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Cielo Roque Lutz writes a memoir: ‘I am a Belgian nun in disguise!’

  "Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it." --Emily Dickinson   Writer-journalist Cielo Roque Lutz, who once edited the martial law era magazine Woman's Home Companion in the '70s, could have easily just compiled her favorite articles and reviews in one volume.   But no, she chose the harder path of memoir writing, a tell-all one that discloses, among others, a failed first marriage, single-handedly raising four daughters---one of whom got pregnant at age 20 and had to give her baby away for adoption, another who came out to her mother as a bisexual, another who had an abortion---then relocating with her new American husband to Nigeria before ...Keep on reading: Cielo Roque Lutz writes a memoir: ‘I am a Belgian nun in disguise!’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 9th, 2018

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir compares Trump’s ‘war on truth’ to Orwell’s 1984 p The Guardian

Hillary Clinton uses her new memoir to draw parallels between Donald Trump’s “war on truth” and the Soviet Union and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. “Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism,” the defeated presidential candidate writes in What Happened, published on Tuesday. “This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered.” The goal is to make you question logic and and reason and to sow mistrust, Clinton writes. “For Trump, as with so much he does, it’s about simple dominance.” She argues that Trump has taken “the war on truth” to a whole new level. “If he stood up tomorrow and declared that the Earth is flat, his counselor Kellyanne Conway might just go on Fox News and defend it as an ‘alternative fact,’ and too many people would believe it.” The cathartic 469-page memoir is heartfelt, honest and at times funny as it tries to come to grips with Clinton’s personally and politically catastrophic defeat last November. She identifies many reasons, including racism, sexism, the late intervention of the FBI and her own mistakes. She writes: “I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment. I was giving speeches laying out how to solve the country’s problems. He was ranting on Twitter.” The cathartic 469-page memoir is heartfelt, honest and at times funny as it tries to come to grips with Clinton’s personally and politically catastrophic defeat last November. She identifies many reasons, including racism, sexism, the late intervention of the FBI and her own mistakes. She writes: “I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment. I was giving speeches laying out how to solve the country’s problems. He was ranting on Twitter.” Clinton peppers the book with insults aimed at Trump. These include: “a clear and present danger to the country and the world”; “he’d remade himself from tabloid scoundrel into right-wing crank”; “for Trump, if everyone’s down in the mud with him, then he’s no dirtier than anyone else”; “he had no ideological core apart from his towering self-regard, which blotted out all hope of learning or growing”. Clinton also shows little affection for her rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, identifying him as another causal factor in her defeat. “His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign. I don’t know if that bothered Bernie or not.” Clinton was hammered by both Sanders and Trump over her paid speeches to Wall Street. She admits these were a “mistake”, explaining: “Just because many former government officials have been paid large fees to give speeches, I shouldn’t have assumed it was okay for me to do it. Especially after the financial crisis of 2008-09, I should have realized it would be bad ‘optics’ and stayed away from anything having to do with Wall Street. I didn’t. That’s on me.” The Clinton campaign’s frustration with a lack of media attention toward reported attempts by Moscow to interfere with the race were well-known. But Clinton dedicates a lengthy section not simply to how she and her aides became increasingly aware of Russian efforts, but also to warn that Vladimir Putin has only just scratched the surface. Clinton attests to sharing a relationship with Putin that has long been “sour”, saying of the Russian president: “Putin doesn’t respect women and despises anyone who stands up to him, so I’m a double problem.” It was for that reason, and her desire to pursue a more hawkish posture toward Russia, that Putin had developed a “personal vendetta” against her, Clinton writes. But, she writes, she would not have anticipated the assault that was subsequently waged against her campaign, and the minimizing of Russia’s role behind it. “This wasn’t the normal rough-and-tumble of politics,” Clinton writes. “This was – there’s no other word for it – war.” The wounds are reopened with each revelation about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Clinton confessed that she has followed “every twist and turn”. As one of the young attorneys who worked for the House judiciary committee’s impeachment inquiry into Richard Nixon, Clinton advises the Trump-Russia investigation is “much more serious” than Watergate. Each time a new shoe drops, Clinton can’t help but hear Trump’s infamous words to her in their final debate when she confronted him over his affinity for Putin: “No puppet. You’re the puppet.” “This man is President of the United States,” Clinton writes, “And no one is happier than Vladimir Putin.” Clinton is at her most scathing when she reflects on the coverage of her decision to use a private email server as secretary of state. In a chapter dedicated to what she calls the single most decisive factor in her loss, Clinton envisions a history class, 30 years from now, in which students learn about the election that “brought to power the least experienced, least knowledgeable, least competent President our [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2017

A war zone in disguise?

