The big gifts of Duterte to the communists are not DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) and DOLE.(Department of Labor and Employment).
The real prizes are DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development).
DENR because it is mandated “to be the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law” That’s everything you can shake a stick at.
Now let’s take just one example. Mining companies are the favorite taxpayers of the NPA. If the CPP controls the DENR, then not only will revolutionary tax collection be made easy but they can now collect front end fees for environmental clearances etc. So they can hit mining companies front and back. That’s a lot of “pang hapi-hapi” money just from mining companies. Power companies, housing developments, even cutting down a tree in your background, you need environmental clearance. And all can be continuously monitored by DENR for compliance. So there.
And there are other benefits that come with enforcement of environmental regulations. The NPA can transform into forest guards, marine guards etc. So magiging legal na sila magdala ng baril, marami pa silang pera pambili ng bala.
Currently, DSWD pays out billions of pesos to around 4M “poorest of the poor” families through the Conditional Cash Transfer program (CCT).
When the CPP gets its hands on CCT and starts distributing its billions, do you think it can resist politicizing the program, from proselytizing its ideology to the beneficiaries? Would a missionary refrain from proselytizing christianity to heathens?
Real money and real power are in DENR and DSWD not in DAR and DOLE.
DAR carries the seed of its own destruction. Once lands are distributed there is no more need for DAR.
As for DOLE, you can be sure that, as a general rule, all Presidents will, when push comes to shove, side with job creators and job providers. Presidents know that business stays where it is welcomed.
Beware of the DENR and DSWD falling into the hands of Joma and his minions.
Not to be negative against Duterte who I promise to support as soon as he is sworn into office, but this has to be stopped before it gathers steam. I’m talking about the proposal to ban the sale of alcohol after 1 AM.
Granted, drunkenness contributes a fair share of road accidents, fights, rapes and all that…but not all drinking leads to drunkenness.
And not all drunks are assholes. So, just because of a couple of drunk assholes everyone has to suffer?
The best way to keep drunks off the streets is to make those who serve drinks – whether at home or in a commercial establishment – criminally and civilly liable for the behavior of those to whom they serve drinks.
When the serving of alcohol becomes the server’s personal responsibility rather than a matter of following the clock (the old last call for alcohol), it will give pause to those who serve alcohol. At the very least, they won’t let drunks out of their home or establishment until they sober up.
Personal liability is definitely more effective than placing the problem of drunk assholes in the hands of the police who are there not to stop alcohol over-consumption but to enforce a curfew.
The proposed alcohol curfew reminds me of a former AFP Chief who once spoke of an anti-corruption measure that he instituted at AFP headquarters.
The general learned that a cartel that does business with the AFP meets “in dimly lit restaurants” where they rig bids and then they send “pretty ladies in miniskirt” to collect payment from GHQ (AFP General Headquarters), so what did the general do? He banned “pretty ladies in miniskirts” from GHQ!
Ganyan din ang proposal to impose a 1 AM curfew on serving alcohol.
We are all in the same boat and if the boat sinks we all drown. So no matter who wins, it is our duty to help keep the boat afloat. It would be immoral to punch holes in the ship’s hull.
However, if the boat starts to sink despite our best efforts to help keep it from hitting the rocks, then it is okay to jump ship. We have no moral obligation to drown with the idiots who elected the captain.
The moral path if the psycho pulls off the impossible is: “Help him; but stay close to a lifeboat.”
There are intellectuals who are for Duterte. They are for him because of his position on (1) federalism; (2) a parliamentary form of government; and (3) lifting economic restrictions on foreign ownership.
I cannot argue with them over those concepts because I can’t copy-paste from Wikipedia as fast as they can.
But I can dialogue if I stay on familiar territory – the land of slow hands and common sense.
So I asked, “How do you know he will do any of those things?”
The typical responses were, “Duterte does not bullshit”; “Duterte does what he says he will do”; “Duterte is for real”; and on and on after the etc. and etc. and etc.
That dialogue was going nowhere fast so I shifted from the general to the specific. I asked:
Will Duterte really close down Congress if they try to impeach him?
Will Duterte really go on a killing spree to stop crime, drugs, and corruption?
Will Duterte take a jet ski to the Spratleys and plant the Philippine flag on the Chinese airport there?
I got so many answers from so many people but the best answer came from the only thinking man in a sea of idiots, a prolific blogger who wrote,
“Duterte is like the Bible. You don’t take the man literally word for word, but figuratively, as one should take a 70 year old mayor who hails from one of the most dangerous, poor and crime-prone regions of the country. The man is old school; he will call the boogeyman on you. He is the father figure who will threaten with a raised hand ready to hit your naughty behind.
“Now you might say, but I am not a child to be threatened. I am a towering intellectual, a writer, a poet. Well, tough twinkies to you. The bluster was not meant for your ears. It was meant for the rest of the country that we often ignore or forget exists.”
I hung my head in shame. I had not opened the Bible recently and so I had forgotten how to take unpleasant truths figuratively.
I had taken Duterte “literally word for word” that he would do exactly as he said he would. And so, believing in Duterte’s strategy to win the Spratey conflict, I tried to raise funds for his jet-ski adventure.
Believing in Duterte’s determination to stop crime, drugs and corruption – “If I become president, I advise you people to put up several funeral parlor businesses.” – I considered investing in a funeral parlor.
