Month: April 2016

Apolinario Alcuitas – The man who killed Leon Kilat

 A page from the past – the entry in the Carcar church’s’ book of deaths showing Leon Kilat (Pantaleon Villegas), identified as an ‘insurecto’ and an ‘indio’ died on April 7, 1898. It is signed by Fr. Manuel Fernandez. (photo: Ted Alcuitas) This month in history Apolinario Alcuitas The man who killed Leon Kilat – Villain or Hero ? By Teodoro ‘Ted’ Alcuitas No other name other than the legendary hero’s is more known than that of Apolinario Alcuitas, the man who killed Kilat on Good Friday, April 8, 1898, 118 years ago this month. Did Apolinario Alcuitas ‘Nario’, to his colleagues, betray the revolution or did he save the town of Carcar from the dreaded ‘juez de cuchillo’ or ‘judgement by the sword’? Was Alcuitas driven by his desire to save his town from the Spanish sword or did he turn his back on the revolution? Or was he a willing tool of the Spanish elite led by then Capitan Florencio Noel? Hired assassin In contemporary times, Apolinario could be called a hired assassin. If so, was he paid to do so? What was the deal he made with Noel to perform the dastardly act that took the life of Leon Kilat and thus saved the town of Carcar from sure devastation and loss of lives? Was he given tracts of land as was the practice of...

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Jon Reyes, PC wins in St. Norbert

Manitoba elections Jon Reyes has been elected in St.Norbert , the first Filipino to win under the Progressive Conservative Party which is expected to finish with a majority, ending the NDP’s 17-year rule. Flor Marcelino, the incumbent NDP is leading in her riding of Logan while brother-in-law NDP Ted Marcelino is leading in a close fight with kababayan Aida Champagne of the Liberals. Reyes will now join his two kababayans, Flor Marcelino and Ted Marcelino, making it the largest Filipino MLAs in the province’s history. Manitoba made political history when it first elected the late Conrad Santos as an NDP MLA in 1988. This is the first political fight for the second-generation Reyes, a former Navy officer and now an entrepreneur who runs a UPS store franchise in the North End. The father of two is an active community advocate founding the Manitoba Filipino Business Council. A graduate of Sisler High School, Reyes is an  avid sports enthusiast who  officiates university football and CFL games in his spare...

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The hostage crisis that lead to Duterte’s rape joke

Duterte in 1989: “Shoot-to-kill can never be shoot-to-live” By Carolyn O. Arguillas April 18, 2016 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews ) “When the order is shoot-to-kill, it can never be shoot-to-live,” Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said after a bloody end to a hostage-taking in August 1989, when he was still on his first of what would be seven terms as city mayor. The 1989 hostage-taking at the detention center of the Metrodiscom (now known as Camp Domingo Leonor), the second involving convict Felipe Pugoy, took centerstage once more following Duterte’s controversial statement – he says it was not a joke – on April 12 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City about Jacqueline Hamill, the Australian lay missionary who was allegedly raped and killed during the hostage-taking. In a video clip from the April 12 speech that went viral, Duterte said: “Put_ng ina, sayang ito. Ang nagpasok sa isip ko, nirape nila, pinagpilahan nila doon. Nagalit ako kasi nirape, oo isa rin ‘yun. Pero napakaganda, dapat ang mayor muna ang mauna. Sayang” (Son__b_ch, what a pity. What came to my mind was, they raped her, lined up for her. I was angry because she was raped. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a pity). On Sunday afternoon, amid demands for him to apologize, he told television reporters at his residence in Davao City that he...

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Cardinal Tagle of Caritas Internationales visits Canada

  Philippines’ Cardinal Tagle visits Canada By Ted Alcuitas Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, head of Caritas Internationalis, will be in Montreal, Quebec for the meeting of the Caritas North America Region. Known to his flock as ‘Chito’, the youthful cardinal (57), has been getting big media following his election to head the global federation of Catholic charities in May 2015. The meeting next week is hosted by Development and Peace-Caritas Canada, a member of the confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. While in Montreal, the cardinal will hold a Eucharistic Celebration, his only public event, and a reception on April 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Basilica of St. Joseph Oratory in Mount-Royal. The mass will be followed by a simple reception in the nearby hall. Dubbed the “Asian Francis” for his striking similarity with Pope Francis’ politics and theology, Tagle is considered by Vatican observers as as one of the most influential churchmen today. Building a “poor church for the poor” is the motto of the Francis era, and from his perch at Caritas, Tagle is now poised to become one of the most influential architects of that push after the pontiff himself, according to Crux....

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