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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

'Fake, Fact and Hypocrisy' by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: 

I FIND IT imperative to come up with another piece as sequel to my recent column “Beware of the dark forces”. I had pointed out that the impending senate investigation dragged PAS Bong Go to further tarnish the image of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte since he is the most intimate and trusted man of the Chief Executive. To do that, the dark forces used Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer in still another attempt at creatively impleading Secretary Bong. Rappler and PDI have mastered the art of tweaking their stories and then proceeded to declare that Bong Go intervened in the controversial Frigate transaction.
In Monday’s senate hearing of the Frigate issue, Secretary Bong appeared calm and confident. His aura reflects these and he answered questions with unrestrained repartee watching and listening to him as he talks assure the millions who were glued on TV and radio that the man is simply reciting the facts and the truths that he had no knowledge whatsoever about the frigate deal.

Yet, Rappler dedicated most its time in asserting that PAS Go had a hand with its oft-repeated predicate that the man refused to answer them. This is precisely where the man is coming from. He has not even seen the hard copies of the transactions done during the Aquino regime so why bedevil him with questions which could lead him to a trap? For a media outfit who claims their freedom had been curtailed and accused President Duterte for what befell them following the closure order from the Securities and Exchange Commission its nagging assertiveness argues against their protestations.

In fact the table is now turned against Rappler. Sen. Grace Poe during the frigate hearing hinted there will be another round of hearing about FAKE NEWS. This time I hope Maria Ressa be summoned on the witness stand to answer questions. I am particularly intrigue how she would respond to why Rappler was closed. Let us start by putting straight facts in this second encounter on FAKE versus FACT.
Sample:
Fact: Senator Grace is a Lamanzares
Fact: Rappler is a Filipino-owned media corporation Registered with the SEC
Fact: Maria Ressa accepted $1-million investment from Omidyar Network (ON)
Fact: Maria Ressa/Rappler issued Philippine Deposit Receipts, a commercal document,
to ON with Veto Power
Fake: Omidyar Network issued a waiver on its Veto Power. The waiver was not notarized
and is therefore just a scrap of paper
Fake: Ressa claimed ON money was not an investment but a humanitarian (?) donation
Fake: Ressa claimed that Rappler is not a media outfit
Fake: Ressa and Pia Ranada’s claim that their freedom had been curtailed
Fake: That SEC was ordered by PRRD closed and that SEC did not give them time to
respond/explain alleged constitutional violations committed by Rappler
Fake: That SEC is controlled by Duterte

What is truth and farce are with us since biblical time.
Fake: That there were five morally upright men and women in Sodom and Gomorrah. Fake: Judas denied he sold Jesus 30 pieces of silver. Fake: Peter did not know Jesus. Fake: Japan will not wage war against America. Fake: The world is flat. Fact: Marcos won the snap elections. Fake: Cory’s promise to Doy Laurel that he will be Prime Minister. Fake: That Duterte organized the Davao Death Squad. Fact: That DDS is a ghost force conceptualized by Police Regional Commander Col. Dionisio Tan-gatue Jr. Fake: Senators Leila De Lima and Antonio Trillanes claim that their witnesses Matobato and Lascanas buried 1200 plus extrajudicial killing victims in a quary in Davao City. Fact: Mocha Uson has more followers that Rappler. Fake: Ressa is prettier than Uson. Fact: Pia Morato is lovelier than Mocha.

FACT: Duterte will run after drug syndicates down to their graves.
FACT: Duterte will dismiss corrupt officials in the government.
FACT: Duterte will run after the oligarchs who had been dodging taxes despite their virtual control of vital industries in the country.

The matter of determining what is fact or farce depends largely on personal discernment. Discernment in turn depends on how much knowledge is stored in one’s brain which is our data bank. Knowledge is acquired. News should be based on facts while opinions are subjective and largely dependent on the amount of data stored in writers memory bank. The process goes around in circle. There are more competent people who can explain this better than a hoi polloi like me so I will stop there.

