The Kahimyang Project

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Why has life become much harder and politics even more corrupt after EDSA?

Why has life become much harder and politics even more corrupt after EDSA?

If there is anything to learn from the so-called EDSA Revolution 34 years ago, it is that it has not only become a long avenue of questions, regrets and flawed political, social and economic policies but a source of continuing hatred, vengeance and disunity that continue to imperil the country.




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ABS-CBN, Meralco and Lopez family - are they victims or Marcos regime beneficiaries?

ABS-CBN, Meralco and Lopez family - are they victims or Marcos regime beneficiaries?

Barely a few days after the Lopezes and the Cojuangcos had moved into the [Corazon] Aquino administration after the EDSA uprising that toppled the Marcos regime in 1986, the Lopez family requested President Aquino for the return of all the Lopez assets, including Meralco (Manila Electric Co.), which by then was under the First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPHC).




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Putting on record some facts ignored or withheld by pro-Aquino publicists

Putting on record some facts ignored or withheld by pro-Aquino publicists

Corazon Aquino officially lost the February 1986 presidential election to President Marcos because the Batasang Pambansa proclaimed Marcos the winner. Her assumption to power was, therefore, in violation of the process mandated by the 1973 Constitution. Aquino ran for president under the 1973 Constitution and disregarded that charter when she lost the election.




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Mother and son Cory and Noynoy brought bad luck to the country

Mother and son Cory and Noynoy brought bad luck to the country

As in previous years, there were few attendees at the commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.




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RAM, Enrile not against Marcos in February 1986 but to end military junta; FM virtual prisoner in Malacañang

RAM, Enrile not against Marcos in February 1986 but to end military junta; FM virtual prisoner in Malacañang

The withdrawal of support of the group of then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce-Enrile in February 1986 was not against the late president Ferdinand Marcos but to end a junta that effectively controls the government then.




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Little known Quezon's World War II rescue of Jews, though capped by the US

Little known Quezon

In the late 1930s, President Manuel Quezon welcomed over 1,200 Jews from Germany and Austria into an unlikely haven in the Pacific archipelago. With his Open Doors policy, even as most nations closed their doors to Jewish refugees, these Jews - who came to be known as "Manilaners" - escaped Hitler's growing menace and reached the Philippine capital.




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Lopez's kept US citizenship secret for 34 years, violates Constiution on mass media ownership

Lopez

Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III - who has, since, 1987, run media giant ABS-CBN Corp., of which he is a major owner - is a United States citizen.




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The 9 loves of Dr. Jose Rizal

The 9 loves of Dr. Jose Rizal

There are nine women on record that Rizal was in relationship with. It's not to say that all those relationships were serious, but he did pursue when he wanted to pursue, cared, at least, and displayed his attentiveness and charm unapologetically.




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The Solicitor General's strategic quo warranto petition

The Solicitor General

Last week, Solicitor General Jose Calida filed a petition for quo warranto in the Supreme Court (SC), seeking the cancellation of the existing legislative franchise of the ABS-CBN broadcasting network. Calida argues that the cancellation is warranted because ABS-CBN violated the terms of its franchise. If not renewed by Congress, that franchise expires on 30 March 2020.




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How the "First Quarter Storm" propelled the communist insurgency

How the "First Quarter Storm" propelled the communist insurgency

January 26, was the 50th anniversary of the so-called "First Quarter Storm" (FQS), the huge anti-government youth demonstrations in the first three months of 1970 when a significant sector of the Filipino youth found meaning in their lives fighting for a cause — the Revolution — much larger than their little selves.




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Cory Aquino sought UK asylum amid EDSA - Newly declassified documents

Cory Aquino sought UK asylum amid EDSA - Newly declassified documents

Then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher granted Corazon Aquino's request for asylum at the height of the uprising that swept her to power in the Philippines, according to newly declassified files released on Tuesday, December 21, 2019.




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Jose Rizal was the personification of the term "brain and brawn"

Jose Rizal was the personification of the term "brain and brawn"

He was a doctor, a novelist, a poet, a sculptor, a painter and a lothario. He was also a swordsman, deadly with both rapier and arnis sticks; a highly regarded pistol marksman; a body builder with experience in wrestling and judo; a freedom fighter and a wanted man.




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Like mother, like son: The Aquinos' wrath and vengeance

Like mother, like son: The Aquinos

Perhaps the destructive DNA gene is passed through mother's milk as an infant is weaned. Fast forward into that infant's unfortunate adulthood and consider that maybe the difficulty to maintain meaningful relationships among those afflicted with developmental disorders degenerates into the lack of empathy on one end, and to fill in the void, from a totally different area in the brain, vengeance rushes in and consumes an un-functioning area on the other end.




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Why do we trust the US and distrust China? Answer: We still haven't shaken off our colonial mentality

Why do we trust the US and distrust China? Answer: We still haven

Most Filipinos still think that our umbilical cord is still tied to Uncle Sam 73 years after we were given back our independence by the United States on July 4, 1946.




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The attacks on Philippine sovereignty; U2/Bono should have known better

The attacks on Philippine sovereignty; U2/Bono should have known better

Maria Ressa's face blasted on the wide LED screen of U2's "The Joshua Tree" concert in Manila — the ultimate downer in what was nearly a perfect night, aside from the two-hour traffic to get in, and the two-hour traffic to get out, of the Philippine Arena complex. What should have been shown on the screen is the police mug shot of Ressa while the band played "Sunday Bloody Sunday."





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