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Today in Philippine history, January 22, 1873, Robert McCulloch Dick was born in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Robert McCulloch Dick (Photo credit: Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation).   
On January 22, 1873, Robert McCulloch Dick, editor and publisher of the weekly magazine Philippines Free Press, who coined the name "Juan de la Cruz" in generic reference to Filipinos, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His parents were the former Lily Smith and John Dick, a businessman.

He attended a public school from the age of four and, at the age of 12, entered a private academy where he finished a three-year course in two, while also taking a two-year course in German at night school. Childhood memories are of bitter poverty after his father's untimely death, which left the mother, known, he proudly recalls, as "the honest widow Dick", as the family's sole support. Faced in his early teens with earning his own living, he apprenticed to a mapmaking concern in Edinburgh.





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Constitutional convulsions and the rationality of a constitutional convention

Constitutional convulsions and the rationality of a constitutional convention

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide has nothing but praises for the 1987 Constitution, a document prepared by a 50-member commission, all appointed by then President Corazon Aquino.




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Rappler's Ressa drags the country's image to the mud - for her to survive

Rappler

Rappler president Maria Ressa has blackened the country's image in the world with her barefaced lie that President Duterte has attacked press freedom by ordering her online news website closed.




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Maria Ressa's attack on the free press is pure, unadulterated rubbish, Rappler's scheme was an attack on the Constitution

Maria Ressa

Rappler president Maria Ressa's caterwauling that the corporate regulatory body's decision to close down her outfit is an attack on the free press is pure, unadulterated rubbish.




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Bongbong should focus on reminding us why anyone who values democracy must support his protest

Bongbong should focus on reminding us why anyone who values democracy must support his protest

It is easy to be angered by the delaying tactics of Leni Robredo and her camp, abetted by the inordinate delay by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) under the leadership of Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, the member charged to oversee the resolution of the election protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos.




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PLDT-Smart and Globe Telecom has become the biggest source of financing for the CPP/NPA

PLDT-Smart and Globe Telecom has become the biggest source of financing for the CPP/NPA

The country's telecommunications duopoly, consisting of PLDT-Smart and Globe Telecom, has become the biggest single source of financing for the Communist Party and its terrorist group, the New People's Army, sources at the highest levels of government disclosed.




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"Why will I run for senator when I already won as vice president?" - Bongbong; Caguioa is the reason for recount delay

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I'll make it so simple that even a Yellow can understand it: If Leni Robredo won as vice president in May 2016, a recount of the same votes now, nearly two years later, will only confirm that she did.




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Today in Philippine History, September 21, 1974, the Barrio was renamed back to Barangay through PD No. 557

Today in Philippine History, September 21, 1974, the Barrio was renamed back to Barangay through PD No. 557

On September 21, 1974, President Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 557, declaring Barrios all over the country as Barangays, reviving the name which existed as the basic political unit of our forebears even before the arrival of the Spaniards, until its renaming by the Americans in the 19th century, to the Barrio.




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President Duterte is objectively and irrefutably the "Filipino Of The Year"

President Duterte is objectively and irrefutably the "Filipino Of The Year"

The Philippine Daily Inquirer chose blogger Jover Laurio as its Filipino of the Year, and placed the soldiers and policemen who fought against the IS-linked terrorists in Marawi only in the second rung. This not only is an indication of the very sorry state of journalism in the country.




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Yet another Aquino gang scandal: Hijacking of P10.6-B senior citizens' funds

Yet another Aquino gang scandal: Hijacking of P10.6-B senior citizens

It is another blatant, scandalous instance of the previous regime's culture of impunity in violating budget laws.




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Up to 400% non OFW remittances surge preceded IS attack on Marawi - TMT Investigative Report

Up to 400% non OFW remittances surge preceded IS attack on Marawi - TMT Investigative Report

The May 23, 2017 attack on Marawi City by terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) was preceded by a surge in local remittances to Northern Mindanao, host to major urban centers, a The Manila Times investigation has found.




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Energy of political will of the presidency is the reason Duterte is succeeding

Energy of political will of the presidency is the reason Duterte is succeeding

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5 dogmas and myths demolished by Duterte in 2017

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Did Rizal really retracted all his words and deeds about the Chruch moments before his execution?

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China is worlds' largest economy, has passed the U.S. and is pulling away

China is worlds

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The deceptive SWS survey on martial law extension

The deceptive SWS survey on martial law extension

Let's do a quick survey. Ask several people this question and note their replies:

How much do you agree with this statement: "Because the military reports continuing terrorist threats after its victory in Marawi, there is need to extend martial law in Mindanao beyond its end date of December 31, 2017"?





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