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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
What’s all the fuss about Albert del Rosario’s detention in and deportation from Hong Kong? There is no basis for asserting that one has any “right” to be allowed entry into another country. Whatever kind of passport you hold only bears a message from the issuing state that border agents of the other state consider allowing their citizen passage.
Del Rosario also said they demanded from the Hong Kong immigration authorities to give him a “rational explanation” on why he was held.
Tough shit gramps. A government reserves the right to refuse entry to an alien for whatever reason it deems pertinent and owes no foreign agent or government any explanation. Perhaps del Rosario has not experienced what many Filipinos go through applying for a visa to, say, the United States and most other First World countries. A consul is authorised to deny any application and is under no obligation to explain said denial.
Suck it up. Filipinos are Filipinos in the eyes of border agents and immigration officers considering one’s entry into their country. Nobody is special.
As usual, the media again got ahead of the right agencies authorised to do a proper investigation of the Reed Bank incident involving a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat. Not only that, they had hijacked the people and circumstances surrounding it to claim exclusive rights to what had become a perverse reality TV show.
In an astounding display of this perverse dramatisation, Lani Insigne wife of Junel, captain of the fishing boat that was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel at Reed Bank was somehow caught on video on the phone telling her husband not to proceed with a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. How the media came to be so ready to capture that moment attests to their predatory ways.
Instead of informing the public, Philippine news media, it seems, is bent on inflaming an already explosive situation and turn Reed Bank into an international flash point.
There are so many conflicting reports about the boat sinking incident involving Filipino fishermen and a Chinese vessel. This is why it is wise to stay calm and let the facts come in first before condemning anyone.
The way a noted Yellowtard “thought leader” put it encapsulates the sentiment of the Philippines’ political “Opposition” community at the moment.
The trouble with these bozos is that they fail to realise they are comparing apples to oranges. Hong Kong’s activists are rallying against a regime that is anathema to their way of life — an authoritarian communist empire that is progressively dismantling the democratic free market society Hong Kong once was.
On the other hand, the Philippines’ democratic institutions and free market economy are doing just fine. In fact, the Opposition had recently suffered a catastrophic loss in a national election — effectively an absolute referendum that validates the mandate of the current government of President Rodrigo Duterte to continue what it is doing.
The real imperative here, as far as the Yellowtards are concerned, is to reflect why they fail to win the confidence of the Philippines’ voters. Focus on that and perhaps they will do better in the next elections and get what they want legally.