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U.S. war jets frequently seen flying near Scarborough Shoal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
INFANTA – United States war jets have been seen making regular flyby in this coastal town, according to a village official of Barangay Cato here.
WARTHOGS. The five A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft left by
the Americans after the April 2016’s Balikatan (Military Exercise).


Jowe Legaspi, a village councilor, said every week he sees American jets flying low and  proceed to the Scarborough Shoal.
Legaspi was one of the 16 Infanta fishermen who asked the United Nations’ Commissioner for Human Rights last September 2015 to direct China to respect their rights to their traditional fishing grounds at the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
He said a personnel of the Chinese Coast Guard barred him and fellow fishermen to fish at the Scarborough Shoal which is 260 kilometers from the town.
The jets Legaspi has been seeing with regularity here are probably the five A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft left by the Americans after the April 2016’s Balikatan (Military Exercise).
The twin engine- A-10s flew over the shoal in April 19 to send a message to China that the area was for free aerial and maritime navigations.
The U.S. used the airports at Subic, 204 kilometers from here, and the one at Clark Field in the nearby Pampanga province.
The Americans left Subic, Clark, and other U.S. Bases in the Philippines after the Philippine Senate did not ratify in 1991 the treaty extending their stay in the country.
The Chinese took the shoal in 2012 claiming it is a part of its  Nine-Dash Doctrine. But the Philippine government filed a case at the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague in early of 2013 questioning the claim.
The Tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines in July 12 this year.


July 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Dead Men Walking

Kalabaw na kasali sa fiesta sa Ozamiz City pinagbabaril ng mga pulis.
Kasalukuyang iniimbestigahan pa ng joint teams ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) kung nang-agaw din ng baril ang kalabaw gaya ng mga drug pushers na pinagpapatay ng mga alagad ng batas.
Here’s an excerpt of the news:
 “CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A carabao that was part of the activities of Ozamiz City’s annual fiesta ran amok on Saturday.
Witnesses said the carabao, a full grown male bull, lost its temper when it was paraded around the Birhen sa Cotta grounds where the final judging of street dancing also took place.
The street dancing competition was one of the highlights of the Subayen Keg Subanen Festival”.
Last Monday I told a town’s chief of police (COP) about ”netizens” ridiculing him in social media Face Book because of his soft approach towards illegal drug pushers.
“Iyong ibang bayan at siyudad, andami ng sumuko at namamatay, pero dito sa area ninyo wala pa. Kelan daw may mang-aagaw din na pushers ng baril, tanong nila?” I posed.
The police official smiled on the dare. He said, the mockers should give him a week and he will show them he meant business.
Four days later, a top drug personality in the town was pumped in with bullets by the policemen after he grabbed the guns of the latter.
“Boss, may nang-agaw na ng baril sa area ko,” he called me.
“Send me the photo of the dead pusher, i- post natin doon sa Face Book ng mga nanga-ngantiyaw, “ I retorted.
He said aside from the deceased, he was targeting, Mr. XYZ, another Top 5 drug personality.
“Matagal na kaming may gustong tumbahin dito. Top 5 sa drug list namin. Problema doon siya nagtatago sa isang siyudad,” he confided to me.
He said he even plan to “sell” (or “benta” in vernacular) him to the chief of police there to get rid of the peddler.
He told me his men want to kill the habitual delinquent.
This is the good thing in befriending cops.
You got a glimpse of the nuances of their work. You know a week or a month before who would be the next person to be killed.
Every time I saw a target for assassination, I could only mutter: Dead Man Walking!
“Sino ang pumapatay dito mga lowly P01 or may berdugo kayo talaga?” I asked the top cop.
He said he got an executioner there. But his sergeant, while we were eating ‘bulalo” and “lechon” treated by the COP, butted in that anybody can be a killer.
“Minsan pati iyong PO1 pumapatay na rin pag nakakantiyawan ng grupo.”
Tough American General George Patton declared  on this famous quote in May 31, 1944 before he and the U.S. 6th Armored Division attack France from Great Britain. Excerpts:
‘“We’ll win this war, but we’ll win it only by fighting and showing the Germans that we’ve got more guts than they have or ever will have. We’re not just going to shoot the bastards, we’re going to rip out their living goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We’re going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket”.
Here’s the famous quip of tough Bulacan Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat:


