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PABALAT-BUNGA

SALAG/BANAT
Pebrero 06,2017

PABALAT-BUNGA

Sanay na sanay sa pabalat-bunga ang Rehimeng Duterte. Doon sa mga hindi nakakaalam sa kung ano ang pabalat-bunga, kahalintulad ito ng pagkukunwari. Pagtatago sa kung ano ang totoo o kaya ay pagkukubli sa katotohanan.

Hindi ko alam kung matatawa ako o malulungkot sa pangyayaring pinarangal ng PNP sa Kampo Crame ang napatay ng pulis na Koreano.

Sa kabilang banda, binabataan ni Presidente Duterte at ang masaklap pa, inaming “kontrolado ng Mafiang Koreano ang Cebu City.

Ano ito? Tadyak sabay yakap? O Halik ni Hudas?

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Ganoon din, matapos mangakong “magkakaroon ng kapayapaan sa pagitan ng gobyerno ni Digong at sa mga rebolusyonaryong pwersa ng NDF at NPA” matapos na di makaroon ng bilateral ceasefire sa katatapos na usapan sa Roma, iniutos ni Digong na maghanda ng matagalang gyera laban sa “teroristang NPA.”

Iniutos din niyang arestuhin at ibalik sa kulungan ang mga NDF consultants na kanyang pinalaya noong Agosto 2016 para sa pag-uusap sa Oslo, Norway.

Nagmamayabang pa,” May mga jets na akong handang bomomba sa teroristang NPA.”

Nagmayabang din ang kanyang AFP Chief na si General Ano na “handa ang AFP na supilin ang mga NPA.”

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Sagot naman ni Fr. Luis Jalandoni,” Parang bata ang asal ni Digong”.

Sabagay kilalang kilala nila si Duterte. Baka nga naman daw magbago pa ang isip nito at muling buksan ang negosasyon.

Pinatigil na ni Digong ang negosasyon sa labas ng bansa at nag-utos na umuwi na ang kanyang mga negosyador. Kaya, ayun, nakabitin na naman ang usapang pangkapayapaan.

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Ang mga tanong; Sino pa ang nangakong magkakaroon kapayapaan sa bansa sa kanyang termino?

Sino ba ang nangakong palalayain niya ang mga bilanggong pulitikal bago mag-Disyembre 2016?

Sino ba ang nagsasabing malalabas siya ng proklamasyon sa amnestiya? Sino pa kundi si Digong Duterte!

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Malaki ang pagkakaiba ng Amerika sa Pilipinas. Sa Amerika, kapag nag-utos ang korte, anumang antas ito, sinusunod ito ng gobyerno lalo na ang mga pribadong kompanya.

Pero sa Pilipinas, sa kabila ng utos ng Korte Suprema na naglabas ng TRO laban sa Tore De Manila, mukhang hindi sumusunod ang Tore De Manila at mukhang tinatapos ang 46 na palapag.

Kaya nga hinihiling ng Knights of Rizal (KOR) ng Maynila na inspeksyunin ng Korte Suprema kung lumalabag o hindi ang Tore De Manila na pag-aari ni David Consunji.

Dapat tumigil na ang Tore De Manila sa pambabastos sa ating pambansang bayani na si Gat. Jose Rizal.

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#PeoplePower2017 : #NeverAgain to Martial Law and Dictatorship

FAI NEWS
February 06, 2017

#PeoplePower2017 : #NeverAgain to Martial Law and Dictatorship

By Mila D. Aguilar

Martial law was the most harrowing time in recent Philippine history. Thousands were killed, tens of thousands imprisoned, hundreds of thousands displaced from hearth and home, millions impoverished.

On top of these, tens of billions in dollars and pesos were stolen.

Despite all its flowery rhetoric of fighting the “oligarchs,” the Marcos dictatorship was established for one reason alone: to steal. In 1966, just a year after being sworn in, the conjugal couple had already opened separate deposits in foreign banks under the aliases William Saunders and Jane Ryan. By 1971, the conjugal wife was going the rounds ordering the “oligarchs” to cough up millions in pesos if not hundreds of millions worth of lands. In 1972, as soon as he imposed martial rule, the dictator confiscated the companies, banks and lands of key opposition leaders, clamping them in jail at the same time.

