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BY ELLEN TORDESILLAS: LIKE ANDANAR, I FELT LIKE CRYING BUT FOR A DIFFERENT REASON


JULY 27 -By Ellen Tordesillas PRESS Secretary Martin Andanar, who said he cried when he read the draft of President Duterte’s first State of the Nations Address, was not exactly being melodramatic. I, too, felt like crying. In fear. I don’t know which part made Andanar cry. As for me, it was the part when he lambasted media for likening to Michelangelo’s “Pieta”, the heart-wrenching photo of Jennelyn Olaires cradling the body of Michael Siaron, a 30-year-old pedicab driver, who was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men while he was waiting for passengers past midnight last Friday in Pasay City. The unidentified gunmen left a cardboard sign, “I’m a drug pusher, do not emulate me.” Inquirer captioned the powerful photograph which was splashed on the front page, “La Pieta.” The Pieta (pity in Italian) is a classic sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti which shows the sorrowful Mary holding the body of Jesus. This was the part of Duterte’s SONA that I found frightening: “Let us be clear with each other. I am for the comfort and the welfare of the Filipino. Kayo namang hindi pa bungog diyan, hindi pa pumasok yang mga droga, eh kung ayaw ninyong mamatay, ayaw ninyong masaktan, huwag kayong umasa diyan sa mga pari. Pati human rights, hindi nakakapigil yan ng kamatayan. So huwag ninyong gawin. Eh tapos nandiyan ka nakabulagta and you are portrayed in a broadsheet na parang Mother Mary cradling the dead cadaver of Jesus Christ. Eh yan yang mga yan magda-dramahan tayo dito. “Alam mo, ilang beses ko na sinasabi, sa Davao, ‘Huwag mong gawin kasi magkaka-problema tayo.’ He who is the cause of the cause is the cause of them all. Ikaw yung nag umpisa, you swallow --- “Ulitin ko ha: He who is the cause of the cause is the cause of them all. Kami nagta-trabaho lang. We have a mission to God. We have millions of people to see that they are healthy. It’s a question of drugs, it’s a question of public interest, public order. Kita mo, lesser crime. Wala na kasing magnanakaw, wala nang naghoholdap. Kasi para ---Bakit tapos sabi nila eh, ‘maliliit lang yan’. Gamitin mo utak mo. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Nestor Mata - PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S MOST REMARKABLE SONA


JULY 28 -By NESTOR MATA
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address last Monday was most remarkable compared to all those delivered by other presidents in the past. His was inspiring, entertaining, unconventional, shorn of frills, rhetorical flourishes, and, now and then, cracking jokes, adlibbing to expound on his vision, programs and goals. In his SONA of 9,514 words delivered before a special joint session of Congress at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City, Duterte first of all vowed to run “a clean government” and, as he had promised before the 25th day of his first 100 days in office, ordered his “fellow workers” in government to triple efforts against drug lords, drug pushers and drug addicts, crime and graft and corruption. “I assure you,” as the President put it so clearly, “this will be a clean government...Ako maka-garantiya, 101 percent it will be clean We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher has surrendered , or has been put behind bars, or below the ground, if they wish to so!” Duterte then recalled that when he decided to seek the presidency he knew what the ills of our country were, and their causes and “those who caused the causes.” “We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back,” he pointed out. “Finger-pointing is not the way. That is why I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from.”  But, even before the audience could applaud, he quickly said, “except maybe to extract a lesson or two from its errors, we will not tarry back because it is the present that we are concerned with and the future that that we should be prepared for. “Lest I be misunderstood, let say clearly that those who betrayed the people’s trust shall not go unpunished and they will have their day in Court (this time the audience burst into resounding applause). And if the evidence warrants, they will have their day of reckoning, too.” Other excerpts from the President’s SONA included his jolting declaration of a ceasefire, effective immediately, in the war against rebels of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP), the National People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front. “I expect and call on our fellow Filipinos to respond accordingly,” he said. “That is my goal... That is my dream.” Then he also ordered the military to apply its full force to crush the Abu Sayyaf and called for coordination with Indonesia and Malaysia in suppressing Abu Sayyaf kidnappings in the waters of the Asian neighbors. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - SONA BOMBSHELL


JULY 28 -THE most remarkable part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 95-minute long speech Monday was not punctuated by applause or laughter but by a shocked silence that lasted just a tad too long to escape notice. It came on the heels of Duterte’s announcement that his administration will push for the relaxing of the bank secrecy law. What made things more uncomfortable for the Senators and members of the Lower House was the fact that the President delivered it with near-perfect timing. Those uncomfortable, interminable three seconds right after getting the audience to loudly cheer his declared intention of lowering personal and corporate tax rates told Duterte all he needed to know. Lest anyone doubt his resolve, Duterte’s ironic smile and his next lines were no less a warning: “Eh nag-President ako eh. Ayaw ko sanang makialam dito sa mga ‘to...” READ MORE...

