Manila Mayor @IskoMoreno should serve as an example to “vice president” @LeniRobredo

Looks like Isko Moreno has been preparing for his stint as Manila City Mayor and started his term sprinting to success. I admire his patience waiting during the previous mayor’s corruption-riddled term even though he was probably cringing at the lack of progress while Vice Mayor.

Leni Robredo should learn from Moreno. While he was Vice Mayor, Moreno didn’t talk bad about then Mayor Joseph Estrada and didn’t try to steal his thunder. He waited patiently for his turn to implement his ideas. In contrast, Leni tries so hard to put current President Rodrigo Duterte down — as if she has better ideas.

It just goes to show that Robredo does not have the patience and foresight needed to be a great leader. She can’t even lead her own political party. The only reason she became popular is because the media helped push her profile up after her husband died tragically during Noynoy’s term

Why is it so hard to find public servants like Isko Moreno in the Philippines? It has become apparent that most public servants only want the perks and connections that come with the job like getting kick backs from mafia groups who extort money from businesses instead of serving.

Until public servants in the Philippines become selfless like Isko Moreno, prioritise the interests of the public, and focus on results, majority of Filipinos will suffer in mediocrity.

Recall Leni Robredo’s treasonous 2017 video address to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Recall the message “vice president” Leni Robredo delivered by recorded video to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs back in March 2017 at the Vienna Convention Centre.

In this video, Robredo, with a smirk on her face, sought to invite foreign intervention into what she suggested is an unjust “war” being waged by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Philippines.

(Above video can also be viewed on Facebook.)

That no less than the supposed “vice president” of the Philippines, the second highest official of the executive branch of its government, would suggest before an international conference that her own government is engaged in criminal activity is absolutely awful.

Much of what Robredo said in this video was at the time and even now, unverified information and could even be flat out lies.

Filipinos should not forget how their own “vice president” slandered their country and their government before this UN body.

#SONA2019: Duterte demands more accountability from both public servants and the people they serve

President Rodrigo Duterte just became an honorary member of Get Real Philippines when he said “We are our own enemy” in this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA). Indeed, it is the people who tolerate and perpetuate corruption that contribute to much of the problems of the Philippines. It’s not just the public servants who are to blame. It’s also the people who allow it to happen.

Duterte said there are cities in the Philippines without fire trucks. Meanwhile, what did former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III do with all the funds he diverted and renamed the “Disbursement Acceleration Program”? He probably used it for the 2016 Presidential elections. Former COMELEC chairman Andy Bautista could, perhaps, help enlighten us.

Duterte named former Dept of Foreign Affairs Sec Albert Del Rosario as the person responsible for convincing Aquino to back off when there was a naval standoff with China over disputed territory at Reed Bank. After that, China moved in quickly and stepped up occupation of the area.

Duterte’s SONA was devoted to highlighting the corruption and incompetence of public servants and government agencies. He also pointed to the public’s indifference and apathy, which is the reason why public servants get away with their criminal behaviour. Everyone is accountable.

Main difference between Noynoy’s and Duterte’s SONA: Noynoy made it look like everything was under control while Duterte admitted there is still a lot of work to be done and there is lots of room for improvement. He even admitted lots of mistakes were made in the first half of his term and that there is much to be learned from there that could be applied to the remainder of his term. Duterte emphasised that he alone is accountable for the outcome of the drug war.

Overall he exhibited both genuine humility and strong leadership in his report to Filipinos in this year’s SONA.

Filipinos should welcome the #UNHRC “investigation” with open arms

By all means, Filipinos should welcome to their shores the United Nations Human Rights Council delegation headed by Michelle Bachelet. They should open their government to “investigation” for “human rights” abuses. The key caveat there is that the public should keep engaged and apply a critical mind to observing and evaluating the progress of the investigation.

The Opposition have an agenda, and it is to overthrow the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The UNHRC have a job to do, and that is to investigate and report on their findings. It is important to remember that, given those two objectives, the Opposition agenda and the UNHRC report, only the Filipino Voter has the final say on whether or not Duterte stays in power.

