Significant moments in ancient and recent Philippine history


The conspirators of the many assassination attempts on President Marcos

Posted Wednesday December 28, 2016 15:13:59
President Marcos and Pope John Paul II

In his 1981 book Progress and Martial Law, President Ferdinand Marcos enumerated eight assassination attempts against him in 1972 alone, the first seven of them being from February 13 to August, the eighth undated.


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The trip of Ninoy Aquino to America - the destabilization of Marcos government

Posted Thursday December 15, 2016 12:19:02
Aquino in America

President Marcos approved Ninoy's trip to America on May 8, 1980, with the First Lady facilitating it. On May 7, two days after doctors at the Philippine Heart Center for Asia diagnosed his ailment, Ninoy sought the President's permission to leave for America for medical treatment. At the time, Ninoy's mother, Doña Aurora, had a petition for habeas corpus pending with the Supreme Court. President Marcos, therefore, had to endorse Ninoy's request to the High Tribunal. The Court immediately acted on the endorsement, giving the request its imprimatur the following day.


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Address of President Ferdinand Marcos on the Manila Summit Conference of 1966

Posted Thursday November 17, 2016 15:18:43

Delivered at the Congress, October 24, 1966 on the opening day of the Manila Summit Conference

As chairman of the Manila Summit Conference of 1966, it is my pleasure to assume this position by the unanimous consent and approval of the members of this conference.


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President Duterte's historic, mind-boggling break from the past

Posted Monday October 24, 2016 11:06:34
Little brown brother
(A cartoon from a US magazine in 1905: #PDU30 hates it)

If President Duterte completes his term, and I think he will, and if he doesn't change his view of the world and our place in it, and I don't think he will, scholars of the future will divide modern Philippine history as the "before Duterte" (BD) and "after-Duterte" (AD) periods.


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

Posted Thursday September 15, 2016 11:12:55
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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The Americanization of "Las Islas Filipinas"

Posted Sunday September 11, 2016 11:37:22
Las Islas Filipinas

When US Commodore George Dewey and his naval fleet sailed into Manila Bay on May 1, 1898, and subsequently destroyed the Spanish fleet, he entered a country that was collectively known as "Las Islas Filipinas" (the Philippine Islands in English), whose inhabitants were called "Filipinos".


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Corazon Aquino's politics of hatred and vengeance

Posted Tuesday September 06, 2016 13:03:44
Cory Aquino

Cory Aquino had used the term "reconciliation" so much, people began to believe in its possibility. But the reconciliation she had in mind did not quite fit its dictionary meaning. It was peculiar in that it would be pursued strictly on her terms.


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Rewriting the past and the future - the economic destiny of the Filipino people

Posted Thursday September 01, 2016 10:59:56
Bataan nuclear power plant
(The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant)

A militant group wants to rewrite Philippine history by declaring Andres Bonifacio as the first President of the Republic, in place of General Emilio Aguinaldo. The sentiment is apparently fueled by a deep rereading of Philippine history - lately reinforced by two highly successful films in which Bonifacio and General Antonio Luna are killed - the first in Maragondon, Cavite on May 10, 1897, the second in Cabanatuan on June 5, 1899 - after incurring Aguinaldo's wrath.


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President Ferdinand Marcos's republican principles

Posted Sunday August 28, 2016 11:17:34
Marcos republican principles

In a speech delivered to the National Defense College on July 18, 1985, President Marcos declared that "National leadership is composed of men who do not run away ... do not just take a plane and go off to Miami or run off to another place and give up power. The leadership of your country is not made of such weak stock. We will defend our principles to the death. Our articles of faith are known, and we will defend them to the last breath of life."


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Hero or villain - how well do you know Ninoy Aquino?

Posted Friday August 26, 2016 11:39:30
Ninoy Aquino

At this stage in our nation's fictionalized history, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos is commonly perceived to be a villain, while Ninoy Aquino is worshiped as a national hero.


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

Posted Tuesday August 23, 2016 11:04:09
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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A Message to Filipinos by President Ferdinand Marcos on February 28, 1986

Posted Sunday August 14, 2016 12:23:57
President Marcos and group sing 'Ako ay Filipino'
( President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, joined in a chorus of "I am a Filipino" at the couple's Honolulu home in 1986)

President Ferdinand Marcos on February 28, 1986 delivered the following statement to the press, which gave it short shrift in coverage:


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Inaugural address of Rodrigo Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines, delivered on June 30, 2016

Posted Friday July 01, 2016 11:39:50

President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po sa tulong mo (thank you for your help) making me President; President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilon and the members of the Senate; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the members of the House of Representatives; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; His Excellency Guiseppe Pinto and the members of the Diplomatic Corps; incoming members of the Cabinet; fellow workers in government; my fellow countrymen.


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The Franklin D. Roosevelt tradition in the Philippines

Posted Friday June 24, 2016 22:59:16
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(US President Franklin D. Roosevelt)

On July 4, 1946, in the immediate months following the defeat of the Japanese in the Pacific, the long awaited declaration of Philippine Independence was made. Nearly half a century of American government oversight and control was nominally coming to an end, fulfilling the dream of the Philippine people for nationial sovereignty. This historic event had also long been the personal concern of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), dating from at least the time in 1901, as a senior at Groton School in Massachussetts, when he argued in a public affairs debate that the Philippines, then under U.S. military government, should be given independence.


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