September 25, 2017, 1:36 am
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TWO weeks ago, I wrote: 
“One of the things that really rankles President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong is when foreign governments or international bodies or their representatives interfere in our domestic affairs, particularly in his war against illegal drugs.”
I was, therefore, rather surprised when presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella “welcomed” the statement of US Ambassador Sung Kim (the only foreign envoy to do so) criticizing and expressing his hope that those responsible for the death of 17-year old Kian delos Santos “would be held accountable”.
Did Abella clear with Digong his “welcome” of Kim’s statement? I doubt very much. If he did, I’m almost positive Digong would have had him upbraided… unless, of course, Digong has changed his mind about going hammer and tongs against any foreigner who criticizes his war against illicit drugs. 
Surely, Abella must be aware of his boss’ very strong sentiments against foreigners interfering in our domestic affairs? He should be. Everyone else knows it.
Last week, Kim was at it again!
During a TV appearance, he criticized the killing of 19-year old Carl Angelo Arnaiz, albeit in a more cautious manner this time. He was obviously aware that no less than Digong himself had already issued the directive to investigate both cases.
After Kim, and also the dimwitted representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Lotta Sylwander, criticized Delos Santos’ killing, I suggested that they be summoned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and reminded that as foreign representatives and guests in this country, they should not interfere in our domestic affairs. 
I checked with the DFA what action, if any, it is taking or has taken on my suggestion. The response I got was that no action will be taken because it is being guided by what Malacañang, through Abella, has said about Kim’s statement, i.e., Abella “welcomed” it. 
Interestingly, Abella has not reacted to Kim’s latest “infraction” on the Arnaiz case. Why? Has his attention been called by Digong? Just asking.
We should be consistent in upholding this principle of non-interference by foreigners in our domestic affairs at every turn or we lose credibility if exceptions were made.
In this regard, I submit that perhaps Digong should give strict instructions to everyone in his government that only the DFA should be dealing with foreign envoys. Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano should insist on it. We cannot be speaking with different voices or have varying attitudes when dealing with them.


Frankly, I am puzzled by Kim’s attitude and behavior. 
Neither President Donald Trump nor Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been critical of our campaign against illegal drugs. 
Who then is Kim getting instructions from or speaking for? The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)? The Yankee-Philes in our midst, the elite, the opposition, the critics of Digong? That in itself would be interference in our domestic affairs. In other countries, he would be thrown out like a shot… except in vassal states like ours?
To repeat, everyone in the government must be consistent in pursuing our independent foreign policy as enunciated by Digong if we are to be believed and gain the respect of the international community.


Why does presidential spokesman Abella appear to be always the one reacting to US ambassador Kim’s pronouncements?
Another case in point – Kim’s announcement on the US donation of $15 million for the rehabilitation of Marawi and on the possible return of the Balangiga bells soon. Yeah, right. Those should have been returned a long time ago.
Without missing a beat, Abella welcomed Kim’s remarks on both. That’s the DFA’s job!
Is Abella a closet Yankee-phile? Right in Digong’s den?


A couple of senators, Dick Gordon and JV Ejercito, have pointed to China as the major source of illegal drugs, both in its raw and finished form. They cite as an example the entry of over P6 billion worth of Shabu from our avowed friend to the north. The matter is currently under investigation by the Senate.
 “I am beginning to suspect that China is turning a blind eye on this problem on purpose. It’s like the Opium War in the 18th century, where Chinese battled the illegal opium shipments to China by foreign traders, mostly British,” Ejercito said.
Gordon, on the other hand, said “it will be very hard to deal with China if they keep on allowing illegal drugs to be shipped in”.
I believe Digong and his foreign secretary should start weighing in on the Chinese, who profess to be our true friends, on this matter.
Today is the 130th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.
The family and friends of Jonas hope that the Duterte administration will exert serious efforts to find and haul the perpetrators of Jonas’ disappearance to justice.
From an internet friend:
I had checked into a hotel on a business trip and was a bit lonely so I thought I’d get me one of those girls you see advertised in phone booths when you’re calling for a cab. I grabbed a card on my way in. 
It was an ad for a girl calling herself Erogenique, a lovely girl, bending over in the photo. She had all the right curves in all the right places, beautiful long wavy hair, long graceful legs all the way up, you know the kind. So I’m in my room and figure, what the hell, I’ll give her a call. 
“Hello?” the woman says, ....oh God, she sounded sexy!! 
“Hi, I hear you give a great massage and I’d like for you to come to my room and give me one. No, wait, I should be straight with you. I’m in town all alone and what I really want is sex. I want it hard, I want it hot, and I want it now. You name it, we’ll do it. Bring anything you want.” 
She says, “That sounds fantastic, but for an outside line you need to press 9.”
Average: 3.6 (7 votes)

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