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UNDAS 2016: BRACE FOR LONG LINES AT AIRPORT FOR ALL SAINTS' DAY
[RELATED: Halloween - Sleeping with skulls]


OCTOBER 30 -Millions across Philippines to honour their dead on All Saints' Day " It’s back to the long lines at the domestic terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) this weekend so air travelers should brace for the same heavy traffic experienced on the roads to the provinces as the exodus for the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days peak. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials deployed more airport cops, doctors and nurses including Public Affairs personnel to assist passengers the swelling of passengers at NAIA terminals 2, 3, and 4. Bomb and drug sniffing dogs are also dispatched to secure the area of every terminal, but passengers should still be alert for their security and the security of their luggage, said Airport Chief Ed Monreal. READ MORE...RELATED, Sleeping with skulls...

ALSO: ‘Scary depiction of dead is wrong’ says, Manila archdiocese priest
("Instead we should reflect on the meaning of All Souls and All Saints Day")

[RELATED: Observe ‘Undas’ with prayers for EJK victims, says CBCP]


OCTOBER 31 -The scary depiction of the dead during Halloween celebrations is wrong, a Catholic priest said yesterday. MICHAEL VARCAS
The scary depiction of the dead during Halloween celebrations is wrong, a Catholic priest said yesterday. Fr. Roy Bellen of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications lamented how popular culture has successfully associated dead people with frightening ghosts or demons. “The dead are not meant to be scary but they are meant to be prayed for. The Church is sad that we have a wrong understanding on this,” he said. Bellen said the Church has in fact taken action to counter this popular belief and teach the faithful not to be scared of the dead. READ MORE...RELATED, Observe ‘Undas’ with prayers for EJK victims, says CBCP...

ALSO: Thousands travel for Undas long weekend; tighter security
[RELATED: Lost souls haunt Naia terminal]


OCTOBER 29 -Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Officials in the country's air and sea ports are bracing for the coming Undas long weekend. On Thursday, passengers have begun leaving for their provinces. Ed Monreal, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, said the influx of air passengers will be felt starting Friday. For NAIA Terminal 3 alone, at least 36,000 passengers are expected until November 2. Although airport operations are going smoothly now, long lines at counters and traffic jams might be seen in the coming days. Monreal said he has asked airline companies to open check-in counters earlier to anticipate the early arrival of passengers. He advised passengers to use Gates 4-6 of Terminal 3 instead of falling in line at the first three gates. READ MORE...RELATED,
Lost souls haunt Naia terminal...

ALSO LIST: Closed roads, alternate routes for Undas in Manila


OCTOBER 29 -Authorities expect large crowds as people start visiting their departed loved ones in various cemeteries. Philstar.com/File photo
MANILA, Philippines – Some roads in the City of Manila will be closed temporarily for All Saints’ Day on Tuesday and All Souls’ Day on Wednesday. Authorities expect large crowds as people start visiting their departed loved ones in various cemeteries. Below is a list of closed roads and alternate routes based on the traffic advisory released by the Manila Police District: Closed roads (from 5 a.m. of October 30 to 2 a.m. of November 2) READ LIST...

ALSO: Yasay memes in support of govt drug war draw praise, criticism
[ALSO FROM PHILSTAR FACEBOOK TIMELINE: Rody - Communism a dying ideology]


OCTOBER 30 -Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay posts a photo of himself in full battle gear to show support to the government campaign against illegal drugs.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. has “taken up arms” to support the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs – at least in a photo posted on his Facebook page. Yasay on Thursday posted his photo dressed in camouflage and holding a short rifle, supposedly to counter a meme that depicted him wearing a Chinese military uniform to criticize the present administration’s foreign policy pivot to China. “I am with President Duterte and the Filipino people in the all-out war against illegal drugs. Tara na, sama na para sa kapakanan at kinabukasan ng ating bansa (Come join me for the sake and future of our country),” Yasay said. READ MORE...ALSO FROM PHILSTAR FACEBOOK TIMELINE,
Rody: Communism a dying ideology...

