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EDITORIAL - SPINELESS 258 OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION POLICE


FEBRUARY 24 -National Capital Region Police Office chief Supt. Oscar Abayalde should have relieved, on the spot, some 258 spineless rogue cops who missed the trip to Basilan arranged for them by Rody. Only 53 of 311 policemen showed up in the C130 flight to the Abu Sayyaf stronghold which was Rody’s reward for policemen who were busy with pursuits other than Philippine National Police (PNP) work. They were tagged as rogue cops and were given the chance to reform as Rody said they could cool their heels in the fine beaches of Basilan. Of course, the trade off in the vacation is to have a crash course on how to prevent their heads from being cut off by the dreaded bandit group. The 258 tough cops failed to show their face and should not be allowed to keep their posts at the PNP which is in the midst of reforming its ranks. By not showing up these supposed officers have indicated their incapacity to carry out orders, from the President at that. Abayalde allowed the lily livers to explain their no-show within three days meaning that they may still retain their jobs after the indignities they have caused the police force. Only the 53 who are now enjoying the hospitality of the jungles of Basilan should be given the chance to reform while the others should be discharged dishonorably from the force. READ MORE...


ALSO: EDITORIAL -Yellow zarzuela reloaded (Lascañas turnaround)


FEBRUARY 24 -The attacks on Rody were put on high gear, expectedly, with the yellow mob feeling the urgency to crank up its campaign as one of its icon, Sen. Leila de Lima faces accountability for her involvement in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drugs trade. Rody’s opponents are now bringing out its aces that however, merely used recycled stories on the allegations of summary killings. A human rights lawyer group identified with the yellow Liberal Party brought out another character in the extrajudicial killings script, SPO3 Arthur Lascañas, to make a supposed self-confession expectedly again implicating Rody to past allegations on him of executions and other atrocities in Davao City when Rody was its mayor. The allegations were all old beef and were mostly settled by past investigations including those conducted by de Lima herself as head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
It even turned out that one of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) member who accompanied Lascañas in the press briefing right at the Senate was one of de Lima’s counsel in the drugs trafficking cases against her. READ MORE...

ALSO: EDITORIAL - Senator ‘Retainer’


FEBRUARY 24 -BRADY NOTES back-channel efforts with China: Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is firing wildly at Rody and most of his dares and accusations are coming back at him and his principals. Rody accepted his dare to make public his bank documents and ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into the accounts Trillanes had mentioned. Trillanes, however, said it was not enough and wants Rody to issue with his banks a waiver on the bank secrecy law. Trillanes is pushing his luck too far since neither he nor his principal retainer Noynoy nor members of the Liberal Party had executed such a document when the public demanded it. Trillanes is trying to shift the burden of proving his charges of fat bank accounts on then candidate Rody, believing that the revival of the claims is more believable now that he is president. The accusations were recycled by Trillanes as his main ammunition against Rody during the May 2016 campaigns.  Senator “Retainer”--as Rody had tagged him, then was more known as the Senator “1 percent” based on his public support in his utter failure of a vice presidential run. READ MORE...


ALSO: EDITORIAL - Getting facts straight


FEBRUARY 27 -Proof of the need for constant dialog that would involve Rody regarding the South China Sea conflict was the apparent mix up in the deferred commercial meeting between Philippine and Chinese trade officials and the aborted visit of a top Chinese commerce official. Rody surmised that it may have been Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay’s statement in an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) ministers’ meeting in Boracay which expressed the bloc’s “grave concerns” over Chinese government militarization on the South China Sea as the culprit. The meeting should have been part of the engagements that should result in the fulfillment of some $15 billion Chinese government investments into the country. The meeting was also crucial to efforts to improve ties between the two countries that started with Rody’s visit to Beijing last October. The official Chinese explanation was that the postponement was “due to some scheduling issue.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng’s trip to Manila, scheduled for this week, has also been suspended. Geng then cited the significance of Rody’s recent visit to China as having transformed the bilateral ties between the two nations after a long standoff as a result of disputes over the South China Sea during Noynoy’s term.
“During that visit, the two sides signed a series of cooperation agreements, now with the joint efforts of both sides the agreements are turned into reality by both sides,” said Geng. READ MORE...


