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Obama invites Pakistan PM Sharif for October visit

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invited Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, for a meeting at the White House on Oct. 22, the US National Security Council said on Sunday.

US, allies conduct 20 air strikes against Islamic State —US military

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies conducted 20 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Sunday.

Saudis have made repeated small incursions into Yemen —coalition spokesman

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian forces have made repeated small incursions across the border with Yemen in response to attacks since the start of airstrikes against Houthi forces on March 26, the Saudi-led coalition said on Sunday.

PNoy urges public to not just rant but stand up for others

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday urged the public to stand up for others instead of just ranting without offering any solution.

Pancit bihon downs 128 in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – At least 128 people were rushed to the hospital due to alleged food poisoning after having lunch in a religious gathering in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Sunday afternoon.

INC ends 5-day protest

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 9:41 a.m.) — Officials of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) agreed on Monday to end the five-day mass action after ta

Roads not passable in NCR due to Iglesia protest

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority tweeted a list of roads made impassable by the Iglesia ni Cristo protest on EDSA on Monday.

Iglesia ni Cristo ends EDSA takeover

Iglesia ni Cristo members have begun leaving EDSA after three days of protests that occupied the main thoroughfare.

PNoy leads National Heroes Day commemoration

President Benigno Aquino III has arrived at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Monday for the commemoration of National Heroes Day.

Iglesia ni Cristo protesters still not leaving EDSA

Despite an earlier pronouncement that the group will begin leaving Metro Manila's main thoroughfare at daybreak, protesters from the Iglesia ni Cristo have not yet left EDSA, continuing to make parts of the highway impassable.

Islamic State destroys part of Syria’s Temple of Bel —monitors

BEIRUT - The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday.

Iglesia Ni Cristo spokesman: ‘Hindi po namin hinangad na pumunta sa EDSA’

"Hindi po namin hinangad na pumunta sa EDSA." This was the statement given by Iglesia Ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala in an interview with radio dzBB on Monday.

Iglesia Ni Cristo members gather anew at DOJ

Iglesia Ni Cristo members on Monday began gathering in front of the Department of Justice on Padre Faura Street in Manila.

Tennis: Sharapova withdraws from US Open with leg injury

NEW YORK, United States --- Russian third seed Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open on Sunday with a right leg injury, easing the path to a calendar-year Grand Slam for top-ranked Serena Williams.   US Open tournament director David Brewer announced Sharapova's exit, which allowed qualifying lucky loser Daria Kasatkina of Russia into the draw in Sharapova's place.   "Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this year's US Open," Sharapova said in a Twitter posting. "I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time.   "To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to fini...

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Iglesia ni Cristo members hold separate protest in Davao City

Iglesia ni Cristo members in Mindanao started their protest against the Justice Department's alleged interference in church matters by gathering in front of Davao City's Hall of Justice early Monday morning, GMA 7 morning show "Unang Hirit" reported.

Woman fighter still taxed for championship belt

Adding insult to injury, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has claimed that mixed martial arts fighter Jujeath Nagaowa was assessed a lower tax for the Women's International Boxing Association (Wiba) championship belt that she won on July 2 in Macau.   A statement from the office of BOC district collector Ed Macabeo pointed out that had the 27-year-old Nagaowa herself personally claimed the Wiba light flyweight champion's belt she would have been automatically exempted from customs duties.   Attaching documents supposedly of the transaction, Macabeo said that Nagaowa was only charged P3,630 for the belt as shown by an official receipt.   But the Benguet-bas...

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Gupta: He transformed culture of giving in India

From a distance, it was a stunning image to capture on camera: A man driving a rickshaw with his wife and little girl beside him on a road in New Delhi, India.   But up close, Anshu Gupta, a young freelance photographer, realized it was a trick of the eye.   The man on the photograph, Habib, was a "picker of abandoned dead bodies," as explicitly stated in a written sign on the passenger cart.   But it was a revelation from the man's daughter that shook Gupta: "When I feel cold, I hug the dead body and sleep. It does not trouble me, because it does not turn around."   This was how an idea started with Gupta, now 44, one of the five individua...

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Sections of EDSA still closed to traffic due to Iglesia ni Cristo protest

At around 4:37 a.m., Monday, Iglesia ni Cristo protesters were still at the EDSA-Shaw corner, with the area looking like a parking lot according to Super Radyo dzBB report.

