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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

KOMUNIDAD
June 16, 2017

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

By Arturo P. Garcia

According to Felipe Buencamino on Facebook, “Well, he finally reappeared. Heard it on the radio while driving home. Report said he landed in Davao a little after 8PM this evening.

Report did not say whether he came directly from Manila or by way of Manila from Guangzhou’s Fuda Cancer Hospital where he may have gone for a redo of the botched circumcision he claimed he underwent last February.

In case you’ve forgotten about the circumcision story….

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Last February, Manila Times columnist Kit Tatad wrote that Fentanylla went to Fuda Cancer Hospital in Guangzhou, China.
Fentanylla didn’t take kindly to Tatad’s report so he reacted in his usual manner.

“Totoo nagpunta ako ng China. Totoo nagpunta ako ng hospital. Nagpatuli ako.

Pagkatagal bumalik. Kaya pumunta ako, Tatad. Sabihin mo totoo iyan.

Pinaputol ko ‘yan, ‘yan malinis, no dangling ano. Putangina mo,” he ranted and cursed.”

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Digong and his PR crew knows how to enthrall the public. Thus be provoke the public with his words and pronouncement and he make the public and his enemies about his intentions.

He is very much like General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Even his closest subalterns cannot guess his intentions. Thus they have to follow him.
Even in the thick of battles, he does unexpected things. That’s the reason he was called “Stonewall” He is like a stonewall that you cannot second guess.

But the bad thing, that’s how he died. He rode on night in the thick of the battle to look at the situation. He was shot by his own men.

Tragic, yes. But that’s how he lived and died.

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During our weekly TALAKAYAN CLUB last Thursday, there was a spirited discussions about the health and whereabout of PDUT.

Dr. Art Flores explained that,”the public has the right to know the state of health of the President. It is in the Constitution that he has to disclose publicly his health conditions.”

David Rockello explained,”But who are we to force him. We cannot pressure him to disclose his health conditions.”

As the TALAKAYAN moderator, I also explained,” PDUT is the oldest President that the Philippines ever had. He is even older than Trump or Reagan.”

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I also added, ” Malacanang is right. The President has a very brutal schedule. In the light of the Marawi Crisis, he is entitled to have some rest.”

But even in the United States, the state of health of the President is a well kept secret. In some instances the White House keep this secret on the public.

President Woodrow Wilson has a stroke and was incapacitated in the early 1900’s but the public did not know. But his associates continued governing the country from the White house.

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The public did not know that President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a paraplegic but the public as never informed about this.

Political analyst says today, if the public only knew that FDR was a cripple he would not have been a President and will not even been re-elected four times as a President. But the media and the his close associates covered for him.

Even John F. Kennedy has a very grave health conditions but the public never know about this. He was taking pain killers for his war time injuries to keep him sane and lucid.

President Reagan’s early Alzheimer’s disease were kept way from the public during his two year term. IT was only revealed when he retired and as away from the public.

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But the problem with the advent of the social media, this further complicates the situation. We have the Wikileaks and other sources that serves the public information.

But the problem remains. Nothing is confirmed. And everything becomes rumor mills churning dis-information, false information and fake news.

In the Philippines and abroad, the state of health of PDUT is the toast of his political enemies and rumor mongers. HIs statements and of his offcie does even help allay the rumors.

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During martial law, the state of health of Dictator Marcos was the subject of rumors by the FIlipinos. It was said that DFM contracted venereal disease when he had sex with Miss. Korea during the Miss Universe Contest in Manila in 1974.

The story said, his Doctor gave him a dosage of drugs that resulted in the breakdown of his kidney that is why he contracted Lupus. In anger, he had his physician liguidated.

Later in 1983, he was operated on. He was in hospital when Senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated at the Manila International Airport by the orders of Imelda Marcos. The rest is history.

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As a de javu, the state of health of PDUT is now the subject of rumors. And the social media and even the Office of the President is stoking the fire of uncertainties.

The situation becomes more complicated with the absence of the President and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. PDUT has a lot of surprises for the people.

But in the end the truth will eventually come out. And as always they say;

“The truth shall make us free.”

