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Aquino Sisters might be with Pnoy during Duterte’s Inauguration – not in Robredo’s


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Pnoy or President Benigno Aquino’s sisters were Leni Robredo’s popular supporters both during the campaign and financially – but decided to skip her inauguration on June 30. Georgina Ann Hernandez , Robredo’s spoke person indicated that they might join their brother to witness the turnover in Malacañang – after which, the family can have a private gathering probably at Pnoy’s place in Quezon City.

Ballsy, Pinky, Viel and Kris with the latter as one of the top financial contributors were all Robredo’s endorsers. Kris donated around P30.8 million. As of now, they are still waiting for Mar Roxas and his family’s confirmation to attend. They are the only known VIPs invited in Robredo’s inauguration.

There will be no reserved seats in Robredo’s special event. Around 300 guests are expected to attend who are mostly members of the marginalized sectors who have volunteered to help Robredo’s Vice Presidential campaign. Some are fishermen, farmers and women’s group representative.

Reference: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/571476/news/nation/pnoy-s-sisters-to-skip-leni-robredo-s-inauguration-roxas-yet-to-confirm

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Duterte’s Church-related Criticisms might Irk Catholics – but they made Sense


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte might sound like he’s mocking the Catholic faith but he is actually just citing practices seen among Catholic clergies that they are not supposed to be doing as a religious sector.

President Duterte is strongly advocating the implementation of family planning measures and death penalty verdicts which the Catholic Church opposed. He went on humorously narrating how Catholics venerate saints as models of the faith with more than 5,000 saints to choose from when you need help – but in context, Catholics just respect their ideals and not worship them for that is due only to God.

PhilStar wrote: “I believe in one God Allah. Period,” he said during his last flag ceremony as Davao City mayor. Allah is the name of the God worshiped by Muslims. Duterte’s discomfort with Catholicism, it seems, stemmed from his unpleasant experiences when he was still a child. He recalled that when he was a child, his mother Soledad would punish him by asking him to kneel before an altar. “I told Jesus, help me. He said I can’t help a naughty boy,” he said in jest.

Reference: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/27/1597277/duterte-makes-fun-catholic-churchs-practices

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Marcos’ Burial can set things straight on his Heroism and will disclose the real Culprit


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
As quoted in this Manila Times article – “The placing of the dead,” writes the British anthropologist Nigel Barley, “is never arbitrary. It is a clear act of classification and a statement of where they belong.” – simply explains the Marcoses’ goal of burying their dead into his rightful plot as a symbol of their struggle to open the eyes of Filipinos that contrary to the media propaganda staged by the real culprit Ninoy Aquino against the great leader Ferdinand E. Marcos, he was only doing what’s good for the Filipino masses within the power bestowed upon him.

The burial might start with a long procession – perhaps from Batac, Ilocos Norte to be exaggerated going towards the “Libingan ng mga Bayani” in the greater Manila area, with flamboyant flowers and ornaments decorating the passageways along land, seas and air channels – and accompanied by never ending drum and bugle core playing the cha cha or never ending Filipino serenade that used to be the late President’s theme song with his wife, then First Lady Imelda, “Dahil Sa ‘Yo”. The point is, no matter how grand the final ceremony can become, mark these words: tears of joy will be shed that finally, the best ever president is getting the right burial fit for how he was as a leader loved by many if not all.

This burial will serve as enlightenment that Marcos the great was not a dictator – for all the things he did were within the mandate of the Philippine constitution. There are also no hidden wealth to be recovered because he never had fair trials that can accuse him that. If the family became wealthy it’s simply because of his brilliance negotiating with international commerce that made his reign the golden era of the Philippines. Finally, Marcos’ burial in the Heroes’ Cemetery will put an end to the lies of the yellow faction that until now still trying to cheat their way back into power – just to serve the greedy intentions of the so-called “elite wannabes”!

Reference: http://www.manilatimes.net/burying-ferdinand-marcos/270342/

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Winning Daughter of Jinggoy Estrada signals the continued Political Dynasty Popularity – contrary to Criticisms against Binay


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s daughter is now San Juan City’s vice mayor. Contrary to the highly publicized propaganda against Binay featuring many senators who were against political dynasty, many cannot help but embrace this long-running Filipino culture because political names have more chances of winning. Janella Estrada won in the May 9, 2016 election but his father’s request through the he Sandiganbayan was denied last Monday that outgoing Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s wanted to leave detention to administer her oath-taking.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division in a resolution refused to grant Estrada’s request to leave the Philippine National Police Detention Center to administer his daughter, Janella’s oath taking on June 28, 2016. The older Estrada petitioned the said undertaking pleading that it will be his last official act as Senator of the Philippines.

ABS-CBN reported: The anti-graft court said prisoners and detainees are only granted furlough during emergency and compelling situations. It added that Estrada’s request to temporarily leave detention to administer his daughter’s oath taking is “purely personal” and allowing him furlough would be a “mockery of justice.” The Sandiganbayan said Janella’s oath taking may be done within the senator’s proximity in detention, or may be administered by another qualified person.

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/06/27/16/sandigan-denies-jinggoy-furlough-for-daughters-oath-taking

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Duterte: Not Worried about Impeachment but can be Destroyed by Detractors on possible Human Rights Violations like Marcos


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Duterte will exert all effort in implementing policies that he believed to be effective in maintaining peace and order. He even challenged his critics to go ahead and “impeach” him. Saying that he has no problem with that for he just wanted to deliver on what he promised to the people.

He will go ahead in imposing the curfew for minors nationwide and the possibility of implementing the 1 a.m. liquor ban could follow when they reached out a conclusion that it’s viable after studying it. The family planning campaign with maximum three children for those who cannot afford to raise more is also in the pipe line. Duterte is already supported by the majority in Congress, with lots of lawmakers turncoating into his PDP-Laban Party.

Duterte ‘s 22 years of experience as hands on chief in Davao have proven to get positive results from somewhat drastic actions in the eyes of some human rights groups – but if these strategies work, then this is a good development unless his detractors would use these to destroy him through media propaganda like what they did to the late Ferdinand E, Marcos.

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/06/27/16/duterte-impeachment-go-ahead