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Who Killed Christine

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The new year 2021 brought us a new level of hope and ecstacy, that finally we bid farewell to the pains and sufferings of the year 2020. That's all we thought. But, the new year was a bang!  We're greeted with a sad news about rape with murder of a Flight Attendant in a hotel in Makati as the country and the world celebrated the new year. Well, that's the initial findings and pronouncement of the PNP and was believed by the mother of the victim, and including us. Other people including celebrities and netizens were quick to condemn the incident and called on the perpetrators about the rape issue. Then the PNP declared "case closed" real quick when the suspects were identified and later on surfaced to answer the allegations of crime. Those suspects who came out are the closest friends of the victim and some of them belong to a high profile family; as the son of a known celebrity and businessman. We've all believed that it was a rape with murder case, until the

Duterte Mentality and the Police Brutality

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  I've watched the video and you may have watched it too. A simple confrontation that ended with a big bang over two heads of an innocent Mother and son.  The Mother was seen to have a tight embrace, trying to protect her son from immediate danger. That was a Mother's love and care. That was a Mother's instinct. And in very brief moment, they got shot and they're dead. It's a sad start of holidays for the Filipinos. We may not have lost a very special person or a hero, but we have lost two lives; a loving Mother and her son, in the hands of a Father and daughter tandem. We got emotional and very angry on the sad fate of the Mother and son, and we're quick to condemn the actions of the Father who's a policeman and her spoiled daughter whom have triggered the situation to have ended in bloodshed. That's gruesome! That's double murder! A Police officer must have higher sense of self control and observe maximum tolerance at all times. A good Police offic

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

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

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 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

Philhealth Corruption and the New Chief

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  Never get sick. That's the best wish we could give to the newly appointed President and CEO of Philhealth; the State health insurance company of the Philippines. Dante Gierran, the former Director of the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is the new face of Philhealth, who is trusted by President Duterte; his great fellow from Davao. Dante Gierran is highly optimistic that he could make a difference in solving the current and controversial issues faced by Philhealth. Issues like illegal and questionable release of Philhealth funds during this time of Pandemic. Just a whistle blow away and boom! Everything is exposed about the alleged anomalies. Who is the most affected by the issues after all?  Will it be resigned and former Philhealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales, who is suffering from health condition? Will it be the other high ranking Philhealth officials?  Surely not them! but none other than the ordinary Filipinos -- the working class. The working Filipin

Converting Farmland into Subdivision

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Farmland conversions. This is becoming a game for the rich and the Oligarchs in the Philippines. Those who have vested interests, the power, and the massive wealth can always make it happen. And so today, once again we hear from our Philippine Senator, Cynthia Villar, on her opening statement for the Senate hearing on the state of dairy industry that "farmlands converted into housing and factories are not that bad, but in fact can be good in our economy." Senator Cynthia Villar is the Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture and at the same time has business interests in real estate development in the entire Philippines. Her company, Vista Land is into property development and retail industries that's a conflict of interest in her current Senate chairmanship. We can't forget the 'Rice Tariffication' law which she sponsored and authored that killed the livelihood of our rice farmers considering the low market price of rice produce due to the massive i