The so-called International People’s Court (IPT) came out with a verdict that Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is guilty of various crimes. IPT can come out with other absurb verdicts as much as it wants, it means nothing in practical jurisprudence.

IPT has no teeth and is powerless because major nations like the U.S., Russia, China, Israel and other world powers do not recognize its so-called rulings or verdicts. And that’s the simple truth. It is no different from the so-called “people’s court” held during political rallies by militants and leftists in the Philippines.

IPT is just a publicity tool used out of desperation by the international leftist movement and by political adversaries of governments around the world. A forum for a chance at their 15-minutes of fame or infamy. Go check on the backgrounds of those who comprise this so-called court and those who go to it – most if not all are left-leaning activists from various parts of the globe. Desperate attempt at media mileage is all it is worth.

Featured post



The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a highly-politicized body that is not recognized as a judicial authority by major nations like the U.S., China, Russia, Israel and many others. Just today, the U.S. threatened the ICC with sanctions if its judges or prosecutors make a move against the U.S., Israel or any of its allies ( The fact is, the ICC prosecutors and judges can only go after weak and vulnerable nations in its supposed “pursuit of justice” for human rights abuse victims. If you’re powerful enough, the ICC can’t go after you.

And like in the United Nations (UN), politics play a major part of how it operates. Israel had refused to be a party to the ICC because it has concerns that political pressure on the Court would lead it to reinterpret international law or to “invent new crimes”.

The Philippines should leave the ICC, it is a waste of taxpayers’ money. The Philippines is better off using the cash to strengthen our Armed Forces. Better yet, the ICC should disband. The ICC has become a tool for harassment by political adversaries from weak and vulnerable nations.

Featured post


President-Duterte-in-People-Power-2016Yes, 2016. People Power by the ballot happened on that fateful year. Political experts and veteran politicians didn’t see it coming and neither did most of the over 16-million Filipinos who overwhelmingly voted to catapult an unassuming Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the highest government position of the land. Davao City’s loss was the nation’s gain.

Scholars will probably be studying what happened for a long time. A humble Pres. Duterte dismisses it as an act of fate because he himself didn’t aspire for it or plan for it like most of his rivals did, but for many Filipinos – it was a deliverance from the decades of traditional politics that hound our unsteady system of government. Populism may be a recent global phenomenon but it apparently offended the “finer” sensibilities of some perceived elitist-wannabes and the traditional oligarchy. After all, they didn’t go through life trying to hone good manners and right conduct to end up having a leader who exhibits un-“statesman-like” demeanor through his foul mouth and gutter humor.

The fact is, we’ve never had a no-nonsense, hip-shooting, down-to-earth, socialist leader like Rodrigo Duterte and sadly we never will. Most Davaoeños are proud of him and so are the more than 16-million Filipino voters here and abroad.

Featured post



A grateful nation salutes our valiant men and women of the Armed Forces who have sacrificed so much and ask for so little. These gallant men and women deserved their Holy Land trip and much, much more. Thank you, Pres. Duterte, for your compassion and appreciation for them.

Watch Asec. Mocha Uson’s video coverage of wounded-in-action (disabled) AFP personnel who joined Pres. Duterte’s state visits to Israel and Jordan:

No other Philippine Commander-in-Chief has done for our uniformed men and women what Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte has done for them. We’ve neglected them so much for so long after the Marcos years that it is about time that we show them compassion and appreciation for the sacrifices they make. They deserve so much more.

Featured post



The documentary “Princes of the Yen” that aired on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) last night tried to explain how powerful, moneyed cartels behind international banks that include the Int’l Monetary Fund, World Bank, European (Union) Central Bank and U.S. Federal Reserve manipulated and coerced less powerful nations into economic and political submission. These private groups are so powerful that they have tremendous influence on western powers (European and U.S. gov’ts) which in turn support them with economic, political and military might.

When the U.S. says, “you’re our ally so we will back you up” – it only means that they’re going to go as far as protecting their self-interests but beyond that, you’re on your own. Or in other words, “so long as it serves America’s interests, you can count on us”.

In 1992, Singapore’s PM Lee Kuan Yew said, “The Americans are great missionaries. They have an irrepressible urge to convert others.” Americans have the irrepressible urge to convert others because promoting and protecting their interests require that others are in their sphere of influence.

The U.S. isn’t taking on a resurgent powerhouse China because it is bullying its Asian neighbors, it is taking on China because the U.S. doesn’t want any competition in the region.


