Don’t forget to read Part 1.
Duterte’s stupid independent foreign policy
Duterte talks about having an independent foreign policy that sides with no particular nation. However, he sides with China and Russia and this he does by criticizing the United States and the United Nations. Stupid, is he not?
Diehard Duterte Supporters criticize the Catholic Church for interfering in political matters. However, they are quiet about the Chinese invasion of our territories and Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
They only support China and Russia just because Duterte supports China and Russia. They love China and Russia just because they support Duterte and his projects.
They criticize the United States just because Duterte criticize America. However, they are happy when the Philippine Peso gets weak against the American Dollar or when they obtain their visa or green card to go to America or any European Union country. Hypocrites!
Diehard Duterte Supporters criticize the Catholic Church for its crimes against humanity. However, they are quiet about the Chinese government’s political oppression of the Tibetan and Uyghur peoples. They are quiet about the absence of free speech, free press, and free Internet in China.
Diehard Duterte Supporters are quick to speak about the sexual abuse victims of the Catholic Church and the poor people that the priests and nuns did not help. However, they are quiet about the 60 million people killed by the Chinese government, plus the millions more they oppress, which include religious believers, Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims, and human rights activists.
They are quiet about the Chinese invasion of Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). They are quiet about the Chinese intrusion in Vietnamese, Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, and South Korean territories.
Diehard Duterte Supporters criticize the Catholic Church, the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union for their interference in national affairs. They are quiet when it comes to the Chinese government’s human rights records and their interference in Hong Kong and Taiwan and the Russian government’s interference in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
The Duterte administration approves of broadcasting Chinese shows on the state-run network Philippine Television (PTV). Why play foreign shows on the state TV network when the government can hire locals to brainstorm and produce TV programs for the state?
A lot of creative Diehard Duterte Supporters are unemployed or underemployed. Why not hire them and make better use of their media skills? If Duterte can hire a fake news propagandist like Mocha Uson, he can also hire competent people to make programs for the state’s media outlets. Or is he just that stupid?
The Duterte administration borrows money from China, which offers an interest rate of 3%. Japan offers 0.25-0.35% interest rate. Shouldn’t we be friendlier towards Japan? But of course, Duterte and the Diehard Duterte Supporters cannot notice the difference.
Because they are stupid.
China and Russia deserve better than the Philippines, if you ask me.
I wonder if Diehard Duterte Supporters support terrorist groups like the Islamic State, Boko Haram, and Al-Queda. I would like to know.
More hypocrisy, more stupidity
Diehard Duterte Supporters criticize the mainstream Philippine media for their allegedly negative coverage of the President but they are quiet about the absence of free press in China. They even defend the fake news and inaccuracy peddled by Secretary Martin Andanar and Undersecretary Mocha Uson of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Diehard Duterte Supporters hate the Filipino left but they, in behalf of the Duterte administration, take credit for the hard work of the leftist congressmen in the House of Representatives.
President Duterte claims the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as the “best in the world, entire universe”. Really? How could he say that when the AFP cannot even defeat communists rebels and Muslim fundamentalists in the Visayas and Mindanao, despite modern military assistance from abroad?
How could President Duterte say AFP is the “best in the world, entire universe” when they have yet to meet the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic State, Irish Republican Army (IRA), the Houthis in Yemen, the Karen in Myanmar, the Acehnese in Indonesia, and the Boko Haram in Nigeria?
The AFP cannot be at the same level with America’s armed forces, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the Swiss Army, the South Korean Army, the Japanese Army, and the Swiss Guards of the Vatican. The Philippine police and armed forces do not face a constant threat unlike the Israelis guarding the Gazan and West Bank borders.
Remember that Duterte challenged IS to attack Marawi. Look what happened. His bravado costs the Philippines 72 billion PhP.
Diehard Duterte Supporters are quiet about the inflation rate, the price increase, how the Philippines is gonna pay the billions the Duterte administration borrows from the Chinese government, the weakening of the Philippine Peso and the Philippine Stock Market, the fare increase, and the exorbitant spending of the Duterte administration.
Diehard Duterte Supporters are quiet about the government officials who are accused of corruption or misuse of public funds. They are just retained, reappointed, and promoted. Only a handful of them are charged. They are also quiet about the presidential son’s links to a multi-million drug shipment. (At least, he resigned from his position.)
