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We Don’t Like Leni Robredo Anymore

Good morning! ❤ My Mom voted for Leni Robredo and I supported her in her choice even though I myself voted for Cayetano. Robredo won as the Vice-President (still contested, because of allegations of electronic tampering) and Duterte is saying to let things be, just leave her be in whatever activities she does that is right in her own eyes.

However, she spewed such unfair narratives (un-investigated allegations, misleading generalizations, biased rhetoric) in her speech to the UN community that people, i. e., Filipinos at home and all over the globe, are protesting against how she has hurt the image of the real Philippines, the one that the ordinary Filipino is living in (ang sitwasyon ng karaniwang mamamayan, ng sambayanang Pilipino, ang totoong kalagayan ng Inang-Bayan).

I am in agreement with the spontaneous self-funded, self-generated, volunteer-spirited, community-based movements to, if possible, remove Robredo from the office of the Vice-President. We do not want her to work for us anymore. We, as a people, have withdrawn our approval for her to work for us as the Vice-President of the Philippines. These movements that are busy planning and working out for solutions in this regard are associated with the names Palit Bise, and Team Impeach Robredo or Impeach Leni Team. This article explains this phenomenon further:

http://beta.philstar.com/opinion/2017/03/25/1681873/if-you-are-asking-how-can-i-help

Peace! Have a good day, everyone! May God bless us all ❤ ❤ ❤

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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.

Peaceful Philippines

Good morning and happy Christmas holidays!

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Today I am concerned about how the campaign against the Duterte administration still rages on despite the 6 months of continuous improvement in the country. Filipinos are actually relieved that public menace from drug related crimes (hold-ups and the like) have gone down and that the streets at night are visibly peaceful. This is true anywhere, in the big and small cities and big and small towns. Disagreements between political divides are undergoing dialogues and the arms struggle has stopped. We have become better friends with more nations than before.

This campaign to disparage the Duterte administration has a personal agenda. The personalities who work hard to undermine the efforts of the government are waging a campaign to take back the power that they lost during this election. That they have lost this power is a grave threat to them, especially those who have criminal cases now arrayed against them. Precisely that the people decided on Duterte is not understood by these elite. Despite the clear evidence of a better governance and a happier populace, these elite insist on their rhetoric that the country is heading for disaster. Precisely that the people decided on Duterte was that they saw through the decades how the country has headed toward disaster because the governance of the past had not especially looked into the condition of the majority who are the poor and neglected. If the population is 98 million and if majority translates to more than half, then that’s  49 million people AT THE LEAST! who are constantly at their wit’s end where to find food for the next meal.

Despite that, the country has held on to its spiritual values. Respect for elders was never lost. The family is as highly valued as ever. Teachers are highly regarded. We have remained united against violence and against the culture of impunity among the powerful (and invisible) elite. We are not used to killings and we are not immune to the intensity of trauma caused by any crime, even something as petty as a disrespectful exchange of words.

My concern is that the UN (and other nations, but I won’t bother enumerating which these are) is naively focusing on my government when it has other bigger concerns that need investigating, like Syria that is being attacked by the “good guys” actually!  and where the rest of the world has no idea about how the mainstream news is silent about it::::: http://uspeacecouncil.org/?p=3019

The UN in our case is like a little scradedy-cat who is determined to fight a monster-shadow that’s caused by a hand at child’s play. Stop being naive and grow up, dear United Nations. We depend on you to be mature and fair.

May God’s peace reign in the world and may those who are suffering soon see the light of day. May all who wallow in power and are callous over the sufferings of their neighbors open their eyes and truly help.

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…This link opens to my post about this drug-war. (note: The little hearts in all my posts used to be red, now they’ve turned black all at once. I have to take the time to edit them. Just think of them as little red hearts that I wanted us to be happy about. Thanks!)

Blessings, everyone!

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Por Dios Por Santo …

. ❤ . Please, beloved countrywo/man, I entreat you as one who has just woken up to my Filipino-ness and to my human-ness, to broaden your perspective and simply TRUST the president in his decisions regarding where he is taking us as a nation … No president has yet felt this much about us, for our collective sakes, for our posterity, for over-all peace among us and between us and other nations … do not be offended by the way he handles himself internationally … Let Duterte be Duterte, respect his humanity, trust his heart … he knows so so much about global movements, stuff that he has no more time to explain to us, time is running out, he has to do all that he is doing right now, right now, so just open your eyes, scour for legitimate news sources, and remain assured that we have a system in place where the president will not go over the bounds of morality, ethics and legality … and if you have a serious matter to impart to him in case you think he is wrong in some matter or another, then write to the government page or reach him through his publicized direct telephone numbers … he is the only president who has an open line to the public, we have been empowered to act as members of a democracy …

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Stay healthy. 🙂

I Support Duterte. Part 7. The truth on the war on drugs.