Featured post

5 Philippine Presidents allowed for Marcos burial at Libingan to happen


Five Presidents had the chance to pass a law or an executive order banning the burial of the late dictator and plunderer at the Libingan ng mga Bayani – but none did. All five presidents are guilty of political accommodation to the so-called “solid north” either for a chance at a political truce or votes or something else. No one wanted to bite the bullet by risking to alienate the (obviously) powerful Ilocano vote but now that Pres. Duterte is fulfilling his campaign promise, they’re blaming him.

This is a campaign promise that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte made and now that he has been elected president probably partly because of it, how can he not fulfill it? We shouldn’t blame Pres. Duterte because his predecessors chose to deliberately sit on their laurels because they wanted to avoid a political backlash from the powerful Marcos loyalists by enacting a law that will ban his burial at the LNMB. We can understand Pres. Cory’s position because of her reconciliation efforts after the EDSA revolution, but what are the others’ excuse?

The late, great PM Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore had this to say about Philippine society – “It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics.”

We don’t want the Marcoses back because they might pillage the Philippine coppers even more. But blame this insanity to five Philippine Presidents after Marcos because it has always been a matter of political accommodation to the Marcos loyalists by the past five administrations.




Featured post



Lord John Dalberg Acton once quoted, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This may be true in most cases, but not always.

The late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore may be an exception – one of those remarkable individuals who rose to the pedestal of greatness through his resolve to “put things in order” for the general welfare. Of course, his successful leadership may have meant occasionally adapting a strongman’s tactics, but it seemed that he wielded that power for the greater good. Today he is generally revered for his work in transforming Singapore from third world city-state to first world status in one generation.

The Philippines needs a benevolent dictator – a selfless leader who is willing to bite the bullet in order to restore social balance and discipline first, over any so-called democracy. A leader who will not be swayed by temptations of power and riches. A leader who won’t be cowed by the affluent elite or the contemptuous minority. A leader who is willing to use strongman’s tactics just so he can “put things in order”. So that we may be able to progress, our society needs discipline and resolve, over democracy.


Featured post

THE ANATOMY OF U.S.-SPONSORED FAILED STATES: The U.S. is at it again in the case of Syria


Iraq, Libya and now Syria – the U.S. brand of “democracy” obviously isn’t working for certain cultures and peoples so that is why these countries are now failed states or on their way to becoming one. Warlordism has become of Iraq and Libya but thanks to Russia, most of Syria hasn’t gone to that yet.

For a long time, Col. Muammar Khadafy ruled with an iron fist in Libya and so did Pres. Saddam Hussein over Iraq. There may have been ruthlessness and abuses committed, but each dictator held together their people as a nation. But as the world knows now, U.S.-style “democracy” may not be suitable for some cultures. In fact, in some cultures, benevolent dictatorships may have been a necessity rather than a choice.

Did you know that Saudi Arabia and Jordan have some of the longest-ruling authoritarian regimes in the world? Saudis have rare local (municipal-level only) elections but the national gov’t is run with an iron fist by absolute monarchy. Jordan have national elections but the Senate is appointed by the King. Their secret to success? The U.S. needs their alliance for regional stability and they’re willing to give it. So even if they rule with ruthlessness, the U.S. looks the other way.

The U.S. and western powers had always considered and will always consider their self-interests first before they do for Iraqis, Libyans or Syrians or anyone else. “Liberate”, take and leave. This is what they did to Iraq and Libya, and if Russia hasn’t step in to help Pres. Bashar al-Assad, this is what they’d probably done to Syria, too. Of course, Russia will likely also benefit from their partnership with the Assad regime, but at least Syria won’t disintegrate into warlordism and chaos.




Featured post



In fairness to incumbent Mayor Len Oreta, he’s been trying to setup the One-Stop-Shop for business permit renewals two years before Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his first SONA instructing Local Gov’t Units (LGUs) to implement the scheme. Less better versions of what we have now in Malabon City, that is.

But since Jan. 2018, he had nearly perfected it – a business permit renewal can only take 2-3 hrs. (issuance of claim stub for actual permit)! For small business owners who have to do the legwork themselves, this is no insignificant feat of accomplishment.

We want to vote Vice-Mayor Jeannie Sandoval for the mayoral post because PRRD strongly endorsed her – but we’re scared that she might bring in an administrator who’ll make things difficult and inefficient again, just like before 2015. Can VM Jeannie Sandoval continue to carry out PRRD’s governance style of efficiency and easier, quicker gov’t licenses renewal for Malabon City?



Yes, but with dire consequences. The “Taho” bully, a Chinese woman who threw the local drink on a uniformed policeman posted at an MRT station, deserves no less than a week in jail. Try doing something like that in China to a uniformed Chinese policeman.

