Vice President Leni Robredo.

BEFORE discussing the new U.S. President, here’s something urgent, but unverified story about a supposed ouster plot against the relatively new Philippine President.

Some of the President’s men in the presidential palace in Manila, notably Apostle Andanar and Justice Secretary Aguirre, have accused two women, Vice President Leni Robredo and New Yorker Loida Nicolas Lewis, both Bicolanas, both lawyers and both UP graduates, of plotting the ouster of their boss, President Rodrigo Duterte.

Even if the Duterte boys kept saying publicly their story was unverified (fake?) and will be looked into, the two ladies have denied the accusations.

Times have really changed.

Imagine, two good-looking women plotting the ouster of a pogi president?

New Yorker Loida Nicolas Lewis.

Nakakaduda yata.

Di po ba?

In the face of over 6,000 poor Filipinos whose lives had been lost in the name of Mr. Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign without due process of law, and the mounting demand of certain international human rights groups to investigate the ongoing extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, is it possible that those boys in Manila are beginning to be afraid of their own shadows?

If the two girls are simply engaged in fiscalization, like they said, isn’t that what the Constitution permits and refers to as freedom of expression?

Isn’t constructive criticism beneficial to democracy?


The 45th U.S. President

President Donald John Trump (pictured above), 45th President of the United States, is a New Yorker since birth.

He was born in Queens, one of five boroughs of New York City.

He is a businessman, politician and former television personality.

He finished business studies in Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.

Forbes magazine listed President Trump in 2016 as 324th richest person on earth.

He was 113th in the U.S. with a net worth of $4.5 billion.

During the wordy months of the 2016 primaries, he emerged victorious over 17 aspirants for the presidency under the Republican Party.

He defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections by winning the Electoral College votes.

However, Mrs. Clinton won the popular votes.

Under the U.S. Constitution and election laws, such victory is possible.

The rationale of the Founding Fathers is to prevent any region of the country with big population to control the seat of the national government.

The President has five children with two former and present wives.

Currently, he is married to Melania Knauss Trump, an immigrant from Slovenia (now a U.S. citizen) and former fashion model.

She will be the second foreign-born First Lady of the United States, following Louisa Adams in 1825.


Mr. Trump’s platform emphasizes strict enforcement of immigration laws, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

He wants to renegotiate U.S.-China trade relations and free trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

His other plans include pursuing energy independence while opposing climate change regulations such as the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement.

He intends to reform veterans’ affairs, and said during the campaign he will repeal the Affordable Care Act, abolish Common Core education standards, invest in infrastructure, simplify the Internal Revenue Code (tax code) while reducing taxes across the board, and impose tariffs on imports by companies that send jobs outside of the U.S.

He favors a largely non-interventionist approach to foreign policy while increasing military spending, strict screening of Muslim immigrants to prevent domestic Islamic terrorism, and aggressive military action against ISIS.

His positions have been described by scholars and political observers as populist, protectionist and nationalist.

All the best!


Cardinal Quevedo on EJK

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo (pictured above) of Cotabato deplored the lack of public outcry against extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the Philippines despite people who are believers.

“We are a country where our faith is a dichotomy. We believe but we do not practice our faith,” the Cardinal told reporters after he spoke before thousands of Catholics at the University of Santo Tomas last week.

The church official was referring to the lack of public dissent by many Filipinos on extrajudicial killings.

“Dichotomy is split level Christianity. I think the approval of many despite the extrajudicial killings is a symptom of that split-level spirituality,” said the Cardinal.

The Cardinal admitted that he admires President Rodrigo Duterte’s determination to end criminality in the country.

“Those are good intentions,” he said.

But the killings of suspected drug offenders and other lawbreakers without providing them due process of law, he added, is simply wrong.

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