What kind of arms is DU30 buying from China?

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

As President Duterte’s international crisis sizzles, a friend cautioned me, in Jean Paul Sartre’s words, “Go gently, mortal, be discreet.” He said he has already heard my name mentioned thrice in the President’s speeches, and he doesn’t want to see me “Dutertecized”—whatever that means. I was especially touched by this concern, but I would like to believe that in everything that I have said and done as a writer, I have been as honest, as fair and as just as possible to all concerned.

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I approve and admire PDU30’s resolve to go after illegal drugs and crime. It’s one of the sacred duties of his office. But the end does not justify the means. There’s nothing the President must do that can ever justify abrogating the rule of law, the sanctity of human life and the God-given dignity of the least of our brothers. I believe this with all my heart, and if it be considered an offense, then we shall have lost the moral basis for our civilized human existence, not just as Filipinos.

Support for DU30

I did not vote for PDU30. At the National Transformation Council, we did not believe the elections were valid or legitimate. We did not vote for any candidate. Yet some people have accused me of helping arrange DU30’s victory, simply by vigorously questioning the citizenship of Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares before the Commission on Elections, the Supreme Court, in this column, on television and in various public forums. They argued that had I not pursued the issue with such ardor, Llamanzares, rather than DU30, might have won.

I was not alone in that effort. Three other co-petitioners—lawyer Estrella Elamparo, Prof. Antonio Contreras and Law Dean Amado Valdez—were with me. But I was arguably the most visible. With my lawyer Manuelito Luna, I filed a motion for reconsideration after the Court ruled against our petitions, and another motion after the Court ruled with finality and said it would no longer entertain any further motion. I fought strictly for the Constitution, with no thought of helping any particular presidential candidate in the process.

But DU30 has belatedly recognized the value of our intervention, or so it seems. A couple of days ago he appointed Dean Valdez as chairman of the Social Security System, perhaps in recognition of his contribution in clearing the path for his noisy win. If my supposition is correct, then DU30 should not find it hard to ask Elamparo, Contreras and Atty. Luna to join his government, assuming they are interested. He should also be able to suffer this writer inserting his honest but unwelcome thoughts into the ongoing public dialogue, without being “Dutertecized,” as my friend puts it, like Pope Francis, Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon, the European Union, and the bishops and priests, who have had to endure DU30’s invectives.

Since DU30 was willing to accept as “fatherly advice” former President Fidel V. Ramos’ harsh assessment that our national team had “lost badly in the international arena in its first 100 days,” he should be able to suffer my constructive comments, without annoyance or acrimony, as an attempt at “fraternal correction,” which is what I have intended them to be. I do not have and never had an axe to grind. Like his closest and most loyal friend and colleague, I would like to see DU30 succeed. For his success would be our success. But he can only succeed by avoiding the wrong things and doing what is right.

What’s right and what’s wrong

What exactly are the right things to do, and the wrong things to avoid?

First of all, waging war on dangerous drugs and crime is right, but killing mere suspects without due process is wrong.

Trying to defend one’s indefensible action is wrong, but using foul, obscene and offensive language to launch a personal attack on those who ask legitimate moral and legal questions about the same action is unspeakably so. Saying that in the US black men are killed while already lying flat on the ground is no defense, because in the US the one who pulls the trigger ends up in jail or worse, instead of being given impunity by the President.

Fighting everybody when the need is to make peace and unite with all parties is not the way to govern the Philippines. Contrary to what Hobbes said, society is not a bellum omnium contra bellum—“a war of all against all”—and government is not the President’s war against everybody else. But, to many people, this is what DU30 seems determined to make of it.

FVR and DU30

In 1992, Ramos was elected as a minority President, with only a little more than 20 percent of the votes. Yet in less than six months, he was able to win the support of all his rivals and adversaries, except one, by dint of earnest diplomacy and hard work. In contrast, DU30 won 38 percent of the votes last May—13 percent shy of the 51 percent needed to make him a “majority President.”

