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MARAWI CITY—At least two persons were killed while 9 others were wounded in an ambush in Barangay Tatayawan in Tamparan, Lanao del Sur, the police reported on Saturday. Those injured were Clinton Evangelista, Edgar Merfuentes, Eddie Gargar, Sadik Andul Carel, Mario Capian, Johnny Benito, Pendatun Benito, Nasem Benito and Soki Alim.
Sarico said the police were still investigating the incident and trying to determine if the victims were flying voters as some people had suspected.
The families and friends of running mates Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero were in full force for their team’s final sortie at the Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday. Neil Llamanzares arrives at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila, on Saturday for the miting de avance of the team of his wife Sen. Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero with their respective families and friends arrived at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila, on Saturday for their final sortie before the May 9 elections.
Poe came with husband Neil Llamanzares and their second daughter, Hanna, while Escudero was with wife actress Heart Evangelista. Laughing off rumors that he suffered a heart attack a day after his failed “unity” meeting with Sen.
Roxas made the clarification after Poe rejected his offer to meet and discuss how to stop a “looming dictatorship” under a Rodrigo Duterte presidency. Duterte is the leading candidate in recent voter preference surveys, followed by Roxas and Poe. The administration candidate declined to confirm if his call for unity meant that he would ask Poe to withdraw from the race and give way to him. In a hastily called press conference on Friday, Roxas called on Poe to meet with him for unity. He added: “Sabi ni Senadora Poe, ‘wala nang dapat pag-usapan pa.’ Nagtataka ako dito dahil, hindi ba mahalaga na pag-usapan natin ‘yung pinakamalaking banta sa ating demokrasya sa nakaraang mga dekadang ito? From what Duterte had been saying in his political rallies, Roxas said his impending presidency would end democracy in the country.
Roxas also noted Duterte’s ties with the communist rebels, adding: “Malinaw kung saan niya tayo dadalhin, tayo naman malinaw na hindi natin gusto ito. But Roxas parried insinuations that he called for a unity meeting because he was accepting his defeat in the race. Hong Kong Airlines’ Airbus A330-200 sits on the tarmac as the passenger plane returns to Ngurah Rai international airport after it ran into a severe turbulence in Bali, Indonesia, on May 7. The plane encountered the turbulence above Kalimantan, Indonesia’s part of Borneo, he said.
Ninety-five passengers were flown to Hong Kong on board a Garuda Indonesia plane Saturday morning while the rest were waiting at the airport and hotels. It was the second such incident involving Airbus planes over Indonesian territory in the past four days. On Wednesday, an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi ran into sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital, injuring 31 passengers and a crew. Some of Poe’s staff members and friends were also spotted taking selfies as the campaign officially ends Saturday. Before this, Poe’s team also held a separate miting de avance in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, the home province of her adoptive father, the late action star Fernando Poe Jr.
ZAMBOANGA CITY—A junior police officer, who was among those who responded to a report on the presence of armed men in the house of a mayoralty candidate in Zamboanga del Norte, was killed when his team was fired at while another policemen was injured, a police spokesperson said.
Four persons were immediately arrested after the incident, including mayoral candidate Alson Chan of the Nacionalista Party, and at least four boxes containing cash and envelopes with sticker of Vice President Jejomar Binay and firearms had been seized. When they reached Chan’s house, which is also in Barangay Camul, Usama and his two policemen-companions saw a vehicle coming out of the house.
He said responding Army and police elements also seized seven firearms of various calibers, including rifles, and four boxes of cash placed inside envelopes. The Commission on Elections presents to the media the vote-counting machines to be used in the elections on May 9 at its warehouse in Sta. COTABATO CITY—Residents appeared hesitant to report to authorities alleged errors appearing in test-runs of vote-counting machines (VCM) in southern provinces, after the Commission on Elections warned of possible polls-related offenses when complaints were proven false.
Comelec Chair Andres Bautista on Thursday denied VCMs in test-runs switched votes from Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. In this city, the VCM operation testing went smoothly with names of Philippine heroes, such as Emilio Aguinaldo and Antonio Luna, voted as “president.” At the Oblate of Mary Immaculate Building, reporters observed the VCM correctly read the trial ballots with shaded names of either Aguinaldo or Luna.
But in Tamparan, Lanao del Sur, the municipal board of elections inspectors (BEI) on Thursday videoed trial voting where a VCM failed thrice to read the ballots correctly.
On a second trial, the oblong next to the name of Davao City Mayor Duterte was shaded, but still Roxas’ name appeared in the receipt. One of many residents present, Rohani Liawao, said the Tamparan testing was conducted in public, hours before the Muslim congregational prayer in the community.
The same error has been noted on one of the VCMs consigned to Kiamba, Sarangani, reported Alena Gale Yabes, a lawyer working for Duterte. Earlier, Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim has also warned of legal consequences of false claims on social media, as possible violation of the polls fraud provisions of the Omnibus Election Code. Apparently reacting to social media posts claiming elections fraud occurred in overseas voting, Lim said making false claims about election fraud is considered an election offense.
He was reacting to calls by some quarters for Poe to pull out from the five-way presidential race and give way to a “united front” led by LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas to stop survey frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from winning the May 9 polls.
The decision to pick the country’s next set of leaders, he said, rests with the electorate. With two days left before the general elections on Monday, Escudero stressed the importance of people’s participation in the democratic process. Three months later, Senator Grace Poe and her allies in Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) will return this Saturday to Plaza Miranda, just beside the Quiapo Church, to conclude their campaign. Poe also explained, in her speech during the kick off rally last February 9, why she chose to launch her campaign in front of the Quiapo Church. But her journey to the presidency was not a walk in the park as she was slapped left and right with disqualification cases to stop her disqualification bid. A petition seeking to unseat her in the Senate for being a foundling was filed at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET). Several disqualification cases were also filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to stop her presidential bid over her citizenship and residency.
The Comelec ruled in favor of the cases and decided to cancel Poe’s certificate of candidacy for president. But the SC reversed the Comelec’s decision and allowed Poe to the join the presidential race. After surviving the disqualification cases, Poe faced more challenges as her detractors and rivals continued to question her and her family’s loyalty to the Philippines after she renounced her Filipino citizenship and swore allegiance to the United States when she decided to live and work there with her family. She returned to the Philippines after her father died in 2004 but she only renounced her US citizenship she was appointed as chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board in 2010. As the campaign season heated up, her detractors had also accused her of allegedly owning mansions in the United States and using an alleged faked Social Security Number while she was in the US.
She promised to fight until the end despite alleged attempts for her to withdraw in favor of administration bet, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
As early as the time of President Elpidio Quirino, the rambunctious Philippine media bewailed the “guns, goons and gold” campaign tactics employed by practically every serious candidate for local and national office.
