Historic Death Sentence in PH

Fusilamiento_de_rizal

From Wikimedia Commons: “The execution by firing squad of José Rizal, December 30, 1896. This photograph (Fusilamiento de José Rizal) was taken by Manuel Arias Rodriguez, a Spanish creole.”

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fusilamiento_de_rizal.jpg

The other caption:

Dec. 30, 1896: Jose Rizal, later enshrined as the Philippines’ national hero, is executed at the Luneta, Manila (the Luneta was alternately called Bagumbayan, or “new town” in  Tagalog). The eight-man firing squad was composed of native Filipinos from the 70th Spanish Infantry Regiment. Photo was taken by Manuel Arias Rodriguez; this copy is from the Museo del Ejercito in Madrid, Spain.

http://www.filipinoamericanwar.com/background.htm

 

Ring ng Gilas, pinalaki sana

Gaya ng inaasahan, masakit mang tanggapin, bigong makapasok sa Olympics ang Gilas Pilipinas dahil hindi nito kinaya ang mga bansang lumahok sa FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2016.

Nagkampeon si NBA superstar Tony Parker at ang France, na unang nagpadapa sa host Philippines. Dinala niya sa 2016 Rio Olympic basketball tournament ang kanyang bansa, na lubos ang pasasalamat sa kanya dahil pa-retiro na siya.

Kahit dumating sa arena si Pangulong Duterte at kahit napakalaking suportang pinansyal at moral ang natamo ng Gilas Pilipinas, hindi pumabor ang agham ng laro.

Napakataas ng antas ng basketbol ng mga katunggali ng mga Pilipino, hindi sumapat ang talento. Inikutan lang ang maluwag na depensa ng Gilas Pilipinas, habang namayagpag naman ang talento’t laki ng kanilang mga kalaban.

Siguro bukod sa tatlong Andray Blatche, kailangan yatang palakihin ang ring ng mga Pinoy na nabigyan ng homecourt advantage dahil konting tiin na lang, abot na ng mga dayuhan ang ring at, ika-nga, ilalagay na lang ang bola. Samantalang ang pinakamagaling na makikita mong move na ankle breaker crossover ay kay Terrence Romeo, pero wala namang dagdag na kahit isang punto lang para sa Gilas Pilipinas.

Gayunpaman, kung uunawain ang kasaysayan ng partisipasyon ng Pilipinas sa Olympics, medyo lumapit na ito sa tsansang hindi lang makalahok muli kundi magkapanalo pa sa Olympics. DC Alviar

Sked ng laro sa Marilao Grand Villas: Sapatos sa umaga, tsinelas sa hapon

Noong hindi pa sikat si Marc Pingris, lumalaro siya ng basketbol nang nakatsinelas at, kung minsan, nakayapak pa. Bakit kaya? Minsan, ang porma’y nadadaan din sa pakikisama o kawalan nito. Sa kaso ng manlalaro sa Marilao Grand Villas, tila siya ang mahihiyang magsapatos dahil hindi niya alam na kapag hapon ng weekend, lahat nakatsinelas.

 Sa umaga, lahat nama’y nakasapatos. DC Alviar

Sked ng laro

Pagkamahal-mahal

Pagkamahal-mahal

Pagkamahal-mahal ng tiket sa Mall of Asia Arena sa katatapos na FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, pero maraming Pilipinong naka-afford. Inaasahan  ng mga opisyal ng turismo pati si Pangulong Duterte na gumanap sa ceremonial toss na malaki ang iniambag ng pagho-host ng Pilipinas sa dagdag-pananalapi mula sa mga turistang lokal at internasyunal.

 

Pilipinas, wagi sa kasong arbitrasyon laban sa China sa South China Sea

Bahagi ng disenyo

Napanalunan ng Pilipinas ang South China Sea.

Nagpasya nitong ika-13 ng Hulyo 2016 ang internasyonal na tribunal sa arbitrasyon na itapon ang malakihang claim ng China sa South China Sea.

Bagamat ang paborableng desisyon sa Pilipinas ay magbibigay-daan sa Pangulong Duterte na simulan nang gawin ang nararapat, pinag-iingat pa rin ng mga eksperto sa batas ang pamahalaan.

Kailangan pa rin daw manaig ang madiplomasyang pakikipagrelasyon ng mga Pilipino sa mga Intsik.

Nauna nang sinabi ng Pangulo na pinag-aaralan na ng pamahalaan ang mga hakbang sakaling dumating nga ang paborableng pasya sa ilalim ng UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). DC Alviar

From the official website of the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Saudi Arabia

 

July 4, 2016

The United States Embassy notes media reports of suicide bombings at the Al-Haram al-Nabawi Mosque in Medina and the Sheikh Faraj Al Omran Mosque in Qatif.  Reports indicate that two attackers died after attempting to enter the Al Omran Mosque in Qatif.  At the Al-Haram al-Nabawi Mosque, reports indicate that several individuals, among them Saudi security forces personnel, were killed or injured when an explosive device detonated near the mosque.  The Embassy has not received reports of other injuries or fatalities at the Al Omran Mosque in Qatif.

This security message updates the earlier security message from today of media reports of a suspected suicide attack near the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, which occurred in the early morning hours of July 4.  There were no casualties or injuries among U.S. Consulate staff.  Media reported two Saudi police officers were injured.

The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh and Consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran remain in close contact with the Saudi authorities as they investigate the incidents.

Three blocks away

All U.S. citizens are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings, and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia and limit non-essential travel within the country. Please note that travelers holding pilgrimage visas issued by the Saudi government are strictly prohibited from travel outside of the cities of Mecca, Medina and Jeddah.

U.S. government personnel and their families are restricted from traveling within 50 miles of the Yemeni border, and to the cities of Jizan and Najran, without permission.  U.S. government personnel are similarly prohibited from traveling to the city of Qatif in the Eastern Province and its surrounding suburbs, including Awamiyah, and to the town of Hofuf and its surrounding suburbs in the Al Hasa Governorate due to violent episodes that have occurred there in the past.

Regardless of where you are, it is always advisable to keep your security and situational awareness levels high. Please follow these good personal security practices:

Avoid crowds or large gatherings when traveling in public;

Know where you are going and have a plan of what to do in the event you encounter demonstrations or violence; Identify safe areas (for example police stations, hospitals, Saudi Government buildings) in your area and how to get to them quickly; Tell co-workers or neighbors where you’re going and when you intend to return; Minimize your profile while in public;

Always carry a cell phone and make sure you have emergency numbers pre-programmed into your phone such as the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh (011-488-3800), U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah (012-667-0080), and U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran (013-330-3200). The emergency number for the Saudi Police, Fire, and Rescue is 999. Please keep in mind that most emergency dispatchers and personnel do not speak English;

Be prepared to postpone or cancel activities for personal safety concerns; Report concerns you may have to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, or the U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran.

For further information:

For further information

Source: https://sa.usembassy.gov/security-message-u-s-citizens/

Saudi policemen - Photo AFP-Getty Images