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BY ED LIBRANDA

Marcos Governance Should Be Colorless

Presumptive President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. needs to govern his incoming administration without looking at who wears the color during the 2022 National Election.

Whatever the political persuasion of the candidates, President-elect Bongbong Marcos should look beyond the color of their political parties. If the candidate deserves to be considered a member of his cabinet, then Marcos should offer him the opportunity to prove his best.

But of course, incoming president Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. has the right to appoint members of his cabinet to certain people whom he believes have his trust and belief. Will he ignore nepotism to place relatives in the government bureaucracy?

Initially, the first year of governance is a challenging period. Nepotism is the foundation of the cabinet of the outgoing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte come June 30. He built his cabinet based on his and his cronies' personal and political interests.

The fate of PRRD's friends, like the former head of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Ismael 'Mile' Sueno, who was fired by PRRD in 2017, is expected to be the same as the fate of Bongbong Marcos' friends and kin. Next was Peter Lavina, the former chief of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). Lavina worked as Davao City Administrator during the term of PRRD as Davao City Mayor.

It will be a big challenge on BBM's side during his first two years of governance. Vetting of candidates to fill his cabinet and those of various government agencies will serve as a show window of what BBM's government will be like.

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2022 HIMIG NG KALAYAAN CONCERT, 12 JUNE 2022, DAR CONSTITUTION HALL WASHINGTON DC

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Join us in celebrating the 124th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence through a special concert entitled “Himig ng Kalayaan: Celebrating Filipino Excellence and Heritage” brought to you by The Filipino Channel in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. 


It will be a night of music celebrating our Filipino bayanihan spirit on June 12, 2022 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. Gates open at 6:00PM so invite your family and friends and be serenaded by our very own Concert King Martin Nievera, Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha, and The Broadway Barkada from New York. 
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SEC. LOCSIN AND AMB. ROMUALDEZ WELCOMED BY U.S. PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR WHITE HOUSE DINNER

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United States President Joseph Biden, Jr. welcomes Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez to the White House where the US president is hosting a dinner for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
President Biden is hosting the US-ASEAN Special Summit from May 12 to 13 where discussions will focus on strengthening ties between the US and ASEAN, the digital economy, sustainability, regional energy transition, economic cooperation, healthcare and supply chain resilience, among others.
 

PERSPECTIVE

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RIGOBERTO TIGLAO

The people have their reasons

By Rigoberto Tiglao. May 16, 2022, Republished from Tthe Manla Times

 

OR more precisely, the Filipino people's will in choosing their presidents has its reasons and its logic, which the Finks just don't understand or refuse to understand. Comprehending it and the people's decision last May 9 is unsurprising.

The key point to understand is that contrary to the flawed "history" and narratives crafted under the three Yellow regimes and its powerful oligarch — and US-owned media apparatus — EDSA I was never the will of the majority of Filipinos.

At most, only 20 percent supported it — mostly in Metro Manila and Cebu and supported by the US and the elites. The crushing of the RAM-led coups right after EDSA in 1986, however, intimidated the nation to accept the three Yellow regimes (Cory's, Ramos' and Aquino 3rd) and their narratives.

The people, however, managed to get their voices heard in the first elections after EDSA 1. In 1992, Imelda Marcos and Marcos' most powerful ally, Eduardo Cojuangco, together got 28 percent of the votes. If the two had only united, they would have beaten Fidel Ramos, who got only 24 percent, which would have meant the restoration of Marcos' rule democratically. But then, one would wonder why Ramos even got that many votes if he was head of the Philippine Constabulary, which would have been responsible for the alleged widespread human rights abuses during martial law.

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Can I Safely Travel If I Am Out Of Status?

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IMMIGRATION CORNER - Michael J. Gurfinkel

 

Many people in the US are out of status but need to fly, either for business or family functions, such as a wedding, graduation, etc. When they consult with me, I am often asked

- Is it safe for me to travel or fly within the US if I’m out of status?


- Will I be caught at the airport by ICE or CBP if I try to fly within the US?
- What kind of documents can I show TSA to get on the plane if I’m out of status?
- What about flying internationally, will I be able to come back?


It is possible for people to fly within the US, even if they are out of status, and the TSA lists several acceptable documents to enable people to clear security at airports. This is especially important because starting in May 2023, if a person presents a driver’s license to TSA, the license has to comply with the REAL ID requirements, which include demonstrating a person’s lawful status. Obviously, if a person is out of status, they would not be able to do so.

