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‘One doesn’t have to die to be a hero’

At a time when values are constantly changing, it is important to set aside a day to remember our fellowmen who gave up their lives to fight for independence, a historian said as the nation commemorates National Heroes Day today. “If you see the nation around you, nagbabago ‘yung priorities. But you don’t forget people who, when we had nothing, fought to have freedom for the next generation,” Michael Charleston Chua said. Chua, however, said that one does not have to die to be called a hero. “The Filipino definition of bayani ay isang taong nagbigay ng serbisyo sa bayan nang walang inaasahang kapalit. He is always one with the people, hindi niya hinihiwalay yung sarili niya sa bayan,” Chua said. Chua said National Heroes Day is a blanket holiday for all heroes who …

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Night market a second chance for displaced Divisoria vendors

Vendors whose stalls in Divisoria, Manila, were dismantled get a chance to sell their wares at a night market. This time, however, the stalls will be confined to the sidewalk, said Task Force Cleanup Manila Head Che Borromeo. There will be a one-meter buffer zone from the street where no stalls will be allowed, Borromeo said. The night market will be open from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Borromeo said there is a clamor among vendors for bigger space since the designated selling area is “too small to accommodate their goods,” but he asked them to cooperate first. “Let us first clear the roads and minimize heavy traffic. If we succeed, we can look at the possible extension,” he said. He noted there are stubborn vendors who lack “concern and discipline” who still sell their goods …

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Ninoy’s 33rd death anniversary marked today

There is more to Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. than being the man in whose honor the country’s airport was named and the face behind the P500-bill, a history teacher said as the nation commemorates the former senator’s 33rd death anniversary today. Aquino, according to history teacher Jacquiline Maddatu, was an “intelligent senator.” He served as senator under the 7th Congress, and was known as then-President Ferdinand Marcos’ political rival. Aquino was among the first to be arrested upon the abolition of Congress and Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law in 1972. Charged with murder, illegal possession of firearms, and subversion, he was put through military trial. Aquino was jailed for seven years before he was allowed to go to the United States to seek medical intervention for his heart condition. He returned to the Philippines …

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Anti-drug campaign update

An alleged drug peddler and his cohort are the latest to be included in the long list of the fatalities of Manila Police District’s (MPD) war versus illegal drugs, after the two figured in a gunfight with operatives in Sta. Ana before dawn yesterday. Police Station 6’s  Station Anti-Illegal Drug-Special Operation Task Unit (SAID-SOTU) was supposed to hand down a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 37 3rd Vice Executive Judge Virgilio Macaraig to 39-year-old Alvin Comia, who was residing in Punta, Santa Ana. He allegedly sensed the presence of the officers who were strategically moving in tactical position. Comia tried to fire on the operatives. PO1 Princeton Felia then fired successive shots. Comia’s cohort Gaerlan Makahilig also fired at the police.  The two died on the spot. Early this month, Philippine …

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Heroic Manila cop gets commendation, new gun

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa conferred yesterday the Medalya ng Kagalingan (medal of merit) to the police officer who shot and killed one of the three armed motorcycle-riding robbery suspects in Malate, Manila Tuesday afternoon. Dela Rosa, who personally visited Manila Police District (MPD) Headquarters in Ermita, also gave Chief Inspector Paulito Sabulao a Glock 30 Gen 4 pistol, which he said can be used to kill more criminals. Sabulao and his men were on patrol along Singalong and Aragon Streets when they spotted the trio aimlessly roaming the area. When the officer approached them for verification, the middle rider was shown on closed circuit television footage concealing a gun aimed at Sabulao, who spotted it and beat the suspect to the draw. The two other suspects were …

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Luxurious two-tower project set to redefine Makati skyline

Ayala Land Premier (ALP) is set to redefine the Makati skyline within the next eight years with the unveiling of its ultra-luxury two-tower development Park Central Towers, which will rise above the crossroads of Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue. “Our loyal clients responded strongly from a sales point of view when we presented this project to them because they actually saw this in a context of a much larger story, and that story is really about redefining the Makati skyline,” ALP managing director Jose Juan Jugo said. The project, which will rest on a 15,860-sqm land, contributed to the record June 2016 sales of ALP. “We set a record-breaking sales production for the month of June 2016; we generated almost P8.5 billion,” Jugo said. “As far as our own knowledge is concerned, …

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Slain PSG member’s wife seeking swift justice, too

The wife of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) member shot dead in Tondo last month yesterday shared that she too is hoping for swift action from law enforcement authorities following the arrest of  Quiapo road rage suspect Vhon Martin Tanto less than a week after he shot dead bicycle rider Mark Vincent Garalde. Thirty-one-year-old Meldred Gabriel, wife of the late Police Officer 2 Gabriel Gabriel recounted the case of her husband in an interview with the Manila Bulletin. “Parehas naman ang nangyari sa kanila, ang pagkakaiba lang, Army ang nakapatay dun sa biker (The cases are similar, the only difference is that the suspect in the biker’s death is an Army reservist),” she said. SWIFT VS TEDIOUS She added that she can’t help but notice the difference in terms of the response of the …

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Erap vows P100,000 reward for info on road rage suspect

Mayor Joseph Estrada is giving a P100,000-reward for any information that will lead to the arrest of road rage shooting suspect and Army reservist Vhon Tanto, whose red Hyundai Eon car was found in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya on Wednesday. A manhunt against Tanto was declared by Manila Police District Director Senior Supt. Joel Coronel after the former failed to surrender on the July 27, 5 p.m. deadline given to him. Meanwhile, 18-year-old student Rosell Bondoc, who was hit by a stray bullet,  has shown positive signs of recovery after undergoing a successful operation at Mary Chiles Hospital, attending physician Dr. Domingo Reyes said. Reyes said they have removed the bullet that penetrated the lower back of Bondoc that damaged her kidney. She is set to be transferred to a recovery room soon. Estrada is …

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Rogue cop, cohort slain in Manila drug sting

Two drug suspects, including a police officer on absence without leave (AWOL) status, were killed in a buy-bust operation conducted at Aroma Temporary Housing, Vitas in Tondo, Manila before dawn yesterday. The casualties, who are included in the drug watch list of Balut Tondo Police Station, were identified as PO3 Bobby Orit, 40, formerly assigned at the National Capital Region Police Office-Regional Police Holding and Accounting Unit and Danilo Guevarra alias “Kuba”, 43 of Tondo, Manila. Initial investigation showed that when the duo sensed that Raxabago Police Station chief Senior Inspector Gilbert Cruz was a police undercover, Orit attempted to shoot him, but his gun jammed. Cruz managed to pull of his firearm and gunned down the two suspects. A loaded .38 revolver and .38 snub nose revolver, a water pipe, one spent shell, …

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Why do online posts go viral?

Filipinos love to share, be it food, stories, or experiences and there is something in sharing that satisfies the spirit.  These days, most of the sharing is done in social media from ordinary citizens to the rich and famous with some of the posts going viral. Government employee Marne Mag-usara, 24, said she spends five hours surfing the net every day and is fond  of sharing interesting videos online. Weekly, she shares an average of 35 posts. “I usually do this after work,” she said. “I share posts that catch my attention so that my friends can see them and I can watch or read them again when I want to.”  ONLINE PERSONALITIES Quite a number of netizens who used social networking sites to express themselves were surprised when their posts became a hit …

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