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‘Freedom and Crime’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao:  AM NOT SURPRISED when some quarters are exploiting to the hilt the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to shut down the operations of Rappler.The bannered story warns of the muzzling of the press. Rappler itself, quoting Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, wrote that if Duterte wants to close the media establishment they could have just sent the military. Of course it is the usual Rappler’s furtive way of saying it which is very characteristic of this media outfit.  But this is not about press freedom. It is about media ownership which, under Philippine laws, should be 100% owned by Filipinos. For years since the inception of Rappler, the impression was that it is fully owned by Pinoys. There are Filipinos  with extra money to spare who invested money in Rappler in the hope that they can support an independent media outfit. As every body knew, the big media establishments are tools used by the wealthy and famous to protect their interest from political predators but they end up using the muscle of the press to either promote or destroy politicians and their adversaries.  Not until SEC ordered the closure of Rappler that it came out in the open that  the notorious ON OMIDYAR had wormed its way in and into the heart and brain of Rappler. The characters behind these outfits are shrewd but not wise enough their own disclosures in their PDRs gave them away. The Philippine Deposit Receipts which Rappler through its holding company issued explicitly granted ON OMIDYAR to have a say in the operations and business of Rappler.  Ma. Ressa’s attention was called by SEC on this critical item but it appears that she was not paying attention or might have thought she can deal with the problem anyway.  Looks like she sat on the problem that even the  members of the 5-man Commission who, except for one,  are all appointees of ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino have reach a point of decision.  As the story unravels, again it showed that there was an attempt to correct the provisions in the PDRs by submitting ON OMIDYAR’s waiver on its right to intrude into the conduct of business of Rappler. Again Rappler showed its cavalier attitude, it submitted the waiver document which was not even notarized.  Obviously even the Aquino-controlled SEC cannot take the lackadaisical attention of Ma. Ressa. It revoked the SEC registration of Rappler.  Even as it had been axed, Ressa and Pia Ranada fought back, the later calling Pres. Rodrigo Duterte names as if they reign supreme and they alone know what freedom of the press means. To add to her dramatics Pia intoned  that she is prepared to go to prison for exercising her rights of free expression. She forgot that It was Duterte who, early in his presidency signed an EO on Freedom of Information.  Ressa and Ranada wailed their press freedom had been curtailed. But such is not the case. Every word that they say saw print and broadcasted in nearly 2,000 media outlets in the Philippines and not counting the social media. The revocation of Rappler’s permit is not about freedom of the press but its violation of the constitution which succinctly underlines that media establishment must be 100% Filipino owned.   In hindsight the Duterte government was even too kind to Rappler even as it was the leading media organization that demonize Duterte in every turn. I had seriously doubted its overtures that brag it stands for truth and fairness. During the senate hearing on extra-judicial killing allegedly carried out by the Davao Death Squad which Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes claimed was organized by Duterte, Rappler simply swallowed what witnesses Matobato and Lascanas said.  In 2009 when as CHR Chair De Lima conducted a probe on EJK the number of victims she alleged then was less than 300. The probe lasted for months with nary a piece of evidence was found to indict Mayor Duterte. She pursued her quest to pin Digong when she became Justice Secretary but again she failed. When she became senator she became even more aggressive she placed a bungling Matobato in the witness stand. But Matobato was flawless in his delivery when he was interviewed by Time Magazine. It was unmistakable he was reading from an idiot’s card. He proudly state that as member of DDS he killed and buried more than 200 persons in an abandoned quarry. Yet he cannot find the grave of his victims.     When it was the turn of Lascanas to testify in the senate inquiry, he casually said that they buried more than 2,000 EJK victims in the same quarry.  Between the two perjured witness they  confessed to the  killing of over 2,200 victims of EJK which they buried, they said, in the abandoned quarry. It is simply a classic fantasy. A manslaughter of such magnitude cannot escape notice especially when that narrow piece of land is just about four kilometers from city hall and so adjacent to a number of housing subdivisions. Nevertheless, if they were so sure then why cannot they find a single piece of viable evidence.   In all these occasions Rappler gave the hearings liberal space and took the testimonies of the witnesses as the biblical truths. Both Rappler and Time Magazine adopted exactly the same flawed statistics which in their recent count had reached 13,000 EJK victims. I am based in Davao and frankly I am amazed […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanaoexaminer mindanaoexaminerJan 27th, 2018