And yet, the absence of true political parties with detailed and clearly articulated economic policies and development strategies has left our people inexplicably drawn to the fiery outbursts of petty demagogues, adventurists and charlatans, like moths to a flame. I have heard cynics say more than once that the Filipino people are not mature enough for democracy. The rest of the world probably thinks that Philippine society must have made a wrong turn somewhere on its way to the modern tech-driven world, because the era of the strongman ended in the 20th century. Even the best and brightest among us are wearily disappointed and deeply frustrated by an electoral process that has yielded leaders unable to inspire us to be the selfless Filipino citizens that earned the admiration and respect of the global community just three decades ago. And maybe that’s where we should all begin: When Marcos called for a snap election in 1986 he was supremely confident that he would get his way. The situation is a lot more complex now, because those seeking public office today are wildly popular sports heroes, action stars, media heartthrobs, and one heavily romanticized vigilante. If or when Duterte wins, he is duty-bound to do what is right for all of us, not for just the ones who contributed to his electoral victory. THE ENDGAME is usually about tying up loose ends and finessing the final touches required to ensure a smooth victory.
Mere days before May 9, the charges are still flying thick, fast and loose, such that Grace Poe, for instance, had to call a press conference just to deny the rumor boiling on social media that she was on the verge of quitting to give way to Mar Roxas, and thus ensure the defeat of frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte. Meanwhile, VP candidate Bongbong Marcos has aired suspicion that some manipulation is going on; his noticeable slide in the surveys, he said, appears to be a ruse to condition the public mind to his eventual loss to Leni Robredo, whose rating has soared at his expense.
It’s a prelude to cheating, he warned—a warning that, ordinarily, would be met with sympathy and concern, except for the rich fact that this time it’s the dictator’s son complaining of poll fraud, something he would presumably know much about given his late father’s record when it came to stealing the vote. You’d think that episode in history would have taught subsequent leaders that cheating in elections is so high a crime that it can lead to revolution and the ouster of anyone foolhardy enough to tamper with the people’s will. Impunity does not erupt from a vacuum; in this case, impunity is Arroyo escaping accountability for the poll sabotage in which she directly participated, and other candidates learning all too well that they, too, can attempt the same without consequences. THESE DAYS we are witnessing a lot of anger expressed everywhere and in every manner, much of which I can understand and empathize with.
Alas, Aristotle again tells us, that’s only as far as we can agree, that we all aim at “some good.” Beyond mere verbal agreement, we differ on what this good is.
Aristotle thus locates our unique human function in our soul, specifically in the rational part of the soul. Aristotle thus arrives at a definition of what doing well as a human being means—that is to say, what happiness means. These days when it’s so easy to be angry, we must ask: What is it that which we assume to be good, that makes us all angry, and which we are so convinced we should aim at (and makes us angry if the others don’t get it)? Remember the Tankman in Tiananmen Square, who faced a line of military tanks without noise, and carrying nothing but what looked like mere grocery bags? Imagine if the collective energies we spend getting angry these days—the wrong kind, the vicious and not the virtuous kind—imagine if those energies were instead used for social justice, that the land that belongs to all of us may be set free to feed all of us, and no one, least of all those who till the land, may go hungry. Let us then aim all our efforts, all our energies and all our dreams toward that which will bring out the best in us. Following his charges of unreported income and misdeclared statements of assets, liabilities and net worth, Sen.
The last presidential debate, held in Dagupan, added little information on Duterte’s plans for realizing his extravagant promises. The medical assessment, reported by Aaron Lozada of ABS-CBN News, came from documents presented for the civil annulment of Duterte’s marriage with his first wife.
The biggest damage Duterte suffered in Dagupan was inflicted by his statements giving credence to the psychological diagnosis.
Pangasinan fishermen, appealing for assistance against Chinese ships barring them from traditional fishing grounds in the West Philippine Sea, underlined the link between national and economic security. Force cannot be the main response to all aspects of security, nor to the electorate’s concern for inclusive economic development. WITH TWO days to go before we go to the polls, I would like to state my choice of conscience: the Mar Roxas-Leni Robredo tandem.
This campaign has been a marathon journey, and now is the time to draw upon our collective courage. Since our country’s landmark experience in 1986, the task still remains essentially unfinished, because the past is not truly past. We need to redouble our efforts and renew our resolve to build a lasting legacy of a just peace, based on democratic participation and rule of law.
Before the Iglesia ni Cristo announced its anointed candidates, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma issued a pastoral letter, “A Matter of Conscience,” where he condemned the practice of summary killings documented by the testimonies gathered by the Redemptorist priest Fr. Politics is the art of imperfect creation, and there are no perfect candidates running for public office. Mar and Leni represent what is best in the Filipino and can ensure the building of a just peace in our land—where the needs of the most vulnerable are given priority and the concerns of all are addressed. The combined experience and accomplishments of Mar and Leni in the executive and legislative branches of government enable them to understand the complex issues of leading a country. If we are to make a difference in the life of our nation and build a future that is different from the past, we must sustain the Mar-Leni momentum. Hope, in the words of Vaclav Havel, is to find meaning and purpose in the work we do and the life we lead. We stand firm in the hope that this campaign and our collective courage will give us the victory that our people so richly deserve. Ed Garcia, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution, worked with Amnesty International and International Alert based in London for over two decades. Item: She has been exposed to the best in Philippine politics by osmosis, since 1991 through her husband, the late great Jesse Robredo, who transformed Naga from a mediocre city into one of the most awarded cities, both nationally and internationally.
Item: After she married him, she studied law (she holds a degree in economics from UP Diliman) at the University of Nueva Caceres. She founded an NGO (not a family enterprise, as most politicians establish, but a legitimate one): the Lakas ng Kababaihan ng Naga. Item: She refused to run for mayor of Naga when term limits prevented her husband from running again, bucking pressure from him and political leaders. Item: She ran for Congress with utmost reluctance (most politicians are dying to run), and she beat her rival, who was the matriarch of a dynasty in her province and who wished to succeed her husband. Item: Her roughly 15 years doing propoor, propeople work is reflected in her advocacies in her almost three years in Congress.
The other measures authored or supported by her have titles that are self-explanatory: the antidynasty bill, the participatory budget process bill, the people empowerment bill, the proposed Healthy Beverage Options Act, the bill creating an Agrarian Reform Commission to validate the accomplishments of and investigate violations against the CARP (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program), and the open-door policy bill (which removes any dress code requirements of government offices so that the poor can come in anytime). Item: And we all have seen the picture of Congresswoman Robredo waiting for the Naga-bound bus, no aides, no trappings of royalty, carrying her own luggage.
The ISSP is a network of some 50 organizations that continuously collaborate in doing annual national surveys on important social science topics. The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had all been occupied by the Soviet Union for about 50 years, from the onset of World War II until 1990 when they were able to break away and regain their independence. The ISSP is based on voluntary cooperation, with each member self-funding its own survey and its own attendance at the assembly.
