SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines — Muslim rebels in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors Saturday, as part of a peace treaty aimed at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency that has left about 150,000 people dead. Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/07/1949857/milf-fighters-hand-guns-muslim-peace-deal#DiOU663LtLt1MUTB.99 MILF de-fanged. Oh yeah DU-30!
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law creating the Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA), a body tasked to manage and supervise all airports in Davao Region, including the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.
Under Republic Act (RA) 11457 that the President signed on August 30, the DIAA will operate under the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Davao Airport is very safe, but not as modern as Taglibaran. Too disappointed with the Alona Vita Hotel and the beach, which is only suitable for swimming at high tide, to return there. The only thing nice about the hotel was the tables and chairs on the beach in front of their bar/restaurant.
Near S. Cotobato, they went bombing again and killed a number of more innocent neighbors last week. It's a shame. It's unproductive. It's suicidal. I wouldn't put these debutantes of Sharia, in charge of a bird cage. All of it ego. All of it tragic. It is very sad, indeed.
Guys, something to think about, Mindanao has been a Muslim state for decades if not centuries. They have caused the RP nothing but heartache ever since. They are a breeding ground for terrorists and Jihadists and the RP Government is well aware.
What if the RP would declare MIDANAO A TERRORIST STATE and asked for help from other countries?
What if the RP would declare that Mindanao is no longer part of the RP and therefore treated them like a border country? Requiring passports, visas, background checks etc? Trade could continue but with different parameters?
Would this scenario solve the problem or create more problems?
Now I know many critics will say "all of Mindanao is not terrorists" places like CDO etc. But sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand, don't you think?
How many more innocent people have to die at the hands of these JIHADISTS until someone says enough is enough.
The RP has tried treaties, negotiating and war but nothing seems to work and to be honest it never will.
mootpoint20 North & South Cotobato, Isulan are not safe. My wife is from Isulan. I’ve been there, and to Toka where I was the second Westerner ever to go there. If you’re looking for a gun to hire, that’s where you go. That area gets constant bombings. My wife is from Isulan and mostly remembers her older sister grabbing her and running into the jungle all the time in her childhood. Now the NPA make their final stand.. If only the Netherlands would extradite Joma Sison, then this wouldn’t be happening. He deserves assignation with all the blood of innocents dripping from his hands.
Robertdav298 With the recent passage of the Boro Islamic Law, the MILF are disarming. The war is over. The MNLF are charged with the cleanup of insurgents. During the Moro conflict over 120,000 civilians were killed since 1969 when it began. There is still the Abu Sayyef to neutralise. Islam is intolerant and will always be problematic.
Robert - The RP should be able to do whatever it wants with it's own Country! I believe in drawing that line in the sand. Why can't they leave CDO and other safe places alone - and send their Military in where it needs to go and start doing what they did to the drug lords of Davao?
I realize that the repercussions would be great. Churches bombed mid-service, malls, etc. Trucks driving down sidewalks. Before that happens you have to go in full force and just blow them away with a massive attack. There will be Collateral Damage, unfortunately. But even those sweet little kids will grow up to be killers - so it's like stepping on Baby Asps or Cobras - before they get big and dangerous. It must be brutal - because These People have Chosen Brutality FIRST!! Just like Rambo in First Blood. The Jihadists have drawn First Blood - and MUST go down! Them and any one even slightly associated with them.
Is this a cruel way to go? Not if they have chosen to be cruel to one innocent person first - which they always choose to do. If they want to die for Allah so much, why not fulfill their dream and ram grenades down their Jihadist Throats!!
Is it because the RP Military is not strong enough? Do they need help from Australia or the USA? I ask sincerely. Is DU30 afraid of being intolerant of another religion? Which he would not be. He would be intolerant of a bunch of bloody murderers and a Culture of Death, Mayhem, Chaos, and Murder. At this point, it's not about getting Jihadists. It's about protecting the rest of the Citizenry!!
Look what Trump and other forces did to ISIS in the Middle East. Yes, they are still active but nothing remotely close to what they were doing in Iraq and Syria. They almost took over entire Countries. Now their 2 main rulers are dead and they are on the run. Thank God!!
And another thing that is driving me crazy - Ever since i heard about those F*!king Chinese going in and capturing little children to harvest their organs, I can hardly bear it!! I have never heard of anything so blatantly cruel and disgusting. I pray that God wipes these bast*!ds off the face of The Planet. I wish DU 30 would get drones, Secret Police, etc into these areas to find out what is going on. And then get guys in there with Rocket Launchers and knock the helicopters outta the sky. If it happened consistently for a few times, word would get around and those jerks would be too afraid to continue.
