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DUTERTE'S WISH: PEACE, ORDER, PROGRESS IN PH
[RELATED LOOK: Duterte attends Palace party with Honeylet, Kitty]
[RELATED(2) Ho ho ho! Duterte plays Santa to cancer-stricken kids]
DECEMBER 25 -President Duterte wished for peace and progress in the country as he spends his first Christmas as head of the Republic. “My beloved countrymen, as we remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, let us celebrate with genuine compassion and desire to foster hopes in our hearts,” Duterte said in a video message. “This Yuletide season, I wish for peace, order, progress for our country,” he added. “Greeting you all a very merry Christmas – my family, my fellow workers in government, and let us all look forward for the coming of a New Year with great happiness,” he further said. The 71-year-old former mayor of Davao will celebrate Christmas in his home city. But, it seems there won’t be much of a difference as he would still spend it the way he did in the past. READ MORE...RELATED, LOOK: Duterte attends Palace party with Honeylet, Kitty...RELATED(2) IN DAVAO Ho ho ho! Duterte plays Santa to cancer-stricken kids...
ALSO: Rody vows gifts: Food, jobs, safety
DECEMBER 26 -A cancer-stricken child kisses President Duterte during his visit to the Southern Philippine Medical Center’s Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease Unit in Davao City on Christmas Eve. President Duterte vowed to create jobs, grow the economy and make the country safer in his first ever Christmas message as chief executive. Duterte urged the nation to reflect on the significance of the birth of Christ, as he proffered an olive branch to all threat groups. “The true essence of Christmas is, thus, built on the message of both peace and generosity. Peace remains as one of my main thrusts in governance. We, in the government, are walking the extra mile to offer the olive branch of peace to all,” Duterte said in a statement released on Christmas Eve. “Generosity, on the other hand, is sharing what we have with the poor, the downtrodden, and the marginalized. As your President, I will bring food on the table; create more job opportunities; and make our people feel safer and more comfortable,” he added. READ MORE...
ALSO: Queen Elizabeth II to miss Christmas service due to illness [RELATED YEARENDER: 'MUST-READ' GEOPOLITICS, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, PHILIPPINE AFFAIRS: Mayor Duterte is Not Genocidal, The West is. Here’s the proof]
DECEMBER 25 -SANDRINGHAM, England — A heavy cold is keeping Queen Elizabeth II from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service near her Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk, England. It is extremely rare for Elizabeth to miss the service, which is a cornerstone of the royal family’s Christmas celebrations and brings the monarch into contact with local residents who gather outside for a glimpse of her. “The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery,” Buckingham Palace said. “Her Majesty will participate in the royal family Christmas celebrations during the day.” Those festivities usually include a gala lunch. In past years, the royal family would often go for extended walks in the countryside. READ MORE.. RELATED, .GEOPOLITICS, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, PHILIPPINE AFFAIRS: Mayor Duterte is Not Genocidal, The West is. Here’s the proof...
ALSO: Bishop Villegas: Let Christmas bring hope to banish fear, anger
[RELATED: Robredo calls for unity among Pinoys]
DECEMBER 25 -Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas,Let not the festive Christmas air numb you to the senseless extrajudicial killings and let hope overcome fear and anger. This was the Christmas message of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who urged Filipinos not to be silenced by the numerous killings over the past six months. “Let not the Christmas feasting become like morphine to numb us and make us forget,” Villegas said on Saturday. “Christmas is not a story of anger and fear,” he said. “Christmas is hope, hope stronger than fear and anger.” Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has been outspoken against the spate of killings under the Duterte administration. READ MORE...RELATED, Robredo calls for unity among Pinoys...
ALSO: Christmas at Iloilo Business Park
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Iloilo Business Park recently unveiled the first Paris-inspired Christmas village in the region, open to the public for free for the whole holiday season. Ilonggos have so much to enjoy during the Christmas season with activities lined up at Iloilo Business Park, the biggest lifestyle hub in Iloilo developed by Megaworld. The township has got it all wrapped up for anyone to have the best Christmas season yet. First ever Paris-inspired Christmas Village Iloilo Business Park once again brings the magic of merry-making this holiday season with the first ever Paris-themed Christmas Village in Iloilo. Recently, the village was launched to the public with more exciting surprises such as the first Christmas-lighted Santa Claus dancers, live music performances, choir and carolling presentations, the unveiling of the Produkto Lokal food festival and a grand fireworks display. READ MORE... RELATED, YEARENDER: DAR sets up farm business schools in communities...
ALSO IN SYRIA, WAR IS OVER: Aleppo Christians prepare war-ravaged church for Christmas
DECEMBER 24 -Saint Elias Cathedral in east Aleppo Old City, pictured on December ALEPPO, Syria - Inside Aleppo's crumbling Saint Elias Cathedral, Nehme Badawi and his brother Bashir rummage through the snow-covered rubble for wood and scrap metal to make a crude Nativity scene for Christmas. The roof of the famed church in Aleppo's Old City had collapsed years ago under a salvo of rocket fire, and bright white flakes floated down and rested on the destruction inside. "We're using whatever debris we can find to symbolize the triumph of life over death," says 53-year-old Nehme, as he gathered broken tree branches to decorate the scene. After more than four years of fierce fighting, the guns have fallen silent in Syria's second city just a few days before Christmas. The army announced on Thursday that it had fully recaptured Aleppo, putting an end to the violence that transformed the city from a hub of culture and history into a worldwide symbol of destruction. READ MORE...These Christmas messages for Syrian refugees by Londoners will restore your faith in humanity
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Duterte’s wish: Peace, order, progress in PH
MANILA, DECEMBER 26, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) Published December 25, 2016, by Elena L. Aben - President Duterte wished for peace and progress in the country as he spends his first Christmas as head of the Republic.
“My beloved countrymen, as we remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, let us celebrate with genuine compassion and desire to foster hopes in our hearts,” Duterte said in a video message.
“This Yuletide season, I wish for peace, order, progress for our country,” he added.
“Greeting you all a very merry Christmas – my family, my fellow workers in government, and let us all look forward for the coming of a New Year with great happiness,” he further said.
The 71-year-old former mayor of Davao will celebrate Christmas in his home city. But, it seems there won’t be much of a difference as he would still spend it the way he did in the past.
Duterte flew back to Davao City Thursday night after gracing the Convergence of Nanay Volunteers as Community Drugwatch in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga.
He is scheduled to do his traditional visit to cancer patients in Davao City this Christmas Eve.
“Kung hindi po mabago iyong schedule ay magkakaroon po ng usual na visit ang ating Pangulo tuwing Christmas Eve dito po sa mga cancer patient sa Davao,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan.
The Chief Executive will also open up his home to the poor, said the Palace official.
