funds for these anti-poverty and rehabilitation programs are always diminished if not totally stolen by corrupt officials.
Unfortunately, while drug dealers and street criminals are relatively easy to pinpoint, arrest and charge, corrupt officials are almost impossible to expose and identify.

Often, the only witnesses to corruption are the members of the public who are the other half of corrupt transactions.

This makes the words of DOTC Secretary Art Tugade relevant, when he said some days ago to a businessman: “You expect me not to be corrupt. But can I expect you not to try to corrupt me?”

His words were another way of saying that every act of government corruption always has two actors. The government official and the member of the public willing to pay for the official’s service of bending the rule or looking the other way.

President Duterte has promised to fight government corruption the way the police are fighting drug dealers. We, the public, must help the Duterte administration make that promise come true.

The simplest way is by keeping our eyes open and blowing the whistle on corrupt officials who may be our friends and neighbors, and blowing the whistle also on people we know who are corrupting public officials and government employees.

That is how Lee Kuan Yew and his people made Singapore a world model in combating corruption.
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5 Responses to If only corrupt officials could be made to disappear like drug dealers…
arthur keefe says: J
uly 5, 2016 at 5:05 pm Why is it OK to shoot minor drug users (as in Negros Occid this week), but not to shoot corrupt politicians and officials? What is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander!
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Kutonglupa says:
July 5, 2016 at 11:10 am Let’s start with the FOI Bill to be signed soon by Duterte. From there, we can start looking at all of the executive branch’s activities. Sadly, the FOI is not retroactive.
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Purong G.I. says:
July 5, 2016 at 5:55 am
This idea is easier said than done. I wish those were words from an angel. Money is root of all evils and corruption is ingrain in some humans.
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Maria Farhi says:
July 5, 2016 at 12:07 am
Lew Kuan Yew did not kill. He established an anti corruption agency directly under him, summarily prosecuted corrupt officials and workers based on documents and pieces of evidence, jailed them, and forced them to return the stolen money or goods. Again, NO KILLINGS.
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Wolfgang Struck says:
July 4, 2016 at 10:56 pm
President Marcos always said: There is no corruption, if there is no briber. Imagine: SM – Henry Sy – The Good Boys want a new land title. Where will they go? LRA. Where will Ayala go? To the Court of Appeals. Acopiado. Kailala mo? Sorry,boys,
WES
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EDITORIAL:

Bold and necessary exposure of rogue cops July 5, 2016 10:54 pm


GOOGLE IMAGES -'Im not a Messiah, I am your garbageman'

PRESIDENT Duterte has done the most necessary act to make the people truly believe that the war against drugs and drug lords is for real. He has pulled out five police “generals” involved in the illegal drug industry from the shadows. He has exposed them for the world to know as enemies of the Republic and cruel destroyers of the lives of fellow Filipinos, including young people, who become drug addicts.

The President revealed that he has ordered the removal of the following top police officials from their posts:
General Marcelo Garbo,
General Vicente Loot,
General Bernardo Diaz,
General Joel Pagdilao, and
General Edgardo Tinio.

These top police officials are now all under investigation and will eventually be indicted. One of them, Vicente Loot, left the service before he could be fired. He became a local politician in Cebu and is now the mayor of Daanbantayan town.

These top police officers did not only commit treason against our nation. They have also dishonored the Philippine National Police as an institution, besmirched the honorable profession of “police officer” and mocked their pledges of loyalty and honor.
It appears that all of these “police generals” are referred to as such because they all supposed to be honorable graduates of the Philippine Military Academy.

READ MORE...

Police brass are called “directors” not “generals” to punctuate the constitutionally defined civilian character of the PNP. But the “mistahs” in the police have succeeded in influencing the media into publicly calling them “generals” to honor their Philippine Military Academy origins. Well, they have trashed the title “general” and the good name of the PMA.

Announcing the names and publishing the picture of these rogue police officers is an absolutely vital part of the campaign to end the drug curse in our country. Scores, maybe hundreds, of police officers under these police “generals” willingly did work for these drug-operator-PNP bosses. They must also be named publicly, investigated, charged and after conviction severely punished.

The action must not end with today’s shaming of these traitors to our country, our people and the PNP. They must also be prosecuted, diligently. Prosecutors and other people in the Justice Department who treat their work of putting away these criminals in police uniforms less than zealously must also be separated from government service.

One wonders about the entire PNP as an organization. Everyone in the police department headquarters and precincts know who the scoundrel cops and top officers are. Those who don’t must be certifiable idiots.

The conclusion must be made that since everyone knows, and yet it took so long — and the arrival of President Rody Duterte — for these police generals to be identified and charged, there must be something wrong not only with the PNP system but with the individuals themselves, who are fellow officers of these scoundrel police generals.

The PNP is a vitally important part of our country’s governance. It must be radically reformed.

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Prinze Fisher says:
July 6, 2016 at 3:03 am
I agree, publish the pictures of these rogue police officers so the public may know their treasonous faces.
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EDITORIAL

Good—NIA, NFA and PCA again under Agriculture Department July 6, 2016 10:32 pm


PRESIDENT Rody Duterte immediately granted the request of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol for a presidential executive order placing the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Food Authority (NFA), and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) back under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The President also gave Piñol control over the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM), which former President B.S. Aquino had created on May 5, 2014.

