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In Support of Philippine Sovereignty

Update March 29, 2017. Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana categorically said yesterday that there is no proof that it’s by the government. She says, (in GMA News video, starting at timer 0:40 until 1:06) “We have not actually found that it’s [an] institutionalized policy of government. There’s nothing like that that we’ve actually found. We’re looking at the individual cases. But what we have actually seen is that there are security forces (do they call them scalawags or what?) security forces really involved in the killings.” At last, somebody from the CHR has finally made known what we knew all along.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhoxx05x9UQ

I voted for Duterte and Cayetano. I am very happy that I did so. I also voted for Leila de Lima — now I am terribly regretting that vote. However, at that time I did not yet know that she has betrayed the public trust. I did not know how drugs proliferated in the national prisons during her time as the Secretary of the Department of Justice. I did not know that the prisons were centers of drug trade during her time. I did not know that she sent the former President Gloria Arroyo to prison without solid evidences. Now Arroyo has been vindicated, cleared of the allegations. I did not know that Leila de Lima broke ethical codes as a public servant by committing adultery against the wife of her former driver-bodyguard (this item is important in our Constitution and in our culture; so it is both a legal and an ethical/moral issue, not to say a religious one, too, which is a big deal in the country that still adheres to ‘conservative/traditional’ Christianity). I did not know that prison inmates had to procure millions of pesos through drug deals because, according to verified testimonies heard at the Houses of Senate and Congress, she needed the funds for her election bid. These are authentic narratives, seen on public national television, and were done according to national legal governmental proceedings, by duly elected congresspeople and senators, and so they represent all the Filipinos. Unless all of them are idiots, especially the House and Committee(s) Leaders, then this set of narratives that are connected to Leila de Lima’s involvement with the drug industry are supported by evidences. Furthermore, Duterte had nothing to do with all these investigations because his branch of the government, the Executive, is entirely separate from the Legislative (where the two Houses under it work independently as well). But since the Legislators are not idiots (well, a few are, actually, like de Lima herself and Trillanes), then Leila de Lima’s being in prison is legitimate. Oh, yes, it wasn’t the Legislators who sent her to prison, it was the Judiciary branch of the government, on behalf of the the People of the Republic of the Philippines. This is democracy at work. She is being accused of crimes related to illegal drugs to the effect of “aiding and abetting its proliferation”, whatever the exact item is (I’m not a lawyer so I haven’t bothered with the tiny details). Her claim that she is a “political prisoner” is laughable, it’s all in her head, because she believes that Duterte is personally after her after she made the arrogant blunder of insulting him years ago (an old story, but she keeps it ‘fresh’ by using the alleged Davao-Death-Squad-boogeyman that she herself, “smart” as she thinks she is, could not elevate from its status of ‘urban legend’; yep, she ‘investigated’ it in connection to Duterte many many years ago but she had no results, and Duterte was just a paltry small-time mayor of a peripheral city in the ignored south of the country at that time).

Leila de Lima is not a political prisoner. She is a deranged delusional pitiful talented lawyer who depended on promises of glory that, if things go Aguirre’s way (the present Secretary of the Department of Justice), she will soon discover to be just a carrot at the end of the stick. Looks like she has been “sacrificed” by the invisible powers that be. This is the same shadowy movement that Leni Robredo is holding on to now. There’s nothing authentic about Robredo’s speech-video to the United Nations. It smacks of a soul-sold-to-the-nebulous-might-of-the-all-pwerful-out-there that she doesn’t even understand anything about. Poor poor vice-president. Trillanes I have already mentioned. Together with that Magdalo-Party impeachment item against Duterte, Trillanes is, as Abella described such acts, “scraping the bottom of the barrel.” It’s a pathetically desperate attempt.

Of course, if these delusional tactics succeed, along with the likes of Hontiveros, and sometimes Pangilinan and Drilon, then I’d say that this “shadowy-thing” that has had my country under its influence for a long time now, say, starting near the end of the Marcos administration, I’d say that it’s “powerful”, indeed. Imagine, we did not even know that Aquino caused the formation of the NPA. Goodness. Our school books did not know anything, and the professors who knew about it did not say anything. We’ve been duped. My beloved Philippines has been duped. We need to pray for truth to come out. No, not the “truth” that de Lima and Robredo are talking about (hahahahaha! I mean, really! In that video-speech that she made, it appears as if she has no idea at all about the vast improvements that the cabinet members have already accomplished!!! Does she even get out of her house and look around? haha!!) The TRUTH, which you will only get if you live in the Philippines and when you investigate all angles without bias. My Mom says the streets are safer now. My Mom does not lie about such things. And my Mom always listens to the Sunday sermon and she says the priests speak of supporting the government and its programs. My Mom does not lie about such things. (So, see, there is a positive relationship between Duterte and the church; meaning, something else was going on behind that rally by a few nuns and priests; I bet they didn’t do their homework well before going there.)

Now, you, whoever you are, if your believe only the statements of Leila de Lima and Leni Robredo and whoever else’s that echoes theirs, please go back to Journalism 101.

PEACE.

May God bless us all.

I Support Duterte. Part 6.

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I’ve just decided that the world is free to condemn Duterte an ass.

However, for us who understand what’s happening, he’s our chance at making it good in this life ever since European Christianity destroyed our society until today (read about it here (pdf):  david-okazaki_colonial-mentality). That’s 500 long years. But whereas Europe has devalued Christianity, we to this day remain a God-fearing people, maybe all not religious but certainly with a very strong sense of the spiritual <<< this I have no doubt.

The other day an illegal-drug laboratory capable of producing 400 kilos in one day was discovered. The operators abandoned the building when Duterte won the election.

The world can call us a nation of idiots, that’s fine. We’ll just do what we think is right. Anyway, when Duterte talks publicly he actually means it for our consumption, ergo his complete array of colorful expressions — such contextual emphatic expressions that non-Filipinos will find difficult to understand — so that we finally begin to think for ourselves, be free from “colonial mentality” that is our bane.

We had been stupid as a people and now is our chance to make up.

The industrialized world does not know all this, how we have suffered all these centuries, so they have no right to meddle with how we solve our problems. Instead they should be asking us in what ways we need help, because we urgently need help. But Duterte will not sell our national soul just to get help. If we can educate ourselves to the truth within Duterte’s term, either before he retires or before he is assassinated, then we’d have a hope at stopping the oligarchs’ excesses and give more chances to our poorest folks to better their lives.

The world condemns Duterte just on the basis of his stupid stupid mouth but for us his mouth is the least of our problems. And if indeed he was a cold-bloodied killer then that’s his business before God. (How can his neighbors of/for decades love him if he violates human rights?) But right now he’s not being a cold-bloodied killer as a president. I understand what’s happening. As of now he has restored the power of the law in the land. He constantly lectures us in all of his speeches that we must abide by the law. We have hope now in witnessing the culture of impunity disappear among the elite moneyed class. These are little gods, out of the reach of law. These elite are the remnants of the colonizers. Duterte has made enemies among them simply because he won the election. (There are mga elitista, many of them, who work for the plight of the people, and they are not part of who I’m referring to. There are non-elitista who are biased against Duterte simply because they are embarrassed of his rough ways and they want to distance themselves from him — these are the ones who are slaves to colonial mentality and many of them are fans of Leila de Lima<– that’s link to a video where she hysterically defends herself in front of media, a very un-lawyer-ly and cowardly procedure, instead of facing her accusers at the parliamentary investigations.) 🙂

The police and the wo/men-at-arms have once more become honorable to the people’s eyes. They’re back with their dignity in their correct places because they are sure now that the law will not abandon them to the moneyed-powerful. My people have not felt more safe and more hopeful for a very long time. The 700,000 who voluntarily identified themselves to the police got scared of the power of the law by way of the police. This was what Duterte wanted to happen. The majority were identified, had their names put on record, and were released back to their homes. The rest of us who have not violated the law are not scared of anything at all.

When the world calls Duterte an ass it’s us the people who feel the pain and we are at a loss because the world is more quick to condemn that to find out what’s true. The only way to stop Duterte’s foul mouth is to simply not provoke him in the first place. If the world thinks we’re a stupid primitive bunch, then so be it. We are only trying to survive as humans with dignity.

