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De Lima’s statement on Duterte’s ‘U.S. separation’ pronouncement
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2016
Sen. Leila M. de lima’s statement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements of “separation” from the United States, and ideological alignment with China and Russia as “against the world”:
“I was listening to that and couldn’t help but think:bakit sa isang foreign visit n’ya in-announce iyang kagimbal-gimbal na foreign policy n’ya? It’s one thing to keep your Cabinet members in the dark – which is deeply troubling in itself – but it’s a whole level of betrayal to keep that from the Filipino people, and to announce it for the first time in front of foreigners.
Probing questions must be asked in light of these earth-shaking policy overhaul. What does “separation from the US, both in military and economics” mean, and what are its consequences to our national interests? Are we really completely abrogating our 70-year-old alliance with America? What will be the impact of this separation, particularly in terms of trade and investment? And, by saying that he has “realigned himself” with the “ideological flow” of China, is the President saying that he’s going to sponsor a change in our democratic set-up of government into something that approximates or resembles the communist or totalitarian system of mainland China? Mabibigat na usapin ito that goes into the very basis and philosophy of our foreign policy in particular, and the democratic character of our government in general. Mga usapin ito ng bawat Pilipino.
To borrow the eloquent words of my colleague Senator Gordon, what a “material concealment” from the Filipino people! Obviously, this is not what they signed up for when they cast their vote last May 2016, if we go by the huge disparity between the trust rating that the US garnered vs. China, where Filipinos themselves said that they trust the US most and China least!
And with good reason!
Kapag naghanap ka ng kaibigan, hindi mo lang hinahanap yung mayaman, yung papautangin ka, yung maraming toy guns na ipapahiram sa’yo – tinitignan mo rin kung paano ka n’ya ita-trato bilang tao at kung kaya at handa s’yang ipagtanggol ka. Makipaglaro man sa’yo, wala namang assurance na igagalang n’ya ang pagkatao mo.
I’m not saying that China or Russia is not capable of respecting our people’s human rights, but we have to look at facts and reality, not the romantic picture that our star-struck and starry-eyed President wants to see. If their own people have limited expectations about respect for their human rights, labor law protections and, in general, freedom from violence from their own government, palagay mo ba tayong mga Pilipino can expect more?
Oo nga siguro, mas mahirap makakuha ng visa sa mga bansang katulad ng US, pero iyon ay dahil may kaakibat na pangakong mas magandang buhay, hindi pamumuhay na ikaw ay ituturing na basura oless than human. Parang illegal recruiter lang ‘yan,if it’s too easy and if it sounds too good to be true,malamang kapahamakan at pang-aapi ang naghihintay sa’yo diyan.
Ilang mga Pilipino, kabilang na mga OFWs, ang nasaChina at Russia? Ilang mga Pilipino ang nasa ibang bansa, hindi lang sa US? If you position yourself as the single third world country in the company of two huge, but isolated nations, who do you go to for help if there are OFWs and other Filipinos in trouble in those other countries? Palagay mo kaya mo mag-isa? Palagay mo tutulungan ka lagi ngChina at Russia? Palagay mo they are even in a position to help you under most circumstances?
I’m not only talking about material aid, but in terms of leverage and negotiating power with other countries. If you isolate yourself from the world, it isn’t you who suffers, Mr. President, it is the Filipino people. By all means, make friends! But stop making yourself the enemy of the world!
Masaya ka na papautangin ka ng isang bansa. Oo nga pero, kung isang bansa lang ang kausap mo at in-isolate mo ang sarili mo sa buong mundo, palagay mo competitive ang level ng interest rates o iba pang kondisyon na ipapataw sa’yo bilang kapalit?
President Duterte has a really inflated, if not delusional, view of himself as a strongman at the level of China and Russia’s leadership.
But he’s only proving that he’s a naïve child, looking at the world through distorted lenses when it comes to a lot of things, including foreign policy – absolutely no concept or care for the consequences of his actions. But that’s what you get from violently and vengefully silencing the voices that try show you reason – you deny yourself the chance to mature.
