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He did not directly attribute this to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte but laid down the threats the latter’s presidency could bring to the country.
Minutes after his televised announcement, Poe, in a radio interview, said she was willing to talk to Roxas, but immediately clarified that she would not withdraw from the race and give way to the LP candidate, who had been catching up with her and Duterte in the recent surveys. Roxas explained why he had to make public his offer of joining forces with Poe when he could just directly contact her. Roxas maintained he would not be defeated in his fight and expressed confidence that he would win in this political battle. The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday urged President Benigno Aquino III to focus on maintaining clean and honest elections rather than urging the candidates to unite against survey front-runner Rodrigo Duterte.
Salgado said the public should respect the results of the elections as long as it was done in a clean and credible manner. Binay’s camp issued the statement after administration bet Roxas in a press conference asked for a dialogue with Sen. KORONADAL CITY—A staunch supporter of opposition presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay has shifted alliances and thrown his support to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Mangudadatu is trying to regain the Sultan Kudarat governorship under a local party allied with United Nationalist Alliance of Binay.
Mangudadatu told Dominguez that during his municipal and barangay visits, people were shouting for Duterte wherever he went. Sultan Kudarat is composed of 11 municipalities and one city and has a voting population of 392,693. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has called for calm amid reports of journalists being threatened and harassed by supporters of certain candidates amid the “emotional intensity” of the upcoming national elections. The group urged Duterte’s camp and those of other candidates to issue a renewed call for calm, “which may be needed at this point given the already heated atmosphere” three days before the May 9 vote. Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Friday slammed Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas for calling on fellow presidential candidate Sen. In a statement, Bayan chair Renato Reyes said the only unity the country needed was one against the continuation of the administration’s regime and an alleged impending electoral fraud on May 9.
Roxas was alluding to poll front-runner Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has maintained a double-digit lead over other presidential candidates in the days leading to May 9.
The trash-talking mayor, known for his iron-fist style of leadership and approach to criminality, is widely criticized for alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings and links to the so-called Davao Death Squad. If elected president, Duterte said he would dump criminals in Manila Bay, pardon himself for mass murder, and abolish Congress if there would be attempts to impeach him. Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe on Friday maintained that she will not withdraw from the presidential race, following the call of administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to unite against a “looming dictatorship,” three days before the national elections. Poe said she was willing to talk to Roxas, but was quick to say that she will not give way if that was what the ruling Liberal Party wanted to happen. Roxas was alluding to poll frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was able to maintain a double-digit lead over his rivals, going into the final days of the campaign period.
Poe, Duterte’s closest rival in preference surveys, stood her ground that she has no reason to back out from the race, adding that it would be against her principles and a disservice to her supporters and all of Filipinos. The lady senator said she could not lend her support to the administration, given the government’s failures and shortcomings in addressing the needs of the people. Ngayon, kung sila ay medyo nagkakaroon ng duda ay sinasabi ko na sa kanila na huwag nila akong tingnan na paraan nila para manaig sila, sapagkat hindi rin naman ako na naniniwala sa kanilang pamamaraan ng pamamalakad ng gobyerno,” she added.
In a startling announcement three days before the election, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Friday invited Sen. Roxas did not talk about his withdrawal or asking Poe to withdraw, but hinted that someone between them should have to. He characterized the foul-mouthed Davao City mayor as a villain in the elections, after controversies hounding the latter, including an outrageous rape joke and his alleged secret wealth. Roxas has trailed his rivals for practically the entirety of the election season, but has recently made headway, tying Poe for second place in the latest polling but still behind Duterte who commands a double-digit lead. The chosen successor of President Benigno Aquino III, Roxas has born the brunt of criticisms directed at the present administration and its signature “tuwid na daan (straight path)” policy. His campaign, however, has touted a formidable machinery and key alliances with local leaders. Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday expressed fears of massive cheating on Election Day. In an interview in Navotas where he took his campaign sortie on the second to the last day of the campaign period, Binay said he received reports that during the testing of vote counting machines (VCM), voters’ receipts showed that the ballots went to administration candidate Mar Roxas. Binay appealed to President Benigno Aquino III to make clean and honest elections his administration’s legacy. Earlier, Commission on Elections Chair Andy Bautista reportedly ruled out reports that there were cases of switching between the names of Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during the testing of the VCMs in Mindanao. Dismissed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima was formally charged before the Sandiganbayan with graft over an anomalous courier deal in 2011. The charge sheet was submitted to the Sandiganbayan docket on Friday or hours after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales announced the filing of charges after she affirmed the criminal indictment. According to the charge sheet, the Office of the Special Prosecutor charged Purisima, a friend of President Benigno Aquino III, with graft for acting with manifest partiality, evident bad faith and gross inexcusable negligence when he awarded the courier contract to an allegedly shady firm, WerFast Documentary Agency, Inc. The prosecution said Purisima violated Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act when he gave unwarranted benefit to Werfast. Purisima entered into a memorandum of agreement with Werfast and even accredited the firm as the PNP’s courier service provider for all the firearms license applications despite its failure to comply with government regulations on courier services. Purisima and the respondents also approved the delivery by courier of firearms license as a mandatory policy in the PNP. The prosecution said Werfast failed to seek prior registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and failed to get authority from the Department of Transportation and Communications to operate a delivery service as well as an accreditation from the Department of Science and Technology.
Also facing graft for conspiring with Purisima are the following officials: dismissed Police Chief Supt. Also ordered charged are the Werfast incorporators such as Mario Juan, Salud Bautista, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena and Juliana Pasia.
Petrasanta had been eyed as the next police chief but the post later went to now Director General Ricardo Marquez.
Earlier, the Ombudsman dismissed Purisima, Petrasanta and the others for the administrative offense of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and grave abuse of authority. The officials were thus forfeited their retirement benefits and barred from being reemployed in government. In ordering the graft charges, the Ombudsman said Purisima entered into a courier service contract with Werfast although the latter had no corporate existence and juridical personality when the PNP entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in May 2011.
