Good Bye, I Guess

“Just when I thought I was out, but they brought me back.”

Those were the words Michael Corleone uttered when he thought that he was done being a mobster in The Godfather Part 3.

On a personal note, I really thought it would end with whatever I posted the last time in my WordPress site but no. This summer break free from summer classes brought me back.

I just had a lot of school stuff to work on from the previous semester and a whole lot of life events that I really had to live through.

If there’s one word to describe what has happened the past few days after posting my disappointment over the death penalty, the word would be secluded.

I secluded myself to the point where I thought of deactivating this site. Not only because I have to go to school and hone my skills to become the writer that I want to be, but because I also lost the inspiration that provided me the will to write when I started this site.

My inspiration was not within the four corners of my age-old institution when I started writing. The inspiration was located in a place where I sought refuge or asylum from the smoke and damning concrete of Manila. The inspiration was in Diliman.

After uncovering something I should not have seen for myself, I knew that I should not have really forced the issue which I thought I could restore after I went there in December.
April of 2016 was my zero dark thirty with that aspiring actress.

She was brilliant when she performed that night in December. But the guilt that I harbored that April 2016 kept me from restoring what I broke.

I told myself, “I’ve had enough of you”. To which I learned that I should not go that far just to look for inspiration.

You don’t miss me that’s for sure. I don’t miss you either.

I no longer have your drawing in my possession. I tore it to shreds for it simply symbolizes how miserable I was when I thought I could make you fall for me. We both know how it ended.

That’s only one chapter.

In honing my skills with opinion writing, there’s just too much issue in this world to write about, and I can’t simply write about just one issue.

In the moments that we didn’t have cabled TV, all I can say is; it was fine.

It was okay for me that I didn’t get to watch CNN, BBC or Fox News because it’s just very toxic to see the war in Syria everyday on your TV. What more when the war on drugs in this country is on your local primetime news every night? Where TV broadcasts get to show the so-called criminal of the day.

The rebranding of OPLAN Tokhang to “Project Double-Barrel Reloaded” sounds grim to me than the latter.

Now that we have cable back, I try my best to watch the NBA at all times because to watch cable news TV is just toxic especially CNN. To which Donald Trump claims they are fake news. What’s toxic about CNN is broadcasting Trump everyday and he is unbearable to watch as president of the United States of America. Well of course the war on Syria, Iraq, or anywhere in the Arab region is also an unbearable sight simply because it’s war and I’m just fed up with war for it costs a lot of lives and money just for the arsenal.

With that being said, I simply take it as a challenge. The challenge to write in a period where every college student is either idle in some part of country or out of it. While some are making up for either lost time or grades (pun intended). Some would simply bring their school uniforms and play the vacant game.

Summer’s here again, and it’s not the right time to be dancing in the street like Jagger and Bowie did.

The heat never fails to run the fingers of some people and complain to social media just to trend and earn that notoriety for a screen shot.

The boredom of being confined in the concrete jungle known as Metro Manila makes people the worst people to be with because they’re not in some tropical paradise within this third world country or elsewhere. One example is a bunch of office workers who prey on the dinosaur of an office mate because of that person’s age and the generation gap that everyone knows.
The worst part is dealing with those people when they ask who do you have your sights on, then if you don’t play along you become the worst human being on this planet.

Summer can really become fun, only if you can make yourself productive. Instead of just lying down to watch the NBA and see if LeBron James would lose or Russell Westbrook scores a triple-double.

If only I didn’t run and win it, I would have just went to my cousin’s house and drink under the sun. But with that triumph, I now have to bear a responsibility no one dared to bear.

That being said, this is my final post for this site. It was fun. It was fun while it lasted. No thanks to you, the government and YOU.

I truly wish that I could have wrote more for this but I just need more time and skills to write.

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DISAPPOINTMENT ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

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(C) Josh Rushing

I can’t believe that I’m saying this; WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE ALIVE.

Before President Duterte assumed office last year, I was in favor of bringing it back because no one was afraid of committing a crime during the last three years of the Aquino administration. But when the talks of the death penalty rose from the ashes only to know that it will not put rape, treason, and plunder as grounds for capital punishment it just left me disappointed. Just like how a kid was so excited to ask his parents for a brand new toy, until your father tells you that he just went jobless after his place of work got closed. No thanks from the world market.

The “refined” version of death penalty here in the Philippines is on the verge of resurrection. No thanks to the majority of the Philippine congress. The Philippine senate has yet to make progress.