This is what an official visit to China looks like: they will wine you, dine you, roll out the red carpets and treat you like queens and kings. It’s a really good feeling. Pero hindi ka pwedeng magpadaan sa bulaklak, pangako at bola. Mag-isip ka dahil hindi lang buhay mo ang nakataya, kundi buhay at kabuhayan ng milyon-milyong Pilipino. Huwag mong ibenta ang mga Pilipino sa idelohiyang tatalikod sa minamahal nilang kalayaan at demokratikong pamumuhay sa ilalim ng ating Konstitusyon. Nangako kang tatalima sa Konstitusyon, do it. You have no right to put yourself above the sovereignty of the people. Hindi ka diyos.
It’s saddening, frightening and highly incensing that this President does not have a true servant-leader’s capacity to put the interests of the people ahead of his own bitterness. Biruin mo, na-deny ka lang ng US visa noon, hindi ka lang naka-move on, itinanim mo pa ang bitterness mo nang ilang taon hanggang sa maging Presidente ka at magamit mo ang posisyon mo para gumanti sa pakiramdam mo ay atraso sa’yo. Sounds familiar? It does to me, painfully and personally familiar.¨
MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.
The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.
De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.
“What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.
In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.
The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.
Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.
Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.
“The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.
“In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.
However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.
“I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.
Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Senators allied with the Liberal Party (LP) have once again denied having plans to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to LP President Sen. Francis Pangilinan, the president just wants to divert the public’s attention away from the issues he is facing.
“Ang concern natin dito ay ang conspiracy na nauwi sa pagpapalusot ng P6.5 billion na shabu sa BOC kasabwat ang mga drug syndicate. Ang conspiracy na iyon ang dapat ipinapaliwanag ng gobyerno,” said Pangilinan.
(Our concern is the conspiracy that resulted in the entry of the P6.5 billion worth of shabu at the BOC in conspiracy with drug syndicates. And that conspiracy must be explained by the government.)
For Sen. Bam Aquino, Liberal Party members have nothing to do with any effort to oust the president, adding that Duterte may just be making up the ouster plot issue.
“Gaya ng kaniyang mga paratang sa bank account ni Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up. Gawa-gawa lang po iyan. Hindi po totoo (Just like with the bank account of Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up. It’s just made up. These are not true.),” he said.
Aquino also noted that criticisms against members of the opposition are not a good sign.
“Secretary Aguirre has even created a group against what he calls the enemies of the state, including what he calls the ‘yellowtards’. This is already a political persecution,” said the senator.
Meanwhile, according to the former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and now senator, Panfilo Lacson, any plot to oust the president is impossible to succeed.
“Pwedeng may nag-iisip, pero will they succeed? Ang 82% na approval at trust rating ng Pangulo, mukhang mahirap mangyari ang ma-oust siya through either people power or… military naman, unlikely because he’s so close with the military,” said Lacson.
(It’s possible that someone is thinking about it, but will they succeed? With the 82% approval and trust rating of the president, it would be difficult to oust him through people power or…military is unlikely to do that because he’s so close to the military.)
Solicitor General Jose Calida initially divulged that some groups and personalities are colluding to destabilize the president. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Sunday, October 1st, 2017
FILE PHOTO: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
MANILA, Philippines — A country against money laundering allegedly gave the information to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the offshore accounts of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
This was revealed by the chief executive in an interview on the state-run television, PTV last Friday night.
Trillanes allegedly closed some of his accounts and that the hidden funds were possibly used for destabilization efforts against the Duterte administration, such as organizing anti-government protests and paying witnesses like retired SPO3 Arthur Lascaña and self-confessed hitman, Edgar Matobato. “Based on analysis, the funds being laundered by Trillanes and his group may not be for their personal use, but rather, it is being used for their cause and possibly to destabilize government by paying for witnesses and funding destabilization operations,” said President Duterte. The chief executive added that in the future, he will release more evidence regarding the said offshore accounts.
On the other hand, Trillanes said in a statement that Duterte’s claims are just new rumors to divert the public’s attention from the investigation regarding the president’s billions of pesos worth of hidden wealth. — UNTV News & Rescue
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