Miyerkules, Agosto 24, 2016

Duterte’s political jujitsu between China and Japan

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Had the shrewd Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte outwitted the Japanese in their own game “Jujitsu” by using the Philippines' weakness against bully’s Mainland China into a strength at the expense of the Nippon-koku?
Image result for japan f-16
Some of these Mitsubishi made F-2A multi-role (based on a Lockheed Martin F-16 variant)
 of the Japanese Air Force where it has 64 on its hangar could be donated or lease to the poorly
equipped Philippine Airs Force.
Japan wants to replace its F-16s and F-15s by ordering 5th Generation 42 stealth and
 multi-role F-35 Lightning II 
from the U.S.
Jujitso is defined by Dictionary.com as a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
As you know Duterte declared in the past that he would ask China to finance a multi -billion pesos railway systems in Mindanao and in Luzon.
“I will tell China, do not claim ownership and I will not mention patrimony, hayaan natin muna iyan, gusto mo let’s set that aside, you might want trade exploration,” he said, referring to China.
I will just ask you to build a rail, just like what you did for Africa,” he continued”
He exhorted the Chinese to just build a  high-speed railway just like the line project of the Kenya Railways Corporation, which has cut travel time from Nairobi to Mombasa from 13 to three hours.
When I heard him declared this statement, I posed to myself:
“Would the United States or Japan allow this China funding?”
Son of a gun, a healthy relationship between the Philippines and China would be, well, unhealthy to Japan as the Banzai country relies on the five trillion dollar a year trade lanes in the South China Sea (SCS) where Japanese tankers and cargo ships traverse.
What happen if a shooting war between the Chinese and the Japanese erupt at the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu Islets that both countries passionately claimed?” I again posed to myself  since I could not asked somebody since I was alone in my room.
Gee whiz, Chinese subs, ships, and jets would start blasting with their weaponry the commercial cargo ships of the Japanese plying the SCS.
It’s dé·jà vu German U-Boats versus the ships of the Yanks and the Brits at the English Channel.
This ambushed at the SCS would surely paralyze the Japanese economy.
Before I could hear an answer from some geo-political experts, Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary for Japan's foreign ministry, said recently that Japan was willing to bankroll one of the biggest loans it could lent through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Excerpts of abs-cbn.com report that was posted last August 12:
“Japan on Friday announced it is pouring a massive $2.4 billion into a new railway in the Philippines aimed at easing Manila's notorious gridlock. Japan, Philippines' top trading partner and source of aid, said the 38-kilometer (24-mile) elevated commuter line would connect Manila to nearby Bulacan province to decongest the capital and help spur economic activity. This is one of the biggest projects Japan has ever embarked upon using the yen loan," Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary for Japan's foreign ministry, told reporters in Manila.
"Railways are one of our fortes ... We sympathize with the Filipinos that this is a project that needs to be done very, very quickly."
“Ohtaka said Japan was also open to building a railway in the southern region of Mindanao, a project Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said China offered to fund. Manila's traffic problems cost the Philippines an estimated $64 million a day in 2015, a Japanese-funded study found”.

Linggo, Agosto 21, 2016

Defense Sec grants Ex-Military Prof pleas to hold PMA Exam in Cotabato

By Gabriel Ortigoza
My dream is to include my province of North Cotabato in the official list of PMAEE.
In 2001, when I was still in the Corps of Professors of PMA, I gave PMA Entrance Examination at Southern Baptist College in Mlang, North Cotabato. It was the first PMAEE in the history of the province. 
Examinees for  cadetship at the Philippine Military Academy.

It so happened that year I was the OIC of a special PMAEE given in the cities of Davao, General Santos, Koronadal, and Cotabato. After I conducted PMAEE to four cities I went home in Mlang for a three-day R&R.
I didn't waste my time doing nothing on my rest days before I went back up to the mountains of Baguio. I decided to give PMAEE in my hometown of Mlang.
A day before the exam, I went to a radio station DXND in Kidapawan to announce I'm giving PMAEE at SBC. Thanks to my friend Grace Vergara-Tanghal for facilitating my public announcement and live interview at the station.
The following day, hundreds of youths in North Cotabato reported at the venue to take PMAEE as walk-in applicants. Several examinees passed that examination but only two made it to the academy and successfully graduated from PMA. One is my fellow from Mlang (last name is Tingson) and one is from Kidapawan (last name is Ancino). Both females and are still active officers of the Philippine Army. While they were still cadets at PMA their mothers from North Cotabato visited them in Baguio. I gladly welcomed them to stay in my quarters and served as their host inside Fort Del Pilar.
When I resigned from PMA in 2003 to join my wife in California I thought my dream of making North Cotabato into the official list of PMAEE Centers nationwide remains a dream.
A dream will remain a dream if you don't make it a goal. To reach a goal you must use SMART strategies to attain it. This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and must be in a Time-frame. 

