Today in Philippine History

(The Kahimyang Project)

December 5, 1573, Martin Enriquez wrote the King of the arrival of ships in New Spain from the Philippines

On December 5, 1573, Martin Enriquez, viceroy of New Spain, wrote King Felipe II, announcing the arrival of ships with dispatches from the Philippines. With them was the Augustinian friar Diego de Herrera, who was on his way to Spain to inform the king of the violence and injustice which were being committed in the islands specially by soldiers who received no pay and maintained themselves by raids on the native villages.




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Delusional Leni Robredo resigns from Duterte's cabinet, says VP being stolen from her

Bongbong and Leni

"Vice President" Leni Robredo has resigned from President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet, finally letting go of her job as Chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).


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The inauthenticity of the moral high ground argument on the Marcos burial

moral high ground

Critics argue that the Supreme Court took the legalistic and technical route to settle the issue of the Marcos burial, and failed to take the moral high ground.


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Aside from cursing Marcos, do anti-Marcos "activists" have anything IMPORTANT to say?

Anti-Marcos protest

Imperial Manila's hipsters keep complaining that there was not enough effort to "educate" generations of Filipinos about the alleged "horrors" of "the Martial Law years". Perhaps this is why it is seen to be an "in" thing amongst a small clique of shool kids to be seen on these anti-Marcos protest rallies of late. The thinking there, presumably, is that there is some sort of exclusiveness about being "in the know" about the "truth" about Martial Law.


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Anti-Marcos groups don't even know simple arithmetic

anti-Marcos rally

Angry leftists, left-of-center social democrats, hypocrites and ignorant people pretending to be moralists have one thing in common while demonizing President Ferdinand Marcos and his family: they don't understand simple arithmetic.


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The ideological bankruptcy of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its fronts

Anti-Marcos burial

The mobilization by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its organizations against the burial of strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani highlights the utter ideological and intellectual bankruptcy of what was once the vanguard of radical thought and social movements in the Philippines.


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If the Marcos economy was so bad, why is his economic tsar Cesar Virata so respected?

Marcos and Virata (President Marcos and Prime Minister Cesar Virata)

In its vitriolic anti-Marcos manifesto, the Ateneo de Manila pontificated: "The Marcos regime's economics of debt-driven growth was disastrous for the Philippines." An earlier column–but reposted in some Facebook pages recently–by UP economist Noel de Dios, an Oscar M. Lopez professor at the School of Economics, makes the same point, that the economy had a "dismal performance under martial law".


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Congress should summon Warren Cristobal, Joenel Sanchez, De Lima's other alleged lovers

De Lima's lovers

One of the most disgusting revelations made by Senator Leila de Lima's lover, her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, in the explosive hearing Thursday, November 24, 2016, by the House of Representatives' committee on justice was that the former justice secretary cheated on him, and had two other lovers, both of whom were also her security men.


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The unfrail Robredo, her rumored pregnancy, the installation of BBM as VP

pregnant Robredo

"Vice President" Leni Robredo was the recent target of vicious rumors of her alleged pregnancy at the ripe old, non-child-bearing age of 52. The rumors were "insulting", according to the vice president - but not insulting enough, apparently, to make her quit.


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Atonement is not enough: Tatad dares Romos and Enrile to tell the truth about Martial Law

Tatad and Enrile
(Francisco Tatad and Juan Ponce Enrile in August 2016)

Former senator Francisco Tatad has called on two fellow martial law-era officials – Fidel Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile – to reveal the truth about the alleged atrocities and human rights violations during the rule of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.


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FVR: Yellow Cult's hidden High Priest? Is his support of PDU30 the cult's Plan B?

Ramos, Marcos, and Aquino
(Left: In January 1972 at the height of the First Quarter Storm of the angry Filipino youth, Brigadier General Ramos was appointed Chief of the Philippine Constabulary — his first, last and only assignment with the PC, having spent his first 20 years in the Army. Right: with his second boss, February 1986.)

In opposing the burial of Marcos remains at the Libingan ng mg Bayani, former President Fidel Ramos said things that are so absurd that these border on the surreal.


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Exhume Marcos' remains? It means take Marcos out of our hearts

Exhume Marcos

The virulent campaign and protest of the Yellows and the Reds to stop the burial of President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LMB) has descended to downright lunacy.


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We all won, nobody lost on FM burial - FVR, JPE should answer questions by "martial law victims"

Marcos burial

With the sole cooperation of the military and without alerting the public in advance about it, the Marcos family buried the remains of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos in private rites at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at high noon last Friday, November 18 2016, while their mostly leftist adversaries prayed in vain for a reversal of the Supreme Court decision dismissing their petitions against the burial, and while President Rodrigo Duterte, its main proponent, was attending the APEC summit in Lima, Peru. It was a totally unexpected coup.


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Ferdinand Marcos laid to rest with the quiet dignity a former President and soldier deserves

Marcos buried

Former President Ferdinand Marcos was finally laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) yesterday, the 18th November 2016. The "secret" funeral rites caught everyone by surprise and sent the usual anti-Marcos mobs on an eleventh-hour protest frenzy. The funeral itself was a dignified affair involving full military honours.


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De Lima justified her adultery, abuse of authority with "the frailties of a woman"

De Lima and Dayan

Senator Leila de Lima may have miscalculated public sentiment when she admitted this week on national TV that she had a years-long affair with her married driver-bodyguard, after evading the issue for months.


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America's economic intervention in the Philippines: Then and Now

Kerry and Sung Kim

During the swearing-in of the new United States (US) ambassador to the Philippines in early November 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that the "logic" of the "indelible" US-Philippine alliance is "as compelling today as [it has] ever been". Newly sworn-in US ambassador Sung Kim in turn highlighted the "ironclad" Mutual Defense Treaty, the US being "among the Philippines' top trading partners and its largest foreign investor", and how USAID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation "promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth".


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