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FVR DISAPPOINTED: "PH LOSING BADLY" - MALACAÑANG RESPECTS RAMOS COMMENTS ON DUTERTE'S FIRST 100 DAYS
[RELATED: Carpio: Impeachment possible if Duterte gives up Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal]
OCTOBER 11 -PH 'losing badly' in Duterte's first 100 days: Ramos Instead of responding negatively as they usually do with other critics, Malacañang yesterday said that they’re accepting former Fidel Ramos’ criticisms of President Duterte’s first 100 days as “one that comes from a father.” Talking to reporters at the Palace, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that Ramos’ opinion of Duterte – that came out through his Sunday newspaper column in a newspaper – only focused on the latter’s lack of statesman-like manners but not necessarily on what achievements were won in the new administration’s first nine weeks. “You know, former President Ramos is a senior statesman and he’s acting in the sense of a father. He’s not referring to the actual actions. He’s referring to the public relations, foreign relations that tend to be affected by the President’s language,” Abella said.READ MORE...RELATED, Carpio: Impeachment possible if Duterte gives up Scarboroug..., nnn
ALSO: Duterte lashes out at priests critical of drug war
[ALSO China visit next week: Palace says - No Du30 sellout to China]
OCTOBER 11 -Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla at his office in Davao City. Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News 'Mga pari ang p***** i**, buwisit. Mga pa moral-moral' President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out at Catholic priests for criticizing his war on drugs, singling out a retired archbishop from his home city of Davao. Speaking to police personnel in Zamboanga City, Duterte said he does not accept the criticisms of priests and bishops about his war on drugs, stressing that it is his duty to stamp out the narcotics trade in the Philippines. “I’m really appalled by so many groups and individuals, including priests and bishops, complaining about the number of persons killed itong dito sa operation against the drug problem,” Duterte said. Duterte singled out Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla in his speech, after the latter expressed concern over the rising death toll in the war on drugs.READ MORE.. ALSO, China visit next week: Palace says - No Du30 sellout to China..nnn
ALSO: Cherry Pie defends actress Agot Isidro; Agot hit on FB when she branded Duterte 'a psychopath' - Palace responded 'beggar-mentality'
[RELATED: Duterte on ‘psychopath’ tag - Agot Isidro has right to free expression]
OCTOBER 11 -PICACHE (left) ISIDRO (right) Actress Cherry Pie Picache on Monday defended her coworker in the showbiz industry, singer-actress Agot Isidro, after the latter called President Duterte a “psychopath” on social media, earning his supporters’ ire. But at the same, the President’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that Isidro with her “beggar mentality” was exactly the kind of person Mr. Duterte had been targeting in his speeches. “A colleague of mine, Agot Isidro, went viral because of her message, her opinion and her stand. I want to say that I’m one with her. We’re artists, we’re in arts and culture, but we have our own minds, conviction and principles,” Picache said after a Mass marking World Day Against Death Penalty. READ MORE .RELATED, Duterte on ‘psychopath’ tag: Agot Isidro has right to free expression...nnn
ALSO FVR won’t be joining Duterte’s trip to China — Palace
(In a news briefing in Malacañang on Thursday, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Ramos informed him about his decision during a security cluster meeting last Saturday.)
[RELATED: COMMENTARY by Boo Chanco - Duterte’s China pivot]
OCTOBER 13 -RAMOS DECIDED HE IS NOT JOINING DUTERTE IN CHINA TRIP. Former President Fidel Ramos, the government's special envoy to China, will not be joining President Rodrigo Duterte in his trip to Beijing this month. In a news briefing in Malacañang on Thursday, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Ramos informed him about his decision during a security cluster meeting last Saturday. “Noong nag-usap po kami ni former President Fidel V. Ramos noong nakaraang Sabado, ang sinabi niya po hindi siya sasama,” Andanar revealed. Ramos reportedly did not give his reason for not joining the trip but Andanar believes that it would be to give way to Duterte. READ MORE, COMMENTARY by Boo Chanco: Duterte’s China pivot...
ALSO: Hypocrisy and Digong’s authenticity
[ALSO: Common-law-wife Honeylet is sticking with Duterte despite his affairs. Find out why]
OCTOBER 13 -ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS Many are wondering why, despite the roughness, rawness and vulgarity of the President, he remains popular and enjoys very good net satisfaction ratings, even as his critics struggle in eroding his legitimacy. The answer is simple. President Duterte is a work of art in authenticity while his critics stumble and fall in their hypocrisy. Filipinos hate hypocrites. To be called a “plastic” is a label that automatically carries with it the consequence of being avoided. People regarded as hypocrites and “plastics” are never accorded trust or “tiwala.” They may appear amiable. They could be over-solicitous and extra-caring. They mask their hypocrisy with a façade that subsists on rehearsed, even contrived images. They appear “disente” and self-righteous. Their evil and deception, their flaws and pretensions, lie beneath these pleasant surfaces. READ MORE..ALSO, Common-law-wife Honeylet is sticking with Duterte despite his affairs. Find out why...
