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MANILA BULLETIN
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the Philippines remains the “only country” in Southeast Asia that has yet to resume face-to-face learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
mb.com.ph/2021/02/18/ph-the-only-country-in-southeast-asia-without-face-to-face-classes-deped-says
Youths are out of school, or not learning in class GOTCHA - Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star) February 12, 2021
"The fact that teachers have to stand on rooftops just to get a signal is a condemnation of our state of affairs." Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star) February 17, 2021
MANILA BULLETIN
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday rallied lawmakers to heed calls for a thorough review of the government’s K to 12 Program, and the need to introduce drastic reforms to solve the country’s education crisis. Gatchalian wants review of K-12 program amid the pandemic ­_ February 25, 2021
MANILA BULLETIN
Teachers urge Duterte to rethink decision on face-to-face classes

The president stated on March 1 that he envisions the country returning to normalcy in 2023 therefore we can expect him to continue the insanity of shutting down schools and the economy as he keeps moving the goalposts of the coronavirus game. Somebody seems to love abnormal a great deal. Education is important and it is not just for educating our undernourished short kids. Normal school operations mean parents can go to work properly.

I had little idea how lousy awful their remote schooling implementation is until I stumbled on a Grade 5 public school paper module asking the pupil to write down his thoughts on how Microsoft PowerPoint can be applied to poster creation. Not that I think there are zero pupils capable of manipulating presentation software but who in his right mind will presume that all families can afford the luxury of a desktop Office suite that costs several thousand pesos? Or that technical writing gifts are superabundant in the ten-year-old population? Nuts, DepEd. Lowest score in the world.

The nation of Cebu needs a leader.

Gov. Gwen Garcia facebook
Governor Gwen Garcia found the recommendations to place Cebu in lockdown on the basis of mutations of the Covid-19 virus detected here to be "strange, if not premature". "Ay mo'g pataka dinha pang-rekomendar og lockdown, sayunan lang mo, no? Wa man gani mo mang-rekomendar og lockdown sa mga Metro Manila cities nga tag-as pud kaayo ang mga positive cases. I wonder why? Is it because ni-announce ko nga Cebu is open for domestic tourism now?" Garcia noted, adding that the lockdown would further hurt the Province's economy. #DontMessWithCebu

But first the Cebuanos should stop selling their votes starting with the 2022 election.

The Freeman
Leni Open To Run For President; Pacquiao, Chiz Top OCTA Senatorial Survey | OneNews.PH
The Freeman
Talisay fire victims receive help from Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. This time, the office of the senator has distributed assistance to 45 families
The Freeman
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque led yesterday the nationwide launching of Health Assistance on Recover and Rehabilitation for You (H.A.R.R.Y.) Med Assist in partnership with Cebu City Councilor Prisca Niña Mabatid. Roque launches medical assistance program in Cebu

A weak Cebu bows down to the Tagalog national language. We should ban it.

The Freeman
Gullas issued the statement yesterday on the occasion of the worldwide observance of International Mother Language Day. “When it comes to formal learning in schools, we should encourage English as the teaching language as early as possible,” said Gullas.

By the way if you want to understand why food is scarce and expensive, look up the column of Alex Magno:
Shortage _ Alex Magno (The Philippine Star) - February 18, 2021
Spike _ Alex Magno (The Philippine Star) - February 9, 2021
We have a food price regime higher than other neighboring countries. That explains high levels of poverty and malnutrition – along with their secondary effects such as poor literacy and low IQ levels.
There is no justice in putting the survival of inefficient producers over that of poor consumers. Our consumers have been screwed for too long by fake economics of protectionism.

In the Sunday reading's Genesis passage, Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac. God was pleased with the patriarch's absolute willingness to follow Him and he was blessed with the legacy of a great nation that lives on thousands of years later to this day. If you dislike blessings for your nation, just follow the path of China and Hitler. Or be struck like the non-Cebuano archbishop of Cebu who kept silent when Fiesta Senor Santo Nino was cancelled even as Manila's Nazareno feast was just half curtailed. GABA for the cowardice that has become our new faith. See how NBA-Lebron and Francis bend over to China.

The Freeman
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino have recovered from COVID-19. March 1, 2020
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will reportedly “force” Cebu Province to follow protocols... philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/2021/02/25/2080262/dilg-warns-cebu-gwen-says-province-compliant-covid-rules

Gwen posted a European report questioning if covid testing magic had been used to create an illusion intended to hype a supposedly out of control virus pandemic. That of the less than three million deaths attributed to coronavirus #19, a large number did not die of it per se or may never had been adversely infected before dying of other causes. (carmagop.com/PCRTesting-WerewWeDuped-9.pdf _ recommended high cycle count CT for PCR tests would produce an exorbitant number of false positives for COVID)

Tanzania has hovered in the 20 deaths 500 infections range this year, so it was rather strange yet familiar seeing another alarming headline hyping infection armageddon in an African country that is not one of those colder mixed race (or high Neanderthal strain) places that China's virus favors.