Philippines needs freedom from drugs, graft – Duterte

President Duterte yesterday cited the need to liberate the Philippines from social ills like illegal drugs, corruption and crime......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

‘Simtoma sa pagka way paglaom’ ni Jun Ledesma

Sulat Gikan sa Davao:    DAKO ANG AKONG kahibulong sa pagbag-o sa huros sa hangin. Ngano man nga grabe ang kabanha bahin sa press freedom human sa pagsirado sa Rappler, usa ka organisasyon sa media […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

‘Symptoms of Hopelessness’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: I AM INTRIGUED by the recent turn of events. Why is there so much brouhaha over press freedom following the closure of the operations of Rappler, a media outfit which was discovered […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

‘Engrandeng Panlimbong’ ni Jun Ledesma

Mga Sulat Gikan Davao:  HUMAN NASAKPAN ang Rappler pinaagi sa iyang presidente, si Maria Rissa, nga nagduwaduwa sa usa ka mahihunungdanon ug batakang prinsipyo sa Konstitusyon sa Pilipinas nga nagamando nga ang media sa Pilipinas kinahanglan nga siento porsyento panag-iyahon sa mga Pilipino, ang Securities and Exchange Commission ning-order sa pagsira niini. Gibandera sa Rappler ang pagpaka-aron-ingnon nga siento porsyento siyang gipanag-iya sa mga Pilipino apan ninggawas gihapon ang baho nga nidawat siya og puhunan gikan sa Omidyar Network nga nailhan na kaayo sa iyang baho nga kusog mosabotahe sa mga pangulo sa nasud nga dili magpa-itoy-itoy sa America. Ningsulay ang Rappler og pamakak pinaagi sa pagdiklarar nga ang mga resibo (Philippine Deposit Receipts o PDRs) nga iyang gi-isyu ngadto sa ON para sa nadawat nga kwarta para sa philantropiya o hinabang sa programang pangkatawhan ug dili kapital-puhunan. Ang resulta sa maong pagpamakak ning-unlod na hinoon og samot sa Rappler sa mas lawom pa sa danawan nga puno og tae tungod kay ang PDRs sa tinud-anay lang mga papeles nga panggamit sa negosyo. Sa dihang wa mailad ang SEC, si Ressa ningsulay na sab og palusot pinaagi sa pag-ingon nga si Omidyar ningbiya sa iyang katungod sa pagbabag sa mga desisyon nga wa niya mauyoni (waiver of veto power). Ang nakaparat niini para sa Rappler kay wa gihapon mopasar kining waiver kay sa paghiling sa SEC, papel ni nga way nada kay dili man notaryado.      Sa dihang nahutdan na og mga galamiton sa pagpanlimbong, nag-amok na lang si Ma. Ressa sa dihang gideliver na ang orden sa pagsira sa Rappler. Lupig pa ang tawo nga giangkon og demonyo sa iyang pagsininggit nga ang iyang kagawasan gisugpo ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte mismo. Ang iyang partner nga si Pia Ranada nagsininggit gihapon nga siya kulongon sa mga military ni Duterte.  Tataw kaayo nga ang maong pasundayag nga mora og hingyawaan usa ka pamaagi sa pagtago sa kalapasang criminal nga ilang nahimo ug pagpintal sa Rappler ug sa mga staff niini nga gipangulohan ni Ressa nga biktima sa panglupig ug sa rehimeng diktador ni Duterte. Sukwahi sa ilang pamahayag nga nawad-an sila og katungod sa pamahayag, ningsamot hinoon og kakusog ang kagahob sa Rappler sa iyang way lipud-lipod nga ataki nga ang gitira si Pangulong Duterte mismo. Nangulo si Ressa og usa ka Black Friday Movement nga ginasuportahan sab sa maihap lang sa tudlo nga mga estudyante sa eskuylahan nga hain pa kundili sa University of the Philippines ug ang naanad na sa pagkatabian ug pagkasabaan nga  mga loyalista sa nagtinga na nga Partido Liberal nga gipangulohan ni Bise Presidente Leni Robredo. Ningsalmot si UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard ug ang iyang lokal nga katugbang nga si Chito Gascon sa pagsaway sa administrasyong Duterte sa pagsugpo sa kagawasan sa prensa o freedom of the press. Ang ubang mga grupo sa langyawng media ningsalmot sab tungod sa halata ug kadedusohan nga rason.          Kataw-anan ang ilang mga yagawyaw. Si Robredo nagwarning nga ang pagsira sa Rappler simtoma sa mangitngit nga kaugmaon sa nasud. Ang mga batan-ong delingkwente sa UP Diliman campus ningsalmot sa way hinungdan nga mga asembleya uban ang mga placards nga nagsaway kang Pangulong Duterte ug sa iyang “makadaot nga mga pwersa nga nagpadayon og pamaligya og mga bakak aron paghatag og pangatarongan sa ilang panglupig ug diktadurya.” Mo-absin sila sa ilang mga klase aron moatubang sa mga camera sa TV arong mangataki kang Pangulong Duterte nga way pagpakabana sa ekselente nga grado nga gihatag sa Katawhang Pilipino kaniya sumala sa Social Weather Statuon ug Pulse Asia ilabi na gayud sa malahutayong pagsalig ug popularidad sa tawong ilahang gikastigo nga walay kahumanan. Wa man hinooy nagtagad sa ilang isyu bahin sa panglupig kuno ug diktadurya kuno samtang ang World Bank hapit supak sa buot nga nagdiklarar nga ang “DDS ningpatay sa demokrasya sa Pilipinas apan wa nila mapatay ang malagsik nga ekonomiya sa nasud”. Ang Forbes, usa ka magasin nga internasyonal nga ginabasa sa mga magpapatigayon, nangutlo sab gikan sa diklarasyon sa World Bank nga nagkanayon sa iyang Global Economic Prospects nga ang “Pilipinas ilawom sa administrasyong Duterte ang ikanapulo nga pinakapaspas nga nagtubo nga ekonomiya sa tibuuk kalibutan”! Dakong tamparos ang maong statistics sa nawong ni Bise Presidente Robredo nga nagpabilin nga “incurable pessimist” bisan sa mga numero nga dili kamaong mamakak. Nagpadayon siya og tan-aw sa kaugmaon sa Pilipinas pinaagi sa antipara nga dagtom og kolor. Nakalimot siya nga siya ang Bise Presidente ug tungod niini angay nga magsaulog sa mga nakab-ot sa nasud. Bahin kang Maria Ressa, wa gyud niya tagda ang diklarasyon sa Forbes ug sa World Bank. Tingali tungod sa sobra nga pagkalain kay si Robredo mora og nawala sa panahon ug nabutaan sa lunlon ug sobra nga pamolitika ug negativismo, si Propesor Clarita Carlos sa Political Science ug tigtuki sa politika mipadangat og mensahe nga Iningles nga lima lang ka pulong ang sulod nga kun hubaron nagkanayon nga “Si Pangulong Duterte ningpalihok sa Pilipinas nga paabante”. Ngadto sa mga ning-ataki kang Duterte tungod sa iyang pagputol sa pusod nga sumpay sa America, ang tubag ni Propesor Carlos mao kini: “Giliwag ni Duterte ang Pilipinas gikan sa naandan na nga foreign policy” samtang “iyang gihulma ang nasudnong interes pinaagi sa paglatid ug pagsubay sa iyang kaugalingong dalan sa foreign policy”. Bilib kaayo si Propesor Carlos kang Duterte tungod sa iyang pamulitika nga modasdas gyud ug walay kukahadlok.    Makaluluoy kaayo nga samtang ang Pilipinas ningsaka na og pipila ka ang-ang sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