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Malacañang respects Ramos comments on Duterte’s first 100 days; CPP WARNS DIGONG
PH 'losing badly' in Duterte's first 100 days: Ramos
MANILA, OCTOBER 17, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:00 By Ted Tuvera and Gerry Baldo - Instead of responding negatively as they usually do with other critics, Malacañang yesterday said that they’re accepting former Fidel Ramos’ criticisms of President Duterte’s first 100 days as “one that comes from a father.”
Talking to reporters at the Palace, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that Ramos’ opinion of Duterte – that came out through his Sunday newspaper column in a newspaper – only focused on the latter’s lack of statesman-like manners but not necessarily on what achievements were won in the new administration’s first nine weeks.
“You know, former President Ramos is a senior statesman and he’s acting in the sense of a father. He’s not referring to the actual actions. He’s referring to the public relations, foreign relations that tend to be affected by the President’s language,” Abella said.
Abella urged Ramos and the rest of Duterte’s critics to admire his walk rather than his talk.
“There are really mixed reactions and while they maybe some concerns, we’d also like to, you know, at the end, summarize the fact that the President is a man of action and really we need to appreciate that more,” he added.
“But the President is his own person and definitely— but on the other hand also, the President is not just a reader, an actor and a listener so we can expect that he also has his own decision-making processes and so may respond in a mature way also,” the Palace mouthpiece stressed.
Ramos, in his column in the Manila Bulletin last Saturday, said that he is disappointed with Duterte’s first 100 days despite the fact that he was the one who accordingly urged the then reluctant Davao City mayor to run for the presidency.
“In the overall assessment by this writer, we find our Team Philippines losing in the first 100 days of Du30’s administration—and losing badly. This is a huge disappointment and let-down to many of us,” the former President said.
“Of course, we are talking only of the first 100 days. We do not indicate here a wish-list of our highest aspirations to be achieved in the six years of the President’s term—but only what could have been do-able by P.Digong, if he had hit the ground running instead of being stuck in unending controversies about extra-judicial killings of drug suspects and in his ability at using cuss-words and insults instead of civilized language,” Ramos emphasized.
CPP WARNS DIGONG
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) warned Duterte to be wary of the moves of former President Fidel V. Ramos to pressure him to abandon his independent foreign policy.
“Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Amboy top dog, is now set to lead the pack to consolidate the pro-US camp of reactionaries to put on greater pressure on the Duterte regime to backtrack on its promotion of an independent foreign policy,” CPP stressed in a statement.
“Duterte must now be wary of Ramos whom he won over as a key supporter in the May 2016 elections. It is quite apparent that US military agents in the Philippines are closely working with Ramos to counteract Duterte’s policy statements and measures against US military exercises and presence,” the party pointed out.
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Carpio: Impeachment possible if Duterte gives up Scarborough By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 14, 2016 - 3:50pm 77 19.4K googleplus9 3
Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio addresses the U.S. and Philippine marines at the closing ceremony of the 33rd joint U.S.-Philippines amphibious landing exercises dubbed PHIBLEX at the marines corps in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. The Philippine president says he will not abrogate a defense treaty with the United States but is questioning its importance and that of joint combat exercises, which he says only benefit America. President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the United States and his country's engagement with the American military in a speech Tuesday as Philippine marines and their American counterparts ended combat drills a day early. AP/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte can be impeached if he gives up the country's sovereignty over the Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal to China, Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Friday.
Carpio noted that Duterte would be violating the Constitution if he concedes to Beijing on the issue of the Scarborough Shoal.
"I would not want to go to that extent because if the president concedes now our sovereignty of Scarborough Shoal, yes, you can impeach him," Carpio said in a forum at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.
The SC justice added that Duterte can never recover the disputed territory once he gives it up as China will not submit itself to Philippine courts.
The case can be brought before the International Court of Justice but the court may only have jurisdiction over the case if China agrees to the arbitration.
"Once we lose sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal, we lose it forever. I would not want to wait for that time because we cannot recover it anymore," Carpio said.
Under the 1986 Constitution, the president may be removed from office by impeachment for violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of the public trust.
The Constitution also states that the national territory of the country comprises the "Philippine archipelago, with all the islands and waters embraced therein, and all other territories over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction, consisting of its terrestrial, fluvial and aerial domains, including its territorial sea, the seabed, the subsoil, the insular shelves, and other submarine areas."