What’s the matter lawmakers from the House of Representatives? Too guilty to put the following crimes as grounds for capital punishment?

If I only knew, you people are just too scared that you really saved your skins first before putting principles first. That is if you have any.

You can’t simply count with your fingers the number of congressmen who are just too dumb to bring back the death penalty because they want to get rid of the drug addicts, drug pushers, drug lords and the like. It’s either they’re too scared of President Duterte to reject the bill that might revive the death penalty after the third reading, or they’re simply riding on the popularity of President Duterte to bring it back.

To me, why bring back a system that didn’t help to lessen criminality in this country if the old ‘Oplan Tokhang’ got rebranded to ‘Project Double-Barrel Reloaded’ and still get the same results after this? Even if it says on paper that it will be less bloody. Which everybody doubts.

To bring it back to the system is making those other crimes look decriminalized.

Which is why the suspect of the road-rage shooting at the intersection of Quezon Avenue and Tuazon, Fredison Atienza is hiding from the law, but then you would realize that Rolito Go, who did the same manner of crime didn’t get the lethal injection. Instead, he served a life sentence since shooting Eldon Maguan. We are just hoping that whatever sickness Go has would take his life soon.

It’s just simply pointless when this gets back to our government system. It’s simply pointless when this will not be imposed on foreigners who are operating their drug rackets here. I’m not saying that we should get even with China who has given the death penalty to Filipinos that became drug mules not only in China. Syndicates that turned overseas Filipino workers to drug mules didn’t just deploy them on China. They have deployed some to Arab countries, and those Arab countries have a tighter grip when it comes to that.

In our manner of handling drug offenders to foreigners, deportation is only making it worse because it leaves a mark. Not unless the drug racketeer knows how to tie loose ends when they get deported.

If this really gets back soon, I only hope that the government still has enough chemicals for lethal injection because it would be a shame if we are too old school by sentencing them to death by hanging.

Then again, we are a third world country. We could not afford such chemicals yet to bring back the manner Leo Echegaray got his death sentence in 1999. We could only spend less by sentencing them to hanging because ropes that are huge in diameter, looking very thick are the most affordable way of imposing it. Just don’t forget the bag to mask the face of the criminal.

To End With You 2016, A Year In Review

 

The year 2016 is very forgettable for me that I just want this year to be over already.

Popular culture and entertainment this year suffered a huge blow with the demise of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer in sports, Gene Wilder, Prince, and Gary Marshall.

Here in the Philippines, I still find it hard to believe that German Moreno is gone. I also find it hard that I am up on a Saturday Night, channel surfing, passing by channels with our TV remote that his show, ‘Walang Tulugan’ providing air time for some unrecognized talent is no longer airing. All of a sudden, I remember my late grandmother ranting on why can’t German Moreno just sleep and retire when both of them are still here.

I never thought of these guys dying this year. If you are a very nostalgic person, you would definitely cry whenever you look back to these moments.

When they were living, we didn’t even notice that these guys are already preparing for immortality in their respective fields. Alan Rickman is already immortal when you open a Harry Potter book and the moment you see the name Severus Snape, you would already hear his voice by reading Snape’s lines.

David Bowie is already immortal in his music. With David Bowie’s spirit around, he must have already proved to himself that there really is life on mars as he said in his song.

Muhammad Ali is not yet dead to me because a mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter like Conor McGregor is talking the way Ali did in his prime even if they don’t fight in the same sport as Muhammad Ali did, McGregor is proving he can walk the talk in the octagon. It’s not only McGregor that does this in the UFC. There are more fighters before who have done this but for the time being, it’s him.

Floyd Mayweather on the other hand is not someone I would not place next to Ali if you talk about greatness because he didn’t have a rival like Joe Frazier. Even if Mayweather tries his best to fight like Ali. A fighting style that didn’t involve so much punching but to leave opponents tired and living by float like a butterfly sting like a bee.

Garry Marshall is immortal for his direction of his romantic comedies in movies like Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and Princess Diaries 1 and 2 that set Anne Hathaway’s career to the top. As for Zach Braff’s and Anne Hathaway’s posts on the passing of their beloved Ggarry Marshall, it is truly a heartfelt post.

Gene Wilder, will always be Willy Wonka to me before Johnny Depp. What immortalizes Gene Wilder are the memes that seem to ask a person of how bad a situation is but it is not really what he was saying in the movie.

Prince will probably be remembered by that impersonation of Dave Chappelle in one his skits in his old TV show in ‘The Chappelle Show’ years ago than his music.

