“Okay, when do we get to the CRIME part?”

Chief dela rosa

“Whistle while you work”, another 10 bodies delivered to the morgue today . . .

There are a lot of things about President Duterte’s statements and deeds that confuse me. Some are more important than others. Some will get worked out in time, which is fine. I can wait, and hope they work out well for the nation. One thing the Philippines teaches well is patience.

But crime is the centerpiece of the Administration’s reason for being, according to campaign promises. Drugs and crime, gone or substantially reduced in six months.

So how come the crime of vigilante killings is going up? Way up?

These murders are not an official part of the policing effort. Vigilantes aren’t issued badges and do not have police investigation knowledge or probable cause (in its legal sense) or authorization to knock on doors or search and seize.

DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno has issued instructions to Chief Dela Rosa to prepare a report on their efforts to investigate the vigilante killings (224 as of August 4), and the police who have violated procedures in conducting drug raids or searches. But without President Duterte’s explict support, what is your guess as to the effect of this order? An order that contradicts what the President is calling for?

It seems to me it is all for public show. It will prove sincere when actual arrests are made. A lot of them.

Until President Duterte demands a stop to the killings, I’m guessing there will be no stop.

And maybe not even then, given what he has set in motion.

I can imagine that a lot of the vigilante killings are by people who recognize that now, under cover of President Duterte’s police violence, they can get away with murder. Literally, figuratively. Any way you cut it.

  • If Bob’s your uncle, and Bob’s estate would be yours if he died, now is the time to kill Bob.
  • If Bing is going to run against you next election, and he is a real threat, now is the time to kill Bing.
  • If Janice cheated you on the business partnership, now is the time to take Janice out.
  • If Sol is running drugs in your territory, Sol is a dead man.

The real problem here is bigger than individual killings. Bigger than Bob or Bing or Janice or Sol. The real problem here is hundreds time worse. The real problem is the protection net being cast by the President, a net that encourages citizens to be judges and executioners. He has set a killing machine into motion.

Crime.

Resources are going into drugs while the greater Philippines is descending into crime of the worst order. Unrestrained murder.

The karatula killings are now classic in the Philippines, with explicit photos being shown to the entire world. A magic marker and a piece of cardboard is all it takes . . . packing tape if you can afford it . . . and you can gift a body to President Durterte or the people of the Philippines.

224 is four times Mamasapano. It is four times Ampatuan. Count from 1 to 224 and you will know it is an outrageous number of murders. Count again 10 times, for relatives and dear friends, and overlay each count with extraordinary grief.

And not a culprit in sight.

If we are very very generous in out consideration, we can understand aggressive police actions. But the nation as a killing field? The nation was supposed to come clean in six months.

Drugs.

Crime.

So when is the President . . . and his smiling enforcer . . . going to get started on the crime part? The clock is ticking.

 

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141 Responses to ““Okay, when do we get to the CRIME part?””
  1. karlgarcia says:

    These killings are Not the necessary evil. It is just evil.

    • LG says:

      Am just getting it. Why Duterte wants Marcos, the dead one, to “have a burial fit for a president”. It’s long term planning. To have the same honors bestowed on him when his day comes.

      • Joe America says:

        I’m not so sure. I think it has more to do with the favor trading among the new entitled, that like most of his cabinet appointments, he views Bong Bong Marcos as one of his “good old boys”. Ne needs to take care of him because he knows Marcos will support him all the way, no matter what he does.

  2. Whistle ‘Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill the poor’ by the Dead Kennedys while you work.

  3. madlanglupa says:

    The problem is that anything that El Presidente says, his zealots take it as gospel and go into action. Or, given how accurate that some killers managed to barge into a suspected pusher’s house and even know where he sleeps, it could also be the supplier attempting to roll back the network by cutting out those who could turn back against them as informants.

    In any case, some foreign visitors are feeling the chill because of this what I am calling The Violence (“La Violencia”), so much that they ask on Reddit if and how safe they would be to visit our country.

    • “The problem is that anything that El Presidente says, his zealots take it as gospel and go into action.”

      This got me thinking… So if Duterte says something contrary to what he is doing now, will these zealots still follow? But given how they’ve always defended him every time he backtracked, I won’t actually be surprised if they still will. Given this, the only problem now is if El Presidente will change his mind. But really now? Duterte *not* changing his mind? Heh.

      But on a serious note, I’m really not sure if he will change his stance with issues directly related to drugs. But for other issues, there is still a likely possibility.

      • Joe America says:

        They’ll go wherever he says. They are operating on faith, not facts. It’s nearly religious as far as I can tell.

        • Haha! You mentioning supporters being religious reminded me of the following video:

          • EWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwww! Is that some sort of Philippine custom? Did other campaigns to that also? That’s just sick!

            I noticed that guy in the green shirt and the woman in the purple were also wiping their their sweaty faces and neck and throwing ’em out to the crowd.

            I ‘ve read though that women in Tom Jones concerts did something similar , they took off their panties and threw it to Tom Jones as he sang, and he’d wipe their panties on his face, and the women would go crazy.

            http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2015/12/10/so-why-do-women-throw-their-panties-at-tom-jones

            But the above with towels , just looks gross!

            • @LCpl_X, Philippine custom? Uhm… Yes and no, in some ways? As said by Nate below, it is probably in reference to the yearly Black Nazarene procession**.

              As for it being done in other campaigns? Well, probably no. I think no one else would probably have the gall to be that candid.

              As for you example, I guess this is somewhat the same with Tom Jones. However, rather than the main attraction becoming the butt of the joke, it is probably the audience in this case. Nonetheless, I’m sure that many people who can contextualize what is happening in the video above had found it funny, though at the same time, also disgusting as well. A bit of twisted humor if I do say so myself.

              **ADDENDA: Other details about the Black Nazarene

              “Devotees use their towels to wipe images of the Black Nazarene, which they believe will grant miracles. [Vincent Go/Al Jazeera]”

              For more details:
              http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/01/black-nazarene-procession-philippines-160116061111071.html

              To add to this, the ‘custom’ is not just with the Black Nazarene. Stroking/wiping or touching images of idols/saints for blessings, luck or other stuff is pretty common. Because from what I’ve observed, a significant number of Filipinos do have a huge tendency for things like these. (Superstition, Idolatry, Fanaticism, etc.). If you want to hear even worse: During the holy week, there are even other stuff like penance through *actual* crucifixion and other forms of self-harm. And many people usually eat it all up.

              I don’t know about the others here but personally, I think this says much about the people’s mindset and attitude in general.

