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VP Leni Versus Bongbong Marcos' Unlimited Loss

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Leni Robredo has nothing to prove since her declaration of winning as the Philippine Vice President despite of the many false accusations and electoral protests against her. VP Leni was chosen by the majority of the Filipino people to lead the country as the 2nd most powerful Government position. It's her destiny, and she has proven her worth with highest honor and dignity. With the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos, once again VP Leni won not only once, not only twice, but thrice. No matter how hard they try to destroy VP Leni, still she's unbeatable and unbreakable. She's the mightiest VP in the Philippine history and always staying above the controversy. VP Leni is the subject of a continuous disinformation campaign and malicious hate speeches by the paid trolls. She was was punched and crushed heavily, yet she's still strong, healthy and mighty. Her greatness truly emanates from within. With her strong conviction, she's still reigning like a true Queen. Why i

Typhoon Ulysses and VP Leni Please

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  We Filipinos are suffering from the worst effect of a natural calamity. From the super typhoon Rolly in the Bicol Region; the severe flooding in Marikina and Rizal Province; and just recently, a sad fate from a massive flooding brought by typhoon Ulysses in Cagayan Valley Region. Thousands of families have not yet recovered from the recent onslaught of  super typhoon Rolly, yet we're now seeing another Region submerged in water. For such unexpected event, the Cagayanos were almost left drowned and dying when the rest of the Filipinos were asleep peacefully on the evening of Friday the 13th until the dawn of the 14th of November. The people of Cagayan Valley is crying for help. Little children were reported to be almost carried away by the heavy current of flash floods. We heard not much report, but the first to respond is our Vice President, Leni Robredo. VP Leni was fully awake to hear and respond to the cry for help of the Cagayanos. She collaborated with the proper agencies to

Super Typhoon Rolly and the Mighty VP Leni

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The Bicolanos are strong people. They have shown resilience despite the many typhoons that hit the region. The Bicolanos are disciplined; they know the essence of disaster preparedness and have a sense of community. That's a commendable trait we can learn from them.  Even before the super typhoon Rolly would hit the Bicol Region on November 1, 2020, we've seen how the Bicolanos and their local leaders would prepare. With clear communication and mobilization, they were able to achieve their goal in disaster preparedness and resilience, incomparable with the preparedness during super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Super typhoon Rolly had a strength comparable to super typhoon Yolanda, but with good leadership and governance, the Bicolanos had a lower reported casualty of 22 deaths as compared to 6,340 deaths with super typhoon Yolanda. The Bicolanos have learned from the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda, and so their disaster preparedness include early evacuation w

The Terrors of Anti-Terror Law

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Terrorism must be condemned. That's becoming our fundamental duty as a lawful citizen of the Republic. With the rising occurrence of terrorist attacks, killing hundreds to several thousands of people, there's no mercy, but to face its consequence with fairness and justice.  That's the power of the Anti-Terrorism Law signed by President Duterte. Its primary intention is to identify, arrest and to penalize an individual or a group perceived to be an enemy of the state. However, some provisions on the 'Implementing Rules and Regulations' of the Anti-terrorism Law might be unconstitutional. With false perception and wrongful judgment, anyone can be unjustly accused before the jury of the  9-member Anti-Terror Council acting like a judicial court.   How is that constitutional? You'll be served a warrantless arrest with detention in jail for up to 14 days and a possible extension of 10 days for a total  and maximum of 24 days in jail without filing a single case in co

The Honorable and Regaining One's Honor

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If there's one thing that could easily destroy one's integrity, trust and loyalty, that's about not honoring a commitment. That's a hard lesson learned by the hardworking gentleman from Taguig,  Alan Peter Cayetano. We've witnessed how a feisty Speaker would give a good fight up to the last end of his reign. That drama however, created the sudden rise to popularity and power of the gentleman from Marinduque,  Lord Allan Velasco. He received warm support from the leaders in the House and the Filipino people who has no tolerance for a show of disrespect and dishonorable action. The 2020 battle between Alan vs. Allan. Finally it ended with a peaceful and graceful acceptance of Alan Peter Cayetano. That's just a week-time blockbuster scene of Cayetano's clinging to power; declaring his resignation, gaining House support for a continuous leadership, and moving for a month-long suspension for the deliberation of national budget. A dangerous move... We, the Filipin

ABS-CBN and the Power of A2Z

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After several months of ABS-CBN shutdown on free TV, finally we're surprised by the most powerful TV network deal of the decade. That was a clever move ever! We didn't expect it! And now you've given hope and revived our Filipino spirit.  Our prayers materialized and it's a Divine gift of bringing back our voices... Of bringing back our enthusiasm... Our smiles... Our hopes and dreams... Yes, you've made it happen to bring back what was lost and deprived of the majority of the Filipino people. The times when we lost our smiles and replaced with sadness. The times when we lost our energy and replaced with fears. The times when we lost our resilience and replaced with doubts and uncertainty. Yes, we were left uncertain of what's gonna happen next when ABS-CBN was denied of a much deserved Congressional franchise renewal. And this is for you dear Congressmen who never listened and continued with your vested interest. You never represented the voices of your constit

