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LAST MONDAY SKYGAZERS TREATED TO EXTRA BRIGHT 'SUPERMOON'
.[RELATED: NOVEMBER 13-14, 2016 Supermoon photos from around the world]


NOVEMBER 15 -A jet plane flies across the moon seen from Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky on Monday in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon is known as the supermoon. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
Skygazers last night headed to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches to witness a “supermoon” closest to Earth in almost seven decades, hoping for dramatic photos and spectacular surf. A supermoon happens when the moon becomes full on the same day when it reaches perigee, the point when the moon is closest to the earth, according to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It was the closest perigee since Jan. 26, 1948. The moon won’t be seen this close to earth again until Nov. 26, 2034, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. READ MORE... RELATED .NOVEMBER 13-14, 2016 Supermoon photos from around the world...

ALSO FEATURE: Bread Winner - There’s hope in pandesal and it has found its way to Malabon City Jail


NOVEMBER 16 -Inside an orderly kitchen, a team of panaderos can be found dutifully mixing batter, kneading dough, and taking turns in monitoring the oven—all while the aroma of newly baked bread wafts through the air. But unlike the familiar neighborhood pandesalan, this particular bakery operates inside the Malabon City Jail in Barangay Catmon. The panadero-inmates behind each delightful bread try to make their lives more meaningful and productive through baking.
Renewed Hopes Jake Pianar, one of the pioneer beneficiaries of Malabon City Jail baking program, is among the devoted bakers who saw renewed hope and purpose in life inside prison. Prior to his drug-related arrest, Pianar had worked for four years as a panadero in his aunt’s bakery. READ MORE...

ALSO: Even behind bars in Indonesia, Mary Jane Veloso still provides for her family


NOVEMBER 17 -Philippine death row prisoner Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso is a single mother-of-two
Despite being on death row in Indonesia, Mary Jane Veloso is still helping provide for her family in the Philippines, according to Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan, who visited Veloso at Wirogunan prison early this month. "Even if she is in prison, she is still able to send money to her family," said Bawagan in her report to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, citing her conversation with Veloso during her visit on November 10 and 11. Bawagan said Veloso sent for her sibling's "medical expenses" a portion of the $2,000 given to her by famous Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao during his visit to her in 2015 when he was a congressman. Pacquiao won as senator in the 2016 elections. "She also washes clothes of other inmates and sells some of her batik and crochet so she can get some cash which she also sends to her family," Bawagan said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pinoy wins $32.7 million in Canada lotto


NOVEMBER 17 -A 41-year-old Filipino worker in Montreal has become one of Canada's latest millionaire after winning the 6/49 Lotto jackpot. Patrick Estacio described as "surreal" his winning of the Montreal Grand 6/49 Lotto Prize of $32.7 million, according to a report on Journal de Montreal. "By buying a lottery ticket, I do not expect to win the jackpot," Estracio in an interview on TVA Nouvelles as reported by Journal de Montreal. READ MORE...

ALSO ON LIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE: A ‘Yellowtard’ and a ‘Dutertard’ walk into a bar…


NOVEMBER 19
-Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani brought this fact to the fore: You can be pro-Duterte without being his yes man; you can be anti-Marcos without being an Aquino fan. Illustration by ROB CHAM  Go online. Open your Facebook account and gingerly go through the comments section of any news link that involves President Duterte. There is a very clear demarcation between the pros and the antis, and both sides will fight you within an inch of their lives to prove their point. “Dutertard,” howls one group. “Yellowtard,” screams the other. There are expletives, insults about one’s looks and level of intelligence, and every ad hominem attack you can imagine. Total strangers wage war on each other from behind computer screens. Even longtime friends are not spared. Political views have ruined many a friendship. When the Supreme Court announced their ruling allowing Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, the online fighting escalated. “You voted for Duterte, you have no right to be mad about the ruling,” scoff Digong’s critics. “Move on na, Yellowtards,” deride the Marcos loyalists and Digong’s army. Chaos. READ MORE...


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Skygazers treated to extra bright ‘supermoon’


A jet plane flies across the moon seen from Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky on Monday in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon is known as the supermoon. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Helen Flores and Celso Amo November 15, 2016 - Skygazers last night headed to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches to witness a “supermoon” closest to Earth in almost seven decades, hoping for dramatic photos and spectacular surf.

