July 23, 2018, 3:05 pm
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He could feel it in his bones

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka. Digong said last week that if “something bad” happens to him, the people should look at the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 
He asserted that the CIA may want him dead.
“Kaya sabi ko, kung mamatay ako, kung pumutok ‘yung eroplano ko o ma-roadside bomb ako, I suppose it would be no other than the CIA,” he said.
I have no idea what prompted him to say that, but I think it’s a fair statement in that the US has been known to interfere in our domestic affairs, even in the choice of our leaders. 
And the US definitely doesn’t like Digong. He is a patriot and a nationalist. That’s anathema to her. He is pursuing an independent foreign policy, one that is not partial to the US, but one that will strike a good balance in our relations with the big powers and with only the interests of the nation in mind. 
The US knew what kind of a leader Digong would be even before the presidential election in May 2016. She knew where his sentiments lie with respect to our relations with her. But I suspect she miscalculated or underestimated the growing disenchantment of the ordinary Filipinos against her local lackeys, the elite and the oligarchs, who have been lording over them for centuries. She, the US, thought that the usual money politics and, possibly, election cheating will prevail once again in the people’s choice of their president. Wrong! 
So, what Digong said of the CIA is not outlandish. He could feel it in his bones…as many of us do. 

ARE THEY SERIOUS?

When Digong signed Proclamation 360 last November scrapping all future peace negotiations and meetings with the CPP-NPA rebel group, everybody thought that was it. And for a good reason. 
The rebels kept committing atrocities and violent acts against civilians and security forces even while peace talks were ongoing. They showed lack of good faith. 
Last week, Digong suddenly decided, despite the contrary view of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, to resume peace talks with the rebels citing his oft-repeated desire to prevent bloodshed among Filipino brothers and sisters. This, after he reportedly told soldiers, out of pique, to shoot female rebels in their organs. 
In announcing his decision, Digong made clear that the following conditions must be met: bilateral ceasefire; rebels must stay within their camps; no collection of so-called revolutionary tax; and no destruction of properties. 
Digong also said he wants the talks to be held in the country. Why not, indeed?! He said he would take care of the rebels’ expenses while the talks are going on. 
He also set a deadline of 60 days for the talks. 
Most Filipinos share Digong’s desire for a lasting peace with the rebels. Let us hope they are really serious this time. 
Many people, however, think they are not serious at all. As expected, they insist there should be no pre-condition for the talks. 
In fact, the proposed talks may not even get off the ground. The rebels early last week again torched equipment used in the construction of the Davao City bypass road in three of its barangays. 
Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Digong’s daughter, condemned the malicious act and said the NPA “undermines our democracy and development through its brand of egregious violence and extremism”. 
Let’s watch what happens. 

VICE PRESIDENT (?)
ROBREDO

Ms. Leni Robredo whose election as Vice President is under protest, went to the United Kingdom and Germany for speaking engagements just as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal started its recount of ballots cast in certain regions during the elections in May 2016. 
Well, as long as she doesn’t speak ill of the country while she’s there, I guess that’s okay. 
Observers’ immediate impression, however, is that Robredo decided to leave the country at this time due to either one of two reasons: First, she is confident the recount will confirm her victory or second, she knows she will lose and, therefore, she might as well take the opportunity to travel one last time at government expense. 
The latter reason has gained greater acceptance in many quarters due to the “mystery” of the ballots cast in her home turf, Camarines Sur, being wet and almost unreadable. There is also the matter of the missing audit logs of about 90 percent of the ballot boxes, according to news reports. 

BROKEN PROMISES

“My God, I hate corruption!” – President Duterte 
The man is also “allergic” to even a “whiff” of corruption, so he says. 
It would appear logical, therefore, that his “hatred” for corrupt officials would extend to those already formally charged in a court of law, including those who may be out on bail. 
The news report that he has invited three congressmen with graft cases to join him on his trip this week to China, if true, is rather dismaying. 
Digong was invited to address the Boao Forum held yearly in Boao, China, on economic and development issues, similar to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Thereafter, he is to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping “to discuss pressing issues and common threats such as violent extremism, terrorism, and drug trafficking”. News reports say they may also discuss the South China Sea problem. 
So, what would be the role of the following in the official trip: 1) Cong. Antonio Floirendo, Jr. of Davao del Norte who is accused of graft in connection with a land deal; 2) Cong. Arthur Yap of Bohol who is facing charges involving pork barrel funds when he was agriculture secretary; and 3) Cong. Luis Villafuerte of Camarines Sur for allegedly anomalous purchase of petroleum products when he was governor of Camarines Sur? 
Could it be that Digong considers breaking his promise to bring only essential officials in his travels as president is not that significant to incur the displeasure of his constituents. Maybe, but such a broken promise, including unfulfilled ones, could be followed by another, and another, until they eventually and inexorably erode the people’s trust and confidence in his leadership. What then? Sayang!!! 

REMINDERS
This segment is intended to remind the Duterte administration of some of its yet unfulfilled promises and matters that need attention and/or follow-up action. More importantly, the people are entitled to know what’s being done about them.
1) Digong’s promise to rid the country of foreign troops. This, of course, necessitates re-visiting the lopsided VFA and the EDCA with the US.
2) Reciprocal visa arrangements with the US and other countries. 
3) The retrieval of the Balangiga bells. (Sources say the return of the bells is under negotiation.)
4) The return of the Canadian waste. (Sources say the DOJ has filed a motion before the proper court for the importer to return the waste to Canada. No decision yet. No word about what Canada is doing.)
***
Today is the 347th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper, Joe Burgos.
After the acquittal of Major Harry Baliaga, Jr., the only person formally charged with Jonas’ kidnapping, I guess what happens next is now up to Divine Providence.
***
From an internet friend:
The Captain called the Sergeant in. “Sarge, I just got a telegram that Smith’s mother died yesterday. Better go tell him and send him in to see me.” 
So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation and lines up all the troops.
“Listen up, men,” says the Sergeant. “Johnson report to Personnel to sign some papers. The rest of you men report to the Motor Pool for maintenance. Oh by the way, Smith, your mother died, report to the commander.” 
Later that day the Captain called the Sergeant into his office. 
“Hey, Sarge, that was a pretty cold way to inform Smith his mother died. Couldn’t you be a bit more tactful, next time?” 
“Yes, sir,” answered the Sarge.
A few months later, the Captain called the Sergeant in again. “Sarge, I just got a telegram that James mother died. You’d better go tell him and send him in to see me. This time be more tactful.” 
So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation. “Ok, men, fall in and listen up. Everybody with a mother, take two steps forward.”
“Not so fast, James!”
***
10 April 2018
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