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BY JARIUS BONDOC: WATCHING IF DOTC CHIEF TUGADE WILL BE LIKE ABAYA


SEPTEMBER 14 -Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is taking the cudgels for the neglected commuters. He rejects alibis of the “changed” Dept. of Transport for poor basic service. That’s so different from Congress’ six-year-long abetting of corruption and incompetence in land, rail, air and sea sectors. In hearing their request for emergency contracting power, Alvarez bawled out Sec. Art Tugade and factotums. It has been 10 weeks of mediocrity. For one, they still aren’t issuing vehicle license plates. The five-year, P3.8-billion platemaking had flopped within a year under predecessor Joseph Abaya. Tugade must now fix it. Around 600,000 plates lie stuck at the Manila port for unpaid import duties. Vehicle licensees duly have paid for those, and DOTr is exacting fees from more and more licensees. With millions of vehicles being driven around plate-less, there is no way to identify crime getaways and hits-and-run. Driver licensing and vehicle registration are still messy, Alvarez fumed. No plastic licenses or registration certificates are being issued to paying applicants. The excuse is that those are tied up in court cases. Still, smart managers would find remedies. U-Sec for Land Transport and Traffic Anneli Lontoc could only mutter, “Yes, sir.” Speaking of which, it has taken her and Tugade this long to figure out they need no special powers to deputize Metro Manila traffic constables and the PNP Highway Patrol to help untangle the EDSA gridlock. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Mass communication


SEPTEMBER 14 -When the principal likes tossing out prepared speeches and talking off the cuff, only to retract or clarify his statement and apologize the next day, the efficiency of a presidential communications team gains utmost importance. Messages and articles emanating not only from the Office of the President but also from other government agencies must be accurate and clear, with contexts and nuances sufficiently explained. For this, proper research and vetting of every statement or article is needed before its release to the public. In recent days the Malacañang communications team has had to publicly apologize twice. The first was when it was announced that President Duterte, as incoming chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, would be seated between US President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during last week’s gala dinner for ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners in Vientiane, Laos. The arrangement did not materialize; all three officials were instead seated apart at the dinner. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Homicide rate
(Stopping the vigilantes and giving justice to their victims would be a positive step in showing the world that such a commitment is no mere rhetoric to placate those calling for the rule of law and respect for human rights.)


SEPTEMBER 17 -Of nearly 3,000 deaths related to the drug war since President Duterte assumed power, more than half were carried out by suspected vigilantes, according to officials of the Philippine National Police. Many of the fatalities bore cardboard signs declaring them as drug pushers. Any shooting death, including those claimed by the PNP as part of legitimate police operations, is a possible criminal act that deserves investigation. With the number of drug-related killings continuing to pile up, police investigators are stretched thin. But they can start with the killings disowned by the PNP and attributed to suspected vigilantes. Priority can also be given to cases wherein relatives of the fatalities are accusing the police of summary execution and abuse of power. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Carmen Pedrosa - The Liberal Party conspiracy began in 2010


SEPTEMBER 17 -By Carmen N. Pedrosa
Of the many things that Senator Alan Cayetano said in the Senate hearing chaired (tsk tsk) by the accused Leila de Lima and her faked witness – the more important was buried in the news. It is about how “the Liberal Party and the liberals in our country who were behind the plot to kill President Duterte.” As Cayetano said look at the names of the conspirators Drilon, Leila de Lima, Trillanes. Count in Abad and of course, the absent former Liberal President Benigno Aquino III. When Noynoy Aquino became president (through whatever means in 2010) the Liberal Party International immediately organized offices here in Manila as the center of their political activities in the region. Some historical background. The Liberal Party of the Philippines was founded on January 19, 1946 by a breakaway Liberal wing from the old Nacionalista Party. It became the ruling party after the election victory of Benigno Aquino III as the President of the Philippines. As far as I know, the Liberal Political Party of the Philippines is supported and helped by the The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (German: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to elect Noynoy Aquino President. The foundation employs several hundred employees in their offices in Bonn and Berlin, as well as in 14 regional offices and an academy within Germany and in over 100 foreign agencies. READ MORE...


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Watching if Tugade will be like Abaya


 By Jarius Bondoc

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 14, 2016 - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is taking the cudgels for the neglected commuters. He rejects alibis of the “changed” Dept. of Transport for poor basic service. That’s so different from Congress’ six-year-long abetting of corruption and incompetence in land, rail, air and sea sectors.

