Arguments are run-of-the-mill in the news world. It doesn't matter what your beat is, in a society where opinions and the need to be right run wild, clashes of thoughts between the most prominent to the most obscure are ever-present.
Case in point: A number of feuds between government personalities have been hogging headlines as of late. From territorial tiffs to pre-election pit fights, FHM recaps the past week's top news stories in red-and-blue corner form!
SEC. LEILA DE LIMA VS. MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE
First off is the war of words between the notorious Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima. It all started when Duterte, in a recent TV interview, supposedly admitted his connection to the Davao Death Squad, which is said to be responsible for more than 1,000 extrajudicial killings since the late '90s. De Lima, who apparently is not quite fond of summary executions and The Punisher's bold statements, stressed that the tough-as-nails mayor should be held liable if that's really the case.
Duterte has since backtracked on his admission—saying that "there's no such thing" as a DDS criminal group, and that the DDS he was referring to was the Davao Development System, his guiding principle. But the exchange of verbal blows continues.
VP JEJOMAR BINAY VS. SEN. KOKO PIMENTEL
Despite being former party-mates (PDP Laban), Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III was one of those who spearheaded the investigation on corruption charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. Recently, the Pimentel-chaired Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee reportedly recommended the filing of plunder raps against Binay and his son, Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay, Jr., among others. This is in relation to a number of the father and son tandem's projects in Makati, which—according to the 46-page draft partial report submitted by the subcommittee to the Blue Ribbon mother committee—were deemed overpriced.
The Binays' camp has since questioned the move, with the veep's spokesperson, Joey Salgado, noting that the Ombudsman has already reviewed the case and "asked the Mayor and city officials to comment on a finding of graft and malversation, not plunder." Salgado pointed out that the bigger issue is how much of the public funds were exhausted with these baseless allegations against Binay.
BINAY (AGAIN) VS. SEN. GRACE POE
Basically, these two names have one thing in common: Both are front-runners in surveys for possible contenders in the 2016 Presidential Elections. While Sen. Grace Poe still hasn't made up her mind about next year's polls, Binay has hinted at having her as his running mate, to which she has already expressed disinterest. Now, with Poe closing in on Binay in the surveys, his camp has advised her "to serve out her term" first before aiming for a higher position. Quite ironic, given another bond the two share: Poe's father, the late actor, Fernando Poe Jr., whose 2004 presidential campaign Binay managed.
We really have to wait 'til next year to see how all of these pan out...
CONG. MANNY PACQUIAO VS. MILF
After his valiant fight against Floyd Mayweather, boxing icon and Congressman Manny Pacquiao could be in for another dispute. In a recent interview, The People's Champ said he is one with the country in its aim of achieving peace in Mindanao but that he doesn't want his province Sarangani to be part of the proposed Bangsamoro autonomous region. "The inclusion of Sarangani and other parts of Mindanao may cause instability and further complicate our search for lasting peace in the region," Pacquiao was quoted by Philstar.com. (We know what you're thinking, "He really said that?!") He believes that Sarangani is already in a state of relative peace and order.
The Bangsamoro autonomous region is included in a preliminary peace agreement signed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government.
CHINA VS. PHILIPPINES AND VIETNAM
Much has been reported about the Spratly Islands dispute, which includes the Philippines, Vietnam, China, and other Asian countries. Well, recently, it seems that the Pinoys and the Viets have been working out something, with their naval troops reportedly bonding—through some soccer, volleyball, and karaoke—in the Philippine-held island of Northeast Cay. Ultimately, this sign of unity will be of help especially in the brewing hostilities with China, who has recently been strong-arming the other countries in their claim of the said territory.
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