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MinDA to convene Mindanao gov’t officials to tackle delayed projects
Published January 20, 2021, 8:45 AM

by Armando Fenequito, Jr.

DAVAO CITY -The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will convene Mindanao leaders and other national government officials next month to address long-delayed and other vital infrastructure projects as the Duterte comes to its last 18 months in office.

In a statement, MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said his office organized a virtual meeting on February 10 dubbed the Mindanao Speaks Up Forum.

Piñol said MinDA and Philippine Export Processing Zone Authority (PEZA) Director-General Charito Plaza agreed to lead the same forum last year, which is an inclusive and participatory consultation process in identifying key projects for Mindanao, which have yet to be implemented, as well as other programs, which the local governments of the region indicated as vital to their economic development.

“At the initial stages of planning for the Mindanao Speaks Up Forum, I emphasized the need to review the implementation of the commitments of the Administration for the development of Mindanao under the first-ever Mindanaoan President. I have pointed out that just like in the past, Mindanao has again been relegated to a poor third in the sharing of the country’s budget resources,’ he said.

Piñol said the forum will serve as a straight-forward reminder to members of the administration of President Duterte’s commitment to fully develop Mindanao’s potentials.

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Piñol said that among the three major projects, the Mindanao Railway Project has raised great expectations from the people of the region as it promises convenient and easy movement of people and goods.

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United States of America / Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem
« on: January 21, 2021, 02:51:50 PM »

(CNN)Amanda Gorman, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate, read the following poem during the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20:

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We've braved the belly of the beast
We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn't always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn't broken
but simply unfinished
We the successors of a country and a time
Where a skinny Black girl
descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
can dream of becoming president
only to find herself reciting for one
And yes we are far from polished
far from pristine
but that doesn't mean we are
striving to form a union that is perfect
We are striving to forge a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
conditions of man
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
but what stands before us
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
we must first put our differences aside
We lay down our arms
so we can reach out our arms
to one another
We seek harm to none and harmony for all
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we'll forever be tied together, victorious
Not because we will never again know defeat
but because we will never again sow division
Scripture tells us to envision
that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
If we're to live up to our own time
Then victory won't lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we've made
That is the promise to glade
The hill we climb
If only we dare
It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it's the past we step into
and how we repair it
We've seen a force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And this effort very nearly succeeded
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
So while once we asked,
how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children's birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it
If only we're brave enough to be it

United States of America / SWCC
« on: January 21, 2021, 02:40:11 PM »

United States of America / President Biden’s Full Inauguration Speech
« on: January 21, 2021, 12:08:19 PM »
President Biden’s Full Inauguration Speech
Jan. 20, 2021
Updated 6:52 p.m. ET

President Biden delivered this address on Wednesday after taking the oath of office. These are his remarks as prepared for delivery.


Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day.

A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve.

Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded. We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile.

And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.

So now, on this hallowed ground where just days ago violence sought to shake this Capitol’s very foundation, we come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.

We look ahead in our uniquely American way — restless, bold, optimistic — and set our sights on the nation we know we can be and we must be. I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

You know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength of our nation.

As does President Carter, who I spoke to last night but who cannot be with us today, but whom we salute for his lifetime of service.

I have just taken the sacred oath each of these patriots took — an oath first sworn by George Washington.

But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us.

On “We the People” who seek a more perfect Union. This is a great nation and we are a good people. Over the centuries through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we have come so far. But we still have far to go.

We will press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and possibility. Much to repair. Much to restore. Much to heal. Much to build. And much to gain. Few periods in our nation’s history have been more challenging or difficult than the one we’re in now.

A once-in-a-century virus silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed.

A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear, and now arise political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

To overcome these challenges — to restore the soul and to secure the future of America — requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. Unity.

In another January in Washington, on New Year’s Day 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When he put pen to paper, the president said, “If my name ever goes down into history it will be for this act and my whole soul is in it.”

My whole soul is in it.

Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation. I ask every American to join me in this cause. Uniting to fight the common foes we face: Anger, resentment, hatred. Extremism, lawlessness, violence. Disease, joblessness, hopelessness.

With unity we can do great things. Important things. We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome this deadly virus. We can reward work, rebuild the middle class and make health care secure for all. We can deliver racial justice.