“Usually binubuksan niya iyong kanyang tahanan, sa clubhouse, sa ating mga kababayan na mahihirap sa Davao City. Then, meron pong Christmas Party ng Pangulo na binibisita din po iyong mga kaibigan… sa Davao City,” according to Andanar.
Last Monday, Duterte played Santa to members of his Presidential Security Group (PSG) as he joined their command Christmas boodle fight.
The President distributed to the PSG gifts that include their Christmas bonus of P5,000, combat pay, 14th month pay, and P5,000 from the Office of the President. Educational benefits were also given to their children.
Also this week, Duterte was joined by his partner Honeylet Avanceña and their daughter Veronica at a Christmas party in Malacañang.
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Posted at Dec 21 2016 12:52 PM
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MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night attended a Christmas party in Malacañang with his partner Honeylet Avanceña and their daughter Veronica.
Duterte posed for several pictures with the mother and daughter after delivering a speech before the Office of the President employees at the Kalayaan Grounds.
Photo courtesy of King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo
Photo courtesy of King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo
President Rody Duterterte celebrates the holiday season with his Cabinet members in a Christmas party at the Malacañang Golf Course, Presidential Security Group (PSG) Compound in Malacañang Park on December 20, 2016.
The party is hosted by renowned musician and entrepreneur Ramon “RJ” Jacinto and features performances from pop diva Maria “Kuh” Ledesma and the ‘Father of Philippine Christmas Music Jose Mari Chan. #PartnerForChange
VIDEO: President Rody Duterterte celebrates the holiday season with his Cabinet members in a Christmas part
President Rody Duterterte celebrates the holiday season with his Cabinet members in a Christmas
party. Published on Dec 20, 2016 President Rody Duterterte celebrates the holiday season with his Cabinet members in a Christmas party at the Malacañang Golf Course, Presidential Security Group (PSG) Compound in Malacañang Park on December 20, 2016. The party is hosted by renowned musician and entrepreneur Ramon “RJ” Jacinto and features performances from pop diva Maria “Kuh” Ledesma and the ‘Father of Philippine Christmas Music Jose Mari Chan. #PartnerForChange Category News & Politics
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Ho ho ho! Duterte plays Santa to cancer-stricken kids By: Allan Nawal - Correspondent / @inqmindanao Inquirer Mindanao / 07:39 PM December 24, 2016
Duterte cheers up cancer patients in Davao with Christmas presents
DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte played Santa to 57 cancer-stricken children at the Southern Philippines Medical Center here on Saturday.
The President, who came in past 6 p.m., wore a dark blue polo shirt with a “DU30″ print on the right portion and distributed mostly toys and learning materials to the children-patient, some of whom were obviously overjoyed.
He also handed their parents or relatives unspecified amount of cash in white and red envelopes.
The President also talked with doctors and parents of the children as he sought updates on the status of the patients’ health.
The President spent more than an hour as he visited each cancer-patient and personally handed his gifts to the children.
Although he had regularly visited and distributed Christmas gifts to cancer patients here when he was still mayor, it was the first time that Duterte visited them as President.
Duterte always has a soft heart for cancer patients, especially children, that he even donated a house of his for the use of cancer victims, the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund said.
DCCF is among groups that work with cancer patients here. It also operates Houses of Hopes – where cancer patients and their families stay while receiving treatment from government doctors. /ac
Rody vows gifts: Food, jobs, safety By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 26, 2016 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0
A cancer-stricken child kisses President Duterte during his visit to the Southern Philippine Medical Center’s Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease Unit in Davao City on Christmas Eve.
MANILA, Philippines – President Duterte vowed to create jobs, grow the economy and make the country safer in his first ever Christmas message as chief executive.
Duterte urged the nation to reflect on the significance of the birth of Christ, as he proffered an olive branch to all threat groups.
“The true essence of Christmas is, thus, built on the message of both peace and generosity. Peace remains as one of my main thrusts in governance. We, in the government, are walking the extra mile to offer the olive branch of peace to all,” Duterte said in a statement released on Christmas Eve.
“Generosity, on the other hand, is sharing what we have with the poor, the downtrodden, and the marginalized. As your President, I will bring food on the table; create more job opportunities; and make our people feel safer and more comfortable,” he added.
The Duterte administration has resumed peace talks with communists, three years after the negotiations bogged down because of disagreements over the demand to release rebel leaders with criminal cases.
The President has also vowed to work for a lasting political settlement that will be acceptable to all Moro groups to put an end to the decades-old conflict in Mindanao.
Duterte’s economic team is also planning to pull nine million Filipinos out of poverty by boosting agriculture and manufacturing and by investing in infrastructure.
He is hopeful that Christmas will serve as an inspiration in bringing lasting peace and in attaining inclusive economic growth. He also called on Filipinos to “join hands to build a peaceful and progressive Philippines.”
“Our celebration of Christmas is the world’s longest – a testament that we, Filipinos, are a peace-loving nation. Christmas is also a season of giving and sharing. This wonderful feeling is seen in the faces of our hopeful children, and reflects in the hearts of our loving and cheerful family members and friends,” the President said.
“I join the Filipino nation in celebrating this year’s most festive season. As we gather with our family and loved ones, let us reflect the significance of the birth of Christ. The Nativity story of more than 2,000 years ago is observed by the Christian faith as a season of peace,” he added.
PEACE, ORDER, PROGRESS FOR PH
Duterte said he wishes peace, order and progress for the Philippines this yuletide season.
The Philippines is a predominantly Christian country with more than 85 percent of the population adhering to the faith.
Santa to cancer kids In Davao City, President Duterte played Santa Claus to cancer-stricken children at the “House of Hope,” a dormitory-like two-story building within the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SMPC) here on Christmas Eve.
The President has been doing these rounds for the longest time, never missing the chance to spend the holidays with sick children at the transient home.
The President brought holiday cheer to the children through food and toys, as he always did in the past years as mayor of Davao City.
The President hugged and talked with each of the young patients.
Dr. Leopoldo Vega, SPMC executive director, said the children always look forward to Duterte’s visit, even when he was still mayor and more so now that he is the country’s President.
“There is nothing new to it. He has always been doing that. Playing Santa to the children with cancer. That is the soft side of the President, as he also visits the ward section, where patients happen to be confined at Christmastime,” Vega said.
The President is a “permanent fixture” at the SPMC, visiting patients in the other wards of the hospital.
HOUSE OF HOPE
The House of Hope has served about 2,700 patients and 4,000 caregivers, since it began in 2007. The patients, mostly from outside Davao City, stay in the dorm-like facility and are provided each with two caregivers, who make sure the facility is kept clean.
When he was still Davao mayor, Duterte also converted a house in Villa Margarita Village here into another halfway house for cancer-stricken children in 2011.