Al Jazeera English
After months of downplaying deadly disease, government officials have urged people to take precautions and wear masks. Tanzania COVID U-turn ‘a good move’ – but is it good enough?

INQUIRER.net
Malacañang announced on Saturday that the government’s Covid-19 task force has approved uniform travel protocols for all local government units. IATF OKs uniform travel protocols; No more mandatory Covid-19 test, quarantine unless…
Philstar.com
Metro Manila will be spending another month under general community quarantine along with eight other areas, Malacañang announced Saturday

In this government's covid comedy we saw this laughable episode where DILG threatened Gwen for defying in Cebu their quarantine overkill policy and then the following day going through the motions of lifting travel passes nationwide and then the following day deciding to maintain the extreme quarantine lockdown of the Manila region.

Their enjoyment of unlimited covid powers has been so addictive that they will never voluntarily end the forever quarantine fed psychoactively by their forever coronavirus zarzuela. "Federalism was Duterte’s campaign promise" was the Philstar column of Pedrosa last January 31 in which she pathetically evaded making the logical conclusion after it has long been clear that nothing is ever going to happen and that we have deteriorated into even worse fascistic nationalist centralism than from the time of Noynoy. Duterte has caused us more harm and so will the next president. Who might also remove more of our old Christian holidays but retain the new Chinese/Muslim ones.

China's virus has to date resulted in many more covid millionaires than actual covid deaths. Scam is the word. Soliven's column (Wretchedness _ Philstar) ragingly thunders "While many countries have learned how to deal with the aggressive virus, we seem to be defeated by it in many ways. Why can’t we conquer the virus? Why can’t we learn to live with it?"

 

February 2021

Trump Biden Duterte

Before anything else, let's mark out a distinction to those who criticize the president without any objective basis, to those who malign him not because of difference of opinion but because of conflict of their vested interests. Here is an example from the Tagalog ABS-CBN camp.

As happy as we should be that Tagalog broadcasting stations will find it harder to broadcast to us, it is not easy to ignore the faults of President Duterte, of the tough guy president who normalized the Tagalog cuss word putang ina. Many might find it adorable just as they did with Estrada but there is something wrong with this man, even more bizarre is like president like spokesman.

breitbart.com/asia/2021/01/01/philippine-president-dutertes-memorable-quotes-of-2020
• “I’ll eat that ash, and I’ll even pee on Taal, that damned [volcano].”
• "I love beautiful women. I have so many problems. When I was in the helicopter, I was thinking about a lot of things, but when I arrived here, it disappeared."
• “If we can’t handle this fucking coronavirus, I’ve been looking for it, because I want to slap the idiot [coronavirus].”
• “Shoot them dead.”
• “I can die, even if the plane crashes, I am very happy. You know why? Without declaring martial law, I dismantled the oligarchy."
• “My day begins at two o’clock in the afternoon until the evening, with no limits. From night until 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock in the morning.”
• “I want to swim. But these soldiers wouldn't allow me.”

MANILA BULLETIN After announcing that he was under isolation due to exposure to a COVID-19 patient, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque was actually vacationing in Boracay over the weekend

The spokesman's job must be so very extremely stressful he has to unwind as many times as he can at his favorite beach in distant Antique with his companions. And we probably would be very understanding of these officials' fragile emotional state of mind if only they were performing a good job or even just a half good job. Yet these guys cry about insinuations hurting their feelings, punctuated occasionally by the Tagalog putdown word manigas ka. So very confusing as in Biden professing devout Catholicism but committing to abortion on demand and gender bending.

