Martial Law for Mindanao is Long Overdue

Martial Law for Mindanao is Long Overdue

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The gruesome killings in Marawi, the encounter at Bagumbayan (Sultan Kudarat), between the MILF and the Philippine military, the pockets of bombings in southern Mindanao are all indications that the sitting president, Rodrigo Duterte is being challenged as to how far he can bend backward without straining his spine. He has been tolerant for some time and he did it more than enough. It is high time that he should flex his muscles.

 

When he took over the land’s highest position from a lenient president, he did not lose time in calling for cooperation. But because of his obvious plan to rid the country and the government in particular, of crooks, practically, everybody with selfish motives became apprehensive. Turncoats and opportunists who thought Duterte is no different from the past presidents are shocked by his steadfast and feisty moves, so now, they are having second thoughts if they would still support him or finance his detractors which some are already doing.

 

How can Martial be not applicable to a country like the Philippines, especially, Mindanao where unrest is already brewing? How can “due process” be applied to the case of a terrorist caught red-handed while about to detonate a bomb? How can “due process” be applied in the case of  drug-deranged and useless citizens who rape innocent young women, and even elders, fit to be their grandmother? How can “due process” be applied in the case of drug lords who have constructed drug laboratories right under the very nose of conniving law-enforcement agencies? How can “due process” be applied in Marawi City where gruesome killings are being committed by the Maute Group? The supposedly “due process” has just created animosity among the victims of criminals due to delayed application of justice.

 

HIHINTAYIN PA BA NA KUMALAT ANG TERORISMO SA VISAYAS AT LUZON…LALO NA SA MAYNILA?

 

Clearly, there is a concerted effort to oust Duterte from his post. And, those who have conceived this evil design could be the concerned parties whose selfish interests have been railroaded.  Again, Martial Law for Mindanao is long overdue. Why worry if you are not guilty?

 

And, obviously, the terrorism in Mindanao is no longer hinged on religion but politics and money!

 

 

Ang Sakit na “SCOOPOMITIS” ng Media

Ang Sakit na “SCOOPOMITIS” ng Media

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

HINDI DAPAT IPINAGYAYABANG NG MGA OPISYAL NG MILITARY ANG MGA ACTUAL OPERATIONS NILA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PAG-IMBITA SA MGA TAGA-MEDIA NA MAG-COVER NG MGA ITO AT CLOSE RANGE O MALAPITAN, LALO NA ANG GINAGAWA NG MGA MAY HAWAK NG RADIO O COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES NILA. DAPAT ISIPIN NG MGA OPISYAL NA NAKA-HOOK O NAKA-CONNECT DIRECTLY ANG MGA TAGA-MEDIA SA MGA PUBLIC MONITORS TULAD NG TV AT RADIO KAYA MARIRINIG KUNG ANO MAN ANG SABIHIN NG MGA NAG-RARADYO SA HEADQUARTERS O COMMAND POST. IBIG SABIHIN MARIRINIG NG BUONG BAYAN PATI NG MGA KALABAN ANG MGA IMPORMASYON TULAD NG LOCATION NILA, KAKULANGAN NG MGA GAMIT NA KAILANGAN NILA, ETC.

 

DAPAT GAMITING LEKSIYON ANG NANGYARI SA “LUNETA SIEGE”, NOONG KAUUPO PA LANG NI PNOY AQUINO BILANG PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS. NA-HOSTAGE ANG ISANG BUS NG MGA CHINESE TOURISTS AT SA LUNETA PINARADA ANG SASAKYAN. SA KATANGAHAN AT KAYABANGAN NG MGA TAGA-MEDIA, KINUNAN NILA ANG MGA GINAGAWA NG MGA PULIS SA LABAS NG BUS, BINOBRODKAST DIN NG MGA REPORTER ANG MGA SENSITIBONG IMPORMASYON TULAD NG IBA PANG LOKASYON NG MGA PULIS NA ANG IBA AY NAKADIKIT NA SA BUS AT MGA PLANO NILA DAHIL PATI INTERVIEW NILA SA “COMMANDER” NG PULIS AY PINARINIG DIN AT IPINAKITA SA PUBLIKO. NAKALIMUTAN NILANG MAY TV MONITOR SA LOOB NG BUS KAYA NARIRINIG AT NAKIKITA NG HOSTAGE-TAKER ANG LAHAT NG MGA GINAGAWA NG MGA PULIS!