For the 2013 ISSP survey on national identity, KTU took a sample of 1,194 adults in Lithuania and SWS took a sample of 1,200 adults in the Philippines. Lithuania appears much better off than the Philippines, according to its very high Human Development Index (HDI), which was 0.834 in 2013, ranking it 35th among 187 countries. On the other hand, we Filipinos give ourselves much higher ratings on happiness, according to the 2011 ISSP survey of Health and Health Care done by SWS, which found 87 percent of us feeling “completely” or “very” or “fairly” happy, 6 percent feeling neither happy nor unhappy, and 7 percent feeling “fairly” or “very” or “completely” unhappy.
Arvydas Sabonis had been on the national teams of both the USSR and Lithuania, and was a Most Valuable Player in the European leagues, before being drafted as a Portland Trail Blazer in the National Basketball Association.
Lithuania’s largest basketball stadium is the Zalgirio Arena in Kaunas, home court of BC Zalgiris Kaunas, and the cathedral of Lithuanian professional basketball.
Senator Alan, more than anyone else, you can deal a fatal blow to the presidential ambition of Mayor Duterte. IF THE trend will not change, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be the next president of the country.
Duterte, knowing that he could be impeached considering that his allies would be a minority in the House of Representatives, has threatened to abolish Congress in retaliation for such a move.
A leftist group, the New People’s Army with which Duterte has no qualms about admitting his connections, could join the conspiracy and sow anarchy to justify the situation.
If Duterte should fail in abolishing Congress, he would likely be convicted by the Senate, where he would have few allies.
Both scenarios would have the same impact on our country: negative economic growth, less investments, high unemployment rate, inflation, rising commodity prices, worsening poverty, more crimes, etc. THE BRUTAL act of China in releasing chemicals to destroy the corals and marine species around Pag-asa island does not just destroy the immediate vicinity of that island. The Philippine government does not pay much attention to this due to the busy election campaign. All Filipinos should join hands to put an end to the insurgency and separatist rebellion so our country can focus on addressing its dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea.
Until his replacement is announced, Helen Yuchengco-Dee will oversee the bank’s operations, as president and CEO, supported by a management team composed of RCBC vice chair Cesar EA Virata, director Armando Medina and the current group of senior managers. Tan was implicated in the money laundering issue after the bank’s former Jupiter Street branch manager Maia Deguito said he asked her to “take care” of valued client Kim Wong, a casino junket operator whose Chinese client was said to have brought in funds that were later found to have been stolen from the Bangladesh central bank. In a statement, Tan expressed his gratitude to the shareholders, officers and customers of RCBC.
ALL FIVE presidential aspirants—Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe and Mar Roxas will support moves to lift the bank secrecy law in order to examine the accounts of suspected tax evaders. For his part, Roxas pointed out that he had earlier signed a waiver of bank secrecy law for the duration of his candidacy. Binay, Defensor-Santiago and Duterte did not elaborate on their responses to the said question. Bank accounts allegedly belonging to the front-runner Duterte were leaked last week by vice presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes, while Binay had also been accused of keeping billion-peso bank accounts.
All of the five presidential candidates said they “would institute moves for a genuine, comprehensive tax reform” when catapulted to the highest post in the land.
Binay, Santiago, Duterte, Poe and Roxas also said they would support an immediate adjustment of the personal income tax brackets to take inflation into account. In the cases of Binay and Poe, they committed to implement the income tax rate adjustment within their first 100 days in office while Duterte said he would do so in his first 180 days as president. Roxas did not commit to implementing the tax bracket adjustments within his first 100 days in office. The country’s dollar reserves reached a 29-month high of $83.47 billion as of the end of the first four months of the year, preliminary data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Friday showed.
The increase in GIR in April, however, was partially offset by the government’s payments for maturing foreign exchange obligations, Aquino said. The GIR level as of end-April can cover 10.4 months’ worth of imports of goods and services.
The BSP defines short-term debt based on residual maturity as outstanding foreign debt whose original maturity was a year or less, plus principal payments on medium- and long-term loans of the government as well as the private sector that were due within the next 12 months.
DBS Bank Ltd., the largest bank in Southeast Asia, sees the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) Monetary Board keeping interest rates steady at next week’s policy meeting.
As of April, inflation—the rate of increase in prices of basic goods and services—averaged 1.1 percent, below the government’s 2-4 percent target range for the year. Separately, think tank Oxford Economics sees the Philippines’ monetary authorities holding off from any adjustment in key policy rates this year. Taylor rule refers to a monetary policy tenet that stipulates how much the central bank should change the nominal interest rate in response to changes in inflation, output or other economic conditions.
Inflation settled at an average of 1.4 percent in 2015, the lowest annual rate in almost two decades. But in the case of the Philippines, “although its negative inflation gap suggests a low Taylor Rule interest rate, robust domestic growth momentum means there is little need for rate cuts in our view,” Kishore said.
Century Pacific Food Inc., the company behind the Century Tuna and Argentina Corned Beef beef brands, secured a loan to partly pay for the acquisition of a Mindanao-based affiliate that makes coconut-based products like juice and oil. In a stock exchange filing Friday, Century Pacific said it had sealed a five-year P1.15-billion fixed-rate term loan. Proceeds from the loan will be used to refinance short-term debt that was used to buy Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures Inc., which has an integrated coconut manufacturing facility in General Santos. It said that P1.65 billion of the amount had been converted to fixed-rate term loans, while P600 million remained short-term. Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures was already part of the company’s latest earnings report. Century Pacific, the country’s biggest  canned food company, said net income during the first three months of the year hit P636 million, up 45 percent from year-ago level. Century Pacific added that revenue was up 22 percent to P6.4 billion in the first three months of 2016.
Its first quarter operating income and earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization amounted to P860 million and P934 million, up by 40 percent and 43 percent respectively. LOCAL stocks slipped Friday amid cautious trading in the region and as investors took money off the table on the last trading day before voting on May 9. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other involved state agencies will request Congress for an extension of the period given to formulate the proposed implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (Timta). According to the DTI, the IRR is already 70 percent done but issues on data submission and evaluation of tax holiday applications continued to hound its completion, Trade Undersecretary Ceferino S.


He said the DTI, through the Board of Investments, has yet to reconcile certain concerns with the Department of Finance. Within the BOI, trade officials also conducted regular meetings and came up with different versions of the draft IRR last January.
Global food prices went up for the third month in a row, reversing a four-year decline, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In its monthly Food Price Index, the FAO said the increase was driven mainly by rising prices of palm oil as well as cereals.
The United Nations agency said, however, the outlook for world output for cereal, including rice, was slightly better for 2016.
The latest forecast was “virtually the same as in 2015 and potentially on course to be the second largest global harvest ever,” the FAO said. FAO observed prices declining marginally for rice, as the forecast for worldwide production was almost unchanged at 495 million tons or one percent higher than the 2015 output. The index is trade-weighted and tracks prices of five major food commodity groups in international markets—meat, dairy, cereals, vegetable oils and sugar. In the Philippines, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said last Thursday domestic prices of rice were on a downward trajectory, partly due to the timely arrival of additional rice importation.