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GULO AT INGAY SA GITNANG SILANGAN

SALAG/BANAT
Hunyo 14, 2017

GULO AT INGAY SA GITNANG SILANGAN

Ni Arturo P.Garcia

Nagulantang ang buong daigdig ng diplomasya nang ipahayag ng Saudi Arabiat apat pang ibang bansa sa Gitnang Silangan ang pagputol ng kanilang diplomatiko at ekonomikong relasyon sa Qatar noong Hunyo 5.

Ang Qatar ang ika-aapat na pinakamalaking may produksyon ng langis sa daigidig. Tahanan din ito ng 170 bilyonaryo dahil dito. Ito rin ang base ng Al Jazeera, ang pinakamalaganap at respetadong pahayagang Arabo sa daigdig.

Nagimbal ang buong mundo dahil sa desisyong ito ng Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt at ng United Arab Emirates (UAE) dahil napalaki ng implikasyon nito sa Gulf States at sa Gitnang Silangan.

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Nasa Qatar din ang pinakamalaking base militar ng US. Mula dito nagmumula ang mga pandigmang eroplano na nagbobomba sa mga kaaway ng US mula Syria hanggang Afghanistan.

Kaya nga maraming nagulat ng kumampi kaagad si Trump sa Saudi Arabia. Pagkatapos namin ng ilang araw, kumampi naman ito sa Qatar at ngayon ay nakikipagnegasosayon sa dalwang panig para maresolba ang krisis sa Gitnang Silangan.

Para sa Pilipinas, ang may higit na 2 milyong manggagawa nasa Middle East ay apektado ng krisis na ito Nakansela lahat ng lipad ng eroplano papuntang Qatar at paalis mula dito.

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May higit sa 200,000 Pilipino na nasa Qatar. Ito ang ikaapat na malaking populasyon ng mga OFW sa Gitnang Silangan. Nanguguna ang Saudi Arabia na may higit 1 milyong Pilipno sa bansang ito.

Kaagad na ipnagbawal ng Pilipinas ang pagpapadala ng mga OFW sa Qatar. Pero kaagad namang binawi ng DOLE ang utos dahil wala namang matinding gulo na naganap mula Hunyo 5.

Hanggang ngayon nagsisikap pa ang Kuwait at ang Amerika na lutasin ang suliranin sa diplomasya. Ngunit hanggang wala pa ring nangyayari sa usapan.

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Ano ang dahilan ng gulong ito at sa desisyon ng Saudi laban sa Qatar?

Ang sabi ng iba, nagalit ang Saudi dahil sa nagsasariling pasya ng Qatar. Sumusuporta ito sa mga kalaban ng mga kapwa bansang Arabe.

Sinuportahan ng Qatar si Assad ng Syria, ang Yemen na kaaway ng Saudi, ang Muslim Brotherhood sa Egypt at ang Iran. Suportado din nito ang Turkey. Dahil dito, suportado ng Iran at Turkey ang Iraq sa nagaganap na iringang diplomatiko.

Sa katunayan, nagpadala ng tropa ang Turkey sa Qatar laban sa bantang pagsalakay ng Saudi. Gayundin ang IRan ay nagpadala ng kinakailngang mga pagkain tulad ng gulay at prutas sa Qatar na ginigipit ng kalapit bansa nito.

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Pinaratangan naman ng Turkey ang UAE sa pagsuporta sa kudeta laban sa Turkey, Nagpadala daw ng higit tatlong bilyong dolyar( $3B) ang UAE sa mga militar na nagkudeta laban kay Erdogan sa Turkey noong 2016.

Subalit ang sabi ng marami, kinagagalit ng mga bansang Arabe ang pagbabalita ng Al Jazerra laban sa kanila, lalo na ang Saudi Arabia at Egypt. Sa katunayan, ipgabawal na ang Al Jazeera sa mga bansang ito.

Ngunit ang sinasabi ng maraming nagaanalisa sa suliranin ay galit ang inggit ang Saudi sa Qatar dahil maliit nga itong bansa pero napakamakapangyarihan at hindi maaring diktahan lalo ng Saudi.

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Nababanala din ang mga trsdiyunal na bansang Arabe dahil liberal ang pamamalakad ng Qatar.

Mas malaya ang mga Qatari at moderno hindi tulad ng mga bansang Arabe na ang pamamalakad ay lubhang sinauna. Kaya nga gusto ng mga bansang Arabe na ito na paluhurin ang Qatar.