The propaganda fraudsters gave him an unverified and unverifiable approval rating of 91 percent. But despite the fear that his talk of kill-kill-kill and the daily killings engendered in the hearts of many, he succeeded in dividing the nation against itself in just three months.

Since he came to power, DU30 has attacked God, the Pope, the Church, unnamed priests and bishops, the mass media, the Jews, the Lady Chief Justice, the US President, the UN secretary-general, the European Union’s collective leadership, in an apparent effort to show the world that no one has the enough rank, stature or dignity to escape his fetid and vulgar tongue if and when he wills it. It is completely abhorrent behavior, which has no place in the conduct of the nation’s domestic business or international relations. It is unprecedented.

Friendship with China

DU30’s decision to strengthen friendly relations with China and Russia is much awaited, necessary, and will do a lot of good for the country. It will lessen tension in the South China Sea, enhance greater cooperation in the Asia Pacific, and turn back the efforts of the war hawks around the world to promote conflict and war between the US and China, either alone or with Russia. But his avowed decision “to break” with the US is uncalled for and unnecessary; it could wipe out the positive results that stronger ties with Beijing and Moscow seek to achieve.

Marcos normalized relations with China in June 1975 before the US did the same thing on January 1, 1979. At Beijing’s request, we cut off our diplomatic relations with Taiwan by adopting the One-China policy, which provides that Taiwan is a part of China and the only Chinese government is the one in Beijing. Now, China is not asking DU30 to disturb Philippine relations with the US as part of his cozying up to Beijing. But DU30 seems determined to do so, most probably at the behest of his homegrown communist allies.

I am not sure whether DU30 has considered all the implications, particularly in relation to the Philippine-China maritime dispute. He would be well advised to do so. Since July 12 this year, when the Permanent Council of Arbitration at the Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in the arbitration case against China on its maritime dispute in the South China/West Philippine Sea, the situation has certainly changed. Our concern then was how not to provoke China into taking a belligerent posture if we pressed for its compliance with the PCA ruling.
The ruling declared, among other things, that there is no legal basis for China’s so-called nine-dash line. Not having participated in the proceedings, China did not want to recognize the ruling. To prevent tension from building up, DU30 decided to hold bilateral talks to explore possible areas of cooperation without necessarily touching on the claim.

Many supported this approach, this writer included. This meant setting aside the dispute for the time being, but not casting it aside altogether. It was necessary to reestablish mutual confidence between the parties before they could eventually discuss their territorial problem. DU30 appointed Ramos as his special envoy to China precisely for this purpose. But before he could go to China, the diplomatic storm broke out with the US, and DU30 personally canceled FVR’s planned trip to Beijing.

Fly me to Beijing

DU30 is scheduled to visit China next week, even before he could post a permanent Philippine ambassador to Beijing. This is never done. At least, not when governments felt themselves bound to comply with diplomatic protocol. DU30 has announced the nomination of China specialist Chito Sta. Romana well ahead of the agreement of the Chinese government and his confirmation by the Commission on Appointments—in violation of protocol. So there will be no Filipino ambassador to attend to him in Beijing. He will have to be attended by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Te, Minister and Consul General, who is the Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires.

Beyond the basic problems of protocol, diplomatic observers are unable to find in this visit a chance for DU30 to assert the “independent” foreign policy he equates with his move to distance himself from the US. They tend to look at it as an act of total capitulation to China, and to them this raises a constitutional problem. Having officially sought arbitration from the PCA and won its case, can the government backtrack on its own, without involving the people? Does the President have the authority to act in any manner that would amount to a repudiation of the government’s official position? More questions are certain to follow later.

This is not the only question, even for now. The visit is preceded by DU30’s announcement of military purchases from China. The purchase of Russian military helicopters has already been announced; it is not yet known what he aims to buy at special prices on this visit. However, military analysts have raised certain questions about the quality of Chinese weapons, following the latest misfiring of two Chinese missiles in Indonesia.