ALSO:
No rest for anti-drug operations; arrests to be made in cemeteries

[RELATED: No ‘Undas’ break for ‘Oplan Tokhang’—NCRPO chief]


OCTOBER 30 -The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said over the weekend police authorities would go on spooking people involved in illegal drugs this long weekend, busting them even in cemeteries. AP
- The government’s war on illegal drugs won’t take a break, even on All Souls’ Day. The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said over the weekend police authorities would go on spooking people involved in illegal drugs this long weekend, busting them even in cemeteries. “We will arrest them if we see them do illegal activities, especially illegal drugs,” NCRPO director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde told The STAR. But Albayalde said it might not be as bloody, as anti-drug operatives were not among those deployed in cemeteries, even if the NCRPO is on full alert on illegal drug activities. READ MORE...RELATED, No ‘Undas’ break for ‘Oplan Tokhang’—NCRPO chief ...


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Brace for long lines at airport


Millions across Philippines honour their dead on All Saints' Day "

MANILA, OCTOBER 31, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) October 29, 2016, by Ariel Fernandez and Rizal S. Obanil - It’s back to the long lines at the domestic terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) this weekend so air travelers should brace for the same heavy traffic experienced on the roads to the provinces as the exodus for the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days peak.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials deployed more airport cops, doctors and nurses including Public Affairs personnel to assist passengers the swelling of passengers at NAIA terminals 2, 3, and 4.

Bomb and drug sniffing dogs are also dispatched to secure the area of every terminal, but passengers should still be alert for their security and the security of their luggage, said Airport Chief Ed Monreal.

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NO NUMBER CODING

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified that the number coding scheme will only be suspended until November 1 from October 31 only.

The reason for this, said MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos, is that the agency will start implementing on November 2 expanded No Window Hours scheme.

To ease travel for the riding public during the holidays, Orbos said some 600 provincial buses have been given special permits to shuttle passengers back to Metro Manila for the yearly observance of “Undas.”

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Sleeping with skulls Philippine Daily Inquirer / 11:56 PM October 29, 2016


HUT AND BONESA unique feature of this “ba-le” is a collection of animal skulls. Below, tourists can spend a day in this hut for P1,500. Photos by EV Espiritu

BANAUE, IFUGAO—Tourists who want to “live as the natives do” may find themselves pounding rice or hauling stones to repair the walls of this town’s famous terraces.

Then they are invited to sleep in authentic Ifugao huts lined with the bones of animals and—surprise—what appear to be human skulls.

It’s part of the allure of the community’s homestay program, and local and foreign guests are immediately comforted by families that those relics are indeed authentic skulls which they inherited from their ancestors.

The program gathers families who provide living arrangements for visitors for a fee. The hosts show guests how they live, think, work and appreciate their environment.

Virtual museums

Ba-le (native huts) are also virtual museums, which often contain collections of “trophies,” such as animal bones and human skulls that often intrigue outsiders.

The animal bones are at times a testament to the number of animals sacrificed by a kadangyan
(a rich man in the community who owns vast landholdings or terraced farms).

There are bones representing the family’s hablag (animals contributed for community rituals).

Many human skulls, referred to as changit or hangit, are artifacts from ancient headhunting expeditions, which were undertaken by communities against enemy tribes.


“Bul-ul” of various sizes and shapes are kept in a rice granary. Below is the postcard-perfect view of the rice terraces of Banaue.

Good storytellers

The Ifugao hosts are good storytellers, providing tales about their family histories. Some are great adventures, but occasionally, the accounts paint a picture of life-changing horrors.

“My father used to tell me some of the skulls on display in our house belonged to invading Japanese soldiers, who were decapitated by villagers for raping their women and for burning many ba-le during World War II,” said Noel Balinga, who owns Hiwang Native House Inn and Viewdeck at Sitio Hiwang in Barangay Viewpoint.

“This was a granary and ritual house,” he said, showing a bul-ul (statuette depicting a mythical rice granary guardian) and skulls of sacrificial animals like carabaos, pigs and chickens that adorn the walls.

War’s brutality

The human skulls were meant to show the brutality of the war in Ifugao, where Japanese Imperial Army commander, Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, made his last stand before surrendering in 1945 to effectively end World War II in the Pacific.

“Hundreds of orphaned children in Ifugao were cared for by the Belgian Missionary of St. Joseph in Kiangan, after World War II. My father was a spy for the guerrillas so he was killed,” said Agapita Tindaan, 73, a retired grade school teacher.

