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Monday, February 19, 2018

Itanong mo kay Dinky: More than P10B in DSWD funds missing- COA

The Commission on Audit (COA) has uncovered several red flags in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program.

In its audit report, released Tuesday, COA said some P10.2 billion in CCT funds might have been misused as the amount remains “unliquidated without any recorded or documented disbursement of funds transferred.”

“The inability of the (implementing agencies) to submit liquidation reports created doubt on the proper implementation of the programs involved as well as in the proper utilization of funds. This also exposes funds to unauthorized use,” COA said.

CCT, the Aquino administration’s flagship poverty-alleviation program, involves giving cash dole-outs to families every month as long as they meet requirements such as sending their children to school and letting pregnant women and babies have their regular checkups.

Aside from unliquidated funds, COA also found at least 4,300 double entries in DSWD’s list of beneficiaries.

COA has asked the DSWD to impose sanctions— such as withholding funds—on government agencies and local government units that fail to liquidate their allocations for CCT.


Sunday, February 18, 2018



The person who wrote this is a college (law) student. Perhaps there is hope for us after all.
Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together   since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.
Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is our separation agreement:
--Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass, each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
--We don't like redistributive taxes, so you can keep them.
--You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.
--Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.
--We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and the coal mines, and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.
--You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.
--We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
--You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.
--We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks.
--We'll keep Bill O'Reilly, and Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood 
--You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.
--You can have the peaceniks and war protesters.
--When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.
--We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.
--You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N., but we will no longer be paying the bill.
--We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.
--You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.
--We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."
--I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".
--We'll practice trickle-down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.
--Since it so often offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.
Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots, and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you might think about which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.
Law Student and an American
P.S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin & Charlie Sheen, Barbara Streisand, and (Hanoi) Jane Fonda with you.
P.S.S. And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country.
Forward This Every Time You Get It ! Let's Keep This Going, Maybe Some Of It Will Start Sinking In! 
In God We Trust! 

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The 'United States of America', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. 
Thomas Jefferson

February 18, 2018 - Temptation’s Hour

First Sunday of Lent
Father Robert Presutti, LC

Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for 40 days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe that you are leading me and that when I go astray it’s because I take my eyes off you and cease to follow you. I know that you will never abandon me. Thank you for your unconditional and restoring love. I place all my trust in you, and I long to love you in return with all my mind, heart soul and strength.

Petition: Lord Jesus, help me to be steadfast in moments of temptation.

1. The Role of Temptation Jesus’ public life begins by a duel with Satan:Before working any miracles, before speaking any parables, before gathering any disciples, the Lord makes clear what his life and mission are to be about: they are to destroy the works of the devil and establish the kingdom of grace. To do this, Jesus confronts Satan’s greatest weapon against the human person: temptation. Satan seduces the human spirit into a life of sin, which involves focusing on oneself. Jesus meets the devil on his own terrain and — in the face of mysterious temptation — remains focused on the Father and his will. Temptation plays an important role in the plan of redemption. It helps us define ourselves: directing our lives either toward God by embracing grace or toward sin by turning in on oneself.

2. Wild Beasts and Angels: We bear within ourselves the potential to become either saints or sinners.  No one’s fate is predetermined. Even the angels had to make a free choice of good or evil and, by this choice, forge their personal destinies. The love and dedication of the angels that chose the good made them faithful instruments of God’s will and plan. The vicious self-centeredness of the demons made them into ravenous beasts endlessly looking for someone to devour. Our person and our most intimate, most secret choices are part of this ongoing and cosmic struggle between good and evil. The hour of temptation is the hour of both choice and decision. The stronger the temptation, the stronger the decision must be. A repeated choice for a good decision makes a habit of good. Many good habits build a good character. A good character, open to God’s grace, is holiness.

3. We need to Take a Position: Here and Now Christ’s appearance in Galilee was marked by a call to decision. No one remains indifferent before Jesus Christ; no one hears his message without some sort of subsequent decision. Jesus calls all men and women to his kingdom, and this call constantly brings people to choose either to draw ever closer to him, or to pull further away. The best time to choose is always now, and the best place is always here. If not now, when? If not here, then where?

