Rod show caps WV invasion in Kalibo

KALIBO, Aklan – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte capped his invasion of Western Visayas with aplomb as he added another fanatical base the enemy had always considered its own. Duterte had to take the long route – by boat from Boracay and van from Caticlan just to honor his commitment to the people of Kalibo. It was the rock star’s part of the sacrifice both sides had to take just to make the event a success. The rally at Pastrana Park was everything both speaker and audience could ask for. There was little sign of the fatigue and exhaustion that should wear down any candidate this late in the campaign trail. The only hint was the voice that has turned hoarse after too many nights in too many places. Duterte appeared the least bothered by the firestorm touched off by his recollection of a hostage-taking incident 27 years ago. Defiant and unapologetic for remarks he made after the drama ended with the death of all the hostage-takers, Duterte took the opportunity to lash back not only at those milking the incident to pull him down. The mayor, no stranger to controversy and no respecter of persons, twitted no less than the ambassadors of the United States and Australia for weighing in on the ruckus at this juncture in the campaign. “Shut up!” Duterte blasted away at the diplomats of the two countries, sparking a wild frenzy from a crowd that expressed overwhelming approval for the mayor’s stance. It was not the first time Duterte had tangled with foreign governments. The first time was in 1995 when he burned the flag of...

Times call to honor great hero Dagohoy, celebrate “Cry of Bohol”

(Conclusion) by BGEN JOSEPH G SEVILLA AFP (RET) National Vice Chairman – FORVETS / Past National Chairman & President Reserve Officers Legion of the Phil. (ROLP) Aside from the guerilla heroes, we have countless patriotic Bohol officials led by the illustrious son of Bohol, Pres. Carlos Polestico Garcia, Congressmen GenaroVisarra, Maximino Garcia and martyred Congressman TeodoroAbueva and his wife, Purificacion Veloso de Abueva. We have to recognize the good deeds of Congressmen Margarito Revilles, Isabelo Binamira, Gov. Celestino Gallares, Agapito Hontanosas Sr., Conrado Marapao, Victoriano Tirol, Mayors Pio Ferandos, Anacleto Sevilla, Avelino Chagas, Victoriano Zafra, Marcos Estillore, Andres Madayag and all provincial, municipal and barangay officials who have shown heroic motives of not putting up armed resistance to the superior enemy forces to avoid more bloodshed and destruction of properties. Also, thousands of innocent civilians in the province to include Boholano Chinese businessmen/residents suffered untold sufferings when they were interned in Tagbilaran concentration camp. In more than three decades of national conflicts particularly in the secessionist movements in Mindanao-Sulu and other insurgent areas in the Visayas and Luzon, we have thousands of gallant living and dead soldiers, and unknown heroes who sacrificed and a number gave their lives for freedom. These brave soldiers are Navy Captain Arturo Blancas, Majors Corloncito, Sang-an, Captains Ricardo Calimbayan, Bugash, Valles, Manuel Catayas, Jose Lofranco who was my company commander in Sulu, other officers, enlisted personnel, draftees and trainees special mention first combat casualty army Trainee Ranario of Garcia Hernandez. We have a big number of living heroes who are very happy to see us all now enjoying peace and bountiful lives. Citing Tirol’s...
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