An Unsung Hero of EDSA.


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“Tem” was a charismatic Philippine Marine officer who led the likes of Col. Ariel Querubin during the height of EDSA military coup in 1986. Initially, he was tasked with the defense of Malacanang Palace after Marine intelligence officers uncovered a plot by rebel soldiers led by then Lt. Col. Gregorio Honasan to storm the Palace and arrest President Ferdinand Marcos. A true soldier of the Republic, Tem remained loyal to the Constitution, his Commander-in-Chief and the chain of command. He chose to leave politics to the politicians and was a Marine above all things. As such, it came as a surprise for this Marine officer to be called to lead the assault on the two rebel-controlled camps. At that time, he was told that ten of thousands of civilians have barricaded the rebels.

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As the ground commander of Philippine Marine assault force at that crucial moment, Brigadier General Artemio “Tem” Tadiar (PMA Class 59) has the firepower to crush the rebellion. However, he urged his commanders to “exercise their discretion.” One of these commanders is Philippine Marine Col. Braulio Balbas, Jr. who opted not to fire his 105mm howitzers at rebels positions inside Camp Aguinaldo.  At his level, Tem  was seen to be slacking in ordering his men to go on with the assault despite pressure from his military superiors and the dictator in Malacanang. His tanks and armed troop carriers were seen doing “atras-abante” against the sea of civilians, priests, nuns and members of the media. EDSA 1986 is a major cornerstone in Tem’s military career. At that time he was one of the Armed Forces of Philippines’ (AFP) youngest generals. If he was not an Officer and Gentleman, he could have followed his orders to a tee and wiped out all of rebels and civilian sympathizers. If he was a lesser man, Tem could go down in history as the “Butcher of EDSA.”  EDSA Revolution, in turn could be worse than the Tianamen Square Massacre.

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After his role in EDSA 1986, Tem was placed under house arrest at Fort Bonifacio and was reportedly investigated because of his loyalty to the Marcoses. Yet after several years, he was cleared of any irregularities. Later he was assigned as deputy Commander, Subic Naval Base Command and quietly retired from service in December 1992.

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Brigadier General Artemio “Tem” Tadiar was perceived by many as a Marcos loyalist. Even if this is true, there is no shame in being loyal, even to a dictator. Soldiers, at all times, should be loyal to the Commander-in-Chief.   At least his brand of military service is unlike that of the“military reformists” who would later attempt against the very people they have help install at EDSA.

 

Separated at Birth, Part 32.


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Sarah…

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Whitney…

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This is Sarah Rafferty.  She is a television star, casted as Donna in the hit TV Series, “Suits.”

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This is Whitney Westgate, an American pornstar.

Defending the Pacman.


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Manny Pacquiao stirred up a storm when he said in a interview that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT) “are worse than animals.”  According to Manny,  animals are familiar with their mates like a Stag knows a Doe or a  Rooster knows a hen.  In subtle terms, Manny is saying that animals are better than the LGBT who do not know the natural order of things:  round holes do not go with square pegs!

Actually, Manny did not introduce anything new.  The stand of Christ believers (no matter what denomination this may be) has always been against same sex marriage.  It so happens that Manny has voiced out this position unlike the leaders of the Christian faith who are fearful of the backlash from the LGBT community.

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The hullabaloo from the LGBT community is expected.   And because of their sheer size, the LGBT community’s reaction against a perceived attack will surely be a  ruckus.  Blabber mouth gays like Boy Abunda and Vice Ganda who have become demigods in the mass media can say whatever they want as they are confident of a sizeable support (there a millions of gays in the Philippines -tens of millions if you are to count the ones who have not come out of the closet and of course,  their heterosexual boyfriends).

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Abunda who is basking on the top of the country’s TV network is not only  influential but untouchable.   As such,  he  is able to attack Manny during his  prime time  show without objection from the TV network.

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Vince Ganda on the other hand has made being queer as normal and popular.  With the absurd blockbuster success of his movies, gays and heterosexuals alike idolise him with the hope of  similarly striking the jackpot.  For many, he is the modern day Cinderella – a heroine who should be idolised.  He too is a very powerful opinion maker.

But did Manny Pacquiao unmasked Boy Abunda and Vice Ganda as bigots?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Bigots are simply people who abhor difference in opinion.  They discourage free exchange of views by branding those they are up against to be similar on the same boat as ultra-conservatives and  racists.  To be fair with Manny, he never condemned homosexuals.  He merely aired his religious sentiments on same sex marriage.  It the same as saying that  he is against criminality or drug abuse but not against heterosexuals.

