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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

Facebook Versus the Network of Starving Trolls

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True lies or troll lies? Which best describes the social media troll networks in the Philippines? The hate speech and disinformation strategy is getting crumpled and crushed into pieces, by none other than... The Facebook! What made President Duterte rant and rave about the crushing down of several accounts linked to the PNP and AFP? With President Duterte's statement of disgust against Facebook, we're all in danger of losing our voice on the social media. It's not only our voices of dissent, but also sources of news and information and livelihood of Filipinos who depend on Facebook that is threatened to  be taken away . Hundreds of Facebook accounts used for disinformation and manipulation has been revealed and crushed down, which they denied at first, and finally admitted when pressured to tell the truth, just to justify their advocacy. When the so-called, Facebook 'advocacy accounts' and pages turned out to be 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' then, isn

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