‘Grand Deception’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: WHEN RAPPLER through its President, Maria Ressa, was caught trifling with an important tenet in the Philippine constitution that mandates that Philippine media should be 100% owned by Filipinos the Securities and Exchange Commission ordered it closed. Rappler was parading like it is wholly owned by Filipinos but turned out it accepted investment from Omidyar Network (ON) which is known for its notoriety in destabilizing heads of state that are not docile to America. It tried deception by claiming that the Philippine Deposit Receipts it issued to ON money was for philanthropic contribution. The attempt dragged them deeper in shit as PDRs are actually commercial instruments. When this trick did not work, Ressa again tried another act this time claiming that Omidyar signed a waiver on its veto power. Again this did not pass scrutiny of the SEC because the said waiver was discovered to be just a scrap of paper as the document was not notarized.  Running out of deceptive tricks Ma. Ressa went berserk when she was served the closure order and went about town crying her freedom is being curtailed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte no less. Her partner Pia Ranada did the same screaming she will be jailed by Duterte’s military. The grandstanding, it was obvious, was to stonewall the criminal violation they committed and to paint Rappler and its staff headed by Ressa as victims of oppression and dictatorial regime of Duterte. Contrary to its claim that they have lost their freedom of expression, more than ever Rappler had increased the crescendo of its unfettered attack on no less than the President Duterte himself. Ressa spearheaded a Black Friday movement supported by a handful of students from where else by the University of the Philippines campus and the usual garrulous but moribund Liberal Party stalwarts headed by VP Leni Robredo. They were joined in by UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her local counterpart Chito Gascon in denouncing the Duterte government for curtailing the freedom of the press. Other foreign-funded media outfits joined the fray for obvious reason.  Theirs is a cacophony of ridiculous chants. Robredo warned that the closure of Rappler is a symptom of a dark future of the country. The juvenile delinquents in the UP campus joined pipsqueak assemblies with screaming placards denouncing Pres. Duterte and his “malignant forces that continue to peddle lies to justify their tyranny and dictatorship”.  They cut classes to face the TV cameras and klieg lights unmindful of yet another spectacular grade the survey firms Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia showing an “excellent” grade on the sustained trust and popularity of the nation on Duterte which they had been flagellating no end.  No one seems to mind their issue about tyranny and dictatorship as the World Bank grudgingly declared that “DDS killed democracy in the Philippines but they haven’t killed the country’s vibrant economy”.  Forbes, an international business magazine, likewise quoted WB on its Global Economic Prospects, which asserts that “Duterte Philippines is the 10th fastest growing economy in the world”.  The statistics is a slap on the face of VP Robredo who remains to be an incurable pessimist despite the figures that cannot lie. She continues to see the future of the Philippines in dark glasses forgetting that she is a Vice President and therefore should have celebrated with the rest for the gains that the country achieved. For her part, Maria Ressa simply ignored what Forbes and WB declared.  Maybe out of outrage that the Robredo seemed to be out of sync and blinded by sheer politicking and negativism, UP Political Science professor and political analyst, Clarita Carlos,  made a five-worded message to The Vice President thus: “President Duterte moves the Philippines forward”. To those who denigrate Duterte from cutting the country’s umbilical cord to America, Professor Carlos had this to say. “Duterte has moved the Philippines away from the usual foreign policy and in turn ‘defined national interest’ by tracking his own way of foreign policy”. She admired Duterte for his political guts and courage.  It is indeed pathetic that while the Philippines rise several notches higher in political and economic arena the opposition and the foreign-aided media outfits shamelessly continue to belittle these achievements. It is no small feat that Philippines came out stronger in economic growth than China in the 3rd quarter of 2017. On the 4th quarter moreover China rallied (6.9%) and landed on top of Asian countries followed by Vietnam (6.8) and Philippines 6.7%. The Philippines however has been growing more than 6% for nine consecutive quarters and that sustained growth is best among Asean nations. Any which way you look at it, that spells economic stability and investment grade for investors service firms like Moody’s and other international credit rating institutions. Cause and effect is a simple gauge to measure the impact of the tyranny and dictatorial regime that Rappler and its sympathizers have been accusing the Duterte regime. But as I always say, no one can quarrel with success especially when institutions of unquestionable stature put the positive figures across. Expect the economy to grow even faster in 2018 when infrastructure spending commences under the Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program. As we all know, the government had earmarked P8.4-trillion to achieve the mega infrastructure projects comprising of railways, highways and bridges, irrigation’s, airports and seaports to name a few. The job opportunities that these programs will generate are equally mind-boggling. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