Defective missiles from China

On Sept. 14, 2016, Indonesian President Joko Widodo watched from landing platform dock ship KRI Banjarmasin (592) as two Chinese-made C-705 anti-ship missiles failed to fire and hit their target during the “Armada Jaya” military exercises in the Java sea. With Widodo were TNI-AL (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkara Laut) chief Admiral Ade Supandi and TNI Armed Forces Chief General Gatot Numantyo. The exercise was participated in by 7,000 TNI personnel and 39 naval vessels, including a Cakra-type 209/1300 class diesel electric submarine (SSK).

Not much publicity of the incident has appeared in the mainstream press, but it was well reported in the highly authoritative Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The first C-705 missile, according to the report, was fired from the Indonesian Navy KCR-40 missile attack craft KPI Clurit (641), but failed to launch upon command. Then unexpectedly it fired five minutes later after the crew failed to observe a misfire procedure. It failed to hit the designated target—a recently decommissioned Tisza class auxiliary ship Karimata (960).

The second missile, fired from KRI Kujang (641), failed during midflight and also failed to hit the same target.
It is not known what effect this incident will have on Indonesia’s increased spending on Chinese-made weaponry to help build up its navy. More important for us, it is not known whether DU30 is fully aware of this incident as he looks forward to acquiring missiles and other weapons from China.

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  1. Stupid Duterte on

    What else is new about things made in China. Anything made in China is of the lowest quality. Pet foods made in China are no longer in demand for it showed that these foods produced by China has poisons. Duterte wants to buy arms from China and will distance the Philippines from the West because it was China and the NPAs that financed Duterte’s presidential candidacy.
    When Duterte will be tried in an international court, his children will suffer the most for the court will take all the wealth that the Dutertes corruptly obtained through drugs and smuggling. The Duterte children will soon be like the children of Sadam Hussein and Khadafy. Let us all pray for this.

    • China has just sent men in space. They have their own space station, their own space program. Meanwhile, NASA keeps on buying Russian rockets because they could not fly their own nowadays.

      So, who are we to question China’s capabilities?

      Of course, if you want to buy cheap low quality products they can always accommodate you. If you prefer to be bribed for every project you want them to build in the country, they can also do that. But if you want the best service and high quality products from them, they’d be more than happy to oblige, too.

      In short, it’s all up to us.

  2. P.Du30 should consider himself lucky to have a constructive critic in former Sen. Kit Tatad. No one is perfect and critics remind us of our mistakes and prescribe ways to improve ourselves.

  3. Mr Tatad, you should apologize and not take credit for DU30’s win by ferociously going after Grace. The SC has proven you wrong and there should be a price to pay for your misguided advocacy. Should you be partly responsible for the three thousand killed in the drug war?

    The LP leadership knew that with Grace and Mar vying for that voting constituent, that majority got divided. That lack of political will failed the Filipino.

    You can’t hide behind the noble pen and invoke honest writing yet wash your hands from the damage you helped perpetuate. Of course, you would have gained capital with a Binay win, everyone knew that. Is this article your inept attempt of penance?

  4. Duterte should adopt the AK-47 which is superior to the American designed Armalite that even American experts find inadequate for the job. Also the J-10 fighter of China for export is infinitely superior and cheaper than the Korean made “good for fly-byes only” fighter jets that Boy Sayad acquired which are grossly overpriced, somebody should go to jail for that. The missile failures are indicative of inter-operability problems and only adjustments to the software is needed, not a re-work of the missile itself. The Chinese are excellent rocket engineers. They alone have the capability to send a rocket into moon orbit straight from launching here on earth without having to orbit earth first to get that “sling-shot effect.” The Americans don’t have that kind of rocket. The Chinese also have a missile that can take out a spy satellite 800 kms up in space, a feat American missiles are not capable of. Lastly, with the scuttling of the space shuttle, the Americans no longer have the capability to send a man into space, they have to hitchhike on a Russian rocket for that. Besides, the Americans like to politicize everything, including arms sales., so that if they are ever displeased for any reason, they sanction you by withholding spare parts for your weapons. Why will you buy from that kind of a supplier if you are not a dummy? Do you want us Filipinos to be dummies forever?