A war zone in disguise?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News10 hr. 9 min. ago

Philippines is a war zone, says US NGO Manila Bulletin News

Philippines is a war zone, says US NGO Manila Bulletin A United States-based non-governmental organization has called the Philippines a war zone in disguise citing the killings of over 1000 civilians.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News13 hr. 56 min. ago

Palace hits American NGO for calling PH war zone in disguise | The Manila Times Online

Malacaang on Friday disputed a report that labeled the Philippines as a war zone in disguise over the alleged lethality of the Duterte administrations war on drugs. In a statement,READ The post Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

US organization: Philippines a war zone in disguise - SUNSTAR

US organization: Philippines a 'war zone in disguise' Sun.Star A NON-governmental organization (NGO) based in the United States has branded the Philippines a "war zone in disguise.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

A case of illegal arrest and a trumped-up charge

Almost a year after their warrantless arrest, detention and prosecution for alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives, on Jan. 15 Rafael Baylosis and Roque Guillermo were ordered freed by a Quezon City court......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Palace slams PHL assessment by ACLED, Human Rights Watch

THE Philippines does not need the lectures of “inexpert foreign groups on how the run a nation,” Malacañang said on Friday, following a report by a US-based non-governmental organization which labeled the country as a “war zone in disguise.”.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Philippines ‘a war zone in disguise’ says US NGO report

MANILA, Philippines---"A war zone in disguise." This was how a U.S.-based non-government organization (NGO) described the Philippines in 2018, citing the rampant killings of civilians due to the alleged "lethality" of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on illegal drugs. According to Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project's Year In Review: 2018 report, which was posted in its website last Jan. 11, more civilians were killed in the Philippines in the past year than in conflicted-countries like Iraq, Somalia, or the Democratic Republic of Congo. "The Philippines is a war zone in disguise. More civilians were killed in the Philippines in 2018 than in Iraq, Somalia...Keep on reading: Philippines ‘a war zone in disguise’ says US NGO report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Board approves shift in volleyball individual awards

The UAAP Board has approved the use of the FIVB individual awards format for Season 81. Board member Rod Roque of University of the East confirmed the development in a text message to ABS-CBN Sports Thursday. “We will be following the FIVB on the giving of individual awards, by position already no longer by skills,” said Roque, who added that the decision was unanimous. The UAAP Board held a two-day meeting to tackle about the rules and regulations of second semester sports including volleyball. For the longest time, the UAAP has been feting players by skills: scorer, attacker, blocker, server, setter, digger, receiver and Most Valuable Player. Other local leagues like the NCAA, Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleyball League and UAAP high school have already adapted the FIVB’s by positon individual awards of best two outside hitters, two middle blockers, an opposite hitter, setter, libero and MVP. Schools have until January 28 to submit their team rosters. The Eligibility Committee will conduct screening on February 4 while the final approval of team rosters is set on Feb. 11.          --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Japanese businessman writes to Philippine Stock Exchange to block listing of Manila casino – European Gaming Industry News

Japanese businessman writes to Philippine Stock Exchange to block listing of Manila casino  European Gaming Industry News In a strange new development, Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada has written to the Philippine Stock Exchange, seeking to block the proposed listing of … Source link link: Japanese businessman writes to Philippine Stock Exchange to block listing of Manila casino – European Gaming Industry News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Arado, Mendrez lead U-23 hopefuls

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. has formally extended its invitation to all UAAP schools to allow their girls’ and women’s volleyball players to try out for the national pool. University of the East athletic director Rod Roque, also the UAAP representative to the LVPI, distributed the invitation letters to members of the UAAP Board during their meeting Tuesday.   “Sa akin pinadaan ni Mr. Ariel Paredes (LVPI SecGen) and tamang-tamang may UAAP Board meeting kami. So i-disseminate ko na sa kanila ‘yung info na open ang tryout for Under 23.” LVPI earlier this month announced a two-day tryout on January 24-25 at the Arellano University Gym in Taft Ave for the purpose of expanding the national pool that will see action in a number of international tournaments including the Asian Women’s U-23 Volleyball Championship in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 13 to 21. Leading the list of hopefuls are Lady Warriors Kat Arado and Me-Anne Mendrez, who both represented the country in the 2016 Asian Women’s U-19 Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand back. The PHI finished 10th in the 15-nation field.      “Dito sa akin number one na very, very qualified si Kat Arado,” said Roque, who will accompany his players in the tryout. Arado was also invited in the seniors national team tryout last year.   “Kasi siya lang ‘yung nag-decline last year kasi ‘yung studies niya tapos may Generika, may UE siya sabi niya ‘sir hindi ko na kaya’. So nag-back out muna siya sa national team but this year tapos na ‘yung Generika nila tapos last playing year niya sa UAAP sabi niya sa akin, ‘sir ready na ko sa national team,’” Roque said. “So dadalhin ko siya sa 25 tapos si Me-Anne Mendrez. Silang dalawa kasi silang dalawa ang pinaka-qualified.” LVPI hopes to see other young talents like Cocolife's Kalei Mau, DLSU-Zobel's Angel Canino, University of Sto. Tomas' Milena Alessandrini and Eya Laure, Faith Nisperos and Alyssa Solomon on National U, University of the Philippines' Tots Carlos, and Air Force's Dell Palomata in the two-day tryouts. The federation has also extended invitations to the Philippine Superliga, Premier Volleyball League and the NCAA.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