The Ombudsman found that no public bidding was conducted, and that the MOA was entered into although Werfast lacked the track record as a courier service company. Purisima and the officials also admitted that the accreditation documents from Werfast were incomplete and met only the minimum requirements. The Ombudsman’s investigation also showed that WerFast engaged the services of LBC that cost P190 for deliveries within Metro Manila and P290 outside, while the other courier service providers only charge P90 within Manila. Purisima and the others stand accused of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits public officials from causing any undue injury to any party, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence. Petrasanta already faces a separate graft trial before the Sandiganbayan over the missing AK-47 assault rifles allegedly sold to communist rebels. The Ombudsman had also found probable cause to charge Purisima and sacked Special Action Force (SAF) commander Getulio Napenas with graft and usurpation of powers for violating the police chain of command in the botched anti-terror raid “Oplan Exodus” that resulted in the deaths of 44 elite cops in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The mountains in three Pangasinan towns glowed bright on Thursday night due to simultaneous fires that destroyed 140 hectares of forest and grass lands, environment officials said on Friday. Celso Salazar, community environment and natural resources officer in Dagupan City, said 45 ha of forest were razed in two mountain villages in Bugallon town and another 90 ha of forest burned in a village in neighboring Labrador town. Fire also struck a mountain village in San Manuel town, where 5 ha of grass land were razed.
Salazar said the fire crossed to neighboring Barangay Laguit Padilla, where it torched 35 ha of forest and grass land. Salazar said the fire was ignited by dried leaves which were burning in a private lot in Barangay Poblacion. ITS TONE of calibrated caution and its carefully reasoned argument must have resonated with many voters worried about next week’s elections, because “A vote for our future,” Ramon del Rosario Jr.’s commentary of May 3, was not only read hundreds of thousands of times online, but was shared—less than 48 hours after it was published—over 124,000 times on Facebook. Much of the pastoral letter from one of the most senior and most-admired prelates in Mindanao can be understood as a warning against Duterte making good on his killer rhetoric. I have never seen and heard the divisiveness of Filipinos expressed so graphically, so loudly.
Unfortunately, the noise is not really about pro-candidate as it is about being anti-someone else. Observing the noise in social media that has overshadowed even the usual dominance of traditional print, radio and television, what jumps out so powerfully is the intensity of partisanship.
Candidates who rely mostly on volunteers or their charisma must measure the passion of their unpaid partisans, as well as their numbers and expertise just before, during and immediately after Election Day (throughout the whole counting process, that is). But things are changing again—if we listen to the words and emotions expressed by the partisans on all sides. History is replete with dark horses unlikely to succeed in an election but winning as presidents and prime ministers. What hamper her winning are her late announcement of her candidacy and her bout with cancer. Many Iloilo folk bewail that their Miriam announced her candidacy later than that of Jejomar Binay. Miriam can provide a solution to our crime and drug problems through legal means, democratic and internationally acceptable. Miriam’s legal method is that of the international conglomerate formed to go after criminals difficult to capture and sentence.
Another factor that can make Miriam the dark horse is her program for our economic development through the industrialization of agriculture. We do not have the appropriate technology for the usage, processing and preservation of our rich and diverse agricultural products. Appropriate technology can be developed through tests and experiments by research centers and institutes all over the country where there are products that need technology for their usage, processing and preservation. Miriam’s industrialization of agriculture can awaken the agricultural sector, business groups, professional organizations, and cooperatives to the need for it for their own interests and our wellbeing. It is estimated that there are about three million Ilonggo in Mindanao, with Hiligaynon the lingua franca in several areas. There are those who enjoy Duterte’s saucy language and boasts of his free sex life as sublimation and wish fulfillment of their own unconscious desires of masculinity.
As the dark horse, Miriam is offering us choices that can lead us to a peaceful and progressive society and a life of self-sufficiency and possible prosperity. With the divisive and polarizing nature of the 2016 elections, many people I know have resorted to the “unfollow” button on Facebook to remove posts and people they find offensive or disagreeable from their news feed. His point about social media being an “echo chamber” is valid—and is perhaps the most worrisome consequence of people “unfollowing” one another.
Moreover, we have to be mindful that offensive speech can come from ourselves if we do not exercise care in the language we use.
As the election fever heats up, I have been reading references to Philippine elections in the US Foreign Relations Series online. Presidents enter their terms carrying the hopes of a people that are impossible to fulfill, and exit with the people’s disappointment and vote for change. You’ve trumpeted the achievements of your chosen candidates, reposted essay-like Facebook rants that you considered sound analyses, and engaged in internet fights against supporters of opposing candidates. Sorry to burst your bubble, but whoever you so faithfully vote for on Monday is going to disappoint you over the next six years. We hope to see you properly standing in a queue—instead of cutting the line—at the ticket booth, at the train station, at the jeepney stop. Unless your beloved president is going to clean up after you (I would pay to see that day!), you’re the one who should mind what you leave behind.
Because no matter what efforts the government makes to keep our communities clean and disease-free, it’s your waste that can foul up the place. Your obligation to the nation does not end there; much is also expected of you in matters of larger scale. If you crusade for a politician who promises to end corruption, we expect that you yourself are not corrupt, especially in your workplace. And you failing your real-life responsibilities as a citizen would be the biggest disappointment in the history of armchair activism.
Because while we can reasonably expect our politicians to flop, we cannot bear for you—the bold idealist, the staunch messenger of hope—to fail your own ideals.
So when the elections are over, when the bickering of supporters die down and the elected are getting cozy in their new seats, we hope to see all that noise become action as well. Last Wednesday I was at a workshop on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), and over lunch the conversation drifted, inevitably, to one question: Are we Filipinos prepared for the Big One next week? We weren’t referring to the West Valley Fault and earthquakes or typhoons, but to May 9, with a dreadful feeling of impending disaster. As an appointed government official, I’ve had to hold back on what might be called electioneering, but with the Big One around the corner, I thought it was high time to shift gears and do a political DRRM considering how so many of our candidates are now flirting with “strong” government in varying degrees, including imposing an outright dictatorship.  We need a DRRM to defend government, not in terms of favoring the party in power, but of government as an institution intended to ensure equal opportunities for people to advance in life, to reach the good life, through due processes. I can understand the appeal of a strong ruler, given the aspirations of citizens that do want a better life for ourselves and our children, and a nation weary of corruption and of leaders who plunder.  I want to believe that even the political candidates pushing for authoritarian rule genuinely believe that it is the solution, but may not have thought out what is involved for that kind of government.
But I’ll be generous and presume, as so many Filipinos are doing, that there’s potential for an authoritarian government to work for the better.
