Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pres. Marcos, Martial Law and Aquinos

To this date, there are many that believe Pres. Marcos is still the best president the Philippines ever had.  There are still many of us who saw how the Writ of Habeas Corpuz was suspended that eventually turned into Martial Law.  We were then into our second year in college when it happened or was declared.  Many of us were sporting long hair and were scared to go out of our house because the military was after long haired men.  If we were caught, our hairs would be cut and forced to go to a barber to make a clean haircut.

Those were the first abuses of the military and it was the Philippine Constabulary (PC) headed by then Gen. Fidel V. Ramos.  Their reason for doing that is because long haired men are suspected to be Kabataang Makabayan (KM), a leftist arm composed of the youth.  Maybe we can let go of their stupid suspicion.

Pres. Marcos trusted men during martial law were Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, Juan Ponce Enrile and Gen. Fabian Ver.  Among his cronies then were Eduardo Cojuangco, Roberto Benedicto, Jose Campos and some other prominent people who made a fortune during the martial law years.

Of his trusted men, FVR and Enrile were responsible for his overthrow.  The truth behind it will never be known because Marcos is now dead.  There were rumors that the two went against Marcos because they were going to be exposed to have abused martial law.  They went against Marcos claiming the snap elections was rigged and Marcos cheated.  Filipinos then were bent to believe them because they were the trusted lieutenants of Marcos.  Anything Marcos had on them as abusers of martial law would not matter anymore.

After the EDSA revolution, no one bothered on investigating the roles of FVR and Enrile during the martial law years as they were perceived to be the heroes of the overthrow!  Corazon C. Aquino did not bother too as they were instrumental in installing her as the rightful president.  Cory also just settled that the assassination of Ninoy was as what the Agrava board determined.  Her son, B.S. Aquino Jr. who became president did not bother finding out the truth on his father's assassination!  Would a relative be a mastermind?

Anyway, a number of those who experienced the grave abuses of martial law might no longer be around.

For the burial in the Libingan ng mga bayani (LNMB), Ninoy Aquino does not deserve it!  What did he do for the country?  There are evidence that he was linked to the CPP-NPA in destabilizing the country!  As for Marcos, he may not be a hero but he deserves to be buried there as a former president of the Philippines.

Monday, July 25, 2016

DU30 SONA 2016

For someone like me who has seen and heard State of the Nation Address of several Presidents before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte - DU30, this is the first one that did not refer to statistics.  The SONA 2016 of DU30 trully stated the what the nation, the Philippines, is really in.  He emphasized on what needs to be done and how it should be done. The main problems of the country on illegal drugs, criminality and corruption was clearly stated on why the country could not move on.

DU30 did not point a finger or put blame of past administrations.  He simply stated that the issues were not properly addressed making the country suffer more.  The most important part of his SONA was being able to see what exactly was happening with people applying for passports and the anguishing fishermen at Laguna de Bay.  That simply shows that he knows and recognizes the plight of the ordinary Filipino.  

The point of his SONA is what the Philippines is, how it is now and what needs to be done to move on.  He was clear on issues regarding appointment to the cabinet.  What is important to him is that the line of thinking of people working with him is the same as his.  It was a wonder why Peter Cayetano was not there.  Lilia de Lima was good not to be there.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Duterte against Drugs, Criminality and Corruption

Since the start of President Rodrigo R. Duterte's campaign, he emphasized on being against drugs, criminality and corruption.  All those are interconnected because drug peddling is a crime and is one main cause of corruption because politicians and police protect the drug lords.  Surely, politicians that protect drug lords got their funding from them.  That is an assurance the drug lords will continue to enjoy their protection IF they win the elections in 2016.

Not for long DU30 started to climb as the favorite candidate for president.  He was considered rude and swore in many instances to emphasize his desire to give Filipinos a better and safer life.  Naysayers and the elite criticized him for that and said he did not deserve to be president of the Philippines.  However, with all that, he became more popular as he was speaking his mind and is down-to-earth.  No fakes.

When criminals like drug lords and their protectors sensed that he was the favorite, they started eliminating people who would point to them.  The guilty did not pull the triggers.  It was a simple as identifying the 'small fish' and ordered their men to eliminate them.  Whoever pulled the trigger did not have any idea because they believed the orders came from their officers, not knowing they were covering their tracks.  How else would those small fry have ended that way if not someone on top knew them?