Diehard Duterte Supporters used to speak out against epal politicians and individuals who make use of disasters for their political ambitions. However, they are quiet about Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, who now develops the habit of premature election campaigning.
President Duterte once told the people he will eliminate drugs in 3 to 6 months or he’ll resign. Later he asked for another six months. Much later he admitted he cannot do it in his term. The Diehard Duterte Supporters are quiet. What would their reaction be if it is not Duterte who’s making such statements?
The Diehard Duterte Supporters are not angry because it’s Duterte. If it’s not Duterte, they will be more than wild animals.
I can understand Duterte. I know the drug war is not easy to win and he’s fighting it in ways he knows best. At least he admitted his lapses. I give him the whole 6 years.
But the Diehard Duterte Supporters are just hypocritical as ever.
I do not write this long post in defense of the Catholic Church, which is, like any other religious and non-religious groups, is a human institution with all the liabilities of human sins and weaknesses.
Little does Duterte and the Diehard Duterte Supporters know that the Catholic Church is a mixture. Or do they know nothing at all due to their ignorance, arrogance, and close-mindedness?
The Catholic Church, the United States, the United Nations, the European Union… the mainstream media and the left-aligned political groups at the Philippine House of Representatives… each and every one of them is a mixture.
The same is true with President Duterte’s political party Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) and all the political parties that form a coalition with PDP-LABAN and all the political groups that advocate Duterte’s version of federalism.
Mind you, the PDP-LABAN was founded against the late dictator and plunderer Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1986. Now, it supports the Marcos family that is also being supported by the Diehard Duterte Supporters. Stupid people all of them are.
In case you do not know and refuse to know, LABAN was the political party of the late Senator Ninoy Aquino. His wife, the late Cory Cojuangco Aquino, ran successfully as president under the coalition in 1986… Marcos. You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, now disown them, calling them as traitors, corrupt, evil… and many more bad names you can think of.
I write this post to express my opinions over current issues and more importantly, my displeasure about the manners and attitudes that you, Diehard Duterte Supporters, show on social media.
You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, force the Catholic Church and all the individuals and organizations that go against President Duterte to adopt standards that you yourself cannot even adapt in your own culture or way of life.
You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, force the Catholic Church and all the individuals and organizations that go against President Duterte to implement measures that you yourself cannot even carry out in your own family, community and organization.
You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, force the Catholic Church and all the individuals and organizations that go against President Duterte to make sacrifices and compromises that you yourself, your family, and your organization cannot even make.
You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, are as stupid as the President. At least he is being truthful before the public.
You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, are you being truthful to yourself?
You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, are you criticizing the Catholic Church and all the individuals and organizations that go against President Duterte to make up for your own lapses and weaknesses… to cover up your own bullshit?
You, Diehard Duterte Supporters, are you criticizing the Catholic Church and all the individuals and organizations that go against President Duterte to feel better while covering up your own incompetence?
Let it be known that I love my country. Loving my country does not mean loving the president. I support my country in my own ways.
Let it be known that I am against drugs and crime. My ways of fighting drugs and criminality are far different from yours and the President.
I don’t need to tell you what I do for the country just as the Catholic Church, the leftists, the NGOs from America, Europe, UN and others do for many Filipinos. We do not need to please you Diehard Duterte Supporters.
Hypocrites, I have said enough.
Duterte and religion
After reading news articles and social media posts about Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s tirades against the Catholic Church, which culminated into him calling God ‘stupid’, I cannot help but recall a verse I have read in the Bible years ago.
The verse says that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of man and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
I don’t know how atheists and secular folks would react to such a verse but it should mean nothing to them. For them, religion is pointless, bible verses cannot offend them, and God has no power over them. In other words, they are never affected over petty matters such as religion, except only when religious believers use religion to cover up their own bullshits.
But back to Duterte, the Filipino Catholic Church has long accepted that he is no longer Catholic. Acceptance is better than intolerance and persecution. Duterte should be thankful that he is a citizen of the Philippines, not of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, or Egypt. Else, his body would be separated from his body.