‘Freedom and Crime’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao:  AM NOT SURPRISED when some quarters are exploiting to the hilt the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to shut down the operations of Rappler.The bannered story warns of the muzzling of the press. Rappler itself, quoting Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, wrote that if Duterte wants to close the media establishment they could have just sent the military. Of course it is the usual Rappler’s furtive way of saying it which is very characteristic of this media outfit.  But this is not about press freedom. It is about media ownership which, under Philippine laws, should be 100% owned by Filipinos. For years since the inception of Rappler, the impression was that it is fully owned by Pinoys. There are Filipinos  with extra money to spare who invested money in Rappler in the hope that they can support an independent media outfit. As every body knew, the big media establishments are tools used by the wealthy and famous to protect their interest from political predators but they end up using the muscle of the press to either promote or destroy politicians and their adversaries.  Not until SEC ordered the closure of Rappler that it came out in the open that  the notorious ON OMIDYAR had wormed its way in and into the heart and brain of Rappler. The characters behind these outfits are shrewd but not wise enough their own disclosures in their PDRs gave them away. The Philippine Deposit Receipts which Rappler through its holding company issued explicitly granted ON OMIDYAR to have a say in the operations and business of Rappler.  Ma. Ressa’s attention was called by SEC on this critical item but it appears that she was not paying attention or might have thought she can deal with the problem anyway.  Looks like she sat on the problem that even the  members of the 5-man Commission who, except for one,  are all appointees of ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino have reach a point of decision.  As the story unravels, again it showed that there was an attempt to correct the provisions in the PDRs by submitting ON OMIDYAR’s waiver on its right to intrude into the conduct of business of Rappler. Again Rappler showed its cavalier attitude, it submitted the waiver document which was not even notarized.  Obviously even the Aquino-controlled SEC cannot take the lackadaisical attention of Ma. Ressa. It revoked the SEC registration of Rappler.  Even as it had been axed, Ressa and Pia Ranada fought back, the later calling Pres. Rodrigo Duterte names as if they reign supreme and they alone know what freedom of the press means. To add to her dramatics Pia intoned  that she is prepared to go to prison for exercising her rights of free expression. She forgot that It was Duterte who, early in his presidency signed an EO on Freedom of Information.  Ressa and Ranada wailed their press freedom had been curtailed. But such is not the case. Every word that they say saw print and broadcasted in nearly 2,000 media outlets in the Philippines and not counting the social media. The revocation of Rappler’s permit is not about freedom of the press but its violation of the constitution which succinctly underlines that media establishment must be 100% Filipino owned.   In hindsight the Duterte government was even too kind to Rappler even as it was the leading media organization that demonize Duterte in every turn. I had seriously doubted its overtures that brag it stands for truth and fairness. During the senate hearing on extra-judicial killing allegedly carried out by the Davao Death Squad which Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes claimed was organized by Duterte, Rappler simply swallowed what witnesses Matobato and Lascanas said.  In 2009 when as CHR Chair De Lima conducted a probe on EJK the number of victims she alleged then was less than 300. The probe lasted for months with nary a piece of evidence was found to indict Mayor Duterte. She pursued her quest to pin Digong when she became Justice Secretary but again she failed. When she became senator she became even more aggressive she placed a bungling Matobato in the witness stand. But Matobato was flawless in his delivery when he was interviewed by Time Magazine. It was unmistakable he was reading from an idiot’s card. He proudly state that as member of DDS he killed and buried more than 200 persons in an abandoned quarry. Yet he cannot find the grave of his victims.     When it was the turn of Lascanas to testify in the senate inquiry, he casually said that they buried more than 2,000 EJK victims in the same quarry.  Between the two perjured witness they  confessed to the  killing of over 2,200 victims of EJK which they buried, they said, in the abandoned quarry. It is simply a classic fantasy. A manslaughter of such magnitude cannot escape notice especially when that narrow piece of land is just about four kilometers from city hall and so adjacent to a number of housing subdivisions. Nevertheless, if they were so sure then why cannot they find a single piece of viable evidence.   In all these occasions Rappler gave the hearings liberal space and took the testimonies of the witnesses as the biblical truths. Both Rappler and Time Magazine adopted exactly the same flawed statistics which in their recent count had reached 13,000 EJK victims. I am based in Davao and frankly I am amazed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

‘It was a good year’ We have seen the litany of achievements of Duterte administration. It dwarfed the entire six years of the Aquino regime. It could have done better except that it has to first fix a lot of damages wrought by an inept regime that has likewise institutionalized corruption and abetted crime the most horrific of it all – the drug syndicates.  Space or brevity must have limited some significant achievements of the  Department of Finance and am referring to the upgrades of credit ratings of the Philippines from investment grade to investment grade and stable. While early on Standard & Poor’s claimed that President Duterte’s war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings are factors that account for the static rating by December 2017 it grudgingly acceded that something good is happening in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.  Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and his team deserves the credit. Fitch and Moody’s in their “investment grade and stable” rating in December enunciated that the issues surrounding drugs and EJK have nothing to do with the rosy economy of the country and its image as capital investment destination. The country’s economic performance for one is top in Asia and there is no turning back with the expected massive spending on infrastructures and government services starting 2018 and beyond.  The Duterte government achievements scoreboard makes the moribund opposition drooling. Still on Finance, expect the billionaires who are also the country’s tax dodgers to cough up. TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion gives a huge relief to 99 percent of those small taxpayers saving the ar least P50,000.00 in tax cut!  But demands and exacts the reasonable taxes from the rich especially the filthy rich. Last year sampling of Lucio Tan (P6-billion), Mighty Cigarettes (P40-billion) and the Prieto and Rufinos’ one-mile asset that they are accountable to the government in still unquantifiable amount as yet? There is a subliminal message to be absorbed why candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to accept donations from the rich and famous: just pay your taxes correctly and you’re okay.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs are churning more collections under a continuing reforms.  President Duterte himself did dramatic and radical transformations in the area of Foreign Affairs and security. He was chided and lectured on by self proclaimed experts in diplomacy and security alliances especially with the generous expletives he is famous for. But as he admitted to the point of being apologetic, he told media men in this year’s Christmas party, “but that is me”.  Duterte’s foray into foreign affairs and diplomacy might be severely lacking in refinements but he put across his message clearly and direct and one cannot quarrel with what he achieved in such a brief moment. He virtually altered the outlook of the western countries on small sovereign nations. He overhauled alliances by an unwritten rule of mutual respect and cognizance of sovereignty. While Aquino made enemies with China which is the world’s second largest economy resulting in unquantifiable losses of opportunities Duterte reversed that with the resumption of trade, financial assistance with cheap money interest, massive infrastructure projects that will come into fruition by 2018. World leaders to include Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, PM Shinzo Abe of Japan and, to the dismay of the so-called Yellowtards, US Pres. Donald Trump who became his virtual phone pal.  The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Manny Pinol, did exemplary well. Productivity is better than expected and could have performed better if not for the natural calamities that the country has to contend with. Maybe the Bureau of Fisheries under it may try something out of the box. Propose to China to convert that disputed island into a one big marine laboratory. China provides the infrastructures while the Philippines the technical aquatic expertise. Make a 10-mile no-fishing marine haven around the island and guarded by the joint coastguard forces of China, Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippine Coconut Authority under Cabinet Sec. Jun Evasco is about to embark on a massive replanting program.  The Aquino government allocated billions of pesos to fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation but applied the wrong solution. Well, what do we expect from a certain Kiko Pangilinan? The replanting program was a big failure on account of  massive graft in high and low places. Replanting as well as new areas had been programmed by PCA.  Finally we have to give accolade to our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for combating internal threats, terrorism and syndicated crime. The AFP and PNP are more prepared and better equipped now than any other time in history. Furthermore we see a disciplined forces in the AFP and while there are a few remaining scalawags in the PNP the cleansing process is done without let-up. We from Mindanao are comfortable and secured with their presence even under the aegis of martial law. If you do not believe me look at the various surveys on the popularity and trust of Filipinos on President Duterte and his government.  This will end my perspectives for year 2017 and we look forward to 2018 the Build, Build, Build era. The beginning of the new Philippines. Mindanao and Davao City, from where I live and write, may have suffered from natural calamities but we had seen, suffered and endured worse scenarios and even man made tragedies than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