Ayon naman sa mga Qatari, “HINDI KAMI SUSUKO AT MANININDIGAN KAMi.” laban sa lahat nang nais na yumurak sa aming soberanya at kalayaan.”

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Naiisip ko naman, sana ganito sana ang Pilipinas. Sana ganito sna ang mga numumino sa ating bayan. Matapang at may paninindigan.

Hindi bahag ang buntot sa Tsina o sundu-sunurang sa Amerika. Sabi nga ni Ho Chi Minh ng Byetnam:

WALANG PINAKAMAHALAGA SA MUNDO KUNDI ANG KALAYAAN AT KASARINLAN. “

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5TH KALAYAAN PARADE IN HFT, LAST, A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

EPCC NEWS
June 09, 2017

5TH KALAYAAN PARADE IN HFT, LAST, A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

Los Angeles– As usual. the 5th KALAYAAN Parade in Historic Filipinotown last Saturday, June 03, 2017 jumpstarted the 119th Celebration of the Philippine Independence, June 12, 1898.

More than 23 vehicles of all types like convertibles, cars, trucks. vans and ambulances were used as floats during the 45 minutes parade.

This was augmented by walking delegations led by flag bearers from the California State Northridge Filipino American Students Association (CSUN FASA).

Unity Despite The Differences

Very prominent during the parade two disparate group. One is the pro-Duterte group displaying Prsident Duterte’s image and another van from BANTAY PILIPINAS -USA with bold red signs NO TO MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO signs.

A proof that despite the political differences, the Filipino American community is united in celebrating its independence.

In keeping with a 5 year tradition for the parade, the Binibining Pilipinas USA 2017 candidates beauties led the parade. On the other hand, different convertibles also promoted Miss Philippines-USA 2017 candidates.

KALAYAAN After-Parade Program.

After the parade, PILAC President Bernie Ganon emceed the program at the FACLA Social Hall where the parade ended. She ushered in the guest speaker of the program, Councilmember Mitch O’ Farrell of District 13.
O’Farrell thanked the parade organizers for the event and awarded certificates of recognition to FACLA. PILAC, JFAV and the Kalayaan Organizing Committee (5KOC).

Then, the Candidates for Binibining Pilipinas-USA 2017 were presented to the crowd. Miss. Mildred Deang introduced the candidates.
Earlier before the parade, Consul General Adel Cruz visited the FACLA facilliites and was toured by newly elected FACLA President Fernandico Gonong Jr. He joined the parade but left earlier for other commitments.
Performers

Different performers regaled the crowd for more than one hour. The BURLINGTON SCHOOL children were the first to perform. They danced, sung and mimicked dance numbers to the delight of the crowd.

GINGEE, the Kulintang /Hip Hop artist brought the house down with her performance with the Kulintang.

Next to perform was Hip Hop Artist BAGYO with MERVIN LUWEE. They were followed by the SINGING DOCTOR RICHARD GILKISON and PARIS BEBE AGNES ended the program.

Thus the KALAYAAN PARDE and PRogram was another unqualified success.

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FACLA/JFAV WILL AWARD GOLD MEDALS TO VETERANS/WIDOWS<

For Immediate Release
Filipino Cultural Center/FACLA
June 07, 2017

FACLA/JFAV WILL AWARD GOLD MEDALS TO VETERANS/WIDOWS70 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946

Los Angeles–” Honor our veterans, fight for equity and justice.”

FACLA President Fernandico Gonong Jr said, “the Filipino Cultural Center/FACLA and the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) will award gold medals to all surviving and departed Filipino World War II Veterans and their widows.

The target date is Veterans Day, November 11, 2017. We cannot wait no longer for the replica of the US Congressional Gold Medals that will only be minted at the end of the year.”Besides, the replica of the medal is in bronze and cost $ 50 dollars each.

JFAV/FCC GOLD MEDALS

” We support the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles effort to give the 20,00 surviving veterans the replica of the congressional gold medal. But we cannot wait that long.”Gonong added.

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia added, ” The US Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian decoration that the US Congress gives out to individuals.

It is a token recognition of the FIlipino Veterans wartime service. The Gold Medal worth $ 30,000 will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institute.
Thus, our gold medals will be symbolic award of recognition of their wartime service from the Filipino-American community.

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