In July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China's nine-dash line claim over the disputed South China Sea does not have legal basis.
READ: The verdict: Philippines wins arbitration case vs China
The international tribunal also concluded that China violated its commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) when it constructed artificial islands inside the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.
Duterte will visit China from October 18 to 21. He will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss bilateral relations, cooperation across the board and regional issues of common interest.
RELATED: Beijing: Philippines, China 'neighbors of traditional friendship'
He has said that he will set aside the issue of Scarborough Shoal during his trip.
“Pupunta ako ng China. Okay tayo sa kanila. Huwag muna nating pakialaman yung Scarborough. Di natin kaya. Magalit man tayo, hangin lang (I will go to China. We are okay with them. Let’s not dwell on the Scarborough issue for now. We can’t solve it even if we get angry),” Duterte said during an agrarian reform forum in Lamitan, Basilan earlier this week.
He said, however, that he would ask China to allow Filipino fishers back into Scarborough, which also known as Panatag Shoal and Bajo de Masinloc. — Video report by Efigenio Toledo IV
Duterte lashes out at priests critical of drug war Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 10 2016 05:32 PM
Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla at his office in Davao City.
'Mga pari ang p***** i**, buwisit. Mga pa moral-moral'
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out at Catholic priests for criticizing his war on drugs, singling out a retired archbishop from his home city of Davao.
Speaking to police personnel in Zamboanga City, Duterte said he does not accept the criticisms of priests and bishops about his war on drugs, stressing that it is his duty to stamp out the narcotics trade in the Philippines.
“I’m really appalled by so many groups and individuals, including priests and bishops, complaining about the number of persons killed itong dito sa operation against the drug problem,” Duterte said.
Duterte singled out Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla in his speech, after the latter expressed concern over the rising death toll in the war on drugs.
READ: Listen to the people, Davao Archbishop urges Duterte
“Sila Capalla, iyung bishop namin doon, kung mag-, pareho man kami, may mga kabit rin, sila obispo, ako mayor noon. Mga pari ang p***** i**, buwisit. Mga pa moral-moral. Paano ko pigilan iyan? Magpigil ako ngayon? Patay ang Pilipinas,” he said.
Capalla earlier raised the alarm over the spate of killings linked to Duterte's war on drugs, saying incidents of violence in the country seem to be getting out of hand.
"Everybody that I know is worried about it. From my point of view, I think it's the question of violence, getting it into a spiral and it seems intensifying," said Capalla, who is also co-convenor of the Bishops-Ulama conference, a group that promotes cooperation between Muslims and Christians.
"Wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it and right is right even if nobody is doing it. Our sense of morality, our moral values, our sense of right and wrong is not anymore strict. Our conscience (has) become callous, the end does not justify the means," he said.
Capalla said, Duterte should consider public opinion.
"I would like to ask him to listen to the people, to the poor people who are also suffering, he is the one who loves them and will do everything for them, they have something to say about what's happening, not just to the experts," he said.
Capalla said he wrote to then-mayor Duterte in 2001 expressing concern about the alleged summary killings at that time which turned the city into a "wild wild west," but he got no response.
A portion of the letter read: "Crimes like individual murder and drug pushing, though a social sin and problem, are not a direct assault on society. It therefore cannot claim to use capital punishment, much less salvaging by death squads as a form of society's self-defense."
Duterte’s war on drugs has earned global condemnation, with the United States, European Union and United Nations stressing the need for Duterte to respect the rule of law.
Duterte has dismissed international criticisms of his campaign, threatening to cut ties with Western governments critical of his war on drugs. – with Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News
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Palace: No Du30 sellout to China Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 16 October 2016 00:00 By Ted Tuvera and Joyce Ann L. Rocamora
CARPIO WARNS OF IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE
President Duterte will not compromise the country’s territorial rights over portions of the South China Sea (West Philippines Sea) including Scarborough Shoal during his visit to China this week, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.
Abella issued the statement in response to a warning of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that agreements President Duterte will sign during his China visit that will compromise the nation’s sovereignty may constitute an impeachable offense.
Carpio in a forum at the AsianInstitue Management last Friday said conceding sovereign claims over Scarborough Shoal could be grounds to the President’s impeachment.
“I do not want to go to that extent because if the president concedes now our sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal, yes we can impeach him, but we cannot recover that Scarborough Shoal anymore from China,” he said.
Abella, who will be joining Duterte in the China trip said Duterte’s “soft landing” approach on the South China Sea will not involve compromising sovereignty.
“Only we’ll have to wait for the perfect momentum when to talk about (the territorial claims),” Abella said on radio.
Abella said Duterte’s Beijing trip will highlight trade and economics rather than territorial or maritime feuds.
