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EDITORIAL: CLARIFYING THE MURKY DUTERTE


SEPTEMBER 15 -SPThe Palace aides, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and members of toughie Rody’s Cabinet look like a bunch of expensive help picking up the poop in Rody’s trail whenever he speaks. And this happens as a routine.
The apologists were again sent scrambling after Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters during interview in celebration of an Islamic holiday quoted Duterte saying in effect that he would not intervene in the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) convicted for execution as a drug mule. The Indonesian media interpreted Jokowi’s statement as Duterte telling him to go ahead and execute Veloso. Foreign Affairs apologist Perfecto Yasay, who is doing most of the damage control nowadays, said what Duterte meant was that he would defer to Indonesia’s laws and judicial process and would not interfere in the case of Veloso. Of course, Yasay should work double-time because while he was explaining the hard-to-decipher Rody to the Indonesians, the legendary mouth struck again, telling American forces who have been helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines to neutralize the Abu Sayyaf bandits, to leave Mindanao. Yasay was again doing the media rounds making the excuse that which Duterte meant was that he prefers the Americans, for their safety, to temporarily avoid Mindanao due to the military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - 3 stooges revival
(Now that the 3 stooges are together, at least for the next three years, the public expects to be treated with killer slapsticks similar to what happened last Thursday. The 3 stooges slapstick proves to be a hit in the most unexpected venue at the Senate.)


SEPTEMBER 17 -A sideshow in last Thursday’s inquiry into the extrajudicial killings was the surprise appearance of Moe, Larry and Joe right in the Senate that promises to be a fixture and a comic relief that the public looks forward to in every hearing.Joe and Larry were of course in cahoots with each other to one up the hypocritical and all-knowing Moe who is doing the bidding of bigger clowns at the Palace.It came to the point where Joe and Moe almost came to whacking each other’s crown but Larry asked both to cool their heels as another apparent yellow stooge is being presented to make the new chief clown at the Palace look bad. Moe, who likes to assume himself as a leader but almost always ends up short, instead of shutting up, moved away from Joe, and later on was bashing away at Larry, who both ended up trying to outshout each other right in the August hall of the Senate. The comedy line that was a smashing hit started when Joe took a seat beside Moe, and asked Larry about unli-questioning for an outsider of the ring where the yellow circus was being held. “I think we gave Moe more than an hour of being on TV. That’s a luxury and now I assert my right. Otherwise, I might be moved to declare Moe out of order,” Joe said. Moe resented this and said “You’re censoring me?” Larry went to the two stooges who were already engaged in verbal bashing and declared a two-minute recess. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - De Lima scores?


SEPTEMBER 17 -First look appeared that Sen. Leila de Lima had the upperhand in the epic de Lima vs toughie Rody duel with former Davao Death Squad (DDS) member Edgar Matobato who had spilled all that can be spilled regarding the summary killings in Davao City under President Duterte. Self-admitted butcher Matobato appeared credible enough since he was able to give even the gory details of the incidents which he referred to as executions that were issued to him, although despite giving many names before the Senate, he, however, not only could even remember the name of the person but also that his testimony was full of holes. And when his credibility was tested by several senators, his story didn’t jibe with reality, as proved by Sen. Panfilo Lacson. Matobato said that people in Davao City are similar to poultry chickens who are butchered whenever then Mayor Davao City Rodrigo Duterte and his son Paolo ordered it. The witness recounted procedures that are similar to the vigilante-style deaths that are reported daily in news outlets. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa said that the deaths related to Duterte’s war on drugs were already 3,140 involving 2,035 deaths under investigation and 1,105 killed under police operations. READ MORE...


ALSO: No U.S. moral high ground


SEPTEMBER 19 -In his unremitting attack against the United States government’s hypocrisy and its self-imposed role as keeper of the flame of democracy, toughie Rody may want to refer to a Jamaican author who said the US government should be accused of the same allegations being raised on him.Marlon James, an African-Jamaican who has lived in the United States for more than two years said in a literary festival in Paris that the US government has made itself a kind of a “Third World police” which has led to “almost state-sanctioned” killings of people from minority groups. James, who was awarded prestigious Man Booker Prize last year for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, said some US police officers thought themselves above the law, comparing them to death squads during the “dirty war” run by Argentina’s military rulers in the 1970s. These were the same allegations now being raised by the US, international institutions and who toughie Rody calls as yellows against him. James said “what people like me find alarming is there is almost state-sanctioned violence in America, particularly with the police.”
“America has developed a weird kind of Third World police, which horrifies people like me and my friends from Kenya or Nigeria,” he added.READ MORE...