End of Rant. It's Friday the 13th with a Full Moon and I'm Feelin' It!!! Hahaha....
But here is the thing D30 does not have the manpower to wipe these guys out, not only that.....these bastards fight then run into the jungle and hide its like a constant skirmish. We tried this in VIETNAM......it doesn't work. If you know your geography INdonesia and Malaysia are both MUSLIM countries and a mere palm boat ride away from the RP and the RP does not have the COAST GUARD or manpower to patrol this region. It is a well published fact that drugs and munitions are constantly coming in from Indonesia. China drug lords will send drugs thru Indonesia to the RP. Like I stated previously this has been going on for decades.
Fader & Robert - it’s the NPA and AbuSayeff that are the sh#ters, not the Muslims anymore. The Moro rebellion is over. The cross hairs are now levelled on the IS inspired Abu Sayyef and (worse yet) the NPA. The PNP just took out an NPA bomb making cell in Talomo near me. The chis-mis (local gossip) fingered them. Everyone here pays close attention to everyone else, especially the pinay’s.
Gosling - so the NPA is Communist, I gather from your comments. Please correct me if I am wrong. Hmmmm, so it's not the Muslims anymore. Very interesting. Well, if the RP was able to deal somewhat with the Muslims, can't it do some damage to the Commies? I understand the lack of manpower issue in the Military. I had a feeling that it was a problem. My Tax Dollars fuel the USA Military around the World. I'd rather see some of that happen in the RP. I would LOVE to see the USA / RP Relationship grow a lot stronger. I've always felt that the RP was an outstanding Ally.
darkfader24 The armed wing of the CPP is called the New People’s Army with an estimated strength of nearly 3,200 militants in 2015 and have fought a battle to overthrow the RP with the goal of severing its ties to the US. Since August 2002, Jose Maria Sison has been classified as a "person supporting terrorism" by the United States. He is supported by the Chinese, North Korea, and former members of the defunct Malaya communist party who supplied the NPA with and unknown number of type 56 AK-47 assault rifles. The European Union's second highest court ruled in September 2009 to delist Jose Sison as a "person supporting terrorism" and reversed a decision by member governments to freeze assets. He is a recognized political refugee in The Netherlands and enjoys the protection of the Refugee Convention and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. President Rodrigo Duterte officially designated the group as a terrorist organization in late 2017. In August 2019, Duterte issued over 3,500 arrest warrants for every NPA member, and Jose Sison, but the Netherlands refuses to extradite him. Muslims as well as Christians oppose the NPA because they take over jungle villages and tax the poor rice growers.
Goslig - Re: The NPA, Jose Sison, etc. Thank you for the 411 (Information). I really need a lot of info on the RP - since I have lived 65 years entirely in the USA. I am gobbling it all up and find it fascinating. I read a lot on different sites and actually get most of my knowledge from here. I am a History nut, and love Anthropology, ancient and Modern. I wanted to be an Archaeologist but ended up in Music Composing, Studio Guitarist, Grammy Nominated Record Producer and Recording Engineer. I've worked in Recording Studios from NYC to LA - and a lot in between.
I am loving learning all about the history, various cultures, cuisines, topology/geography. There is waaaay too much to ingest, since there are 7,000 plus Islands and many people groups, but I will take it one step at a time.
This is one of the reasons that I want to get together with you. Not only for your stories growing up - and living in the hood (you know that I also grew up "In tha hood" in Philly - 1950s and 60s.) Then, Gallup, NM where I learned a lot about Native-American Culture - mostly Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and other Pueblos.
Not only for your USA stories but also for your knowledge and experiences in the RP. I plan on being there, God willing, in 10 months or so after my Social Security kicks in. I have also seen the rough side. I graduated Hi School a year early. Turned 17 and went far from home. Lived in a 58 Thunderbird that almost never ran and subsisted on "Dumpster Diving" - getting food thrown out by Grocery Stores that was just fine. BTW - I am old also. At least I feel it - with extreme Diabetes. I almost died 3 years ago. 4 Doctors said they need to do a case study on me because I have some extremely rare issues - and should have been dead around 18 years ago, but here I am alive. And I work between 80 and 100 hours a week - I have several clients that keep me going 7 days a week. Literally. I typically work 16 to 20 hour days - partially what put me in the hospital to begin with. OK - Enough about Boring me.
