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PAMUSA Writes A Letter

Malaya 10.31.14

 

“What game is the VP thought playing? Ping-pong? Has the VP been elevated to a position not subject to scrutiny by fellow politicians who may be similarly eyeing the presidency in 2016?”   

 

by Ducky Paredes

 


                  Francisco Wenceslao of PAMUSA sent me a copy of a letter he sent to the governmnrt. I believe the reader should read it:

“In the pre-launch of the Joint USDOJ-PHDOJ Anticorruption Program (the “Program”) whose MOA is still for waiting Sec. de Lima’s signature and Sec. Mar Roxas’ appointment as program director, Pamusa is receiving offers of assistance from US-Pinoys of long professional practice and experience in law, forensic accounting, public administration, sociology, economics, etc. because of their collective wish to at least minimize graft and corruption in our homeland before President Aquino leaves office.

“As an aside, I regret very much that Pamusa’s and my involvement in the Program and likely investigation, prosecution, impeachment and trial in the Senate of Vice President Jojo Binay for graft and corruption has gone deeper than I would have wanted.  The truth is the way the Vice President has presented his case with his star defender and witness, Antonio Tiu, has been a continuing insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people. The VP has labelled the Senate probe on his alleged corruption and ill-gotten wealth as an “inquisition and an abuse of parliamentary rules.” At the same time, he urged Filipinos to take a closer look at the ongoing probe, which he said is being conducted by politicians who consider him (Binay) a threat to their own political ambitions.

“What game is the VP thought playing? Ping-pong? Has the VP been elevated to a position not subject to scrutiny by fellow politicians who may be similarly eyeing the presidency in 2016?   

“The abovementioned Program has acquired urgency in view of the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (KARI) launched early this year by the new U.S. Assistant Attorney General and Chief Criminal Division, Leslie Caldwell, who naturally wishes to establish a name for herself which is the fastest means to a partnership in a prestigious Washington, DC law firm. In fact, Ms. Caldwell has already to her credit last May’s sentencing to 6 months in U.S. jail of Guatemala’s ex-President Alfonso Portillo for corruption in office and money laundering thru U.S. banks, seizure of a California real estate worth $700,000 and his daughter-in-law’s $500,000 investment in a Philadelphia company from the proceeds of corruption of South Korea’s ex-president Chun Doo Hwan who allegedly received an estimated $200 million bribes during his presidency that has yet to be recovered like Kokoy Romualdez’s, and several kleptocracy asset recovery cases.       

“This one-and-a-half-year left of President Aquino’s term within President Obama’s remaining two-year is a great window of opportunity for the Philippines to minimize the corruption, level the playing field for domestic and foreign investors, ensure equal protection under the rule of law, and continue setting up examples such as the dismissal from the service of CJ Corona and SB Associate Justice Gregory Ong with big and small fishes that may include members of Congress, their aides, and other government officials from whom I won’t exclude now Vice President Jojo Binay.

“Based on evidence submitted to Pamusa by abovementioned US-Pinoys, the perjury, obstruction of justice, and patent criminal acts of his star defender and witness, Antonio Tiu, the VP has many sleepless nights ahead of him.  For instance, a retired DAR lawyer has volunteered this information that as far as he can recall every sale of agricultural land at municipal level needed clearance by the so-called Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO) that the land has no tenants or, even if there were, they do not object to the land sale. The MARO clearance will in turn be forwarded to the Provincial ARO if the land is in two and more municipalities which requires publication of the intended sale especially for big tracts of land with boundary disputes which oftentimes is settled only by an agrarian court. 

“Question: Have Gregorio Laureano and the other landowners who sold small and big parcels of land to Antonio Tiu gave him agrarian reform clearances as the land may be municipal or provincial or without disputes with neighboring owners and tenants which must be decided by the court? I’m verifying two interesting allegations which please verify the truth also, as follows:

” (1) VP Binay has in the names of his wife’s relatives as dummies U.S. real estate properties, one in Beverly Hills where he stays during LA visits, probably acquired beyond statistical probability of their legitimate income. The monies used must have been deposited and remitted or carried to the U.S. in amounts of over $10,000 which had not been reported to the DHS Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The money sent from the Philippines having been deposited in U.S. bank accounts is a crime of money laundering in the Philippines and USA. Worse, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related financial crimes may have been violated, such as bulk currency smuggling (the same charge vs. Sen. Lapid’s wife) if no record exists that any cash transfer over $10,000 has been reported with ICE and/or U.S. Treasury Dept.’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

“With no such record to show, Mrs. Lapid was fined by the Nevada court that convicted her of bulk currency smuggling the entire balances of her 23 bank accounts in the Las Vegas area. Pamusa has reopened the case because the investigation of Mrs. Lapid’s illegal financial deals was done hurriedly and her plea bargain granted without digging deeper where the money used to acquire their two (2) Las Vegas homes worth at least a million dollars each came from.  

 “(2) Sen. Bong Revilla’s son, Brian, has been reported to have his parents’ upscale home in LA listed for sale. The senator and wife may liable of the crimes VP Binay and wife could be charged with.

“ Since they probably committed worse and more crimes in the U.S. than in the Philippines, Pamusa has the priority to charge them in the U.S. under the authority granted it by the USDOJ essentially as follows:

 “’The Departments of Justice, the Treasury and State actively assist countries seeking to recover official assets misappropriated by kleptocrats. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the investigative arm of the Department of Justice and we rely on the FBI to do the initial fact-finding for federal crimes. We note that you have previously submitted evidence of corruption to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) field office in Los Angeles, California, and you may wish to continue to do so. The FBI determines when a federal investigation is warranted and may, if appropriate, refer the matter to a U.S. Attorney’s Office or, in the case of the FCPA, to the Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. for final determination regarding legal action.’         

 ”It’s now up to Secretary de Lima to sign the MOA and do U.S. Assistant Attorney General Caldwell a big favor because by establishing the Program, the PHDOJ and Pamusa will add successful recovery cases to the List of Accomplishments of the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative that will please not only the USDOJ but also the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and State, at the same time boost President Aquino’s and his successor’s legacies to be remembered for a long time in Philippine History.

