May 25, 2018, 8:41 pm
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Shitheads

“EAST is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.” - British novelist Rudyard Kipling
As everyone familiar with the phrase knows, what Kipling meant was that “East and West have different cultures and ways of doing things and always will; that they will never unite in doing things or looking at the world in the same way”.
This simple truth, unfortunately, has not found its way into the consciousness of most Filipinos, particularly those who have always had their political and economic sway in the country. And it has been that way from the time the Americans bamboozled us into believing that they would grant us independence after we were sold to them by the Spaniards for $20 million at the beginning of the 20th century.
Thanks, however, to a probinsiyano from Davao, this sad situation has begun to change.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong has managed to show us in many ways that we are not inferior to foreigners, particularly Americans, Australians, Canadians and Europeans, specifically the Western ones.
Countries from the East, namely, China, India, Japan and South Korea understand us and have acknowledged our quest for an independent foreign policy. They too, in different ways, have been subjected to Western perfidy and abuses in the past and even to date, just as we have been.
If only our so-called leaders in the government and private sectors and the Filipino people in general, would see things the way Digong does, with his passionate love of country and nationalistic fervor, ours could indeed be viewed with due respect and high regard by the international community.
Right now, those who seek to maintain the status quo where they dominate almost every aspect of national life, principally those who belong to the opposition comprised mainly of the Yellowtards and their horde of elite and oligarchic backers/followers, not to mention foreign countries to whom nationalism is anathema, are doing nothing but undermine the efforts and the work of Digong’s administration to rid the country of foreign intervention and uplift the lives of the poor Filipino majority.
Together, we can make this country great. And even if Digong’s detractors continue with their errant ways, we still can. But they have to stop putting obstacles in our path or they risk incurring the ire of the people who for so long have aspired to have better lives for themselves, their children and their children’s children.

THE BALANGIGA BELLS 

A couple of US congressmen have objected to the return of the Balangiga bells to us because of the alleged human rights violations committed by the government in the war against drugs.
This is an example of the perfidy that the Americans have been dishing out to us for over a century. They have been promising to return the bells to us for years now.
But what is utterly ludicrous is the cockeyed claim by the two shitheads (if the US President could use the term for people from “shithole” countries, why not me?) that alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ war against illicit drugs “are a detriment to our national security interests”. 
Detrimentalto US national security interests? How? Pray tell.
The two said that unless Digong’s government takes “meaningful measures” to stop the alleged extrajudicial killings, the bells should not be returned. That way, the two added, it “would be in the interest of our national security and our role as an internationally recognized leader in the promotion of human rights”.
Huh?! Internationally recognized leader in the promotion of human rights? How easy it was for the two shitheads to forget the Bud Dajo massacre of Filipinos in Mindanao; how easily they forgot that the US was a country that had to fight a brutal civil war over slavery; how easily they forgot the 100,000 plus women, children and civilians killed by their saturation bombing of Manila in WWII (which left the city the most destroyed after Warsaw) when the Japanese were all but defeated; how easily they forgot the millions of civilians, women and children killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki when Japan was already on her knees; how easily they forgot the hundreds of thousand Vietnamese killed when they invaded Vietnam; how easily they forgot the victims of segregation in their backyard in the past; how easily they forgot the people they have detained and tortured in Guantanamo; etc. etc., ad nauseam.
And the two have the gall to speak of their country as an “internationally recognized leader in the promotion of human rights”?! Excuse me! Shitheads!

CANADIAN TOXIC WASTE

Canada has decided to renege on her agreement to sell us 16 helicopters, concerned that we would use the aircraft in our drug war and the fight against rebels.
Canada’s trade minister said that “human rights is a key element of our foreign policy and of our trade policy”. 
Digong cancelled the deal and said we will go elsewhere to get the helicopters. China and Russia, for instance.
I guess that was his polite way of telling the Canadians to shove them helicopters. He must have been seething mad. Digong was more direct with the European Union through expletives. He said he does not want EU grants or assistance if they were tied with the campaign against illegal drugs.
Incidentally, what the heck is Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano doing about the Canadians continuing to insult us by doing nothing about their stinking toxic waste rotting in our backyard? 
I think it’s time Cayetano started thinking of more imaginative ways to convince the Canadians to take back their waste. Obviously, they have been giving us the run-around. Or we don’t know that? 
As I have suggested twice before, let us put small containers of the waste in front of the Canadian ambassador’s residence and the entrance to the Canadian chancery. Or we can put the containers in a barge, tow it near Canadian territorial waters and set it adrift. And call it the “Canadian solution”.
At the same time, to show our extreme displeasure, downgrade our relations with them by withdrawing our ambassador and place the embassy under a charge d’affaires.
To do nothing and merely wait for the Canadians to act accordingly is a lot worse. 
We lose their respect and that of other nations and, more importantly, our self-respect, making ourselves look like pushovers with no gumption, balls, if you will.
People are beginning to get the impression that Cayetano is merely “parking” himself at the DFA until 2022 when he would be able to run again for the Senate or go for the presidency. After all, didn’t Digong say that Cayetano could be our next president? Of course, he also said that of boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao. 
What about his boss’ vow to rid this country of foreign troops? And the reciprocal visa arrangements with the US and other countries? What is Cayetano doing about them?
Time to get cracking, Sir.
 