Iglesia ni Cristo claims members prevented from joining protest

Iglesia ni Cristo spokesperson Edwil Zabala, in an interview with Super Radyo dzBB's James Agustin, claimed early Monday morning that church followers from the north and south of Metro Manila were being prevented from joining the protest on EDSA-Shaw.

NPC eyes meetings with Binay, Roxas, Duterte

MANILA, Philippines - The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) intends to meet with other presidential candidates to listen to their plans for the country.

‘10-hour, 4-day workweek can ease heavy traffic’

MANILA, Philippines - Quezon City Rep.

Binay to SUC students: Brace for higher tuition next year

MANILA, Philippines - Students of state universities and colleges (SUCs) should brace for higher tuition and other school fees next year because of the Aquin

Expelled minister urges DOJ to continue probe

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) should proceed with the preliminary investigation on criminal charges filed against leaders of the Igle

Iglesia sets nationwide protests vs DOJ probe

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo will gather in major cities across the country, widening the group’s protest activities against the De

Refugees or migrants? Debate rages over words to describe crisis

STOCKHOLM – Day after day, images of soaked and exhausted parents clutching their glassy-eyed children as they arrive on Europe’s shores make their way aroun

Noy extends life of Bangsamoro Transition Commission

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has extended the life of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that he formed in February 2013 and the 15-member body w

Nancy wants Jan. 25 declared special holiday for SAF 44

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Nancy Binay filed a bill seeking to have Jan.

Azkals face toughest test yet in Uzbeks

The Philippines faces its toughest challenge yet in Uzbekistan as the Azkals resume their World Cup Qualifying campaign on Sept. 8 at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Ranked No. 74 by Fifa, the Uzbeks will also be looking for their first victory in the qualifying tournament against the Azkals, who are running second to North Korea on goal difference in Group H after wins over Bahrain (2-1) and Yemen (2-0). Having spent long hours the past two months studying Uzbekistan play, Dooley feels the Central Asians are the strongest team in Group H despite their 2-4 defeat to North Korea last June. "Overall, it's a very strong team, the best team in the group," said Doo...

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Elha Nympha wins the ‘The Voice Kids’ Season 2

Banana cue vendor Elha Mae Nympha was declared grand winner of the second season of the talent search "The Voice Kids"on Sundaynight. The 11-year-old went home with a recording contract from MCA Music Inc., a music instrument package, a family utility vehicle, a house and lot worth P2 million, P1 million cash, and a P1-million trust fund. Elha said she planned to put up a "bananacue restaurant" with her cash prize. Elha's coach, rock singer Bamboo Maalac explained why he felt emotional when his ward's name was announcedSundaynight. "I saw greatness in her. I was the only coach who turned for her during the blind auditions," he told the Inquirer shortly after the finale held ...

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‘Heneral Luna’ comes to Los Angeles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_T1ykhy3Fg LOS ANGELES -- On August 31, National Heroes' Day in the Philippines, a special movie screening here will give Filipino-Americans a peek into the life of a Filipino hero who fought for the country's independence from the United States.   "Heneral Luna," directed by Cinemalaya 2013 Directors Showcase Best Director Jerrold Tarog, will be screened at the Krikorian Theater in Monrovia, California, before its wide release in the Philippines next month and in the US in October.   "We want to create a buzz for our kababayans back home that they have to see this movie, over any other movie," said Fil-Am artist Eliseo Art Silva,...

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Catholics urged: Pray for our INC brothers, sisters

MANILA -- Catholic bishops on Sunday urged the Catholic faithful to pray for members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).

PH Army recruiting 2,500 personnel

The Philippine Army is recruiting nearly 2,500 officers and men, enough to man five battalions, this year owing to the deaths, retirement and discharge of personnel.

After Poe, NPC to meet with other 2016 bets

The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will meet other potential presidential candidates in the 2016 polls, the group announced Sunday.

PH ranks 14th in best places to raise family for expats – survey

THE Philippines ranked 14th among 41 countries in a listing of best places to raise a family for expatriates, an international survey showed. In InterNation's 2015 Family Life Index, the Philippines trailed countries like Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Thailand, South Korea, Italy, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, among others. The Family Life Index ranked countries according to expatriate parents' response to subcategories, namely availability of child care and education, cost of child care and education, quality of education and family well-being. The Philippines ranked seventh in availability of child care and education, fifth in co...

