Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

By Ado Paglinawan

I AM NOT A FAN OF ISKHO MORENO.

His dalliance with the oligarchs Enrique Razon and Zobel de Ayala, by association the American Embassy, coupled with the seeming inconsistency of his photo opportunities with CPP-NPA-NDF Jose Maria Sison, turns me off.

But what he is saying is true and makes more sense than Alfonso Cusi and Joey Salceda who are just making sure they are invited to the inaugural dais after the 2022 presidential elections.

Moreno said, “Hindi ako naniniwala na ang posisyon sa gobyerno minamana in a democratic government. Ang demokrasya, ang taongbayan ang pumipili; hindi ipinipilit ‘yung mga kalahi niya pagkatapos na niya.”

(I don’t believe that positions in government are inherited in a democratic government. In a democracy, the people choose; relatives cannot be forced to replace him after he’s done.)

Cusi kiss-ass backfires

In contrast, Secretary Cusi, who sits as vice chairman of PDP-Laban, presided over the ruling party’s national council meeting in Cebu, when the council adopted a resolution calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president in the 2022 elections.

Unfortunately for him, the meeting coincided with the raising of red and yellow alerts over Luzon due to thin power supply caused by planned and unplanned outages of several power plants.

This sent Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao, president of the ruling PDP-Laban party, unleashed withering jabs at Cusi in a privileged speech, “It is saddening to think that some of our officials, who are supposed to attend to the situation, to our problems, are prioritizing politics.”

Some 339,000 households from 90 barangays in 16 local government units in Luzon lost electricity last June 1, sending Senator Christopher “Bong” Go to appeal to the Department of Energy and concerned electric providers to address power shortages that may add burden to the hardships experienced by Filipinos amid the ongoing pandemic.

“Kahit isang minuto, dapat walang brownout sa panahong ito, at dapat walang masira ni isang bakuna,” he added.

A few weeks ago, 348 vials of Sinovac vaccines were deemed no longer usable for vaccination after they were left in a freezer without electricity for more than two days in Makilala, North Cotabato.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate energy committee, called for senate investigations through S.R. No. 740 as he stressed the need to hold the Department of Energy (DOE) accountable for its “failure to address power supply shortages since 2016.”

As a rejoinder, Senator Pacquiao said if he were the president, he will fire Cusi over the power interruptions being experienced now in the country, “Palitan kita dahil maraming (puedeng) mamumuno dyan.” In other countries, he added, government officials voluntarily resign when faced with a big problem of this extent.

Sal-Salceda’s pitch

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda makes a fearless forecast that Davao City mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio will run for president in the national elections next year

“There’s no doubt in my mind that based on our exchange and chats that she will definitely run in 2022,” Salceda said in an interview with Teleradyo.

But earlier Mrs. Duterte-Carpio said she is not interested in running for president in 2022. Another disclaimer was issued by presidential man friday Bong Go announcing that he is not seeking a higher position.

The staging climaxed with politicians going to Davao despite the Enhanced Community Quarantine, to “serenade” the president’s daughter to running for the top position in 2022.

First among her visitors to greet her “Happy Birthday” were siblings Bongbong and Imee Marcos, which the Duterte Diehard Supporters (DDS) heralded as north-south ticket. The list is long so just please goggle the rest.

Classic vultures feasting for the carcass of the yellows!

Salceda said Sara is “going through the process of building alliances of at least five political parties. I can bet that we might have, the first, significantly unopposed presidential candidate in our history.”

Yan ang problema ng Pilipino – mula nang itanim ni Magallanes ang krus ng sumpa ng kolonyalismo sa ating kamulatan, hindi na mawala yaong mamanginoon ang marami nating kababayan sa mga tinuring nilang salvador ng kanilang buhay at kabuhayan imbes na mamuhunan sa sarili nilang lakas at talino.

Digong outclasses them all!

Many forgot this is DU30’s show afterall. To him alone belongs a rating so stratospheric at over 90% and nobody else’s.

Maraming tuloy dinugo ang matris at nagulat nang isama ni Digong si Iskho sa mga pinagpipilian nyang pumalit sa kanya. This gesture, if I am be allowed to translate it, says – if I had a choice, I will not allow my daughter to run to replace me.

Tapos, suddenly, he includes Iskho in his shortlist.

Yorme strikes a sobering thought, “Hindi ako naniniwala diyan.

“I don’t believe in that [pedigree politics] and I am not gonna vote for that as a voter and I disagree as a citizen of this country,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte names his daughter and two other political personalities as the administration’s possible standard bearer in the May 2020 national polls, the Palace said on Wednesday.

Besides Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the president is considering as the administration’s standard bearer Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso or his close ally Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

Again, recall that Go declared earlier this week that he is not interested in running for the highest post in the land.

There were earlier reports Duterte’s list included former senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. and Senator Manny Pacquiao, whom the DDS has already attempted to demonize, another classic – an idiotic strategy that could end up dividing Mindanao votes away from Salceda’s phenomenonal bandwagon.

Duterte also trashed Cusi’s elevation of the president to deity making him indispensable to our future. Digong made it clear that he is not interested in extending his term as president amid moves in Congress for Charter Change and calls for him to run for vice president in the 2022 polls.

Insisting on Run, Sara, Run is actually insulting the President and agreeing that he indeed has become a lameduck.

Sipsip pa more, Jay Sonza. Hindi matutuwa sa iyo ang demonyo pag inagaw mo sa kanya ang tinidor. Ang hirap sa inyong mga taga-Mindanao akala ninyo basa na ninyo utak ni Digong? Naka-hiram lang kayo ng anim na taon sa taumbayan, akala ninyo “imperial” na ang Davao?

Hindi ba kayo nakakahalata na legacy na ang habol ng matandang yan? In fact kung magsalita eh para bang mamatay na anytime.

So stop using him in your petty political analysis, paralysis.

Iba ang diskarte ni Duterte.

In the first place, the presidency becomes hereditary only when the beholder dies, as in the case of Noynoy Aquino when Cory died, or to Gloria Arroyo as Diosdado Macapagal has long been dead.

Necropolitics baga!

That means Digong has to die first, using your crippled logic. ‘Tangina, e buhay pa nga eh, pinapatay nyo na!

Pandora’s box

Besides just like Unclos in 1Sambayan Antonio Carpio’s lexicon, the provisions are not automatic, even to a former high magistrate. In both cases, necropolitics has proven to be bad karma.

First, we got a village idiot as Cory’s supreme legacy.

Second, we got perhaps the most corrupt-perceived president who totally demolished the impeccable integrity of Cong Dadong. Even in Duterte’s administration, her minions Alfonso Cusi and Joey Salceda becomes her advance wannabes to the next Malacanang six-year episode.

Despite Digong’s gold standard in presidential performance especially in his Build Build Build platform, Gloria (and Mike) Arroyo’s politics gives the strongest premise why a national dynasty could be disastrous to his legacy.

Through her nominee at the Energy Regulatory Commission, Agnes Devanadera, Meralco still continues to elude paying more than P200 billion in over-collections on provisionary price increases since Gloria passed the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).

 Devanadera has earlier proposed settling this at 1/5 a compromise figure at not more than P40 billion, but to be taken not from oligarchic equity but from more provisional prices increases on top of the consumers’ heads.

Luto sa sariling mantika: refund sa bayan, kukunin rin sa bulsa ng bayan in the form of slavish monthly bills.

On this issue, Digong can easily use this P200 billion to nationalize Meralco, and all other power companies who owe consumers for overpayments, by using the overdue refund, as government equity in order to buy out the majority holdings of oligarchic control in the entire power industry.

The president only has less than a year to consider this and Arroyo’s Cusi and Salceda are already legislating his political demise as a lameduck.

The decision is not easy to make.

Just like in the water utilities, Digong is out to lock horns with oligarchs a lot bigger than him. In fact, from a first position of a government takeover, he has quietly flexed to legal measures to renegotiate instead what he once called as onerous and grossly prejudicial to government interests.

In Meralco, he will lock horns again with Anthoni Salim and his proxy Manny Pangilinan, who owns 49%. But that could even be easier than confronting San Miguel Corporation’s 32% in the behemoth electric company, where Arroyos have substantial stockholdings.

This is a pandora’s box waiting to be open to the general public. Duterte has been very protective of this throughout his presidency, but will he risk opening his family privacy when Sara runs for president?

So sa gitna ng pandemya, si Pacquiao lang ang tama so far – mas matinding salot ang mamulitika e napakaaga pa! Segunda ani Bong Go, baku-nation is still the priority.

Makisama naman tayo sa pangulo. He has served his country much more than his five predecessors, combined. Let us not make his recessional any more stressful.

I came to know Digong’s politics closer when I campaigned against his Hugpong candidate for congressman in the third district of Davao City in 2007.  Pero noong San Beda days ko, hindi ko rin makabasa ang isip nyan.

KAYONG LAHAT NA NAGMAMARUNONG, MGA BOBO KAYO. Sabi nga namin, kung si Nanay Soling hindi mabasa ang kukote ng anak nyang yan, kayo pa?

Trust you me. Digong will make his choices public only on December 15, 2021, the last day of substitution for candidates by political parties and not any earlier.

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