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BY ELLEN TORDESILLASS: PAYNOR'S AMBASSADORIAL ASSIGNMENT TO U.S. ON HOLD


NOVEMBER 4 -President Duterte has decided that his choice to be ambassador to the United States, Marciano “Jun” Paynor will not go to Washington States this year.It has nothing to do with the uncertain state of PH-US relations.
Duterte feels that Paynor is needed here for the preparations of the 2017 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting which will be hosted by the Philippines. There will be two summits, one for the 10 ASEAN leaders that will be held mid- 2017 and what is called ASEAN plus –plus meeting involving leaders of other dialogue countries namely Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, and United States sometime in the later part of next year. READ MORE...

ALSO TEDITORIAL: 'On a clear day, you can see the future' by Teddy Locsin
VIDEOtorial


NOVEMBER 4 -Watch also in iWantv or TFC.tv
Teddy Locsin Jr. talks about the rising and established international powers and the reshaping of the world order. - The World Tonight, ANC, November 3, 2016...WATCH THE EDITORIAL ON VIDEO...

ALSO: By Buddy Gomez - Hillary!


NOVEMBER 4 -If you have not yet done so, since in the Philippines folks rarely do, it is time you read and bone up on Hillary! Without any major mistake, by the end of the fifth day as we pound on this keyboard, the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, shall have been won by Hillary Rodham Clinton. By dint of determination, dignity and integrity, she has overcome! The most formidable glass ceiling over the political life of the United States shall have been shattered, ending centuries of man’s chauvinism. (Election Day in the US is not in the US Constitution but is designated by Congressional mandate. It is held on “the Tuesday immediately after the first Monday in November.” This means that the earliest possible would be November 2--following a November 1 Monday--and the latest by November 8, November 7 being the first Monday. Most states allow for early voting which can occur from a week to even a month and half before Election Day itself, aside from the additional facility of absentee balloting via the post office.) READ MORE...

ALSO: By Robert Labayen - A good leader unites, brings out best in people in worst of times


OCTOBER 31 -ROBERT LABAYEN:
This is said to be the greatest story of survival. In December 1914, 28 men sailed toward Antartica in the South Pole. Soon, the frozen sea trapped and crushed their ship. For almost two years, the men endured hunger, thirst, freezing temperature and darkness. In times that the sun came out, it was unbearably hot.  With weak bodies, they walked miles and miles on deep snow, pulling their heavy 30-foot life boats. They found an island which had nothing but rocks and more ice. Drinking water was hard to find because any liquid froze so fast. When they ran out of stored food, they survived on unappetizing penguin and seal meat. They were even forced to shoot and eat the sled dogs they loved. Rescue would never come even if they waited there for eternity. So, six of them had to sail for weeks across waves 50-feet tall in search of civilization. They climbed a snow mountain for several days with almost no food, no water and no rest. When the leader came back on a rescue ship, all 28 had survived! READ MORE...


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OPINION: Paynor’s ambassadorial assignment to the U.S. on hold

MANILA, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 (ABS-CBN) Ellen T. Tordesillas Posted at Nov 04 2016 10:41 AM - President Duterte has decided that his choice to be ambassador to the United States, Marciano “Jun” Paynor will not go to Washington States this year.
It has nothing to do with the uncertain state of PH-US relations.

Duterte feels that Paynor is needed here for the preparations of the 2017 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting which will be hosted by the Philippines.

There will be two summits, one for the 10 ASEAN leaders that will be held mid- 2017 and what is called ASEAN plus –plus meeting involving leaders of other dialogue countries namely Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, and United States sometime in the later part of next year.

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JUN PAYNOR

Paynor confirmed this: “I'm making sure that all the preparations for our hosting of ASEAN 2017 from January to November next year are on stream. I serve at the pleasure of the President and wherever he thinks I can be of help that's where I'll be. “

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Paynor said, “That I'm not going to DC till the end of the year is sure, but that I'll not be going anymore remains to be seen. “

A career diplomat, Paynor knows many things are unpredictable in foreign service. "We are not there till we are there,” he said borrowing a famous quote.

That explains why Duterte has not submitted Paynor’s name to the Commission on Appointments for confirmation, a Constitutional process in ambassadorial assignments.

Duterte, meanwhile, has appointed Jose Manuel “Babes” Romualdez as special envoy to the United States.


BABE ROMULADEZ

Earlier, former Sen. Francisco Tatad who covered the foreign affairs beat as a journalist, was puzzled about Romualdez’ appointment which he called “highly inappropriate because two months ago, DU30 ‘appointed’ retired Ambassador Marciano Paynor as the Philippine ambassador to Washington, D.C.”

“How could DU30 have a special envoy and an ambassador to Washington the same time? Where does the work of one end, and the work of the other begin? Which one should the US government recognize as the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines?” Tatad asked.

Since Paynor won’t be assuming the Washington post, I imagine there’s a need for a special envoy in Washington D.C. to reduce the poisoned atmosphere between the two allies.

