Raymond Palatino is set to make history in a matter of days when we expect him to take his oath as the first elected youth representative in Congress where he will carry the colors of Kabataan Party.

Mong, as he is more popularly and fondly known, invites everyone to an afternoon of coffee and conversation tomorrow, April 25, 3:00 pm at Kape Tasyo, Anonas, Quezon City. (Kape Tasyo is Freedom Bar at daytime. It is a stone’s throw away from LRT2 Anonas Station.)

This is an opportunity to make our concerns known to Mong and to pick his brains too about issues.

There will be free coffee for everyone and WIFI too for those who wish to blog or plurk or tweet during the event.

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What do the Alabang, Paranaque and Quezon City incidents, the Kuratong Baleleng rubout, the suspicious slays of crusading journalists and the murders of nearly a thousand activists have in common?

They are all arguably extrajudicial or extralegal killings — deliberate murders of individuals by elements or agents of the state, with approval or sanction by superiors, without due process or outside of the law, and most of them are politically-motivated

Francis Magalona is dead. He succumbed to leukemia this morning at the Medical City hospital.

Vic Sotto, host of noontime show Eat Bulaga where Magalona was a cast member, made the announcement during the program.

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Magalona’s family is expected to announce the details of the wake and funeral arrangements shortly.

From the email loop, Joey de Venecia III announced that he will move to appeal a Court of Appeals ruling that junked his petition for habeas data:

All legal remedies have not yet been exhausted. They will be.

Businessman Joey de Venecia III said he learned of the Court of Appeals decision dismissing his case seeking protection from the Arroyo administration, which had placed him under watch, “with sadness and regret.”

“I will definitely appeal the decision,” de Venecia said in a statement to media yesterday, “This fight is far from over.”

As the world searches for solutions to the global economic crisis, Prof. Jose Ma. Sison publishes his views on politics and the economy, on democracy and socialism and on the problem that is imperialist globalization. This is another step forward for Prof. Sison and the national democratic movement as they offer help to the country and the world towards understanding and addressing our situation.

Invitation to the launch of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison’s new books 

Barack Obama delivered the following inaugural speech on Jan. 20 in Washington DC where a huge crowd witnessed him take his oath as the 44th president of the United States and the country’s first black Chief Executive.

In his first act as president, Obama proclaimed his inaugural day as National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

Barack Obama will be sworn in today as the first black president and as the 44th chief executive of the United States.

Millions are going to watch it live:

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With killer floods hitting Cagayan de Oro and the sights and sounds of powerful typhoons that wrought havoc on Luzon still fresh in our memories, here’s something that should enrich our knowledge and compel us to take action:

The Philippine Climate Watch Alliance (PCWA) invites the media and the public to a forum on the Climate Change talks in Poznan.

Titled “Probing the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations in Poznan: Prospects for Philippine Communities and Civil Society Organizations”, the forum will be held on January 20, 2009, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Balay Kalinaw’s Seminar Room C, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Dec. 26 this year will be a red-letter day 40 times over as communists, socialists, national democrats and their sympathizers mark the 40th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

One thing that cannot be denied about the CPP is that it offers a comprehensive program on how it wishes to bring changes to the country. Perhaps if we remove several blinders and biases about all things Red (or even pink), we may at least understand, if not accept, why the CPP’s national democratic revolution continued to inspire people from all walks of life — the common folk of laborers and farmers, youth, professionals and the entrepreneurs — and why they still look up to the CPP as their party.

Some tried to destroy it from within — and they almost succeeded. Now, these same persons who once called themselves the “avante garde” are almost always nowhere to be found and if we see them, they are in the warm embrace of the leaders of same Establishment all genuine progressives and revolutionaries hope to punish and banish.

It is highly doubt that CPP members for the past 40 years just allowed themselves to be hoodwinked or terrorized into submission and fealty to the party.  Lest we forget, the best and the brightest of an whole generation knowingly and consciously joined it — some even continue to lead it, as far as we all know.  I mean, diatribes and mindless anti-leftism aside, there must really be something more, something infinitely greater than the sum total of all the lives given up for the revolution.  For in the final analysis, we cannot just say “the CPP and communism are passe”.  Some folks have been saying so for the longest time but people continue to join this party and wittingly risk their careers and their lives on the line.

Which now brings us to the following message of CPP founding chair Jose Ma.  Sison:

Greetings To The Communist Party of The Philippines on the Occasion of its Fortieth Founding Anniversary

As founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), I convey warmest greetings of comradeship to all CPP cadres and members on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the CPP. I share your joy in celebrating all the struggles waged and all the victories won by the CPP and the Filipino people in the last four decades of the new democratic revolution.

To my online and offline friends and to everyone: May you all have a very merry Christmas!

Christmas is a happy time indeed. While we are taught that Easter is the greatest Christian feast, for many Filipinos, Christmas is the happiest and we mark it through song. Together, let us celebrate our boundless hope and unflinching determination to not just survive and to succeed.

Here are some more of our favorite Christmas songs:

Everyone’s invited to tomorrow’s rally versus the Charter Change Redux of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo!

Here is the invitation from organizers:

Dear Friends and Concerned Citizens,

Greetings of peace in these turbulent and uncertain times!

Recent moves in the House of Representatives by no less than Speaker Prospero Nograles and other administration allies to railroad their discredited bid to change the Philippine Charter (Chacha) by convening Congress into a Constituent Assembly (Con‐Ass) has raised the alarm among many concerned sectors of our society.