Monthly Archives: December 2016

THE POPULIST DEMAGOUGE

KOMUNIDAD
December 29, 2016

THE POPULIST DEMAGOUGEdigong-gunggong

By Al P. Garcia

Again, the President has proven time and again that he was a populist demagogue.

A populist demagogue who always plays for the crowd and speaks on everything that pleases them and topics that they want to hear. Bordering on fanaticism, they will defend to death what their populist idol says.

Much like to the times of German dictator Hitler and Italian strongman Benito Mussolini did to their people.

PRRD is likewise the same. Now, he blame the 1935 Constitution framers for the declaration of martial law and went further to ask that that the new constitution be made so as to give the President a blank check to declare martial law without the interference of the Congress and the Supreme Court.

The Marcos in PRDD is showing. He had shed his true colors, Riding high on his slipping popularity, PRRD is building up his image as a strongman both loved the left (the communist and some of the civil society in his pocket) and the right (the Marcos family, the Arroyo clan and all kinds of hangers-on).

PRRD plays a magnanimous President who has the trait of “ mapagmalasakit”. A father figure that his followers called him as “Tatay Digong. Much like the mantra of Ferdinand Marcos who called himself “The father of the nation.”

But do all dictators before him called them by that term? Hitler, Mussolini, Mobutu Zeze Seko of Zaire and others.

But what is funny is PRRD detractors calls him KATAY DIGONG or Butcher Digong for the murder of EJK’s of more than 6,000 people for the last six months.

Another thing that populist demagogue does it is to turn the tables on their detractors. Keep them guessing for his next moves and lying or taking his back his words. In the case of both Trump and Digong Duterte, their mantra is to attack the media.

Yes, they attack the media by saying, “the media misquoted them” or “twisted the facts or what they said.” And most of all” the media maliciously put words in their mouth.” They know few people will have their facts checked and bother to check the video recording of their speech.

And that is the easiest thing to do. They followed the time-tested dictum, “the best defense is offense.” Attack the source and make them defend themselves.” Anyways he has all the control of the media and the sources of information.

And besides, he has a large army of trolls on his disposal. One way he was able to achieve his victory is with this army led a strip teaser named Mocha Unson who is now elevated to fame in his administration and still is on his crusade against Vice President Leni Robredo.

What is amazing is that he has also had defenders in the left who now holds position on his government. Some of my former comrades and friends even campaigned for him. They defended him until he ordered the burial of beloved dictator Marcos. My former friends have kept quiet ever since.

The left has an avowed hatred for the “yellow brigade” of former President Noynoy Aquino III.13495160_1645402952159112_6843312337910207102_n

Why? Aquino III has imprisoned more leftist than Arroyo during his term. Continued the OPLAN BAYANIHAN of the AFP and canceled the peace talks that PRRD is now accommodating and as a populist demagogue has promised that “ he will bring peace and reconciliation to our land.”

There are many more promises that PRDD has sweet-talked the nation but on his sixth month as President has not fulfilled or not now still promising to fulfill.

That is what a populist demagogue is good at. Speak and tell the whole words promised that they would believe. It is just up to him to fulfill or not.

That’s what they are good at.

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KOR-HFT MARKS 120TH RIZAL DAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 IN LOS ANGELES

For Immediate Release
Knights of Rizal-Historic FIlipinotown Chapter (KOR-HFT)
December 29, 2016

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Los Angeles- “ The Spanish colonizers broke his cranium, but he destroyed their empire”.—Cecilio Apostol

The Knight of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter (KOR-HFT) will mark the 10th year of the 120th Rizal Day in Los Angeles on December 30, 2016 at the Manila Terrace Social Hall, 2328 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA90026 on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12 noon.

The KOR will also install Dr.Orlando Cagampan as the new Knights Commander of the KOR-HFT for 2017-2018. The outgoing Knight Commander, Arturo P. Garcia for 2015-2016 will pass the baton of leadership to Dr. Orly Cagampan.

