Monday, March 20

The Removal of VP Robredo and the End of Liberal Party (LP)

Here's a good read...

VP Robredo’s Impending Removal from Office and the Political Demise of LP

Duterte’s political gambit has worked effectively well as a result of a flawless execution of strategy. He did sacrifice a few moves earlier on and we now have the LP, VP Robredo and the entire opposition machinery trapped in a situation of nowhere to go. Check! Mate! Let me explain.

The impeachment case filed by the Magdalo group against Duterte is doomed to fail for sheer lack of number at the House of Representatives to support the move in order for the complaint to prosper at the lower house. But the filing of the impeachment case was more of a tactical move on the part of the Magdalo group. It is a token attempt of complying with or availing of a constitutional remedy to remove a sitting President whom they accused of committing crimes against humanity. They are aware that the complaint will be dismissed outright. And this will pave the way for the entire opposition machinery to focus on their main objective of bringing their case against Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is their last hope of getting rid of him. But even getting the attention of the ICC on the matter, much less, commencing at the investigation stage level, will take substantial amount of time considering the numerous issues and cases brought to the court’s attention from far more problematic countries with internationally-sensationalized cases. If not archived, the complainants may have to queue and wait for a long time.

In the meantime, the opposition has recently put their strategy in peril with the impending impeachment case soon to be filed by no less that the Speaker of the House of Representatives himself against VP Robredo. Backed by more than 290 congressmen behind him in the super majority, all political analysts and experts are convinced that the VP will be impeached in the lower house upon the resumption of its session in May which requires only a 100 votes from the members thereof. The Speaker’s battery of lawyers and impeachment case experts are now carefully studying the lone charge of “betrayal of public trust” against VP Robredo for that “infamous video scandal message” attacking her own government before the UN Commission on Narcotics and Drugs. With the entire congressional resources at his disposal, Speaker Alvarez can put up a sure-win fight against VP Robredo in the Impeachment Court.

Once brought to the Senate, which will then convene itself as an Impeachment Court to try VP Robredo, only 16 votes are required to convict her and remove her from her office. Currently, she has a total of 6 Senators identified with her in the minority (Drilon, Pangilinan, De Lima, Trillanes, Bam Aquino and Hontiveros). The super majority on the other hand has 18 Senators which is more than the required number to oust her. Looking at the numbers alone, at this point in time, there is every reason for VP Robredo to be in panic mode. She is now facing the risk of losing the Vice Presidency and it takes only less than 6 months to happen considering that there will only be one charge and less testimonies to be considered in the impeachment proceedings. Right now, we can hear her camp banking on their belief that the Senators cannot be dictated. That is even a worst assumption to take. Using the Corona impeachment case as basis, we all know that the Senators then did not vote on the merits of the case. There were various considerations, foremost of which was the strong anti-Corona sentiment among the people then and coupled by the popularity of Pnoy, political alliances and the reported pork barrels by hundreds of Millions as gifts given to the Senators each who voted to convict Corona. We can recall only 2 Senators (aside from Bongbong) who voted based on merits of the case, acquitting Corona, in the persons of the late Senators Santiago and Joker Arroyo, whose knowledge and competence in the field of law is unquestioned and whose integrity is beyond reproach. In the end, Corona was removed from office for a mere failure to declare correctly his assets in the SALN. He was the first official to have suffered the brunt and cruelty of the political number’s game in the Senate.

What I am saying here is that Senators’ votes are influenced by many factors not only limited on the merits of the case. Sadly for VP Robredo in her impeachment case, all aspects, including the legality, political considerations and the strong sentiment of the majority of the Filipino people, seem to point to her removal from office. It should be noted that the President continues to enjoy an 80 percent approval rating. 8 out of 10 pinoys support Duterte. Only 1 is against while the other 1 is undecided. This factor will certainly influence the votes in the impeachment proceedings. So even before the ICC can commence entertaining the case against Duterte, we now have a new Vice President and on Duterte’s choice based on Article VIII Section 9 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which provides:

“Whenever there is a vacancy in the Office of the Vice-President during the term for which he was elected, the President shall nominate a Vice-President from among the Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives who shall assume office upon confirmation by a majority vote of all the Members of both Houses of the Congress, voting separately.
Of course, Koko Pimentel, being the Senate President, will most likely be Duterte’s pick, aside from the fact that both of them are from PDP Laban. This will deliver a fatal blow to the ultimate objective of the opposition to unseat Duterte and replace him with Robredo, the latter being eased out from the political scene within the next 6 months or so via impeachment. What is interesting is the likely scenario for Bongbong Marcos to be back in the political scene. After VP Robredo’s removal from office she will naturally resign from politics and will most likely be disinterested in defending her case filed by Bongbong Marcos before the Electoral Tribunal contesting the Vice Presidency, being a waste of time for her. Holy shit! We have Duterte as President and suddenly, Marcos as the Vice President. – Sanamagan!