Here is the Philippines’ foreign policy (DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay privilege speech, UN General Assembly, Sept. 20-26, 2016). The Secretary of Foreign Affairs Pefecto Yasay, Jr. is a pastor’s kid, a lawyer and teacher in the U.S., and Duterte’s dormitory roommate while both were in law school. Watch and listen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE7PT2ynTk4

—–> Here is a summary of that speech from the UN webpage, below. (Source: https://gadebate.un.org/en/71/philippines )

Statement Summary: PERFECTO R. YASAY, JR., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, said that after his country’s hard-fought and hard-won independence, it zealously valued and guarded its rights and liberties through democracy and a system of checks and balances.  Five months ago, the people had elected new President Rodrigo Roa Duterte with an unprecedented and resounding electoral mandate.  For far too long, the Philippines had been unable to fully advance due to corruption, worsening crime, and the prevalence of illegal drugs, and corruption had become the breeding ground for the illegal drug trade.  The Government was determined to eradicate illicit drugs and their manufacture, distribution and use.  The rule of law and strict adherence to due process fully governed the campaign against corruption and criminality.  Noting that the Government’s actions had grabbed national and international attention for all the wrong reasons, he urged everyone “to allow us to deal with our domestic challenges in order to achieve our national goals, without undue interference”.  Extrajudicial killings had no place in Philippine society, and the Government did not and would never empower its law enforcement agents to shoot-to-kill any individual suspected of drug crimes, though police had the right to defend themselves when their lives were threatened.

The goal of the Government was to “leave no one behind” in its development strides, he said.  The Philippines continued to enhance the delivery and quality of social services, including in health, education, food, water and housing.  As one of the most disaster-prone and vulnerable countries to the adverse effects of climate change, the Philippines reiterated its call for climate justice and the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities in the implementation of obligations under the Paris Agreement.  The country remained committed to the rule of law and to peace, including the recent decision on the Arbitral Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague with regard to the disputes in the South China Sea.  Noting the final and binding nature of the Arbitral Award, the Philippines reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing peaceful resolution to regional disputes.

Here’s another speech that Secretary Yasay gave on September 15 at the CSIS Southeast Asia Program (Center for Strategic and International Studies):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1F1kgh7cbg

. ❤ . I pray that no evil intents interfere with the plans of the president and his cabinet for the nation. I pray that the cabinet officials and their staff stay motivated and creative in all their activities. I wish them all the best of health. I pray that the malicious elements in the senate and the house of representatives listen to their conscience, and change their hearts for the better. I pray that the elite who insist on being blind, up there in their white fanciful tower, come down and have their fancy shoes dirtied with farm manure so that they begin to see reality. I pray that the youth, the young ones who are in schools, study their lessons well and study some more beyond what their teachers could deliver to them because there’s much more truth out there that is not taught in our schools. I pray that all teachers and all of the religious and sacerdotal add to their duties the aim of eradicating “colonial mentality” from the nation’s collective consciousness. I pray for the complete healing of everyone who has decided to turn their backs on drug addiction, and start to be really happy. I pray that persons in government who used their positions for the purpose of enriching themselves stop at their tracks and start giving back to the people the money and goods that they have stolen from everyone. I pray that the person on the street, the ordinary everyday person, hold on to his/her God-given strength, continue to hope, continue to work hard and honestly, until our nation is collectively delivered from the constant threat of poverty. I pray that Filipinos all over the globe take care of their health, stay sane and reasonable, not be blinded by the power of money, and stay spiritually intact in the face of any form of discrimination and cold treatment. I pray that the foreigners in my country stay safe, healthy, happy, and appreciative of the people’s friendliness. And I pray that the little ones, the children, imitate the president’s sweet little daughter and not follow our Tatay or Lolo Digong in speaking bad words. 🙂

My dear president, my virtual teacher, our leader, our elder brother, our friend, please continue to be in good health, stay humble, stay grounded, don’t forget to pray everyday, don’t forget your children’s and grandchildren’s birthdays, stay strong-willed, stay sane and lucid, stay reasonable, stay “transparent”, and manage your stress so that it doesn’t affect your rational judgments. Stay compassionate and sensitive to the poorest among us. May God bless you, our nation, and all peoples of the world.

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Source of picture above:  http://rarehistoricalphotos.com/moro-insurgents-1906/

That was the picture that Duterte was referring to at the meeting with the ASEAN leaders. Here is an account of that meeting:  http://themaharlikan.info/world/duterte-showed-this-picture-in-front-of-asean-leaders-diplomats-to-obama/

…   and here is an account in relation to the picture when he was not yet a president: http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2005/10/the-bud-dajo-massacre-a-hundred-years-later-will-america-apologize-2/

…  and here below is a 2011 scholarly/academic study of that 1906 event

Hawkins, Michael C. “Managing a Massacre: Savagery, Civility, and Gender in Moro Province in the Wake of Bud Dajo.” Philippine studies 59, no. 1 (2011): 83-105. Read here (pdf): managing-a-massacre_michael-hawkins-2011

We are not a country of haters. Japan was not less cruel to us (that’s why my grandfather had bitter memories of such cruelty) but we have no problems with Japan anymore. My cousin even teaches English to school kids there and is now starting her own family there, too.

Stay well, everyone, and let’s try to be happy in whatever peaceful we can. It doesn’t need much to be happy (yeah, and here’s my recommended book on that topic: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28254.Stone_Age_Economics

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I Support Duterte. Part 5.

Once I shouted “bullshit” to a bunch of kids. That was when I was only a little more than a kid myself, my control on my emotions not as good as expected of adults, and besides my country does not cater to a culture that prevents and frowns on the public display of emotions.

It was actually at a classroom of seventeen or eighteen year-olds, I think, and they have known since they were seven what was expected of them inside the classroom: order, hushed voices if any, and avoidance of chaos MOST ESPECIALLY when a class activity is being conducted. And especially when a person of academic authority is present. They violated the standards of decorum at all counts and I wasn’t able to hold my strong dismay over their lack of respectfulness. So there was silence all at once, they knew that they deserved the strong reproach, they were strongly reminded where the class stands with respect to misbehavior, and they didn’t do it again.

As little kids until adolescents we were taught and expected to stand up and greet a visitor in unison. When a teacher was at our classroom door everything stops in the classroom because we’d all stand up as one and say together, “Good morning, Mrs. Santos.”, or something like that. If we did not know the person’s name we’d say, “Good morning, visitor.” All public primary and secondary schools in the Philippines, and even the private ones, practice this. So when I went to college I felt awkward when we weren’t allowed to do that kind of greeting anymore. I felt that it was disrespectful. But it seems that “adult” education does not expect such standard of respectfulness anymore. I slowly learned to live with the awkwardness and adapted to the non-practice. However, all teachers that I met in campus always got a “good mornig, ma’am” or a “good afternoon, sir” from me and from most of the other students, too.

That was the only time, as far as I can remember, when I spoke a swear word in public. I would remember it because I do not speak swear words at all in the hearing of another person. Not even with my family. Not even with my closest friends. I hardly think with swear words except when I am aggravated and then I can let myself deal with the issue with swear words that are commensurate to the gravity of the disturbance created in me — but all this would be silently and mentally, where only I can hear them being spoken out in my brain. I only “swear to myself”, so to speak.

The complementary set-up to my no-spoken-swearing stand is that I also do not receive swear words from anyone, and that I would take it as a grave insult if anyone swears at me. At home this is easy because nobody speaks swear words in our house. The worst that we would concede to is “gaga” or “gago”, for female or male as the case may be, and this not straight out but instead we modify it to “gagagaga” or to “ogag” to soften the impact to our own ears AND ALL THIS NEVER TO ONE ANOTHER IN THE HOUSE BUT TO SOMEBODY ELSE OF WHOM WE MAY BE ABLE TO CRITICIZE AS SIMPLY A MATTER OF OPINION DUE TO THEIR MANIFESTED ACTIONS AND NEVER DUE TO GOSSIP, AND ABSOLUTELY NEVER TOWARDS A RELATIVE. “Gaga” and “gago” may be best translated as “stupid”. There are families who speak swear words freely to each other, I have friends who use swear words freely, and I have nothing against them. I understand the context of their usage and they don’t swear at me besides. I leave them be and we stay friends. I know many persons  who hold similar opinions to mine regarding this matter. There are also many families who are like mine.

However, as it stands now I could hear myself freely speak to my close friends (BUT NOT AT HOME!) this opinion: “Dipuga! Din ka pa kakita prisidente nga parihas sini?!!” This will elicit amused chukles all around because this signals a concession on my part on behalf of a strong conviction as evidenced in the emphatic use of a ‘dirty’ swear word.

Translated into English that will amount to: F**k! Where else can you get a president like this one?!!

