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Palace to Enrile, Bongbong: “You cannot twist history.”

Palace to Enrile, Bongbong: “You cannot twist history.”

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  • Harry Roque contradicts Enrile’s claims of only having “very few” critics arrested during martial law.
  • The Presidential Spokesperson also said that Enrile cannot change history as there is a law and court decisions attesting to everything.

In a recent tête-à-tête with former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile claimed that “very few” of the late President Ferdinand Marcos‘ critics were arrested during martial law.

He added that they were only detained due to their “criminal acts.”

In a Malacañang press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque debunked Enrile’s claims and said that there are laws and court decisions that prove the human rights violations during that period in Philippine history.

“As far as the Palace is concerned, there are decisions affirming that there were grave human rights violations committed during the Marcos regime. There’s even a law in Congress which provides compensation for victims of martial law.”

He added that Marcos and Enrile cannot twist such happenings.

“I don’t think they can twist history when there’s a law and there are court decisions attesting to what happened under martial law.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman also slammed the former Senate President, calling him a “a purveyor of lies and fallacies.”

“Senator Enrile has graduated from being the administrator of martial law to a purveyor of lies and fallacies of martial law.

“He demeans the People Power Revolution which was a culmination of years of struggle for freedom under the Marcos dictatorship. How can he possibly put to naught the efforts of the Filipinos who joined the EDSA revolution and then he would say that it’s a military junta?” Lagman said. 

“He really was there in order to protect his neck because he was certain that the People Power Revolution would succeed.”

 

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Drew Olivar receives backlash over bomb scare post; PNP refuses to accept apology

Drew Olivar receives backlash over bomb scare post; PNP refuses to accept apology

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  • Andrew Olivar under fire once again after posting bomb scare post on his Facebook account.
  • He apologized and said that he didn’t mean to scare the rallyists. 

Their recent sign language controversy has not yet died down but blogger and Mocha Uson‘s co-host Andrew Olivar is under fire again.

People were not amused when Olivar implied in his Facebook post that there might be a bombing on EDSA during the commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

In his status posted on September 20, he advised everyone not to attend a rally in EDSA as the bombing on Plaza Miranda in 1971 might happen again.

Ayyy nakakatakot naman magRALLY isa EDSA, kasi may kumakalat na baka maulit daw yung pagbomba kagaya ng PLAZA MIRANDA!! kung ako sa inyo hindi na ako pupunta!!

He immediately deleted his post as it received backlash and comments from people reminding him that it’s illegal to make bomb jokes. However, he issued another bomb threat statement later on.

“Meron nagiinvite sakin na umattend ng rally ng mga DDS. Eh yung mga nababasa ko puro bomb threat. Pagpasensyahan nyo na ako kung di ako makapunta hah. Nagiingat lang din po.”

According to Presidential Decree No. 1727 (series 1980) or Anti-Bomb Joke Law, it is unlawful to spread false information that concerns bombs, explosives or any other similar device or means of destruction.

It says that whoever will spread false information to “damage or destroy any building, vehicle, or other real or personal property, by means of explosives, incendiary devices, and other destructive forces of similar nature” can be apprehended.

They can be imprisoned up to five years or be fined up to P40,000.

Olivar says sorry; PNP remains unconvinced

In a press conference last Saturday, September 22, at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, the blogger apologized for his alarming post.

He explained that he had no intention to scare the rallyists and all he wanted was for them to be alert and be mindful of their surroundings.

“September 8 pa po marami na akong nababasa na kagaya ng post ko, kaya natakot din ako para sa mga magra-rally.”

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Eleazar remains unconvinced with Olivar’s apology and explanation.

“Hindi masyadong binibigyan ng weight ‘yun. Sa atin, ang elements…Kung may makikita tayong violation, proper documentation and referral of case na yan sa DOJ.”

DOJ rejects raps

The Department of Justice (DOJ) rejected on Tuesday the complaint filed by members of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) against blogger Drew Olivar over a bomb scare he posted on social media, telling the police to file the case once the documents are complete.

“Kailangan pa po naming makipagcoordinate sa Anti-Cybercrime Unit para po makumpleto ‘yung ebidensya namin sa pagsampa, pagrefer ng kaso ni Drew Olivar dito sa DOJ,” Senior Inspector Myrna Diploma, of the NCRPO Public Information Office, told reporters.

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Ethel Booba calls out rallyists for vandalism

Ethel Booba calls out rallyists for vandalism

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  • Ethel Booba expressed her disappointment at vandalism committed by rallyists.
  • She clarified that she’s not against rallies but the mess they leave behind.