The House of Hope also has similar facilities in Barangay Bangkal and in Tagum City in Davao del Norte.
Vega said the President looked elated to see SPMC’s new Cancer Institute building, which was inaugurated two weeks ago.
Vega said the President also promised to help establish an orthopedic institute and an eye center in the SPMC.
“We are working on making the SPMC come up with specialized services as we already have a Mindanao Heart Center and soon we will have other areas of specialization,” Vega said.
SPMC is Mindanao’s largest public hospital. – With Edith Regalado
Queen Elizabeth II to miss Christmas service due to illness Associated Press / 06:53 PM December 25, 2016
SANDRINGHAM, England — A heavy cold is keeping Queen Elizabeth II from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service near her Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk, England.
It is extremely rare for Elizabeth to miss the service, which is a cornerstone of the royal family’s Christmas celebrations and brings the monarch into contact with local residents who gather outside for a glimpse of her.
“The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery,” Buckingham Palace said. “Her Majesty will participate in the royal family Christmas celebrations during the day.”
Those festivities usually include a gala lunch. In past years, the royal family would often go for extended walks in the countryside.
Elizabeth has been in generally good health and has maintained an active schedule in the last year despite traveling less often than in the past.
Her husband, 95-year-old Prince Philip, has also cut back his public schedule and his charitable works. He was also suffering from a heavy cold earlier in the week, the palace said.
The flu season has hit many Britons hard in the last two weeks and colds and flus are spreading. A cold can be dangerous for people in their 90s, doctors warn.
Earlier this week, the royal couple delayed their departure from London to Sandringham because of their colds but traveled one day later than expected, using a helicopter instead of a train.
The royal family received some sad news Saturday, when it was revealed that the queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, had suffered a miscarriage while expecting her second child with husband Mike Tindall.
The queen plans to use her pre-recorded Christmas Day message to praise British Olympic and Paralympic athletes and others who inspired her.
The message will be televised throughout Britain and much of the Commonwealth on Sunday afternoon.
Remarks released by Buckingham Palace indicate she will say she often draws strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Elizabeth and Philip will be joined in Sandringham by other senior royals. Prince William and his wife Kate, along with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are celebrating Christmas with Kate’s parents.
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Many Westerners cannot reconcile the negative claims of their own institutions on why the Philippine population overwhelmingly voted and continue to support a “self-confessed murderer.”
There are probably hundreds of reasons why the Western portrayal of Philippine president Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as genocidal will fail for its absolute lack of merit.
Without being exhaustive, this article will present a few of those verifiable facts of why the Filipinos, a sizable 90% majority of them, love their president.
1 ,Duterte’s Kitchen.
Bridging the gap between those who go to sleep with a full stomach and those who cannot afford a meal to survive any given day, as a way of directly mitigating poverty in the early stages of the pro-poor Duterte government.
More than that, it has inspired volunteerism among service workers who willingly share their skills, e.g. barbers, teachers, to the downtrodden, absolutely for free. Reading, writing, music appreciation, counseling and free haircut are a regular part of the curriculum and service.
Other financially capable donors would just drop by with sacks of rice, cake, or offer a property where a Duterte Kitchen can be constructed in the future. However, they won’t accept cash donations.
The whole idea is to eliminate hunger without the usual feeding on the appetite for corruption.
2. Allocation of P1 Billion medical assistance for those who can’t afford to buy prescription drugs. The health secretary has also studied on location the Cuban healthcare system as the template for the delivery of health services in the country.
3. Establishment of Tawag 8888 for any complaints against government officials. This facility provides a direct line to the presidential staff who will act, or direct the issue to pertinent government agency soonest possible for every problem raised by the citizenry. This measure grossly reduced corruption in the delivery of public services at the executive department.
4. ONE-STOP SHOP FOR OFWs
Establishment of a One-Stop Shop for Overseas Workers OFW, a center for the centralized processing of employment papers which was the milking cow for corrupt government workers and “fixers.” The center also saved the OFW time and money while traveling from one agency to the next.
5. CENTRAL 911
Establishment of Central 911 for emergency assistance request, free of charge. Still on its early stages, but has greatly reduced the deaths and destruction of typhoons as bad as Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. The nationwide Central 911 has its humble beginnings in Davao City, the president’s hometown.
6. NO MORRE LAGLAG BALA
Total elimination of “laglag-bala” or bullet planting at the international airports on 1st day of office. This has been a major cause of humiliation abroad when airport security personnel planted bullets into the baggage of departing passengers, effectively delaying their flight unless payment is extended. Duterte government solved this by allowing every passenger caught carrying ammunition to take the flight after the contraband is confiscated and the event logged for future reference.
7. Banning of household service workers for the Middle East. Amidst reports of employer abuses of female domestic helpers, the government is banning new contracts for them in favor of highly skilled workers and technicians.
8. Local employers have heeded the call for an end to contractual employment beyond 6 months, except only for seasonal jobs. Security of tenure to the first regularized 30,000 employees are now secured;
9. Strict implementation of “Nose-in, Nose out” in all provincial bus terminals along EDSA which greatly reduced traffic clogging in the largest avenue in the capital, even during this holiday season. The traffic in EDSA is costing the economy $2billion annually according to a JICA study.
10. Mass transit facilities are repaired and upgraded. Dilapidated Metrorail Transport System, an object of massive criticism for constantly bugging down in between terminals are now being upgraded, and all non-working elevators are repaired and functional.
11. GOLDEN AGE OF INFRASTRUCTURE
The Duterte government is allocating P3.8 trillion for infrastructures for the next 6 years dubbed as “The Golden Age of Infrastructure” in the country. Already, unemployment has gone down with its accelerated infrastructure spending for the first 6 months of the government using a budget crafted by its predecessor.
12. Executive Order on Freedom of Information covering the entire Executive branch of Government. The Duterte government has effectively preempted Congress’s constant dilly-dallying of the transparency measure for decades now. Everyone can now request any information pertaining to government spending and policies, purposely to curb graft and corruption through public participation. Exceptions to the measure are those which concerns only with “national security.”
13. Significant 80% reduction of corruption at the Bureau of Customs, resulting in a massive increase in import duty collection surpassing the target set by the previous administration. Reforms cost one life of an investigator. No more unauthorized opening of OFW boxes, greatly reducing pilferage and extortion. Installation of CCTV inside personnel office, and implemented a no-contact policy, direct bank payment of duties, and x-ray scanning of cargo trucks to facilitate and reduce importation processing time.
14. Terminated 100s of LTFRB personnel in charge of issuing transport licenses and franchise, and corrupt government workers from various agencies. Driver licenses are now being issued after a year delay due to endemic corruption within the transport agency. No more bogus franchise being issued after the internal syndicate was neutralized and removed recently.