First, we would need a long period for authoritarianism to work.  We want short cuts, and so we want to believe that a short period—say six months—is enough for discipline to set in and solve all our problems. Just think of a small initiative like the antilittering campaign in Puerto Princesa City of then Mayor Edward Hagedorn. Alas, in recent visits to Puerto Princesa, I see signs of what Ferdinand Marcos called backsliding, not in a major way yet but definitely in a slow creep that might eventually make littering the norm again. People need to be constantly motivated to initiate and sustain cultural change, and that is why our strongmen or strongwomen to be will need to think through their programs for convincing people to change, and to sustain the changes.
Second, since authoritarian governments rely on coercive force to bring about discipline, leaders would have to be ready to ride the tiger—in this case, the military.  The problem is that once you ride the tiger, you will have to find ways to make sure you are in control. The alternative is to develop one-party rule and, together with that, a cult of personality to ensure uncritical loyalty and obedience. Fourth, authoritarian leaders know very well that their attempts at reforms, even if totally sincere, will be difficult by simply relying on their loyal followers. Authoritarian leaders need to set an example of clean leadership, as Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew did, and really, he is the only one I could find evidence of for successful strongman rule—but for a city-state with a population half of Metro Manila’s. Weighed against all these, what is the price asked of us by those who promise salvation, transformation, a radical change? I do not think the ease of doing business is worth committing the next six years to a candidate whose vision of law and order includes instant executions with little regard for due process or even just efficient law enforcement. I found a blog post that sought to trace how the camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte managed to create a scenario of fear and loathing, of desperation and despair, to advance his candidacy despite his many failings as a public official and even—he admits—as a human being. In fact, he has succeeded in selling himself as some sort of lovable rogue, borrowing from the Erap playbook of openly admitting personal weaknesses and character flaws and transforming these into qualifications for “strong” leadership.
But creating a “need” for a strongman to address the unhappiness of many was just half of the Duterte campaign manual. The flip-side of that campaign was to create as well an atmosphere of intimidation, of silencing contrary voices, mainly by drowning them out in an ocean of angry rebuttals, complete with cuss words and threats to rape and maim. As that blogger describes the process: “As the noise of angry people increased, a lot of people fell silent.
But recent weeks have seen the numbers improve to benefit Roxas, such that Roxas is now tied with Grace Poe in second (albeit still quite a ways away from Duterte), while Robredo is “statistically tied” with that other bogey from the past, Bongbong Marcos. The “Silent Majority” have yet to reach the same level of vociferousness as the Duterte followers, but they don’t seem intimidated anymore, or cowed into fearful silence.
Our prayer must be for the system—for democracy—to remain strong despite the many attempts to subvert it or exploit it. Lucas wrote: “However, another source told BizBuzz that blaming the banks for leaks would be barking up the wrong tree.
We would like to categorically state that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) are not the source of the documents and information cited by a vice presidential candidate regarding the alleged bank accounts of a certain presidential candidate. We assure the Filipino people that the BSP and the AMLC are not engaged in partisan politics and will never allow themselves to be used as a tool for political persecution or harassment, or as an instrument to hamper competition in trade and commerce.
Globe Senior Advisor for Enterprise and IT-Enabled Services Group Mike Frausing showcases Globe Business’ renewed focus on offering industry-based ICT solutions to its enterprise clients to accelerate data adoption.
With the growing trend for enterprises to go fully-digital and as part of its commitment to enable a digital nation, Globe Business is accelerating the adoption of data and digital services across Philippine enterprises with its industry-focused solutions, leveraging on the latest ICT capabilities and innovations that will drive global competitiveness.
Companies in the retail industry, for instance, can benefit from managed security services, mobility solutions, and connectivity solutions that Globe Business offers. The IT-BPO industry is also an important sector that can maximize ICT to its fullest potential to boost work efficiencies and employee productivity. Globe Business is also strengthening its focus on the education industry to provide schools with innovative and interactive learning tools to give students and teachers access to 21st century learning powered by cutting-edge technology to broaden the minds of today’s knowledge-seekers. Finally, the logistics industry can leverage on ICT to boost operations for companies using solutions such as M2M Fleet Management allowing companies to better track and manage fleet requirements of logistics companies to improve productivity. Simultaneous to its renewed focus to better address business painpoints of its industry verticals with its portfolio of ICT solutions, Globe Business has also strengthened its capabilities in enabling enterprises to combat risks and threats such as cybercrimes in light of the recent money laundering issues faced by financial institutions such as banks.
This is apparent in the memorandum of agreement recently signed by Globe Business with Singtel to strengthen its information security capabilities and expand its managed security services portfolio. Until his replacement is announced, Helen Yuchengco-Dee will oversee the bank’s operations, as president and CEO, supported by a management team composed of RCBC vice chair Cesar EA Virata, director Armando Medina and the current group of senior managers.
In a statement, Tan expressed his gratitude to the shareholders, officers and customers of RCBC. NEW YORK, United States—Petroleum prices finished modestly higher Thursday as a huge wildfire in Canada’s oil-sands region curbed production.
The uncontrolled blaze pressed in on the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray after more than 80,000 people were forced to run for their lives. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in June ended at $44.32 a barrel, up 54 cents, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
In London, European benchmark Brent crude for July delivery rose 39 cents to $45.01 a barrel.

Kyle Cooper at IAF Advisors said that investors on Thursday had hit some resistance levels to further price gains. On Thursday, prices also were supported by a political crisis in Libya that could limit its oil output and another fall in US oil production last week, analysts said.
As year-to-date inflation remained benign, cuts in the central bank’s key policy rates are seen happening before midyear, a Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) economist said.
Tetangco nonetheless said the BSP was “also mindful of financial market volatility that could result from market reactions to advanced economies’ monetary policy” while monitoring movements in international commodity prices.
In a report Thursday, the Philippine Statistics Authority said annual headline inflation last month declined from 2.2 percent in April last year as prices of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels continued to drop year-on-year.