INQUIRER.net
Agriculture Secretary William Dar. ‘That’s not fair,’ DA chief says on calls to resign over rising pork prices
ABC News
Nearly 3 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started. https://abcn.ws/2YZTlL3
INQUIRER.net
Protesters started rallying across Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon on Tuesday, defying warnings from the military
Rappler
Lai was arrested in August when about 200 police officers raided the newsroom of his Apple Daily tabloid newspaper. Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail in national security case
INQUIRER.net
The police chief of Silay, Negros Occidental on Tuesday said... quarantine violators, who were allegedly made to parade like zombies in their streets.
CDN Digital
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) that imposes a 60-day price ceiling on pork and chicken products in Metro Manila, Senator Bong Go announced Monday
Rappler _ "To buy a kilo of pork, for instance, could set you back P400 in some places. A kilo of chicken might cost P170." As food prices soar, Duterte allows return of ‘stagflation’ rappler.com
INQUIRER.net
The disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have plunged the Philippine economy into the deepest recession in more than two decades. business.inquirer.net/317368
CDN Digital
NBI-7 on February 9, 2021 announced that they filed a complaint against officials of PhilHealth - 7 and that of a private hospital that is based in Cebu City, accusing them of fraudulent activities involving COVID-19 claims.
The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas has seized a total of P5.1 million worth of shabu and arrested 142 drug personalities in just a week of buy-bust operations. philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/bottom-article-list/2021/02/09/2076414
Police encourage ‘virtual dating’ on V-Day philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-news/bottom-article-list/2021/02/10/2076667
WHO team leader says, lab leak 'very unlikely' COVID source gmanetwork.com/news/story/775317
Fox News
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a stark condemnation of President Joe Biden's abortion agenda on the day of his inauguration, arguing that he would advance "moral evil" on the "preeminent priority" for the faithful. Head of US bishops' conference warns Biden would 'advance moral evils and threaten human life'
Pope urges prompt release of detained Myanmar leaders newsinfo.inquirer.news
Fox News ABC News http://snstr.co/bJx
Pope Francis urged governments on Monday, February 8, to use the coronavirus crisis as a revolutionary opportunity to create a world that is more economically and environmentally just — and where basic health care is guaranteed for all. Pope seeks 'Copernican revolution' for post-COVID economy

American children AFAIK are those not older than 17 and being about ten percent of the infected American population, at least some of us should be interested in knowing how many of those who died from China's virus are from this age bracket, or are from the middle bracket, and then the old senior bracket. Knowledge is our most powerful weapon against the China virus and now that the expected whitewash of the WHO investigation of the Wuhan origin has completed, we need to come up with the truth on our own. Just don't ask the Chinaman whisperer of the president about it.

Right here they are too busy playing their game of scamdemic overblowing coronavirus in the Philippines such that gross neglect of other killer diseases and the threadbare sufficiency of local food production bites us deeper and deeper. It is the corrupts and the incompetents who brought this spate of historically high prices of foodstuffs and they are the ones who gain from our pain. Let us envy the bravery of the Burmese and Hongkongers who rise up against totalitarian abuse by the national socialists in power.

Back here we have the police ordering cancellation of Sinulog and parading on the street the quarantine violators they arbitrarily catch. Call it Soviet, call it Maoist, Islamic State Qaeda, Khmer Rogue or North Korean gangnam style, they will call it done in good faith. Read the Valentine message of the police, their mission has been changed and it is now to control your life.

Insofar as Biden is concerned, it is in our self-interest to hope he will not fail in keeping America away from harm. As far as Europe is concerned, there isn't much we can hope for from a place where too many leaders are like Francis. The man is preoccupied with Burma's undying junta or campaigning for a Copernican (whatever that means) world ecology and sociology instead of defending us against anti-Christian terror and fighting abortion in Argentina and Biden's America. But even worse than the pope is the useless mayor of Cebu.

Why stop at two masks, why not three or four or five? I've read that many times from others. Sales and marketing is the art and science of selling stuff. Now that the vaccine racket has been cornered they want to scrape the bottom of the barrel with more mask sales, simply beautiful. Scare people, and if that does not work profitably enough, force people. Kickvac, kickback, call it anything you want, it smells sweetly all the same to the ones in government pocketing the money.

The Republican Party is the most admirable political organization in the world. In the second impeachment farce, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy allowed their legislators to do as their conscience dictated and as prescribed by their good constitution. The mob does not own them.

Gloria was our country's most worthy president and during her time it would have been inconceivable that someone like Lacson would be the voice of dignity in 2021. He is shamed by the government's ass-lick kowtowing to China and scheming to extort America. Most people here would have wanted Trump punished for the unproven charge of incitement to insurrection even if he is no longer in office. So easy to look for fault in others but not in your own self, in your own president.

Lady Gaga Robredo had this controlled classroom reopening gimmick months back but now, to demonstrate once more how equally rotten as Duterte she is, the VP is screaming alarm at the reopening of more business establishments, regardless of how long the coronavirus dictators have delayed this. They are all in for big government and big abuse. Weeks ago the Pangilinans uploaded footage of the president demoing the National ID machine which then popped up his official personal card. He held it in his hand but when it was zoomed inward, the ID was an older one belonging to a different person not named Rodrigo Duterte. They deceive you because they have all the reason to believe that you accept their lies.

