The Kahimyang Project

(Significant daily events in ancient and recent Filipino history)

Today in Philippine History, July 20, 1826, Margarita Roxas de Ayala was born in San Miguel, Manila

  
(Margarita Roxas de Ayala)  

On July 20, 1826, Margarita Roxas de Ayala, one of the Philippines' greatest businesswomen, and founder of La Concordia College, was born in San Miguel, Manila.

She was the eldest child of Domingo Roxas founder of Casa Roxas, and Maria Saturnina Ubaldo, a Spaniard. During her early life she suffered great indignity and injustice when her father was incarcerated three times. The Spanish colonial authorities suspected that her father was a sympathizer of the Filipino cause.

Don Domingo one of the earliest industrialists of the Philippines, was an advocate for liberal reforms. He died in prison in 1843.





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Enrile's account on why Martial Law was declared by President Marcos in 1972

Marcos, Ramos, Enrile

For the past 45 years now, the lingering question in the hearts and minds of our people, especially the young generation, has remained an enigma as to why former President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in 1972.

Only former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, now 93 and already retired from politics, has the credible answer to that question, as the one tasked by the President to plan and administer it himself to save the country from further ruin.




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Iglesia ni Cristo buys an entire Connecticut ghost town for $1.85 million

INC official signing the closing documents
(A church official is seen signing the closing documents on Friday, July 7, 2017)

Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) bought the entire 62-acre hamlet of Johnsonville in East Haddam, Connecticut in a swift transaction that closed on Friday, July 7, 2017, for $1.85 million, promising to bring new life to the abandoned town.




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US court award of $2B to rights victims cannot be enforced in the Philippines

Loreta Ann Rosales
([L-R] Lamangan, Rosales, and Mijares)

The Court of Appeals (CA) has junked the claim of a group of human rights victims on the estate of former President Ferdinand Marcos, saying that the decision of a United States district court awarding almost $2 billion to victims of human rights abuses under Martial Law cannot be enforced in the Philippines.




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How CIA's Edward Lansdale groomed Ramon Magsaysay to be President of the Philippines

Magsaysay and Lansdale
(Edward Lansdale (left) and Ramón Magsaysay, undated photo)

In the presidential election of 1949, the Nacionalista candidate was Jose P. Laurel who, proclaiming nationalist views, was claimed to have thrown off his reputation as a collaborator during the Japanese occupation.




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BS Aquino charged with graft and usurpation of authority in conspiracy with Purisima and Napeñas

BS Aquino charged

The Office of the Ombudsman has found basis to file charges against former president Benigno Aquino III in connection with the deaths of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano in Maguindanao in 2015.




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Recount of just 3 provinces would overturn Robredo's victory - Bongbong

Bongbong Marcos
(Bongbong Marcos on April 17, 2017)

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos on Sunday, July 9, 2017, said he was confident the election victory of Leni Robredo would soon be overturned with recounts in just three provinces.




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America's interference in the Philippine elections of 1946, the triumph of MacArthur's candidate Roxas over Osmeña

Manuel Roxas and General Douglas MacArthur
(General Douglas MacArthur (right) greets President Manuel Roxas on his arrival in Manila for the Independence Ceremonies, July 1946)

With the death of President Manuel Quezon in New York in 1944, General Douglas MacArthur found himself saddled with a Commonwealth President he did not want, as his eyes were on Manuel Roxas.




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Today in Philippine history, July 23, 2004, Sai building in Manila's Divisoria collapsed

(The Collapse of Sai Building)

On July 23, 2004, the Sai building, a then 5-year old 8-story building on Padre Rada Street, in the heart of busy Divisoria in Manila collapsed at 4:40 p.m., crashing down on Italy Marketing building across the street.




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Why Villar and Cayetano's Nacionalista Party can't expel the mad megalomaniac Trillanes

Nacionalista Party

Senator Antonio Trillanes' recent interview with the British Broadcasting Network's much- respected HARDtalk program, in which he not only spewed outright lies against President Duterte but demonstrated his stupidity, should be the tipping point for the Nacionalista Party (NP) to expel this megalomaniac.




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They wish the President death when our soldiers are fighting a terrorist rebellion

Celdran, Paredes and Garchitorena

We know when someone is genuinely concerned about our well-being and health. If there is a selfish motive in asking about the health of someone, it is usually because we depend on him and we are anxious of what will happen to us if he dies.




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The Supreme Court cannot stop an extension of Martial Law in Mindanao beyond 60 days

Marawi check point

"Martial law only addresses the military aspect of terrorist threats in Mindanao," says security expert Dr. Rommel Banlaoi. "Terrorism in the Philippines has many underlying conditions that a military action alone cannot address."

Dr. Banlaoi is chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research. He is also director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies.




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Indonesian Defense Minister Ryacudu says there are 1,200 IS "killing machines" in the Philippines

Indonesian ISIS
(Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu delivers his speech at the 16th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, Asia Security Summit Sunday, June 4, 2017, Singapore)

While local authorities were engaged in guesswork on the strength of the Islamic State (IS)-linked groups mainly those engaged in the Marawi City siege, putting them at 100 to 500, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu gave a credible estimate of 1,200 IS militants including foreigners of whom 40 are from Indonesia.




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Islamic State could unify disparate Moro terrorists in Mindanao

ISIS in Mindanao

One major reason why the Iraq and Syria-based "holy war" (jihad) movement called the "Islamic State" has become a real and present danger to the Philippines is that it has, or may already have, united the formerly small Moro terrorist groups that had been operating separately in Basilan, Sulu, and central Mindanao.




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Gina Lopez' recollection on her brief stint in the government and her future plans

Gina Lopez

It's been two weeks since my rejection and already it seems like a lifetime away. Another world. Life is like that. It moves in phases ...

This morning after meditation, I was feeling refreshed with an upbeat sense of well-being. I sat with a friend and she and I remarked how good I feel - and how it was like night and day compared with my energy when I was at DENR! I was sleep-deprived and overworked.




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The Yellows' false narrative that Duterte is the new Marcos

Duterte new Marcos

President Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao is certainly a very risky political move, that the Yellows are probably celebrating it.

It would bolster the false narrative they have been weaving that Duterte is the new Marcos, and that as he purportedly has demonstrated in his war against illegal drugs, he has little regard for human rights. The liberal Western media will pounce on Duterte and portray him as a strongman on the way to installing an authoritarian regime.





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