Biyernes, Agosto 19, 2016

Don’t cry Leila, you power play vs. Duterte

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

In my recent radio program, some listeners and viewers at social media commented that President Rodrigo Duterte scathing speech recently at a police anniversary was misogynistic.
President Duterte Tells Public  Senator Leila De Lima Had a Driver-
Paramour (Kabit) named Ronnie.
Misogynist, to the trike drivers and funeral attendants who read this column, means a person who hates, dislikes, mistrusts, or mistreats women.
For me the vitriol of the president against Senator Leila de Lima was above board.
For instance, how could his driver-body guard Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, explained the tens of millions of pesos White and Orange mansions he built at his residence at Barangay Galarin in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, where some sources said used by de Lima and Dayan, a married man, for tryst.
Were those monies used by the mascular driver Dayan, as told by my fellow anchorwoman Audrey, taken from the jailed drug lords who cooked illegal drugs shabu at the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa especially when De Lima was then the Justice Secretary of the country?
A justice secretary in the Philippines not only supervises the National Bureau of Investigation but all jails under the Bureau of Jail, Management & Penology.
Geez man, very powerful position!
De Lima and her supporters and sympathizers should not cry foul to the “bully” actuation of the president.
In case the sex video of de Lima and a guy, where the alleged fat lady Senator acted like a jockey riding a horse at the tracks at the Saddle & Clubs Leisure Park in Santa Ana Park, proves to be authentic, the accusation of the president that the paramour was the bagman of De Lima, the senator should not only be sued but condemned for her hypocrisy.
In case the Senate Justice Committee she chaired succeeds in investigating and exposing police officials lead by Philippine National Police’s Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa about the spate of killings of narcotic personalities, she still should be ashamed of herself because what she does in finding fault with the Duterte Administration in abetting the killings are sheer hypocrisy.
She cried foul about the vitriol from Duterte and the alleged demolition jobs against her by the president’s supporters at the traditional and social media, well it’s just part of the territory.
"Nag pa power play po kasi kayo maam".

Biyernes, Agosto 12, 2016

The SEAL and the Helmet

I never met the man —I got introduced to his helmet instead.
And the sight of his helmet on the ground was one of the most heartbreaking images I have ever seen.
The hyphen was already there, he was just one line short —he was gone one day too early.
I never met the warrior — but I have learned of his many courageous deeds, how he had fought fiercely, how he had saved a number of his comrades numerous times by putting his own life on the line.
CPL EDUARDO C SAQUING was the fierce gunner of the Naval Special Operations Group’s NAVSOU8 (Philippines' version of the U.S Navy's SEAL). He has been known to mark his helmet with the number of days he spends in a battle. Saquing made his last stand in Barangay Santa Catalina, Zamboanga City last September 2013. He fought along side his other special operations brothers against rogue Moro National Liberation Front elements for fifteen days. The number on his helmet was just a day short of the liberation of Zamboanga. A day short of being hailed as one of the heroes of what is considered one of the most successful military rescues in the world.
He was a hero — but one gone too soon.
I stared at the image of his helmet on my laptop screen, and for more than five minutes I was just sobbing alone in the library, staring at the hyphen, wishing for just one more line — then this story wouldn’t have to be written, there wouldn’t have to be any orphan left behind, there wouldn’t have to be any flag-draped casket being sent home.
But what was more heartbreaking was I asked for a picture of the man, to supplement the story we were writing — his unit was not able to send one. They couldn’t find one.

What if Duterte declares Martial Law, adopts new Constitution

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

After my recent radio program where I discussed President Rod Duterte threatened Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he will declare martial law unless the chief magistrate stop foisting a constitutional crisis, some members of social media Face Book’s community page react to my opinion where I said that Duterte can declare military rule with the high court helpless for it.
CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court 
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. PHOTO CREDIT: RAPPLER.COM
One of them said that the president could not just declare martial law because it is limited by the Constitution where the Supreme Court can declare if the imposition of martial law is unconstitutional.
“You read Section 18 of Article VII (Executive Department) paulit-ulit para hinde ka mag mukhang tanga , “ the angry reader pointed.
My retort: The problem with many Filipinos like you is you think “inside the box”, er, you focused only on Section 18, e kung hindi susundin ni Duterte ang Section 18 at gayahin niya si Cory Aquino where the 1973 Constitution became passe’ in favour of the 1987 Constitution?
I explained to those who were affronted there: “You did not see that Duterte  can declare martial law without following the limitations mandated by the  Constitution.
The limitations say that a president after declaring military rule should “ Within forty-eight hours from the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, the President shall submit a report in person or in writing to the Congress. The Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President. Upon the initiative of the President, the Congress may, in the same manner, extend such proclamation or suspension for a period to be determined by the Congress, if the invasion or rebellion shall persist and public safety requires it. The Congress, if not in session, shall, within twenty-four hours following such proclamation or suspension, convene in accordance with its rules without any need of a call” WHILE the Supreme Court “may review, in an appropriate proceeding filed by any citizen, the sufficiency of the factual basis of the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ or the extension thereof, and must promulgate its decision thereon within thirty days from its filing”.

The safety clauses there to prevent a strong man to be successful in his desire to impose his will are:

 1) Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation of martial law or suspension of writ of habeas corpus;
 2) Supreme Court promulgate its decision thereon within thirty days from the filing of a petition by a citizen if martial law is legal or illegal.

I added that since Duterte has been riding on the crest of 84 percent popularity among the Filipinos as based on the June 24 to 27 Social Weather Station’s survey, he can skirt those protective clauses put by the handpicked constitutional commissioners of then President Cory Aquino during her Revolutionary Government after flushing –out Marcos in a military takeover and emulate Cory Aquino by appointing commissioner, too, to hammer a new fundamental law and submit it for plebiscite to the Filipino voters who would surely vote for it because they highly trusted the intention of the president for this sorry country.