“As a child, we used to live in Barangay Nagacadan. I don’t know what happened to my mother. All I remember was that an uncle, who was a mumbaki (native shaman), took care of me before leaving me with the Belgian missionaries,” Tindaan said.

Alex Ordillo, of Barangay Gohang, said the tomb of his parents lies next to their ba-le, but it had not disturbed any of his guests.

But some admit that sleeping near the skulls makes them shake from fear, he said. —WITH A REPORT FROM EV ESPIRITU


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‘Scary depiction of dead is wrong’ By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 31, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The scary depiction of the dead during Halloween celebrations is wrong, a Catholic priest said yesterday. MICHAEL VARCAS

MANILA, Philippines – The scary depiction of the dead during Halloween celebrations is wrong, a Catholic priest said yesterday.

Fr. Roy Bellen of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications lamented how popular culture has successfully associated dead people with frightening ghosts or demons.

“The dead are not meant to be scary but they are meant to be prayed for. The Church is sad that we have a wrong understanding on this,” he said.

Bellen said the Church has in fact taken action to counter this popular belief and teach the faithful not to be scared of the dead.

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Instead of practicing the tradition of scary pranks and costumes that focus on the “paranormal” during Halloween, Filipino Catholics should reflect on the real meaning of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

“We hope to explain these things to the faithful. We teach them about the value of prayer, what is heaven but at the end of the day it’s a person’s choice and it’s God’s grace,” Bellen explained.

Among the events in the archdiocese Bellen cited as an example is the annual “March of Saints” where children wear costumes depicting the saints instead of ghouls and demons.

The march highlights the lives and virtues of Catholic saints and is usually held before Nov. 1 and 2 when the Church observes the honoring of triumphant souls in heaven and penitential prayers for the souls in purgatory.

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Observe ‘Undas’ with prayers for EJK victims, says CBCP Published October 31, 2016, 12:05 AM Share it! by Leslie Ann G. Aquino

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has asked the faithful to include the victims of extrajudicial killings (EJK) when praying for their dearly departed family and friends on All Souls’ Day, November 2.

Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee, said to pray for the dead is a Christian obligation.


EARLY VIST — Local folk start to visit their departed loved ones at the Davao City Roman Catholic Cemetery ahead of All Souls’ Day. (Keith Bacongco | Manila Bulletin)

“More so, for those who died in violent circumstances as they might not yet be prepared for their eventual demise,” he said in an interview.

In the past, church leaders also asked the faithful to pray for the victims of super-typhoon “Yolanda” which hit the country in November, 2013.

The CBCP official said the faithful should pray for the repose of the souls of the victims and the forgiveness of their sins.

“We pray for the forgiveness of their sins; we pray for the repose of their souls; and we pray for their redemption,” said Secillano.

According to the priest, Masses are already being offered in different parts of the country for the EJK victims.

A number of prelates earlier already condemned the spate of extrajudicial killings in the country allegedly brought about by the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the administration.

Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas expressed grief how the country has turned into a “killing fields” in the campaign against drugs.

“In our dream to wipe out drug addiction are we not becoming a ‘killing fields’ nation?” said Villegas in a statement last August.


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Thousands travel for Undas long weekend By CNN Philippines Staff Updated 07:44 AM PHT Fri, October 28, 2016

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Officials in the country's air and sea ports are bracing for the coming Undas long weekend.

On Thursday, passengers have begun leaving for their provinces.

Ed Monreal, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, said the influx of air passengers will be felt starting Friday.

For NAIA Terminal 3 alone, at least 36,000 passengers are expected until November 2.

Although airport operations are going smoothly now, long lines at counters and traffic jams might be seen in the coming days.

Monreal said he has asked airline companies to open check-in counters earlier to anticipate the early arrival of passengers.

He advised passengers to use Gates 4-6 of Terminal 3 instead of falling in line at the first three gates.

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Whatever their airline is, Monreal said passengers may go through any of the gates at the departure lobby.

He also reminded passengers to be mindful of their belongings.

Related: Metro Manila police taps military to beef up security for All Saints' Day

Tighter port security
On Monday, the Philippine Port Authority (PPA) issued a heightened security alert in Manila North Harbor, effective until Wednesday, November 2.