A supermoon happens when the moon becomes full on the same day when it reaches perigee, the point when the moon is closest to the earth, according to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

It was the closest perigee since Jan. 26, 1948. The moon won’t be seen this close to earth again until Nov. 26, 2034, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

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Filipinos across the country witnessed last night the supermoon. The #supermoon was the trending topic on Twitter in the Philippines as of 7 p.m. last night.

Netizens from Metro Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro City posted their photos of the supermoon on various social networking sites.

At 7:21 p.m. yesterday, the moon reached its closest point to the earth at a distance of 356,621.611 kilometers.


Fly me to the moon! We see many photos of airplanes in front of the moon, but this is a particularly nice one from Kunal Patel in India, November 14, 2016. PHOTO FROM EARTHSKY.ORG (MORE PHOTOS BELOW)

PAGASA said there would be another supermoon on Dec. 14, but it will not be as big and as bright as the one seen last night.

From India to Australia, skygazers and photographers were also seeking the best viewing spots in the region where the phenomenon was visible first, hoping that cloudy skies and the perennial pollution that blights many Asian cities would not spoil the fun.

Delhi residents were hoping toxic smog shrouding the world’s most polluted capital in recent weeks would abate to allow spectacular views as the supsersized moon rose over the Red Fort, the former Mughal emperor’s residence.


Rising moon on November 11, 2016 by Kathy Ax. FROM EARTHSKY.ORG (MORE PHOTOS BELOW)

In downtown Hong Kong, picnics were organized for residents to watch the supermoon over the financial hub’s famous skyline, while hikers were heading to the greener, more distant corners of the Chinese city to enjoy views with less light pollution.

The landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan, one of the world’s tallest buildings, also welcomed skygazers.

Supermoon causes disasters? But in Thailand, astrologers were variously predicting the supermoon would bring disaster or great fortune.

Soraja Nuan-yoo, renowned for predicting the 2004 tsunami that killed many in Thailand and other countries around the Indian Ocean, warned that when the moon gets close to the Earth, “natural disasters happen.”

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) yesterday clarified that the supermoon will not cause the eruption of Mayon Volcano and Bulusan Volcano in Bicol.

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Supermoon photos from around the world By Deborah Byrd in TODAY'S IMAGE | November 14, 2016


Supermoon and friend Sunday evening, by Roxana Soetebeer in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada.

EarthSky received many photos of the bright and beautiful supermoon. We loved them all and thank you all! See editors’ favorites here.

The instant of full moon fell on Monday, November 14, 2016 in the morning hours before sunrise in western North America and on many Pacific islands, east of the International Date Line.

In Asia and Australia, the moon turned precisely full during the evening hours of November 14. In New Zealand, still recovering from yesterday’s major earthquake, it came after midnight November 15. For all of us, the moon has seen shining from dusk until nearly dawn these past few nights.

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Did you know a supermoon doesn’t really appear larger to the eye? Well, it doesn’t unless you’re seeing a moon illusion, an effect that occurs with any full moon when seen near a horizon.

A supermoon is at its closest to Earth and therefore larger in fact; but, unless you are a very experienced observer, your eyes probably can’t didn’t detect a size difference between a supermoon high in your sky and any ordinary full moon.

But all of us could see that the supermoon was very bright! In fact, they’re some 30% brighter than a full moon at its farthest from Earth.

Closest supermoon since 1948 on November 13 and 14

When to watch the closest supermoon


Fly me to the moon! We see many photos of airplanes in front of the moon, but this is a particularly nice one from Kunal Patel in India, November 14, 2016.
 


Jan Haines Ricco in Michigan caught the moon on November 13. She wrote: “I would hold my Mother’s hand and tell her to look up at the moon when she was lonely. We both see and share the same moon together.”


Josephine Sane in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada caught the supermoon on November 13, 2016, over a recently harvested grain field by her home.


Will Saunders caught the moonset – at nearly the crest of the moon’s full phase – on the morning of November 14 from Monument Valley, on the Utah-Arizona border.


Roberto Porto, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, wrote on November 14: “The supermoon, dressed with a super corona, tonight from Tenerife. Small drops of water in high clouds, produce these concentric rings with vivid colours around the supermoon.”