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The problem with Boy Abunda and Vice Ganda is that they are pushing the country’s tolerance of the LGBT community over the limit.  Although the  majority of  Filipinos have come to accept gays in society, this is without limitations.  It is the collective spoiled brat attitude of the LGBT community that worsen things.  They are not only contented by being accepted in society – they want equality  even in matters where society and religion has made specific delineation like marriage should only be between man and woman. Or similar footing in things which nature itself considers as  unnatural or law  considers lascivious- like engaging in sex acts between the same gender.

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To reiterate, the LGBT community has to wake up to reality – round holes and square pegs do not match.  Even in this advanced age, people around them will still point out  the obvious – that there are things that cannot be tolerated.

Heart Evangelista for Vice President!


A lot of Filipino voters do not really believe that Vice Presidentiable Chiz Escudero is genuinely a good guy.

For one, he is allegedly closely linked to Danding Cojuangco and other power tycoons.  This makes him a probable puppet with strings that dictate his every move and position in government.

As the Office of the Vice President is nothing but a spare tire, we might as well be entertained in the next six (6) long years.  As such, why do we petition Chiz to substitute his sexy wife Heart Evangelista to replace him in the VP race.

Surely, a scantily-dressed Heart Evangelista in the Office of the Vice President will be extraordinary entertainment (well, for the Filipino male population for sure).

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Dirty Duterte.


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Imagine its already July 1, 2015. President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte issues his first Presidential Proclaimation: go on an all-out war against crime with a very intriguing proviso: dissolve the Commission on Human Rights!

 

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In succeeding months, the resurrected Metrocom and PC Constabulary units of the Marcos Martial Law years barreled through criminality. With Gestapo-like tactics and invincibility, these packed jails with criminals – both from the private sector (drugs, gambling, etc.) and government (graft and corruption, etc.).  Some of the suspects dying under similar suspicious circumstances along the way (like suspects grabbing the police escort’s gun).   The sweeping results left the “Madlang People” in awe.   The once untouchable crime lords are losing business overnight.   People can now  go out peacefully in the streets at night without fear of being robbed or knifed to death. The Duterte administration made crime extinct in the Philippines.

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This is what a lot of Duterte supporters are envisioning. They see Digong as a “panacea” for our society’s ills.  This image is, however, far from reality.

 

 

Duterte is no super crime buster. He is just a hot-headed person.  Undoubtedly,  Mayor Duterte solved several criminal cases in Davao city. But other Filipino city mayors were able to do the same without  the media fanfare.  They did make boastful statements of extrajudicial killings and summary executions.  What actually makes Duterte different is that he is a textbook definition of street bully.   Lady luck must have regretted in letting him pass the bar and practice law as he is the antithesis of the criminal justice system –  Duterte disregarding the very tenets of human rights that he as an officer of the court should observe.   In reality,  he is nothing but a hot-headed man whose actions are dictated by  temper and cowboy machismo. A trait that was seemingly passed on to his daughter Sarah Duterte who punched her way to national notoriety (and being able to get away with it).  Hell, even the pious Pope Francis was not spared from Duterte’s wrath.

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Duterte may turn the country into a police and vigilante state. To make good  his promises, Duterte may likely re-organize the police and the military into a super anti-criminality force .    To side step constitutional limitations, it is likely that   shadowy counter-criminality para-military forces like the urban legend Davao Death Squad (DDS) may re-emerge to conduct vigilante activities and spare the police force from red tape.

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Mind you, this “total war” effort of the Duterte administration will not be one-sided. The Legion of Doom (drug dealers, smugglers,gambling lords, kidnap for ransom and other illegal syndicates) is also packed to the teeth and will not yield any inch of their lucrative crime territory without a fight. Just like the unsolvable puzzle called the Abu Sayaff that lords over a billion peso kidnapping business in the South, these criminals will shoot it out to the death! What will it turn the country into? A narco-police state like Colombia or Mexico?

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Duterte will be the nemesis of Bill of Rights. This early, Duterte does not mince his words about his  disdain for the constitutional watchdog Commission on Human Rights (CHR). In fact, he takes pride in boasting the number of persons he killed or ordered killed.  If he becomes President, the CHR could be the first government agency to shutdown.  If this is the kind of President the Filipinos want, they might as well shutdown all courts of justice.  The “eye for an eye” brand of justice that Duterte is seemingly pushing is a mockery of the due process of law.

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Duterte will have dozens of enemies, from all sides. By making good his promise to fight criminality, Duterte will earn enemies from all sides.  This will be a big problem for him  as he  does not have enough“spotless” political and military allies to  sustain a credible campaign.  Furthermore, he badly lacks the fountain of youth to lead a protracted and multi-pronged campaign. Criminality in government, for example, that has been deeply-engrained by decades of apathy (and financial success for corrupt politicians) cannot be solved by jailing all the politicians. Surely, nobody will be left to man the government if Duterte will have his way.