"We want to make sure that all our passengers are safe and no stones are left unturned," said PPA general manager Jay Santiago.

Eduardo Chua, Coast Guard auxilliary unit captain, said the heightened alert was put in place mainly to prevent terrorist attacks and drug-related crimes.

Items banned at the port include flammable liquids, gas cannisters, and firearms.

Chua advised passengers to take care of their personal belongings to avoid untoward incidents.

2Go shipping lines, the only passenger line operating at the Manila North Harbor, said they are expecting at least 12,000 passengers to travel between now and Monday.

The most popular destinations are Cebu, Ozamis, Iligan, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Cagayan De Oro.

Thousands of passengers are expected to travel by sea for the coming holidays; fares are lower than the cost of plane tickets and boats allow a heftier baggage allowance than planes.

Related: PNP Chief's warning: secure your homes against robbers this Undas

CNN Philippines' Ivy Saunar and Isabella Montano contributed to this report.

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Lost souls haunt Naia terminal By: Jeannette I. Andrade / @jiandradeINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:57 AM October 30, 2016

Thin and frail-looking, they walk among passengers and staff at the airport’s public areas, a subject of curiosity among people who often avoid them for fear of what their unstable minds might compel them to do.

Lost souls haunt the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), where they wait for flights that never come and loved ones who never redeem their promises.

Thin and frail-looking, they walk among passengers and staff at the Naia terminal’s public areas, a subject of curiosity among people who often avoid them for fear of what their unstable minds might compel them to do.

Most of these “lost souls” have been turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or their families, but for some reason they gravitate back to the country’s premier airport to resume their wait for non-existent flights and people.

Erlina, 48, has been waiting at the Naia terminal 1 for some five years now for her Japanese employer to keep his promise and return for her. Or so she says.

Waitress

Erlina said she worked as a waitress in Japan for a year, from 1994 to 1995, and in Palau from 1996 to 1999. When she returned to the country, she got married. Everything’s been a confused mess after that, she told the Inquirer.

“When we managed to reach her relatives in Meycauayan, Bulacan, they said that Erlina got depressed after her husband left her and took their three kids with him,” an airport cleaning woman told the Inquirer.

It was after that when Erlina started going to the airport, waiting for a “Mr. Sato” to take her back to Japan. The notes, which she asked the airport cleaners to send through text to “Mr. Sato,” grew in frequency and length through time, with some of them complaining about people who allegedly wanted her dead after they had deprived her of hard-earned money.

The public affairs office of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA-PAO) assisted and turned over Erlina to the DSWD twice, first in 2014 and a second time last year, but she returned to the terminal shortly after, division chief Connie Bungag said.

Bungag said the lost and wandering souls at the Naia, “have some attachment to the airport. They were either former overseas workers or they have family members who were OFWs and left them.”

Notorious habit

Another lost soul is “Rosa,” who has the notorious habit of borrowing money with the promise of paying it back as soon as members of her family arrived. But they never did.

Rosa often stayed at the east wing of the departure area just outside the Terminal 1 gate. She said she hails from Leyte and is waiting for her family, who now lives in Cavite, to fetch her. She claims her husband works as an OFW in the US.

Asked how old she is, she claimed to be just 37, and said she looks about 20 years older because she was being hexed.

“I’m always here because I’m waiting for my family. We’re going some place where they are going to give us P5 million,” she explained, but would not say where they were going because it was a “secret.”

Another regular at the Naia Terminal 1 is “Beth,” a former teacher from Iloilo in her 60s who is fixated with actor Jake Cuenca who, she maintains, had promised to marry her.

No. 1 fan

Beth has been known to throw fits whenever people teased her about Cuenca. Her most precious possession is a jacket that he allegedly gave her.

She claimed that her husband, an engineer working in Singapore, left her because he found out about her “relationship” with the actor.

According to Bungag, Beth’s family had fetched her from the airport several times and brought her home to Iloilo. But a week later, she was back and has since become a perennial sight at the airport.

Another lost soul is a Caucasian man, nationality unknown, who usually stays at a corner on the westside of the departure area. He is generally harmless but has been known to growl at anyone who approaches him. Asked what he was doing at the airport, he growled that his Filipino girlfriend had robbed him of everything and that he wanted to go home. Offered something to eat, he dismissed it with a snort and slept in his corner.