But Duterte also said, “Pag by chance God will put me there, magbantay kayo, kay ang 1,000 na ito maging 100,000. Diyan mo makita tataba yung isda diyan sa Manila Bay, diyan ko kayo itapon.”
As a result, I suffered high anxiety. I could not decide between investing in a funeral parlor or a fleet of fishing boats.
The thinking blogger must have ESPed my predicament because he hectored,
“All this anxiety and hand-wringing in certain groups about a Duterte presidency is becoming OA (overacting and whiny).”
OA. That was of no help to me. In fact it added to my anxiety because it raised more questions:
“Did the thinking blogger say, I am not supposed to believe everything Duterte promises to do? If so, then which of Duterte’s promises am I supposed to believe, only the ones I like? Should I therefore cherry-pick the promises of Duterte?”
I was hand-wringing so much my nails fell off. But that’s not the worst of my anxiety attack; it was the fetal position I ended up in after another thinking Dutertista declared,
“The problem with these Ivory Tower type so-called “intellectuals” is that they get beaten to a pulp IN A REAL DEBATE with pragmatic and practical-minded “feet-on-the-ground” problem solving-oriented real intellectuals who really know their stuff and have tons of knowledge more than many of these pretentious pricks who are – as you say – really O.A
“They never did anything to try to fix the country’s rotten systems and in fact the have defended the very lousy system that breeds the crime and insurgency that we are all so sick of. Now that someone’s actually trying to fix those rotten systems, they’re up in arms.”
HOMYGAS! All that, including a phrase in all caps for emphasis, just for asking why people who are gifted enough to tie their own shoe laces and piss without pissing on themselves are voting for Duterte. Oh well….waht to do lah?
Anyway, a reminder for Monday: If it looks like shit and smells like shit, don’t bother giving it a taste check. Just walk around it. Do I still have to spell Du30 for you?
You explain to Duterte supporters why an account transaction history is different from an account balance statement but they don’t get it.
You tell them the record of transactions tell a story but a bank statement is just a snapshot of the account at a particular time and date; it tells no story.
Note the 2 deposits in the amount of P16,852,832.94 in Sara Duterte’s column and the same amount down to the last centavo at the bottom of daddys’ column.
This is the law:
“The Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices law states that it is illegal for public officers to receive gifts from a person who has contracts or transactions with the government or needs a permit or other document from the government if the public officer has the power to intervene or facilitate the granting of these contracts or documents.”
This is Duterte:
“He(Pastor Quiboloy) donates it in the name of God, para makatrabaho ako, para wala akong takot (so I can work, so I have no fear),” he said.
“Everytime si Pastor magbili, dalawa yan. Ang isa sa akin diyan, sigurado (Every time Pastor buys, he gets two. One is mine, for sure),” Duterte said.
Who is this generous Pastor?
Pastor Apollo Carreón Quiboloy is the founder and leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc
His official title is: “The Appointed Son of God”
It is okay for the Hinirang na Anak ng Diyos to bestow gifts on the Hibang na Anak ng…(It is okay for the Appointed Son of God to bestow gifts on the Crazy Son of a …)
It is so crystal clear, I’m amazed that there’s even an argument about it.
If Duterte shows the transaction history of his bank account instead of just the account balances then the political career of Trillanes ends, right?
So why won’t Duterte just do it?
Former North Cotabato governor Manny Piñol, an avowed Duterte supporter, wrote an open letter to Mar Roxas warning him against cheating.
Why is Piñol trying to pre-empt the election results by declaring his candidate Duterte already the winner based on surveys?
Is he afraid that the revelations of Trillanes are doing catastrophic damage to his candidate?
This afternoon Duterte held a press conference ostensibly to clear up nagging questions about his hidden wealth.
(1) he presented certified account balances;
(2) he brought 11 BPI passbooks to the press conference;
(3) he went after the BSP and AMLC, blaming them for not going after him earlier.
To the BSP and the AMLC, he said:
“Central Bank and the AMLC, kung sinabi ni Trillanes na P2.4 billion, sabi niya matagal na, then why the hell, wala akong nalaman o pinaalam ako ng AMLC na inimbestigahan?”
(Central Bank and the AMLC, if Trillanes said there was P2.4 billion years ago, then why they hell didn’t I know about it or why did AMLC not tell me I was under investigation?)
And he added, “I will now accuse the Central Bank and AMLC of criminal negligence.” Before concluding with a challenge and a threat, “If [the money is] there, start the investigation, I challenge you. If not, I will charge you with criminal negligence…Kung manalo ako, you are in hot water (If I win, you are in hot water.)
Wow! So there was criminal negligence on the part of the BSP and AMLC? Nope.
True to form, Duterte did not mention that under the Money Laundering law THE AMLC AND THE INVOLVED BANK ARE PROHIBITED FROM COMMUNICATING TO ANY PERSON THAT A REPORT WAS MADE.
In other words, BAWAL SABIHIN SA KAHIT KANINO NA UNDER INVESTIGATION ANG ISANG ACCOUNT AT ANG KANYANG OWNER.
True to form, Duterte presented certified bank balances but not transaction records that will explain how those account balances came about. Balances do not show the history of deposits, sources, and withdrawals.
True to form, Duterte brought 11 BPI passbooks that would have shown the itemized history of transactions but refused to allow media to look into their contents.
So what did Duterte reveal at the press conference?
Nothing other than he is still covering his ass with the bank secrecy law.