15. Reduced processing time of Business Permits and Approval of Foreign Company Requirements nationwide to 3 days and 1 month, respectively. This radical measure is attracting more direct investments in the country.
16. Peace talks with the Communists led to reciprocated unilateral ceasefires and zero sporadic armed encounters in the countryside,
17. The good rapport of the president and his sincere and concrete engagement with the Moro Secessionist groups yielded good atmosphere for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the people in Muslim Mindanao. The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which covers an expanded area of Autonomous Muslim Mindanao is expected soon. This will form part of the articles in the initiated federalism movement to politically reconfigure the country according to ancestral and tribal domains.
18. Initiate constitutional changes on the form of the government from presidential to federal-parliamentary, which should give the regions enough authority to chart their own course for the future.
19. Recently inaugurated “Negosyo para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu”, or Entrepreneurship for Peace in Sulu, which is a business community and government collaboration to end the war, poverty and terrorism right inside the lair of the ISIS-affiliated Abu Sayyaf in Muslim Mindanao.
If there’s one video that you need to avoid watching let it not be this one.
This never before seen cooperation between the government and the Oligarchy could very well be the watershed that the country has been looking for to finally lift the country from its economic mediocrity. The Elite may have found the Duterte term as the most opportune time to atone for their sins, e.g. not paying their workers with a living wage, land grabs, political interference in connivance with foreign imperialists and outright economic sabotage through import smuggling.
Even prior to his presidential campaign, Duterte is already showing a good example of what a government should be. He conceptualized and implemented the following programs in his humongous hometown city of Davao:
•Development Code [City Ordinance 5004] – a comprehensive and integrated approach to protecting women in his city; empowers women to have equal number of slots in the local government offices;
•Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance – strictly prohibits smoking in all public places, except in carefully designated smoking areas;
•Anti-discrimination Ordinance – prohibits discrimination against PWDs, Lumads [natives], Muslims vs. Christians, gays and lesbians;
•Firecracker and Gunfiring Ban – prohibits the manufacture, sale and use of firecrackers, and gun-firing in celebration of holidays, etc.
•House of Hope which caters the needs of the sick, abandoned and maltreated housewives and children.
People in Davao confessed that even though Duterte might be tough on criminals during his 23-year mayoralty, but it is in the House of Hope which he established early on where his heart bleeds whenever he visits the facility.
All of these progressive measures will be strictly implemented nationwide.
Interspersed between these developments is his regular anti-drug lord, anti-corruption and anti-NWO rhetoric which is the only thing that the Western media love to blow up, and for which he doesn’t really care as much as the value of the message he wants to impart to the public about the true gravity of the situation and to tell the people who specifically are responsible for the dire conditions prior to his incumbency.
He banters on the inability of the Khazarian puppets to understand that threatening criminals is not a crime in this part of the world. His admission to actually killing criminals is one of those threats that without hard evidence would not land him to jail.
His prosecutorial experience allowed him to understand the mind of a criminal. He can speak in their language. More than that, he fully understands that the war on drugs could never be won with police actions only, but with the full, active cooperation of the family and the entire community.
COONVERGENCE OF NANAY VOLUNTEERS
… as much as he understood that the Muslim secessionist movements and terrorism will not end with the power of the guns alone, but with the help of the business sector and the entire society.
Above all, the Duterte government is giving the people the opportunity to dream again for a better future, a respite from 30 years of Oligarchic Rule which forced the parents to work abroad.
That is not how a genocidal mind works.
However, the evidence that the Duterte accusers in the West are culpable of the worst human rights record throughout history, is far too many to even be accommodated in this modest page. Their crimes against humanity have been committed throughout Asia, in the Middle East and even in Europe and America where these noisy institutions emanate from.
UNITED NATIONS' ATTACK
So, while the High Commissioner of Human Rights orders an investigation about Duterte’s killings as mayor of Davao City, the same UN Commission on Human Rights failed to explain to the world as to why they have accepted Saudi Arabia as a member and Chair to the UN Human Rights Council while the Arab country is busy bombing Yemeni children with US/UK made cluster bombs.
Indeed, there is no escape against their atrocities.
The manner by which these atrocities are perpetrated ranges from the use of bullets and bombs, to weaponized food and medicine, weaponized broadcasts of false and fabricated information, and through outright coercive geopolitics.
THE UKRAINE CRISIS
The agencies and organizations which perpetrated these atrocities are assembled in multi-layers of sophisticated predefined functions, yet compartmentalized enough from one another to avoid anyone from seeing the “big picture” or the ultimate object of the whole enterprise.
The Philippine ancestry was not engaged in cannibalism as portrayed in some journals authored by the West at the turn of the 20th century. Instead, there are direct first-hand witness testimonies and video accounts that the West is practicing cannibalism as part of their Satanic rituals, e.g. Svali, Leo Zagami, and many others.
Basically, pedophiles are running the Western world according to a few courageous Western investigative journalists themselves.
PEDOPHILES RUN THE WESTRERN GOVTS
This satanic arrangement goes all the way to the top of the Vatican totem pole.
If for a Duterte, death threats are dirt cheap, for the West, life disappears without warning.
National budget disappears without full accountability.
Every government policy is crafted and done in utmost secrecy. The Corporate Media and the police are completely conscripted towards a fascist dictatorship, where truth becomes fiction, and individual privacy, the innocent victim.
Crafting The Future
The president likens the Philippine economy to “an airliner taxiing on the runway at full speed, yet cannot lift itself off the ground” due to government corruption.
The recently signed General Appropriations Act of 2017 reflects the socially-inclined mindset of the Duterte administration, and his government fully commit that every cent of it be spent accordingly as appropriated and mandated by law.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday signed into law the P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017, his first appropriations measure as the country’s Chief Executive.
Republic Act No. 10924 or the General Appropriations Act (GAA) provides for allocations that are 11.6 percent higher than those in the 2016 general appropriations act that cost P3 trillion.
“Higher than last year’s budget, the 2017 budget of P3.35 trillion includes a sizeable increase in allocation of infrastructure projects, free education for state universities and colleges, universal health care, rice allowance for the poor, free irrigation subsistence, allowance for prisoners, pension for war veterans and centenarians that should directly benefit our citizens,” Duterte said in his speech after signing.
The Department of Education (DepEd) will receive the biggest chunk of the budget with P544.1 billion, as mandated by the Constitution.
The national budget also includes P58.72 billion for state universities and colleges and P18.7 billion for Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
“The GAA affirms the national government’s commitments to support the needs of our people to enhance basic social services and projects,” Duterte said.
“As the first budget of my administration, we ensure that it will be pro-people, pro-investment, pro-growth, and pro-development,” he added.