“Finally, an appeal to Secretary de Lima, I’m sorry if I had been critical of the DOJ’s actions or lack of them. But this should not interfere with our bigger responsibilities to clean up it not at least minimize graft and corruption. It’s still the most debilitating problem of our nation and, unless minimized to let millions of poor Filipinos help themselves out of poverty a different version of history will be written from the rosy illustrations of the President’s drumbeaters by ME!

“When I’m done anyone who I think failed to do the simple task of serving our people won’t have a face to show in decent gatherings.”  Francisco Wenceslao, President, Anticorruption Movement USA, Inc. (Pamusa)

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hvp 10.30.14

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Personal Health/PNP as Vocation

Malaya 09.30.14

 

90 percent of Filipinos surveyed rank personal health as highly important, yet their actions do not reflect this sentiment.

 

by Ducky Paredes

 

 According to the Sun Life Financial Asia Health Index, Filipinos set better health as their top priority, but show little inclination to act on it.

  “What we are seeing is the emergence of what we’re calling Asia’s ‘Generation O’ - a demographic that is overworked, overweight, and generally overwhelmed,” Riza Mantaring, Sun Life Financial Philippines president and CEO says.

  “While people want to make changes in areas of their lives that are largely within their control, such as exercise, nutrition, and stress management — that desire hasn’t yet been successfully translated into action that leads to sustained behavior change,” she notes.

Filipinos are among the most overworked, overweight, and overwhelmed in Asia, yet they are also the most optimistic when it comes to their physical and mental health, a study published by Sun Life Asia showed.

90 percent of Filipinos surveyed rank personal health as highly important, yet their actions do not reflect this sentiment.

According to the report, more than six out of 10 Filipinos do not exercise regularly, while 45 percent, the highest in the region, admit to a habit of unhealthy eating.

Almost  half of Fiipinos, again the highest in the region, get less than six hours of sleep per day.

 

“Filipinos are most dissatisfied with their levels of stress (only 40 percent are highly satisified), exercise (42 percent satisfied), and their diet (only 48 percent satisfied),” Sun Life said.

The Philippines also has the highest levels of family history of chronic illness and scored the highest in terms of largely preventable health conditions experienced by family members, such as diabetes and heart disease or stroke.

 The study says that the top barriers cited in the Philippines to living a healthy and active lifestyle include lack of time due to work, distractions such as TV and the internet, and lack of personal motivation.

Despite the above findings, the study reveals that the Philippines outperforms the rest of Asia in terms of optimism.

Filipinos are the most positive about their physical health, at 77 percent versus 62 percent regionally, while 81 percent of Filipinos are also the most optimistic about mental health as compared to the average of 64 percent in Asia.

However, Sun Life said that this optimism may also be preventing people from making the lifestyle changes that would improve their health  in the long term.

The research likewise shows that there is a low understanding of the real cost of healthcare, leading to inadequate provisions made for healthcare funding in retirement.

 “As part of our call to the ‘ Generation O’ of the Philippines to convert awareness to action trough better, healthier choices, we at Sun Life continue to explore ways to raise awareness about wellness and health-enhancing behaviors toward improved physical and financial well-being. It’s time to embrace opportunity, and to work together toward better outcomes all around,” Mantaring said.

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In High School, a Jesuit priest tried to talk to me about joining the police force since (to his mind) it needed good people to sacrifice themselves for the country. Of course, I would not budge. I could not see myself  shooting it out with criminals or solving crimes. I opted for  a writing carreer’

It takes a special type of dedication to pursue a vocation. It is not merely a job, but something that people commit most of their waking hours to (be it within shift hours or not).

However, It takes an even more special type of dedication to stay true to a vocation, especially when your sincerity and image are being questioned, and nothing but negative opinions abound. It boils down to knowing, deep inside yourself, that you are doing the right thing, and what you are doing is for the betterment of not only yourself, but of others as well.

This is the situation our Philippine National Police are in. And it shows what kind of character they have, not only as individual officers, but as an organization as well. PNP officers, led by General Alan Purisima, manage to pull off high-profile arrests, syndicate busts, and anti-crime activities, one after another, despite all the issues regarding police corruption, extortion, and bribery within and outside the organization. Work and life goes on for them.

For those who have clung to a negative image of the PNP perhaps a bit too tightly, some of their recent successes include: the quick resolution of the murder of Zenaida Sison, mother of actress Cherry Pie Picache; the arrest of Ricardo Ayeras, a UN-lister terror suspect, along with several others during “Oplan Sita;” a motorcycle inspection effort designed for crime prevention; and the arrest of Recente “Teng” Padillo, leader of the Padillo kidnap-for-ransom gang.

This, on top of numerous workshops, audits, and other activities to address internal issues: the centralization of the Firearms and Explosives Office for more transparency and less susceptibility to corruption, the development and implementation of a “scorecard” system for a more accurate record of an officer’s achievements and failures, even regular Zumba classes to ensure the physical fitness of PNP personnel.

It is almost, as if by not directly, answering the allegations against them, and by simply doing their job even more effectively than before, they have given their naysayers the best answer they can. Moreover, they have done so in a way that should leave no room for ambiguity: they know who they are, what their job—rather, their vocation—is, and where their priorities lie. Res ipsa loquitur, “The thing speaks for itself.” Or, when put another way, “Actions speak for themselves.”

A recent statement of the Anti-Kidnapping Group, made shortly after the Padillo arrest, goes as follows:

“We at AKG will not be distracted  by the media trying to destroy the Chief & the PNP as an organization. The more that we will face the challenge, heads up. Mabuhay ang AKG. Mabuhay ang PNP.”

They say that the true test of a person’s character is how they fare under adversity. Looking at the actions of the PNP, it looks like they’re intent on no less than passing with flying colors.

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hvp 09.29.14

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Huling Hirit Tungkol kay Mr. Jeffrey Laude

Diretsahan

 

ni Horacio Paredes

 

Hindi ko maintindihan kung baket sa mga balita ang napanganak na lalake lalake na Jeffrey Laude  ngayon ay kinikilalang  Ms. Jennifer Laude, na isang “transgender”. Ang tama na kwento ay ang pinatay ng sundalong Amerikano pagkatapos silang nagsama ng ilang oras sa  motel ay isang lalake. Ayon sa doktor na gumawa ng awtopsiya sa bsngksy ng namatay ay eto raw ay lalake at malaki pa nga raw (ayon sa kaniyang autopsy repot) ang ari nito.

