Vic Lima talks incoherently once again

Commenting on the testimony of Edgar Manobato in the Senate hearing on EJK, Vic Lima said Sen. Panfilo Lacson lost interest in continuing to interrogate Manobato because the witness talked of the past. He elaborated minutes later saying that Manobato talked of incidents in 2002 when Lacson had become a senator.

Why would Lacson lose interest just because the witness talked of the past? Aren’t all testimonies about past incidents? Why would he lose interest in incidents that happened in 2002 just because he had become a senator?   

The real story is that Matobato said that in 2002 PAOCTF Davao chief “Bato” de la Rosa ordered the kidnapping and killing of suspected international terrorist Salik Makdum.  Sen. Lacson did not find the testimony believable because de la Rosa could not have been PAOCTF Davao chief in 2002 because the PAOCTF (Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force) which PNP Dir. Gen. Lacson organized and headed had been dissolved when Lacson ran for senator in 2002.


Senate inquiry on EJK turned into trial of Du30 and son Paolo

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights’ inquiry on drug-related extra-judicial killings resumed on Thursday.  As understood by many, the inquiry is on the killings from the time Du30 took over the presidency.  But Thursday’s hearing was devoted entirely to the testimony of Edgar Matobato who claims to have been part of a special unit of the police force of Davao City when Du30 was mayor of the city.  His testimony was that then Davao Mayor Du30 and then Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte ordered him to kill several people who had crossed the Dutertes.  It looked like the surprise appearance of the witness was Sen. De Lima’s ploy to put Du30 in bad light.

 As usual the distinguished graduate of Iskul Bukul, Tito Sotto, asked shallow and irrelevant questions like “Are you a ghost employee or 15-30 employee?”  Then in angry and impatient tone he asked the representatives of the Commission on Human Rights what they are doing about the violation of human rights of those raped and those forced to take drugs by their own fathers.  That was out of order because the inquiry is on killings.  Also, the question was more appropriate for Gen de la Rosa and his staff because the CHR’s main function is to investigate violations of human rights by the State (government authority), not by private citizens.   Having gotten his ten-minute exposure on national TV, he left the hearing.

 Then came Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who is not a member of the committee.  As usual, whatever the forum is – be it a Senate inquiry, press conference, or a TV talk show – he defends Du30.  He grilled and intimidated the witness to the point of exasperation and infuriation, leading Sen. Sonny Trillanes, his close ally in the Senate investigation of the Binays, to tell him, “Your ambition is foolish and you are defending evil.”    While Cayetano has reasons to insinuate that the witness’ appearance was a ploy of de Lima, Cayetano went overboard when he implied that the witness was brought in to bring down Du30.   Accusing de Lima of hitting back at Du30 might be acceptable to civil society but accusing the Liberal Party of producing the witness to put down Du30 so the Liberals could retake the government is ridiculous.   Before Cayetano was done with his relentless attempt to discredit the witness, Liberal senators Drilon, Angara, and Pangilinan had left the hall.  

 In the impromptu press conference right after the hearing, Sen. De Lima explained that the witness, who claimed he has been in hiding for fear of being killed by Du30’s operatives because he knew too much, volunteered to “tell all” before he is done away with.

Pres. Duterte sounds scared

The man doth protest too much, methinks.  

Why is DU30 insistent now that he didn’t curse Obama and why is he justifying his denouncing the US for expressing disapproval of the extra-judicial killings by raking up what the Americans did to Filipinos during the Philippine-American War?  Are the consequences of his having offended Obama so serious and so encompassing that he is trying to extenuate his diplomatic blunder? 

He seemed to have felt proud when the international media reported to the whole world that he had blasted Obama.  But when the scheduled bilateral talks were cancelled, he became subdued.   He now sounds scared by telling everybody he didn’t curse Obama.  

I am scared to find out what has scared him.

Vic Lima bombs out once again During the Sept. 8 Pasada Sais Trenta program

Karen Davila:  All right, that is the way he speaks but when Pres. Duterte is dealing with heads of state, he should be more circumspect with his language.

