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U.S. ACCUSES CHINA OF BULLYING: THE U.S. JUST DON’T WANT THE COMPETITION

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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.

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THOSE WHO PERPETRATE UNIMAGINABLE VIOLENCE TO INNOCENT VICTIMS HAVE FORFEITED THEIR RIGHT TO LIFE

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Just a few weeks’ ago, a CCTV in Taguig City caught an incident involving an 18-yr. old Adamson University student, Nick Russel Oniot, walking home who had the unfortunate fate of being the target of two vicious types of criminals. One perpetrator tried to grab the victim’s backpack – who instinctively resisted – but instead of using threats or coercion to make the victim back down, the second perpetrator suddenly and deliberately stabbed him (13 times) to death. In this case, justice was very swift – the stabber was caught within 24 hours and killed as he “resisted” escorting officers during a transfer and the other was also brought into custody but later died in jail.

On Tues., Dec. 13, 2016, a Grade 10 student in Baguio City, Kenneth Velasco, was brutally stabbed 40 times in what seemed like a robbery. The measly heist consists of the young victim’s cellphone and P200 school money. It is unimaginable how anyone can be capable of doing such a heartless act on an innocent child. I submit that such vicious perpetrator deserves the same fate as his victim or worse. Justice should be as quick in this case like the one in Taguig City.

In both cases, the modum operandi is so vicious that it is unimaginable that a human being can do it. However, for drugs-crazed individuals, it is not so difficult to imagine. Being on drugs may explain their heinous deeds – but it can never mitigate their guilt. In such cases, they’ve practically waived their right to life when they did drugs and decided to pick on the innocents with deadly intent.

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CAUGHT IN THE ACT: 2 BI OFFICIALS IN WRONGDOING THINK WE’RE GULLIBLE

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The 2 Bureau of Immigration (BI) Asst. Commissioners, Michael Robles and Al Argosino, were reported to have been caught by camera (CCTV) in the act of receiving P50 million in bribe money from a representative (ex-Gen. Wally Sombrero) of fugitive Jack Lam but have the nerves to deny it. They are now claiming (after their wrongdoing was exposed) that it was a legitimate “operation” to flush out and catch would-be bribers in Lam’s group.

Legitimate operation? What operation? I think that they’re just divulging it only after they’ve been exposed! Besides, if it was a legitimate operation then proper, timely and ample notifications (with documentations) should have been done. There’s nothing but bundles of money and CCTV footage and ex-Gen. Sombrero that they can show for that.

They’ve got to be taking the public for a bunch of fools. Fraternity brothers and friends or not, Secretary Aguirre should not only fire their asses for putting him in a bad light but he should file charges against these two corrupt BI officers, too, – there’s enough evidence on the CCTV and from the bribers’ mouth! He should make an example out of them for besmirching the Duterte administration’s anti-corruption campaign.

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THE MYTH OF A CLASSLESS SOCIETY

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Communism, as we all know by now, is a failed ideology. Why? It was primarily based on the aspirations of a classless society. A classless society is a myth. A pigment of our lofty ambitions – and realistically – of our imaginations.

Human society, just like  other non-human groups, is naturally hierarchical. Singapore’s great PM Lee Kuan Yew was merely stating a fact when he said, “The human being is an unequal creature. That is a fact. All the great religions, all the great movements, all the great political ideology, say let us make the human being as equal as possible. In fact, he is not equal, never will be.”

That is why in Singapore, a third world country that PM Lee Kuan Yew helped transform into first world status in one generation – there are still the upper, middle and lower classes of society. However, in Singapore, even the lower echelons of society or the “poorest” citizens can afford the fundamental comforts of a first-class society. PM Lee has tamed the beast called capitalism to work not only for the rich but for the poor as well.

Capitalism breeds and promotes the natural inequality of men – more than any type of government system. It’s “unintended” consequence is “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”.

Only a president who is willing to wield a strongman’s power in order to “put things in order” for the greater good – can put a stop to this malady of capitalism. Man can never be equal, but a good leader will try lessen, if not minimize, the gap. In doing so he would have to go against the interests of the upper echelons (the 1% super-rich) of society. A measure of self-sacrifice has to be made by them and a compromise reached. I’d like to believe that this is in part what Pres. Duterte wants for the Philippines.