Rob Pettengill in Austin, Texas captured Sunday evening’s rising, waxing supermoon.


Henrique Feliciano Photography caught the rising supermoon Sunday evening over Lisbon, Portugal.


Waxing gibbous moon on November 12, 2016 by OMladyO in Switzerland.


November 11, 2016 moon rising over Lake Ontario in a pastel sky. Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario Canada via our friend Lunar 101 – Moon Book.

 

Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.

 

 


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FEATURE STORY: Bread Winner There’s hope in pandesal and it has found its way to Malabon City Jail 0 SHARES Share it! Published November 13, 2016, 12:00 AM Text by Sheryl Milagrosa Photos by Romeo Mariano

Inside an orderly kitchen, a team of panaderos can be found dutifully mixing batter, kneading dough, and taking turns in monitoring the oven—all while the aroma of newly baked bread wafts through the air.

But unlike the familiar neighborhood pandesalan, this particular bakery operates inside the Malabon City Jail in Barangay Catmon.

The panadero-inmates behind each delightful bread try to make their lives more meaningful and productive through baking.

Renewed Hopes

Jake Pianar, one of the pioneer beneficiaries of Malabon City Jail baking program, is among the devoted bakers who saw renewed hope and purpose in life inside prison. Prior to his drug-related arrest, Pianar had worked for four years as a panadero in his aunt’s bakery.

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Like any person struggling in the same situation, Pianar saw prison life as unbearably hard, empty, and lonely. That negative assumption changed when the baking program “Pandesal for Life”—initiated by Malabon City’s First Lady, Chef Melissa Sison-Oreta in partnership with culinary school CCA Manila.

Jail officials allocated a spacious baking area to sustain the program and was jumpstarted by Malabon City Mayor Antolin A. Oreta when he donated a brick oven. There, Pianar and fellow inmates were trained by culinary students to bake pandesal, Spanish bread, monay buns, and star bread, among others. Baking tools and ingredients, meanwhile, were provided by the Department of Labor and the City Government of Malabon.

According to J/Insp. Marissa Provido, the bakers, initially composed of female and male inmates, found a calming refuge in the bakery. It also helped in keeping inmates busy so that they keep away from negative activities.

“There’s a big transformation in them. They are not that bored, their outlook in life became more positive and they are now more productive with their time,” she said.

“Nabuhayan po talaga ako ng loob at nagkaroon ng pag-asa,” Pianar said in Filipino. He added that he does not feel that sad anymore ever since he joined the program. Aside from utilizing his skills, he is able to help his family with their expenses from his earnings as a baker.

“Naging kapaki-pakinabang pa din ako kahit na nasa bilangguan ako.”

To date, the bakery employs 10 active inmate panaderos working in two shifts. An average of 400 pieces of bread products are produced daily, mostly sold among inmates, jail personnel, and dalaw (visitors). Bestsellers include putok, pan de coco, buns, banana loaf and brownies.

On certain special events hosted by the city government, the bakery also accepts orders, according to jail warden J/Supt. Jun Melchor Boadilla.

“During the recent fun run, we successfully supplied around 3,500 pandesal for the participants. They are quite pleased with the quality of our breads,” he said. It is widely known that the Mayor loves the pan de coco.

“The panaderos are hardworking. Income generated from the baked goods is encouraging, now amounting P85,000, and still growing.

Overcoming Barriers

Apart from helping them provide for their personal necessities and their families outside the correctional, Chef Oreta said the program greatly helped the inmates “cope with the challenges of prison life, to overcome feelings of negativity and lack of self-worth.”

Mayor Oreta agreed: “This gives the inmates a positive outlet. Apart from transformation, it also imparted new skills training which would really be useful should they be finally freed and integrated back into society. The baking program, along with the other livelihood projects, are meant to help inmates who need a second chance and to overcome employment barriers that they will face after leaving prison.”

Apart from breadmaking, Malabon City Jail offers inmates other job-training and income-generating projects. Among these are handicraft making, paper mache, bead crafts and tailoring, among others.

Thanks to all the support coming from both private and government sectors, Pianar said that for the first time in his life, he felt his self-worth rising.

“With my salary here, I am able to save enough for my bail. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he exclaimed happily.

