PH warned on Chinese debt trap

Legazpi City (April 17, 2017) – A former security official warned the Philippine government of Chinese intentions regarding its latest aid package to the country.

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Speaking in a television interview over ANC, former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez cautioned government policy-makers of what he called the “Chinese debt trap.”

Golez explained that the People’s Republic of China has now implemented a “charm offensive” to various neighbours not only in Southeast Asia but also in the Indian Ocean.

He reminds the administration that China remains a claimant of territories in the West Philippine Sea some of which are part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

The former legislator remarked that China have already implemented such foreign policy to countries some of which have fallen to its set-up.

Golez cited some economic woes of Sri Lanka which he believes are results of their mishandling of Chinese loans granted to them.

He evaluates that the Sri Lankan government may now be beholden to Chinese influence because of the former’s failure to properly implement the payment of the loans.

The former naval officer offered a solution for the Philippines citing the advances of Vietnam.

Golez expounded that Vietnam despite its recovery from war, was able to thwart any influential attempts by China.

He said that Vietnam balanced its economic and defense programs making it a force in the region China should contend with.

With this, Golez, who is also a university professor, suggested that the Philippines may adopt the Vietnam strategy if it were to remain firm in protecting its territory and its interests. (J. Garalde)

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Bautista faults hackers for ‘COMELEAK’

Legazpi City (Jan. 6, 2017) – The embattled chairman of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) blamed hackers for the data breach on their website in March last year.

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In a radio interview, Chairman Andres Bautista suspects that hackers were responsible for the infringement that exposed personal data of 77 Filipino million voters.

Bautista explained that no matter how much diligence any government agency does to secure its website, hackers always find ways to break in.

The chairman pointed out that computer hacking does not only happen in the Philippines but is in fact a worldwide occurrence.

He cited that even the United States was not spared particularly during their last elections.

Bautista said that he is saddened that the incident is being blamed solely on him.

The Aquino-appointed lawyer clarified that even as chairman of the COMELEC, he cannot possibly know every detail that is happening in each of the departments under him.

He expounded that they have an Information Technology (IT) Department who reports to the COMELEC en banc.

The commissioners in turn, he said, base their decisions on the recommendations of these department heads.

Bautista also questioned the validity of the recommendation of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to have him charged with gross negligence.

The chairman wants to know if there is in fact an existing provision in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) that would pin him for the indictment.

He also justified that the said breach did not in any way compromise the May 9 Elections.

Meanwhile, the NPC announced that they have already provided evidence to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the prosecution of Chairman Bautista.

NPC Chairman Raymund Liboro, explained that the recommendation for prosecution was not only about the date breach but also involved the alleged failure of the chairman to create policies to secure the information and at the very least designate a data protection officer.

These, Liboro said, are violations of RA10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012. (J. Garalde)

OPINION: Media, schools and self-seeking politicians by Atty. Oliver Olaybal

At the forefront of the Marcos burial hullabaloo are radio-TV networks, Metro Manila schools and misguided politicians.

They denigrate former president Ferdinand E. Marcos over the conduct of his presidency.

The “enlightened” schools provide manpower for the detractors.

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They mouth slogans, vilification and diatribes against someone they never came to know in their lifetime, or since birth.

It is not clear though who finances this regimentation of manpower and sloganeering that detracts from actual issues of the day.

Some politicians, left or right, inappropriately take advantage of the groundswell of scholastic upheaval on the Marcos burial issue.

It is doubtful if these people who want to divide the country realize the irrelevance of their cause.

As to killings, the number of Filipinos killed in the “war against drugs” in the last five months are nearly treble the number of those killed during martial law some 44 years ago.

The oncoming UN rapporteurs will have occasion to confirm this.

The lives of the bigger number of Filipinos who get killed today are not any less significant than those who got killed four decades ago.

As to possible misuse of public funds, the funds of the Philippine revolutionary government held by Gen. Antonio Luna that irretrievably passed into the hands of Ysidra Cojuangco were not any less valuable than the funds of the martial law administration.

Would not these activists also denounce to high heavens both Antonio and Ysidra for failure to return to the revolutionary government the funds that Antonio had left to Ysidra?

And would not the present Congress conduct a congressional inquiry into the illicit affair between the two, given the Congressmen’s “high moral standard?”

What is not discussed in public conversations carried by the mass media is that Marcos earned billions of dollars by way of commissions in black gold transactions (petroleum oil).

The commodity was imported into the Philippines over the years by private oil companies.

His dollar commissions were salted abroad.

These were private funds belonging to private oil companies.

The crime committed was at the least influence peddling, not malversation of public funds.

As to authoritarianism, declared martial rule is not any different from de facto martial law.

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Where people get killed today without undergoing court trial, the undeclared authoritarian rule is as abominable as declared martial rule.

It is not even safe now to be seeking help from the powers that be.

The Odicta spouses were gunned down after seeing the DILG secretary.

Mayor Espinosa got killed after he reported to the PNP Chief and was allowed to spend a week at the White House in Camp Crame.

No one could be sure now as to the eventual fate of Ronnie Dayan.

The Marcos detractors are not complaining against the authoritarianism of today.

They appear to be tolerant of today’s killings but intolerant of killings that took place 44 years ago.

The previous killings must be more pernicious than the killings of today.

The country need not be distracted from the real issues of today.

And our children need not be misled on issues they do not understand. (November 25, 2016)