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Thursday was a huge show at the House of Representatives as congressmen from the House committee on justice grilled the former aide and boyfriend of embattled Senator Leila de Lima, Ronnie Dayan. Tasked to probe the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison, the lawmakers could not resist sexual innuendos in their line of questioning. De Lima could only decry her public hanging.
This Friday, November 25, protesters against the Marcos burial are gathering for a planned grand rally at the Luneta in Manila starting at 4 pm. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said they would exercise maximum tolerance.
In other developments, the Philippine peso hit 50 to the dollar on Thursday, November 24, owing to various factors that affected other foreign currencies worldwide.
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Anti-Marcos groups mark National Day of Rage and Unity today
Friday, November 25, will be a show of unity as protesters from Luzon to Mindanao hold rallies to protest the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. A grand rally organized by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang is planned at the Luneta at 4 pm, while a peaceful protest by a non-partisan movement of student and youth groups will be held also at 4 pm at the EDSA People Power Monument. Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa’s gave assurances the police will exercise maximum tolerance.
De Lima: No woman deserves to be treated without dignity
Senator Leila de Lima who was the object of sexual innuendo in a supposed House inquiry into the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison when she was justice secretary hit back on Thursday, November 24. She called the inquiry a “spectacle” full of lies and declared: “No woman, whoever or whatever she may be, whether a sitting senator or a humble secretary, deserves to be betrayed, to be treated with so much disrespect and without dignity, before the public eye, by any man she is with or had a relationship with.”
Pimentel to House: Only Senate can punish its members
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said that only the Senate can punish its members after a House congressional committee issued a show-cause order to Senator Leila de Lima. She was alleged by her former security aide Ronnie Dayan to have advised him against testifying at the House, thus violating inter-parliamentary courtesy.
Netizens on House inquiry on Dayan, De Lima: Crossing the line?
Members of the House of Representatives took turns asking Ronnie Dayan, former driver and bodyguard of Senator Leila de Lima, questions about their relationship, even as the probe was supposed to be about drugs in the New Bilibid Prison. Likening their relationship to a typhoon, Ilocos Norte Congressman Rodolfo Fariñas asked in Filipino about the highest signal they reached, while Capiz Congressman Fredenil Castro asked if Dayan’s love for De Lima was eternal, pure and true. Some netizens were not pleased. We also compiled some questions that the hearing could have done without.
Peso drops P50 to the dollar, lowest since 2008
The Philippine peso closed at P49.98 to the dollar on Thursday, November 24, the lowest it has dipped to since November 24, 2008 – the height of the global financial crisis. Several factors accounted for the drop, seen in other foreign currencies as well. Among them are rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve and a stronger dollar.
Filipinos today richer were it not for Marcos
Three decades after his ouster, the impact of Ferdinand Marcos continues to be felt by the country. University of the Philippines PhD students JC Punongbayan and Manuel Leonard Albis said that data suggest that when the former dictator ushered in a full-blown debt crisis, he dragged the Philippine economy down. Were it not for his mismanagement, average Filipino income would be 3 to 4 times higher today.
There's an app to find the nearest Mass
The Catholic App is what it’s called, and by 2017 it’s set to go live. It’ll allow you to find the nearest Mass or confessional, according to Radio Vatican. Launched on November 22 by Edinburgh Archbishop Leo Cushley, the app was inspired by Pope Francis himself.