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Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez (4th from left, front row), DFA-Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Maria Andrelita S. Austria (5th from left, front row), and the Philippine Consuls General in the US led the Planning Conference on 8-9 February 2018 in Washington, D.C.

New PH Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez meets with the country’s consul generals in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Heads of Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States and the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of American Affairs met for the 2018 Planning Conference of Team Philippines-USA at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez chaired the February 8 and 9 Conference, which was participated in by […]

by Admin· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales © www.mb.com.ph

PH Ombudsman vs. House of Representatives?

PHILIPPINE House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he will not implement the dismissal order of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales against former Cebu governor now provincial Representative Gwendolyn Garcia saying “there is no legal basis” for him to do so. Alvarez, a staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, made known his stand shortly after learning that Morales issued the dismissal […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
PH Film Development Council honors University of the East professor for internationally recognized film

PH Film Development Council honors University of the East professor for internationally recognized film

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines named University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UE CFAD) advertising professor and filmmaker Richard Soriano Legaspi as one of the honorees when it recognized recent international film festival winners and other achievers during the second Film Ambassadors’ Night held at Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City last Friday. FDCP recognized […]

Luke Who’s Talking #91*

Luke Who’s Talking #91*

Listening to the short version of the song “The Boxer” entitled “The Boxer Short…”                 *Ang mga pananaw sa artikulong ito ay sa sumulat.  Maaring hindi ito ang opisyal na posisyon ng Beyond Deadlines.     

by Luke Coloco· · 0 comments · Grains of Salt
“BATNA”: Better Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

“BATNA”: Better Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement

Due to popular demand, Beyond Deadlines is reposting every Monday the still relevant articles of retired Armed Forces of the Philippines intelligence chief Brig. General Victor Corpus that appeared in his BD’s column, Views from the East. Oct. 18, 2016 IN negotiation, both parties have their respective “BATNA”, or what negotiators call“better alternative to a negotiated agreement”. This is the […]

by Victor Corpus, M.P.A.· · 0 comments · Opinions
Marianas High School sophomore Julia Theresa S. Malate, left, received an early invitation from the U.S. Military Academy. With Malate is MHS teacher Jeaniffer H. Cubangbang. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Fil-Am teen from Saipan got invited to West Point due to outstanding academic credentials

A FIFTEEN-year old Filipina-American from Saipan, Julia Theresa S. Malate, got an early invitation from the West Point Military Academy due to her outstanding academic credentials. “Your outstanding high school record has been noticed by the United States Military Academy at West Point. We think you should apply for admission,” stated in a letter sent to Malate. U.S. Army Col. […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
Cubao, Quezon City. Image © Wikimedia Commons

Mga pulubi’t palaboy sa mga lansangan ng Cubao, QC “sinagip”

APAT na pung tao, kabilang na ang tatlong menor de edad, ang dinampot sa Cubao, Quezon City ng mga kagawad ng barangay at pulisya dahil sa pagiging pulubi at palaboy sa lansangan nitong nagdaang Sabado ng gabi. Ayon kay Barangay E. Rodriguez Captain Marciano Buena-Agua, “sinagip” nila ang mga pulibi at palaboy mga bandang alas-9 ng gabi mula sa mga […]

by Santiago Celario· · 0 comments · News
A Cebu Pacific Air plane taking off Photo © http://www.philippineflightnetwork.com/

Free airplane ride for OFWs in Kuwait

LOW-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air has responded to the recent call of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring home Filipino workers from Kuwait for free by mounting a special chartered flight to the said Gulf state. The CEB said it will help the government repatriate Filipino workers from Kuwait by deploying an Airbus A330 aircraft – the largest in its fleet […]

by Benjie Vergara· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #49 – “The PH Local Government Code and Federalism (Part 1)”

Beyond Deadlines on Howdy Philippines and Pinoy Houston TV YouTube #49 – “The PH Local Government Code and Federalism (Part 1)”

Kindly watch this Beyond Deadlines’ segment at Howdy Philippines where I will talk about the Philippine Local Government Code and Federalism and why the former answers is all that we need. Thanks and God Bless… The Beyond Deadlines on TV/YouTube segment was produced by the Houston, Texas based Pinoy Houston TV. The program’s show time is every Saturday at 1 […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · Beyond Deadlines on TV/YouTube
WINNERS: Members of the CNMI aeronautics team are pictured with Marianas High School Teacher Jeaniffer Cubangbang, at right. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

CNMI aeronautics team won the 2018 Pacific Statewide Real World Design Challenge.