With the El Nino phenomenon likely to last until July, Esguerra said appropriate timing of rice importation remained critical to avoid supply disruptions, which could result in unstable rice prices. He said the possible onset of La Nina in the second half of the year could also provide upside pressures on the prices of agricultural commodities and utilities. Fried chicken and pizza sales in the Philippines and overseas gave the Max’s Group a big earnings boost in the first quarter of 2016. Commissary sales, however, dipped by 13 percent to P222 million, offset by revenue from franchise, royalty and continuing license fees. In many instances, we hear from veterans who were actually inA a picture, or on a ship when the picture was taken. Achmad Sarip Bornawan Sarico, said the victims were among a group of people who were traveling on three public utility jeeps from Cagayan de Oro for Lumbayanague town. Grace Poe, Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas on Saturday said he was “very much alive” and determined to continue his presidential bid. He did not ask Poe to withdraw but hinted that decent leaders should put people first before their political career if needed. Kung ano pang mangyayari diyan, hindi pinaghintulutan, binara ni Senator Grace ito na ang topic naman ay ang kabutihan ng pangkalahatan (We will never know. Malinaw na ang gusto natin magpatuloy ang demokrasya (It’s clear where he’s bringing us, and it’s clear we don’t want this. Three crewmembers and eight passengers were brought to a hospital while six others were treated at the airport clinic, he said. Rogelio Alabata, chief of the Western Mindanao police information office, identified the slain officer as Senior Insp. Initially, the VCM unit recorded administration presidential candidate Mar Roxas in a voting receipt, when none of the oblong spaces beside the candidates’ names was shaded. Kaya minarapat ko rin na sa tapat ng simbahan ilunsad ang susunod na kabanata ng buhay ko,” she said.
Social scientists and anthropologists say that’s because Filipinos tend to be both contentious and loyal to a fault. We spend time and money to join the sorties and show our undying support because we believe our candidate can do no wrong, despite what the rival camps say. Facebook, in particular, has become a no-holds-barred battleground for the hearts and minds of the electorate.
The Philippines has been recognized as a prime destination for globally positioned businesses in the IT BPM (information technology and business process management) industry, which now employs over a million people and continues to generate thousands upon thousands of jobs daily. They cite the surprising support for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City, whose public pronouncements range from uncivil to outright reprehensible. He would have been more at home in the company of authoritarian rulers like Pol Pot of Cambodia, Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Suharto of Indonesia, and Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines. Whatever he does, whatever he becomes, reflects on all of us whether we voted for him or not.
But, as in the case of what seems like the most bitterly contested presidential election in recent Philippine history, it may turn out to be a pell-mell, elbows-flying dash to the finish line, with the candidates refusing to yield and using wiles, condoned or not, to gain even a nanosecond of advantage to be the first to heave themselves at the tape. A counterpart online petition, in fact, exists: that Roxas give way instead to Poe, again as supposedly the only way to stop the specter of a Duterte presidency. That, in any case, is the warning issued by many in the Duterte camp in the past days—that Roxas and the Liberal Party should think twice about pulling the rug out from under what is supposedly sure to be a Duterte victory, or there would be hell to pay. Can there possibly be only one good, one that is truly good for all, not just incidentally, but insofar as we are all human? If all I did in my life is hit the gym and be obsessed about my figure, but never care to read a book, or try to write, or be curious enough to study or learn something, I may indeed succeed in getting that perfect body, but I would simply be living a vegetable life. It is something we do in such a way that it manifests the best in us—that is to say, our human excellence. But for Aristotle, justice is the complete virtue, the perfect virtue, the virtue of all virtues. More recently, a woman named Tess Asplund faced neo-Nazis in Sweden all by herself, raising her fist in protest, and was reported to have said, “The Nazis are very angry, so I am a little ‘Oh sh*t, maybe I shouldn’t have done that, I want peace and quiet.’ These guys are big and crazy. Barbaza is with the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University. Business schools recommend asking one final question to confirm or counter a decision: What if I am wrong?
Antonio Trillanes has filed a plunder case against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for ghost employees, thus advancing the narrative that Duterte may be both a human rights violator and corrupt.
Adversaries spared him further grilling on his “Dapat ang mayor ang mauna” comment on the rape of an Australian missionary, which did say something about his views on the perks of public office. Natividad Dayan, former president of the International Council of Psychologists, and with Duterte’s way of dismissing accusations leveled at him. Climate change, felt by the Kidapawan farmers suffering from the drought triggered by El Nino, has elevated security to the planetary level.
We have made progress in expanding economic opportunities, improving the delivery of social services, and controlling corruption. Its achievement depends on enduring commitment to the rule of law and democratic values and on leaders who can be trusted not to reverse the policies that have made a measure of success possible, so that we can build on what has been achieved.
Granting that many more deserve prosecution, when have we seen so many “big fish” brought before the courts? Consider his take-no-prisoner orientation and his Lone Ranger approach to contentious national issues, including negotiations with the National Democratic Front and with China. We cannot afford to return to the practices of the past or rely on uncertain and untested promises.
That is the reason we need, more than ever, to come together and support the Mar-Leni tandem in this defining moment in the life of our nation. Both Mar and Leni are no strangers to sacrifice; they have experienced the pain of loss, and know the sacrifice of giving up to give more. Both have given their lives to dedicated service to others, without counting the cost and with generous hearts.
In their years of service in and outside government, as legislators or NGO workers, as members of the executive branch whether in national or local levels, Mar and Leni have demonstrated their capacity to always deliver their best. Now is the time to make public our political positions, to announce our choices with pride, and to humbly proclaim the names of our candidates.
There is a groundswell for governance that is grounded on accountability, an economy that is inclusive and founded on sound principles of development and that is both just and sustainable. If we are to lead, we must be ready to face these challenges in the days ahead: to be steadfast in our faith that we can build a better nation, to strengthen our determination to bring out the best in us Filipinos, and to share the conviction in this campaign’s homestretch period that together our support for the Mar-Leni tandem represents our best chance to continue to transform lives so that our children can inherit a better future. He taught political science at the University of the Philippines and at the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of Ateneo de Manila University. Transparency, accountability, and the use of people power to facilitate the changeover were practiced since Day 1. She used her law not to make money for herself, but to empower the people: In the Public Attorney’s Office and later with Saligan (an alternative legal support group), she gave legal aid and worked with the marginalized sectors—farmers, fishers, battered and abused women and children. By a vote of 80 percent-20 percent, on a campaign that was mostly shoe-leather (house-to-house), hardly any money involved (she had none). A husband and wife, after 25 years of marriage and maybe 20 years in politics, with no wealth, explained or unexplained. People who think they are above the law (Honasan, Trillanes, with their coup attempts—but only against women presidents). She is a breath of fresh air in the rancid political atmosphere of greed and self-interest.
SWS became the Philippine member of the ISSP in 1990, six years after the ISSP was established, and has done all the 26 ISSP surveys of 1991-2016.
It has done all the ISSP surveys since then: Social Inequality (2009), Environment (2010), Health and Health Care (2011), Family and Changing Gender Roles (2012), National Identity (2013), Citizenship (2014), Work Orientations (2015), and Role of Government (2016). The ISSP makes its major decisions on survey topics and questionnaires on a one-country-one-vote basis in the general assembly.