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Editorial: Clarifying the murky Duterte

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 15 September 2016 - The Palace aides, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and members of toughie Rody’s Cabinet look like a bunch of expensive help picking up the poop in Rody’s trail whenever he speaks. And this happens as a routine.

The apologists were again sent scrambling after Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters during interview in celebration of an Islamic holiday quoted Duterte saying in effect that he would not intervene in the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) convicted for execution as a drug mule.

The Indonesian media interpreted Jokowi’s statement as Duterte telling him to go ahead and execute Veloso.

Foreign Affairs apologist Perfecto Yasay, who is doing most of the damage control nowadays, said what Duterte meant was that he would defer to Indonesia’s laws and judicial process and would not interfere in the case of Veloso.

Of course, Yasay should work double-time because while he was explaining the hard-to-decipher Rody to the Indonesians, the legendary mouth struck again, telling American forces who have been helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines to neutralize the Abu Sayyaf bandits, to leave Mindanao.

Yasay was again doing the media rounds making the excuse that which Duterte meant was that he prefers the Americans, for their safety, to temporarily avoid Mindanao due to the military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.

READ MORE...

Earlier Senator-apologist Cayetano blamed media for hyping up anti-Duterte sentiments as he accused media during the East Asian Summit in Laos of cooking up the story about the seating arrangement during a gala night in wherein Duterte would be seated between US President Barack Obama and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.

It turned out Duterte was sandwiched between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo during the dinner presentation.

Cayetano, who shoots off his mouth first before looking, later found out that the seating arrangement story came from the Palace communications office itself and was provided to reporters.

Cayetano also wrote Obama immediately after toughie Rody let off a “son of a whore” or “son of a bitch” as Rody prefers as the right translation, as if there’s a world of a difference between whores and bitches, on the US President.

Cayetano’s open letter pleaded “Does he (Duterte) not deserve to be judged on his record and his actions? On facts and not manipulated by statistics? On where he wants to bring the country rather than his sometimes politically incorrect words?”

Cayetano explained to Obama that Rody has a distinct style of speaking and that his temper is being “aggravated by a misinformation campaign about the human rights situation in the country.”

Cayetano implored Obama: “Can’t we give the Philippines and President Duterte a chance?”

Obama was victimized by toughie Rody’s foul mouth as a result of the US government informing Rody of the agenda in the bilateral meeting set in the Laos Summit that mainly touched on the respect of human rights in his war on drugs.

The US State Department, ahead of the Laos meeting, expressed concern “about reports regarding extrajudicial killings of individuals suspected to have been involved in drug crimes.”

The Palace also played down the commotion toughie Rody created in the Leaders Summit after he flashed Obama with a photo of American soldiers gloating over dead bodies of Filipinos during an anti-insurgency campaign in Mindanao to drive home his point about the “hypocritical” Americans.

The yellows are lapping it up, as they only need to add fuel to toughie Rody’s apparent headlong rush to political disaster.
His apologists are also doing a futile job to clean up the mess he keeps on leaving on his track.


EDITORIAL - 3 stooges revival Written by Tribune Editorial Sunday, 18 September 2016 00:00


A sideshow in last Thursday’s inquiry into the extrajudicial killings was the surprise appearance of Moe, Larry and Joe right in the Senate that promises to be a fixture and a comic relief that the public looks forward to in every hearing.

Joe and Larry were of course in cahoots with each other to one up the hypocritical and all-knowing Moe who is doing the bidding of bigger clowns at the Palace.

It came to the point where Joe and Moe almost came to whacking each other’s crown but Larry asked both to cool their heels as another apparent yellow stooge is being presented to make the new chief clown at the Palace look bad.

Moe, who likes to assume himself as a leader but almost always ends up short, instead of shutting up, moved away from Joe, and later on was bashing away at Larry, who both ended up trying to outshout each other right in the August hall of the Senate.