New Knights of Rizal members will also be installed on Rizal Day. The Guest Speaker for the occasion is City of LA Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto.

The Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal

On December 30, 1896, the Spanish colonial government in Manila executed Dr. Jose P.Rizal in the Bagumpayan Field ( known also as the Luneta Park) after a mock-trial.

He was suspected to be the leading the Philippine revolution that erupted on August 26, 1896 led by the Katipunan of Supremo Adnres Bonifacio.

After Rizal was executed, the revolution spread like wild fire and on June 12, 1898, the first Philippine Republic was born. And then Spain sold the Philippines to the United States by the Treaty of Paris, December 10, 1898 and the U.S. occupied the Philippines.
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Thus, every December 30, 2016, the Filipinos marked the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal as Rizal Day to honor its foremost hero. On December 30, 2016 marked the 120th Anniversary of his death.

The KOR-HFT was formed in December 30, 2006 and since than have conducted activities to memorialize the heroism of Dr. Jose P.Rizal and venerate his lofty ideals of patriotism and nationalism.

For more information please call Al at (213) 318-9065 or email us at jfavusa8@gmail.com and visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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DEAR LORRAINE BADOY,

SALAG-BANAT
Disyembre 30, 2016

DEAR LORRAINE BADOY,

Wala na bang mga Pilipinong nagkakabuni, an-an, alipunga, at kurikong?13528778_1570573783237996_732498832630707271_n

Mukhang napakatumal yata. Ang dami mong oras na ginugugol sa mga kabulastugan.

Bakit pati ang school project ng bata ay pinakikialaman mo? Pakialaman mo ang school project ng anak mo.

Ang yabang mo, Doc. Para bang napaka-brilliant mo. Parang Mocha Uson ka lang na kinabitan ng MD at puro turok ng fillers ang mukha.

Pati si Loida Nicolas-Lewis ay inaalaska mo. Tanungin mo nga ang ‘yong mayabang na sarili kung mas mataas ang buwis na binabayaran mo kaysa binabayad ng mga property ni Atty. Lewis sa Pilipinas.

Marami ka bang pinapaaral na mga Pilipino. Tanyag ka bang tagabigay ng mga malalaking donasyon tuwing may bagyo, baha o lindol sa Pilipinas?

Alaskahin at atakehin mo ang mga kasamahan mong maiingay na hindi na mga Pilipino at hindi pa nagbabayad ng buwis sa Pilipinas. Sila ang pagsabihan at pigilan mo.

Naitanong mo ba kung may dual citizenship si Atty. Lewis? Hindi no? Hanggang buni ka lang kasi. Ipaubaya na ang politika sa iba. Hindi ka kikita at sisikat diyan.

Wala o kulang ka sa alam. Tagakalat ka lang ng tsismis. Midlife crisis ba?

Ang solusyon: maghanap ng bagets.

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Narito ang artikulong sinagot na atake ni Lorraine Badoy sa anak ni VP Leni Robredo:20160701jb-13-620x534

I was told that the mag cover of Leni Robredo under the banner ‘Bayani’ that I posted yesterday is the Philippine Science High School project of Jillian Robredo. My son, who also studies in Pisay told me this.

I never said this was an official mag. I was told it was but I left that part open to being corrected because I wasn’t sure if it truly was. And in fact, I expressed my desperate hope that all this was was a joke. A spoof mag.

Turns out this is a school project. And I am not taking it down. Nor am I apologizing for it.

My children, as Jillian Robredo, are scholars of our country’s top science high school, the Philippine Science High School.

They owe their education –a top rate one, may I add–to the Filipino people. And I am deeply grateful for all of you who have made this possible. Pisay is my children’s fertile ground where they have bloomed and evolved quite well—as it is for thousands of kids.
It really takes a village to raise a child.

And just as this village has stepped up to raise my children, so am I stepping up in doing my share in educating my children and other people’s children about our democratic processes.