 
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Even behind bars, Mary Jane Veloso still provides for her family Published November 17, 2016 4:46pm By RIE TAKUMI, GMA News


Philippine death row prisoner Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso is a single mother-of-two

Despite being on death row in Indonesia, Mary Jane Veloso is still helping provide for her family in the Philippines, according to Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan, who visited Veloso at Wirogunan prison early this month.

"Even if she is in prison, she is still able to send money to her family," said Bawagan in her report to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, citing her conversation with Veloso during her visit on November 10 and 11.

Bawagan said Veloso sent for her sibling's "medical expenses" a portion of the $2,000 given to her by famous Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao during his visit to her in 2015 when he was a congressman. Pacquiao won as senator in the 2016 elections.

"She also washes clothes of other inmates and sells some of her batik and crochet so she can get some cash which she also sends to her family," Bawagan said.

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Veloso has two children living in Nueva Ecija with her parents.

Bawagan said during their conversation, Veloso was able to relate to her her daily activities in prison. She said she learned that Veloso slept in a cell with eight other women, and wakes up at 5 a.m. every day.

For recreation, Bawagan said Veloso plays volleyball and even asked — and received — rubber shoes from the Philippine Embassy there.

Veloso, who was arrested in 2010 for carrying 2.6 kilos heroin at the Yogyakarta Airport, has also learned how to speak Bahasa and would spend her free time making batik.

Bawagan said Veloso's housemother lauded her for providing "hope to other inmates" despite being on death row.

"I initially thought that she might be depressed after being imprisoned for almost seven years now," Bawagan noted. "[But] she is always smiling and is able to provide positive energy to other inmates. She is also focused on her family"

"Of course she is hurting, but the regular talks with a priest and a seminarian help her. At this moment, she only wants justice for her case and to be with her family," Bawagan added.

The Filipina was also briefed on the aid dispensed by the government to her family and the progress of her case on both days of Bawagan's visit.

Selbino Roberto Florencio Sambajon of the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta said Veloso will be given medical assistance after the visit due to her high cholesterol and the occasional numbness she feels in her arms.

Veloso has blamed her recruiter, Maria Cristina Sergio, for her ordeal. Sergio and her live-in partner Julius Lacanilao are currently facing illegal recruitment charges before the Baloc Regional Trial Court Branch 88 in Nueva Ecija.

Veloso's execution was put on hold last year to allow her to testify against her alleged recruiters. —KBK, GMA News


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Pinoy wins $32.7 million in Canada lotto Published November 16, 2016 7:08pm

A 41-year-old Filipino worker in Montreal has become one of Canada's latest millionaire after winning the 6/49 Lotto jackpot.

Patrick Estacio described as "surreal" his winning of the Montreal Grand 6/49 Lotto Prize of $32.7 million, according to a report on Journal de Montreal.

"By buying a lottery ticket, I do not expect to win the jackpot," Estracio in an interview on TVA Nouvelles as reported by Journal de Montreal.

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Estacio, who chose the winning combination 06-09-30-37-43-49, said he was on his way to work when he decided to have his lotto ticket validated.

He said at first he thought he only won $32,700. He said he was surprised when the employee of the lotto outlet told him he is a millionaire.

Estracio, who reportedly works two jobs to support himself in Canada, said he has yet to decide on how he will spend the money.

The lucky Filipino has been living in a rooming house in Montreal for two years, the report said. —KBK, GMA News


PHILSTAR LIFESTYLE FEATURE

ON ASSIGNMENT:A ‘Yellowtard’ and a ‘Dutertard’ walk into a bar… THE WANDERING I By Irish Christianne Dizon (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 19, 2016 - 12:00am 9 5472 googleplus1 1


Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani brought this fact to the fore: You can be pro-Duterte without being his yes man; you can be anti-Marcos without being an Aquino fan. Illustration by ROB CHAM

Go online. Open your Facebook account and gingerly go through the comments section of any news link that involves President Duterte.

There is a very clear demarcation between the pros and the antis, and both sides will fight you within an inch of their lives to prove their point. “Dutertard,” howls one group. “Yellowtard,” screams the other.

There are expletives, insults about one’s looks and level of intelligence, and every ad hominem attack you can imagine. Total strangers wage war on each other from behind computer screens. Even longtime friends are not spared. Political views have ruined many a friendship.