Papaanong magiging “transgender”na babae siya?

Ano nga ba ang “transgender”? Ayon sa wikipedia. “Transgender and Transsexual are individuals who do not identify with the sex they are born into. ‘Transgender’ individuals feel a lack of fit between their own internal gender and the gender roles made by their society. Some transgender people’s sense of difference is so strong that they identify as “transsexual,” someone who believes their assigned sex at birth is wrong and their correct sex is one that aligns with their internal feelings.”

Meron ring mga “hermprodite.” Ang mga ito ay “a person or an animal with the sexual organs of both the male and the female.”Meron ring hermaphrodite sa mga tanim –  “a plant having stamens and pistils in the same flower.”

Ang lunas sa mga ito na gustong maging babae ay isang operasyon na “sex change” na madalas nang gawin sa ibang bansa — gaya halimbawa sa Thailand. Kahit na kung ang isang lalake ay gustong maging babae, nagagawa rin ang operasyong ito, Kaya lang hihdi na maaaring mabuntis ang isang lalake na nagpa-”sex change ” lang.

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Sa totoo, nilikha ng Diyos ang lahat na tao , animal at tanim, kaya kung nagkakaiba ang iilang mga tao sa karamihan sa atin, ang Diyos ang naglagay sa kanila sa mundo natin at dapat na tinatanggap lang natin kung anuman ang ginawa ng Diyos.

Para sa akin, mahalaga na intindihin natin ang mga ito , Sa akin ngang hinala kung kaya patay na si Mr. JeffreyLaude ay dahil sa hindi natanggap ng kriminal na sundalo na siya’y nakipagtalik sa isang lalake. Nang malam niya ito, sa kaniyang galit sa sarili ay pinatay niya ang Pilipino dahil hindi niya matanggap na nakipag-talik siya sa kapwa niya lalake.

Sa dalawang Pinoy na aking tinanong kung nangyari na ba sa kanila na sumama sila sa isang inakala nilang babae ngunit namali pala sila, ang isa ay tinanggap na nangyari sa kaniya ang lahat ngunit pinatawad ang sarili dahil sa kalasingan. Ang isa naman ay ayaw pa ring aminin kahit na ang kasama niya noong nangyari ay sinabi kung ano ang nangyari sa kanila: lalake ang sumama sa kaniyang kaibigan na ayaw naman tanggapin ang katotohanan. Para sa kaniya, ninalimutan na niya ang nangyari.

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hvp (10.29.14)

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The PPP and the BCDA

The Supreme Court (SC) ordered BCDA to abide by its original agreement with SMLI on a competitive challenge for the development of BGC’s South Pointe property, pointing out that doing otherwise would turn investors away from PPPs.”

 

by Ducky Paredes

 

 

           The Public-Private Partnership concept isn’t working as it should.

The Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA)  and the SM Group can’t agree on the development of a 33-hectare portion of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) within Taguig city because the Fort Bonifacio Development Corp. disapproved  the competitive challenge initiated by SM Land Inc. (SMLI) in favor of a public bidding.

The issue has gone beyond the legal to the political and even personal. The government has no desire to talk to their private partners.  Legal challenges that have led to court cases.

The Supreme Court (SC) ordered BCDA to abide by its original agreement with SMLI on a competitive challenge for the development of BGC’s South Pointe property, pointing out that doing otherwise would turn investors away from PPPs.

BCDA also figured in an incident last year when a heavily-armed security group led by its president Arnel Paciano Casanova made a last-ditch attempt to block the May 16 inauguration of the posh SM Aura mall at BGC.

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BCDA  is doing even worse at the John Hay special economic zone (JHSEZ) in Baguio City, where Court of Appeals (CA) and Regional Trial Court (RTC) decided against the BCDA on its  breaches of the original Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in 1996 and subsequent Revised MOAs (RMOAs) resulting from infractions against its supposed private partner-developer.

Recently, the CA upheld an earlier decision of the Baguio City RTC ordering the BCDA to settle its longstanding dispute with the Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevco), over the alleged non-payment of rentals covering the lease and development of the 247-hectare property in John Hay.

Associate Justice Victoria Isabel Paredes writing for the CA’s Special 11th Division affirmed the July 13, 2012 order by Baguio RTC Judge Cecilia Corazon Archog ordering the BCDA to submit itself to arbitration proceedings to resolve its financial dispute with CJHDevco.

The CA  declared: “Finally, the records of the case reveal that the factual allegations of the parties already refer to the merits of the controversy between them, which is the alleged breach of their RMOA (Restructuring Memorandum of Agreement). These issues are best threshed out in the appropriate arbitration proceedings.”

The BCDA refused CJHDevco’s repeated proposals for an amicable settlement of their discord—despite the backing by Congress and Baguio City’s elective officials—prompting the developer to lodge a complain before the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI).

Contrary to the BCDA’s allegation of non-payment of rentals, CJHDevco officials led by its chairperson Robert John Sobrepeña asserted that the company has been up to date in its payments, with the earlier payment suspensions approved not only by the previous BCDA management but by the Office of the President (OP) and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC).

With CJHDevco’s investments already exceeding P2.6 billion and despite the five-year period it took government to partially restore the fiscal and tax incentives at the JHSEZ that were revoked shortly after the firm took over, the firm had agreed to acknowledge the rentals due BCDA when it was in default, on the condition that the agency would abide by the RMOA provisions, specifically the establishment of a One-Stop-Action Center (OSAC) to process and issue all needed permits within a 30-day period.

The Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) cleared CJHDevco chairperson Robert John Sobrepeña of the estafa complaint made by Casanova.

Pasay RTC judge Pedro De Leon Gutierrez ruled that, contrary to Casanova’s claim that CJHDevco had deliberately reneged on its rental obligations, it was actually a slew of factors—mostly traceable to BCDA—that led to a deferral in such lease payments for running this ex-US military base once known as Camp John Hay.

More importantly, Gutierrez said that far from being a unilateral move by CJHDevco, the rental payment suspension was sanctioned or permitted by the pre-Casanova BCDA by virtue of three (3) MOAs approved not only by then-chairman and now-Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson but also by the OP and OGCC.