darkfader24 You have had a very interesting life too.I would like to recommend Elmore Leanord’s Western Stories if you like reading. Working for the Fed.’s for 17 years, I was clocking about the same number of hours as you, lots of travel in all sorts of planes, boats and cars. It stays about -35 cl. In the winter up North, with about 6 hours of sunlight. I went down unmarked logging roads for hours with bush directions to bands that the RCMP didn’t know existed. I saw a lot of wild life. Packs of wolves leaping through fields in snow fog, cougar, moose, elk, bears & lots of Eagles. Never wanted to be tied to a desk. Making your move here is perfect timing. Look up Victosa for your diabetes. That’s what I take. You have to use an injectible pen. I’ll find a way to meet up with you. I have 2 fake knees that I lost to arthritis and a broken back, but still get around OK and swim like a fish.
Goslig - I will look up Victosa. Never heard of it. I am currently injecting Toujeo - I get it outta Canada at less than half the price for the exact same thing in the States. Less than half the price including shipping in a extra insulated container with dry ice. Go figure. Congress people are in the back pockets of Big Pharma. Isn't it obvious? I mean - it's just a Border - an imaginary line - and yet the same stuff is less than half the $$$. What makes me sad is that there are people that cannot afford it and are dying because of Big Pharma greed.
darkfader24 Sadly pharmaceutical prices in the Philippines are almost twice as much compared to Canada. One 25 mg. tablet of Vi#gra (forbidden word?) cost 1250 p. Not in my budget, but I get along OK without it.
darkfader24 I don’t find you boring at all. This forum group is coming together & showing the first signs of group intimacy where members can talk a little about themselves safely. You, RobertDav and others have set a new (refreshing) tone. I’ve hung out here for 8 years and this is the best it has ever been.
Goslig - Re: Pharmaceutical costs ("Drug" cost - would be a bad phrase there, I would think. Don't want to get shot.) - Sounds like the cost of things in the States. But the States is 10 times wealthier! How can poor Filipinos afford any of it? Forget the little blue pill - I'm talking life saving "Pharmaceuticals". I guess they just suffer and many die..... Tears. I can't believe it. Are you guys joking - or are you serious about the "V" Word - the little blue pill, being verba non grata?? I gathered by your's and LovePhilly's tweaked spelling that you are serious!! Man, if so, I REALLY DO have a lot to learn about the RP!!
darkfader24 I am finding drug costs around 25% more than in Canada. My heath care plan pick’s up 80% of my proscribed drug costs anyway. Allianz Health Care one of the perks of being a Federal Public Servant.
Goslig - Yes I have heard that Cialis is much better and also much costlier than V#!gra. Due to age, severe diabetes, heart / blood pressure, and "Clonidine" (a blood pressure medication singled out to cause ED) - I am in really bad shape. My Doctor so far has refused to prescribe anything of that nature for me. Maybe he is concerned about blood pressure issues with The V and C Pills. He doesn't want me to die in my Wife's arms - hahaha!! Well, I might NOT die in my Wife's arms if I can't get together. Wait!! Did I just hear the front door slam and her car driving away.......... By the way, there used to be a hard rock band called Alice In Chains. I'm forming an older gentlemen's cover band and calling it "Cialis In Chains". Uhhhhh.........
darkfader24 Working in the max psych ward you cannot use pain control. Aggravates the patient with unbelievable levels of adrenaline. It also agitates all the other monkeys too. Only one locked room. In a life/death situation with no back up (understaffed) the shrinks look the other way if you apply pressure to the carotid artery. I never passed anyone out, but they settled when they saw where they were headed. During that time I was running 30-40 miles a week and doing weights. We had a wrestler from the Canadian Olympic team (Allan Swatrzberg) who helped design out two man take down: a solid rear bear hug with legs control (a lever hold combined with a toe hold). The indigenous females were the worst, little bob cats. If a big Male was going ballistic in his room, we sent in our prettiest nurse with a fantastic bust line to talk with (and distract) him. Worked better than drugs. You learn to deal with agitation like a drowning victim, using a friendly humorous intervention. All in all, the staff were far more difficult to deal with than the patients. I was their supervisor. I had to quit because of burn-out.
darkfader24 I remember Alice in Chains. I have bad hypertension or hardening of my arteries. I take Vicoram for that. Makes all your veins and arteries like cooked spaghetti. That’s also why I do a 500 meter swim (weather permitting) three times a week. Pure mindfulness far off the beach looking at the palms and hearing keroke singing.
