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Tingting relents, to run for senator in 2013


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, the Holy Bible).

ROXAS CHINA TRIP: COMMUNICATION LINES NOW OPEN AGAIN: If there is anything good that came out of the trip to China of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, it is the re-establishment of a direct communication link between the Philippine and Chinese governments, enabling their leaders to talk directly with one another over the West Philippine Sea dispute without having to go through back-door negotiators.

An open and direct communication link is necessary to avoid miscues and miscalculations that back-door negotiations are likely to produce, just like what we are experiencing now in the case of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Indeed, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Back-door negotiations, especially by inexperienced negotiators whose motives are even questionable, can only lead to a war that we may all regret.

THINGS TO EXPLAIN IN TRILLANES CHINA CAPER: I guess that, in the hustle and bustle of this controversy over Trillanes having undertaken back-door negotiations with unnamed Chinese leaders over the West Philippine Sea issue, some things are being glossed over here. These things must be satisfactorily cleared and explained, for they are now dividing the whole country.

One: why did Malacañang and President Aquino choose Trillanes to be a back-door negotiator? What was it that prompted the Office of the President to allow Trillanes to negotiate with Chinese officials, over and above what the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and our former Ambassador to China were doing? What made Trillanes so special that he was the one chosen?

Two: why was there a need for a back-door negotiation? Were the efforts of DFA Secretary Alberto Del Rosario and Sonia Brady, the former ambassador, unsatisfactory? If so, why were they not told about it so that they could have changed tack in their directions?

QUESTIONS ON TRILLANES BACK-DOOR NEGOTIATIONS: Three: what were the instructions of Malacañang to Trillanes? What was Trillanes supposed to tell China? What was he supposed to do? What was he supposed to achieve? And then, has Trillanes submitted any report about what he told Chinese leaders and what he did during his trips to China?

Four: what commitments, if any, did Trillanes make? And how did he choose who among the Chinese leaders to talk to? In fact, who did Trillanes talk to in China? Were they really high enough in the Chinese government to merit his talking to them?

Fifth: did Trillanes really succeed in his back-door negotiations, as he has been claiming? How come Malacanang is saying he only managed “little successes” and not the “great successes that eased tensions” Trillanes is bruiting about?

TINGTING ACCEPTS CHALLENGE TO RUN FOR SENATOR: My friend, Gerardo V. Eusebio, posted in his Facebook account pictures of Ms. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, former Tarlac governor and wife of former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., visiting Bacolod City and Iloilo City during the weekend, and being warmly received by ranking officials of those places and by great crowds as well. This indicates Tingting is accepting the requests for her to run for senator in 2013. Go, go, Tingting!

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