TERRORISTS THEY HAD IT COMING. Five Presidents offered the communist rebels and its armed militia peace but the settlements have not arrived into a fruition. The peace negotiation is done thousands of miles away and extremely is expensive. It is not a walk in the park in that if we consider the number of time the peace panel has to fly to the Netherlands every word can translate to a dollar. The last one is the 5th round  under the Duterte administration alone, and each round a new agenda and new demands are put across the table. It is an endless exercise and personally I am amazed at the patience of  Sec. Jess Dureza and Sec. Bebot Bello in what looks like a bumpy ride in theme park. In the meantime  police and military peace patrols are ambushed, in some cases the victims dead bodies are mutilated and if civilians happen to be along the path they are consigned to mistaken casualty. In an apparent affront to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte even the Presidential Security Guards are not spared. And what about the helpless corporate farms and road contractors’ equipment in remote areas that are being harassed and are set on fire for not paying the so-called “revolutionary tax”. I was told by a government official from Davao Oriental that even the PPP beneficiaries are also being taxed! What classic tomfoolery is this? At the height of the Marawi siege when the President was forced to declare martial law in Mindanao CPP chieftain Jose Maria Sison ordered the escalation of NPA hostilities against the government forces. If you do not call that a declaration of war it must be something’s  else. Still, Duterte hold his forces and another attempt at backdoor negotiation was dispatched. Before Jess and Joma could say hello, an infant was killed in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon. Talks were suspended and finally we are back in ground zero. President Duterte had declared the CPP/NPA a terrorist organization.  In hindsight, it is, or was, the peace negotiation that provided the Netherlands to continually extend Joma and his ilk the mantle of protection even as they were extended some degree of security for having been granted political asylum then. This, even as the CPP/NPA had been tagged by both America and the European Union as terrorist.  But time has changed. The reason for their escape to the Netherland, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, is now six feet below the ground. It is now President Duterte in the helm of the government and known for his closeness with the NPA rebels. But Duterte cannot allow that intimacy to be abused and his leadership insulted or ridiculed by Joma, his former professor. He is now President and the entire nation depends on him on how to address syndicated crime, corruption and radical insurgency. Duterte has goals to achieve and Joma’s antiquated ideology cannot be a deterrent to his government pursuit in achieving these objectives. Duterte made it clear to Jose Ma. Sison that neither government or any piece of the Philippine territory is subject to negotiations and demands.  But one thing is clear, and President Duterte is not reneging on his  promises and guarantees, members of the New Peoples Army may return to the folds of the law and live a normal life. Lands, housing and opportunities Duterte will give them. An offer which, I surmised, is not for eternity. After the terrorist tag there are only two options left for the members and  those identified and supportive of the CPP/NPA.  Lay down their arms and seek amnesty or continue with the armed struggle.  A refurbished Armed Forces of the Philippines is more prepared  now and ready to deal with those who cannot live in peace. (Jun Ledesma)   247 total views, 247 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Teaching respect for women is best campaign vs. rape –Gabriela

