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EDITORIAL: YOU HAVE BEEN PRANKED -DECIPHERING RODY


JANUARY 20 -Deciphering Rody would have to take into account his impatience and his past predispositions to mischief. His recent broaching of martial law, made last Saturday, seems no different from past rhetoric that is 90 percent threat and which the Palace refers as the President merely thinking out loud about his plans.
In the controversial statement, Mr. Duterte threatened martial law if the drug problem deteriorates and becomes “virulent.”  He added that neither Congress nor the Supreme Court can stop him “if I want to (declare martial law).”
Rody’s threats thus always come with a qualifier which always accompanies his fighting statements. The apparent warning came after Pulse Asia survey showed that 73 percent of those polled were averse to martial law as an option to solve problems confronting Rody. The Liberal Party (LP) and the yellow went to town with the survey results saying that it was a signal to Rody to mend his ways. Somebody telling him what to do always gets Rody’s goat.
He warned leaders of other nations not to obstruct his campaign against drugs since his aim is to remove the threat to the next generation of Filipinos. READ MORE...

ALSO: Conspiracy shapes up (The LeniLeaks)
[RELATED Editorial - Yellows locked and loaded]


The Palace may have taken the first concrete step in accepting that indeed there is a serious effort to undermine the administration of Rody in the probe it asked the National Security Adviser (NSA) to conduct on the so-called “Lenileaks” which is the series of e-mails detailing an ouster plot that included Vice President Leni Robredo.
It seems the Palace already had an inkling of the plot since last year as it referred to Filipino-Americans as hatching it. Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said last September 20 that some Filipino-Americans in New York are hatching a plan to oust President Duterte by this month. He said the information came from a Cabinet member who was then in New York and was told of the plan by a Filipino-American during a function that they both had attended. In the campaign for the national polls last May, a so-called “Plan B” of the Liberal Party (LP) was a hot topic. Plan B involved putting in Leni Robredo as Vice President at all cost as standard bearer Mar Roxas proved to be a lost cause. A Duterte ouster would install Robredo as the new president under the LP game plan. READ MORE...RELATED,
Yellows locked and loaded...

ALSO: Have Reds offered anything?
(DU30: “My aces are in prison,”  referring to the jailed communists. “If I release them, all my cards are lost. There would be nothing else to talk about,” he added.)


The communist movement that always equates its pursuits as being for the interest of the “people” is now seeking an end to the ceasefire that the National Democratic Front (NDF) unilaterally imposed but only after being continuously badgered by Rody. Rody had long declared his own ceasefire before the communists acceded to answer in return. The NDF rationalized its plan to end the ceasefire on Rody’s unmet promises to the insurgents amid the ongoing peace negotiations. “The strong sentiment of the NDF forces on the ground and the masses in many parts of the country is for the withdrawal of the NDF unilateral ceasefire, because of broken promises on the release of political prisoners and violations of the ceasefire by the government,” NDF peace panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili said. READ MORE...

ALSO: CHINA SEA - Collateral damage


China’s cynicism is again being fed by recent events that involve two of its main preoccupations, which are Japan and Taiwan. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the Philippines has filed a note verbale, which is a mild form of diplomatic protest with China after a United States think-tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on seven man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Center for Strategic and International Studies report said anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attack were installed on the islands. The US think-tank citing new satellite imagery, added it had been tracking construction of hexagonal structures on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands since June and July. China has already built military-length airstrips on these islands. READ MORE...


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 You’ve been pranked

MANILA, JANUARY 23, 2017 (INQUIRER) Written by Tribune Editorial Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - Deciphering Rody would have to take into account his impatience and his past predispositions to mischief.

His recent broaching of martial law, made last Saturday, seems no different from past rhetoric that is 90 percent threat and which the Palace refers as the President merely thinking out loud about his plans.

In the controversial statement, Mr. Duterte threatened martial law if the drug problem deteriorates and becomes “virulent.”

