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114th Philippine Independence Celebration

Join the Filipinos, here and abroad, in celebrating the Philippines 114th Independence Day today. This year’s commemoration of the nation’s freedom from Spanish rule will be celebrated in different historic sites: Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan; Rizal National Monument at Luneta in Manila; Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City; and Pamintuan mansion in Angeles City.

The President will lead the celebration in Malolos, while Vice President Jejomar Binday will lead the rites in Luneta, Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas in Kawit, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in Caloocan City, and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. in Angeles City.

This year’s celebration is headed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), which has the theme “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan.” The new sites for this year’s celebration were all hand-picked for their significance in attaining the country’s freedom 114 years ago. Malolos city, the center of the celebration is the renowned “cradle of the first republic in Asia”, while Angeles city is where the first commemoration of Philippine Independence from Spain was held. The NHCP chair is Dr. Maria Serena Diokno.

The VP on Saturday

“Imagine he commanded the police force to take off all posted welcome streamers, and even warned market vendors not to mingle with me. He should have given me due respect as the second highest elected official of the country even if we are not in one party in politics.” This was Vice President Jejomar Binay’s protest against Roxas City’s Mayor, Allan Celino. VP Binay was in Capiz to discuss housing projects for both the government employees and the poor with the city mayor. The mayor refused to give Binay such opportunity.

Through all this, Binay vowed to return to the city to deliver his mission. “I have that responsibility. I was elected to serve the people. I have the support of the administration,” the Vice President added.

It should be remembered that Roxas City is the bailiwick of former Senator Manuel Roxas, who ran against Binay in the 2010 elections and lost. Roxas, known as the President’s bestfriend and closest ally is now the newly appointed Transportation Secretary.

Nel, Fab Four in PRP 3

For the first time in its three successful seasons, the Project Runaway Philippines (PRP) 3 is going to the finals with 4 finalists!

This was after the judges battled over Nel Claveria Jr. and Amor Albano. Nel designed a simple but sleek high-fashion gown after the shadow-effect painting of the Filipino masters, while Amor did her own interpretation of a flower painting. Although the judges adored Nel’s creation, they found the front’s simple and neat design boring and the behind design a little troubling—Apples calling it a super power launcher. As for Amor, the judges thought of her white and peach gown as very feminine and teeny. Finally, the committee decided that Nel, despite his shortcomings, is as deserving as Amor to join Cheetah and Milka in the finals. Thus, for the first time, PRP Finals will have Cheetah, Milka, Amor, and Nel—dubbed as the Fab Four.

The Fab Four will advance to the finals after stunning the judges with their awesome high-fashion designs for the L’Oreal Paris woman. Cheetah won the challenge with her lacy black gown, which Guest Judge Lucy Torres describes as the gown that needs to be looked at. Seasoned Judge Apples also cried out her admiration for Cheetah’s works and claimed that she is already a fan.

Nel is an overseas fashion designer and is a native of Camarines Sur.

The New People’s Army cries “Save the Environment”, but Chamber of Mines of the Philippines alleges extortion after three mining firms in Surigao Del Norte were attacked. The incident left several dead security guards, burned buildings, destroyed mining equipment, and sinking barges.

 
In a statement, the Chamber called on to its member to stand firm against extortion.
 
“As a reiteration of our adherence to the principles of responsible mining and good governance, we wish to underscore that our member-companies will never succumb to pressures of whatever form to pay the rebels’ so-called ‘revolutionary taxes.” This is what the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is quoted saying.
 
 “Even as we ask the Aquino Administration to provide protection for investments in minerals developments – a major component of the Medium-Term Development Plan – we are heartened by the assurances of President Benigno C. Aquino III, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, that the perpetrators of the recent attack will be brought to justice,” the Chamber added.
 
“We also ask the Palawan anti-mining movement to refrain from spreading half-truths and outright lies in its shotgun approach to stop minerals development not only in Palawan but, effectively, in the whole country as well.”

Vice President Jejomar Binay expressed his concerns regarding the Charter Change, more known as Cha-Cha, in an interview during the Pabahay Caravan in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. He was quoted saying “While the assurance was made that the amendments will focus only on economic provisions, there is still the chance that it will go beyond it.” Clearly, the second leader of the republic does not believe that the initiative is simply to promote the country’s competitiveness when it comes to economy as House leaders insisted.

 

He also said that amending the Constitution is not the priority of the President, and “This is purely a congressional initiative,” he added.

 

Still, the House of Representatives’ committee on constitutional amendments scheduled an October 11 resolution seeking revision of the Constitution’s economic provisions. The Senate and the House of Representatives also agreed last week to deliberate and vote separately on Charter change.

 

Other proposed reforms are expanding foreign investor roles in the exploration, development and exploration, development and utilization of natural resources, allowing foreign ownership of industrial and commercial lands, liberalization of the practice of profession in accordance with the principle of reciprocity, allowing foreign investment in tertiary education and the extension of the 25 years plus 25 years land lease agreement.Image