Most of the comparisons between Filipinos and other nationalities that I have described in this column are based on ISSP data. Lithuania has only about 3 million people, in 60,000 square kilometers, whereas the Philippines has over 100 million people, crowded into 300,000 square kilometers.
In the United States, with a population of over 300 million, the National Opinion Research Center took a sample of 1,274 adults. On the other hand, the Philippines’ 2013 HDI was only a medium-sized 0.660, ranking it 117th of the lot.
The standard brochure given to Kaunas visitors has two welcome statements: one from the mayor of Kaunas and the second from Arvydas Sabonis, president of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation.
When we went there for a gala dinner, we found the words “Welcome to the Members of ISSP” running in lights all around the basketball court. That veneer is no more and he has been exposed for who he really is: rapacious with money as he is with power. In his heart of hearts, he should know by now that Mayor Duterte is not that person he wants us to believe he is, but a lying bully and a dangerous man who, as president, will bring ruin and dishonor upon our country.
It is almost certain that impeachment complaints will be filed against him, year after year. Although the abolition of Congress would be unconstitutional under our present democratic system, he could still do this by conspiring with the military and declaring martial law or a revolutionary government.
In such a scenario, the Constitution and the impeachment would be pushed out of public consciousness, and Duterte could continue to hold on to power. It’s possible for us to wake up one day with Chinese soldiers already on our shorelines, until then unnoticed because everybody was focused on winning the elections in 2016.
Tan denied the accusation, and filed civil and criminal cases against Deguito and her lawyer for libel and perjury.
We are one of only three countries in the entire world, the other two being Lebanon and Switzerland, where tax administration cannot access bank transactions due to our restrictive Bank Secrecy Law.
We have to keep in mind that while the intention might be good, there will be unintended consequences. Yes, inflation is below target, but some upward pressure persists amid unpredictable food prices. All the presidential candidates seem to be rather populist in their economic agenda and clearly pro-growth in the near-term. This is especially true for Philippines, Thailand and Singapore where real interest rates calculated using current (first quarter of 2016) consumer price index inflation are close to ten-year highs, even though the nominal ones are at 10-year lows. This was attributed to strong demand  for its branded products and the “subdued” prices of key raw materials.
Sales from the three branded businesses—marine, meat and milk—grew by 15 percent year-on-year and accounted for 78 percent of total sales.
It saw discussions revolving around the specific data and information that should be submitted by companies to investment promotion agencies (IPAs), IPAs to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), BIR to the Bureau of Customs and DOF, and IPAs to the National Economic Development Authority (Neda). The BOI and the DOF have been meeting with the concerned agencies and the other IPAs to reconcile and consolidate inputs on a number of concerns on the proposed IRR provisions,” Rodolfo said. Several meetings were also held with the IPAs and with the interagency technical working group composed of the BOI, DOF, BIR, BOC and the Neda. We wanted to ensure the IRR mapped out a robust mechanism that would show accurate and most-up-to-date information.
Restaurant sales—from both new store openings and same stores, increased by 13 percent to P2.32 billion. Hindi po ibinibigay sa iisang tao lamang ang monopolya ng magandang intensyon para sa ating bansa,” Escudero said in a radio interview. Marami ngang nagsasabi ‘naku, baka hindi tayo magkasya lahat doon,’ pero simboliko ‘yon e para sa akin,” she said in an interview in Pandi, Bulacan on Friday. Before Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972, we only had two political parties—Liberal and Nacionalista. It’s the same misguided fervor that we bestow on our beloved basketball teams or telenovela stars. The other sectors, like manufacturing, agriculture and semiconductors, are all experiencing growth. He has even said publicly that he will give the presidency to Bongbong Marcos should he fail to meet his campaign promise of ending crime in six months, either in total disregard of the Constitution or on the presumption that the dictator’s son will win the vice presidency. Insults have been traded, relationships have been shattered, and friendships have been eroded in the course of this campaign. Instead, the violence and fraud of the 1986 election, captured in color by the world’s journalists who had descended on the country, only hastened the demise of the Marcos regime.
Independent senatorial candidate Walden Bello has waded in by saying that while Duterte may appear to be a threat to democracy with his iron-fisted ideas, the greater threat is scaring people into accepting that cheating is justified to prevent such a nightmare presidency from happening. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her powerful machinery pulled out all the stops to stoke the electorate’s fears about actor Fernando Poe Jr. Today, Duterte supporters are being egged on by their leaders with warnings of cheating and wholesale fraud, on the unquestioned assumption that their candidate is already assured of victory. Vigilance is of utmost importance to make sure the Comelec does not drop the ball, or worse, engage in partisanship.
A knife is good not just if it cuts, but if it cuts well, and is sturdy enough to be used again and again for that function. That is our nutritive and vegetative function—something we share with plants and animals, and therefore not uniquely human.
If I find myself involved in an ugly road altercation, I can get so carried away by my instincts and emotions that I might end up in a fit of road rage. It also includes economic security, and workers’ need for better-paying, more secure jobs that will enable them to support their families.
What if, on the pretext of promoting unity, Duterte’s intent is to bury with Ferdinand Marcos’ body in the Libingan ng mga Bayani the cases against the Napoles plunderers, the recovery of the wealth plundered during martial law, the assorted scams during the Arroyo administration, and the prosecution of those responsible for the Ampatuan massacre? What if, now armed with the powers of the presidency, he continues this management style and policy thrust? I believe, moreover, that our choices reflect who we are in the eyes of our children and the rest of the world.
Killed in Davao City alone were 1,424 people from 1998 to 2015, 52 of whom were women and 132 children. Their preparation enables them to create inclusive approaches, to empower people, to bring out the best in others and to build the institutions required.
It is a badge of honor to be associated with candidates who have integrity, who embody honesty and hard work, and who have a track record of service measured in decades of exemplary leadership. They can convene a talented and trusted team that will pursue our national interests while undertaking economic diplomacy, seeking climate justice, and dealing fairly and firmly with our neighbors in the Asean, the Asia-Pacific, as well as in Europe and the Americas.
Profoundsocial change will not take place in the lifetime of one administration, but will require the sustained support of several generations. She represents the change we want, and so desperately need, in Philippine politics and politicians. And this was exemplified when the Sumilao farmers, marching from Bukidnon to Manila, stopped by Naga.
The first she filed was the full disclosure bill, mandating all government agencies down the line to disclose all budget and financial transactions even without any request from the public. She tells you like it is, and will not change her views depending on who she is talking to. With outstanding records in their political areas, where they have truly made a difference in terms of helping their constituents. And any other president (I will weep for the country if that occurs) will unduly limit Leni’s potential. What they had lacked was not scientific expertise, but the academic freedom, to do social surveys. Filipinos can be compared to Lithuanians on the basis of exactly the same questionnaire, applied to surveys of equally high quality, starting with the ISSP survey of 2009. These surveys are of equal accuracy because their sample sizes are equal; the differences in the populations of the countries do not affect their accuracy. This was in full view in the Senate hearings on the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Binays of Makati.
