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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

Marcos replacing Duterte? Not a shocker, but 'NeverAgain

MANILA, Philippines – It appears no one was surprised when Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque declared Thursday, August 16, that President Rodrigo Duterte would resign if former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr wins his election protest. After all, Duterte and Marcos are known allies, and the President himself said way back ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Trillanes scored over drug test dare

MALACAÑANG yesterday slammed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for daring President Rodrigo Duterte and his family to undergo drug tests.Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will not take orders from anyone and he may take the drug test if he wants to.“Hindi ko po alam kung ano dapat ang response diyan….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Duterte to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins election protest

MANILA, Philippines – If former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr wins his election case against Vice President Leni Robredo, President Rodrigo Duterte will likely step down.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this was the logical "conclusion" one would make from Duterte's recent statements that he was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Duterte has info on Naga as ‘hotbed of shabu’ — Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte has access to information tagging the home province of Vice President Leni Robredo as a "hotbed of shabu," Malacaang claimed on Thursday. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stressed that Duterte's pronouncement that Naga is allegedly a breeding ground for methamphetamine was not made out of thin air. "I'm sure he (Duterte) has access to information indicating certain areas to be hotbeds of shabu. He must have seen in the report that Naga is one of them," Roque told reporters. "I don't think it's something that the President would say from thin air because he has access to all information that even you and I don't have access to,"...Keep on reading: Duterte has info on Naga as ‘hotbed of shabu’ — Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Palace: Maza can go back to work

Malacañang yesterday welcomed the dismissal of murder charges against National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Lead Convenor Liza Maza. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who once urged Maza to surrender to authorities and prove her innocence in court, said the NAPC chief can now go back to work. “Of course that proves that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Maza et al acquittal welcomed

MALACAÑANG yesterday welcomed the dismissal of murder charges against National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Lead Convenor Liza Maza. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who once urged Maza to surrender to authorities and prove her innocence in court, said the NAPC chief can now go back to work. “Of course that proves that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Palace to Probe Chinese Military’s Warning on PH Aircraft in WPS

Malacañang on Monday said an investigation will be held whether the Philippine military aircraft got a warning from Chinese military while conducting over flight over disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he has yet to get information about the reported Chinese military’s two warnings, including one to Philippine military aircraft. “Investigation […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Lagman: Palace should act on House rejection of proposed 2019 budget

        Malacaang has to think twice in saying that it would not "cave in" to the desire of the House of Representatives to revert to an obligation-based budgeting system, Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman warned on Tuesday.   In a statement, Lagman said Malacaang has to act on the lower chamber's rejection of the Department of Budget and Management's (DBM) proposed P3.757-trillion cash-based budget for 2019 "to foreclose the adverse consequences of a reenacted budget on the Executive."   Lagman also said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's pronouncement on Monday that a reenacted budget favors the Executive department was ...Keep on reading: Lagman: Palace should act on House rejection of proposed 2019 budget.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Dingdong Dantes writes to ‘Ang Probinsyano’ over alleged use of wedding and family photos

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera's fans called out television series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" for its alleged use and editing of the couple's wedding photo and their family photo during the baptism of their daughter, Zia, last Thursday, Aug. 9. Dantes, in response, sent the production team of the TV show a letter to express his "dismay and deep concern" over the matter. "Last week, the DongYanatics (Dingdong-Marian fans) has brought to my attention that photos of our family were used and altered for a primetime television show," wrote the actor in a Facebook post yesterday, Aug. 13. The actor also uploaded the video showcasing the scenes where the supposed photos were used. "In...Keep on reading: Dingdong Dantes writes to ‘Ang Probinsyano’ over alleged use of wedding and family photos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Mocha will pay a very heavy price if she doesn t control herself - Roque

Drew Olivar, co-host of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson in the 'Good News Game Show,' performs his dance on federalism. (Photo from Mocha Uson's video) Pre.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Digong naudlot sa pagbisita sa mga binaha sa Metro Manila

HINDI natuloy ang nakatakdang inspection sana kahapon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa mga binahang lugar sa Metro Manila dulot ng hanging habagat. Walang ibinigay na dahilan ang mga opis­yal ng Malacañang kung bakit kinansela ang na­unang schedule ng Pre­sidente. Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque sa press briefing na nais makita ng Pangulo ang lawak… link: Digong naudlot sa pagbisita sa mga binaha sa Metro Manila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Debates healthy for Federalism

By Nelson S. Badilla ‘PALACE WELCOMES INPUTS’ Managing disaster and controlling the political clans from dominating certain localities are crucial for the region to prosper. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque yesterday said Malacañang welcomes all inputs, whether positive or negative, that make the debates on the proposed Federal form of government healthy. Roque was reacting to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

House blocking 2019 budget – Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque did not mince words about the House of Representatives' resistance to the cash-based budgeting system proposed by the executive branch. Saying it appears the minority has control of the lower chamber, he slammed the House for "blocking" the passage of the 2019 budget. "This is the first instance when ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Mocha will pay a ‘very heavy price’ if she doesn’t control herself – Roque

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque believes that Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson "will pay a very heavy price" if shen does not control her actions. Roque issued the statement following Uson's controversial "I-pepe-dede-ralismo" video. "She will pay a very heavy price if she does not control herself because I think a big chunk of the population have expressed disagreement over what she's doing," Roque said in an interview over "Headstart," an ABS-CBN News Channels program. "And if she continues to ignore this, she will become irrelevant," he added. "If she wants to be equally popular today as she was in the past, Uson should attune her communica...Keep on reading: Mocha will pay a ‘very heavy price’ if she doesn’t control herself – Roque.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

DU30 welcomes public inputs on Federalism shift

President Rodrigo Duterte “welcomes” inputs from all members of society including the business community, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said yesterday amid concerns of the economic impact of the shift to Federalism. Business groups on Sunday raised concerns on “ambiguous provisions” in the division of revenues and expenditures between the federal….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

China warnings won’t stop PH aerial patrols

THE Chinese Navy’s recent radio warnings against Filipino military aircraft won’t stop the Philippines from conducting aerial patrols over the South China Sea, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stressed that Filipino pilots are willing to die to assert the country’s sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, or the Nansha….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Military top docs sacked over ‘ghost deals’

A “fuming mad” President Rodrigo Duterte fired top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center, previously known as the V. Luna Medical Center, over alleged ghost transactions, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced yesterday. Duterte “has ordered the relief and court martial proceedings against the top military….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Malacañang Urges Public to Remain Alert, Safe Amid Floods

Malacañang on Sunday urged the public to be alert and safe amid flooding in the country brought about by the southwest monsoon. “Pinapaalalahanan po namin ang publiko na manatiling alerto at ligtas (We are reminding the public to stay alert and safe),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press statement. Roque urged Filipinos living […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Palace to announce sacking of top military exec

Malacañang will announce the firing of a high-ranking military official on Monday morning, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018