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EDITORIAL: Spineless 258

MANILA, FEBRUARY 27, 2017 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Editorial Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00 - National Capital Region Police Office chief Supt. Oscar Abayalde should have relieved, on the spot, some 258 spineless rogue cops who missed the trip to Basilan arranged for them by Rody.

Only 53 of 311 policemen showed up in the C130 flight to the Abu Sayyaf stronghold which was Rody’s reward for policemen who were busy with pursuits other than Philippine National Police (PNP) work.

They were tagged as rogue cops and were given the chance to reform as Rody said they could cool their heels in the fine beaches of Basilan.

Of course, the trade off in the vacation is to have a crash course on how to prevent their heads from being cut off by the dreaded bandit group.

The 258 tough cops failed to show their face and should not be allowed to keep their posts at the PNP which is in the midst of reforming its ranks.

By not showing up these supposed officers have indicated their incapacity to carry out orders, from the President at that.

Abayalde allowed the lily livers to explain their no-show within three days meaning that they may still retain their jobs after the indignities they have caused the police force.
Only the 53 who are now enjoying the hospitality of the jungles of Basilan should be given the chance to reform while the others should be discharged dishonorably from the force.

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Rody in a meeting at Malacañang, that should not even have happened since the President’s presence can even be considered an incentive to cops turning rogue, publicly shamed them, nonetheless, as “foolish, idiots and sons of bitches.”

Rody told the errant cops they could only return to Manila if they survive Basilan, the home of the Abu Sayyaf group notorious for piracy and beheading hostages.

The crackdown against scalawags in the police force was heightened as a result of the kidnap-slay scandal of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo who was slain inside Camp Crame, giving the administration multiple black-eye as the crime was committed by a group of policemen in the guise of carrying out an anti-narcotics operation.

Rody earlier ordered disbanded the anti-narcotics unit of the PNP as he said he lost confidence in the entire police force to carry out his war on drugs.

He designated the composite Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be the only agencies allowed to conduct anti-drugs operations.

Most of the police reassigned to Basilan were under PNP-Internal Affairs Service investigation for offenses that included robbery, extortion and kidnapping.

Abayalde, asked on his comment for his men not showing up said “they are showing their bad attitude by their absence” which was too plain to be stated.

The failure of the majority of those up for disciplinary action also reflects the poor quality of leadership within the PNP since it was already a direct order of the President that is being disobeyed.

The shameful 258 should be expelled from the PNP also because they serve only to besmirch the reputation of their colleagues such as the 44 Special Action Force commandos who did not hesitate to carry out an order from their superior that included Noynoy to the extent of laying down their life for it.

The house-cleaning in the PNP and even the National Bureau of Investigation which Rody also referred to as a disgrace in the drugs war may have to start with the re-orientation of their leadership in taking firm action in their respective rank.


Yellow zarzuela reloaded Written by Tribune Editorial Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00


The attacks on Rody were put on high gear, expectedly, with the yellow mob feeling the urgency to crank up its campaign as one of its icon, Sen. Leila de Lima faces accountability for her involvement in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drugs trade.

Rody’s opponents are now bringing out its aces that however, merely used recycled stories on the allegations of summary killings.

A human rights lawyer group identified with the yellow Liberal Party brought out another character in the extrajudicial killings script, SPO3 Arthur Lascañas, to make a supposed self-confession expectedly again implicating Rody to past allegations on him of executions and other atrocities in Davao City when Rody was its mayor.

The allegations were all old beef and were mostly settled by past investigations including those conducted by de Lima herself as head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

It even turned out that one of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) member who accompanied Lascañas in the press briefing right at the Senate was one of de Lima’s counsel in the drugs trafficking cases against her.

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Among those that the former Davao City cop claimed was that the celebrated killing of journalist Jun Pala on September 26, 2003 was his handiwork.


Investigations were made by the CHR on similar allegations linking Rody to Pala’s death but the agency’s findings did not result in any convictions.
Pala was a commentator of dxGO Aksyon Radyo in Davao City.

He was attacked by unknown gunmen on board a motorcycle.