What led to the rental payment deferral after the private developer’s initial payment of P425 million in rentals, were several factors:

– Delay in the demolition by BCDA and its subsidiary John Hay Poro Point Development Corp. (JPDC) of Camp John Hay structures, which, in turn delayed the turnover to CJHDevco of certain portions covered by the leased 247-hectare JHSEZ property;

  — Delay in the issuance of the requisite Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) so CJHDevco could proceed with the development of its leased property;

 – Urgency for CJHDevco stakeholders to resort to borrowings to continue the development of JHSEZ in Baguio City; and

– The negative impact on the domestic economy of the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

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What is fundamentally wrong with these government-instigated hostilities with political and personal undertones is that they are (1) undermining President Aquino’s pet project PPP by giving the business community the heebie-jeebies, and (2) squandering billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money.

In the case of the JHSEZ, for example, BCDA’s almost two-decade feud with CJHDevco has deprived Baguio City of billions of pesos in unrealized taxes or its share of the lease rentals due the national and local governments.

Hence, the CA order for the BCDA to enter into arbitration proceedings with its private partner is a godsend for Baguio City folk who have found themselves holding the short end of the stick amid the BCDA’s belligerent ways.

 Their elected officials are thinking of taking the government to court for messing up their city’s share of the lease payments as host community.

 The reasons behind the growing restiveness of the city’s officials and their constitutents is proof that the agency, not its private developer, is at fault in this BCDA-CJHDevco spat.

City Mayor Mauricio Domogan bared plans by the City Legal Office to take appropriate action against the agency for its failure on Casanova’s watch to abide by the 19 conditionalities under the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Resolution 362 Series of 1994 covering the development of Camp John Hay.

 “Resolution 362-1994 outlined these conditions, the reason the City gave its blessings  to the development of Camp John Hay in the first place before bidding took place,” says Domogan.

With Domogan insisting that the government, through BCDA’s John Hay Management Corp. (JHMC),  has not been honoring the resolution’s 19 conditions, the city’s Sanggunian has announced that it was summoning Casanova and JHMC boss Jamie Agbayani to update the council on BCDA/JHMC’s compliance with its agreement with the city government.

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In a joint statement, Domogan and Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. said these violations include:

– Non-remittance to the city government of its full 25 percent share from the rental collections from the leased JHSEZ premises.

 “BCDA amended its lease contract with the Ayala Company and extended the term for 75 years without notifying the city government in clear violation of the agreement;

– Failure to secure building and occupancy permits from City Hall for the construction of vertical structures at JHEZ; and 

–Defiance of the city government’s rules on collection of business taxes from locators and closure of tax-delinquent ones at the JHSEZ.

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Casanova’s belligerent  moves against CJHDevco couldn’t have come at a worse time as these took place as the PDRCI was deep in arbitration proceedings to amicably settle the issues that led to this BCDA-CJHDevco row and Sobrepeña’s arrest order.

CJHDevco officials expected the court to dismiss the trumped-up charge against Sobrepeña, in light of the well-documented history of BCDA’s breaches and defaults.

These executives explain that the private developer made a payment-deferment request based on the unfairness of charging full payments while  BCDA was defaulting on its contractual obligations to CJHDevco, and not because it was unable or unwilling to pay as charged.

Under the original 1996 MOA on the 25-year lease of the 247-hectare JHSEZ in Baguio City, CJHDevco was to pay BCDA an annual rent of P425 million or 5% of the gross revenues for the first five (5) years of the contract, whichever was higher.

This meant that BCDA was supposed to receive P1.275 billion in rental fees from 1998 to 2000 under this 1996 MOA.

Sobrepeña has correctly observed that these questionable actions would send the wrong signal to investors, given that while CJHDevco had paid 40% of its dues to the government, the BCDA had only delivered 21% of its commitments under the original lease agreement.

Despite the denial of building permits and other requirements in the absence of the agreed-upon OSAC, CJHDevco still managed to remit P1.4 billion to the BCDA.

This, despite BCDA’s RMOA breaches that had enabled CJHDevco to develop just four of 25 hectares, thus, severely  affecting income generation.

CJHDevco director-lawyer Ferdinand Santos says the BCDA’s contract breaches prevented the firm from exercising true and effective possession of the entire leased property, thereby forcing it to eventually request BCDA for a deferment of payment.

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hvp 10.27.14

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Kapatid Naka-tanggap ng Death Threat

Diretsahan

 


 

ni Horacio Paredes

 

Pinagbantaan ang buhay ng aking kapatid na si Jim Paredes ng grupong Apo Hiking Society, ng isang lalaking nagpakilalang lawyer/engineer.

Sa kanyang Facebook, sinabi ni Paredes na isang Rex Vincent Tecson ang nagpadala sa kanya ng “death threat” sa pamamagitan ng Twitter dahil sa madalas nitong pagbatikos kay Binay.

 “Let it be known that a cretin [certain] named Rex Vincent Tecson sent me a death threat on twitter for criticizing VP Binay,” sabi ni Paredes sa kanyang Facebook.

Sa Twitter ni Tecson, pinagbantaan nito si Paredes na isa-salvage diumano nito sa oras na batikusin pa muli ni Paredes ang Bise Presidente.

 “Ikaw Mr. @Jimparedes Aalamin namin ang Bahay mo dyan sa Manila. SALVAGE ang Aabu­tin mo. Sa Oras Mag-Mention ka pa Uli kay @VPJojoBinay,” mensahe ni Tecson kay Paredes sa kanyang Twitter account.

Sa profile ni Tecson sa Twitter, nakasaad doon na isa itong abogado at engineer at Prime Minister din ng grupong Social Republic of the Philippines.

Bukod sa pagiging singe­r, actor, composer at miyembro ng alamat na Apo Hiking Society, si Paredes ay miyembro rin ng Black and White Movement na kilalang supporter ng administrasyong Aquino.

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Mula sa facbook ni Jim: “Will pass by  PNP cybercrime div later & have death threat by @rexVTecson put on blotter. I wil not be silenced. Only my wife can do dat.”