In hearing their request for emergency contracting power, Alvarez bawled out Sec. Art Tugade and factotums. It has been 10 weeks of mediocrity. For one, they still aren’t issuing vehicle license plates. The five-year, P3.8-billion platemaking had flopped within a year under predecessor Joseph Abaya. Tugade must now fix it. Around 600,000 plates lie stuck at the Manila port for unpaid import duties. Vehicle licensees duly have paid for those, and DOTr is exacting fees from more and more licensees. With millions of vehicles being driven around plate-less, there is no way to identify crime getaways and hits-and-run.

Driver licensing and vehicle registration are still messy, Alvarez fumed. No plastic licenses or registration certificates are being issued to paying applicants. The excuse is that those are tied up in court cases. Still, smart managers would find remedies. U-Sec for Land Transport and Traffic Anneli Lontoc could only mutter, “Yes, sir.” Speaking of which, it has taken her and Tugade this long to figure out they need no special powers to deputize Metro Manila traffic constables and the PNP Highway Patrol to help untangle the EDSA gridlock.

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Alvarez noted too the conflict of interests of U-Secs Robert Lim for Air, and Noli Kintanar for Railways and Tollways. They were corporate execs in the sectors they now regulate. There’s risk of their playing favorites, like Abaya did for political party mates. Lim was country manager of the International Air Transport Association, of airlines, flight schools, airport services, travel agents, and related businesses. Kintanar concurrently held four high posts at Ayala Corp., before jumping into DOTr. Chummy with Abaya, he had contracted for Ayala the LRT-1 extension to Cavite, with a P7.5-billion payback even before work began. He will now oversee three-fourths of Tugade’s staggering P1-trillion infrastructure plan. About such conflicted interests, Tugade promised to monitor the two closely, and be answerable as President Duterte expects if they blunder. Alvarez could only wonder why the Cabinet man with the biggest portfolio would waste precious time watching his back against two recruits. There are thousands of alternates to choose from.

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Tugade and Lim will be tested on the problem of NAIA runway congestion. They claim that by restricting general aviation – jet charters and “fish runs” of fresh catch to Manila – they’d be able to lessen air traffic by 22 percent. So they limited such flights only to mornings, banning them from noon to 7 p.m.

Where they got that figure is a puzzle. Only last July the Civil Aviation Authority reported that general aviation made up only one percent of daily flights. Not included were helicopters, two percent, since those do not use runways and fly way below airplanes. Airlines made up 94 percent of flights. So how can runways be unclogged 22 percent by barring private planes that make up one percent?

The ban is selective; favoritism already is at play. Example: last Sunday in the thick of airline arrivals, a private KingAir-350 jet (registration RP-C9998) with two politicos from Laoag, landed at NAIA at 4 p.m. Guess who granted the exemption.

In addition, Tugade and Lim unilaterally diverted some provincial flights, specifically from Tacloban, to Clark Airport instead of NAIA. If by end-Sept. there’s a slight decongestion of NAIA runways, it would only be due to the yearly low season. That could deceive. Airline ticket sales begin to rise in Oct., peaking during the Christmas-New Year homecoming season.

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Trouble is brewing in the sea sector. Holdover political appointees of the past admin are pushing for a port construction in Cebu via a tied loan from Korea. This is despite the conclusion of Build-Operate-Transfer negotiations between a Filipino port giant and local officials for the same project.

The Filipino firm unsolicitedly proposed in Aug. 2015 to build the new port in Consolacion town. The Cebu provincial board endorsed the P16.4-billion investment, cost-free to the government. The proponent was to pay for the entire project, from feasibility planning to implementation. Plans were worked out with the town mayor and council. Details were posted in early 2016 for the requisite Swiss challenge under the B-O-T Law. No party came up with a better offer, so the project was scheduled for formal signing after the May 2016 elections.

In the meantime, the Filipino port builder-operator finalized a separate port expansion with Davao City worth P40 billion last June 21. Another deal was inked for P7.4 billion at the Manila North Harbor on July 21.

To the Filipino firm’s surprise, while it was observing the election ban on state contracting, Abaya appointees had been undermining its stalled deal in Cebu. All of a sudden a loan for $200 million (P10 billion) is being lobbied for the Korea Export-Import Bank. If the government approves it, the foreign bank will get to pick the Korean constructor-operator. That grantee will hire Korean execs and consultants, and buy only Korean equipment. The Philippines will be obligated to put up one-fifth of the cost, P2 billion. Filipino taxpayers will be forced to repay the Korean loan. There will even be an onerous sovereign guarantee of loan repayment by the Philippine government.

Somebody is to earn personal commissions in granting the project to the Korean bank – at the expense of the Filipinos.