In politics, the demise of Fidel Castro is something I didn’t expect this year but we all knew that he is old and still defied the United States of America. Even if he stepped down as president of Cuba, he did not only defy the US, he also continued to divide Cuban families through the defection of Cuban exiles. Both in an era where he was healthy and  dying.

The demise of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Asia’s undisputed iron lady was something I didn’t want to happen. Even if there are already signs that her sickness is already tearing her condition apart. When she lost the election that elected President Rodrigo Duterte, I was just hoping that by 2022, we, who voted for MDS would gloat that voting for Duterte is the biggest mistake of fifteen million plus people.

When some Filipinos posted on ‘why are we so affected by the United States elections?’ It’s only because the fate of the world’s economy is at risk. Another issue is our diplomatic ties were at risk after President Duterte’s declaration to the people of China in his state visit that he would break up with the US in economy and military partnership. But after that call by President Duterte to President-elect Donald Trump, it seems that the Philippine President and the US President-elect would get along and uphold our diplomatic ties.

As for the new US Ambassor designated here, Ambassador Sung Kim, I just hope he does not get the foul mouth and name-calling that outgoing Ambassador Philip Goldberg got from President Duterte as the former Ambassador to the Philippines was called a homosexual.

The year is so forgettable for the Philippines that President Duterte considered the burial of President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Well, that was one way of winning the election as he promised the people of Ilocos Norte the burial of their favorite Ilokano.

On a personal note, I still can’t believe my grandfather, my mother’s dad has passed away before Juan Ponce Enrile. My grandfather is just seven years younger than Enrile and it’s just unacceptable. I was just looking forward to a Christmas getaway with my family but I can no longer have that.

My grandfather Panfilo P. Maglines, Sr. is the reason why I have the letter M as my middle initial.

This year I also learned that you really can’t hurry love if you are just driven to finish your academics. I also learned that you can instantly get yourself a girlfriend if you are buff like Johnny Bravo and you also have a car. Just be sure that your car is a BMW or one of those drag racing cars. Because girls who don’t have the luxury of paying a Uber driver would definitely go for those guys. It’s no longer how one guy can treat you dinner or a movie date anymore.

One of the few things that I would only look back to 2016 first is with sports on how Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt exited the Olympic stage in style. So as the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics in which Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe showed up wearing a Super Mario cap. Another reason to look back to this year is how the 2016 Chicago Cubs ended the jokes towards their title drought of 108 years.

Another is how Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Academy Award after so many nominations. He also ended those memes of being a “Oscarless” actor not just the Chicago Cubs.

In the Philippine Basketball Association, even if it’s only a title drought of eight years Barangay Ginebra’s championship ended those memes. But it gave birth to those other memes saying, ‘Oh wait they’ve already’ won. What many people don’t realize about the Ginebra championship is that their title drought of eight years is the longest among active teams and people totally made a big deal out of it.

In the spirit of true Pinoy pride, Jaclyn Jose brought home the first Cannes film festival for her performance in ‘Ma Rosa’. Jaclyn Jose’s win at the Cannes film festival is truly Pinoy pride and it truly strengthen Filipino filmmakers. Especially the ones in the independent scene.

Pinoy pride to me is not some appearance of a Filipino-American in a Hollywood production, or the presence of an half bred in a franchised competition on television even or sporting leagues like basketball or baseball. It just irritates me that some Filipinos in the internet makes a big deal about it when it shouldn’t be. I don’t even think that other foreigners make a big deal out of it when someone makes it to Hollywood. Like how one Bollywood actor got to be in a Hollywood movie, or how a Latin American

The nanny of Singaporean Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling, Yolanda “Yolly” Pascual is an exception for she is an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and she is visibly present in most of Joseph’s life moments like the recent Olympics. OFWs truly have a soft spot for me because my mom is one of them. Keeping me enrolled in college and satisfied with the joys of life when she has something to spare together with my dad.

With only a few days before Christmas, and eventually I know the year will end with a bang. But I just want this year to end now!

I want the year 2017 to be tomorrow already because in the Chinese’s perspective, it’s the year of the Rooster which is my year not only to celebrate and hope for good luck. I am ready to reap then sow the things that I would like to have in 2017.

My First Demonstration Attended

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After my last Saturday class for the year 2016, I felt so low because I didn’t ace the quiz from that class. After that I went to this demonstration at Liwasan Bonifacio to get rid of the agony. I didn’t plan to go that demonstration because I planned to visit my uncle confined in Makati Medical Center. My motive was just to yell my heart out for the disappointment of that quiz.