The comedy line that was a smashing hit started when Joe took a seat beside Moe, and asked Larry about unli-questioning for an outsider of the ring where the yellow circus was being held.

“I think we gave Moe more than an hour of being on TV. That’s a luxury and now I assert my right. Otherwise, I might be moved to declare Moe out of order,” Joe said.

Moe resented this and said “You’re censoring me?”

Larry went to the two stooges who were already engaged in verbal bashing and declared a two-minute recess.

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When the circus resumed, both stooges continued the slapstick to the delight of TV viewers glued to the yellow circus show.

“May I just sit here and listen to you without being intimidated, Moe told Larry, because my seatmate here (Joe) is intimidating me. I (Moe) am trying to ask questions, he (Joe) told me (Moe) here: “I would not let you get a headstart.”

Joe also told Moe: “Have you achieved your dream? You are defending evil.”

Moe at the point of crying, told Larry “Joe tell me those things. Trash-talk me. I never did that to any of my colleagues and I consider him a friend. I can move. Can you make sure he doesn’t follow me? I will listen to you. If it takes you two hours, I will follow,” Moe told Larry.

The comic relief ended with Larry declaring Moe “out of order” and called on the sergeant-at-arms to restrain him.
Moe also questioned Larry’s chairing the committee and his neutrality in the proceedings.

Moe even accused Larry of “lawyering” for the yellow stooge who pretends to be a witness.

There was also a lot of irony in the slapstick since all of the three used to be gangmates in the previous administration in cooking up what was then called selective justice that targeted the opponents of ultimate comedian Mr. Clean.

Mr. Clean was able to keep a six-year run of a lackluster show on the mere act of claiming that he is addressing corruption and giving Filipinos a better government by running after his and the yellow’s political opponents."

Moe and Joe were in another comic troika then and Larry did the biddings of Mr. Clean.

Mr. Clean is now keeping himself quiet after it has been proven that his six-year run is an empty hypocritical performance.

Now that the 3 stooges are together, at least for the next three years, the public expects to be treated with killer slapsticks similar to what happened last Thursday.

The 3 stooges slapstick proves to be a hit in the most unexpected venue at the Senate.


EDITORIAL - De Lima scores? Written by Tribune Editorial Friday, 16 September 2016 00:00


First look appeared that Sen. Leila de Lima had the upperhand in the epic de Lima vs toughie Rody duel with former Davao Death Squad (DDS) member Edgar Matobato who had spilled all that can be spilled regarding the summary killings in Davao City under President Duterte.

Self-admitted butcher Matobato appeared credible enough since he was able to give even the gory details of the incidents which he referred to as executions that were issued to him, although despite giving many names before the Senate, he, however, not only could even remember the name of the person but also that his testimony was full of holes.

And when his credibility was tested by several senators, his story didn’t jibe with reality, as proved by Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
Matobato said that people in Davao City are similar to poultry chickens who are butchered whenever then Mayor Davao City Rodrigo Duterte and his son Paolo ordered it.

The witness recounted procedures that are similar to the vigilante-style deaths that are reported daily in news outlets.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa said that the deaths related to Duterte’s war on drugs were already 3,140 involving 2,035 deaths under investigation and 1,105 killed under police operations.

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Matobato claimed it was Duterte himself who had issued orders to the DDS and that he sometimes joined in the killings.
After the 1993 bombing of the Davao Cathedral in Davao City, he alleged that Duterte issued an order to massacre Muslims in a Davao City Mosque.

The witness claimed it was he who had hurled the grenade at Bangkerohan Mosque. It was then reported that a Christian militant was the suspect in the grenade attack. Fortunately, nobody was hurt then.

One of the more gory hit jobs of Matobato alleged was in 2002, Duterte allegedly ordered the slaying of a certain Sali Makdum. He said the group, supposedly the DDS kidnapped him and then was killed and chopped into pieces.

Matobato alleged that Ronald de la Rosa, now the chief of the PNP who was at the Thursday Senate hearing, knew about this operation as he was at the time the chief of Davao City’s Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force.

Two distinct admissions of Duterte appear incriminating, although that is just one man’s version. The first was when Duterte admitted during his regular radio program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” on May 25, 2015 or a year before the elections his links with the DDS.