EDITORIAL - Mass communication (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 14, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0

When the principal likes tossing out prepared speeches and talking off the cuff, only to retract or clarify his statement and apologize the next day, the efficiency of a presidential communications team gains utmost importance.

Messages and articles emanating not only from the Office of the President but also from other government agencies must be accurate and clear, with contexts and nuances sufficiently explained. For this, proper research and vetting of every statement or article is needed before its release to the public.

In recent days the Malacañang communications team has had to publicly apologize twice. The first was when it was announced that President Duterte, as incoming chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, would be seated between US President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during last week’s gala dinner for ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners in Vientiane, Laos. The arrangement did not materialize; all three officials were instead seated apart at the dinner.

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This week the communications team again had to apologize after netizens blasted a Facebook post on dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Irate netizens noted that the post of the Official Gazette, journal of the Philippine government, commemorating Marcos’ 99th birth anniversary glossed over the abuses committed during the dictatorship and the collapse of the regime in the 1986 people power revolt.

The administration is just midway through its third month so its slips can be dismissed as part of the learning process. But people will soon tend to be less forgiving, especially if the mistakes are glaring. The Office of the President will bear the brunt of the criticism. Its communications team needs to learn quickly.


EDITORIAL: Homicide rate (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 17, 2016 - 12:00am 9 128 googleplus0 0

Of nearly 3,000 deaths related to the drug war since President Duterte assumed power, more than half were carried out by suspected vigilantes, according to officials of the Philippine National Police. Many of the fatalities bore cardboard signs declaring them as drug pushers.

Any shooting death, including those claimed by the PNP as part of legitimate police operations, is a possible criminal act that deserves investigation. With the number of drug-related killings continuing to pile up, police investigators are stretched thin. But they can start with the killings disowned by the PNP and attributed to suspected vigilantes. Priority can also be given to cases wherein relatives of the fatalities are accusing the police of summary execution and abuse of power.

READ MORE...

Every killing disowned by the PNP is a possible case of murder or homicide. Even a fatal shooting attributed to legitimate law enforcement operations can actually be a rubout, to silence persons who might implicate certain police personnel in drug deals and other criminal activities. The PNP must be rid of these scalawags, and justice must be rendered in cases of summary executions.

The objective of the relentless drug war is to keep the public safe. This is impossible when people live in fear of a knock on the door of their home followed by arrest and death even before a suspect, with his hands cuffed behind his back, reaches a police station.

The PNP cannot claim a lower crime rate when the homicide rate is going through the roof. It was already the highest in the region even before the start of the Duterte presidency.

Amid growing international criticism, the Philippine government has been reassuring the world that the President does not condone extrajudicial killings and is committed to upholding the rule of law.

Stopping the vigilantes and giving justice to their victims would be a positive step in showing the world that such a commitment is no mere rhetoric to placate those calling for the rule of law and respect for human rights.


OPINION: The Liberal conspiracy began in 2010 FROM A DISTANCE By Carmen N. Pedrosa (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 17, 2016 - 12:00am 4 1214 googleplus1 8


By Carmen N. Pedrosa

Of the many things that Senator Alan Cayetano said in the Senate hearing chaired (tsk tsk) by the accused Leila de Lima and her faked witness – the more important was buried in the news. It is about how “the Liberal Party and the liberals in our country who were behind the plot to kill President Duterte.”

As Cayetano said look at the names of the conspirators Drilon, Leila de Lima, Trillanes. Count in Abad and of course, the absent former Liberal President Benigno Aquino III.

When Noynoy Aquino became president (through whatever means in 2010) the Liberal Party International immediately organized offices here in Manila as the center of their political activities in the region.


18 July 2016 Liberal International Reaffirms Support to PHL -"Liberals around the world, united in Liberal International (LI), are proud of your legacy as President of the Philippines. Under your administration, the Philippines progressed as a nation, and further matured as a liberal democracy," said Liberal International President Dr. Juli Minoves when he met with Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during Dr. Minoves' visit to Manila on July 15-16, 2016. PHOTO FROM FRIEDRICH NAUMANN FOUNDATION WEBSITE (PHOTO APPENDED BY PHNO)

Some historical background.

The Liberal Party of the Philippines was founded on January 19, 1946 by a breakaway Liberal wing from the old Nacionalista Party. It became the ruling party after the election victory of Benigno Aquino III as the President of the Philippines.

As far as I know, the Liberal Political Party of the Philippines is supported and helped by the The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (German: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to elect Noynoy Aquino President.

The foundation employs several hundred employees in their offices in Bonn and Berlin, as well as in 14 regional offices and an academy within Germany and in over 100 foreign agencies.

