Speech: Relinquishment as Commander 803

I  ALWAYS DO THIS BUT ONCE AGAIN, APTLY FOR THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK GOD FOR HIS GENEROUS BLESSINGS AND MERCY.

AT THE ONSET LET ME FIRST GREET MY COMMANDER MGEN PIO QUINTO DINOSO III AFP, THE COMMANDER 8TH INFANTRY DIVISION AND THE PRESIDING OFFICER. I THANK YOU SIR FOR SHARING US YOUR VALUABLE TIME. MAY I NOW SUBMIT TO YOU MY AFTER TOUR OF DUTY REPORT. _____________________

FOR THE SECOND TIME, I AM AGAIN LEAVING THE PEOPLE  I CONSIDERED MY OWN AND THE PLACE THAT WAS MY HOME FOR THE PAST 1 -YEAR AND 9-MONTHS EXACTLY, TODAY.

PLEASE BEAR WITH ME AS THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO GREET AND BE ABLE TO MENTION AS SWEET AS I COULD IF ONLY TO EMPHASIZE HOW I VALUE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAMPAIGN OF THE BRIGADE AND THE AFP IN GENERAL AND TO ME PERSONALLY, AS FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS AND STAKEHOLDERS:

MAYOR DON ABALON OF SAN ROQUE, NS

MAYOR CLARENCE DATO OF SAN JOSE, NS

MAYOR RONALD AQUINO OF CALBAYOG CITY …

P/COL REY DELA CRUZ THE PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR NSPPO AND HIS OFFICERS AND MEN

P/COL ANDREI DIZON THE PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR WSPPO AND HIS OFFICERS AND MEN

AND TO MY ONE AND ONLY, MY EVER SUPPORTIVE BEAUTIFUL WIFE MRS ELIZABETH BITONG WHO HAS ENDURED BEING A SOLDIER’S WIFE ALL HER ADULT LIFE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE MY APPRECIATION  – MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR SHARING WITH ME YOUR TIME, AND EXTENDING TO ME YOUR SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITHOUT YOUR VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS.

YOU  HAVE INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED ME. AND I CAN ONLY ASSURE YOU THAT I GAVE MY BEST, ALWAYS WALKING THE EXTRA MILES, WITH DEDICATION AND PASSION TO SERVE AND COMPASSION TO THE PEOPLE.

YET, I COULD NOT CLAIM SUCCESS BUT I AM CONSOLED BELIEVING I MADE A DIFFERENCE GIVEN THE TIME AND  RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ME IN THE PREVAILING CONDITION AND SITUATION.  I BELIEVE I HAVE AT LEAST PLANTED THE SEEDS OF PEACE FOR MY SUCCESSOR AND THE REST OF US PUBLIC SERVANTS TO NURTURE AND GROW.

IN THE END, IT IS ALL FOR YOU TO JUDGE.

IN MY EAGERNESS TO FULFILL AND ACCOMPLISH MY MISSION WHICH NATURALLY OFTEN DEPENDS OR REQUIRES THE COOPERATION OR CONTRIBUTION FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES PARTICULARLY IN THE ADVENT OF THE “WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT APPROACH”, I MAY HAVE INADVERTENTLY HURT SOME FEELINGS. WITH HUMILITY I NOW ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND UNDERSTANDING. I REALIZE THE COMPLICATION OF THIS BUREAUCRACY AND I ASSURE YOU THERE IS NOTHING BUT THE GENUINE DESIRE TO EXPEDITE SERVICES TO HELP OUR PEOPLE EFFICIENTLY AND ON TIME.

