Jan 15

PH in grief, fury: President betrays, dishonors elite cops


Flag-draped caskets of the 42 out of the 44 slain Special Action Force members were transported to Manila’s Villamor Air Base on Jan. 29. Photo from the PNP-PIO Facebook Page.

Full credit goes to President BS Aquino for uniting the nation twice this week, but for the wrong reasons: First, in grief over the loss of 44 members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) in a bloody operation he approved; and second, in fury, over the chief executive’s snubbing of the arrival honors at Villamor Air Base for the fallen elite cops. Continue reading →

Jan 15

PH citizen media: A quick overview


CEBU – Global Voices is now holding its Citizen Media Summit 2015 here at the Cebu Provincial Capitol, with 300 delegates from 70 countries.

At a plenary panel this morning, I joined friends Fleire Castro and Ruben Licera, together with moderator Tina Pamintuan, to share views about the topic “What’s happening in Philippine citizen media?” Continue reading →

Jan 15

#PapalVisitPH: Pope Francis sets Twitter records in Philippine visit

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Pope Francis’ recent visit to the Philippines, long considered the world’s social media capital, “set several Twitter records”, despite orders of the government to take down cellular and mobile data signals everywhere he went.

By the time he arrives in the Vatican, the Pope will see that Filipinos not only gave him the biggest Papal event in history – but also made him the most popular ever on the Philippine side of Twitter as well as making his tweets coinciding with his visit to the country his most popular ever. Continue reading →

Jan 15

#PapalVisitPH: Full texts, highlights and videos of Pope Francis’ speeches

His Holiness Pope Francis arrives at the 250th PAW of the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City for the State Visit and Apostolic Journey to the Republic of the Philippines on Thursday afternoon (January 15, 2015). (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Pope Francis looks from inside his plane upon touchdown at Manila’s Villamor Airbase last January 15, 2015. (Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

In his Jan. 15-19 state and pastoral visit to the Philippines. Pope Francis spoke to Filipinos on his thoughts about issues and concerns that confront the country and the world. He called for an end to corruption and for fair treatment for the poor, and personally consoled with the survivors of supertyphoon Haiyan.

This post gathers the full transcripts, highlights and videos of the Papal remarks in the Philippines.

At a glance, here are the links to full texts of the pope’s speeches:

The pope also led the people gathered at the Tacloban Airport mass in an impromptu thanksgiving prayer after Communion.

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Jan 15

#PapalVisitPH: Livestreams of Pope Francis in the Philippines

Official logo of Pope Francis' 2015 visit to the Philippines

Official logo of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the Philippines

If you’re abroad or cannot go personally to any of the Papal events where Pope Francis is set to go as part of his state and pastoral visit, one option is to catch the “Pope of the Poor” via livestream.

The pope will be in the Philippines on January 15-19, in a visit that carries the theme “Mercy and Compassion

Bookmark this page to know where to catch the free livestreams direct from the Philippines, as Pope Francis goes around Manila and in Tacloban.

9News/CNN Philippines (direct)

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