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Anthony Taberna speaks at INC rally, goes on leave

ABS-CBN anchor Anthony Taberna announced Sunday afternoon that he has taken leave of absence from work because of active ties with the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

LOOK: Rufa Mae reveals bruised body on Instagram

Actress-comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto has posted photos of her bruised body on Instagram, hinting at a possible failed clinical procedure. "This is what I've been through. True and truth... So thank you Lord for saving my life and yes... To my doctors... May pag-asa pa," Rufa Mae said in an Instagram post on Friday. Her post was accompanied by the hashtags "hematoma" and "bloodclot." Rufa Mae said she shared photos of her bruised skin to "help people suffering and in pain." "I will teach or at least inspire and give support , advice , strength to people healed sickness , get ready physiologically and physically and spiritually emotionally . I'm sharing this coz I'm done bein...

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UNA mulls alliance with major parties

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is eyeing an alliance with almost all major parties, except the ruling Liberal Party (LP) which will field Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016 presidential elections.

Korea’s ascent on culture map

From dramas to pop songs, Korea has captured the world.   From the cultural staples of Korean folk music and historical soap operas, to love-triangle-plagued TV dramas and the heavily choreographed, modern hodgepodge of K-pop, South Korea's entertainment industry has seen a paradigm shift in its international prominence over the past few decades. Following a number of game-changing TV dramas and musical acts such as KBS'Winter Sonataand first generation K-pop idols BoA and H.O.T., overseas interest in the nation's entertainment content has shot up, leading to the birth of what is now known as hallyu. Referring to the spread of Korean culture, the compound word hallyu...

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Senate tackles bill increasing monthly SSS pensions

A bill seeking to increase the SSS monthly pension could soon be signed into law, but the agency maintains it does not have the funds.

China premier insists economy ‘within appropriate range’

BEIJING, China --- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has issued assurances over his country's economy after global markets were roiled by concerns over its slowing growth, state media reported on Saturday.   Top global markets ended the week Friday largely recovered from China-induced panic selling, but market watchers remain worried the turmoil in the world's number two economy will drag down global growth.   However, a report by the official news agency Xinhua quoted Li as saying "the Chinese economy is operating within an appropriate range and China continues to lead the world in terms of growth".   He added that "in the context of complex and changing si...

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DepEd union hails proposed salary hike

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education National Employees Union (DepEd-NEU) lauded the move of the Department of Budget and Management to include funds in the 2016 budget for the increase in the salary of government workers.

House OKs Free Basic Medicine Assistance Act

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure that establishes a free basic medicine assistance program in all government health facilities nationwide.

To Be President, Bongbong Marcos Must First Acknowledge the Sins of His Father

In general a son shouldn’t be blamed for what his father did. The Holy Bible itself acknowledges this in Deuteronomy 24:16: “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin. In the case of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. he has never been accused of active involvement in the abuses of his father, former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. However, now that the good senator has announced he may be considering a run for the presidency ...

DA bans German poultry products

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has issued yet another temporary ban on the import of birds and their products, this time from Germany, as it continues to shore up measures to protect the Philippines' bird flu-free status.   The ban covers domesticated and wild birds and their products, including poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from Emsland, Niedersachsen, in Germany.   Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has received a report from Germany's chief veterinary officer about an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N8) virus, which affected laying hens in Germany.   The ...

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Sy-Coson to businesswomen: Be confident

TOKYO---There's a simple formula, Filipino tycoon Teresita Sy-Coson said, on how to be successful in the tough world of entrepreneurship: Be confident. "As a woman, you have to work very hard, be confident and step out of your comfort zone," said Coson said, speaking at one of the panel discussions at the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2015. When applying for a loan to step up her business, a woman should be able to "make presentations to justify the loan," she said. "Men are able to do it. Why would women be excluded?" Coson asked. Over at the next room, Cecil Mae Morantte-Ocado, the planning and development coordinator of Tanuan, Leyte, spoke about how the town's women are ...

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Google asks Pinoys to translate Web to Filipino, Cebuano

Calling all Filipinos: Help Google translate the Web into your mother tongue.   In celebration of Buwan ng Wika, tech giant Google is encouraging Filipinos to contribute translations of Filipino and Cebuano to its language service, Google Translate, in hopes of making the Internet a more inclusive space for both native and nonnative speakers.   Google's Love Your Language project is a global campaign aimed at "empowering communities to build high quality translations online for their languages using the Google Translate Community Tool" so local speakers and those who do not know certain languages "can appreciate their language better."   "In the Philippin...