Given this scenario, will the opposition still pursue their case against Duterte before ICC knowing that such act will result to giving the Presidency back to Marcos family like a manna from heaven? This is certainly a trap for the opposition – a dead end for their long and arduous journey to grab the presidency. Clearly, the opposition has succeeded in staging major destabilizing efforts to destroy this government but the way they execute their plan is wishy washy. As they indiscriminately fire their guns, no one holds the baton to ensure harmony in their machinations to make sure that they are heading to one clear direction. As a result, they are now faced with the grim reality of their own demise, a tragic end of their last chance and hope in perpetuating themselves to that power they cannot let go of.

Simply put, at the end of all these shenanigans, and with Marcos likely back in the scene, the opposition will be left with only two options to choose from, as to who should they be working with as opposition. It’s either Duterte or Duterte. But before they can make up their minds, Digong and the entire Filipino masses shall have marched away with the country’s progress leaving them behind like weeping dogs sniffing their own shit while sliding down the dust bin of the country’s history. What a tragedy for the LP! - JA

Sunday, March 5

A Netizen Complaint About an Arrogance Priest

A netizen named Nikki Gonzales posted a complaint on her social media account expressing what she felt about an arrogant priest who doesn't perform a sacred ritual for the dead as long as all the people will not kneel down, including a disabled and a senior citizen.

I am a Bosconian and a Paulinian. Ever since, I always look up to priests. I respect them and some of them are even close to my heart. But there's this one priest in Bacong who I really want the church to remove or eliminate. I don't want to see him celebrate one more mass. Because he is a disgrace, a shame and a scandal to the Catholic church. That's why other religions will mock the catholic church because of these doings! Here's what happened...

Earlier this afternoon, my family and I went to Bacong to attend a burial mass and of course, a burial. The diseased is my late lolo (a Vindiola, on my father's side). Anyway, not all of us in our family is Catholic that's why they were just seated at the back. My uncle (a sheriff) is having arthritis on his both knees. And I also have an uncle (65 years old) who is disabled because of diabetes (his left leg got amputated and his right leg was affected of polio) and he's bringing with him his walker. He can't even walk and sit well.

Priest: (On a microphone) If dili tanan mu luhod, dili ko mu sugod.
(1st warning)

Priest: Usob, og dili tanan mu luhod. Dili ko mu sugod.
(2nd warning)

My aunt (non Catholic): Mangluhod ta.

Priest: (While looking at my two uncles who are standing up) og dili mu muluhod tanan, dili ko mu sugod.

(My uncle who was disabled, tried his best to bend using his polio leg. When we saw this, we were in shock and we felt like our hearts kay gikumot og kahilakon)

Priest: Ang dili mu luhod, gawas mong tanan!

Cousin: Dili ka kita ana father? Pungkol nang akong uyu-an!

Priest: Kabalo mn diay mong pungkol, ngano pman inyong gi kuyog?
(Everyone got chaotic and shocked. So we went out of the church and we cannot explain what we were feeling.)

After the mass he came out and we didn't expect that our whole family was affected of what he did to my uncle. We approached him and we tried to talk him out. We want him to apologize but he never did. Instead, he said: "I am a shepherd of this flock. I want you to show respect of this church." and my cousin answered, "no, father. What you did was very wrong. You've seen my uncle's condition. You are a wolf! You are a wolf of this flock! We don't even look at you as a priest anymore. We are just looking at a man who's just wearing a sutana!" and my aunt (non catholic) said, "we respect the catholic church so much. But what we've witnessed is that you are an embarrassment of the church. Were you trying to put my brother to an embarrassment because of his disability?"

It was a scandal, I admit. To find out that this priest was actually transferred from Siquijor. He was petitioned by the people because of his arrogance. And he is actually under observation by the bishop. So what can you say? And this is what he looks like. (photo attached)

As of this posting, the said complaint about an arrogant priest gathered more than 11k shares on Facebook.

Monday, February 20

Husband Caught his Cheating Wife with Another Man inside a Hotel Room

Cheating wife with another man caught inside a hotel room by his husband and one of their wedding sponsor.

According to the video description that was posted on Youtube last 25 of February 2017.
The wife named Ligaya together with the a married guy named Tubero was caught inside the Metro Deluxe Inn couple room. The cheating couple was surprised to see the woman's husband accompanied by one of their wedding sponsors.

My wife kristine joy mondrano together with his other guy Mathew Cubero also married, i caught in the metro deluxe inn couple room..the guy at door is my witness ninong in our wedding.

The video now gathered more the 7M views since it was uploaded on Youtube.

Monday, November 14

VIDEO: A Knife-wielding Arab Attacks an OFW in Saudi Arabia

Video showed an Arab man wearing a traditional dress attacks a Filipino in Saudi Arabia. The suspect escaped using his car (Mercury) that was parked nearby, also caught on video camera is the suspect's car plate number [9828 GJA].

There's no further details on what's the real motive of the attacker, meanwhile the OFW victim is out of harm now.

