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Today in Philippine History, June 25, 1864, Galicano Apacible was born in Balayan, Batangas

Galicano Apacible   
Galicano Apacible   
On June 25, 1864, Galicano Apacible, a patriot and propagandist, was born in Balayan, Batangas. He was the youngest of the three children of Don Vicente Apacible and Catalina Castillo.

Apacible had his early education at the town’s public school and then transferred to the private school of a licensed teacher. Kanoy, as he was fondly called, was eight years old when he completed his preparatory course. There was no high school in Balayan and so he went to Manila where he enrolled at the private school of Benedicto Luna. From there he enrolled at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran.





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They wish the President death when our soldiers are fighting a terrorist rebellion

Celdran, Paredes and Garchitorena

We know when someone is genuinely concerned about our well-being and health. If there is a selfish motive in asking about the health of someone, it is usually because we depend on him and we are anxious of what will happen to us if he dies.




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The Supreme Court cannot stop an extension of Martial Law in Mindanao beyond 60 days

Marawi check point

"Martial law only addresses the military aspect of terrorist threats in Mindanao," says security expert Dr. Rommel Banlaoi. "Terrorism in the Philippines has many underlying conditions that a military action alone cannot address."

Dr. Banlaoi is chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research. He is also director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies.




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Indonesian Defense Minister Ryacudu says there are 1,200 IS "killing machines" in the Philippines

Indonesian ISIS
(Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu delivers his speech at the 16th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, Asia Security Summit Sunday, June 4, 2017, Singapore)

While local authorities were engaged in guesswork on the strength of the Islamic State (IS)-linked groups mainly those engaged in the Marawi City siege, putting them at 100 to 500, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu gave a credible estimate of 1,200 IS militants including foreigners of whom 40 are from Indonesia.




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Islamic State could unify disparate Moro terrorists in Mindanao

ISIS in Mindanao

One major reason why the Iraq and Syria-based "holy war" (jihad) movement called the "Islamic State" has become a real and present danger to the Philippines is that it has, or may already have, united the formerly small Moro terrorist groups that had been operating separately in Basilan, Sulu, and central Mindanao.




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Gina Lopez' recollection on her brief stint in the government and her future plans

Gina Lopez

It's been two weeks since my rejection and already it seems like a lifetime away. Another world. Life is like that. It moves in phases ...

This morning after meditation, I was feeling refreshed with an upbeat sense of well-being. I sat with a friend and she and I remarked how good I feel - and how it was like night and day compared with my energy when I was at DENR! I was sleep-deprived and overworked.




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The Yellows' false narrative that Duterte is the new Marcos

Duterte new Marcos

President Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao is certainly a very risky political move, that the Yellows are probably celebrating it.

It would bolster the false narrative they have been weaving that Duterte is the new Marcos, and that as he purportedly has demonstrated in his war against illegal drugs, he has little regard for human rights. The liberal Western media will pounce on Duterte and portray him as a strongman on the way to installing an authoritarian regime.




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Terrorists executed civilians; Domestic problem could turn into a larger regional security threat

Terrorists executed civilians in Marawi
(Smoke rises following airstrikes by Philippine Air Force to retake control of Marawi city, May 27, 2017)

Bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside a besieged Philippine city Sunday as a six-day occupation by Islamist rebels resisting a military onslaught took a more sinister turn.




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Yellow critics of Mindanao ML should refer to the Mamasapano operations of Aquino III

Mindanao Martial Law

Some yellow critics of President Rodrigo Duterte raised the possibility that the Marawi City siege was the result of a failure of intelligence implying that the mayhem was the fault of state forces and the Duterte administration.




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The presence of LP Senator Bam Aquino in Marawi City a few days before the Maute siege

Bam Aquino

Occam's Razor, the philosophical principle which states that the simplest explanation is probably the most correct, is very likely in play here. That, and the axiom of "Cui bono," which postulates that whoever stands to benefit the most from a crime is at the head of the line in the search for its perpetrators.




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I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people - President Duterte

Duterte and Putin
(Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with President Duterte during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 23, 2017)

President Rodrigo Duterte believes his declaration of martial law across the Philippines is possible under certain conditions. He said during his press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5 pm, upon arrival from Russia:

"If I think that ISIS has already taken foothold, also in Luzon, and terrorism is not far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people."




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It's becoming increasingly clear that Ivanka Trump's husband is part of President Trump's Russia problem

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump
(Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump)

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband: the young, pragmatic, hardheaded businessman out to modernize the US government and moderate the worst tendencies of his father-in-law — Donald Trump.

But what if, instead, Jared is not a panacea for the chaotic White House, but one of its biggest problems?




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Duterte administration must probe Rappler's foreign ownership violating the Constitution

Rappler

The Duterte government must investigate, and prosecute, the news website Rappler for violating the Constitution by having foreign capital, which accounts for about half of its P250 million capitalization.

While mining and energy magnate Benjamin Bitanga is the principal Filipino owner of Rappler, the firm got a reported $2 million in investments in 2015 from US firms Omdiyar Network (funded by the founder of the world's biggest online retailer eBay) and tech investment firm North Base Media.




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Malacañang told the European Union to stop sending aid

Franz Jessen, EU ambassador to the Philippines
(Franz Jessen, EU ambassador to the Philippines)

Malacañang has told the European Union (EU) that the Philippines will now stop receiving financial assistance from the regional bloc. Franz Jessen, EU ambassador to the Philippines, said he was informed this week of Manila's decision to stop receiving aid from the Europe.




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Roxas and Abaya should be in jail by now for having made life a daily hell for MRT-3 commuters

Abaya and Roxas

Or perhaps in Dutertespeak, Aquino 3rd's transport secretary, Emilio Abaya, and his predecessor, Mar Roxas, should have been lynched at the highest point of the MRT-3 line along Edsa for having made life a daily hell for hundreds of thousands of commuters with their handling of that mass transport system.




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Sharing top-secret intelligence with Russia puts American lives at risk and harms the ISIS fight

Donald Trump

Today we are facing the very real possibility that the president of the United States poses a clear and present danger to American national security.

That’s the inescapable conclusion from the Washington Post’s bombshell report that Trump shared highly sensitive, highly classified information about the ISIS fight with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when the men met with Trump in the Oval Office last week.





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