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.

Sabado, Agosto 6, 2016

Kill those mayors, judges so drug’s war is vs rich, too

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

After President Rodrigo Duterte implicated several judges, mayors, former mayors, and other officials and non-officials of the Philippine National Police to protect narcotic dealers, ordered the revocation of their firearms’ permits, and withdrawals of their security details from the PNP, these public luminaries and those police officials are now vulnerable to assassination from the death squads.
Since many Filipinos complaint at the sidelined that those almost 1000 suspected dangerous drug characters killed by the policemen and death squads came from the Unwashed of the Society - by leaving many of them with a rectangular cardboard with a note: “Tulak ng Druga, Huwag Pamarisan”, it is high time the government or any adventurous groups there to make a sample by shooting to death any one of these luminaries like those judges and mayors to show to  the world the War on Narcs are not only trained against the poor but for the rich and powerful, too.
When I posted at Tweeter the title of this column/blog, former Custom Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, an incumbent congressman of Muntinlupa, reacted:
"No, don't kill them. Make them talk. Dead men tell no tales". 

Hinde na lang ako nag react sa Tweeter. 
But anyway, here's my reaction to Congressman Ruffy, a good friend:
 Ang mga Regional Trial Courts' judges who dismissed drug cases for a fee they don't have bosses to protect. Their bosses are their pockets in exchange for a huge fee to dismiss the non-bailable narcotic peddling cases.
 In  the Philippines if a magistrate dismissed an illegal drug case, it means that's final because our law protects the accused.
So for me,  kill some mayors, kill some judges then you have a DETERRENCE to those who want to become narco coddlers just like those implicated by the no-nonsense president. 
So for you who disagree with my pronouncement with your antics: 'Spare these mayors, spare these judges" then, son of a gun, we have a dysfunctional and weakling government just like the Benigno Aquino III Administration where "due process of law, as mandated by the Constitution, had been BASTARDIZED by these judges and prosecutors.

Here are the names of those public officials, I quoted from Daily Inquirer named by President Duterte at 2 Am today:

Incumbent Luzon mayors
Reynaldo Flores, Naquilian, La Union
Dante Garcia, Tubao, La Union
Martin de Guzman, Bauang, La Union
Marjorie April Salazar, Lasam, Cagayan
Goto Violago, San Rafael, Bulacan
Marino Morales, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Felix Castillo, Langiden, Abra
Former mayors
Eufronio Derigel, Agoo, La Union
Jesus Celeste, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Jose “Pepe” Miranda, Santiago City, Isabela
Vicente Amante, San Pablo City, Laguna
Ryan Dolor, Bauan, Batangas
Former vice mayor
Edgardo Trinidad, El Nido, Palawan


Alex Sentina, Calinog, Iloilo
Julius Ronald Pacificador, Hamtic, Antique
Jed Mabilog, Iloilo City
Wilfredo Bietbeta, Carles, Iloilo
Marcelo Malones, Maasin, Iloilo
Hector Ong, Laoang, Northern Samar
Rolando Espinosa, Albuera, Leyte
Beda Cañamaque, Basay, Negros Oriental
Former mayors
Michael Rama, Cebu City
Madeleine Ong, Laoang, Northern Samar
Francis Ansing Amboy, Maasin Iloilo
Fralz Sabalones, San Fernando, Cebu,
Antonio Pesina of Iloilo City
Erwin Tongtong Plagata, Iloilo City
Ex-congressman JC Rahman Nava, Guimaras
Congressman Party-list Jeffrey Celis


Abubakar Abdul Karim Afdal, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur
Gamar Ahay Janihim, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte
David Navarro, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
Bobby Alingan, Kolambugan, Davao del Norte
Yusufa Munder Bobong Ramin, Iligan City Lanao del Norte
Jessie Aguilera, Alegria Surigao del Norte
Fahad Salik, Marawi City
Muhammad Ali Abinal
Jamal Dadayan, Buadipuso-Buntong, Lanao del Sur
Sabdullah Macabago; Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur
Muslim Aline Macadatu, Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur
Rasul Sangki, Datu Saudi-Ampatuan, Maguindanao
Montaser Sabal, Talitay, Maguindanao
Vicman Montawal, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao
Samsudin Dimaukom, Datu-Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao
Norodin Salasal, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao
Ex-mayor Benahar Tulawie, Talipao Sulu
Reynaldo Parojinog alias Andong
Nova Princess Parojinog Chavez
Omar Solitario Ali, Marawi City
Vice Mayor Abdul Wahab Sabal, Talitay, Maguindanao
Otto Montawal, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao
Nida Dimagkon, Datu-Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao
Arafat Salic, Marawi City
Rasmiyah Macabago, Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur

Congressman Guillermo Romarate Jr., second district, Surigao del Norte

Ex-board member Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog

Active and retired law enforcement officers:

