Remembering Edsa

By:Rey Almenario
Today the country marks the 32nd anniversary of the so-called Edsa revolution that toppled former president-dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos after ruling the country for 20 years, 14 years of which were under martial law.
It was a people’s uprising triggered by Ramos and Enrile, former Marcos’ martial law co-designers and implementors, who fell from the graces of the dictator and wanted to stage a military coup against the dictatorship: an adventure which failed to gather steam. Presumably afraid of being caught and subsequently punished for their subversive action, the duo called on the late popular Manila Cardinal Jaime Sin to help them gather the anti-Marcos Metro Manila civilians from all walks of life in a show of people power against the overstaying dictator.

Pinoy CNN hero as urban poor head?

By: Oscar Omer Almenario

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte is considering CNN hero Efren Peñaflorida Jr. as the next chairman of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday.
“PRRD has expressed his desire to appoint somebody who hails from the poor and marginalized sector to the PCUP”, Roque said in a statement.
Roque said according to the chief executive, “he wants someone who can contribute in solving the problems of the poor and activate pro-poor programs such as the one featured by CNN known for his “pushcart classroom.

Conspiracy in PH purchase of dengvaxia?


PHILIPPINE Senator Richard J. Gordon on Wednesday said he sees “conspiracy” in the government’s procurement of P3.5-billion Dengvaxia vaccines from French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur because the budget for the procurement of the vaccine was not even part of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) since there was no assurance yet that the vaccine was safe to be administered.
He said he was also astounded by the undue speed in the procurement process for the Dengvaxia Vaccine, the administration of which to at least 830,000 people is now turning into the country’s major health nightmare.

ASEAN studies on woman affected by disasters


THE ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Philippines completed in July 2017 its thematic study on women affected by natural disasters.
Among other things, the study found out that natural disasters tend to increase and multiply the risks of vulnerable groups, such as women, and bring about an extremely difficult circumstance of displacement.
Vulnerable groups need immediate and sustained protection as well as the opportunity to participate in deciding on programs that seek to benefit them.

Suu Kyi touches on women’s role


MYANMAR State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday centered her vision of prosperity for all on women economic empowerment and human capital development during her keynote at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017.
Suu Kyi was amongst the state leaders to be invited by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, to impart their own perspective on achieving inclusive growth in the region. To open the summit, Suu Kyi touched on ASEAN economic milestones paralleled with Myanmar’s distinct view on development and the central role women play.

ASEAN tackles politics


FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday hosted and chaired the 16th ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Council Meeting in Manila in preparation for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.
The APSC is one of the three Pillars of ASEAN, with the function of ensuring an inclusive, responsive, and resilient ASEAN in addressing challenges to regional peace and security.

World leaders coming to PH


WORLD leaders are expected to arrive in the Philippines this weekend to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits in Manila.
Most of the leaders will land at Clark International Airport, over 100 kilometers from the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, the venue for the majority of the meetings.
Before the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits kick off on Monday, Nov. 13, some ASEAN leaders are expected to grace the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 to launch the ASEAN Business Advisory Councils’ (ABAC) flagship project, the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN).

PHP1B for distressed workers abroad

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte was reported to have approved for a PHP1-billion budget to assist distressed Filipinos abroad in 2018, from previous PHP600 million.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) expects to start implementing “liberal” guidelines for the provision of assistance to nationals (ATN) to all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in distress by next year.���
Raul Dado, DFA Executive Director for Migrant Workers Affairs, said Friday the new guidelines are up for review by Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.��

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has yet to verify or uncover any destabilization plot against President Rodrigo Duterte and the government, a military official said late Thursday.
“We will be conferring with other government agencies. But in so far as the AFP is concerned, we have not monitored any such destabilization plan,” AFP chief of public affairs, Col. Edgard Arevalo, said.
Arevalo reiterated that the military would not allow any attempt to undermine the stability of the government.
“We will frustrate any effort that will cause the disruption of our democratic way of life. That is, and shall always be, our commitment to the nation and our people,” he added.

Killer fratman leaves PH

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Manila confirmed on Thursday that one of the suspects in the death of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III due to alleged hazing has left the country for Taipei, Taiwan.
“A certain Ralph Caballes Trangia (DOB 10 Nov 95) departed 19 Sept. 2017 on board Eva Air flight BR262 bound for Taipei,” said BI Spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang.
Trangia, along with 15 other members of the Aegis Juris fraternity, was included in the immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday.