XI JINPING TO DUTERTE: DEFEND ME NAMAN!

Xi Jinping: O, kinasuhan ako nina Del Rosario at Carpio Morales. Wala ka bang gagawin?

Former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, and a group of fishermen filed a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity over environmental damage in the South China Sea.

When the news reached Xi Jinping, he immediately contacted Rodrigo Duterte.

Last Tuesday, March 19, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized 1.1 billion pesos worth of shabu in separate operations inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village and the upscale Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City. Chinese drug suspects were nabbed during the operations. PDEA officials reported the matter to their boss in Malacañang. Here’s what happened.

Interviewed by the media during a political rally in Cebu, Sara Duterte denied she’s eyeing the presidency in 2022.

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DARK, DEPRESSING

Rodrigo Duterte and Imee Marcos walk into a bar. Find out what happens.


“Huwag n’yo na akong takutin. Gusto ko na ring mamatay kasi pagod na ako pero gusto kong mapunta sa impyerno.”
–Rodrigo Duterte

I am on Twitter & Instagram: @HecklerForever8

PRAY FOR DUTERTE

On the third day, Duterte rose again.

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THE 2018 MMFF: A REVIEW?

Forget about Woody Allen or Judd Apatow. This is cinema at its most ambitious.

DID you see this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival entries or did you skip the entire festival? Here’s a “review” of the eight movies.

OTLUM
Starring: Ricci Rivero and Jerome Ponce
Medyo underwhelming ang trailer pero malaking kawalan kung ‘di mo ito mapapanood. Sa opening sequence pa lang ay mapapasigaw ka na: Otlum! Obkat! May otlum! Swabe ang effects. May point sa movie na mapapaisip ka: Guillermo Del Toro ba ang gumawa nito? Unbelievable. Kakaiba rin ang twist ng kwento. Bago umabot sa kalahati ang pelikula, kakampi mo na ang multo. Ganun ka-powerful ang atake sa character ng otlum. Petmalu!

AURORA
Starring: Anne Curtis
Superb ang acting ng buong cast lalo na ‘yung mga gumanap na taumbayan. Nabigyang justice ng bida ang role niya bilang Aurora. Kahit hindi magsalita, ramdam mo ang paghihinagpis nito matapos malugi ang kanyang lugawan. Mabagal ang development ng story pero hindi mo ito mararamdaman dahil makakatulog ka. Medyo tragic ang ending ngunit dahil mahusay ang pagkakadirek, lalabas kang nakangiti sa sinehan.

THE GIRL IN THE ORANGE DRESS
Starring: Jessy Mendiola and Jericho Rosales
Wow! Just wow. Nang unang lumabas sa screen ang orange dress, everyone was floored. Sa history ng Philippine cinema, ngayon lang gumamit ng gano’ng kagandang dress. At ang mas lalong nakakahanga – kulay orange! The film’s costume designer deserves an Oscar nod. Hindi rin pwedeng i-ignore ang girl. Iba ang chemistry nila ng dress. May flaws sa storytelling pero kung titingnan mo ang detalye ng orange dress, balewala na ang mga butas na iyon sa kuwento. This movie dressed to impress.

ONE GREAT LOVE
Starring: Kim Chiu, JC De Vera and Dennis Trillo
Kung ang hanap mo ay kilig, ito ang perfect movie para sa ‘yo. Medyo complicated nga lang ang plot: si Kim Chiu ay girlfriend ni JC. Si Dennis naman ay magbabalut sa kanilang barangay. Mai-inlove sa balut si Kim. Pero si JC, may lihim palang pagtingin kay Dennis. Unfortunately, si Dennis naman ay matagal nang may kinakasamang itik. (Deserved niya ang best actor award.) It’s a tale of difficult choices and regretful decisions. Sino kaya ang makahahanap ng one great love – ang tao o ang itik?

JACK EM POPOY: THE PULISCREDIBLES
Starring: Vic Sotto, Coco Martin, Maine Mendoza
WHAT. A. MASTERPIECE. Napaka-original ng story. The screenplay was outstanding. Bagong lahat ang punchlines. Forget about Woody Allen or Judd Apatow. This is cinema at its most ambitious. In fact, may isang eksena kung saan kausap ni Jack si Popoy. Galit na galit si Popoy pero nang mag-joke si Jack, napanganga ang viewers. Isang critic pa nga ang napasigaw, “That’s puliscredibles! Ang galing!”