Of late it has been determined in America after multilateral coordination that the most efficient distribution of the vaccine would be straightfoward targeting of the 65-year plus population as this would certainly result in the swiftest reduction of China virus deaths overall. Hopefully they remain sensible there unlike us here who are maneuvering to exploit (our less urgent) vaccination for election vote buying, etc.

“Just stab them. Do not shoot because it’s noisy and you can easily get caught,” Duterte said. Duterte tells Filipinos to stab fraudsters who use his name in corruption interaksyon.philstar.com/politics-issues/2021/01/26/184285
The New York Times
..more than $80,000 a year.. Columbia students go on tuition strike, saying online classes aren’t worth full price.

All the frontliners who are hailed by the all-powerful state as heroes should prove their heroism by returning to regular work and not fearing to lay down their life in the line of duty. Definition of a hero, right? Not as one who is in it to take more money while "providing" dubious service. There should never have been a disruption in the first place: children in school and their parents at work except in the few places that had a frighteningly deadly pandemic. Food Jobs Education. Those are the three things the nationalist state put a lockdown on instead of the virus from China. It is as if the state considers us its enemy and China its friend or master.

nationalreview.com/corner/congresss-day By Yuval Levin - ..our distorted understanding of the character of our constitutional system: We overvalue the presidency.
Harvard Business Review
Good Leadership Is About Asking Good Questions hbr.org

In his February 3 podcast, Jonah Goldberg of The Dispatch demolished the pernicious mentality about the president being the daddy of a country, of being the leader whose authority is to be followed unconditionally. Congress is meant to be the superior branch of government, theoretically because your direct representative is there to stand for you. Other hand, the central-national scope of the executive branch translates to it not owing you much of anything. Leadership that does not consider every important side slithers to self-destructive tyranny. Duterte brashly takes responsibilty for anything because no one can hold him accountable anyway.

Trump's similarity to Isko and Duterte ends in their being celebrity-empowered politicos who lucked into riding one wave of populist demagoguery or another. The difference is that once elected, Trump had a real political party with him while over here in the Philippines, everything has been organized along the personality cult lines of national socialism since the time of Marcos and then Cory. This is what allows and motivates them to prolong the regime of lockdown and scam. Trump needed the Republican Party and never was it the other way around. America has strength that it needs to preserve, the Philippines only has weakness and it seems to want to become worse.

 

Corruption is all around

Is it a corrupt country that had imposed mask wearing on car drivers who are by themselves alone inside their vehicle from March 2020 up to January 2021? This president and the one before him advertised their anti-corruption single-mindedness but we never became better. More regulations, more power, more corruption from 2010 to 2022.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/01/30/2074049/corruption-index-philippines-slips-115th
Rappler
"Governance makes all the difference, and Duterte’s shambolic pandemic and economic responses are both rightly to blame for the Philippine economy’s tanking." JC Punongbayan. Duterte’s legacy: We’re the ‘sick man of Asia’ again
ABC News
Poland's economy shrank 2.8% during 2020 due to the pandemic, ending three decades of constant growth, according to preliminary figures released by the national statistical office.
Philippine Star
The economy plunged to its lowest last year since 1946 when government first started coming out with the data, contracting by 9.5 percent.
(thanks to self-inflicted Philippine lockdown harakiri)
https://mb.com.ph/2021/01/29/church-issues-new-oratio-imperata-for-protection-vs-covid-19
MANILA BULLETIN
JUST IN: No need to wear face mask when driving alone, Cabinet Sec Nograles clarifies - February 2
Philstar.com
Hours after presidential spokesman Harry Roque touted his international law experience and told a senator to enroll in one of his classes, the country's top diplomat said he would not heed the spokesman's musings on foreign policy - philstar.com/headlines/2021/02/02/2074798/locsin-tells-roque-lay-off-commenting-foreign-policy
'I AM NOT LISTENING TO HARRY ROQUE.' - inq.news/3thAKrV
Briones: DepEd to file raps vs. persons behind erroneous - modules gmanetwork.com/news/lite/news/nation/774139/briones-deped-to-file-raps-vs-persons-behind-erroneous-modules
INQUIRER.net
While he reiterated that his resignation was irrevocable, Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong admitted that he “cannot refuse” should President Rodrigo Duterte ask him to stay in his post as contact tracing czar. Baguio City mayor admits he ‘cannot refuse’ if Duterte asks him to stay - February 2

In a government comprised of qualified personnel (elected and appointed), you wouldn't see one of the coronavirus czars gracing a celebrity party where the partygoers ignore every protocol of the lockdown knowing full well that one of the highest authorities was present. Because they know exceptions are made all the time in corrupt countries. Corruption is less of a problem if more government personnel possessed competent qualification, that is why corruption harmed us less during the 2001-2010 administration. Now it is back to the Marcos-Aquino stink.

