Stupidity at its best

               One cannot fathom the rationale behind the filing of an impeachment complaint against Pres. Duterte by Magdalo party list Cong. Gary Alejano.           Alejano, a disciple of Sen. Antonio Trillanes, widely known as an anti-Duterte critic, signed the impeachment complaint all by his lonesome.           House Speaker Bebot Alvarez correctly described the move by saying “everybody is entitled to his own stupidity”.           Truly indeed. But to the Magdalo party, headed by Trillanes, everything has its own price.           Alejano and his cohorts have to swallow any stupidity in exchange for a huge sum of money.           That is what we call as stupidity with benefits. Trillanes and his disciples are mutineers during the time of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. They seized the Oakwood Hotel in Manila to press for Arroyo’s resignation.           But despite their apparent braveness, Trillanes failed in their armed uprising against the Arroyo administration.           With just a simple armed hostility, Trillanes, Alejano and their blind followers, immediately surrendered to authorities and were incarcerated thereafter.           For one, an impeachment complaint has to be sufficient in form and substance.           Perhaps, with more than 60 consultants, Trillanes must have prepared an impeachment complaint which is sufficient. But as to substance, without batting an eyelash, the impeachment complaint cannot simply take a first base.           Well, Pre. Duterte and his allies may correctly described the impeachment complaint as stupid.           But they cannot allay fears that the move is part of the destabilization plan against the present administration.           The support generated by imprisoned Sen. Laila de Lima, the projected criminal complaint...

It’s all about politics

It’s all about politics             We have been in that field for almost ten years of our lives. Its ugly head will definitely soar once given the opportunity to maneuver. It’s all about politics.           So when we heard that a resolution was foisted in the Hallowed Halls of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran seeking to declare three committee chairmanships vacant, we know that it’s all about politics.           City Councilor Adam Relson Jala justified his measure as an offshoot to the bitter debate over the tax programs of the city government but one has to admit that the reorganization brought about a political impact among city officials.           To the uninitiated, the Liberal Party in Tagbilaran led by City Vice-Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso and City Councilor Dodong Gonzaga together with Greggy Gatal and Jonas Cacho joined forces with City Mayor Baba Yap in the last local elections and his group in National Unification Party (NUP).           With this informal coalition in the city, Yap’s administration is enjoying a majority in the city council.           But with Gonzaga, Gatal and Cacho stripped of their committee chairmanships, no one can claim that there is no majority and minority in the city council. It’s all about politics.           Aggravating the situation is the report that a survey was being conducted at the instance of Cong. Rene L. Relampagos testing the waters for his possible city mayoralty candidacy in 2019.           In fact, the name of Gonzaga has been floated as a possible running mate of Relampagos who is now on his last and final term as representative of the first district of Bohol....

De Lima, one up and counting

De Lima, one up and counting             At the outset, we learned several quotations in the life of Sen. Leila de Lima in her career as chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, as secretary of the Department of Justice and as Senator of the Republic.           In between these episodes of her life, she has been a staunch critic of Rodrigo R. Duterte and a loyalist of the yellow party led by former Pres. Noynoy Aquino and his cohorts.           For one, what de Lima did to former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada in having them incarcerated, also happened to her.           The golden rule that do not do unto others what you do not want done unto you holds true to de Lima at this moment when she sought the sanctuary of the Senate overnight before surrendering to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).           She castigated the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Muntinlupa for issuing an arrest warrant against her. She must recall how she also sought for a warrant of arrest against Arroyo and have her stopped from leaving the country.           The criminal raps filed against her in relation to the illegal drugs trade is the first salvo in silencing her tirades against the President.           In her last press conference, it seemed that there is no stopping her in her attacks against the President. If you saw that press con, it was as if she was thinking that it was still the time of the former administration with the yellow party painting the town red.           Calling...