He added that neither Congress nor the Supreme Court can stop him “if I want to (declare martial law).”

Rody’s threats thus always come with a qualifier which always accompanies his fighting statements.

The apparent warning came after Pulse Asia survey showed that 73 percent of those polled were averse to martial law as an option to solve problems confronting Rody.

The Liberal Party (LP) and the yellow went to town with the survey results saying that it was a signal to Rody to mend his ways. Somebody telling him what to do always gets Rody’s goat.

He warned leaders of other nations not to obstruct his campaign against drugs since his aim is to remove the threat to the next generation of Filipinos.

READ MORE...

He called outgoing US President Barack Obama a son of a bitch for criticizing the methods of his war on drugs. The United Nations chief and the whole European Union parliament also received the Rody treatment for their demands for a different approach in the anti-narcotics campaign.

The yellow mob then recently firmed up its oust Rody bid with the Church taking the lead incorporating the extrajudicial killing issue with the recent signing of the Executive Order that would skirt the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

Rody’s martial law statement was apparently motivated by his fascination of being noticed in practically whatever controversial statements he utters, inciting his critics to go nuts.

During the early period of his presidency, Duterte said in one of his speeches that in the past nobody paid attention to him on whatever he says referring, perhaps to the administration of his predecessor Noynoy, whose preoccupation was self-glorification.

He noted that now, in contrast, whatever he says grabs international headlines including those that he says in jest.

In having a poker face, Rody was also the reason for his being a headline grabber since nobody knows when he is being serious or when he is cracking a joke.

Rody, for instance, had a blast with an anecdote he told reporters last October after his state visit to Japan in which he claimed God talked to him while he was in the airplane warning that he would depart this world if he does not zip his filthy mouth.

“I was looking at the skies as I was coming over here. And everybody was asleep snoring. A voice said that you know ‘If you don’t stop cursing, I will bring this plane down now.’ And I said, who is this? Of course, it’s God. Oh, Okay. So, I promised God not to express slang, cuss words,” he said.

The next day, nearly all major news outfits, local and global, carried a story about Rody talking to God, many in a disparaging tone questioning his mental faculties.

Later, also before reporters, Rody said that the whole story was a joke.

“The fools fell for it. I’m not a Bar topnotcher but I’m not that stupid,” he said.

“My favorite pastime in Davao is to tell all kinds of jokes,” he said.

As with his casual use of profanities, the periodic pranks of Rody would have to be something to which those covering him would have to get used.


Conspiracy shapes up Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00


The Palace may have taken the first concrete step in accepting that indeed there is a serious effort to undermine the administration of Rody in the probe it asked the National Security Adviser (NSA) to conduct on the so-called “Lenileaks” which is the series of e-mails detailing an ouster plot that included Vice President Leni Robredo.

It seems the Palace already had an inkling of the plot since last year as it referred to Filipino-Americans as hatching it.

Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said last September 20 that some Filipino-Americans in New York are hatching a plan to oust President Duterte by this month.

He said the information came from a Cabinet member who was then in New York and was told of the plan by a Filipino-American during a function that they both had attended.

In the campaign for the national polls last May, a so-called “Plan B” of the Liberal Party (LP) was a hot topic.

Plan B involved putting in Leni Robredo as Vice President at all cost as standard bearer Mar Roxas proved to be a lost cause.
A Duterte ouster would install Robredo as the new president under the LP game plan.

READ MORE...

It appeares that the plot continues and has gained a foothold in the United States due to the threatening statements of Rody related to cutting ties with the superpower where millions of Filipinos reside.

The plot, according to Rody’s aides, starts by eroding the high ratings of Rody through a concerted effort here and abroad centering on the rising cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the war on drugs that will be pinned on the president.

That phase of the plot appears to have long started even days after Rody took office in Malacañang.

Earlier, a daily newspaper reported a draft of an ouster plot drawn up by former US Ambassador Philip Goldberg.