MARY, MARRY ME
Starring: Toni Gonzaga and Alex Gonzaga
Pwedeng tumayo ang pelikula kahit sila lang ang cast members gamit ang isang camera sa kusina ng kanilang bahay. Gano’n sila kahusay sa movie na ito. The marriage proposal scene was uber-hilarious at isa ito sa highlights ng movie. Spoiler Alert: Naghuhugas ng plato si Mary nang biglang pumasok sa kusina ang kanyang boyfriend na may dalang isang kilong kiat-kiat, sabay tanong, “Mary, will you marry me?” Sa gulat, nabitawan ni Mary ang hawak na tasa pero hindi ito nabasag dahil sa basahan ito bumagsak. GRABE LANG. I mean, how on Earth they did pull off that magical scene? Props to the director and to the Gonzaga sisters who were both phenomenal in the movie.

FANTASTICA
Starring: Vice Ganda and the entire showbiz industry
Diz wuz robbed! Big time! Malaking kuwestyon pa rin kung bakit wala itong nakuhang award ni isa. Napakaganda ng pagkakalatag sa kwento. Bawat eksena, fantastic. ‘Yung editing, production design at sound mixing also fantastic. Even the lead star, known for his method acting, is now drawing comparison to Daniel Day Lewis. Exceptional ang cinematography lalo na sa closing credits. ‘Yung ginamit na scoring, pinag-isipan kaya lumabas na fantastic. Overall, fantastic siya.

RAINBOW’S SUNSET
Starring: Gloria Romero, Tony Mabesa and Eddie Garcia
(No review available. The movie was pulled from theaters after the opening day.)

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I’ve been busy the past few weeks and will be busier in the coming days. I won’t be able to update this blog regularly. But I’ll be active as ever on Twitter.

Thank you everyone who dropped by my blog this year. See you all in 2019.

Happy New Year!

SA BULLY, ISANG MAIKLING LIHAM

Hindi na rin nakagugulat kung pati ang pisikal mong anyo ay nilalait ngayon.

AAMININ KO, galit ang naramdamam ko nang una kong mapanood ang iyong video. Iba kang magsalita. Punung-puno ng yabang. Wala kang pakialam kahit makasakit ka pa ng iyong kapwa.  

Akala mo, diyos ka. Gusto mong sinasamba ka ng mga nakapaligid sa ‘yo. Ganyan ka rin umasta at magsalita sa iba mo pang videos na nakakalat sa social media. Matagal mo na itong ginagawa.

Ang pumalag sa ‘yo, duguan. Skilled ka eh. Sanay kang lumaban at manakit. Sanay kang magpahirap sa taong ayaw sumunod sa gusto mo.

Hindi ko alam kung paano ka pinalaki ng iyong mga magulang. Pero ayaw ko silang husgahan.  Protektado ka rin daw ng ilang makapangyarihan sa lipunan kaya malakas ang iyong loob. Maging ang institusyong kinabibilangan mo, hindi rin nakaligtas sa batikos dahil sa tila pagbubulag-bulagan sa paulit-ulit mong kawalanghiyaan.

Hindi ko masisi ang maraming tao kung magngitngit man sila sa galit. Hindi na rin nakagugulat kung pati ang pisikal mong anyo ay nilalait ngayon. Tinatawag kang pangit, kupal, sira-ulo, at kung anu-ano pang pangalan.

Pati ang iyong pamilya, pinag-iinitan. Nagkalat sa social media ang inyong mga larawan. Iisa ang tingin sa inyo ng maraming tao, lahat kayo, walanghiya.

To be fair, marami rin namang nagtatanggol sa ‘yo.  Ilan pa nga sa kanila ay pulitiko. Mali raw ang ginagawang pang-aalipusta sa ‘yo lalo na sa social media.

Iniimbestigahan na ngayon ang mga ginawa mo. Sana ay maging patas ang desisyon ng kinauukulan. Sana ay mabilis na umusad ang proseso upang mabigyang hustisya ang iyong mga biktima.

May mga nagsasabing dapat kang bigyan ng pagkakataong magbago. Everyone deserves a second chance, sabi nila.  Ewan ko. Pero para sa akin, hindi ka na maisasalba. Malalang kaso ka na. ‘Yong bully sa Ateneo, posibleng magbago pa. Pero ikaw na presidente ng Pilipinas, mukhang hindi na.