Putting the lesson of EDSA People Power Revolution to other use

Putting the lesson of EDSA People Power Revolution to other use   Yesterday was the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution that ended the Martial Law Regime of President Ferdinand E. Marcos and catapulted to power the widow of his arch enemy, Corazon C. Aquino.  On the other hand, Senator Leila De Lima was arrested Friday morning, a day after the court issued an arrest warrant for her on charges based on allegations that she, during her stint as justice secretary, allowed the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison. The senator’s arrest was ordered by Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204.   The two incidents are not related at all but both are worth discussing this time.  The EDSA People Power Revolution brings to the fore a historical fact that may lose its meaning through the years  but a deeper look can be a great tool for solving a myriad of problems that are confronting this nation that is benighted in its march towards real progress and development.  On the other hand, De Lima’s arrest can spark an honest to goodness review of what ails the justice system of this country.   Seeing the lackluster activity that marked the 31st Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution speaks both the attitude of government and those of the people on the importance of that piece of Philippine history.  What activity that was seen on the streets of the nation’s capital was not one of celebration but one of protest by a small group against an entirely different issue, albeit with relation to violence and human right violation. ...

Remembering Mia

Remembering Mia           If you think lawyers are brave, think again.           After the brutal slaying of Atty. Mia Manuelita Mascarińas-Green last Wednesday afternoon, we observed the conduct of local lawyers at the Hall of Justice the following day. They were restless but silent. No one was talking about Mia’s brutal slaying.           We even spent a sleepless night after Mia’s ambush, we just kept our emotions deep inside us. We cannot think of Mia ending her life in such a violent and dastardly done killing.           Being a senior in college, we were already lording it over as a student leader at the then Divine Word College of Tagbilaran (DWCT). We became Speaker of the student government’s constitutional convention and associate editor in the student publication. Along the way, we spotted Mia while she was a second year accounting student. When we formed a core group in the Student Affairs Office (SAO), we recruited her to be the chairperson knowing that she has leadership skills and a highly organized student leader. Mia is mild-mannered and a simple woman. In her senior years, we heard Mia organized a student movement advocating for active non-violence (ANC) and late founded the DIBDIB Student Party. We were positioned in the opposite side and help establish the so-called Coalition for Patnubay and Pagmata for Nationalism, Patriotism and Advancement (CPP-NPA). Later, this student movement was transformed into the Partido ng Kilusang Mag-aaral (KMP), a leftist student political party. After being suspended in school due to our student activism, we parted ways with Mia. We knew later on that she passed the CPA board exam in flying...

Not the time to ask the people’s choice

Not the time to ask the people’s choice         The next election in 2019 is more than two (2) years away but some people can’t just wait for the right time to discuss about it. In fact some institutions including the media are itching to start the partisan political activity and for what purpose we can’t surmise yet at this time.  But start it did.   Last week Radio Station DYRD based in Tagbilaran City made a survey among its radio listeners on who they will choose between current Congressmen Aris Aumentado of the 2nd District and Arthur Yap of the 3rd District as Governor of Bohol if elections were held at that time.   While politics and politicians are the favorite topics to talk about anytime especially among peers while drinking, it is too early even to suggest that people make their decisions now on who to choose.  It is too early to divide the people at this time when our focus should be on development and on what will bring good life to the people.  The congressmen, too, will be distracted from their legislative work.  What we need at this time is a unified effort and approaches to what will bring real progress and development to the people.   It is alright to provide a venue for people’s sentiments since that is one of the functions of the media but to actually trigger it may only fan and foment an undesirable situation that is not contributory to a peaceful political order that we need at this time.  Once ignited a spark can become an uncontrollable conflagration the damage of which we may...

The Agora

The Agora     It took a Korean businessman’s life before Pres. Duterte realized that there is something terribly wrong with the organization that he has tasked with the prime responsibility of waging his war on illegal drugs. Joo Ick Jee’s murder inside Camp Crame, no less committed by PNP operatives, was the last straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.  It was the strongest argument against his blind trust on the PNP.  As a result he immediately ordered the suspension of Operation Tokhang and for the PNP to desist from taking the lead in the war against illegal drugs until it shall have cleansed the organization by getting rid of the scalawags – the termites that eat the PNP wood.  Well and good.   It is not well and good though for the majority of the officers and men in the PNP who have been true and dedicated to excellent service. In Bohol alone people can feel the bitter feeling and pain that he policemen feel and that cause demoralization to sip among the ranks.  It is an admitted fact that in a basket full of eggs there will always be some that are rotten.  But why did it take these few rotten eggs to crack and contaminate everyone with the foul odor before they were discovered?   One former PNP officer, now a member of the House of Representatives may have diagnosed the problem correctly.  PNP Chief, General Ronald de la Rosa has focused his attention to the operational aspect of the PNP and lost sight of the administrative matter where discipline and human resource development belong....