Nang nasa PNP siya, sinabi niya rin na pati si PNoy ay nakatanggap rin ng death threat mula sa taong ito na nagpapalilalang “lawyer, civil engineer and the so-called prime minister of the socialist republic of the Philippines.  (’Di ba talaga namang sira-ulo!)

Mula noong linabas ang mga ito sa kaniyang facebook. marami na rin ang lumitaw tungkol sa taong nagtanka kay Jim. Merong isang litrato na magkasama si Tecson at isang kilalang kongresista. Meron ring nagsabi na ito raw ay nagtatrabaho sa Makati City Hall.

Ang mahalaga ay sa ating mundo ngayon kapag merong death threat dapat talagang nirereport ito sa pulis. Dumarami ang mga sira ulo. Hindi ako magtataka na kung merong mga Pilipino na nag-aakala na sila ay opisyal ng Sosyalistang bansa ng Pinas, meron ring mga gustong sumali sa grupong ISIS at iba pang mga grupong sumisikat.

Kaya tama ang ginawa ng kapatid ko. Kapag merong death threat kahit galing lang sa isang ulol, dapat ipaalam ito sa pulis.

Akalain ba natin na merong sira ulo na gustong makapasok sa White House sa Amerika o kaya’y papasok sa Parliament ng Canada upang pumatay ng sundalo na bilang ceremonial guard (walang baril) na binabantayan ang Canadian War Memorial?

Sa atin rin sa Pinas, napakarami na ang napatay ng mga “riding in tandem” na ang ilan dito ay parang  thrill-killing lang. Walang rason, pumatay lamang.

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hvp (10.27.14)

 

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2 Sulat, 2 Sagot

Diretsahan

 

ni Horacio Paredes

 

I am a 74 year old man and I admire journalist like yourself who is honest, fearless and balanced and always seek for the truth. That is why I chose to ask you this question which has been bothering me for sometime now. Ilalahad ko sa wikang Pilipino ang aking tanong:

“Nakasaad sa Seksyon 2 ng Artikulo Xl ng (1987) Saligang Batas na ang pangulo, pngalawang pangulo, mga mahistrado ng kataastaasang hukuman, mga kagawad ng komisyong konstitutional, at ang ombudsman, ay maaaring alisin sa katungkulan sa pamamagitan ng impeachment at pagkahatol doon sa tandisang paglabag sa saligang batas o konstitution, pagtataksil, pagpapasuhol,graft at corruption, pagkakanulo sa pagtitiwala ng bayan at iba  pang mabigat na krimen”.

Based on this, can the VP be impeached? Thanks — Romy A. Cator

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Ang problema sa  impeachment ay isa pa rin itong pulitikal na bagay. Ang mga senador ang boboto  at ang dapat na pumayag na magkat=roon ng impeachment ay ang mga kongresista. Sana kung maaasahan natin na ang mga kongresistang papayag na magkaroon ng impescvhment at ang mga senador na boboto kung ma-iimpeach (matangal sa pwesto) ang taong dapat tanggalin ay ang kabutihan ng bayan at hindi ang mas pabor sa kanilang partido o sa kanilang kinabukasan bilang mga pulitiko. Dahil politics pa rin ang iiral, baka hindi mangyayari ang dapat mangyari para sa kabutihan ng Pinas. Baka talo pa rin anf botante at ang bayan.

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Magbibigay lang ako ng (3) suhestiyon kay dismayadong ofw ng Saudi Arabia…

 1) Huwag ka na lang bumoto kung ayaw mong madismaya sa takbo ng pulitika dito sa bansa nating Pilipinas, at para hindi rin sumakit ang ulo mo.

2) Halos lahat naman ng pulitikong pilipino ay may kalokohang ginawa at itinatago, kaya may kasabihan nga sa English na “choose the less evil” , iboto mo na lang ang kandidato na may kakaunting kalokohan na ginawa.

3) Pagbutihin mo na lang ang pagtratrabaho diyan sa Saudi Arabia, kasi hindi ka naman susustentuhan at pakakainin ng mga pulitikong iboboto mo, kasi nga ang habol lang naman nila ay yun pork barrel.

            Salamat po.Ronaldo M. Garcia Pasay City

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            Sa aking pananaw, hindi dahil nasa labas ng Pinas ang isang OFW, hindi ibig sabihin na wala na siyang kaugnayan at hindi na siya dapat makialam sa ating pulitika. Sa totoo lamang sa dami ng mga nagtatrabaho sa laba ng bansa dapat na bigyan pa rin natin sila ng boses sa ating pulitika. Malaki ang tulong ng mgs OFW sa bansa at malaking kwarta rin ang pinapadala nila sa bansa sa kanilang mga pamilya. Dapat lang (kaya nga sa ating kolum ay nabibigyan ng espasuo ang mga sulat ng mga OFW dahil ako’y naniniwala na napakalaki ng nagiging kontribusyon nila sa ating bansa. Dapat lang na pinakikinggan natin ang mga OFW dahil malaki ang kanilang kontribusyon sa ating kaunlaran bilang bansa.

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hvp (10.24.14)

 

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Binay Shows his Ugly Side

Malaya 10.23.14

 

The Commission on Audit earlier confirmed before the Senate panel the “red flags” in the controversial Makati building. The probe has since branched out to include the alleged overpriced cakes given to Makati senior citizens and the 350-hectare farm in Batangas that the Binays allegedly own through dummies.

 

 

by Ducky Paredeas

Vice President Jejomar Binay lambasted his critics’ campaign against his planned presidential bid. Nothing wrong with that.

What he says next is chilling, Binay says that they are afraid of what will happen to them if he becomes president further fueling his word war with critics in the Senate who are looking into allegations of corruption against Binay and Dr. Elenita Binay.

“Those investigating me are simply there because as they admitted they do not want me to even launch a presidential campaign, obviously fearing that should the people support me they would be made accountable for their misdeeds and abuse of power,” Binay says.

Among his criticds is Senator Atonio Trillanes says that  he is praying for the enlightenment of Filipino voters to realize that Binay does not deserve to become president.

I agree with Trillanes. Oviously, if  it is correct that 70% of Filipinos would still vote for someone like Binay, there is something wrong with us. Hopefully, enlightenent may help.