“The signing of the GAA affirms the national government’s commitments to support the needs of our people to enhance basic social services and projects,” Duterte said.
With a promise to make Duterte’s term the “golden age of infrastructure,” P454.7 billion was allocated to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and P53.3 billion for Department of Transportation (DoTr).
To continue the efforts against illegal drugs and improve peace and order in the country, the 2017 budget will include P148 billion for Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and P137.2 billion for the Department of National Defense (DND).
The Duterte administration granted P128.3 billion for Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Department of Health (DOH) was given an allocation of P96.3 billion. Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will get P53.22 billion from the national budget.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will also get P2 billion for the farmers.
KMP FREE IRRIGATIONS
“Farmers will no longer have to pay irrigation fees with P2 billion allocation for National Irrigation Administration… I’ve been wondering all these years why we have to pay for water,” he said.
The ceremonial signing of the national budget for 2017 was witnessed by lawmakers, business leaders, and development partners. —NB, GMA News
We are expecting that the Duterte Kitchen will also be enhanced and expanded next year as the first Duterte national budget comes into effect, and as more people become aware of the humble endeavor and volunteer their free time to the program.
It is also worth mentioning the positive responses of China to the peace initiatives of the current government in spite of the Hague Tribunal’s UNCLOS verdict in its favor, which tone down the rhetorics pertaining to the West Philippine Sea, or the South China Sea, and instead extended $24 billion worth of economic assistance without the Western style “carrot and stick” strings attached.
Aside from the Chinese government that is more than ready to provide financial support to the country’s massive infrastructure projects with easy-to-pay long term loans, and even supply arms to the government, Chinese philanthropists are also making their presence felt especially in the rehabilitation of 900,000 drug users who submitted themselves to the government.
The first 10,000 bed drug rehabilitation center in the Philippines is made possible with the help of the Chinese philanthropist, Huang Rulun, and the donated facility was inaugurated last November 29th, 2016.
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Observations On The Fist 100 Days Of The Duterte Administration
The first 100 Days of President Duterte from the viewpoint of the Local Business Community…
“I have seen presidents come and go. But the first 100 days that we are experiencing today, you know, has borne more fruits.”
– Donald Dee, chairman emeritus of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines
“We are very positive about what we’re seeing.”
– George Barcelon, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The first 100 Days of President Duterte from the viewpoint of the Foreign Business Community…
With all the foregoing facts and many more than we could ever fit into this page, we can rightfully say that both the Philippine Oligarchy, or the business community and the people at large need a tough and patriotic leadership as exemplified by Mayor Duterte and his cabinet secretaries.
Anything less, like the past weakling administrations of Jesuit puppet Corazon Aquino, CIA stooge Fidel V. Ramos, Actor Joseph E. Estrada, Jesuit economist Gloria M. Arroyo, and the most stupid of all Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, cannot produce the same results in just a span of 6 months.
Either by their sheer ineptitude, or outright insensitivity to the plight of the poor, all of the above post-Marcos governments allowed the country to turn into a NarcoState.
This is the most that a mainstream documentary can do to date on Duterte’s drug war…
Al Jazerra, however, failed to account for the Congressional hearings involving the drug lords running the drug distribution in the country who, under oath, pointed to Senator Leila Delima as their “Drug Queen” in the Philippines.
High-security inmate Jaybee Sebastian’s testimony shown below proved that the proliferation of illegal drugs during the incumbency of the then Secretary of Justice Leila Delima increased significantly, and this is due to the fact that the secretary demanded an increased drug sale activity by demanding a fix amount of protection money from every drug lord who are already incarcerated at the Bilibid National Penitentiary, purposely to fund her senatorial campaign for last May 2016 national elections.
Now, Senator Delima has just been awarded “Foreign Policy Global Thinker 2016” for standing up to Duterte.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Foreign Policy, an American magazine that focuses on foreign affairs, named Sen. Leila De Lima as one of its 100 Global Thinkers for 2016 for “standing up to an extremist leader.” – CNN Philippines
In much the same way as Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only to subsequently waged the most vicious attacks on Syria via terrorist proxies, Western imperialist “think tank” Foreign Policy extended an award to feed the ego of a morally bankrupt personality — one who admitted to have engaged in concubinage via mainstream broadcast.
FRAILTIES OF A WOMAN
“Frailties of a woman” as if all women are like her. No, he is not legally separated from his wife as admitted by Delima’s driver-lover-drug bagman Ronnie Dayan himself.
The same bagman also admitted to have picked up protection money from one of the drug lords testifying at the congressional hearings and has delivered the same money personally to Senator Delima on multiple occasions.
Video subtitles and translations here.
On the advice of Delima, this bagman has been hiding for several months before caught by the combined police and intelligence dragnet. Because of this, an “obstruction of justice” case was filed against the senator.
The Duterte government is now awaiting for the full disclosure and analysis of the Anti-Money Laundering body of the Central Bank pertaining to various accounts used in laundering drug money, prior to the filing of criminal charges relating illegal drugs against the sitting senator.
Ugly scenes at the top echelons of the Philippine government are what angered the people for the last 30 years. Their collective frustration at the failure of successive governments to curb corruption and criminality is the reason behind Mayor Duterte’s ascension to the presidency.
Sans CIA-Jesuit assassination, or “regime change” intervention, and the ability of the incumbent president to unite the people from all socioeconomic classes and political persuasions to one common objective, the best is yet to come for the Philippines.
Aside from the fiat monetary scam and bloodsoaked petrodollar, another significant source of funds for the Nazionist Khazarian Mafia is the “healthcare” industry which registered a whopping $3.09 trillion in 2014, and is projected to soar to $3.57 trillion in 2017, in the US alone. We believe that this is just a conservative figure.
We can all help the revolution by avoiding all Khazarian pharmaceutical drugs, defeat any viral attack and scaremongering, like the Zika virus, easily by knowing how to build our own comprehensive antiviral system. Find more about how we can kill three birds with one stone, right here.
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My Dad was a Naval officer in the Pacific war…I have always thought the Philippines an amazing place.
However, I never understood why this deeply religious country had so much poverty and astronomical wealth as well. India has a religion that believes in karma and reincarnation…but Christians and Muslims have no excuses.
I also feel the Pope should shutup about the environment until he categorically condemns the trade in ivory religious art that causes the slaughter of so many elephants…as well as the deaths of poachers and law enforcement. Catholics worldwide should call him out on such things.
Villegas: Let Christmas bring hope to banish fear and anger By: Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:00 AM December 25, 2016
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas,
Let not the festive Christmas air numb you to the senseless extrajudicial killings and let hope overcome fear and anger.
This was the Christmas message of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, who urged Filipinos not to be silenced by the numerous killings over the past six months.
