Today in Philippine History

(The Kahimyang Project)

September 30, 1876, Sofia R. de Veyra was born in Iloilo

   Sofia R. de Veyra
   Sofia Reyes de Veyra
On September 30, 1876, Sofia Reyes de Veyra, educator, social worker and first secretary and co-founder (with Mary E. Coleman) of Asociacion Feminista Filipina, was born in Arevalo, Iloilo.

The Asociacion Feminista Filipina was the first women's club in the Philippines. Its establishment in June 1905 marked the start of the Feminist Movement in the country.



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Has Duterte reached the point of no return in Manila's relations with Washington?

Duterte wity Medvedev
(Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, second from right; President Duterte, far right)

On Monday, September 26, 2016, President Duterte disclosed that he had an hour-long talk with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during the dinner of ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners—the United States, Russia, and Japan on September 7 in Laos.


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Cory's PCGG - a story of the wastefulness of vengeance

Cory's wastefulness of vengeance

Shortly after the EDSA Revolution, the nation rode on the crest of a wave of euphoria - change, it was believed rather naively, had finally come, after the so-called "dark years" of Martial Law. But the government that took power in the name of "people power" was actually seething with vengeance.


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President Rodrigo Duterte and the oligarchy controlled mainstream media

Mainstream media propaganda

The mainstream media will never admit they are no longer engaged in the dissemination of information, but deeply engaged in propaganda. The propaganda against President Rodrigo Duterte is not really about human rights violations presented in its most graphic way of public execution of suspected drug pushers, but of the truth that the oligarchy, which controls the so-called mainstream media, has been given the green light to discredit his administration.


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Thwarting plan B with military takeover in case of Duterte's sudden departure

Duterte visits Camp Elias Angeles, Camarines Sur
(President Duterte's visit to Camp Elias Angeles, Camarines Sur, September 21, 2016)

Sudden departure of #PDU30 before 2022, could be the result of any of these things – impeachment, forced ouster by foreign states, assassination, or natural death.


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Filipinos in PH trust PDU30, some ex-Filipinos in New York are traitors

New York Filipinos traitors

According to recent new reports, there are Filipino-Americans in New York who are set to destabilize and possibly oust President Rodrigo Duterte by January 2017. These are traitors to their native land, that technically speaking, are no longer Filipinos.


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Only courts can say if De Lima is guilty, but she is a dead duck politically

De Lima karma

#karma - what goes around, comes around.

#PDU30 Duterte has called Senator Leila De Lima immoral and an adulteress, with a driver-lover for whom she built a mansion for their romantic rendezvous. Worse, the senator is allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.


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The Filipino people are the losers if Duterte is taken out

Filipino people loses if Duterte is taken out

Besides lawless groups and their cohorts in government, elements of the past administration are plotting ouster PDU30, according to President Duterte himself. He said recently that "yellows" were behind machinations to remove him - referring to politicians and media linked to BS Aquino. His emblem is the yellow ribbon popularized by his late mother, "democracy icon" and former president Corazon Aquino.


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PDU30 makes beneficiaries of tradition and status quo uncomfortable

Duterte and tradition and status quo

After being so patient with the snail-paced "reform" initiatives supposedly pushed throughout the six-year term of former President Benigno Simeon "BS" Aquino III, liberal Filipinos are now raising a stink about the methods being employed by current President Rodrigo Duterte to push real change. An overwhelming endorsement of Duterte's different approach to instituting change during the 2016 presidential elections is now being met with a desperate campaign to invalidate it.


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President Duterte seeks 6-month extension on drug war deadline

Duterte seeks extention on drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday (September 18, 2016) night sought a six-month extension to his relentless campaign against illegal drugs, after promising to solve the drug menace in three to six months.


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Duterte is turning the Philippines back into a real southeast Asian country

Duterte in Laos

Why the sudden interest of the foreign media in the Philippines? It is because they found a bogeyman in its current president, Rodrigo Duterte, to feast upon. Indeed, Duterte is living up to the smear that goes way back to the campaign leading up to the 2016 elections that he is the "Donald Trump of the Far East". Westerners, after all, are utterly convinced of the undisputed ascendancy of their way of life - where the individual and her entitlement to "human rights" trumps all else.


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President Marcos' burial and the BS Aquino's bigots in the judiciary

Marcos a hero

It must be recalled that then-President Ferdinand E. Marcos filed a case for libel against a disgruntled soldier who disguised himself as "progressive" but was in fact a notorious lackey of the US, together with former senator Raul Manglapus, for imputing that the medals he earned in World War II were spurious and for denigrating his participation in some of the bloody episodes against the Japanese in World War II. The case was dismissed by reason of his death.


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De Lima's investigation on EJKs has become a demolition job against Duterte

De Lima's
(De Lima's witness, Edgar Matobato)

Senate hearings reveal a lot about Philippine society. They reveal the ugly side of Filipinos. Watching the exchanges between senators make you realise that some senators, especially the ones allied with the Liberal Party, are motivated by their lust for power and not by their desire to see a better Philippines.


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Today in Phillippine history, January 23, 1942, Jorge Vargas was appointed chairman of Philippine Executive Commission

Jorge Vargas
(Jorge B. Vargas (right) with Japanese General Homma, 1943)

On January 23, 1942, the Philippine Executive Commission (PEC), was organized and issued by Order No. 1 by the Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Forces in the Philippines. Jorge B. Vargas was appointed chairman and was instructed to the immediate coordination of the central organs and of judicial courts, based upon what had existed theretofore with the approval of the Commander-in-Chief.


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Speech of Babaylan Tamblot at the beginning of a battle in the mountains of Bohol

Babaylan Tamblot
(An artist concept of Babaylan Tamblot)

(From an exhortation of Babaylan Tamblot of an early uprising against government and church (Jesuit parish priests) abuses and exactions, at the beginning of a battle in the mountains of Bohol, January 2, 1622. The attacking forces were also Filipinos and of equal numbers, a thousand fighting men on either side, so the sixteen Spaniards with firearms were the deciding factor, but the effect of the rain was obviated by the Spaniards' allies holding their shields, like umbrellas, over the Spanish guns.)


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Gruesome human-rights violation record of Corazon Aquino's incumbency

Mendiola massacre

In these days of distorted textbook accounts and biased media reports of the martial-law years up to the EDSA revolt and beyond, the late strongman President Ferdinand E. Marcos was a tyrant and oppressor and the Aquino couple, Ninoy and Cory, icons of democracy and inordinate symbols of the yellow color.


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