In the countrysides, Marcos cronies divided up the territory among themselves. Rich forests were delogged without compunction, mineral lands exploited without end. Ancestral and settler lands from the Cordilleras to Mindanao were grabbed without pity. To facilitate their exploitation of Philippine resources, the cronies used the Philippine Constabulary and the Special Forces of the AFP to drive away the Filipino masses, Moros and tribes who had lived there for ages, harassing them, imprisoning them, torturing them, killing them, and turning their communities into “no man’s lands” on the pretext of depriving the New People’s Army of its waters — even in areas where the New People’s Army barely operated, or were not present at all.

To facilitate its agenda of wholesale robbery, the Marcos dictatorship stopped the presses and created its own, imposed curfew, imprisoned, tortured and killed dissenters, and muzzled the traditional opposition. It also created, from the middle classes it personally knew and could count on, a new class of bureaucrat capitalists whose purpose was either to steal from government coffers for the conjugal dictatorship and themselves, or to run government-aligned enterprises stolen from private individuals.

Resistance was alive from the start, even before the formal establishment of the dictatorship. As early as 1966, students organized a rally participated in by 10,000 against the Manila Summit Marcos held with U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1970, to protest the inflation brought about by Marcos’ overspending in the 1969 elections that gave him his second term, students of all colors, whether national democratic, social democratic or unaligned, again led a series of rallies that came to be called the First Quarter Storm.

This quarter storm became even more marked in 1971, when workers and peasants joined rallies held in key cities, and students captured, for eight days, what came to be called the Diliman Commune in the main campus of the University of the Philippines.

By February 1971, aware of Marcos’ plans to impose martial law, the
Communist Party of the Philippines was already calling for the formation of a nationwide underground movement. It was this underground movement which through the years enabled thousands of student, worker and peasant activists to continue the work of organizing and mobilizing the people against the dictatorship, despite the constraints thrown its way.

Separately, social democratic organizations established since 1968 continued their vital work of shaking the dictatorship, among others pushing for Vatican II reforms, establishing the U.S.-based Movement for a Free Philippines, launching the first noise barrage on the eve of the 1978 Batasan elections, and finally, destabilizing the Marcos regime.

In Mindanao, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) engaged the Armed Forces of the Philippines in positional warfare in the first few years of martial law.

All these forces suffered their share of martyrs and heroes.

When Benigno Aquino Jr. was exiled to the United States by the Marcoses after his stymied bid for the Batasang Pambansa, the opposition abroad came alive. Hundreds were mobilized to support the anti-dictatorship cause. The U.S. government itself was awakened to the inherent dangers of the Marcos dictatorship to its interests in the Philippines.

The first trigger for the mobilization of millions against the dictatorship was the assassination of Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr. as he went down the plane on August 21, 1983. The final trigger came in February, 1986, when Cory Aquino, his widow, won the elections against Marcos but was refused the truth by the Marcos dictatorship.

Three million gathered at EDSA to protect the legitimate presidency as well as those who had jumped ship from the Marcos dictatorship. Pent up in the hearts of these millions was 15 years of suffering the lies of the Marcos dictatorship, lies systematically exposed by the persistent, unrelenting work of organized forces and barely organized but enlightened middle classes, who were all buoyed up by the fervent prayers of nuns, priests, pastors and laymen.

The signal achievement of the People Power Revolt of 1986 was the end of dictatorship, and with it, the restoration of democracy, especially one key to its fulfillment — freedom of speech. But the work of democracy is never done — not by the people, and certainly not by government alone.

Many problems of Philippine society, especially corruption, remain. The masses continue to be poor. That our volatile democracy and its checks and balances could be so easily undermined today is proof that after 31 years, we are still in an evolving, continuing struggle for justice, equality, economic democracy, and indeed, national transformation.

As some have said, the change we need is systemic, not structural, not just economic or political or cultural. And by systemic we should mean TRANSFORMATION FROM WITHIN each and every individual in society — a radical overhaul of heart, mind and soul towards the Spirit of the God who created our nation to be salt and light to the world.

This year, 2017, the People Power that took place at EDSA and key cities all over the Philippines has become more relevant than ever.

We are faced not only with preparations for martial law both in word and heinous deed, but with the resurgence of the Marcos family itself, the inheritors of the main architect of martial law and its prime beneficiaries. In fact, we are faced with the resurgence of nothing less than fascism. Exactly the same rhetoric is thriving as it did before the 1972 imposition: lies, bombings here and there, killings, a love of violence, and the seeping in of hatred against a nebulous “oligarchy” by provincial oligarchs themselves.

We cannot allow martial law to happen, ever again. We must put our foot down against dictatorship while it is early enough. Let us commemorate People Power on February 25, 2017 to register our admiration of those who fought before us and our support of democracy and freedom as the only viable road to peace and progress.

So help us God.

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