It is talked about in the diplomatic circle that Romualdez was offered the U.S. ambassadorial position but he declined as he has business concerns that he is not willing to give up.

CORRECT PROCESS


LOCSIN

The name of Teodoro Locsin, Jr. for the position of Permanent Representative to the United Nations has been submitted to the C.A. for confirmation.

This corrects the process for ambassadorial assignments which former President Gloria Arroyo and former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. debased when the latter assumed the U.N. position without being confirmed by the C.A.

Then Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo justified Davide’s assumption to the UN post without CA confirmation saying that the position of UN permanent representative is not a full ambassadorial position and as such, confirmation is not necessary.

That’s not what the Foreign Service Act (R.A. 7157) says. It states:“The President shall nominate and, with the consent of the Commission on Appointments, appoint ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary to head embassies and permanent missions.”

The Philippine has four permanent mission and one of them is the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York.


TEDITORIAL

OPINION: On a clear day, you can see the future Teddy Locsin, Jr. Posted at Nov 04 2016 12:30 AM

 
https://youtu.be/akwAOA_gcYU?t=27

Watch also in iWantv or TFC.tv
Teddy Locsin Jr. talks about the rising and established international powers and the reshaping of the world order. - The World Tonight, ANC, November 3, 2016


OPINION: Hillary! Buddy Gomez Posted at Nov 04 2016 01:53 AM

If you have not yet done so, since in the Philippines folks rarely do, it is time you read and bone up on Hillary!

Without any major mistake, by the end of the fifth day as we pound on this keyboard, the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, shall have been won by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

By dint of determination, dignity and integrity, she has overcome! The most formidable glass ceiling over the political life of the United States shall have been shattered, ending centuries of man’s chauvinism.

(Election Day in the US is not in the US Constitution but is designated by Congressional mandate. It is held on “the Tuesday immediately after the first Monday in November.” This means that the earliest possible would be November 2--following a November 1 Monday--and the latest by November 8, November 7 being the first Monday.

Most states allow for early voting which can occur from a week to even a month and half before Election Day itself, aside from the additional facility of absentee balloting via the post office.)

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An analytical tally of the Electoral College votes (based on the State by State popular votes) conducted by many national broadcast media organizations has consistently positioned Mrs. Clinton above the minimum winning level count of 270, over a consistent deficiency suffered by her Republican contender, Donald Trump.

No American election of memory has ever been more contentious and attended by uncharted negative virulent content.

Through the long and perilous way, Hillary has proven herself to be well-composed, in command and in possession of that steely mettle that survived the longest drawn, the most aggressive, invasive, intrusive and unrelenting vetting process in the history of American politics. And in all probability, in that of the world.

In the recorded annals of the rough and tumble of dirty partisan politics, there is no other known instance of character assassination of a political leader of such intensity, carried over such length of time--three decades of lies, smears, vilification by innuendo and guilt-by-association all calculated to create an image of corruption personified and untrustworthiness as that heaped upon Hillary by her detractors! A great amount of wealth and sweat has been marshalled, invested and expended by the Conservative power brokers who dreaded the reality of another Clinton ascendancy in the leadership of the nation.

All towards tainting Hillary. The ultimate objective was of course to destroy her. Accusations upon serial accusations, framing her with interminable barrages of dirt all in the vain attempt to reduce Hillary into a political monster, a “terrible, horrible, a no-good human being.”

Yet, there has never been a candidate for the chief magistracy of any nation on earth that has gone through a more thorough political internship and preparation. Truly, none ever so qualified, so demonstrably able and experienced as Hillary.

A graduate of the prestigious Wellesley College, a Yale lawyer, a Brownie and a Girl Scout in her much younger years, a political and social activist for most of her professional life life, a committed and very staunch advocate for the causes of children and families, a co-architect of national health care reform, a First Lady (twice so involved and committed), a very productive and effective US. Senator and Secretary of State. No other American President presides with so broad an intimate familiarity and involvement with as many humane causes, countries and cultures.

No other quite like Hillary!


Paul Alexander: A Woman Of Her Time: Hillary Rodham Clinton July 3, 2016 / Campaign 2016, Featured Post, Memo Pad, National News, Politics COURTESY IF NATIONALMEMO.COM (APPENDED BY PHNO)

An ineradicable visage of Mrs. Hillary R. Clinton that I have always relished with awe and admiration is when she very famously stood before the Chinese Communist behemoth in Beijing, China during a United Nations Conference on Women in 1995. Standing proud and confident, she declared: “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”
Human rights is an indispensable element in the exercise of the forthcoming version of US world leadership under President Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Republicans

The last two living former Presidents (the Bushes, both Republicans) and their respective spouses and families have declared that they are voting for Hillary. This is a top-tier Republican family’s reaction to what an abomination the Republican nominee, the unforgettable Donald Trump, has become. The Donald’s revenge emerges, perhaps, unintentionally. Be that as it may, it is still the effective evisceration of the Grand Old Party, redemption from which cannot as yet be discerned from the flotsam.