The most famous engagement between Rody and Goldberg was when the president called the US envoy a “gay son of a bitch” to tell him off for meddling in local politics.

Goldberg was expelled by Bolivia in 2008 for allegedly fomenting civil unrest against then President Evo Morales.

The Bolivian government declared Goldberg a “persona non grata” for conspiring against democracy and seeking the division of Bolivia.

According to the report, the Goldberg blueprint stated that “political actors (the opposition) would need all the political weapons in their arsenal to replace the Duterte administration and replace it with something more to the opposition’s liking.”

Goldberg, the report said, urged the US government to employ a combination of “socio-economic-political-diplomatic moves against Duterte to bring him to his knees and eventually remove him from office.”

The interaction between the intensity of the allegations against Rody and the souring relations between him and the United States are too obvious to miss.

For instance, Sen. Leila de Lima’s pawn Edgar Matobato fired off his EJK allegations right after Duterte first fired off his fabled acid mouth on US President Barack Obama before they met during the Asean summit in Laos.

Matobato’s testimony came immediately after the President confirmed he wanted to pursue an independent foreign policy, Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque then observed.

Now the attacks launched against Rody through international and local media, including a yellow paper turned daily magazine featuring Edgar Matobato in its cover over the EJK cases in the war on drugs have intensified as the surveys continue to put Rody’s ratings above 80 percent which is unusually high despite the incessant attacks on him.

Leni continues to play coy over allegations of her involvement in the ouster plot particularly on the purpose of her Christmas visit to New York, where the anti-Rody groups are headquartered.

Would it be believable that the yellow mob of Leni’s LP, which has been responsible for Edsa l and ll, does not have any plot to oust Rody?

In the same breath, would the US allow Rody to shift alliance to China and Russia without a fight?

Rody’s pursuit for change has created an undeniable stir showing its strong effect.

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RELATED  TRIBUNE EDITORIAL

Yellows locked and loaded Written by Tribune Editorial Monday, 09 January 2017 00:00


The British newspaper The Guardian was not alone in issuing the call that “Duterte must be stopped” as several local newspapers of the yellow kind have long started a campaign to paint Rody as a mad butcher since his days as Mayor of Davao City.

Curiously, the tempo of the attacks against Rody continue to be in step with moves of Rody’s critics.

In terms of international media mileage, the yellow mob seems to have no problem with their extensive and well-funded network.

In the United States, for instance, the Palace itself identified a group of Filipino-Americans who are cringing over Rody’s anti-US statements to have been raising a fund to bankroll an ouster move.

Rody pointed to a Filipina widow of a wealthy African-American as raising the funds for a plot to boot him out in a campaign that starts this month.

The rich Filipino-American woman Rody was referring to was obviously Loida Nicolas-Lewis, whose husband, billionaire businessman Reginald Lewis, died in 1993.

Lewis has been an active campaigner and financial contributor of the Liberal Party.

Of course, Rody is undaunted and even taunted his critics saying that if they can persuade the military or the police to mount a coup, there would be no need for a bloody takeover since they can “have coffee and I myself will swear you in to run this Republic and solve” its problems.

The yellow media are always a ready tool for the mob since it is always the main conduit for their black operations such as the ouster of the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona, the instant detention of former President Gloria Arroyo and pinning plunder charges on target Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. in the P10-billion pork barrel scandal, not to mention the yellow ouster of then sitting president Joseph Estrada whom the yellows failed to impeach then filed a trumped up and politically laden case of plunder against him.

The same strategy was obvious in the vilification campaign against former Vice President Jejomar Binay to destroy his chances for the presidency in the elections last year.

Now the same formula is being employed against Rody in digging up previous allegations against him and in imputing his culpability to extrajudicial killings (EJK) that has tainted his all-out war on drugs.

