DUTERTE declared his new independent foreign policy: that Senator Bato should be free to enter the USA, or else the US can no longer park their warships in our country.
Reaction from fisherfolk who were driven out and knocked out by Chinese ships: How come the President didn’t protect us? What’s our difference with Bato? We catch more big fish than he does!
Activists are also scratching their heads: We have been marching for decades against the Visiting Forces Agreement, and all it takes pala is a hard rock to terminate it.
Filipinos are also wondering if the President can just cancel the visas of Chinese entering the country who are suspected of carrying coronavirus.
But the DDS said there’s no need for that, because we have experts who can stop foreign virus: TitoSen who can identify which fish is Chinese, and Attorney Acosta who can file a case on the virus.
The coronavirus was reported to have originated in Wuhan, a major industrial city in the central part of China. It was reported that their market cooks everything, from bats, to snakes, to camels. Kind of shows you that mixing animals in a congress isn’t good for public health.
As I am of Chinese descent, I feel bad that Wuhan is getting a bad reputation. You see, Wuhan is a historical city. It was the former capital of China in 1927 and during World War II. It was one of the sites of the Battle of the Red Cliff in ancient China.
Wuhan’s 11-million population is close to Metro Manila’s 12-million people. Wuhan is now on lockdown. Can you imagine Metro Manila on a lockdown, where no one can leave or enter the place? It’s like living the Pinoy Big Brother outbreak edition. With crocodiles in government lurking to take you.
Speaking of which, governance is taking a weird turn. The vice-mayor of Talisay, Batangas wants to defy Phivolcs’s warnings, saying is it God? And let’s all go home and let’s die together.
He must have confused constituency to a cult following.
Another weird case is Davao’s Regional Peace and Order Council, who wanted to close down a sanctuary of the UCCP for accommodating Lumad bakwit.
Peace and order for them has a new meaning: If you’re living in peace, we will order it to be disrupted. It happened to Marawi. And it’s happening still in Lumad areas.
Police are also defining peace as arresting a reporter in Carmen, Davao del Norte for covering a workers’ strike, and instilling no union zone in Calabarzon. Martial law may be gone only on paper.
Today is Chinese New Year. The president wants a fireworks ban in this celebration. I guess that’s his way of governance, a celebration of nothing.