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Flashback: Bongbong Marcos Talks About Satur Ocampo on Poverty Work Despite Difference in Ideology

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo denies recruiting minors to join communist rebels as his group was intercepted in Davao. He, however, admits the presence of the NPA in the area. He also agrees that there are Lumads who joined the New People’s Army. The mainstream media seem to highlight the incident. It could just be a basic security protocol. Impartial reactions can definitely lead to the wrong conclusion. Looking back to Bongbong Marcos’ interview on Ocampo, he is not vindictive knowing that the latter’s advocacy is to try to help ease poverty in the country. Marcos said that despite their difference in ideology, he is for working together for the good of the country.


Youtube Video by Juned Sonido

[VIDEO]: Bong Bong Marcos talks about Satur Ocampo


Helping Students in Poverty?

Ocampo also said he is no longer part of the CPP-NPA. He maintains that his actions are independent. Ocampo and 17 other leaders of militant groups and volunteer “Lumad” or indigenous teachers were put in a temporary prison cell. Human trafficking of students, kidnapping and child abuse are their alleged offenses. It was in a village of Talaingod town in Davao Del Norte. Ocampo’s group insists that they were on an emergency rescue with consent from the parents.


National Security Protocol

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, meanwhile, welcomes the group’s threat to sue the authorities if there are mishandlings over the case. Ocampo has no knowledge of Albayalde’s claim that the Lumad students in Davao Del Norte practice a different national anthem taught by the rebels.


Out on Bail

Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica ordered the release after their lawyers posted a total bail of P1,452,600. Davao del Norte police “initially wanted to defy the order.” The police argued that the P80,000 bail was for the child abuse charges only. It does not include the kidnapping and human trafficking charges. They are still under investigation.



Clarification Sought

Palabrica said prior to the release of the supplemental order, police officer and lawyer Louie Padillo manifested in court that they would not release the respondents even after posting bail. This is due to their preliminary investigation for kidnapping and human trafficking charges. She said she has to issue the order in view of “the unexpected manifestation of PO Lawyer Padillo. It prompted an angry reaction from Congressman Carlos Zarate and the other respondents who are expecting to be released.”

Take it from Bongbong Marcos

Politicizing issues with the help of the mainstream media might come very handy for politicians seeking positions for the election 2019. Bongbong Marcos’ ideals linger as he speaks fairly about Filipino politicians with an ideology opposite his. He sees no reason why he must contain his anti-poverty measures among his supporters only. Leaders from all factions must work together to alleviate poverty nationwide.


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Red October is the Start of Poor Months for the Government Detractors with Poverty Mentality

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte that he is more worried about the Red October reports than inflation. He alleged that his faction is suffering from the poor Ber months starting this month due to the surging prices of commodities. Activists like him dubbed as the Yellows blame the President for what the perceive as anti-poor policies. They cite the tax reform law as.one of the reasons. They seem to have no clue that the economic situation is a world issue.  Gasoline now costs $100 per barrel. All countries in the world face the same issue due to the dwindling sources of gasoline. Reyes proves that people with poverty mentality can only blame others for their misfortunes.

YouTube video by TOKHANG TV

[VIDEO]: The Grand Plan of Renato Reyes: Pangulong Duterte, tiwalang ‘di magtatagumpay ang Red October


Corrupting the Youth

The Communist Party of the Philippines is planning a “Red October”. According to Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Carlito Galvez Jr., the CPP has organized in at least 10 universities in the Metro for the plot to oust President Duterte. The traces gathered involving the activities of Reyes with the communist group can support this allegation.

Destabilization Efforts

The CPP has been working on the “Red October” plot since September 21 according to Galvez. They started with an “information drive” comparing Duterte’s administration to the alleged abuses during the Marcos regime. He also adds that this is a part of “Oplan Talsik”. The “Oplan Talsik”, is a series of mass mobilizations  of youth and labor sectors. This will continue until December, in line with the 50th founding anniversary of the CPP.


Triggering Martial Law Declaration

Galvez is also claiming that the communists intend to drag Duterte into declaring martial law as a political death trap. He compares it to the Plaza Miranda bombing of the 1970s. The authorities contemplate that a more or less similar scenario can happen again as per the nature of the rebels’ history.



LP Might be Out but Not the Yellows

Galvez also clarifies that the Liberal Party is not part of the CPP’s “Red October”. However, he adds that the CPP does desire to form a coalition with opposition groups to be able to oust the President. The party might not be officially associated with the communists but many of them especially the yellow-minded can only support the insurgents because of their intention to get rid of Duterte.


Poverty Drivers

Senator Francis Pangilinan, however, as the Liberal Party president points out that there is a difference between a desire to merge with other groups and having an actual coalition with the opposition. The statement of Galvez also contradicts the previous statement made by Brig. Gen Antonio Parlade. Parlade claimed that the opposition groups are in connivance with one another to remove Duterte from his presidency.