  5. He fired a lot of missiles at the US and all have misfired.
    He fired a missile by saying the FA-50’s were F-16’s.
    He fired a missile by saying the FA-50’s were made in the US when actually made in Korea.
    He fired a missile by trying to cancel EDCA, a 10 year contract with a provision to inform the other party one year before cancellation. He ended retracting the following day.
    He accused the US of killing an unarmed black man by a police when actually the black man was armed and refused to put down the gun and instead pointed to the policemen.
    He fire a missile accusing the US of not approving the arming of the FA-50’s when actually the budget for the trainer jet was not approved yet.

    His latest misfiring is bragging about the EJK. Well, now we know that your most decorated policeman and chief of police of a small town in Mindoro is the gunman with a mask and a wig killing an anti-crime crusader cold blooded.
    Maybe Agot is right after all, there is a psychopath pretending to be a president in Malacanang.

  6. I approve and admire PDU30’s resolve to go after illegal drugs and crime. It’s one of the sacred duties of his office. per Sec.Kit Tatad

    I like the premise but again you have concern. The end does not justify the means. My concerns are how and when can we eradicate the scourge of crime brought by illegal drugs. Rehabilitation is great. As the word states, it heal the very ill people and return them back to state of well being. What then happen to those who make money selling this drugs. Greed has created the big fishes, the Narcopoiticians that has been hiding and may have a hand in these killings. What do we say to those parents whose 2 year old child stolen rape and kill, those OFW sending their hard earn income to their family just to find the children has been killed because of drugs.
    As this president states drugs will not destroy not only their children’s generation but the other generations after them. Jesus gave his life to save all sinners.

    China is not asking DU30 to disturb Philippine relations with the US as part of his cozying up to Beijing…..per Sec. Kit Tatad

    I agree. Who want to break relation with the greatest country in the world. It would be suicide for small country with no capabilities to pick a fight with the strongest country in the orient,China. I believe this president knows that.
    Even a person with average grade of 75 or even less, would pick a fight with a giant. My issue, will our friend stand with us. Maybe but with a president like Mr. Obama who drew a red line and never come true with his promise, I would think twice. America is the most charitable country in the world but again watch the leadership that running it. We are having an election this November. I pray to the Lord that He would give us the best leader. Thank you

  7. I share Senator Kit Tatad’s assessment of the administration. Fair and constructive. No ifs nor buts.

  8. Dear Mr. Tatad, your grasp of the facts and figures in this article, as well as your balanced and sensible reasoning is highly commendable. Once again you have set out the position in a manner that is fair and reasonable. There is no doubt of your care and concern for your great country, which brings you to air your views for the benefit of the nation. If only some of your critics would adopt the same even handed approach and state their views with sound reasons.

    I hope that the authorities would give due consideration to your views. God bless you sir.

  9. Come On Tatad, don’t even try taking credit that you somehow helped Du30 in his presidential campaign for attacking Grace Poe at the SC. It was a known fact that you were doing it for your candidate Jojo Binay! Hello! go back to your columns during pre – election to refresh your memory.

  10. I hope what is going on now is not a prelude for something Big surprise. Why are Americans kick out? Why all of a sudden there is a plan to buy weapon from China? What is Federalism in the Mix? Will it be possible to partition
    the Country with Mindanao totally separate from Luzon and Visaya? What dark ideas are in the making?
    Pilipinas Kong Minumutya. Pugad Ng Lungkot at Luha. Tayo ba ay gignihawa o lalo tayong magdudusa?

  11. The kind of mindset that’s been used to write this article has been there for the last 100 years, i.e. the US is superior to everyone else.

    The geopolitical and economic realities on the ground, however, are absolutely different from what Hollywood is feeding this writer. His heavy reliance on everything Western, i.e. UN/US/Vatican institutions and politicians, betrays objectivity.

