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(His Tuwid na Daan is a sham, a farce, a myth, a mockery of the law!)

I dreamt the other night about President Noynoy Aquino and Senator Grace Poe having a tete-a-tete. Their chat went like this:

NA: Hi Grace, thanks for coming. How are you?

GP: I’m fine, Sir. Thank you. I hope you are too?


NA: Oh, I’m okay… Grace, about our last conversation, I hope you have made up your mind to be Mar’s running mate. As I told you then, his chances of winning will hopefully improve if you were his running mate. As I also told you, I need a successor who will be sympathetic to me when I face the charges that will almost certainly be leveled against me come July next year.

Unfortunately, I cannot ditch Mar for you. He gave way to me in 2010. You know that. Besides, Franklin (Drilon) had already said categorically that Mar will be the Liberal Party standard bearer. He has also issued a veiled warning to me that I should only anoint a member of the Party. I really don’t know why he said that. Maybe that is his keen survival instinct working again. I don’t know… Which reminds me, he is also against my possibly running for another post. He said he just wants me to be a statesman na lang. What good would that be if I am in jail? I don’t know…

GP: I wish I could say yes to your offer, Sir, but I have already told everyone who cared to listen that if I decide to run for higher office, it will only be for the presidency, nothing else. I have also said in no uncertain terms that I would rather remain an independent if and when I do decide to run.

NA: But if you do decide to run, do you have the money? The political machinery?

GP: No, Sir… But I do have a dream, Sir.

NA: Is that your final answer?

GP: Yes, Sir! I’m sorry.

NA: In that case, I will just talk to your close friend and my kumpare Chiz (Escudero). Bye…

GP: Goodbye, Sir. (I woke up when my golden retriever started licking my nose.)

I have noted from press reports that Noynoy is now hinting more and more that Mar will be his anointed.

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And why would Noynoy possibly land in jail after his term? He has his much-touted Tuwid na Daan, a name for his “Kung walang kurap, walang mahirap” slogan, doesn’t he?

Precisely, stupid! His Tuwid na Daan is a sham, a farce, a myth, a mockery of the law!

“Kung walang kurap, walang mahirap”! Eh, bakit higit na dumami pa ang mahirap simula nang siya ay maging pangulo? Bakit?! Bakit?! Kasi, hindi nga nawala ang mga kurap. Bagkus, dumami pa!

Ilang ulit ko bang sasabihin na kapag ang pinuno ay nag-aaruga at nagtatanggol ng kanyang mga kalihim, ng mga kawaning may katungkulan, at iyung mga tinaguriang KKKKKKKs sa loob at labas ng pamahalaan na walang muwang, hindi alam gawin ang kanilang trabaho at mga kurap, hindi siya naiiba sa kanila? Tingnan ninyo ang Tuwid na Daan n’ya, hindi lamang puno ng basura, lubak-lubak pa!

Hindi ko na iisa-isahin dito kung anu-ano ang mga kabulastugan and katiwaliang nangyari sa loob ng nakalipas na limang taon at kasalukuyang nangyayari pa. Lahat ng iyan ay mabubulatlat at malalahad na muli pag-alis n’ya sa Malacanang.

Ang ating kalakalan daw ay umunlad sa ilalim ng kanyang pamamahala. Saliwa yata sa katotohanan. Ang tutoo n’yan ay dumami lamang ang ating mga bayaning OFW dahil na rin sa kawalan ng maiging hanapbuhay dito sa atin. Lumaki nang husto ang kanilang ipinadadalang dolyar sa kanilang mga kamag-anak dito sa atin. Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, umaabot na sa $26 billion isang taon. At lumalalaki pa! Iyan ang tunay na dahilan kung bakit akala n’ya ay umu-unlad na ang ating bayan.

Kung naging tutoo lamang sana ang Tuwid na Daan n’ya, hindi na kailangang mangibang bansa ang ating mga kababayan. Hindi biru-biro ang kanilang dinaranas na hirap at kalungkutan sa ibang bayan, sampu na rin ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay na naiwan dito!