“Let not the Christmas feasting become like morphine to numb us and make us forget,” Villegas said on Saturday.
“Christmas is not a story of anger and fear,” he said. “Christmas is hope, hope stronger than fear and anger.”
Villegas, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, has been outspoken against the spate of killings under the Duterte administration.
In his message, Villegas said Christmas was a feast of God, who came to make humanity beautiful again despite original sin.
However, he said this year’s celebrations had been marred by blood spilled on the streets, referring to the deaths linked to President Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. Nearly 6,000 people have been killed by police and unknown assailants since July 1.
He lamented the fate of families who have to endure the pain of trying to mix the joys brought by Christmas carols and their quiet grief over loved ones lost in the war on drugs.
“Their noche buena is bland and tasteless because the bitter taste of death is too strong to forget. There is a parol by the window at home but the unresolved murder at home outshines our Christmas lights,” he said.
He warned that anger has become so common that the world is being swallowed by a culture of revenge.
Villegas said that while living in anger, people also start living in fear—fearing for their lives and for their families—eventually allowing themselves to be silenced.
“We bury our heads in the sand and pretend that all is well. Christmas brings us pain not just joy,” Villegas said.
The archbishop reminded the faithful that Christ’s light of hope will melt all the madness with tenderness and compassion.
“This country cannot reach greatness under a blanket of fear and anger but under a mantle of hope and love,” he stressed.
He urged Filipinos not to be consumed by their anger or intimidated by their fears.
“For the ugliness of anger and fright that we have brought to the world, we stand up in battle and bring hope to our brothers and sisters,” Villegas said. “Let the rivers of hope flow. Let the lighthouses in the dark night shine out and guide. May we all be in that river! May we all be that lighthouse!”
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Robredo calls for unity among Pinoys By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 25, 2016 - 12:00am googleplus
“The message that the shepherds received (when Jesus Christ was born) is a message for all of us. It encourages us to exercise humility and listen to one another,” Vice President Leni Robredo said in a Christmas message. OVP/Released
MANILA, Philippines – With a majority of Filipinos fearing for their lives over the spate of killings in connection with the war against illegal drugs, Vice President Leni Robredo expressed hope yesterday that the Christmas season would empower the people to overcome darkness and bring happiness and unity throughout the nation.
“The message that the shepherds received (when Jesus Christ was born) is a message for all of us. It encourages us to exercise humility and listen to one another,” Robredo said in a Christmas message.
“It reminds us to share hope and not falter; spread love, not anger and resentment; bring unity, instead of deepening our rifts and divisions,” she added.
The Vice President expressed concern over a recent survey that showed that most Filipinos were worried about becoming victims in the campaign against illegal drugs of the Duterte administration.
“I am saddened that our countrymen are worried, at a time when all of us should be celebrating the season,” Robredo said.
But she stressed Jesus was born at a time when people were suffering from persecution, noting that his arrival brought hope to those living in fear.
“I believe that this season, we can push aside the darkness and bring joy and happiness to each and every one,” said the Vice President. “I hope that the shining lights and the brilliant decorations around us will also bring life to our hearts this Christmas.”
Christmas at Iloilo Business Park
Iloilo Business Park recently unveiled the first Paris-inspired Christmas village in the region, open to the public for free for the whole holiday season.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Ilonggos have so much to enjoy during the Christmas season with activities lined up at Iloilo Business Park, the biggest lifestyle hub in Iloilo developed by Megaworld. The township has got it all wrapped up for anyone to have the best Christmas season yet.
First ever Paris-inspired Christmas Village
Iloilo Business Park once again brings the magic of merry-making this holiday season with the first ever Paris-themed Christmas Village in Iloilo. Recently, the village was launched to the public with more exciting surprises such as the first Christmas-lighted Santa Claus dancers, live music performances, choir and carolling presentations, the unveiling of the Produkto Lokal food festival and a grand fireworks display.
“The Paris-themed Christmas Village is a magical and exciting place to visit during the Yuletide season in Iloilo," said Jennifer Ann Palmares-Fong, vice president for sales and marketing for Iloilo Business Park.
“This month-long activity is also Megaworld’s way of thanking the Ilonggos for their relentless support in establishing Iloilo Business Park as the grandest business and tourism hub in Western Visayas,” she added.
Most festive place for Christmas
A room at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
Aside from the Christmas Village, you can still do so much more at Iloilo Business Park during the holidays, making it the most festive place you can visit this season. For one, you can experience luxurious relaxation when you book a room at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo from Dec. 16, 2016 to Jan. 16, 2017. Room rates with breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi access, use of the hotel’s gym and pool start at P3,800. Come Christmas and New Year’s Eve weekend, Holiday Room Packages are available with an added sumptuous dinner buffet for two for as low as P5,800.
You can also spend your Christmas get-togethers in one of Iloilo Business Park’s various dining concepts. Whether you feel like listening to some live acoustic performances at Cable Car, satisfying your cravings for brunch favorites at Dova or tasting some hearty and organic dishes at Farm to Table, you are always welcome to enjoy the holiday season at Iloilo Business Park.
The perfect gift With the Christmas season already here, are you still thinking about the perfect gift to give your loved one? Since this is the best time of the year to show your appreciation, why not give them a gift that lasts a lifetime—a unit at Saint Honore, Iloilo Business Park’s newest residential tower with French-inspired architecture. With unique amenities and set in a vibrant township setting, Saint Honore is a gift that will not just ensure your money’s worth but also expresses your gratitude and love, especially during the most wonderful time of the year.
To know more about Iloilo Business Park and its lineup of events for the Christmas season, call (033) 330-3464 or visit http://www.facebook.com/IBPofficial and http://www.iloilobusinesspark.ph .
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YEARENDER: DAR sets up farm business schools in communities By Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 25, 2016 - 12:00am googleplus
A farmer harvests rice at a farm in Sta. Ignacia town, Tarlac. KRIZJOHN ROSALES
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) started the year by setting up farm business schools (FBS) in selected communities in different provinces.
Former agriculture secretary Virgilio de los Reyes explained the FBS was designed to transform farmer-beneficiaries from producers of raw farm goods to becoming agri-entrepreneurs.
At the FBS, farmer-beneficiaries are taught overall farm management techniques, from production to marketing, to increase and ensure the quality of their harvests, raise their income and improve the standards of their living.
“The main objective of the project is to attain food security, improve the small farmers’ access to the market and increase their income,” De los Reyes said.
With the help of the Department of Agriculture, the FBS was initially pilot-tested in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija.