    We only need to look at history and ask the following questions:
    • Which country destroyed so many sovereign countries and turned them into failed states?
    • Who robbed the country of its historical treasures, identity and self-respect?
    • Which country that robbed the treasury of Libya and Iraq after they murdered by proxies the strongmen Muammar Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein?
    • Which country that maintains 1000 military bases around the globe, which should define what an empire really is?

    Until now, China has not attacked Taiwan militarily.

    Yes, it is occupying some reefs in the Spratlys because they know precisely that we are not in control of our country prior to Duterte. All past presidents didn’t have the balls to stand up for what is really in the interest of our country. They have been sleeping with the enemy of humanity all along. Worse, they don’t even realize that that’s the case.

    Duterte is expected to bring home economic investments to correct our Oligarchy exclusive economy, as they have an unprecedented record of bringing more than 800 million Chinese citizens out of poverty.

    In contrast, the real federal debt of the United States is $222 trillion and climbing. UK’s debt is at ‘Apocalyptic’ £6 trillion UK debt; Debt to GDP ratio is 900% and counting! Deutsche Bank $14 billion crisis threatens meltdown beyond German borders.

    Historically, the Philippines provided the US its golden parachute during the Great Depression. Even at this point in time, we can survive on our own, i.e. we won’t go hungry as some are suggesting, if we sever our ties with America. Of course, if you have some relatives studying or working there, you will never let them suffer the red tape at the airport. Yes, vested interests do shape and influence our views and opinions.

    The United States has deteriorating infrastructures while China has empty cities, very extensive new road and transport networks, and has been throwing infrastructure investments all throughout Eurasia and Africa, through the New Silk Road economic program. Ethipia for instance, experienced a staggering 11% economic growth for the first time.

    Even the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany are joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment banks. In contrast, the United States is busy arming the Daesh ISIS “moderate rebels” to topple a highly popular Assad government in Syria.

    Meanwhile, Russia’s military capability is far superior to the United States. They were 25 years ahead of the US back in the ‘70s. They still maintain their superiority in land, air and space superiority now. Otherwise, NATO would have attacked them already. Instead, the West can only rely on economic sanctions that are not effective. And it wasn’t the Allies which toppled the Nazis in Europe in WW2, but Russia.

    To summarize, it is the United States that’s being isolated geopolitically as it maintains its twisted “regime change” policies against other non-conformist countries. But the citizens of the world are getting smarter by the grace of the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, you’re not one of them, i.e. you have a thinking problem. But, it’s not too late to correct it.

    The White Hats and intel cowboys, Wikileaks, Guccifer and the entire Anonymous hacking collective are all successful in exposing the true face of the Rothschild Khazarian Mafia criminal syndicate that has conscripted even the brightest minds for its own nefarious objectives. Unwittingly, you could be one of them by virtue of your initiation to one of their innocent looking clubs.

  12. The kind of mindset that’s been used to write this article has been there for the last 100 years, i.e. the US is superior to everyone else.

    The geopolitical and economic reality, however, is absolutely different from what Hollywood is feeding this writer. His heavy reliance on everything Western, i.e. UN/US/Vatican institutions and politicians, betrays objectivity.

    We only need to look at history and ask the following questions:
    • Which country destroyed so many sovereign countries and turned them into failed states?
    • Who robbed the country of its historical treasures, identity and self-respect?
    • Which country that robbed the treasury of Libya and Iraq after they murdered by proxies the strongmen Muammar Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein?
    • Which country that maintains 1000 military bases around the globe, which should define what an empire really is?

    Until now, China has not attacked Taiwan militarily.

    Yes, it is occupying some reefs in the Spratlys because they know precisely that we are not in control of our country prior to Duterte. All past presidents didn’t have the balls to stand up for what is really in the interest of our country. They have been sleeping with the enemy of humanity all along. Worse, they don’t even realize that that’s the case.

    Duterte is expected to bring home economic investments to correct our Oligarchy exclusive economy, as they have an unprecedented record of bringing more than 800 million Chinese citizens out of poverty.