 

YAN ANG SAKIT NG MEDIA – “SCOOPOMITIS” (SARILI KONG TERM)….NAG-UUNAHAN SILA PAGKUHA NG MGA SCOOP KAHIT HINDI VERIFIED KAYA KUNG MINSAN, NAPAPAHIYA SILA. HINDI NILA NAIISIP NA NAKO-COMPROMISE NILA ANG OPERATIONS NG PULIS MAN O MILITARY. ANG INIISIP LANG NILA AY PANSARILING LAYUNIN NA MAKA-SCOOP.

 

HINDI MASAMA ANG MAG-COVER NG PANG-SCOOP NA MGA PANGYAYARI SUBALIT ANG MGA ANCHORS NA NASA ISTASYON AY DAPAT MAGING MAINGAT SA PAG-RELAY NG MGA IMPORMASYON SA PUBLIKO. MAY KAKAYAHAN SILANG PUMILI KUNG ANO ANG IBOBRODKAST UPANG HINDI MA-COMPROMISE ANG MGA SENSITIBONG POLICE OR MILITARY OPERATION. ANG MASAKLAP LANG DAHIL SA COMPETITION, NAGPAPAGALINGAN ANG LAHAT NG MGA MEDIA OUTLETS, BROADCAST MAN O PRINT, SA PAGBABALITA. DAHIL DIYAN WALA SILANG PAKIALAM KUNG MA-COMPROMISE ANG SEGURIDAD NG MGA PULIS AT MILITARY, LALO NA NG BUONG BANSA!

 

AT, ANG PINAKAMATINDI AY KAPAG NAGAMIT ANG ILANG TAGA-MEDIA NG MGA PULITIKO O MGA KRIMINAL….NAGING BAYARAN O NAKALISTA SA PAYROLL.

 

UNSOLICITED NA PAYO KO SA MGA TAGA-MEDIA: HUWAG GAWING SHOOTING NG PELIKULA ANG PAG-COVER NG MAG SENSITIVE OPERATIONS NG PULIS AT MILITARY AT MAGING INTELIHENTE SA MGA GINAGAWA LALO NA SA MGA ISINISIWALAT TUNGKOL SA MGA NANGYAYARI SA GOBYERNO DAHIL KAPAG ANG ISANG BAGAY AY NAIBALITA NA, MAHIRAP NA ITONG BAWIIN O ITUWID DAHIL HINDI LAHAT NG MGA UNANG NAKARINIG AY MAKAKARINIG ULI NG PALIWANAG UPANG MAKOREK ANG PAGKAKAMALI!

A Call from the Youth of the Land…Let Harmony Breed World Peace!

A Call from the Youth of the Land…

Let Harmony Breed World Peace!

By Ed Palomado

 

Let harmony breed peace the world over…yes!…give it a chance! That is our call, we, the youth of the land to you, our elders and parents with differing advocacies and views that have been splitting the world into segments of disparity. The world is a sphere and should have insured the smooth flow of relationship among men as there are no corners that serve as hindrances…that is why God made it as such.

 

We did not ask to be born into a world beset with chaos due to mere differences in the color of our skin and the diverse tongues that are supposed to bind the world together. Add to them cultures and traditions that have differing propensities.

 

We did not ask to be born into a world quivering on a foundation weakened by uncertainties as to what the future would bring. In the meantime, more innocent newborn are being brought forth as the hands of time tick with reminders about our hazy destiny. Where should we go from where we stand today?…yes!…where, beloved elders and parents?

 

Greed has pathetically overshadowed humane principles, having been fed by the unrelenting selfishness of many world leaders. And, pride has blinded the same arrogant leaders who do not give a damn while treading on the path leading toward aspired success that must be had at all cost. They failed to see the rights of others that they trampled to make their covetous desire come true. We, the youth are among the trampled, a misfortune that have cut short a life that could have made us savor what lies ahead of us.

 

Why must we, the youth, suffer for all of these?

Why can’t there be even a bit of tolerance for all the differences that ensued when God created humanity?

Why can’t tolerance be observed as a show of respect to what others believe in?

Why can’t there be just music instead of the cracking guns that spit forth death?

Why can’t there be love instead of hate?

And, why can’t we extend a hand of compassion, instead of one gripping a gun?

 

If we let tolerance prevail, there would be understanding…if we let love overcome our hate, there will be compassion….and, if we give harmony a chance, there will be a soothing and delightful tranquility, as everything would just fall into their proper places with synchrony that shall bring forth peace!

 

So, now I am asking again…why not give peace a chance to rule the world?

 

(An oratorical peace composed by Ed Palomado for a student in his speech clinic, and which I edited.)

