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The result of this fight convey a strong message for us Filipinos. Manny and Jessica Sanchez are just a messenger. It only shows how the “powerfuls” can alter the decision, the TRUTH; but Filipinos no matter how humble nation as we are, there’s still people like Manny motivating us to fight (with God’s help) for success and truth.

1) Rich Filipinos, business tycons: I am appealing to you not to do the same with your “kababayans”. Please stop contractualization, discourage OFW system (instead create avenues for decent permanent jobs) – there’s many intelligent, talented and good Filipinos forced to work abroad. We have rich natural resources for us to develop. Please stop corruption, selfishness; and start thinking for the good of others. Share your blessings.

2) Authorities, politicians: Please become a true public servant. China and other big nations will continuously bullying us, if you our leaders will do the same.

3) Filipinos: Please bring your trust to our government, love, serve and be honest with your employers.

If this will happen 10 years from now, we will be considered as “strong and powerful nation”, like Israel – Jesus’ kababayans.

God bless!

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By Paul Magno

From the moment that Timothy Bradley was announced as the split decision winner over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday night, shock waves of anger and outrage have blasted through cyberspace.

From Twitter to Facebook to countless online message boards, the world has been abuzz with talk of, perhaps, the most egregiously bad decision in the controversial world of professional boxing.

To refresh memories, Manny Pacquiao, in defense of his WBO welterweight title, seemingly dominated an overmatched Timothy Bradley with relative ease, garnering a 118-110 score on this writer’s scorecard and no less than 116-112 in every reputable expert’s estimation.

The decision seemed a mere formality as thoughts of Manny’s next opponent began to enter into the public discourse. Then, the scores were read:

Judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley while Jerry Roth saw Pacquiao taking the bout by the same 115-113 margin.

The outrage immediately spread throughout the boxing community and various conspiracy theories began to emerge as a way to explain how such an apparently one-sided bout could be scored so oddly.

The media rushed to try and understand the ruling and make some sense of the situation while fans were, literally, stunned by the outcome.

Some fans and members of the media took matters into their own hands and chose to begin online petitions.

One such petition, started by Keith Terceira, has gone viral, already garnering close to 8,000 virtual signatures at the time this article is being written.

Posted on Change.org, the petition aims to have the decision from Saturday night’s bout overturned and the judges investigated.

“This is important to restore the semblance of fairness and honesty in the sport of boxing,” Terceira writes. “These judges should be investigated and suspended. The WBO should be asked to review the films and set the record straight or lose what little credibility the sanctioning bodies retain.”

The petition encourages fans from all over the world to vote and make their protests heard by the governor of Nevada as well as the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

To sign the petition to overturn the decision of Pacquiao-Bradley, you can click HERE.

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Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.

Source:

Change.org, The Governor of NV: Overturn Judges Decision Regarding Pacquiao – Bradley Bout

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In the Philippines, Independence Day (Filipino: Araw ng Kalayaan) is an annual national holiday observed on June 12, commemorating the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. It is the National Day of the Philippines.

The declaration of Philippine independence from the colonial rule of Spain concluded the Philippine Revolution. Philippine independence, however, was not recognized either by the United States or by Spain. The Spanish government later ceded the Philippine archipelago to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, and the United States granted independence to the Republic of the Philippines on July 4, 1946 in the Treaty of Manila

July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until 1962. On 12 May 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential proclamation No. 28, which declared Tuesday, June 12, 1962 a special public holiday throughout the Philippines, “… in commemoration of our people’s declaration of their inherent and inalienable right to freedom and independence. ” On August 4, 1964, Republic Act No. 4166 renamed the July 4 holiday as “Philippine Republic Day”, proclaimed the twelfth day of June as the “Philippine Independence Day”, and enjoined all citizens of the Philippines to observe 12 June with rites befitting Independence Day. June 12 had previously been observed as Flag Day, which was moved to May 28.

Independence Day
Araw ng Kalayaan
Independence DayAraw ng Kalayaan
Aguinaldo Shrine where Emilio Aguinaldo declared independence
Also called Araw ng Kalayaan
Twelfth of June
National day
Observed by Philippines
Type National
Significance Declaring Philippine Independence from Spanish Colonization
Date June 12

Philippine Centennial Celebration

On June 12, 1998, the nation celebrated its centennial year of Independence from Spain. The celebrations were held simultaneously nationwide by then President Fidel V. Ramos and Filipino communities worldwide. A commission was established for the said event, the National Centennial Commission headed by former Vice President Salvador Laurel presided all events around the country. One of the major projects of the commission was the Expo Pilipino, a grand showcase of the Philippines‘ growth as a nation for the last 100 years, located in the Clark Special Economic Zone (formerly Clark Air Base) in Angeles City, Pampanga. Some other important events includes the re-enactment of waving of Philippine Flag at Aguinaldo shrine, and raising of flag at Independence flagpole.

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The Philippine Declaration of independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in Cavite II el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, Philippines. With the public reading of the Act of the Declaration of independence, Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain, which had been recently defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

The declaration, however, was recognized by neither the United States nor Spain. The Spanish government later ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. The United States finally recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 in the Treaty of Manila. July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until August 4, 1964 when, upon the advice of historians and the urging of nationalists, President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 designating June 12 as the country’s Independence Day.  June 12 had previously been observed as Flag Day and many government buildings are urged to display the Philippine Flag in their offices.

Philippine Declaration of Independence
Philippine independence.jpg
Created May–June 1898
Ratified June 12, 1898
Location National Library of the Philippines
Author(s) Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista
Emilio Aguinaldo
Signatories 98 delegates
Purpose To proclaim the sovereignty and independence of the Philippines from the colonial rule of Spain

The Proclamation Day

The original Flag raised by President Emilio Aguinaldo in declaring the independence in 1898

In the presence of a huge crowd, independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 between four and five in the afternoon in Cavite at the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo some 30 kilometers South of Manila . The event saw the unfurling of the National Flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong by Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo, and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the Nation’s National Anthem, now known as Lupang Hinirang, which was composed by Julián Felipe and played by the San Francisco de Malabon marching band.

The Act of the Declaration of Independence was prepared, written, and read by Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista in Spanish. The Declaration was signed by ninety-eight people, among them an American army officer who witnessed the proclamation. The final paragraph states that there was a “stranger” (stranger in English translation — extrangero in the original Spanish, meaning foreigner) who attended the proceedings, Mr. L. M. Johnson, described as “a citizen of the U.S.A, a Coronel of Artillery”. The proclamation of Philippine independence was, however, promulgated on 1 August, when many towns had already been organized under the rules laid down by the Dictatorial Government of General Aguinaldo

Later at Malolos, Bulacan, the June 12 proclamation was modified upon the insistence of Apolinario Mabini who objected to that the original proclamation essentially placed the Philippines under the protection of the United States.

Surrounding events

Philippine Centennial

On June 12, 1998, the nation celebrated its centennial year of Independence from Spain. The celebrations were held simultaneously nationwide by then President Fidel V. Ramos and Filipino communities worldwide. A commission was established for the said event, the National Centennial Commission headed by former Vice President Salvador Laurel presided all events around the country. One of the major projects of the commission was the Expo Pilipino, a grand showcase of the Philippines‘ growth as a nation for the last 100 years, located in the Clark Special Economic Zone (formerly Clark Air Base) in Angeles City, Pampanga.

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