Jillian Robredo can hardly be faulted for thinking her mother a heroine. Don’t all mothers wish their children thought of them as heroines?

But see, Jillian Robredo’s mother is not just an ordinary citizen that she holds up for her classmates–our top scholars– to see as a heroine. Leni Robredo is the country’s most powerful woman– our Vice President, no less.

And her abysmal performance as public official needs to be called out.

Still Jillian Robredo is within her rights to think her mother as VP is exceptional. A heroine, no less.

Just as we are within our rights to express what we think of the VP who happens to be her mother.

You say, but this is merely a school project.

And I say, all the more we should take this on because these are our children we are talking about. Our country’s most important resource. All the more we should educate them.

Also, this is Philippine Science High School. Our country’s top scholars, where our leaders come from. To whom much is given, much is expected, right?

At the very least, we owe these kids a clearer definition of what constitutes ‘heroism’.

And we owe these kids a clearer picture of how freedom of expression—one of the bedrocks of a vibrant democracy–works.

So there. Now get off my back, you ninnies. I hope that clarifies things for you.

ALSO– PLS TAKE ON A TONE OF RESPECT WHEN EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN. OK? PRETTY PLEASE?

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PAHAYAG NG NUJP: “Di po laro ang pagbabalita, Mr. President!”

FAI NEWS
December 30, 2016

PAHAYAG NG NUJP: “Di po laro ang pagbabalita, Mr. President!”
NONOY ESPINA·THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2016

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Los Angeles–Mawalang-galang po, mahal na Pangulo. Sinasadya ng National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) na gamitin ang pambansang wika sa pahayag na ito upang bigyang sapat na halaga ang kaliwanagan sa komunikasyon at tiyakin na mauunawaan ng lahat ang nais naming ipaabot.

Sa inyong panayam sa midya nung Huwebes, muli mong sinabi na “nilalaro” mo kami at “mahilig” kang “magbitaw ng kalokohan.” Kung kaya, pananagutan ng mga mamamahayag ang pagsusuri sa bawat mong salita, kung totoo ba o hindi, at kami ang dapat sisihin kung ‘di tugma ang aming ulat sa mensahe na nais ninyong iparating.

Ipagpaumanhin po ninyo, subalit tuwiran kaming tumututol sa inyong pananaw. Hindi dahil ayaw naming suriin ang inyong mga salita — dahil kasama po ito sa aming gawain — kundi, bilang Pangulo ng Pilipinas, kayo po ang may pananagutan at tungkuling maging malinaw sa lahat ng inyong pahayag sa sambayanan at sa buong mundo.

May mga pagkakataon naman po para sa biro o sa kalokohan. Subalit dahil kayo ang Pangulo, ang inyong mga pahayag sa publiko ay aming itinuturing — at dapat lamang ituring — na patakaran ng inyong pamahalaan.

15135896_10208056073824960_2710043578821660784_nDagdag pa, marami rin sa inyong masusugid na tagasuporta ang nagtuturing ding atas at utos maging ang inyong mga biro at gamitin ang mga ito bilang dahilan para sa mga karumaldumal na hangarin ng mga kriminal at tiwali sa loob at labas ng gobyerno.

Sa ganitong kalagayan, aming kagalang-galang na ginoo, hindi kaya mainam na huwag mo na kaming laruin at bawasan na ang hilig ninyong magbitiw ng kalokohan?

Ipagpatawad po ninyo , mahal na Pangulo, kung amin namang ibinabalik sa inyo ang inyong sinabi: Kung hindi malinaw ang inyong mga pahayag at hindi malinaw kung ito ay biro o seryoso, nasa inyo po at wala sa amin o sa taumbayan, ang problema.

Seryoso po kami sa aming gawain at tungkulin naming ituring na seryoso at iulat ng tapat ang anumang namumutawi sa bibig ng Pangulo.

