Monday, January 09, 2017

Philippine news

Manila will essentially shut down today for the Black Nazarene procession.

This is a statue of Christ carrying the cross, and the devotion is to stress that Jesus suffered like you and understands and will help you when you are suffering.

The Inquirer has a story of ex addicts at the procession.

Former drug users who surrendered under the Philippine National Police’s “Oplan Tokhang” will join the Black Nazarene procession in Manila today in hopes of ushering changes in public perception not only of addicts but also of how policemen handle surrenderers. “We want to show drug users that they can change if they want to change,” the Ermita police station chief, Supt. Romeo Desiderio, told the Inquirer on Sunday.
“We also want to change the public perception that you will die when you surrender to the government’s Oplan Tokhang. That’s not true and this is our proof,” Desiderio said.
About 100 surrenderers, who have been under the Ermita police station’s care, will don white shirts and join millions of mostly barefoot devotees tread the procession route.
more about the custom here.

We have a copy of the statue in our church, but I don't think we will have a procession.

There is a worry about terrorism, but the real danger is ordinary heart attacks, heat strokes, and being crushed in the crowd. But considering the crowd (often over a million) usually the casualties are low.

 wikipedia article here.

in other news, the latest budget kept the pork barrel funding.

it's not that local projects are being funded but that some fake projects are being funded  and there is no oversight.

and the Inquirer editorial discusses tweets and emails trying to influence our press here, and our own problem with "fake news".

If its army of trolls succeeds in intimidating critics, this administration would soon find itself trapped in an echo chamber of its own making, unperturbed by criticism, and hearing only what it likes to hear. Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
speaking of trolls: The latest hashtag is #Lenileaks.

it’s up for her to convince the public if it is true that she has nothing to do or she is not coordinating with other groups in the US or other personalities in the Philippines about that,” she added. The hashtag “#lenileaks” has been trending on social media particularly on Twitter, alleging that the Office of the Vice President is part of a well-orchestrated, well-funded strategy to discredit President Duterte as well as losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos.

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