Emilio Aguinaldo

Katipunan "Supremo" Andres Bonifacio

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On July 7, 1892, Andres Bonifacio, together with Deodato Arellano, Valentin Diaz, Teodoro Plata, Ladislao Diwa, and Jose Dizon, upon learning of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s deportation, convened secretly and agreed to form a secret society. The founders called the secret society the Kataastaasang Kagalang-Kagalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan for short. It was also referred to Read More …

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

Andres Bonifacio

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, there has been a great deal of interest on one of our heroes and founder of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio. Indeed, many are now of the belief that he had been denied the recognition he deserved. A decade ago, I wrote a column, “Was Bonifacio the First President?” that revisited the turbulent times when the revolutionary movement was in disarray; Read More …

Fourth-of-July

Yellow Pad By Vicente Rafael THE FOURTH of July is knotted with historical significance and political ironies. From 1946 to 1962, July 4 marked Philippine Independence Day, commemorating the transfer of US sovereignty to the newly formed Republic of the Philippines in the wake of the terrible destruction wrought by World War II. In 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal changed the date to June 12, referring Read More …

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Strategic Perspective By René B. Azurin Business World WATCHING THE nation celebrate its Independence Day yesterday while 27.9% of its population (of 97 million) remain mired in poverty is, frankly, discombobulating. Further, of some 43 million Filipinos 18 years of age and over, 25.4% of them currently cannot find jobs (according to a March 2013 survey of pollster SWS), a rate of unemployment largely unchanged Read More …

Raymundo Melliza

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY By Alex P. Vidal Missing in the pages of our history books was the political exploits of former Supreme Court justice Raymundo Melliza of Iloilo who ran and lost for vice president of the Philippines to Sergio Osmena of Cebu in the 1935 presidential elections. Melliza’s (was Read More …

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Telltale Signs By Rodel Rodis Apolinario Mabini, the author of the constitution of the First Philippine Republic in Malolos in 1898, was not pleased with a phrase in the Declaration of Philippine Independence that Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista drafted at the direction of the Republic’s first president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. When he first heard it on June 12, 1898, Mabini asked that the phrase be excised. Read More …