Huwag po ninyong baliktarin ang kaayusan ng pananagutang maging malinaw, Mr. President.

Reference:

Ryan D. Rosauro
Chairman
NUJP Hotline 09175155991

NDF CALLS FOR CONTINUED TALKS WITH GPH WHILE FIGHTING FOR PEACE

ALLIANCE NEWS
December 26, 2016

NDF CALLS FOR CONTINUED TALKS WITH GPH WHILE FIGHTING FOR PEACE

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The NDF in a statement by Prof. Jose Ma Sison said, “ We have no other objective but to demand the amnesty and release all political prisoners and give way to a bilateral ceasefire agreement. These matters can be settled in a few number of hours.

Even if the GRP remained unwilling to amnesty and release all political prisoners in compliance with the JASIG and CARHRIHL and in consonance with a bilateral ceasefire agreement, the NDFP would still be willing to negotiate peace while fighting in the battlefield. “

The NDF also pointed out that “ The delay in reaching the bilateral ceasefire agreement is the responsibility of the GRP, because of its refusal to fulfill its promise of amnesty and release of all political prisoners.

The NDFP has no choice but to pursue the line of people´s war in order to strengthen the people´s army and other revolutionary forces as the means to avoid the pitfall of capitulation and pacification through an indefinite ceasefire that would certainly result in a lack of interest on the part of the GRP to negotiate the substantive agenda of the peace negotiations”

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Sison added, “ We should not get stuck on such matters by dealing with them piecemeal over a long period of time. We can make a stable bilateral ceasefire agreement by learning lessons from the period of unilateral ceasefire declarations.

Oplan Bayanihan should be terminated and should not be replaced by another brutal oplan under General Año, who kidnapped Jonas Burgos. Safe distances must be kept between the armed forces and units of the GRP and the

He called on The GRP and NDFP negotiating panels, “ should finish and sign the comprehensive agreements on social and economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms and end of hostilities and disposition of forces within the first or second year of the Duterte regime

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Sison also said, “ The prospects are still bright in the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations if we consider that the rounds of talks are proceeding successfully. The discussion on CASER and on other matters can certainly progress during the third round of formal peace negotiations. “

The NDF pointed out, “ It would be alright for the talks in Rome to schedule the fourth round in a neutral venue. The two sides can meet to talk whatever is the status of the talks on the bilateral ceasefire agreement; and even if the NDFP would end its unilateral interim ceasefire declaration due to the ruthless incursions on its territory of the enemy armed forces.

The main interest of the NDFP and the People´s Revolutionary Government in social and economic reforms is economic development through national industrialization and genuine land reform.

Also, their main interest in political and constitutional reforms is upholding national sovereignty and democratic principles. They are also willing to co-found the Federal Republic of the Philippines with the Duterte regime and make a new constitution that prevents fascist dictatorship, political dynasties, warlordism and dissipation of national resources.
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KOR-HFT MARKS 120th RIZAL DAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 IN LOS ANGELES

For Immediate Release
Knights of Rizal-Historic FIlipinotown Chapter (KOR-HFT)
December 23, 2016

KOR-HFT MARKS 120th RIZAL DAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 IN LOS ANGELESjose-rizal3

Los Angeles- “ The Spanish colonizers broke his cranium, but he broke their empire”.—Cecilio Apostol

The Knight of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter (KOR-HFT) will mark the 120th Rizal Day in Los Angeles on December 30, 2016 at the Manila Terrace Social Hall, 2328 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA90026 on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12 noon.

The KOR will also install Dr.Orlando Cagampan as the new Knights Commander of the KOR-HFT for 2017-2018. The outgoing Knight Commander, Arturo P. Garcia for 2015-2016 will pass the baton of leadership to Dr. Orly Cagampan.

New Knights of Rizal members will also be installed on Rizal Day. The Guest Speaker for the occasion is City of LA Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto.

The Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. RizalKOR-HFT

On December 30, 1896, the Spanish colonial government in Manila executed Dr. Jose P.Rizal in the Bagumpayan Field ( known also as the Luneta Park) after a mock-trial. He was suspected to be the leading the Philippine revolution that erupted on August 26, 1896 led by the Katipunan of Supremo Adnres Bonifacio.

After Rizal was executed, the revolution spread like wild fire and on June 12, 1898, the first Philippine Republic was born. And then Spain sold the Philippines to the United States by the Treaty of Paris, December 10, 1898 and the U.S. occupied the Philippines.

Thus, every December 30, 2016, the Filipinos marked the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal as Rizal Day to honor its foremost hero. On December 30, 2016 marked the 129th Anniversary of his death.

The KOR-HFT was formed in December 30, 2013 and since than have conducted activities to memorialize the heroism of Dr. Jose P.Rizal and venerate his lofty ideals of patriotism and nationalism.

For more information please call Al at (213) 318-9065 or email us@jfavusa8@gmail.com and visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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JFAV MARKS 18th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

For Immediate Release

Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)

December 22, 2016

JFAV MARKS 18th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

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The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), the alliance of Filipino American Veterans organizations, student, youth and community advocates for veterans equity and justice marked its 18th founding anniversary and militant existence.

On December 16, 1998, JFAV was formed to takeover the functions of the December 7 Movement, the California alliance of Filipino Veterans organization that was then wracked by internal division on how the Congressional lobby will go- full equity or incremental success. JFAV went for incremental struggle for equity.

JFAV Milestones

The biggest achievement of JFAV for the last 18 years is to spearhead the Filipino World War II Veteran struggle, continue the lobby in the US Congress and build the JFAV as a national organization since 2006 to the present.

14980762_1234685229938817_5547213784581955310_nIF there was no JFAV, the Filipino community in the United States and the Philippines especially the veterans and their survivors will have nothing. Because there is JFAV, the US government cannot ignore the veterans completely and bury them into oblivion.

Since 1998, JFAV supported the lobby of the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans as its hired lobbyist in the US Congress but it did not end there. JFAV continued to organize grass root support for veterans struggle inside and outside the US Congress.

Spearheading the Veterans and People’s Struggle

JFAV immersed itself in people’s struggle especially the immigrants struggle and the anti-racism and anti war struggle from 2001 to the present. In fact, JFAV was at the van of the historical immigrants rights march in the United States in 2006 and also the anti-war and anti racist struggle in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

In 2006, JFAV held its first national conference and decided to form JFAV as a separate alliance from People’s CORE. JFAV was a campaign organized by the People’s CORE from 1998 to 2006. Its first conference was in UCLA in March 2006. Nine years after, the 2nd JFAV National Conference was held in UCLA in 2014.

Since then JFAV has taken the step to lobby for the veterans and file a court case against the DVA in 2011. The JFAV lobby in the US congress started with the decision of ACFV to stop lobbying in 2009 because they believed that “ the lump sum given to WWII veterans was equity. JFAV held the contrary view that “lump sum is not equity” and it will never be.

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Since 2011. JFAV has carried the torch for the Filipino World War II Veterans struggle for equity and justice. We have achieved tactical victories like the Presidential Executive Order for Family Reunification and the US Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII Veterans, the highest civilian honors by the US Congress given to veterans after 70 years.

As we commemorate our 18th years with a firm dedication to carry on the struggle for justice and equity., we thanked all our JFAV activists, leaders, advocates, supporters and patrons who led the JFAV through its 18 years of struggle.

Ipagpatuloy at Isulong ang pakikibaka para sa katarungan at pagkakapantay-pantay!

No justice, No Peace!

 

Arturo P. Garcia

JFAV National Coordinator

December 23, 2016

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GPH PRRD DECLARES 6-DAY UNILATERAL CEASEFIRE, DECEMBER 22-27, 2016

ALLIANCE NEWS
December 22, 2016

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Los Angeles– Shall we have a peaceful Christmas in the Philippines?

Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) has formally declared a 6-day unilateral ceasefire sans the bilateral ceasefire he sought from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

The NDFP meanwhile have not declared their own traditional unilateral ceasefire for the coming holiday season from December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Both sides have stuck to their demands on bilateral and unilateral ceasefires.

Senior NDF Consultant Benito Tiamzon has also declared, ” there is no need for a formal bilateral ceasefire during the peace talks.”

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Despite the latest phone conference between NDFP Political Consultant Jose Ma. Sison and PRDD, no announcement has been made about a bilateral ceasefire between two parties.

The NDFP has demanded that PRRD released all political prisoners numbering more than 400 in GPH jails before, during or after the signing of a peace accords .

On the other hand, PRRD has declared that he will not free any more prisoners until a peace accord is signed.He has declared that with or without a bilateral ceasefire with the NDF, he will not release any political prisoners.

OPLAN BAYANIHAN/TOKHANG

Another sticking point is the continued military operations in the NPA base areas in the guise of Operation Tokhang or the anti-drug war of the Duterte Regime.

The military continued not only its operations but also maintained its physical presence in the NPA areas in the forms of camps, detachments and made arrests and civic action as well as counter-insurgency operations in the barrios and even in the urban areas.

PRRD has maintained that “a coalition government being offered by the NDF is a no-no under his government” and has maintained that “there is only government and armed forces in the Philippines” and that is “his (Duterte’s) government.”

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SAAN TAHIMIK SI DIGONG

SALAG-BANAT
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Ni Arturo P. Garcia

Sa halos ng lahat ng paksa, mula sa pakikialam ng mga Amerikano sa Pilipinas hanggang sa panganib ng droga, nagsasalita si Digong Duterte. At wala siyang tigil sa kadadakdak.

Ngunit sa isang bagay lamang tahimik si Digong. Ito ay hinggil sa inhustiya at sa kalagayan ng hustisya at sa proseso ng hustosya sa Pilipinas.

Marahil dito siya mismo ang dahil ng pinakamalaking inhusitsya sa Pilipinas. Ito ang pagpatay ng may higit sa 6,000 akusado ng pagbebenta ng droga ng walang kaukulang proseso sa batas.

At kung pagbabatayan ang kanyang mga pinasasabi, alam na natin wala siyang pakiaalam sa batas at kawalang hustisya sa Pilipinas.

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Isa sa mga popular na sinabi ni Pangulong Ramon Magsaysay ay “ ang mga kulang sa yaman ay dapat magkaroon ng malaking hati sa batas.”

Ang nakaraang Pangulong BS Aquino III ay nagtangkang “maglunsad ng reporma sa batas at hustiya sa Pilipinas.”

Una, pinatalsik niya ang Hepe ng Kuarta Supremang mandaramong na sI CJ Corona. Sa katunayan, ipinaaresto niya at ipinakulong sa unang pagkakataon ang tatlong senador na garapalang nandambong ng yaman ng bayan.

Dangan nga lamang hindi niya pinag-usig ang mga malalapit sa kanya. kahit ano pang galit ng masa, nagtaingang kawali si Noynoy.

Ito ang dahilan kung bakit pumalyaang kanyang sinasabing reporma at nasira ang kanyang “tuwid na daan”. Ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit nanalo si Digong sa kanyang kandidadatong si Mar Roxas,

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Sa kabilang dako, si Digong ay TAHIMIK at WALANG SINASABI o pinabanggit hinggil dito. Sa bagay na ito tahimik siya. Ang lagi niyang sinasabi ay “ Korupsyon galit ako dyan.” TAPOS ANG KWENTO.

Ang lagi niyang pinakauulit-ulit at pinagduduldulan sa mga tao ay “papatay pa raw siya ng marami para masugpo ang droga.” TAPOS.