              Oh, and this seems to be a bit off-topic from the article. But just a final note, I guess I’d just like to point out that these idiosyncrasies (there are also many others) are one of the main factors that really prevent the people from progressing. So unless something is really done about it, it’ll probably be a lost cause. As said many times before, good as your intentions may be, I guess it is the Filipino himself that is the problem.

              • Thanks for the additional info, ip. it’s all new to me, and gives added context to what DU30 did with the towels, ewwwwwwwwwwwww….

                Now I’m wondering what those poor folks did with those towels that DU30 and that other lady and guy threw them? Gross!

                I don’t think the women throwing Tom Jones their panties expect ’em back after he’s wiped his sweaty face and neck with ’em. Joe’s from that era, maybe he can expound. But I’m pretty sure their panties had a one-way ticket.

                At least with the Black Nazarene there’s elements of magic involved, I knew cops and soldiers back there who carried with them handkerchiefs with Latin and/or Filipino inscriptions, prayers, filled with magic. So that Black Nazarene custom, I can totally understand… as I’ve seen something similar.

                “But just a final note, I guess I’d just like to point out that these idiosyncrasies (there are also many others) are one of the main factors that really prevent the people from progressing.”

                This is kinda a personal interest of mine, ip, though I agree with magical thinking in general, fetishes (or what they called totems in the movie “Inception”) are also common in the military, police, sports, etc. so i’d say it’s universal,

              • LG says:

                Non Catholics might call stroking, wiping, kissing religious icons “idolatry/fanaticism.”. Within the Catholic faith, such acts are more appropriately called “folk religious practices” in worship and honor of who the icon represents. It’s a culture of religion that should be respected, not denounced.

                The foot of St. Peter’s bronze statue (one that shows) at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is already flat, flattened by millions of visitors’ wiping strokes over the years.

            • LG says:

              Duterte throwing his used towels to the crowd ala Elvis, or ala Michael (Jackson) must see himself a celebrity idol. A dream come true for a narcissist.

      • Barrington says:

        DAVID VERSUS GOLIATH

        • @Barrington, your video is unavailable? Same with all your other posts.

          • Barrington says:

            Seems like a failure in embedding FaceBook videos on JoeAm’s site. YouTube sources are okay. But if you go back to them and click on “Watch on Facebook”, they will open. (The arrow cursor will turn into a finger while hovering). Please try again, I’m sure you’d be able to watch following the step I just mentioned. CHEERS!

    • Joe America says:

      It’s a strange way to promote tourism, that’s for sure.

  4. Joe, The group of the monster vigilante killers PDu30 has unleashed which you rightly pointed out to be possibly used in all other different ways is scary, more so when one think about how it would be near impossible to return them in the cage, never to be unleashed again.

    This columnist is one of the most ardent critics of former President Noy Aquino. Hope you don’t mind my posting his entire article, if only to show how the hatred of this columnist has been a factor in his lack of discerning ability also mirrored in PDu30’s supporters and apologists. I maybe among what he termed as expressing “limited outcry’ but for me, one innocent life lost in the President’s “Shock and Awe” style is one too many. And they are now numerous, like those of the 2 students in Lingayen, a church choir member academic scholar and the other, a seaman student. He wrote his article without researching the efforts done by the previous admin specifically the PNP and its records in this war against crime and drug menace.

    “He just does things differently…. by Alex Magno:

    Way past midnight last weekend, in a military camp no one heard of, during the wake for soldiers killed fighting insurgents, President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a bombshell of a speech. He named 160 mayors, judges and police officers he accuses of involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

    The speech reverberated across the globe, carried by the major international news networks. Because the speech was delivered in the wee hours, print media missed out on the explosive expose. But it was carried all day by the broadcast media.

    Very early Sunday morning some of the local officials named as drug coddlers made the rounds of television and radio stations trying to clear their names. In the interactive media environment we now have, it was possible for their own constituents to contest the denials.

    When one town mayor, for instance, denied coddling drug traders, his own constituents texted in their testimonies. By Monday morning, those testimonies converted into live radio interviews filling in the details.

    That followed the pattern of what happened days before. When the mayor of Albuera, Leyte was named a drug coddler last week, the official rushed to the PNP headquarters to deny the information. A police team in his hometown, however, was alerted about armed men at the mayor’s Albuera residence. In the ensuing shootout, six of the mayor’s heavily armed bodyguards were killed.

    Although he owned several mansions, the mayor had no source of income to justify his property holdings. While the mayor came in wearing a golf shirt, reporters noticed he wore expensive Italian shoes. His wife and daughter lugged even more expensive designer bags. The slip showed.

    Anticipating the criticism of his methods by the self-appointed guardians of “due process,” Duterte prefaced the presentation of his explosive list with a long discussion about the need to unmask the protectors of the drug syndicates. He took responsibility for any errors in what he was about to report. But it was his duty to make the public aware of the information he had.

    For days, the President spoke of dismantling the “apparatus” that made drugs a scourge for the nation. The biggest drug lords resided abroad, beyond the reach of our law, including the largest Mexico-based drug cartel. But without a functioning distribution apparatus, it will not be easy for them to operate in our domestic market.

    If we relied on the orthodox process of building a case before naming the offenders, it would take a century for our anti-drug people to even dent the scourge. By that time, we would have been overrun by narcopolitics.

    The magnitude of the drug menace requires more creative measures. The one Duterte chose was to name and shame the drug coddlers.

    One might also call the tactic Shock and Awe.

    Duterte’s reputation precedes him. Weeks before he formally assumed the presidency, it was reported that the drug syndicates had put out a fire sale, dropping their prices to dispose of stocks before they needed to flee the country. The police likewise mounted an anti-drug effort like nothing we have seen before.

    In his first month in office, hundreds of thousands of drug users turned up to surrender. The turnout was so surprising, local governments did not know what to do with the horde.

    Then there was the body count. The casualties were officially reported as encounters with resisting criminals. Few of us take that with full seriousness, but the outcry is limited.

    In the case of Sunday morning’s list of drug coddlers, the effect was devastating. Those named in the list hurriedly turned up to report to the authorities.

    The biggest catch was not on the list. The biggest drug lord in the Visayas decided he could not stand the heat. He turned up at Camp Crame yesterday to surrender.

    If this anti-drug effort were not as serious as it has been (body count included), the response from the community of drug lords would not have been what it is.

    Police records show that drug-related crimes dropped dramatically since the former mayor of Davao City became president. The turnout in casinos likewise reflects the trend, confirming the suspicion that money-launderers (especially from the drugs trade) constitute an important segment of patrons.

