Contreras’ lies a broken record

By Herman Tiu Laurel

                This is the third and last part of my response to the column of Prof. Antonio Contreras “War and Fearmongering.” His column accused Philippine diplomacy of bowing to Chinese threats in crafting it foreign policy, a direct contradiction of the reality that the Philippines under BBM is actually shaping Philippines foreign policy in accordance with the “War and Fearmongering” of the U.S.

From Zamora of Mindanao Journal

                The lies of Antonio Contreras come directly from the script that US “perception war” experts who craft and dish these out through their various foreign and local think tanks in the Philippines. One of these is the Albert del Rosario Institute, named after the late henchman of the Western financial Mafiosi of the Manny Pangilinan and the Salim group. Del Rosario has left this earth but the “jukebox scholars” continue to sing paeans to him, the latest of which is his “A public servant extraordinaire” exulted in the Manila Standard.

                Another Del Rosario eulogy comes from Jarius Bondoc’s column of April 21, 2023, just four days after the death, which was entitled “Albert del Rosario: patriot, family man.” A good family man indeed! One indication was that he likely was earning P 600-million doing the bidding of Manny Pangilinan (the cheat of PLDT for the Salim Group). But as a “patriot” brings a guffaw: Del Rosario doesn’t even speak Pilipino, lived all his life in the U.S., was educated there, and arrived in the Philippines only to serve the “Pivot to Asia.”

                The whole caboodle of anti-China Amboys is the “U.S. Deep State, Philippine Bureau” operating with BBM barefacedly spewing lies betraying BBM’s own anti-EDCA statements of the past ten years (double-crossing his own father’s legacy and the nation’s independence). That caboodle now reveals itself– the PMA generals who followed the US diktat at a drop of the hat, the DFA top bureaucrats, then followed by the financial and old political oligarchy moving together with BBM under the US diktat.

                Weeks ago, I wrote an exposé of the modern “Macabebes” in connection with the “Fil-AM War II” that I see emerging today. I reviewed the history of Filipino collaborators with the Americans, found this Batangas Historical Culture Folklore site, and the article “The Macabebe Scouts: American ‘Attack Dogs’ in Batangas during the Fil-AM War.” These attack dogs are alive again, personified by Gen. Galvez, Año et al, and Gen. Arevalo (ret.), a new peeve in the Manila Times with his puny logic.

                Like Antonio Contreras, this Arevalo decorates his column with his photo in bow tie and what seems like the tuxedo suit I see in some PMA formal occasions and writes apologetics for the anti-China, pro-US, Hague arbitration “award” that are all based on total lies. He continues to cling on to the arbitration wards even with the statement of UN Spokesman Stefan Dujarric in 2016 that emphasized “The UN doesn’t have a position on the legal and procedural merits of the case or on the disputed claims.”

                The arbitration “award” is fool’s gold crafted by American “lawfare” (warfare using legalities) to enthrall unthinking Filipinos into believing they have something defensible in hand t when they would most likely have their hands cut off in reaching for the moon when pushed by the U.S. to do so. But the last laugh will be by the Americans and their stooges if and when the U.S. succeeds in scamming its victims.

                Antonio Contreras debunked all his lies through the web of contradictions he got himself into. He continued with more lies such as “Taiwan’s right to modernize its army….” It is so basic that, as a country we have nothing to do with Taiwan’s internal affairs as well as China’s; why then is he dragging the Philippines into the internal affairs of these two, in much the same way BBM is now trying to do with his hopelessly contradictory attempt to justify the EDCA bases.

                Contreras squeezes the argument that upholds the so-called legality and constitutionality of the EDCA agreement; but even with the Serena Supreme Court’s acquiescence to the EDCA anomaly and outright violation of the 1987 Constitution’s Art. 18, Sec. 25, it is not beyond question as the Supreme Court has reversed itself before (ex. SC reversals on “pork barrel”) no one can escape the words: “After the expiration in 1991 of the Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America concerning Military Bases, foreign military bases, troops or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate and, when the Congress so requires, ratified by a majority of the votes cast by the people in a national referendum held for that purpose, and recognized as a treaty by the other contracting State.”

<strong>Herman “Ka Mentong” Tiu Laurel</strong>
Herman “Ka Mentong” Tiu Laurel

is a broadcast journalist. He is a former columnist of Daily Tribune (INFOWARS and DIE HARD III; Mondays and Wednesday) and OpinYon (Consumers’ Demand!, Critic’s Critic, and People’s Struggle; weekly).
He hosted Talk News TV and Journeys: Chronicles of our Asian Century, both on Global News Network.
He is now the host of the radio and live stream program Global Talk News Radio for Radyo Pilipinas 1 – 738AM, which broadcasts every Sunday 8AM to 10AM.
While in quarantine, he is hosting the live stream program Power Thinks on his personal Facebook page Herman Laurel ( and the Global Talk News Radio Facebook page (
He was also the former Administrator of the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC; now called the Bataan Technology Park, Inc.) during the administration of Corazon C. Aquino.

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