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Marcos should rescind Aquino 3rd’s EDCA now!

UNTHINKABLE just a decade ago, more and more experts on geopolitics are now saying that the People’s Republic of China would likely invade and move to occupy its territory called Taiwan sooner rather than later, triggering a war between the Asian superpower and the US.

We ants have to play it safe and be doubly sure not to get involved in this battle of elephants that could crush us.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. should immediately revoke the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that President Benigno Aquino 3rd entered into with the US in 2014, which automatically places us as allies of the US, with access to our military bases here, in a war with China. Marcos could do this tomorrow as EDCA is only an executive agreement. Unlike the old Military Bases Agreement, and evidence that that regime was the Americans’ lackey, we’re getting nothing from it anyway.

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FVR was the military pillar of martial law

WHILE the late President Fidel V. Ramos wasn’t the highest ranking officer in the military establishment that supported Ferdinand E. Marcos’ martial law when it was imposed — Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Espino who served until 1981 was — he was widely viewed as its strongest pillar.

This was not only because he was Marcos’ second cousin, who under Filipino culture would profess undying loyalty to the strongman. Ramos was head for 14 years until 1985 (when he was appointed acting AFP chief of staff), of the powerful and centralized Philippine Constabulary (PC).

It was the PC which had the main task of going after “subversives,” which included all civilians that were plotting against Marcos. The other three service commands were tasked mainly to go after the Moro insurgents. It was the PC’s dreaded Constabulary Security Units in each region which captured most of the Communist Party’s leaders, in my case, with members of the Manila-Rizal regional committee, the 5th CSU.

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Recover 233 billion square inches of our territory

I AM referring to Bajo de Masinloc, also called Scarborough Shoal, which has an area of 58 square miles, or 233 billion square inches. The Aquino 3rd regime lost it to China in 2016. To recover it must be the priority of the new president, his foreign relations’ principal goal, and I propose how.

Author’s book that describes in detail how the Philippines lost territory. (Available at rigobertotiglao.com/shop, Popular Book Store and amazon.com)

But to do that he has first to clear his mind — and that of his officials — of the brainwashing by the Yellows and the US of our dispute with China.

Indeed, I was surprised President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. couldn’t help but resort to the kind of vacuous oratory President Aquino 3rd was famous for, even in his otherwise technocratic, no-nonsense State of the Nation Address last week.

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Technocratic president redefines the SONA

But nothing on drug-lords and Reds

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. veered away from most of past presidents’ tack of using the occasion as performance theater — complete with slide presentations, video testimonies, speeches delivered in Filipino — to enhance their image.

Instead, Marcos has redefined the SONA in a technocratic way, with his speech essentially saying: “Here is the state of the economy and our urgent problems. Here’s what this presidency will do to solve these.”

Strangely, however, Marcos’ SONA is totally silent on two of the country’s most urgent problems, which his predecessor had spent much effort combating: illegal drugs and the communist insurgency.

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Cory stopped US from taking Marcos to Ilocos

An ‘implied’ Cory asking the Americans in the movie ‘Maid in Malacañang.’ SCREENSHOT FROM TRAILER

Its depiction in the movie “Maid in Malacañang” — the first ever big-screen film not complying with the Yellow-created narratives and portraying Marcos as not the bloody dictator they depicted him — which has thrown the Yellows into a paroxysm of protest.

The first account validating the movie’s assertion is the report dated May 1986 by a subcommittee of the US 99th Congress armed services committee, titled “Investigation of the costs involved in moving former President Marcos an his party from Manila to Hawaii.”

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Duterte’s approval ratings highest in PH history, highest among current world leaders

TO say that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has his predecessor President Rodrigo Duterte’s huge shoes to fill in, is a big understatement.

What’s the fuss? The most popular president back at home. (From a Facebook post, credited to an unnamed Presidential Security Guard personnel).

Duterte’s approval ratings throughout his term have been the highest among his predecessors, ending at a remarkable 87 percent in June just before he stepped down from office, according to a recent Pulse Asia report. That news, I was shocked, appears to have been suppressed, reported only in a Facebook post, a demonstration of the continuing hold of the Yellows of media.

There is another aspect that emphasizes how phenomenal has been the Filipinos’ nearly universal support for their most recent president. Duterte’s 87 percent is the highest among nine “global” leaders of major countries in the world and four heads of Asean countries.

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‘Tsismis’ turned Yellow fake history

THE frothing-in-the mouth outrage expressed by Yellow commentators and even academics such as Ambeth Ocampo over a young actor’s remark that history is like tsismis is a classic case of that quip from Shakespeare: “The lady doth protest too much.”

The Yellows protest too much: they have been transforming many deliberately concocted rumors into their version of history, which they now claim cannot be “revised.”

Here is one example: the alleged killing of Manuel “Boyet” Mijares, purportedly by being thrown off a helicopter. A Yellow writer melodramatized to tear-jerking levels — a whole page of the oversized book was devoted to his photo — this rumor by entitling the lead chapter of her mostly cut-and-paste book, as The Boy who Fell from the Sky. The book was reportedly bankrolled by Yellow businessmen who made sure it contained the propaganda they wanted by having an “editorial board” that included the Lopez clan’s Manuel (though identified only as “Manolo Lopez”).

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False Yellow gossip, false history

WHAT’s wrong with these guys? Claiming to be the “guardians of historical truth,” they pounced on a remark of actor Ella Cruz in an interview to promote a not-Yellow film “Maid in Malacañang,” about the Marcoses’ last days in power.

Cruz said: “History is like tsismis. It is filtered and dagdag na rin… Andoon na iyong idea, pero may mga bias pa rin talaga.” Historian Ambeth Ocampo, the famous collector of historical trivia, was livid and pontificated, in a Facebook post: “Don’t confuse history and chismis. History may have bias but it is based on fact, not opinion. Real History is about Truth, not lies, not fiction.”

This 26-year-old actor — I’m not sure if she even completed her college degree in communications arts at Angelicum — seems to have more insights into what history is than Ocampo, a PhD and professional historian, at least on the subject of the role of gossip and history.

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After six years, can’t they see arbitration award is a chimera, even a hoax?

IT is astonishing that after six years, there persists the belief that the arbitration award on our maritime claims against China handed down July 13, 2016, by an ad hoc panel that the Philippines organized asserted our rights to the Spratlys. The award is a chimera, something the US and their certified dummies here wish it did, but which, as President Duterte had said, is nothing but a piece of paper.

Why, even the newly appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo issued a statement, on the July 13 anniversary of the ruling’s declaration, cut and pasted one from those of his pro-US predecessors, praising it as if it were a decision by a world court that must be enforced.

He should have consulted the more experienced Ambassador Rosario Manalo, who has studied the South China issue for decades. After all, it would have been so easy to ask his stepmother’s opinion. A very outspoken and bold diplomat who refused to join former Foreign secretary Albert del Rosario’s coterie of yes-men (and women), Mrs. Manalo in a 2019 interview* explained in detail why the award doesn’t mean anything really.

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Stop exposing communist fronts? That’s nuts

INTRODUCED by the “kapihan” host as ” the deputy national security adviser designate,” Rommel Banlaoi said in the forum that the National Security Council will stop the practice of exposing certain organizations as communist fronts. The Reds cleverly call it “red-tagging” to make it seem wrong. The term however only means exposing Red fronts as such. What’s wrong with that?

That’s nuts. It is because of communist fronts that the communist insurgency has grown since 1968, and continues as a threat to our democracy. Without these fronts, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) could not have recruited tens of thousands of our idealistic youth to their ranks, to die for a failed God.

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