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MMDA’S NO-CONTACT TRAFFIC APPREHENSIONS: Effective road disciplinarian

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When Metro Manila Dev’t Authority (MMDA) announced the start of the No-Contact Traffic Apprehensions System (http://www.mmda.gov.ph/index.php/20-faq/2040-no-contact-traffic-apprehension-policy-11-things-you-need-to-know), I knew that a sustained and strict implementation of the system is good for motorists’ road discipline and for add’l gov’t revenue for our traffic system’s overdue upgrades. Now that Pres. Duterte aims to cut income and other taxes, the penalties collected from erring motorists is a timely and good source of funding to augment the “savings” that the previous administration left.

Expect this source of funding to be significant because of the countless violations that we see on the road, private and public vehicles alike. Of course, the no-contact apprehension may take some time because of the due process of sending notices, waiting period, etc. before the actual remittance of penalties/fees but considering the no. of violators that we see occur on the road that MMDA Constables are unable to see or apprehend, we’re looking at a considerable amount of revenue here.

On top of the potential revenue, this measure will likely improve traffic discipline among motorists. Motorists tend to violate traffic rules when there are no traffic enforcers around because they know that they can get away with it. Or in the case of PUV violators, traffic enforcers and constable tend to shy away from potentially ugly confrontations. These road violations (and potential road mishaps) may be minimized, if not eliminated, now that “Big Brother CCTV” is watching over us.

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5 Philippine Presidents allowed for Marcos burial at Libingan to happen

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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.

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EMBRACING DISCIPLINE OVER DEMOCRACY

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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.

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THE MANILA POLICE DISPERSAL OF THE VIOLENT RALLY AT THE U.S. EMBASSY

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Rally organizers knew that a peaceful program or rally will have no media impact so they’d probably planned the vandalism and deliberate agitations even before the protest action started. What they didn’t planned on was that their errant agitations would cause a hothead to run over their ranks with a police van.

If they were peaceful as they claimed, we would have seen a rally just like the one held by Marcos loyalists at the Supreme Court just a few days prior. But instead we saw agitated protesters charging the police line, we saw vandals spray-painting and pounding the embassy façade and we saw a mob throwing rocks and other projectiles at the police lines.

Manila Police forces acted within bounds in its dispersal action against the unruly and increasingly violent rallyists (see photo above of rallyist attacking a negotiating police officer) at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Oct. 19, 2016. The ONLY police officer who overreacted was PO3 Kho who drove the police van and run over several protesters. That’s the scene most media are showing and that’s what make people mad – the deplorable action of ONE PERSON.

PO3 Kho’s motives should be looked into and if proven that he’d overreacted because he blew his temper, he should be dismissed. He may be a bad egg and a black eye for the PNP waiting to happen. In such case, he has no place in the new PNP that Pres. Duterte envisions.

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A POLITICIZED INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC): THE PHILIPPINES SHOULD PULL OUT

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Did you know that the Philippines can pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at any time? The Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC, allows for states to withdraw from the ICC. In fact, some world powers (countries) refuse membership in the ICC or do not recognized its authority or jurisdiction. Believe it or not, the United States (U.S.) is one of them.

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”.

United States is not a party to the ICC because its constitution does not allow cession of judicial authority to any institution other than the U.S. Supreme Court.

China and Russia have consistently opposed the International Criminal Court, on the basis that it goes against the sovereignty of nation states, that the principle of complementarity gives the Court the ability to judge a nation’s court system.

The ICC is much like the United Nations (UN) that is composed of member countries, and just like the UN – politics play a major role in its affairs. Other non-member world powers have accused the ICC of bias against certain individuals or groups or countries.

How can an institution such as the ICC be trusted with an unbiased perspective when its members’ motivations and decisions are held accountable to the bar of public opinion? Pres. Duterte should take steps in order to rescind our country’s membership from the ICC as soon as possible.

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