    Duterte promised, during the presidential campaign, he would substantially diminish the drug menace within six months after assuming office. Many took that as hyperbole. Now we are actually looking at that self-imposed deadline as eminently achievable.

    Few imagined the anti-drug campaign would be as relentless as it has been so far. Few anticipated the likes of Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, Duterte’s handpicked police chief, who is as passionate in winning the war against the drug syndicates as his boss.

    For that matter, few imagined the magnitude of the drug menace to be as we now see.

    We have seen the data before: 92 percent of our barangays are drug-infested. Maybe three million Filipinos are drug-dependents. The total volume of the drug trade is inestimable.

    But the previous administration never spoke of the threat this posed. It was never once mentioned in any of Noynoy Aquino’s SONAs. It was never really frontally addressed by Mar Roxas in his years as DILG chief.

    Now we are shocked more at the scale of this menace than the sight of dead criminals.

    Sure, there is an orthodox way of getting the job done. But that has proven ineffectual in the past.

    Duterte’s unorthodox approach, by contrast, yields impressive results.”

    http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2016/08/09/1611517/unorthodox

    • madlanglupa says:

      You ask me, in this regime, this “New Order”, drugs are seen as the new communism.

      • Yep…In Marcos’ regime, they ran after, torture and kill, kill those communists and their sympathizers, in the current one, they kill, kill the drug users and/or pushers on sight but give the NPAs ultimatum: Stop using landmines or no peace talks will be forthcoming, and threatens beneficiaries of the 4Ps because we will be at war. Lucky NPAs, to be given warnings first after they have already killed and mangled our soldiers.

        The 4Ps program benefits the poorest of the poor, and the EJKs targets only the poor while giving due process to the rich drug lords …Maybe one way of eradicating poverty – by stopping the only means the GDP gains can reach them, then severe hunger pangs and depression could drive them to sniff drugs, and then they will be killed for that if hunger and sickness fail to finish the job.

        Others say Peter the BFF and Peter the drug lord is one and the same, he says it ain’t so, so which is which? Evil oligarchs, rich drug lords, same same, give them due process. The Palace spokesman says PDu30 is bothered and concerned about increasing EJKs, but last weekend, he read a list and reiterated his personal responsibility for this EJKs.

        I’m becoming dizzy with this merry go round. He is playing us with this pronouncements while ordering the military to prepare for the honors to be given “again” in burying ceremonies to the dictator in the LNB, month long protests and rallies be damned. Go ahead and protest, he says. So it shall be ordered, so it shall be done.

        We try to give him the 100 days honeymoon every new government deserves, to wait and see where we will be 3 months or so after June 30. The dead piles would not be able to see that, unfortunately.

    • Joe America says:

      I do prefer excerpts rather than entire articles.

      Magno is a piece of work. I do agree with him that the pervasiveness of drugs is an enlightenment, and the power of the effort, with naming and killing, is awesome. But it is destructive to the values of a rational, compassionate society. The cost is not yet recorded, other than I suppose in the tears of the grieving. It’s like the trouble Roxas had, he was talking intangibles and the people only know tangibles (that was per Sec. Purisima during my lunch with President Aquino). So President Duterte is giving people tangibles, and the intangibles are the costs that are yet to be tabulated. We will have to discern real success from what they SAY is success, too. This is a propaganda presidencey, as near as I can tell.

    • T2 MAC says:

      People who go the the easy route will likely pay a higher price at the end.

    • PCFC says:

      Ironically, Magno and his college buddies were themselves targets of the former Marcos regime for opposing the dicatorship. During my college days, he even had a book in our library about the horrors of the martial law regime. Now he has just flipflopped here. Looks like his hate for the former Aquino administration has finally made him forget about what he originally fought for in the first place.

    • Barrington says:

      “The turnout in casinos likewise reflects the trend, confirming the suspicion that money-launderers (especially from the drugs trade) constitute an important segment of patrons.”

      PHILWEB (E-GAMES) SHUTTING DOWN TODAY AFTER MIDNIGHT

      When will Solaire, Resorts World, City of Dreams, etc. be next? Hate gambling? This is a classic, knee-jerk reaction, akin to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” Never mind that E-Games contributes billions of pesos to the government coffers. No worries, either, as the suddenly unemployed thousands after tonight can just be re-hired by Duterte’s magical, mystery tour in the movie of his fertile mind!

      https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philweb-shutting-down-today-000000873.html

  5. chempo says:

    Zambales governor accused 2 mining companies of using the earth from their mines to help reclamation of Scarborough Shoal. One of these is Bengetcorp Nickel Mines, subsidiary of Benguet Corp. The Romualdez owns the company. One dead family member who stole from the people is going to be buried a hero, other family member accused of heroically helping in reclamation for the ‘enemy’.

    I have my doubts that the earth from the mountains went into Scarborough Shoal — it’s fiscally silly. But such a claim by no less than a governor certainly needs to be investigated.

    Will these types of crimes be investigated? Is this a crime — I mean there are no drugs involved what. Make no mistake, if the accusation is true, this type of crime kills Filipinos softly.

    • Exactly, chemp, these are the crimes and criminals closer to my heart—- then violent crimes, then comes drugs and users. I’m sure Sec. Gina Lopez has a list ready for DU30 to read in public. 😉

      No need for proof, who cares about libel/slander these days, just read the names. The act of reading names is the tyranny, Saddam did something similar re lists,

      • chemp,

        Is there any truth to that? Do the characters Danger and Opportunity really connote Crisis, if so (or is this more Western wishful thinking, like so many wrongly defined popular tattoos in Chinese characters)…

        then

        let us start to cull opportunities from this crisis that is the DU30 administration, ie. Sec. Gina Lopez’s list to be read at midnight , etc. how about in education, can we list failures thus scaring the kids to study?

        In the military this is called negative reinforcement, and it works (ie. hey, you slow fuck, run faster, or i will kick your ass, then make you run again! 😉 ) ,

        sure different strokes for different folks, many also will respond better to the coochy-coochy type of positive reinforcement (ie. wow! you’re a snowflake, one of a kind, unique! here’s more pastry…) ,

        but since this is the time of DU30 of negative reinforcements, can we still carve out opportunities from this time of danger, set it up for say VP Robredo’ s administration.

        List the opportunities at hand, then focus on that for a bit.

        • I was thinking also, aside from DENR’s midnight list and maybe a sub-par students (and teachers) list,

          maybe get a White Wings going in the Philippines, http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/01/he-cleaned-the-streets-and-left-the-presidency-to-others

          Sanitation workers under one Col George Waring Jr. in New York, who not only cleaned up the streets, clean up sewage, pollution, but opened a school for sanitation engineering (all engineering comes from military engineering under the Romans— of which sanitation is a big part);

          then setting up an organization of youth leagues that went into the slums and other areas to instill cleanliness.