    In contrast, the real federal debt of the United States is $222 trillion and climbing. UK’s debt is at ‘Apocalyptic’ £6 trillion UK debt; Debt to GDP ratio is 900% and counting! Deutsche Bank $14 billion crisis threatens meltdown beyond German borders.

    Historically, the Philippines provided the US its golden parachute during the Great Depression. Even at this point in time, we can survive on our own, i.e. we won’t go hungry as some is suggesting if we sever our ties with America. Of course, if you have some relatives studying or working there, you will never let them suffer the red tape at the airport. Yes, vested interests do shape and influence our views and opinions.

    The United States has deteriorating infrastructures while China has empty cities, very extensive new road and transport networks, and has been throwing infrastructure investments all throughout Eurasia and Africa, through the New Silk Road economic program. Ethipia for instance, experienced a staggering 11% economic growth for the first time.

    Even the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany are joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment banks. In contrast, the United States is busy arming the Daesh ISIS “moderate rebels” to topple a highly popular Assad government in Syria.

    Meanwhile, Russia’s military capability is far superior to the United States. They were 25 years ahead of the US back in the ‘70s. They still maintain their superiority in land, air and space superiority now. Otherwise, NATO would have attacked them already. Instead, the West can only rely on economic sanctions that doesn’t war.
    And it wasn’t the Allies which toppled the Nazis in Europe, but Russia.

    To summarize, it is the United States that’s being isolated geopolitically as it maintains its twisted “regime change” policies against other non-conformist countries. But the citizens of the world are getting smarter by the grace of the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, you’re not one of them, i.e. you have a thinking problem. But, it’s not too late to correct it.

    The White Hats and intel cowboys, Wikileaks, Guccifer and the entire Anonymous hacking collective are all successful in exposing the true face of the Rothschild Khazarian Mafia criminal syndicate that has conscripted even the brightest minds for its own nefarious objectives. Unwittingly, you could be one of them by virtue of your initiation to one of their innocent looking clubs.

  13. Land grabber ng PH territory ang China.Tapos doon tayo bibili ng armas? Siyempre iyong hindi magandang klase ang ibibigay sa atin dahil potential kaaway tayo.Sana pagtenesting natin ang mga armas galing sa China ay sasabog iyon sa bunganga ni dutae .HIK HIK HIK HIK.

  14. Marshall Laway on

    Carry on, Mr. Tatad. I may not agree with your politics but your stand on Du-30s actuations had been very logical, realistic and sensible. Du-30 should read you also, but he won’t because he doesn’t want contrary opinions, even constructive criticisms. I am afraid he might bring down the country with him.

  15. FVR and this writer thought that Degong is not a push over. Some people pretend to know anything and everything if they don`t listen to their advice here comes temper tantrum, marches on the street, coup de etat etc.. the Pres. don`t need your advice Sir and FVR … You don`t know bisayan speaking people, try to push them to the corner and you`ll soon find out…

  16. PDuterte will use China to scare off the US and will use the US to bargain with China. Let us see how he will maneuver this one. The man is street smart and a certified lover boy with numerous chicks. We’ll see if the same skills could be useful in global politics.

  17. Roralidrakkonis on

    The reliability of Chinese arms is only one of the challenges. if we rearm with Chinese, Russian or anything but the Wester-derived arsenal we have been getting, we will have to completely reorganize support services, personnel, training, logistics and infrastructure. Adapatation and modification can only go so far. Then how reliable will after-market service be? Can we acquire spares, either locally or from the source? In the area of small-arms alone, Chinese and Russian weapons use ammunition different from ours. In the past, India acquired advanced weaponsry from the former Soviet Union, which had difficulty with after-market service, moreso after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Fortunately for India, their manufacturing capacity enabled them to produce their own spares, etc., until they were able to manufacture complete small arms and even combat aircraft. Are we that capable?
    I think Mr. Duterte is just posturing for his fans, and will continue to do so as long as said fans continue to scream their Hosannas, as with his threat to cut the US off, until reality forced him to admit that the existing treaties would continue.

