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FIRING LINE: On the side of the ‘Judases’

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By Robert B. Roque, Jr.

When Professor Clarita Carlos, an academic luminary, was appointed the first woman national security adviser, President Marcos asserted that he knew exactly what he was doing. So celebrated as a political scientist, Carlos was just what he saw the National Security Council needed.

Of course, that executive decision tugged like a hook deep in the throat of the defense and military establishment. There’s a long line of retired military generals, prominent political-military reservists, and security consultants eyeing that post which Mr. Junior handed on a platter to an “outsider.”

Carlos referred to them as “Judases” in one interview, revealing little as she could of how they criticized, maligned, and worked against her to discredit her. That was expected.

What came unexpectedly, though, is how the Chief Executive spoke of Carlos’s reluctant revelation as if it were paranoia. Is he putting out a house fire? Or is he truly in denial, ignorant of the backstabbing in government? Perhaps, he’s just taken the side of the “Judases.”

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On the eve of the Lunar New Year, a big celebration for the Chinese, reports of the latest harassment of Filipino fishermen by Chinese Coast Guard vessels near Ayungin Shoal came out.

Either President Marcos’s recent visit to China, highlighted by his bilateral talks with Xi Jinping, brought home empty promises of respect and consideration for Filipino fishermen venturing out to the West Philippine Sea; or Xi has absolutely no control over what his Coast Guard is doing 2,700 kilometers away from his seat of power. 

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If you want an authentic Chinese dining experience, try Teakha (meaning Tea House) at 707 Shaw Boulevard, Kapitolyo, Pasig. You won’t regret it.

Sample the taste of the dumplings, clams with black beans, squid with salt and pepper, Teakha fried rice, radish cake, and Nestum Chicken (chicken cooked with cereals).

Not to forget the refreshing black gulaman drink, and the green tea ice cream and tri-color (ube, chocolate, and sweet-bean paste) buchi are heavenly desserts.

My children and I loved them all.

Among their special dishes are Roast Duck and Suckling Pig.

If you’re not convinced, check them all out at

Teakha is owned by Mrs. Marivic Go.

Eugene Go, a past president of the former Manila Millennial Lions Club and current member of the Manila Allied Lions Club, who invited us to a food tasting, is not the CEO, so he claims.

“I’m just the HOO — Husband Of Owner.”

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