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Today in Philippine History, August 21, 1983‏, Ninoy Aquino was assassinated

The assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr.
(The assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr.)

On August 21, 1983, former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" S. Aquino Jr. was assassinated at the Manila International Airport upon returning home from a three-year self-exile in the United States.

The murder sparked a series of protests from an enraged nation that culminated in the February 22-25, 1986 EDSA People Power Revolt, forcing then President Ferdinand E. Marcos to flee to Hawaii.

The widow of the murdered former lawmaker, Mrs. Corazon C. Aquino, eventually was installed as the country's 11th and first woman president.





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The Monkey and the Turtle - a Tagalog fable

Monkey and the turtle

Once upon a time there was a turtle who was very kind and patient. He had many friends. Among them was a monkey, who was very selfish. He always wanted to have the best part of everything.




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Renato Corona may finally have his sweet revenge, may end up favoring Bongbong

Renato Corona

Chief Justice Renato Corona died a broken man, shamed by an impeachment trial that was nothing but an execution by a corrupted Congress of the personal directive of a vengeful President whose family's largesse was diminished by the court that Corona led.




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Wife of COMELEC chief and ex PCGG Chairman Baustista exposes husband's hidden unexplained wealth

Bautista's hidden wealth

The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday, August 8, 2017, to probe the allegations of the wife of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista that he has amassed nearly P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth.




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How the PCGG lost its most important New York criminal case against the Marcoses

PCGG Jovito Salonga
(Jovito Salonga, first chairman of the PCGG)

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) embarrassingly lost its most important criminal case in the US under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) against the Marcoses in New York when it failed to present three vital state witnesses who would have linked Mrs. Imelda Marcos to the alleged crime.




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Interesting facts about Libya prior to Gaddafi's fall - The dictator's "Direct Democracy"

Gaddafi's female-only bodyguard

As history has shown us, nobody really cares about the Middle East and the people that inhabit that area. It's all about geopolitics and interests and you can usually see that if you follow the trail of money that the Western democracies leave behind after they intervene in "failed" countries, such as Libya.




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The wholesale granting of immunity from prosecution to Cory's PCGG

Cory and the PCGG

As talks of ridding the much-hyped and controversial Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) are again in the air, abolishing it is certainly not enough. President Duterte, as ordained by the Constitution in Section 1, Article XI, must require the PCGG to explain in writing what it did to the more than 800 corporations, subsidiaries and other suspected ill-gotten wealth worth billions or, perhaps, trillions of pesos in today's value.




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Today in Philippine history, August 2, 1968, a 7.3 earthquake hit Casiguran, collapsed buildings in Manila

Ruby Tower, Manila
(East side of the roof of Ruby Tower)

On August 2, 1968 at about 4am, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit Casiguran in Aurora province. Manila which is located relatively far from the epicenter, suffered the worst impact of the tremor. The earthquake is one of the most destructive to hit the metropolis, which caused the collapse of buildings, killing hundreds of people.




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Duterte is the leader who'd fight for us and we admire his bravery

Duterte SONA 2017

Humanity for most of its 250,000 years as a species lived in tribes or collections of tribes, in constant struggle against other tribes, or predators. We haven't really changed. We still choose and admire leaders who demonstrate that particular quality: bravery. After all, we want a leader who would fight for us, don't we?




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Senator Hontiveros' dangerous partisan politics using children is unforgivable

Senator Hontiveros' politics

It's one thing for desperate politicians to attempt to conscript children in their anti-government protest actions because they can't seem to convince any adults to join their cause anymore. It's quite another when the administrators of the schools that these children attend, the people who have been entrusted with the care and education of very young, impressionable minds, allow this shameless and dangerous partisan politicking—while not fully informing the parents that their kids have been enlisted in such efforts.




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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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