Update 🙂 October 26, 2016 ❤ Tatay Digong Duterte is now in Japan. At the Economic Forum today he talked about this issue that I’m talking about in this post. In this video following, he starts speaking about this concern at video-time 8:37 🙂 >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmKYRXKQ9wE

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. ❤ . Hello everyone. Notwithstanding the most recent conversations revolving around President Duterte’s October 18-21, 2016 visit to China, I postpone my thoughts-write on that topic and have here instead a most-contested issue on the so-called “extra-judicial-killings” that is the major point of contention among the so-called international “human rights advocates” and our president, and hence our nation = us Filipinos.

I heavily owe my illustrations here from the video that can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrSt3ii2qEo

… this video owns all the illustrations that I have on this post. It is important to note that THE KIND OF DRUG THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS LOCALLY CALLED SHABU AND IT IS THE POOR MAN’S COCAINE; THE ADDICTS THAT WE SPEAK OF HERE ARE NOT INTO IT AS A MATTER OF RECREATION; that is, we have to appreciate that only the richest in my country have access to choices of drugs similar to that in the industrialized countries; the overwhelming majority of the people that have become addicts in my country do not have the luxury of having the choice on which drug to acquire, these are the poor, and hence have no control over the kind of effect that its (shabu) use has on the nervous system, they have almost no access to rehabilitative help due to cost constraints, and are trapped in the deadly cycle of using and pushing just to acquire the means to maintain the addiction … nervous systems wrecked, their reaction to apprehension is desperate self-preservation, and hence the violent confrontations that costs the country police lives — good lives wasted … nervous systems wrecked and desperate to acquire money to buy more shabu, these addicts have no sense of humanity anymore when they rob and even kill their own parents, hold-up and kill strangers, and even rape children when the high hits them…

…. and now the illustrations below in summary … the president advocates shoot-to-kill measures according only to what the police have been taught in the police academy for 4 years of their education prior to being qualified for the job, and the engagement of such is according to the full authority of the law, which had been determined according to ethical guidelines that is legitimate to any and all courts of law in the world and throughout history, that government authorities such as the police are for the sole purpose of protecting the people of the land against unlawful elements that threaten life and safety. President Duterte utterly condemns extra-judicial killings. Personages investigated today include government officials and the police who have for so long operated with impunity and have aided in the proliferation of the drug menace in the land, and hence have betrayed the trust of the people, and have furthered graft, corruption, and poverty of the majority of the citizenry, thereby victimizing children and the youth the most. It is only now during this governance that the entrenched drug menace is being particularly addressed, hence the strong reaction from quarters who have no in-depth appreciation of the severity and gravity of this threat to the society plus granting that the present administration is running after time with no funds at all to address this urgent problem. There is no money intended for the building of rehabilitation centers because the budget was prepared by the past administration and it had not placed funds for a use that it did not see at that time. So President Duterte’s cleaning up of criminality side by side with rehabilitating drug addicts and dependents is actually running on below-subsistence monetary resources BUT NEVERTHELESS there is no time to lose as the government’s officials who are involved in the drug proliferation have ALL OF THEM not yet been accounted for or brought to accountability NOT  TO  MENTION the other still unidentified drug lords who are in it only for the money at the least and power at the most …. the drive still goes on, and in the mean time, I pray for my government’s success as it keeps at its sincere efforts at making up for the neglect that has now endangered our next generation …. ❤ ❤ ❤ Mabuhay po tayong lahat, mga kapwa tao sa mundo ❤ ❤ ❤duterte-0duterte-1duterte-2duterte-3duterte-3aduterte-4duterte-4aduterte-5duterte-6duterte-7duterte-7aduterte-8duterte-9duterte-10

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Thanks for dropping by. Stay healthy, motivated, and happy wherever you are, or at least try to be, because nothing has the right to take away your right to self-determination. Be happy with your community, with your family, or with friends who see you as family, or simply with the people who have given you their trust and confidence and are happy to have you in their lives — this is the only way to be happy, to be happy with other human beings.

🙂 There is a Being who is as personal as you and me and just because words cannot determine Him/Her then it does not follow that He/She is not.

Have a great day!

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.