Today in Philippine History

(The Kahimyang Project)

August 26, 1930, Crisanto Evangelista announced the birth of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas

Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas

On August 26, 1930, on the 34th anniversary of the 1896 Katipunan Revolt , Crisanto Evangelista announced the birth of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), the Communist Party of the Philippines. Less than three months later, on the 13th anniversary of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, he formally established the PKP and proclaimed its objectives. In his address of November 7, he set forth five guiding principles for the Philippine communist movement:




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PCGG, assets taken over by Cory's relatives should not escape PDU30's attention

Assets taken over by Cory's relatives

In the 475 days since the late President Corazon C. Aquino created the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) on February 28, 1986, up to July 26, 1987, the last day of her revolutionary government, the PCGG sequestered more than 800 corporations, subsidiaries and other suspected ill-gotten wealth worth billions of pesos.



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Philippine government loses (again) 29 - year forfeiture case against the Marcoses

Marcos wins again against forfeiture case

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the 29-year-old forfeiture case against the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda R. Marcos because of the lack of evidence to prove that the disputed properties were ill-gotten. The decision was promulgated on August 15, 2016, a copy of which was obtained by the media Wednesday, August 24.



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President Duterte says Leila de Lima on top of drug "matrix"

Senator De Lima, a former Justice secretary, and former undersecretary Francisco Baraan 3rd are among the highest public officials in a "matrix" of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, President Rodrigo Duterte bared on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



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Today in Philippine history, August 25, 1575, Francisco de Sande arrived Manila to assume governorship of the Filipinas

Francisco de Sande

On August 25, 1575, Dr. Francisco de Sande, a native of Caceres, arrived at Manila to assume governorship of the Filipinas, entering immediately upon his duties. He left Acapulco, Mexico, for Manila on April 6, 1575. He was the third governor-general of the Philippines succeeding Guido de Labezares.



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The fall of President Marcos and the myth that the "victory of Cory Aquino" was a victory for democracy

The fall of President Marcos

Of all the strategic developments in Asia in 1986, none were comparable to the transformation of the Philippines. The "democratic rise" of Corazon Aquino, the U.S. news media's characterization, belies the actual story of who put Aquino into power, and how.



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Filipinos abandon the Yellow Narrative and embrace the Duterte Way

President Rodrigo Duterte

Filipinos' gripes are really quite simple and straightforward: There is no justice, there are no consequences for law breakers, due process is too slow, nothing changes, there is no political will to change. The genius in the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is hinged upon a simple habit. His government listens to and empathizes with ordinary Filipinos.



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The adulterous affair that leads to corruption at the Justice Department

Ronnie Palisoc Dayan and Leila De Lima
(Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, in green shirt, with Leila De Lima)

In a news conference in Davao City, Sunday, August 21, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is in possession of wiretaps and ATM (automated teller machine) records showing that the former driver-bodyguard of Senator Leila de Lima, identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, transacted with drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa when she was Justice secretary.



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Today in Philippine history, September 19, 1947, Emmet O'Neal arrived in Manila as US Ambassador to the Philippines

Emmet O'Neal
(Emmet O'Neal, far left, playing paddle ball. Picture taken January 27, 1937.)

On September 19, 1947, Emmet O'Neal, accompanied by his wife Glessie and their daughters, Lydia Wright and Mary Hamilton, sailed from San Francisco August 22, 1947 on the S.S. President Monroe, arriving in Manila on September 19, 1947, to assume the post of United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Philippines.



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The U.S. drug lobby and the 1983 assassination of Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino

Hank Greenberg
(Hank Greenberg (left) with Zhu Rongji of China, undated photo)

A close look at the circles in the United States and Canada who were running operations to topple the Marcos government, reveals numerous connections to the shadowy underworld of dope and terrorism. According to a former high-level U.S. intelligence official, one of the leading, figures involved in the Philippines is Hank Greenberg, who runs the New York City-based International Insurance Company of America, one of the leading underwriters and re-insurers of the Philippines banking system. Greenberg is said to have had business ties to CIA Director William Casey, and this may have something to do with Casey's problems with the Philippines.



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Leila de Lima's driver may be the real victim of sexual harassment

Leila De Lima and her driver

The reason why President Rodrigo Duterte's critics keep losing the debate is because they use the wrong arguments to begin with. Duterte's most recent bombshell — the "exposure" of the "scandalous" lifestyle of Senator Leila de Lima — highlights the flawed way these critics respond in turn.



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A September adventure of the mason, Pedro Gil, in the old city of Manila some 270 years ago

A September adventure of the Mason,  Pedro Gil,  in the old city of Manila some 270 years ago

In the entresuelo of a house on calle Fonda in the walled city of Manila, there lived in the year 1745 a stonemason, or albalil, named Pedro Gil. He had been brought to Manila years before by the Franciscans, to help direct and aid in the building of their churches and conventos, and a meager remuneration kept him constantly in distressed circumstances. Like most Spaniards, he had married young. His spouse was a woman of buxom health, he therefore possessed the poor-man's wealth - a horde of ravenous children.



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We should junk the 1986 People Power narrative in order to TRULY progress

Cory and Ninoy Aquino discredited

It's time we pause, step back, take stock, and ask: What is really going on here? If one would attempt to answer that question using the common frame of mind with which Filipinos have cocooned themselves within, the responses would be unsurprising, quite trite, and peppered with certain key words prevalent in mainstream discourse today:



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A package of Imelda's diamonds given to Cory Aquino says "discoverer"

Cory has Imelda's diamonds

According to London-based newspaper, The Guardian, in the wee hours of February 26, 1986, after President Marcos fled Malacañang, a "young civil servant named Chito Roque", unlocked a steel safe in Marcos' quarters, the combination of which, Roque said, was pasted on the safe's door, and found inside what would be documents that proved or pointed to the loot Marcos amassed in his 20-year rule. Chito Roque, or "Potenciano Roque", wasn't a civil servant but a small businessman, an activist in Agapito "Butz" Aquino's "August 21 Movement (ATOM)".



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COMELEC defies Supreme Court order on Bongbong VP poll protest

COMELEC defies Supreme Court order on Bongbong VP poll protest

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday, August 15, 2016, accused the Commission on Elections of violating the Supreme Court's precautionary protection order (PPO) that required it to collect and preserve all necessary documents and devices pertinent to the election protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.



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President Ferdinand E. Marcos is qualified many times over for interment at the Libingan

President Ferndinand Marcos, Phiippine Hero

During the time of President Corazon Aquino, she ordered the burial, with military honors, of her dog at Malacañang Park, while she doggedly refused to allow Marcos' interment at the Libingan.




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