June 24, 2018, 1:26 am
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Quandary

I AND many others applaud President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong for the way he handled the alleged surrogate of Indonesian tycoon Anthony Salim in the Philippines, Manuel Pangilinan who, purportedly, is the top honcho of PLDT-Smart.
Pangilinan reportedly wanted P3 billion for him to return the frequency that he obtained from the government for free.
That irked Digong no end. He wants the frequency, which is not being used by Pangilinan to improve PLDT-Smart services, for a third telco player. He forthwith told Pangilinan to expect a visit to the companies he is connected with from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
The following day, the PLDT-Smart executive said he was returning the frequency without payment.
Why was Pangilinan so quick to arrive at such a decision? Is he hiding something? Are the companies under him compliant with our tax laws? I believe Digong should go ahead with his “threat” to have the BIR visit the companies under Pangilinan to find out.
I hope the Ayalas of Globe, half of the duopoly that has been taking consumers for a ride all these years, also got the message.

TOURISM’S TEO

Digong must be in a quandary right now over what to do with his Secretary of Tourism Wanda Teo. 
Teo has reportedly been travelling abroad too much in the last two years, with unnecessary travelling companions in tow.
It will be recalled that Digong has been firing left and right government officials for excessive travelling.
Teo, however, has close kin in the media who are very strong and avid supporters of Digong.
Everyone is watching and waiting for Digong’s action on the matter. Will he be consistent?

TEODORO LOCSIN JR.

An anonymous reader asked what I think is the reason why Digong has not fired or at least taken to task our Permanent Representative to the UN, Teodoro Locsin, Jr., for disloyalty about which I have written three weeks ago. S/he also asked who his backer is.
I said I have no idea at all. But one thing is for sure – Digong’s “indifference” is strange and definitely out of character.
Locsin publicly expressed his opposition to Digong’s decision to the phase Aout of the jeepneys which he said should be retained. He also called the cancellation of the license of the internet news site Rappler “suppression of press freedom” which the administration denies. Rappler’s license was cancelled for violating the constitutional provision that media companies should be one hundred percent owned by Filipinos. 

LACSON ON SCS

Senator Panfilo Lacson likened the presence of a US aircraft carrier in the South China Sea (SCS) to a “breath of fresh air”.
The US Seventh Fleet has always been present in the SCS since the Cold War era. Ergo, the fresh air must have always been there, right? 
Obviously, Lacson made the statement because of the Chinese military presence in the reclaimed isles and reefs in the area.
Will the Seventh Fleet’s presence bring a breath of fresh air to us? I doubt it. On the contrary, what it could possibly bring us is disaster should the two military giants clash with each other either by accident or by design. 
Lacson also rued and expressed grave concern over China’s naming of certain features in the Philippine (Benham) Rise.
“It’s probably a matter of time before we see Chinese structures on more artificial islands. Damn us! Are we this helpless?” Lacson said.
So, what does he want Digong to do? Fight China? With what? Our puny air force and navy? What?! Ask the US to do it for us? Dream on, Sir.
But as Senate President Pimentel rightly pointed out, were we afraid when the US named the undersea plateau after American admiral Andrew Benham who discovered it?
“When Benham Rise was named ‘Benham’, were we afraid? That’s an American name, (could it be an) American claim? No, so what’s the point?” Pimentel said.
Touche’.

BAM AQUINO
ON DIGONG

Senator Bam Aquino criticized Digong for admitting that his was a dictatorial style of governance.
“Hindi diktador ang kailangan. Sa halip ay pinunong may kakayahan at tunay na malasakit sa buong bayan, lalo na para sa mahihirap nating kababayan,” Aquino said.
(“We don’t need a dictator. What we need is a capable leader who truly loves his people, particularly the poor and the downtrodden.”)
Like his uncle, oligarch and ex-President Noynoy Aquino? I beg your pardon…

BAUTISTA’S FLIGHT

Flight is almost always interpreted as guilt.
Resigned Comelec chairman Andres Bautista has apparently fled the country due to his allegedly ill-gotten wealth attributed, rightly or wrongly, to the conduct of the Smartmatic-driven elections in May 2016. His own wife blew the whistle on him.
So why does Senate President Koko Pimental appear to be reluctant to issue an arrest order for Bautista after ignoring subpoenas to appear before the Senate committee hearings on his case? 
For someone who was supposed to have been a victim of alleged election cheating, Pimentel’s reluctance is difficult to understand.
One thing is definite though. Bautista should be made to explain how he accumulated so much money, reportedly around P1 billion, allegedly during his watch as Comelec chairman.

NAPOLEON ‘BILLY’ ABUEVA

I would like to extend condolences to the family of National Artist Napoleon “Billy” Abueva who passed away late last week. 
I had the privilege of meeting Billy sometime in 1982 in New York. I was then the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations. 
One day, Billy sought an appointment with me. I was charge d’affaires at the time. He wanted to donate to the UN one of his sculptures and asked me how it could be done. With 150 or so UN members at the time (193 now), the UN had to exercise restraint in accepting gifts of works of art from every member state because of limited space in the General Assembly building. 
The first thing I did was to seek an appointment with a very high-ranking Indian diplomat named Virendra Dayal who was then the Chef de Cabinet of then UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar from Peru. 
Dayal and I sort of hit it off right away when I started exchanging pleasantries with him in my limited Hindi which I picked up from an earlier assignment to New Delhi. He promised to help. 
Not long after, I received a call from him to tell me that the request of Billy had been approved. The next step was to find a “good” location for the sculpture. 
We did! As one enters the main entrance to the General Assembly building and just before you step on to the escalator, to the right is Billy’s masterpiece.
 
This photo of the sculpture was taken last July when I visited the UN premises mainly for the purpose of finding out if it is still there. With me is my granddaughter Sabrina.
I tried getting in touch with Billy to share with him the above photo but was unsuccessful.
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REMINDERS
This segment is intended to remind the administration of some of its yet unfulfilled promises and matters that need attention and/or follow-up action. More importantly, the people are entitled to know what’s being done about them.
1) Digong’s promise to rid the country of foreign troops. This, of course, necessitates re-visiting the lopsided VFA and the EDCA with the US. 
2) Reciprocal visa arrangements with the US and other countries. 
3) The retrieval of the Balangiga bells.
4) The return of the Canadian waste.
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Today is the 286th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper, Joe Burgos.
After the acquittal of Major Harry Baliaga, Jr., the only person formally charged with Jonas’ kidnapping, I guess what happens next is now up to Divine Providence.
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From an internet friend:
- My doctor told me to start killing people. Well, not in those exact words. He said I had to reduce the stress in my life. Same thing.
- Definition of STUPID = Knowing the truth, seeing the truth, but still believing the lies. (Sounds like some Yellowtards.)
- Republican Logic according to rapper Brian Carter:
Muslim shooters = Entire religion guilty
Black shooters = Entire race guilty
White shooters = Mentally troubled lone wolves (e.g., lone wolf who mowed down 58 people in Las Vegas, lone wolf who slaughtered 17 high school students in Parkland, Florida). 
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