‘UPRISING WAS NATIONWIDE’ | PNoy defends celebrating EDSA ’86 in Cebu

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CEBU CITY, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday defended his decision to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising in Cebu City, saying the events that led to the ouster of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos played out nationwide and not in Metro Manila alone.

Asked to comment on the absence of most of the key players in 1986 and perceptions he may be attempting to revise history, Aquino replied: “Revision ng kasaysayanParang puwera iyong Cebu doon sa kasaysayan na nangyari saEDSA. Hindi lang naman sa EDSA nag-alsa ang taumbayan hindi baMay Cebu,may Davao, napakaraming ibang mga lugarat palagay ko naman time na rindi ba, after 28 years ma-recognize iyong contribution ng iba’t ibang lugarPag-a-alsa ng taumbayan ‘yon sa buong Pilipinas at hindi lang sa Metro Manila (Revision of history? It was as if Cebu was not part of the history of what happened at EDSA. It wasn’t just at EDSA where the people rose up, right? In Cebu, in Davao, in many other places; and I think it is time, after 28 years, to recognize the contributions of the different places. It was an uprising of the whole Philippines and not just Metro Manila).”

Aquino’s mother, Corazon, who succeeded Marcos to the presidency, was in Cebu when then defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile and then Philippine Constabulary chief Fidel Ramos declared their breakaway from the dictatorship, prompting the late Jaime Cardinal Sin to call people out into the streets to protect the defectors.

Aquino pointed to what he called attempts in recent years to rewrite history with claims that the 1986 uprising against Marcos was merely confined to Manila.

“So I guess I want to highlight, partly … one of the reasons to highlight na hindi Maynila langHindi NCR (National Capital Region) langMaraming mga ibang lugar at iyong buong sambayanan ang umalsa laban kay Ginoong Marcos at kanyang pamumuno (that it wasn’t just Manila. Not just the NCR. There were many other places and the whole country rose up against Mr. Marcos and his leadership),” he said.

Aquino also said all the key players had been invited to the celebration.

However, the 54-year old Aquino noted that when Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972, he was just 12-years old and “nakakatanda rin naman sa atin maski papaano iyong marami doon sa key players (many of the key players are way older than I am).”

Aquino also noted that Ramos, who became president after his mother, had participated in a commemoration on EDSA itself, replicating his famous jump when news broke out that Marcos had fled.

Solve the riddl…

Solve the riddles, break those chains, and wreck all the walls that faces on you.

Those are just my symbols of all problems in country that we shall pass immediately before it is too late. Don’t retreat and move on if we missed out. If we got some mistakes, learn and face all consequences imposing on us. Sometimes, we need the help of others. Neither it is your friends nor your enemies.

Sana yung pananaw ng quote na ito ay mapanatili ang pagbubukas ng ating isipan at pagbibigay ng opinyon ng hindi tumutuligsa ng karapatan ng kapwa natin kung tatamaan.

Dedicated for this day, EDSA People Power One 28th Annual Ceremony.

Cunanan links TESDA Chief Joel Villanueva to Pork Barrel ‘Scam’

MANILA, Philippines – Former congressman and current chief of the state-run Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Joel Villanueva was implicated in the alleged pork barrel scam by provisional state witness Dennis Cunanan in his affidavit submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman. 

This is according to Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima who on Friday told reporters that Cunanan, former director of the Technology and Resource Center, identified the TESDA chief in his 36-page sworn statement as among the lawmakers who coursed their Priority Development Assistance Fund to the TRC and made non-government organizations allegedly controlled by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles as PDAF project implementers. 

The DOJ chief said Villanueva, Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list representative for nine years until 2010, was among those being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with the pork barrel racket.

Last year, pork scam whistle-blowers led by Benhur Luy implicated Villanueva in the alleged racket purportedly masterminded by Napoles. Based on the documents from the whistle-blowers, Villanueva’s pork barrel funds worth P1.3 million and P3 million were allegedly released to the TRC and channeled to one of the foundations said to be controlled by Napoles. 

Villanueva, a member of the Liberal Party, denied the allegations, saying he did not benefit from his pork barrel allocations while he was CIBAC representative under the Arroyo administration. 

Philippine Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez was hailed as a hero even as a senior sports official denied accusations that the government had failed to support him.

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MANILA: Philippine Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez was hailed as a hero on Friday even as a senior sports official denied accusations that the government had failed to support him.

The 17-year-old, the lone representative of the tropical country at the Sochi Games, made history after he qualified on Thursday from the men’s short programme for the free skate on Friday, despite numerous disadvantages, including being forced to learn his craft on a skating rink in a shopping mall.

