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BY NESTOR MATA: DUTERTE’s ‘TEN COMMANDMENTS’


JULY 7 -NESTOR MATA
TODAY marks the seventh day of President Rodrigo Roa Détente’s first 100 days in Malacañang. He was catapulted into the highest post of the land by the people for his bold and controversial promises to change and unite the country during his six-year-term presidency. Here are President Duterte’s “ten commandments”, which are not really like the biblical Ten Commandments inscribed on stone tablets given by God to Moses at the top of Mount Sinai, but the ten ways to fulfill his promises of reforms and systematic changes in the government and society, namely: First, to take extreme measures to stop the country from becoming a narco-state, to give the security forces shoot-to-kill orders, to pay bounties to ordinary citizens for killing drug dealers, and to restore the death penalty by hanging; Second, to rewrite the Constitution and change the centralized government to a federal system in which newly-created states would have a large degree of autonomy, and allow them to keep most of their revenues; Third, to put an end to the decades-old Muslim and communist rebellions by appeasing Muslim rebels who want autonomy with federalism, and to start peace talks with the communists; Fourth, to slow down the fast-growing population, and to order government agencies to supply the poor with free condoms and birth-control pills; Fifth, to change an economic model that has created one of Asia’s biggest rich-poor divides, and to continue with the macro-economic policies of his predecessor, by using federalism as the key solution; Sixth, to roll out a nationwide curfew on children being in the streets alone late at night, and to ban alcohol being served in public late in evening; Seventh, to rid government agencies, police and the military of deep-rooted corruption; READ MORE...

ALSO: THE BIBLE COMES IN HANDY


JULY 7 -DODY LACUNA
SENATOR Manny Pacquiao may be doing the real best thing on top of his achievements as the only 8-time world champion in the world – that of conducting Bible studies for his fellow senators. Some of them may have secretly scoffed at the idea of the best-selling book in human history suddenly occupying precious legislative time. Pacquiao was just extending an invitation which should not be taken as an affront to the senators’ personal views on the separation of Church and State. Pacquiao would grandly attribute his remarkable success in life to the God of the Bible – from having nothing, God gave him everything he could ever dream of. Wanting his colleagues in the Upper Chamber to experience a transformed life like his is easier said than done. But, Pacquiao’s secular context may lend itself freely to the public lives of the most of the senators, which mirror power, wealth, pride and achievement; his rags-to-riches story may be inspiring enough that many need no explanation why it happened at all. But, it would be how his spiritual convictions have come to life that can plumb the depths of their private lives wracked by depression and animosities and which he hoped would somehow open a new perspective for them. Except for Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who has quoted from the Bible several times no one in the Senate seems to take the Bible seriously. Detained Senator Bong Revilla would mention some Biblical passages and his “avowed” trust in God but his life in jail only offers thoughts of a despondent and unrepentant man. “Charles Goodyear was a believer, even though others would not see what he saw. He was penniless in 1838 when he discovered vulcanizing rubber. At one point in his life, he actually had himself thrown in jail to gain time to reach his goals. And there, unmolested behind prison bars, he perfected his rubber process”. Pacquiao’s open and unabashed testimony about Christ has broken his “jail time” which upended his struggle against the “things of this world” that turned out to be stronger than his vaunted ring opponents. READ MORE...

ALSO: By E. Tordesillas - UNSOLICITED ADVICE TO ROBREDO, LEAD OPPOSITION


JULY 6 -ELLEN TORDESILLAS
GIL Ramos, who monitors what’s going on in the Philippines, especially political happenings, from the United States, where he is based, wrote me his view that it is better that Vice President Leni Robredo is not part of the Duterte cabinet. I share his view. A democracy can only be vibrant if there’s a strong opposition. In fact, I cannot understand, the fuss by the Mar Roxas- Leni Robredo supporters about the VP not being appointed to a cabinet position. The President is not obliged to give Robredo a cabinet post and he has already explained why -- he is concerned about the feelings of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the closest opponent of Robredo. There are other reasons like the friendship of his father to Ferdinand Marcos as well as the support of the Marcoses to him last election. Duterte is planning to give Marcos a cabinet position after the one-year ban and it would indeed be awkward for Robredo and Marcos to be working together under Duterte. As pointed out by many commentators, the only job of Robredo under the law is to be fit and ready if and when the president is removed from office, either by impeachment or by death. Ramos said Robredo has another job waiting for her; Be the leader of the political opposition which has been decimated by the formation of the supermajority that is aligned with the Duterte administration. Ramos said here are some things that Robredo can do if she wants to lead the opposition: 1. As leader of the opposition review the good things about Daang Matuwid and defend it in the national debate. READ MORE...