On September 21, rallies were held in light of the 46th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos‘ declaration of martial law.

Amidst the arguments of the pro and anti Marcos, Ethel Booba called out all the rallyists that vandalized the surroundings in hopes to get their message across.

In one of her tweets, Ethel asked them about the possibility of expressing their emotions without having to make a mess of the environment.

Bandalismo na naman ang iniwan ng mga nagrally. Hindi ba nila kaya maglabas ng saloobin ng hindi dinudumihan ang kapaligiran? Gastos na naman pagpipintura dyan di bali sana kung art ang ginawa nyo. Charot!

There were netizens who expressed their disagreement but she explained her side, saying that she understands other people’s views but does not give them license to do wrong and vandalism is never reasonable.

Nanghinayang din kami sa mga perang napatunayang nanakaw pero hindi ibig sabihin na may nagawa sila mali eh maling gawain din ibabalik natin. Di ako kontra sa mga rally na talagang may pinaglalaban, doon lang talaga sa vandalism part. And I thank you! Charot!

A Twitter user encouraged her to join a rally so that she would know the reasons behind the vandalism but she declined.

Thanks for the invite Sis. But it’s a NO for me. Charot!

Another netizen told her to listen to the rallyists’ side and she shared that she actually did talk to some of them and how she also explained to them why she’s against vandalism.

I listened from some of them. Actually nakausap ko iba via DM, they shared why do that and I explained why I’m against vandalism. We spoke about it wala na kaming arte arte na we are rooting for you or you are cancelledt. Charot!

Someone said that he hopes that someone would rally against vandalism and the comedienne immediately rode on the joke.

Rally with pleasing personality. Charot!

Ethel emphasized that she’s not against the rallies being done.

Again gaya ng sinabi ko sa ibang tweet ko, di ako against sa rally or protesta lalo at kita mong may tamang pinaglalaban. May ibang kilos protesta na after ng event eh madaming kalat ang iniiwan at yun ang sinisilip namin hindi ang kanilang mensahe sa ating mga kababayan. Charot!

Lastly, she expressed that she never said that she was chiding those who were in Luneta and urged them to read her tweets clearly.

FYI po sabi ko sa tweet ay “May ibang kilos protesta” at di ko sinabing about sa Luneta. Alam kong mas mataas ang pinag aralan nyo kesa sa akin pero basahin nyo sana mabuti. Charot!

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Millennials have moved on from Martial Law? Students from Iloilo protest against Imee Marcos

Millennials have moved on from Martial Law? Students from Iloilo protest against Imee Marcos

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  • Students from Iloilo Science and Technology University strongly expressed their opposition to Imee Marcos’ sudden scheduled visit to their school.
  • Students from various sectoral groups gathered in front of the university to protest against Marcos.

On August 21, in a news conference in Cebu,  Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos stated that “the millennials have moved on” from Martial Law.

She was proven wrong a few days ago when Iloilo students protested against her after they found out that she was to appear in an event at the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISTU).

Today, Iloilo Science and Technology University took a principled stand other schools should follow. Somebody reserved a conference hall without identifying what is it for and who will be the guest. On the day of the affair, school officials and students were surprised to find a streamer on its’ main gate welcoming Gov. Imee Marcos. Even with a police advance party present already, ISAT U people quickly took down the streamer and picketed, forcing Marcos to abort the affair. This is one place of learning that won’t take historical revisionism. Never again to a Marcos.

According to a post by Aurelio Servando, a conference hall at the university was booked without any information about the event and guest. When Saturday came, the teachers and students were surprised as a streamer was put up, welcoming Marcos to the university.

The streamer was immediately removed by people from the university.

This resulted  to students from the University of the Philippines Visayas and other sectoral groups to gather and protest in front of the school.

On the other hand, ISAT-U’s information officer Heinz Gumaquil stated that he did not see any protest action when he visited the university.

“As far as I know, there was a reservation made although we did not know that if it was for Governor Marcos. I’m not privy to the reason why it was cancelled. But as far as I know, there was no picket that happened.”