Increases in the prices of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, clothing and footwear, health products, recreation and culture services, as well as restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services nonetheless balanced the declining prices. Year-to-date inflation stood at 1.1 percent, below the government’s 2-4 percent target range for 2016. Registration allows you to keep track of all your content and comments, save bookmarks, and post in all our forums. First, visit the Radio Station in the eastern side of Diamond City and meet the fumbling DJ you hear over the radio, Travis. Grace Poe’s rejection of his offer to unite against a “looming dictatorship,” Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas says he will continue his fight for democracy. Grace Poe to thwart a possible dictatorship under Duterte, who has been leading the voters’ opinion polls days before the May 9 elections. Pakong “Pax” Mangudadatu, who is seeking the gubernatorial post of Sultan Kudarat, expressed his support for Duterte in a meeting with former Sarangani Gov. Suharto Teng Mangudadatu and Pax during which they vowed to push for Binay’s victory in Sultan Kudarat. We understand that they are under extremely dangerous situations especially in their effort to uncover the poll manipulations which to this day has refused to leave our electoral system despite the adoption of automated vote counting,” NUJP said. We call on the people to unite and thwart the maneuvers of the Aquino-LP regime to remain in power,” he added. Kung sila, baka meron silang plano na sila ang magbibigay o ang makinarya ang ibibigay sa akin, e sa kanila ‘yon para sa sabihin,” she added.
Ngayon, kung talagang maluwag sa kanyang puso at naniniwala siya na isa ang dapat umatras para naman lumakas ang aming puwersa, bakit hindi? May disillusionment sa gobyerno na kakulangan ng kanilang pakiramdam at pagbigay ng pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan, tapos bigla na lang susuportahan ko sila? Grace Poe to a unity meeting to thwart the looming prospect of a Rodrigo Duterte presidency.
Ganoon naman ulit ang lumalabas doon sa mga tini-test na mga balota ay Roxas,” Binay told reporters. Raul Petrasanta, a former official of Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) and Central Luzon police director, retired Police Director Gil Meneses, and dismissed FEO officials Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles, Senior Superintendent Allan Parreno, Senior Supt.
The respondents also gave absolute credence to the company’s representative that it has a joint venture with CMIT Consultancy Group, Inc.
The fire easily ate the dried grasses and trees in the village, razing about 10 ha of forest.
Whatever others may say, the choice of our next president does matter, very much.” Del Rosario, the chair of the Makati Business Club, began with a reference to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s speech at a recent joint meeting of the MBC and the Management Association of the Philippines. Amado Picardal, which showed that the so-called Davao Death Squad had killed at least 1,424 persons in Davao City, including 132 children.
Granting, for the sake of argument, that the tough-talking Duterte has nothing to do at all with the death squad, then he must be held to account for his failure to stop it.
Half of Filipinos have Facebook accounts and their opinions, commentaries, likes and dislikes have become public.
It is not enough anymore that partisans extol virtues of character and leadership because the greater motivation is to demonize and demolish others. Yet, since May 9 and the key personalities that define it will trigger a powerful wave, May 9, indeed, will dictate how people and nation will move in the short term.
Thankfully, there have been serious gains over those times when warlords had a great say over what happens during campaigns and elections. The old and the new intersect—old and new perspectives, old and new methods, old and new dreams. The essentials of societal life like business and employment, health and education, poverty and hunger, diplomacy and global cooperation, all these will temporarily make way to where national attention is riveted, where emotions are wrapped or warped around. It will be a mad scramble for victory and survival by all candidates and all their partisans.
There will still be vote-buying, and no one can stop this if poverty is not substantially reduced, but vote-buying is already at work, some as early as several months ago. In 2004, a most popular presidential candidate lost the counting despite the rabid following he had. The 2010 presidential elections happened quickly, peacefully and the results quietly accepted.
After all, when push comes to shove, only the armed and uniformed services of society can keep violence to a minimum, or take over a fractious and turbulent environment. The personalities involved have not placed anger and disrespect in our hearts—they have only stoked these hot emotions to come out. Our people, desperate with crime and drug problems, prefer him as he makes it appear that his way is the only way.
International ostracism can have deleterious repercussions on our economy, politics, social relations, and international affairs. The rich countries do not want us to industrialize; they want us to remain a source of raw materials and cheap labor, as well as a ready market for their own industries.
Industrialization creates new products out of the old and hitherto nonexistent new products. Some defend his freedom of expression, but there is such a thing as civil liberty: Such freedom should not impinge on the freedom of others, especially of the greatest number and the greatest good. We only hope that they leave such gutter fun at the rallies and, at the polls, think of their own lives and those of their families and our welfare as a people. While you can “unfollow” your friends without them noticing it, “unfriending” can be interpreted as tantamount to breaking a real-life friendship.
If you are a supporter of Rodrigo Duterte, then you’re more likely to “like” articles backing him, and “unfollow” personalities like Carlos Celdran who are against your candidate. Last week, my Lola Rosing, who has just turned 85, called me to say that she is changing her mind about a candidate because of a message someone posted on Facebook. In my informal survey, some people claimed that they never “unfollow” people so they can hear other perspectives—unless people are being hateful. Ivan Henares, a heritage advocate, calls for respectful dialogue—which is perhaps our only recourse, even in an age when respect does not always beget respect.
Declassified documents may be history now, but they make me wonder what reports regarding our 2016 elections would be like. To some degree, he has been a guerrilla both in war and during the campaign, placing great emphasis on careful planning, systematic intelligence, secrecy, element of surprise and final massive surfacing of his forces at right time.
A more balanced view would be that Marcos has very considerable potentialities, and that coming years will show whether these potentialities will be exerted for high or sinister purposes. He has of course some political debts to discharge, but because of way in which he figuratively seized Nacionalista nomination and then largely single-handedly won election, he will assume Presidency with fewer political drafts on future than probably any of his predecessors. Woeful conditions throughout nation seem to have had considerable impact on him in his extensive travels in past year. You’ve even let go of some friendships over differences in opinion (who needs foolish friends, anyway, right?). Try as we might to remind ourselves that promises from politicians are nothing but empty words, we can’t help but hope and latch that hope to one of the aspirants.
It’s often been said that the Philippines will never see progress unless every Filipino learns to fall in line. We hope to see you using the pedestrian lanes, getting on at proper loading areas, parking correctly, giving way. No matter how efficient the traffic system is, you’re the one who can cause bedlam if you insist on getting off that jeepney in the middle of the road. If you’re charging us excessive fees for your services, sleeping on the job, or are being deceptive in your dealings, you are failing us. It’s a bigger disappointment than, say, a respectable candidate turning out to be yet another “trapo,” or a strong-willed leader who could not deliver on his promises. Being unable to translate your Facebook essays into actual, responsible action would not only be unsatisfactory, it would also be outright hypocritical. Sure, we’ll be keeping an eye on our new leaders, but we’ll also remember you—you who have been filling our news feeds with rhetoric all these months, you who have been vocal about what you think is right. You’ve been the opinion machine that tried to rouse us almost to the point of being maddening, and while it is commendable that you’ve kept some important conversations going, you need to show us what you’re made of, too. I went back in history to look at the record of authoritarian governments and to see how well they worked to bring about a better life for citizens. It was an admirable, and successful, campaign but it took years before it became part of culture.  It took consistent law enforcement that did not spare Hagedorn himself who was once caught littering, but it had to keep going for several years. The problem is also that the allure of authoritarianism wears down easily, given the people’s high expectations.
