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UN Delegate: Robredo’s Exaggerations to Discredit PDu30 Destroy the Nation – Look at the CA to know the President


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Michael Francis Acebedo Lopez, a Filipino delegate to the United Nations General Assembly appeals and files a complaint against VP Leni Robredo for addressing false claims against the Du30 administration. He said that Robredo has betrayed the public’s trust by spreading lies. The president, however, is not surprised why the VP is in a hurry to replace him as president. It is a general knowledge that like the late Corazon Aquino, she really did not win the 2016 elections in which Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest is still underway.

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[VIDEO]: Filipino Former delegate to the United Nations General Assembly Michael Francis Acebedo Lopez appeals and files a complaint against VP Leni Robredo for addressing false claims against the administration.

Creeping Dictatorship?

A dictator is a ruler who uses absolute power. A state ruled by a dictator is called a dictatorship. The Philippines is a democratic country for one thing, so a dictator cannot thrive in the system. The present CA rulings attest that the president is not in any means a dictator. He has respect for the law and follows due process in every situation that the country is in. This includes Senator Leila De Lima’s imprisonment over drug charges. Let’s take a look at the CA:

Powerful CA

Members of the Commission of Appointments vow to scrutinize the President’s appointees. It looks like it keeps that promise, especially when grilling Environment Secretary Gina Lopez and the rejection of Perfecto Yasay Jr. as foreign affairs chief. Senator Panfilo Lacson and Dr. Edna Co of the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Good Governance explain the inner workings of the CA in a media interview.

Plead not Heard

The President also appealed to the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) to give Gina Lopez a chance. He pleads to allow Lopez to present her case. He also asks Congress to look how devastated the environment is.  The CA bypassed Lopez’s appointment. Du30 reappointed her and publicly declares his support for her policies. This includes her suspension of mining operations that made her the target of powerful economic players.


Cannot Save Yasay

Congressional leaders inform the president that there is no way Yasay could hurdle the appointments body because of questions over his previous US citizenship. The powerful appointments body rejected Yasay’s ad interim appointment after lawmakers found out that he lied when he said he did not hold a US passport. As the president’s roommate when they were younger, he knew that Yasay went to the US to seek asylum. Yasay did not want to live in the US but avoided the Philippines because he was “wanted” during martial law. Yasay was petitioned by his wife, an American citizen. The president admits, he cannot save Yasay anymore.

Yasay ‘cannot be saved anymore’

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UN Probe to Oust Duterte on Incitement to Killings Starts – Time to be Cautious on Similar Marcos Scenario


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Most Filipinos might understand President Rodrigo Duterte’s actions,  and “killing” speeches when expressing his dedication in fighting against illegal drugs – but many people in the international community especially the UN don’t. Worst, they thought it’s a crime. Why do they matter? It is important to be cautious on this because we are a UN Nation. That means that the country is also covered with the international law.

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[VIDEO]: Ang pagsisimula ng UN sa pagpapatalsik kay Duterte – the UN starts to probe president Duterte on allegations for extra-judicial killings that he allegedly admitted publicly. His plight is seen the same as that of ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand but he might survive it if Bongbong Marcos wins the electoral protests as the voted Vice President worthy enough to replace him.

Incitement to Killing Definition

Generally speaking, “incitement” means encouraging or persuading another to commit an offense by way of communication. This can be by employing broadcasts, publications, drawings, images, or speeches. It is “public” under international law if it is communicated to a number of individuals. It can be in a public place or to members of a population at large by such means as the mass media. Among other things, its “public” nature distinguishes it from an act of private incitement. Incitement to genocide must also be proven to be “direct,” meaning that both the speaker and the listener understand the speech to be a call to action.

Hard to Prove

Prosecutors have found it challenging to prove what “direct” may mean in different cultures, as well as its meaning to a given speaker. Moreover, public incitement to genocide can be prosecuted even if genocide is never perpetrated. Lawyers, therefore, classify the infraction an “inchoate crime”: a proof of result is not necessary for the crime to have been committed, only that it had the potential to spur genocidal violence. It is the intention of the speaker that matters, not the effectiveness of the speech in causing criminal action. This distinction helps to make the law preventative, rather than reactive.

Similarity to ex-PM of Thailand’s Strategy

Like Duterte, Thaksin also wanted to get rid of the drug menace fast – in three months initially.  It will be “ruthless with drug dealers” who many think “deserved to be shot dead and have their assets seized.” “In February 2003, Thaksin launched a ‘war on drugs’ to suppress drug trafficking and prevent drug use. The main outcome of this policy was arbitrary killings. The first three months of the campaign saw some 2,800 extra-judicial killings.” Thaksin commented on the possibility that the United Nations might send a team to probe the killings. “The UN is not my father,” he said – showing his toughness like Duterte.