THE Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Aeronautics team won in the 2018 Pacific Statewide Real World Design Challenge. Jeaniffer Cubangbang, Marianas High School Cooperative Education and Career Technical Education teacher and STEM adviser, said the team, which is composed of MHS Students, receive official notice on Jan. 23 that they have won the regional competition, beating Guam and American Samoa. […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Diaspora, News
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MMDA signs MoA with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation for faster emergency response

METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority emergency vehicles will be fitted with Radio Frequency Identification sticker tags to facilitate their fast entry to major toll plazas in the south and the north. This was learned shortly after the MMDA and the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to that effect. Accordingly, 100 RFID sticker tags […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News, Travel
The 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang begins on February 9. Image © http://money.cnn.com

Health Advice for Travellers to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Republic of Korea

Joint advice from WHO and the Republic of Korea THE XXIII Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea from 9 to 25 February 2018 and from 9 to 18 March 2018, respectively. Nearby Gangneung will also host events such as curling, hockey and ice skating. The following recommendations are intended to advise national health […]

by Admin· · 1 comment · Health, News
“Hindi kailangan ng Pilipino ang isang Diktador” – Sen. “Bam” Aquino IV

“Hindi kailangan ng Pilipino ang isang Diktador” – Sen. “Bam” Aquino IV

“HINDI kailangan ng Pilipino ang isang diktador.” Ito ang mariing pahayag ni Senador Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV bilang tugon sa pahayag kamakailan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na siya ay diktador dahil ito lamang ang paraan upang umunlad ang Pilipinas. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/02/09/duterte-if-i-dont-act-like-a-dictator-the-philippines-wont-progress/) “Diktadurya ang nagdulot ng karahasan at pagpatay, kawalan ng trabaho at kalayaan, korupsyon at napakalaking pagkakautang,” ang sabi […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · News
Sam Velarde’s “Ako’y Isang Tomasino (Q-Song)”

Sam Velarde’s “Ako’y Isang Tomasino (Q-Song)”

  I am teary eyed when I first heard this song. Suddenly I realized that I am Proud to be a Full Blooded Thomasian   Music Video © YouTUBE

by Admin· · 0 comments · Featured Music
Sagot ay “No” sa Pederalismo (Ikaapat na Bahagi)*

Sagot ay “No” sa Pederalismo (Ikaapat na Bahagi)*

UNA sa lahat ay hayaan ninyong ibahagi ng Usaping Bayan ang isa sa mga unang sulatin ng inyong lingkod kaugnay sa panukalang pagkakaroon ng isang pederal na porma ng pamahalaan. Gayun man ay pagpaumanhinan ninyo na ito ay nakasulat sa wikang Ingles. (Karugtong) Beware Based on the foregoing, it is evident that the local government units have all the means […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 1 comment · Opinions
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. © Erik De Castro / Reuters

Duterte: ‘If I don’t act like a dictator the Philippines won’t progress’

By RT PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has said that if it weren’t for his dictatorial style, his country would stagnate and never improve. Opposition leaders have railed against Duterte’s proposal to revise the Philippines’ constitution. Currently the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of each state in a body of states are contained within a central authority, but the proposal aims to switch […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · News
Cast of Ballet Philippines' Don Quixote

Toasting love, life, loyalty through ‘Don Quixote’

AS IF the Filipinos’ fixation on stories of love, life, and friendship were not being satiated by the everlasting telenovelas, current films such as “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes,” “Changing Partners,” and “Call Me By Your Name,” Ballet Philippines is closing its 48th season with the famous romance between Kitri and Basilio in the classic ballet “Don Quixote.” BP President Margie […]