Binay has not attended the hearings of the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II Parking Building, even after the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that 79% of Filipinos want him to face the allegations in the Senate.

Binay says: “I ask our people to examine closely the direction the so-called investigation is taking. So far, they have resorted to humiliating me and my family with such viciousness I have not seen employed by the Senate before.”

He added, “I ask our people to take a closer look at the so-called Senate subcommittee investigation to see what it really is.”

The people want him to attend the hearing and say his piece so that we will know how to judge the Seators and our vice president.

Binay says that  that the Senate probe is not “in aid of legislation” and that the route of inquiry is judicial in nature but masquerading as ‘in aid of legislation.’”

The Comission on Audit earlier confirmed before the Senate panel the “red flags” in the controversial Makati building. The probe has since branched out to include the alleged overpriced cakes given to Makati senior citizens and the 350-hectare farm in Batangas that the Binays allegedly own through dummies.

Trillanes has vowed to expose other alleged corrupt activities of the Vice President.

Worse is the way that Binay is thinking.

They are afraid of what will happen to them if Binay becomes president. Wow! Is he saying that he will hunt doen these senators if  he gets to be President,

“Those investigating me are simply there because as they admitted they do not want me to even launch a presidential campaign, obviously fearing that should the people support me they would be made accountable for their misdeeds and abuse of power,” Binay says.  

Trillanes tells reporters he is praying for the enlightenment of Filipino voters to realize that Binay does not deserve to become president.

Binay is not expected to attend the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall II Parking Building, even after the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed 79% of Filipinos want him to face the allegations in the Senate.

Binay accused the Senate panel of violating his civil rights, warning fellow politicians and other public officials that this too can happen to them.

“I ask our people to examine closely the direction the so-called investigation is taking. So far, they have resorted to humiliating me and my family with such viciousness I have not seen employed by the Senate before,” Binay said.

He adds, “I ask our people to take a closer look at the so-called Senate subcommittee investigation to see what it really is.”

But, what is wrong with facing his accusers and explaining himself to this nation?

The Comission on Audit earlier confirmed before the Senate panel the “red flags” in the controversial Makati building. The probe has since branched out to include the alleged overpriced cakes given to Makati senior citizens and the 350-hectare farm in Batangas that the Binays allegedly own through dummies.

Trillanes vows to expose other alleged corrupt activities of the Vice President.

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Will this recent development again end up as an accusation of Binay against the President for treating a former President badly as he did  last week?

This is what the Vice President, a member of the President’s Cabnet said against PNoy in a speech before government lawyers: “Tama ba yung ginagawa kay GMA? While it is true that as a general rule, you act on the motion for bail after the presentation of the prosecution’s evidence, pero there are instances where it appears already that on the (pieces of) evidence presented, ‘wala naman talagang kaso. Pwede mo na talagang resolbahin yun, pero hindi nireresolba. Ka-babaeng tao, presidente yun, o minsan naging presidente. May sakit pa. Tama ba yun? Palagay ko hindi naman ho yata tama yun.”

The Court of Appeals upheld the Quezon City regional trial court’s order to conduct a full-blown trial of the P15-million damage suit filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by six of the “Morong 43,” the group of health workers suspected to be communists who were arrested in Morong, Rizal, four years ago.

In a ruling released Friday, the appellate court’s Special Eleventh Division affirmed the resolution issued by QC RTC Branch 96 Judge Afable Cajigal that denied the motion filed by Arroyo to immediately dismiss the complaint for damages with application for a writ of preliminary attachment.

The complaint was filed not only against her but also against several military and police officials.

According to the appeals tribunal, the RTC did not commit grave abuse of discretion in refusing to dismiss the case. In addition, the judge neither issued the ruling in a capricious, whimsical, arbitrary or despotic manner leading to a lack of jurisdiction, the appellate court noted.

“Petitioner’s arguments that she should not be held liable for damages as the alleged acts or omissions were in the performance of her official duties as President and commander-in-chief; the instant case is a suit against the State; and [that] she should not be liable under the principle of damnum absque injuria (loss without injury—are defenses whose validity and merits should be threshed out in a full-blown trial and not in a motion to dismiss,” the CA said in the decision written by Justice Victoria Isabel Paredes.

Division members Isaias Dicdican and Agnes Carpio concurred in the ruling.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by medical practitioners and volunteer health workers Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, Dr. Alexis Montes, nurse Gary Liberal, Ma. Teresa Quinawayan, Reynaldo Macabenta and Mercy Castro, who were among the 43 individuals arrested by soldiers and policemen in a raid at the Silungan Seminar House on Feb. 6, 2010.

The authorities said they confiscated firearms and bomb-making components at the seminar house.

The health workers said they were held incommunicado and detained at Camp Capinpin where they were subjected to physical and psychological torture.

The complainants said they learned that the raid was carried out pursuant to the National Internal Security Operation Plan or Oplan Bantay Laya, a counterinsurgency program allegedly approved by Arroyo.

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hvp 10.22.14

 

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Sulat ng Isang OFW

Abante  (10.23.14)

Diretsahan

 

ni Horacio Paredes

 

            Isa po akong OFW dito sa Saudi Arabia. Kailan po kaya magbabago ang pulitika sa ating bansa? Palubog nang palubog ang sistema ng politika sa ating bansa. Ang taong bayan ang biktima ng mga hindi karapat-dapat na politiko sa ating bansa.

            “Hindi ko sinasabing ang politiko ay dapat perpektong tao, sobrang talino o magaling sa wikang inlges.  At lalo naman namang hindi pwedeng ang isang politiko ay bobo at walang alam sa batas. Hindi rin pwedeng ang isang kandidato ay mabait lamang at tanyag, dapat ang mga namumuno sa bansa natin ay may integridad, isa lamang ang asawa at walang kabit, may political will, may delikadesa. Ika nga, balanse dapat ang katayuan sa buhay. Dahil ang politiko ang magpapatakbo ng ating gobyerno.