THERE ARE STILL THOSE WITHIN OUR MIDST WHOSE HIDEOUS INTENT IS TO DESTROY THIS GOVERNMENT, I HOPE OUR MESSAGES AND APPEALS IN WORDS AND DEEDS PARTICULARLY TO SPARE OUR YOUTH FROM THE DECEPTIVE WAYS OF TERRORISM WERE MADE CLEAR ENOUGH FOR THEM TO RECONSIDER THE PATH THEY HAVE CHOSEN. LET US SAVE THE WEAK AND THE POOR FROM THIS DEADLY MANIPULATION. LET US INSTEAD JOIN HANDS TO ADDRESS OUR COMMON CHALLENGES AND HELP EXPEDITE MEANINGFUL PEACE AND PROGRESS FOR OUR PEOPLE AND PROVINCE. THE GOVERNMENT LISTENS AND THERE IS ALWAYS PEACEFUL MEANS TO RESOLVE ISSUES.

RELATEDLY, I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE, HERE AND ELSEWHERE, INDIVIDUALS, COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS, TO REALIZE THAT THE CTGS NEED FUNDS TO CARRY OUT THEIR OPERATIONS. A MEASLY 8 PESOS THAT YOU GIVE TO THE CTG COULD BUY AMMUNITION TO SHOOT YOUR SOLDIERS AND POLICE AND EVEN YOUR LOVE ONES AND YOURSELVES. HOW MUCH MORE THE TENS OF THOUSANDS. THE CONSEQUENCES ARE UNIMAGINABLE. LET US NOT BE A PARTY TO THIS INSTEAD LET US BE FIRM IN DENYING THEM THESE RESOURCES. RENDER THEM IRRELEVANT. NO ORGANIZATION EXISTS WITHOUT FUNDS. 

THERE ARE OTHER ILLEGAL SOURCES OF CTG EXTORTIONS THAT WE HAVE STARTED TO ADDRESS AND HAVE TO BE FINISHED AND YOUR HELP IS REQUIRED:

THE SAND AND GRAVEL EXTRACTION IN PALAPAG – WE RECOMMENDED THAT THE PERTINENT LAW BE REVISED TO ADDRESS THIS.

THE IRA- A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT FUND AND MOE, PARTICULARLY OF THE INTERIOR BARANGAYS IS SHARED WITH THE CTGS. THE COMMISSION ON AUDIT COULD MAKE SURE THAT THIS FUND SHOULD INSTEAD BE SPENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE.

THE CTGS AGRARIAN REVOLUTION OR AGREV HAS BEEN A STEADY SOURCE OF FUNDS – AN INCREASE IN REALTY ESTATE TAX COLLECTION OF THE MUNICIPALITIES WOULD TRANSLATE TO PROPORTIONAL DECREASE IN THE CTGS EXTORTION FROM FARMERS.

I ADMIT THIS IS A BIT OFF OUR USUAL CUP OF TEA SO I CHALLENGE OUR PARTNERS IN GOVERNMENT TO TAKE A LOOK ON THIS. IN THIS WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT APPROACH AND IN COMPLIANCE TO EO#70, EACH MUST CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS ENDING THE LOCAL COMMUNIST ARMED CONFLICT.

THESE, AMONG OTHERS, ARE WORK IN PROGRESS THAT I RECOMMEND FOR MY WORTHY SUCCESSOR TO SUSTAIN. MOREOVER, STILL TO MY WORTHY SUCCESSOR, I LEAVE YOU WITH GOOD COMMANDERS, OFFICERS,  MEN AND WOMEN AND EQUALLY PATRIOTIC PUBLIC SERVANTS AND FRIENDS WHO ARE JUST AS WILLING TO WORK WITH YOU AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE NATIONAL EFFORTS TO GET RID OF INSURGENCY.

INDEED THERE ARE MANY EXPECTATIONS, TRUSTS AND HOPES THAT WE AS COMMANDERS CANNOT AFFORD TO FAIL. SUCH ARE OUR CHALLENGES AND DILEMNAS.

TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF TEAM 803RD. I VALUE YOUR INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS, INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY AS A UNIT.  I KNOW AND APPRECIATE THE MANY SACRIFICES AND THE ATTENDANT RISKS YOU HAVE TO ENDURE IN CARRYING OUT OUR MISSIONS. I KNOW AS WELL THE SACRIFICES AND LOVE OF YOUR FAMILIES. I THANK YOU ALL. I TRUST THAT YOU CONTINUE TO BE STRONG AND WILLING TO PURSUE THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF OUR MISSION. I ONLY WISH THAT YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE AMONG THOSE WHO COULD ENJOY THE FRUITS OF PEACE AND PROGRESS THAT WE ALL AIM TO ACHIEVE. 