ALSO: By Amado Macasaet - WHY IMPORTS RISE


JULY 29 -By Amado P. Macasaet
There is a surge of imports of consumption goods principally vehicles. Food items are also up. There is a principal reason for this: An abundant supply of dollars which recently rose to its highest level of $85 billion. We import what can be produced here because of our accession to the World Trade Organization removed tariffs on many products including gourd from China. In the mornings, ABS-CBN never fails to broadcast preparation of breakfast items composed mostly of imported items, I thought membership in the WTO would expand our exports of the same items this country being basically agricultural but we have long been importing rice. We never import vegetables in these volumes. The reason is there is huge demand from a population the government fails to check by implementing the RH Law. I am afraid there will come a time when we will solely rely on food imports even when the dollars sent in by our OFW’s begin to slow down. By that time, we will not have enough dollars to finance consumption imports. The first effect of this possibility is the higher cost of the peso against the dollar raising the inflation rate. The possibility of devaluation or weakening of the peso exists. We have not learned the lessons of such countries like Thailand which is now a net exporter of staple cereal. The Thais learned rice cultivation from IRRl Los Baños. It took that country less than 50 years to become self sufficient in rice. Of course, the other reason is Thailand has a smaller population and bigger land area compared to the Philippines. READ MORE...


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LIKE ANDANAR, I FELT LIKE CRYING BUT FOR A DIFFERENT REASON


By Ellen Tordesillas

MANILA, AUGUST 1, 2016 (MALAYA)  By Ellen Tordesillas July 27, 2016 - PRESS Secretary Martin Andanar, who said he cried when he read the draft of President Duterte’s first State of the Nations Address, was not exactly being melodramatic.

I, too, felt like crying. In fear.

I don’t know which part made Andanar cry. As for me, it was the part when he lambasted media for likening to Michelangelo’s “Pieta”, the heart-wrenching photo of Jennelyn Olaires cradling the body of Michael Siaron, a 30-year-old pedicab driver, who was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men while he was waiting for passengers past midnight last Friday in Pasay City.

The unidentified gunmen left a cardboard sign, “I’m a drug pusher, do not emulate me.”

Inquirer captioned the powerful photograph which was splashed on the front page, “La Pieta.”

The Pieta (pity in Italian) is a classic sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti which shows the sorrowful Mary holding the body of Jesus.


Jennelyn Olaires hugs the dead body of her partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver and an alleged drug pusher, at LRT EDSA Rotonda in Pasay City, Metro Manila on July 23, 2016. Siaron was killed by unidentified gunmen. The unidentified gunmen left a cardboard sign, “I’m a drug pusher, do not emulate me.” Inquirer captioned the powerful photograph which was splashed on the front page, “La Pieta.” PHOTO Basilio Sepe, ABS-CBN News

This was the part of Duterte’s SONA that I found frightening:

“Let us be clear with each other. I am for the comfort and the welfare of the Filipino. Kayo namang hindi pa bungog diyan, hindi pa pumasok yang mga droga, eh kung ayaw ninyong mamatay, ayaw ninyong masaktan, huwag kayong umasa diyan sa mga pari. Pati human rights, hindi nakakapigil yan ng kamatayan. So huwag ninyong gawin. Eh tapos nandiyan ka nakabulagta and you are portrayed in a broadsheet na parang Mother Mary cradling the dead cadaver of Jesus Christ. Eh yan yang mga yan magda-dramahan tayo dito.

“Alam mo, ilang beses ko na sinasabi, sa Davao, ‘Huwag mong gawin kasi magkaka-problema tayo.’ He who is the cause of the cause is the cause of them all. Ikaw yung nag umpisa, you swallow ---

“Ulitin ko ha: He who is the cause of the cause is the cause of them all. Kami nagta-trabaho lang. We have a mission to God. We have millions of people to see that they are healthy. It’s a question of drugs, it’s a question of public interest, public order. Kita mo, lesser crime. Wala na kasing magnanakaw, wala nang naghoholdap. Kasi para ---Bakit tapos sabi nila eh, ‘maliliit lang yan’. Gamitin mo utak mo.

READ MORE...

“If you are able to contaminate, kagaya ng negosyo ng mga Chinese, wholesale yan sila. Maski konti-konti kung the whole of Tondo contaminated, pera ‘yan. I am not saying it’s the Chinese. Practice of nitong wholesale, retail. They go for wholesale. Maski na kumita lang ng isang piso diyan sa isang... Okay na yan. Kasi paramihan eh. Iyan ang ibig kong sabihin.