The spoiler in the yellow mob’s campaign, however, is the seeming resilience of Rody on whatever is thrown at him to the point of admission that seems not to have diminished his high survey ratings approval and trust among majority of Filipinos.

Even the controversy over the hero’s burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos last Novermber 18 and the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo from the Cabinet on December 5 did not dampen his poll figures.

The latest Pulse Asia survey conducted from December 1 to 6, found 83 percent of respondents trust Rody and the same percentage approved of his performance.

In the same survey last September, Rody obtained 86 percent approval and trust ratings, which would really have no changes, due to the error margins.

On the survey week, Rody also admitted ordering the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos who led the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) operation where Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa Sr. was killed.

The yellow local media and their foreign counterpart apparently get their ammunition from a common source since the data and storyline they use are all very similar.

It also goes without saying that the stories such as the recycling of the Edgar Matobato story and The Guardian piece alleging that Rody’s war on drugs had spun out of control came out just when Sen. Leila de Lima, the embattled yellow deaconess, received multiple charges from the Department of Justice over her key role in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) illegal drug trade.

The yellow mob seems to have started the all-out campaign to oust Rody as the Palace had said it would.

The yellows may just be frustrated again.


Have Reds offered anything? Written by Tribune Editorial Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00


The communist movement that always equates its pursuits as being for the interest of the “people” is now seeking an end to the ceasefire that the National Democratic Front (NDF) unilaterally imposed but only after being continuously badgered by Rody.

Rody had long declared his own ceasefire before the communists acceded to answer in return.

The NDF rationalized its plan to end the ceasefire on Rody’s unmet promises to the insurgents amid the ongoing peace negotiations.

“The strong sentiment of the NDF forces on the ground and the masses in many parts of the country is for the withdrawal of the NDF unilateral ceasefire, because of broken promises on the release of political prisoners and violations of the ceasefire by the government,” NDF peace panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili said.

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The probable truth is that the claimed masses’ support for the armed Reds are non- existent. If themasses are truly with the commies, it is because they fear retribution from these armed Reds should they go against the armed commies.

The local movement is led by long-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chairman Jose Ma. Sison. The CPP follows a hardline Maoist doctrine which was derived from the former Soviet Union’s Red front ideology.

The concept it is espousing which is a socialist communal state has long been discredited.

The Chinese have opted for an open economy while maintaining its supposed communist political setup while the Soviet Union has broken and from which emerged the Russian republic.

The communist movement is still carrying an ideology that believes a social and cultural upheaval is needed through an armed revolution to allow workers and peasants, the proletarians, to have a predominant role in a new government, which remains a theory.

Communist movements around the world, however, revolved around a key powerful figure who exercises dictatorial powers and not a state ruled by proletarians.

The NDF is calling for the release of 434 political prisoners affiliated with the communist movement even before the signing of the peace agreement, which by the indication of the communist leaders may not come at all.

The government is seeking a peace deal within 12 months but Agcaoili said the communists would need at least two more years to realize a series of economic and political reforms before even beginning “serious discussions” on a final peace pact.

Those economic and political reforms have yet to be agreed on and were the agenda in current negotiations in Rome.

The NDF, the CPP’s political arm, is now claiming a consensus has been reached to terminate its unilateral ceasefire.

Based on past negotiations with the rebel group, the release of the political prisoners did not help in reaching a peace deal but only benefited the strengthening of the CPP which was able to consolidate its forces after the release of some of its major officials.

Agcaoili said “the panel is also very aware that the people are tired of promises from politicians and the Manila government that are routinely broken.”

The real public, however is skeptical over the NDF’s demand since its interest appears more on the retrieval of its top cadres rather than forging a peace agreement.

Rody already had shown goodwill in negotiating for peace with the communists in surrendering some government posts to its allies and pardoned 18 CPP leaders who were convicted for murder and kidnapping.

Rody, however, is not ready to fall into what appears to be a trap laid out by the CPP in the current negotiations.

“My aces are in prison,” he said, referring to the jailed communists.