 

On Squatting…Again

ON SQUATTING…AGAIN

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS, PARTICULARLY, THE BARANGAYS SHOULD BE BLAMED FOR THE PROLIFERATION OF SQUATTERS AS ONLY THEY, ARE THE ONES IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE LATTER. INDIRECTLY, THE NEXT LEVEL OF LGU – TOWNS AND CITIES CAN BE BLAMED, TOO. PART OF THE REGULAR  REPORT OF BARANGAYS SHOULD BE THE PRESENCE OF SQUATTERS IN THEIR AREAS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING ABOUT THEM. AND, THE MUNICIPAL AND CITY GOVERNMENTS SHOULD POUND THE BARANGAYS FOR THEIR INACTION.

 

THE BARANGAY SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PUT A STOP TO ANY ATTEMPT OF SQUATTING. UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS NOT BEING DONE SO THAT IN TIME, THE SMALL CLUSTER OF MAKESHIFT HOMES BECOMES ANOTHER BARANGAY BASED ON POPULATION.

 

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DILG) DOING ABOUT THE IRRESPONSIBLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS?….NOTHING!!!

 

THE DILG AND OTHER CONCERNED AGENCIES, ONE OF WHICH IS THE DSW, WAIT UNTIL THE SQUATTING PROBLEM HAS COME TO AN UNCONTROLLED LEVEL BEFORE THEY ACT BY DEMOLISHING HOMES AND RESETTLING INFORMAL SETTLERS TO RELOCATION SITES THAT ARE NOT FIT FOR HABITATION DUE TO THE ABSENCE OF BASIC FACILITIES AND SAFE ROADS THAT THE UPROOTED CITIZENS  AND THEIR CHILDREN COULD TAKE TO THEIR JOBS AND SCHOOLS  IN THE URBAN AREAS WHERE THEY CAME FROM.

 

THIS PROBLEM IS “HISTORIC” IN NATURE, AS IT HAS BEEN GIVING THE GOVERNMENT A HEADACHE SINCE THE COMMONWEALTH DAYS OF THE COUNTRY….BUT, OF COURSE, THE BLAME NATURALLY GOES TO THE IRRESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS, AS EARLY ON, CUDDLING OF SQUATTERS FOR THEIR RELEVANCE DURING ELECTION HAS BEEN A CORRUPT TRADITION.

 

TOTAL ELIMINATION OF SQUATTING SHOULD NOT FORM PART OF DUTERTE’S PROMISES TO THE FILIPINOS AS THIS CONCERN IS A WORLD-WIDE PHENOMENON THAT HINGES ON POVERTY, ESPECIALLY, IN THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES LIKE THE PHILIPPINES. DUTERTE SHOULD PROMISE ONLY DOABLE PROJECTS TO MAKE HIM A “REALISTIC PRESIDENT”….NOT A QUIXOTIC OR A DREAMING ONE.

Prison Situation in the Philippines

Prison Situation in the Philippines

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

THE GOVERNMENT NEED NOT LOOK FAR TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS THAT BESET ALL PRISONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCUDING THE RAPID INCREASE IN NUMBER OF INMATES, ESPECIALLY WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ANTI-DRUG “OPERATION TOKHANG” WHICH WOEFULLY RESULTED TO “JAMPACKING” OF INMATES.

 

SINCE “TIME IMMEMORIAL”, THE SLOW HANDLING OF CASES IS ONE REASON, DUE TO SIMPLY INDOLENT JUDGES AND THE SLOW SYSTEM OF THE PNP’S OWN INVESTIGATION. SCHEDULED HEARINGS ARE ALWAYS “RESET”. ANOTHER REASON IS THE LACK OF JUDGES AND GOVERNMENT LAWYERS. AND STILL, ANOTHER REASON FOR  THE CONGESTION IS THE LACK OF LAND ON WHICH PRISON FACILITIES COULD BE BUILT DESPITE THE AVAILABILITY OF FUND KUNO, IF THAT IS TRUE….OR COULD IT BE THAT PROJECTS ARE NOT EXTENSIVELY JUSTIFIED?

 

WHAT IS THE DOJ DOING ABOUT THE “LACK OF JUDGES”?….WHAT IS THE DILG DOING ABOUT THE “LACK OF LAND”?…WHAT IS THE PNP CHIEF DE LA ROSA DOING ABOUT THE SLOWFOOTEDNESS OF THE PNP INVESTIGATORS?…WHY CAN’T THE POPULATION OF ALL PRISONS BE “STRAINED” AND CASES PROPERLY REVIEWED SO THAT PARDON CAN BE GRANTED TO THE DESERVING RATHER THAN WAIT FOR REQUESTS FROM THE INFLUENTIAL AND APPEAL FROM THE LAWYERS OF FAMILIES OF THOSE UNJUSTLY DETAINED?