Enterprise journalism will certainly have its hands full in the days ahead, keyboards a-clicking and the presses rolling with the 2016 American electoral debacle. Mostly, hindsight and fanciful!

A GOP reinvention is evidently called for. How this is to be approached, dissected, reformulated, resuscitated will be a political junkie’s menu for the foreseeable future. Until, Hillary’s re-election, perhaps?

Hillary has become the moment of dread that Republicans have most feared!

Thirty years of investment in spite and malice, of repeatedly tainting Hillary Rodham Clinton with the exaggerated and manufactured ghosts of the many White Waters, Benghazis and careless e-mails; of accusations upon accusations without a sliver of proof. All were vain concoctions of coveted perceptions that did not translate much less cohere to their hopes for political reality. What a waste of inordinate amounts of wealth!

The malicious contrivance of attempting political perceptions do succeed, but only when allowed to remain unchallenged. Some attacks obviously earn and gain traction. Consistent repetitions, a la Goebbels, do convert lies into accepted truths.
But not with Hillary! She was always steadfast and confident, fighting back in veneration of the Truth, standing proud and erect, with dignity and integrity uncowed.

An extra happily smiling sidelight

Come Wednesday, America may also wake up to a sunnier, smiley morning! More States, because of the salutary health and fiscal experience of some earlier pioneering States like Washington, Colorado and Oregon, will have voted to likewise legalize Marijuana for recreational use, enlisting the joyful item among the array of tobacco and alcohol concoctions. Twenty-four other States already allow marijuana use in some form of legality or other.

Back in the Philippines, I recall that we have had a rather shy show of assenting hands in our House of Representatives, an attempt at assessing public reception and acceptance of the marijuana idea

Seriously, now. Sincerely, methinks, the moment is at hand!


OPINION: A good leader unites, brings out best in people in worst of times Robert Labayen Posted at Oct 31 2016 02:54 PM


ROBERT LABAYEN:

This is said to be the greatest story of survival.

In December 1914, 28 men sailed toward Antartica in the South Pole. Soon, the frozen sea trapped and crushed their ship. For almost two years, the men endured hunger, thirst, freezing temperature and darkness. In times that the sun came out, it was unbearably hot.

With weak bodies, they walked miles and miles on deep snow, pulling their heavy 30-foot life boats. They found an island which had nothing but rocks and more ice.

Drinking water was hard to find because any liquid froze so fast. When they ran out of stored food, they survived on unappetizing penguin and seal meat. They were even forced to shoot and eat the sled dogs they loved.

Rescue would never come even if they waited there for eternity. So, six of them had to sail for weeks across waves 50-feet tall in search of civilization. They climbed a snow mountain for several days with almost no food, no water and no rest.

When the leader came back on a rescue ship, all 28 had survived!

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This is the legendary story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew in their Imperial Trans Antartic Expedition.

In an event like that, the first casualties would be morale and esprit de corps. In his own book, Shackleton narrated “I knew how important it was to keep the men cheerful.” His concern was to uphold the men’s will to survive and their willingness to stick together working as a team. He encouraged them to have conversations with one another, to play games and sing songs.

According to a New York Times essay by Nancy F. Koehn, Shackleton “acted quickly to contain their opposition and negativity by trying to win them over and keeping close watch on them.” In fact, “He assigned potential trouble makers to his own tent.”

In the worst conditions, his men were at their best being cooks, hunters, navigators, meteorologists, oarsmen, friends, etc.
Shackleton earned their trust because he had the vision. He reassured them that in order to be rescued, he had to cross the angry ocean to reach the nearest island.

He was always the optimistic, the consistent, the cheerful and the caring one. He is described as “ good natured” and “likeable” by markofaleader.com.

At times, he raised his voice, but his anger was righteous and his motivations were clear. He kept his composure. I have not seen a report about of him bullying, shaming, bad-mouthing or alienating his critics.

If his talk was inconsistent and his values, questionable, he could have created a gang of angry and confused men divided into factions if not killing each other. He could have brought out the worst in them.

Proof that he was a trusted leader, some of the men joined him in his return voyage.

But the great leader made a mistake, too. He decided to proceed with the journey despite being warned that the sea could freeze.

We can only pray that nobody leads us to dangerous waters.

“ Everything rises and falls on leadership. “
- John Maxwell, leadership guru
( Fortunately, the ordeal of the Shackleton team was captured on film by crew member James Hurley. The original footage can be viewed on Youtube.

Sources for the article :
- South : The Story of Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Expedition by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
- The Shackleton Expedition, markofaleader.com
- Leadership Lessons from the Shackleton Expedition, Nancy F. Koehn, nytimes.com
Wikipedia )
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Robert Labayen spent 22 years in advertising prior to joining ABS-CBN in 2004. He was VP-Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi and Executive Creative Director at J. Walter Thompson, two of the country's leading ad agencies. He is currently the Head of Creative Communications Management at ABS-CBN. His job involves inspiring people to be their best. He is a writer, painter and songwriter.


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