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Don’t turn a blind eye: Street Kids on Solvent Addiction

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Community efforts are vital in solving the problem of poverty in the country. Most crimes happen in the poor sector of society because of lack of guidance. It’s a way of life for the. As long as they feel good and relieved, the practice continues. Thereby, solvent addiction finds its way to the vulnerable children.





[VIDEO]: Society’s problem starts within families where children are neglected. Some prioritize their solvent supply over food just because it make them feel good.



Government Statistics

Government statistics show two in 10 Filipino families were poor, as of 2015. But the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) says 45 percent or around 10.5 million Filipino families consider themselves poor.



Solvent Addiction Comes Handy to Street Children

Street children often find their way away from their family to try to ease the hardships in life. That quest can endanger them. Since they are not guided properly by parents, they are prone to bad influences. Peer pressure introduces them first to solvent addiction.



Making Money from the Needy

Syndicates thrive in impoverished areas because the youngsters are desperate to feel good at very cheap cost. “Rugby Boys” (also called “Solvent Boys”) and even girls do the sniffing in the streets. The chemical is placed in a plastic bag. It is inhaled from the bag to achieve euphoria.



Solvent is as deadly as any dangerous drug

Rugby is an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent that is widely used as an industrial feedstock. Just like any other dangerous drug, rugby could be as deadly. But in the absence of a concrete law to stop the sale of this addictive substance, the problem escalates – damaging our children.



The Power of Volunteerism

Local governments have the power to initiate an information campaign visiting depressed areas in Manila, teaching values and reading and writing to street children under five years old. This should make them aware of the proper way of life.




Government Influence

Top offices in the government can form a joint venture with private companies to organize community outreach program like the Jolllibee Family Values Awards. Now on its sixth year, the annual search will recognize six more exemplary Filipino families who have made an impact in their communities. We need more of these sorts.

http://cnnphilippines.com/lifestyle/2016/09/16/Jollibee-awards-Filipino-families.html

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Absolute Poverty: Recounts of Jojo Binay’s former Media Officer

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s disappointing knowing the truth and hearing all the lies about a person you know so well. The only outlet you have is to write. Here’s the recount of the former media relations officer of Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.




[VIDEO]: See the faces of poverty as recounted by the former media relations staff of Jejomar “Jojo” Binay as they tour the poorest of the poor places in the country.


Life’s Learnings

To the man who can’t keep still, who can never do “nothing”. I am grateful that through you I was able to give my voice a wider range. Thank you for the messages of hope that, over 5 years, I had to force into a mind clouded by disillusionment, spoken by a man of the masa (masses) who embodies what they can achieve through hard work, guts, and thick skin to ward off hurtful words. What more can one ask?


Value of Stillness

To the man who always kept me on my toes, alert to every need whenever I was with him, thank you. Throughout the hectic out-of-town sorties you have made me appreciate more the value of stillness, and of seeing the beautiful amid the ugly and mundane.


Absolute Poverty is the Enemy

Most of all, despite the weariness from travel that still lingers in my bones, thank you, because, through those travels, I have seen the enemy. I have seen poverty in its many faces. I have seen mobs smeared with grime, and people shit on highways next to low-set bamboo tables showcasing the wares, vegetables, or fruits that they were peddling.


Smelling the Stench of Absolute Poverty

I have smelled the stench caused by the lack of running water or a day’s hard labor, made more intense as laborers massed together to hear the things they deserve from their government. I have heard people from places rarely visited by government –  and witnessed their amazement that someone would dare visit them despite the absolute poverty around them – as if it were a gift from the gods rather than a right guaranteed them by the state.


Just like Us

(He is small! He has a dark complexion! He is just like us!)

How many times have I stopped myself from bawling out, or from shouting that I was rooting for them, that I hope they could rise above the squalor and the dirt and the wretchedness that bow their heads and back, and keep them from seeing the cold comfort of the moon and stars. Make them curse the sun as an added burden?



You are not the villain your opponents tried to paint you to be. You are the doting grandfather whose eyes light up immediately after seeing your grandchildren, proceeding to grasp their cheeks with both hands

http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/139165-first-boss-vice-president-binay

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Binay: All out war against poverty

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Vice President Jejomar Binay said during the last presidential debate that the problem in Mindanao is rooted back to poverty. This was his answer to Babu Amina who asked if there could ever be peace in Mindanao. Lasting peace will be attained only if people are not anymore struggling for their lives trying to provide for their daily needs due to no opportunities for good livelihood. This is true not only in Mindanao but also elsewhere.

Many groups wanted to separate from the government of the Philippines believing that they will have better lives on the other side – because current and past governments did not prioritize addressing the massive problem of poverty.

He reiterated that under his Presidency, livelihood will be better off in Mindanao. I vowed that our fellow Filipinos will have better lives there and it will surely happen if given the chance to be president; he said.

http://www.mindanews.com/peace-process/2016/04/25/presidential-bets-answer-babu-aminas-will-we-ever-live-in-peace-query/