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RUSSIA-UKRAINE CRISIS: THOUSANDS OF RUSSIANS STAGE PROTEST AGAINST “PUTIN’S WAR” VS. UKRAINE

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Chanting “No to war!” thousands of Russians took to the streets in massive protests in Moscow on Thursday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “military operation” into Ukraine .

“No to war!”

Ukraine president says ‘enemy sabotage groups’ have entered Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s president said Friday that “enemy sabotage groups” have entered the capital Kyiv and called on the public to be careful and follow curfew rules.In a video message on Facebook, Volodymyr Zelensky said the Ukrainian army has managed to protect almost… Read More

Ukraine declares general mobilization as Russian attacks continue

 February 25, 2022, 10:42 am

ISTANBUL – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree early Friday on a general mobilization of the population as Russian attacks continued.The general mobilization was announced “in connection with the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and… Read More

Biden has no intention to send US troops to fight in Ukraine

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has no intention of sending US troops to fight in Ukraine, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday.”That has not changed,” Psaki said at a press conference.She said Washington will respond to Russia with strong economic measures due to its military… Read More

Ukraine declares martial law as Russia launches military ops

KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Thursday announced martial law across the country as Russian troops entered the border and hit targets around Kyiv.In a video posted on his Telegram channel, Zelenskyy said Russia launched strikes against Ukrainian military facilities and border… Read More

NATO condemns Russia’s ‘reckless, unprovoked attack’ on Ukraine

WASHINGTON – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday strongly condemned Russia’s “reckless and unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” saying it puts at risk countless civilian lives.”Once again, despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy, Russia has… Read More

Ukraine warns against ‘staged provocation’ by Russia

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s foreign minister warned late Wednesday against a “staged provocation” by Russia as tensions between Moscow and Kyiv remain high.“Worrying reports from Crimea on the entire night shift of Titan chemicals plant in Armyansk evacuated from the… Read More

Russia announces special military operation in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation early Thursday in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region.In a televised address, Putin said the people of Donbas turned to Russia for help, according to Russian news agency TASS.“In this regard…I decided to… Read More

Russia-Ukraine crisis: What you need to know

ANKARA – The Russia-Ukraine crisis, which began about eight years ago, has taken on new dimensions following Moscow’s controversial recognition of the independence of separatist regions in the country’s east.In a speech late Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the recognition of… Read More

‘Odette’ death toll now 397

Displaced families top 1.08M

MANILA – The number of families affected by Typhoon Odette has slightly climbed to 1,082,910, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday.In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said this is equivalent to 4,235,400 persons residing in 6,115 barangays

ocated in 11 regions in the country.

The affected barangays are from the Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Caraga and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Also, the NDRRMC reported that 1,201 evacuation centers are now aiding and sheltering 75,731 families while another 74,9254 families are being aided outside, with the remainder staying with relatives and friends. Read More

DUTERTE SAYS STATE OF CALAMITY LAW A “STUPID LAW”

TELLS CONGRESS: Repeal law on state of calamity declaration

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress or the next President to repeal a law requiring the assessment of reports on disaster areas before a state of calamity is declared.Duterte was possibly referring to Republic Act No. (RA) 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction… Read More

warns profiteers, hoarders in wake of ‘Odette’

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte said business owners profiteering from consumer goods in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette may be arrested.In his prerecorded Talk to the People on Monday night, Duterte threatened to order the arrest of business owners involved in the overpricing of basic… Read More

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PRO-BONGBONG MARCOS SACKED DUTERTE OFFICIAL SLAMS DIGONG: PUT A STOP TO YOUR MADNESS

Ugly, unwise, unfatherly, unpresidential, unprecedented, unforgivable!

If this reaches him, my personal and friendly advise to PRRD: Take a deep breath, shut his ears, eye the bigger picture and listen to his heart. This is not the time to display Tapang, the situation calls for Malasakit.

By PETER LAVINA

As father of the nation, he should put a stop to this madness.
History will be unkind to a father who denies his daughter a chance to be President (Letter 1), ties her hands to handpick her own tandem (Letter 2) and threatens to whip her in public by fighting her in the polls for VP. This is not just ugly, unwise, unfatherly, it is unpresidential, unprecedented, unforgivable!
He should also stop attacking other people. Maybe he needs to be reminded about one among his favorites: “don’t paint others black to picture yourself white.”
Best for him is to devote his remaining months in office in winning against the pandemic, reviving the economy and making certain that the elections are conducted above board, no terrorism, no power outages, no ISP shutdown, no cheating. And then retire as he has announced on Oct 2, be a mentor, spend time for family and himself.
What more does he need to prove, our people’s admiration and respect he already have?
(Mr. Lavina served as unofficial spokesman of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 presidential election. After Duterte, won the presidency, Mr. Lavina was appointed as head of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) but after only a few months, would be kicked out for alleged corruption by the President.

(Posted in Peter Tiu Lavina, Facebook, November 15, 2021)