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‘Santo Rodrigo’, Cesar Montano et al.

/ 05:04 AM November 04, 2018

In his All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day message, President Duterte urged Filipinos to “emulate our saints” and help in “alleviating the suffering of others.” To which, Filipinos replied, “You first.”

Less than 24 hours after the release of his All Saints’ Day message, the President mocked the Filipinos’ observance of “Undas,” calling saints “fools” and “drunkards.” He then suggested, “Get hold of a picture of mine, place that in the altar, Santo Rodrigo.” His Ka-DDS supporters were shocked. They said, “He is not a saint! He is our god! No to demotion!”

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A Manila policeman attending a Halloween party was allegedly caught snorting cocaine in the restroom of a high-end bar in Taguig City. During questioning, the suspect couldn’t give clear answers and was talking utter nonsense, prompting one officer to yell, “Stop acting like the President!”

President Duterte sent flowers to the tomb of Ninoy and Cory Aquino at the Manila Memorial Park on All Saints’ Day. Thankful, the Aquinos couldn’t wait to return the gesture.

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President Duterte has ordered a military takeover of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). When he heard the news, Paolo Duterte said, “Challenge accepted.”

Another retired military general, Rey Leonardo Guerrero, has been appointed commissioner of  Customs. His term officially started last Oct. 30, and will end until the next shabu shipment slips past the BOC.

Reports say President Duterte has full trust in Commissioner Guerrero’s capabilities. In fact, this early, he’s sure of where to transfer Guerrero when he gets fired as Customs chief.

The President justified his appointment of military men in government by saying they’re the ones who deliver. That’s actually true. Under the watch of former Customs commissioners Isidro Lapeña and Nicanor Faeldon, some P20-billion shabu shipment were delivered.

According to President Duterte, he will campaign next year for candidates who are “honest” and who are “not corrupt.” Imee Marcos and Jinggoy Estrada are hoping it’s just another Duterte joke.

From 113th last year, the Philippines’ ranking fell to 124th this year in the World Bank’s ease of doing business report. The Department of Trade and Industry refuses to accept that. You know who else disagrees? Drug smugglers.

To address the soaring inflation, President Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) reviving and supervising barter trade in Mindanao. Mr. Duterte’s EO took effect last 6,000 B.C.

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Facebook has taken down several pro-Duterte Facebook pages due to violations of policies. Mark Zuckerberg has since apologized to Duterte supporters for loss of extra income.

Brazil has elected far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president. Political analysts describe Bolsonaro as the Rodrigo Duterte of Latin America. He is a populist, a misogynist and an advocate of violence and extrajudicial killings. Bolsonaro has denied, though, that his eldest son has been linked to drug smuggling.

Star for All Seasons and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos celebrated her 65th birthday yesterday, Nov. 3. Ate Vi thanked everyone online who sent her video greetings, except for Cesar Montano.

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Marcelo Landicho is more popularly known online as the award-winning blogger and political satirist The Professional Heckler. On Twitter: @HecklerForever8; blog archive: professionalheckler.com

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