There are so many pressing problems in the Philippines today that directly affect the majority of the population. Some people are focusing too much on China and making it look like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency is a failure just because they don’t agree with his foreign policy.
This is a dishonest position to take as the only fair way to evaluate an administration is to view it over the full range of initiatives and activities it is engaged in. The fact that the entirety of the key Opposition coalition suffered a catastrophic defeat in this year’s elections attests to the reality that a large swathe of the Philippine public’s concerns were not addressed by the Opposition campaign rhetoric.
The continued focus of Opposition chatter on foreign policy, whilst an easy target because it lends well to glib simplification into lame sound bytes, simply does not resonate with ordinary Filipinos. This is the reason there is a big gap in the Opposition’s understanding of what will move Filipinos and a source of the frustrations they experience in their efforts at inciting “mass action”.
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 statement tweeted by Richard Heydarian is proof that this self-appointed “thought leader” is partisan. As a political pundit, one should just be telling it like it is.
Usually travel half of the year round the world for talks and lectures. Honestly, explaining DUTERTE FOREIGN POLICY these days is… just purely embarassing 🙈
To be embarrassed by someone’s foreign policy means one is disappointed it doesn’t fit one’s personal narrative and bias towards or against something. Heydarian should stick to facts.
Why would anyone feel embarrassed about the President’s foreign policy? It actually promotes a diplomatic approach to dealing with a highly sensitive issue. Only those who are strongly against China would feel embarrassed.
Heydarian inadvertently admitted that he is not a reliable source of insight and information. His bias against Duterte and China muddles rather than clarifies the issues he seeks to highlight.
Not surprising the awarding of the contract for printing passports to a private company was just another one of those midnight deals during Noynoy Aquino’s term just before he stepped down from office. This is similar to the rushed mass vaccination using the untested Dengvaxia vaccine.
What’s also not surprising is the deafening silence of the rabid yellow supporters who were initially outraged when people were made to believe by Locsin that the contractor “made off” with the data. They are turning a blind eye to shady awarding of contracts involving millions of pesos.
This is probably why Locsin misreported that data from passport processing was “stolen” by the private contractor. He is focusing on defending Kris Aquino instead of focusing on his job in the Dept of Foreign Affairs. His defence is also lame. He simply dismisses threats. Because of his messed up priorities he failed at both.
A report published on the Manila Times in 2015 described the possible circumstances surrounding awarding of what turned out to be a disastrous contract to print Philippine passports. Interestingly enough, the issue was brought to the fore by a Yellowtard politician…
Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez was referring to the awarding by the DFA of the contract to the APO Production Unit Inc., a government-controlled corporation under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Gutierrez said he is puzzled as to why the DFA awarded the printing contract to APO considering that Philippine passports have long been produced ed at the security printing plant of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Quezon City which is technically equipped to handle the printing of bank notes, documents and forms that need security features.
The fiasco has exposed millions of Filipino passport holders to potential breaches to their privacy.
Nonetheless, DFA Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr assures everyone that all is ok as, like most things, data has a use-by date after which quality degenerates…
As time passes the shit dries up so you can examine it with a stick without any of it sticking to the stick. No leak so far. But the data is possibly hopelessly corrupted and at any rate inaccessible now or we are being lied to as usual.
Risa Hontiveros proved again she is not very smart. She was quick to assume the data leak in the DFA was the fault of Duterte without finding out the details first. But it’s good at least we know she is angry at the culprit and should stay angry after finding out it was Noynoy.
Both Hontiveros and vice president Leni Robredo want an investigation into the data leak at the DFA pronto! They should maintain that same level of zeal even after the result of the investigation prove it was the Noynoy govt that was accountable for the criminal negligence that compromised privacy.
Nonetheless, I find DFA Secretary TeddyBoy Locsin’s use of the “F” word unnecessary and unbecoming of a diplomat. It seems he is trying so hard to be cool. He’s also inconsistent. He gets angry and defensive when Cory and Kris are being criticised, but he is also critical of Noynoy. All Aquinos are the same — incompetent and vindictive.
According to Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr, the previous contractor reportedly “made off” with DFA data leaving the department the onerous task of “rebuilding” the data base. One can interpret “made off” with having physically taking the data away from DFA premises much the same way that a burglar will have made off with a TV.
But this is data we are talking about. To “make off” with data leaving the DFA empty-handed could mean one of two things:
(1) the perpetrator copied the data then deleted the source of said copy; or,
(2) the DFA, to begin with, did not keep a copy of the data as the perpetrator worked on it.
Which one is it?
Either way, both involve responsibilities for data security that fall squarely within the remit of the DFA to assure whilst a contractor worked on its systems.