The FBS is being supported by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The initial success of the project led to its being replicated in 15 more localities, namely La Trinidad, Benguet; Sarrat, Ilocos Norte; Luna, Isabela; Santa Rita/Bacolor, Pampanga; Sariaya, Quezon; Roxas, Palawan; Ocampo, Camarines Sur; Badiangan, Iloilo; Balilihan, Bohol; Maasin, Southern Leyte; Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur; Tudela, Misamis Occidental; Kiblawan, Davao del Sur; Tampakan, South Cotabato, and Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.
De los Reyes also disclosed the department has engaged in early preparations of its end of term and transition report to be handed over to the incoming DAR secretary.
“This will give the incoming DAR chief a clear picture of the state of agrarian reform and will enable him to immediately determine the priorities of the next administration and set the direction of the department in the next six years,” he said.
Tear down the wall
Come turnover rites on July 1, newly appointed Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano was warmly welcomed by the DAR transition team.
In his farewell speech, De los Reyes said he was a “synthetic farmer.”
“Having been the grandson of a Batangas farmer, but Ka Paeng is the real farmer,” he said.
For his part, Mariano, a farmer-leader who once led the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, announced an open-door policy in the once heavily guarded bureaucracy of the DAR.
Mariano Says: “First 100 Days is the beginning of genuine land reform for farmer-tenants” on 07 October 2016. news national 2 pix 1 oct. 7 2016Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano said his office was “rectifying the policy mistakes of the old DAR to begin the process of implementing genuine agrarian reform in the first 100 days of the Duterte administration.”
With his open-door policy, rallies will reportedly grow and strengthen in support of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Program. Mariano urged DAR employees to welcome farmer groups and to assist them in their concerns.
A few days after assuming office, Mariano opened the DAR gates, which he described as the walls that hinder farmers and other stakeholders of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) from gaining complete access to the department.
Mariano himself hammered the padlocks and opened the front gates of the DAR administration building.
“The opening of the DAR gates ushers the start of continuing and productive dialogues between the DAR and the CARP stakeholders. This also ended years of estrangement between the DAR officials and agrarian reform stakeholders, especially the farmers,” he said.
It was in 2002 when the DAR management ordered the gates permanently padlocked after protesting farmers stormed and locked the door of the secretary’s office.
The farmer protesters, for their part, dismantled their makeshift camps.
The farmers said they are clearing the campsite in a show of solidarity with the new DAR leadership.
Mariano, upon assuming office, immediately recommended to President Duterte to issue an executive order calling for a moratorium on the acceptance of application for land use conversion.
Mariano said the EO should also cover applications for exemption/exclusion of land from the coverage of the CARP, other agrarian reform laws and programs.
The moratorium will reportedly protect and ensure the rights of farmers.
Mariano also promised the DAR will review/revoke conversion clearances issued if the landowners/applicants failed to completely implement development plan within the five-year period after the issuance of conversion order.
Liberal land reform
In response, President Duterte agreed to Mariano’s proposal to issue a moratorium on land use conversion. Duterte approved the proposal during a meeting of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Committee in Malacañang. The President also expressed support for Mariano’s proposal to condone penalties for farmers on land amortization following their inability to pay said amortization of their DAR awarded lands through the Land Bank of the Philippines
On Aug. 25, Mariano ordered the distribution of 358.22 hectares of prime agricultural lands in Barangays Belete and CutCut, Tarlac City, which is owned and managed by Tarlac Development Corp.-Hacienda Luisita of the Aquino-Cojuangco family.
TADECO, then owned and/or controlled by the Jose Cojuangco Sr. Group, bought the sugar estate famously known as Hacienda Luisita from its Spanish owner Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinas (Tabacalera).
On Aug. 23, 1988, TADECO organized the Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) as a spin-off corporation, and then assigned and conveyed its 4,915.75-hectare property to HLI. The Alyansa ng Manggagawang Bukid ng Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA) Inc., an organization of farmworkers in Hacienda Luisita, filed a petition seeking the coverage of the subject properties under the CARP.
AMBALA asserted their rights over the properties as potential farmer-beneficiaries under the country’s agrarian reform program.
Mariano explained the 358.22 hectares is outside the 4,915-hectare HLI property subjected to CARP by the Supreme Court.
Mariano, in effect, denied the protest filed by TADECO for lack of merit and ordered the property covered under the agrarian reform program.
Aside from monitoring the implementation of the SC order, which primarily covered HLI landholdings placed under the stock distribution option, Mariano vowed to fulfill DAR’s prime mandate to cover for land reform all available agricultural areas in Hacienda Luisita.
The DAR under Mariano’s leadership also pledged to press charges against “financiers” or aryendadors who coerce, lure and swindle beneficiaries.
“The aryendo system must stop. They must be charged for obstruction of land reform in Hacienda Luisita. We have received reports of wide-ranging disenfranchisement of farmer-beneficiaries in Luisita. Beneficiaries who were also victimized by the rampant aryendo or illicit lease-back system utilized by so-called ‘financiers’ must not be disqualified from land reform,” Mariano said.
During the deliberation of the DAR’s proposed P10.1-billion budget for 2017 last September, Mariano enjoined senators to pass a new law that will expand the coverage of the government’s agrarian reform program and introduce a free or low-cost land distribution scheme.
Mariano urged the Senate committee on finance headed by Sen. Loren Legarda to study the possibility of passing a new agrarian reform law.
“At present, DAR’s legal mandate still emanates from Republic Act No. 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988. This law continues to give DAR the power to acquire, administer, distribute and develop agricultural lands for agrarian reform purposes even after expiration of the period for Land Acquisition and Distribution in 2014. However, there remain several limitations in our current legal mandate,” Mariano explained.
“This is why we take this opportunity to ask the Senate to also help the department in passing a new agrarian reform law that will expand the mandate of the DAR and facilitate the coverage of more than 621,000 hectares of agricultural lands not yet covered by our agrarian reform program,” he added.
Mariano said the new legislation should consider coverage of lands previously exempted or excluded from agrarian reform coverage at the least cost, if not free, to farmers.
Mariano said the DAR has a leaner budget for fiscal year 2017, adding the recommended DAR budget as included in 2017 National Expenditure Program amounts to P10.14 billion.
“Using this proposed P10.1 billion budget, the DAR under the Duterte administration seeks to efficiently serve our farmers through the provision of ample support services, speedy resolution of agrarian disputes and protecting the rights and welfare of our poor peasants,” Mariano said.
Last November, DAR also created a national task force that would be responsible for installing agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in landholdings that had been awarded to them under the land reform program.
Named the “National Task Force for ARBs Installation,” Mariano stressed the need to address seriously the saddening experiences of farmer-beneficiaries, their inability to till and enjoy the fruits of their farmlands due to the continued harassment and intimidation exerted against them by the former landowners.
Initial report as of Sept. 30 this year showed there are a total of 28,586 farmer-beneficiaries, who are already awarded with CLOAs, but are still not in possession of their shared farm lots.
