Today in Philippine History

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Today in Philippine history August 30, 1951 the mutual defense treaty was signed by the US and the Philippines

   Presidents Harry Truman and Elpidio Quirino
   (US President Harry Truman (left) and Philippine President Elpidio Quirino (center) in the Oval Office. Photo taken September 13, 1951. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)
On August 30, 1951, the Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines was signed in Washington, D. C., by President Harry Truman and President Elpidio Quirino.

The two countries agreed, "separately and jointly by selfhelp and mutual aid", to "maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack" and to recognize that "an armed attack in the Pacific area on either the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety" and further agreed that each "would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes".




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De Lima should scour deep in her heart to find some patriotism and resign

De Lima should resign

Senator Leila de Lima should start thinking of giving up her Senate seat. Her position has become untenable, even as President Duterte, who has emerged as an extremely popular and powerful president, is undoubtedly out to bury her — and the scenario seems to be unfolding at this time when his political capital is at its height.



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President Ferdinand Marcos's republican principles

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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We need not worry about what foreigners say about President Duterte's "war on drugs"

Duterte war on drugs

Leni Robredo is at it again. This time she is reportedly worried about the Philippines' international "reputation". This follows mounting coverage by the foreign media of the allegedly unusual high numbers of homicides occurring in the Philippines over the last several months. These killings supposedly coincide with President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs". Many allege that this rise in homicides are a direct outcome of Duterte's promise to rid the country of the drug menace using all means — including violence.



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

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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PCGG, assets taken over by Cory's relatives should not escape PDU30's attention

Assets taken over by Cory's relatives

In the 475 days since the late President Corazon C. Aquino created the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) on February 28, 1986, up to July 26, 1987, the last day of her revolutionary government, the PCGG sequestered more than 800 corporations, subsidiaries and other suspected ill-gotten wealth worth billions of pesos.



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Philippine government loses (again) 29 - year forfeiture case against the Marcoses

Marcos wins again against forfeiture case

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed the 29-year-old forfeiture case against the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda R. Marcos because of the lack of evidence to prove that the disputed properties were ill-gotten. The decision was promulgated on August 15, 2016, a copy of which was obtained by the media Wednesday, August 24.



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President Duterte says Leila de Lima on top of drug "matrix"

Senator De Lima, a former Justice secretary, and former undersecretary Francisco Baraan 3rd are among the highest public officials in a "matrix" of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, President Rodrigo Duterte bared on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



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Today in Philippine history, August 25, 1575, Francisco de Sande arrived Manila to assume governorship of the Filipinas

Francisco de Sande

On August 25, 1575, Dr. Francisco de Sande, a native of Caceres, arrived at Manila to assume governorship of the Filipinas, entering immediately upon his duties. He left Acapulco, Mexico, for Manila on April 6, 1575. He was the third governor-general of the Philippines succeeding Guido de Labezares.



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

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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Filipinos abandon the Yellow Narrative and embrace the Duterte Way

President Rodrigo Duterte

Filipinos' gripes are really quite simple and straightforward: There is no justice, there are no consequences for law breakers, due process is too slow, nothing changes, there is no political will to change. The genius in the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is hinged upon a simple habit. His government listens to and empathizes with ordinary Filipinos.



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The adulterous affair that leads to corruption at the Justice Department

Ronnie Palisoc Dayan and Leila De Lima
(Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, in green shirt, with Leila De Lima)

In a news conference in Davao City, Sunday, August 21, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is in possession of wiretaps and ATM (automated teller machine) records showing that the former driver-bodyguard of Senator Leila de Lima, identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, transacted with drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa when she was Justice secretary.



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Today in Philippine history, September 19, 1947, Emmet O'Neal arrived in Manila as US Ambassador to the Philippines

Emmet O'Neal
(Emmet O'Neal, far left, playing paddle ball. Picture taken January 27, 1937.)

On September 19, 1947, Emmet O'Neal, accompanied by his wife Glessie and their daughters, Lydia Wright and Mary Hamilton, sailed from San Francisco August 22, 1947 on the S.S. President Monroe, arriving in Manila on September 19, 1947, to assume the post of United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Philippines.



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The U.S. drug lobby and the 1983 assassination of Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino

Hank Greenberg
(Hank Greenberg (left) with Zhu Rongji of China, undated photo)

A close look at the circles in the United States and Canada who were running operations to topple the Marcos government, reveals numerous connections to the shadowy underworld of dope and terrorism. According to a former high-level U.S. intelligence official, one of the leading, figures involved in the Philippines is Hank Greenberg, who runs the New York City-based International Insurance Company of America, one of the leading underwriters and re-insurers of the Philippines banking system. Greenberg is said to have had business ties to CIA Director William Casey, and this may have something to do with Casey's problems with the Philippines.



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Leila de Lima's driver may be the real victim of sexual harassment

Leila De Lima and her driver

The reason why President Rodrigo Duterte's critics keep losing the debate is because they use the wrong arguments to begin with. Duterte's most recent bombshell — the "exposure" of the "scandalous" lifestyle of Senator Leila de Lima — highlights the flawed way these critics respond in turn.



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A September adventure of the mason, Pedro Gil, in the old city of Manila some 270 years ago

A September adventure of the Mason,  Pedro Gil,  in the old city of Manila some 270 years ago

In the entresuelo of a house on calle Fonda in the walled city of Manila, there lived in the year 1745 a stonemason, or albalil, named Pedro Gil. He had been brought to Manila years before by the Franciscans, to help direct and aid in the building of their churches and conventos, and a meager remuneration kept him constantly in distressed circumstances. Like most Spaniards, he had married young. His spouse was a woman of buxom health, he therefore possessed the poor-man's wealth - a horde of ravenous children.




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