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Letters from Davao: ‘Leni can dream’ By Jun Ledesma

THE ONLY WAY to stop Presuident Rodrgo Duterte from giving up his post next year is scare the wits of […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanaoexaminer mindanaoexaminerJul 12th, 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. […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Washing dirty linen By Jun Ledesma

THIS CONTROVERSY OVER a load of shabu allegedly slipped through the Bureau of Customs in Cavite via a magnetic lifter […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Fishing faults on Bong Go by Jun Ledesma

THERE IS A saying among us Pinoys which says “Ang punong hitik sa bunga ay tampulan ng pagpukol”. The tree that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Letters from Davao: The die is cast in Davao region By Jun Ledesma

CERTIFICATES OF CANDIDACY for various positions had been filed by the time this piece hit the press and social media. […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Sustaining Manila’s Food Supply by Jun Ledesma

PHILIPPINES, JUST LIKE most countries in the world, are affected by the impact of the spike of oil prices and […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: The Red October by Jun Ledesma

THE WARNING OF the intelligence community about a spectre of an organized attempt to overthrow the government of President Rodrigo […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: The tale of EJK By Jun Ledesma

PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S critics are having a fiesta over his jocose statement that his only fault is the beaten-to-the-pulp issue of […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Of Tax Clearances & Philgeps certificates By Jun Ledesma

WE HAD BEEN so pregnant with cacophony of issues that had been whipped up by the conspiracy of political opposition, […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Amnesia By Jun Ledesma

THE SEPTEMBER 21st rallies denouncing Marcos decreed Martial Law showed a hodgepodge of recollections from those who played central roles […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Who are we rallying against? By Jun Ledesma

THE ORDER OF Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for Land Bank of the Philippines to revert back to its real mandate to […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Beware, we are right in the eye of a storm By Jun Ledesma

THEY CAN DENY it, but there are destabilization efforts being waged in many fronts although these are rather crude and […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: ‘A do-not lesson for Trillanes’ by Jun Ledesma

FROM THE COMFORT of his air-conditioned Senate safe house, the out-of-tune Sen. Antonio Trillanes indulged himself to a fishing expedition. First […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: Golden era of Philippine-China ties by Jun Ledesma

BURIED AND STONEWALLED in the din that emanates from the never ending clash of ideas on Federalism, senseless razzmatazz over […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: ‘What now Trillanes?’ By Jun Ledesma

THE WEEK’S PROMINENT front page story is about Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s order revoking the amnesty granted to Sen. Antonio Trillanes. […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: ‘Federalism, to be or not to be’ By Jun Ledesma

THE EGGHEADS, politicians, lawyers, business and those from varied ideological prisms have been locked in a seemingly endless clash over […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

Letters from Davao: ‘Wasting our vital assets’ By Jun Ledesma

(ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA) – The  benefit of travel is learning from other people’s experience and realizing how conditions could have […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: ‘Conflict on contentious issues’ By Jun Ledesma

I CANNOT UNDERSTAND why there is so much brouhaha over the statements of Cabinet members on some contentious issues in […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: ‘Attack on Cusi reveals more’ By Jun Ledesma

THERE’S ANOTHER variety of wrecking crew that hounds the Duterte government. They’re the more virulent variety in that had been […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Letters from Davao: ‘Spooking Federalism’ By Jun Ledesma

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. DUTERTE wants to perpetuate himself in power. When former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) was installed Speaker […].....»»

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Letters from Davao: ‘Ending neo-feudalism’ by Jun Ledesma

I DO NOT this crap being peddled by those who argue against Federalism that the poorest regions today will be […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018