ALSO: By JB Baylon - $15B AND COUNTING


JULY 8 -By Jose Bayani Baylon
THE Duterte Presidency provides Mindanao - long denied proper representation in the national government in Manila - a unique chance to shift the focus of investors towards the island. The island for the longest time has been called the “next frontier” of the Philippines. Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines with a land area of 10 million hectares - one third of the country’s total size - and is larger in size than 125 countries in the world. It is also the eighth most populous island in the world. In 2011 it was reported that the United States estimated the natural wealth of Mindanao to be approaching $70 trillion, said to be up to 70% of the Philippines’ total mineral resources. These range from gold and copper to nickel, and may not even include natural gas reserves that are said to be buried in an area covering about seven provinces. No wonder that for mineral resources exploration and utilization alone, investments that reach $15 Billion have been planned for Mindanao and with a Mindanaoan now president, the transformation of plans into reality could be hastened. Fifteen billion dollars is not loose change by any measure. READ MORE...


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DUTERTE’S ‘TEN COMMANDMENTS’


NESTOR MATA

MANILA,
JULY 11, 2016 (MALAYA) 
By NESTOR MATA July 07, 2016 - TODAY marks the seventh day of President Rodrigo Roa Détente’s first 100 days in Malacañang. He was catapulted into the highest post of the land by the people for his bold and controversial promises to change and unite the country during his six-year-term presidency.

Here are President Duterte’s “ten commandments”, which are not really like the biblical Ten Commandments inscribed on stone tablets given by God to Moses at the top of Mount Sinai, but the ten ways to fulfill his promises of reforms and systematic changes in the government and society, namely:

First, to take extreme measures to stop the country from becoming a narco-state, to give the security forces shoot-to-kill orders, to pay bounties to ordinary citizens for killing drug dealers, and to restore the death penalty by hanging; Second, to rewrite the Constitution and change the centralized government to a federal system in which newly-created states would have a large degree of autonomy, and allow them to keep most of their revenues;

Third, to put an end to the decades-old Muslim and communist rebellions by appeasing Muslim rebels who want autonomy with federalism, and to start peace talks with the communists;

Fourth, to slow down the fast-growing population, and to order government agencies to supply the poor with free condoms and birth-control pills;

Fifth, to change an economic model that has created one of Asia’s biggest rich-poor divides, and to continue with the macro-economic policies of his predecessor, by using federalism as the key solution;

Sixth, to roll out a nationwide curfew on children being in the streets alone late at night, and to ban alcohol being served in public late in evening;

Seventh, to rid government agencies, police and the military of deep-rooted corruption;

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Eighth, to allow the burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos’s body at the Libingan ng mga Bayani to help end decades of social division over the issue;

Ninth, to change the Constitution to lift restrictive foreign investment laws, and to tell telcos to improve one of the region’s slowest Internet connections or face competition from foreign players, but to oppose foreign ownership of land;

Tenth, to restore friendly relations between the Philippines and China, which plummeted when then President Aquino brought the case over territorial disputes in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea to The Hague arbitration tribunal.

(Last Tuesday, in a speech at the celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force in Clark Air Base in Pampanga, President Duterte said he was optimistic the international court will render a decision in favor of the Philippines. And then, discarding his speech, he announced that he had ordered the relief of three active police generals and the investigation of two other retired generals for involvement in the illegal drugs trade.)

Apart from these “ten commandments”, President Duterte sternly admonished members of his Cabinet, soon after they took their oath of office last June 30, to refrain from changing or bending the rules on government contracts, to abhor secrecy and observe transparency in all phases of government work, such as submission of proposals, processing, bidding, and consummation of public projects.

Finally, President Duterte gave his assurance to all countries of the world that the Philippines will honor its treaties and international obligations, which this newspaper’s editorialist considered as “indications of his diplomatic savvy, a fine point for a new leader.”

Oh yes, Vice President Leni Robredo, who ran and won as the candidate of the past administration party, paid a courtesy call on President Duterte in Malacañang last Tuesday afternoon, and voiced her full support for his leadership and administration.