July 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

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July 27, 2016 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES:Don’t take the Duterte’s ‘changes’ lightly

The massive crackdown on illegal drugs under the Duterte Administration continues. As of this writing, more than 28,000 drug users and pushers have surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) stations nationwide and it seems the number is still increasing. Along with the surrender of drug personalities, there were almost 300 drug pushers/users who were eternally silenced. They, according to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, engaged in fighting with police officers or were killed by drug lords and vigilantes.
The spate of killings on drug related activities is not that alarming if compared to the number of surrenderees. Public Attorney Persida Acosta claimed the number was insignificant and he even promised to help the PNP officers on their legal problems, if there would be, in the performance of their duties. While I also believe that the killings are not that alarming, I found it alarming that the drug menace has almost reached uncontrollable level.
I was not expecting that the illegal drug trade in the country has reached an alarming stage, much to the surprise of many Filipinos. Had it not been to the bold actions of President Rodrigo ” Digong” Duterte, the country, to borrow his words, will be run by “narco-politics” in the future.
The strong political will of President Duterte is paying off. It is likely  that the issue of illegal drugs could be put to end within six months. But what will happen to those surrenderees? Will they be rehabilitated or they would just roam around in their communities? And what are the guarantees that they will not go back to their old vices of using and selling illegal drugs?
At present, the country does not have rehabilitation facilities. What’s more disturbing is that where will these surrenderees go? They might be victims of vengeance in the near future by their drug-peers who wanted not to be reported to police officers This will be the grim scenario awairing them after the crackdown of illegal drugs calm down.
Although I strongly support the war against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country, I am saddened as well that some innocent persons were killed as claimed by their relatives. This is very confusing because the order of PNP hierarchy is for police officers to follow the full force of law particularly on rules of engagement.
Are the policemen overzealous of accomplishments? Are they not supposed to implement “Operation Tokhang” (knock and plead), which calls for compassion? By all means, in our quest for an orderly crackdown on illegal drugs, human rights must still be respected as every Filipino is protected by the Bill of Rights under the Constitution. Now let’s go back to those surrenderees. What rehabilitation program awaits them? What support will  the government give them? They have risked their honor by surrendering to the police authorities.


July 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: May bagong sigla ang programang pang-agrikultura

Wala pang isang buwan mula ng umupo si Pangulong Rodrigo ” Digong” Duterte pero mayroon na tayong nararamdamang pagbabago sa ating bansa. Ang pagbabagong ito ay hindi lang sa pakikipaglaban sa mga ilegal na droga, kurapsyon at iba pang anyo ng kriminalidad, kundi sa larangan din ng agrikultura.
Hindi nagkamali si Pangulong Duterte sa pagtalaga kay Emmanuel “Manny”  Piñol, bilang kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Agrikultura. Si Pinol ay dating gobernador ng North Cotabato at dating pinagpipitagang mamamahayag.
Dahil sa kanyang karanasan sa pamamahala ng pamahalaang lokal, alam ni Piñol ang pangangailangan ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda sa bansa. Ang una niyang ginawa pagkaupo pa lang niya sa puwesto ay ang ” Lakbay Bukid” upang makipag-ugnayan sa mga magsasaka at mangingisda upang malaman ang kanilang problema at hinaing.
Sa paglalakbay niya sa mga lalawigan, nakita rin niya ang katiwalian ng nakaraang administrasyong Aquino na kung saan bilyong halaga ng mga aparatong pambukid ay hindi naibigay sa mga magsasaka. Ito ay sa South Cotabato na kung saan ang mga traktora, bombang patubig at iba pa ay kinakalawang na. Ayon sa mga kawani ng Kagawaran ng Agrikultura, kaya hindi naibigay ang mga ito sa magsasakang benepisaryo ay dahil wala silang maiambag na 15% bilang “counterpart” sa halaga ng mga aparatong pambukid. Agad na nag-utos si Piñol na ipamahagi na ang mga ito upang magamit ng mga magsasaka. Ang sitwasyon na ito ay nakita niya sa buong bansa.


July 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

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