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Robredo Vs Marcos, the Recount (ABS CBN photo composite)
Vice Presidency of the Philippines – Latest
The 2016 election for President and Vice President in the Philippines is a worthy saga on par with the adventures of the classic Beowulf.
In fact it is more exacting in parts as it has given not only the Philippines but the world Duterte, a charismatic man, though not to everyone’s cup of tea, someone who cannot be ignored.
This election had made famous Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines as its duly elect president and rather infamous with the rest of the world 🙂 because of his bloody war on drugs.
The lesser role of vice president, though Leni Robredo was duly sworn as the winner, is still being contested due to alleged ballots tampering and cheating.
Bongbong Marcos had continually opined that there was a massive anomaly during the election. His complaint had been finally heard by the Supreme Court and had started a recount in the last couple of days.
This new recount, which is done manually, had apparently not started well as four of the psychologically tested number crunchers have resigned.
Perhaps they have to look into the psychological form of testing as well. 🙂
To look back at 2017, I think I would forgive Donald Trump if he ended 2017 with a good belly laugh and a bit of sniggering.
Let’s face it, Hollywood award ceremonies from January onwards ended up being about Donald Trump, how barely human he was and why he was such an abomination to American mankind and to a lesser extent, the world.
All kinds of insults were thrown at him. Barely anyone in Hollywood, were left standing without a bad and negative word or two against The Donald.
The great Meryl Streep was at it, Whoopi Goldberg was at it (I think she even mentioned about leaving USA for good if The Donald wins the presidency). Ashton Kutcher was at it, even Kerry Washington was at it. The vociferous Ashley Judd also had a say. They all had a say. They ridiculed him, they dehumanised him, etc.
And then come October 2017, the most shocking thing slowly unfolded right in the very middle, the very heart within Hollywood. Their stalwart, most influential man, Harvey Weinstein, the Geppetto of Hollywood was reported as an alleged serial rapist and habitually engaged in sexually harassing young actresses; the growing list included Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Ashley Judd came out and confessed how she was also a victim from the heinous and most disgusting sexual predator that is Harvey Weinstein but she loves him and understand that he was sick and he has to get treatment. Huh?!!!
Anyway, Harvey Weinstein proclivities with young actresses started in the early 90s. Apparently it was an open secret in Hollywood. Casting Couch is alive and well.
And yet no one came out to warn anyone about Weinstein before it blew over in October. It is an open secret but everyone secretly pretending they know nothing, including Ben Affleck and George Clooney. Meryl Streep is practically mute in crucifying Weinstein, compared to the speeches she gave against The Donald. Hollywood certainly look after itself.
There are more than 50 victims who have now come forward.
Hollywood seemed to have turned a new leaf against The Donald. They don’t create as much noise now.
Let’s wait for the coming Oscar later in March. Will they say anything against the Donald or will they castigate Harvey? We shall see. I have never looked forward to the Oscar as much as Oscar 2018, which by the way will be the 90th year anniversary.
Rodgrigo Duterte, the outspoken incumbent president of the Philippines has clarified his relationship with the United State of America during a press conference in Cotobato City.
Duterte was particularly dismissive of Philip Goldberg, the former US ambassador to the Philippines. Apparently Philip Goldberg during the election starter mouthing off, giving interviews against Duterte left, right and centre. (click here for what the interviews were about) Duterte found this stunt by Goldberg inappropriate for someone who was an ambassador and a foreigner at that.
The US treats the Philippines as if it is still its lowly colony. Aids to be given are under innumerable conditions such as curtailing the war on drugs.
He liken US aid giving and its many conditions similar to dogs on leash, tethered so tightly that they can’t get to the slice of bread the master throws far enough for the dogs to keep trying but to no avail.
Filipinos do not want to be disrespected. The Americans are so free and easy with their words which is anathema to Orientals dignity and pride especially to Filipinos. Loosing face is tantamount to being slapped.
Therefore, the US can keep their aids and assistance. Duterte said that China is willing to give assistance, so does Japan. Russia invited Duterte to talk, everything the Philippines need are in Russia. He just need to come and get it.
He further advised the US to look for another country that can stomach the US treatment. Filipinos are not so starved that they are willing to have their dignities trampled over. They will survive.
The Blind Beggar Pub is a famous East End Pub in Whitechapel, East London. Sadly many pubs are closing in London and England because of taxes and the fact that most people now prefer tp buy cheaper
Sadly many pubs are closing in London and England because of taxes and the fact that most people now prefer to buy cheaper alcoholic drinks in supermarkets and cut-price shops to drink at home. These closed pubs end up being demolished or converted by property developers into apartments and flats. Such is the building boom in London that houses & former commercial property are now being turned into apartments to make a quick profit on sale or rental. We have lost three local pubs each over 100 years old to such in the last few years.
These closed pubs end up being demolished or converted by property developers into apartments and flats. Such is the building boom in London that houses & former commercial property are now being turned into apartments to make a quick profit on sale or rental. We have lost three local pubs, each over 100 years old, to such in the last few years.
Numerous history and convivial social meeting places are now disappearing from the London landscape and culture.
The Blind Beggar was built in 1894 on the site of an Inn dating from 1654.
Notable events in its history include where William Booth preached his first open air sermon then forming a Mission that led to the founding of The Salvation Army.
The first modern Brown Ale ( my first beer when a teenager) was brewed and sold in the pub which was then part of Manns brewery.
The pub’s name is linked to a popular legend concerning a local connection with a knight, who was the son of the famous Simon de Montfort , an Earl, who rebelled against King Henry III in the 13th century.
His son Henry de Montfort, lived in a grand manor house in the area. One story of the legend is that de Montfort was wounded and blinded at the Battle of Evesham and was left wandering and with no memory. He became a beggar. He was found by a nobleman’s daughter, who married him. Their child, Besse, could not find a husband as her father had no status, as he was the blind beggar of Bethnal Green. At that time, a woman needed a sizeable dowry to be able to marry a suitable husband. Marriage was a way of bringing wealth and prestige to a union of families.high-classNoblemen,
Noblemen, merchants, and knights courted her but when they found out that there was no dowry they all left, except for a lone Knight, who was not concerned about a dowry and loved Besse as she was; as herself.
This union was blessed when Besse’s father revealed that far from being the poor beggar, he was a rich nobleman and so rewarded the Knight. As Shakespeare would have said: “All’s well that ends well” 🙂
Now, what captured my imagination to the Blind Beggar many years ago, is my interest in major historical crime cases of London.
In March 1966, a murder took place in the Blind Beggar, which later became part of London crime legend.
Ronnie Kray, the twin brother of Reggie, the notorious, infamous and any other ..’ous’! Kray Twins walked into the pub and calmly took out a pistol and shot and killed another criminal, George Cornell, in front of a few witnesses.
The Kray Twins (Reggie & Ronnie (front)
Ronnie Kray had a long-standing score to settle with Cornell, who was apparently as ruthless as the Krays, but who was nowhere in their league.
Such was Krays power & influence in the 1960s London’s criminal underworld, many involved kept quiet about the Twins activities for years before they were arrested and sentenced to 25-30 years in prison.
There have been many books about the Krays & by the Krays too, which are interesting to read, if one is interested in major crimes.
Two movies have been made about the Krays too.
They are truly legends in the criminal history of London.
It appears from current on-line reviews that the Blind Beggar today is a shadow of its former standing as a popular east end pub.
I hope the pub remains as a pub for many years to come as London cannot keep affording to lose such culturally important pubs.