“It is expected that the visit will have good results for our country and it will bring in an increase in economic activity. It will bring greater cooperation,” he said.
Duterte is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier na si Li Keqiang and the Chinese Communist Party and National People’s Congress Chairman si Zhang Dejiang.
Other activities of Duterte in China include a meeting with members of the Filipino community in China and his attendance in the Trade and Investment Forum.
The President will deliver a keynote address at the forum which will be attended by Filipino and Chinese investors.
“With this visit by President Duterte, the Philippines hopes to strengthen the bilateral ties between the Philippines and China through mutual respect and sincere cooperation for the prosperity and benefit of both countries and their peoples,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said.
Meanwhile, prior to his trip to Beijing, Duterte will first visit Brunei where he is expected to hold bilateral talks with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, on issues of bilateral and regional concern.
Duterte is also scheduled to meet with the Filipino community at the Indoor Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. There are around 23,000 Filipinos working and residing in Brunei.
Brunei was scheduled to be the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country to be visited by the President this year but was rescheduled following the bombing incident in Davao City last month.
Carpio had said gaining control over Panatag or Scarborough Shoal if Duterte goes into an agreement over it would be next to impossible since “China will not submit itself to the Philippine courts.”
He said as an international issue, this row can only be litigated before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
However, the ICJ cannot take jurisdiction unless China agrees to the arbitration “so once we lose the sovereignty over the Scarborough Shoal, we’ll lose it forever.”
Sending a word of advice to the president, Carpio said he must be careful.
“I wouldn’t want to wait for that time because we cannot recover it anymore,” he added.
Four China offers
Carpio said that during the time when they filed an arbitral tribunal case before Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), China has approached the Philippine representatives.
“When we filed the case, this is in knowing, China wanted us to withdraw the case, China made an offer,” he said.
Carpio did not disclose the names of the Chinese officials who made the offer but said “four beneficial proposals have been made.”
“We will send so many tourists a year to the Philippines, we will invest so much amount which you can put up whatever you want: railway trains whatever we will lend you soft loans, we will send our companies to invest so much amount in the Philippines,” and lastly, they will “withdraw from Scarborough Shoal,” Carpio recalled.
However, the proposals were made in exchange for the country withdrawing the case filed before the tribunal, Carpio said.
Carpio said during the standoff with China, the Americans brokered an agreement called Mutual Withdrawal where “we should leave and China would leave.”
“We withdrew China did not,” Carpio has stressed.
Carpio said China “for sure would say joint development” in view of President Duterte’s meeting with Chinese President this October 18 to October 21.
He warned, however, that if this happens, we’ll be “stuck with that.”
“I don’t think we can sign a joint development because in the joint development, we surrender already,” Carpio said, adding that this equates to saying the Scarborough Shoal belongs to China “and we cannot do that.”
“That is a very generous offer if we count it in dollars, the president is going there this October, that offer will be made again,” he said.
If the president comes back and say we have signed agreements, Carpio demanded full disclosure of terms agreed in it.
Under China’s definition of joint development as per their Foreign Ministry, it encloses four elements including an initial condition that “the sovereignty of the territories concerned belongs to China.”
Joint patrols needed — Carpio
Carpio on Friday has underscored the importance of patrolling our exclusive economic zone (eez) including the joint patrols with the United States in South China Sea which Duterte ordered to be halted.
In a recent speech, Duterte has said that he wants to end joint patrols in the South China Sea and even considered limiting maritime surveillance to only within 12-nautical mile of territorial waters.
Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, a country’s island is entitled to 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) where the sovereign state itself has the sole right to use all resources within the area.
In a forum at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati, Carpio said “we have to patrol ourselves because we have to protect our own eez, and the only way to protect our eez is to be there where the poaching happens,” he said saying there’s no other way stopping it.
“We have to patrol because by patrolling we are asserting sovereign rights over our exclusive economic zone,” he said explain this is how we solidify the ruling that we have exclusive rights.
Carpio stressed that we cannot stop China by ourselves that’s why we have to craft our defense.
In his analysis, Carpio said the Chinese know this: “that any armed attack on our patrol ships might bring in the US and they don’t want that.”
Basing on this, he reiterated that it should be our strategy, “that’s the value of our Mutual Defense Treaty” as in cases where a country borders a very huge neighbor who wants the resources within its territory, you cannot possibly defend yourself.
“You have to align yourself with the next power, that’s the only way. Otherwise we give up our EEZ, 80 percent,” Carpio said.
In doing so, we need a tripwire, “What will be the tripwire? Joint patrols,” said the senior associate justice.
He said joint patrol is important because it “beefs up the military presence,” which in a way also serves as a kind of tripwire that ensures US will be involved in cases of aggression.