Local news reports suggested his family had struggled to pay for his training and that the government did not provide any support.

But Ricardo Garcia, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, said Martinez had received adequate financial support from the government and private donors.

“We are very happy with his performance. For a guy who learned how to skate in the Philippines, to make it to the finals… it is really amazing,” Garcia told AFP.

“This is a very big issue for us. We have an athlete who is an Olympian who made it to the final rounds,” he added.

Some of the country’s wealthiest tycoons were sponsoring Martinez and the national skating association never asked for additional funds for him, Garcia said.

The Philippine Olympic Committee asked the government for US$7,200 to cover some of Martinez’s additional expenses but this money was released in December, he added.

Speaking after his performance at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Friday, Martinez was elated with his performance: “The first half was pretty good, but halfway through the programme I got out of breath, but I did my best all the way through. This is the first time I landed the triple axel in the second half of the programme.”

He is already looking towards the next Winter Games in South Korea.

“If I can get more support financially, I’m thinking about the next Olympics and getting a medal there,” he added.

Users of social media were agog over Martinez’s success in a sport so alien to his country.

Popular director Jose Javier Reyes wrote in a message to Martinez on Twitter: “The medal is immaterial. In the hearts of your countrymen, your feat is more than an Olympic Gold. You INSPIRE!”

“Was teary eyed when I saw Michael Christian Martinez wave his jacket with PHILIPPINES printed on it. He put his heart & soul in his performance,” another tweet said.

Garcia said the youngster had “the attitude of a winner” and would use his time in Sochi “as a stepping stone to gain more experience for the next Olympics”.

Nagbago na ang Myanmar!!!

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Nang lumaban si Aung San Suu Kyi, nagbago na ang Myanmar. From Dictatorial to Democratic-Republican. Malaya na silang lahat. Si Aung San Suu Kyi ang kauna-unahang presidente ng Myanmar. Ipinagpatuloy ni Aung San Suu Kyi ang lahat ng ipinaglalaban ng kanyang ama na si Aung San. Dalawang beses na nakulang si Aung San Suu Kyi. Pero hindi siya sumuko, kinaya na niya. Kaya ngayon, kaya na ng Myanmar na makipagkompetensya sa economical world!

 

CONGRATS, MYANMAR!!!

BYE TADO…

Mr. Tado

NABALITAAN KO SA NEWS NA SI TADO AY NAMATAY NA SA MOUNTAIN PROVINCE… KAYA NAKIKIRAMAY AKO SA IYO, MR.TADO… KUNG NASAAN KA MAN. MAGALING KANG AKTIBISTA… IDOL NA IDOL KITA. NAKAKLUNGKOT NA NAMATAY KA KAAGAD.

ANG GANDA NG BUCKET LIST MO!!! HEHEHE.. YUNG UNA ANG PINAKA AMAZING! ITO YUNG MAGKUMPISAL SA LAHAT NG RELIGION SA BUONG MUNDO!
ALWAYS REMEMBER #ROADSAFETYFIRST!

SINCERLY,
EDMARIE!

Who am I? (Just delivering my reason Why)

 

Salamat sa WordPress na maihahayag ko na sa buong mundo ang aking mga opinion. Actually, ang function ng WordPress para sa akin ay ang pagbibigay ng boses sa iba’t-ibang tao upang maihayag ang mga mabubuting opinyon sa buong mundo. Kaya sa all-around test namin sa Computer Subject namin, ang paksa ay “Who am I?” na naglalayong malaman ng mga tao kung ang katauhan at ang ugali ng inyong may-akda.