Today’s generation of pharmacologists are using propaganda to sell their products and so are many politicians before and after elections. Myth, surgery and the art of fakery has evolved along with the development of cosmetics. But fakery, cosmetics and surgery will never change some of politicians, business oligarchs and the religious’ proclivities to acquire more power, greed and diabolic piety.

So let’s stop these pretenses and hypocrisies. (Jun Ledesma)
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bise mayor na abogado ni Kerwin Espinosa, patay sa ambush!

PATAY ANG Vice Mayor Jonah John Ungab ng bayan ng Ronda sa lalawigan ng Cebu matapos itong tambangan kaninang tanghali ng mga armadong lalaki habang bumabaybay kasama ang asawa sakay ng kanilang kotse sa Cebu City.
Kagagaling lamang ni Ungab - na isang abogado - mula sa isang court hearing sa kaso ni suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa ng ito ay tambangan di-kalayuan sa Hall of Justice. Agad rin tumakas ang dalawang salarin.
Naisugod pa sa pagamutan si Ungab, ngunit nasawi rin kinalaunan, ayon sa pulisya. Hindi nam,an sinabi ng pulisya kung sugatan ang asawa nito. Naganap ang atake matapos na ipanalo ni Ungab ang kasong illegal possession of firearms ni Espinosa.
Hindi pa mabatid kung nahagip ng CCTV sa kapaligiran ang naturang pananambang, ngunit patuloy ang imbestigasyon sa krimen. 
Noong 2016 ay pinaslang rin ng mga kriminal si Atty. Rogelio Bato Jr na abogado rin ng ama ni Kerwin na si Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. Pinatay rin ng pulisya ang mayor sa loob ng kanyang bilangguan matapos itong sumuko at amining nagbebenta ito ng droga.
Si Kerwin ay nadakip sa Abu Dhabi noon 2016 na kung saan ito nagtago sa takot na mapatay sa bansa. Nasa pangangalaga ng National Bureau of Investigation si Kerwin sa kasalukuyan. (Cebu Examiner)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Soldier, rebel die in Zamboanga clash

PAGADIAN CITY – Fighting erupted between army soldiers and communist insurgents in Zamboanga del Sur’s Osmena town in southern Philippines that left 2 people dead, officials said on Sunday.

Major Ronald Suscano, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, said soldiers from the 53rd Infantry Battalion led by 1st Lieutenant Abner Pilando engaged members of the New People’s Army in a running gun battle in the village of San Isidro. He said troops were responding to reports that rebels were harassing villagers when they ran into a band of NPA gunmen and firefight ensued.

The weekend fighting killed a soldier and a rebel, Suscano said. “The operating troops were able to intercept the NPAs and figured in a 15-minute firefight which compelled the enemy to scamper from the area,” he said.

Suscano said soldiers also recovered the body of the slain rebel, who identity remains unknown. “One of our soldiers also died in the firefight,” he said.

Major General Roseller Murillo, the division commander, said the operation against the rebels will continue without let-up following the slaying of his soldier. “Our soldier died a hero while protecting our people and our communities. We will vigorously pursue these NPA terrorists until they will be left with no choice but surrender or get killed,” he said.

The rebels have been fighting for many decades now for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Soldier killed, 2 others wounded in Sulu Sayyaf clash


SULU – Abu Sayyaf militants killed a government soldier and wounded 2 others in a firefight in the southern Filipino province of Sulu.

The fighting, which erupted in Patikul town, was unreported by the Western Mindanao Command, but security sources said the clash occurred in the village called Tugas in Patikul town. There were no casualties on the enemy side.

Troops were searching for a kidnapped government engineer Enrico Nee in the village when gunmen attacked them, sparking a firefight. Nee was seized February 14 while waiting for a motorcycle taxi near his home in San Raymundo village in Jolo town.

Nee was dragged by gunmen to a get-away vehicle and sped off. He works for the Department of Public Works and Highways under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

His fate remains unknown, but the abduction came despite military’s pronouncement in the province that the Abu Sayyaf is now on the run due to the continued government campaign against the notorious rebel group tied to the Islamic State.

