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Today in Philippine History, September 23, 1762 the British flotilla landed in Manila

   Willian Draper
   (Sir William Draper, photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

On the evening of September 23, 1762, the British flotilla landed in Manila Bay, which marked the beginning of the British invasion of the Philippines.

Admiral Samuel Cornish led the expedition to capture Manila, which at that time was a Spanish colony. General William Draper, who was in the service of the British East India Company, commanded the troops.

The English fleet entered the Manila Bay in the form of a half circle stretching from Cavite to the middle of the Bay, 13 ships in all. It was a dull misty evening, with a typhoon forming to the southwest. The Manila officials thought them a fleet of trading junks and sent out Captain Fernando Alcala to inquire as to their business. He was detained on board until the next morning, when he accompanied two English officers ashore with a demand for the surrender of the city.





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Marcos' Martial Law history is the propaganda of the victors

Marcos Martial Law

In a span of a lifetime, and with regard to the Marcos era, we are seeing the truth of a quote attributed to Bavarian playwright Ernest Toller: "History is the propaganda of the victors."

Winston Churchill revised that to the more well-known: "History is written by the victors."




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Digging the Marcos Gold - The Limcaoco report to Cory

Marcos Gold

(The following is extracted from Eric A. San Juan's book "Marcos Legacy Revisited". The preamble and afterword are by, author San Juan and the letter itself was circulated in the "market" soon after it was written. The defunct Newsday dated February 27, 1990, printed the same.)

Since the search for the so-called Marcos fortune began, the nation has been treated to all sorts of reports about cash being stashed in the banks of Switzerland, and gold bullion at Fort Knox, the Bank of England and many places in the Philippines. The diggings at Fort Santiago sanctioned by no less than President Aquino's national security adviser showed how much the government put its faith in the story of the hidden gold treasure.




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Aquino faces legal battle before the Sandiganbayan over the Mamasapano massacre

BS Aquino

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday, September, 14, 2017, denied the appeal of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino for a dismissal of the graft and usurpation of authority charges leveled against him, the result of which is the former President being indicted by the Ombudsman.




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Is the controversial Marcos gold fantasy?

Marcos gold
(Marcos gold certificate)

No, it is not, and that's according to both sides of the controversy.

Did the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FM) lawfully acquire it? Marcos bashers led by the Yellows say he did not, insisting without proof that he stole billions of pesos worth of gold, and that his heirs must apologize and return it all.




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Marcos in Malacañang: Kit Tatad's reminiscence

President Marcos

September 11, 2017 is the centennial of President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos' birthday. While the world recalls the horror of 9-11-2001, when al-Qaida struck the twin towers in Manhattan and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., killing 3,000 victims, and plunged the world into a war on terror, the whole Ilocos region will be celebrating Marcos' centennial as a regional holiday by order of President Rodrigo Duterte. In Metro Manila, the Marcos family, with some friends and invited guests, will be offering a Mass at the Marcos tomb at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. There could be some political demos to try to disrupt the family celebration and disturb the peace of the dead.




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Killing of teenagers to sabotage Duterte's war on drugs

Rally for Kian de los Santos

President Duterte Friday, September 8, 2017 claimed that the spate of killings involving teenagers is meant to sabotage his administration's war on drugs.




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As you sow, so shall you reap

Leila de Lima

Incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima blamed the impeachment complaint gaining traction against Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno as having merely reflected the desire of President Duterte to boot out the Supreme Court head as well as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, an observation which is rather keen.




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Sereno: The Yellow Cult's in-your-face insult to the nation and to the country's legal profession

Sereno and Aquino
(Aquino III and Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2012)

That there is a move to remove Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice gives me much hope for the future of this country.

I had resigned myself to the fact that one of the three branches of this Republic, the judiciary, would be headed by an unqualified lawyer, appointed by an incompetent President, until 2030.




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Reports of LP's P2M bribe attempt on Kian delos Santos's parents

 Kian delos Santos's parents

Reports that the Liberal Party (LP) had offered two million pesos to Saldy and Lorenza delos Santos, parents of murdered teenager Kian, to join protest rallies against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte are making the rounds! There are even reports that the plan was hatched in the Aquino residence at Times Square Street in New Manila. Some even say that part of the deal may have even involved postponing Kian's burial so that his body may be paraded around during these anti-Duterte rallies.




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Extremist Jamaah Islamiyah in Indonesia now operating under "ISIS of the Philippines"

ISIS of the Philippines

Government security forces in the Philippines city of Marawi have been fighting for the past three months to rout militants suspected of ties to the Islamic State (IS) militant group in the region.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in May declared the country's restive south under martial rule for 60 days – which, in July, was extended through the end of the year -- after an attempt by security forces to capture an IS-linked militant leader failed. That set off clashes that left the city under siege.




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Filipinos should vote out of office in May 2019 abusive Senators and representatives

Philippine senators

Two people whose deaths can be directly traced to the abusive acts of Congress.

First is Chief Justice Renato Corona, whose impeachment was less an outcome of the rule of law, but more a political project orchestrated by a vengeful President, and carried out by his lieutenants in the House of Representatives and sealed by his allies in the Senate. The House prosecutors nailed Corona on a correctible oversight of a misdeclared statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), and the senator-judges agreed. This lowering of the bar for impeachable offenses which treated a SALN misdeclaration as if it was the equivalent to an act of treason inflicted on Corona a penalty that shamed him, from which he never recovered. The House and the Senate could have just poured poison into Renato Corona's drink, and it would have had the same effect.




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Why we have a National Heroes Day but we don't have national heroes officially proclaimed

Philippine heroes

We are celebrating today (August 28) National Heroes Day, one of our oldest official holidays first declared way back in 1931 by the Philippine legislature.

But we don't have national heroes—officially. Not even the great novelist Jose Rizal, or the revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio, has been officially proclaimed as a National Hero.




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Yellow priestess Hontiveros should stop the hypocrisy

Risa Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros, who on her own, took custody of the alleged eyewitneses while Kian Loyd de los Santos was being being summarily executed by the policemen, and while Kian was made to kneel, in a press conference she called yesterday, wants Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to recuse himself from any investigation concerning the killing of the murdered teenager.




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The Monkey and the Turtle - a Tagalog fable

Monkey and the turtle

Once upon a time there was a turtle who was very kind and patient. He had many friends. Among them was a monkey, who was very selfish. He always wanted to have the best part of everything.




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Renato Corona may finally have his sweet revenge, may end up favoring Bongbong

Renato Corona

Chief Justice Renato Corona died a broken man, shamed by an impeachment trial that was nothing but an execution by a corrupted Congress of the personal directive of a vengeful President whose family's largesse was diminished by the court that Corona led.





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