Ret. Police Inspector Rolando Batulayan
Police Superintendent Maristelo Manalo, PNP-CIDG
PCI Roberto Palisoc, Station 7 MPD
Ret. Superintendent Ciceron Ada
PCI Eric Buenaventura, Navotas
PO2 Geraldine Bautista Manuel, PNP PRO2 Health Service
SPO3 Ronald Calap, Isabela PPO
POC Rodel Samoledo; Lalio Police Station
PO3 Cecilio Domingo, Nueva Ecija CIDT
PO2 Ryan Mendoza, Tarlac Police Station
Jeffrey Serafica, Butuan PPO
PO1 Normal Adarlo, Puerto Galera NPS
PO1 Mark Christian Catalina, PNP Camarines Norte
PO2 Alan Carpio, PCP-8 Pasay City
PO3 Eric Lazo, QCPD Station 6
PO3 Alexander Macabeo, PCP 3 Paranaque City
PO3 Johnny Mahilum, QCPD Station 6 Batasan
PO2 Celito Melendrez, Binangonan Police Station
Ret. Gen. Vicente Loot; Ret. General Valerio, Santa Barbara Iloilo
General Bernardo Diaz, Region 6
General Idio, RTC of Calbayog City
Ret. Police Superintendent Floro, Antique PNP and city director
Police Superintendent Kashmir Disomangcop, former COP of Iloilo Base Commander
Police Superintendent Delia Paz, Chief RDIDM
Police Superintendent Genepa, RIU-6 Intelligence
Police Superintendent Ipil Duenas
Superintendent Condag; Police Superintendent Eugenio Malic, PNP Maritime Group
PNP Lamsis, former chief Antique anti-drug
Police Superintendent Gomboc
Police Superintendent Lebin
PCI Rio Maymay
PSI Kenneth Militar
PSI Donasco
Police Inspector De Jose, CSOG PNP Region 6
Police Inspector Duarte, former PCOP of Arevalo, Iloilo
PIC Vicente Vicente, chief of police-Banate
P/Insp. Romeo Santander – Former chief intel Cebu
PO2 Michael Cortez – Barile Police Station
SPO1 Jen dela Victoria – PS5 Cebu CPO
SPO1 Onel Nabua – Barile Police Station
PO2 Jomar Ibanez – Lapu-Lapu Police Station
PO3 Ryan Martus Kiamco – Cebu Provincial Office
PCI Ibrahim Jabiran – Zamboanga CPO
PCI Perfecto Abrasaldo Awi Jr. – Misamis Oriental
P/Insp. Roy Montes – Iligan PRO
P/Supt. Ricardo Gando Pulot – COP Quezon Bukidnon
P/Insp. Martin Plaza – former Panabo chief intel
PO1 Pierre Dizo – Zamboanga del Sur
PO3 Omar Juani – Zamboanga City Public Safety
Rommel Mansul – PRO9
PO3 Daryl Page – Tabasan Municipal Station
SPO1 Totong Joe Valdez – 9th RNG
SPO4 Rodrigo Ramos – Bukidnon PRO
SPO1 Reynaldo dela Victoria – CDO
SPO3 Emilio Mendoza – Lozaria PP5 Iligan City
Marlo Espinosa – Bukidnon
SPO3 Richie Mat – CIDG Mati Davao Oriental
SPO3 Rosell Iliviera – CIDG Tagum Davao del Norte
PO3 Jessie Balabag – Region 11
PO3 Filomeno Soronia – Digos Police Station
PO1 Glean Alicarte – PRO 12
PO1 Philip Pantarolia – Tacurong City Police Office
SPO1 Gerry dela Rosa – South Cotabato PPO
PO3 Bebot Ruiz – General Santos City PO
PO3 Estelito Solanio – Malongon, MPS Sarangani
PO1 Jerebel Ocsio – PRO RMN
SPO1 Ernesto Billones – NCR
JS1 Lito Montemayor – Roxas District Jail Aparri
PO1 Vicente Reynaldo Celis – NCR
PG Drexel Saet – MIMAROPA
SPO1 Felix Tubil – Region 3
SPO3 Nicolas Ponce Angeles – Region 3
SPO2 Rod Erseni – Marinduque BFP
FO1 Reynaldo Valencia – Claveria Police Station
SSgt. Vic dela Cruz – MIMAROPA
B/Gen. Leoncio Daniega – NCR
SPO3 Gerry Mendoza – NCR
Reymante Dayto – Region 5
Reymar Dayto – Region 5
Renato Zamora – Region 6
J1 Alan Manatad – Region 7
SPO3 Christie Cielo Tingad – Region 7
RSAD Casimiro Castro – CAFGU 38IB 6ID ARMM
RSAD Pfc. Philip Miro – 40IB 6ID ARMM
Cpl. Cusinan Lopez – 52IB ARMM
Pfc. Mamadali Ipad – 64IB 6ID
Yasin Abolgalib
JO1 Alfredo Ogacho
FO1 Nicolas Ponce Ablaca
FO1 Ricardo Ibanez
Marine Cpl. Alfrenz Gurias Abedin
Jimmy Manlangit – Region 12


Judge Mupas of Dasmariñas, Cavite
Judge Reyes, Baguio City
Judge Savilo, RTC Branch 13, Iloilo City
Judge Casiple, Kalibo, Aklan
Judge Rene Gonzales, MTC, (unknown province)
Judge Natividad, RTC Calbayog City
Judge Ezekiel Dagala, MTC, Dapa Siargao

[the list is going to be updated soon]


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