TIMESMAN: Nakuha ni Trump ang kiliti ni DU30

I BELIEVE that the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and related meetings that the ASEAN heads of state and other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, will attend today and tomorrow, will become a historical gathering of politicians and intellectuals. But for the ordinary Juan dela Cruz, the much awaited one-on-one meeting of Trump and President Duterte is what is highly anticipated.

What I am worrying is whether President Duterte will be able to endure the 19-hour high-level discussions when last year in Laos, he skipped most of the meetings because he was not feeling well.

As host, President Duterte has to endure fatigue or sickness because his presence is always needed in the meetings.

Anyway, President knows when he should be there or not. Welcome delegates!

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Although most Filipinos know this already, we still welcome US President Trump’s statement praising the Philippine leadership in closing the gender gap.

Trump congratulated the Philippines for being a regional leader in closing the gender gap, having consistently ranked at the top of Asian countries in these efforts.

“The Philippines has emerged as a proud nation of strong and devout families,” Trump said in his speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit.

Unlike his predecessor Barack Obama that got the ire of our President when the former criticized the Philippine government for war on drugs, President Trump has been praising the Filipinos. Nakuha niya ang kiliti ni Duterte.

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I also believe that the most lonely and disappointed politician is detained senator Leila de Lima as she must have been asking herself why the Duterte administration has been angry at her that it has her detained.

According to a report, for the third time, authorities at the PNP Custodial Center have “refused to act” on the request of international guests to visit de Lima who has been detained since February on drug-related charges that the senator described as “politically motivated.”

What I can advise the senator, now that she’s detained and can’t do anything to extricate herself from isolation, is for her to keep her mouth shut. Baka maawa na rin sa kanya ang Presidente! Sumabay na lang siya sa agos.

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The President knows when to strike the hammer.

Local officials and residents of Maguindanao and North Cotabato hailed the order of President Duterte to immediately dredge Mindanao’s vast marshland, now heavily silted and causing misery to residents due to recurring floods.

The 220,000-hectare Liguasan Marsh is also home and an escape route of Muslim rebel groups as government military can’t penetrate the area because of its vastness.

In the words of Mayor Freddie Mangudadatu, brother of Maguindanao Governor Ismael Mangudadatu, “ This is a very welcome development and (we) lauded the move of the government, saying people’s misery will soon be a thing of the past.”

Hopefully, peace may finally be achieved in Mindanao. With Marawi now a liberated city and Maguindanao and North Cotabato are given full attention by the government, Muslim brothers fighting the government may now go back to the fold of the law and live in peace with their Christian neighbors.

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