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Bongbong Marcos to the Americans: Filipinos are NOT Second Class Citizens

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
President Du30’s hot and cold relationship with the Americans started from the time of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos. His son, Bongbong Marcos explains that it was not his father’s intention to drive the American military bases away. He just couldn’t agree with the Parity Law that gives equal rights to Americans with the Filipinos in the country. The ex-leader insisted on the country’s sovereignty over its territory – and made it a point that Filipinos are not second class citizens.






Video by;  Elena Grace Flores

[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos explains why the Americans started to have a grudge against his father who defended the Filipino sovereignty.




Equal Rights with Filipinos

On July 4, 1946, after Philippines’ independence from Japan, the economy was devastated by World War II. Payment of war damage claims by the U.S. government and an influx of capital were both desperately needed. The Bell Act set quotas on Philippine exports to the U.S., pegged the Philippine peso to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 2:1, and provided for free trade between the two countries for 8 years. That was to be followed by gradual application of tariffs for the next 20 years. Many Filipinos objected to the so-called Parity Amendment. It required an amendment to the Philippine constitution allowing U.S. citizens equal rights with Filipinos in the exploitation of natural resources and operation of public utilities. Nonetheless, some powerful Filipinos involved in these negotiations stood to benefit from the arrangement. The Marcos administration finally terminated the Parity officially on July 3, 1974




Du30’s Wrath over the Americans

As soon as President Du30 took office, He immediately criticized American interventions in his administration. However, he mellowed down when Donald Trump won. They are both controversial and share the same distaste with former President Barack Obama.



Would Rather Be Friendly

The President said he “would rather be friendly” now with the United States because they have “redeemed themselves” and “have helped us a lot”. The US “partly helped” when it was “challenged by the Japanese occupation” during World War II. “Even today, they provide crucial equipment to our soldiers in Marawi to fight the terrorists,” he added.









Trump’s Reaction

US President ‘Donald Trump’ hailed his “great relationship” with Du30. He made no mention of human rights during brief remarks to reporters prior to a meeting with his counterpart. Both leaders ignored shouted questions about the drugs crackdown during the ASEAN Summit. The American President might be different from his predecessors but he certainly knows how to respect the Filipino way of doing things.



https://www.britannica.com/event/Bell-Trade-Act

https://www.rappler.com/nation/183720-duterte-america-friendly-balangiga-encounter-day

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/13/trump-hails-great-relationship-with-philippines-duterte

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Binay Administration: No more Filipino will die without medical treatments

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Many concerned Filipinos are confident that there will be no more horror features on news regarding people appealing desperately for medical help for their sick family member – because they cannot afford the treatment when Vice President Jejomar Binay becomes president. It’s hilarious that even for cases as basic as dengue or severe diarrhea to terminal diseases like cancer, diabetes or even mental illnesses – most Filipinos have nowhere to go to.

Unlike in the first world countries, HIV-AIDS cases are not even monitored due to high cost of retro-viral boosters. Affected Filipinos will just drop dead of pneumonia or flu without knowing what really happened. Personal hygiene awareness are also not widely campaigned for – how much more teaching people how to live or deal with HIV affected family members? The masses are still very indifferent with this issue despite the high number of HIV-AIDS affected individuals in the country.

In Makati where V.P. Binay served most of his 30 years in public service, this is not an issue. The health centers are fully manned with medical practitioners and equipped with the facilities needed – not to mention the free medicines, vaccinations and vitamins especially for children and senior citizens. Modern cataract operation is also available on schedule at Ospital ng Makati or Osmak and other services.

Hopefully soon, the rest of the Filipinos can already experience the quality healthcare that V.P. Binay aimed for – for his countrymen.

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Distracted driving: America is Number 1




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Driver in a Mitsubishi Galant using a hand held mobile phone violating New York State law. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most distracted driver can easily come from the Philippines because majority of Filipinos are really fund of texting messages on their mobiles phones while the other hand is on the wheel. However, the number one spot among the most distracted drivers is already claimed by the Americans according to this article.
 

