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Something for Filipinos to Ponder This Earth Day


Fernando Amorsolo's “Mango Pickers” painting depicts a lush, idyllic Philippines. Photo: kahimyang.com

s people celebrated earth Day all across the planet, Filipinos need to take pause and start championing our planet’s welfare in earnest. The Philippines once had an abundance of natural resources: lush forests, crystal-clear rivers and streams, and all manner of flora and fauna.

Today, much of that is gone. The country’s soil has been over-tilled or mismanaged by unsound farming practices; its rivers and streams polluted; its mangroves and coral reefs all but destroyed; its forests denuded; and this is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

The country’s population has exploded with almost total abandon, thanks to the Catholic Church’s stranglehold on family planning and the almost medieval version of Catholicism it aggressively espouses throughout the archipelago.

Drive around Metro Manila and you see nothing but soot-darkened houses and buildings under a yellow-brown sky. Visit parts of Manila and the “open sewer” stench of the esteros and canals will be enough to drive you away.

It would be great if President Rodrigo Duterte focuses more on this issue instead of his so-called “war on drugs.” But that might be asking too much from a person who seems more visceral than intellectual. So if this administration won’t listen or act, than we Filipinos have to step up to the challenge and collectively work to reverse the country’s environmental degradation.  It is really that important. Because, even though we already feel the effects our decades of mismanagement has caused, it will be future generations of Filipinos who will receive the full brunt of nature’s wrath if we do nothing. Published 4/22/2017



Choosing Between the United States and China

Since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office, he seems to have made it his personal mission to steer the country away from the United States and towards China. And while generations of Filipinos have seen their country as one of America’s staunchest allies in the region, many have followed the president and now look to China as the Philippines’ new “best friend” ... Published 4/9/2017


Will the Communist-led Insurrection in the Philippines Finally Come to an End?

The On April 5, 2017, the government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) signed an interim agreement that could eventually lead to a cessation of hostilities between the Communist rebel group and the Philippine Army ... Published 4/5/2017


Is Senator Alan Peter Cayetano a Philippine Citizen?

The names of singer Tina Turner, actor Jet Li and Philippine Senator Alan Peter Cayetano are all included in a Wikipedia list of distinguished former United States citizens who relinquished their nationality and whose relinquishment is memorialized in the official “Federal Register” of distinguished former US citizens ... Published 3/29/2017


Immigrants Are Human Beings Who Just Want a Better Life

Immigration laws are relatively new. These man-made laws were instituted long after countries and national boundaries were already in existence. When there were no immigration laws people moved freely from one place to another. Famines, wars, natural disasters, plagues, poverty, personal problems, economic reasons, political oppression, etc. are the usual reasons for migration ... Published 3/11/2017


TNTs Fear Trump’s Enforcement Surge

The affectionate Filipino term for a deportable alien in the U.S. is “TNT”, short for “Tago ng Tago” or always hiding. It also stands for “Takot na Takot” or very afraid. These two translations of the acronyms accurately describe their ever fearful state since President Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began rounding up TNTs from countries all over the world in the last two weeks ... Published 2/27/2017


The Slut-shaming Misogyny of the Duterte Administration

The idea of a Women’s March in Washington, DC first arose on November 9 when a Hawaiian grandmother posted on her Facebook page that she wanted to protest the election of Donald Trump on the day after his inaugural. Her simple suggestion quickly spread like a prairie fire on social media and concrete plans for a January 21 Women’s March on Washington were laid out with the goal of sending a message to Trump and to the world that “women’s rights are human rights” ... Published 2/9/2017


LeniLeaks and the Martin Andanar Obsession

Christmas is still more than 11 months away but I have already been inundated with emails, phone calls and Facebook messages from friends begging to be invited to my next Christmas party all thanks to the “LeniLeaks” charge of Pres. Duterte’s Communications Secretary Martin Andanar ... Published 1/20/2017


Why Does Duterte Remain So Popular with Filipinos?

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy the trust and support of the vast majority of Filipinos. According to the Social Weather Station (SWS), the country’s leading polling entity, their fourth quarter survey, done on December 3-6, 2016, showed that 81% of adult Filipinos gave Duterte much trust ... Published 1/8/2017


Supporters of Duterte’s extrajudicial killings (EJK) Violate US Immigration Law

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy the trust and support of the vast majority of Filipinos. According to the Social Weather Station (SWS), the country’s leading polling entity, their fourth quarter survey, done on December 3-6, 2016, showed that 81% of adult Filipinos gave Duterte much trust ... Published 12/28/2016


Happy Holidays to PHILNEWS Readers the World Over

We’ve been around now for 20 years, so we would like to take the opportunity to say a heart-felt “Thank You” to all who, in one way or another, have been with us during our two decades of online existence. To those of you who’ve sent us your comments (or continue to send us your comments), our special “thanks” ... Published 12/23/2016


Expose Duterte’s Demonic Lies and Brutality to Protect All Filipinos

When we sincerely seek to do good, when we speak the truth, when we try to prevent evil, when we are kind to people, when we help them, when we seek justice, when we seek a kinder gentler world, there are those who will still hate and harm us, even those whom we are trying to help ... Published 12/17/2016


Okay, Maybe Donald Trump Has Got It Right This Time

The On December 4, President-elect Donald Trump sent out a couple of tweets that the “liberal media” immediately pounced on as “warmongering” by an obviously unqualified diplomatic novice who will soon be moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ... Published 12/11/2016


The Ironic Twist in the Trump-Duterte Lovefest

The day after Donald Trump won the US presidency in a stunning upset, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte declared the end of his personal war with the United States. “I don’t want to fight now that Trump’s there. I would like to congratulate President Trump. Mabuhay, Mr. Trump!" ... Published 12/05/2016


Revising History: A Libingan Burial Will Not Change the Truth

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the Marcos family are now realizing, a burial a burial at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani cemetery will not make former dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero in the eyes of the tens of millions of Filipinos who lived through his brutal Martial Law regime ... Published 11/25/2016


The Good News is that Duterte will not Declare Martial Law

With I am absolutely confident that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will not declare martial law. This confidence is based on the bountiful evidence that the Filipino people seem entirely too willing to voluntarily surrender their fundamental constitutional rights so there would be no need to formally declare martial law ... Published 11/19/2016


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‘SHE DESERVES IT’ | De Lima camp not surprised by senator’s inclusion in Time’s most influential people list
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Senator Leila De Lima is not surprised by TIME’s inclusion of the senator in the magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. The detained senator’s lead counsel, Filibon Tacardon, on Friday said, “Her continuing fight for human rights and against extra-judicial killings really deserves commendation not only locally but also internationally.”

China to probe alleged harassment of Filipino fishermen in S. China Sea
BEIJING, April 22 -- China will also look into reports that Filipino fishermen have been driven away allegedly by the Chinese Coast Guard from Union Bank in the South China Sea, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Pres. Duterte must make the right move in US-North Korea conflict
The United States has sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula. The message is clear: a show of military and naval force in the Pacific as a warning to North Korea that the United States is prepared to strike, if need be, should North Korea’s provocative nuclear tests escalate into armed conflict.

National government registers P23.7-B fiscal deficit for February 2017
MANILA, April 22 -- The National Government (NG) ran a P23.7 billion deficit for February 2017, a third lower than last year as revenue generation outpaced spending growth for the period. The trend is reflected as well in the lower cumulative shortfall from January to February amounting to P21.5 billion against P38.1 billion in 2016.

US to Rody: Stick to drug-war vows
MALACAÑANG on Friday called on the United States not to jump to conclusions after the US State Department urged Manila to stick to its commitment to investigate the growing number of extrajudicial killings in the government’s war on drugs, the first such call since US President Donald Trump took office.

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