QC court dismisses illegal gun possession case vs NDFP consultant, 1 other

  MANILA, Philippines ---The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 100 has dismissed the illegal possession of firearms and explosives charges filed against National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Rafael Baylosis.   Also cleared by the court was Baylosis' companion, Roque Guillermo. In a decision made public Tuesday, the court said it granted the demurrer to evidence filed by the two accused.   Ademurrerto evidence is in effect a motion to dismiss which is filed by the accused after the prosecution has finished its presentation of evidence. It is anchored on the ground that the evidence presented is insufficient.   "This C...Keep on reading: QC court dismisses illegal gun possession case vs NDFP consultant, 1 other.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: UAAP Board looking to switch to FIVB individual awards format

The UAAP Board is highly considering changing its volleyball individual awards format into the FIVB standards in Season 81. Board member Rod Roque revealed that the change in the awarding format will be one of the main topics that the Board will tackle when they convene on Tuesday and Wednesday. Roque is optimistic that the change will be implemented this season. “Well, isa ‘yan sa napag-usapan naming innovations sa volleyball. Sabi namin susundan namin ‘yung international (standard) kasi by position ang international e,” said the UE athletic director. “So we might do it this year. So depende tomorrow kung ma-approve namin ‘yun then we will implement right away kasi mas marami kang mabibigyan kung position e. Pabor sa players mas maganda,” added Roque, who is also the representative of the UAAP in the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. For the longest time, the UAAP has been feting players by skills: scorer, attacker, blocker, server, setter, digger and receiver as well as the Most Valuable Player. Other local leagues like the NCAA, Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleyball League and UAAP high school have already adapted the FIVB’s by positon individual awards of best two outside hitters, two middle blockers, an opposite hitter, setter, libero and the MVP. “Kami sa eligibility kasi kami ‘yung naga-update ng rules and regulations,” he said. “Sabi namin we follow the international kasi we’re using the international (rules and format) in all sporting events. We might as well do also for the awarding di ba?” Roque is optimistic that the change will be approved as other schools also showed positive response during their previous meetings. “Favorable naman yung response ng walong schools kasi mas maraming mabibigyan ng award e so I think ma-approve ‘yun,” he said. Roque said that it has been on the table years. “Alam mo na ‘yung tradition, tradition we keep on following the tradition, tradition,” sad Roque. “Well hi-tech dapat sumusunod tayo sa panahon, sa trend and that is the trend now we might as well do what is right.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Diolan, Clemente could get go-signal to play