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James Parmis posted in his blog “Tama na! Sobra na! It is time for PEOPLE POWER!

And was was cited by BayanKo’s adviser Jose Alejandrino.

With the farce of a Senate hearing , millions of Filipinos are waking up to the political realities in the Philippines.

The hearing chaired by Leila de Lima who produced a witness who lied under oath when cross-examined proved there is a LP conspiracy against President Duterte whom we elected into office by a landslide to effect change and Here is the post that is viralling in social media...

“Ka-DDS kailan ba tayo kikilos para tulungan natin si tatay Digong? Ilang beses na tayong niloloko ng mga YellowCult sa pamamagitan ni De Lima, Trillones, Drilon at iba pang salot sa lipunan? Tsaka na ba tayo kikilos pag may nagbuwis na ng buhay? Wake up 16 Million voters of President Duterte! Huwag natin hayaan at hintayin na mawala sa atin si tatay Digong! Basahin niyo itong post para malaman niyo kung ano ang dapat nating gawin para matulungan natin ang mahal nating pangulo. Ikalat niyo ito sa social media para malaman at mabasa ng taong bayan! “

This is not the first time the Chinese accuses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

It was behind the Tibetan protests that have embarrassed China’s Olympic relay around the world.,The foundation is active in the Philippines and is said to support the Liberal Party Drilon wing.

A Canadian journalist Doug Sanders wrote a story in Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper on how “Three Canadians Upstaged Beijing.” It was compiled from “conference reports and research.” He revealed that the foreign policy organization played a big role in preparing for the anti-Chinese Tibet campaign, for more than a year.

The report said the anti-Chinese Tibet campaign was orchestrated from its Washington-based headquarters but that it had been planned as far back as May 2007 in Brussels. A conference organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNSt) “gave the impetus to the current anti-Chinese Tibet campaign that forced the interruption of the Olympian Torch Relay in Paris recently.”

Rolf Berndt, a member of the FNSt’s executive council in Brussels, declared that the Olympic Games ‘are an excellent opportunity’ to publicly promote the cause of the Tibet Movement.

Paula Dobriansky, the Undersecretary of State in the US State Department and special coordinator for Tibet questions, also attended the conference according to the report.

Friedrich Naumann Foundation has an office in Makati. In general, it promotes liberalism and democracy in Asia and has chosen the Liberal Party of the Philippines Drilon Wing as its chosen vehicle for its advocacy.

On one occasion former Senate President Sen. Drilon was cited and feted by the foundation for having led the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. Drilon was chairman while Dr. Neric Acosta was secretary-general of the group.

Former representative Dina Abad spoke on the same occasion of Dr. Acosta’s “ability to bridge cultural gaps and bring political leaders from different backgrounds together.” Siegfried Herzog, FNF resident representative, pointed out the significant role that former Sen. Drilon and Dr. Acosta had played in bringing Philippine and Asian liberal concerns to a wider audience.

The event highlighted the Liberal Party’s debut in international networking with like-minded people around the world. This according to Herzog was the work of Drilon and Dr. Acosta.

“The time and effort they have devoted to international work has raised the standing of Filipino liberals and of the Philippines as a democratic nation,” said Herzog. “They have enriched the political debate, and they have enabled other Filipino liberals to share in this exchange of ideas and experiences,” he added. “The LP can be proud to have such leaders.”

It is about covert activities that we should be wary about and be cautious. But then if we do not know what they are about then we can hardly be expected to be cautious.

The link between the Tibetan protests and what it sought to do to the Olympic relay is a good example of a less than laudable activity that should give us a warning of what it can do here in the Philippines.

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It was in Greece that events first unfolded when the Olympic flame was lighted and disrupted the ceremonies. It was reported that the protest was about Tibet. Three protesters were arrested, but immediately released. Little was made of the fact that none of the three were Tibetan. Indeed, all three were French.

US State Department Special Envoy Otto Reich is a trustee of the Center. He was also the lawyer for the Bacardi liquor dynasty that was kicked out of Cuba, along with the hated dictator Fulgencio Batista. The president of the Center is Frank Calzón, a former leader of the terrorist organization Cuban American National Foundation.

It is reported that about 38 percent of the US government’s nonmilitary China-related programs are allocated through the NED.

According to the NED’s Website, other recipients of its China funds include the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet, the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Longsho Youth Movement of Tibet.

It is increasingly being asked why in the disruption of the Olympic torch lighting in Greece that the commentators quoted most frequently in the US media were not Tibetans but Americans speaking for Tibetans.


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