However, since the executive department has notified halting of joint patrols, Carpio said “they have to rethink this strategy.”
“If you ask any military or security analyst who specializes in the Asia Pacific region, they’re unanimous. There’s only one power that can prevent China from making the nine-dash line as its national boundaries from encroaching 80 percent of the national territory: that’s the US.”
Since we don’t have the kind of think tanks similar to other countries that specialize in national security, Carpio said “the public is not aware the leaders are not aware.”
Cherry Pie defends actress Agot Isidro; Agot branded Duterte 'a psychopath'' on social media, got his supporters ire By: Julie M. Aurelio / @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:29 AM October 11, 2016
Actress Cherry Pie Picache on Monday defended her coworker in the showbiz industry, singer-actress Agot Isidro, after the latter called President Duterte a “psychopath” on social media, earning his supporters’ ire.
But at the same, the President’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that Isidro with her “beggar mentality” was exactly the kind of person Mr. Duterte had been targeting in his speeches.
“A colleague of mine, Agot Isidro, went viral because of her message, her opinion and her stand. I want to say that I’m one with her. We’re artists, we’re in arts and culture, but we have our own minds, conviction and principles,” Picache said after a Mass marking World Day Against Death Penalty.
At the same time, she reaffirmed her opposition to the death penalty and the ongoing spate of extrajudicial killings.
Picache was one of the attendees at the Mass celebrated at the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ Intramuros chapel. Also present was embattled Sen. Leila de Lima, even as convict Jaybee Sebastian was testifying against her before the House of Representatives, and Human Rights Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit.
It may be recalled that Isidro took to Facebook on Friday to criticize Duterte for his expletive-laced tirade against the United States and international bodies over the issue of foreign aid.
She also branded the President a psychopath, telling him to have himself checked by a psychiatrist.
According to Picache, “I believe that execution or death is not the means to achieve justice. Violence and death are not the ways to end crimes. I’m here to express my disagreement over the extra-judicial killings.”
She noted that she was also a victim after her 75-year-old mother, Zenaida, was killed in September 2014 by their houseboy. Michael Flores was sentenced last year to reclusion perpetua after he was found guilty of robbery with homicide.
“I am also a victim of violence. My mother was killed two years ago by a drug addict. And just the same, I’m here to reaffirm my commitment against the death penalty,” Picache said.
She urged Filipinos to pray in these trying times, stressing that violence has no room in society.
“I am a mother. I want my child to grow up in a free, democratic society. So let us not let that die, let us continue praying because our country needs it now,” Picache added.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, meanwhile, said that the public, including Isidro, should take the President’s rants against the United States as a challenge to be more nationalistic and not depend on other countries.
“Her position is the kind of mental attitude that the President wants to address, which is why he mentioned that we tend to have a mendicant or a beggar’s mentality,” Abella told reporters on Monday.
He said the President wanted Filipinos to “become independent, mentally, emotionally, internally, and be willing to risk a bit of sacrifice so that we can establish our own independence…”—WITH GIL CABACUNGAN
Duterte on ‘psychopath’ tag: Agot Isidro has right to free expression Published October 11, 2016 8:08pm By TRISHA MACAS, and, MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte shrugged off actress’ Agot Isidro's recent social media comment that branded him "a psychopath."
In a speech, Duterte said Isidro had the constitutional right to free expression.
“May nagalit isang artista sa akin na ano daw ako, ‘psychopath.’ I leave her to her Constitutional right to free expression. She should enjoy that,” Duterte said.
Duterte's remarks came after Isidro received hate messages on social media following her scathing criticism of Duterte's foreign policy.
Isidro in a Facebook post criticized Duterte for daring the United Nations, European Union, and the United States to withdraw their aid from the Philippines amid criticism in his war on drugs.
“Unang-una, walang umaaway sa iyo. As a matter of fact, ikaw ang nang-aaway. Pangalawa, yung bansa Kung saan ka inuluklok ng 16 million out of 100+ million people ay Third World. Kung makapagsalita ka parang superpower and pilipinas eh. At excuse me, ayaw namin magutom. Mag-isa ka na Lang. wag kang mandamay. Hindi na nga nakakain ang nakararami, gugutumin mo pa lalo. Pangatlo, may kilala along psychiatrist. Patingin ka. Hindi ka bipolar. You are a psychopath,” she wrote on Facebook.
Congressmen belonging to the "Magnificent 7" minority bloc on Tuesday rushed to Isidro's defense.
Reps. Edcel Lagman of Albay, Tom Villarin of Akbayan, and Teddy Baguilat Jr of Ifugao all agreed that Isidro was merely exercising her freedom of expression when she lashed out at Duterte, calling him a "psychopath."