LOOK:Protest action held earlier by various groups joined by the UPV USC in front of ISAT-U condemning the arrival of Ilocos Gov. Imee Marcos. The youth along with different sectors expresses their disgust on her statement saying the millennials should "move on". Protesters say, Marcoses are not welcome here in the province, no apologies were expressed by the late dictator's family and that the Filipino masses will never forget the atrocities brought about by the Martial Law back in 1972. Also, the Marcoses' alliance with the Duterte administration will bring no progress to the lives of the Filipino people but further attacks on human rights and the preservation of the status quo and to serve the interest not of the masses, but of the few ruling elites.With that, the UPV USC invites and challenges every Iskolar ng Bayan to join the September 21 multi-sectoral mobilization, 1PM at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol. Mga Iskolar ng Bayan, sabay sabay nating labanan ang rebisyonismo ng kasaysayan at diktadurya ni Duterte. Habang may mga magsasakang pinapaslang, manggagawang kontraktwal at kabataan na hindi nakakatamasa ng tunay na libre at de kalidad na edukasyon, patuloy ang ating laban. Duterte at Marcos walang pinag iba, parehong tuta, diktador at pasista!#NeverAgain#NeverForget#NoToHistoricalRevisionism#OustUSDuterteRegime

Posted by UP Visayas – University Student Council on Saturday, September 8, 2018

Marcos was spotted in Anilao during the mass oath-taking of Nacionalista Party members at the Iloilo Convention Center on the same day but the said event in ISTU was cancelled due to the backlash.

It was further reported that the invitation came from an alumnus of the university.

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“Martial Law na ba?” Agot Isidro reacts to arresting ‘tambays’

“Martial Law na ba?” Agot Isidro reacts to arresting ‘tambays’

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  • Actress Agot Isidro reacts to Duterte’s orders to arrest the loiterers and Bongbong’s plans on becoming the country’s next president
  • The PNP has arrested 2,981 ‘tambays’ in the span of five days

After President Rodrigo Duterte‘s orders to arrest the ‘tambays’ or loiterers in order make the streets safer for the public, the police have then taken almost 3,000 people in Metro Manila these past five days.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde stated that the NCR Police Office arrested a total of  2,981 people from June 13 to 18.

944 of those were arrested for violating curfew hours, 653 for drinking in public, 651 for going half-naked; 456 for smoking in public, 138 for traffic violation, and 139 for various offenses like littering, late-night karaoke and urinating in public.

302 people were picked-up in Quezon City alone. 114 of them were picked up by the Talipapa Police Station, 13 are minors who was out in the streets in spite of the city’s “discipline hours”, and packets of shabu and drug paraphernalia were taken from ten of the arrested citizens.

Actress Agot Isidro has reacted to the arrests made at the city implying that it looks like the start of Martial Law.

“Martial Law na ba?

Hindi ako na-brief.”

The actress also reacted to the news regarding Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.‘s plans to run for the presidency in the next elections.

“Ah… Um… NO.

#NeverAgain”

Marcos stated that his career is in politics and with that, he aspires to be in a high stature as he can achieve in his chosen field – which is politics.

He also shared that he plans on building a “more egalitarian system of government, of administration” for the Philippines.

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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte may suspend gov’t work, classes on the 45th anniversary of the Marcos-era martial law

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte may suspend gov’t work, classes on the 45th anniversary of the Marcos-era martial law

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  • President Duterte might be forced to put the Philippines in Martial Law if communist’ threats continues to grow

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Martial Law in 2017

In an interview aired on PTV-4, President Duterte said that he might order a suspension of government work and classes in Metro Manila on September 21.

The 45th anniversary of the Marcoses’ martial law.

“This early, I am announcing that I am ordering a holiday para walang masaktan, walang ano kung may demonstration diyan, magkagulo,” Duterte said explaining that this is to prevent further damage as various opposition groups are set to protest on the day.

This decision was caused by a threat from the left. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana presumed that the Left has threatened to have a massive protest on the 21st.

In a news conference held at the Malacañang Palace, Lorenzana said, “During my interaction with him early this week sinabi niya kapag magkaroon ng massive rally sa Metro Manila, and it will brought inconvenience to the public, hindi ko sila papapasukin.”

Protesters are free to go

Martial Law in 2017

“‘Yung effigy ko sunugin ninyo. Make an effigy, ‘yung kamukha ko. Maski isang libo,” Duterte said begging the protesters not to vandalize public places.

It would be alright to him if they burn effigies of him, but do not vandalize. He also warned them not to attempt bringing armed men during the protests.

He also brought up the issue of ‘Red Army’ and that the Left should not destroy anything that belonged to the government. If not, the next thing they know, they are behind cold bars.

Possible Martial Law II

Martial Law in 2017

Prior to the interview, he was very vocal that he might declare martial law in the entire country if the communist threats will continue. However, Lorenzana debunks the issue. ‘Unlikely’ as he would describe it as the force of the communist rebels were already weakened.

What do you think of the possible martial law? Share us your thoughts.