Read more on why they think so:

Distracted driving: We’re Number 1

“Americans drive while talking on a cellphone or texting more than their counterparts in seven European countries. A report published yesterday showed that 69% of American drivers surveyed said they had talked on a cellphone while driving at least once in the previous month (31% said they did it “regularly or fairly often”), and 31% said they had read or sent text messages while driving. The least distracted drivers were in the United Kingdom.
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/distracted-driving-were-number-1-201303155980




We may not make it to the list but at least, we now know what to avoid to be away from accidents.

This is actually the number one spot that we should shy away from!


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Crisis amongst Filipino Overseas Workers



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By: Gemma Lagasca

 

OFWOverseas Filipino Workers are the Philippine’s current “living heroes” as they say. Generally, they leave their families to work very hard abroad – as “strangers and pilgrims” in a foreign land to earn money. This is to secure their family’s financial future. Based on the government data, there were estimated about 1.4 million Filipinos legally working abroad as migrant workers and continuously increasing each day. Their remittances are continuously boosting the economy for the national treasury.  At the same time, they are the key for improving the living condition of their families.

Unfortunately, not all overseas workers have happy endings. It’s really heartbreaking to hear certain stories about hardworking Filipinos aiming to provide a comfortable life for the family but woke up empty-handed one day. The worst, some even lose their lives leaving their survivors picking up the broken pieces tearfully – to start all over again without the main provider.  Despite the odds, many responsible workers will still push themselves to continue their journey abroad. It is not easy to survive in a foreign land but this article intended to remind those who are still going for greener pasture to learn from the mistakes of others. Here are the common issues with OFWs:

Family Issues

Marital problems top the list of OFW woes. The distance is the biggest threat in tearing apart a good relationship. Some overseas workers think that as long as their family is provided for, their duty ends up there. They probably forgot that the spouse who is left behind is assuming the responsibility of a father and a mother at the same time. The toughest situation is when they are neglected driving the affected to have an affair outside the marriage. If there are more than two children, it’s more likely that some of them will not be guided properly.

Open communication is vital for a long distance relationship. Make sure to set a constant schedule to reach out to your family and listen to their stories and experiences every day.  We should be thankful enough that we are now in the technology era wherein we can talk, cry, laugh or giggle with our loved ones anytime we wanted through Skype or video call. For couples, texting simple messages sealed with love every day will keep help keeping their relationship intact.


Financial Matters

Improper money management and having not enough financial knowledge are few reasons why OFWs go home with nothing. Here are some of the common money-related mistakes:

1.    Uncontrolled spending. The family gets carried away with the concept of having a “dollar provider”. The lifestyle will suddenly change – having more leisure activities, updated gadgets, dining out and fabulous vacations out of town.

To avoid all of these, exercise a good discipline in spending. Don’t think that you’re earning big that your lifestyle will go along with it. Do not let your income catch up with your wants—it will gradually pull you down into a hole of depth if you will allow this to happen.

2.    Depositing all your income to the family. Sending all the money will not be a problem at all if you have a budgeted plan with your partner. It should be clear to both where all these money will go.  However, this is not the case for most families. It should have been better if you have your own savings account to set as aside at least 20% of your monthly pay or more if you can. Send the family’s regular budget but set aside a certain amount for emergency fund.

3.    No long-term financial plans. Many OFWs and their families are enjoying life to the maximum level. They forget about the future especially when the contract ends. Take note that the future will not take care of itself alone. Don’t delay. Start preparing for it now! Set your dream for your family and begin saving and invest in mutual funds or retirement plans.

4.    Involve and teach your family members in managing your finances. OFWs tend to compensate the loneliness of their loved ones with material things. The kids can possibly grow like spoiled brats without any sense of responsibility. This approach is definitely wrong. Proper budgeting goes to every family member. This way, they will realize the value of your hard work.
Remember that the money you are earning now is the time you spent away from your family – so make sure to have enough to live comfortably when you are back.

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