Vic Lima:  That’s right.
Karen:  Besides, he had not said anything about Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs. It was the US press that speculated that Obama would question Duterte about human rights violations.
Vic:  That’s right.   
Karen Davila:  The poor Obama, this last foreign trip of his has been very unpleasant.  Firs, there was  his arrival in China for the G 20 meeting.  He was not given a red carpet reception, unlike the Russian and UK heads of state. Not even a staircase by which he was to go down from the plane was provided.  He had to get off Air Force One through the emergency exit. Then a lowly official shouted at his entourage  “Don’t cross the blue line.”       
Vic (who was fiddling in his seat while Karen was talking):  They did that to Duterte?
(Written all over Karen’s face was “Where have you been?” Well, very often Karen asks a resource person a question, and while the answer is being given, Karen reads a text message on her cell phone. When done reading, she asks the resource person the same question. Some high-ranking oficials have told her curtly, “I have answered that.”  Cong. Erice did that to her {with a tinge of irritation} during the inauguration of Leni Robredo as vice president.)
Karen:  We women should not allow the use of the curse pi (putang ina).  Why is the woman always the evil one?
Vic: The pa (putang ama) is also used sometimes.
 (Huh?  There are fathers who are whores or whores who are fathers?)  

Sept. 6 DZMM’s Pasada Sais Trenta

Karen Davila: Pres. Duterte lambasting and cursing Pres. Obama for the latter’s comment on the former’s war on drugs caused the cancellation of the bilateral talks between the two presidents. That was unfortunate as it could have been a great opportunity for Pres. Duterte to discuss with Pres. Obama US’ aid in modernizing our armed forces and US support of our stand against China regarding the Philippine seas.

Vic Lima: That’s right.

UP Political Science professor Clarita Carlos: What Pres. Duterte said about the US human rights violations is true. His words may not be politically correct, but that is how Duterte is. He should not pretend to be different when in the company of other heads of state. Let us not ask him to change. Let us accept him as he is. It’s time our president stood up to the US.

Vic: Lima: That’s right.

Permanent ambassador to the UN Lauro Baja: Pres. Duterte should be more prudent with his language when dealing with other heads of state. He can have an independent foreign policy but he should adjust his rhetoric according to the protocol of diplomacy.

Vic Lima: That’s right.

Karen Davila: On that note, thank you Ambassador.
Vic Lima: Mr. Baja became permanent ambassador because to him white is white and black is black.

Karen Davila: (silence)

Maybe the Manila Rotary Club, which had named Vic Lima in the past as Broadcaster of the Year, can name him Political Analyst of the Year for 2016.

Senate inquiry on EJK like an Iskul Bukul session

The Senate’s Committee on Justice and Human Rights started this week its hearing on the extra judicial killings of drug suspects. But much of the proceedings looked and sounded like a class session in Iskul Bukul. First to ask questions was Manny Pacquiao. Of course, he wants to show he is taking his new role as senator seriously by not only being every present in every session but by joining the deliberations.

Pacquiao addressing Harra, wife of killed drug suspect: Sabe mo walang nakohang drog sa bahay mo. Sabe ng poles mayrong nakoha sa position ng asawa mo.
Policeman: Opo, your honor, may nakuha po kami sa possession ng asawa niya.

Pacquiao addressing Mary Rose, daughter of drug dealing couple also killed: “Alam ba ng magolang mo na bawal ang genagawa nela? Alam ba nela na se Prisidinti ay galet sa droga?
(Is Pacquiao implying that Harra’s husband and May Rose’s parents deserved to be killed?. Anyway, after struggling for 38 minutes to think of what to ask and how to articulate his questions, he proceeded to the gym for his preparation for his next fight. He should also spend time practicing speaking)

Joel Villanueva: Thank you Gen. de la Rosa even if you did not honor my invitation to Bulacan where hundreds of drug users surrendered.
(What did that have to do with extra judicial killings?)

Tito Sotto: Are there still recording and television facilities in the new Bilibid prison?
(Is he suggesting that the number of killings has risen because there are no more entertainment facilities in the NBP?)