          So maybe get all the users/pushers who’ve just surrendered, and have the PNP set up some sort of Filipino White Wings, and get them to work under DENR?

          Sec. Briones can implement the education component as Col. Waring has envisioned sanitation (and then some).

          Since everyone’s on their toes in the Philippines now, let’s get some good projects going! 😉

    • Joe America says:

      Good question. I believe the governor. When I lived in San Felipe up the Zambales coast, we would walk to the beach, and hidden behind a hill was a large, manmade earthen docking port, a quick and dirty kind of port. I’m sure it was not permitted.

    • madlanglupa says:

      > I have my doubts that the earth from the mountains went into Scarborough Shoal — it’s fiscally silly.

      The earth has to be loaded into bulk carriers or barges in Masinloc, but if tracked on radar it would be suspicious to see that vessel go to where it’s not supposed to. Otherwise for the most part, the Chinese would be very paranoid that they’ll rather get the needed topsoil resources from faraway Hainan, while using coral rubble and sand for landfill (my example I could think of is Johnston Atoll, which is their model for building island bases).

      • chempo says:

        I looked up Johnston Atoll. Interesting. Looking at the abandoned runway there, it indeed looks like the Chinese replicated the US model..

        • caliphman says:

          In the US, aiding a declared enemy it is at war with is a serious crime. The Philippines is in a dispute but not engaged in an open war with China. Selling excavated material to China to build artificial islands at Scarborough Reef even if it were true would be morally indefensible and traitorous but probably not illegal per se. The nickel products exported by Benguet to China it biggest buyer is used for the refined steel hulls of the Chinese coast guard and naval vessels driving away Filipinos their traditional fishing grounds at Scarborough. It would do much greater harm to the country to deprive itself of its huge nickel exports to spite China and much better to share fishing rights at Scarborough which was the status quo before all the brouhaha erupted. After all thats precisely what was adjudged at the Hague as to who may fish at the reef.

          • Joe, chemp, caliphman, et al, (Wil I think would be perfect for this 😉 )

            Any chance you guys can write an open letter to Sec. Gina Lopez to urge her to also read names at midnight, with coffins of dead victims behind, of environmental criminals, and also those providing material support to China?

            If “Bato” can be a superstar, and why can’t she? She has ABS , I’m sure she has a list of targets already handy, no need to vet, just name names! get their knees shaking.

            I’m envisioning, while she read’s the names, that PO1 Bato stand right beside her, just staring straight into the camera for effect. That would be so awesome—- BUT make another head w/out the smile, a poker face just staring into the abyss,

            I’m sure the Philippines will be like Costa Rica in no time!

            • or any of the above 3 will do too!

            • Joe America says:

              That would be a form of advocacy outside of expressions of opinion, and I would not engage in such an advocacy or allow the blog to be a party to it. I also don’t personally like group activities that would force me to say what I didn’t want to say or do what I didn’t want to do. The peculiar privilege of being retired, I suppose. Secretary Lopez seems to have her course set squarely, and I wish her well at making mining a responsible, profitable industry for the Philippines.

  6. sonny says:
    August 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm
    LC, the killings and behavior of our CPD have confirmed my disapproval of our mayor. I think he is an ineffective executive. This is not to say that he has an easy task. The difficult times are here and continue to stay. 😦

    ===================================

    (Joe, let me answer sonny‘s comment here, since I think it’ll relate to your article above)

    At the end of the day a Mayor’s job is to first win over his rank & file, before he can extend and do good to the city (or in this case the country for DU30).

    But politicians being politicians (back to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel here) they’ll always feel that it’s the other way around, the constituents first then those that work for him second.

    In the recent nationally televised shootings in Chicago, you get the feeling that the City of Chicago threw their men under the bus—- ie. there are justifications for those shootings, whether a panel or court finds it excusable, justifiable or criminal, that’s up to the process , but there are reasons for deadly force.

    Politics is politics, so it’s the job of the top cop to shield his men from the Mayor’s office, and the media at large. I don’t know who the Chief or Commissioner in Chicago is, but as soon as the media attempts to bulldoze your men, he should be the first to defend his guys.

    Maybe those guys are indeed guilty of murder, that’s up the courts, but a Chief standing up for his troops will do wonders for morale to the rest of rank & file, that defending your guys (then urging the media/public to wait for the process to play out) should be common sense, and common practice—- instead the common occurrence these days is to fall silent when your men are sacrificed in the media.

    So let me try to connect this to Chief de la Rosa’s televised chastising of the cops who have surrendered. If just one of those cops turn out to be completely innocent, and that one innocent cop has a 10 or more loyal cop friends, loyalty towards de la Rosa, and to DU30 will quickly dissipate—- morale is usually that sensitive.

    You can play the public shaming game with suspects, civilians, politicians, but once you target rank & file (and especially when they’re innocent of charges), the very carpet of power underneath you will be pulled—- and usually when that happens, you fall flat on your face.

    These public shaming of police & military are reserved only for failed coups, and actual proven criminals… 🙂

    So I hope this de la Rosa guy has a trick or two ready for those cops and soldiers who are innocent, ie. promotion or a public apology (clearing of name) or a sought after assignment. I think though that those senior officers will be found guilty, I’m a lot more sympathetic to rank & file, being dragged in this type of circus.

    • madlanglupa says:

      That’s why I call him the Showbiz General, as well as the spitting image of Idi Amin.

      • If I were an anti-DU30 journalist or TV station or newspaper, I’d start canvassing those junior ranked cops and soldiers on that list, many I’m sure will be complicit (how else did they make it to the list?) , but the 1 or 2, or 3 who aren’t (either thru professional jealousy, wrong place/wrong time, guilty by association, etc.) they should definitely tell their story,

        it’ll be a race of sorts, because I’m sure de la Rosa and DU30 will ensure those wrongly placed on that list, to placate, will get a promotion or higher assignment. So tell the story now, while every ones crying and scared, and emotional (Wil’s “kilig factor” 😉 )

        Calling Corina Sanchez!!!! 😉 LOL!

      • Julie says:

        Looks more like Carlos to me… hehehehe

    • Monching says:

      I saw the same footage and I was aghast at how Bato talks to his subordinates. “Pag may nalaman ako na lumabas ulit mga pangalan nyo, papatayin ko kayo”. This is so unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman that this Peemayer is supposed to be, and being head of the PNP at that.

