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BY ELLEN TORDESILLAS: THE INVITATION TO THE WHITE HOUSE THAT NEVER WAS


DECEMBER 5 -ELLEN TORDESILLAS - ........In Washington D.C., Trump’s transition team also released a “Read out of Calls with World Leaders” by the President-elect. On that day, the President-elect talked with four heads of government :Afghanistan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani Admazai, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long, and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. On his call with Duterte, the readout said: “President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines offered his congratulatory wishes to President-elect Trump. In their conversation, they noted the long history of friendship and cooperation between the two nations and agreed that the two government would continue to work together closely on matters of shared interest and concern.”  READ COLUMN FROM THE BEGINNING....

ALSO:.By Dahli Aspillera - Right on, DU30


DECEMBER 5 -By Dahli Aspillera
LAST week, Chinese Coast Guard fished out and aided Filipino fishermen when their fishing boat capsized from rough waves at the disputed Scarborough shoal. A Philippine Coast Guard vessel arrived later to fetch the two fishermen from the Chinese ship. The Filipino fishermen were cared for and treated well. This was the first time when Chinese and Philippine Coast Guards were eyeball-to-eyeball peacefully in the Scarborough Shoal. President Duterte’s style of leadership and interpersonal relations got the China leadership responding positively. Recall the volatile atmosphere at Scarborough Shoal before DU30--the Chinese coastguards would have found a good reason to shoot those Filipino fishermen and allow them to drown in that war zone. Shouldn’t Leila de Lima and Sonny Trillianes send a thank-you note to President Duterte for his style of leadership resulting in such happy endings? READ MORE...

ALSO: By Amado Macasaet - MVP’s narrow view


NOVEMBER 29 -By Amado P. Macasaet
Common to Manuel V. Pangilinan’s narrow view, the serious economic consequences resulting in the interpretation of the term “capital” in Section 11, Article XII of the Constitution undoubtedly demand an immediate adjudication of this issue. The above is the meat of the opinion of Supreme Court justice Antonio T. Carpio where he said he and his peers came to the conclusion that henceforth no more filings will be entertained in the case involving majority of the shares of Metro Pacific, a company that is proven by Justice Carpio to be beyond the constitutional limit of 40 percent, the company being a public utility engaged in communication. According to Carpio, in the Luzon Stevedoring Corp. versus Anti-Dummy Board, the court deemed it wise and expedient to resolve the case although the petition for declaratory relief could be outrightly dismissed for being procedurally defective. READ MORE...

ALSO: By E. Toedesillas - A police protector of drug lords has a protector in Malacañang?


DECEMEBR 2 -Police Supt. Marvic Marcos has long been identified as a protector of drug lords, why is somebody high up in Malacañang protecting him? What does this make of President Duterte’s bloody campaign to eliminate illegal drugs which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 and still counting? Marcos has been under protective custody at the PNP in Camp Crame in connection with the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa while detained in Baybay Provincial Jail in Leyte. Until his involvement in the Espinosa killing, Marcos was chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Eastern Visayas. De la Rosa revealed Tuesday that t “someone higher” asked him to reinstate Marcos to his position in CIDG Region 8. READ MORE...


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The invitation to the White House that never was


BY ELLEN TORDESILLAS -

MANILA, DECEMBER 5, 2016 (MALAYA)  By Ellen Tordesillas December 05, 2016 - PRESIDENT Duterte was euphoric after his seven-minute phone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump Friday night, he thought the latter invited him to visit the United States.

The Presidential Communication Office released the following notes by the President of his conversation with Trump.

“The President-elect Trump wishes the, to extend his warmest regards to the Filipino people. And in just a few minutes, we were talking a lot of things.

“He was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs. And he wishes me well to, in my campaign and he said that… well we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way.

“And he wishes us well.

“And I said that, well, we assured him of our ties with America.

“I appreciate the response that I got from President-elect Trump and I would like to wish him success. He will be a good president for the United States of America. I am very sure. And he has invited me to visit New York and Washington DC, he said that if I’m around, he wants to be notified of my presence and maybe--

“And I mentioned to him about the Asean Summit next year and he said that he will try his best to be here.

“He wants to attend the Summit and that would be great for our country.

“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump. And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem.

“He understood the way we are handling it and I said that there’s nothing wrong in protecting a country.

“It was a bit very encouraging in the sense that I supposed that what he really wanted to say was that we would be the last to interfere in the affairs of your own country.”

In Washington D.C., Trump’s transition team also released a “Read out of Calls with World Leaders” by the President-elect.

On that day, the President-elect talked with four heads of government :Afghanistan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani Admazai, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long, and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

On his call with Duterte, the readout said: “President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines offered his congratulatory wishes to President-elect Trump. In their conversation, they noted the long history of friendship and cooperation between the two nations and agreed that the two government would continue to work together closely on matters of shared interest and concern.”

That’s all.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Saturday clarified reports attributed to Bong Go, the President’s special assistant, that Trump invited Duterte to the White House.

Abella said, “According to the transcript po, wala pong specific na sinabi na inimbita ang Presidente. Based on the transcript, ang sinabi po actually ... ni President Donald Trump na kung mangyari man na naandun siya sa New York o sa Washington ay dapat ... na mapaalam kay Donald Trump. (According to the transcript, there was nothing specific that the President was invited. Based on the transcript, what was actually said by President Donal Trump was if you happen to be in New York or Washington D.C. . .to let Donald Trump know.” )

What are the occasions that a Philippine president maybe in New York or Washington D.C ? One is the National Prayer Breakfast held every first Thursday of February in Washington, D.C. It’s hosted by the members of the U.S. Congress and attended by the President.

In 2009, then President Gloria Arroyo flew to Washington D.C. hoping but failed to shake hands with the new President Barack Obama.

Another is the opening of the United Nations General Assembly which usually happens in September. But then didn’t he say, “Fuck you, U.N.?”

Also last October he told the Filipino Community in Bejing, “I will not go to America anymore. I’ll just be insulted there.”

But Duterte can always say, he was just joking.


Right on, DU30 By Dahli Aspillera December 05, 2016


By Dahli Aspillera

LAST week, Chinese Coast Guard fished out and aided Filipino fishermen when their fishing boat capsized from rough waves at the disputed Scarborough shoal. A Philippine Coast Guard vessel arrived later to fetch the two fishermen from the Chinese ship. The Filipino fishermen were cared for and treated well. This was the first time when Chinese and Philippine Coast Guards were eyeball-to-eyeball peacefully in the Scarborough Shoal.

President Duterte’s style of leadership and interpersonal relations got the China leadership responding positively. Recall the volatile atmosphere at Scarborough Shoal before DU30--the Chinese coastguards would have found a good reason to shoot those Filipino fishermen and allow them to drown in that war zone.

Shouldn’t Leila de Lima and Sonny Trillianes send a thank-you note to President Duterte for his style of leadership resulting in such happy endings?

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DU30-TRUMP PHONE CHAT

Manila is conducting its deadly drug war “the right way,” President-elect Donald Trump assured President Rodrigo Duterte during a telephone conversation. This is in stark contrast to the criticism DU30 had received from the outgoing American President Obama on the same issue. Media report that Mr. Trump spent time this week calling a few country leaders, including the Philippine President, whom Trump “wished success” in the Philippines’ anti-crime crackdown.

“ [The President-elect] was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs. And he wishes me well... in my campaign and he said that... we are doing it as a sovereign nation the right way.” Trump’s office released a brief statement following the conversation, saying Duterte had congratulated Trump and the two agreed to work together closely.

Immediately upon taking office midyear this year, Duterte launched the war again narcopolitics and the millions of drug addicts that our previous administrations did not notice. Convoluted, malicious news about extrajudicial killings emanating from DU30 political opponents reached President Obama who promptly ordered America’s Little Brown Brother to do his anti-drug campaign “the right way.” Had Obama been better apprised about DU30, Obama would have known that this Philippine president would remind him that he heads a sovereign country; is not America’s little brown brother; and doesn’t take orders from foreigners.