FINALLY I AM LEAVING . . . BUT AM BRINGING WITH ME THE LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED, THE FRIENDSHIPS AND THE MEMORIES WHICH I INTEND TO KEEP AND CHERISH.

MABUHAY PO TAYONG LAHAT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Filipino Voters

So what kind of voters are we? Both Robin Padilla, an actor and Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro, a top caliber lawyer, bar topnotcher, former Secretary National Defense were endorsed by PRRD for Senators.
Padilla bagged number 1 while Gibo 15th and lost.

I must say, I was surprised. And this proves I overestimated the kind of voters we are.
Is it because Padilla is an actor whose best qualifications is his professed sincerity to serve? Is it because he sings ” Wonderful Tonight” better?
Is it because Gibo who has proven track record in goverment service does not have any movie in his name?, did not embarrass himself dancing on the stage?

Admittedly Padilla is more handsome with a string of women and children to boot but this is government service and Gibo definitely beats him by a mile.

Well… the voters decide and they did. This is a sad acceptance but also a welcomed realization of how gullible we are. They got us with a mere wink, a smile, a song and dance. Now we have a better appreciation of this sorry state of Filipino maturity. 

Let’s get back to square 1: education! education! education!

Marcoses Looted

I accept BBM is strong in social media. He may eventually win or maybe not. Maybe he will do good or maybe not. Let us pray for that. It is not farfetched given the reality of the Pinoy mentality. That Pinoy mentality is a puzzle in itself but that is another long story. Sadly, this is really who we are and what we are, whatever it is. Am I stuck in the past? Am I vengeful, bitter, cannot move on? NO! I just know and remember. I have read, heard and validated. And to act as if it did not happen is simply irresponsible. It did happened and I could not understand. What I could not understand is why some people could not accept that Marcoses, in fact, was corrupt. They actually looted and they continue to benefit from this loots. What other proofs do we need? We have the decisions of the supreme court. These are verifiable. Just Google it. We have cronies who returned parts of these loots. If it is not enough, who in their sane mind would part with their wealth if these rightfully belongs to them? We have the PCGG that before it’s deactivation declared the recovery of a total of 174B from Marcos’s loots. If these are not stolen, what is this? If they did not stole this assets, why were these recovered from them. There is this US court decision compelling the Marcoses to pay the martial law victims but which they have ignored so far. If the Supreme Court decisions are not enough, there are many accounts from credible people, even books written by people who were close to them, confirmed and affirmed by many other accounts. What else do we need to believe that it actually happened. They did stole and still hang on to their loots to this day. If you’d like to vote for robbers ang plunderers, Go! Let us all suffer for it. I hope people, particularly the poor realize that the ultimate victims of all these corruptions are the poor.

VPLENI CNN Connection

I am for Lacson but I really doubt he is being fair allegging that VP Leni entered into alliance with CPP/NPA/NDF. Lacson may have heard of an attempt for an agreement with VP Leni, and maybe of other candidates too. Who knows. They can allege anything but logic prevails. There is simply no reason to. It is not her fault if CNN chooses to support her like they supported PRRD in 2016. Probably, in there eyes, she is the least evil. The issue was started by Remulla who plucked it from thin air. The man was embarrassed in his very own turf. He was out to save face and appease BBM. The NTF ELCAC spokesperson saw an opportunity and pounce on it. She does what she does. The TF could have been free of intrigues and doubts for being partisan but just like with Mocha, they deemed it better to have her on their side than against her. I also do not agree that Gen Querubin bolted his organization because it chooses VP Leni. That is just being too dramatic. It is unbelievable for a man of his stature to simply believe VP Leni’s alleged alliance with CNN. (Ang babaw naman) He must have bigger reasons that are beyond us but that is understandable. And I don’t give credence to those former rebels who have already prostituted themselves to be used for political scheming. They are supposed to be hunted by SPARUs and their access to the organization is very limited if at all and hardly reliable. I know them. We would certainly be better off sticking on facts and refraining from dirty propaganda.