Two other lost souls barely spoke to people. One frequently pushes a trolley piled with luggage and approaches persons randomly to ask when the President was coming because he had allegedly promised to take her with him abroad.

The other slept outside the Naia Terminal 1 complex, carrying plastic bags of her stuff. She sleeps most of the time and hardly resists whenever airport security personnel shoo her away.

Let them be

Security guard Jeffrey Tapalla at Terminal 3 said that two other women roamed the arrival area of the airport and that they let them be because they never attacked anyone and mostly kept to themselves. “They would return empty pushcarts left haphazardly by passengers and often helped maintenance personnel keep the premises clean,” he said.

Tapalla added that he hardly sees these “lost souls” now, since those who roam the airport’s public areas and seem to be of unfit mind are immediately turned over to the social worker at Barangay 183 in Villamor, Pasay City.

The airport police department meanwhile assists “lost souls” and brings them home if the address is just within Metro Manila, according to the MIAA-PAO chief. Those who live outside the city are referred to the DSWD, Bungag said.

“You have to pity them because for some reason or another, they are attached to the airport,” she added. “You want to help them return to their families instead of seeing them slowly wither.”

Almost skin and bones, Erlina would smile pleasantly and ask “Uwi ka na? (Are you going home?),” addressing homebound airport workers who have become familiar to her in all her years of staying at the airport. She would then return to her corner at Terminal 1 to patiently wait for her employer on the phantom plane that never comes. TVJ


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LIST: Closed roads, alternate routes for Undas in Manila (philstar.com) | Updated October 29, 2016 - 4:26pm 7 48 googleplus0 0


Authorities expect large crowds as people start visiting their departed loved ones in various cemeteries. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Some roads in the City of Manila will be closed temporarily for All Saints’ Day on Tuesday and All Souls’ Day on Wednesday.

Authorities expect large crowds as people start visiting their departed loved ones in various cemeteries.

Below is a list of closed roads and alternate routes based on the traffic advisory released by the Manila Police District:

Closed roads (from 5 a.m. of October 30 to 2 a.m. of November 2)

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•Stretch of Aurora Boulevard from Dimasalang to Rizal Avenue

•Stretch of Dimasalang from Makiling to Blumentritt

•Stretch of P. Guevarra from Cavite to Pampanga

•Stretch of Blumentritt from A. Bonifacio to P. Guevarra

•Stretch of Retiro from Dimasalang to Blumentritt Extension

•Stretch of Leonor Rivera from Cavite to Aurora Boulevard

Parking areas (gates of all cemeteries will be closed to private vehicles on 12:00 a.m. of October 29)

•Stretch of Craig Street Stretch of Simon Street

•Stretch of F. Huertas Street Stretch of Sulu Street

•Stretch of Oroquieta Street

•Stretch of Metrica

Alternate routes for vehicles bound for Manila North Cemetery:

•Coming from Rizal Avenue /Blumentritt shall take Cavite right L. Rivera or Isagani right Antipolo to point of destination

•Coming from Amoranto Street (from Quezon City), right Calavite, right Bonifacio to point of destination (loading and unloading before Amoranto/Calavite)

•Coming from Dimasalang, right Makiling, right Maceda to point of destination (loading and unloading after Maceda/Makiling)

•Coming from Districts 4, 5 and 6 via Maceda Street, España straight Maceda up to Makiling Street, right Makiling, right Instrucion, right Ma. Clara, left VG Cruz to point of origin

•Coming from Districts 4, 5 and 6 via Dimasalang, straight ahead Dimasalang Street up to Makiling, right Makiling, right Maceda straight

•Coming from Districts 1, 2 and 3 via Blumentritt, Rizal Avenue straight ahead Blumentritt up to Isagani Street, right Isagani Street, right Cavite, left Blumentritt to point of origin

•Coming from Districts 1, 2 and 3 via Aurora/Rizal Avenue/JAS, straight Aurora up to Blumentritt, right Blumentritt towards Rizal Avenue to point of origin

Alternate routes for vehicles bound for La Loma and Chinese cemeteries:

•Coming from España, vehicles shall take AH Lacson, Tayuman, Blumentritt from Cavite to Aurora Boulevard and take either Rizal Avenue or JA Santos

•Coming from Quiapo, Sta. Cruz, Tondo, Caloocan, vehicles shall take JA Santos or Rizal Avenue Extension


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Yasay memes draw praise, criticism By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 30, 2016 - 12:00am 2 0 googleplus0 0


Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay posts a photo of himself in full battle gear to show support to the government campaign against illegal drugs.