            “Natatandaan ko ang isang senador (isang artista), ang sabi niya hindi mataas ang pinag-aralan niya (walang masama), hindi siya bihasa sa wikang ingles (wala ring masama). Ang nakaka-insulto ay nang sabihin niya sa impeachment trial ni CJ Corona, na hindi siya bihasa sa batas! Ang tagal na nyang senador! tapos sasabihin niya hindi siya bihasa sa batas, ano ginagawa niya diyan sa senado? Ang tinutukoy kong senador dating vice governor, governor at tumakbong mayor sa isang maunlad na lungsod.

Isang congressman na nahuli sa Hong Kong na may dalang illegal drugs.

            “Mayroon pang isang congresswoman (isang ring artista), ang sabi rin niya sa kanyang ‘PRIVELEDGE SPEECH’, hindi siya magaling sa batas, ano ginagawa mo diyan? Nakakalungkot isipin mayroon tayong mga cognressman at senador na artista na nagsasabing hindi sila marunong o bihasa sa batas, pero tumatakbo pa rin sila, mahiya naman kayo! Bayaan niyo na ang pulitika sa mga politko.

Ang mga nabanggit sa itaas ay ilan lamang ito sa mga halimbawa ng bulok na sistema ng poltika sa ating bansa.

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            Sana ay baguhin na ang batas para sa kwalipikasyon ng isang kandidato na gusto tumakbo sa halalan. Lalo na sa mga matatataas na posisyon sa gobyerno.

            1. Dapat ay nakapasa sa pagsusulit ng Civil Service Comission, bago payagan ng Commission on Election ang sinomang kandidato na tumakbo sa lokal at nasyunal na halalan.

            2. Dapat ay nakapasa sa IQ Test, bago payagan ng Commission on Election ang sinomang kandidato na tumakbo sa lokal at nasyunal na halalan.

            3. Dapat ay nakapasa sa Drug Test, bago payagan ng Commission on Election ang sinomang kandidato na tumakbo sa lokal at nasyunal na halalan.

            Lahat ng resulta ng pagsusulit ay dapat ipakita sa publiko, nang sa gayon ay hindi lamang katanyagan ang sukatan ng mga botante sa pagpili ng mga kandidato.

            4. Hindi sapat na bumili lang ng bahay sa isang lugar at tumira ng isang taon, ay pwede ng tumakbo sa lokal na halalan.(Paanong ang isang taga-Maynila ay bumili lang ng bahay sa Bicol at tumira daw ng isang taon doon ay pwede ng maging kinatawan ng isang distrito?)

            5. Bawal tumakbo sa lokal at nasyunal na halalan ang sinumang nahatulan na ng korte sa isang mabigat na kaso, kahit nabigyan pa ng pardon ng presidente.

            6. Dapat ay nakapag-aral (crash course) ng political science at law ang isang kandidato bago payagang tumakbo sa lokal at nasyunal na halalan.

More power po Sir.” — Dismayadong OFW mula sa Gitnang Silangan


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hvp (09.22.14)

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On Impeaching Binay

“((T)he Supreme Court recognizes the authority of Congress to determine which acts constitute impeachable offenses, regardless of when they were committed.”

 


by Ducky Paredes

 

Can Jejomar Binay be impeached as vice president for things that he did while he was a city mayor?

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr, President of the National Unity Party (NUP) and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr, believe Vice President Jejomar Binay can only be impeached for crimes and other acts he  committed after he assumed his office in 2010.

 “An impeachable official who did not commit any impeachable offense during his time in office can still be held accountable for offenses committed before assuming his present office,” says Dasmariñas City Rep. Barzaga. The NUP is allied with the ruling Liberal Party.

Harry Roque Jr., who teaches Constitutional Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law agrees that the impeachable offenses must have been committed while Binay was sitting as an impeachable official not when he was Mayor of Makati.

Article XI Section 2 of the Constitution that provides the Vice President “may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.”

 “It is contemplated that it be for acts while he was vice president,” Roque says.

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But Rep. Barzaga also notes that the Supreme Court recognizes the authority of Congress to determine which acts constitute impeachable offenses, regardless of when they were committed.

In Francisco vs. The House of Representatives, Barzaga points out, the Court ruled that the determination of what constitutes an impeachable offense is a “non-justiciable” political question and is beyond judicial power. This means that no court, (not even the SC) can decide what is an impeachable offence.

 The High Court ruled that such a determination is a purely political question which the Constitution has left to the sound discretion of the legislature

Thus one can argue that, “based on the Francisco ruling, it is up to Congress to determine if the acts committed constitute an impeachable offense, which may include the period when said offense was committed,” adds Barzaga.

Does this mean that Binay can actually be removed from the vice presidency for things that he did as mayor?

Barzaga also cites Section 1 of Article XI of the Constitution which states: “Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people.”

Even American authorities and jurisprudence support his view, says Barzaga, citing the statements of Yale constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch, author of “A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment.”

 “The Philippine Constitution has its origin from the United States Constitution, including the removal from office through impeachment. Consequently, on issues pertaining to the impeachment process, resort must be made to American jurisprudence on the matter,” he said.

Quoting Hirsh, Barzaga argued that impeachable offenses could also refer to actions taken by an impeachable public officer prior to his assumption of his current office.

According to Hirsh, the American Constitution does not provide any limitation that impeachment could only be used for acts taken during the incumbency of the public officer, Barzaga said.

 “Similarly, the Philippine Constitution does not mandate that the impeachable offense must be committed during the term of the impeachable officer. Basic is the rule that when the Constitution does not distinguish, we shall not also distinguish,” Barzaga said.

Barzaga said Hirsch further argues: “While it might seem unfair to remove someone from office for acts undertaken before assuming office, in certain cases it would clearly be justified. Suppose, for example, it turns out that a President, in a previous stint as a governor, made a regular practice of accepting bribes. Impeachment would clearly be in order.”

Hirsch cites as an example the case of former US vice president Spiro Agnew, who, if not for his timely resignation in 1973, would have been impeached as he was indicted for extortion and bribery he allegedly committed during the time he was governor of Maryland.

Barzaga said there are cases wherein an impeachable officer is not actually impeached but subjected to criminal indictment and civil suit – another scenario that can be applied in Binay’s case.

He cited the cases of former US vice presidents Spiro Agnew and Aaron Burr.

Agnew was indicted for acts committed prior to his assumption of office as vice president. Burr was charged for killing Alexander Hamilton at the time he was the vice president.