Western Visayas (Region 6) has the highest number of uninstalled farmer-beneficiaries at 13,776, with Negros Occidental accounting for 9,588. Eastern Visayas comes next with 8,495, all from the province of Leyte.
On Nov. 18, Mariano, along with other so-called progressive members of President Duterte’s Cabinet, found themselves in a difficult situation in the aftermath of the controversial hero’s burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
One of those who expressed opposition to the burial at the Libingan was martial law victim Mariano.
Mariano was asked if he would resign as DAR secretary as a form of protest but the official said he would soldier on as a member of Duterte’s Cabinet.
“We are one with the thousands of people protesting the burial of Marcos at the LNMB. Before we entered the government, we are already aware of the differences we have with President Duterte on some issues. Despite our opposing stance on the Marcos burial, we continue to engage him on this matter,” he said.
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Aleppo Christians prepare war-ravaged church for Christmas Published December 24, 2016 6:57am By MAHER AL-MOUNES, AFP
Saint Elias Cathedral in east Aleppo Old City, pictured on December
ALEPPO, Syria - Inside Aleppo's crumbling Saint Elias Cathedral, Nehme Badawi and his brother Bashir rummage through the snow-covered rubble for wood and scrap metal to make a crude Nativity scene for Christmas.
The roof of the famed church in Aleppo's Old City had collapsed years ago under a salvo of rocket fire, and bright white flakes floated down and rested on the destruction inside.
"We're using whatever debris we can find to symbolize the triumph of life over death," says 53-year-old Nehme, as he gathered broken tree branches to decorate the scene.
After more than four years of fierce fighting, the guns have fallen silent in Syria's second city just a few days before Christmas.
Christmas in Aleppo: Christians Feel God Is With Them in City UN Calls 'Hell' PHOTO: (PHOTO/CAPTION: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail)Red Crescent members hold hands while rebel fighters and civilians wait to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 18, 2016.
The army announced on Thursday that it had fully recaptured Aleppo, putting an end to the violence that transformed the city from a hub of culture and history into a worldwide symbol of destruction.
Aleppo's small Catholic minority has wasted no time in trying to bring life back to the ruins of Saint Elias, preparing the church for its first Christmas mass in five years.
Along with his brother and a group of boy scouts, Bashir is surrounded by overturned church pews, pieces of corrugated metal and scraps of wood strewn across the floor.
"The emotional impact is much bigger and deeper than the material loss," he says.
From destruction to celebration
"All our memories are here -- this is where we celebrated all our feast days, our joys," Bashir says.
"We want to transform all this destruction into something beautiful."
The church's snow-covered front yard -- typically lit in bright colors in preparation for the holidays -- stands as a testament to some of the worst violence of Syria's war.
Nearby buildings are blackened by fires and the cathedral's own entrance, flanked by two massive clock towers, bore the markings of rocket fire.
Rebel fighters and civilians wait near damaged buildings to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 18, 2016. Picture taken December 18, 2016. image: http://d.christianpost.com/full/102071/aleppo.jpg
When rebels first overran Aleppo's east in mid-2012, the famed old quarter became one of the city's most notorious front lines.
Fighting destroyed the 11th-century minaret of Aleppo's famed Ummayad mosque and heavily damaged its citadel.
It also forced most of Aleppo's Christians, which made up 10 percent of the pre-war population, to flee.
There are only about 100,000 Christians left in Aleppo out of the 250,000 before the war, according to demographic expert Fabrice Balanche.
Almost all of them stayed in the government-held part of the city.
"We came back to the church three days ago, as soon as we found out that the military operations were nearing their end," Bashir says.
He and the young boy scouts carefully set up figures for the nativity scene -- the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph the carpenter are positioned next to a cow and a lamb, facing the wise men and a shepherd.
‘Broke our hearts’
An angel has been precariously fixed to the roof of the makeshift shed with some rope.
The red, green, and gold decorations appeared particularly bright amid the dull tones of destruction.
"I'm 24 years old, and I spent 20 years of my life here. We came every day, but we were deprived of our church these past four years," says scout Tony Mardini, as he blows into his hands to keep them warm.
"During the war years, as soon as we heard rocket fire or an explosion, we came to check on the church and we'd see the damage get worse," he says.
"We were sad -- it broke our hearts."
He and fellow scouts have mobilized quickly in recent days, using Facebook and Whatsapp to invite relatives and friends to Sunday's Christmas service.
As he discusses his plans for his first Christmas in Saint Elias in five years, Mardini breaks out into a smile.
"It's among these ruins that we will have our reunion," he says. — Agence France-Presse
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Watch: These Christmas messages for Syrian refugees by Londoners will restore your faith in humanity FacebookTwitterGoogle+Email By: Trends Desk | Kolkata | Published:December 22, 2016 3:44 am
The presenter asked people shopping at a Christmas market to share their messages for the Syrian refugees in the country. (Source: Shape History/Youtube) WATCH VIDEO BELOW
Amid all the heartbreak and tears, Christmas is at least bringing some cheer into their lives.
There is no escaping the harsh reality of Aleppo and the Syrian refugees fleeing the country to save their lives. If the images of children and helpless innocents from the war-torn country hasn’t teared you up, the ‘last call’ messages that have flooded Twitter will definitely break your heart.
Alongside these heart-wrenching tales, there is also an alarming rise in Islamophobia and negative notion about Syrian refugees in many European countries. The recent horrific bus attack in Berlin didn’t do much to better things either. But as part of a social experiment, a group decided to show a Syrian refugee what people actually thought about them coming into another country. In the video, Londoners were asked to share their message for the refugees Syria.
And their words are sure to restore your faith in humanity.
With Christmas cheer in the air in the West and people all pumped up with festive fever, these refugees have been battling for life and shelter. Social media campaign agency at Shape History carried out a small experiment in the UK capital and asked residents if they had any Christmas message for the Syrians refugees in the country.
The agency’s host Mike Buonaiuto asked many people how they felt and positive responses were heart-warming. However, Bouonaiuto was not alone. He was accompanied by a Syrian national, Bayan, who heard the messages discreetly over a headphone.
Many agreed that they could not even begin to imagine what the Syrians are going through, and said they were all welcomed in the city of London. Some even shared their message in broken Arabic and it brought tears to Bayan listening to the messages at a distance. He was brought over to meet some of them too, and was greeted by a warm hug and lot of affection.
Presenter Bouonaiuto explained to one woman that Bayan himself had spent 48 hours in a cardboard box on the back of a truck driving across Jordan before he safely reached the UK.
Watch video here
Among videos of bleeding children who rarely cry and citizens fleeing war being slammed away, this video is what the world needs to see and the timing is just right.
WATCH: THE HUGS AND THE MESSAGES
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