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. has “taken up arms” to support the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs – at least in a photo posted on his Facebook page.

Yasay on Thursday posted his photo dressed in camouflage and holding a short rifle, supposedly to counter a meme that depicted him wearing a Chinese military uniform to criticize the present administration’s foreign policy pivot to China.

“I am with President Duterte and the Filipino people in the all-out war against illegal drugs. Tara na, sama na para sa kapakanan at kinabukasan ng ating bansa (Come join me for the sake and future of our country),” Yasay said.

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In the photo, he was wearing sunglasses and a cap with an inverted Philippine flag, which is used only in times of war.

In the comments section, several supporters appeared to have taken the call for support literally.

“I got two pistols with a combined 20-plus rounds of ammunition. They can help however few,” one comment read, which also included the supposed photo of the netizen holding two pistols.

Another posted his supposed image with a child holding a long firearm, with the caption: “Sama kami dyan (We’ll join you) sir.”

The comments on the post of the country’s top diplomat are mixed between those who support and criticize the post.

“Supporting slaughter and breach of the Constitution is not supportable in any way. The whole thing is based on fake, misinterpreted and make-up figures any way,” one critic said.

“Akala ko ba di state sponsored ang killings? Ano ibig sabihin nito? (I thought the extrajudicial killings are not state-sponsored. What is the meaning of this?” another added.

The administration has been repeatedly criticized over the deaths – supposedly over 3,600 – in connection with anti-illegal drug efforts, although President Duterte has denied that these are state-sponsored.

For his part, Yasay ignored the criticisms but engaged with those expressing support.

“No buts or if, for country and people,” Yasay said in response to one netizen who declared her trust in his actions.

Yasay’s post was in response to a meme that edited his face into that od a Chinese soldier.

“This is the kindest vilification I got from my harshest critics. I am keeping this Photoshopped picture to keep me cheerful and amused while doing my job for the nation,” he said.

“I must admit though that I am a ranking proud member of the PLA – Philippine Liberation Army – tasked to separate and unshackle our people from the colonial mindset of dependence and subservience,” he added.

PLA is more commonly known as the People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese armed forces.

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Rody: Communism a dying ideology By Edith Regalado | 0 views October 30, 2016
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DAVAO CITY – President Duerte said “there are no communists now” as communism is an ideology that has long been dead, and only simpletons think it is still very alive.

“I do not have to answer these simpletons. Wala nang komunista ngayon (There are no communists now). The Communist Party is just really for the control para hindi sasabog (so it would not be disorganized). There are billions of them,” Duterte said upon arrival at the Davao International Airport Thursday night after a state visit to Japan.

Duterte is pushing for a final peace accord with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to resolve the decades-old conflict with leftist insurgents.

The President said he is hoping that the government and the CPP would reach a final peace agreement once all the kinks in the peace talks would be ironed out.

Duterte also claimed that the idea of commune living under communism was a propaganda of the Americans during the Cold War.

“Pero kung sabihin mo na sa commune magtrabaho tayong lahat (but if you will say that in a commune all of us will work), those were the propaganda days of the Americans during the Cold War, I tell you. Hindi ganoon kalupit ang mga tao doon kasi kababayan at kadugo nila (The people there are not cruel because those are their countrymen and relatives),” he said.

Duterte also said that China and Russia are being tagged as the bastions of communism.

“Pumunta nga kami sa Russia. Anong sabi ng Russia? Eh tutulungan nga tayo. Magsabi ka lang Duterte kung ano, tutulungan ka namin kasi naaawa kami sa iyo. Komunista? Kaganda ng... kita mo ang yaman ng lahat doon... ang Lexus, taxi lang iyan doon. Lahat doon naka-sports car (We went to Russia. What did Russia say? They will help us. Just tell us Duterte what you need, we will help you because we pity you. Communist? The things there are beautiful…you see all are rich there…The Lexus is just a taxi there. All have sports cars there),” he added.

