July 19, 2018, 8:51 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
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Fallacious

HE has yet to formally take up his position as ambassador, but already Jose Romualdez gives the impression he will be no different from his predecessors in Washington.

In a recent TV interview, Romualdez was quoted as saying that the Duterte administration’s independent foreign policy is not new but that it is more emphasized this time.

 “It’s a kind of policy that I think has always been around but it’s just more emphatic this time,” Romualdez said. 

Huh? I have been around long enough to know that what he said is so fallacious that it boggles the mind. 

Or is it just him? That being pro-US is equivalent to having an independent foreign policy? For that’s what we have been since the Republic was born in 1946 – being inordinately and unabashedly pro-US that, among other things, kept us out of the Non-Aligned Movement for a long time during the Cold War. We were looked down upon as a pariah in the developing world and nothing more than a US stooge.

So, pray tell, how could something that everyone knows had not been there be “more emphatic this time”?

And now, Romualdez says the US role in Southeast Asia is crucial. Everyone knows that. But it would be good for him to remember what his immediate boss, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said:

 “Do not pretend that you’re (US) protecting the Philippines. You’re protecting your interest.”

As I wrote last week, our diplomatic representation in Washington should absorb and digest what Cayetano succinctly defined as an independent foreign policy.

Romualdez, therefore, would be well-advised to bear that in mind and not be influenced by his previous and present close association with sundry firms, groups and personalities both here and in the US. His main concern should be the promotion and protection of Philippine interests – of the majority of Filipinos, not only of the elite and the pro-American sectors of our society.

PH-US RELATIONS

US Ambassador Sung Kim obviously has a keen understanding of how PH-US relations should be pursued – more focus on the ground with initiatives and programs for cooperation and making sure that their economic engagement remains strong.

Kim also said he was not surprised that the Philippines is seeking to improve its relations with China.

“The fact that the Philippines would want an improved relation with China is not surprising and does not, in any way, undermine our relationship with the Philippines. I think, in fact, all countries in the region would want to have smooth relations with China,” Kim said.

He likewise said he believes that the Philippines and any other country should pursue an independent foreign policy.

HUMAN RIGHTS

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will reportedly raise as of this writing (August 6) US human rights concerns when he meets with Philippine officials over the weekend. 

I hope Tillerson does not raise the question and relate it to the campaign against illegal drugs of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong. That would certainly raise the latter’s hackles once again over US interference in our domestic affairs.

In any case, the Department of Foreign Affairs said that the Philippine Government is keen on correcting Washington’s perception of Duterte’s war on drugs, based on “exaggerated” reports.

“We welcome the opportunity to address their concerns and correct the perceptions they may have gleaned from exaggerated media reports,” the DFA statement read.

EX-PRESIDENT AQUINO

I do not blame Digong at all for calling ex-president Noynoy Aquino stupid (gago) after the latter said nothing is happening in the former’s war against illegal drugs.

Surely, Noynoy knows that the horrifying drug problem we now have did not happen when Digong took over a year ago. It could have taken place only during his six-year watch. For instance, how many huge shabu factories, one of which was in his own turf (Tarlac), were discovered and shut down soon after Digong took over? They could not have been built overnight. 

In this regard, I think former Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Noynoy’s czar against criminal syndicates which no doubt include the drug cartels, should be requested to shed some light on the drug menace.

Perhaps Ochoa could also be requested to share what he knows about the Mamasapano Massacre. He was previously reported to have been charged by Noynoy to see to it that the SAF task force had everything they needed to accomplish their mission.

TALKS WITH REDS

Digong keeps talking about ending negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines, saying talks with the rebels were just a “waste of time”.

If he is serious, he ought to issue forthwith the order formally cancelling the talks and informing the rebels accordingly. 

Failure to do so might otherwise be misinterpreted by everyone as lack of decisiveness on his part.

BOC’S FAELDON

Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon has threatened to name members of Congress and other politicians who are alleged influence peddlers.

He will be doing himself and the Filipino people a favor if he did. It’s time we got rid of those vermin.

So, what is stopping him?

***

Today is the 102nd day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.

The family and friends of Jonas hope that the Duterte administration will exert serious efforts to find and haul the perpetrators of Jonas’ disappearance to justice.

***

From an internet friend:

Retirement has many secrets:


Q. How many days are there in a week?

A. 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday

Q. When is a retiree’s bedtime?

A. Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Q. Why don’t retirees mind being called Seniors?

A. The term comes with a 20 percent discount.

Q. Why do retirees count pennies?

A. They are the only ones who have the time.

Q. What does a retiree do all week?

A. Monday to Friday, nothing. Saturday and Sunday, he rests.

I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day… Gene Perret

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