“Now, let... I hope the military and the police will not react on this. It is part of the deep intelligence that we have gathered. I am forced to come in public, kasi pati yung mga pari nag-aano… Alam mo kayong mga media, naghahanap kayo ng, “Where’s the big fish?” “Saan yung bilyonaryo na mayaman, yung may kotse, yung may mga Mercedez na yan?” Ma’am, nandoon yan sila sa labas, wala dito. Maghanap ka ng isang batalyon na pulis para hulihin natin doon. Kung kaya natin. They direct the traffic of drugs sa kanila. Meron silang ganito, malaki. Real time. Nakikinig sila ngayon dito. I am very --- 101 percent, nakikinig yan. Nandoon. Doon lang. Izo-zoom in nila sa Tondo. ‘O, itapon mo diyan. Tapos umalis ka, kunin mo doon sa tindahan yung bag o package.’

“Nasaan yung mga nakikita ng media na... Kayo lang ang naba-brand niyan na “drug lord” eh. Those are not the drug lords. Mga lieutenant, delivery boy yan. Kumbaga LBC lang yan pati DHL pwede rin. Pati yung tawag nilang “basura”, yun yung street ano. Huwag kayong maghahanap. Gusto niyo, sabihin niyo, puntahan natin, I’ll give you the names. I’ll show you the intelligence paper pero give me the guarantee na may magawain ka. Because I’ll give you the name, I’ll give you the country. Kung wala ka ring magagawa, mag-shut up ka.”

So the killing of Siaron is sanctioned by the government?

If Siaron was suspected to be involved in drugs, why was he not accused in court?

The President once again conveyed his grudging attitude about human rights: “Human rights must work to uplift human dignity. But human rights cannot be used as a shield or an excuse to destroy the country – your country and my country.”

This comment by Atty Ted Te should remind us what’s human rights in our life and in nation building: “Excuse me? The statement should have ended after ‘human dignity.’

“It is the first time I have heard ‘human rights’ being characterized as a means of destroying the country. That the Constitution itself declares, as a principle and State policy, that ‘(t)he State values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights’ (Article II, Sec. 11) should be enough basis to consider the second sentence as misplaced. It is, by the way, the same Constitution he swore to “preserve and defend.”


PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S REMARKABLE SONA By NESTOR MATA July 28, 2016


By NESTOR MATA

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address last Monday was most remarkable compared to all those delivered by other presidents in the past. His was inspiring, entertaining, unconventional, shorn of frills, rhetorical flourishes, and, now and then, cracking jokes, adlibbing to expound on his vision, programs and goals.

In his SONA of 9,514 words delivered before a special joint session of Congress at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City, Duterte first of all vowed to run “a clean government” and, as he had promised before the 25th day of his first 100 days in office, ordered his “fellow workers” in government to triple efforts against drug lords, drug pushers and drug addicts, crime and graft and corruption.

“I assure you,” as the President put it so clearly, “this will be a clean government...Ako maka-garantiya, 101 percent it will be clean We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher has surrendered , or has been put behind bars, or below the ground, if they wish to so!”

Duterte then recalled that when he decided to seek the presidency he knew what the ills of our country were, and their causes and “those who caused the causes.”

“We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back,” he pointed out. “Finger-pointing is not the way. That is why I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from.”

But, even before the audience could applaud, he quickly said, “except maybe to extract a lesson or two from its errors, we will not tarry back because it is the present that we are concerned with and the future that that we should be prepared for.

“Lest I be misunderstood, let say clearly that those who betrayed the people’s trust shall not go unpunished and they will have their day in Court (this time the audience burst into resounding applause). And if the evidence warrants, they will have their day of reckoning, too.”

Other excerpts from the President’s SONA included his jolting declaration of a ceasefire, effective immediately, in the war against rebels of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP), the National People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front. “I expect and call on our fellow Filipinos to respond accordingly,” he said. “That is my goal... That is my dream.”

Then he also ordered the military to apply its full force to crush the Abu Sayyaf and called for coordination with Indonesia and Malaysia in suppressing Abu Sayyaf kidnappings in the waters of the Asian neighbors.

READ MORE...

On the simmering disputes in the South China Sea, he reiterated that the Philippines respects the decision of the Permanent Arbitration tribunal at The Hague , which, he said, “is an important contribution to the ongoing efforts to pursue the peaceful resolution and management of our disputes (referring to the peace mission to Beijing to be led by former President Fidel V. Ramos).