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Stones laid at Marcos’s supposed grave site to protest Libingan ng mga Bayani burial

Stones laid at Marcos’s supposed grave site to protest Libingan ng mga Bayani burial

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Last June 26, a group of people gathered at the Libingan ng mga Bayani to lay stones at the site where Former President Ferdinand Marcos is supposed to be laid to rest. On the stones were written the names of Martial Law victims.

A few of the stones with Martial Law victims's names written on them. (Photo courtesy of Bubut Vasquez.)
A few of the stones with Martial Law victims’ names written on them. (Photo courtesy of Bubut Vasquez.)

Bubut Vasquez, who along with his family joined the silent protest, posted about the events on his Facebook page. “…with no fanfare and media coverage,” Vasquez wrote, “people gathered at the supposed burial site of former president and dictator Marcos to lay rocks and stones in the open crypt. On each stone laid was written the name of a man/woman/child kidnapped, tortured and murdered during Martial Law. They are the REAL HEROES who deserve to be buried here.”

Several netizens applauded the act. FB user Tess Santos wrote, “Even if almost 4 decades have elapsed, this laying of stones is a fitting tribute to those whose lives were cut short by evil. Gone but not forgotten. RIP my unsung Filipino heroes.”

JC Bautista, however, has his reservations. “This is very effective, except lang sa pamilya ng ililibing at bulag na sila sa ganyan. (for the family of the one to be buried are blind to these things.)”

But there were also those who were unimpressed, such as netizen Evelyn Marcos Gabatin who replied to a Rappler article which detailed the silent protest, saying she believes that “Marcos is a real hero.”

Will Gonzales, on the same article, posted that “We should also do this for the victims of Hacienda Luisita and Mendiola Massacre to the tombs of Cory (Aquino).”

Vasquez and fellow netizen Jette Po credited several people and organizations—including the Martial Law Chronicles Project, Samasa, Akbayan, Miguel Syjuco’s team, Bantayog, and Nameless—for organizing the movement they call the Bawat Bato initiative. Part of the initiative’s call to action states that “We can each place a stone: at his grave or in places stained by the atrocities of martial law—memorializing its thousands of victims, and for us tens of millions who’ve not lived as we all deserved in the decades since… We can each place a stone: Our silent symbols of dissent—heaped high upon any monument built there, burying now and constantly the vainglory and lies… We can each place a stone: In peaceful defiance, in wordless rebuke. We can each make this forever our tradition of protest.”

In his post, Vasquez encourages others to join in the protest. “This is just the start as more stones with more names are laid so that their memories shall not be forgotten. This is a public space and all are welcome to pay their respects and honor the real heroes.”

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Ten Reasons Bongbong Marcos should be the next VP of the Philippines

Ten Reasons Bongbong Marcos should be the next VP of the Philippines

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Almost thirty years after the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was ousted through the EDSA People Power revolt in 1986, his son Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has decided to make his own mark as he seeks the vice presidency in the 2016 elections.

While this may not be an easy feat for the son of the country’s most infamous president, the younger Marcos—and Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s running mate—believes he’s more than ready to move on from the memories of the Martial Law years by focusing on the current problems of the country.

Here are 10 reasons you should choose BBM as your vice president.

PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Bongbong Marcos
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1. More than his father’s son and namesake

With more than two decades of experience in government service, BBM is positive that the good and bad things associated with his father’s name can be knocked out by the service he has given to his countrymen.

2. Experience in local governance

BBM has achieved a distinguished career in local government as he served as the Governor of Ilocos Norte (1983-1986,1998-2007)  as well as the Congressman in the Second District ( 1992-1995) for several terms. 

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PNoy vows to fight Duterte if he becomes a dictator

PNoy vows to fight Duterte if he becomes a dictator

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MANILA, Philippines. During a Liberal Party campaign rally for the Roxas-Robredo tandem at Plazoelta Gay in Iloilo City on Tuesday, May 3, President Benigno Aquino III said that he will fight Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if he becomes a dictator.

According to Aquino, the presidential frontrunner was already acting like a dictator when threatened to abolish congress if his opponents try to have him impeached over hidden wealth allegations against him

In his speech, Aquino said, “Hindi naman ako abugado, siya abugado. Pero pinagaralan ko po ‘yung ating Saligang Batas at hinahamon ko po kayo lahat dito, lahat ng nakikinig sa atin, hanapin niyo sa Saligang Batas: Saan ang kapangyarihan ng Presidente na i-abolish ang Kongreso?”

(I’m not a lawyer. He is a lawyer. But I studied our Constitution and I’m challenging everyone here to find where in the Constitution does it state that the President has the power to abolish Congress?”)

