COVID19 surging again, vaccines coming in slowly — the powerful jumping the lines as usual. The favoured Duterte vaccine (initially used as SMUGGLED) still lacks documentation per FDA. You wonder how they green light purchase orders. But all Duterte can say is kill, kill, kill.
Duterte screams kill because, of course, it’s tokhang, jagainst perceived leftists this time. He orders troops to kill when they see armed rebels. But a judge just threw out the case against Lady Ann Salem because, clearly, evidence was planted, testimony manufactured.
Lady Ann’s case isn’t the first one thrown out because of spurious evidence. A series of court judgements have slapped police and the AFP with acquittals of their targets. Because their fiction won’t stand in court, they kill - after red tagging.
The government hysteria grows and they rampage as the High Court hears the legal challenges against an anti-terror law which codifies every abusive act they do today. The vitriol against activists, the political opposition and the media masks ugly fears...
Of anti-drug cops and agents of the Philippine drug enforcement agency turning a metro mall into the OK coral, both sides’ excuses so ridiculous... laying bare that four years of Tokhang have merely blurred the lines of criminality and governance.
The vaunted rule of law has been unmasked, however reluctantly, by government agencies as the opposite of that in Duterte’s drug war. And he lavishes thanks on China as it continues to plunder our waters. Even envoys wave off his lies ... on imaginary weapons stocking in “bases”
They can’t always get pet judges and so they kill. And Duterte hurls another unfounded lie - malls in the capital paying revolutionary taxes — as the dirt in his government spills out... dirt in pandemic management, in the vaccine rollout, in his drug war.
When was the last time we saw so many govt officials and agencies either call out Malacanang or stand their ground despite clear signs of unethical pushing and coercion? That’s the root of the tantrum. Dirt all around and he thinks he can cover it with the blood of citizens.
Duterte fulminates on his presidential platform because his proxies have had their ability to spout lies on social media suspended. They screech about being gagged when the sanctions are against messages plant lies and clearly foment violence against citizens.
That’s not going to stop their lies. Malacanang will pick up the slack. But it puts a spotlight on how dangerously this government is sliding into full blown tyranny. The greatest source of violence in PH is the government. Even the biggest lies can only cover up so much.
*sorry, should be messages that plant lies ...

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7 Mar
I hope the Supreme Court takes note of this. These are all legal activists. CRACKDOWN ALERT @karapatan southern tagalog describes the simultaneous raids as “tokhang-style” — similar to Duterte’s drug war operations. (Will translate in thread) At least 3 arrests, 3 dead. ImageImage
For context: Raids immediately followed Duterte’s growl for troops to kill when they see armed rebels. But remember, a judge just threw out the case against Lady Ann Salem because, clearly, evidence of arms planted, testimony manufactured. Other similar cases also dismissed.
1. Steve Mendoza, EVP of Olalia KMU arrested at his house in Mamatid, Cabuyao around 3:15 am
2. Mags Camoral, BAYAN Laguna Spokesperson at former Union head at Pangulo F-Tech, arrested at the HQ of Defend Yulo Farmers in San Isidro, Cabuyao, around 4 am
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4 Mar
Duh. Only idiots would buy into that “challenge” for VP @lenirobredo to accept funds from you to buy vaccines. Everyone knows how incompetence/corruption/lack of transparency caused the delay in transacting with vaccine makers and even friendly states. #DuterteLegacy
Memory lane. Duterte initially blustered against western vaccines in favor of those produced by his patrons, China and Russia. Slammed advance payments. We know how China ‘collects’ on favours and aid. Also it has been grossly lacking in transparency…
Memory lane. Why challenge the VP when the dudes in charge of the pandemic, your Tatay included, delayed negotiations with vaccine makers…
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28 Jan
Tyranny and corruption share a bed. (Thread)
The Red Tagging hysteria aims to divert attention from the Duterte regime’s wussy behavior towards Chinese aggression and the massive corruption by appointees who took advantage of a health crisis to line their pockets.
They now claim P15-billion missing isn’t, that it’s being “liquidated” by hundreds of hospitals. Like these were advances. But during the probe hearings and other times, other hospitals — including state hospitals — moaned about delays in reimbursements, as did the Ph Red Cross
The Duterte regime imposed a draconian lockdown starting March 2020. It dangled grandiose promises of mass hiring for contact tracing and for beleaguered hospitals. Duterte also tried to hold medical professionals with jobs abroad hostage to the regime’s theatrics.
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This is a thread on @EspinaNonoy ‘s FB which clearly shows what he means by a “mob howling for blood” — calling for summary execution of the killer cop. What follows is his post on the “attempt to twist the narrative of the uproar that followed the Paniqui executions.” (More)
The new lie, he notes, “blithely claims that so-called human rights advocates he been calling for the lynching of the cop and his kid while Duterte's disciples sought a trial.” (More)
“The truth is - and this is so easy to check on social media - the mob howling for blood, including that of the child, was made up of BOTH pro- and anti-Duterte partisans, though predominantly the former” (more)
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19 Dec 20
What really interests me is Vietnam: started its trial of a locally-developed COVID-19 vaccine Thursday... The country has kept its coronavirus tally to just above 1,400 cases and gone over two months without community transmission.…
Also ... “Last week, Indonesia received 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine made by China's Sinovac, with another 1.8 million set to arrive next month.” ... exactly how advanced (or delayed) is the evaluation and approval of potential vaccines in PH?
November — official DoH; in future tense: According to Galvez, the most critical stage is beginning phase of roadmap, w/c involves scientific evaluation and selection of vaccines. The DOH and the (DOST) are leading this phase.…
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19 Dec 20
The IATF is not running a tight ship ... could use the synonym “loose” to describe the quality of thought and logic of the country’s top leaders. That ball was dropped from up there and higher.… 3 mos after Pfizer approached but CDA not the issue here
Rappler has good report on convoluted procedures. Hardly a fan of Duque but IATF hand seen here… Duque often falls in step with the boss — who refuses to criticise him, eh?
Related to Duterte initially slamming western firms in Sept for seeking advance payment, the President eventually backtracked from stance in Nov. This is a Nov 19 story…
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