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Sunday, 29 May 2016 14:53

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

The controversy over the vice-presidency race is seemingly over.  Liberal Party candidate for vice-president, Rep. Leni Lobredo, based onCongress official election tabulators won by a margin of some 200,000 votes over Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., an independent candidate. But the election frenzy is way beyond over, as both Robredo’s and Marcos’ supporters are trading accusations and disgust over the outcome of the latest election. Worst, suspicion of a coup d ‘etat (kudeta) will happen against winning President Rodrigo R. Duterte or more disgustingly an assassination of the newly elected president, so Leni Robredo will take over the presidency through succession and the Liberal Party allegedly will be in power again. These rumors and suspicions cast confusion and probably chaos in the country.

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In the beginning of this recent national election, Congresswoman Leni Robredo’s supporters and some Liberal Party stalwarts threatened to stage a “people power” like demonstration in the streets of Manila if Robredo loses the election. Now, Ferdinand Bong-Bong Marcos Jr.’s supporters are calling for mass action because they believe Marcos was cheated in the last election. Allegedly some Marcos supporters are now massing up in Luneta Park while the rest are calling people to join their peaceful struggle by tying a black ribbon in their arm. It is now becoming a “Yellow and Red group” demonstration. “Yellow” for their victory and “Red” or being cheated of their victory. The highest election arbiter of the country, Congress of the Philippines, has just declared a winner and the people have spoken, cheating or no cheating. The next move, to stop confusion and doubts, isfor the “Yellow” and “Red” groups to make good their threats. Put Up or Shut UP for the sake of peace and calmness and stability in our country.

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It is a “damn if you do and damn if you don’t” situation in the country. The dominant Catholic hierarchy is shouting “harassment and intimidation” for being reprimanded by the newly elected president for alleged too much interference in the country’s governance. Drug lords and their protectors and incorrigible criminals and the corrupt are shouting “foul”, when President-elect Duterte plans to re-impose the death penalty by hanging, while the Commission on Human Rights suggested that criminals should be given a second chance for them to reform. Corrupt government agencies are threatened with abolition by President Duterte and good government watch dogs are watching on the sidelines on this presidential warning. If these things will not happen in the first 100 days in office of the new President, it will be a “brouhaha” like outgoing President Simeon Benigno Aquino III’s “daan matuwid” and “kayo ang boss ko” victory promise.

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The “tug of war” between the new good government of President Duterte, is tilting towards his favor. But the soon-to-be past powerful  administration of President Aquino III is reinforcing the pulling strength on the other side of the rope and the gains of the good government of President Duterte, at this early, is losing a little advantage in his favor. Unless, those experienced government officials the President already named to help him fight graft, corruption, illegal drugs, and crimes, will do something phenomenal with the heaviest impact for the country. This will only happen if “they nip on the bud” the source of these crimes and spare no shenanigans . Because many believe that a “ pig locked in a sty for many years but once it escapes, it will go back to its dirty ways and eat dirty things”.

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Scoop: In the western movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, “cowboy Bad” was cornered by his enemy while in the bathtub. The enemy was talking with his gun already drawn. So cowboy “Bad” just shot him dead and said “if you want to shoot, shoot, don’t talk”. So Put Up or Shut Up. Agree or disagree.