  18. There is no military hardware from tsainha that will work in actual combat situation. The basic reason is that their metallurgy is never at par with the engineering standards that industry observes worldwide. Their arms and weaponry has never been tested in any modern combat arena. Hence, they are just like props used in movie sets which are just for show. If the PNP or the army wants to use the battle-tested AK, they might as well secure a joint manufacturing agreement with Bulgaria. Then, we can make the AKSU which is better for the Filipino physique.

  19. sa tingin ko ang kailangan ni digong ay hindi ang LECTURE tungkol sa morality. Yun ang pinaghuhugutan ng kanyang pambubusa sa mga nagle-lecture sa kanya. Ang nakakadagdag sa kanyang high blood ay yaong mga nagle-lecture sa kanya ay “kung timbangin ay kulang”. Mas madali kasi ang mamintas sa mga manlalaro mula sa malayo. Pero kapag ang mamimintas naman ang pinalaro, wala naman silang alam sa aktwal. Pulos theory lang.

    sa panahon ngayon ang mas kailangan ni digong mas-higit ay ENABLING o constructive criticisms hindi ang paglalagay ng baston sa ruwedas ng gulong para di makatakbo ang makina.

    Para sa akin, ang posisyon ng Simbahan ay hindi ang maging isang LECTURER ng moralidad o HUWES, bagama’t kailangan niya ang silbi ng moralidad. Ang maipaglilingkod ng Simbahan ay ang pagiging TULAY, hindi HUWES. Hindi maganda na ang kakatigan lang niya ay ang nasa tama. Bakit? kasi power corrupts. Merong mga habang nangangampanya ay nasa tama pero ng nakatikim = katulad rin ng pinalitan. So sa halip na pumanig sa mabuti lang ay dapat open din ang communication lines niya sa nagkakamali. Lahat tayo kasi ay tao. PERO KAPAG ANG NAGKAKAMALI AY NAITRATO MONG TAO, NAGIGING BUKAS SIYA SA KATOTOHANAN AT PAGBABAGO.

  20. Duterte’s pivot to China? Money. He wants to line his pockets with grease money the way the Arroyos did with the ZTE deal.

    There’s something about money that cuts through all the ideological BS.

  21. mr tatad at least you talk sense in opening our eyes to the dangers of getting armaments and products from china. Even food products from china are known to contain toxic elements because of the greediness of chinese businessmen. Now we know that Indonesia which was ahead of us in purchasing weapons from china are at a loss on how to do with them because of failure to detonate or missing targets.
    Our st#pid president who is just a small time meyor is just treading on dangerous grounds. Surely he will be sold this inferior weapons by a very clever and greedy nation.

  22. To Mr. Tatad, it may be good to consider Michelle Obama’s advice to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton when she said ” if other people will go LOW you go HIGH. If being Dutertecized is an indication that the powers that be is going LOW then you go HIGH.

  23. Maribel Calanda on

    Your coment on aenseless killings directed at PDigong is no longer correct as if the President has ordered those sensless killings. You and Ramos are a bunch of wannabes. You will never be appointed by PDigong. He does not need your help. Instead of focusing on him, you focus instead on Comelec and Leni Robredo who is perceived by many as a fake VP. Focus too on the Supreme Court who always like to play God in this country of ours. They should allow the burial of the late great Peesident Marcis at the Libingan ng mga bayani. That move alone by PDigong endeared him most to millions of Filipinos.

  24. Your command and fair treatment of the facts and figures in local and international events cited in your column is just amazing. It makes your opinion and advice worth adopting by the powers-that-be. My main motivation for accessing manilatimes.net is you. Congratz.

    • Surely, PDu30 needs honest talk from respectable resource persons. FVR did it, segued – from the masses – by Agot Isidro. Your column could be one read for Du30. Doesn’t he read how low our trust lies regarding China?

    • Agree . Mr Tatad is a voice of sanity and sobriety in the madness seemingly taking over this country . I also have switched to the Mla Times mainly because of Mr Tatad’s excellent and objective pieces . Keep up the good work .