Monarchies have that appeal, but that’s not likely to happen in the Philippines because we already have movie stars playing that role. North Korea is the most extreme example, extended to become a dynastic cult of personality, but we have many less extreme examples from Latin American caudillos (a Spanish term that originally meant “leaders” but now refers to dictators).  Argentina’s Juan Peron was the prime example, one which the Marcoses were said to have emulated, with a conjugal cult that still has followers today. Inevitably, authoritarian leaders will find scapegoats to blame for a nation’s persistent problems.
We all want discipline, but are we ready to be disciplined ourselves?  When the law on juvenile accountability was passed, exempting minors from criminal prosecution, I heard parents in urban poor communities protesting that they could no longer control their kids. Are we ready to discipline ourselves under a strongman?  As a university administrator, I’ve seen how the ones who complain the most are often the ones who also have the strongest sense of entitlement: Apply the rules, but exempt me, please.
We boldly say we want our coffee strong, no sugar, no cream.  When it’s served and when we taste it, we sheepishly say, Oops, too strong, can I have some sugar or cream, please?  The more macho will take up the cup and begin drinking, but wondering if  barako  is really better, or too bitter.
Yes, life in these islands is messy and inconvenient, and the trains don’t always run on time—if they run at all. I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to trade the freedoms I enjoy—the freedom to speak my mind, to choose the paths I am to take, to vote my conscience—just for smoother traffic.
We all crave to live in neighborhoods where streets are safe and our homes are secure from intruders. The Davao City mayor and the Manila mayor have marketed themselves as epitomes of machismo, uncaring of niceties, harsh in language and attitude toward women and opponents, brazen in their approach to dealing with the bad guys. Reports have been rife of wandering bands of Duterte supporters chasing cars bearing stickers of other candidates and forcing the drivers to remove the offending items, and, in one report circulated in FB, visiting homes with “yellow” streamers and posters and forcing the homeowners to remove these or else face the wrath of the angry mob.
And part of that test is to see if our system can survive the deep fissures created by a campaign characterized by bitterness, heckling, bullying and charges flying from all directions.
The hope is that, whoever emerges the winner, we as a people would be able to recover our innate decency, set aside the anger and hostility that marked the campaign, and find instead amity and cooperation—traits the Duterte camp, to my mind, has tried its darndest to dissipate.
I still keep my grandfather’s copy of the essay, which I hope to show my children, who in turn I hope will keep it to show to their own children.
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Tan has denied this accusation, and filed civil and criminal cases against Deguito and her lawyer for libel and perjury. The key US futures contract rose as high as $46.07, a level last reached in November, before pulling back.
Once he arrives, talk to Travis and convince him to stand his ground against Bull and his buddy.
Ngayon, ‘yung panawagan niya na ‘yon, kung para sa kabutihan ng bayan, pwede naman talaga kaming mag-usap tungkol diyan. Parang hindi naman yata ‘yon naaayon sa aking mga sinasabi at ipinaglalaban nitong mga nakaraang buwan,” Poe said. Leonor “Leni” Robredo, a freshman lawmaker and the widow of Jesse Robredo, has risen to the top of the voter preference surveys in a neck-and-neck race with Sen. He did NOT describe the controversy that the mayor’s rambling, lewd, and jokey remarks ignited, but he did ask voters to consider the import of Duterte’s own words, said on other occasions. We must all insist that Duterte, “who has done nothing to apprehend the perpetrators,” must shed light on his “prime responsibility for the inaction”—which threatens, once again, to bring back the darkness. The noise is important because it gives us all a preview of things to come, on May 9, 2016, and more importantly, beyond May 9.
Without those gains, just from truly crass and demeaning insults that proliferate social media today, thousands would have been shooting at each other.
There will be little patience, little understanding, and the little there is will be quickly swept aside by the more aggressive and passionate, the more rabid and fanatical.
Their voices are already confrontational, which show how confrontational their thoughts and feeling are. Those who have money to buy votes have already incorporated as many voters as they can afford into their political machinery. Throughout the canvassing from precinct to Congress, his passionate followers protested and protested. Yes, there were the usual electoral protests but they did not elicit popular attention and sympathy.
Even today, elements within the military and the police have become quite partisan themselves. It is similar to some political dynamics in America where racism and bigotry have been provoked to rear their ugly heads. Years ago she was appointed to be a judge in the International Criminal Court of the United Nations.
A Japanese tourist was heard to have said that if only they had coconuts in Japan, they would manufacture no less than 100 products out of the crop, including lipstick. Of course, there are many Facebook “friends” who have never actually met each other in person, and these are the easiest to “unfriend.” But I have seen people having a falling out because of their divergent political views. As Facebook detects your preferences, it will bring related content to your news feed; hence you will see even more pro-Duterte articles, further solidifying your stance.
Although there are many “fanatics” in different camps who are impervious to reason, I have also seen people change their minds, signaling an openness to argumentation that should encourage people to keep expressing themselves in social media, the threat of “unfollows” notwithstanding. This reminds us that while hate speech deserves to be “unfollowed” or at least called out, perhaps we should exercise a little more restraint in clicking the “unfollow” option, if only to learn more about what others are thinking. Says Ivan: “Courtesy should be of utmost importance, especially among discussions with your own friends.
Suddenly, everyone’s a political analyst who thinks they know everything!” says Mark Gutierrez, a call center agent.