SANTO RODRIGO

“Get hold of a picture of mine, place that in the altar, Santo Rodrigo.”

This article was first published in the Opinion Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer last Nov. 4.

IN HIS All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day message, President Duterte urged Filipinos to “emulate our saints” and help in “alleviating the suffering of others.” To which, Filipinos replied, “You first.”

Less than 24 hours after the release of his All Saints’ Day message, the President mocked the Filipinos’ observance of Undas calling saints “fools” and “drunkards.” He then suggested, “Get hold of a picture of mine, place that in the altar, Santo Rodrigo.” His Ka-DDS supporters were shocked. They said, “He is not a saint! He is our god! No to demotion!”

A Manila policeman attending a Halloween party was allegedly caught snorting cocaine in the restroom of a high-end bar in Taguig City. During questioning, the suspect couldn’t give clear answers and was talking utter nonsense prompting one officer to yell, “Stop acting like the president!”

President Duterte sent flowers to the tomb of Ninoy and Cory Aquino at the Manila Memorial Park on All Saints’ Day. Thankful, the Aquinos couldn’t wait to return the gesture.

Militarization?
President Duterte has ordered a military takeover of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). When he heard the news, Paolo Duterte said, “Challenge accepted.”

Another retired military general, Rey Leonardo Guerrero has been appointed commissioner of the Bureau of Customs. His term officially started last Oct. 30 and will end until the next shabu shipment slips past the BOC.

Reports say President Duterte has full trust in Commissioner Guerrero’s capabilities. In fact, this early, he’s sure of where to transfer Guerrero when he gets fired as Customs chief.

The President justified his appointment of military men in government saying they were the ones who delivered. That’s actually true. Under the watch of former Customs Commissioners Isidro Lapeña and Nicanor Faeldon, some P20-B shabu shipment were delivered.

Bets
According to President Duterte, he will campaign next year for candidates who are “honest” and who are “not corrupt.” Imee Marcos and Jinggoy Estrada are hoping it’s just another Duterte joke.

New Low
From 113th last year, the Philippines’ ranking fell to 124th this year in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. The Department of Trade refuses to accept that. You know who else disagrees? Drug smugglers.

Solution
To address the soaring inflation, President Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that will supervise and coordinate a barter trade in Mindanao. Duterte’s EO took effect last 6000

Trolls
Facebook has taken down several pro-Duterte Facebook pages due to violations of policies. Mark Zuckerberg has since apologized to Duterte supporters for loss of extra income.

Duterte II
Brazil has elected far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president. Political analysts describe Bolsonaro as the Rodrigo Duterte of Latin America. He is a populist, a misogynist, and an advocate of violence and extrajudicial killings. Bolsonaro has denied though his eldest son is a drug smuggler.

Happy Birthday
Star for All Seasons and Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos celebrated her 65th birthday last Saturday, November 3. Ate Vi thanked everyone online who sent her video greetings except for Cesar Montano.
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“Every day he woke to the desire to take the world by the throat, and choke it.”
~Mary Butts

Sound Bites
“The Bureau of Customs under military control is (1) a patent violation of the civilian supremacy clause of the Constitution & civil service rules; (2) an obvious attempt to undermine the integrity of the military by placing its officers in positions where they may be corrupted.”
~Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay

Twitter: @HecklerForever8

#RIP – PREDICTED EPITAPHS OF LOCAL POLITICAL FIGURES

Juan Ponce Enrile: Walang forever

IN OBSERVANCE of All Saints Day, here are the predicted epitaphs of famous political figures in the Philippines.

1. You’ve been warned.

1RIP Duterte

2. FYI: Death can be revoked.

2Trillanes

3. The girl who cried wolf

3Mocha Uson

4. Maang-maangan School of Acting

6Imee

5. Time has come.

5Mar

6. He died happy.

7Bong Go

7. A quiet place

8Alan Peter

8. He cannot move on.

4Bongbong

9. Transferred.

11Lapena

10. The boy with the dragon tattoo

13 pULONG

11. The fugitive presidential kumpare

17 pETER lIM

12. The Government Contractor

14 cALIDA

13. How did he die?

9Sotto

14. Ms. Senate Inquiry

10gRace Poe

15. A hard habit to break

18 lITO APID

16. Wish granted!

15 hARRY rOQUE

17. The (fake) doctor is in.

16 pERSIDA

18. Most Obedient

20 rAMON

19. Just Google the verse.

19 iMELDA

20. She just gave up.

12kRIS

21. Indeed!

21 eNRILE

22. An inconvenient truth.

22pIA

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“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
~William Shakespeare