Or, that swear word can also be Bu*s*it!

Dipuga is a mellower variant of yudep*ta or of the shorter dep*ta.  “Yudep*ta” is the short form of “iho de p*ta”. Those who speak Spanish can see it clearly that it is the adaptation of “hijo de p*ta”, which into English is the common expletive SOB. However, not everyone prefers the length of that expletive even when the end part is modified into “gun!”. Many would ordinarily use the faster-said f**k or b**ch. English speakers know that this expletive, SOB, does not say anything about one’s mother. The expletive is not directed to mothers. The expletive is just an expression that is commensurate to the degree that an emotion is felt. It, or any similar to it (like “damn”), may even be breathed out in times of pleasant surprises.

I do not buy the disdain of the elitists in my country towards the foul mouth of our president. That’s all BS and they can all go to he*l. They can go f**k themselves. If they do not like swear words then so do I. If they have a high standard of abhorrence against swear words then so does my family. They do not even know from what standpoint they are on in their attack against the president’s manner of speaking. If the son of a pastor, and a former pastor, and a friend of a pastor can work closely with our president then I have no problem with their willingness to do so. Their participation speaks volumes about the character of the real Duterte. (If you think that these principled persons surrounding him will condone what is being accused of him (read: “illegal executions”) then there is something wrong with your basis. The head of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Atty. Acosta, can help you be clarified with this issue. )

Those who just keep on harping (without saying anything else analytical, informative, and substantial) that the president “behave himself” are a bunch of gaga and gago. The executive branch of government has a mountain-load of urgent matters to attend to and all they recommend is that the  president soaps out his mouth. These misguided elitists have opinions and preferences that are more blind than a bat. More than being blind they are navigating at a wrong course, and in this instance a bat’s non-sight is not a matter for criticism because bats zero in perfectly towards their aims even without sight.

These elitists in my country (I’m describing those who fit in the description; it does not mean ALL  ELITISTS; I concede that there are possibly many exceptions), those who are shoot-high-up-to-the-moon-proud about their prowess in manipulating the English language, they generally know nothing about real life and real poverty and real suffering. (They’re the kind who who have the skills to write in opinion columns of newspapers.) All they know is how to keep their faces smooth and white like porcelain and how to keep their car tires mud free. And how to keep smelling like flowers and cologne the entire day. And how to keep dirt from under their fingernails. They know nothing about having to skip a meal because there simply are no means to get one. If ever they’d skip a meal it would be because they wish to subtract from the fat that’s jiggling in their overfed bodies. Being fat is not the issue here: the picture in this context that I speak of points to the indiferrence to human suffering that’s surrounding these elitists.

Today I heard the president reiterating his purpose of keeping friendly relations with all nations, and this without any exception. We are a small nation and we cannot afford to pick fights with anybody, as the president also says so. If his speeches are, again and again, painted out of context and with colors that feature only one or two hues then the richness of his thoughts are wasted. When he gives speeches (this one that I heard today is for the Philippine Air Force at Villamor Air Base) he is like a professor who is giving a lecture on contemporary governance in the Philippine context against the perspective of recent history. His speeches are extemporaneous and are sourced from his own decades-long observations and conviction as a public servant, aside from being an academician himself. His speeches are for the purpose of putting forth the real picture, the more comprehensive picture, the bigger picture, that part of our national reality that does not get talked about in the mainstream media’s just-bits-and-pieces-commercialized-segments. Of course we can hardly demand more from mainstream media. They are running a business, after all. They have to figure out how to have lots of income.

Our president, for the most part of his speeches, is actually expressing his disagreement in his own authentic way of the so-called ‘educated’ Filipino’s lack of capacity to analyze deeper and wider the implications that their dearly held colonialistic views are continuing to disregard the real issues that are right there before their eyes. There is a severe lack of venues for discussing opinions beyond the simple and safe pat labelling. It is a kind of ‘education’ that has not kept up with the global movements and is continuing on its course of mis-educating the young ones. It is in fact preventing our youth from being empowered, keeping them relatively ignorant against the present global situation. If being modernized means having citizens who are capable of thinking out things for themselves and not to simply depend on cooked-up peddled views, then my country is far from modern. However, there are ‘modern’ nations that are suffering because big range media that started out as an institution for the people have digressed from their noble profession. If you are keeping up with the news then you know what this nation is.

Peace. Stay healthy. Thanks for thinking out with me. I wish you the best in life, in whatever area you wish blessings for. May He-Who-Blesses-All bless us all in His and our own good time.

 

I Support Duterte. Part 4.

. ❤ . Peace. I wish you a pleasant day. (Please look for accounts and analyses of the phenomenon called EDSA Revolution or EDSA-1, if you may wish to, so that you can at least give my present post a hearing chance; here’s an academic paper on it (pdf): wps10_134 . The Filipinos are peaceloving and do not condone violence.)

I swear by my most beloved grandfather’s grave that my president did not swear at their president.

I listened to and watched that interview. I understand the language. I speak the language. I am a native born Filipino. We don’t swear at home, not ever the tiniest swear word. That’s how we were brought up. That’s how we bring up our kids, too. So my ears are fine-tuned whenever swear words occur.

I voted for our beloved president. Yes, despite his outrageously rough manners (so they say) and his emphatic swear words. Everyone (except you dear reader, and your friends, maybe, and family and neighbors and community and many many other people also… 🙂 . 🙂 Peace 🙂 ) around the globe is openly cursing him behind his back by publishing on paper and online. Shame on you, all of you who badmouth him. Go to him and tell him what you think of him. Tell it directly to his face. We dare you. You have no leg to stand on. Why? Because you depend only on popular rhetoric and the bandwagon.

Live in our country for even just a few weeks and you will see what we mean, and why we defend our president. See for yourself that it’s a beautiful place despite the poverty. Experience for yourself what generous genuine warm regard for a stranger means. Listen to the person on the street tell you that we are heading towards better days, and they are thankful to the president and his co-workers for all the hard work and the heartfelt dedication for the people. Talk to people in the neighborhoods that used to be chaotic because of the drug menace. Find somebody who used to curse at the inept police but now finds ways of befriending them and helping them at their job. Or find an alternative news source, at the least.

On behalf of my president …… sir, Mr. President, of the strongest nation on earth as of today, I am sorry that/if your feelings were hurt (… I know that you are a brilliant man so I don’t assume anything on your side about this matter.) I most certainly do not trust the corporate media on how they are handling this issue. Our president has most certainly nothing against you, sir, that I am sure. He was not cursing you. All that tirade was intense anger at all of us Filipinos who are outrageously ignorant about how a nation’s sovereignty works, journalists the most. This meaning of his words gets lost if individual phrases or words or sentences are pulled away from the comprehensive context. If I can get hold of the transcript I can interpret the entire thing, thought for thought and intention for intention. Thank you for your generous understanding about the matter. May God bless you and your nation. — ang sacadalang

Since our president is fighting for our nation, then I add my voice to the collective defense for him. He takes care of us, we take care of him. That’s how it is with us at home. We don’t call him “Tatay Digong” for nothing. That’s “Daddy Digong”. We are just beginning to fix our nation and we can see that our Tatay Digong has mountainloads of problems to attend to, not the least the putting up of facilities for the rehabilitation of the drug victims. Our country actually needs help from the international community and this is how the president engages with the other nation leaders who respect him as the representative of a sovereign nation. When he speaks to another leader of his level he speaks for us all, in behalf of us all. This is the reason why he works out towards friendly relations with other nations. See for yourself how the other ASEAN leaders treat him (if you can find a video of the recent summit in Laos) and you will wonder where on earth are those nasty write-ups about him getting their arguments from.  If they are getting it from Ms. Leila de Lima then they better look for another source because this lady has already lost her credibility back at home. Anyone who badmouths our president based on incorrect bases simply hurts us all Filipinos.

The president’s vice-presidential running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, explains in the simplest way possible what is happening to the country now. (I got to know the president’s sincerity through Senator Cayetano. He is a major reason why I learned to trust the president.) I’m sorry that I can’t translate the Filipino sentences  into English right now (I just stole some time from my school work (a major major paper on honoring parents) just to write this post 😀 ). I hope I can soon, then I will post it also.

