Secession in ASEAN in offing?

By Estanislao Albano, Jr.

“ The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has rejected China’s sea claims.
This may lead to a secession. “

Former first lady Imelda Marcos turns 91 today.
All the more is it is impossible to arrest her these days.
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In urging Filipinos to celebrate because per his data, the number of Covid-19 cases fell below the 40,000 predicted by the University of the Philippines (UP) by the end of June, Presidential Spokesperson and UP alumnus Harry Roque sounded like Jared Kushner, a son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, who crowed that the 61,000 deaths in the UP sometime back was a “success” because the administration of his father-in-law effectively reined in the virus.
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After 36 days with no new Covid case, Bangkok is now back to normal.
At least, from the point of view of Malacanang, we can savor our national victory over the UP prediction.
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The UP is predicting that Malacanang Spokesperson and UP alumnus Roque will go back to loving the Philippines again in 2030.
Roque will declare that the UP is wrong on this score in 2029.
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Congressman Crispin Remulla of the 7th district of Cavite caught writing on a piece of paper during a flag ceremony.
He must have been thinking it was the Provincial Hymn of the Philippines.
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President Rodrigo Duterte defended Health Secretary Francisco Duque declaring he has never seen the latter being incompetent.
I am certain neither has Duque seen Duterte being incompetent.
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Malacanang Spokesman Roque said that the POGOs are free to leave the country if they cannot pay their taxes. This is after Roque reasoned that the POGOs could continue operating because they pay taxes which will help in the fight against the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.
I would rather wait for President Duterte’s position on the matter. My fearless forecast is that Roque was just blabbering when he made the statement and that in the end, the POGOs will still stay regardless if they pay taxes or not.
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Congressman Paolo Duterte has filed a bill seeking to rename Ninoy Aquino International Airport to PAPAPI or “Paliparang Pandaigdig na Pilipinas.”
I suggest that the tagline be PAPAPO as in “Paboritong Paliparan ng mga POGOs.”
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In a slap on the face of the Department of Justice, Olongapo City RTC Branch 72 Judge Richard Paradeza dismissed the case against Ronnel Mas, the teacher who put up a bounty for anyone who would kill President Duterte, on ground that the warrantless arrest was invalid.
Sometimes we do meet lawyers who listened and are living by the message of their oath-taking speakers. If only two percent of all lawyers in the country do likewise, we could not recognize our society from the way it is now and has been for a long time.
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Gen.Guillermo Eleazar conducted an aerial survey of Cebu City as part of the frantic efforts to slow down the surge of Covid-19 cases in the city.
Gen. Aerialzar, sir.
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An organization of health workers in the country want Health Secretary Francisco Duque to resign because five months after the onset of the pandemic, there is yet no clear plan on how to combat the dreaded virus.
Our problem is neither does Duque have a plan to resign.
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The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has rejected China’s sea claims.
This may lead to a secession.
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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is saying the Philippines cannot drive away the Chinese militia from disputed waters.
Let him and other DND people undergo apprenticeship on the job of defending national territory from the Indonesians and the Viatnamese.**

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