Michael Christian Martinez. Photo © https://goldenskate.com

Filipino ice skater Michael Martinez leaves Los Angeles for Winter Olympics in South korea

THE Filipino Ice Skating Prince, 21-year-old figure skater Michael Martinez left Los Angeles Monday night for Pyeongchang, South Korea two days after a warm send-off party from friends and supporters in the City of Carson. “I’m very thankful for the support and for everybody being here doing the send-off party for me… and just showing all the support and love […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News
Is Federalism the key?*

Is Federalism the key?*

SOME people believe that shifting the system of government from unitary to federalism is the key to addressing the perennial problems of the country, especially on issues of governance and distribution of funds. Most administrative powers and resources currently belong to the national government and Malacañang decides on how much would be given to the local government units. Sometimes, governors […]

by Robert Roque Jr.· · 0 comments · Opinions
ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

International Criminal Court is set to conduct preliminary examination on Philippine and Venezuelan situations

THE chief prosecutor at International Criminal Court on The Hague is set to conduct a preliminary examination of the situations in the Philippine and Venezuela following allegations of state sponsored crimes against humanity. ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, in a press and video statement released on Thursday, said that “since 2016, I have closely followed the situations in the Republic […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · News
Paragis. Image  © https://commons.wikimedia.org

Paragis: A ‘Miracle’ plant?*

THESE days, people are talking about the new “miracle” plant, Paragis, because of its alleged benefits and power to cure various ailments, including cancer. Paragis used to be almost everywhere but not since its medical potential and benefits to those who suffer from minor to severe illnesses were discovered. Paragis is known by many names which include goose grass, wild […]

by Janet Rebusio-Ducayag· · 0 comments · Health
PH among countries ‘most ignorant of key issues’, but also among most confident — survey

PH among countries ‘most ignorant of key issues’, but also among most confident — survey

By GMA Network/Aya Tantiangco THE Philippines has landed in the company of Brazil, and South Africa as the “most ignorant” countries due to inaccurate perceptions on key issues, Indy100 reports. The attention-grabbing headline is based on the Ipsos Perils of Perception report released in December 2017, which “highlights how wrong the online public across 38 countries are about key global issues and features […]

by Admin· · 1 comment · News
Fringe Manila’s 2018 edition sizzles the Nat’l Arts Month

Fringe Manila’s 2018 edition sizzles the Nat’l Arts Month

THE Philippine celebration of the National Arts Month this year further sizzles with the kick off of the 2018 Fringe Festival which runs until Feb. 25. Fringe Festival organizers said from Feb. 7 to 25, the 2018 Fringe Festival celebrates the Philippine Arts Month by featuring several of the “most dynamic interdisciplinary performances and groundbreaking new works in contemporary arts.” […]

Sagot ay “No” sa Pederalismo (Ikatlong Bahagi)*

Sagot ay “No” sa Pederalismo (Ikatlong Bahagi)*

UNA sa lahat ay hayaan ninyong ibahagi ng Usaping Bayan ang isa sa mga unang sulatin ng inyong lingkod kaugnay sa panukalang pagkakaroon ng isang pederal na porma ng pamahalaan. Gayun man ay pagpaumanhinan ninyo na ito ay nakasulat sa wikang Ingles. (Karugtong) Consequently, according to fellow Beyond Deadlines writer, former Senator Jose Lina, in his Sagot Kita Bayan column which […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 0 comments · Opinions
A demonstrator reads a statement denouncing the Philippine government’s arrest of a consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the recently terminated peace talks. Behind him are other speakers who have been symbolically gagged to represent the suppression of press freedom in the Philippines. Photo © Abner Galino

US based multi-racial rights group condemns arrest of peace negotiator Baylosis

A HASTILY called demonstration was held Monday in front of Philippine Consulate General’s office here in Los Angeles by mostly Filipino-American youths to denounce the recent arrest of communist leader Rafael Baylosis. Baylosis was a consultant to the National Democratic Front’s (NDF) negotiating panel in the recently terminated peace talks with the Philippine government. The demonstrators, belonging to the International […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Diaspora, News