Today in Duterteland:

Ahead of #NeverAgain rally, regime orders lockdown of Luneta, named after freedom fighter Rizal.

Country’s largest freedom park closed to squeeze and harass the United People’s Action rally.

Millions wasted for unnecessary police presence.
Unlike last year, several jeepney routes were also shut down in an apparent PNP effort to pit commuters and motorists against the rallyists.

PNP also stopped, delayed and harassed protesters from Bicol.

Duterte is so afraid of protests.

#NeverAgain
Motorists and commuters sympathize with the United People’s Action. They are outraged by Duterte’s imposition of higher taxes, higher fares and higher fuel prices — issues raised by protesters against the regime.

#NeverAgain
By their harassment against the #NeverAgain rally, Duterte and PNP showed the metropolis a foretaste of martial law and reminded how authorities can abuse their power against citizens.

The rally pushed through despite all the PNP fake news and PNP harassment.
Duterte is weaker now than in 2017. He is allied with Marcoses and Arroyo. He has proven himself to be incompetent and a national embarrassment.

Like Marcos, Duterte resorts to “hakot” crowds in the DDS rally that drew only a few hundreds. Partida, hinakot na yan ah.
Meanwhile the broad united front is bigger and more determined. After the United Labor Day rally and the United People’s SONA, today we witnessed the United People’s Action.

More and more people question Duterte’s ability to govern.

#NeverAgain

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Sep 29, 2018
When I worked in an agency, it was usual to hear folks to say they’re sick and tired of the daily grind. And that they look for something new to do, something less about self and more about others.
And so they ask or look around for non-profits and advocacy groups to volunteer for. Others form new ones together with their best buds. Amazing acts of kindness and civic duties. Some go to cancer wards. Others go to indigenous peoples.
There was also a time when entire offices were engrossed with relief operations, post-disaster. Complete with marketing 360 efforts to drum up public interest.
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Sep 28, 2018
Starting October 1, I will compile names and workplaces of those who verbally threaten me or use hate speech against me. I will write their employers, complete with screencaps of their threats, irresponsible and abusive statements.
Depending on the situation, I will inquire with my lawyers if civil or criminal suits could be filed, and demand moral and actual damages.
It might be difficult, but we have to start sometime and somewhere to demand and win accountability. I have thought about this and my previous attempts to fight fire with fire. I figured accountability is our strongest argument vs. threats and hate.
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Sep 13, 2018
Remember Ilonggo protests at a Duterte event and how they foiled a Marcos party in their city?

Remember Lumads who resist Duterte’s bloody sellout of their land?

Remember Moros furious over Duterte’s destruction of Marawi?

Our kababayans in Visayas & Mindanao can’t be fooled.
Remember the protests in Aklan over the dictatorial closure of Boracay?

Remember how Cebuanos stand up to tyrannical orders from Manila regarding EJKs?

Our kababayans in Visayas and Mindanao are a part of our movement against tyranny and dictatorship.
Those who poked fun at our kababayans in Visayas and Mindanao — especially how they speak — should apologize.

What they did is irresponsible, demeaning, and not helpful to fostering national unity against our common enemy: Duterte and his evil regime.
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I used to “edit” other people’s names which I thought were spelled the wrong way. Names with an extra “h” after the first letter, names obviously misspelled.

But as I knew more, met more people, went places, I discovered it was really a bad idea.

We just can’t “edit” names.
I was just doing the editing in my mind. I used to ask “why do they have such misspelled names?”.

I would discover how parents would pick names for their kids. How they add their names, names of fri NDs, their experiences, and other magical stuff until they make a final choice.
I would get to meet friends from other places who find our names rather odd too, even the “properly spelled” ones. I’d be able to get to other places and discover a whole different way of naming people. A different take on spellings.
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Reminder: Whether you support the president or not, inflation is real. You’d feel it sa palengke, grocery, pamasahe.

There is no special reduced inflation rate if you’re DDS and refuse to believe.
The “best president in the solar system” owns this “achievement” of causing the highest inflation rate in 9 years. This was caused mainly by the Dutertax TRAIN.

Tapang at malasakit: Tapang ng mukha magpataw ng buwis sa taumbayan, malasakit para sa lalong yumaman na oligarchs.
Dutertenomics mainly benefit the burgesya komprador and malalaking panginoong maylupa:

• Personal income tax cuts under TRAIN
• TRAIN burden passes on to consumers
• Endo pa rin
• No land reform
• Rice cartel and smugglers hayahay
• Corporate income tax cuts under TRAIN2
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JUST IN: Unified Employees of Alorica today filed the first-ever Notice of Strike by BPO workers in the Philippines

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“The Alorica and West management has left us with no choice but to wage a strike. We have exhausted all efforts to resolve our issues through constructive means and social dialogue,” said UEA union president Sarah Preztoza.
Preztoza, UEA: “We humbly sought their attention numerous times but they turned their back on us every step of the way... They continue with their illegal and unjust termination of our members and co-workers along with their pursuit of cancellation of our union registration.”
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