This augurs well for the national unity that all Filipinos have been longing for in many, many decades!

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Quote of the Day: “Here is a man willing to help us make the changes we have long craved to see in the government and society. But he cannot do it alone. He needs each one of us to ensure that positive changes we seek happen, and that the growth will be felt by each and every Filipino, rich and poor alike, but most especially the poor!” – National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose


THE BIBLE COMES IN HANDY By DODY LACUNA July 07, 2016


DODY LACUNA

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao may be doing the real best thing on top of his achievements as the only 8-time world champion in the world – that of conducting Bible studies for his fellow senators.

Some of them may have secretly scoffed at the idea of the best-selling book in human history suddenly occupying precious legislative time. Pacquiao was just extending an invitation which should not be taken as an affront to the senators’ personal views on the separation of Church and State. Pacquiao would grandly attribute his remarkable success in life to the God of the Bible – from having nothing, God gave him everything he could ever dream of.

Wanting his colleagues in the Upper Chamber to experience a transformed life like his is easier said than done. But, Pacquiao’s secular context may lend itself freely to the public lives of the most of the senators, which mirror power, wealth, pride and achievement; his rags-to-riches story may be inspiring enough that many need no explanation why it happened at all.

But, it would be how his spiritual convictions have come to life that can plumb the depths of their private lives wracked by depression and animosities and which he hoped would somehow open a new perspective for them.

Except for Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who has quoted from the Bible several times no one in the Senate seems to take the Bible seriously.

Detained Senator Bong Revilla would mention some Biblical passages and his “avowed” trust in God but his life in jail only offers thoughts of a despondent and unrepentant man. “Charles Goodyear was a believer, even though others would not see what he saw.

He was penniless in 1838 when he discovered vulcanizing rubber. At one point in his life, he actually had himself thrown in jail to gain time to reach his goals. And there, unmolested behind prison bars, he perfected his rubber process”. Pacquiao’s open and unabashed testimony about Christ has broken his “jail time” which upended his struggle against the “things of this world” that turned out to be stronger than his vaunted ring opponents.

READ MORE...

Some Bible teachers say the ailing Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who has a Masteral Degree in Biblical Theology has not embraced an eternal and liberating truth from the Bible – that forgiveness brings divine emotional and physical healing. (In her case, she has not overcome her seething bitterness towards former President Fidel Ramos for reportedly cheating her in the 1992 presidential elections.)

I recall a Bible-reading retired military general appointed by Ramos as chairman of the RPN 9 Board of Directors who would preside over meetings with an open Holy Book on the table. Of course, no one among the employees thought if the Bible had anything to do with the unexpected surge of revenues and ratings of the sequestered and financially-handicapped TV network. (People constantly pray but just attribute their good fortunes to luck, and not to the God of the Bible.)

Its president, Jose Mari Gonzales, suddenly had put on air the first Mexican telenovela “La Traidora” - which was languishing among forgettable foreign packages - against the better judgment of the marketing and sales and program executives.

This was followed by another obscure and unmarketable romance series titled “Mari Mar” which turned out to be phenomenally successful bringing in the highest monthly revenues since the networks’ sequestration in 1986 and making way for Channel 9 to reenergize and recoup its competitiveness in the industry. “Mari Mar” would serve as the template for local telenovelas produced by the major networks one after another.

From the founder of the largest orphanage in Bristol, George Mueller, “I have read the Bible through one hundred times, and always with increasing delight. Each time it seems like a new book to me. Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God.”


UNSOLICITED ADVICE TO ROBREDO: LEAD OPPOSITION By Ellen Tordesillas July 06, 2016


ELLEN TORDESILLAS

GIL Ramos, who monitors what’s going on in the Philippines, especially political happenings, from the United States, where he is based, wrote me his view that it is better that Vice President Leni Robredo is not part of the Duterte cabinet.

I share his view. A democracy can only be vibrant if there’s a strong opposition.

In fact, I cannot understand, the fuss by the Mar Roxas- Leni Robredo supporters about the VP not being appointed to a cabinet position. The President is not obliged to give Robredo a cabinet post and he has already explained why -- he is concerned about the feelings of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the closest opponent of Robredo. There are other reasons like the friendship of his father to Ferdinand Marcos as well as the support of the Marcoses to him last election.