"We should all be like Agot Isidro who calls out the emperor with new clothes... I think what Agot Isidro did is a call out to Filipinos na if the emperor has no clothes, eh sabihin natin iyon," said Villarin.
Villarin urged the public to stop the "climate of being numb" and refarin from "lapping up to the government."
"I think we should have more of Agot Isidro in our midst," Villarin said.
Lagman shared the same sentiment about the incident.
"We should encourage more people to speak out. So let us encourage people like Agot," said Lagman.
Lagman said the public should respect Isidro if that was how she "measured" the President and policies.
"That's part of freedom of expression. Government should be able to respect the unalienable right of the people to criticize the very officials they have installed in power," the lawmaker said.
Baguilat said while he won't "go through such lengths" as calling Duterte a psychopath, he would still have to agree with Isidro's premises.
"I'd call him erratic," said the Ifugao congressman. —NB, GMA News
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FVR won’t be joining Duterte’s trip to China — Palace Published October 13, 2016 3:37pm By TRISHA MACAS,
RAMOS DECIDED HE IS NOT JOINING DUTERTE IN CHINA TRIP.
Former President Fidel Ramos, the government's special envoy to China, will not be joining President Rodrigo Duterte in his trip to Beijing this month.
In a news briefing in Malacañang on Thursday, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Ramos informed him about his decision during a security cluster meeting last Saturday.
“Noong nag-usap po kami ni former President Fidel V. Ramos noong nakaraang Sabado, ang sinabi niya po hindi siya sasama,” Andanar revealed.
Ramos reportedly did not give his reason for not joining the trip but Andanar believes that it would be to give way to Duterte.
“Hindi niya sinabi iyong dahilan kung bakit hindi siya sasama pero I believe it was about giving respect to our current President Rodrigo Duterte. Sapagkat kung dalawang presidente po ang pupunta doon, siyempre, posibleng mahati iyong atensyon,” Andanar explained.
Recently, Ramos, in an opinion article marking the current administration’s 100th day, said “Team Philippines is losing badly” because of the controversial rhetoric of Duterte, especially against United States.
The Palace said the special envoy’s thoughts were worth looking into.
About 250 Philippine business executives will visit Beijing with Duterte from October 18-21.
Duterte is expected to meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to foster ties and address regional issues. — VVP, GMA News
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Duterte’s China pivot DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 14, 2016 - 12:00am 2 151 googleplus0 5
Let us hope that President Duterte is not running into the arms of China simply because he is pissed with Obama and the EU’s kibitzing in his war on drugs. He must be careful. Rebound romances after a tumultuous break-up are often problematic.
I want to assume that by this time, the President is preparing for his China trip by talking to experts on the geopolitical implications of his pivot to China. We are part of a drama over control of the South China Sea but not a principal actor. Someone once observed that when elephants fight, it is the ants that get trampled upon.
I find it worrisome that recent statements from the President telegraphed his intention to seek a lot of Chinese assistance. That puts him in a compromised begging position when he gets to Beijing because he cannot go home empty handed.
Luckily for Duterte, China seems to be in a giving mood. It found common cause with the new Philippine President in their desire to show the US who is boss in this part of the world. After six cold years with the Aquino government, China would be stupid to let this golden opportunity to get the sunshine back with Duterte.
Winning back the Philippines would help solidify China’s capture of ASEAN’s major members. Thailand and Malaysia are already in China’s orbit and it will only be Indonesia and Singapore among the original five that need to be convinced about a Chinese-led Southeast Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere.
China needs Duterte. They almost made it with then president Arroyo who attempted a similar pivot to China after a falling out with the US over our recall of Philippine troops in Iraq.
China started supplying some military equipment in that pivot. Major projects, like the national broadband and NorthRail were also attempted but were aborted amidst the stink of a corruption scandal.
The animosity between the two countries went fever pitch. It climaxed with the Philippines winning a favorable ruling from an international arbitration panel on economic rights over a large swatch of the South China Sea (or West Philippine Sea).
A recent SWS survey found 51 percent of Filipino adults having “little trust,” 19 percent undecided, and 27 percent having “much trust” in China.
Historically, China’s net trust score in SWS surveys was constantly “bad” from March 2015 to April 2016, hitting a record-low “bad” -46 in September last year. Its latest net trust score of a “poor” -24 last June was the highest since March 2014’s “poor” -15.
If there is a Philippine President who can sell a compromise agreement with China, it is Duterte. Filipinos have been enraged by continued Chinese aggression in traditional Philippine fishing grounds. The use of superior Chinese Coast Guard vessels against our helpless fishermen did not go unnoticed and certainly will not be forgotten.