Lacson’s Defense

Lacson, in a statement, pointed out that the UN rights chief “is not familiar” with the Philippine Constitution and its laws. He noted that all Philippine presidents enjoy immunity from suit during his or her term and that there has yet to be proof of state-sponsored killings in the country. “First, our president enjoys immunity from suit during his term. Second, no matter how many times a person in our country admits having committed murder, as long as there is no other evidence to corroborate his extrajudicial confession, the case cannot stand in any court of law,” Lacson said. “That UN official can shout to high heavens to investigate the President but unfortunately for him, he can’t get past that call,” he added. This might be true when it comes to local prosecution but how about the international court that led Thaksin to be charged with crimes against humanity? He for sure got get exiled from his country by a military coup – but they cannot do it without the backing of such international force just like during the EDSA revolt that forced the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos to step down.

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UN Security: To Punish North Korea For Nuclear Test

North Korea

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Pyongyang’s nuclear test will not go unscathed. The United Nations will make sure that punishment will be imposed to the violating country despite doubts. UK and UN for sure will not stop pestring the UN, Read it from News Sky:

The UK and the US are among UN members demanding tough new sanctions against Pyongyang, but experts doubt they will be effective.

The UN Security Council has said “significant measures” will be taken against North Korea after the secretive state defied sanctions and performed a nuclear test explosion.

In an emergency meeting on Friday night, members condemned the “brazen defiance” of Pyongyang – with US ambassador Samantha Power calling on the council to use “every tool at its disposal” to show Kim Jong-un there are consequences for his country’s actions.

The non-military actions taken by the UN Security Council will depend on China, a major ally to Pyongyang which fears any instability on the Korean peninsula.

It is unclear how effective further sanctions would be in curbing Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions.

North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 – and the impoverished country has continued to speed up the development of its nuclear and missile programmes even though fresh sanctions were enforced in March after months of negotiations, mainly between the US and China.

Professor Tadashi Kimiya, who specialises in Korean issues, told Reuters: “Sanctions have already been imposed on almost everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse.

“In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits.”

Pyongyang perceives neighbouring South Korea and the US as its main enemies, and said its Friday’s test – which caused a 5.0-magnitude seismic event – proved its scientists were capable of mounting a nuclear warhead on a medium-range ballistic missile.

Initial estimates suggest the nuclear detonation, the country’s fifth, was its most destructive yet – with an explosive power that was the equivalent of between 10,000 and 30,000 tonnes of TNT.

That could make the blast larger than the bomb dropped by the US on Hiroshima in World War Two.

The Pentagon is going to deploy a US Air Force plane to the region to collect air particles and debris in the atmosphere in an attempt to confirm the exact nature of North Korea’s test.

At a meeting of top security officials, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said: “We have to believe that Kim Jong-un’s mental state is spiralling out of control because he is not listening to any words from the international community or neighbouring countries in his attempt to cling to power.”

State television in North Korea said the successful test meant the country could produce “a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power at will”.

On the streets of its capital city, residents seemed delighted at the outcome, with one saying: “It’s really great news. Now I am full of confidence that if the enemies make any little provocations we will make a counter attack and we will surely win.”

Although the US has said it is open to diplomatic talks on the denuclearisation of North Korea, the last negotiations in 2008 collapsed.


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Duterte’s head is bigger now that he is Philippine President and told UN to back off

Philippine President

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s big and stinking mouth is again aimed at the United Nations and other critics on his brutal campaign against illegal drugs, that so far claimed at least 1,700 lives that has been condemned by international organizations.

The military was the witness when he accused the UN of breaking protocols upon issuing a statement expressing concern over the rising extrajudicial killings which are incited by his war on drugs speeches that seemed to have no limits.

“When I was mayor, you can really criticize me … call me names. But these dimwits forgot that I’m now a President and I represent a country,” this disrespectful comments were uttered by him at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario.

“Do not go outside to the media and start blabbering your mouth because I represent a sovereign state,” he boastfully continued. Many are wondering on the other hand how much more can the UN tolerate with this kind of provoking remarks from Duterte which by far unethical for a president?


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If Duterte cannot practice speaking diplomacy with UN, he should at least learn to swallow his words

Perfecto Yasay

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay is again making clarification regarding the President’s remarks that he would rather pull out from the UN if they are that unfair, after two UN envoys recently make connotations that his “shoot to kill” order has contributed to the rising extra judicial killings in the Philippines and must be stopped.

“We certainly are not leaving the UN,” Yasay Jr said in a recent press conference.

Yasay explained: “The President is understandably extremely disappointed and frustrated with this action of the special rapporteurs in arbitrarily concluding that these drug-related killings were done by or are at the instance of law enforcers. But I can assure you that he remains committed to the United Nations, of which the Philippines is one of the founding members.”


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