Marcos and Aquino made possible a national culture for the Philippines, the culture of corruption. The corrupt prefer that children be kept away from the schools, the only places where they can be properly educated. Lockdowns as they found out quickly are a nice way to make easy money. World Health Organization abetted China in spreading the Chinese virus globally in the first two months of 2020. WHO has no right, to repeat, this corrupt organization has no right to castigate hard-hit Europe for hoarding vaccines, the same vaccines developed by and manufactured by Europeans and Americans.

Education department is corrupt, that is why the education system it has dictated since the 1970's is continuously defective and substandard, lowest worldwide. One surefire way of encouraging more corruption is when the president absolves those who blunder while holding the tremendous powers and responsibilities appointed to them. No accountability, many corruptions. Many people would rather forget Angelo Reyes. He was a man of honor, the kind of man we had more of in the past. Blessed are those who have good men and women in their government.

The New York Times
Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ended up as neither after losing a power struggle with the army. Democracy Hero? Military Foil? Myanmar’s Leader Ends Up as Neither
Fox News
Friday incident where a distraught 9-year-old girl was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed. Rochester cops involved in pepper-spraying 9-year-old girl suspended - February 2
Anger after US police handcuff, pepper-spray 9-year-old girl gmanetwork.com/news/lite/story/774174
Breitbart
Texas Lawmakers File Bill to Ban Biological Males from Competing in Women's Sports

Burma and the Philippines are dystopian countries that are renowned for two world-famous widows worshiped as democracy leaders/icons. These two women had actually facilitated the transition of national socialist fascist elements in their respective countries to democratically-cloaked oligarchies. Burma has for 60 years had a panoply of generals and cohorts overseeing trades so illegal you'd think you were in the Philippines. Chinese control has never been stronger in both. The new US president had renewed American weakening as a result of his populist-proggie executive orders and consequentially Pyongyang and Iran are resuming old behavior. Women and girls and boys do not benefit from state-imposed wokeness.

open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/6/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download-low/proto/https/vpid/p091mfp6.mp3 _ Around the world, from schools to universities, boys are trailing girls in their academic performance. BBC World Service

The NBA can celebrate every month as Black History month if it wants to, it should remind itself though that it is a sports league that has been dominated by Black athletes for decades. Left alone, nature and societies create their own balance. Boys are on the average inferior to girls bio-immunologically even if they are born with bigger brains, etc. Boys used to grow up to be productive men back when schools and megacorporations did not impose artificial limitations on them. Girls have a role that should be defended and boys should be allowed once more to carry the world. Radical genderism is destructive. So is China and its virus.

We should look up to America if we want to correct our grievous political, economic and cultural mistakes. They have leaders there who are not into crazy big government stuff. Government is not a substitute god.

Noem and SH Sanders are politically conservative women who are the opposite of interventionist progwokies Harris, Clinton and Warren. Just as Barrett is the opposite of politically motivated SCOTUS Justice Ginsburg. In national socialism, the government is the master and keeper of the livestock. Expect that from the likes of Robredo and the daughter of Duterte. It's gonna be the same same with them.

 

Know this before you allow them to jab you with the vaccine of death from China.

The president guarantees Sinovac, and as usual he is once again boasting he will take responsibility but the consequences of command responsibility were always evaded in the past. Marawi jihad, drug fiasco, systemic abuse, plus, plus, plus. We have gone through eleven months of scamdemic orchestrated by and supported by individuals whose incomes are not disrupted by the non-stop lockdowns. Their pockets are in fact enhanced by enhanced quarantines that exceed martial law. During that time, at least the Marcos minions pretended to give UP Diliman respectful distance.

400,000 American lives lost to China's virus since February 2020 is believable but if the figure officially released by Philippine authorities right after January 18, 2021 is 10,000 Covid-dead Filipinos, half may be true and half may be a lie. Falsified death declarations and test results are to be expected from scammers. Proof of their dishonesty is their refusal to immediately disclose the kick-vac cost of their chosen made in China poison. One in nine hundred Americans have so far been killed by that virus from China. No American will ever accept a 'vaccine' made using obsolete and dangerous technology by the source country itself and sold at an exorbitant price. And allegedly subject to non-disclosure.

 

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