      And did you see how he danced on Channel 7’s noontime show wearing his full Police Uniform? If that is not disrespecting the military uniform, I do not know what is. I can almost hear his upperclassmen gnashing their teeth at this extraordinary display of dishonorable conduct.

      • Monching,

        I didn’t understand what he was yelling, but I detected a rehearsed scene, it was forced. Theatrics is fine— the military uses it, the police also, over here.

        But when dealing with Pvts to Sgts, there should’ve been more respect for the lower ranks. ie. their Lts or Capts. should’ve accompanied them (or some representative). You don’t punch down, you punch up— when you start punching down, this act reverberates in the whole police force, or military.

        Protect the lower ranks, there’s a process in place.

        As for all that dancing and smiling that’s just PR, they’re humanizing and /or playing to the crowd. Every time , i see DU30 with his hot PNP escort, I can’t help but think Mumar Qadaffi’s entourage of women protectors.

        It’s all theatrics (Arabs to the same thing, but theirs is more a cross between South America and Africa 😉 , Al-Assad’s Top Gun look way before Top Gun, etc. )

        • Monching says:

          I agree with the theatrics part. But Bato is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, the counterpart of West Point. As such, he is bound by higher standards, customs and traditions of the institution he was a product of. He can do all the dancing and the humanizing but in civies, never the full military uniform.

          • That’s one way of looking at standards and professionalism, but IMHO wearing a uniform doesn’t have to mean you have to act like some robot (you’re human first, before you’re a cop or soldier, etc.)… police especially IMHO should be seen dancing and laughing more in uniform, it’s healthy (though we can argue the politics and policies, the dancing & smiling, etc. I’m more inclined to agree with),

            Marine Corps ball (gettin’ down)

            West Point (running man challenge)

            • Joe America says:

              There is a difference between camaraderie and clown and Dela Rosa is clearly seen by many as clown. I agree with Monching, he is not presenting the uniform or service professionally, with dignity.

              • edgar lores says:

                *******
                The picture is particularly grotesque because this clown is presiding over a murderous rampage. His smile magnifies the horror a thousand times.

                He is exuding unrestrained joy over a flood of blood and gore. He is dancing on corpses and graves.

                He is bloodlust personified.
                *****

              • Joe America says:

                Yes, you are good at reading the 1,000 words the way they were intended.

              • I’m not really able to see all of these public/televised engagements…

                Question:

                is de la Rosa sharing the spot light , or is he hogging it? Hogging it, would be more becoming of a clown.

  7. Gregson says:

    The people elected a serial killer who knows how the systems works, how to circumvent the law with its loopholes … so let’s see how good is this for the country at large. Duterte is a very entertaining guy, you can agree with him on a lot of issues and solutions, but he is also unstable, sickly, confused, charming at times. Drug is not the biggest problem now, he is!

  8. Barrington says:

    (Graphic video clip below: not for the faint-hearted)

    Victims filed a complaint against the suspect. The PHP5,000 ($106.00) offered to settle was rejected (originally asking for 30,000), so the complainants threatened to pursue the case further to the next level (court). After the Barangay Hall hearing, suspect deceptively tailed them and then gunned them down while their backs were turned. Not satisfied, the killer repeatedly ran his motorcycle over a dead body. (Needless to say, hapless victims died instantly – the woman was pregnant with twins.) Wonder how the police would handle this crime, as apparently it doesn’t involve drugs, but more like a case of someone who’s a narcissistic gun-toting, gun-threatening, gun-loving bully!

  9. “So when is the President . . . and his smiling enforcer . . . going to get started on the crime part?”

    With him making guarantees that police officers will be given presidential pardon, they are happily indulging in committing the crime part, getting the prevention/eradication to be started is seemingly doubtful.

    Road rage, killing spree – they appear to be the new normal.

    Even the reactions of social media specifically Facebook posts and comments reflect this new norm.

  10. josephivo says:

    Learned a new word from Edgar, dichotomy. If everything were black and white, life would be so much easier. Drugs and disaster versus no drugs and prosperity. Crimes and justified killing. Good drugs and bad drugs. We the majority with right to speak and the rest with no right to speak. Humans and non-humans. Unfortunately life is more complex.

    There are heavy, out of control drug users destroying their lives and those of their close relatives/friends, there are very disciplined occasional users, hardly anybody knows about. And there is everything in between, legal/illegal drugs, heavily addicted/under control, destroying their surroundings/unnoticed, not all smokers, drinkers, amphetamine fans, cocaine users, sleeping pill addicts are an equal threat for society.

    There is the danger for individuals and for society. There is the physical and social danger of the drug use, there is the danger of family tragedies, there is the effect on petty criminality, there is the danger of powerful criminal organizations, there is the danger of corrupting law enforcers, politicians and judges. There is the problem at hand and there is the spin off, positive or negative effects in other areas. All with multiple causes/interactions, multiple gradations, multiple solutions.

    There is killing opponents and there are other measures to eliminate them or to make them less disruptive or to reduce the impact of their disturbing activities. There is fighting the symptoms and there is fighting the root causes.

    1. The easy way?
    1.1 Make the problem one dimensional.
    1.2 Make it black and white.
    1.3 Dehumanize the adversaries.
    1.4 Appeal on basic feelings, use the stick, “kill the bastards”
    1.5 You are with us or you are against us.

    2. The “humane” way?
    2.1 Analyse the problem (detail according the time available)
    2.2 Generate alternative solutions, best practices, out of the box solutions, never “more of the same” or proven ineffective solutions.
    2.3 Aim for root causes, mitigate the effects while eradicating the root causes if necessary.
    2.4 Appeal on positive drivers, compassion, solidarity, golden rule, use the carrot, help the deviating individuals.
    2.5 Maximize the support base, politically, civil society, academic, international.

    I accept that the drug problem was underestimated even neglected for a long time. But who can convince me that the problem is acute and life-threatening? Who can convince me that killing is the only solution? Who can convince me that nowhere in the world there are more effective, more efficient, more humane solutions? If you can, I’ll skip the crime part.

    • Joe America says:

      I’ll have whatever you had for breakfast and lunch today. Very succinct statement of the two approaches, and those of us who have grown up solving problems the humane (and motivational) way, very much struggle with the easy way, and its dehumanizing approach. The humane way tries to lift people up and have them join the program, the easy way orders them about.

    • edgar lores says:

      *******
      I wish this systematic rational approach would be adopted worldwide.

      Systems thinking saw its beginnings early in the last century. Information technology has been using variants of this thinking for about 4 decades now.

      Several methodologies have been developed and some have been taken up in other fields such as engineering, environmental planning, and ecology.