It also occurred while the region is under an extended martial rule. It was unclear how the militants managed to sneaked into the capital town where policemen and soldiers were supposed to be guarding from the Abu Sayyaf.

The abduction came just several days after troops killed 4 militants in a clash in Panamao town where seven soldiers were also wounded in the fighting. Members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 fought with some 30 gunmen under Abu Sayyaf commanders Sansibar Bensio and Hatib Munap Binda in Mount Bawis.

The soldiers were sent to the area following intelligence reports that several Abu Sayyaf hostages had been spotted there. The militants are still holding over a dozen captives, mostly seamen kidnapped off Sabah in Malaysia over the years. (Mindanao Examiner)

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‘Pagbantay sa mga Maligno’ ni Jun Ledesma

Mga Sulat Gikan sa Davao:


ANG GOBYERNONG Duterte kinahanglan nga magbantay sa kalit nga pagtumaw sa mga maligno. Dugang ni sa mga ataking koordinado ug mga lihok pangdeestabilisasyon nga gipursigi sa mga oposisyonista ug mga negosyante sa tawhanong katungod nga way tulubagon ug obligasyon. Kining maong mga pwersa sa kangitngit uban sa mga media network ug mga irong-buang nga pang-ataki nga sinuholan sa mga langyaw ug mga sakop sa lokal nga oligarkiya ningdasdas na gyud og maayo sa gobyernong Duterte ug way hunonghunong na sila sa pag-ataki.

Ang mga desisyon ug mga aksyon sa administrasyong Aquino ginapahimudsan nila karon aron madamay ang mga opisyales nga naglingkod nga tinudlo sa gobyernong Duterte. Ang kontrobersyal nga isyu sa dengvaxi pananglitan ginatuis aron maguyod ang kasamtangang mga opisyales sa Department of Health. Ug unya naa pa ning isyu sa kontrata sa prigata nga nakompleto na ug napermahan ang mga papeles ilawom sa gobyernong Aquino nga ningguyod sa pinakasuod ug halos wa mailhi nga Presidential Assistant Sec. Christopher “Bong” Go. Samtang tinuud nga siya ang nagadumala sa Presidential Management Staff, ang iyang papel ministeryal lamang. Bisan pa niana, ginaapil gihapon siya og target sa mga way nada ug malisyosong mga tabitabi.

Ang pag-endorso sa isyu sa prigata usa lamang sa daghan pa kaayong mga butang nga moagi sa kamot sa PMS nga ipasa lang pud ngadto sa haum nga Departamento nga makatrabaho niini kauban ang nota nga for “appropriate action”.

Ang ako ra gyud nga makit-an nga rason nganong gitirahan og maayo si Bong sa mga kritiko nga daw mga irong-buang mao ang iyang pagkasuod kang Presidente Duterte. Mao ni ang prinsipal ug bugtong rason, wa nay lain. Apan ang mas nakapakurat nako mao ang interes sa Senado sa pag-imbestiga kang PAS Bong Go bisan pa og nahibalo na sila nga way labot si PAS Bong Go sa kontrata sa prigata kay human na ni og perma sa gobyerno ni Aquino, matud pa ni Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado.

Ang liderato sa Senado nahulog sa lit-ag sa oposisyon ug simtoma kini sa kahuyang ug angay nga ikasubo. Dautan na gani ang paghatag og higayon sa oposisyon nga moistorya sa mga forum ug ang pag-usik-usik og mga oras tungod kay naminaw sa mga argumento bahin sa mga peke nga balita. Ang sentro sa maong imbestigasyon mao si Maria Ressa sa Rappler, nga mismo tinubdan sa mga bakak nga balita.