Duterte, Pulse Asia, and the False Rating

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Record high trust rating at 91% by none other than, President Duterte.  The most popular ever. Incomparable and unbeatable. He won again! This time the trust and confidence of the Filipino people. They survey was done by whom? Was it by Facebook commentaries?  Naah! Done deal survey by Pulse Asia.  Sad to say, but majority can't comprehend how they came up with an all-time high rating of 91% with all these blunders and bloopers in Covid-19 response... With the survey conducted in mid-September 2020. There's a lot of mismatch on the survey result and the real-life happening -- the present Covid-19 reality. Top 1 Covid-19 cases in South East Asia First, we broke the record of Singapore, and then by Indonesia. We're now the fist place in South East Asia. It's clear that the respondents of the survey doesn't care about the Government's response to the present health crisis; the pandemic. Anyway, there are other countries worst than the Philippines. With the USA on t

DepEd's Mission and the Struggles of Distance Education

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How does it feel like to have graduated or finished a school year without marching on a school stage; with parents cheering and teary-eyed on their children's academic success and victory. That was supposed to be the final moment of academic fulfillment, and the commencement to a higher level of learning. For college graduates, that's supposed to be a preparation time for board exam, and for others, a welcome to an entry-level work.   Instead of a formal moving up and graduation events in school, what we've witnessed are virtual ceremonies. No sweet smiles... No crying moments. Just a virtual reality. The Covid-19 pandemic had stolen such precious and memorable moments of the learners, instead it was replaced with fears, anxieties and uncertainties of what lies ahead. After several months of academic freeze and delays of school year opening, the Philippine Department of Education is now ready for the official opening of school year 2020-2021 , with 24.72 million enrolled pu

Betrayals and the Sweet lies of term-sharing deal

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  Time has come for a shift of power. That's just a half-life of full term power as the Philippine House-Speaker. Looking back, the July 2019 Presidential brokerage deal for the next House Speaker made us believe on the veracity of gentleman's agreement. That was a firm handshake; a powerful deal for the fourth most powerful Government position. A little fast forward to September 2020, and here we are with the political drama happening in the House of Representatives. With hundreds of political allies backing up the continuous House Speaker leadership of Alan Peter Cayetano and not to honor the term-sharing deal with the unpopular gentleman from Marinduque, Lord Allan Jay Velasco. The term-sharing deal brokered by the President may lead to unending chaos and a ripple of political drama in the House.  With that uncontrolled scenario, the President would rather be 'hands off' for him not to be blamed for the chaos created by the deal he brokered. It's the 2020, Alan v

The PNP, AFP, and the Troll Armies

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To serve and protect. That's the tagline of our mighty men in uniform; our great defender against various threats, violence and harassment. They are dignified men showing bravery and resilience. They are our protector... Our heroes... What happens when the so-called defender and protector of the state are involved in allegations of political biases in social media on which they are expected to be displaying apolitical stance? Our great men in uniform has been leveraging the power of social media for years already and it's a great tool for them to disseminate information to the public. It's a digital platform on which they could update their heroic activities which are truly commendable. When social media gain popularity, it has become our lifestyle. We read our daily news updates through Facebook and Youtube. We read and share our commentaries on the news feed. We now have the capability to do Facebook live -- reporting events as it happens. That's the power of social m

The UN and in Defense of President Duterte

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  Finally! We've seen and heard about President Duterte on his first appearance on the 75th United Nations General Assembly. That was the most presidential gesture I've seen of the President on the world stage of revered leaders on the community of nations -- the UN. That was a recorded speech, but he showed confidence, courage and humility to speak to the great world leaders and to the Filipino people. The West Philippine Sea At last, we've heard him speak about the UN Arbitration ruling of 2016 in favor of the Philippines for the coveted West Philippine Sea; Philippine territorial waters - Exclusive Economic Zone. After all, we're not fully in allegiance with China. We can be just friends purely for economic partnership and cooperation. Yes, the President may have weighed in about his policies towards China, that despite of the bullying on the Philippine waters by the Chinese intruders, still President Duterte seem not to care about it, until he made a grandstand befo

The Dangers of Manila Bay White Sand

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Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Miami beach in Florida, USA and ... Manila Bay White Sand in the Philippines? They say that those man-made beaches have one thing in common... It's an artificial beach nourishment made of dolomite. Not a real white sand like the world-famous Boracay, but an artificial sand that could be easily washed away by rising sea level and stronger storm surge whenever a strong typhoon hits the country. The Philippines as a Pacific Island has suffered the most natural disasters and is one of the most disaster-prone countries due to the effects of climate change.  Climate change is real and we have all witnessed its devastating effect from Ondoy to Yolanda. That was just a recent past, but memories are haunting us everytime we hear about an incoming weather disturbances like a super typhoon. With continuous heavy rainfall caused by Habagat or any weather phenomenon, will the Dolomite sand be safe from not being washed away?  How could we afford to maint

The New Manila Bay Sands

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Miami beach, Copacabana Beach, Marina Bay Sands and... Manila Bay Sands? Wow! The Philippines is becoming one of the coolest beach cities in the world. Truly a world-class and ambitious urban coastline development by turning the natural black sand into an attractive, but artificial white sand, which is a crushed Dolomite rocks from the Mountains of the Island-Province of Cebu. And so, after all, it's not really a natural white sand like the world famous Boracay Island beach that the Philippine government envisioned of the Manila Bay. Some environmental groups including the Department of Health have expressed their sentiments about various health hazards that the project will potentially cause. Some of our Government leaders, environmental activists and concerned citizens have also expressed their strong opposition about the White sand project, which they say is untimely and insensitive since we are currently facing our toughest battle of Covid-19. Are we for the bea