 

 

Dear fellow human being, don’t believe readily in unexact stories, especially the ones propagated by corporate media. If criminals have human rights, ordinary citizens have human rights also. If criminals are not stopped then ordinary citizens suffer. Sixteen million ordinary citizens, 90% of which are on poverty line, voted for Duterte in hopes that he can work out the eradication of crime, impunity, and corruption. He is doing his best and giving his life into not disappointing this hope. He is clearly working out for the human rights of the 90 million Filipinos. Filipinos know what “discipline” is. Now that they see it being implimented then they have become hopeful of a better society, a society without impunity, a society where they can trust that the police are doing their jobs of imposing the rule of the law, and where the youth can start to witness a society ruled by law and thus lead responsible lives. If Duterte does not succeed then our hope is lost, we will find it difficult to look for another who has this same political will and sincerity and compassion, and in the meantime our kids are in danger of falling prey into dangerous lives. So, please, commentators who do not understand the ENTIRE situation, who are gullible enough to believe that our police is trigger-happy, kindly do your research first before opening your mouth, or simply back off before you do damage either to yourself or to us.

Hugs. Take care. Peace. Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy. ❤ 🙂

 

I Support Duterte. Part 3.

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Hello, everyone.

Before being convinced that our president, Duterte, is a monster who condones illegal procedures and careless nonsensical killings by so-called vigilante groups, please give yourself the chance of being further informed from other sources aside from the gossip-like sensationalizing media.

Rodrigo Duterte is an “old” man, an elder in the community, and as such he has the privilege of speaking out his mind. We give this privilege to all our elders. These elders speak according to their personal character, and the younger ones react to them variously. Generally, however, the old people are given respect just because they are old and for no other reason. So if Duterte likes to lace his sentences with harsh expletives then we let him be. That’s who he is and some of us don’t like it, some don’t like it very much, and some don’t care about how he expresses himself. For some of us who understand where he’s coming from, we just chuckle away his nasty expletives. But as we all can see that he knows what he’s talking about and that he has determined what needs to be done, then we give him additional respect.

In this webpage: http://www.gov.ph/tag/sona-2016/  are links to the recent State of the Nation Address that he gave. It was composed around 25 days into his term. It is available in English and Filipino, both official languages of the nation, and in Bisaya, which is his mother tongue and is the most widely understood vernacular compared to the hundred others.

pdf file:   State-of-the-Nation-Address-of-Duterte-2016

I have here, by the link above, a copy of the English version. I have put marks and remarks on spots that especially mean something for me or where a tiny annotation is appropriate. Aside from relating how the country fares, the president is projecting a six-year plan. This means that some plans may be done in a year, others until six years, and a few for after he is gone from the political scene. It’s not riddled with numbers and figures so even a high-school student can understand it. I saw him deliver this speech, via internet. While I was reading the transcript I could picture out how he said the particular part. There were parts that I did not hear very clearly and the transcript helped me get them clarified. Still, the president tends to talk in a conversational manner and so there are thoughts that are best conveyed by pauses or tonal emphases or even unfinished sentences, also using body language. So the transcript is not a perfect basis for issues that are too sensitive, so that the only way to get an idea of the issue’s enormity is to both see him speak and read the transcript, and, of course, be cognizant of the context that he is speaking from. There are parts in his talk that elicited chuckles from the audience who have a very good idea of what he is talking about, and of the implication of his being able to “speak” publicly of the issue at all. That is, the president pushed himself onto the boundaries of being respectful but at the same time being open and no-nonsense. Nope, he did not utter a single expletive.

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Excursus: The expletives that contained much of “killing you” and all such threats is a CONTEXTUAL way of expressing how grave the situation is, how serious the intention is of solving the problem fast, and how unwavering the drive will be so that all who are accountable will be brought before the law … if these “threats” and expletives are taken out of the context, in the way Duterte says them, then the sensationalizing of these statements is acceptable and valid … but as such and within the recognized context, the Filipinos understand why he is saying such things and because they know that on the other side of the “cleansing” is the intention to rehabilitate the drug victims/addicts/dependents … therefore, contrary to it being summarily called “all-out war against drugs” it’s actually an all-out effort to rehabilitate those who are affected, personal- and family- and community-wise … so, nope, it’s not a “genocide” at all (good grief!!!)

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To the question of why are there so many “killings”… were there “mistakes” on the part of the police?— I say, yes, there possibly were, and these cases are being investigated. Were the police “careless”?— no, they have not been. There’s an Operation called Tok-Hang, or Tokhang. It’s name is from the two words “toktok” and “hangyo”. Toktok is an onomatopaeia for the act of knocking on doors of homes and requesting for a conversation. Hangyo pertains to the act of asking for a favor. The police took the time to go to persons’ houses, those who are suspected of participating in the drug related problems, and asked them to surrender to the authorities for the purpose of consequent investigation. Moreover, prior to the president’s term and while he was still campaigning for the office, he had repeatedly warned the nation that he will give priority to solving the drug problem. So, why are there so many “killings”?—one: when a police officer is doing an apprehension and the suspect fights back then the police officer has to defend his life. Everybody knows this.—two: the chain-of-drug-supply renders the more dispensable ones as fodder to the effort of not-be-traced-back-to-the-source <<<any durglord does this and blames it on the police or the government. Why do I answer this way? <<< I get my information from the televised hearings of the Commission on Human Rights; I watch/listen to the press releases via the PTV4 station (non-commercial government media, here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RTVMalacanang/videos   ); I watch/listen to the interviews that journalists continuously engage in with the president.

Does the president intend to alienate all foreign nations? Nope. Look especially at page 29 of the attached pdf-file, the SONA. He is asking for their help, in fact. Is the president a deranged narcissistic macho-man? Nope. He acts the way a self-confident non-academic non-elitist self-effacing person-of-the-street Filipino male does with added deadpan effects and who is not shy about flirting with women — but he is humble and respectful and non-pretentious. How do I know?<< I hear him and I see him and I can tell, me as a Filipino who lives in that culture.

Will he keep all his promises and execute all his plans? Time can tell. Will he make mistakes? He’s not cowarded by the possibility. Is he and his cabinet doing their best? Yes, they are. Do the Filipinos understand what he is doing? Yes, they do. (The Commission on Human Rights hearings, with the senators, allowed the senators to express their support for the efforts of the police. The videos can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8f9L8CPuxtvALODAlXvG5w/videos   ) Are the Filipinos hopeful about this president? Yes, we are. ….But what about the killings????—this is a very tough question, yes, very disturbing, yes, but what about the millions of lives destroyed and is being destroyed by the illegal-drug industry that is choking the families in the neighborhoods? But do I mean to say that we have to kill in order to save? Nope, I don’t mean that and I don’t like that, and the president and the nation agree with me … so??? … (((we have to ask the collective opinions of ethics, anthropology, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, … ))) >>> Come and live in the Philippines so that you can help me talk about this issue with more clarity.

I wish you all robust health and a hopeful disposition.

Peace.

I Support Duterte. Part 2.

I get negative feelings when I hear foreign journalists criticize Duterte’s speeches — which inevitabley zero in on how he wants thugs and druglords eradicated.

Not long ago I heard a discussion in The Young Turks show and that discussion did nothing for the public’s knowledge. They just chewed on how they perceived Duterte’s platform to be ‘horrendous’ and they offered nothing by way of starting on how to get a grasp of his ‘horrendous’ ideas. With the discussion is the implication that the Philippines, which overwhelmingly voted for Duterte, is composed of people majority of whom have twisted sets of values, i. e., values that are against those held by the TYT talk show hosts who were discussing the matter on air. (Okay, actually here’s what I think: These two ignorant clowns — yes, I laughed at their opinions — who are discussing the matter are arrogantly giving out their prescription on a symptom of which they know nothing of the underlying causes. They’re definitely just plain ignoramuses shooting out stupid recommendations and all based on what they read on some newspaper or such. This is altogether pathetic jounalism.)

Just now Secular Talk has an emotionally delivered session expressing disgust at how this “planned massacre” by Duterte isn’t even ‘discussed’.

Here’s the funny part: The stance by Duterte — forcefully going after the thugs that are wreaking havoc to so many families in my country — is precisely the reason why people, including me, voted for him. But it was clear to me that he was going to do it according to what the law allows, according to the legal police procedures plus extra caution to boot and without blind emotional-laden engagements. That was clear to me and so I voted for him. So did 16 million other Filipinos. We do know how to discern behind tall-talk, as we do know how to look behind sweet-talk.

How do I know that it could be done? Davao City is the proof. That’s number 1 reason.