      This is the reason I have suggested that candidates for public office must have formally studied — and passed — a course in public administration.

      Part of the course would involve the design of public policies and programs, and naturally part of any design would involve thinking analytically about problems.

      Consider that members of the judiciary and the upper echelons of the armed forces are required to meet certain academic requirements. Moreover, In the judiciary, there are not only the passing of the bar exams and the adherence to a code of ethics but also character requirements such as independence and probity.

      It begs the question, why can anybody be a politician? And why is it possible that the highest office in the land can be occupied by nuts?
      *****

      • It all goes back to education doesn’t it?

        Maybe the system’s designed so, to ensure, the high falutin’ trek down to the ground, and make them spend quality time w/ the non-high falutin’s , to get them wise (or smart) enough and thus immune to any bs politicians spouts.

        Everyone’s in the same boat. If there’s no interaction between the smart ones, and the not so smart ones, everybody will be subject to the tyranny of the majority.

        The campaign itself is a pro-longed interview process. I don’t think you can device a test that can predict leadership and vision, so the test has to be in the campaigning—- but if the interviewers (the public) are prone to mediocrity,

        then essentially the interviewers will get the candidate they deserve 😉 .

        Fix education, not just formal education, but the culture of passing down wisdom, which begins in the family and barangay.

        A president should be a leader and/or visionary first, management skills can be outsourced, IMHO.

        • edgar lores says:

          *******
          “…everybody will be subject to the tyranny of the majority.”

          This is a big part of the problem. The majority are largely fully uneducated (formally (school) and informally (experience/reading)). Since we cannot use the lever of education at this time, we are forced to use the lever of law. We have to craft laws to narrow down either (a) the choices for political office or (b) the electorate. I think option (a) is more democratic.

          Setting an educational bar for political candidates is one such law. Setting a dynasty bar is another.
          *****

          • I agree with a). as more democratic,

            but then we’d have to define education… ie. masters or PhD, how about really smart autodidacts like Good Will Hunting (movie) and Eric Hoffer? I think we’d have to rule out college degrees for degrees sake (ie. DU30 is a lawyer).

            If we limit it too much we’ll be denying ourselves of really good guys like Pepe Mujica (no college right?) ,

            And,

            If we go with some sort of test, how will such a test look like? How do you test for leadership and vision? You’ll get into eugenics (GATTACA-type stuff) when you start quantifying, IMHO.

            It’s too late, DU30 has the presidency for 6 years, but I think within 6 years if all principled Filipinos start volunteering in schools, etc. you’ll probably be able to make a dent come 2022?

      • NHerrera says:

        PACQUIAO SPONSORED THE DEATH PENALTY AT THE SENATE

        The flip-flopping senator-clown (but a great boxer we must admit) — sample, Exhibit A: Cayetano supporter for Senate Presidency then flips to Pimentel; against death penalty then flips for death penalty — spoke and is interpellated by Sen De Lima and Hontiveros.

        Paraphrasing here but caught a little of the live Senate proceedings: on being questioned, or some such, about how such a measure will proceed or made effective:

        This time it will be different because President Duterte will act on it and we know he is a good man.

        Oh brother.

        And our prized boxer with his nicely trimmed beard and mustache, spoke, complete with a dignified dark suit and tie. I am awed; makes me want to be a Senator in my dreams — about the getup, I mean.

        On the current blog:

        A crusade to eliminate crime and achieve other ends, we still don’t know in its totality, using crime as the very tool to do that. A puzzle at the very least. Worthy of a Pokemon Go prize if only we are talking of a digital game.

  11. manuelbuencamino says:

    Joe,

    By definition EJKs can only be committed by the State through its agents. Karatula Killings (KKs) on the other hand are private enterprise killings.

    The proliferation of KKs indicates the State’s inability to maintain peace and order while EJKs is the State turning on its citizens.

  12. arlene says:

    They have set a motion but they never anticipated that those vigilantes would do more damage hiding behind the president’s words to kill, kill and kill all those they find hoarding or pushing and using illegal drugs.

    We now have a police general showing his prowess in dancing right in front of all of us.

    • Joe America says:

      The comedy in the face of so much tragedy is bizarre.

      • Waray-waray says:

        True to that. Crying with the generals and dancing with his mascot. Never have I seen an officer like this now. He seems to love the attention and the buzz around him. I won’t be surprised after retirement he would seek an alternative career.

        Sa mga Waray they would definitely call him “nali-naliun”. It is an adjective describing a person who gets giddy experiencing or getting something big for the first time and quick. From a first star general bypassing the senior ones to become a four star general, is really BIG. And with the spotlight on him with the war on drugs he is sikat as sikat as the telenovela stars.

  13. J. Bondurant says:

    When will President Duterte and PNP Chief de la Rosa get to the crime part?

    I think de la Rosa himself said it best when he admitted that the list of narco suspects that the president has might be wrong: “Whatever…bahala na…”

    • Joe America says:

      Ahahaha, I laugh at the thought that “discipline” was a campaign theme, yet the approach to instilling discipline is about the most undisciplined program I’ve seen outside of . . . . well, Donald Trump’s campaign.

  14. Grasya says:

    Whenever I see Bato’s face these days, I am reminded of a phrase from the great writer Jorge Luis Borges: “bellboys babbling orders”. It comes from a speech that Borges gave after Peron “promoted” him to inspector of poultry and rabbits at the Buenos Aires municipal market. This excerpt from the speech is all the more apropos now that Duterte has challenged CJ Sereno and threatened to declare martial law:

    Dictatorships breed oppression, dictatorships breed servility, dictatorships breed cruelty; more loathsome still is the fact that they breed idiocy. Bellboys babbling orders, portraits of caudillos, prearranged cheers or insults, walls covered with names, unanimous ceremonies, mere discipline usurping the place of clear thinking … Fighting these sad monotonies is one of the duties of a writer.

    It looks like history is going to get repeated, this time with a lot of farce.

    • Joe America says:

      Thank you for visiting and commenting, Grasya. I think you must be a poet in a different life, or writer. “Babbling bellboys giving orders” is going to find its way into my writings at some point, I suspect. I’ve taken to looking at things as “surreal”, which is rather like farce without the sense of humor. To accept the goings on as the work of rational people is just beyond my capacity.

  15. Myopic is the term I read from one of the post, describing the governments view and ongoing fight against illegal drugs. Couple this with the expressed belief by some officials that when you stop the demand, the supply becomes useless, problem is solved. In the meantime, there appears to be a body count race between those killed in supposedly legitimate operations and those killed by so called vigilantes. What was that chinese saying? One step forward, two steps back?