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Uber PH, apps make crazy city commute easy peasy

However politically incorrect, we're guessing many passengers of ride-sharing company Uber are surprised to find themselves in an Uber vehicle driven by a woman.   Indeed, women behind the wheel of any kind of transport service are still a rare sight.   Professional touring car racer LoryLee Uy, 44, says she gets surprised but pleased reactions from passengers on seeing a woman behind the wheel of their Uber service vehicle even if Uy's name already appears on their mobile phone.   Uy's Ford Everest has been registered under UberBLACK, the company's more premium option, for the past three months.   "I feel safe considering there is no exchanges...

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INC member denies it's out to topple Aquino gov't

Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo hope to find a peaceful resolution on its grievances.

Palace monitoring INC mass action

Malacanang is monitoring the ongoing mass action of Iglesia ni Cristo members on EDSA as protests enter its third day.

Poe, Binay, Roxas hit for reaction to INC protests

MANILA – Politicians who try to appease the leaders of the politically influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) must be condemned, a former ally of the administration said.

INC: We hope our message has been heard

MANILA -- The spokesperson of the politically influential Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) on Saturday apologized for the inconvenience caused by the group's mass action, but added they had no choice but to do it in order to get their message across to the Aquino government.

SSS pensioners ikinatuwa ang panukalang dagdag sa pensyon

Ikinatuwa ng SSS pensioners ang pag-usad ng panukala sa Kongreso, na magdadagdag ng P2,000 sa kanilang pensyon.

Google calls Filipinos to contribute to its language service

Calling all Filipinos: help Google translate the web into your native languages.   In celebration of Buwan ng Wika, tech giant Google is encouraging Filipinos to contribute translations of Filipino and Cebuano to its language service, Google Translate, in hopes of making the internet a more inclusive space for both native and non-native speakers.   The effort is part of Google's Love Your Language project, a global campaign aimed at "empowering communities to build high quality translations online for their languages using the Google Translate Community Tool" so local speakers and those who do not know certain languages "can appreciate their language better." ...

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Palace to INC faithful: Freedom requires responsibility

MANILA - Malacañang on Saturday maintained that government is not harassing the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

General welfare priority amid INC protests, assures Mar

MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Saturday assured that the general welfare of the public is the top priority of the government amid the protests being staged by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

Traffic Will Eventually Choke Metro Manila to Death...If We Do Nothing About It Now

In an earlier editorial we highlighted the pollution problem created by diesel and 2-stroke engines in Philippine cities. Here we highlight the deleterious effects Metro Manila's horrendous traffic problem has on the country's economy. Traffic moves around Metro Manila in a god-awfully slow pace. And as people and vehicles in this mega-metropolis increases that pace slows down even further ...

Why is the Philippines Still Spending Billions Buying Chinese Goods?

Are you one of the many Filipinos who, in righteous indignation, swore not to buy China-made goods because of what that communist country is doing to Philippine possessions in the West Philippine Sea? First of all—thank you. It is not everyday that one can find people who are willing to make some sacrifice in order to stop an aggressive "bully" nation that uses force and intimidation to illegally occupy reefs, shoals, and islands belonging to the Philippines...in contravention of international rules and guidelines that law-abiding nations adhere to ...

Air Pollution is Destroying Metro Manila and Most Cities in the Philippines

During the time of Jose Rizal, the country was known as the "Pearl of the Orient." The Spaniards, despite all their faults, built some amazingly beautiful cities in these "Islas." Clear water ran through the Pasig river and life was wholesome for all who lived here ...

Chief Justice Sereno et al, Speed Up Philippine Courts or Resign

So I guess if you're a Filipino, you're used to waiting forever for everything...especially government services. Unfortunately, the bar is set so low when it comes to government performance, it is no wonder the Philippines lags behind most countries ...

Why is Gloria Arroyo Keeping so Silent?

Remember her? She was president for almost a decade. A year after leaving office in 2010 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was arrested and placed under “hospital arrest” where she remains to this date. Charged first with electoral sabotage, then the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes funds, Arroyo is currently confined at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center awaiting her day in court ...

More Far Left than the Philippine Far Left

Just as global Filipinos alarmed by China’s massive reclamations in the West Philippine Sea were preparing to hold their third annual Global Day of Protest against China’s imperialism on July 24, a “preemptive counter demonstration” was held on July 19 in front of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC by Filipino American militants protesting US imperialism in the Philippines ...

The Iglesia ni Cristo Religion Will Eventually Self-Destruct

It will only be a matter of time before the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), founded by Felix Manalo over a hundred years ago eventually destroys itself. Like All organized religions, it stands on shaky ground depending solely on the faith of its followers to keep it going. And once that faith begins to waiver, it is the beginning of the end for that religion ...