When the Supreme Court announced their ruling allowing Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, the online fighting escalated. “You voted for Duterte, you have no right to be mad about the ruling,” scoff Digong’s critics. “Move on na, Yellowtards,” deride the Marcos loyalists and Digong’s army. Chaos.

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But in the middle of the storm, I found a silver lining in the form of Lorraine Badoy, a staunch Duterte supporter who is also the Marcoses’ biggest critic. As the President did open that can of worms during his campaign, we were expecting her to defend the Supreme Court’s decision, or at the very least, to be mum about it.

What we weren’t expecting was a passionate and nuanced Facebook post where she said, “I do not, for one moment, regret voting for Rodrigo Duterte. And if elections were to be held again today I would vote for him in a heartbeat. [It] doesn’t stop me from wanting to stare him down right now and it doesn’t stop me from hating on him right now. Because the healing he says will not happen, will not come to pass. The president is so wrong on this.”

A Duterte supporter who breaks stereotypes? A Duterte supporter who has the cojones to call him out? We had to meet her. And inside the Circles restaurant of Makati Shangri-La Hotel, the feisty doctor, wife, and mom of three reminded us that life is not always about absolutes.

That it’s not necessarily an oxymoron to say you’re anti-Marcos but pro-Duterte. That listening, really listening to the other side may be the thing we need to unite this broken country.

Here are snippets of our conversation.

SUPREME: You mentioned that you were willing to die at the EDSA Revolution. How come?

Kasi puno ka na, eh. Puno ka na talaga. You really wanted to get your country back. Yung talagang kilala mo that this man was a monster. He did a lot of good things daw, I don’t know. Most probably, I mean, because you cannot deal naman with absolutes. Not everybody is all bad or all good. We all have our shadows. But by then we already knew what his excesses were. Gosh! They lived like kings while in Negros we would hear about starvation. And then you would see reports about them in their yachts or how Imelda would go to Fifth Avenue and have Bergdorf Goodman closed just to shop. And she would spend millions. Millions! How she would go to PCSO for cash, so she could go shopping.

Some Marcos apologists say the Marcoses are obscenely rich because Macoy discovered Yamashita’s treasure.

It’s just ridiculous. Konting isip lang. Nakakatawa nga eh.

Some go as far as saying EDSA was propaganda.

No.

You once heckled the Marcoses at a Chinese restaurant. What prompted that?

I said, “Shame on you! Mga magnanakaw!” Imelda said, “Thank you.” Sina Bongbong, hindi. Nakayuko sina Bongbong and Imee. Si Irene, palaban siya. She said, “Whatttt?” I said, “Is this the first time you’re hearing this?!” She was whisked away. It was very important for me to do that because then it would let them know that the happy days are over. Dad’s gone, daddy’s dead now, di ba? Pantay na tayo. Yari kayo. Hindi katulad nung buhay pa tatay niyo, kahit na anong kawalang-hiyaan pwede niyong gawin, and then you could walk in public with your head up. No. It’s about time Filipinos learned how to shame the shameful.

Given your feelings about the Marcoses, why did you vote for Duterte knowing he’s pro Marcos?

That part about Duterte was the hardest for me to swallow. But why would you want to march with Noynoy and Mar? No way. Because what did they do? We saw it. Yolanda, SAF, the Kidapawan farmers. Masyadong masakit. Ang sakit-sakit. Kung hindi ka ba naman gumising di ba? Kasi ako dati in love ako sa mga Aquinos, eh. Feeling ko they could do no wrong. Para silang virtuous and pure-hearted.

What changed?


“Wala na akong pasensiya sa mga absolutes na ganyan,” says doctor and mother Lorraine Badoy. Her Facebook posts in support of President Duterte, and her posts against the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, caught our attention.

Noynoy. I voted for him. I defended him. Right after Yolanda, I was there. I volunteered and I would go every three months, four months. Nakikita ko talaga yung kawalang-hiyaang ginawa ni Noynoy at ni Mar. Talagang walang ginawa.

As in wala?