In a 2005 article Newsbreak came out with “The Jun Pala dilemma” which stated that “Questions were raised about whether he died in the line of duty because he was also involved in other activities not related to journalism.”

It added that in the foreword to the book Staying Alive, the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) said “Pala used his radio program as part of the military’s anti-communist campaign and also to advance his political ambitions.”

“On one hand, the killings of journalists were not only cold-blooded murders; they were also clear violations of the right to free speech. On the other hand, some of those killed, like Pala, often abused this right, using it for personal gain,” the FFFJ said.

The issues Lascañas raised were also the same previous accusations intended to pin down Rody to EJK in the war on drugs that was engineered by the same pair of de Lima and Antonio Trillanes through Edgar Matobato, a self-styled assassin who claimed to be a former member of the mythical Davao Death Squad which he alleged was a creation of Rody.

All of Matobato’s claims against Rody turned out to be questionable and were suspected largely as part of a yellow script and as part of the oust-Duterte campaign.
Lascañas was part of Matobato’s testimony during a Senate probe that Trillanes wanted revived to accommodate the rehashed stories of Matobato’s mentioned character.

During the Senate hearings, Philippine National Police officials said there was no such police in the PNP roster. Suddenly, a person sprouts claiming he is the one being referred to apparently in an effort to back up the earlier allegations of Matobato.

The Lascañas whom Matobato referred to was the most powerful policeman in Davao City based on his claims.

The Lascañas who appeared before a Senate media briefing sponsored by Trillanes and de Lima’s lawyers claimed he was a mere pawn of then Mayor Duterte similar to Matobato.

The plot of the Lascañas sequel was as incredible as the Matobato first installment of the Yellow zarzuela.


Senator ‘Retainer’ Written by Tribune Editorial Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00


PHOTO COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM -Trillanes storms out of Senate after being outed for engaging in ‘backroom negotiations’ with China September 19, 2012. A baffling lack of confidence on the part of President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III in his own cabinet officials was belied by a revelation today that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was authorised by the President to act as a “backroom negotiator” to China on behalf of the Philippines. In a heated argument between Trillanes and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile in today’s Senate plenary session, Enrile pressed Trillanes to reveal the details of the discussions he had with former Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady. Trillanes refused to answer Enrile’s queries, accusing the Senate President of being “out of order” supposedly for reading out loud a transcript of the discussion he had with Brady which he insisted was “confidential”. HEADLINE NEWS by benign, GETREALPHILIPPINES.COM September 19, 2012

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is firing wildly at Rody and most of his dares and accusations are coming back at him and his principals.

Rody accepted his dare to make public his bank documents and ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into the accounts Trillanes had mentioned.
Trillanes, however, said it was not enough and wants Rody to issue with his banks a waiver on the bank secrecy law.

Trillanes is pushing his luck too far since neither he nor his principal retainer Noynoy nor members of the Liberal Party had executed such a document when the public demanded it.

Trillanes is trying to shift the burden of proving his charges of fat bank accounts on then candidate Rody, believing that the revival of the claims is more believable now that he is president.

The accusations were recycled by Trillanes as his main ammunition against Rody during the May 2016 campaigns.
Senator “Retainer”--as Rody had tagged him, then was more known as the Senator “1 percent” based on his public support in his utter failure of a vice presidential run.

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It seems Senator “Retainer” does not trust the AMLC any more after the resignation of its yellow head Julia Abad-Bacay, whom the Department of Justice (DoJ) and even Rody had indirectly insinuated to have posed obstruction to investigation on the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) drugs trade scandal after the AMLC under her watch dragged its foot on releasing documents on persons of interest including Sen. Leila de Lima.

In comparison, the AMLC a week after Abad-Bacay left, provided the DoJ all the documents needed.

Senator “Retainer” used to get “leaked” documents from the AMLC on yellow targets such as former Vice President Jojo Binay in the more than one-year Senate inquisition the senator led in the effort to bring down Binay’s presidential survey numbers.

Rody who proved to have a stable of reliable sleuths in collecting the thick list of government officials and personnel down to the barangay level involved in the drugs trade appeared to have amassed information on Trillanes.