In the past, historians followed a paper trail; today’s digital trail is more challenging because not everything is committed to paper. Up to now, basic objective of his harnessing power has of course been to gain the Presidency. In gaining [Nacionalista Party] nomination, and in winning Presidency, he displayed remarkable talents in these areas. Pres Macapagal recently observed, as earlier reported, that Marcos was brilliant but unscrupulous, but that great responsibility might sober him. He weighs and sifts facts carefully, considers numerous angles and acts only after searching consideration and assessment. His speeches reflected increasing bitterness, in a manner that seemed to be more than merely campaign oratory, at Macapagal administration’s largely ineffectual attempts to improve people’s welfare. You’re convinced your candidate is The One, the savior, the best chance this country has to move on up. After you win your Facebook battles, after you put your whole heart into your ballot, after you so ardently type about change and responsibility and love of country, let’s see you walk the talk. We hope to see less of your litter on the floor, less of your spit on the sidewalk, less of your filth in public toilets. If you claim to care for the environment but are mindless in your energy consumption, or if you say you’re for the empowerment of women but are verbally abusive to your partner, you are failing us. There was no lack of such governments, but I was hard pressed to identify those that worked out in terms of progress for their peoples. I wrote once about how impressed I was, a few years after the antilittering campaign started, at seeing a tricycle driver catching the candy wrapper his son had thrown away, and then putting it in his pocket. And so, as internal strife begins to boil over, authoritarian leaders need to rely even more on the tiger, realizing that they can no longer dismount and might be riding into disaster, if not oblivion.
Hitler blamed the Jews, the communists, the gypsies, even homosexuals—and his followers, an entire nation, believed him in the short term.  Again, we have seen similar attempts among caudillos worldwide, including the mini-versions in the Philippines, blaming the communists, the Moros, the Chinese, to whip up groupthink and fanaticism, even a willingness to take up arms to fight the enemies, whoever they might be. Diokno warned all the time about how power corrupts, and how absolute power corrupts absolutely).
Some of them actually went to barangay leaders to ask that the kids be rounded up, detained, even beaten. Hunger, ignorance, oppression, despair—all these are the burdens the poor live with, day to day, with little sign of relief.
But are we willing instead to surrender our freedom of movement in exchange for constant surveillance and fear of a police state? Certainly, they do not buy votes to retain the honor of the position, for how could honor be gained or kept dishonorably?
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The graduation will bring together hundreds of students, parents, professionals and leaders from the state of Ohio and national leaders in education.A Invited dignitaries include Ohio Governor John Kasich, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus Schools Superintendent Dr. Pero para sa akin, wala na kaming dapat pag-usapan, kung ‘yon ang inaasahan niya sa akin,” she said.
The prime responsibility for the inaction over these unsolved crimes must rest squarely on the mayor and local government officials.
Usually, the submissive majority will make way for those superior in strength, wealth, position or noise.
Through those they have been paying and giving allowances to, their families, neighbors and friends are supposed to be part of the arrangement. The national candidates who were declared winners occupied their positions within the time frame set out by law.
Worse, it is similar to the terrorism and genocide that plagues several nations and peoples.
For my people, especially for those enslaved by poverty, for a nation yet to be, for a future we must build by the day, I must hold on to hope.
It is alleged that a son of his is involved in smuggling and that only drug pushers, and not drug lords, are caught in Davao City. Further, such head of state should know international law, as the undertaking needs integrated confidentiality .
A retired professor of English and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, she now resides in Iloilo City, her birthplace, where she is engaged in the retrieval, preservation and development of literature in Hiligaynon.
Similarly, the supporter of Mar Roxas will, by his or her own choices and Facebook’s algorithms, receive more pro-Roxas content. An “echo chamber” social media may be, but at least it is not a vacuum: Ideas still manage to circulate, even against the odds. Instead of “unfollowing” people, he has temporarily deactivated his Facebook account, promising to resurface once the election fever breaks. Now that he has won Presidency, onus will be on him to demonstrate what his basic beliefs and ideas are.
Once decisions are reached, however, he displays generalship of high order in implementing them. If theory is correct that Marcos has high absorptive capacity and is greatly influenced by things he is exposed to, then his nationwide observations may serve valuable purpose.
Remember the two Edsa revolutions, or that time six years ago when the nation was painted yellow? But when that happens, the same parents come around protesting and whining, and trying to utilize political connections to get the kids out.
When news of state funds going to the pockets of legislators and other officials reach fever pitch, we go to the streets to denounce the pork barrel and other anomalous practices. Gene Harris; Westerville Schools Superintendent Dan Good, Southwestern Schools Superintendent Bill Wise, Governors Director of Minority Affairs Lynn Stevens, representatives from the Ohio State University, Ohio University, Columbus State, Denison University, Capital University, Franklin University, Ohio Department of Education, and other county, state and state officials. Lenbell Fabia, Chief Inspector Sonia Calixto, Chief Inspector Nelson Bautista, Chief Inspector Ricardo Zapata Jr., and Senior Inspector Ford Tuazon. It is still divisiveness that colors societal relationships, it is still poverty that mutes the poor, it is still the rich that controls the country, and it is still the super powers that can make the Philippines move according to their global dynamics.
The problem is that the superior ones will fight one another, and their followers will do the same. Yes, there is much progress in technology, but not much in giving respect and preventing violence. In this way, social media reinforces, not just reflects, the divisions that have existed long before the internet was invented.
If history based on written records has given us a prehistoric age, can we then be in the beginning of the posthistoric age?
Those were times of strong opinions and fervent hope, ushering in leaders that—let’s face it—ended up failing us on one way or another.
You no longer have any moral right to complain if he enriches himself at your expense; he has paid for the privilege.
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Somali community leaders and educators including the first African man to receive a PhD from Princeton University and former Ministers will be honored at the event.A In addition to financial scholarships by the Law Office of Russell Flickinger, Presidential Service Awards will be conferred on members of the Somali-American community in recognition of their contributions to the community. Sabihin mo lang kung saan at kailan at darating ako (Just tell me where and when and I will come),” Roxas said. Yamamoto, Ambassador Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Donald Yamamoto's prior assignments included serving as the U.5. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2003 to 2006, where he was responsible for coordinating U.
Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti from 2000 to 2003 and was the Deputy Director for East African Affairs from 1998 to 2000.Ambassador Yamamoto entered the Foreign Service in 1980.
He attended the National War College in 1996 for senior training and received a Congressional Fellowship in 1991.Ambassador Yamamoto is a graduate of Columbia College and did graduate studies at Columbia University, receiving a Master's degree in International Affairs. If you pass the turn-off ramp, you will enter onto the freeway and will have to get off at the next exit and backtrack.
Somalia needs to be united or the ongoing problems will simply be exacerbated, said Abdinur Mohamud, a consultant for the Ohio Department of Education.There has to be a solution that brings all those territories together so regions and communities can function at the local level, said Mohamud, a member of the organizing committee. Global Leadership Coalition.Somalia has been in a state of violence and conflict for over two decades now, Jibril Mohamed, president and chief executive officer of the Northland-based Somali Community Access Network, said last week. Many attempts were made to bring together the sides that were fighting for power in Somalia. State Department, was invited to be one of the speakers but will not be able to attend, according to Mohamed.
