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Notwithstanding ongoing criticisms against his administration and its policies, particularly on corruption in government, and his remarks against women and religion, much more of a God that distinguishes one form the other, Pres. Duterte said he wants the military and the police to exercise maximum tolerance against protesters during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23.

Duterte told the police and military if possible, carry with them only shields and batons during the SONA, and leave behind their long arms – rifles.

“I will tell the military and the police, exercise maximum tolerance,” adding in Pilipino, “Just keep on retreating and do not meet them. Duterte said Friday evening.

Also in Pilipino, Duterte gave hem another unusual instruction, do some sacrifices, “if they spit on you, and the foreigners would curse on you, just let them.,” he added.

“But I’m not asking you to die. Just retreat and retreat, and retreat, until you fall into the Pasig River.”

He was, of course, clearly jesting, for such a stunt is next to impossible..

According to Duterte, he has delivered many changes in the government but said that people, especially women, can still march to the Batasan Pambansa to air their grievances.

Watch his concluding statement, which appears as a danger sign, protesters should act within the bounds of the law; maintain a peaceful conduct of rallies, marches and demonstrations; and remain vigilant of possible infiltrators who may instigate violence. https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

Meaning only one ting, when violence erupts – attack.

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Solicitor General Jose Calida, representing the Commission on Elections (Comelec), supported the 50-percent shading in ballots in the recount of votes cast in the 2016 vice presidential elections, in connection with the electoral protest of  former Sen. Bongbong Marcos.

Calida asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to affirm its April 10 decision applying the 50-percent threshold, a move that could cost Vice President Leni Robredo votes in the recount.

A 50-percent threshold means only ballots on which the ovals have been shaded by at least half would be counted in favor of a candidate, while a 25-percent threshold means the  vote is invalid.

Goodbye, VP-implant Leo Robredo.

Calida told the PET in his 21-page motion that the 50-percent threshold “is not unreasonable, because the recount of ballots in election protests is done manually.”

He also cited the PET’s own view that the imposition of the 50-percent threshold “is based on the inability of the human eye to distinguish the 25-percent threshold.”

Likewise, he argued, the application of the 50-percent threshold will not disenfranchise voters, citing Comelec’s instruction to voters to fully shade the ovals on the ballots.

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Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana warned Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison that he would be “made to account for [his] sins” over the years if he comes home from self-exile in the Netherlands. He will be jailed, it basically meant.

But here’s a twist to that - actually another Duterte crack. Contrary to the Lorenzana warning, in May Duterte assured that he would not order Sison’s arrest even “if nothing happens” in the peace negotiations between the government and the communist camp.

No jailing, right but he threatened to “kill” Sison if the peace talks failed, which is looming to be a reality.

Thus, SS doesn’t think there is need for that Lorenzana warning. The Duterte has cracked the mode, and Sison may now be cowering in fear at the thought of returning to the country.




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