Duterte and the Cost of Image-Building

Even before he decided to run (with much show of reluctance) for president of the Philippines, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte had marketed himself as crime’s enemy number one. On target, among other dysfunctions of society, are illegal drugs and corruption. Having built a veritable reputation as Davao City’s crimebusting mayor, Duterte pounded on the singular message…

The editorial cartoon of The Evening Journal (New York) quotes General Jacob Smith as saying "Kill Every One Over 10." The caption below reads: "Criminals Because They Were Born Ten Years Before We Took The Philippines."

Balangiga and the IDPs in My Mind

From mid-2003 to sometime in 2006, I was part of a team that facilitated community meetings in Balangiga, Eastern Samar. Ours was one of several teams working in poor municipalities selected by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its KALAHI CIDSS Project. The project applies community participation processes to the planning, implementation,…

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Ang Deboto 2016

Send off of Traslacion from Quirino Grandstand at about 6:00 AM, 9 January 2016. The Translacion this year was not the same as last year. At the Quirino Grandstand (Luneta) where the procession starts, the Holy Mass happened earlier than usual. Last year, 2015, Mass was at 5 AM. Then procession followed right after that….

Guest:  Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

UN Hears the Call of Cali

Poster’s Note: On 13-14 September 2015, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms. Margareta Walhstrom, visited Tacloban City and 3 municipalities (Javier, Tanauan and Palo) in Leyte on the invitation of the Office of Civil Defense. Officials from the government (OCD, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Department of…


Bruce Lee Movies

This collection of Bruce Lee movies includes The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way of the Dragon (1972), Enter the Dragon (1973) and Game of Death (1978). The Big Boss The Big Boss 1971 full movie by ursula-strauss Fist of Fury Fist of Fury 1972 full movie by ursula-strauss Way of the…

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Progress Report For the Month of March 2015–UNRCO Tacloban

  Submitted byThe Liaison Team for Recovery Activities (Tacloban) United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office UNICEF Tacloban City Field Office Report as of 27 March 2015             Contents Introduction.. 3 Highlights of activities for the month of March 2015.. 3 Meeting with Partner Agencies (3 March 2015). 3 Meetings of 4…

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Who Is Mike Prysner?

Michael Prysner is a US soldier. He is one of many who served his country in its war in Iraq. In 2008, during the “Winter Soldier Hearings” conducted in New York (similar to the one in 1971 for the Vietnam War veterans), he gave a testimony that mainstream media ignored and most likely his fellow…


Managing People’s Debt

Admin’s note: This is a repost from Commentary, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 November 2013 Among the lessons that students of politics and economics may want to learn from the recent 16-day shutdown in the United States (Sept. 30-Oct. 16) is how a bicameral congress, or how the separation of the branches of government, works. That…

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