Duterte earlier said he met with Russian Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Laos last September.

Duterte also signified his preference for Russian President Vladimir Putin when asked to choose between US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


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No rest for anti-drug operations; arrests to be made in cemeteries By Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 30, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said over the weekend police authorities would go on spooking people involved in illegal drugs this long weekend, busting them even in cemeteries. AP

MANILA, Philippines - The government’s war on illegal drugs won’t take a break, even on All Souls’ Day.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said over the weekend police authorities would go on spooking people involved in illegal drugs this long weekend, busting them even in cemeteries.

“We will arrest them if we see them do illegal activities, especially illegal drugs,” NCRPO director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde told The STAR.

But Albayalde said it might not be as bloody, as anti-drug operatives were not among those deployed in cemeteries, even if the NCRPO is on full alert on illegal drug activities.

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Albayalde said more than 7,740 police and some augmentation teams from non-government organizations were deployed to ensure peace and order in Metro Manila’s 99 cemeteries.

At the public North Cemetery alone, more than 500 police, he said, would be watching over two million people expected to flock there for the tradition.

He said such number of police force in the North Cemetery might be enough, considering hundreds of augmentations from other groups.

According to Albayalde, the NCRPO is 100-percent ready for the observance of the All Souls’ Day.

He also said the police has not received any information or threat to disrupt the peaceful observation of the Filipino tradition.

But still, the NCRPO is in full alert on crime just to maintain peace and order in the cemeteries.

Deluge of commuters

Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has approved more than 1,700 special permits to public utility vehicles to serve the anticipated deluge of commuters observing All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day this long weekend.

The special permits approved for the holiday totaled 1,732 units for 625 operators.

The figure is almost double those granted in previous holidays, said Joel Bolano, LTFRB focal person to IACT.

Bolano said the number of issued special permits is sufficient for the anticipated volume of commuters traveling from cities to provinces nationwide.

The big increase in the special permit application and approval was due to the lifting of the 25-percent cap on authorized units per operator, as per Board Resolution No. 14 this year.

LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra said earlier this is to give bus operators the flexibility to address demand in particular routes.

Around 4,600 city buses and 8,000 provincial buses cater to Metro Manila commuters alone.

The LTFRB also ordered earlier the speeding up of the issuance of special permits for the long holiday weekend.

The LTFRB has denied applications for special permits of 57 units of 22 operators, as the applicants lacked documents or their units did not conform to model specifications for public safety.

The special permits are valid from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, 2016.

Bolano said the public should expect heavy road traffic, even at bus terminals, by Nov. 2 and 3, when holiday observers are expected to go back home. – With Romina Cabrera

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No ‘Undas’ break for ‘Oplan Tokhang’—NCRPO chief By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales / @YGonzalesINQ
INQUIRER.net / 04:00 PM October 30, 2016


Ayala Alabang Tokhang-Members of the Southern Police District together with Barangay officials hand out flyers containing the effects of illegal drugs as well as contact numbers of authorities to reach for emergency cases to homeowners of exclusive Ayala Alabang Subdivision during Oplan Tokhang. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

There’s no stopping the government’s relentless war on drugs, even on holidays commemorating the dead.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde said the door-to-door antidrug drive dubbed as “Oplan Tokhang” will still be in effect on “Undas” holidays, when most Filipinos go to their hometowns and pay tribute to their deceased loved ones.

October 31, Monday, is a special nonworking day, while Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day.

The Philippine National Police recorded 1,725 drug suspects killed while 31,629 were arrested in a total of 32,909 anti-drug operations from July 1 to Oct. 26. A total of 751,703 surrenderers, 54,702 pushers and 697,001 users turned themselves in to the authorities during the same period.

The PNP reset its count back to zero last week in the wake of the second phase of its “Oplan Double Barrel Alpha,” which would focus on high-value targets, including celebrities and government officials. Latest police figures showed only 11 persons were killed and 376 arrested in anti-narcotics operations.

Albayalde said the police have not received terror threats or crime reports in Metro Manila except for a case of indiscriminate firing in Pasay City.

The NCRPO director said they have deployed cops all over the metropolis to prevent crimes during the holidays.

“We ask the people to stay vigilant and observant. If they see suspicious items, persons, they have to report immediately,” he said. JE/rga


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