Everyone has their own experience with a particular religion. For Duterte, it was not a positive one with the Catholic Church. We know he was abused by a priest (and may this priest rot in hell now) and he has not yet overcome the trauma of that abuse. He deals with it… by criticizing the Church, carrying out measures that go against it, and calling God “stupid”.
Everyone is free to process their experience of religion in their own way. Duterte did his.
Duterte more truthful than the Dutertetards
At least, Duterte is being truthful unlike many people I know online and offline.
He is more truthful than the people who post on Facebook about being blessed in life but failing to pay the money they owe to other people.
He is more truthful than the people who post on Facebook and Instagram about the foods they eat, the places they go, and the good time they enjoy but leaving their families in debts.
He is more truthful than the people who feel blessed in life but having abandoned their moral principles and vocation to serve the people.
Duterte does not hold back his foul language and lasciviousness. Many people, however, act as if they have not wronged anyone and think they can get away with their bullshits.
These people, mind you, are not only Diehard Duterte Supporters (DDS) but also God believers.
The hypocrisy of Duterte and the Dutertetards
Here, things get stupid.
Duterte is as stupid as his followers.
Duterte criticizes the Catholic Church and even ridicules its doctrines and teachings. However, he is quiet about the religious groups that support him. He is quiet about Muslim fundamentalists that plant the seeds of terror in Mindanao.
The Diehard Duterte Supporters are quiet too.
Duterte spews hatred against pedophile, moneyed, and incompetent priests (hope these motherfuckers die to not bring more damage to the name of God). However, he is quiet about religious leaders who got into a few bullshits too, like Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. and Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo of the Iglesia Ni Cristo.
The Diehard Duterte Supporters are quiet too.
Diehard Duterte Supporters criticize the Catholic Church for the sexual abuse by its priests. However, they are quiet about the Islamic State carrying out genocides in the Middle East, the violence by Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the violence by white supremacists, the persecution of gay people in Iran, the rape refugees in Europe, the political oppression by the North Korean government against its own people, police brutality in America, and the persecution of Christian minorities in Asia and Africa.
They are also quiet about Senate President Tito Sotto’s involvement in the Pepsi Paloma rape case. They even defend President Duterte’s rape remarks and kiss with a married woman at his visit to South Korea.
Diehard Duterte Supporters hate the Catholic Church for the sexual abuse scandals. However, they post pornographic or sexually explicit content in social media and even make or laugh at green jokes.
They are quiet about child pornography that is rampant in the town of Cordova, Cebu, the capital of child pornography in the Philippines. (One of Duterte’s political advisers happens to come from that town. Cordova is one of the first towns to hold conventions or assemblies on Duterte’s version of federalism.)
They are also quiet about House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s distorted views of marriage and his infidelities.
Diehard Duterte Supporters criticize the Catholic Church for its wealth. However, these people don’t even pay their taxes. They cheat on their taxes. They practice nepotism. They overcharge their clients.
Worse of all, they don’t even go to church and if they do, they don’t give tithes. They even complain about the Church asking for more donations but they don’t even practice tithing. They don’t even support charities, non-governmental organizations, and cause-oriented groups. They don’t even volunteer or practice corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Diehard Duterte Supporters don’t care for the poor out of their good heart or faith or conviction but only because of Duterte. They support the poor just only to validate their support for the President and worse, to cover up their own bullshits.
All these things they do while showing no remorse for their own bullshits and claiming to be ‘spiritual’ and believing only in God but not in a particular religion. They are narrow-minded or close-minded.
It is okay to hate the Catholic Church for its incompetence, corruption of its clergy, and lack of care and concern for its flock. However, Diehard Duterte Supporters hate the Church just only because Duterte criticizes it regularly.
At least, Diehard Duterte Supporters hate the Catholic Church out of their own ignorance and lack of research, not due to their religious/spiritual experiences. At this aspect, they are being truthful.
Senator Manny Pacquiao and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, both Born-Again Evangelical Christians, happen to be quiet about Duterte’s ‘stupid God’ remarks and criticisms of the biblical Creation and The Last Supper. They are quiet because they want to protect their political ambitions.