Aquino made the head of OPAFSAM a Cabinet member. Aquino also made it the overseer of the four largest government agencies that used to be under the DA. These are the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), NFA, NIA, and PCA.

It was an unwise and a bad management decision of BS Aquino to break up the cluster of offices and agencies under the control of the agriculture secretary.

The breakup only exacerbated the lack of concern of Aquino for the agriculture and agrarian sector.



A farmer himself, Piñol personally knows what the agriculture sector, and with it, agri-business, needs to become the leading component of the Philippine economy. The most recent data says unemployment has increased by 2 million—to 11 million jobless Filipinos. Most of these are in the rural, the agricultural, areas. Agriculture is where most of our labor force is located because we are still essentially an agricultural country. We are not an industrial economy, and the service sector (BPOs mainly) has unhealthily become the most dominant and productive segment. We must make excellent use of our agriculture resources.

READ MORE...

The NFA, NIA, FPA and PCA are the most essential agencies that should serve the aims of the agriculture secretary to achieve the principal goal of Duterte for our country to have food security.


In the reintegration of these agencies with the DA, Piñol simply wants to restore the correct structure. He correctly saw that there was “absolutely NO SENSE in separating the NFA, NIA, FPA and PCA from the DA.

Piñol has also spoken of proposing to the President the creation of a “national food authority council.” He sees that council as the coordinating body to harmonize all the efforts of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), DA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and “even the weather bureau” to ensure the success of programs for food production and greater agricultural productivity.

He had observed that these agencies were uncoordinated; each one going its own way. He saw early on for the activities of the agencies must be consolidated, with each agency going for the same goals and all heading to the same direction.

Duterte has also spoken of his plan to create a department for fisheries and aquatic resources. Piñol hopes to see this department to be formed soon. He laments the neglect by all previous governments of the fisheries sector, which has a huge potential for the Philippines because we have the fifth-longest coastline in the world.


Wanted: true leaders July 8, 2016 1:14 am Ma. Isabel Ongpin


by MA. ISABEL ONGPIN

THE world after Brexit, terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia looks the same but it is not.

Brexit or the vote by Britain to leave Europe has shown that there is a majority that has emerged that finds the regulations and conditions of the European Union on their everyday life as intolerable. The “trickle down” effect of an economy on the rise has been debunked. It just does not work and we can look into our own country and see that a rising economy does not necessarily mean everyone’s boat rising with the tide.

When a substantial number of the population of a country that believes in democratic government is unhappy, untoward events are just around the corner via elections. Voters will punish those they consider responsible.

That in itself is not a negative. But with the anger fueled by irresponsible misinformation, particularly through media, rumors and demagoguery, the new leaders that are poised to take over governance seem to promote retrogression in civil liberties and democratic paths in the rush to put out the fires.

They close doors and may cause a retreat from the status quo that may not necessarily be a positive development, though initially they will take steps to address the grievances that are eating their constituents. Usually these are reactions that are simplistic and bring on more problems in the long run.

Britain will have to navigate through many shoals to come up with the wishes of its electorate in the move out of the EU that will bring it to a better place.

The discontented who repudiate democracy are even more menacing when their grievances make them take the path of violence. The terrorist elements in our midst and the world seem to be multiplying with an ensuing escalation of lethal violence that disregards civility, humane values and reason.

As a result, the political class is in turmoil. In Europe, the far Right seem to be ascending, particularly in France and the Netherlands in the face of terrorism and economic problems.

In Spain, there is a paralysis of governance as opposing political leaders refuse to break a stalemate of differing political stands to come together and lead the country by consensus. Economic problems have brought the country to this impasse.

READ MORE...

In Britain, the political parties are in disarray as their leaders scramble for power in the aftermath of the momentous decision to leave the EU.

There seems to be what they call buyer’s regret, but more perilously, a crisis in leadership. It is amazing to see and hear the stories of opportunism, ambition, power-grabbing and betrayal now headlined in the British media after Brexit.

It is the season of discontent. It may be that the political class brought it on themselves as the rising tide of the disappointed took over the elections while the complacent and self-serving were not looking.

More frightful yet are the incidents of terrorism that result in senseless violence on innocent people. We do not have to look far. Here we have the kidnap-for-ransom events that may or may not be fueled by religious animosity but, in effect, bring religious fundamentalism, which means intolerance and hostility, to the fore.

Unreasonable and inhuman as these maybe, they happen and are real events that need to be addressed and done away with.
In neighboring and farther off countries, the same tenor of events is on the rise. The attacks on airports in Belgium and Istanbul are striking at the heart of society, which is innocent civilians far removed from the ideologies and social problems that beset others.

But those others must be listened to, as they are part of themselves. The continuing violence by Bangladesh fundamentalists is frightening and unacceptable as well and calls for a permanent and acceptable solution.

Leaders and citizens everywhere should pay attention and discern not only the discontent and oppression that drives these violent acts and upends the status quo but come up with reasonable, effective and acceptable solutions. Easier said than done, admittedly, and a call for true leadership over a long time.

But the crises that beset us should give us the consciousness and understanding that giving everyone in society their due and respect within the parameters of reason and justice should trump the present wave of discontent and violence.

Political leadership is now critical and must be accompanied by an informed and fair constituency to back it up for the duration.


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