    • madlanglupa says:

      > stop the demand, the supply becomes useless

      Unfortunately, organized crime is such that any power and territorial vacuum left by a previous organization turned extinct will be taken over by a rival, like a hydra. Slain pushers will be replaced by more pushers seeking profits, as long as there is both supply and demand.

  16. The president is FOR crime. He verbally and tacitly encouraged ALL Filipinos to kill suspected drug offenders. The shepherd commanded and the sheeple obeyed.

    PH is already well into the crime part. The crime of murder, which is the consequence of the shepherd’s loose lips and his malevolent strategy of eradicating the drug problem.

    I think the article below offered plausible theories explaining PRD’s developmental points of references:
    http://opinion.inquirer.net/96375/understanding-duterte-40-theses

    “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
    – Luke 6:45

      • Sereno is just doing her job. No warrant? Don’t surrender. It is the law.

        PRD is a master dog whistler. His “name and shame” game resonates well with the vigilantes and the bloodthirsty witch hunters.

      • caliphman says:

        When push comes to shove, the PNP under Bato and the AFP under General Visaya will side with who appointed them and not the constitution and the Supreme Court. Its going to get ugly if the madman president butts head with the equally unpredictable chief justice. Lucky that she and a couple of other justices are the only ones at the Supreme Court with any balls. Trust a gutless SC to haplessly avoid a constitutional confrontation at all costs.

        • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_Visaya I wonder if this guy got promoted purely because of his last name?

        • Joe America says:

          Unfortunately, I find myself agreeing with you. Unfortunate that the assessment seems right on target. I actually like agreeing with you from time to time. 🙂

          • caliphman says:

            This is one time I wish you and a whole bunch of the the blogsite brain trust disagreed with me 🙂

            • edgar lores says:

              *******
              Touche!
              *****

            • NHerrera says:

              Battle of the Supremes. Glad to have the Supreme balls. Which one will the fountain bless?

              This Shock and Awe game — like drugs and alcohol, one needs more potent doses for effect as time goes on. Will it ever become a boring boorish behavior?

              • Joe America says:

                It seems to me that people are starting to not take the President seriously. They evidently think his threat to the Supreme Court was just a joke, or maybe its their way of trying to throw water on the criticisms the flew forth. How many bridges will the President burn? Donald Trump crossed a couple of bridges too far after he left his Mexican outrage and his Muslim outrage and tried to transfer the outrage onto a dead warrior’s parents (the Kahns) and, yesterday, on Hillary Clinton via a gun threat (joke in bad taste). President Duterte has issued the “martial law” threat and no one takes him seriously because they think he would be going a bridge too far. There is no uprising that calls for martial law, no threat to the nation. The SC is arguing FOR the democracy, which is hardly a threat. Senator Lacson said the martial law was “just a threat” by a “bullheaded” Duterte.

                Now that is some serious pushback . . . or serious not taking him seriously.

                Well, of course he may try to show he is serious, in which case he goes down the path of Trump. Burning too many bridges.

                It’s fascinating to watch. Popcorn city.

              • NHerrera says:

                Yes, that is why Salvador Panelo is busy, busy, busy earning his pay today. Using the very media which earlier in the game they are supposed to boycott. Panelo stretched the Chief Justice statement to say the CJ reprimanded The President. If I read it right the CJ advised the judges named in a list not to appear before General Bato without a warrant because of the Separation of Powers. (I also thought PRD is not onion-skinned. I recall for example some such statement as “I don’t care” in reply to criticisms.) Panelo says the CJ “misappreciated” The President statements.

                Indeed it is becoming more and more like a popcorn-eating show.

              • edgar lores says:

                *******
                Before the elections, the popcorn-eating show was a comedy. Now it is a tragedy.

                I can’t recall eating popcorn while watching a tragedy.
                *****

              • Joe America says:

                There is a point at which comedy, or ridicule, can be used to keep from going crazy, and using it as ridicule, a form of pushing back. Making things that are dumb indeed look dumb. Like Panalo’s gross distortion of the Chief Justice’s remarks. We can’t laugh at the Chief Justice, and maybe not even the President, but we can sure laugh at Panalo. It is so obvious he is playing Filipinos for fools, and deserves all the ridicule we can heap upon him.

              • Joe America says:

                I have a “surreal” series going on Twitter. Panalo inspired this one today: “Surreal is various spokesmen issuing carabao pies to the local press who love the stuff, and put it in headlines.”

                I think ridicule is of the Filipino tradition, is it not?

              • NHerrera says:

                I believe so. But there are experts here to confirm or not if ridicule is a Filipino tradition.

      • Jeff says:

        From outside the country, it’s obvious the Philippines is sliding into dictatorship.

  17. T2 MAC says:

    People who are in a hurry and in a rush to do things are prone to make mistakes and adamant to admit they are wrong. To cover that weakness, they tend to be bossy and try to bully their ways so as not be perceived weak and inadequate as they maybe are.

    • Joe America says:

      Yes, I do believe this government displays plenty of evidence that it is psychologically immature, and also has no grasp of democracy and how it works. Or is just flat out power mad.

  18. Martin says:

    PDut is missing a trick here. Instead of calling this a war on drugs, why doesn’t he declare this a war on drugs AND poverty? After all by killing the poor (seems to me none of the victims of this war so far are exactly members of the oligarchy) he is reducing poverty.

    • madlanglupa says:

      Destroying drugs is his own religion — much more overriding than eradicating poverty and corruption, root causes of drugs and crime — and it gives him power, he himself as the folksy, cussing high-priest of this religion, preach that anyone selling them must be destroyed, nevermind how much grief this program is causing.

      • Martin says:

        Since when has drugs become the Philippines’ biggest problem? I agree with you that this is a phony war inspired and encouraged by PDut and applauded by his supporters. Wouldn’t a war against poverty be more populist and popular? But then again a war against poverty would mean a totally different enemy, one he may not want to aim at. Better drugs where the enemy is most vulnerable and unable to mount any sort of defense.

  19. I still smell the stink of Martial Law and now, as a returning balikbayan 2 years ago, that familiar smell is coming to my gate. I quit reading sickening details of daily killing in the country. Where is this admin getting us into? The whole world already knows the killing field the country has become. Canada has issued an advisory to their Filipino nationals to exercise caution when visiting the Philippines. What country will do next?