Aquino also criticized Duterte for his impolite behavior which may compromise the country’s international relations. The president also mentioned Duterte’s plan to create a revolutionary government, which he thinks would be similar to martial law.

Hindi ko matatanggap na walang nangyari sa pagkamatay ng tatay ko at iba pa nating mga kababayan, libolibo po. Kailangang ibuhos ko ‘yung magagawa ko. Kung buhay ko ang katapat iyon lang ang tangan sa akin, e dapat hindi ganun kaimportante ‘yung buhay ko dahil hindi ko mailalaban ‘yung ipinaglaban ng tatay ko. Hindi magkakaroon ng kabuluhan,” Aquino said in his speech.

( I can’t accept that my father’s and that of thousands of victims’ deaths will be in vain. I will do everything I can. Should my life be at stake, then my life is not important if I couldn’t continue the fight my father started. His death would lose its meaning. )

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Are our schools white-washing Martial Law?

Are our schools white-washing Martial Law?

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“Do not blame the millennials, blame our educational system.”

Writer and literature teacher Rogelio Braga is asking us to take a long, hard look at what our schools are teaching our children about Martial Law. This after an incident where one of his students was supposedly pressured by teachers to delete an anti-Marcos status message the student had written.

Status messages posted by Rogelio Braga on Facebook last February 26 and 27.
Status messages posted by Rogelio Braga on Facebook last February 26 and 27.

“My young student, who posted an anti-Marcos sentiment on his Facebook, was threatened by his high school teachers… perhaps that his Form 137 will not be released unless the post is deleted. My student deleted the status. Ladies and gentlemen, do not blame the millennials: blame our educational system. Nakakagalit, (It is infuriating)” related Braga on his Facebook page last February 26.

“You know, I’m starting to suspect that maybe the educational system is the culprit,” agreed Facebook user Maryanne Moll. “Because my friend’s son has also been told by his teacher only good things about Martial Law. So my friend was aghast. She gave her son the whole history, and filed a formal complaint against the teacher. Maybe all those coño kids that have become Marcos apologists have been brainwashed.”

Encouraged by all the shares his status was getting, Braga posted a follow-up the following day, imploring people to “…tingnan natin kung paano itinuturo ang Martial Law at si Marcos sa ating mga anak, sa ating mga kabataan sa loob ng paaralan. (Let us examine how Martial Law and Marcos are being taught to our children, to the youth in schools.)

Sa mga kapwa ko teacher, (To my fellow teachers,)” he further asked, “Ang ginawa po ni Marcos at ang Martial Law kapag sa loob ng ating klasrum ng History/ Kasaysayan, HINDI ito political opinion, ito po ay political at historical FACTS at wala po tayong karapatan bilang mga teacher na rebisahin ang Kasaysayan. Huwag nating traydurin ang mga magulang ng mga mag-aaral natin. (What Marcos did, and Martial Law, should be taught within the classroom as history, and not imparting political opinion. These are historical facts and, as teachers, we have no right to revise history. Let’s not be traitors to the parents of our students.)

To the students, Braga asks, “Huwag matakot, magtanong. Utang na loob: magtanong. Tandaan natin na marami, sobrang dami na hanggang ngayon binibilang pa rin, ang nagbuwis ng buhay para mayroon tayong ganitong pribilehiyo ngayon na magsalita at tuligsain ang pamilyang Marcos o kung sinumang lider ng ating bansa.” (Do not be afraid to ask questions. For goodness’s sake, ask. Keep in mind that there are a lot of people, even until know, who sacrifice their lives just so we can have the privilege to speak and stand up against the Marcos family or whoever leads our country.)

Finding further proof that could back up his claim of the educational system being at fault, Braga forwarded screen caps of pages from Lakbay ng Lahing Pilipino 5, an Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) textbook used by elementary school students, to show exactly what is written in school history books. The original post by Facebook user Ayrie Ching,  with pictures credited to Bambit Gaerlan, summarized what Lakbay ng Lahi was teaching about why Martial Law was declared.

As uploaded by FB user Ayrie Ching.
As uploaded by FB user Ayrie Ching.

Apparently, the post is pointing out that the Lakbay ng Lahi book is simplifying the reasons behind the declaration of Martial Law, attributing it to an economic disaster—brought about by natural causes, a storm—and perceived threats to national security coming from factions like the NPA (National People’s Army) and the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front.)

“Guys kung joke ‘tong librong ‘to hindi siya nakakatawa, (If this is a joke, it’s not funny)” the post stated.

E, kaya naman pala! (No wonder!)” exclaimed Braga. “Teachers and textbooks in tandem pala ito.

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