The demonstration last Saturday on December 10, 2016 first is in honor of international human rights day. Another issue for their gathering is for the never ending cry of the people for the Armed Forces to go away from the provinces for them to live in peace. And of course, the injustice that is the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Even to release political prisoners.

In a rally like that you would always see common elements that you get to see on TV. There’s always the effigy artistically made that eventually gets burned by the demonstrators themselves. Another element are groups that’s always present like Gabriela, Akbayan, Bayan Muna that never fails to show up every rally or demonstration that never changes their plead or cry.

Coming to that demonstration, I overheard a small group of photographers joking about how much they are paid to come and yell their hearts out before listening to what the speakers on that demonstration are going to say. But judging from how they built their conversation, it seems that they just love to go to demonstrations like that.

I hesitated to ask some of the people around me on how long have they been attending demonstrations like those because one that was the first demonstration that I attended, and I was in my school uniform and some might think that I am some kind of spy. Knowing how activists think even though my school is not that far from Liwasan Bonifacio and the Manila Central Post Office, you can never be sure.

If you could just to look on their faces, you could just see how long they have been joining these demonstrations. Some could look as old as your professor in college or a close relative.

Young ones joining these demonstrations can be as young just like a child in their developing age but they are accompanied by the parent or parents who are activists.

I didn’t stay that long in the demonstration because I still have to visit my uncle.

If I didn’t study in a private sectarian institution like the one I’m in right now, I would not only risk my life in a demonstration. I would go there every time there is one that truly involves national interest. The best part for the crammer in me is that I would be more happy for a suspension of classes due to a walkout for the tuition hike not only because of national issues like those.

THE MASSACRE, THE FLAWED SYSTEM, AND THE FAITH TO BE RESTORED

 

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(C) Philippine Star

Seven years ago to this day, one moment in the history of this country discouraged me from taking up my current major or any other communication programs. One moment in my life where people around me telling bad jokes that to take up journalism is the fastest way to die, and that to take up psychology is the easiest way to become crazy.

A moment that truly placed the Philippines as one of the journalistic danger zones in the world other than war-torn countries like Iraq, North Korea or Syria for that matter, and that is the Maguindanao massacre.

It’s very, very disheartening that to this very day, no one from the Ampatuan family is convicted of the crime as they were pointed out by everyone. Most especially that backhoe with the branding of the city government at the time.

Television networks at some point counted the days from the massacre to the trial of the Ampatuans but the effort to count from that tragic day didn’t seem to move the courts to convict anyone.

It is one moment in history that still gives the Muslim-Filipinos (whether they are Moro or Maranao) that bad image, making them look like war freaks instead of hard-working Filipinos from the Southernmost region of the Philippines, Mindanao. Other than the radical image and presence of the Abu Sayyaf, and Nur Misuari’s rebellious reputation as the founding chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front.

In the six years that President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino ran the country no one was convicted. The family members who were left by the people who died in those fields are still fighting for justice. They were hopeful for the previous administration to convict the Ampatuans but it didn’t happen. They were that hopeful because the Ampatuans were close to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and again the “bright hope” that they promise for the families of the victims were there since the Noynoy Aquino administration was an upcoming administration.

If President Rodrigo Duterte and the Supreme Court could allow the burial of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, people aggravated by this event seven years ago through their surviving family members of the victims especially Governor Mangudadatu should urge the president and the high court to swiftly convict the Ampatuans for this.

Convicting the Ampatuans within this administration may not forgive President Duterte and the Supreme Court justices who favored the burial of Marcos at LNMB overnight, it may at least bring back the people’s faith to the justice system of this country. But again, I am reminded that most people are losing faith with the system because of how a mayor in the province of Albuera in Leyte that unconditionally surrendered was gunned down within his cell. While small time drug pushers and addicts are easily gunned down without due process.

It would be unpatriotic to lose faith in the justice system just because it allowed a dictator to be buried at the national cemetery and a mass murder didn’t convict a family with a private army. The lack of reforms in the justice system tolerates situations like these. Why didn’t constitution just say in legalese that Ferdinand E. Marcos will never be allowed a hero’s burial. The number of appeals and the delaying tactics made by the lawyers of the Ampatuan clan let them live free despite the tragedy.

We will never know when the right time will be for the Ampatuans to be convicted. So no matter how screwed up the justice system is, we can only be hopeful that one day people like them will be behind bars.