Senator Pacquiao and Secretary Cayetano are just like the pastors who supported racism in America, the Catholic clergymen who supported Jew-hatred in Eastern Europe and genocide in Rwanda, and the Orthodox priests who supported the Soviet regime.
Here, we know what kind of people the Diehard Duterte Supporters are: they are HYPOCRITES of the worst kind.
(To be concluded)
It is no secret that the Filipino Catholic Church has been into a few bullshits over the past few years, with scandals such as sexual abuse by its clergy, opulent lifestyles of its members as opposite to the lives of Jesus, the Apostles, and the saints, and interference in political matters, which get the goat and the blood pressure high of all the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Filipino Catholic Church is comfortable, safe and secured unlike their fellow Christians and co-religionists in parts of Asia and Africa where Islamic fundamentalists live and burn churches and Bibles like it’s a party.
They have not experienced the hardships faced by their brothers and sisters in faith in Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe, Spain (during the Red Terror of the Spanish Civil War), Mexico (during the persecution that led to the Cristero War), Indonesia, China, Northern Africa, Nigeria (in areas where Boko Haram carry out terrorist activities), Pakistan, India (Hindu fanatics are as wild as the Islamists), Nazi Germany, Turkey (where priests are arrested for baptizing people), and Russia (where many Orthodox Christians are hostile towards Roman and Eastern Rite Catholics).
The Catholic Church in the Philippines has not tasted death that other Catholics and Christians had suffered in the hands of Communists, Islamists, atheists, and even fellow Christians (the St. Bartholomew Massacre, the Ku Klux Klan, etc).
The Filipino Catholic Church has been soft and indecisive at times. Perhaps it takes a religious persecution to toughen them up and strengthen their faith like persecutions did to the martyrs of England and Wales, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, Uganda, and Algeria.
It is time that the Filipino Catholic Church create martyrs right at home. Lorenzo Ruiz was executed in Japan and Pedro Calungsod was killed in Guam.
Why not start in Davao City, the home of President Duterte?
Will we be seeing priests executed or beheaded in Rizal Park?
Will we be seeing nuns and women church workers sexually assaulted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), just like the Communists did in Eastern Europe and the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq?
Will we be seeing the supporters of President Duterte dragging priests out of their churches, torching churches and religious articles, and putting priests – and God – in trial at the Congress or Supreme Court?
Will we be seeing the Duterte Administration confiscating churches and monasteries and nationalizing church-owned schools, hospitals, and orphanages?
Will we be seeing Duterte supporters celebrating while watching church burn down to the ground like the Islamists do in Pakistan?
I can sense that the supporters of Duterte, popularly known as Dutertetards or Diehard Duterte Supporters (DDS), are ready to put blood in their own hands. By their social media posts, I can say that they are ready to kill priests and nuns with their own hands in more brutal ways than the atheistic communist, terrorists, and anti-Christian governments did in history.
They are ready to be more bloodthirsty. Duterte supporters are ready to kill, rape and pillage the Church once they get tired of attacking it on social media.
If the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos can get priests and laymen, activists and indigenous people killed, how much more with President Duterte?
It all takes a signal from Duterte himself so they can initiate a bloodier and more brutal persecution of the Church in ways that will make the persecutors of Christianity, from Emperor Nero to Osama bin Laden, proud and welcome them wherever they are now in the afterlife.
Will we be seeing any of these soon? When shall we expect Duterte supporters to start physically attacking the Church?
That is, if Duterte supporters have the balls.
As said, it all takes a go-signal from Duterte. However, he has no balls yet, in the deeper sense.
Persecution will only take place once Duterte has the balls. He should have the balls first, and then the supporters will have balls.
Follow the leader, that is.
If you can analyze at Duterte’s “stupid God” remarks and tirades against the Catholic Church from all angles, then you will know what I mean.
By now, you should already know that SKE48’s Jurina Matsui emerged as queen of the AKB48 53rd Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo, officially called the 10th annual AKB48 Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo.
Miss Jurina was crowned in front of more than 30,000 subjects of the 48 music fandom at the Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, which is the base of AKB48’s first sister group.
Homecourt advantage? No doubt. Miss Jurina love Nagoya so much that the fans from the city (and the Aichi Prefecture, in general) made her queen.
