Bzzzzz: Trump or Hillary, neither is Duterte’s idol or friend

WOULD a Donald Trump presidency be more friendly to President Rodrigo Duterte than a Hillary Clinton at the White House?

Hillary chided Duterte last Sept. 6 after he had called U.S. President Obama a “son of a whore.” She told him “have some respect.” While admitting the “lot of ties” between the two countries and the need for continuing the relationship, mutual respect is needed, Hillary said.

If Trump would win, he already had insulted Duterte. In the “New York Times” list of 282 people, things and places the GOP candidate has insulted since he began his bid for the presidency, the Filipino president occupies a slot. And the insult? (Rodrigo Duterte is) terrible.”

But Duterte apparently wouldn’t care if the new U.S. president would be cool or even hostile to him. He already made known that he’s veering towards Russia and China.

When asked earlier who he’d prefer to win in the U.S. elections, he refused to disclose his choice. Instead, he said his “idol” was Russia’s “(Vladimir) Putin.”

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The Baybay jail killings

BOTH the CIDG crew and the Baybay City jail guards have to account for what happened there last Saturday dawn:

-- The CIDG raiders for the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and his fellow detainee, alleged drug pusher Raul Yap. The highly suspicious circumstances of the killing indicate a rubout inside a government a facility on the pretext of searching for illegal drugs.

-- The Baybay jail guards for the failure to protect the detainees in their custody, If they can’t prove they were forced at gunpoint not to meddle, they may be suspected of colluding with the search team. They are also accountable for the guns and illegal drugs that were allegedly seized from the victims. How did they get in and when: before the “shootout” or after the blaze of gunfire?

Other murky areas that need some light:

-- Why there was a need for a search warrant when Mayor Espinosa was already locked up in jail, a government facility protected by armed jail guards;

-- Since there was reportedly a search warrant, did it specify the jail as the place of search per requirement of procedural rules? Who swore that there were prohibited drugs in the jail, which persuaded the judge to issue the warrant?

-- There were reportedly 15 armed men of the CIDG who were sent for the jail search. The mayor must have been deranged to fire at the search party.

-- If Espinosa and Yap had separate cells, how come Yap was also shot dead? Yap must have been as suicidal as the mayor.

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