Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Guess who is trying to get back in power?

Headline from the Phil Inquirer:

Duterte delivers 48-minute expletive-free Sona speech

but in another article they do notice his war on drugs... and on corruption will continue.

The President also warned drug lords and other criminals, profiteers, miners, cartels and even friends who would be involved in corruption that justice would catch up with them.

A lot of the MSM and Catholic bishops anger is not really about poor innocent people being killed, because if it was, they'd be sorrowful over those killed by crooked politicians and drug addicts invading and robbing home.

which is the background for Duterte's stinging rebuke of these holier than thou snowflakes living in gated communities.

But he also slammed advocates of human rights for criticizing “law enforcers and this administration to no end.” He said he had yet to hear them and Church groups protest “drug lordism, drug dealing and drug pushing as forceful and vociferous as the ones directed against the alleged errant [law] enforcers in the fight against this social surge.” Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1013612/duterte-to-pursue-chilling-relentless-antidrug-campaign#ixzz5M7p3h3WT Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

and a certain lovely ex president whose arrest for corruption was thrown out with the help of the UN (the lawyer who did this is married to a major Clinton donor) was sworn in as speaker.

She had a big photo op with the bishops recently, just to show how holy she is, and has been buttering up to Duterte.

just ignore her previous shennanigans.

A total of P2.5 billion in behest agricultural loans to friends and associates of the former first couple, Mike and Gloria Arroyo has been made public. Sen. Frank Drilon, who made the exposé, says it’s impossible to recover the loans since most of the borrowers are not identified, do not want to pay or have been reported as dead. The Arroyos were allegedly into all kinds of money-making ventures: From telecommunications (NBN-ZTE); railroad (North and South rails); selling second-hand choppers and passing them off as new; intelligence funds of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office; fertilizer and all kinds of products that government distributed supposedly to help the citizenry; real estate (Alpha Land, a real estate development company, is reportedly Mike’s but under a dummy’s name); taking over closed banks; smuggling. Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/64131/arroyo-the-most-corrupt-president#ixzz5M7oXBHkg Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

ChaCha is back in the news, as in "Charter change".

She's been pushing "Cha Cha" for quite awhile, since a parliamentary system would allow her to become the new Prime minister and run the country again.

So we have been hearing about "ConCon" to change to a "ConAss" for quite awhile (constitutional convention to get a constitual assembly). 2006 article discusses on how GMA tried to get it changed years ago.

(Note: She already got around the limit of one term per person as president by becoming VP and pushing him out, so her first term didn't count)

At the end of the day, while most people seem to agree that the current Constitution doesn’t work, they oppose Charter change at present because of a serious lack of trust in the proponents.
translation: As Lolo used to say: They are all crooks.
The challenge to the President is to convince the people that Cha-cha is motivated by national, not personal, interest. But first, it will be necessary to engage in confidence-building measures.
Recent polls suggest that people think that the virtues of Charter change are clouded by hidden agendas, including perpetuating incumbents in office. Whether or not GMA can reverse that perception may dictate where Cha-cha ultimately ends up. Read more at https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2006/12/23/376405/more-questions-about-con-con#vlouvV4vRcjwxFSl.99
Hidden agendas? Ya think?

Rappler discusses her power grab here.

my take? I am more worried about Duterte making nice with her than I am with Duterte's war on drugs.

Murder for hire to get rid of a political or business rival or even to revenge a wrong is not new here, and a lot of the killings are business as usual that are being blamed on the drug war, and the anger is not about poor dead pushers but because the crooked politicians worry they might be targeted for taking bribes to look the other way etc.

but giving a pass to crooked politicians is quite another thing, but alas is common: Steal stuff, get indicted, delay, get the case thrown out of court, get elected again seems to be the practice here.

and bringing back talks of "cha cha" just will let them the rich families run the place easier.

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