Number 2 reason: no powerful clans financed his campaign. He is not beholden to the oligarchs. Number 3: he won the election without having had any agent compose a public image of him. He was not ‘packaged’ to attract voters. What one sees of Durte in public is what one gets — he talks and works for the oppressed and the marginalized in society, he has no interest whatsoever in making money out of his activities, he does not show off or market his intellect, and he does not put himself above anybody else. He is far from the proverbial white-washed tomb. Anybody is welcome to inspect the skeletons in his closet.

So, since Duterte has such ‘horrendous’ ideas and Filipinos voted for him, then Filipinos agree with his ‘horrendous’ ideas. Ergo, the Philippines is a nation of (mostly) dumb and stupid people.

One has to break down the above logic or it becomes in itself a ‘horrendous’ conclusion. Why horrendous? Because the arguments espoused by the talk show hosts mentioned above, and all other ‘foreign’ venues similar to these, are all based on assumptions the foundations of which are foreign to the Filipino way of thinking or looking at things. Hence, their arguments are invalid — null and void.

Sure, such words as killing, bloodbath, etc. are in themselves universally associated with horrendous acts. However, the “killing” that is of the talk show hosts’ perspective, and most likely the viewers’/listeners’ perspectives, is not exactly what Duterte has been talking about.

It will take a shelf of dissertations to systematize Duterte’s ideas and actions, including the legitimizing of his plans by the voters. Foremost of the discussions will focus on worldviews, on historical factors, and the contemporaneous situations. So I cannot start to give them to you here, in just a handful of paragraphs.

Moreover, the moral ascendancy that America has been marketing since I don’t know when (emphasize on the ‘marketing’, ergo, the public expressions of such that do not reflect the views of those who have no avenues for expressing what’s otherwise === remember: “History is written by the victors” — tangentially related, but you know what I mean 🙂 ❤ .) is now being put to clear light as illegitimate with all the mess that is being revealed, one after another, because of the present election season and through social media. Anyway, this isn’t a gripe about America or Americans (my best friend is American! ❤ ). This is a critique on any entity that establishes itself as superior to another.

How the Ignorant Liken Duterte to Trump

How the Ignorant Liken Duterte to Trump

They don’t care about research and truth-telling. They just care about the fanfare and the sales. Pathetic.

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Again, on the Secular Talk segment that I was referring to above: Of course I understand why the host talks that way. He’s put himself into the situation by way of the words in the news that he’s read and also inevitably bringing along with him his own (present) context. Had he immersed himself first into the situation in the Philippines, say a minimum of 20 years, then he’d be talking differently and he would not have been this horrified about the words he’s read. Similarly, had Duterte been an American, or had the Philippines been like America, then Duterte and we would never had thought that/this way (as reflected in the news). But, well, a little learning on the part of the speaker will eventually make him see how he has been idiotic in going about this topic.

But the damage is done. Duterte has been painted with foreign colors and this imposed image doesn’t look right both objectively and subjectively (…but who is the judge of both, really??) — as many other similar ‘foreign’ opinion-givers have done. But let’s say that the Secular Talk host wasn’t giving an opinion at all, merely posing a question or opening up lines for discussion, then he/they should have said more so as not to leave the air with a picture of a horrendous Duterte and the Philippines. It’s simply unfair, it’s made from an arrogant stance of moral supremacy, and it hurts us common everyday ordinary Filipinos. You are trampling on our human rights to freely choose our leader and the way we want to solve our problems.

Leave Duterte alone. He was a prosecutor; he knows the law; he will abide by the law. If you can’t say anything qualifying about him then shut the f**k up. We know he’s not a saint. He does not live like a god. We trust the people who are working with him; they know that their responsibility is primarily to the everyday person and not to Duterte. We have risked this oncoming term with him as the head of the executive branch of the government and we are willing to cooperate with his vision of a more live-able society, albeit a ‘poor’ one compared to the highly industrialized nations. But being “highly developed” is not the priority for now (and I hope it will never be (notice the quotation marks); but this is another lengthy topic). We do not need much to be happy; we just need to be assured that our families and loved ones are safe in their locales as they go along their simple everyday lives. We do not need much of the crazy and senseless commercial products flooding our dingy streets and poisoning our traditional values. We just want a safe and and dependable society for now and then we’d be able to figure out what to do next to better our children’s and grandchildren’s, and our neighbors’ children and grandchildren’s lives.

Filipinos are not idiots. We are confused, I can say, because of the combined factors of gentleness, meekness, insane colonialism, and energy-sucking globalization. (Read a paper on “colonial mentality”->  david-okazaki_colonial-mentality) Greed and misinformation have muddled our value systems relative to what should have been sustaining and uplifting for us collectively. It had been a very long journey for us, of attempts at changing for the better. We have a new chapter now. We are willing to work it out. If you have nothing qualifying to say about us, then please just save your precious breath and keep your nice mouth shut.

Peace.

🙂

I wish everyone an envigorating day. Thanks for dropping by.

Update September 17, 2016.

I will have to comment on the accusations tagged “extra-judicial killings”. This topic was not urgent in my mind because the deaths attributed to the police were not extra-judicial. Our police are not thugs — well, around the world some police are thugs but not all police are thugs and not all thugs are police — and they just do their duties. If a police officer perceives a threat to his life then by law he has to defend himself. Duterte’s war on drugs involves apprehension of drug addicts –> particularly those whose brains have been damaged by the LONG use of shabu, irredeemable brain material by all medical standards, and hence cannot perceive the boundary between life and death, between right and wrong, many are capable of raping children and killing their own family members, thus easily capable of the reckless use of a gun which CAN  KILL and which, by the laws of ethics, society must very well see that it’s either the police officer’s life or the other’s; this argument has to apply otherwise society must conclude that the police officer should rather die than the other.

As of today around 700,000 (that’s addicts and pushers) have given themselves up to the authorities. That’s 700,000 that were not killed by the police but were taken into custody. So if 700,000 surrendered then we can safely assume that there were more than a hundred who would not surrender and would fight off the authorities. The pushers who surrendered will be dealt with by law. The addicts will be rehabilitated. Those with slight addiction will be rehabilitated in the community : religious communities and organizations have volunteered to help in this. The government is putting up several rehanilitation centers all over the country – BUT since the administration started at a point when there is no more money (extra budget) to spend for this NEWLY DISCOVERD CALAMITY OF THE TRUE DRUG SCENE OF THE COUNTRY then the rehabilitation centers will take some time to be put up, although THANKFULLY several rich people have started to donate specifically for this purpose PLUS many Filipinos working abroad have also gathered funds for this purpose, like those who are working in Indonesia.

Now, the question again: Are there “extra-judicial killings”?. Answer: Yes. Next question: Does the government have to do with this? Answer: No. And how do I know? I watch the videos of interviews with the police chief and videos on the speeches and interviews of the president and the cabinet members and senators. I watch closely, I listen to what they say, I scrutinize how they answer, their facial expressions, their body language, how they interact with the journalists, how long does it take for them to answer a question, how spontaneous do they answer a particular important question, and especially if they distance themselves from the questioning. What I see is only openness. This was how I did it so that I knew that CNN was screwing Bernie Sanders (and here’s a protest at CNN‘s in Los Angeles, and you’ll get many results if you search “mainstream media bias against sanders”) even before I discovered Democracy Now! and Sane Progressive and Lee Camp of Redacted Tonight and Tim Black and Jimmy Dore and H. A. Goodman and Jordan Chariton and and …

Again, then who are responsible for these REAL extra-judicial killings? The simple and obvious answer is this: in a war on drugs the “lords” will have to dispense with their liabilities. It’s a no-brainer!

And now there’s a soap opera of a senate hearing involving a so-called witness Mr. Matobato who could not stand even a moment’s cross-examination. He’s telling lies about the president. He may have been a gun-for-hire but certainly he’s making up stories here about the president’s involvement.

For the so-called extra-judicial killings I recommend the videos on the interviews with the Chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Atty. (Dr.) Acosta (<– click for a sample; she starts speaking at video-time 03:29 and this was made around July 2016; she may have had other similar interviews). She explains very well why all accusations by international media against the government regarding this matter are groundless. For the fakeness of the so-called witness, Mr. Matobato, I recommend the videos of the entire senate hearing on this (<– click for a sample; other similar videos are also available; here Senator Cayetano reads the Ombudsman’s findings in January 2016 that the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS)  does not exist, at video-time 14:30).

I would have gladly provided transcripts for the interviews done in Filipino with accompanying Elglish translations but I have no time as of now. I am urgently trying to finish a major paper regarding one of the statements in the Ten Commandments, of the Hebrew Scriptures ( = Old Testament).