But Duterte is basking in his record high popularity rating and feels protected by a militantly devoted base of supporters who worship him. If Duterte says we go with China, we can expect his devotees to go all out to support his controversial decision. Even the war hawk Raffy Alunan is now talking of “constructive engagement.”
In a way, Duterte is right. We have won an international arbitration victory but we have no way of enforcing it. In the meantime, we have to divert a good part of our limited national budget to buy armaments to give our armed forces a semblance of credibility, just in case.
Ever pragmatic, Duterte sees an opportunity to improve our relationship with the neighborhood bully. Doing so also enables him to give the Americans the dirty finger for taking us for granted.
Duterte probably figures if he is able to make China deliver a couple of train systems, a dozen drug rehab centers, a few thousand kilometers of roads, a national broadband that will reduce the greed of our telcos and maybe even make China return what we paid for the aborted NorthRail project, Pinoys who love America may forgive him for embracing Xi Jinping.
But Duterte has to be very careful in negotiating with the Chinese. They are experienced in this game. They have been at it in Africa for decades and we are not known for having good bargaining skills… just check our horrible negotiating record with Uncle Sam.
Aid is an important policy instrument for China. But the bulk of Chinese assistance in Africa falls under the category of development finance, not aid. Chinese officials blur the distinction between the two categories. In other words, the Filipino taxpayers will still pay for some of the big ticket goodies he will claim to receive from China.
The billions of dollars that China commits to Africa are repayable, long-term loans. Brookings cites an article in a Chinese journal that says the Chinese government encourages its agencies and commercial entities to “closely mix and combine foreign aid, direct investment, service contracts, labor cooperation, foreign trade and export.”
The Financial Times reports that “in exchange for most Chinese financial aid to Africa, Beijing requires that infrastructure construction and other contracts favor Chinese service providers: 70 percent of them go to ‘approved,’ mostly state-owned, Chinese companies, and the rest are open to local firms, many of which are also joint ventures with Chinese groups.
“In this sense, China’s financing to Africa, including aid, creates business for Chinese companies and employment opportunities for Chinese laborers, a critical goal of Beijing’s Going Out strategy.”
Indeed, Duterte should be careful about tied aid with China. We should learn from our experience with NorthRail. The Chinese company assigned to carry out the project was merely a trader and had no previous experience in constructing railways. And when the “tied aid” is linked to the profitability of Chinese companies, our interests take a back seat.
Of course the best part of China’s foreign aid is that unlike that of the US, China does not seek to use aid to influence the domestic politics of countries. This is the respect that Duterte keeps on demanding from the US.
But we all know China does not help in exchange for nothing. Other than commercial interests cited earlier, China in the past, also demanded support of Beijing’s “one China” policy and of China’s agenda at multilateral forums, among others. African countries who have received Chinese assistance are known to vote with China in the United Nations.
Of course we should assume Duterte knows all of these things. He didn’t get to be 71 years old and mayor of a key city for nothing. We just want to make sure that in our President’s eagerness to show America how badly he feels about our past colonizer, he doesn’t get into the arms of a neo-colonialist.
Duterte must also realize that the attitude of the Chinese people towards us remains cynical at best. The website QZ.com reported in an article that comments in Weibo, the popular Chinese twitter like platform with 14.9 million followers, are downright disdainful of Filipinos. They apparently see us as “a childlike nation of maids and banana sellers.”
If Duterte feels badly about how the Americans have treated us, there is no reason to believe that China will be different. Indeed, China could be a whole lot worse.
Hopefully, Duterte listens to his experts on how to deal with China. His newly designated ambassador to Beijing, Chito Sta Romana not only speaks Mandarin but has decades of experience dealing with the Chinese. I hope he makes full use of his expertise.
Better yet, he should sit down with General Jose Almonte and get a briefing on the geopolitical considerations that he must bear in mind with the pivot to China. For example, should this rebound romance with China fizzle out, going back to America may no longer be possible.
For me, that’s well and good. We all want an independent foreign policy for the longest time. We are just worried about the policy’s execution. We don’t want to jump from the frying pan of American imperialism to China’s fire of hegemony.
MANILA TIMES (ANALYSIS)
Hypocrisy and Digong’s authenticity BY ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS ON ON OCTOBER 13, 2016 ANALYSIS
ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS
Many are wondering why, despite the roughness, rawness and vulgarity of the President, he remains popular and enjoys very good net satisfaction ratings, even as his critics struggle in eroding his legitimacy.
The answer is simple. President Duterte is a work of art in authenticity while his critics stumble and fall in their hypocrisy.
Filipinos hate hypocrites.