I therefore agree on this — that the UNHRC “investigation” should be embraced by Filipinos with open arms. In doing so, they will demonstrate not only their faith in their democratic institutions but also the strong mandate they have given the Duterte government to continue down the path he is leading his people.

That said, Leni Robredo is still wrong in saying this

“If I were (the government), I will entertain (the reviewers) because we are a member of the UN,” Robredo said in an interview with dzMM

No, Leni. The Philippines does not comply simply because it is a member of the UN. The Philippines complies because Filipinos know who their president is and what they expect of him — because they voted for him.

We should SUPPORT Mayor Isko Moreno’s removal of Manila’s illegal street vendors

Some people are incapable of looking at the bigger picture. A simple act of enforcing the law can benefit the majority in Philippine society. As usual, “pro-poor” bleeding hearts like Inquirer columnist Gideon Lasco are up in arms over new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s drive to rid his city’s streets of illegal occupants…

To the middle and upper class they may be eyesores, but many of our urban poor resort to informal jobs like street vending because they have little choice.

To “clean them up” without providing alternatives is to deprive them of their right to the city.

See, the vendors shouldn’t have been allowed to sell their wares illegally to begin with. Their business is at the expense of many. It is WRONG.

It is not the government’s job to find work for individuals. The govt can generate jobs by inviting investors to set up businesses and stimulate the manufacturing industry in the country to give people job opportunities, but it is up to each person to take the initiative to seek and act on opportunities.

For decades, illegal street vendors have clogged up Manila’s streets and sidewalks.

Those bleeding hearts who spew out emo sentiments like Lasco are the reason the Philippines cannot progress. They cry for jeepney drivers, squatters and illegal vendors who cause pollution, steal from hard workers and wreak havoc in public. They keep the country backward. No hope at all.

DFA diplomatic passport brouhaha proves Leni Robredo is “vice president” of the Yellows and NOT of all 100 million Filipinos

The supporters of current “vice president” Leni Robredo are coming to her rescue after Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin called her stupid. They are now trying to make her look like a “victim”. She may not have used derogatory terms but her actions were also disrespectful to Locsin.

In an ideal world, DFA Sec Teddy Boy Locsin shouldn’t have called her “boba” or stupid. But also in an ideal world, Leni shouldn’t be berating another member of the executive branch via the media. She should be discussing her views during a meeting or in private.

If there is one thing the yellows are good at, for their part, it’s playing the victim card. It doesn’t matter to them how many times they called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte names and tried to seek foreign intervention to help oust him. The minute one of their own is called out for being stupid, they cry foul.

The recent exchange of unpleasantness between two top-level members of the executive branch of government highlights how problematic the Cory constitution is for Filipinos. The fact that a VP from the Opposition was voted in promotes dysfunctional behaviour. All Leni does is criticise the government all of which is lapped up by her cheering squad as best exemplified by this gem from “social media influencer” Noemi Dado

The fate of 22 fishermen involved in the Recto Bank incident is more important than the tirades of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Vice President Leni Robredo […] this is class

No. The fate of over 100 million Filipinos is more important than Leni’s political career. Trouble is, Robredo doesn’t look out for the majority. She is “vice president” of the Yellows first before all the rest. She only latches on to trending issues or controversies and use these as fodder against Duterte before the cameras hoping to rile up the public against him. It’s high time the Opposition come up with a better strategy than that stupid approach.

Rather than act and position herself like a damsel in distress Leni Robredo should be BADASS

A “vice president” is supposed to lead courageously. But instead of stepping up to be that bold leader, Leni Robredo is settling into the comfy embrace of her supporters who are treating her like a damsel in distress.

This is not the sort of leader Filipinos need. For 30 years the “suffering servant” persona of Yellowtard politicians dominated the popular archetype of “decency”. Not surprisingly this whole charade eventually fell flat on its face and lost the once formidable Yellowtard bloc an entire nation.

Nonetheless, Robredo is the “vice president” and is not paid to talk. She’s paid to be ready to take over as president in the event Duterte is incapacitated. The question is, can she lead the Filipino people? Damsels in distress don’t lead, unfortunately. They just whine and crave sympathy as a matter of habit.

Teddy Locsin shouldn’t have called “vice president” Leni Robredo “BOBA”

To be fair, one would expect a bit more of Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin. He is, after all, a seasoned public servant and an articulate newspaper columnist. For a man of his skills and experience, one would think he’d find far more eloquent and more uppity ways to point out just how stupid Leni Robredo is.

Locsin could have, instead, described Robredo as a daft ineffectual government executive who is occupying expensive taxpayer-funded space and taking oxygen from the atmosphere without giving back proportionate useful value to people who could’ve put that important gas to more productive use.

If I were Robredo, I wouldn’t attract too much attention to myself considering her claim to the Office of the Vice President remains debatable to this day. She is but a mere beneficiary of the influence wielded by her party over the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) back in 2016 after it failed to comply with an important election guideline that would have resulted in her disqualification from the elections. More importantly her “win” in that election currently remains in dispute owing to allegations of electoral fraud.

Leni Robredo blew what could have been a great working relationship with President Duterte.

The most important point of all is that Robredo had long ago epically blown her bid to be a respected member of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte. This is thanks to her inability to recognise that she is “vice president” of all Filipinos and not just of the Yellowtards. Big lesson there, but unfortunately one Robredo failed to take heed of.

Why Teddy Locsin was right when he called Leni Robredo “BOBA”

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Terry Locsin recently called “vice president” Leni Robredo boba.

“Will someone please do her the kindness to give her a brain? Here I am trying to do what’s right, which is to restrict diplomatic passports to real existing working diplomats so as not to devalue them abroad—and not pass them out as favors to retirees and friends,” Locsin said.

“Hey boba, that is precisely why I have ordered the cancellation of all courtesy diplomatic passports because I refuse to single out Del Rosario,” Locsin said in a tweet reacting to a news report on Robredo’s comments.

Some say Locsin was being “disrespectful” while others say he was right on the money.

Robredo, after all, comes across as really dumb for commenting on every issue and seeing it as an offence against anyone she thinks is being “persecuted” by the Duterte government. Her bias against Duterte compels her to always be on the defensive. She doesn’t think before speaking. She should mind her own business.

Now her followers are up in arms at the remarks Foreign Affairs Secretary Terry Locsin made about her. By calling her the Tagalog equivalent of “dimwit”, Locsin merely pointed out that Robredo shouldn’t be chiming in on things she knows very little about.

The “vice president” doesn’t learn from her previous gaffes because she only listens to her followers. She doesn’t reflect on what her critics are saying. She’s a female version of former President Noynoy Aquino. Members of the Cabinet were all appointed to do a job. She should focus on doing hers.

Rational thinking prevailed over the Philippine Opposition’s war mongering following the Reed Bank Incident

This is not about blind loyalty to Duterte. This is about common sense. China did not order the attack on the Filipino fishermen. The captain of the Filipino fishing boat Junel Insigne couldn’t even give an accurate account of what happened. Besides, what do you want Duterte to do? Declare war vs China? C’mon!

It seems that the Opposition’s only real agenda is to exploit this incident as a means to smear the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with bad PR. Unfortunately for them a PR disaster means there is fallout. If the Recto Reef incident was a PR disaster, then what is the fallout? Only the people who never trusted Duterte from Day One to do the right thing are disappointed in him. Insigne eventually changed his story and now said he’s not sure.

Bikoy, for example, had a different story when the Yellows were still handling him and then he changed it as soon as they threw him under the bus. It seems that Insigne is acting the same way. He was singing a different tune when he first talked to the media and then changed it. No conviction!

Rather than chart a path forward, Opposition ‘activists’ make a big deal about a non-issue (photo source).

I noticed too that some people get riled up about imagined offences like “what ifs” out of an encounter that didn’t actually result in tragedy. Chinese officials already responded and appealed for calm and they are also investigating. It’s not like they completely ignored the issue.

I think Duterte’s cabinet did a good job in calming the public and managing the aftermath of this incident. Some members of the Opposition and those with misguided Pinoy “pride” over-reacted and were trying to rile the public with their anti-China stance, but they failed because the fisherman himself changed his tune.