Please, if you are rich and if you have a big heart, in behalf of my country I ask for your help so that the drug addicts can get their rehabilitation centers fast and those who can be saved will be given the attention that they need. President Duterte needs medicines, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and nurses, not to mention the food for all these surrenderees. If you can connect to a legitimate Non-Government Organization there, or a religious organization, then they will be happy of your help. Sorry, I do not know any of these and I have no recommendations. But if you can’t trust the organization then DON’T GIVE YOUR MONEY LIGHTLY. I do not actually know if it’s possible for foreign nationals to donate to my government.

The government is now also giving attention to the living conditions of the police officers and soldiers, giving them incentives and raising their salaries above the poverty level so that they will be motivated in going about their duties — this because their lives are at stake every hour, their wives may be widowed and children orphaned any time, what with the drug traffickers and dealers now out of their wits on how to survive this purge against them. As of now the illegal drugs supply to the country has been greatly reduced, about the level of at least 80% reduction, but still there are powerful people who are running desperate on how to cover up their involvement in the over-all drug business. The drug dependents are having a harder life becuase the price of shabu has gone up. If you say that all that I’m saying is fantastic then just look for yourself these information that I myself get from the first-hand sources, the videos that I referred to above being just 2 instances.

If indeed a certain police officer has killed an innocent person then he will be investigated, this is no big matter as it is an SOP, and it does not need the intervention of the UN. If the UN wants to investigate then it should be on where the illegal drug trade originates especially on shabu, from which countries, and who are involved in this. The use of shabu in the US is becoming higher than that of cocaine, so heads-up, UN. If you want to solve the world’s problems then go ahead, do it. Duterte is solving the country’s problems and he has results now. Don’t mess up with his job because he has 700,000 surrenderees to take care of and it’s urgent, plus eradicating the thugs who are using the southern islands as base (and thankfully Indonesia and Malaysia are helping solve this matter).

The government is exploring a railway project that would more efficiently connect the Mindanao areas to each other and to the rest of the country, and I myself am very happy with this because I can soon conveniently visit my friends there anytime I want. The areas of agriculture, public health, and social work are very busy with changes in their paradigms. People are more hopeful because many potentials may now be tapped due to the increasing empowerment of the common person. Hopefully the system of education will finally be geared towards our particular way of looking at things, contextual-existential and at the same time retaining the legacies of our historical learnings from the medieval Spanish-European influence and newly-industrialized-late-1800’s-US-supremacy. We are a democratic nation, after all.

What’s important here is to note that we are not a society of guns. We do not have a culture of wanting to have guns or finding the need of owning guns. Some have licences to own guns but they are only a very small fraction of the population, they do not flaunt this, even children of the family mostly do not know of this, they keep such things secret and well-kept. I do not know about requirements for being allowed to own guns. Such a topic never interested me or any of my many circles of friends. A friend of mine had an air-gun when he was a teen-ager but that was only an episode in his life when he was interested enough in it to buy pellets for it, to practice shooting at plastic canisters at an empty lot beside their house. He hasn’t since used it again; no sense in spending for silly pellets. Some know how to make real guns and they do not have to get a licence to own one, yet still they keep this out of the public’s eye and their neighbors’ knowledge.

We do not have a culture of “taking the law into our own hands” and we do not suspect each other of keeping guns beneath our pillows. A household that owns a gun is a highly unusual and “different” household. If any so-called vigilante does take part in these so-called extra-judicial killings, then a moneyed person who has invested into the illegal drug business must have hired him. Any ordinary Filipino who has no business with this issue will never take it into his or her head to go around taking down criminals — unless he or she is already brain-damaged by drugs! We ordinary and common everyday Filipinos understand what the tall-talk or hyperbole that we hear from the president means: it is for the purpose of scaring criminals and are not supposed to be taken literally. He means to tell them that if they don’t straighten up then the full force of the law will swiftly take care of them. This is the best way that the president can for now efficiently address the culture of impunity among the supposedly trustworthy public officials. If ordinary thugs understand that the president is capable of running after the powerful thugs, then they themselves don’t stand a chance against the law now. (Here’s an amateur video made by young students way back in October 2015 explaining this situation in very simple terms.)

We voted for a government that is of the people and by the people and for the people, and that’s how it is trying to perform its job now. So, please, UN and all other hecklers, investigate factually before you fire your guns because you do not know what you are doing by being rash, judgmental, reckless, irresponsible, and shamefully unprofessionally careless.

May God bless us all. Peace. Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy 🙂

Celebrate Bernie Sanders!

 

Hi! 🙂 Today is actually Thursday, June 9, 2016. Senator Sanders and President Obama had just concluded a short meeting at the White House. I was writing this post while waiting for the senator to come out after the meeting and speak to the journalists who were eagerly waiting for him outside. I had just finished writing when he came out to speak and so I was able to add the fresh info at the last paragraph. 🙂

celebrate Bernie Sanders!

 

First thing I did Wednesday morning was switch on the TV to check how Senator Sanders faired at the California primaries. I couldn’t believe that the difference was that big! Some things must have happened at the polls much like many things happened at the other polls previous.

I had to bear listening to CNN because I wanted to hear what he had to say. Oh boy was I rewarded! He won’t quit! I was so happy yesterday and until today Thursday I still am celebrating for this decision of his. Right now I’m waiting for his meeting with the US president to be streamed live and I’m afraid again that he’ll be pushed to quit. That will be a real downer not only for me but for the millions who are following this election process on the Democratic side.

I’ve decided to name Senator Sanders as my newest hero today. I hope I won’t change my mind in case he gives way to pressure and drop the campaign. If he does that I’d know that it was because it has become a matter of life and death for him, and not especially to his person but to the welfare of the people especially — like a sort of a hostage situation. Otherwise he’ll push through until the end of the election process.

He’s become my hero because it was though his campaign that I began to understand how immediately tangible corruption is even in the country that boasts itself as a bastion of democracy. I began to understand that ‘democracy’ can be used by an institution to describe its dynamics even though the process does not really involve the freedom given to citizens to decide collectively how they should be governed by leaders that represent their interests.

In this election season I have seen how campaign choreographers have manipulated information and rhetoric so that attention is taken away from the most important aspect of the voting process: to scrutinize the issues in a clear and systematic manner. What happened instead is that money, power, and prestige are being used so that the winner is the person who will continue to allow these very influential entities to continue with their various interests. If there were no adverse effects coming out of this then there’s nothing to gripe about. However, this activity affects in a great way those on the other end of the spectrum — residents who have no money, no prestige, no power, no influence, no education, and the worst, those who have no houses.

Senator Sanders’ platform is clear and simple: subtract privilege and power from one end and distribute these throughout the spectrum in a manner so that there is enough left until the other extreme end is reached. Does this mean that privileges and power are flattened out so that everyone will have equally the same? Nope, that’s not it. Property and privacy are maintained. What is being changed is the defective dynamics that allows uncontrolled greed to effect an unchecked hoarding of resources by an extremely few entities so that only a few individuals suctions the benefits that should have been shared at relative degrees by everyone else who have participated in the overall economic machinery.

What the Senator Bernie Sanders proposes is simply this: a clear check and balance machinery be imputed into the system so that nobody goes houseless and hungry in this beloved land of plenty. If you want the specifics then all is explained at his campaign’s website: https://berniesanders.com/issues/ .

Again, so why is he my hero? — Because he is not in this race simply for the sake of winning. He is in this race for the sake of the people and he is doing it after decades of working for the people without himself getting rich or hoarding power. In fact, he has not involved himself with the moneyed sector. This by itself is factor enough for his cause to be ignored. What appears now is that, more than just being ignored, he has been continually elbowed out of the process for months now. It does appear that the status quo is indeed very threatened by the movement that he has generated. It must be understood, though, that this “movement” had been there for almost a century now but every time its voice gets heard a bit the powers-that-be lashes back eventually if not immediately and reestablishes its pedestal. However, at this juncture of American history Senator Bernie Sanders had the privilege to eloquently utter the voice of this “movement” — which is the collective sentiments of all of the everyday working persons. Because of him millions of Americans have finally come to understand what has been happening and they have become enabled enough to make a choice on the aspects of the political and economic life within which they are a part of, within which they have invested their talents and time, and within which they will get the resources to enable them to lead a life that is compensatory to their investments.

This much information and awareness have not been disseminated to so many in a way that is happening now through the Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Many are still blind to the truth, still blinded because the ongoing information blockage by the mainstream media, but this will change. The millions of young people, 45 years old and younger, will spread this knowledge and realization all throughout their lifetime and beyond, and America will again become the land of the free.

