‘The Justice League Termites’

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ROLLY G. REYES

A recent movie blockbuster is very relevant to the current political landscape in the country. Only, it’s in the wrong context. The culprits apparently championed graft and corruption that resulted in the intensity of the nation’s problems, breaking the Richter scale.

I now realize the meaning of the movie “A Few Good Men.”

With Sen. Leila de Lima behind bars, CJ Sereno dealing with an impeachment complaint and Ombudsman Morales expecting the same treatment, they are faced with the same allegation of a crime they have accused this administration of committing, except in reverse – Extra Killing of the Judicial System.

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Duterte tells NDF consultants to surrender. He revealed that the peace talks were canceled as the communists wanted a coalition government. He further warned that it’s jail for Joma if he returns home. It is very sad to monitor this development. But the Left knew it was coming. Behavioral patterns during the negotiations made it hard to come up with the best solution.

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) had started the ball rolling to make officials of the previous administration, including former President Aquino, accountable for the creation and use of funds through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). That is despite an Ombudsman case filed with the Sandiganbayan alleging usurpation of legislative powers, instead of plunder, against former Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad only.

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Justice Committee chair: Legal counsel exit was ‘unfair for the Chief Justice.’ I think so, too. It is not true that they mistakenly took the exit door for the toilets to relieve themselves.

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Trillanes’ policy of waging war on multiple fronts, including attacking his perceived personal opponents, his enemies, his former allies and anybody who might catch his fancy, should earn him the moniker: “A fun ride in Disneyland.”

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Aguirre keen to have in the BID watchlist the syndicate behind the P8.7 billion road scam. It looks like the road scam contributed to the wrong infra – that of installing “eyes” or CCTV to monitor their whereabouts.

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Right now, members of the famed “Daang Matuwid” coaster seem to shake with bad shocks speeding over crooked railroad tracks in a quarry. Past anomalies are being uncovered or “rediscovered” after six years. It is quite scary for them as they hear from the playlist the Carpenters’ legendary song, “We’ve only just begun.”

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Corruption is gift-giving that expects bigger gifts in return.

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Commissioner Sheriff Abas replaces former Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, who resigned after his estranged wife publicly accused him of amassing ill-gotten wealth. Also on Nov. 22, Duterte named former Solicitor General and Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera as the new chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission. We believe both are very competently qualified, not like the people they replaced as “overqualified.”

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Also this week, former Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella was appointed Undersecretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and will head a new communication office apart from the existing Office of Public Diplomacy. Congrats Usec Abella!

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Employers reminded of pay rules for Bonifacio Day. Workers are very happy about this news. They will not resort to tearing down their community tax certificate, or “cedulas,” on this historic day. They should have reason to “Magdiwang” for the “Magdalo” gesture of the government.

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McDonald’s Philippines is on a hiring binge. Today, the chain has over 550 stores – with plans to open more in 2018.

– I don’t think they are hiring from the list of Canadian embassy applicants. The line is already “toxic.”

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Ex-CamSur mayor convicted; gets off with P2,000 penalty

Former Garchitorena Mayor Jesus Rico Cruel Sarmiento of Camarines Sur has been found guilty by the Sandiganbayan Seventh Division of the breach of conduct charge in connection with the use of the municipal contractor’s vehicles.

– Christmas sale is on with discounted prices.

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I chanced upon the long list of recent sexual assault cases published by the Associated Press. And the list is getting longer each day.

Entertainment:
Celebrity chef John Besh, Singer Nick Carter, Comedian Louis C.K. Cinefamily executives Hadrian Belove and Shadie Elnashai, Actor Richard Dreyfuss, Film producer Adam Fields, Director-producer Gary Goddard, Casting employee Andy Henry, Actor Dustin Hoffman, Actor Robert Knepper, Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, Pixar and Disney Animation chief John Lasseter, Actor Jeremy Piven, Filmmaker Brett Ratner, Comedy festival organizer Gilbert Rozon, Producer Chris Savino, Actor Steven Seagal, Def Jam, Records mogul, Russell Simmons, Actor Tom Sizemore, Actor Kevin Spacey, Actor Jeffrey Tambor, Actor George Takei, Writer-director James Toback, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, Producer Harvey Weinstein and Actor Ed Westwick.

Politics:
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel, Former President George H.W. Bush, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich), Two Minnesota state lawmakers Democratic Sen. Dan Schoen and Republican Rep. Tony Cornish, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, US Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn), Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover and US Senate candidate Roy Moore (R.-Ala)

Media, publishing and business:
Billboard magazine executive Stephen Blackwell, Penguin Random House art director Giuseppe Castellano, New Republic publisher Hamilton Fish, Journalist Mark Halperin, Artforum publisher Knight Landesman, NPR news chief Michael Oreskes, Amazon executive Roy Price, New York Times White House reporter Glenn Thrush, Webster Public Relations CEO Kirt Webster, New Republic editor Leon Wieseltier and NBC News booker Matt Zimmerman.

This is something serious. Anterooms, private planes, audition studios, movie sets seem to be the natural playgrounds for these advances. Of course, questions abound. Why only now? Were they willing partners to gain easy access to fame? It seems that “Sex In the City” can be resuscitated without the need for scriptwriters. One thing we are sure of, though. Lawyers are busy booking first-class tickets and luxury villas to fill up the bucket list of their dream destinations.

Good work, good deeds and good faith.

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