“They say I am the death squad? True, that is true,” Duterte said.

In the same radio program, Duterte also issued his classic warning that voters should avoid him since he will launch a bloody war against crime if he becomes president.

The other instance was during the Leaders Meeting at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in which Duterte bragged in front of heads of states including US President Barack Obama that he killed a “bunch of fools” who raped a teacher who was the wife of a police officer in Davao City.

Relating his exploits during a press briefing after the East Asia Summit, Duterte said “In Davao, some fools raped a teacher who was the wife of a police officer. And in front of Obama I told him that I really did: I killed them. I made them pay for what they did. I killed. Mercilessly. Why should I (not be) when pity is not one of my virtues?” he said.

Of course the motivation of the head of the Senate committee conducting the hearing on extrajudicial killings remains a suspect since she can also be considered a political executioner and is known to coach her witnesses, considering her role in Noynoy’s campaign of selective justice in persecuting his political opponents.

Toughie Rody is also breathing down the neck of de Lima for her alleged involvement in the narcotics trade and her romantic dalliances.

Thus, it is a battle of two supposed executioners and it is shaping up as an interesting encounter.


No U.S. moral high ground Written by Tribune Editorial Saturday, 17 September 2016 00:00


In his unremitting attack against the United States government’s hypocrisy and its self-imposed role as keeper of the flame of democracy, toughie Rody may want to refer to a Jamaican author who said the US government should be accused of the same allegations being raised on him.

Marlon James, an African-Jamaican who has lived in the United States for more than two years said in a literary festival in Paris that the US government has made itself a kind of a “Third World police” which has led to “almost state-sanctioned” killings of people from minority groups.

James, who was awarded prestigious Man Booker Prize last year for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, said some US police officers thought themselves above the law, comparing them to death squads during the “dirty war” run by Argentina’s military rulers in the 1970s.

These were the same allegations now being raised by the US, international institutions and who toughie Rody calls as yellows against him.

James said “what people like me find alarming is there is almost state-sanctioned violence in America, particularly with the police.”

“America has developed a weird kind of Third World police, which horrifies people like me and my friends from Kenya or Nigeria,” he added.

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Ironically what he was saying against the US government was the same topic raised by US President Barack Obama on Duterte that led to the reported verbal clash during the Leaders Meeting at the Laos East Asia Summit last week.

“The whole idea that you are beyond the law you are serving and protecting, and that killing people will not have consequences, is something that we who migrated to America thought we had got away from,” James said at Festival America in France.

In one of his speeches to defend the consequences of the Duterte war against drugs, Rody cited the abuses that the US government against American minorities particularly the blacks.

“This sort of unquestioned authority, straight up killing people is why Black Lives Matter happened,” he added.

Black Lives Matter is a protest movement in the US that sprung up as a result of a series of high-profile police killings of black men.

“The way that kind of violence is protected... means it is state-sanctioned violence and that is no different to Argentina during the dirty war,” James said.

While Duterte should answer for the innocent lives lost and the vigilante killings riding on his anti-narcotics campaign many of which are suspected to be state-sanctioned, the US government lacks the moral high ground to make account for rights violations.

The same form of violence on its citizens brought about mainly by the paranoia of the American government is seen on the news almost daily and the perpetrators, the same way that the Philippine police appear to tolerate drugs-related killings, are almost always let loose.

James, whose parents were both police officers in Jamaica, said, “I don’t think it (state-sanctioned violence) is something that Americans realize because it is mostly a minority that is victimized by it. We are naive in that we never pay attention to violence until it affects us.”

Juxtapose minorities with drugs suspects and it would be the same allegations raised against Duterte’s drugs war.

“And that is a problem because when it finally does come to us nobody is going to be protecting us. It will end up endlessly repeating itself unless we stop it at some point,” James said which is eerily what groups concerned about the rising number of deaths, which is already near 3,000 fatalities, in the war on drugs, have warned.

Duterte should be made accountable for the rising death toll in the drugs war which has reached frightening proportions as a result of the geometrical increase in summary killings as Rody’s term progresses.

Obama or the US government, for that matter, are not the ones to talk Rody on doing the drugs war the “right way” with the similar problem of police brutality on minorities facing them.


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