… and!!! … woohoo!!! Nothing has changed! After his talk with the president just now his rhetoric remains and he says he stays in the race until the end!!! May God bless Senator Bernie Sanders! Mainstream media must be “seething” by now!!!

Thanks for dropping by! Take care!

I Support Duterte. Part 1.

That Duterte is the Trump of Asia, I say: Oh no. Far from it.

Trump is business. Duterte is public service.

Trump speaks to manipulate thoughts and feelings. Duterte speaks to connect and identify with the people. (“Putang-ina” is analogous to WTF, and ordinary people do say that.)

Trump operates in the subtle Machiavellian ways of the profiteering bigtime business world. Duterte aims at attainable justice in a world limited and run by ruthless greed.

Trump maintains a projection of an honorable image. Duterte does not even pretend to be honorable.

I strongly disagree with the global media’s description of Duterte, that he is similar to Trump. They simply don’t know enough. (“A little learning is a dangerous thing.”)

Thanks for dropping by 🙂 Have a great day 🙂

Update. July 17, 2016.

If you have been vigilant over the events connected to the Trump campaign vis-a-vis the Sanders and, say, the Jill Stein campaigns, you will notice how Trump has been forever clearly exposed as a bigot, a racist, and an airy well that spouts empty-sense statements.

For one, Duterte is neither a bigot nor a racist nor an empty well of airy statements.

That Trump will become the next US president is a horror beyond measure. He does not know anything about nor has the heart for public service. All he knows is how to rake in money from his businesses. He’s shrewd and smart, of course, because how else could he survive the frenzied world of money-making and business kills. So my question to the global media is this: Since you know the minimum about Rodrigo Duterte, how could you conclusively liken him to Donald Trump? (The answer is obvious, of course : media fanfare.)

Here’s news for you: Digoy Duterte simply HATES media fanfare. Media can talk to him, interview him, criticize him, investigate about him, but he abhors it when media uses him for fanfare fodder. He simply dislikes undue attention. He just wants to function according to the parameters designated to his job.

Duterte is now at least 2 weeks into his new job as a nation’s president. He is delivering what he has promised. The hooligans in power are now at tiptoe, foremost are those in the police force — the very place that should be among the first purged for the sake of a secure society and safe communities. Duterte has a very tough term ahead of him and he knows that he can do only so much in so little a time but he is determined to do what he can.

I wish for my mga kababayan (“my fellow countrypersons”) to finally wake up from our idiotic fawning over celebrity idiots. Media should not blindly cater to the trend of entertainment-addiction-feeding because our constituents have very little venues for acquiring balanced societal information and updates. I appreciate how the radio stations are well and alive and are true to their profession of information-of-the-people-by-the-people-and-for-the-people. What’s good about them is that they are done by the locals in the local mother tongue and that makes a world of difference from, say, the empty abstracted stuff that Eat Bulaga! and the romantic serial dramas (promoting bleached skin and aquiline-like noses!!!) and the likes that have been propagated nationwide for decades.

Trump is just a celebrity who is being fawned upon — that’s the larger part of it, although I do understand that, per mainstream media propaganda(!), it’s either his campaign now or the status-quo Clintons’ which many have found to be very wanting. He talks big, he represents big money, he has this classy-looking background, he does have attractions. But he hasn’t really said much about what he can do for the common person — he’s talked for a year but there has been no course of actions presented.

Duterte talked for just a few weeks — and very little! — he presented an aim and a plan, he has given his plan a time frame, and he started acting on these plans immediately after the election results. If you want to really know Duterte then don’t stop at his public speeches (I also cringe at some of them). The real Duterte is the former mayor of Davao City — in there he is a real person with warts and all, failings and all — and nobody there thinks of him a saint but that he does his job to the best of his ability without monetary gain and without fanfare.

Have a sunny Sunday, everyone! Take care. 🙂

Somebody Can’t Trust CNN Anymore

I used to feel fortunate that CNN is accessible to me for free. Not anymore. I’m talking of CNN International – Europe. I had learned to enjoy the segments, all of them, and have become familiar with the anchor persons and field reporters. All of them.

Until Bernie Sanders happened. ❤

My first disappointment was when Fareed Zakariah discussed the claim of Sen. Sanders that had “no credible economic research”, so four economists said, about some economic dynamics (it’s also found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sanderss-plans-make-republicans-look-serious/2016/02/18/4dbddb40-d684-11e5-b195-2e29a4e13425_story.html ). I was disappointed that the program and the post sounded like it was pounding Sen. Sanders’ opinions to the ground and so I had to search for information on names involved in the narrative. I counted the four economists out, as it’s obvious that they’re not supporting Sen. Sanders’ ideas on this. What I found out about the other name mentioned, an economics professor, (I read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/18/the-economist-who-validated-bernie-sanders-big-liberal-plans-is-voting-for-hillary-clinton/ ) is that aside that he is voting for Sec. Clinton, his calculations involve variables that can be “adjusted” to a point where the four economists involved would not have been able to criticize his results the way they did. I wish that Fareed Zakariah would have done a narrative in such a way that Sen. Sanders did not come out like an ignorant babbler. On the other hand, that he’s voting for one or another doesn’t say anything about his calculations. If indeed he is voting for Sec. Clinton and still talks positively about Sen. Sanders’ ideas, then it shows his innocent intention about the whole thing. (He speaks in an interview, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G-oHzb6DX8 .)

Moreover, another economics professor (in agreement with 169 economists) clarifies the correctness of the senator’s plan:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqIr45gRr-k  .

My next disappointment was when Jonathan Mann made it sound in one of his Political Mann segments that Sen. Sanders was not saying the truth when he claimed that he had been invited to the Vatican. The narrative ended by putting across to the viewers that it appears that Sen. Sanders had invited himself to the Vatican. Of course the senator was invited, by the Academy of Social Sciences that was started by Pope John Paul II in 1994  ( http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-08/so-who-exactly-invited-bernie-sanders-to-the-vatican ).

Today at this writing CNN International – Europe makes it sound that Sen. Sanders’ stay in the campaign is “hurting” the campaign of Sec. Clinton. It is an idiotic notion as seen from a few basic assumptions. (1.) If the election is democratic, and Sen. Sanders is winning a tremendous amount of votes, then staying in the campaign if fair both to Sen. Sanders’ aim and to the citizens who are yet to vote for him. These are both Democrats and Independents.  (2.) Saying that Sen. Sanders should drop out implies that his right to try for the office of the president is not acknowledged and the right of those who are yet to vote for him is denied.  (3.)  Instead of being positive about the fact that Sen. Sanders is injecting vitality into the whole voting process, making a myriad of formerly apathetic voters to come out and participate, Sen. Sanders is constantly and subtly being elbowed out of the process.

Just now CNN is discussing, with Wolf Blitzer, how the senator should own up to the Nevada chaos. It’s not as if he is altogether outrightly absolutely denying responsibility for the event. He has in fact said that he will investigate. He has in fact spoken that he does not condone any form of campaign violence (here’s a news segment on ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVPHNbTszUI&spfreload=10

and an analysis of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEY_KYD3sCY

and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0YT03p6qqQ  ). The issue is not with the senator but with the people who were directly responsible for the chaos. They are independent-thinking individuals who were witnessing a process that they perceived to be unfair. Why they were angry, why they were protesting, and why they became that passionately expressive cannot be assumed to have resulted from irrational idiotic views. It does not imply that the senator wanted the chaos to take place or that he had instigated or encouraged the reaction. It implies that there were real stimuli happening at real time that caused a corresponding reaction from those who felt disadvantaged by the process. What was the stimulus that produced this reaction? Were those people involved totally unreasonable? The other side dancing the tango has to be investigated, too. Here’s another analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTuH3jeIS-I

If Sen. Sanders’ voice had been largely ignored by the big media, his gargantuan campaign events not shown on air, his views sold as plain “socialism” with a poisonous tinge attached to it, and the phenomenon that millions have now become convinced of his vision in so short a time is not even a topic for mainstream-media discussion are just a few reasons why any sane supporter of his would now be calling the entire so-called democratic process nothing but foul. There are other issues that they also have the right to be angry about like the voting irregularities that are not discussed, the incidences of voting suppression, and the alleged disregard for votation laws by the former president Clinton; here: https://www.change.org/p/massachusetts-attorney-general-maura-healey-arrest-prosecute-bill-clinton-john-f-mitchell-violation-of-ma-election-laws

and here:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/2/1494728/-Bill-Clinton-Law-Breaking-at-Polling-Station-Beyond-Doubt-Video-Shows-Loudspeaker-Campaigning ).