But as we do with any policy we look at the situation on the ground and make determinations on when and whether we need to make adjustments to that policy. It is going to be a painstaking process to move things forward in a positive direction.Malac was invited to give the keynote address last night at the conference, which will conclude today.
Somalis many thousands of whom live in Columbus have an important role to play in determining policy.We understand that having a connection to them is something we need to do to ensure that we have that flow of ideas or an understanding what the impact of what our policies might be, she said, adding that violence is a major concern among Somalis. They take every opportunity to try to get that message to us to put pressure on us to keep doing something.Mohamed said he was one of two Somalis invited to attend a 2010 forum at the White House, where the president unveiled his administrations strategy in Somalia.
Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau.A ****************************************************************************************************************************************************Ohio conference discusses Somalia future, problemsJan.
Issues discussed include the national roadmap, piracy, humanitarian crisis, frontline state military interventions, Diaspora remittance challenges and community development issues.
Engagement in Somalia: DualTrack Policy Aims and Implications * Debunking the Roadmap: A Tool for Statehood or Death-knell for Disintegration? His remarks will provide an overview of Americas role in supporting humanitarian, development, and security assistance in Somalia.
Ambassador James Swan has served as the United States Special Representative for Somalia since August 2011. He has served with the State Department since 1988 in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Haiti, and Nicaragua, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2006-2008). Somalis in America are not only active contributors to their newly adopted communities, but also continue to follow, and more importantly, influence developments in Somalia. So it was a priority for me to engage in a dialogue and learn from the Somalia diaspora in the first few months of my new assignment as the U.S. They see heart-breaking news coverage of malnourished Somali children, read about bright young college students murdered by suicide bombers, or hear reports of wide-scale corruption and say that Somalia cannot be helped. The problems Somalia faces today, the critics say, are the same problems it has faced for twenty years. Interests in Somalia The answer is simple: Americas national interests require robust engagement with Somalia.
As a compassionate society, the United States has an interest in addressing the acute humanitarian needs of our fellow human beings in Somalia. As part of our global commitment to advancing democratic values and improved governance, we have an interest in promoting political reforms that allow Somalis to be represented by leaders who will govern for the benefit of the people and the development of the country. The combination of instability and poor governance threatens not only the Somali people, but the security of our regional partners in the Horn of Africa and beyond. These factors have led to the most serious piracy problem in the world on key international trade routes.
They have also created a dangerous terrorist organization al Shabaab that wantonly attacks innocent civilians and African peacekeepers, has conducted terrorist attacks against Somalias neighbors, and has actively recruited American citizens.A For all these reasons humanitarian, democracy and governance, and cold-eyed security concerns America is committed to helping Somalia regain stability and security. While Somalia faces enormous challenges, it also has, to quote President Obama, enormous support from the people of the United States.A A Vision for Success in Somalia We are committed to working with Somalis and the international community to help develop indigenous, long term solutions to the countrys ongoing problems. America, as President Obama also said, wants Somalia to succeed.A Success means that Somalis facing drought and famine are helped to survive the current crisis and are given the long-term tools to better withstand future droughts. Success means that Somalia is free from totalitarian terrorist groups like al Shabaab, which is responsible for many lost and shattered lives not only in Somalia, but in Kenya and Uganda, through its terror attacks and through its policy of banning humanitarian assistance.
Success means that Somalis can turn to their government for the basic services that we take for granted in America. It means that humanitarian and development assistance goes where it is needed and not into the pockets of corrupt officials or the armories of warlords and terrorists. And success means that the Somali people get to decide what form of government and constitution they will have.
Poll after poll shows that the Somali people want self-determination, even if they are unclear exactly how that democracy should look. Our role is to support the Somali people as they arrive at these decisions.A The Current Humanitarian CrisisLet me turn first to the current humanitarian crisis, which has been so much in the headlines in recent months. Nutritional data released by the Food and Agriculture Organization in early September spoke of 4 million people in need of assistance in Somalia alone, with more than three times that number at risk elsewhere in the region.A To address the immediate crisis, the United States has provided over $750 million to meet ongoing and urgent humanitarian needs in the region.
Our dollars and diplomatic leverage are also being used to provide protection and assistance for Somali refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.A While America is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the Horn of Africa But, we are not alone. European partners, Turkey, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, China, Japan, and many others have all responded to Somalias urgent need. Together, we have met nearly 80 percent of the $1 billion UN Consolidated Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance for Somalia, the highest percentage reached of any appeal in the world today. In addition to aid from governments, there have been significant contributions from private citizens and NGOs from around the world.
In many respects, our core humanitarian challenge is not only to continue to mobilize the necessary resources, but also to ensure that all donors and implementing agencies are coordinating their response for maximum efficiency and effect.The areas worst affected by the famine are not coincidentally those where the extremist group al-Shabaab is most influential. Though assistance is beginning to reach these areas, coverage is uneven and continues to be impeded by al-Shabab in many places. We call on al-Shabaab to remove urgently all remaining obstacles to aid delivery in areas where they are present. Although humanitarian access is far better in areas of Transitional Federal Government presence, we believe this could be further improved through efforts to establish more effective TFG aid-coordination systems and address the problem of small armed bands that control entry to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) sites.
The TFG should make areas it controls a model of effective aid delivery.A There is also something that you can do.
You may be surprised to know that more than 54% of Americans have no idea there is even a crisis in the Horn of Africa region. Today we are asking that 13.3 million people, the same number of people impacted by the crisis, take action to raise awareness for the Horn of Africa. Dual Track Policy after One YearBeyond the immediate crisis, our primary vehicle for advancing broader U.S. Under Dual Track, our diplomatic engagement and development assistance for Somalia is steadily increasing. These funds support a vast array of programs, across the entire country, that address security, peace and reconciliation, conflict mitigation, good governance, justice, democracy, education, economic growth, private sector competitiveness, health, water sanitation, food security, nutrition, and protection for vulnerable peoples.A Track one of the Dual Track policy reaffirms Americas continuing support for making the Transitional Federal Institutions more effective, more inclusive, and better able to provide services to the Somali people.
