No More White or Black! Just Grey!

TODAY - August

August is the Chinese Ghost Month. Today, Monday, is August 21, 2017. It is the 34th anniversary of the assassination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino y Aquino. 

It is also the death anniversary of Ninoy’s father – in – law, Jose Cojuangco, Sr., and brother – in – law Nicanor Reyes, Jr. 

It is also the 46th anniversary of the Plaza Miranda bombing. Ninoy’s widow, Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino’s eight death anniversary was last August 1.

August 8 was the birthday of the old (1901 - 1991) Philippine Constabulary. Tomorrow, August 22 is…

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 Win some, lose some

NO one is really totally invincible in life. Even the wealthiest and most powerful men and women have to lose some battles. 

Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte ought to realize that his current legal controversy with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has pushed him out on a limb.

Very untenable is his point that Morales, without his permission, cannot subpoena policemen to any inquiry. The Office of the Ombudsman is a constitutional office, and its occupant, incidentally, is removable from office only through an impeachment proceeding.

In fact, the basic charter empowers her to summon anybody motu propio (thru her own initiative,…

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After Marawi, what then?

OVER a week ago, the high command of our armed forces announced the immediate acceleration of clearing operations to liberate the beleaguered city of Marawi --- with no quarters given amid intensive aerial bombardment, and with the single-minded purpose of freeing trapped civilians. That's a tough assignment...a mix of maximizing aggression while minimizing loss of life and limb!

But our troopers will carry out their sworn tasks with the same patriotism that made them troopers, and with the same valor to return to the fields of combat after medical confinement...aaw, doesn't this make one tearfully proud...and they will succeed…

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Traffic – Build! Build! Build! Clear! Clear! Clear!

YESTERDAY

WHEN I entered Kindergarten/Prep School at Nena Garcia’s Kindergarten on Apo Street corner Quezon Ave in June 1954 (at five years of age, born on Oct 12, 1948.), there was no general traffic problem. 

My two elder brothers, Manuel and Francisco went to high school and grade school at San Beda College in Mendiola. My two elder sisters, Maria Carmen and Rose Marie, went to high school and grade school at St. Theresa’s College on Demetrio Tuazon in Quezon City.

At that time, we lived in Rosario Heights, New Manila, Cubao, Quezon City, and we could cross Quezon…

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One Year - From Magsaysay to Duterte!

LAST June 30 which was a Friday, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte marked his first year in office.

 

YESTERDAY

Under the 1935 Constitution, as amended, presidential elections were held in November and Presidents took their oaths of office and were inaugurated on December 31. 

When Presidents Ramon Magsaysay, Carlos P. Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal and Ferdinand Marcos were inaugurated in 1953, 1957, 1961 and 1965 for their first elected four - year terms, I was five, nine, thirteen and seventeen years old.

I was a year older when the respective President’s marked their first anniversaries in office.

Before 1985, public opinion…

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