Why Isn’t the Makati business Community Rallying Behind Jejomar Binay?

Doesn’t anyone find it a bit strange that the former mayor of Makati does not seem to have the backing of that city’s business community? Makati after all is the country’s premiere business district. Most major Philippine corporations are headquartered there. And for someone who has won election after election, whose wife also served as mayor, and whose son is the current mayor, the city’s business community seems totally disengaged from Vice President Jejomar Binay’s bid for the presidency as well as the myriad accusations of corruption currently being hurled against him ...

What the Heck is the Problem with Filipino Voters?

Mar Roxas, who gave up his presidential aspirations in 2010 to make way for then presidential aspirant Benigno Aquino Jr., says he might be willing to give way again for frontrunner Grace Poe. The question Pinoy voters should be asking is if Roxas is so willing to give way to others, maybe he’s not that interested in running for president. At this time more than ever, the country needs a decisive, strong-willed leader who will stand up to the Chinese and all others wishing to leave Filipinos at a disadvantage ...

Local Officials, You Are Only Temporary Stewards of the Lands You Govern

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas got it exactly right when he told Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, “you don’t own Makati City.” Roxas was referring to the mayor’s initial refusal to accept the suspension order from the Office of the Ombudsman in connection the ongoing corruption investigation against the mayor. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima chimed in as well, pointing out that “No public official can treat any local government unit as his own kingdom and government office as a royal entitlement.” ...

Will Same-Sex Marriage Ever Happen in the Philippines?

The United States Supreme Court has finally put its stamp of approval on same-sex unions. This following similar actions by governments in many other first-world democracies around the globe. The high court agreed with the argument that marriage is a very important institution in society. And to deny it to a certain group simply because of their sexual orientation is overtly discriminatory. And when you think about it, the court’s ruling makes perfect sense—whether or not one is gay or straight. In properly functioning democracies (like the U.S.) everyone is equal under the law ...

Who Should be the Next President of the Philippines?

Make no mistake, the next elections will be one of the most important—if not the most important—elections the country will ever have. Never since the Philippines gained self-determination in 1946 has it faced such an existential threat from a hostile foreign country as it now faces from China ...

Pope’s Encyclical May Finally Get Filipinos to Change their Evil Environmental Ways

Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical on climate change. The 200-page papal letter to Catholic bishops worldwide warns of "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem" by the end of this century unless drastic changes are made to avert it. This encyclical could not have come any sooner for the Philippines ...

Congress Wants Gloria Arroyo on House Arrest, Seriously?

When President Benigno Aquino III, wasn’t looking (he was in Japan), the House of Representatives quickly passed a resolution urging the Sandiganbayan court to allow house arrest for detained Pampanga Representative and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since October of 2012, Arroyo, has been detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, on plunder charges for the misuse of nearly $9 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds ...

Grace Poe for Philippine President? Not So Fast!

She is photogenic, carries herself well, and Filipinos all seem to love her. The question to ask though is whether the well-liked lady senator is ready to be the next president? Filipinos it seems have a penchant for electing young “celebrities” with zero experience into positions of power, then simply hope for the best with “bahala na ang Dios.” Look at all the entertainers-turned-politicians who are now mayors, governors, senators and congressmen. None of them has truly stood out to the amazement and wonder of cynics like us. Most manage to simply muddle through…at best. Why, because they are simply not cut-out for the job ...

Filipinos Need to Stand Tall In the Face of Chinese Aggression

President Aquino made the right move by going to Japan to bolster Philippine-Japanese cooperation. While he might be “preaching to the choir” as far as the Japanese are concerned, he nonetheless needs to communicate the graveness of the situation the Philippines currently faces. More than any other country in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is the one most threatened by China’s “salami slicing” tactic of encroachment: taking over one small island after another in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) ...

Rodrigo Duterte Must Never Become President of the Philippines

After consistently maintaining that he had no intentions to seek higher office, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hinted that he might actually make a run for the presidency. Mayor Duterte appears to be giving the "finger" to his detractorsThere was no mention of those lofty intentions that most candidates for president "parrot" when they make that fateful announcement. Nothing about God, or country or making life better for future generations. Instead Duterte said he “might” run for president simply because we was annoyed by the criticisms being leveled against him by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales ...