Goslig, Just Google Canadian Pharmacy to but Cialis at around 100php a tablet - depends on strength and volume you buy. Arrives in a brown envelope each time, about 10 days after placing the order. The envelope comes from India. Works well and i agree that Cialis works and tastes much better than Viag..
gypsyquokka Thanks for the tip. Moving to Tacloban as soon as we get our clean title. Will be looking for a house around Palo not to far from the beach. My wife and I will travel there again in the near future. We stay at the Summit next to Robinsons
Goslig - Wow! You have had quite a Life! It sounds like it's been pretty tough, but very interesting. You've done so many different things. To me it's interesting how many things we can fall into in a lifetime - things that we didn't necessarily have a formal education in, and yet through OJT and experience we can become experts in. :-)
Do u know if they post & deliver 'Valium' as I suffer severe anxiety?Dr's in the Philippines only perscribe 5 a time & u have to keep goeing back & paying at the hospital.Dr's in Australia perscribe a full bottle which is 50 tablets.
mactan64 I take alprazolam for anxiety. If you Google it, you can see that it is used to treat General Anxiety Disorder. It is a benzodiazepine like Valium. I get 30 tablets each prescription. That seems to be the most they give you here in Davao per month. I only take one rarely when I get a panic attack. Unfortunate byproduct of my past.
LovePhilly I have used Lorazepam, sold under the brand name Ativan, and found it best for long flights. The antihistamine, Chlorpheniramine Maleate is very good for inducing deep sleep. I take it with one naproxen. Neither is prescription medication.
Robertdav298 He’s still here not far from me in Mintal. He’s a Welshman though. They’re different. UK is so different everywhere you go. I like the Irish the best. Tremendous emigration of their young people to Canada and almost no immigration. Their accent changes so much from one county to the next one that they have a hard time understanding each other. I worked 17 years with a Welshman. They are solid & dependable blokes.
https://opinion.inquirer.net/124022/duterte-worried-about-the-2022-race Duterte is leaving office. Lascon (got away with murder of an aide), is a Mar Roxas buddy and he might get it. Leni Roberto too weak & dangerous . Both liberal party leaning. Grace Poe, well maybe??
mattinnorfolk - it’s a brand new city, new malls, solar powered buses, the beach sand is coarse enough that you don’t sink down a foot at the waters edge. The Waryai are probably the most friendly people in the Philippines. The women are more conservative than the Pinay where I live in Davao. It is less polluted. Property values are good. Then Samar Island is just next door with its pink and white sand ( though still a little NPA infested for my likes). Southern Leyte has incredible marine life, for snorkelling and scuba. That’s a day drive away. I don’t care for cities over I don’t care for cities over 250,000. It has a population of 242,089 (2019). You can buy a two story house on a big lot for 2.5 m/p. Many buy nice condos and then rent them out on AirBNB. All my wife’s large group of friends are there. They have the best” Bahalina “Tuba (coconut wine 18% that is red) in the Philippines 250 p. for one gallon.
darkfader24 Think cloak and dagger. Mar Roxas alibied Sen. Panfilo Lacson who had fled arrest in the Philippines. Then he came back. Here is today’s story, a recap: ABS-CBN September 17, 2019 Dacer daughter to govt: Unmask Aquino bosses. A daughter of murdered public relations executive Salvador "Bubby" Dacer said Wednesday that authorities should run after those who ordered the killing. Carina Dacer appealed for action as Michael Ray Aquino, one of the suspects in the murder, pleaded guilty on charges of unauthorized possession of classified US government documents. She urged Philippine government officials to continue investigating the case of her father and his slain driver, Emmanuel Corbito. She said that her family "somehow felt happy" after hearing the news about Aquino's detention and court hearing. If convicted, Aquino could face a minimum of three to six years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled on October 30. Aquino, meanwhile, remains in jail in New Jersey. Carina, however, said authorities should unmask Aquino's bosses who ordered him to steal top-secret documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White house through former US marine Leandro Aragoncillo. "[Aquino] only receives orders, like everyone else who [were] jailed for my father's murder, they only took orders," the US-based Carina said in a Magandang Umaga Pilipinas interview. With Aquino's guilty plea, he avoided a more serious charge of espionage and a possible life sentence. Aquino and former senior superintendent Cesar Mancao, both former aides of national police chief-turned- Sen. Panfilo Lacson, are facing double murder charges for their alleged involvement in the abudction-slay of Dacer and Corbito in November 2000. Mancao was arrested in Florida in April and could be used as witness in the espionage case. Carina said she hopes the murder cases of Aquino and Mancao would move faster in court so that Philippine authorities can arrest Lacson's former aide after serving his prison term. Aquino is expected to be deported to the Philippines following imprisonment. According to US Attorney Christopher J. Christie, "Aquino is now an admitted spy, who cultivated and used Aragoncillo, a willing accomplice, to transfer US intelligence secrets abroad." "He (Aquino) did this at the behest of a high-level government official in the Philippine legislature. We view that as a grave intrusion on the integrity of our national security and we will seek the longest prison sentence possible for Aquino," he added. Aside from Lacson, investigators said Aragoncillo passed on the documents to opposition politicians in the Philippines, including former president Joseph Estrada and ex-speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella. INTERESTING NA!