I believe he is a clear danger to our democratic way of life and to those who are least able to defend themselves. Let there be no New People’s Army, Communist Party of the Philippines, National Democratic Front, Abu Sayyaf, Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
If we look at the numbers, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) collections have not kept up with the growth in deposits. Hence, every decision with regard to tax brackets must be pursuant to deliberate and thoughtful consideration.
More importantly though, whether or not the economy needs a rate cut by the BSP remains questionable at this juncture,” DBS Bank economist Gundy Cahyadi said Friday. This allows the BSP to remain focused on longer-term financial stability and growth sustainability,” Cahyadi said. However, this does not necessarily mean that monetary policy is particularly restrictive in these countries,” Kishore said. Also threshed out was BOI’s evaluation of income tax holiday applications of investors and the conduct of cost-benefit analysis by Neda. At the same time, there was a need to make certain that … no unnecessary procedural burden was passed on to the investors,” Rodolfo said.
We look forward to hearingA from you and know others will appreciate your input on our country's history and your place in it both yesterday and today. While that simplified the choices for the electorate somewhat, the situation lent itself well to polarization.
Even the most conservative business analysts see a stable economic future for the Philippines, all things being equal.
The people’s voice would not be denied, and we risked everything just so we could be heard. But amid the din of competing campaign messages, we must remember that the candidates merely seek to be public servants, and are not superheroes or messiahs.
In one more twist in the magic-realist yet nothing-but-pragmatic world of Philippine politics, that candidate is not only said to be supported by Arroyo and her minions, he has also promised to release her from hospital detention. But if one is to be outraged by election cheating, that outrage cannot stop at one’s opponent. But I can also use that rational part of my soul, and tell myself that it’s not the right extent of anger that I act on, and choose to stay calm.
Our soul must be active—active in such a way that it manifests excellence, and active for the purpose of achieving the highest good. That is why someone who plays the violin excellently, for example, is called a violin virtuoso.
We keep doing the right thing over and over again, until we get as close to the target as possible.
Rejecting laws against extrajudicial executions, Duterte now invokes laws that protect the privacy of his bank accounts. But compare the record of the last six years with the preceding 12 years of the Estrada-Arroyo administrations. Archbishop Ledesma puts the responsibility of this mass murder both “illegal and immoral” at the doorsteps of the Davao Death Squad—unsolved by the local authorities in a place which claims to be a “city of peace and order,” led by the candidate anointed by the INC.


Because of their integrity, track record and the witness of their lives, both Mar and Leni have proven beyond a doubt that they can truly be the servant-leaders that our people deserve.
Then she shepherded the Tax Incentives and Management Transparency Act, which requires the disclosure of all incentives received by businesses.
But the minuses outweigh them, especially those that involve legislation that they did not support or they watered because of lobbying from big business.
There were people of all ages, unlike in Western European churches, which tend to be patronized mainly by the elderly. This is a sacrifice worth taking because it will define you, your character and your political legacy. Antonio Trillanes IV is determined to have Duterte impeached for his failure to declare assets and resources in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
I just hope that China will not take advantage of this opportunity to stage an atrocity against the Philippines.
For example, in 2013, bank deposits grew by 33 percent but BIR revenues grew by only 15 percent.
For one shining moment the Filipino people were one, and it was not at Edsa: It was at every polling place, claiming and exercising our right to choose. Our right to vote comes with the responsibility of transcending personal aspirations and loyalties for the greater good.
When the scare-mongering apparently didn’t work, Arroyo resorted to the unthinkable: On tape, she was heard instructing then Commission on Elections official Virgilio Garcillano to ensure that she won with a comfortable 1 million votes over her rival.
The heinous crime of election theft should be much bigger than even this presidential brawl. She actively supports the proposed Freedom of Information Act, with one tweak that makes it more people-friendly: The agencies have to upload on the Open Data Philippines website all their financial documents whether or not there is any demand for it. And, of course, we read that on the fateful day of her husband’s death, it was she who drove to the airport to fetch him.
Then it decided that the topic for 2019 would be Social Inequality—the same as in 2009, but keeping only two-thirds of the old questions, and changing one-third.
It is a pity he is not doing well in his bid for the vice presidency in this year’s elections.
Some human rights groups said they would file an impeachment complaint for his alleged human rights violations. Let us unite now for our children and grandchildren, and the generations of Filipinos to come after them. Moreover, lifting of bank secrecy for tax investigation purposes can greatly improve our chances of strengthening our 380 Run After Tax Evaders (Rate) cases, with around P68.52 billion total estimated tax liabilities that can be recovered,” Roxas explained. If Leni [Robredo] and I win, in the first 100 days, I will launch a review for the adjustment of personal income tax brackets, which is part of the comprehensive tax reform package that I will push for,” Roxas said. Speaker Ryan stated, "As you know, this declaration comes about as the result of an oversight deadline set by Congress."Sec. One becomes a just person after many, many years of doing just acts, when justice (instead of injustice) becomes second nature to us. The Skype consultations with the NDF demonstrated Duterte giving greater respect to Joma Sison than he showed to Pope Francis. Contrast that with the lifestyles of most of her colleagues in the House, including the party-list ones, who revel in the luxury of cars and drivers and security backups, and living it up. Elected to the questionnaire drafting group were France, the Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela.
We must prepare a topic outline for approval in 2017, and a draft questionnaire for approval in 2018.
I also want to thank the Knights of Columbus and all those organizations and leaders around the world who have spoken out on this. A a€?But now that our government is recognizing this crisis, it needs to do more to stop it. A A NATO planes need to rain hell-fire bombs on all training facilities without warning and more boots-on-the-ground then first wave Navy Seals are necessary to hunt these fanatics as they surface from the holes in the ground they crawled into. A A Real War Photos.A story of Labor Day weekend 1967 at Fort Wainwright and friendships made long ago. We used field showers which were 55 gallon drums of water on top of a scaffold looking contraption. Heated by a gasoline heater that provided cold water or scalding water with no middle settings. Showers were never long.A After two weeks the troops were tiring of the lack of alcohol and the companionship of the native girls at the bars in Fairbanks. I'm sure having troops restricted to base made that generous decision easier for the brass to make.A Friday afternoon, Robert Carleton walked over to my bunk and laid out a plan. A Carleton actually looked like Jim Carrey, black hair and dark eyes and an eternal, almost goofy grin. He proposed that him, Merle Archie and I should slip off post after dark and make our way to Pauline's bar to check out the chicks and sample Pauline's legendary drinks. His idea of excitement was watching me and Schwering swill contraband Bacardi while listening to Peter Paul and Mary on his record player. Arch was incredibly bright and we had become close friends, having shared one of the partitioned areas in the barracks. Anyway, Arch looked at Carleton through his triple thick glasses and exclaimed, "Are you F'n nuts? We stepped into the night after 4 or 5 minutes of careful planning without a thought about consequences or the fact that we had no idea where Pauline's actually was.A We walked the muddy mile down past the motor pool to the fence at post's edge, 8 feet high topped with barb wire.