How Filipinos Can Stop China Now

The future of Filipinos will be nothing like their past. Each and every Filipino must realize this. The proverbial lackadaisical “Juan Tamad” lying under a guava tree in an idyllic Amorsolo painting-like setting will no longer exist. Instead a new reality like that of ancient Sparta or modern-day Israel will pervade. China is growing stronger every day and they are quickly turning into an aggressive, tyrannical power. Like Sparta and Israel, the Philippines will be in a constant state of siege for the foreseeable future. If the Philippines is to survive as an independent country, it has to do something…now ...

Pacman's Gamble

The world now knows that while training for his May 2 “Fight of the Century” with undefeated world welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao suffered a shoulder injury. According to his trainer, Freddie Roach, this mishap occurred on April 4 in a sparring session when he threw a right hook and his arm “got entangled with those of his sparring partner” ...

Chinese Military Bases Under Construction on Philippine Reefs Must be Destroyed Now!

This is the reality: China’s military leaders are rushing the construction of military bases in six different reef areas inside the Philippines’ exclusive 200 mile economic zone. The Philippines is doing nothing to immediately stop it. In a year’s time, these bases will practically be completed. Once they are completed fighter planes, bombers, helicopters, missiles and heavily armed warships will be stationed there. It will then be practically impossible to remove them ...

Is Vice President Jejomar Binay the Manchurian Candidate?

It was made into two classic films, the first with Frank Sinatra in 1962 and the second with Denzel Washington in 2004. “The Manchurian Candidate”, the 1959 best-selling novel by Richard Condon, told the tale of a group of American soldiers captured during the Korean War who were taken to Manchuria, China where they were brainwashed by Chinese officials. After they were released by their captors, the soldiers were hailed as heroes in the US. One of them, Raymond Shaw, became the Manchurian candidate, the sleeper assassin at the beck and call of the Chinese Communists ...

Pacmania Sweeps the World

Walk down any big city in the Philippines and you feel the excitement gripping everyone; men and women, boxing aficionados or not. Sunday’s match (Manila-time) between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will have the country, glued to screens, large and small in major metropolitan areas as well as far-flung rural barrios. In fact, it is not just the Philippines, but the entire world that will be watching this long-awaited duel between two of today’s biggest boxing giants. In Mexico home to boxing greats like Érik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Márquez, and Oscar De La Hoya to name a few, the fight will be aired live for free on Mexico City television ...

Mary Jane Veloso’s Execution Will Only Highlight the Dysfunction of Filipino Society

On the 28th of April, the Indonesian government will execute Filipina Mary Jane Veloso by firing squad. For this luckless young woman, it will be the culmination of a life that from the beginning, had been dealt a losing hand. First and foremost, she was born a Filipino. In a country where according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, 18 million live on 50 pesos or less a day, her chances of being born into poverty were a lot greater than if she was born in Europe or North America—or even in other countries in Southeast Asia ...

There Will Never be Lasting Peace with the Bangasamoro Basic Law

It is incomprehensible to many that despite all the negatives piling up against it, the Aquino administration is still pushing for Congress to ratify the Bangasamoro Basic Law (BBL). First and foremost, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with whom the Philippine government entered into an agreement with, massacred 44 Special Action Force (SAF) policemen who were serving an arrest warrant on an international terrorist. Because the SAF officers were in what the rebels perceive as “their” territory provided the Moros with the excuse they needed to savagely slaughter the group. This incident, known as the Mamasapano Massacre occurred shortly after the Moros and the Aquino administration signed the BBL ...

Is Manny Pacquiao Giving Floyd Mayweather an Unfair Advantage?

Doctor Expedito Castillo, a retired internist with training in sports medicine thinks so. Castillo who lives in New York points out that Los Angeles—where Manny Pacquiao now trains for his May 2nd fight, and Las Vegas—where Floyd Mayweather trains and where the boxing match will take place, have enormous differences in terms of elevation. Los Angeles is just 233 feet above sea-level, while Las Vegas is a whopping 2,000 feet above sea-level ...

Just When You Thought Filipino Cops Were the Worst, Here Come US Cops

What in the world has happened to cops in the United States? It seems that today only psychotic, unstable, individuals are joining the police U.S. police force this days. People from all across the globe were more than willing to give American cops the benefit of the doubt, at first. But in instance after instance, from Ferguson, MS and the killing of Michael Brown, a young black man who witnesses say was unarmed and posed no threat at all to police; to today’s cold-blooded murder of Walter F. Scott, 50 by South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager, 33. Mr. Scott had been stopped by Officer Slager for—of all things—a busted taillight. But as Scott turned and fled, he was fired at 8 times by the officer and died on the spot ...