I AM FOR LACSON

My President is Lacson. I have read a lot, listened a lot and after thoughtful contemplation, I am convinced he is the best for the job. It’s not for me; it’s for my country.

People say: Respect my opinion! Indeed “to each his own” attitude should have settle forth contradicting issues. Let it be. Let it go. I was ignoring it for sometime. This is indeed the stress- free approach, particularly in this era of trolls where we are not sure if those quips like “solid kami” etc., come rushing to flood the comments and block dissent.

Honestly I am concern with quips like “solid kami”. It sounds fatalistic. It is so frightening – like it will not matter whatever their idol does, be good or bad. Ibenta man ang Pilipinas at ibulsa ang pera basta solid pa din sila. Like robots they don’t say why. What do we learn from them? Nothing! It could be frustrating indeed. Dapat, solid tayo sa ating bansa, hindi sa iisang tao o kahit sa administrasyon.. So why bother? After this intramurals, we maybe worse but I will still be better off than most. And like those political butterflies, I could set aside my principle and ride the ride. Get rich and enjoy! Should we suffer, I suffer less. So let them be.

But is this truly the right attitude? This is definitely not patriotic and in my case, even ungrateful. This nation, this goverment has been very good to me. I owe her so much that I should at least be concerned and fight for her interests. So once again… magbasa, laliman ng konti, mag compare. Yung iba mabait, nice, hindi tumitira, hindi po yan ang criteria. Yung iba well- funded campaign, very popular, nr1 sa tik-tok, twitter, Facebook at surveys – yung gastos po na yan, babawiin din sa atin.

Lacson is the most experienced, walang bahid ng corruption, the most credible, the most competent, already proven. The best for the job. Let him be our President.

To Samarnon Friends

Other than the famous San Juanico Bridge, the icon that connects Samar and Leyte, what else have the Marcoses done for Samar?

Yes the Marcoses: the Father Ferdinand, the wife Imelda Romualdez and the son and namesake in all their twenty-one years in power and glory.

I don’t want to prick your balloons but the iconic bridge was constructed NOT for Samar but to connect to Luzon. Don’t mention the Maharlika Road, that’s from Japan Development Assistance (where 15% allegedly pocketed to secret accounts abroad) These too were constructed with others in mind – and not the Samarnon.

Yes, there maybe else but Samar certainly deserved much more than what they ever gave.

Samar was neglected, ignored to rot! That is the sad truth. How can Samarnon expect more now from the son? A pittance maybe.

Ill-Gotten Wealth is a Fact

No less than the Supreme Court established that Marcos family is far, far richer than what they could legally earned during their 21-year rule.

Supreme Court ruling placed the total legal income of Marcos family at just 2.3M. Sa ating batas, all in excess of 2.3M are ill-gotten.

I have no issue with the Marcos estate tax. They will no longer claim the estate so it has become moot. But the amount of estate tax at 23B in 1991, being just a percentage of the estate of Marcos proves their excessive wealth – ill gotten wealth.

So… Magnanakaw! Na-budol: Sinungaling! Propaganda yan.

Nabawi nga ang 174 B ng PCGG. Kung hindi ito nakaw, bakit nabawi. Na-budol: Sinungaling! Puro kayo bintang, bakit wala nakulong?

Imelda is found guilty of at least 7-counts of graft but was just granted bail for humanitarian consideration. They did too for Enrile, Jingoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. Joseph Estrada was even pardoned.

Na-budol: Propaganda yan

Is the sin of the father, the sin of the son? Yes, the son is complicit to the crime. It’s his action that incriminated him. He tried to hide the loot, maneuvered to take control and possession of the loot and deny the government its claim.

Na-budol: Bakit ikaw ba ninakawan?

Imelda promised to return the loot. Na-budol: Sinungaling! Propaganda yan.

Even PRRD announced that the Marcoses is negotiating with him to return some of the loot. Na-budol: Sinungaling! Propaganda yan.