It was an all-SKE48 1-2 finish at the Senbatsu rankings. Coming in at #2 was Akari Suda. Their combined votes (348,464) totaled more than the combined votes of #3 Sakura Miyawaki of HKT48, #4 Yuka Ogino of NGT48, and #5 Nana Okada of AKB48 (combined votes of 297,802).
SKE48 also achieved a 1-2 finish at the Undergirls tally. Kaori Matsumura and Akane Takayanagi came in at #17 and #18, respectively.
There should be a flurry of articles over the Internet about Miss Jurina’s victory by now and I cannot wait to read them all.
Moreover, I am already getting excited for the upcoming single, which I expect should be the best Senbatsu track since 2014’s Mayuyu Watanabe-centered “Kokoro no Placard” and 2015’s Haruka Shimazaki-centered “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai”.
In the middle of my thoughts over the latest development in the 48 fandom, it had popped into my mind one of the AKB48 singles that Miss Jurina centered or co-centered.
I am not talking about “Oogoe Diamond”, “10nen Zakura”, and “UZA”. I am talking about “Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru”, which was released in 2013.
Miss Jurina was center of that 2013 single due to her victory in the AKB48 34th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai (officially the 4th Janken Taikai). Her victory did come with a controversy.
Setting that subject aside, did it occur to you…
…that Jurina Matsui is the first person to win both the Senbatsu Election and the Janken Tournament?
Another thing too!
She is also the first non-AKB48 member to become winner of the Senbatsu Election…
…that is if we take Rino Sashihara’s AKB48 roots into account. Sasshi was transferred to HKT48 in 2012. She would later win the Senbatsu Elections four times (2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017) as member of HKT48.
You know this. Every 48 music fan should know this, especially the ones who came before me.
I have been thinking about SKE48’s future for quite some time after the departure of Rena Matsui. With Miss Jurina’s victory, I come to believe in the group’s commercial and critical potential… again.
By the way, word is out that AKB48 will hold an emergency convention, wherein the top 100 members will discuss the group’s future. The said convention will be held at some time after the Senbatsu Elections.
This convention is a long time coming. Like everyone else, I think about the future of the group too.
All hail the new queen, Jurina Matsui!
The AKB48 53rd Single Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo (53rd Single World General Election) and 10th annual AKB48 Sekai Senbatsu Sousenkyo have just concluded.
Matsui Jurina of SKE48 is hailed queen by the fans of the 48 music fandom. Her coronation took place just last night before a crowd of more than 30,000 people at the Nagoya Dome, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.
It was a fitting coronation for the 21-year-old lass who debuted in July 2008. She was 11-years-old at the time when she joined SKE48 as a first generation member – and when she became the first member of a sister group to sing in AKB48’s main single (“Oogoe Diamond”), of which she was both center and cover.
Miss Jurina currently holds the record for the most appearances in Senbatsu of 48/46 Group with a total of 60 A-side appearances across all groups.
At the concert that was held before the main event, she collapsed on stage.
What a way to make people forget that incident!
SKE48 rules the Senbatsu Sousenkyo again
In this year’s Senbatsu Sousenkyo, SKE48 shares a plurality of positions with eldest sister group AKB48 in both the Senbatsu and Undergirls units.
In the Senbatsu (ranks 1-16) unit, SKE48 and AKB48 both have 5 positions. HKT48 has 3; NGT48, 2; and NMB48, 1.
In the Undergirls (ranks 17-32) unit, SKE48 and AKB48 both have 5 positions. NGT48 has 3; NMB48, 2; and HKT48, 1.
SKE48 rules the top 2 positions of both Senbatsu and Undergirls units.
Suda Akari comes #2. The other SKE48 members in the top 16 are Oba Mina (#8), Souda Sarina (#11), and Furuhata Nao (#15).
In the Undergirls unit, Matsumura Kaori and Takayanagi Akane placed #17 and #18, respectively. Joining them are Kitagawa Ryoha (#27), Arai Yuki (#28), and Sugawara Maya (#29).
No doubt the Senbatsu is orange again, not only that Miss Jurina is crowned queen by fans but also because the group ruled the top 2 positions of the Senbatsu and Undergirls lineups, making the hometown crowd happy and proud in the process.
SKE48 is based in Nagoya.