 

ANG NAKAKATAWA PA, NAGKAUGAT NA ANG PUWET NG MGA NAKAUPONG MGA OPISYAL SA KANILANG PUWESTO LALO NA ANG MGA IMBESTIGADOR NG PNP, PERO DENY TO DEATH PA RIN SILA SA PAGKAKAROON NG “SECRET DETENTION CELLS” SA MGA ISTASYON NA ITINUTURING NA “STAGING POINT” NG MGA MAY KASO LALO NA SA DROGA UPANG MAKOTONGAN PARA HINDI MAI-BLOTTER “OFFICIALY” KAY PWEDENG ILABAS KAPAG NAKAPAGBIGAY NG “RANSOM” ANG PAMIYA.

 

ANG MGA SECRET DETENTION FACILITIES AY HINDI LANG SA MGA ISTASYON NG MGA PULIS MAKIKITA, KUNDI PATI SA MGA PRIVIATE FACILITIES O BAHAY O “SAFE HOUSES”….AT ALAM YAN NG MGA PNP OFFICIALS….KAYA HUWAG NILANG GAGUHIN ANG MGA PILIPINO.

 

THAT IS THE REAL SITUATION OF THE COUNTRY DUE TO THE SHITTY AND ABUSED PHILIPPINE-STYLE DEMOCRACY!

 

TODAY, THE CONCERNED AUTHORITIES ARE BLAMING EACH OTHER…AS EXPECTED!

 

IF DE LA ROSA WON’T BE CAREFUL IN HIS STATEMENTS….THE PNP PROBLEMS NA OPEN SECRET NAMAN SHALL DEFINITELY CAUSE HIS DOWNFALL!

 

Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ay may Mga Istasyon Ding Iskwater

ANG Philippine National Police (PNP)

AY MAY MGA ISTASYON DING ISKWATER

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) ay isa sa mga napabayaang ahensiya ng bansa mula pa noon subalit nabawasan kahit paano ang sama ng loob ng kapulisan nang umupo si Duterte…ganoon pa man, kailangan pa rin nitong tuparin ang kanyang mga pangako.  Ang unang napabayaan ay ang kanilang suweldo, pangalawa ay mga benepisyo, at ang pangatlo ay ang kalagayan ng mga istasyon.

 

Sa punto ng suweldo, maiibsan ang problema dito dahil sa pangako ni Duterteng dagdag, subalit kung tutuusin ay kulang pa rin dahil mas malaki pa ang kinikita ng ilang call center agents o mga nagtatrabaho sa mga BPO. Nagkaroon ng pabahay ang mga pulis-Manila na iniskwat naman ng mga KADAMAY members. Napag-alamang maliit lang pala ang sukat kaya halatang pinagkitaan lang ng mga tiwali o corrupt na mga opisyal dahil pinilit na ipagawa ang mga nakakalat na pabahay upang may batayan sa kickback o malaking komisyon. At, dahil hindi katanggap-tanggap ang sukat at uri ng pagkagawa ng mga unit, lumabas na hindi karapat-dapat ang mga ito sa itinakdang buwanang bayad,  napabayaan tuloy silang nakatiwangwang hanggang madiskubre ng KADAMAY kaya nagresulta sa iskwatan. Sa isang banda, parang “blessing in disguise” ang pagka-iskwat ng mga KADAMAY dahil nagkaroon ng mabigat na dahilan ang mga benepisyaryo sanang mga pulis upang hindi magpatuloy sa pagbayad sa mga para sa kanila ay mga “bulok” na mga housing unit…na tinawag pa nilang parang bahay ng aso.

 

Masuwerte ang mga sangay ng PNP sa mga bayan, lunsod o lalawigan na tinutulungan ng mga llocal government unit dahil may itinatalaga sa kanilang lupain o bahagi ng government center upang pagtayuan ng pasilidad para sa opisina at kulungan. Subalit, karamihan ng mga sangay, lalo na sa Manila, ang mga istasyon ay kalunus-lunos ang kalagayan – mga iskwater sa bangketa, sulok o di kaya ay mga bakante subalit pribadong lote kaya pagdating ng panahon ang iba ay nadi-demolish. Dahil sa kanilang kalagayan, kawawa ang mga pulis, lalo na ang mga detinadong suspek na nagsisiksikan sa kulungan. Isa siguro sa mga dahilan kung bakit malambot ang kalooban ng ilang pulis sa mga taong natutulog sa bangketa at mga iskwater ay dahil nakikita nila ang kanilang sarili sa mga taong nabanggit.

