December 12, 2017, 10:52 am
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Trashy Trudeau and toothy Ardern

THEY were the youngest among the heads of government who came for the just-concluded Asean and Related Summits.
They were also the rudest!
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, instead of apologizing to his host about the inexplicable delay of two bloody long years in taking action on the trash that his country merrily dumped on our shores several years ago simply dished out more trashy talk about legal barriers against taking the trash back.
They should have thought about the international legal barriers before exporting their trash to another country!
Trashy Trudeau also broke one cardinal rule of common courtesy – one does not insult his host. He bragged about telling our President, and I mean the president of all Filipinos including his critics, about the alleged, repeat, alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) and human rights abuses in the war against illegal drugs. 
He is lucky he didn’t get a mouthful of expletives from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong. That’s politeness for you, Mr. Trashy Trudeau. One doesn’t insult his guest either.
Later, at a press conference Digong said he told Trudeau, “I will not explain” the alleged EJKs and human rights abuses in the drug campaign. 
 “It is a personal and official insult… When you are a foreigner, you do not know exactly what is happening in this country. You do not even investigate… I said, ‘why don’t you investigate first and find out the truth’,” he added.
I think it’s time Digong told Trudeau what he can do with whatever it is his government gives us by way of grants and assistance, the same way he told the EU.
Obviously, Trudeau thinks that having a pretty face and a knack for cheap publicity stunts make for a good statesman. How moronic! 
Well, he is the same pretty boy who rudely and brusquely shoved aside a fellow parliamentarian, a woman, in Canada’s parliament not too long ago.

CANADA’S EAST ASIA
SUMMIT APPLICATION 

I understand Canada has a pending application for membership in the East Asia Summit which is comprised of all the ten Asean members, plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States. 
Canada is right now a mere observer in the group.
“Taken together, Asean would easily be our sixth largest trading partner. Asean’s 640 million people is twice as much as the United States… Canada is a Pacific country, and we want to be able to engage in broader issues of policy such as development and human rights,” Trudeau said.

Human rights?! Basic decency prevents me from calling the fellow worse names than “trashy”.
I would be very interested to know what our government’s position is on Canada’s application. And, indeed, the other Asean governments’.

NEW ZEALAND’S ARDERN 

As for toothy Jacinda Ardern, the 37-year-old newly elected prime minister of New Zealand, it is obvious she has a lot to learn about common courtesy, not to mention being a good politician. Forget about being a good statesman. I don’t think she possesses the right qualities to be one. I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t last very long as the top dog (bitch?) in her country. 
Instead of simply saying thank you for the barong that was made especially for her, all she would say was that the “silly” shirt is “scratchy” and “quite starched” and that she wouldn’t be caught sniffing it on camera.
Geeezzz, how rude!!!
As any teacher in etiquette will tell you, good manners means remembering your “Ps” and “Qs” (That’s for “PleaseS” and “Thank Yous”).
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Following are excerpts from a piece written by a Thai veteran journalist on regional affairs of the Bangkok Post, Kavi Chongkittavorn, about Digong’s role in the Asean and Related Summits last week:
“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has upended regional diplomacy and his country’s ties with major powers. He put Asean on the map on par with the superpowers during the past 429 days to be exact, from Sept. 28, 2016 to today (Nov. 14). He will pass the baton to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday…
“Indeed, Mr. Duterte has shifted power politics in the region, by default or design, as no other Asean leaders have done before. He did not follow any rules and remained unpredictable throughout his Asean chairmanship. Despite the verdict on the South China Sea conflict by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in favor of the Philippines, Mr. Duterte decided to play the outcome the way he wanted to – by befriending China to the bewilderment of his country, allies and friends. In the process, he took the bull by the horn and turned it around to his advantage. Mr. Duterte has a lightning rod in his hands, which he can use anytime…
 “The dramatic improvement of Philippine-China ties also has rendered positive impacts on overall Asean-China cooperation over the ongoing negotiations on the code of conduct in the South China Sea. Even though China has rejected the PCA’s decision, it would continue to serve as an invisible barometer regarding China’s behavior in regional and international politics. Lest we forget, at the 49th Asean Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Laos in July 2016, hot on the heels of the PCA’s judgment, and at the 28th Asean summit in Laos last year, Asean deliberately embedded the full respect for legal and diplomatic process as the norm to conduct ties with China…
“Obviously, after six years of hardline policy during the former Aquino administration, China is now feeling more comfortable about responding to Asean collectively in positive ways without the much feared perception that it is doing so due to pressure from Washington. Chaired by the Philippines, Asean centrality has been strengthened simply because Mr. Duterte decided to opt for cooperation rather confrontation…
“…However, one truly Asean issue that Manila should be given lots of credit for is the migration of workers. Manila has pushed hard for the signing of the Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, which has been in the making for the past decade…
“Indeed, it has been an eventful year filled with fun and fanfare – for Asean, which is fitting for its 50th anniversary. The Philippines has proved once again the grouping’s character and demeanor is still very much hinged on the confidence and intuition of whoever holds the chair.”
As a Filipino who has many friends in Thailand, after having lived there for many years as a young diplomat and later as ambassador, I would like to thank Mr. Chongkittavorn for the kind words for President Duterte.
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Today is the 201st day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.
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:
A preacher went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule (jackass to the knowing) in the churchyard. He called the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the preacher to the health department. They said since there was no health threat that he should call the sanitation department. 
The sanitation manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorization from the mayor. 
Now, the preacher knew the mayor, and was not to eager to call him. The mayor had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the preacher called him anyway. 
The mayor did not disappoint. He immediately began to rant and rave at the pastor and finally said, “Why did you call me anyway? Isn’t it your job to bury the dead?” 
The preacher replied: “Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!”
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