Robertdav298 SERNAI got so fed up with the constant insults from a few Americans on the Forum that hounded him relentlessly for weeks to the point where he unsubscribed All he did was defend the record of safety of Davao City. These same Forum members have turned off others too, Asawa to mention one. They hounded me too. I posted about this before. So I unsubscribed for a while to give it a break for several months and came back. Just look at the topic “Guess Who” to figure out who are the trouble makers.
mattinnorfolk There are 4 local hospitals in Toril just outside of Davao where I live. My doctor only charges me 100 pesos a visit. He even gives me blank subscription pad pages to write my own for non-controlled drugs, but I don’t. He has perfect English and we like each other. My cardiologist downtown is the best in Davao and he charges 375 pesos. Mercury Drugs has the best stocks. Don’t forget to get the PureForce app with GPS for all 911 emergencies. It also posts floods, storms and other weather warnings. Instant emergency service and it has family tracking too.
mattinnorfolk if you’re thinking of going there, I stayed at the Summit Hotel just a few steps from the big Robinson’s Mall. The Summits breakfast was fantastic. Really nice rooms and a small pool. The Summit is the newest hotel. Go to the Summit Hotel website for Tacloban to book. It’s cheaper that way.
Gos: Yes I witnessed the entire episode with Sernia. It was exactly as you described. His only sin was not being quite and letting the Experts on Everything hold sway. And yes it still goes on today. At great personal risk of being branded a Liberal Pinko Rat I continue to quote Bob Dylan, " we just rearrange the faces and give them all another name." I've never been driven to cancel my membership but I have suspended getting daily updates briefly a couple times. My Dad, who did not normally swear, always told me " never let the bastards win". I found that I actually missed the daily unintended humor.
GOS.....I understand that people are people and they will disagree sometimes with a post, it's only natural.
But what I don't like is the way they lash out at you and make you feel inferior. You can tell that by the tone of their post. It is all right to disagree but why belittle someone in the process, that is where I just backoff.
Robertdav298 Thank you for that. Quakers, also called Friends, are Christian and formally known as the Religious Society of Friends, Society of Friends or Friends of the Church that originated in mid 17 century England. I exercised my First Amendment right, and signed the “Continence Objector” declaration as any good Friend must. Friends are assigned non-combative roles that, in some cases, place them on the front lines of battle to save the lives of wounded soldiers. As I stated previously, I was never called up for the draft. My issue is with the Moderator of this Forum who repeatedly posts the personally derogatory lies about me in the Daily Update in contravention of the “Members Agreement” forbidding “personal attacks”. I consider the Moderators negligent actions, in this regard, NEGATIVE leadership. He never includes any of my replies in “latest replies” to this topic in the Daily Update. I only hope that, someday, he realises his bias, and enforces the Members Agreement before other worthy members, like Floppie, the Filipina nurse, quit this Forum because of harassment.
Robert - I agree 100% with you regarding Goslig. He is a good man. We all have the God Given Right to Agree to Disagree. Many of my best and dearest friends are not on the same page as I. I am not on the same page as them, either. But we all remain Good Friends. Because they disagree with me on some things doesn't make them a bad person, or even wrong. Maybe I'm wrong. I have been so many times in my life. I respect Goslig and appreciate his insights and advice.
Goslig - Re: Conscientious Objection - I hope that you have seen Mel Gibson's film "Hacksaw Ridge". It is an amazing and true story of a Great American Hero. He saved so many lives. The movie scratches the surface of his heroic deeds. He did quite a bit more if you look into his life. I salute that man.
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