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BUSINESS

ASEAN-wide implementation of Go Negosyo partnership to start


By Louella Desiderio - The Philippine Star , May 11, 2022 | 12:00am


MANILA, Philippines — Go Negosyo’s mentorship program for small businesses is set to be implemented across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries beginning this month.

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said in a statement yesterday the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurship Network (AMEN) would start its second phase following a $333,943 grant from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) last March.

“We are grateful to the JAIF for making this possible,” said Concepcion, the proponent of AMEN, a legacy project of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council–Philippines in which he serves as chairman.

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Increased tourist arrivals seen with more flights via Clark

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(Photo courtesy of Clark International Airport)

May 2, 2022, 2:22 pm PNA

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is seeing a boost in tourist arrivals in the coming months as Clark International Airport added more flights in its new passenger terminal beginning May 2.

Dubbed as a new world-class gateway, Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal building will serve both domestic and international flights.

 

Two of South Korea’s largest low-cost airlines were among the new air carriers added to the list of airlines that would be operating direct flights from Clark.
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Biden hails new era with ASEAN

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President Joe Biden talks with Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah during a family photo for the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit on the South Lawn of the White House on May 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. Southeast Asian Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are visiting Washington, DC for a special summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden.(Getty Images / AFP / Drew Angerer)

BBy Janvic Mateo - The Philippine Star , May 15, 2022 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — US President Joe Biden said on Friday a first summit in Washington with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marked the launch of a “new era” in the relationship between the United States and the 10-nation bloc.

In a joint 28-point vision statement after a two-day meeting, the two sides took what analysts called a symbolic step of committing to raise their relationship from a strategic partnership to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” in November.
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MAY 16 - 23, 2022

Marcos visits father's grave

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Presumptive President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. visits the grave of his father, President Ferdinand.E. Marcos. (Photos fromBongbong Marcos media team)

By Catherine S. Valente, TMT, May 11, 2022


MANILA, Philippines — PRESUMPTIVE president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has visited the grave of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City

A photo released by his camp on Wednesday showed Marcos paying his respects to his father the day before after it became apparent that he would be the country's next president based on the huge lead he has over his rivals as shown by the partial and unofficial results of the elections on May 9.

As of 11:17 a.m Wednesday, Marcos garnered 31.08 million votes as against his closest opponent Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo's 14.8 million in 98.25 percent of election returns.

 

Marcos first entered into politics when he became Ilocos Norte's vice-governor at the age of 23 in 1980 while his father ruled the country under martial law.

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Marcos: Sara to be DepEd chief

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Photo shows Vice President elect Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio (File Photo)

 

By Elizabeth Marcelo - The Philippine Star , May 12, 2022 | 12:00am


MANILA, Philippines — Presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has chosen his running mate, presumptive vice president Sara Duterte-Carpio, to be the next secretary of the Department of Education.

In a brief statement to the media after a closed-door meeting with his transition team yesterday afternoon, Marcos announced his pick for the education department.

“I think I am already authorized to announce the first nominee that we will be giving to the Commission on Appointments when the time comes, should I be proclaimed (as president) – and that is, that our incoming vice president has agreed to take the brief of the Department of Education,” Marcos said.

Marcos did not take any questions from the media after giving his statement but assured them that he will be giving updates “in the next few days about what’s going on” in his team’s planning amid his imminent victory in the presidential race.

 

“ So, I talked to Inday Sara. I asked her if she can take on the job, because being the secretary of education is a very tough job, and she agreed to take it. I think it is because she’s a mother and she wants to make sure that her children are well-trained and well-educated and that’s the best motivation that we can hope for,” Marcos said in English and Filipino.
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At least 3 vying for

Senate president

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Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is the latest candidate for the post, although he is the first to declare his intention to head the Senate.

By Paolo Romero - The Philippine Star , May 14, 2022 | 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — At least three senators will be slugging it out for the post of Senate president, who should be elected before the 19th Congress opens its first regular session on July 25.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is the latest candidate for the post, although he is the first to declare his intention to head the Senate.

“I’m vying for the Senate presidency. I have some good plans for the institution,” Gatchalian told, “The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One News Thursday, adding that he is banking on his six years of experience in the Senate and the “relationships” he has forged with fellow senators.

 

In fact, he claims to be in “talks” with some of his colleagues about his bid to be the next Senate president; and among them are previously reported early contenders for the post – Sen. Cynthia Villar and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri.
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Duterte calls for the abolition of party-list system
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with key government officials prior to his "Talk to the People" at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on May 11, 2022. (Presidential photo / Joey Dalumpines)

By Alexis Romero - Philstar.com, May 12, 2022 | 7:03pm
 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte called for the abolition of the party-list system under the next administration, saying the mechanism is being used by leftists to deceive and destroy the government.

