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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.

World leaders coming to PH

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO

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).

Fake news on FB alarms PH senator

By: Omer Almenario
SEEKING to stop the alarming spread of misinformation online, Philippine Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan wants to penalize Facebook for fake news item it allows to be propagated on its pages.
In Senate Resolution (PSR) 271 filed late Wednesday afternoon, the new Liberal Party president said: “The propagation of fake news stories has become an effective weapon of several political operatives to influence public opinion and national discourse. As a result, the level and quality of public discourse have suffered. Discerning the truth from the lies has become more difficult every day as manipulation of information and blatant fabrication of stories have become increasingly rampant.”

PH President’s powerful address

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
I WAS at home facing the television set when Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made his first mark in history as he delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on Monday afternoon.
Arriving at the House of Representatives at 3:20 in the afternoon, President Duterte was welcomed by Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. He was only wearing a barong and black pants.
The President stopped by at the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) before proceeding to the Session Hall for the joint session of Congress.

Dreaming of shelters in PH? Read this!

BUYERS of real estate and condominium units in the Philippines will no longer have to pay reservation or other fees prior to their submission of documentary requirements.
Rep. Scott Davies Lanete (3rd District, Masbate) on Monday filed House Bill 5964, which bans reservation fees for real estate and condominium units to ensure the protection of the buyers.
The bill amends Presidential Decree 957 or The Subdivision and Condominium Buyers’ Protective Decree, which regulates the sale of subdivision lots and condominiums.

Remembering a Filipino journalist

FORMER Press Undersecretary Jose “JoCap” Capadocia is gone. But his untimely demise left me a memory to reckon with, a memory that has been keeping me restless for 15 years now.

Executive Summary of PNP Board of Inquiry Report on Mamasapano Clash in Philippines (Full Text/March 13, 2015 2:41pm)

ON January 25, 2015, sixty-seven (67) Filipinos died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao as a result of an encounter triggered by operation Plan (Oplan) Exodus.
The goal of Oplan Exodus was to neutralize high value targets (HVTs) who were international terrorists—i.e., Zkulkifli Bin Hir/Zulkifli Abhir (Marwan); Ahamad Akmad atabl Usman (Usman); and Amin Baco (Jihad).
Forty-four (44) members of the Special Aciton Force (SAF)—considered as the elite unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) against terrorism and internal security threats-lost their lives in Mamasapano, while sixteen (16) other SAF members sustained severe injuries.
The tragic incident in Mamasapano raised several questions. How could a group of elite forces be massacred? Who was responsible for their deaths? What caused the traffic encounter in Mamasapano? Who were the hostile forces encountered by the SAF troops?
The Board of Inquiry (BOI) was created by the Philippine National Police (PNP) primarily to investigate the facts regarding Oplan Exodus and to provide recommendations in order to address such possible lapses.

Protesters shout: No to Torre de Manila!

PHILIPPINE Senator Pia Cayetano continues throwing her support behind the parallel inquiry being conducted by the House of Representatives on the construction of the controversial Torre de Manila high-rise condominium across Rizal Park in Manila.
“I am pleased that the House of Representatives has started its own hearings on the matter of Torre de Manila, which stands to alter and destroy the iconic sightline of Rizal Monument,” said the senator, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Art and Culture.
“It is encouraging to know that members in both chambers of Congress are supporting efforts to safeguard our historical sites which form an integral part of our national identity,” added the senator, referring to the public hearing conducted by the House Committee on Metro Manila Development Authority earlier this week.

Nations and International Organization

Nations and International Organization

More and more nations are giving aid to Filipinos || Fellow countrymen let’s SHARE this as a sign of gratitude to them #YolandaPH #Haiyan

‘I don’t belong to this society’

By OMER OSCAR B. ALMENARIO

WHAT’S wrong with being black? Is it a sin to be born dark? What is meant by racism? What strict and precise definition does it hold? What are its implications on a country dominated by white or fair-skinned people? Why are they being driven away from the mainstream of society, where they also belong? Like the United States of America, racism also exists in many parts of the world. And the Philippines is among these nations that subscribes to this inhuman practice. One case in point is Tajil, a friend of mine, whose roots belong to the Manobo Tribe in Southern Philippines. Standing five feet with kinky hair, he’s dark-skinned and speaks a regional dialect.