“If I release them, all my cards are lost. There would be nothing else to talk about,” he added.

Rody’s statement showed his awareness of the capability of the communist movement in terms of advancing its agenda.

The government’s time frame for the signing of a peace pact with the communists is an agreement by August which is impossible to meet considering the outlandish demands of the NDF.

The NDF, beyond grudgingly imposing a unilateral ceasefire after Rody complained that it has not complemented an earlier unilateral ceasefire of the government, had not shown a commitment to the peace process.

The government accommodating the NDF should have limitations while the claimed “masses” the NDF frequently refers to are waiting for the communist movement to show sincerity.


CHINA SEA: Collateral damage Written by Tribune Editorial Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00


China’s cynicism is again being fed by recent events that involve two of its main preoccupations, which are Japan and Taiwan.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the Philippines has filed a note verbale, which is a mild form of diplomatic protest with China after a United States think-tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on seven man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies report said anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attack were installed on the islands.

The US think-tank citing new satellite imagery, added it had been tracking construction of hexagonal structures on Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands since June and July. China has already built military-length airstrips on these islands.

READ MORE...

The build-up is being fueled by incoming US President Donald Trump’s emerging policy on Taiwan, the leader of which, Tsai Ing Wen, frequented the United States, holding two visits, within this month.

Media mouthpieces of China warned Trump that it will “take the gloves off” if he keeps challenging the “One-China” policy.
Trump has been issuing statements mainly on his social media account that have been making the Chinese apprehensive over a Trump presidency.

In one of his posts he asked why can’t he accept a phone call from the Taiwanese leader when the US government sells military hardware to Taiwan.

Earlier, he posted that Tsai called him to offer her congratulations for his poll victory.

China reacted immediately to the post, warning Trump to honor the “One-China” policy in which Taiwan is considered a province of the mainland.

Also in an interview with Wall Street Journal, Trump said the longstanding policy was up for negotiation.

Last Saturday, after his latest comments, the Chinese foreign ministry warned Trump the One-China policy was non-negotiable.

The state-owned China Daily in an editorial Monday noted that Trump “will seldom be given the benefit of the doubt twice, because doing the same thing for a third time shows intent.”

Another of China’s bugbear is Japan, whose leader, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had an intimate visit with Rody. Abe and his wife Akie even had a meal in Rody’s house in Davao City, which was beyond protocol of a visiting leader.

China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said in a commentary that Abe attempted “to enhance his chummy ties with Rodrigo Duterte, president of a country who currently holds the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and a drifting-away US ally” by offering an aid package of $8.66 billion or about P434 billion.

“By making himself the first head of government to officially visit the Philippines this year and the highest ranking leader to ever visit Davao City, the hometown of President Duterte, Abe is leaving no stone unturned to draw the Philippines back to the US-led alliance network, which has stirred up tensions in the South China Sea and the whole Asia Pacific at large,” Xinhua said.

It noted, however, Abe’s calculated plan is doomed to be futile as more and more Asia Pacific countries, including the Philippines, “have realized the importance and correctness of win-win cooperation as well as the toxicity of the zero-sum and Cold War mentality.”

It added that the arbitration through the United Nations (UN)-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague which ruled to nullify China’s nine-dash line claim that covers nearly the entire South China Sea was a Hollywood-style farce.

“Directed by two non-claimants of the South China Sea, the United States and Japan, the political buffoonery had deeply damaged mutual trust between China and the Philippines, which was ruled by then Philippine President Benigno Aquino. But the plot was immediately reversed after President Duturte’s inauguration, who has a better and deeper understanding of the South China Sea issue and a foresight of a strategist over its future,” it added.

China it appears does not have any beef against Rody but is pursuing its military buildup on the islands it built due to uncertainties over Trump and Japan’s move to win over the Philippines.

Rody, despite his overtures to China, will have to face up to being drawn into the worsening maritime dispute.


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