Speaking during a meeting with some Cabinet members last Wednesday, Duterte claimed leftist groups have not done anything but to trick the government.

"I recommend the abolition of the party-list (system). It is being used. Although they are...a few, who still, participate in the government that they wish to destroy. It's ridiculous. They enter the government, they participate in the governance process and yet...what they really want is to destroy that government and replace it with theirs," Duterte said in Filipino.

 

"The party-list system has to be scrapped by the next president. It would be as good as any other time to initiate whether to convert Congress into a constituent body or call for a constitutional convention but which is very expensive to do," he added.

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Paul Soriano, the creative behind the BBM win

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Paul Soriano(left) with presumptive president Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr.

 

Published May 13, 2022, 12:05 AM, by Anna Mae Lamentillo, MB


NIGHT OWL


Presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s campaign highlighted two things: unity and positivity. His message resonated well with Filipinos as evidenced by his landslide win to become the 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Apart from his campaign rallies, BBM’s message was relayed through his television and online advertisements, which kindled hope and inspiration. These are the kinds of ads you would not mind watching all over again because of the positive emotions that they evoke.

The creative behind these ads is Paul Soriano, multi-awarded director who rose to fame for his films, including “Thelma,” which bagged the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards at the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Awards in 2012; and “Siargao,” which won Best Director award at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in 2017.

Direk Paul’s production company, TEN17P, has produced critically acclaimed and groundbreaking films, such as “Transit,” “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis,” “Dukot,” “Dagitab,” and “Mariquina,” among many others. He is also renowned in concerts, music videos and TV commercial scenes.
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Mga Bakuna laban sa COVID-19: Isang Paraan para Parangalan ang Pamana, Komunidad, at Pamilya sa Buwan ng Pamana ng AANHPI 

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Binibigyang-diin ng CDC at ng We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign ang pagiging available ng bakuna at ang pangangailangang ipagpatuloy ang ligtas na mga kasanayan. 

, Mula sa Staff

Habang pinararangalan at ipinagdiriwang ng ating mga komunidad ng Asyano Amerikano, Katutubong Hawayano, at Taga-Isla Pasipiko (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander [AANHPI]) sa buong bansa ang magkakaibang kontribusyong ginawa natin sa Estados Unidos, pinaaalalahanan tayo na patuloy na ginagawang posible ng mga bakuna at booster laban sa COVID-19 na magtipon tayo nang ligtas sa mga pampubliko at pribadong lugar.

Simula noong ika-12 ng Mayo, iniulat ng CDC na mahigit sa 258 milyong Amerikano (lahat ng kwalipikadong edad) ang nagpasyang magpabakuna. Sa kasalukuyan, mahigit sa 12.8 milyong Asyano (hindi-Hispaniko) at 618,000 Katutubong Hawayano at Taga-Islang Pasipiko na may edad na 5 taong gulang at mas matanda ang tumanggap ng hindi bababa sa isang bakuna laban sa COVID-19. Bukod pa rito, 95% ng mas matatandang Amerikano ang nabakunahan na—iyon ay 56.5 milyong nasa hustong gulang na may edad na 65 taong gulang at mas matanda—isang makabuluhang tagumpay sa pangangalaga sa mga matatanda sa ating komunidad mula noong nakaraang taon. 
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Robin Padilla to hire Panelo as ‘legislative consultant, adviser, mentor’

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By: Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQINQUIRER.net / 09:11 PM May 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Potential winner in the 2022 senatorial race Robin Padilla was considering hiring Atty.  Salvador Panelo as his “legislative consultant, adviser, and mentor.”

The political rookie in a Facebook post admitted that he would need Panelo’s help in crafting laws in the Senate, notably in his plan to push the country’s shift to federalism


“Kailangan ko ng pambato sa usapin ng batas pagdating sa Senado. Ang pagpapalit ng saligang batas ay hindi magiging madali sapagkat ang babanggain nito ay ang kasalukuyang naghaharing mga oligarko nakakubli sa 1987 Constitution,” Padilla wrote.

(I need someone in legislative discussions in the Senate. Charter change will not be easy since this would go against the rule of oligarchs under the 1987 Constitution.)

Bismillah Kailangan ko ng pambato sa usapin ng batas pagdating sa senadoAng pagpapalit ng saligang batas ay hindi…

Posted by Robin Padilla on Thursday, May 12, 2022

“Si SALVADOR PANELO ang aking legislative consultant, adviser at mentor,” the actor added.

(Panelo will be my legislative consultant, adviser, and mentor.)###

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