Infamita

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The one moment in history that reminds me of the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) is the burial of Joseph Stalin next to Russia’s “great leader” and founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin.

A burial made possible by loyalists of Stalin, until the De-Stalinization movement began during the 1950s years after Stalin’s death in 1953 under Nikita Khrushchev’s reign that began with the demolition of Stalin’s monuments along with renaming the places that glorifies Joseph Stalin like renaming Stalingrad to Volgograd. Then Stalin was exhumed out of Lenin’s crypt was in 1961 and placed him out of there to the Kremlin walls.

That is a communist setting to which Khrushchev did to denounce Stalin’s ‘cult of personality’, a trait of Stalin that he considered was inconsistent to the ideology of communism and their party’s ideology especially Lenin’s ideology.

In the Philippine setting, President Rodrigo Duterte did something what most Filipinos are not truly in favor of and that is his decision to allow the burial of the late president at the Libingan ng mga Bayan (LNMB). Duterte truly kept his promise to the people of Ilocos Norte that ensured him of votes.

For a guy like me, the cry of loyalists and the Marcos family to bury him at LNMB was nothing new since the news to allow his burial timely comes out. Just like how the endless reiterations of Martial Law both positively (by Marcos loyalists), negatively are presented on television and radically on social media.

If we think really hard about these events before this burial; Duterte allowing the Marcos burial and Duterte showing so much love and respect for Bongbong like a brother when he lost the vice presidential election is a sign of Duterte’s idolatry for the late strongman. The events happening right now could be a sign that Duterte might rule the county in the manner that Marcos did when he threatened to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus.

Let’s not expect too much of torture and severe human rights violations just yet, because extrajudicial killings is already a manifestion of Duterte’s vulgar display of power. Marcos’s vulgar display of power as we all know is forced disappearances, torture, and stealing the people’s funds that placed us in debt, and we are paying for it.

I won’t be surprised if Bongbong Marcos would soon get a cabinet position after the Commission on Election’s one year-ban on losing candidates to be appointed to government offices. At this point, we cannot just assume on what government office Duterte will place him.

The most disturbing part about this is the media blackout the Marcos family did to get his body out of Batac, Ilocos Norte that made people especially tourists dumbfounded that his body was about to go to LNMB while they keep on coming to his mausoleum. I even think the devil himself is caught off guard with these happenings now that Ferdinand has entered the Devil’s circles and the people in-charge of purgatory may have been reluctant of letting Marcos in and out of that place while his “body” was still enclosed in his glass coffin in Batac. Another is the Armed Forces of the Philippines telling the press that they were only rehearsing before the “actual date” but then again this is the date.

Now that this has happened under our noses, I expect less field trips to LNMB by schools in the province. Ordinary people like me can no longer come to the place again just to check out who’s who inside LNMB, and remember in what section Reynaldo Wycoco is buried and to find Angelo Reyes, who was once deemed unacceptable to be buried at LNMB by anti-Arroyo groups but again Reyes made the cut because he was a soldier. Not just a soldier, but a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who took his own life before his mother’s resting place after the shame he got from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a senate hearing.

That being said, we are again the world’s laughing stock for allowing an ousted president to be buried in a national cemetery. Then people still loyal to the legacy of the first EDSA revolution would still flock the streets on February 25 next year. But to celebrate EDSA 1 has been meaningless. No thanks to the hatred that people have in President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino’s and his incompetent administration. Next year’s EDSA celebration might only be an assembly to call for his exhumation from where he is now, and the following dates like August 21, Ninoy Aquino day, and September 21, the day Marcos signed the proclamation of martial law may have more louder demonstrations from this day onward.

As a student of journalism, I’m not really afraid of comments from people saying that I am a Marcos apologist, loyalist or even a sympathizer. I’m not even afraid of a enforced disappearance or sudden arrests that the government will make if they get to trace me if this government plans to relive the horrors of martial law.

This is a day of infamy for the Philippines.

An Election Like No Other

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(C) CNN International

With the United States presidential elections drawing closer and the world awaiting the outcome, it is really for the world to see.

For a Filipino like myself I only look forward on how President Rodrigo Duterte will coordinate with the winner of that election despite his declaration before the People’s Republic of China that he is separating us from the US in military and economic relations. I don’t expect that president-elect of the United States to deploy their forces just to help us in upholding The Hague’s ruling on the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. Because America whoever the seating president is only putting their interest first more than anything.