Track One is consistent with our support for the Transitional Charter and Djibouti Peace Process. Track one also reaffirms our continued support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers who defend those institutions.A The Second Track of Dual Track broadens our engagement with regional and local administrations, civil society groups, and communities across the country that share the same goal of defeating al-Shabaab and bringing peace and stability back to Somalia. In reality, the Second Track announced last year codified efforts that were already underway to expand outreach to communities and organizations that were creating pockets of stability and improved governance. Key administrations and organizations we engage under Dual Track include Somaliland, Puntland, Galmuduug, Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa, other local administrations, and civil society groups.A The past year has seen important progress on both tracks of Dual Track. On Track One, the Transitional Federal Government and AMISOM have succeeded in retaking ninety-eight percent of Mogadishu from al-Shabaab. This is a significant accomplishment in the security arena and one that has led to increased humanitarian access in newly liberated parts of the city. Mogadishu has been the scene of the fiercest battles in the country as al Shabaab struggled to keep its grip on the city that remains the economic heart of the country and has historically been its political epicenter as well. While al Shabaab has lost territory and support over the past year, it remains a very dangerous organization within Somalia and our support to the Somali forces and the Ugandan and Burundian troops deployed alongside them in Mogadishu will continue. The United States supports the Somali National forces with stipends, training, and equipment, and has also provided the lion's share of equipment and training for the AMISOM troop-contributing countries ever since their first deployment in 2007.A On the second track, we have increased outreach and support to key regional administrations and local governments across the country that are providing stability and services and countering al-Shabaab. Somaliland, for example, emerged from a successful presidential transition last year, a process the United States supported with over $700,000 in assistance. Having clearly progressed on democratization, the Somaliland administration has also successfully attracted new investment. That is why the United States more than doubled its assistance to Somaliland under Dual Track, going from about $8 million in 2009 to more than $20 million in 2010.
This funds programs focused on local government administration and planning, education, community development initiatives, and economic growth.A We plan to extend the same type of Track Two community development assistance programs to Puntland, Galmuduug, and accessible areas of Gedo Region in the coming months. Even in Mogadishu, our quick impact community-focused projects are channeled through the Benadir Administration in order to reinforce local ownership and keep the projects close to the people.A We know Dual Track also has its critics.
Some claim the policy has undercut the influence of the Transitional Federal Government, but this ignores our continued support to both the TFG and AMISOM. There are those who claim Dual Track further Balkanizes Somalia, pointing to opportunists who quickly self-declared newly independent states states that often represent little more than a hastily-posted website in a foreign capital.A The Second Track is in no way an open-ended commitment to assist any regional entity. We are focused on looking for opportunities to help political structures that enjoy real legitimacy with their constituents and have a record of building pockets of stability within Somalia and responding to the people. We want to help Somalis living in such communities, even while Somalis as a whole decide what sort of relationship they want between their central and regional governments. When it comes to recognizing new African states, America follows the African Union lead -- and the African Union supports a single Somali state.A On both tracks, we will continue to provide training to local authorities and targeted Transitional Federal Institutions to promote credibility and confidence in the peace process.
This includes funding activities to support constitutional and democratization processes across the country.
It also includes training, often with the expertise of Somali diaspora like yourselves, to promote government transparency and responsiveness.
A great recent example includes a member of the diaspora who returned to work with the TFG. He identified $1 million dollars in lost assets, funds which belonged to the defunct Somali national airlines that were sitting unused in banks, and restored these assets the national budget.A Road Map Let me turn now to the national political process.
If Somali political leaders want to garner credibility with the Somali, they must capitalize on the improving security environment to make significant progress in both the political and governance realm.A Many Somalis still express a deep skepticism about the Transitional Federal Institutions ability or willingness to govern in a representative, responsive and accountable manner. Much of their frustration comes from the perception that the Transition Federal process begun in 2004, which was supposed to provide the constitutional, electoral and parliamentary foundation for a new Somalia, has become hopelessly stalled. In the eyes of many of their constituents, the political leadership in Mogadishu has become complacent with the status quo, and the benefits it affords those in power, rather than committed to progress that will help the average Somali.A On September 6, however, these Somali leaders created a unique opportunity to change that perception.
On that day, Somali leaders from the Transitional Federal Government, the regional administrations of Puntland and Galmuduug, and the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa movement signed the Roadmap for Ending the Transition in Somalia.
The terrible suffering of the Somali people, particularly during the current famine, underscores that the signatories must make rapid progress toward representative and effective governance that can meet the basic needs of all Somalis. We will continue to support the efforts of those who strive to achieve its goals and bring stability back to Somalia. Equally, we will work with our regional and international partners to hold accountable those Somali officials who obstruct progress.A Final ThoughtsFor all the challenges Somalia continues to face, we have seen positive though still fragile results from the efforts that we and our Somali, African, and international partners have expended. This years humanitarian response has been massive, and now needs follow-through and improved coordination to ensure the necessary effect. In the security arena, momentum has shifted from al-Shabaab to the TFG and AMISOM -- although al-Shabaab still remains dangerously capable of asymmetric attacks. Politically, the Roadmap offers a positive vision for the end of the transition and also the prospect of convergence between the national government and regional entities, but it needs strong direction by Somali political leaders and active regional and international engagement to keep it on track. He wants the United States to provide more humanitarian support to help stabilize the country.
We need an American action immediately, said Issa, who is a village council member in Urbancrest. That includes $175 million to Somalia.A Swan said the transition period for the government must end if the many needs of the Somali people are to be properly addressed. Yesterday, I led a community roundtable in each city, home to the two largest Somali diaspora communities in the United States. The UN has declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia where humanitarian access has been limited by Al Shabaab.
USG is urgently supporting partnersto provide food, health, water and sanitation assistance wherever they can access communities desperate for help.I was also able to listen and learn from this dynamic community.
Somali Americans are a vital lifeline of supportfor their communities and families throughout Somalia.
I heard from dozens of community leaders who have mobilized their friends and neighbors to raise money for the drought through car washes, bake sales and fund drives.
A young woman in Minneapolis, choking back tears, described her Facebook page where she is raising money for drought relief and posting stories of families struggling to survive. As I heard from Jibril Mohamed in Columbus, In 1992 I was a boy who fled the conflict and drought of southern Somalia and did the same long walk to the border that families are doing now.
The Somali American community is a critical partner in identifying ways to help save lives. We need urgently to ensure life-saving assistance reaches people now and are committed to doing so.

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