Where the other 48 members rank
4-time Senbatsu Sousenkyo winner and last year’s queen Sashihara Rino of HKT48 did not participate. Also not joining were Tano Yuuka (who made controversy early this year for her remarks about South Korea) and Kashiwagi Yuki of AKB48, Yamamoto Sayaka of NMB48, Kodama Haruka and Moriyasu Madoka of HKT48, and Kitahara Rie of NGT48.
All members of JKT48 declined to participate in the 2018 Senbatsu Sousenkyo due to Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr holiday.
Miyawaki Sakura of HKT48 landed #3, shocking fans who thought there was a competition between her and Miss Jurina.
Ogino Yuka of NGT48 placed #4, followed by STU48 captain Okada Nana and AKB48 general manager Yokoyama Yui at #5 and #6, respectively. Shiroma Miru of NMB48 landed #20 and Minegishi Minami is #32.
Two international members landed positions, both from BNK48: Cherprang Areekul (#39) and Praewa Suthamphong, aka Music (#72).
Once again, congratulations SKE48!
The meeting that will change the world
Like everyone else who keeps watch of the upcoming June 12 historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and American President Donald Trump – between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States of America (USA) – we cannot help but wonder what the outcome would be.
We are anxious but at the same time hopeful: hopeful for the reconciliation and peace of Korea and anxious because we really don’t know what would happen. Media organizations have it that Kim and Trump will discuss issues such as North Korea denuclearization and an end to the Korean War. Will the hermit kingdom’s human rights abuses be brought up?
We are surprised that Kim and Trump agreed to hold what would be the first meeting between a Korean leader and a sitting US president. Who could ever imagine the two would ever meet face-to-face, given the distrust and hostility that define US-NoKor relations?
The meeting almost did not push through. Trump pulled out last May due to “tremendous anger” and “open hostility” from North Korea, which also threatened to pull out because of ongoing US-South Korean military exercises. Cooler heads later reigned.
It is a (face-to-face) meeting that could change the world and, above all, determine the future of Korea and the Korean Peninsula. Trump described the summit as a “one-time shot” at peace and said the two were in “unknown territory”.
“It’s unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident,” said Trump during his press conference at the end of the G-7 summit in Canada. “I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity and he won’t have that opportunity again.”
Trump expressed hope that the summit would be good for world peace but also for the dictatorship.
We don’t know what kind of preparation Kim and Trump have made but it seemed that they prepared – by dealing with people. Just weeks ago, Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the inter-Korean summit.
Trump, on the other hand, commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson (an African-American woman who spent 21 years behind bars for a first-time nonviolent drug offense) and angered G7 leaders over tariffs and trade barriers.
As of this writing, Kim has already arrived in Singapore, ahead of Trump. He has met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and told him, “The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK and the United States of America, and thanks to your sincere efforts … we were able to complete the preparation for the historic summit.”
We pray Kim and Trump would achieve world peace – whatever it takes.
To Leader Kim and President Trump, a fruitful meeting to the both of you! May both of you be victorious!
The barangay, which roughly translates to “village”, is the smallest political unit in the Philippines. As of 2017, there are about 42, 036 barangays all over the country. The barangay captain or chairman, along with his councilors and other officers, leads the barangay.
This post, however, is not about this unique political system in my country. This is not even about the upcoming barangay elections that will be held on May 14.
This post is about the people that comprise the village security or protection force, people who are expected to perform night guard duty, people who act as the local police, people whose duty is to maintain the peace and order in the barangay.
I am speaking about the barangay tanods, which roughly translates to “village guards”.
Why do I write about them now?
As of this writing, the bon odori or Japanese summer festival is taking place at a barangay 2-3 kilometers away from where I live. That village teems with expatriates, mostly Koreans, Japanese, and white people. That village, more economically progressed than the village I live, is one of the villages I pass on the way to work and home.
I am 10 months into my new job and I was one of the unlucky people assigned to the night shift or graveyard shift. Being made a regular employee after 6 months, I was made to join the other regulars who start their rounds at night or around midnight.
Just within 4 months, I endured 6 schedule changes. It was first 9 PM, next 10 PM, 11 PM, 12:30 AM, 1:30 AM, and then 3 AM.