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Duterte will just do whatever he wants – voters wanted him to do just that. Right now political observers see a Donald Trump in Duterte. Just like the rogue Republican front runner, Duterte proudly banners a bold statement: “You know I am crazy but you still like me!”   Duterte who has repeatedly announce that he was not running for Presidency is now saying that there is a clamour for him to run.  He says  the people just wanted him to run despite his well-known unorthodox ways.

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Duterte is never the Presidential timber. A self-confessed womanizer, cold-hearted killer of criminal suspects and an incorrigible foul mouth, do Filipinos really want Duterte in Malacanang stated otherwise be dubbed the “Father of Filipinos?”

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Hell, no!

 

 

Pablo Escobar of the Philippines.


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In one city in the Philippines, the number one man in the order battle of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is an ex-convict.  According to reports, this notorious personality has ventured into legitimate businesses after serving time at the National Penitentiary.    However, there are deafening whispers of a resurgence of a mighty illegal drug empire that has been strengthened by several crooked politicians and law enforcers.

Mr. Ex-convict has remained under the radar although  his nom de guerre “The Dragon” is repeatedly (and desperately) linked to several drug related crimes.  It seems nobody can pin him down.    In this situation, the PDEA seemed contented in going after small time  neighbourhood drug pushers.  Small time, no big time instead of “One time Big time” as aptly put by the media.

Then came a recent incident that catapulted Mr. Ex-convict back to the limelight along with questions about his supposed grant of parole.  News reports claim that no record of such parole can be found.  Some say he got out of prison sometime  2011 in a questionable manner.

Really?

All this time the PDEA has not checked the issue of Mr. Ex-convict’s parole?

The public enemy number 1 of drug enforcement roaming free with a cloud of doubt over the legitimacy of his parole.

Really now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I will not vote for Grace Poe.


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First, I think she is not a NATURAL BORN Filipino.

I agree with the decision of the learned Justices of the Supreme Court like Justice Antonio Carpio.  According to him the majority opinion of the five senators in the nine-member Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that Poe should be considered a natural-born Filipino despite being a foundling is erroneous.

“The citizenship requirement under the Constitution to qualify as a member of the Senate must be complied with strictly. To rule otherwise amounts to a patent violation of the Constitution. Being sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, the members of this tribunal have no other choice but to apply the clear letter and intent of the Constitution,” Carpio said.

 

Justice Carpio also said the majority erred in basing their decision on customary international laws providing right of every human being to a nationality and the state’s obligations to avoid statelessness and to facilitate the naturalization of foundlings.

“There is no treaty, customary international law or a general principle of international law granting automatically Philippine citizenship to a foundling at birth. Respondent failed to prove that there is such a customary international law. At best, there exists a presumption that foundling is domiciled and born in the country where the foundling is found,” Carpio said.

If a Senior Justice of the Supreme Court and two of his colleagues have dissented, what more can you say about the legality of the SET decision?

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Second, I think that she will be worse than President “Pnoy” Aquino.

Without any credible political back-up and grassroots machinery, Poe will likely spend her first years in Malacanang to court the various political groups in order that she is able to push her political agendas.

She would have a herculian task of reconciling with various political stalwarts who supported equally powerful Presidentiables.

She would also have to touch base with a demoralised and corrupt military and police force.  That in itself is a mission impossible given her detachment from this group.

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Third, I think she will not be able to do a lot of progress in six years.  

If Poe is advocating for a better administration than Pnoy, how can she do that in 6 years when she has no political experience to convert her promises into action.

She would have to recruit capable individuals to man vital government posts like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Department of Budget.  To do so, she has to do better than recruiting those who have served under past Presidents.  She has to convince private sector bigwigs to join her administration – a task has become frustrating as confidence in public administration has gone down through out the years.

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Fourth, I do not think she has the nerve to continue the task of controlling  criminal syndicates (Jueteng Lords, Kidnap for Ransom), armed groups (like the MILF, NPA) or terrorists (like Abu Sayyaf and Jemaya Islamiya).

What can a former kindergarten teacher do? Unlike Cory Aquino who has the backing of General Ramos and Defense Secretary Enrile during her early years, Grace Poe may only have movielandia baddies like Rex Cortez and Philip Salvador to do battles for her.

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Lastly, she has become a TRAPO this early.

With the election campaign period so far away, Poe who is supposedly basking in the popularity of her Action King Father should worry less about violating the ban on political advertisement.  But look at what she has been doing-   hogging the limelight via all that is humanly possible.  Through cheap gimmicks like riding the MRT to political posters that nearly covers a 5 storey building (the one along Ortigas Avenue is just too big!) , Poe has inevitably embraced traditional politics!

 

 

 

 

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