Extrajudicial killing is lawlessly ordering the killing of whomever. No leaderr in a democracy can permit or condone extrajudicial killing and get away with it.

Extrajudicial killings happen when drug users and addicts surrender to the authorities; seek rehabilitation. Addicts surrendering to authorities are a worry the drug lords. Addicts will squeal to the authorities the names of their drug sources. The addicts may tell the authorities from whom they are getting their illegal drugs. Those in the business hunt and kill these addicts they fear will squeal on them.

That... my dear Millennials [millennials are 16 years old demonstrators?] is extrajudicial killing.

Where in that scenario is the President?

Seventeen million Filipinos voted for Duterte after he expressed the need to stop illegal drugs since the Philippines has turned narco-state. Seventeen million Filipinos cannot be wrong. Since assuming office, he has called on police and even civilians to get after criminals dealing with drugs.

Drug dealers who are caught red-handed in criminal activities fight it out with arresting officers. President Duterte had given the police the right to shoot to kill the criminals in self-defense. This is not extrajudicial killing. This is self-preservation for the law enforcers. Critics ought to be accurate about their definition of extrajudicial killings.

In October Duterte announced a “separation” from the United States and had called for the withdrawal of American troops from his country, putting into question Manila’s 70-year-old alliance with Washington. But on Saturday, Duterte said he “could sense a good rapport” with an “animated” Trump. Video released by Duterte’s office showed the Philippine leader laughing as he chatted on the phone, later saying Trump would be “a good president for the United States of America.”

Duterte said the president-elect invited him to visit New York and Washington DC and he returned the favor by asking Trump to attend a regional summit that the Philippines is set to host next year.


MVP’s narrow view By Amado P. Macasaet November 29, 2016


By Amado P. Macasaet

Common to Manuel V. Pangilinan’s narrow view, the serious economic consequences resulting in the interpretation of the term “capital” in Section 11, Article XII of the Constitution undoubtedly demand an immediate adjudication of this issue.

The above is the meat of the opinion of Supreme Court justice Antonio T. Carpio where he said he and his peers came to the conclusion that henceforth no more filings will be entertained in the case involving majority of the shares of Metro Pacific, a company that is proven by Justice Carpio to be beyond the constitutional limit of 40 percent, the company being a public utility engaged in communication.

According to Carpio, in the Luzon Stevedoring Corp. versus Anti-Dummy Board, the court deemed it wise and expedient to resolve the case although the petition for declaratory relief could be outrightly dismissed for being procedurally defective.

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There, appellant admittedly had already committed a breach of the Public Service Act in relation to the Anti-Dummy Law since it had been employing non-American aliens long before the decision in a prior similar case.

However, the main issue in Luzon Stevedoring was of transcendental importance, involving the exercise or enjoyment of rights, franchises, privileges, properties and businesses which only Filipino and qualified corporations could exercise or enjoy under the Constitution and the statutes. Moreover, the same issue could be raised by appellant in an appropriate action.

Thus, in Luzon Stevedoring, the court deemed it necessary to finally dispose of the case for the guidance of all concerned, despite the apparent procedural flaw in the petition.

The feud over the Metro Pacific case stems from the contradicting views of the court and the group of Pangilinan. The latter held views or contention that common shares may be issued to prepare stockholders get dividends. That would tend to increase the number of common shares beyond what is allowed by the constitution.

For more than 75 years, Carpio pointed out, since the 1935 Constitution the court has interpreted or defined the term “capital” found in various economic provisions of the 1935, 1973 and 1987 Constitutions.

The records of the court show that a motion for reconsideration was filed on June 30, where the court used the term “capital”. The provision of the subject has long and far reaching effect that may not be interpreted the wrong way as the owners of common shares will be swamped by those who do not have right to the benefits should the company be dissolved or go bankrupt.