Are all these established facts do not amount to anything at all?

Some even justified that lahat daw naman magnanakaw!  Some even asked, ikaw ba ninakawan? What a way to ratioalize!  Is this going to be our culture? To enrich ourselves through corruption at the expense of the people.

Corruption victimizes the poorest of the poor.  It breeds mediocrity, ineptitude and inefficiency.

I shudder at thought of what we will become.

Nabudol-budol na nga!

A Cheap Shot: VPLENI – CNN Alliance

VPLeni and Communists alliance is obviously propaganda. Remulla spawn it from thin air to save face and appease BBM. Lacson saw an opportunity and NTF ELCAC leveraged on it.

The former rebels would just be too willing to talk of the CNN’s electoral struggle to lend credence otherwise they are irrelevant. But they too have lost credibility when they turned politicians. They are now out for a while and hiding from CNN whose SPARUs must be hunting them. So they are out of touch. It is highly doubtful if they still have access. At best, they could only get second- hand info but more likely from the news and could only presume that it is the same CNN “electoral struggle” with VPLENI as it was before when they were inside.

Like businessmen who would prefer a candidate who guarantees stability and predictability, CNN will choose a candidate just to be relevant. They should have learned from 1986 EDSA revolution. They logically choose the lesser evil as concerned their objectives. They may try to formalize alliance but it is not necessary. The candidate need not agree and it is naive to.

Do you think PRRD had formal alliance with the CNN in 2016? Or did he refuse the CNN support?

I choose Lacson

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However I look at it, in papers and performance,  Lacson is the best qualified candidate for President.  Proven competence, most experienced, tested leadership. He beats contenders by a mile in parameters that matter. (No one comes close.)

I even thought he is viewed as the decent version of Duterte. The only one who has a serious crack in accomplishing what Duterte could not finish: drugs,  corruption and crimes.

It baffles me why is he unbelievably unpopular?

I sought answers to my questions and clarifications for my confusions from acquaintances, our common circle of friends, some were close to him and even those who are against him. I read back. Indulged with contradicting articles. 

My conclusion is, he has no serious flaws and no real baggage that is damaging,  unlike the others, but why?

There could be one thing.  Some people are frightened by his intense and passionate drive to get rid of corruption.   Indeed,  of all the candidates, he is the only one who could seriously enforce harsh laws to eradicate corruption. He is used to cleansing the budget which frustrates and angers  not just a few. He refused the pork barrel to this day, denying himself of the “power” of that funds. That literally translates to votes, tens of thousands of votes. And in politics,  his loss is another’s gain.

He sacrificed to set example for others to follow. A hope that a flicker will ignite concrete actions that could generate force strong enough to smoke out the corrupt,  debug the systems and eventually deter corruptions.

But corruption enliven politics. It is corruption that makes government service the most lucrative occupation.  It generates wealth and power that draw unlikely people into what should have been noble and selfless public service. 

Without corruption,  only the real patriots and genuine public servants would remain in the government service. Even elections would become very boring. 

So Lacson attracts enemies. Those who rather keep the status quo and continue with their corrupt ways. Indeed,   He is a real threat to the corrupts’ goldmine. He could challenge the status quo, overhaul a system that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer; amend the law or even the constitution to force out a genuine justice system, one that is not biased against the poor.  Yes,  all these flaws are corruption. We are left by other countries in this quagmire because of corruption. Corruption breeds injustice, inefficacy, ineptitude, and all that we suffer now. Enough!

So there it is – the rationale. Why would the politicians, their cahoots and minions support someone who is intending to challenge the system that is favorable to them. It’s like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. No!They definitely prefer  a weaker one.

This could really be the reason. 

Well… its so frustrating but then maybe the Filipinos are not yet ready. They are afraid of change or already frustrated by the promised changes that did not come.

But I earnestly hope there are still many out there who share his passion to finally eradicate corruption in all its ugly forms. 

Yes. His shot for the Presidency is the best shot to get rid of corruption.  Maybe the only shot, there is.