Wala. Kahit nandito sila sa harap ko, sasabihin ko sa mga mukha nila ’yan. Money was raised for Yolanda victims, where is it? That’s why we have to not shut up about it, and to make sure that we get answers. Nakaka-panic kasi walang nagbabago and they live like dogs. My dogs have it better. The poor are not strangers to me. I’ve been teaching family planning in the slums since forever, matagal na, so I know. I deliver babies in the slums, and every time I come home, I always cry, kasi nga alam mo yung bahay nila, yung buhay nila, nakikita mo talaga. So akala ko I had seen it all. Nung nagpunta ako dun, oh my God. Grabe. Samar, Leyte, it’s like the whole province is the slums. People there just had mga tarpaulin, talagang nanginginig sila sa gabi. Mga pamilya ’yan. There’s a family of seven, ganyan lang kaliit yung bahay nila, during the day nakatayo sila. Up to now. But there’s some improvement now because siyempre dumaan yung elections. So at least inayos nila yung roads. ’Tsaka yung malnourishment dun, grabe. Yung mga tao dun andaming mga anak. Talagang hindi umaabot ang government doon. So nakita ko talaga yung krimen na ginawa ni Noynoy at ni Mar Roxas at ni Dinky Soliman.

So you were saying, given your feelings about the Marcoses, why did you vote for Duterte?

Did you know the first LGU in Samar was Digong’s Davao? First responder. He brought goods, he brought doctors. Yung video clip niya, he mirrored the rage and the grief that I felt. Yung iba, it’s all politics for them. When you go to Samar regularly, you will see that the government saw, “Andami naman palang international at local NGOs, eh.” Eskiyerda na sila. Wala na sila. Fade away na sila. Tapos yung mga tao ganito: “May relief goods! May relief goods!” Takbo sila roon. “May relief goods sa ganyan!” Every day for years, biro mo, ganun sila kakain? Paano kung wala? ’Tsaka maraming beses, wala. So I said, uy si Duterte, puwede pala. I hadn’t gone to Davao in a very long time, parang mga 15 years siguro tapos bumalik ako last year. Ang ganda. Shocked na shocked ako. I have a big family there, eh. They love Digong. They would never think of living anywhere else in the world, they love Davao. But mainly, I voted for him because he’s pro-poor. He has the heart for the ones who have been forgotten forever. The ones who have gotten the rawest end of the deal. Mga pinakaapi. I know he’s for them, and it’s not press release. It’s for real.

So hindi porket anti-Marcos, pro-Aquino.

Naman! Wala na akong pasensiya sa mga absolutes na ganyan. Kasi hindi siya totoo, eh. At a certain point you have to be nuanced about your views. Hindi naman feudal itong Pilipinas na hahatiin mo sa dalawang pamilya, di ba? Utang na loob.

Pero kahit binoto niyo siya, you felt enraged by the SC’s decision.

Yes.

You call him out when necessary.

Of course! You should!

What are the things in his five months you’ve called him out for?

That rape joke was horrible. It's indefensible. And the Marcoses! But in the end, you’re entitled to your own opinion. You don’t need to explain to anyone. You don’t owe anybody any explanation. That’s why nagugulat ako when strangers ask me, “Why did you vote for him?!” Why do I have to tell you? Sino ka, di ba?

When you posted your stand on the burial, did you fear getting bashed?

I knew they were gonna do it. I got it in my emails. I didn’t care! I don’t care. To be silenced is death. Don’t be silenced! Di ba? Che! Let them talk.

There are people who cannot fathom a Duterte supporter being anti Marcos.

You know why I understand that? Because I work for the poor, I know the kind of rage they feel. Mob mentality is unthinking. You don’t think anymore. All those years na inapi-api ka. All you need is some word, a key word and rawr! Magkakampi nga tayo eh, di ka nagbabasa. Ang OA. Hindi ko sinasabing tama, iniintindi ko kung bakit. Kasi kung hindi ko siya intindihin, makakain ako ng galit. You have to evolve at a certain point; you can’t keep reacting. I want to understand where it is they’re coming from because if you don’t understand, then you’ll never find real solutions to this. I was talking to a friend, because he said this is all on Digong, the burial of Marcos. 100% his fault. At one level I understand it. I agree. But. But. On the other hand, if you want to be lazy, that’s enough na for you. But the truth is that’s not the only cause, di ba? The political climate, the miseducation made all of that possible. I prefer that answer. I prefer that to blaming somebody. Because look: If we were like Germany and we declared ora mismo, Marcos is a traitor, we shouldn’t have brought him back, etc., then pagdating ni Digong wala na siyang can of worms to open, di ba? That’s what I mean. You want a nuanced answer. Why do you want a nuanced answer? Because that’s where the real solutions lie. And you have to be intelligent about this, unless you just want a repeat and a repeat and a repeat. No. I don’t want a repeat because my children and the people I care for live here. I care for this country.