    The budding tourist industry will soon shrink.
    Foreign investors will now think twice.
    Those in, like us, with our retirement dollars, would have start to ask if it’s still worth the risk to stay. There’s fear for that stray bullet. Or be a “collateral damage”. What peace-loving citizen would want to be, just like Martial Law days: mapag-suspetsahan / mapag-initan (accused, framed up) mapag-kamalan (mistaken), ma-kursunadahan (be their “trip”) condemned, brutalized and or killed “just because”?

    The Martial Law experience had made the dictator’s men, beside and below him, abuse their given authority and power, realizing the people, psyched out and intimidated, had become “submissive, meek and mild, like sheep ready to be slaughtered”. In fact, not that it’s any better, but at least the dictator wasn’t exhorting 24/7 “Kill!” “Shoot to kill!” during that time.

    Rattled from their nests, the NPA & their kind is helping the gory picture redder. Southern Phil Dole USA just shut their doors. The continues blood bath will soon see our grown economy in tatters. There will be more poverty, and those desperate would escape reality by “going high”. This administration is thinking micro – like 6 months – not macro like a year from now.

    Set aside morality but the economy is real.
    The EJ killing has to stop YESTERDAY, I’m feeling so pessimistic, and so sorry for my beloved motherland because I’m smelling – already – the stench that was Martial Law revisitIng. I’m seeing ugly scenes from Walking Dead!

    I’m glad to note that there’s now some open opposition to Duterte’s whatchamacallit. Marcos and his men quickly took care of that.

  20. mel says:

    Cjs: mr p, all I ask is we do the due process. Let us not be in haste, people are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Make no arrests unless there are warrants. Pls respect the peoples constitutional rights.

    Pd30: madame cjs, do you realize how long it takes to get a warrant of arrest issued for over 600,000 suspects. Our justice system is slower than the sleepy sloth or smart alec turtoise. I am not arresting them, I am just ordering them to report to the pnp or to their proper chain of authority and make their statements.

    Cjs: I understand mr p but my job is to protect constitutional rights, but our hands are tied and we do not have enough judges to issue warrants of arrest. How can you help us help you in your illegal drug campaign.

    Pd30: palusot ka pa. Constitutional rights, padelay lang yan. Ok ok sige, I will appoint attys a, b, c thru x, y, and z to become judges of the court of illegal drugs affairs. Their main responsibilities are to hear illegal drugs cases, issue search or arrest warrants, (sige pwede rin silang magsideline as marriage annulment judges pero ang priority nila ay drugs at hindi annulment aka divorsio). Huwag kayong mag iisue ng tro o mag resolva ng kahit anong appeal nila, ideny lahat ang kanilang appeal for bail, etc., etc., etc. dahil ito ay malaking mapapagkwartahan ng marami, alam ko malinis kayong gumawa at mahirap makakuha ng ibidensiya sa mga kwartang makukuha ng p.i. justhieveses na kasama mo.

    Cjs: thank you mr p for your help and nice decomplementing words. If you give us the judges and the funds to pay their and their staff salaries and benefits, rest assure that we will have a speedy illegal drugs hearings and due process.

    Pd30. Sige sige, I am directing the budget secretary to allocate funds from my calamity and descretionary funds to pay for their salaries and benefits. Calamidad ang illegal drug problem natin, at descretion ko ng bigyan ng highest priority ang drug problem kasi pangako ito sa taong bayan na bumoto sa akin. Baka mamaya isang drug lord/financier magdemanda at humingi ng tro sa funds allocation para sabihin the funds allocation is unsconstitutional katuilad ng ginawa ninyo sa pdaf. I will fund this during this fiscal year and you should ask for the same amount in your budget to be approved by congress. Dapat kayo ay itemize din ninyo ang inyong mga gastusin at ipaalam sa taong bayan ang inyong mga gastusin at nilalaman ng inyong saln. Mahilig kayong magsecret lalo na sa saln, ako mahilig magbulgar…transparency…kaya ibinubulgar ko ang mga nasa narcolist. Kaya nga mayroon ng executive foi na at hindi executive privilege.

  21. alanon says:

    The making of a dictator.

    Childhood
    – Strong discipline
    – Sexual abuse
    Teenager
    – Bullying
    – Insecurity
    – Rebellion
    – Addiction
    Adult
    – Anger
    – Anti-social
    – Wife beating
    – Cheating
    – Sexual perversions
    – Narcissism/ego
    – Personality disorder
    Old age
    – Moralising/preaching
    – Power trip/arrogance
    – Revenge/retribution
    – Delusional
    – Self-destruct
    – Failure

  22. karlgarcia says:

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/08/10/1611969/us-summons-philippine-envoy-over-dutertes-remarks

    What will our embassy staff say,that we are sorry and our president never meant anything he said?

  23. madlanglupa says:

    Oh, how convenient the scapegoating is, blaming who’s dangling the reward money for offing Marwan, who must be in hell and laughing at the infidels.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/804978/mamasapano-tragedy-result-of-greed-says-duterte

    • NHerrera says:

      Gee whiz. Are we running after the dregs in the barrel now just to sustain the show? Meaning fan the embers of Mamasapano to sustain the current show which may trend to die too?

      From the statement made it seems to imply that the motivation for going after Marwan, tragic as the SAF deaths were, was motivated only by the 5 million dollars. Assuming it was a subsidiary motivation does it go up to President Aquino as the statement seems to imply?

  24. NHerrera says:

    Re Tweet Blog: serious pushback 1-1/2 months into the game. I thought there is the obligatory 100 honeymoon days.

    Panelo needs a serious supply of hair gel. And Aguirre needs another head cap to rest the very used one, what will all the activities. That is why I tell the wife no toupee for me. Age with dignity. Besides, balding head is the in thing I notice — even celebrity women sport it.

  25. manuelbuencamino says:

    Joe, you might enjoy this “It started as idle talk in a coffee shop” http://www.uniffors.com/?p=9920

  26. NHerrera says:

    Too much idle talk is not good for one’s health in the land of milk and honey. 🙂

  27. madlanglupa says:

    Strongly related to this blog post:

    http://opinion.inquirer.net/96399/an-error-ridden-list

    Suffice to say, indeed, the list was designed to provoke class enemies as well as to establish the supremacy of this regime and its zealots.

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proscription originated in Ancient Rome, where it included public identification and official condemnation of declared enemies of the state.

      In 82 BC, when Lucius Cornelius Sulla was appointed dictator rei publicae constituendae (“Dictator for the Reconstitution of the Republic”) … he had the Senate draw up a list of those he considered enemies of the state and published the list in the Roman Forum.

  28. madlanglupa says:

    Also, of late… A friend showed me this. Fortunately I have emptied my coffee mug when I saw it… otherwise I would’ve given my computer a spray bath of java.

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