THE STRIKER

By:  Ben Emata An international human rights group accused the Philippine government of crimes against humanity in the guise of eliminating drug lords. It cited the extra judicial killings that targeted only the defenseless poor. The matter has utterly alarmed foreign countries more particularly the more than 7,000 deaths in so short a time. Whether we like or not, dictatorship is in place in the country. Pres. Digong is doing anything he wishes from killing addicts/pushers under the guise of drug war, alliance with the communists and supporting stupid police officers. He sometimes think of abolishing congress because it hinders his desire to do things under his command besides that it collides with the  highest court of the land. New things come that truly confused people more particularly  on his fight with the church. I was shocked when he said a bishop has two wives like him. I viewed this as exceedingly a lie and/or a frame up but what can we do? Then thinks of declaring martial law in the country. Is that not dictatorship? The war against the use of illegal drugs should not be suspended even for a day for any reason until the future of the youth and country are safe and free from this menace. It must go on but please no murders in the homes, in the streets and other places, just arrest drug suspects and let them prove their innocence in the courts. Our goal is preservation of life with peace and abundance and never on anything else that  only produce tears from relatives of the victim. More than 7,000 killed in the drug war in a few months is absolutely excessive and...

TOP ISSUES OF THE DAY 

By:  Ben Emata There is only one report from the media in Cagayan de Oro for the last three days and it is about the flood, the continuous rains, the dead, the alleged floating coffins at Bolonsiri cemetery, traffic problems, people walking along waist-deep streets. Filipinos more particularly Kagay-anons in America are quiet about it while watching TV newscasts but defimitely they are hurt and so worried.  They lost no time in contacting their relatives and friends for updates and names of victims. That is precisely what I did besides gathering information too.  I stayed awake for more than 24 hours just to be sure the city I love so much is not floating on unparalleled disaster. For myself I wanted to cry because I and my family were long time residents of the city and there never was a flood ever no matter how heavy the rains that hit  the place. Three of my children were born there. They studied at the city central school then at the Cathedral High School and Xavier University and they all enjoyed the place that is known as the city of golden friendship. Cagayan de Oro had always been my city after I left our town of Balingasag. I earned thousands of friends while I worked with the local media. I knew majority of the people specially city and provincial employees as well as in the private sectors.. You can see how much love has developed in my heart for the city, that to me has no equal. I lived five years in Cebu City, seven years in Manila, two years in Butuan and two years in Malaybalay – – 28...

OF BLACK AND WHITE

By:  Ben Emata China wrned the United States of America of a nuclear war should the new secretary of state goes on his plan to deny the country of access to the arttificial islands it built in the south China sea. It has been observed that China has installed military  equipment on the island which is also being claimed by the Phiippimes, Vietnam and other countries. I just cannot understand why some ambulance drivers in the Philippines think they have the right to run full speed and can hit any vehicle or pedestrians while carrying patients to hospital.  I wish to tell them straight to their faces they are not clothed  with extra powers while carrying patients to the hospitals. Many drivers have met accidents because they drive fast and think they have the right to do so. By trying to save lives of patient may result in even more deaths because of accidents that could be avoided.  I, therefore, warn ambulance drivers to behave well and follow traffic rules. Stop at signs and respect signal lights along the way. There is one ting I despise in our country.  When there is traffic accident, passersby or pedestrians just looked at the scene but hardly extend help to the bloody victims. Some even rob the pockets of casualties who are gasping for breath. This is definitely the behavior of devils which we must stop. I recalled one time while I was walking along a city street and a firetruck was rushing to a fire scene and  hit a motorcycle-driven cab. Because of the impact, the passenger inside was trapped by steel bars and naturally...
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