Matud pa niya, ang Rappler dili establisimyento sa media. Gialegar niya nga ang pinakadako niyang mamumuhunan, ang Omidyar Network, ningsalikway sa iyang gahum ug katungod sa pagbabag sa dili mauyonan nga editorial ug pagpanghilabot sa pagdumala sa Rappler. Dihang nasakpan nga namakak, nangita na sab og laing palusot: nga kuno ang $1-million nga puhunan sa ON sa Rappler  donasyon lamang bisan og ang iyang gi-issue nga mga resibo mao ang Philippine Deposit Receipts, mga dokumento sa negosyo ug dili resibo sa mga donasyon nga pangpilantropo o charity. Namasangil sab siya nga ang iyang kagawasan gisugpo apan sa pagkatinuud iya kining gipahimudsan og gamit nga lupig pa ang panon nga way disiplina.

Ang Rappler mao ang organisasyon sa media nga ningsabwag sa mga bakak ni Matobato, Lascanas, nakakulong nga Senadora Leila De Lima ug ang mora og nabungog nga Senador Antonio Trillanes nga kugihan kayo mogasto sa kwarta sa mga tawo pagngadto-nganhi sa Estados Unidos nga ang tuyo mao ang pagmansa ug pagdaot sa dungog sa atong nasud. Sa iyang pagsulay og depensa sa minahal niyang alyado sa politika, si kanhi Presidente Aquino, gikan sa pagkalambigit sa bilyon-bilyon nga kontrata sa dengvaxia, gi-claim ni Trillanes nga way pupamilok nga ang iyang mga bata gibakunahan sab og dengvaxia, mao nga nganong duna pay kuti-kuti.

Ningdretso siya og akusar nga ang Davao mao ang sentro sa patay ug panglugos sa tibuuk nasud ug ninghingalan pa gyud siya og tuig. Nakalimot ang kurukungho – basin sab og nabungog – nga mao tong tuiga nga ang Siyudad sa Davao nakadawat og ganti-nasyonal nga pinakamalinawon sa tibuuk nasud ug ang ningpirma sa maong citation mao si DILG Sec. Mar Roxas.

Itandi ang kabug-aton sa nota ni Bong Go ngadto sa mga kadaut nga ginahimo sa mga pwersa sa kangitngit ngadto sa atong nasud. Sa pag-imbestiga sa Senado kang Maria Ressa bahin sa mga bakak nga balita, wa gani nila kasab-I ang babaye sa paghatag og balinsuhi nga alibay. Hangtud karon way timailhanan nga ang Senado mopahamtang og silot kang Trillanes aron makapanubag sa mga kadaot nga nahimo niya sa tibuuk nasud. Wa gani sila mainsulto ug gibati og kayugot nga ang ICC mag-imbestiga sa linubid nga extra-judicial killing nga isyu, nga minugna gikan sa nakutaw nga mga utok sa mga bakakon nga ginadirihe sa ilang mga bossing sa Senado. Nganong ibilin tanan kang Secretary Harry Roque ug Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte. Ngano kaha? Unsay nakita? (Jun Ledesma)

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2 Sayyaf huli sa Zambo 

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Timbog ang dalawang Abu Sayyaf matapos silang madakip ng pulisya sa Zamboanga City na kung saan sila nagtago mula ng makatas sa militar sa magulang lalawigan ng Basilan.

Nakilala ang mga rebelde na sina Sammer Lanjang at Askabal na sabit sa pagdukot at pamumugot ng ulo ng 15 mga Kristiyanong magsasaka sa Basilan noon 2001. Nahaharap sa patong-patong na kasong kriminal ang mga suspek at ngayon ay kasalukuyang iniimbestigahan ng pulisya.

Nabatid na pawang mga tauhan ni Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon at Asirin Taulani sa Basilan ang mga ito. Hindi naman nagbigay ng anumang pahayag ang dalawa.

Inaalam pa ng pulisya kung may mga kasamahan pa ang mga nadakip o kung may plano silang umatake sa Zamboanga City na kalapit lamang ng Basilan, isa sa 5 lalawigan sa ilalim ng Muslim autonomous region. Sinabi ng pulisya na natunugan nito ang pagdating ng mga suspek sa Zamboanga kung kaya’t inilagay sa surveillance hanggang sa mabasyo. (Mindanao Examiner)