Gabriela Women’s Party Vice Chairperson Gert Libang on Thursday emphasized that public education on consent and rape must be improved instead of putting the onus of preventing the crime on victims. Source link link: Teaching respect for women is best campaign vs. rape –Gabriela.....»»

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‘Wiretapping’ drug , other crime lords to boost govt’s anti-drug, crime crackdown

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Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News19 hr. 5 min. ago

Letters from Davao: ‘Not all is well in Boracay’ By Jun Ledesma

BORACAY WILL soon be opened and that indeed sounds like encouraging news. There were directive issued and those which can easily […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Body found at NCCC Mall Davao not among the fire victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 July) – The skeletal remains found last week at the burned NCCC Mall Davao belonged to a person who was only dead for 12 to 16 days based on a forensic examination, an official from the Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) 11 of the Philippine National Police said. Chief Insp. Dr. Nolan […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Mexico’s next government to weigh legalizing drugs

  Mexico City, Mexico -- Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister "carte blanche" to explore the possibility of legalizing drugs in a bid to curb violent crime.   Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause Tuesday when she made the comment at a university seminar on addressing brutal violence fueled by Mexico's drug cartels, the biggest suppliers to US consumers of cocaine, heroin and other narcotics. It was one of her first public events since Lopez Obrador, a leftist widely known as "AMLO," won a landslide victory in Mexico's July 1 election with a pro...Keep on reading: Mexico’s next government to weigh legalizing drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Park contractor named brains in Nueva Ecija mayor’s slay

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Better CCTV cams in barangays pushed

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Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Letters from Davao: ‘Satisfaction, Approval, Trust’ By Jun Ledesma

IT’S MIND-BOGGLING! The Social Weather Station came out with an 11 points drop in the satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Two men arrested in India for raping, burning woman to death

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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

De Lima files bill to shield campus journalists from harassment

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Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Meg: ‘Sanay na akong ma-rape’

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Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Group under CBCP opposes Charter change, citing lack of transparency

AN ORGANIZATION under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has expressed its opposition to charter change, saying it is untimely and not transparent. The CBCP’s lay sector, Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (LAIKO), said in a statement on Thursday that “ in unity with all Filipinos who are freedom-loving and defenders of truth, we strongly… link: Group under CBCP opposes Charter change, citing lack of transparency.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018