This was the original design of the 500 peso bill but never saw print as EDSA 1 dawned in the country.
With all the accomplishments of his presidency, what is burying him at Libingan ng mga Bayani?
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Ninoy was even sentenced to death by a military tribunal, but Marcos didn’t carry out the verdict.
When Ninoy needed an urgent heart-bypass, Imelda Marcos personally arranged for his flight to the U.S. together with his wife Cory and all their kids.
While in the U.S, Marcos didn’t fail to warn Ninoy of an intelligence report that the Communists will kill him should he return to the country.
And so, on that fateful day of Aug 21 1983, using the alias ‘Marcial Bonifacio‘ in a fake passport, Ninoy was daringly assasinated while disembarking from the plane. He was shot in close range before he could even set foot again in his native land.
The intel report was only partially accurate. The threat did not come from the Communists, but from within a certain quarter of the government itself. A military conspiracy it was, but Marcos has nothing to do with it. The military officers who were tasked by the president to arrest and secure Ninoy upon arrival, apparently took a second instruction, from the brains behind the plot.
The objective was to bring down Marcos. Killing Ninoy was merely ‘the means to an end‘. And true enough, Marcos was the convenient suspect, and his downfall came after just three short years.
So who did it?
First degree cousin of Cory and uncle of Noynoy. Blood family.
Pablo Martinez, one of the soldiers convicted for the Aquino murder in 1990, spilled the beans as early as 1994. He became a born-again christian inside Bilibid and related to his fellow inmates the real story.
He named Danding Cojuangco as the mastermind behind the espionage.
Martinez gave a chilling recount of the events leading to Aug 21 1983 and that, ‘Cojuangco boys’ paid the expenses in plotting the kill. read more: Newsbreak 11/23/07 story
But Cory & Noynoy did not pursue this revelation. With the warm relationship between the two Aquino presidents (the widow and the son of Ninoy) and the United States, why did they never ask for assistance in the repatriation of two former military officers hiding in the US. Two crucial figures who were considered as the missing link in the quest for answer in Ninoy’s death. Read more: Manila Times story by Rigoberto Tiglao
Former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales once divulged that early in her presidency, Cory was offered by an eyewitness to divulge the truth in exchange for a guarantee of protection for her family. President Cory asked who will be implicated by the witness. “Danding” Gonzales told her. “That’s stupendous” Cory reacted. The said witness vanished after that, never to be heard of again.
Death of a witness
In 2014, while biking in Roxas boulevard, Martinez was run over by an SUV vehicle. Witnesses said it was no accident. Read more: Interaksyon story on Pablo Martinez
If Cory and Ninoy did not show interest in knowing the truth, could it be because they knew it all along? For me, these are easy to connect dots. Few days from today, we will commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Ninoy’s martyrdom. It is time to put closure to the issue.
In August 21, 1983, Ninoy and Marcos both died that day.
Since his return to the city hall, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña made headlines not for new projects initiated but for the things he stopped or recalled.
Some look at it as indication of a strong and decisive leader, others call it, the pinnacle of arrogance.
5 things that make the comebacking mayor controversial. Here we go:
1. Mega Cebu membership Cebu city is the heart of the metropolis, exclude it and there is no Mega Cebu to envision or even dream about. They call it CCexit, I simply call it blackmail.
“I don’t have anything to do with Mega Cebu. It is Mega Cebu now minus one,” – Mayor Tom
Read here: Sunstar: City backs out of Mega Cebu
2. Recall of City owned vehicles
Recalled for ‘inventory purposes’, these vehicles previously issued to the barangays serve various purposes. Confiscating it for an indefinite period of time hampers the delivery of basic services.
Read here: Cebu Daily News: Tom taketh away
3. Police reward and allowance
He started early and strong in the campaign against drugs, giving outright reward for every criminal and druglord killed but Mayor Tom backpedals when the city police chief was replaced without his consent.
“Kamo na lay magbuot…” –Tom O.
Read here: Sunstar: Tomas stops reward
4.Sinulog sa Kabataan
“Who are the models of Sto. Niño? The night high school students who are trying to study or the other people out the street making noise so these people (night students) cannot study ” –Mayor Tom
Read more: CDN: No more Sinulog sa Kabataan
5. Miss Cebu
“Ms Cebu will be canceled. Why? (It’s a) waste of money. It’s very elitist. It’s only for the rich,”
– Mayor Tom
Read more: Sunstar: Time to stop Miss Cebu
Its just the second month of his fresh term, Mayor Tom is only warming up. For sure, this list is far from complete.
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We have captured the high ground. The enemy is falling back in disarray, heavily battered and subdued. One final push, a relentless offensive on all sides and this menace will be vanquished once and for all.
Yes, we are winning the war on drugs!