It is not a non-issue like Locsin contends because it deserves a sanction that should let everyone know that you can’t get away with maliciously throwing your drink at a uniformed police officer who’s simply doing his job. I wonder how Locsin will feel if somebody did it to him? Non-issue pa rin kaya?



I’ve ridden the LRT after 9PM from Vito Cruz station at least thrice this past year and the coach is fairly packed with passengers. DOTr acknowledges that passenger volume after 10PM have increased in the past years.

I understand that LRT tried to extend its operating hours 3-years ago but discontinued it after an assessment in its level of efficiency. Of course, lesser passenger volume may likely result in lower returns for the same costs, but LRT isn’t just a business venture, isn’t it? It is also a public service facility!

Why not add P10 or P15 to the regular fare after 10PM? Call it “premium fare” for the extended hours. I’m sure that this would be viewed as reasonable enough considering that we don’t want to operate the train system at a loss but we also want to provide a safer and quicker means for our loved ones who are coming home from work or from school.



It would’ve taken back-channel efforts by Filipino and American groups at least another 1-1/2 decades to make progress on the return of the infamous Balangiga Bells hadn’t the combination of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Pres. Donald Trump happened. The supposed lobbying being done by them in the U.S. since the time of Pres. Ramos couldn’t have even made a dent on the powerful U.S. War Veterans’ lobbying to let them remain in U.S. hands.

Only Pres. Duterte and Pres. Trump, both known for their no-nonsense and strong leadership could have made such a remarkably difficult feat possible. Even Presidents Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo, and Aquino couldn’t have possibly overcome the influential U.S. War Veterans’ efforts in any of the previous U.S. administrations – Clinton, Bush and Obama.



I got over a dozen boxes of Uraro biscuit at SM Supermarket, SM North EDSA over a week ago for my personal consumption and as “pasalubong” to my siblings in the U.S. after the stocks ran out at Robinsons Supermarket. I didn’t have time to canvas prices because my visiting siblings’ flight was just a couple of days away so I thought – a few pesos difference doesn’t matter.

To my unpleasant surprise after the package had left for abroad, I happened to look at the receipts from both stores and to my disbelief and annoyance – Robinsons’ was cheaper by P24.50 per box from that of SM Supermarket’s! P65.00/box against P89.50/box – that’s almost 30% more! I’m not a fan of the Robinson’s Group coz of the Gift Certificate “robbery” that they pulled in 2016, but let’s give credit where it is due.

After checking the expiry dates from both batches, I confirmed they’re all concurrent stocks. SM Supermarket stocks are simply much more expensive than Robinson Supermarket’s in this case. What a bummer. Check the prices at SM Supermarket with other stores first before you buy coz you may end up getting robbed, too.




Gen. Palparan may be accused of many things but he was also credited with keeping in check the NPA banditry wherever he was assigned. He was recognized to have done his designated missions very effectively, whether as a young Gold Cross Medal-decorated Lieutenant in Sulu or as a passionate anti-communist commanding General.

Whether or not he is guilty of the charges filed against him in the course of trying to fulfill his missions – government should have afforded him the best lawyers for his defense. Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte should see to it now considering that Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo failed to do so then. It is the least a grateful nation can do. It just isn’t right to leave a fallen soldier behind.





President Rodrigo Roa Duterte admitted in at least two of his speeches that he likes “shaking the tree” once in a while to see what falls out. His revelation on the Red October plot and his remarks on Extra-Judicial Killings may just be aimed at doing that. Ex-Pres. Arroyo confirmed that the President receives intelligence report that no one else gets. We know that he probably meant that while he has been accused of EJK, no one can point a finger on him for corruption and political persecution. His opponents just pounced on the statement literally because it suits their agenda.

The New York Times, in their article titled “Becoming Duterte: The Making of a Philippine Strongman”, wrote: “He has alienated many with outrageous comments and irrational behavior, yet remains wildly popular. His gangland approach to combating crime and drugs has largely endeared him to Filipinos who have suffered high rates of violent crime and who see him as a refreshing change from the sophisticated but out-of-touch elite who have ruled this country for most of the last three decades.”

Filipinos are fed-up with two-faced tra-pos (traditional politicians) who may be sophisticated or statesman-like and charming but may likely won’t speak what is truly in their mind. Most Filipinos probably just want a strong and decisive leader. Nothing is wrong with a benevolent strongman or dictator, Lee Kuan Yew was accused of being such during his 30-years as Singapore leader. Look at Singapore now.

Credit: Article excerpts from The New York Times March 2017 article.

Powered by

Up ↑