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I want always to choose you, but I know that I am weak. Please give me strength in my hour of temptation. Please keep me steady and inflame my heart with love so that I choose you and your ways even though it’s costly. May the temptations I overcome become the stepping-stones to a holy life.

Resolution: I will be attentive today to the subtle ways in which I am tempted to center my life around myself. When these temptations come, I firmly commit to following Christ instead of my own selfish path.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Trillanes is betraying not just the Filipino people, but also himself

Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes is a traitor through and through. His time in jail after he was found guilty of rebellion after he led the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny against former President Gloria Arroyo did not help change him into a better person at all. Being granted amnesty by former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and winning a seat as a senator did not teach him a lesson in humility either. In fact, being allied with powerful people from the Liberal Party and holding a position of power himself emboldened Trillanes to continue his sociopathic tendencies. Yes, there are people like Trillanes who are just plain bad and instinctively seek to destroy others who get in their way. It is unfortunate that the rest of Philippine society has to suffer along the way in his pursuit of his agenda.
What is Trillanes’s agenda? His current agenda is to build enough case against current President Rodrigo Duterte and have him removed in any way possible – through impeachment or with the help of the International Criminal Court (ICC) or through “people power”. He’s tried every trick in the book to make it happen. He’s so desperate and have such a thick face that he doesn’t mind looking like an idiot while doing his deed.
Try to analyse what he is doing now. So he filed a plunder case against Duterte with the Office of the Ombudsman last year, but even after it was dismissed and the investigation terminated, Trillanes still goes on media blitzes and post statements on social media trying to keep the issue alive. Just look at what he posted on Twitter:
If what I have is nothing but garbage, then why are they panicking? And why can’t Mr. Duterte just accept my challenge for him to sign a waiver and if I am wrong in my allegations then I would resign immediately as Senator and voluntarily walk in any jail of his choice?
His latest statement proves that he doesn’t deserve to be a senator or be in any position in public service. First of all, promising to resign or walk into any jail if he is proven wrong is the oldest trick in the book especially for a traitor like Trillanes. He can always say he said it in jest just like what BS Aquino said when he promised to be run over by a train after he failed to deliver his promise to finish the LRT project in 2015.
Trillanes is not serving the people anymore, only himself and his masters. As a lawmaker, he should know that the burden of proof rests solely on the accuser, not the accused. He is conveniently ignoring this rule. If he has anything on Duterte, he should show it. It seems he tried to use the Office of the Ombudsman to “expose” Duterte’s bank accounts, but the Ombudsman was not willing to participate in his little witchhunt.
Trillanes is causing division in Philippine society by riling up the public using baseless accusations. In pursuing a case against Duterte using mob rule, he is encouraging anarchy or calling for people to throw the rule book out of the window. He wants to anger enough people to go out and rally against Duterte. He will only succeed if there are enough gullible people who will fall for his old tricks (he’s done this before with other public servants he had a beef with like former Vice President Jejomar Binay) that can fill up EDSA to form another people power revolt. That is very unlikely to happen because, one, more people think Trillanes is a joke than someone to be taken seriously and, two, “people power” revolts have finally gone out of fashion in the Philippines. We can thank social media for that. The public is now more informed and can easily debunk lies peddled by people like Trillanes.
What kind of society will the Philippines have if people like Trillanes have their way? If anyone can just throw baseless accusations against others, the Philippines will become more chaotic than it already is. While he may not be winning, Trillanes is still succeeding in convincing others who already have biased views against Duterte. Those who never liked Duterte and who already had preconceived notions about him from the very start do not need further convincing anyway. They’ll just swallow whatever Trillanes say hook, line and sinker. They are the kind of people who do not have foresight. They can’t put themselves in the position of the accused. They are the kind of people the rest of us should be worried about. Their irrational thinking can be disastrous for the country.
Trillanes doesn’t really care if he brings down the reputation of the country while he does his dirty deeds. He and his cohort, another ex- military, Congressman Gary Alejano did not think about the consequences of their actions when they filed the complaint against Duterte with the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes committed in the course of waging his war on drugs. In seeking help from the international community to remove Duterte, they are basically saying that the Philippines is already a failed state and that the local courts are useless. That’s not fair to the Filipinos who work in the country’s criminal justice system.
Trillanes and those who support him do not have faith that the local courts can do a better job in prosecuting Duterte. It’s not even consistent with their show of support for embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno who is facing impeachment complaints of her own and has been accused of not filing her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for years – a clear violation of the law for public servants. It seems Trillanes and other members of the opposition are willing to turn a blind eye to lawbreakers when it involves one of their own. The situation in the Philippines is so convoluted that it is sometimes hard to explain what is going on. Outsiders trying to figure it out are probably so confused. The behaviour of the Opposition is so irrational and screwed up.
People like Trillanes try to make it look like they are the good guys, but the truth is, they are the bad guys. The proof is in how he betrays his own compatriots by spreading false accusations against his enemies and seeking help from the international community using information that is not just biased and incomplete, but also something that foreigners would not easily comprehend. Thank goodness the international court follows procedures and are not easily duped.
The upside in this is at least when the ICC finally dismisses the case against Duterte, Trillanes will be humiliated before the international community as well. In betraying the country, Trillanes is also betraying himself.

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Yet another sloppy Rappler report launches needless brouhaha over frigate project

A Senate probe into a stalled project involving the acquisition of two brand-new Philippine Navy warships is being mounted seemingly on the back of sensationalised news of dubious quality.
report published by Rappler created a huge brouhaha after it alleged that Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go “intervened” in a multibillion-peso agreement between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and a South Korean firm contracted to build two warships for the Philippine Navy. The firm. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) had post-qualified for the order for two brand-new frigates after it had lodged the lowest and most responsive bid to build them. However, a dispute between HHI and the Philippines’ Defense Acquisition Office (DAO) over selection of the supplier of the ships’ command management system (CMS) stalled the project.
The Rappler report alleges that “in the first week January 2017, Go gave Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana a white paper expressing preference for Hanwha Thales, another South Korean company, to provide the CMS.” Yet an account of the transaction provided by another source document shows that the original dispute between HHI and the DAO involved a position asserted by HHI that, as the lead contracted shipbuilder, it has the right to make independent representation and negotiation with CMS suppliers so long as the resulting agreed delivery specs meet the requirements of the Philippine Navy.
Under that principle, HHI had already indicated a preference for Hanwa System Korea (HSC) over Thales Netherlands (TNL), the latter having also been evaluated by HHI. HHI asserts that it is common practice, particularly when tight budgets are involved, that the lead shipbuilder be given latitude to act in “good faith” that any agreement it makes with with subcontractors will result in all of the customers’ technical and commercial conditions being met.
The short of it is that it is likely that HHI had already eyed HSC as its preferred CMS supplier in late 2016. The Rappler report offered no substance to the claim that Go “intervened” other than that he just happened to be the person mentioned by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a note he attached to a “white paper” that he sent to then Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado. The purported “white paper” supposedly gave a “glowing endorsement” of HSC and “trashed” the Dutch company TNL.
Even more interesting, Rappler referred to the whitepaper as “Go’s white paper” without being explicitly specific with regard to who or what actually authored or originated it. However, some source documents show that this “white paper” may have just been part of documentary evidence submitted in June 2016 in relation to the post-qualification of HHI which included a “Weapons, Sensors, and Combat Management System Report” prepared by and signed by senior Philippine Navy officers involved in the project. Indeed, information from other source documents indicate that the “white paper” could have been actually prepared by HSC and somehow had found its way to Lorenzana who could have merely assumed it came from Go.
Either way, Rappler does not provide any compelling factual evidence to support its “Go’s white paper” allegation or, at the very least, propose an alternative theory to account for Go’s name being mentioned by Lorenzana considering that Go has denied on record his involvement in the project. Either way, nothing in the facts surrounding this brouhaha or even the factoids cooked up by Rappler points to any actual wrongdoing on the part of any characters (actual or imagined) in this story.
It seems that in her zeal to find another speck of dust to screech about in the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Rapplerette Carmela Fonbuena who authored this sloppy excuse for “journalism” may have cut corners big time. That sloppy journalism is certainly costing Filipino taxpayers big time too as it could potentially contribute to stalling a vital project even further and launch many more pointless Senate “probes” on the matter. What Rappler has essentially done was invite actual intervention into the frigate deal on the basis of a purported “intervention” Fonbuena may have simply concocted within her pointed head.

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