But we, the massive phalanx behind our valiant president is not inching forward. We prod and cheer but do not actively participate. We avoid the messy part. Afraid to be involved, most of us are just enjoying the ride. Watch and cheer, cheer and watch. A country of spectators!
Is that the best we can do? Watch from the sidelines….preferably ringside?
From boxing to basketball to beauty pageants, we cheer with passion and fervor. Known to be the liveliest audience in the world, we watch with gusto every Pacquiao fight, Gilas outing and Azkal adventure.
Fanatical in sports, but more so, in the affairs of the nation. Classic example is EDSA part 1 and 2. The world saw a glimpse of Filipino Patriotism. And just recently, the phenomenal campaign for the presidency of P-DU30, the massive crowds in his sorties, the heroic volunteerism and the passion that come with the 16 million votes once again displayed our sense of nationalism. Our love for country.
But are we really patriots? We elected this president in dramatic fashion and now what? In this war that we are now into, there is no need for a cheering squad. We need bold warriors to stand up and engage the enemy that surround us. Drugs is everywhere. In every neighborhood, barangay and city.
So far the numbers look good. A thousand casualties, thousands more captured, and more than a hundred thousand surrenderees. All that in barely a month of battle. We have gained the upper hand, the enemy falling back in retreat and confusion. But for how long?
When these drug lords realize that we are just a bunch of spectators, the tides of war can still turn and God forbid, lose all the gains we fought so hard. This is a single chance of hit or miss. An opportunity that may not come again in a thousand years.
The world is watching us. Will this be our finest display of patriotism or greatest blunder in history?
Now, are you a patriot or one of the rah rah boys?
This is still the Philippines, our beloved country. No head or tail, all regions are equal.
For so long a time, our perspective and perception towards our nation seem to reflect with our map orientation. Luzon being on top.
Mindanao was clearly left behind in government attention and resources. Bottom dweller Mindanao has always been lagging behind in terms of development and progress.
But today things are taking a complete turn-around. While the first Mindanaoan President is delivering his first SONA, listening attentively behind are Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Both hails from Mindanao.
Facing the nation in a momentous occasion, our three highest leaders are all from Mindanao. This will go down in history as the epic day our map swings around. Today, Mindanao is the new north.
Sometimes we need to take an upside down look at things just to realize or perhaps recognize our true coordinates.
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It seems like a he’s been there for a long time already but President Duterte will actually just start his second full week in power today. And with the accomplishments of the first, which, many believe Digong has done more compared to the full term of his predecessor, it is surely going to be another exciting week ahead. Based on his pronouncements and actuations, here’s the things Filipinos should look forward to from Tatay Digong.
For ordering the removal of a center island in one of the barangays, Cebu city Mayor Michael Rama gets 60 days suspension from Malacanang.
With this development, holidays have come early for the UNA-affiliated local executive and a ‘hands-off’ during next year’s Sinulog festival. An event crucial for 2016 elections as millions are expected to converge in Cebu’s streets to witness the annual parade dubbed as Asia’s grandest festival.
We’ll see in the morning how the Mayor and his supporters will react to this news from the capital.
Mayor Rama is set to face in May 2016 erstwhile political mentor and former mayor Tomas Osmena (LP) in a much-anticipated rematch for the mayoralty post of Cebu. Rama gave Osmena his first taste of defeat in May 2013 in a showdown many thought was too lopsided in favor of Tomas Osmena but surprise, surprise!
Unsay masulti nimo bai?
Hours after Mayor Rody Duterte filed his COC for President last Friday, the Exodus began. A sea of politicians crossing the sea of party politics. All towards Duterte camp. But, it cannot be more evident in Mindanao, where 80% of incumbent officials are allied with Daang Matuwid. Now it seems administration candidate Mar Roxas has reached the end of that road.
LP Mindanao chief, former Tagum city Mayor Rey Uy said it very precisely: “We’re throwing our support to the candidacy of Mayor Duterte as this is a once-in-a-blue moon opportunity that a Mindanaoan is running for the presidency….(LP) still has vice presidential and senatorial candidates to campaign for here,” Uy told the Inquirer. “We will try our best to make Roxas the second best after Digong ” Now, what makes that of Roxas, if not a foundling?
I believe what’s happening now is an eye-opener for Mar Roxas. The elusive dream to be President should stop here. He is a hard-sell. Lack of charisma, wrong choice for a wife and elitist image did it to him.
There is always life after politics Mar.
Change is coming. The people in the capital wants Digong Duterte to be the next president of our country. He displaced Grace Poe, the previous front runner in the surveys. The survey was conducted from Nov 10 to 12, when Duterte has not officially announced yet he is heeding the people’s clamor for him to run.
With this development, I can smell a landslide victory for Federalist Duterte from Northern Luzon all the way to the Muslim Mindanao.
Here’s how leading news organizations write the story: