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So much Imbecility

Vile imbecilesis exhausting. Wanda Teo’s tourism charts. Bilibid boys threatening to recant. Alvarez’ wife saying he became a Manobo. Certainly he was always a bobo. His Senate counterpart Pimentel is just as much of an asshole, but I think he isn’t as stupid. Touché for Atty. Mandy Anderson. Kudos to the new culture of directness in the Philippines. If the President can insult people, so can others hit back at those who think they are higher. The Ombudsman telling the President “wala siyang pakialam”, that her work is none of his business, is not imbecility but a language every Filipino gets.

It was a matter of time before the crowd that ASec Lorraine Badoy termed as “ninnies” would hit back. Chito Gascon of CHR telling Panelo to focus on his job. After Panelo told Gascon to resign, which he constitutionally has no right to. Fixed-term appointees were purposely created to provide checks and balances – it would be terrible if one group had all the power without any critics. Malacañan saying that commissioners serve at “the President’s pleasure” (link) is another imbecility. Do they think the President is an absolute monarch, like the erstwhile Louis XIV of France?

How often indeed has the President spoken of himself as the owner of the Philippines – may-ari ng Pilipinas? How often has he spoken of my police, my army, my weapons? Louis XIV indeed said “I am the state” but also said in his old age that “I will die, but the state will remain”. Duterte would destroy the government if he had his way (link) but has not laid out any vision of the “more efficient system” that he would like to have in its place. Will it be barangays with drug lists – decentralized impunity? Plus centralized impunity against Lumad schools and the like (link)?

In the meantime, the real deals with China may have been sealed with the visit of the Chinese foreign minister. Will it indeed be joint exploration close to Palawan – with a sizable Chinese military presence to guard it? Fortunately, few were imbecilic enough to see the lapu-lapu being “gifted” by the Chinese to Filipino fishermen as generosity. Or a few firearms as real assistance. Maybe they are like the expensive underwear allegedly gifted to prostitutes by some pimps – with money they earned in the first place. Or even worse, just Woolworth underwear in Palmer’s plastic bags.

20 million Filipinos remain poor (link). What will be done for them? Will they be sent to work on Chinese oil rigs, since the construction worker jobs will allegedly be given to Chinese? And how about the education of the Filipino in general? Seems free tuition is gone by 2018 (link). Does the present administration want a stupid people to call its own? A slave race, with them as overseers? And the city the Chinese plan to build in Manila Bay, will it be like Intramuros? No Filipinos after dusk? Might they let some Chinoys become “Insular Chinese”? How imbecilic will Filipinos be?

Irineo B. R. Salazar
München, 29 July 2017

2 comments to So much Imbecility


    ..Other House leaders alleged the feud between Alvarez and Mandy Therese Anderson, chief of staff of BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, is not related to the Speaker’s recommendation to promote an “unqualified” BOC officer as she had asserted.

    The quarrel, if they are to be believed, is allegedly an attempt by Customs officials to cover up their inefficiency and the mysterious release of P6.4 billion worth of shabu that a team led by Faeldon himself recovered in Valenzuela City in May.

    Meanwhile, Anderson described as preposterous the allegations that illegal drugs was behind the quarrel between her and Alvarez.

    She denied exposing Alvarez’s request to promote a BOC personnel to divert the media and public attention from the illegal drug issue.

    “These are libelous and preposterous imputations and allegations which are not backed by a single iota of evidence,” Anderson said..


    ..Barely a month after Duterte’s inauguration, some people, like national artist F. Sionil Jose, hailed the Duterte phenomenon as the long-awaited “Duterte revolution.” Some even called Digong, the “Leviathan” who would effectively resolve all the ills of Philippine society.

    Now, a year later, with all the blood spilled in the streets and poor neighborhoods of suspected drug pushers and addicts, and lately, the imposition of martial law in Mindanao, it is fitting to ask if indeed our beloved country is in the throes of a revolution.

    Despite his tough guy, nationalist-socialist image, and the reign of terror Duterte has unleashed, it is increasingly evident that the big targets of the terror are few and tend to be selective: at the start of his presidency, Duterte himself admitted that it was difficult to catch the real drug lords “because their lair is in China.” Nevertheless, extrajudicial violence against lesser, easier targets (pushers and addicts) had to continue, critics say, because it is “a vital instrument to stifle dissent, consolidate power and project strength.”..

    Undoubtedly, the single, most important reason that disqualifies Digong as a revolutionary is his puzzling determination to rehabilitate the Marcoses and pave the way for Bongbong Marcos to ascend to the highest office in the land. Duterte’s approval of the burial of the deposed dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last November is a prologue to that scenario.

    Why the President would unnecessarily expend tremendous political capital on a discredited plutocratic family which has never even apologized for the massive and systematic plunder of the Philippine economy during the Marcos rule (with most of the estimated $10-billion loot still unrecovered), and the tens of thousands of ruined lives in that tragic era is difficult to understand, much less, justify. Unless the raging political battles between the Marcoses and powerful Duterte allies in the North, like House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas changes the President’s mind, he is expected to maintain his strong bonds with the Marcoses..

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