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"See how wicked people think up evil; they plan trouble & practice deception.But in the traps they set for others,they themselves get caught. So they are punished by their own evil &are hurt by their own violence.I thank the Lord for his justice;I sing praises to the Lord." Psalm 7:14

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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Global Pinoys: Compare Duterte with Noynoy Aquino

The EQ Scorecard on Duterte's Performance to-date
Duterte-183 days in office! 
What drives you every day in life, excluding your EJKs 
(State-sanctioned MURDERS), Deals with the Marcoses & China?
The Hypocrisy of  Dutertards 
They complain about the NYT actual pictures ("They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals") but do not condemn EJKs!
Duterte' s "Things -To-Do" for the Marcoses: 
1)PhilWeb Deal(done), 
2)LNMB of "Fake Hero" (done) &
 3)LBM as VP (being cooked). 
From New York Times:
MANILA — No Philippine leader since Ferdinand Marcos has held the democratic fate of his nation in his hands so decisively, yet so perilously, as President Rodrigo Duterte.
Authoritarianism may not be Mr. Duterte’s political goal, but it defines his manner and his temperament. And with no institution or political force strong enough to counter him, authoritarianism is where the Philippines seems to be heading.
Mr. Duterte warned that if lawlessness escalated in the country, he might suspend the writ of habeas corpus to allow for arrests without warrants.
“I can be ordered by the Supreme Court to stop it, but there are things that they cannot stop and, maybe, I will not stop,” he said of a possible suspension of the writ. “Whatever, I will tell them I will finish this first,” he added, referring to his administration’s campaign against drugs and terrorism, “then I can go to jail.”
Mr. Duterte operates on a hair trigger, and runs his presidency on impulse. Until recently, this tendency was scarcely known beyond his home town, Davao City, which as mayor he ruled like an autocrat for more than two decades. 
Upon assuming the presidency, Mr. Duterte began a ruthless campaign against drugs, dealers and users nationwide, conducting it much like his administration in Davao City had fought crime — doling out justice by summary execution. To the stern reminders about the rule of law he has received from Washington, other Western governments and human rights groups, Mr. Duterte has replied with his usual belligerence and profanity. He does not want to be told.
Fewer and fewer people will tell him anyway. Mr. Duterte has surrounded himself with a sycophantic cabinet, and his administration is trying to co-opt or intimidate the democratic institutions or traditional political forces that might act as counterweights.
The Duterte / Marcos Combination
The WORST that can happen to the Philippines! 
From New York Times:
MANILA — The torture was more than 40 years ago, but Loretta Rosales remembers it vividly.
Twice during the dictatorship of Ferdinand E. Marcos she was arrested by his henchmen for leading street protests. During her detention, she said, she was sexually molested, choked with a belt, given electric shocks and subjected to Russian roulette.
So the news that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to transfer Mr. Marcos’s remains to a heroes’ cemetery in Manila hit her in the gut.
“Now they want to make him a hero,” Ms. Rosales, a leftist politician who is now 77, said in a recent interview. Doing so would betray Mr. Marcos’s victims, she said, and whitewash the past.
“We have a right to the truth,” she said, “and so, too, do the generations after us.”
The debate over the reburial of Mr. Marcos, 30 years after he was ousted in the People Power uprising, has forced a national reckoning over a wrenching period of Philippine history.
Protesters on both sides have taken to the streets, and several groups opposed to the reburial have petitioned the Supreme Court to block it. The court is expected to rule on the petition on Tuesday.
Mr. Marcos, whose two-decade rule was notorious for its brutality and extravagance, fled the country in 1986 and died in the United States three years later. His government is believed to have killed more than 3,000 political opponents, tortured tens of thousands more and plundered up to $10 billion in government funds.
1) Economy: Grade A-
GDP  grew   year-on-year   by  6.0 percent in the third quarter of 2015. This is higher than the growth rates of 5.8 percent in the second quarter of 2015 and the 5.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014.
