Stirring the hornet’s nest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 September 2016 14:37

Not to undermine the implementors, who are only following marching orders from higher-ups, WS is not impressed of big talkers trumpeting feats of apprehensions of traffic violators, when the city is beset by far more serious problems — the illegal drug menace, other criminalities and security threats from militant groups. Read over. The City Administrator’s Office has reported a 30.58 increase in the volume of apprehensions on anti-traffic laws, as the city stepped up its drive against violators.

Hmph. That is not crowable. What you think?

Now, this here is swankier - braggable.

A suspected drug pusher who was arrested during a buy-bust operation in Cabato Road, Tetuan last Saturday, was identified by witnesses as one of two men who stabbed to death a security guard whose motorcycle was taken after the killing in Guiwan last August 22.

Police identified the suspect as Michael Tarroza y Delgado, 19, of Cabato Road, Tetuan. He was fingered by witnesses as the one who stabbed Julio Morales y Mercader, 51, five times at a hardware store along Guiwan Highway.

Morales’ motorcycle was taken away by the killers.

Divisoria Police Station commander Chief Insp. ArlanDelumpines said that Tarroza is part of a group called “Seven Trip” whose members are mostly youngsters and out-of-school youth.

Tarroza was also linked to a similar incident when he was still 14 years old. (DZT-fed)

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Here it comes. Tararan… President Duterte said yesterday that he is prepared to discuss any issue with United States President Barack Obama,  including the contentious human rights concerns, provided the American leader listens to him first about the enormity of the country’s drug problem.

“I would insist ‘Listen to me, this is what the problem is,’ then we can talk about human rights. No problem,” Duterte added. “He could wish any topic at all. I am ready to talk to him,” the President said.

The White House had earlier said Obama was likely to raise human rights concerns with Duterte in relation to his tough anti-drug campaign during their meeting on the sidelines of the summit.

Along this line, WS finds our comment yesterday relevant  and deserving then of repetition. Here goes. “Hopefully, when this happens, our President will act presidential. The proposed bilateral talks with China on the sea dispute could not even gain headstart because of the impasse on the International Arbitral Court ruling that the Philippines rightfully sticks to, while  China wrongfully dishonors. We cannot then afford to antagonize a strong ally.

And here’s more. Obama will also raise concerns over certain statements made by Duterte when they cross paths in next week’s East Asia summit in Vientiane, Laos, to be held at the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

And quite definitely, his name-calling of a senior US ambassador as “son of a whore” may just arise.

Of that, WS feels, Duterte’s doggone adamance in refusing to apologize  demands a change of heart.

Mr. President, Sir. Not that we stoop to licking America’s boots, but when situations demand, we have to at times  keep our cool and be humble.

Annoying a power ally will do us more harm than good. If the irritants persist, China will be watching with laughter on the side.”

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In his quest for peace in the South, President Duterte walks the extra mile. Whether in Malacañang or Kuala Lumpur, Rodrigo Duterte is raring to meet Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari, after the two talked for the first time by phone Tuesday night to discuss peace.

Duterte said he invited Misuari to visit the Palace to talk about the fugitive rebel leader’s participation in nego tiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is seeking to carve a self-ruling Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

Duterte is pursuing a conciliatory stance toward Misuari and the MNLF rebels, who were sidelined by the previous Aquino administration’s pursuit of a peace settlement with the rival MILF.

The President said he was willing to set aside a warrant of arrest against Misuari for rebellion as well as the deadly standoff between the military and pro-Misuari forces in Zamboanga City in August 2013 (September, it was.)

The 77-year-old Misuari, who reached a final peace deal with the Ramos administration in 1996 and served as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao from 1996 to 2001, declared the Bangsamoro’s independence in July 2013.

Misuari and rogue MNLF commander Habier Malik invaided Zamboanga City and used civilians as human shields during the siege that left at least 300 people dead (300? That could be an understatement. Per media accounts, there thousands ) and 120,000 families displaced.

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Pres. Duterte has not stopped stirring the hornet’s nest, Fb accounts state major dailies in US have separately hurled criticisms against him what is labeled as summary killings of drugsters.

Included in flinging the attacks are the likes of TIME Magazine, the New York Times, The Guardian and the Washington Post.

Elsewhere, however, it took a different turn where a Danish columnist wrote an article that seemed a bit fair to the Philippine Chief Executive, . It read, The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, unfortunately cannot be accused of not trying to live up to his campaign promises.

As a candidate, he declared that death by summary execution would be the preferred fate of anyone associated with the drug trade. The fish in Manila Bay, he vowed, would grow fat feeding on corpses. He cited the figure of 100,000 as an appropriate target.

Two months into Duterte’s presidency, the toll is believed to stand at about 2,000, with the nation’s police ostensibly responsible for less than half of those killings. Self-ordained vigilantes may account for some of the other deaths, but the police also freely employ contract killers.

And last week, the BBC published an interview with “a diminutive, nervous young woman carrying a baby” who is part of a female hit team valued for the ability of its members to “get close to their victims without arousing the same suspicion a man would”. She had thus far killed six people, lately under orders from a police officer.

It’s a lucrative profession, each hit rewarded with more than $400, a windfall for the impoverished and the unemployed. It’s also a trap, because there’s no easy way out once you take the plunge.

And who exactly are the victims? In his rhetoric, Duterte has often failed to make a clear distinction between kingpins, dealers and addicts. On the campaign trail, asked what he would do if he discovered one of his children was involved in drugs, the candidate spontaneously responded: “I will kill him. (PDI-fed)