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Sound Bites
“Observers have compared Bolsonaro to U.S. President Donald Trump — both love stirring up controversy on social media and have harnessed populist sentiment, promising to clear their respective governments of corrupt political elites. But his approval of violence and extrajudicial killings makes him closer to the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte than to Trump.”
~Fortune on Brazil’s newly-elected leader

We feel you, thinking Brazilians.

I still am on Twitter: @HecklerForever8.

[Photos: Reuters / Gravestone Maker]

ICYMI: SECOND OPINION

Members of the Cabinet erupted in cheers and congratulated the President. Suddenly, his liver spoke…

First published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last October 14, 2018.

During a Cabinet meeting, President Duterte announced that the recent tests on his esophagus came back negative for cancer. Members of the Cabinet erupted in cheers and congratulated the President. Suddenly, his liver spoke, “Don’t celebrate just yet.”

The President and his family went on an unannounced trip to Hong Kong recently, apparently, to seek second opinion. The next day, Mr. Duterte got the confirmation: t-shirts and jackets cost less in Hong Kong.

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Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is replacing Harry Roque. He is now the President’s chief sanitary engineer.

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President Duterte revealed when outgoing presidential spokesman Harry Roque told him he wanted to resign, he replied, “Go ahead!” Breaking: Harry Roque’s heart.

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Harry Roque is currently in China for a private engagement. But he’ll be back tomorrow. He can’t wait to consult his family, talk to the President, and update his curriculum vitae.

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Alan Peter Cayetano has stepped down as foreign affairs secretary. Reports say he is seeking a congressional post, and wants to be Speaker. Oh, he probably misses it. He’s been very quiet for more than two years now.

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Former police chief Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa, who is seeking a Senate seat, was recently quoted to have said, “Galit na galit ako sa gumagawa ng EJKs. Ang gumagawa niyan walang b****g!” When President Duterte heard this, he sought for a second opinion.

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Feuding half-brothers JV Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada are both running for senator. But JV, who pushed for the passage of a bill banning political dynasties, believes it’s not acceptable to have two Estradas in the Senate. And the Cayetano siblings were like, “Okay lang ‘yun!”

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Folk artist and staunch Duterte supporter, Freddie Aguilar has filed his certificate of candidacy for senator. Aguilar is a cultural icon whose music we grew up listening to. I can’t wait to not vote for him in 2019.

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Anson Tuana, a 39-year-old senatorial aspirant, who also filed his COC, claimed he was an ex-boyfriend of resigned Assistant Presidential Communications Secretary Mocha Uson. A number of people actually believed Tuana’s claim saying ‘the customer is always right.’

Anson Tuana claimed he was an ex-boyfriend of Mocha Uson. Uson’s supporters say Tuana is a liar who spreads lies. To which, Tuana replied, “That’s exactly why we clicked.”

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In Makati City, siblings Junjun and Abby Binay are on a collision course as both have expressed interest in running for mayor next year. Taking a potshot at his sister’s “different” style of governance, Junjun says he carries the “Binay brand, the brand of governance that my father did for the people of Makati.” To which, the Makati City Hall Building II said, “I know, right?”

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) says methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu has “flooded” the streets of Metro Manila. When told about it, President Duterte ordered PDEA to take over the operations of the MMDA.

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Prices of basic commodities continue to rise but the cost of shabu has reportedly dropped by more than a third. This has prompted the President to revamp his economic team to include people from the Bureau of Customs.

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Former Assistant Presidential Communications Secretary Mocha Uson claims Communist rebels are to be blamed if she gets killed. The country is in crisis. We don’t have the luxury of fairy tales. Next issue please.

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Two persons allegedly won the more than one billion peso-Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot. To the administration candidates in next year’s elections, congratulations!
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“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
~Thomas Sowell

Sound Bites
“Well, eventually, uod man magiging butterfly ulit so inggit ka lang, you’re stuck as an uod. Butterfly tayo!”
~Harry Roque during his GGV guesting

Pak!