Barring other technicalities in their eligibility, returning National University setter Rica Diolan and De La Salle University transferee Lourdes Clemente could get the green light to play for their respective schools in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. UAAP Board and eligibility committee member Rod Roque of University of the East said that the two players have met the criteria for residency and for student-athletes pursuing graduate studies if their respective teams submit their names in their roster. The eight schools have until January 28 to submit their team rosters to the screening committee. Diolan left NU after Season 78 and tried her luck at different schools before enrolling at UE two years ago. She never made the roster of then head coach Francis Vicente and left the school after just one semester and returned to NU. “Nag-one year na siya sa NU, nag-residency na siya,” said Roque of Diolan. “Nag-one year na siya sa NU so qualified na siyang maglaro ulit.” In the case of Clemente, the middle blocker and former national team member exhausted all her playing years with University of Perpetual Help and decided to transfer to DLSU for her graduate studies and try her luck with the four-peat-seeking Lady Spikers. Although DLSU head coach Ramil de Jesus has yet to confirm Clemente’s inclusion to the team, she has been seen training with the team.    “Kapag masteral tapos galing ka sa ibang school walang residency, ready to play. Pero kung galing ka sa ibang UAAP school, magma-masteral ka sa another UAAP school then one year residency. Pero si Lourdes wala siya, qualified siya,” said Roque. The Eligibility Committee will conduct screening on February 4 while the final approval of the rosters is set on Feb. 11.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl. Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Brees took the Saints on scoring drives of 92, 79 and 67 yards after falling behind 14-0. Lattimore clinched it when Nick Foles' pass from the Saints 27 deflected off usually sure-handed receiver Alshon Jeffery with about two minutes remaining. A couple dozen Saints players surged off the sideline toward the end zone in celebration, while Jeffery fell face-first to the turf in agony. New Orleans (14-3) will host the NFC title game next week against the Rams (13-4). Los Angeles, which fell 45-35 at the Superdome in November, will try again next week, with the winner going to the Super Bowl. The Saints' win finished off a sweep of the divisional round by teams coming off byes. Wil Lutz added two field goals for the Saints, who last got this far in 2009, when they won the Super Bowl. Philadelphia (10-8) will not repeat as NFL champion; no team has done so since the 2004 Patriots. This was really two games in one. Philly scored on its first two drives as the Saints could do virtually nothing right. After that, it was all New Orleans, but the resilient Eagles kept it close enough that when Lutz missed a 52-yard field goal with 2:58 remaining, they were only one-score behind. Foles, the hero of last year's Super Bowl run, got them in position for yet another late winning score — just like last week at Chicago and last February against New England for the championship. Then, Jeffery couldn't handle a second-down pass, and it was over. Brees had 2-yard touchdown passes to rookie Keith Kirkwood and All-Pro wideout Michael Thomas, who had 12 receptions for 171 yards. UGLY START Maybe the Saints were rusty after their wild-card bye, but they got two first downs, including one by penalty, gained 17 yards, and Brees threw an interception and had a fumble that was recovered by teammate Ryan Ramczyk in the opening period. Meanwhile, Philly gained 153 yards and scored two TDs, and Foles went 8 of 9 for 113. But Foles was intercepted by Lattimore early in the second quarter, and the Saints finally got going. INJURIES In a span of three plays, two starters were hurt and needed to be carted off. First, Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins went down midway in the first quarter, unable to put any weight on his left foot. Two plays later, Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks hurt his right leg and departed. Philly also lost DB Rasul Douglas in the second quarter to an ankle injury, but he was back in the second half. DLs Fletcher Cox, an All-Pro, and Michael Bennett also were sidelined at times before returning. In the fourth quarter, left tackle Jason Peters left. UP NEXT The Saints host the Rams in the late game next Sunday, with the winner going to the Super Bowl......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Music on celebs’ playlists

Celebrities often listen to music to relax and unwind. For this forum, we've asked celebrities what music acts and singers they're currently listening to and why.   MANILYN REYNES. I'm an old soul, so I am an avid listener of music from the '50s to the '80s. I have always loved Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, but among the singers we have now, I listen to Adele. I like how she writes her songs and expresses her feelings. I love the quality of her voice. Once in a while, I also listen to Bruno Mars, John Legend, Jessie J, Alicia Keys and Charlie Puth---there's a whole bunch of talented ones out there. And I've always believed in the charm and power of Original Pilip...Keep on reading: Music on celebs’ playlists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

PH’s Biggest Rice Seed Production Area Eyed in N. Samar

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will transform San Roque, Northern Samar from being a poverty-stricken town into the biggest rice seed production center in the country this year. In a post on his social media account Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the project will tap about 2,000 hectares for the production of seeds of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

3 soldiers, 2 civilians hurt in road mishap in Northern Samar

TACLOBAN CITY ---- Three soldiers and two civilians were hurt after the passenger van they were riding on met an accident along Lope de Vega town in Northern Samar. Injured were Privates Jeffrey Samulde, 27, a resident of Barangay Dale San, Roque, Northern Samar; Kenneth Sagun, 27, and a resident of Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija; and Mark Kevin Frigillana, 26, and a resident of Barangay Echo, Mondragon, also in Northern Samar, according to information reaching the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police based in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo. The two injured civilian passengers were not yet identified. It was learned that the hurt passengers were on board a passenger van ...Keep on reading: 3 soldiers, 2 civilians hurt in road mishap in Northern Samar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Samar town eyed as PH’s biggest rice seed producer

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are working together to develop San Roque, Northern Samar as the country’s biggest seed production center which could…READ The post Samar town eyed as PH’s biggest rice seed producer appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Tirso Cruz III writes poem for late son Teejay

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Tirso Cruz III has posted a poem he wrote for son Teejay after the 37-year-old died late last year. (READ: ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019