Duterte did not instruct them to kill those people before he took oath as president.  How could he?  Pnoy was still the president until 12 p.m. of June 30, 2016.  He was still responsible for all those murders and salvaging, whichever it will be.  In short, his pronouncements triggered a spate of killings to cover the tracks of the guilty ones.  Maybe drug lords started eliminating their runners or pushers.  Who, then, told the drug lords to do that?  Simple logic, right?  Their protectors who did not want any strings attached!

The strategic mind of DU30 made things happen even before his 'watch'.  Guilty panicking idiots started reacting even before he took his oath.  The 3 to 6 months Duterte stated to curb illegal drugs, criminality and corruption does not include the months before he took office.  He knew guilty people will be killing each other to cover their tracks even before his term starts.  The guilty panicked and tried to eliminate those who would point to them either as drug lords or protectors.

In the past

The past administration had arrests and raids of big drug 'syndicates'.  It is highly possible and probable that those arrests and raids were to protect drug lords under their wings.  There were no cases known to put those guilty in their proper place.  It could have been easily manipulated to tell those caught to re-direct their 'goods' to the protected drug lords to centralize operations.  With that, everyone gets a 'fair' share of the loot and those caught will have no problem.  They can easily escape and go back to their country of origin.

The country's problem has been handed from earlier politicians down to the recent past administration.  They have spent huge amounts for campaigns that could have been funded by drug lords.  It was simply funneled to those who donated who also got a fair share percentage of the donation.  It does not take complicated math or accounting to do that.

Here's a simple example:  Winners of a huge amount in Lotto or Sweepstakes do not necessarily have to claim from PCSO.  All they need to do is approach moneyed people and sell their winning combination less ten (10) percent or something like that.  That saves the moneyed people from heavy tax (CPAs can tweak it) because they can claim to have won lotto and make campaign donations!  The lotto winner does not care at all as long as the money is their less a little amount.

The present

Currently, the administration is flushing out the evils of government.  This is a clear indication of closing the gap between the "haves and have-not".  President Duterte surely knows where evils in government exist.  For appointing Arnel Ignacio as AVP in PAGCOR, it is with great hope that he finds out how military or PNP people make money as lenders.  They can easily be in cahoots with the bank for casinos.  They prey on gambling addicts.

The Philippines is regionalized and Pres. Duterte might only be able to regulate his appointees or trusted men as what Marcos did.  The mistake of Marcos of trusting people in high positions and abusive military men caused his fall.  One example is, why did the military go after long-haired males?  Most of long-haired males were just for the fad and not subversives!  That is probably one thing that BBM has to justify.

What is the future?

The future does not mean anything to people like me who are in their twilight years.  What matters is what is in the future for our children, grandchildren and succeeding generations.  Duterte is the best change for the Philippines.  No predictions or speculations on what the future will be, but what has shown in the past few days of DU30's administration, the future looks bright.  Hopefully his trusted people in government will not make the same abuses as those that Ferdinand Marcos has trusted.

Was he right about Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos?  Tell me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2016 Elections

The May 9, 2016 Philippine elections is over but issues regarding cheating has not ended.  Towards the end of June 2016, electoral protests will be filed by some losing candidates.  The most controversial is the VP position that many considered to have been rigged by Smartmatic's intervention in changing the hash code. There are also allegations that election results from some provinces were tampered with.

President Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte (DU30) has clearly won the presidential race by around 6 million over the 2nd placer.  His win shows that those who voted for him wanted to see real change in government. Presidents before him had nothing much to show in improving the countries situation.  The last administration shows that the country was made as Shabu capital of the world.  In fact, the world's largest maximum security prison, the New Bilibid Penitentiary (NBP) manufactures Shabu!

With the incoming President of the Philippines much is expected from him, his cabinet and PNP Chief to rid the government of corruption.  Quite surely he and the PNP chief will be able to cut down drug pushing, drug lords and criminality to manageable levels.  The recent spate of arrests and killings of drug lords is definitely a move by people to eliminate them so they will live to talk to point their protectors.  President Duterte does not have a hand on the killings as he is still to take oath on June 30, 2016.

The current administration still calls the shots when it comes to peace and order until their last day in office.  Authorities that conducted the recent raids on drug lords would not even say why they only conducting these operations only now.  They could have done this months if not years ago.

Can this be related to an alleged plot to assassinate the Philippine president and his PNP chief?  There is a denial from 16 NBP inmates from Bldg. 14.  But there are more inmates and other buildings.  How good is the manifesto signed by them?