At kung ang pag-uusapan naman ay ang pamumuhunan ng ibang bansa dito sa atin (foreign direct investments), ang tutoo ay kulelat pa rin tayo kung ihahambing sa, halimbawa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand at Vietnam.

Sa larangan naman ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga ibang bayan (foreign relations), wala rin namang pinag-iba ang mga alituntunin ni Nonoy duon sa mga sinundan n’ya sa Malacanang… hawak pa rin tayo ng mga Kano sa leeg. Tuta pa rin nila tayo at tuluyang nagpapaloko sa kanila.

Ngayon, ang aking tanong: “Nasaan ang pagbabago?”
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Speaking of corruption under Noynoy’s administration, following is the MALAYA editorial of 11 June 2015 entitled “The Numbers Don’t Add Up”:
“If the Commission on Audit was correct in saying that government-owned or controlled corporations have not been remitting correct dividends to the National Treasury, then some people must have pulled a fast one on President Aquino.

“Last May 13, GOCCs made a big show of their P36.36 billion dividend remittance to Malacañang, prompting the President to order a review of the bonuses for officials and employees of government corporations.

“From P32.21 billion in 2013, that certainly looked like a big deal – until one catches a glimpse of the report that the COA issued just nine days later.

“The 2013 audit report on the Bureau of Treasury–National Government said 219 out of 283 GOCCs reported net income for that year but only 45 of them remitted the government’s 50 percent share mandated by law.
“The 174 non-compliant GOCCs had a combined net income of P115.63 billion, half of which or P57.815 billion was supposed to go to the national coffers. They only turned over P6.27 billion.

“That left P51.54 billion that has yet to be accounted for.

“Based on the same audit report, Pagcor was one of the biggest offenders, failing to remit a total of P18.05 billion from 2011 to 2013.

“Shocking though it may be, that was not the end of the COA’s outrageous discovery as auditors found an excess of P43.74 billion subsidies to GOCCs also in 2013 – dwarfing the official remittance by P11.5 billion.

“Either Malacañang swallows the rosy remittance line and saves the President’s face or it has to take the COA report seriously and admit that he was taken for a ride.

“The whole country is watching, sir. – PT.”

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Thirteen senators led by Miriam Santiago have signed a resolution insisting that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US must have the concurrence of the Senate.

The Senate should not stop there. It must also insist that EDCA should be in the form of a treaty and must be “recognized as a treaty by the other contracting State”.

That is what Section 25, Article XVIII of the Constitution calls for, to wit:
“Sec. 25. After the expiration in 1991 of the Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America concerning Military Bases, foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate and, when the Congress so requires, ratified by a majority of the votes cast by the people in a national referendum held for that purpose, and recognized as a treaty by the other contracting State.”

Please note that Sec. 25 does not speak of foreign military bases alone. It also applies to foreign military troops or foreign military facilities which EDCA is all about!

It is also for this same reason that I and many others believe that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which allows foreign military troops and facilities to be based in our country, is null and void ab initio, notwithstanding a Supreme Court decision validating it.

Sure, our Senate ratified it but the US did not, saying it was a mere executive agreement. Section 25 requires that the agreement should be a treaty and recognized as such by her!

Therefore, a constitutional requirement was not complied with, thus rendering the VFA null and void ab initio.

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The Reminders (for Noynoy) portion of this column will be published next week.

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Today is the 50th day of the ninth year of Jonas Burgos’ disappearance.

I dread to think of how many more years it will take before Jonas’ disappearance is finally resolved. It is almost certain it will not be during Noynoy’s daang matuwid watch. Sad…

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From an internet friend:
A bunch of rich whites were on a huge cruise ship about to sink, so they started looking at each other to find someone who could pray for them, but none of them were suitable. So, finally they see the black cleaner and ask him to pray for them.

He prays:
~ Lord when I wanted to cross the bridge at the station, it said: “Whites only”
~ When I wanted to sit on the chair, it said: “Whites only”
~ When I wanted to go to the toilet, it said: “Whites only"
~ When I tried to enter the front door of the post office, it said: “Whites only”
~ So Lord as this boat goes down, please remember: “Whites only”
Amen!

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16 June 2015
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