• ‘Not a curse, I swear’



    The President has overlooked the fact that the US Embassy is staffed with good Filipino-Visayan translators, who can make sure that nothing is lost in translation.

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    Panelo: “The US may have taken President Duterte’s statement out of context.” Do not worry, sir, we are taking your statement out of context too.

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    I cannot help but sound off my foolish thoughts on recent developments between DU30 and Obama. Obama is US as DU30 is PH and their words and actions are representative of their respective country’s mood. Lame duck as he is now with two months left in office, Obama was forced to react, as he should to save face. As always, DU30 used expletives to punctuate his points, only this time, his comments were directed against the US President, in response to a reporter’s question. Outside interference is the last thing he needs to solve his domestic problems.

    DU30’s meddling in US racial disputes won’t be music to Obama’s ears, either. Is the US willing to forego PH’s strategic importance in the Pacific over a verbal tussle of sorts knowing that China is just too happy with the friction?

    The White House, of course, had to protect their leader from perceived further embarrassment, thus the cancellation. Will our Asean neighbors support us or the US? Obama’s words were equally harsh when he said he would only meet with anybody if it would bring “substantial” positive results – short of saying he’s in no mood to discuss trash. That really is a pre-emptive assumption that hurts. On the other hand, will DU30 be happy if Obama said to him, “who is he? Or he is an SOB?” before even meeting him the first time? Lines are drawn (I hope not) but whichever side we’re on, we should hope for the best, especially in these trying times.

    President Digong made his point that friendship is a two-way street. It is not measured by the dimension of the wallets but the firmness of the handshake.

    By now, all of us know that we elected a “colorful” president. His “take it-or-leave it” character was well pronounced during the campaign period. Rants usually come from those who did not like him and praises from those who voted for him. Fakery, hypocrisy and “diplomatic” vocabulary definitely are not his cup of tea. In a way, blaming him is like blaming the 16 million who voted for him. Yet, no one is blaming themselves for being too few in electing his opponents.

    Forget the myths that the USA needs us more than we need them or that we need them more than they need us. The sad truth is that we both need each other and the measurement lies in the intensity and realization of both needs.

    The expletives were just the result. The problem lies in a low boiling point when asked difficult or challenging questions. Defenders will always say he is not perfect. However, we do request that you do not gloat on his imperfections. Please.

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    Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the recent Davao bomb blast. I can’t find anything “responsible” in anything they do…

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    Again, local media are blamed for asking pointed and intriguing questions. One may watch CNN, BBC and Fox and you will notice that they ask the same. It’s their job. Ours is to scrutinize the conversation to craft our stand on issues.

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    To Radio-TV studio hosts, can you stop the idiocy of asking AFP or PNP operatives, “what’s your next move?” It is like asking when and where will be your next strike. Duh.

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    I really don’t know what to make of this driver-oriented legislator. Instead of saying a little prayer for our soldiers who are engaged in their mission to wipe out the terrorists risking their lives in the process, she warns the public to be vigilant in reporting their abuses. Isn’t it time to restore death penalty by scarf-hanging?

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    Why is Senator De lima and CHR’s Chito Gascon so quiet about the bomb blast that killed 14 people and wounded more than 60? Where are the indignation remarks re extrajudicial killings and human rights violations? Seems they’re only concerned with human rights of drug lords and drug users. Have yet to hear them mourn over the death of soldiers fighting the Abu Sayyaf. Or are they more worried about the human rights of these terrorists?

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    PNP: 12,500 cops involved in illegal drugs. Law enforcement must be addictive.

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    We must have patience on random checkpoints being conducted by the PNP. It is the same checkpoint that we would like to be done on criminal elements to keep us safe.

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    I echo the view that US-Philippine relations will remain solid. So much is at stake that leaders of both countries know the repercussions of a shaky engagement. The US now has access to our territory via VFA and EDCA and PH regards the US as an ace in its sleeve just in case China misbehaves. A weaker Philippines will not be best for American interests in the Pacific. Given the waning popularity of their presence in Japan, a volatile situation in the Korean Peninsula and a Chinese foothold on the Asian economy (with her defense capability being rushed), Uncle Sam will not relish souring relations with a long time ally at this time. An acerbic tongue will not tempt them to make a foolish move.

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    A short synopsis of the life of our new Saint:

    Born in 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her “call within a call” to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta on Sept. 4, 2016.

    Nothing more divine than a Pope of the Poor canonizing a Saint of the Poor.

    Dearest St. Teresa of Calcutta, please pray for peace in our country. May you always include in your prayers the souls of the aggrieved and help heal the pain of the wounded. Guide us on how to be your instrument in spreading love among those who have less in life so all of us may have more of Jesus. Amen.

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    Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.


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    1. Lowly, paid Press-titutes will always find a way to provoke the President & get hold of him but we will always support him and that people will wage war against Press-titutes through social media. If you can’t appreciate the President then leave the Philippines and live in the US.

    2. A solution to solidify RP US relations against China’s bullying is to cede to the US our EEZ in the W-RP seas, it is the only way. The US gets to exploit the undersea oil and gas resources, we get a % of the finds.

      A US Asiatic fleet patrolling American owned off shore oil rigs in the W-RP, will allow our fishermen to again go out to sea unmolested by Chinese warships, the presence of the US naval might like the USS Ronnie Reagan will keep this area open to international merchant shipping and air traffic, which China is attempting to deny the US and its allies.

      The Australians have leased port Moresby to the Chinese for 100 years, why can’t we lease the W-RP to the US, in exchange for defense security, it is the only way, otherwise China takes it all and the RP gets nothing.

      Better to sell at a loss to the US than to be robbed by China.