The    third  quarter growth  was  driven  by  the  Services   sector   which  accelerated to  7.3 percent from 5.6 percent.    This performance  is   the  highest   since   the 7.4 percent  growth recorded  in  the  third quarter of 2013.  The  entire  Agriculture sector  recovered  in  the third  quarter  by 0.4 percent from a 2.6 percent decline posted during the same period last year.  On the other hand, the Industry sector slowed down to 5.4 percent from 7.8 percent last year. From PSA2) 
2) Poverty Alleviation:Grade C
Economic growth did not translate into poverty reduction in recent years
Poverty and inequality in the Philippines remains a challenge. In the past four decades, the proportion of households living below the official poverty line has declined slowly and unevenly and poverty reduction has been much slow.
Economic growth has gone through boom and bust cycles, and recent episodes of moderate economic expansion have had limited impact on the poor. Great inequality across income brackets, regions, and sectors, as well as unmanaged population growth, are considered some of the key factors constraining poverty reduction efforts. From ADB
3) Reproductive Health:GradeA
The EQ Post strongly believes that parents can have as many babies as they want BUT they have the obligation to raise each of them properly. In the Philippines, there are baby factories all over the poor communities simply because the man just wanted SEX and the woman could not say NO or didn't know what to do to prevent unwanted ...pregnancies. That's why the EQ Post is 100% for the Reproductive Health Law.
4) Foreign Affairs: Grade A
The Chinese Bully Strategy versus the Philippines
President Benigno S. Aquino III called for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938.
Like Czechoslovakia, the Philippines faces demands to surrender territory piecemeal to a much stronger foreign power and needs more robust foreign support for the rule of international law if it is to resist.
“If we say yes to something we believe is wrong now, what guarantee is there that the wrong will not be further exacerbated down the line?” he said. He later added, “At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it — remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.” P.Noy
5) Labor Market:C
Despite rapid economic growth in the Philippines in recent years, unemployment remains a persistent problem for the sprawling Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people.
Under President Benigno Aquino, in office since 2010, unemployment has fallen. The latest figures show the rate at 6.4 per cent in the second quarter of this year, down from 7 per cent a year earlier. But progress has been uneven and the Philippines still has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the Asean region.
One reason is that job creation has struggled to keep pace with an ever-expanding population. In three of the past five years, the number of people entering the job market has been greater than the number of jobs created.
The conundrum highlights the difficulty of spreading the benefits of economic growth and suggests they have yet to trickle down to more deprived areas.
Participation in the labour force remains relatively low. Only about 65 per cent of the population aged 15 and above is looking for work, one of the lowest levels in the region. This compares with 78 per cent in Vietnam, 72 per cent in Thailand and 68 per cent in Indonesia. From CNBC
6) Anti-Corruption:A-
P10 billion scam in the midst of abject poverty!
At least, two Pork Senators are in jail now!
7) Disaster Relief:B-
"The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone places on Earth," said Kathleen Tierney, director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. "They've got it all. They've got earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tropical cyclones, landslides."
Government response:ok in Bohol and Zamboanga.But slow in Tacloban.
8) Government Service:B-
There is no question that Malacañang tapped the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) mechanism in the national budget to provide additional pork barrel to legislators.
"In the interest of transparency, we want to set the record straight on releases made to support projects that were proposed by Senators on top of their regular PDAF allocation toward the end of 2012. These fund releases have recently been touted as ‘bribes,’ ‘rewards,’ or ‘incentives.’ They were not. The releases, which were mostly for infrastructure projects, were part of what is called the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) designed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to ramp up spending and help accelerate economic expansion. To suggest that these funds were used as “bribes” is inaccurate at best and irresponsible at worst." Butch Abad
9) Peace and Order:B+
The peace and situation in the country remains "manageable and generally peaceful" amid reports of the alleged beheading of a Malaysian kidnap victim in the southern part of the country.
10) AFP Modernization:B 
 President Aquino has approved the Armed Forces modernization program’s shopping list, allowing the procurement of defense assets to move forward.
The big-ticket items approved by Aquino include the two Navy frigates worth P18 billion, three air surveillance radars worth P2.68 billion, six close air support aircraft worth P4.97 billion, two units of long range patrol aircraft worth P5.98 billion, multi-purpose attack craft project worth P864.32 million, night fighting system worth P1.116 billion; two C-130 aircraft worth P1.6 billion, two naval helicopters worth P5.4 billion and lead-in fighter trainer jets ammunition worth P4.47 billion.