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July 28, 1963, 24 delagates to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Greece perished in a tragic plane crash

11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece
(Colegio de San Juan de Letran monument of Ramon Albano, Henry Chuatoco and Wilfredo Santiago of the Manila Scout Council. Photo credit: Wikipedia Comons.)

On July 28, 1963, 24 Boy Scouts and scouting officials, delegates of the Philippines to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece, perished in an airplane crash of a United Arab Airlines (now EgyptAir) jetliner in the Bay of Bombay, India.

The delegation took a KLM flight for Hong Kong to catch a connecting United Arab Airlines flight to Athens, Greece. The Egyptian airliner, a British-made Comet jetliner had a stop over in Bangkok, Thailand on the night of July 27, 1963. The ill-fated plane carried 52 passengers and eight crewmembers. Among the passengers were 24 Filipino boy scouts and scout officials en route to the 11th World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece.




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The frightened, pretend tough guy BS Aquino

Aquino in times street
(Aquino at Times Street)

Last Monday, July 25, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte, during his first SONA, said he had no time to waste on blaming his predecessor. But Noynoy BS Aquino stayed away from the Batasang Pambansa, just to be on the safe side.



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No request for information shall be denied, citizens urged to test Duterte's FOI

President Rody Duterte

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, on the eve of President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Malacañang announced that the President Duterte has finally signed an executive order (EO) mandating Freedom of Information (FOI), a constitutionally guaranteed right that had never been implemented.



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Tomcat's open letter to Noynoy Aquino in 2010 - Aquino has major depressive disorder

Aquino has major depressive disorder
(A frame of a youtube video of a woman corroborating the claim of "Tomcat")

This is an open letter via Facebook in 2010, to then leading presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino from someone who called himself "Tomcat". This was published in the column Lowdown by Jojo Robles in the Manila Standard Today on Friday, April, 16, 2010. Below is the full text of the letter, phrases/text in square brackets are from Jojo Robles.



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Smartmatic admitted there were other servers in the AES - Breakthrough in Bongbong's case

Breakthrough in Bongbong's case

A spokesman for former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Friday, July 22, 2016, the admission by a Smartmatic official that there were several servers outside of those sanctioned by the Commission on Elections was a breakthrough in their case accusing Comelec and Smartmatic of violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act.



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Don't call me "His Excellency" – PDU30

President Rody Duterte
(President Duterte is welcomed by officers of the Western Mindanao Command during his arrival at Edwin Andrews Airbase in Zamboanga City on July 21, 2016)

(NEWS OUTLETS) President Rodrigo Duterte ordered all government institutions under the Executive branch to drop the honorific salutations "His Excellency" and "Honorable" in official government correspondences.



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Facebook group "The Vocal Majority" to launch EDSA event soon

Vocal majority

A group calling itself the Vocal Majority has made a plea for donors and sponsors on Facebook for an event at EDSA that it intends to launch "soon". Apparently, the group's name is intended to reference the "silent majority" that was supposed to propel Mar Roxas to the presidency, but which failed miserably in the attempt.



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Today in Philippine history, July 29, 1910, the Philippine Anti-Tuberculosis Society was founded in Manila

Quezon Institute
(The Quezon Institute, undated photo)

On July 29, 1910, the Philippine Anti-Tuberculosis Society (PATS) was founded in Manila by a group of Filipinos and Americans to combat the spread of tuberculosis. Its biggest and well-known unit is the hospital called, Quezon Institute (QI), founded in 1938.



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Global list of "Smart Cities" ranked Metro Manila 146th out of 181 cities

Cities in Motion Index

The IESE Business School of the University of Navarra, recently released a ranking of the "smart cities" of the world, the 2016 Cities in Motion Index (CIMI). This is a yearly ritual for the school which has a solid reputation as one of the best graduate schools of business in Europe.



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Former President Gloria Arroyo finally vindicated after 5 years detention

President Gloria Arroyo

The cornerstone of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino's so-called fight against corruption - the jailing of his predecessor, former President Gloria Arroyo - just got shot down by the Supreme Court. The last remaining case against Arroyo, which was the plunder case over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds, was finally dismissed by the high court. The decision is proof that BS Aquino did not have the goods on Arroyo from the very start. He just used the promise of jailing Arroyo to win the gullible voters over to his "cause" way back in 2010.



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Today in Philippine history, April 1, 1989, Col. James Rowe was killed in an ambush in Quezon City

   Col. James Rowe

On April 1, 1989, Colonel James Rowe of the US Army was killed by hit squad ambush, he was the first serving US Army officer to be killed by a rebel group in the Philippines. Rowe was being driven to work at the Joint United States Military Advisory Group headquarters in Quezon City shortly after 7 in the morning when gunmen fired more than 20 bullets into his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a nearby military hospital.



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The turncoat who is seeking to penalize turncoats - The story of Franklin Drilon

Franklin Drilon

According to news outlets, Senator Franklin Drilon filed Senate Bill No. 226 or the Political Party System Act aimed at penalizing political turncoats. In filing the bill, Drilon said, "it is about time that we pass a measure that will institutionalize and strengthen political parties as pillars of the country's democratic system".



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How much did the Hague arbitration actually cost the Filipino taxpayer?

The Peace Palace
(The Peace Palace at the Hague, The Netherlands)

The Aquino government was not candid enough about everything the public needed to know about the arbitration process.

Contrary to what the public has been led to believe, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is not a real court but a mere provider of dispute resolution services to the international community; an intergovernmental organization which began in 1899, but not an organ or institution of the United Nations, which was founded only in 1945. It is said to rent space at the Peace Palace, at The Hague, a building owned by the Carnegie Foundation, where the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is headquartered; but it has nothing whatsoever to do with the World Court.



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South China Sea, the "second Persian Gulf" - What if China shuts it down?

South China Sea navigation routes
(Eighty per cent of Japanese and 39 per cent of Chinese oil imports pass through the Indian Ocean en route from the Middle East)

China has fired off plenty of propaganda, along with a few volleys from People's Liberation Army Navy ships, in response to the international court ruling on the South China Sea, which it denounced as "null and void". But after threatening to set up an air defense identification zone, what might the economic impact be if Beijing went one step further and closed off the entire area inside its so-called "nine-dash line"?



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Global defense industry the real beneficiary of the South China Sea disputes

(The Philippines' BRP Gregorio Del Pilar)

China is expected to increase its military investment in the South China Sea and significantly raise its overall defense spending to affirm its claim to the region.



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Marcos' camp disapprove of Smartmatic move to exclude media from hearings

Anti Smartmatic protest

The camp of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday (July 14, 2016) questioned a move of Smartmatic to exclude members of media from covering hearings before the Manila Prosecutor's Office.




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