Kahit pabalat-bunga, wala siyang sinasabi tungkol sa hustisya o kawalang hustisya sa Pilipinas. Dahil nga alam nga nyang marami siyang nalalabag dito lalo na sa hindi niya pagrespeto sa mga karapatang pantao ng kanyang mga kababayan.

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Kamakailan lmang nagbigyan siya ng mga kondisyon sa tagasiyasat ng UN na si Agnes Callamard hinggil sa mga karapatang pantao bago ito makapasok sa Pilipinas.

Bakit mo pa inimbita kung hindi mo naman pala papayagang pumasok batay sa iyong kondisyon?

Ang nakakalimutan ng ibang mga tao ay, idolo ni Digong si Marcos na numero unong hindi rumespeto sa karapatang pantao noong panahon ng martial law,

Para kay Digong, ang mga Karapatang Pantao ay sagabal lamang sa pagapapatupad ng kanyang pamamahala o sariling batas. At iyon nga ang problema,

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Kapag ang mga dapat sumunod at magpatupad sa batas ang mga unang-unang lumalabag dito, ano pa ang maasahan natin sa pagpapatupad ng batas at hustisya?

Para lamang tayong nangangarap ng gising. Ang dapat nating unawain ang pangaral ni Dr, Jose P. Rizal:

“Walang alipin kung walang paaalipin.”

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THE INViTATION THAT NEVER WAS

KOMUNIDAD
December 21, 2016

THE INViTATION THAT NEVER WAS

By Arturo P. Garciaduterte-joma-sison

After a stirring criticisms from the United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and former UN Secretary General Bn Ki Moon, and the following curses from Ph President Duterte, the Philippine government invited the UN Special Rapporteur to the Philippines

But that was not an invitation after all. It came with strict conditions.
The administration set three conditions before allowing the UN investigation on supposed extrajudicial killings in the country. One,
Callamard must have a public debate with President Rodrigo Duterte before the media. Two, Duterte is allowed to ask her questions. Three, she has to take an oath.

As expected, the United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard rejects government’s conditions in the probe on the spate of killings.

Callamard said she cannot abide by the three conditions. She said it is not consistent with the code of conduct for special rapporteurs. The French woman was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions last August 1.

She said the results of the investigation should be highly confidential.”I cannot build trust, including with the police or with the government, if there is a threat of public debate at the end of the mission,” Callamard said.

She added the issue is a sensitive matter as it involves deaths of alleged victims and perpetrators.

“There is the necessity of respect. Respect for the life, respect for the loss of life. Respect for the victims, respect for the police,respect for the family,” she said.

Callamard said she is bound to conduct the UN’s standardized assessment, not to engage in a “politicized debate.” “These cannot be the object of a public debate,” she said.

The UN rapporteur instead suggested for Philippine officials to have a private debriefing with Duterte and hold a joint press conference — where the President can rebut — after the preliminary findings.

Callamard said she can only produce preliminary findings after a weeklong probe.Despite government’ s conditions, Callamard is still hoping to visit the country next year.

“I am absolutely committed to come to the Philippines in the spirit of constructive dialogue with the government… I am committed to offer my expertise,” she said.But Callamard said her visit is now in the hands of the government.

13770342_10153859917897734_7440132913465371467_nSought for comment, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the probe may not proceed if Callamard refuses to abide by government’s conditions.

“Our position is it is up to Dr. Callamard to accept our conditions. If she’s saying now that she cannot accept then as I said earlier, the visit may not push through,” Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose told CNN Philippines on Friday.

So, there will no visit and an no investigations. Just like closed authoritarian country or a dictatorship, the Philippines isoff-limits to the United Nations on the matter of human rights.

It is a pity that the Philippines, one of the founders of the United Nations is now acting like a present day dictatorship that Dr. Jose P. Rizal described during the days of colonial Spain in one of his novel.

The difference is that President Digong echoes its title, like the grass flower Makahiya, he told the United Nations:

Noli Me Tangere” ( Touch Me Not)

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