Sunday, October 9

Duterte: A Lunatic President or a Genius Strategist? - A must read article...

Here's a thought-provoking piece written by Jun Avelino, an OFW in Dubai. Jun posted the interesting article on his social media account regarding his opinion about President Rody Duterte's stand on foreign policy. Read on...

Duterte: A Lunatic President or a Genius Strategist?

by Jun Avelino

Duterte’s expletives against the US, the EU and the UN have made his tongue the center of the universe where global media has given much focus on, eagerly awaiting for the next blurt of swearing against the West. Being called a boon or a bane, he couldn’t care less because he is doing this intentionally and for a hell of good reasons. America cannot afford to lose Philippines as an important ally in the Asia Pacific due to its strategic location in complementing the presence of Japan (another US ally) to neutralize the expansionist behavior of Beijing, particularly in the militarization of the south china sea which is important to the west. Getting rid of the Philippines in the equation of the region’s balance of power will cripple America’s commercial, political and military grip in the Asia Pacific, thereby paving the way for China’s control with the backing of Russia. The west cannot afford such a scenario happening. On the other hand, China’s expansionist policy is being hampered by Philippines claim over part of the south china sea (or West Philippine sea). Aside from going into war as an option, diplomatic negotiation between the two is warranted. But being an ally of Russia, China will never negotiate with the Philippines if the latter remains under the influence of America.

Duterte wants to use this unique position to get the best terms of alliances from both sides of the fence, hence, the need for an independent foreign policy for the country. But having existed under the shadow of Uncle Sam for nearly a century now, Duterte needs to erase that stigma of being the puppet of America in the South East Asian region. Doing so is such a gargantuan task as US has been used to having Philippine Presidents of their choice which has kept their control and influence over our affairs unabated since our independence. As the anti-thesis (re Philo on Dialectical Materialism) to the existing order (thesis), Duterte has to destroy the whole gamut of influence and control America has in our socio-political affairs and he has to do it brutally with precision and speed (synthesis). No, Duterte never plans to leave America as an ally. He just wants the terms of alliance to be reviewed and be mutually agreed upon between two co-equal states for which we can never expect America to oblige itself given its continued treatment to our country as its vassal which hugely depends on their aids and trading relations. They think, without America, Philippines will not survive, a proposition shared by their Filipino cohorts who continue to salivate on that beautiful ass of Uncle Sam. And such mind set is best exemplified on the concerted move to replace him as manifested on the attacks and criticisms Duterte is getting from the US government, European Union and the UN in collaboration with their local minions to discredit him locally using EJKs as a camouflage.

These foreign attacks however proved useful to Duterte when he capitalized them in sending his strong revolting message across the globe. By calling Obama “son-of-a bitch”; “he can go to hell”; “America as hypocrites” “Fuck you, EU and UN”; Bank Ki Moon of UN is fool”, he has actually brought US and the two international bodies to a showdown before the eyes of the world as you can see in the international broadsheets and other global media outlets. Who do you think blinked first? In foreign relations, the gravity of insult issued by Duterte against the head of the world’s most powerful state could have resulted to an outright severing of diplomatic ties. Our ambassador in Washington DC could have been declared persona-non-grata and sent home. But amidst Duterte’s pronouncements including that of reviewing the legality of EDCA and ending the RP-US Military Exercises as response to the US attacks on his drug war policy, in a pacifying statement, the US Pentagon Spokesman Pater Cook says, "We will continue to work closely with the government of the Philippines to address any concerns they may have." America bas therefore read the real message of Duterte beyond the harsh rhetoric. With this development, Philippines can now bring US to a negotiating table to agree on new terms of alliance that is mutually beneficial between the two co-equal states. In the same manner, China and Russia will now look at the Philippines as an independent state capable of negotiating on terms of diplomatic ties on its own sans the shadow of the America.

We all know that China is a bully country based on our experience with them in our own backyard (re China’s 9-dash line claim in south china sea). But China bullied us only because we allied ourselves with America and hence, both Russia and China look at Philippines as a threat to their interest. If war between the West and Russia erupts, we will be the first to be pulverized by China. And hell yeah, America will watch our annihilation from the distance. What is awkward in our current position is that US bullied us too despite our being in alliance with them. So why allow ourselves to be used as a pawn of the two bullies? Both of these countries know that our position in the South China Sea will affect the balance of power in the area. And Duterte’s knowledge of his geopolitics and wide experience in unorthodox diplomatic maneuvering have paid off in a sense that he has successfully placed the entire world at the tip of his tongue (and middle finger too). If you read beyond the harsh rhetoric, Duterte has taken the whole world for a ride in bringing Philippines at the center stage of diplomacy in the South China Sea, not as a pawn of either bullies, but a stabilizer of peace in the area. And we can only play that role effectively if the world will look at us as an independent state with dignity and respect. This is why Duterte wants to open an alliance with China and Russia without abandoning its friendship with America – a strategic position that will give Philippines the benefits of both worlds.

So you think Duterte is a lunatic President? Well, think again.