Duterte is planning to give Marcos a cabinet position after the one-year ban and it would indeed be awkward for Robredo and Marcos to be working together under Duterte.

As pointed out by many commentators, the only job of Robredo under the law is to be fit and ready if and when the president is removed from office, either by impeachment or by death.

Ramos said Robredo has another job waiting for her; Be the leader of the political opposition which has been decimated by the formation of the supermajority that is aligned with the Duterte administration.

Ramos said here are some things that Robredo can do if she wants to lead the opposition:

1. As leader of the opposition review the good things about Daang Matuwid and defend it in the national debate.

READ MORE...

2. Look at the charges being levelled against plain citizen and former president Noynoy Aquino and defend him to the hilt.

3. During Mar’s and your campaign you were critical of the shift to a federal system. Duterte is moving towards that - so it is your job to point out the possible pitfalls of the move towards federalism.

4. The BUB bottoms up budgeting is under review - this is the product of Daang Matuwid. Join the debate and argue with Budget Secretary Ben Diokno on why BUB is correct and good for the nation.

5. There were last-minute moves of the Aquino government. For example there were last minute promulgations that Kim Henares made in the BIR which are now being reversed by the new BIR commissioner.

Why are you so silent? Together with Kim Henares you should tell the nation why the last moves of the BIR commissioner were good for the nation.

Ramos said the control and execution of the executive department is Duterte’s job not Robredo’s including alleviating the poor’s plight which she has professed to be her concern. “Wait until Duterte dies or is impeached and the job will be yours. The minuscule monies you have in your VP budget is small compared to what Duterte controls so your efforts will just be seen as ‘also ran’ and ‘me too’ efforts intended only for public relations imaging without real effect. Pa epal lang,” he said.

Setting aside the allegations of fraud as contained in the electoral protest of Marcos, Ramos reminded Robredo that those who voted for her did so as a balancing factor to Duterte and “not as a yes VP so eager to join and please and be in the good graces of Duterte.”

“Be true to this mandate as a ‘check and balance’ factor and stop your followers from begging for a position for you in the Cabinet,” he said.

Ramos said: “So you see -- this genuine role for you would mean you become the true leader of the opposition. And of course Duterte would be crazy to appoint you to a Cabinet position - like he needs it like a bullet hole in the head.”


$15B AND COUNTING By Jose Bayani Baylon July 08, 2016


By Jose Bayani Baylon

THE Duterte Presidency provides Mindanao - long denied proper representation in the national government in Manila - a unique chance to shift the focus of investors towards the island. The island for the longest time has been called the “next frontier” of the Philippines.

Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines with a land area of 10 million hectares - one third of the country’s total size - and is larger in size than 125 countries in the world. It is also the eighth most populous island in the world.

In 2011 it was reported that the United States estimated the natural wealth of Mindanao to be approaching $70 trillion, said to be up to 70% of the Philippines’ total mineral resources. These range from gold and copper to nickel, and may not even include natural gas reserves that are said to be buried in an area covering about seven provinces.

No wonder that for mineral resources exploration and utilization alone, investments that reach $15 Billion have been planned for Mindanao and with a Mindanaoan now president, the transformation of plans into reality could be hastened.

Fifteen billion dollars is not loose change by any measure.

READ MORE...

For a while, observers of the mining industry feared that the selection of Regina Lopez could shoo away the investors and cause a drying up of the investor pipeline into Mindanao.

Her initial pronouncements were not helpful, and with videotapes of many of her previous public statements seemed to indicate that Lopez and the industry would be enveloped in controversy and lawsuits for the duration of the Duterte Administration.

But this initial fear may turn out to be baseless, because Lopez has herself made an apparent about-face; while pronouncing very clearly in the past that “there is no responsible mining in the Philippines”, last July 1 she stated very clearly during her first press conference as DENR secretary that “ISO 14001 is another way of saying responsible mining.”

ISO 14001 certification had been mandated by her predecessor as Secretary, and mining operators complied. As per data from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, more than half of the 42 large scale mining operations have obtained their ISO 14001 certification and the rest are in the process with fully complying with its requirements.

Which should be good news for Mindanao. Because if the $15 billion in mining investments slated for Mindanao are to be implemented only by ISO 14001 certified mining firms, then Mindanao will reap the rewards of responsible mining that will create jobs and opportunities for the many on the island who today are part of millions who still live beneath the poverty line.


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