So how do we best deal with the people who oppose our opinions violently?

Inaatake rin naman ako parati. Pagka ganyan nakikinig ako. If you listen to them, and they feel listened to, then chances are they will unclench their fist. That’s what I’ve experienced. Just listen. And it’s also good for you because then you’re not that idiot who keeps on saying, “How can you say that?!” because you have a fuller understanding. There are other realities that exist apart from yours. You don’t have a monopoly on truth. And this is why wars start, why people kill each other, because you’re so utterly convinced that your truth is the only truth. No it’s not. I’m sorry but it’s not.

So how come you stay rooted in your stand na he should not be buried at the LNMB?

Listen to them but you don’t lose track of the truth, that the atrocities were real. That one must never be forgotten. Never ever, ever, ever forget. If you talk to them and listen to them, chances are they will also listen to you. And then you say, “You know what? They tortured Boyet Mijares for three days in front of his father.” That one really gets them. Then they’ll say, “Anong pruweba mo?” And then you show them proof. A federal court in Hawaii had the Marcoses pay 10,000 human rights victims, and among them were the Mijareses. When I talk to them, I’m forced to educate myself. Even my reasoning is more nuanced, it’s more razor-sharp. When they say, “Nag-iimbento ka lang,” you say, “Hindi,” and then you give them a copy of the court ruling. See?

What should my generation learn from your generation?

How very important our story is as a people. You must never forget. Because us, we forgot. We forgot it. The freedom you enjoy was paid for with the blood of other people. Freedom is a frail thing. It can get taken away from you. Just like that! What if Digong turns out to be a despot? Should we obey him? No! Fight him! Why? Because you’ve learned it already. How did you learn? I never forgot the lessons that history taught me. So when people say Digong is like Marcos, no, he’s not. Well, not yet. He is so not Marcos. If we go literal, maybe, because he’s friends with the Marcoses, keeps on talking about Martial Law, but that’s on the literal level. On a deeper level, he is so not like Marcos. For one thing, he is not power-hungry. He’s 71 years old. He keeps on talking about his death. Marcos acted as if he was never going to die. And Digong's heart is really for the poor. Marcos didn’t give a sh*t about the people. Digong's not like that. I love Digong. I really love him. (Laughs.)

And if he one day turns out to be a despot?

Ah, yari siya. I will fight. I will fight him. I won’t be afraid to fight him. I don’t care.

You’ll do what you did at 20?

Yes! Our generation failed in educating you guys about the real story, and we’re really sorry and we will try our best to make up for that, but education is your lookout.

Anong message niyo sa mga nagsasabing move on na?

Magpatawad? Hindi naman kasalanan yung pinag-uusapan natin, di ba? Krimen. Tatanungin ko sila kung sila ba tinorture yung kapatid nila nang tatlong araw sa harap ng tatay nila tapos pinatay? When Boyet Mijares was found, his body had 33 ice pick wounds that were shallow. In other words, he died a slow death. I’d ask them that. You want patawad? We’re talking about justice. Why is it important to seek justice? It’s because that’s the spine of a nation. A strong nation has a strong judicial system. Educate yourself. Don’t be that idiot who’s so lazy to talk about and to think about these things and to read about these things. Because the danger there, the truth is, uulit nang uulit nang uulit. The future of the human race rests on our ability to empathize. Some say, “My father was okay nung Martial Law. Why should I care? None of that happened to us.” Pero sina Boyet Mijares hindi sila okay. Gusto mo malaman yung kuwento? That’s it. We cannot move forward if the pain of another person cannot be your pain.

What do you say to those who say respect the rule of law?

What does real freedom mean? What’s the bigger scope of justice? That it’s defined by nine guys? No. There are a lot of laws that are legal but are immoral, di ba? It’s your duty to call them out. And in fact, you mustn’t follow an unjust law. That’s your responsibility. Be a thinking person, be your best self. Fight.


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