 “Both were criminally indicted while sitting as vice presidents,” Barzaga said, adding that even former President Bill Clinton, during his presidency, was a defendant in a sexual harassment civil suit filed by Paula Jones for the sexual misconduct he allegedly committed at the time he was governor of Arkansas.

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The dean of the San Beda Law School, Ranhilio Aquino, said a criminal prosecution of an impeachable official such as Binay may not take place unless he is removed from office by impeachment.

 “As long as one is within the territory of the Republic of the Philippines, anyone who commits a crime—from the President down to the last citizen in the farthest barangay—is liable to be prosecuted, tried and punished,” said Aquino.

 “However, in the case of impeachable officials—and VP Binay is an impeachable official—criminal prosecution may not take place before he has been removed from office by impeachment by the Lower House and conviction by the Senate. In other words, an impeachable official is first removed from office by the mechanism of impeachment and conviction, and then prosecuted and tried for criminal offenses,” he added.

In effect therefore, while Binay holds office he may not be prosecuted for any criminal offense, Aquino said.

 “As soon as he ceases to hold office, either by resignation or impeachment, he may be prosecuted. And the impeachment of an impeachable official is not a function of the Justice Department but of the House of Representatives that alone can file articles of impeachment with the Senate,” said Aquino

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Lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that Binay and all constitutional officials are covered by immunity from suit.

But this does not prevent the Office of the Ombudsman from conducting an investigation to determine if there is a ground for impeachment, he added.

Macalintal also said immunity from suit is not in the Constitution, but “a mere tradition.”

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hvp 10.20.14

 

 

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Mga Kapalmuks

Diretsahan

 

ni Horacio Paredes

Kung sa ibang bansa (Korea, Japan, Malaysia, USA at sa marami pang iba) pa nangyari ang ganito, magbibitiw na ang nahuli at hindi na tatakbo dahil sa hiya.

Kaya na rin dahil sa hindi naman nating maasahan na ang mga kapalmuks na pulitiko natin ay kusang magbibitiw sa tungkulin na tinuring nilang pinagkakakitaan imbes na tunay na pagsilbi sa lipunan ay ang kanilang pinayayaman ay ang kanilang pamilya na tuwang-tuwa naman sa kanilang swerte. Madalas akala ng mga kapalmuks na ito ay nararapat lang na binigyan sila ng Maykapal ng pagkakataong makaahon sa kahirapan. Madalas pa ay akala ng mga kapalmuks na swerte nila at grasya ng Diyos ang nagbibigay sa kanila ng kanilang pinagkukupitan.

Meron namang ilang nagiisip gaya ni Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice na ang dapat na mangyari ay ang mawala na ang mga kapalmuks na pamilyang ganito sa pamamagitan ng impeachment.

Ngunit, muknhang hindi nalalaman ng mga kapalmuks kung ano ang kanilang nagawa. Tanong ng isa:

“Mas importante ba ang impeachment kaysa solusyon sa kakulangan ng trabaho? Sa rehabilitation ng Yolanda areas? Sa ng peace initiatives sa Bangsamoro region o sa pagpasa ng Freedom of Information (FOI) bill?”

 (Sa Amerika, noong si Richard Nixon ang Presidente, ang Bise niya ay si Spiro Agnew. Ang Attorney General ng District of Maryland ay kinasuhan ito ng “extortion, tax fraud, bribery and conspiracy.” Hindi natuloy ang kaso dahil nakipag-ayos na lang si Agnew at nag-bitiw ito sa pagiging Bise Presidente. Hindi na rin tinuloy ang mga sumbong pwera lamang iyong tax fraud at pinagbayad siya ng  $ 29,000 para sa income tax na hindi niya binayaran noong 1967.  Hindi na siya nakulong. Nangyari ito noong 1973 habang nasa ilalim tayo ng diktadurya.)

Dapat pa nga kung hindi talaga kapalmuks, sinisisi pa niya ang pamahalaan na gumagawa ng sa kaniyang pananaw ang kung anu-anong pahirap para sa kaniya. Para bang  meron siyang karapatang manatili sa kaniyang pwesto at wala siyang utang sa lipunan at wala siyang kakulangan sa tapat na pagsilbi.  Sa kaniyang mga pinapakita, dapat na iwanan na niya ang gabinete ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III matapos na birahin nito at ang diumano’y ‘selective justice’ ng administrasyon.

Ayon kay Erice, wala itong puwang sa Gabinete ni Pangulong Aquino matapos nitong banatan ang administrasyon. “Nasa Gabinete ka kinukuwes­tyon mo ang desisyon ng boss mo?”

“Kung gusto niyang banatan ang administrasyong Aquino at ang Liberal Party, mag-resign na lang siya sa gabinete. Panahon nang ipakita niya ang kanyang tunay na kulay,” giit pa ni Erice. “Kaliwa’t kanan (siya) eh, ‘pag pabor sa kanyang bumanat, babanatan niya ang Pangulo. Kung maganda naman ang ginagawa ng Pangulo, siya pa ang nauuna sa pakikipag-selfie sa Pangulo. ” Kapalmuks talaga!

Ayon kay Erice, wala nang puwang sa gabinete ni Pangulong Aquino ang mga gamitong tao matapos nitong banatan ang administrasyon. “Nasa gabinete ka kinukuwes­tyon mo ang desisyon ng boss mo?” diin ni Erice.

“Kung gusto niyang banatan ang administrasyong Aquino at ang Liberal Party, mag-resign na lang siya sa gabinete. Panahon nang ipakita niya ang kanyang tunay na kulay,” giit pa ni Erice.

Sa nakikita natin ngayon, noong nanalo si PNoy noong 2010, baka mas maganda sana kung ginaya niya ang ginawa ng Pangulong Carlos Garcia noong ang kasabay niyang nanalo sa pagka Bise ay galing sa kontra partido na si Vice President Diosdado Macapagal kasabay nito sa halalan. Hindi niya binigyan ang nahalal na Bises ng pwesto sa kaniyang gabinete!

Nagyon, maaaring merong isa niyang miyembro ng gabinete’y  papasok sa NBP ng Muntinglupa kasama ang Misis! Only in da Pilipines!

hvp (10.17.14)

 

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