 

Pagdating naman sa mga benepisyo, ang isang bagay na dapat pagtuunan ng pansin ng gobyerno ay kung paano magiging mas epektibo ang mga pulis bilang tagapagpatupad ng batas. Magagawa lamang ito kapag mabilis ang kanilang pagkilos. At, ang malaking tulong para diyan ay pagkaroon nila ng sasakyang motosiklo man lamang na sana ay iisyu sa kundisyong 50-50 o ang halaga ay paghahatian ng PNP at pulis na makakatanggap, subalit sa kundisyon pa ring babawiin nang walang refund sa pulis kapag nagkasala ito habang aktibo sa serbisyo.

 

Mula pa noong panahon ni Diosdado Macapagal ay isyu na ang mga nagsisisiksikang kulungan at mga presintong iskwater sa mga bakanteng lote at bangketa, subalit walang ginawa tungkol sa mga ito. Idagdag pa diyan ang kakarampot na mga suweldo noon kaya hindi maiwasan ng ilang pulis na mangupahan ng maliit kuwarto sa mga iskwater na lugar upang magkasya ang kanilang suweldo. At ang resulta pa ay ang hindi maiwasang maging korap ng ilan sa kanila na naakit na gumawa ng masama upang madagdagan ang kinikita. Sa masamang palad ay nagkaugat ng malalim ang mga “sideline” tulad ng pagba-body guard sa mga mayayamang negosyante kung off-duty na sila at ang pinakamasaklap ay ang pagbenta ng mga tinaguriang “police ninja” o ng mga “asset nila ng bahagi ng mga drogang nakumpiska.

 

Sana ay pagtuunan ng pansin ni de la Rosa habang nakaupo si Duterte ang paglagay sa tamang kaayusan ng lahat ng mga presinto sa buong bansa. Magagawa lamang ito kung i-review niya lahat ng mga kinatitirikan ng mga presinto at ang kalagayan ng mga kulungan. Pagdating naman sa aspeto ng kulungan, maaari siyang makipag-coordinate sa DILG at Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) nito upang magkaroon ng “synchronization” ang kanilang mga proyekto dahil magkakapareho lang, at nang sa ganoon ay madaling mag-justify ng budget para sa kanila.

 

 

China, Benham Rise (Philippines) and the World

CHINA, BENHAM RISE (PHILIPPINES) AND THE WORLD

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Changing the name of the Benham Rise to a Filipino- sounding one will not give the Philippines an assured full control. What the Philippine government should do is show a tangible claim through the consistently regular patrol by the Navy and Coast Guard. But the best way is by building a permanent structure which could by possible by forging a tie up with an interested private entity for exploratory venture at this very early time.

 

Nothing can stop China from staking a claim in the guise of putting a mutually beneficial structure at her expense. The Chinese did this at Spratleys. The almost three months of “survey” that it conducted (if it was true), could just be their initial move after finding out the enormous wealth that lies beneath the furious waves of Benham.

 

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT CHINA IS EXERTING TOO MUCH AND OBVIOUS EFFORT IN ESTABLISHING A MODERN EMPIRE THAT WOULD STRETCH FROM AFRICA TO ASIA. WHILE, HISTORICALLY, THE EMPERORS OF CHINA WERE JUST INTERESTED IN CONDUCTING TRADE, THE CURRENT LEADERS ARE THINKING OTHERWISE – POLITICAL CLOUT OVER ALL NATIONS, INCLUDING THE TRADITIONAL POWERFUL AMERICAN AND EUROPE NATIONS.

 

CHINA IS OBVIOULSY ENTERTAININNG THE IDEA OF CONSOLIDATING ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD…AND IT COULD BE POSSSIBLE. PRACTICALLY, ALL POWERFUL NATIONS ARE HEAVILY INDEBTED TO CHINA. EQUIPMENT, GADGETS, FOOD PRODUCTS AND EVEN BASIC COMMODITIES SUCH AS COTTON BUDS AND TOOTHPICK ARE TAGGED WITH “MADE IN CHINA”.

 

What the world should do for practical reason is learn at least the two common dialects of China, especially, Mandarin. The world is undeniably moving towards Sinozation! The only problem with the bright guys of China is their tenacity to come up with fake products, including rice!