Trillanes does not dabble in drugs but in the more lucrative business of prostituting his post to collect retainers from certain individuals, according to Rody who had given him that tag.

Retainer means a regular payment to “retain” the services of a certain operator, which in Trillanes case was his being a senator with the power of conducting inquiries or exposés on whoever he wishes to put on the spot.

Rody said that Mr. “Retainer” is stepping up his services since he knows he is near the end of his political career.

“It is known in the Senate that Trillanes uses his office to ask for retainers and this has become a lucrative business for him,” Rody said.

The first time that Mr. “Retainer” was exposed was through his own mouth when he admitted conducting back-channel efforts with China over the then worsening South China Sea conflict situation.

In a confrontation with then Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile sometime in September 2012, Trillanes was found to have been providing his services to Noynoy without the Senate’s knowledge.

Trillanes told media prior to the confrontation that then Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario was sabotaging his “back-channeling” efforts with China.

Taking the floor, Enrile then revealed the so-called Brady notes that was taken when Trillanes met with then Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady in Beijing sometime in August, 2012 where he supposedly criticized del Rosario.

Trillanes walked out of the confrontation with Enrile who exposed his incompetence as Noynoy’s agent.

“He can’t take the heat. He’s a coward,” Enrile said on Trillanes as he was leaving the hall.

Rody has a somewhat similar view on his nemesis.


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Proof of the need for constant dialog that would involve Rody regarding the South China Sea conflict was the apparent mix up in the deferred commercial meeting between Philippine and Chinese trade officials and the aborted visit of a top Chinese commerce official.

Rody surmised that it may have been Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay’s statement in an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) ministers’ meeting in Boracay which expressed the bloc’s “grave concerns” over Chinese government militarization on the South China Sea as the culprit.

The meeting should have been part of the engagements that should result in the fulfillment of some $15 billion Chinese government investments into the country.

The meeting was also crucial to efforts to improve ties between the two countries that started with Rody’s visit to Beijing last October.

The official Chinese explanation was that the postponement was “due to some scheduling issue.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng’s trip to Manila, scheduled for this week, has also been suspended.

Geng then cited the significance of Rody’s recent visit to China as having transformed the bilateral ties between the two nations after a long standoff as a result of disputes over the South China Sea during Noynoy’s term.

“During that visit, the two sides signed a series of cooperation agreements, now with the joint efforts of both sides the agreements are turned into reality by both sides,” said Geng.

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During the visit, China agreed to invest around $15 billion in the Philippines and cooperation agreements toward realizing the pledge for investments took a step forward last January during another official visit by a Philippine delegation to China.

Rody, in a speech in Davao, said he wanted solid ties with China and there was no urgency in pressing the country’s territorial dispute with China to abide by last year’s arbitration ruling on the Philippines’ maritime boundaries and sovereign rights, which went in favor of Manila and infuriated Beijing.

Duterte stressed that which he told China President Xi Jinping in a meeting early this year that “he would raise the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) award to China” during the course of his presidency but not at this time.

Yasay, the chairman of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Asean in Boracay, said last February 21 the region had “grave concerns” about China putting weapons installations on its manmade islands in the Spratlys.

“The problem is I think Secretary Yasay was misunderstood by the Chinese government,” Rody added.

“I would like to assure China, and this is what I had committed to do when I was there, that we will talk as friends,” he said.

The assurances and doubts would have been avoided since it did not even seem that China was hitting back at Rody due to Yasay’s comments.

The Chinese government has appointed a new trade minister to replace Gao, as part of a reshuffle ahead of a crucial Communist Party meeting later this year, a fact that obviously escaped Rody.

A top level shakeup had Zhong Shan being appointed as the new commerce minister in place of Gao.

Zhong, 61, was a former China international trade representative and vice-minister of commerce.

Unlike his predecessor, who has a strong background in finance, Zhong has rich experience in making trade and investment policies, according to the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing think tank.

Often, Rody fires off unnecessary statements which could have been avoided if his aides do a little more spadework rather than relying on what media, some of which have yellow agenda, tell them.

A misinformed Rody is particularly dangerous due to his uncontrollable and irreverent mouth.


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