Carleton had one small mishap, probably took 5 stitches, but as I told him he'll always have that scar on his ass to brag about.
The plan was to follow perimeter road until the left corner, ducking the MP jeeps on patrol. Turn right then a short hike cross country until we found the paved road Pauline's was supposed be on. A half hour later Carleton yelled "Keep moving I see a light!" We made the light and it was right beside the highway. Not a slow pace but a good long march carrying full gear pace, whistling, shouting cadence counts, telling lies and laughing. Carleton let out a yelp and took off running and I was just a step behind him.A A small dirt parking lot then a weathered log cabin, stoop shouldered and tired looking, appeared out of the fog as we got closer.
He looked at me and pushed the door open.A Cigarette smoke filled the small dim room, an overhead light reflected in the mirror behind the small bar.
I stood at the left end Carleton was next to me then 3 guys who looked pretty much the same.
One occupied.A i»?i»?A A short woman, 50ish, walked out of the back, a little puffy, reddish hair, eyebrows arched on in a ruddy shade. She walked over to me, her eyes were the bluest I'd ever seen; something sparkled on her earlobe. Actually you're supposed to have an incredible selection of the best drinks a soldier, er, I mean a person can find this far north. Two double sized shot glasses hit the well-worn wooden bar, filled in a smooth, much experienced motion. A a€?Holy Shit!a€? Carleton whispered to me.A Midnight sounded on the wind up grandfather clock by the door.
Carleton was new best friends with the funny talking bearded guy and I was too hammered to move.
The fog was still dense, we hadn't really considered the fact that 12 miles out is 12 miles back.
A About a half hour later we were sitting beside the road as headlights appeared out of the fog.
We drove for a half hour or so, Carleton had started spouting some kind of gibberish that mocked their accents. The truck started and they disappeared into the fog.A Just as they said we found the railroad track. A A My next memory is Saturday afternoon, being jostled roughly and someone yelling at me in a deep southern voice.
Get out of the rack and enjoy this wonderful God given day!a€? The room was floating in circles in front of me. You poor stupid dumb ass excuse for a soldier you fell for that story?a€? He was almost laughing.
We've spent a lot of money rescuing their asses after a couple days in the woods.a€? He shook has head as he now couldn't contain his laughter. I don't think I said goodbye to Carleton, I may not have even talked with him after that night. The next chapter started bad and only got worse.A Robert Carleton and I were never in touch again. I looked for him 20 or so years ago and found a cousin who said he lived alone and was doing well.
Without weapons training, Miller, a messman third class, jumped into action when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941.
However, after a nasty and aggressive campaign by male pilots who wanted the WASP jobs during World War II, they were the only wartime unit that was denied military status by Congress and were sent home before the war was over and their job was done. Because the women were denied military status, the WASP received no insurance or benefits during or after the war, and if a WASP died during training or while on a mission, their families were not allowed to put a service star in the window, nor could the WASP receive a military burial. It wasna€™t until the middle of the 1970a€?s that they would be recognized as World War II veterans, and it wasna€™t until 2010, that the United States government would recognize those women who died during their service and the surviving WASP would receive the congressional gold medal.
We Served Too provides a first hand account from WASP who tell their story and discuss their experiences during the three pivotal periods that make up the WASP history.
The $50,000 needed for the trip is raised entirely by the students through sponsorships, grants and fundraisers.A Those wishing to find out more can call 517-851-7770, ext.
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You really helped me alot." John B, CTA "I appreciate your work and Veterans discount and completing my order so quickly. So about 20 G-14a€?s, named Avia S-99 and two G-12a€?s named CS-99 were produced.There were plans for a large scale production to equip the new Czech air force. In September 1945 the stock of DB 605 engines was lost in a fire in the factory where they were stored and an alternative powerplant had to be found.
The 109 airframe was adapted for the Jumo engine and the first Jumo engined S-199 first flew in March 1947. The S-199 and the two seat trainer CS-199 served for some years with the Czech air force but was soon replaced.In 1948 25 of the S-199 fighters were sold to the new state of Israel where they served during the 1948 war fighting against Egyptian Spitfires!.
Until one day, Kilroy's boss called him into his office.The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters,and asked him to investigate. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troop ships the yard produced.His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen. Before war's end, "Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo. Servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it Kilroy became the U.S. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside ofThe Arc de Triomphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon. Underwater demolition teams routinelysneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain forComing invasions by U.S.
Troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI's there).On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin,And Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its' first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"A To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officialsfrom the ship yard and some of the riveters. The exhibit will feature historical artifacts from a Revolutionary War rifle to a camouflage kippah designed to honor a casualty of the War in Iraq. Photos, video, and interactive media will illustrate the full experience of those Jews who have worn the uniform of our country. Wally served in WWII in the United States Marines, 2nd Marine Div, 2nd Bn, 8th Regt, Fox Co. She said: a€?Wally if you hang onto this bill, you will never be broke!a€? So I put it in my billfold, and left December the 12th for San Diego , Ca. Just after dark I stepped outside the barracks into a misty rain, which looked almost like snow as I looked up into the yard lights. Yup, tears streamed down my cheeks, but I told myself that I am now a Marine, and they dona€™t cry!i»?A After boot camp, I carried the bill in my billfold to New Zealand with me for training there, and then was transferred a couple of months later. During the 2nd or 3rd night a strong storm came up, causing a€?large waves,a€™ which is uncommon for the Pacific ocean (so we were told). I remember my cot shifting back and forth some, and the next morning they told us that some 2 dozen had slid off the deck, and of course they never even slowed down to look for them (remember this is a€?war timea€™) and life was not all that importanta€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦i»?A We continued on our trip, and on Nov 10th, 1943 we boarded a€?amphibious tanksa€™ and headed in to capture Tarawa . It had been bombed and shelled so much, that they thought there will be little if any resistancea€”wrong! The Japanese had built concrete a€?pill boxes,a€™ and bunkers made of steel and concrete so thick, that the shelling did no damage to them. Even the airplane bombing did not penetrate them.i»?A I was in the 1st a€?wave,a€™ and as we neared the island, our machine gunners mounted on our tanks, were firing like mad (which surprised me as there was supposed to be no resistance), until they were killed by incoming Japanese gunners fire, who had left the safety of the bunkers. As we got almost to the beach we started jumping out, and most ofA  us did not make it because of the machine gunners. The area we landed on, had a high sea wall, so we got up against it and threw hand grenades toward the gunners, but they were a€?far enough backa€™ that they did no harm, and as we tried to climb over the wall, the gunners again did their thing, blocking our approach.i»?I could see that the tank to our left, had taken a a€?cannon typea€™ shell right through the middle of it, so all on it had lost their livesa€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦i»?While we were laying there, the few of us that were left, tried to figure out what to do, as there was no leadership alive.