Ralph Recto: According to COA reports the PNP lacks 25,000 enforcers, 3,000 vehicles, and 16,000 firearms.
(What is his point, that there would be less killing if the PNP had a full force and complete equipment?)

Migs Zubiri: We should amend the bank secrecy law.
(Maybe there would be no more search-for-drug operations which are almost always resisted by drug suspects, which in turn result in violent encounters. Policemen can simply look at the bank accounts of drug suspects.)

Sonny Angara: The anti-wiretapping law should be reviewed.
(Perhaps if the drug suspects are wiretapped, there would not be violent face-to-face encounters between policemen and drug suspects.)

Greg Honasan: addressing Gen. de la Rosa: General, you call this campaign against drug war. Is there a frontline? Are your forces deployed in military formation, two squads in front, one as back up and the third as reserve as we were taught in military tactics?
(The two garrulous PMA alumni then engaged in recollection of what they were taught in the Academy until the senator was told to shut up, ahh to wrap up.)

JV Ejercito: I sympathize with police officers. As a former mayor, I know policemen would not be quick to shoot suspects because they know they would immediately be suspended without pay and charged with murder. Not only would they lose their source of income, they would have to spend for legal counsel.
(That may not be true anymore because of the shoot-to-kill order of the President and his assurance that he will protect the policemen. )

Dick Gordon: When I was mayor, I extracted from the captured drug dealer who is his suppler and he was captured I asked him the same thing until I got to the original source.
(I do not know how his approach relate to the current rampant killings on drug suspects?0

Win Gatchalian: I was also once a mayor. There was no killing in Valenzuela.

The Supreme Court – instrumentality of the President

Is the Supreme Court under the influence of the President? Karen Davila asked. She was reacting to the question Sen. Leila de Lima raised: why did the Supreme Court hand down the ruling acquitting former president Gloria Arroyo of plundering PCSO intelligence funds only during the Duterte Administration and not during the Aquino presidency.

Karen wondered why the SC did not acquit GMA during PNoy’s incumbency if indeed there was no evidence that she pocketed PCSO money. Karen noted that Pres. Duterte had indicated during the presidential campaign that if elected he would pardon GMA. So she asked rhetorically if the SC handed down the ruling now because the incumbent president is friendly to GMA. It should also be noted that two of his cabinet secretaries, Silvestre Bello and Jesus Dureza, were also members of GMA’s cabinet. GMA thanked Pres. Duterte for “allowing due process to take its course totally unhampered”. That is a clear indication from GMA herself that Pres. Duterte had something to do with the ruling.

Yes, Karen, the SC is under the influence of whoever is president. It was under the dictates of GMA when she was president. Remember, the Renato Corona Court was accused of handing down 17 questionable rulings favoring GMA, her two sons, and her minions. (The SC allowed Mikey to run as partylist candidate representing security guards and tricycle drivers, allowed the breakup of a small district in Camarines Sur so that Dato would have a district to represent, and blocked the impeachment proceedings against Merceditas Gutierrez when impeachment proceedings are outside the purview of the SC. The great majority of the members of the Corona Court were appointees of GMA, including Corona himself whose appointment as SC chief justice was in contravention of the Constitution. Many of them are still in the SC and they all voted to acquit GMA.

Anyway, hooray to Karen for raising the issue and for asking the previous day why drug lord Peter Lim, whom Pres. Duterte threatened to kill as soon as he steps into Philippine soil, was received by him and walked away free when suspected drug pushers are killed outright by policemen even while they (the pushers) are asleep in their own abode. Right on, Karen Davila! Nacareer mo as you would say.

Oh, Karen can you ask the management of ABS-CBN to confine Vic Lima to news programs? He is too naive to grasp political issues to be able to comment on them intelligently. He spoils your pontifications with his irrelevant and shallow comments as during your discourse on the two afore-mentioned issues. With his diction he would make a better ANC newscaster than Karmina Constantino and Caroline Howard. With his booming voice and ever bright disposition, even when the La Salle Green Archers and the Golden State Warriors lose, he would be a better anchor (for newscasts, that is) than the soporific Ron Cruz.