On Independence Day, comfort women protest PH gov’t bowing to Japanese gov’t

MANILA – On Independence Day, June 12, members of Lila Pilipinas an organization of comfort women, Flowers4Lolas and supporters braved the rain to protest the removal of the comfort woman statue at Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Lila Pilipina criticized the government for allowing the removal of the statue in exchange for “billions of pesos of 

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Araw ng Huwad na Kalayaan

Lilipas na naman ang taunang paggunita ng Araw ng Kalayaan tuwing Hunyo 12. Anang itinuturo sa mga bata mula elementarya, nagdeklara ang Pilipinas ang kanyang kalayaan noong araw na iyon sa taong 1898 sa Cavite El Viejo (ngayo’y Kawit, Cavite) sa bintana ng kanyang tahanan ang binansagang unang pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas na si 

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From one invader to another (Excerpt from History of the Filipino People – Challenges and Responses to Nationhood)

On June 12, 1898, Philippine independence was declared in a ceremony in Kawit, Cavite. For the first time, the national flag made by Marcela Agoncillo in Hongkong was raised, while the bands played Marcha National Filipina written by Julian Felipe. Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista wrote and read the Declaration of Independence. Aguinaldo announced the separation of 

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Time for govt to come up with realistic poverty threshold – IBON

Research group IBON said that it is about time for government to update its poverty threshold to reflect a more realistic poverty reduction target. This is in light of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Ernesto Pernia’s recent statement that Php42,000 a month is “a decent income at least to live above the poverty 

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Jobs crisis intensifying under Duterte – IBON

Over 700,000 jobs lost in agriculture and fisheries Research group IBON said that despite recently hyped growth of 6.8% in first quarter 2018 the country’s jobs situation continues to worsen under the Duterte administration. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the employment rate grew slightly to 94.5% in April 2018, while the unemployment rate 

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Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan

Andres Bonifacio was born on November 30, 1863 in a small hut at Calle Azcarraga, presently known as Claro M. Recto Avenue in Tondo, Manila.  His parents were Santiago Bonifacio and Catalina de Castro.     Andres was the eldest in a brood of five.  His other siblings were Ciriaco, Procopio, Troadio, Esperidiona and Maxima.  

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Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 1898)

1898: Philippine independence declared

This Day in History: June 12, 1898 During the Spanish-American War, Filipino rebels led by Emilio Aguinaldo proclaim the independence of the Philippines after 300 years of Spanish rule. By mid-August, Filipino rebels and U.S. troops had ousted the Spanish, but Aguinaldo’s hopes for independence were dashed when the United States formally annexed the Philippines 

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First Shot of the War, Feb. 4, 1899
San Juan Bridge: Contrary to popular belief that prevailed for over a century, the first shot of the Philippine-American War was not fired on this bridge but on Sociego Street in Santa Mesa district, Manila. The Philippines’ National Historical Institute (NHI) recognized this fact through Board Resolution 7 Series of 2003. On Feb. 4, 2004 the marker on the bridge was removed and transferred to a site at the corner of Sociego and Silencio streets.                   (Source: www.

1899: Betrayal of Trust: The San Juan Del Monte Bridge Incident

This Day in History: February 4, 1899 By Quennie Ann J. Palafox       Without any single doubt, the Filipino-American War is one of the most unforgettable events in our history because in just one day, the fate of the nation was changed and its impacts are still felt to date and will persist 

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Then and now: US economic intervention in the Philippines During the swearing-in of the new United States (US) ambassador to the Philippines in early November, US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that the “logic” of the “indelible” US-Philippine alliance is “as compelling today as [it has] ever been”. Newly sworn-in US ambassador Sung Kim in turn highlighted the “ironclad” Mutual Defense Treaty, 

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Mr. Diego García-Sayán

Judicial independence in PH is under threat

UN human rights expert: GENEVA –A UN human rights expert has expressed grave concerns about public threats issued against the Philippines’ Chief Justice by the country’s President, saying her dismissal, that followed those threats, is sending  a chilling message to other supreme court judges and members of the judiciary posing a serious threat to judicial 

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