He also reaffirmed the country’s commitment to address global warming while at the same ensuring that measures would “not to stymie our industrialization program.” He then announced he would pursue more development projects like expanding and improving the construction and rehabilitation of roads, irrigation and harvest and post harvest facilities, inter-island linkage projects and provide structural mitigation measures to address the perennial flooding of Metro Manila and neighboring areas. He would also pursue the improvement of rice production, the strict enforcement of fisheries laws, promotion of aquatic culture along the country’s river banks and backyards.

On the issue of human rights, he said, “human rights must work to uplift human dignity, and that such rights “cannot be used as a shield or an excuse to destroy the country.”

In President Duterte’s one hour and 33 minutes- long SONA, he proclaimed before religious bishops, priests, pastors, preachers, and imams, who jointly prayed at the opening of the special joint session of Congress:

“Let me assure you that while I am a stickler for the principle of separation between the State and Church, I believe that there should never be a separation between God and State.”

Rodrigo Roa Duterte is, indeed, a real People’s President!

***

Quote of the Day: “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for they become your destiny!” – Mahatma Gandhi


SONA BOMBSHELL July 28, 2016

THE most remarkable part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 95-minute long speech Monday was not punctuated by applause or laughter but by a shocked silence that lasted just a tad too long to escape notice.

It came on the heels of Duterte’s announcement that his administration will push for the relaxing of the bank secrecy law.

What made things more uncomfortable for the Senators and members of the Lower House was the fact that the President delivered it with near-perfect timing. Those uncomfortable, interminable three seconds right after getting the audience to loudly cheer his declared intention of lowering personal and corporate tax rates told Duterte all he needed to know.

Lest anyone doubt his resolve, Duterte’s ironic smile and his next lines were no less a warning: “Eh nag-President ako eh. Ayaw ko sanang makialam dito sa mga ‘to...”

READ MORE...

It was rather unlucky for the Senate President and the Speaker that the TV cameras happened to be pointed in their direction at the crucial moment, capturing and revealing their reactions. Both were caught flatfooted and were slow to recover, one more than the other.

If the smattering of nervous and reluctant laughter is to be taken as a sign, Malacañang is going to have a fight in its hand.

Opening up bank deposits to scrutiny for possible links to major crimes, terrorism, or corruption has gained a lot of momentum since the embarrassment of the Bangladesh Central Bank heist.

Lawmakers will have to come up with a lot better excuses than mere suspicion of possible political persecution if they want not to sound too defensive.

But with an unequalled political capital, Duterte has plenty of weight that he can bring to bear upon Congress to do his bidding.

It will however test just how solid his so-called supermajority is. – PT.


WHY IMPORTS RISE By Amado P. Macasaet July 29, 2016


By Amado P. Macasaet

There is a surge of imports of consumption goods principally vehicles. Food items are also up.

There is a principal reason for this: An abundant supply of dollars which recently rose to its highest level of $85 billion.

We import what can be produced here because of our accession to the World Trade Organization removed tariffs on many products including gourd from China.

In the mornings, ABS-CBN never fails to broadcast preparation of breakfast items composed mostly of imported items, I thought membership in the WTO would expand our exports of the same items this country being basically agricultural but we have long been importing rice.

We never import vegetables in these volumes. The reason is there is huge demand from a population the government fails to check by implementing the RH Law.

I am afraid there will come a time when we will solely rely on food imports even when the dollars sent in by our OFW’s begin to slow down. By that time, we will not have enough dollars to finance consumption imports.

The first effect of this possibility is the higher cost of the peso against the dollar raising the inflation rate. The possibility of devaluation or weakening of the peso exists.

We have not learned the lessons of such countries like Thailand which is now a net exporter of staple cereal.

The Thais learned rice cultivation from IRRl Los Baños. It took that country less than 50 years to become self sufficient in rice. Of course, the other reason is Thailand has a smaller population and bigger land area compared to the Philippines.

READ MORE...

In other words, we seem to be in euphoria over the big supply of dollars to finance continued importation of consumption goods.

The importation of these items cannot continue without creating pressures on the dollar supply. When this happens we will be back to where we came from; weak currency amidst rising demand for consumption goods which will be prohibitive to import.

Sadly, we learned to defeat globalization of trade by not preparing for globalization. We are content we have 10 million Filipinos sending home most of the dollars we have today.

We have no program on how to increase agricultural productivity because we have enough dollars for imports. Sadly, we insist on increasing manufactured exports but we cannot get anywhere.

Again sadly, we have not learned from our neighbors principally Japan which today is a world power after losing a world war.

The Japanese helped by the Americans started with what it had. It produced goods for its own consumption.

Thus, whatever trade surplus it had was not misused importing consumption goods. The same is true with Thailand and Singapore which have fewer people to feed.

Singapore has always been a financial center while Thailand lifted itself by its own bootstraps. Thus we are a basket case although we won the war as an ally of the United States.


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