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MAKILALA TV: From left, Cristina DC Pastor; Annie Bello of Maharlika Cleaning Cooperative; Michelle Michelle from PromDi Productions; Jen Furer; Rachelle Ocampo; and human-trafficking survivor Carmen Fajardo.


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PROVERBS and quotes from learned individuals serve as useful guides in the lives of people in society.

Those are actually life instructions based on life lessons.

We are sharing two this week.

The first proverb is from Bulacan.

It says, “Pag nagtanim ng hangin, bagyo ang aanihin.”

(If you plant wind, you will reap typhoon.)

The other is a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

We are sharing the above in reference to the uncontrolled mouth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his “bulag sa pagibig” (sa kanilang amo) spin doctors.

Yes, his spin doctors are obviously blinded by their love for their Boss.  

If our observation is right, that’s dangerous for the native country and for themselves.

We have observed two, in the course of performing their job.

They virtually insult the people listening to them just so they could defend their Boss.

They should observe the limits of the right and the limits of the wrong.

And for President Duterte himself, it may be good to remind him that the mark of a true individual is when he recognizes his mistakes and changes them; not make an apology, then repeat same mistakes.

Imagine a president who curses publicly with “Putang Ina”; “F*** You”; “Son of a bitch”; “Go to hell?”

A president who compares himself to Hitler?

And whom did he curse or used profanities against?

The President of the United States, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Ambassadors of the United States and Australia to the Philippines, the members of the European Parliament!

We’re afraid he would reap a “powerful typhoon” sooner or later.

There must be something seriously wrong with this President?

He has dragged Filipinos everywhere to shame with his careless tongue.

We were requested to write a press release for mainstream newspapers about a Filipino-American candidate for high office in his town.

Even if he wanted to, we agreed not to mention his being a Pinoy for fear of backlash from certain groups who must be revolting from the irresponsible and offensive statements of Mr. Duterte comparing himself favorably to Hitler.  

It is widely believed that his profane language has been causing the peso to plunge because investors are pulling out their monies.

There are talks of an impending coup d’etat.

Lust, not justice, seemed to be in the minds of certain Filipino congressmen, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of Justice as they expressed their approval to show publicly a supposed sex movie of a lady senator, which turned out to be fake and an over-the-counter pornographic film.

Talks of cutting ties with the United States, considered the fountain head of most freedom and liberty enjoyed by Filipinos today, are ridiculous, to say the least, if not stupid.

There are 4 million Filipinos in the United States according to the latest U.S. Census.

Plane tickets from the U.S. to Manila for November and December, the usual months when prices of tickets rise due to big demand, are reportedly on sale because there are few takers.

In one word, uncertainties are prevailing in the Philippines.

To think that the Duterte Administration is only 90 days old!

Self-destruct is the term used by the suspected planner of a coup.

He said there’s no need for coup because Mr. Duterte is good at destroying himself and his presidency.

Even the tourism area is negatively affected that the Duterte camp will change the current popular tourism motto of “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

Apparently, they admit, not fun anymore.

Maybe, they could substitute with, “There are more killings in the Philippines.”

That’s not fun.

To-date, more than 3,500 suspected drug traffickers and users are reportedly killed, extrajudicially, by police and by vigilantes.  

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See Mission to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, in an Intervention at the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations expressed its relevant position as enunciated earlier by Pope Francis on the sanctity of life and observance of human rights.

“A human-centered approach, grounded in the right (to) life and the capacities of the human person, is necessary to address present challenges. Human persons are part of the solution, not obstacles to development. Integral human development involves ensuring lodging, labor, land, religious freedom, the right to education and other civil rights.”

(Thus, extrajudicial killings should stop. Rehabilitate the addicts so they will become useful members of society again and be part of the solution.)


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MAKILALA TV

I don’t know why I can’t convince Cristina DC Pastor, Jenjen Furer and Rachelle Ocampo, hosts of “MAKILALA TV,” to change the name of their TV Program to “MAGAGANDA TV.”

That’s what and who they are...magaganda (beautiful).


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KAYUMANGGI CHORALE

Congratulations to “Kayumanggi Chorale” (pictured above) for its successful concert on Oct. 1 at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City dubbed as “From Barrio...To Broadway2.”

I was told some 400 people came and listened as the all-Filipino choir sang 18 Pilipino and Broadway songs.


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STAGE PLAY

This weekend, a group of artists will announce a November date when they will stage a play at the Philippine Consulate in New York.

Watch for the announcement.

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