About then a couple of large special a€?Higginsa€™ boats, loaded with Marines, started coming in to help us out. These boats had a a€?rampa€? the was lowered at the front, and as the the Marines came running out into a€?waist deepa€™ water, the were immediately mowed down by the Japs. All we could do was look in horror as some 300 young men died, as they had no place for cover and lost their lives. Some 970 Marines lost their lives on this small island in some 72 hoursa€¦i»?A Fortunately, quite a ways to our right, the fighting was much less, and in several hours a beach head had been established, and Marines & equipment came pouring in. Apparently this went on all night (I had no way of knowing), and by morning the few of us left, crawled to a€?their areaa€™ and a line was formed across the island, and we all started a drive to take over the rest of the island.i»?I had moved forward towards the end of one of the big bunkers, looking to get to the entrance, when a Jap soldier apparently had slipped out of the entrance, and quickly threw a hand grenade at us.
I dropped to the ground, and just before getting there, I took part of the grenade in my right chest. I remember looking at the blood coming down my a€?fatigue jacket,a€™ and thinking: a€?I hope I dona€™t die!a€? I crawled back to where we had started the drive and a corpsman came to me, and bandaged me, and I think he gave me a shot of morphine, and attached a name tag (which I still have) to my a€?dog tagsa€™. Apparently the Navy had only brought a small hospital ship to the area, thinking that it would not be used much, but it was already full, so I was put on a€?some other ship.a€?A i»?I think I went into severe shock as I only remember watching a a€?burial at sea,a€™ and then the next thing I knew I was in a Naval Hospital in Honolulu . I think part of the longer stay, was that I was suffering what they called a€?combat fatigue,a€™ but they have different name for it now.i»?A Some time in early Jan, I rejoined my old squad and went into training for the next campaign, which was Saipan . This was a much bigger island and I was in the 3rd wave this time, and while the Japs were set up with mortars, etc, once we got past the beach it became a fire fight from time to time. About the 3rd day, we moving forward to take care of a a€?nest of machine gunners.a€™ I had just moved forward, but one of the guys (Dick) in my squad did not make a move. I hollered to him to move out, but he said, a€?I cana€™t Ia€™m hit.a€? So I crawled over to him and he told me he was not going to make it, but asked me to take his a€?Marine ring,a€? off of his finger and give it to his dad. I put the ring on my finger, and wore it until some weeks or a month (?) later.i»?This will be hard to believe (had I not been there, I too would maybe not believe,) but the island had grown sugar cane, so the Navy had shelled it with incendiary shells that set the fairly dry cane on fire. They did this so it was easier to see any emplacements, with out the corn blocking our view. Well, the heat from the burning caused a€?sweetnessa€™ to run out of the stalks, and flies fed on it and began multiplying, so much so that in aA  few days, in the early morning we could actually hear buzzing as the flies started the day. The flies were so dense that it was impossible to eat a a€?C or Ka€? ration without having to pick several of them out of the food. Since the island was basically secured by then, we just had to stay up on a cliff over looking the ocean, as they had not had time to set up a tent city for us to move into. They had however set up several a€?hospitala€™ tents, so a bunch of us sickies went some distance down to them, and spent 2 weeks there, while they treated us.i»?A A week or 2 later we landed on a sister island name Tinian , which was largely a mopping up operation.
By now my a€?combat fatiguea€™ had gotten worse, so I was flown to a Naval hospital in Richmond , Ca. While there I looked up Dicka€™s (see above) dad, and gave him the ring off of my finger, and to my surprise he told me that before Dick had left for the Marines, he bought 2 of the rings, one for him and one for Dick. So we traded rings, and I wore it for a number of years, in fact until it a€?wore through.a€™i»?After some 3 weeks or so, I was transferred to Seal Beach , Ca which was a Naval A ammunition depot, and Marines did the guard duty. Ernie matts a Real War Photo of a specific historical scene along with a certified 'First Day' collectible cover (postage card with cancelled stamp), then adds signed collector's cards by personnel involved in the event. If you want to contact Ernie about what he has for sale or is currently working on, please call 320-420-1142 and mention you saw his work on Real War Photos website! Albrecht"I have a major display of some forty deceased veterans in the post office for 12 days at Memorial Day week and one at Veterans Day for another 35 living veterans.
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Showers were never long.After two weeks the troops were tiring of the lack of alcohol and the companionship of the native girls at the bars in Fairbanks.
I'm sure having troops restricted to base made that generous decision easier for the brass to make.Friday afternoon, Robert Carleton walked over to my bunk and laid out a plan. When Merle cussed he meant business.Later that night we left the barracks by the side door, the fragrance of English Leather thick in the air. We stepped into the night after 4 or 5 minutes of careful planning without a thought about consequences or the fact that we had no idea where Pauline's actually was.A Pitch black night.
Carleton let out a yelp and took off running and I was just a step behind him.A small dirt parking lot then a weathered log cabin, stoop shouldered and tired looking, appeared out of the fog as we got closer.
He looked at me and pushed the door open.Cigarette smoke filled the small dim room, an overhead light reflected in the mirror behind the small bar. Carleton let out a yelp and took off running and I was just a step behind him.A Pitch black night.
One occupied.Ita€™s time to make the world safe, for NATO to act as it was formed to do in this global situationa€¦respond to terrorists in unison with might.MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS WAR!
A The United States, England, France, Russia (in particular) and all NATO countries in general, need to step up the a€?war on terrora€™, and let us call it what it is, what even the Pope has labeled it, a€?a world wara€?, against first-strike, Islamic extremists that use terror as a means to try to instill fear, cause pain, innocentsa€™ suffering and death.Call them ISIS, ISIL or the fanatics that they are, these self -proclaimed jihadists have declared their (un)holy war on all infidels who do not believe as they do.
These radical extremists number only a few thousand (out of a reported 1 billion Muslims world-wide) but affect us all as potential a€?soft targetsa€™ for their next strike.Clearly identified attacks from these terrorists have gone on since the 1980a€™s and have significantly increased of late. A One of the very sad outcomes will continue to be the loss of innocent lives, including the young recruits who have been naively or ideologically lead via intense Internet recruiting, along with those whoa€™ve been threatened into pledging their lives and futurea€¦ led to believe that their way to heaven justifies the bombing, stabbing, shooting, beheading and suicide missions that zealots call on them to do.A Ita€™s time to make the world safe, for NATO to act as it was formed to do in this global situationa€¦respond to terrorists in unison with might.MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS WAR! We look forward to hearingA from you and know others will appreciate your input on our country's history and your place in it both yesterday and today. Anyway, Arch looked at Carleton through his triple thick glasses and exclaimed, "Are you F'n nuts? Carleton had one small mishap, probably took 5 stitches, but as I told him he'll always have that scar on his ass to brag about. Turn right then a short hike cross country until we found the paved road Pauline's was supposed be on. Actually you're supposed to have an incredible selection of the best drinks a soldier, er, I mean a person can find this far north. Now what can I get you?a€?i»?I'd heard of it but never sampled the mad water from Mexico.



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