Points to Remember

One reason why our president is separating us from the Americans is the Bud Dajo massacre in 1906 that took place Jolo, Sulu. For a man that hails from the southernmost region of the Philippines, Mindanao; he does not want to forget of this event because like he said, the events of the massacre happened like it was yesterday for the Moros.

Another issue on why he wants to separate us from the US is the practicality that we are closer to China and Russia.

In the long history of this love-hate relationship between the Philippines and the United States, the US has gained more on this mostly in a negative manner dating back to the Filipino-American war. For it is in the Filipino-American war that General Emilio Aguinaldo pledged to the stars and stripes, then assumed that the Americans would treat us fairly even assuring his compatriots that time the Americans are the country’s new friends. But I don’t want to go that far on detail of Aguinaldo.

Filipino veterans of World War II are not even recognized after all their efforts keeping the Japanese at bay for Douglas MacArthur to escape back to the United States. But the man did keep his promise coming back.

The remaining veterans of World War II in the country rather than go to the United States to fight for their right are still hopeless for compensation. I couldn’t bear to see a group of Filipino veterans protest outside the Villamor air base when President Obama made a official state visit years ago. While some well-off veterans that have raised their children very well to exercised their right to go to the US and claim whatever right they deserve from the United States Arm Forces in the Far  East (USAFFE).

Of Donkeys and Elephants to the Philippines

The political party that the US president represents does not play much of a factor but it is an important detail any spectator should pay attention to.

In the long history between the Philippines and the United States, seating US presidents coming from the Republican Party have been more involved with us mostly negative and less positive. This dates back to President William McKinley who was the president when the Benevolent Assimilation took place following the Filipino-American war followed by his successor Theodore Roosevelt, the president when the Bud Dajo massacre happened. William Howard Taft, governor-general of the Philippines from 1901 to 1903 before elected US president in 1909. Taft only did minimal help to make Filipinos independent. President Herbert Hoover was one president who refused the independence of the Philippines until the US congress rejected him.

Republicans like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were pretty much involved with enriching Ferdinand Marcos, especially Richard Nixon who was rumored that he gave Marcos the green light to declare Martial Law on September of 1972. As for Reagan, he didn’t see any reason for Marcos to stay in 1986.

There’s not that many Democrat presidents that were involved in shaping the Philippines but Franklin D. Roosevelt was one Democrat president who paved the way for the 1935 Commonwealth constitution of the Philippines. President Jimmy Carter is one Democrat president who kept Marcos in power after Nixon and Gerald Ford, Nixon’s successor Nixon resigned after Watergate. Then Barack Obama, a president so reluctant to keep the Chinese away from our waters in the West Philippine Sea.

Whether it may be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, president Duterte would be reluctant to cooperate with either of them. The secretary of foreign affairs, Perfecto Yasay, Jr. would have his hands full when it comes to the Philippines and America. Yasay was already in Duterte’s place in an official photo op with other world leaders at Laos months ago. It’s really going to be hard for the secretary when the US president-elect makes a visit.

If I were an American

If I were a citizen of the United States, I only look forward for a candidate competent enough to rule as president.

I don’t care what kind of emails one candidate deleted, hacked or whatever and I don’t care how un-presidential one is for harassing women, as well as having his own world. Just get it done.

With the US dubbed as the most powerful nation on earth for so long, the main duty of President Obama’s successor in its first one hundred days is to regain that reputation because America is losing their ground not only in Syria but everywhere in the world where they have their interest. They are not only losing their military might, they are also losing their economic dominance to China.

This is one reason why Donald Trump is donning that slogan, “Make America great again”. It is always easier said than done.

As for Hillary Clinton, one of her objectives is to uphold the programs of the Obama administration that has already made America great already from her perspective. Just today, she’s really in the clear to run for president after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cleared her of charges for her actions towards sensitive emails when she was secretary of state.

Whatever those emails may be, influence to the FBI does play a role.

One thing’s for sure

Whoever that president may be, the people behind Saturday Night Live have a lot of work to do with their political satire.

President Duterte will ensure independence that we will no longer depend on the US for anything and that he will anything in his power to get US forces out of here. Just like how US bases and its were brought out of Zambales.

What’s very certain is that their war on terror would still go on.

The Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS), won’t be simply eradicated overnight and neither one of them can minimize the growing number of its members.

Eliminating its key members is not really helpful for the US because of the kind of succession these kinds of groups have.

The global economy might even go down if one does not really know its economic policy.

Their issue of domestic violence would only grow worse day-by-day because they have good reforms on their gun control laws.