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(Significant daily events in ancient and recent Filipino history)

Today in Philippine history, May 25, 1895, Blanco ordered the exile of 9 prominent citizens of Malolos

Ramon Blanco ordered the exile of 9 prominent citizens of Malolos
(Governor General Ramon Blanco after a painting by Juna Luna.)

On May 25, 1895, Governor General Ramon Blanco ordered the exile of 9 prominent citizens of Malolos, Bulacan, mostly friends and relatives of Marcelo H. Del Pilar some to Mindanao and some to Palawan for conspiracy against the Church.





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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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Why Mocha is most qualified to run Duterte's social media communication machinery

USEC Mocha Uson

To many, Mocha Uson is their voice. She is the articulator of their politics. And to the OFWs who idolize her, she is the bridge that connects their voices to their distant homeland. She is seen by many Filipinos as a loyal protector of the President against those forces of destabilization who also have silenced, marginalized or ignored their voices.




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By firing FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump has put impeachment on the table

Nixon and Trump

The old saw that the cover-up is worse than the crime often obscures more than it reveals. But in the case of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, it carries an important element of truth. It escalates the administration's Russia scandal, and, for the first time, provides indications of impeachable offenses.




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Napoles "a minimal player" in massive looting of government funds, may turn state witness

Janet Napoles

The government on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, set the stage for the alleged mastermind of the pork barrel scam, Janet Lim Napoles, to be a state witness against an expanded list of suspects as the Justice Department reinvestigates the diversion of billions of pesos in Priority Development Assistance Funds during the previous administration.




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Opportunism and Leni Robredo; Looking back at facts surrounding the 2016 VP race

Opportunism and Leni Robredo

The two weeks prior to the 2017 Labor day weekend saw several public officials making preposterous, self-serving allegations.

In the spotlight is Leni Robredo, the purported vice president of the Philippines, whose public acceptance has deteriorated drastically these past months.




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Duterte admin should demand that UN rapporteur Callamard be fired for lying about the UN resolution

Agnes Callamard

In her speech at a Philippine Commission on Human Rights event last Friday, May 5, 2017, UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard said:

"In April 2016, the general assembly of the world's government recognized explicitly that the war on drugs does not work."

She is lying. The United Nations General Assembly never made such a declaration, explicitly or implicitly.




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Tito Sotto's sexualized humor in the senate confirmation hearing of Taguiwalo

Tito Sotto

Senator Tito Sotto made an offensive remark during the confirmation hearing of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo,and the other people in the session hall laughed. It behooves us to ask if these kinds of jokes are organic in our social consciousness for some people not to be horrified, and for Sotto to casually claim that it was a harmless, folksy joke.




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The Columbia University connection: Highly funded US-based Yellow efforts to oust Duterte

Columbia University connection

The administration of Rody apparently has dossiers on yellow personalities who are part of efforts to destabilize the government which is being backstopped with the filing of an International Criminal Court (ICC) case against the President.

Solicitor General Jose Calida reminded the plotters they are criminally liable for their efforts and that the administration has already identified those groups which have been moving to launch another power grab.




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Duterte's earth-shaking battle against powerful oligarch Floirendo

Duterte dela Rosa and Alvarez

If you hadn't noticed, President Duterte's war against the rule of the Philippine oligarchy has started, and gone into high gear.

A part of this offensive is the move to collect billions in taxes allegedly evaded by the Philippine Daily Inquirer's controlling owner, the Rufino family, and to recover prime government land that they've held for nearly four decades, as well as his threat not to renew the franchise of the Lopez clan's ABS-CBN television network.





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