Twitter: @hecklerforever8

[Photo: Philippine Star]

IMEE, MOVING ON AND MILLENNIALS

“Ibalik n’yo ang nakulimbat n’yo baka sakaling mag-move on kami.”

THE LATE PHILIPPINE dictator Ferdinand Marcos amassed up to 10 billion dollars while in office. During martial law, some 34,000 were tortured, more than 3,000 were killed, and almost 400 disappeared never to be seen again. The Marcoses never apologized for the atrocities of the regime. There have been reports they’re willing to return a “portion” of their ill-gotten wealth but this too turned out to be BS.

Earlier this week, Imee Marcos, the dictator’s daughter, was quoted to have said, “The millennials have moved on, and I think people at my age should also move on as well.”

Thinking Filipino millennials have spoken via social media. Here are some of their responses via Twitter.

1Chewbacca

1CommissionSurvey

1Boyfriend

1Bruha

1Chuckie

1Crimes

1Crush

1Destroyed

1DiGets

1Docu

1DontUs

1ExLang

1Fabricated

1Gaga

1HarryPotter

1HowBad

1Hugot

1Jeggings

1Killer

1Kinulimbat

1Manggago

1Narrative

1SomethingThere

1Suffer

1Tae

1Tanga

1Tapyas

1Tonta
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“Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.”
~Imelda Marcos

Sound Bites
“Only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos, who pillaged his country for over 20 years, still be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amounts of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowed to return and engage in politics.”
~Lee Kwan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore

Amen.

I am still on Twitter: @hecklerforever8

#NasaanSiDuterte AND OTHER STORIES

Q: What do President Duterte and the 7-billion-peso shabu shipment have in common?

Answer:

A_1Shabu Filters-Rappler
A TON of shabu worth about 7 billion pesos was recently smuggled into the Philippines from Taiwan and China. Authorities couldn’t believe the boldness of the smugglers. The smugglers couldn’t believe the friendliness of this government.

The news came out last week but President Duterte has yet to speak about, much less, against the multibillion-peso shabu shipment. That’s natural though when you don’t want to offend friends.

Empty magnetic lifters which contained hundreds of kilos of shabu were traced in a warehouse in Cavite. Caviteños are hereby encouraged to ignore any advice that will come from Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla.

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating reports Customs people had conspired with the smugglers of the P7-B drug shipment. The PACC will not rush to judgment though. It vows to exercise fairness and follow this government’s procedure in handling corrupt officials: 1: Investigate 2: File a case 3: Dismiss case 4: Reappoint.

#NasaanSiDuterte
Amid the latest calamity to hit the metro, the hashtag #NasaanSiDuterte trended on Twitter on Sunday. Netizens have been asking about President Duterte’s whereabouts. Since Thursday, not much has been heard from him – which is probably the best thing that ever happened in recent weeks.

1MarikinaABSCBN News.jpg

Q: What do President Duterte and the 7-billion-peso shabu shipment have in common?
A: Both are missing.

Thinkers
Finance Chief Carlos Dominguez III and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia have both spoken against the proposed shift to the federal system of government. Dominguez and Pernia are both economic managers. They are both trusted men of Duterte. And both are gonna be jobless soon (probably).

Palace spokesman Harry Roque was quoted to have said, “I think there’s a 100 percent agreement that we’re (Cabinet) pushing for federalism.” Now that’s a shocker. Harry Roque “thinks?!”

1HunSen
Fake News
Someone hacked into the official Facebook page of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and posted fake information. Poor hackers! In the Philippines, people are even paid to post fake information on, about and for the President.

Social Media
A neuroscientist says social media is making people behave like three-year-olds. Duterte is not into social media. So, how do you explain his behavior?

Duterte Update:
It took a while before he reacted to the #NasaanSiDuterte question but Epal King, Bong Go told the media the President was “monitoring” the situation from Davao and Malacañang. “No worries. We’re fine,” replied the smugglers of the P7-B shabu shipment.
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“People are dying because of ignorance. They are dying because unremitting propaganda is denying them essential safety information. They are dying because the first casualty of war is truth, and the war on drugs is no different.”
~Dominic Milton Trott

Sound Bites
From forensic pathologist Raquel Fortun (Twitter):
1RFortun

Indeed!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: Shabu Filters: Ben Nabong/Rappler; Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News]