To be called a “plastic” is a label that automatically carries with it the consequence of being avoided. People regarded as hypocrites and “plastics” are never accorded trust or “tiwala.” They may appear amiable. They could be over-solicitous and extra-caring. They mask their hypocrisy with a façade that subsists on rehearsed, even contrived images. They appear “disente” and self-righteous.
Their evil and deception, their flaws and pretensions, lie beneath these pleasant surfaces.
On the other hand, someone who is considered as “totoong tao” is well respected, and is accorded full trust and confidence. People considered as such are recognized for their authenticity. Their inner selves are the ones that overcome whatever external flaws they may have. To an ordinary Pinoy, to be a “totoong tao” does not preclude one to have rough edges.
Character flaws do not necessarily diminish the authenticity of someone, for this is one that is cultivated in the context of engaged relationships and “pakikipagkapwa.” Authenticity lies deep into the being of the person.
Thus, the goodness of a “totoong tao” or an authentic person’s is not eroded by flawed appearances and conduct. This is because there is no deception. Transparency and truthfulness prevail over pretensions and lie-telling.
This is what distinguishes the narrative of President Duterte from those of his critics.
And this is precisely the reason why, despite his vulgar mouth, offensive speech, confrontational stance vis-à-vis our international allies, and brutal war on drugs, the President remains popular. He still maintains very good net satisfaction ratings, with three out of four Filipinos expressing satisfaction. The President’s authenticity, with all his rawness and roughness, is able to overcome his negatives.
Ranged against the President is a diverse group of people, some of whom are sincerely concerned about the problems and are well-meant citizens. However, the sincerity of some is drowned out by a sea of dominantly hypocritical voices.
Critics, from civil society groups, to members of academe, to media, take aim at any misstep of the Duterte Administration. Yet these people are easily exposed for their being partisan groups, and are seriously compromised when one calls to attention their complicity with, or silence about the sins of the past Administration.
They attack the war on drugs, when the Administration they supported either actively, or through their silences, did not do anything to address it, and under whose watch the drug trade proliferated even inside the national penitentiary.
The President is also pilloried by his critics for his undiplomatic demeanor. He is being painted as irresponsible, untrained in diplomatic niceties. His reckless declarations, from cursing heads of states to threatening to pull out of the UN, is seen by his critics as seriously undermining our foreign standing in the community of nations.
Yet, these criticisms of the President lose their valence when they come from people who are either complicit or failed to act on the issues that are now gripes of the President, or are, in fact, anti-US themselves. It is pure and unadulterated hypocrisy for those who accepted and pushed unfair agreements with the US to criticize the President for fighting for fairer terms.
But the worst hypocrisy rests on those who in their youth fought against US domination, rallied against US interference, and branded themselves as critical of US presence. These former activists unfurled anti-US banners and burned effigies of Uncle Sam, and yet now have instantly turned critical of the acts of the President. They are scandalized by the vulgarity of the President’s words attacking the US, when before, they were critical of the vulgarity of the structures of violence that US hegemony has brought upon us.
In this pretentious discursive universe we find women activists who already have problems with beauty contests, who then petition the organizers of the Miss Universe Pageant to pull out of the country and make it appear that it is in protest against the President’s vulgarity and human rights abuses.
Found here is Leila de Lima. She tries so hard to take the moral high ground, and appears as a victim. Yet the memory of her being an attack dog of the previous Administration who helped in the political lynching of Chief Justice Renato Corona is still just too recent for her to overcome.
Also found here is Risa Hontiveros who was silent when de Lima violated a Court order and prevented Gloria Arroyo from leaving the country, but now protests de Lima’s inclusion in a look-out list.
These people should be reminded that in the discursive universe of the “totoong tao,” the raw and vulgar, but authentic, will always win.
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Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t want to separate from his common-law wife despite his various affairs.
Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, who at 46 years old is 24 years younger than Duterte, was quoted in an Inquirer report as saying that she had asked Duterte for separation but was rejected.
Avanceña said she would have left Duterte if the rumors of philandering were true.
“Hinamon ko na siya ng hiwalayan, just in case meron talagang totoo, ayaw naman niya,” Avanceña said at a fundraiser for Duterte at Manila Golf Club, Forbes Park.
Avanceña said Duterte was naturally friendly to women. Duterte had kissed his women supporters on the lips during some of his campaign rallies.
“Talagang friendly siya sa women. Babae ang lumalapit sa kanya. Pati lalaki nagpapa-selfie. Pati bakla. Hindi naman siya gwapo, bakit ganoon ang charisma niya sa tao?” Avanceña said.
Avanceña said Duterte was not a chauvinist and was in fact pro-women, owing to his appointment of women in several high-ranking positions in Davao city.
Asked when the right time is for both of them to get married, Avanceña only said: “God’s time.”
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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