man up, sirs!

so.  finally, general napeñas has responded to the AFP’s derogation of his mamasapano maps as google maps lang.  on the second consecutive day of hearings in the house of reps, he revealed that the maps were provided by the americans, no less.  he certainly took his time, but given the way the allies of the president and of the ones that were kept out of the loop have been alleging incompetence and insubordination on his part, it’s great that napeñas is finally defending himself with facts heretofore kept secret for one reason or another.

Manny Pacquiao—Fearsome Fighter, Pop-Culture Punchline

By Will Leitch

Even when their lives are often anything but, boxers are afforded an undeniable dignity. At least in our popular culture. Our admiration for boxers is as profound as our fear of them, and we treat them accordingly. Jake LaMotta, some dumb palooka from the Bronx, is given a deeply respectful, almost regal treatment by the most serious filmmaker of our time. Muhammad Ali is the closest thing we have to an American saint. Heck, Mike Tyson: Even when you’re playing along with him on Jimmy Kimmel, you do it out of a certain terror; part of the excitement of watching Tyson goof off is the sense that he could explode and start decking everybody in sight any second. The great punchline of The Hangoverisn’t “In the Air Tonight;” it’s when, after Tyson floors Alan with one punch, Stu can’t help but be impressed: He’s still got it, man. They are granted warrior status, for life.

And then there is Manny Pacquiao.

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the poor and the nonpoor

Similar dream, different lives
By Joel Ruiz Butuyan

The latest survey showing Jejomar Binay as still the front-running presidential candidate has stirred the middle class and the rich (the “nonpoor”) to again mouth their pet refrain: The poor are to blame for all that ails this country because they are unintelligent voters who allow corrupt leaders to rule.

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A Bewildering Crash

By Philip Gourevitch 

Flying time from Barcelona to Dusseldorf is an hour and fifty-six minutes—not a long haul—so there’s no reason to imagine that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, could have anticipated that his commander, Captain Patrick Sondenheimer, would get up and leave him alone in the cockpit, as the captain did, a little more than twenty minutes after takeoff on Tuesday, while the plane, an Airbus 320, cruised over the French Alps. There is no reason to imagine, in other words, that Lubitz could have foreseen, on that route, or on that day, much less in that precise airspace, that he would find himself, without any struggle, in a position to lock himself in the cockpit and take control of the plane, initiating its descent, and continuing to fly it steadily down, down, down over eight minutes that must have seemed to anyone conscious of the trajectory a god-awful eternity, especially after the captain began knocking, then shouting, then pounding at the barred cockpit door—flying down, down out of the sky, down into the mountains, down into death: his death and the deaths of the hundred and forty-nine other souls whose fate he had become.

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8 in 10 Filipinos ‘struggling, suffering’ financially

By Camille Diola

MANILA, Philippines — Only 18 percent of Filipinos saw themselves as “thriving” financially, while the rest of the represented population said they are “struggling” or “suffering” in terms of economic security.

The recent Gallup-Healthways State of Global Well-Being Index 2014 reported that Filipinos’ perception of financial security is notably below the Asian and global averages of 25 percent.

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Posted in aquino admin, money, poverty

Lee Kuan Yew on Filipinos and the Philippines

Posted January 2011 by, the following excerpt is from pages 299 – 305 of Lee Kuan Yew’s book From Third World to First: The Singapore Story 1965-2000, Chapter 18  “Building Ties with Thailand, the Philippines, and Brunei.”

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