Only one thing did not change: the sight of barangay tanods and a few policemen watching TV at their outpost.
Don’t know if outpost should have cable TV but should not these men be patrolling the streets at those very hours? Probably they were done with their rounds when I passed by the outpost and might have carried out more rounds after that.
Do they? I hope they do and how I wish they do.
In my experience, I had travelled by foot and by public and private transport villages left unguarded and unpatrolled at night. That barangay and the other barangays I pass on the way to work are among them.
What do the barangay tanods have to do with the Japanese summer festival?
On the opening day of the bon odori, on the way home after hanging out with friends, I came across not a few barangay tanods at the street leading to the commercial center where the festival is taking place. Complete cast. In full gear and in high spirits.
It’s not what I see at the outpost every night or midnight on the way to work. When they are not watching PBA, PBO, or HBO, they would be sleeping or chatting. I could not mistake the boredom on their faces or bodies.
I have yet to meet or see a barangay tanod on the way to work at night or midnight.
If they have not been patrolling the streets at night, then I need not to ask why burglary and robbery/holdup persist in the city.
If they have not been patrolling the streets at night, then it’s no wonder why scammers from other cities and nearby towns flock to the vicinity. I was also victimized once and it was night. My aunt was not lucky.
One Facebook friend, who is a critic of government and religion, said “This barangay election, vote for the people the barangay can depend upon, not for the people who depend on the barangay (the office) for their livelihood.”
This 2018 barangay and SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) elections, I hope the people will vote for barangay officials who will then appoint the men and women best suited to wear the uniform of the barangay tanod.
Evil runs in the family and in the party
Philippine politicians do not serve the country out of love and in the name of public service but out of greed and lust. This is how poverty gets widespread and evil triumphs in the country. By producing new generations of corrupt and evil leaders, they prolong the suffering of the Filipino people. Evil runs in the family and in the party.
Evil penetrates deep into Philippine society due to the abundance of political dynasties and the popular practice of switching political parties among Filipino politicians.
Stealing the people’s money and putting family members and friends in government offices are not the only things Filipino political leaders are good at. They are also good at changing political affiliations before and after elections.
These people even claim to be patriots. Patriots, my ass! They are tyrants.
They will never give up their lives for the country in an event of an invasion or civil war. They will save their own necks and their own families first… well, that’s the only thing they will ever do.
They know no love and they have no love… for God and country. They only love themselves and their families. They love money, they love power. They love to enslave the Philippines.
Filipino politicians are crooks. I stand by my generalization.
There is nothing wrong with the constitution and the type of government that the Philippines have. It’s the kind of people that rule the country who are wrong.
They will give account on the day of judgment
But it is necessary that they rule the country so the Filipino people will know how evil looks like, how it works, and how it affects them.
It is necessary that political dynasties and political turncoats, sycophants, opportunists rule the Philippines in order for the people to know who their true enemy is. Not poverty, not drug abuse, not mental illness, not environmental degradation, not hopelessness, but them who sit in the different branches of the Philippine government… they who enable them in the first place.
Because of their rule, hope burns alive in the hearts and minds of the true patriots who will one day overthrow them, their families, and their minions.
In due time Philippine politicians, their families, and their minions will pay… with their lives, with their blood on the streets.
The day of reckoning will come and they will taste their own blood on the streets and see vultures feed on their flesh.
The god they worship will not save them. They can no longer hide behind the skirts of their churches or mosques.
Love for God and love for country remain steadfast among the true patriots who are ready to lose everything in the war against the reign of evil in the Philippines.
A glorious day it will be! Genuine love for God and for country will reign once more and corrupt Filipino politicians, their families, and their minions will be no more.
“Love” lost in the proposed new constitution
Lawmakers at the Philippine House of Representatives have proposed to delete the word “love” in the 1987 Constitution, the current constitution, in the move to change the country’s system of government to federalism. The House speaker threatens to hold the funds of lawmakers who oppose federalism.
Philippine Congressmen or congresswomen who support federalism belong to the Philippine president’s party or switched to the ruling party some time after the election… in order to save their political ambitions.
What does this suggests?
This suggests that Filipino politicians have no love for the people they are supposed to serve.