THE DUTCH
GOVERNMENT

One other thing, Cayetano should consider summoning the Dutch ambassador for an explanation on why his government is allowing that Communist armchair rebel, Jose Ma. Sison, to undermine the duly constituted government of the Philippines.
If he is still a Filipino citizen, we should cancel his passport and seek his extradition. If he is already a Dutch citizen, we should ask the Dutch government to stop him from doing things inimical to the national interests of a friendly country.
This brings to mind an encounter I had with a Dutch ambassador years ago. 
One day, when I was the DFA Assistant Secretary for UN and International Organizations Affairs in early 1990, the then DFA Undersecretary Tomas Padilla summoned me to his office. 
In his office was the then Dutch ambassador to the Philippines. He was seeking Philippine support for a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly condemning the then Burmese military government for placing Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, cutting her off from any communication with the outside world.
After Undersecretary Padilla told him that we would study their request, I asked the Dutch ambassador why they have not made a similar request to us for the so-called Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing that had taken place earlier and was also being considered for condemnation by the UNGA. I told him it would seem they are being selective as to who to condemn for human rights offenses. He became very uncomfortable and mumbled something I did not understand.
I decided to continue with my needling and asked him why they allow Communist rebels led by Sison whose avowed aim was to overthrow by violent means the duly constituted government of a friendly country to carry on with their insidious activities hatched and launched from their soil. 
His reply was non-responsive at all. He merely said they have laws that govern such a situation. 
I was so happy with the incident. I saw Undersecretary Padilla with a faint smile on his face. I could also almost feel the poor ambassador’s armpits sweating.

FOREIGN POLICY
EXPERT

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says kowtowing to Beijing is wrong.
And kowtowing to Washington is right?! Or to the Europeans, or to anyone, for that matter?
The fellow ought to have his head examined. Is he not aware of Digong’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy that kowtows to no one?
To begin with, how has Digong been kowtowing to Beijing? By not enforcing the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)? How do we enforce it? With our puny air force and navy? Will the Americans do it for us? Yeah. Right.
Why worry about the military fortifications the Chinese have made in the shoals and isles they occupy? What can we realistically do to get rid of them or force the Chinese out? 
Protest China’s moves? Digong has been doing that. Digong also vowed to pursue the PCA decision at the appropriate time. Let’s befriend Beijing first. And, as can be seen, Beijing has responded to Digong’s moves in very positive ways.
Does Carpio not realize we lost Scarborough/Panatag Shoal because the US simply left us in the lurch, saying that they are “neutral” and do not want to get involved in territorial disputes? But they intervened on behalf of Japan over the Senkaku islands also claimed by China! Ano ba ‘yan?! 
And who does Carpio think egged ex-foreign secretary Albert “Super Amboy” del Rosario and ex-President Noynoy Aquino to go to the PCA instead of looking up to her to get involved in the dispute?
Carpio assailed presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s statement on relying on China’s good faith, saying it’s tantamount to trusting a thief. That’s an abhorrent depiction of the Chinese people and the ancestors of a lot, and I mean a lot, of Filipinos. (Think of Duterte, Cory Cojuangco-Aquino and Noynoy, for insance.) Come to think of it, judging from his looks, Carpio could possibly be a descendant of one of them.
As I have already said before in this space, Carpio would be well advised to concentrate on his present work instead of dipping his fingers on foreign relations. After he retires, he can always run for public office. That would be more appropriate.
***
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.
5) The immediate implementation of the FOI.
***
Today is the 279th 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.
***
From an internet friend:
After being married for 25 years, a wife asked her husband to describe her. 
He looked at her carefully, then said, “You are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K.” 
“What does that mean?” she asked suspiciously. 
He said, “Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous and Hot!” 
She beamed at him happily and said: “Oh, that’s so lovely! But what about I, J and K?” 
“I’m Just Kidding!” 
(The swelling in his eye is going down and the doctors are fairly optimistic about saving his genitals). 
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