I have no choice now but to surf the internet for news with regards to the US elections. CNN had just made my life less easier, so to speak! 😀 The downside is that I have come to slowly un-like their entire station! After all, a human being is entitled to her feelings. 🙂

Have a great day, everyone. Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy!

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Bernie Sanders: Dream Come True

Previously Titled “He’s Too Good To Be True”

[Update (April 17, 2016): More than ever I am convinced that Senator Sanders will make an excellent president! I’m excited because he’s been invited by the Pope Vatican to a “conference on social, economic and environmental issues and give a speech on 15 April” in Vatican: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-35999269 . Like Senator Sanders, I’m also a big fan of the present pope for so many reasons not the least his sincerity and hard work on making as many deprived folks as possible feel/know/understand that God is not one who discriminates. I had heard how Senator Sanders describe his religiosity and I was impressed. He didn’t answer in a dogmatic fashion but he went straight into the essence of “spirituality”, which is, that which affects my fellow-human affects me and so by implication we are all inter-related. I was reminded of how my late Hebrew teacher described the Tetragrammaton (“YHWH”). He said that simply said it’s “I am there with you in whatever situation you find yourself in” = “Ich bin da” was actually his exact words. I especially liked how he put it like that because it resonates with Immanuel = “God (is) with us”. That’s why I think that Senator Sanders perfectly hit the mark with his answer. The way he expressed his conviction was likewise more “Christian” than most of the worship service sermons I’ve listened to. When one has to go down into the essence of faith in God it’s actually not in the professing of credos but in the nitty-gritty participation in God’s work in His creation, and the bulk of it falls on the taking care of the co-stewards, the fellow-humans. Moreover, since I’ve come to notice how even my trusted CNN seem to be an extension of the Clinton campaign (I’ve noticed how several of their reporters have come to sound like that in the guise of reporting or interviewing), I’ve started to rely on news through the web whenever I need to check out Senator Sanders’ standing, like this one that sounds more informative to me than the picture that CNN presents:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/sanders-become-democratic-nominee-even-if-clinton-leads-in-delegates_b_9657952.html

… and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Gd76qwofM

… and  http://vetsforbernie.org/2016/03/wall-street-godfather-explains-bernie-sanders-best-candidate-u-s-economy/

… and another: http://usuncut.com/politics/bernie-sanders-bird/

CNN International Political Mann made it sound like Bernie Sanders was lying when he said that Vatican invited him. That was foul and that report has to be corrected and apologies be made to Senator Sanders. Indeed he was invited, he did not invite himself, and Reuters makes it clear, here below:

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was invited to speak at an April 15 Vatican event by the Vatican, a senior papal official said on Friday,…
-reuters.com|By Reuters Editorial-

Here is where varied published articles relevant to Senator Sander’s campaign are gathered in a page. They are of varied affiliations. It’s a very convenient set-up:  https://berniesanders.com/daily/

(end of update)]  🙂

MAIN  TEXT:

Being a non-American I haven’t heard of Senator Bernie Sanders until he decided to run for the office of the president. Over time I came to hear of his views in the news and I’ve observed how he carries himself whenever he talks on an issue. What I have seen is integrity, honesty, confidence, selflessness, and a clear grasp of issues. He comes across to me as someone who won’t bail out when the going gets tough and as somebody who won’t use theatrics to enhance his image. There are really lots of poor people in the USA, both in the cities and in the far-flung rural regions. It seems unbelievable to those who don’t know of this reality but it has been like this since the USA came to be as a nation. Senator Sanders has thought about the condition of these marginalized folks for many decades already.  I wish he’ll become president so that he can have a chance to do more for these folks.

I hope Bernie Sanders becomes president

Somebody has written stuff about him that I agree about, here:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/28/why-bernie-sanders-winning-hearts-and-minds-america

Update, February 18, 2016.

I’m copying here without having asked the 20-year-old author’s permission a big part of his post,  https://www.tremr.com/awkjain/why-dont-minorities-support-bernie, from which I learned a bit on Sanders’ work and passion for the ‘little’ folks:

So, in what ways does Sanders’ campaign cater to minority voters? As a 22 year old, Sanders took part in the 1963 March On Washington alongside 200,000 other activists in support of the Civil Rights Act. Sanders carries this same level of dedication when it comes to stopping the disenfranchisement of minorities through strict voter ID laws. This would be a great incentive for minorities to vote at all, as 43% of nonvoters in the last election were minorities. 

Sanders also favors common sense gun laws, which would greatly benefit minorities living in urban areas where gun violence is obviously a major issue. However, Sanders also understands that guns in rural areas are not the same as guns in urban areas. He wants to reach a middle ground that will not impede rural gun owners from using their weapons for hunting purposes, but also wants to decrease the availability of guns in urban areas where they would primarily be used for violent means. He favors initiatives such as stringent background checks for gun buyers, educating parents about where to safely store weapons away from children’s reach, and working to prevent gun trafficking at all costs. Sanders wants to respect everyone’s 2nd amendment right while still protecting citizens from preventable gun related death. 

Economically, Sanders wants to increase taxes on the wealthiest citizens and corporations in order to increase tax revenue without gutting the middle and lower classes. This would greatly benefit lower and middle class minorities in the same way that it would benefit other lower and middle class citizens. Coupled with Sanders support of universal health care, it is clear that Sanders understands the need to help lower economic status citizens. Obviously not all minorities are lower or middle class, but nearly 75% of Americans are either middle or lower class. In this sense, Sanders seems to be an advocate for what would benefit the greatest percentage of citizens.

While these were just a few of Sanders’ stances that minority voters may find appealing, it’s fairly clear that he does have them in mind. Though he comes from Vermont, a 95% white state, it would be absurd to say Sanders does not care about issues that minorities face. As the early legs of primary season focus on mostly white states, there is obviously much more to be seen and heard from all the Democratic candidates. While at this point Hillary holds an overwhelming lead in the minority vote, Sanders can easily turn the tide with his no nonsense approach to politics and his genuine concern for the plight of the American lower and middle class. Minorities may not support Bernie now, but that may very well change in the upcoming months.

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UPDATE:  May 11, 2016.

sanders clinton truth in black and white

(Illustration above is from: http://www.snopes.com/sanders-vs-clinton-delegate-count/ )

Media keep touting that Clinton has a sure lead over Sanders because the superdelegate count just makes it impossible for Sanders to catch up overall. Superdelegates that are counted did pledge for Clinton but some did it even before Sanders got into the race and all of them have the prerogative to vote for either candidate. That means the superdelegate count is not locked and will most likely shift when it’s finally time for them to vote. Sanders, therefore, is not stuck with the superdelegate number that he has now, it can very well increase tremendously during voting time, and likewise the superdelegate count for Clinton will not stay that way because many of them have the privilege or right or chance to finally vote for Sanders. Said in another way: “The early pledges of support do serve to signal whom the party establishment is backing, a decidedly mixed blessing in the 2016 race. In theory, the superdelegate class of 2016 could cast the deciding votes at the convention, and Clinton has the lion’s share of those who have already chosen; but the pledges given to date are not binding, and if history is any guide, they will follow the voters.” (Emphasis mine; Source: http://www.snopes.com/2016/02/17/party-people-superdelegates/ ) If you are interested you can read more at the couple of webpages I indicated above.

The point is that in the general elections a tremendous amount of voters who do not have a party affiliation (Independents) are going to exercise their right to choose their president. However, many of them have not been allowed to vote during these pre-general-votation processes just because they have not registered as Democrats (or Republicans). So that those who wanted to vote for Sanders were unable to and as a result their voice is not reflected in the current statistics. Therefore the figures repeatedly announced by media where Sanders pitifully trails Clinton is a white lie, is deceiving, and may discourage those who are enthusiastic for a Sanders presidency. In the previous election the turn-out was less than 65% but now the Sanders campaign has done its remarkable share in bringing in newly enthusiastic voters into the process. Come final election time it won’t be a surprise if they vote decicively for him.

Here’s another webpage that explains the situation: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/the-national-media-has-be_b_9364170.html

Senator Sanders talks about it in an interview, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZUnHXnpHI#t=214.61356

Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day! 🙂

Something I discovered today, a YouTube video entitled: Hillary Clinton: Lying for 12 minutes straight.

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BizU-u7RPcY