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"Duterte has probably accomplished more in less than six months what BS Aquino couldn’t accomplish in six years."
I was compelled to start blogging in 2009 about Philippine politics and culture after I read a report that former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III who was then still a Senator announced that he will be running for President in 2010. I found it extremely ridiculous that the reason why he decided to run was ...Read the Rest
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"Unlike the Bible which has several versions and attracted a lot of 'geniuses' in interpreting it as well as 'teaching' it, Rizal’s books had a difficult time crossing over into the mainstream..."
I commiserate and understand the feeling of lack of interest among Filipino youth on Rizal’s books (Noli and Fili). Maybe because it was written in Spanish or maybe not really promoted aggressively for reading in schools. Or ...
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"Jarius explained briefly in the interview that the phrase was used to refer to the phenomena where people regard some thing as true when they believe a majority of people seem to think it is true."
If Jarius Bondoc said political agitation tactics were being used on a massive scale on social media, he'd be right. These days it pays to be skeptical.
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"They want everything to be 'fair', by which they mean that Pinoys should be given special privileges to compensate for their many failures. On the other hand, they think they should have 'freedom' to do whatever they like to anybody they like."
Filipinos fall into one of two groups: 1) People who think everything is wonderful (despite all the evidence staring them in the face that everythingisn’t wonderful). They believe that anyone says a single bad word about the ...
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"Many observers doubt that there is any bigger purpose to De Lima’s EJK probe beyond it being a mere channel through which anti-Duterte rhetoric is broadcast."
After being ousted as chairman of the Senate Justice Committee, Leila De Lima is, predictably, playing the victim card, claiming that she no longer “feels safe”… De Lima said she was not confident whether Philippines security agencies would protect her. “Can I rely on the government and (Philippines National Police) for safety or (National Bureau ...Read the Rest
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"Duterte did not manipulate elections, has not made desperate attempts to cling to power, did not subvert democracy,. did not pilfer our resources, and did not torture and imprison his critics. BUT WE KNOW WHO DID. BWAHAHA."
Ban Ki Moon has blasted some world leaders in his farewell address (yes, he is leaving the UN), and we can consider it a small triumph (and mercy) that despite President Duterte's fuck yous, Ban Ki Moon didn't consider him a...
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"If North Korea dropped an atomic bomb on Manila and it killed 10 million Filipinos there, about 7 million of the dead would likely be poor if the Ibon Foundation survey result holds. On that basis, could we conclude that the North Korean attack 'targeted the poor'? Of course not."
In a report submitted to the United Nations the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reportedly asserts that the Philippine Government’s war on drugs targets the poor. Citing statements made by Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa during a Senate inquiry, the CHR also noted that more than a thousand deaths ...Read the Rest
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"Today, yes, they granted us education, but the society is still dictating us what to do, what to wear, what to buy, who to worship, when to eat, what to eat, how to earn money, and continue to pay for nothing and live in the world of debts and bills and continue to live in misery under the spells of oligarch wretches until we die."
There’s one fact that we Filipinos cannot accept – we are being manufactured. We are being mass-produced by this elitist society and we are not aware of it. Why? Because we chose to ignore the rays of understanding that we could have if we took off the shadow of ignorance that conceals us from reality. Over ...Read the Rest
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"Instead, what Filipinos should do is embrace the 'peaceful, selfless, and humble' teachings of these Asian religion—by adopting the teachings as equal to the teachings of their western religion—if they’re really serious about their quest to become an 'independent Asian country'."
The Philippines doesn’t have to give up its religion, form of government, or way of life. I doubt very seriously if the Filipinos are ever going to do that anyway, because those practices are already embedded in their subcons...
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"De Lima continued to ask leading questions to extract her preferred responses from Matobato. She was practically testifying for Matobato..."
Day 4 of the Senate hearing on EJKs under the new committee chairman, Senator Dick Gordon, has been the most interesting so far, but the foreign media oddly did not report much about it. Is it because they don’t want people t...
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"Each visiting tourist creates jobs for Filipinos. Every hotel room constructed creates two direct and two indirect jobs. We need to make sure they are stress-free and satisfied, or better yet come back hauling a bunch of relatives and friends along."
Tourism is an important sector for the Philippine economy. In 2015, the travel and tourism industry contributed 10.6% to the country’s GDP (wiki). It is as important a pillar as our OFW remittances and BPO industry for keeping our economy humming and ensuring hot pan de sal stays served on Juan’s breakfast table. With all ...Read the Rest
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"By 1975, order and stability were restored in the Philippines, and the Republic did not capitulate to communism nor did the country lose the southern island of Mindanao. On the other hand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam all fell to communist rule."
“As of the twenty-third of this month, I signed Proclamation Number 1081 placing the entire Philippines under martial law” said President Ferdinand E. Marcos on that famous television broadcast 44 years ago today, September 23. Before the declaration of martial law, the country was in a state of upheaval. It was the middle of the ...Read the Rest
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