Una, ako ang tipo na hindi nakikisama sa aking mga kaklase. Ang mga dahilan ay ayoko na magastos ang pera ko, ayoko na madestruct ako sa mga bagay na mas mahalaga pa kaysa sa makipagsiksikan sa mga nasa paligid ko, matututo akong magsalita ng HINDI sa tuwing may imbitasyon sa aking ang mga kaklase na paririto’t paroroon at MAS MAPAPALAPIT AKO SA MGA MAGULANG KO NA MAGING MABUTING ANAK SAPAGKAT KAILANGAN NILA NGAYON NG KALINGA NG ISANG ANAK. Pangalawa, ako ang tipong nagtatago ng sikreto na ibinabahagi sa akin. Wala kasi akong karapatan na malaman kung anu-ano ang mga sikretong ibinabahagi sa akin ng kung sinu-sino lang. Basta wala akong ikakanta tungkol sa sikreto na nalalaman ko, sila na lamang ang tanungin mo. Pangatlo, SNOBBER ako sa mga Laitero’t Laitera sa paligid-ligid. Mahirap kasing ‘makipagbunuang-braso’ sa kanila. Malay mo, baka magbago ang mga ugali nila. Pang-apat, HINDI AKO NAGMUMURA!!! Mostly, ito talaga ang ipinagmamalaki ko sa buhay. Mula noong bata pa ako, ganyan na talaga ako. Ayon sa aking research, ang pagmumura ay isang VULGAR WORDS na may deep meaning na nakakasira sa kaluluwa mo. Panglima, may pangarap ako sa buhay at hindi uunahin ang mga nobyo-nobyo na iyan. Sa totoo lang, wala akong balak mag-asawa. Ayokong mawala ang karunungan. Sa mga observations ko, yung mga kaklase ko kasi ay maagang namulat sa pag-ibig. Marami na kasing mga taong naghahabol lang ng laman at experience.At panghuli ay tinatanggap ko ang aking mga pagkakamail kung ako man ay totoong nagkakamali sa buhay.

Sa buhay natin ay hindi natin talaga malalaman sa ating sarili kung sino talaga tayo. Kilala ako ng mga Vibes ko. Kung kayo kaya. Pwede, JUDGE ME!

Yours truly,

Edmarie

Duterte’s ‘papatayin kita’ threat vs alleged rice smuggler ‘normal’ for mayor – Sen. Villar

ImageMANILA – Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to kill suspected rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan is “normal” to the blusterous local chief executive, Senator Cynthia Villar said Monday.

Villar, who headed the committee on food and agriculture that conducted the Senate hearing where Duterte made the threats, said after the hearing: “Sanay na po kami kay Mayor Duterte. Sa akin po, normal na iyon (We’re used to Mayor Duterte. For me, that’s normal.)”

Villar said she has heard Duterte made the same threats against petty criminals in Davao City when she visited him with her husband Manny Villar many times before and after the 2010 presidential elections.

“I go to Davao often and kapag nagbibida siya, may mga comment siyang ganoon. Sanay na po ako sa kanya. Maybe si Secretary De Lima hindi sanay sa kanya pero matigas siya. Kapag sinabi niyang umalis kayo dito, umaalis sila. Hindi niya na kailangang patayin, aalis na,” Villar said.

“I go to Davao often and he’s like that. I’m used to him. Maybe Justice Secretary Leila De Lima is not used to him but he’s tough. When he says leave this place, people leave. He doesn’t need to kill them, they voluntarily leave.”

Asked if she thinks Duterte was serious about his threat to kill Bangayan, Villar said: “It was just a stern warning.”

Ewan ko kay Mayor Duterte pero for me, parang stern warning lang iyon. Kasi minsan dapat ang warning mo medyo stern. Although hindi mo naman gagawin, pero talagang sinasabi niya na he really minded, he will do everything to penalize him if he does it in Davao,” Villar said.

“I don’t know what Mayor Duterte meant, but for me, it was like a stern warning. Because sometimes your warning needs to be stern, although you’re not likely to follow through with the threat. But he really said he minded and that he will do everything to penalize (Bangayan) if he operates in Davao.”

Duterte ‘role’ in contempt charges vs Bangayan

Villar said most committee members were convinced by Duterte’s testimony and his pictures of Bangayan seeming to negotiate for entry of illegal rice importsin Davao City. She said that prompted the panel to cite Bangayan in contempt.

“To many, kasi very definite ang kanyang sinasabi. Kasi kung matapang ka, sinasabi mo na with full confidence na according to my sources. Siya lang ang lumalabas na name. Siya si David Bangayan at David Tan. You cannot help but be convinced,” the senator said.

“To many (in the panel), (Duterte is believed) because he’s definitive in his testimony. Because if you’re tough, you say it with full confidence, citing your sources. Bangayan’s name was only one that came out. Duterte said he is David Bangayan and David Tan, and you cannot help but be convinced.”

The senators reached a consensus that Bangayan is David Tan and that he was lying, Villar said.

Instead of detaining Bangayan for the contempt rap, the committee decided to file perjury charges against the businessman, who has been consistently attending the Senate hearing, Villar said, adding that the panel asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to issue a look-out bulletin to avoid his escape and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to cancel his passport.

On Monday, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested Bangayan on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued on 11 October 2010 by the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 126 based on charges of violating Republic Act 7832 or the Anti-Electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/Material Pilferage Act of 1994.

Bangayan posted bail before the sala of Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20, which issued the businessman’s release order before 5 p.m.

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World News Update: Voting ends in tense Thai election; political paralysis looms

BANGKOK – (UPDATED 4:10PM) Polling stations closed Sunday in Thailand, where protesters seeking to prevent the re-election of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra disrupted voting in parts of the country, officials said.

Voting finished by 3 pm (0800 GMT) as scheduled, according to the election commission, although hundreds of polling stations were unable to open at all or forced to shut early because of the demonstrators.

Thailand went to the polls under heavy security in an election that could push the divided country deeper into political turmoil and leave the winner paralyzed for months by street protests, legal challenges and legislative limbo.

Voting started peacefully a day after seven people were wounded by gunshots and explosions during a clash between supporters and opponents of embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a north Bangkok stronghold of her Puea Thai Party.

Voting was called off in the district and some other polling stations were unable to open because of pressure by anti-government protesters. Polling outside the capital and the south was unaffected.

“The situation overall is calm and we haven’t received any reports of violence this morning,” National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabutr told Reuters. “The protesters are rallying peacefully to show their opposition to this election.”

The usual campaign billboards, glossy posters, and pre-election buzz have been notably absent, as will be millions of voters fearful of violence or bent on rejecting a ballot bound to re-elect the political juggernaut controlled by Yingluck’s billionaire brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Thaksin, 64, is loved and loathed in Thailand, but his parties have won every poll since 2001. His opponents say he is a corrupt crony capitalist who rules by proxy from self-exile in Dubai.

“We’re not blocking the election. We’re postponing it,” said Nipon Kaewsook, 42, one of the hundreds of protesters blocking Ratchathewi District Office in central Bangkok to prevent the distribution of dozens of ballot boxes.

“We still need an election, but we need reform first,” added Nipon, an English teacher from Phattalung in southern Thailand.

Protesters shouted “Yingluck get out!” and “Thaksin go to jail!” They took celebratory selfies in front of the ballot boxes, placed in a car park at the back of the building.

Victory celebrations for Yingluck would probably be muted. With parliamentary seats unable to be filled, she could find herself on shaky ground, exposed to legal attacks, and unable to pass bills and budgets crucial to reviving a stuttering economy.

Yingluck last week refused to postpone the election, even though a fifth of those registered for advance voting were unable to cast ballots after protesters blocked polling stations in 49 of 50 Bangkok districts as part of a “shutdown” of key intersections. In 28 southern constituencies, no votes will be cast because no candidates could sign up.

The Election Commission says results will not be available on Sunday. Its commissioners are braced for a deluge of complaints and challenges to the results.

“There’s been a lot of obstruction, so much, every single step of the way,” commission secretary-general Puchong Nutrawong told Reuters.

“We don’t want this election to be a bloody election. We can get every single agency involved to make this election happen, but if there’s bloodshed, what’s the point?”

Intractable crisis

Anti-government demonstrators say Thaksin subverted Thailand’s fragile democracy by entrenching money politics and using taxpayers’ money for generous subsidies, cheap healthcare and easy loans that have bought him loyalty from millions of working-class Thai voters in the north and northeast.

With broad support from Bangkok’s middle class and tacit backing of the royalist establishment, old-money elite and military, the protesters reject the election and want to suspend democracy, replacing it with an appointed “people’s council” to reform politics and erode Thaksin’s influence.

The latest round of tumult in the eight-year political conflict erupted in November and underscored Thaksin’s central role in the intractable struggle, both as hero and villain.

Yingluck was largely tolerated by Thaksin’s opponents but her party miscalculated when it tried to introduce a blanket amnesty that would have nullified a graft conviction against Thaksin and allowed him to return home.

Many Thais see history repeating itself after a cycle of elections, protests, and military or judicial interventions that have polarized the country and angered Thaksin’s “red shirt” supporters, who held crippling blockades in 2010 and have vowed to defend his sister from any overthrow attempt.

Thailand’s military has remained neutral so far, but the judiciary has taken on an unusually large number of cases in the past two months in response to complaints against Yingluck and Puea Thai that could result in the party’s dissolution and lengthy bans for its top politicians.

There is also a chance the election could be annulled, as it was in 2006, over a technicality. The Election Commission is expecting lawsuits to be filed demanding the election be voided.

The main opposition Democrat Party is boycotting the poll and the commission has already voiced concerns that it would result in too few legitimately elected MPs to form a parliamentary quorum.

With no quorum to re-elect a prime minister, it looks likely Yingluck could be a caretaker premier for months. Even with a fresh mandate, a stalemate is almost certain, giving her opponents more time to intensify their campaign against her and for legal challenges to be lodged.