They are in public service not out of love for God and the people. They get into government only for the family name, for the money, and for power.
No God in Philippine government, only evil
They are never for the people, for the country, and for God. The political leaders of the Philippines serve their belly, which is their god.
They use the people to get into public office. They feign love for country to stir the people into electing them. They use and misuse God for personal and political gain.
These people even claim to be Christians or Muslims. You see them how they worship and praise Yahweh, Jesus, or Allah, venerate Mary and the saints, read the Bible or the Koran, or sing Psalms and hymnals.
But deep inside, they serve another god, whom they worship and praise to the fullest once they leave their places of worship.
In the name of God, in the name of their personal savior Jesus Christ, in the name of Allah, they run for public office in order to serve a different god.
They are not in government for public service. They are in government for greed and lust.
The kind of love Filipino politicians have is carnal love and love for money and power.
In the name of the god they worship, they milk the people of their hard-earned money and abuse their privileges and position.
Giving thanks to their god and in accordance to the twisted interpretation of their religious tenets, they claim the country and the people’s money as their personal properties. Evil chooses no religion.
Their corruption affirms that they do not love the Filipino people. Worse, they do not love God. They are no different from the corrupt kings who once ruled Israel.
(To be concluded)
Mocha Uson, the founder of Mocha Girls music group and current assistant secretary for social media under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), unfortunately became the subject of jokes and memes for a reason that should put science and geography teachers all over the Philippines and even her alma mater (University of Santo Tomas or UST) to shame.
Addressing her social media followers and fellow Duterte fanatics while in New Delhi, India for the ASEAN-India meeting that she attended with President Duterte and others, she mistook the location of the popular and currently erupting Mayon Volcano for Naga City, which is in Camarines Sur, instead of neighboring Albay.
Reactions travel fast over the Internet, faster than Olympic medalists Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps breaking sports records. Quick the reaction was, plus the creation of memes that immortalize Uson’s blunder.
As netizens made jokes and memes, her fans and followers defended her. It was just a minor mistake, they said, and it should not divert the public’s attention from serious issues like the Mamasapano Massacre, the Dengvaxia scandal, and the eruption of the volcano itself, which forced thousands of people to evacuate.
A minor mistake? Minor mistake, my fuckin’ ass! It is a world-class mistake. The Mayon Volcano is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Philippines. For its perfect cone, it is one of the well-known mountains and volcanoes in the world.
Mayon Volcano in Naga City? That’s akin to saying the Buckingham Palace is in Edinburgh, the Statue of Liberty in Chicago, Mount Everest in Africa, the Sahara Desert in China, and the Holy Land in Eastern Europe. What next? Taal Volcano in Metro Manila or Mount Apo in Tagaytay?
To err is human, to forgive is divine. Yes, but let not this phrase be misused and abused by Uson herself and her fellow Duterte fanatics. As a member of the populist President’s communications group, she has all the resources – paid for by the Filipino people – to make good research, to gather accurate information. If she is not sure where Mayon Volcano is, she could consult Google, Wikipedia, or Encarta. What’s the Internet for?
It is not a minor mistake. It is a serious one. It is an assault to Philippine geography, although not a serious offense that deserves life imprisonment or the death penalty.
What does Uson’s relocating Mayon Volcano from Albay to Naga prove? The Filipinos’ witticism and sarcasm? Our sense of humor even in the midst of a state of calamity? The power of social media? The need for blogger accreditation?
It is the power of faith, one that moves mountains or erupting volcanoes.
It is President Duterte and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar’s faith in Mocha Uson being Assistant Secretary for Social Media. It is the diehard Duterte supporters’ faith in her. Above all, it is her faith in herself as a major blogger or social media influencer.
In other aspects too, it is her faith in her boss, President Duterte, and in her legion of followers who will defend her from her bashers, critics, detractors, and many others who oppose Duterte, his drug war, and federalism.
Mocha Uson, the influencer, has faith that whatever she says, people, especially her fellow diehard Duterte supporters, will take her seriously.
Such is the power of faith in its various forms. Faith can move volcanoes. Faith can move Mount Fuji to Moscow and Australia to Europe physically just in time for the Eurovision Song Contest.