Carpio had something to say about engaging error. He said 73 years since 1935 Constitution the court has not interpreted or defined the term “capital’ after a new definition or new midstream rectification of the term “capital.”

According to Carpio, there is an engaging error in the manner the shares were sold supposedly in public biding where the lowest offer is awarded the project.

Lastly, Carpio took note or underscored the meaning of “capital” according to the Constitution.

There were those who say that people who have heavy access to money and power get away with anything including violating the Charter supposedly to be the bible of the nation.


A police protector of drug lords has a protector in Malacañang? By Ellen Tordesillas December 02, 2016 IF

Police Supt. Marvic Marcos has long been identified as a protector of drug lords, why is somebody high up in Malacañang protecting him?

What does this make of President Duterte’s bloody campaign to eliminate illegal drugs which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 and still counting?

Marcos has been under protective custody at the PNP in Camp Crame in connection with the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa while detained in Baybay Provincial Jail in Leyte.

Until his involvement in the Espinosa killing, Marcos was chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Eastern Visayas.

De la Rosa revealed Tuesday that t “someone higher” asked him to reinstate Marcos to his position in CIDG Region 8.

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It sent everybody guessing because higher than the PNP chief would be a cabinet member. PNP is under the Department of Interior and Local Government. Was it DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno, many asked?

Yesterday morning, De la Rosa gave more hints who was the “ninong” of Marcos: “Kumpare, kumpare ko lang dyan. Basta kumpare ko lang.”

De la Rosa quoted his kumpare as saying, ‘‘’Pre yung grupo ni Marcos napapatulong na kawawa iyong pamilya nila kung maiwan doon, matanggal sila doon at mapunta dito sa Crame so baka pwede mong mareconsider yung decision mo na tanggalin sila doon.”

He said he immediately acceded saying, “Sabi ko ‘yes’ walang problema, for humanitarian purposes, I’m willing to do it.”

Sen. Leila de Lima said her sources at PNP told her it was Christopher “Bong” Go, special assistant to the President who called Dela Rosa to reinstate Marcos.

“It’s an open secret na in-order niya (Go) si General Bato by phone call na i-reinstate [si Marcos],” De Lima said, adding that some PNP officials are dismayed with Marcos’ re-instatement.

Go is one of, if not the most, trusted persons of President Duterte. He was Duterte’s chief of staff when he was Davao mayor.

In Malacañang, he acts as the President’s chief cordon sanitaire, screening all the President’s appointments as well as documents for the chief executive’s signature. He is head of the Presidential Management Staff and holds cabinet rank.

There are talks in Malacañang of appointments recalled because of the appointee displeasing Go.

The question is, if it is true that it was defense and military officials, bringing to four the number of such aircraft in the inventory of Or did he do it upon instruction of the President?

It will be recalled that while everybody found preposterous the version of Marcos and his team that they killed Espinosa because he shot at them, Duterte stood by them. “I believe in the version of the police. If they have a version that proves otherwise, then a case should be filed against the police.”

He reiterated his assurance that “The police have nothing to be afraid of. They’ve got my protection. I will support them.”

During the Senate hearing two weeks ago, self-confessed illegal drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa, son of the slain mayor, said Marcos demanded and got from him a total of P3 million during the election campaign early this year to finance the candidacy of his wife for vice mayor in the town of Pastrana in Leyte.

In exchange for the money, the younger Espinosa said Marcos informed him on the location and time of the checkpoints so that they would not run into them.

The latest revelation of Marcos’ connection to Malacañang raises an alarming angle to the observation of Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate investigation on the killing of Mayor Espinosa.

“I was watching the demeanor of Supt. Marcos, Chief Inspector (Leo) Laraga and the two others … and I could see from their demeanor, masyadong confident,” said Lacson who was formerly PNP chief.

“Parang they were already anticipating that the President would back them up. And that’s a bad sign,” Considering the blatant execution tapos ganun yung actuation – it’s bothersome,” Lacson further said.

A police protector of drug lords has a protector in Malacañang? That’s frightening.


By Ellen Tordesillas, Malaya column


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