We can make America, once again, the leading force for good in the world. I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy. I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear and demonization have long torn us apart. The battle is perennial. Victory is never assured.

Through the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War, 9/11, through struggle, sacrifice, and setbacks, our “better angels” have always prevailed. In each of these moments, enough of us came together to carry all of us forward. And, we can do so now. History, faith and reason show the way, the way of unity.

We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors.

We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature.

For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward. And, we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you, we will not fail.

We have never, ever, ever failed in America when we have acted together. And so today, at this time and in this place, let us start afresh. All of us. Let us listen to one another. Hear one another. See one another. Show respect to one another.

Politics need not be a raging fire destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war.

And, we must reject a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.

Space / SpaceX Starship Booster (BN2)
« on: January 21, 2021, 09:31:57 AM »
Administrator's note: See also SpaceX Starship thread index:


Space / SpaceX Starship SN18
« on: January 21, 2021, 09:03:34 AM »
Administrator's note: See also SpaceX Starship thread index:


Space / Space Port Cornwall
« on: January 21, 2021, 08:51:28 AM »

Cornwall and Virgin Orbit are committing to a partnership seeking to deliver a horizontal launch Spaceport at Cornwall Airport Newquay, UK by 2021, creating a satellite technology cluster of national importance.


One of the UK’s longest runways at 2,744m


Access to uncongested and clear segregated airspace


Direct access to sea and low population density


CAN is the newest airport in the UK, and already has state-of-the-art infrastructure. To provide a safe Spaceport environment, CAN will develop:

Rocket and propulsion test facility
Hangar facilities
Fuel handling facility
Mission Control
Space Gateway Innovation Centre

UP now 'safe haven for enemies of the state,' claims defense chief
JAN 19, 2021 10:04 AM PHT


Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana justified the Duterte government's decision to end a 1989 agreement that barred troops from entering the University of the Philippines (UP), which he claimed has become a "breeding ground" for extremists.

"The agreement has become obsolete. The times and circumstances have changed since the agreement was signed in 1989, eight years after the martial law ended," Lorenzana said in a statement Tuesday, January 18.

"The country's premier state university has become a safe haven for enemies of the state," Lorenzana added, referring to communists.

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General Discussion / 7 troopers die in Bukidnon chopper crash
« on: January 19, 2021, 03:26:33 AM »
7 troopers die in Bukidnon chopper crash
By: Froilan Gallardo - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:24 AM January 17, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Philippines — A Bell utility helicopter of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed on a rice field in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon province, around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, killing all seven people aboard.

Maj. Gen. Andres Centino, commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said the ill-fated Bell UH-1H “Huey,” with tail number 517, was one of two choppers on a mission to resupply a unit of the 403rd Infantry Brigade stationed in a mountain forward base in Impasugong town, 64 kilometers from Malaybalay.

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The two choppers had already completed two runs to Impasugong and took off from their Malaybalay base around 1:50 p.m. for their third run when the pilot of the helicopter in the rear saw smoke coming from the forward chopper as they were passing over Barangay Busdi.

The pilot of the forward chopper, identified by an Inquirer source as Lt. Col. Arnie Arroyo, with a certain 2nd Lt. Caabay as copilot, informed the other aircraft that they would be turning back. But “the chopper nosedived” as it turned, Centino said.

“The pilot made sure they would not crash-land on a group of houses, hence they ended up in the ricefield,” he added.

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United States of America / Trump has been impeached again
« on: January 15, 2021, 12:51:01 PM »
Trump's been impeached again. What's next?
By Zachary B. Wolf, CNN
Updated 9:52 AM ET, Thu January 14, 2021

(CNN)President Donald Trump has been impeached again -- the first leader in US history to be impeached twice by the House.

The question now is whether he'll become the first President to be convicted by the Senate and removed from office.

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These screen captures were taken from official DOTr documentation for the bid invitation for the Project Management Consultancy project for the Mindanao Railway

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Indonesia / Indonesia's vaccine roll-out
« on: January 14, 2021, 11:35:09 PM »
Indonesia receives first COVID vaccine from China's Sinovac
December 6, 20207:51 AM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine from China on Sunday, President Joko Widodo said, as the government prepares a mass inoculation programme.

Jokowi, as the president is widely known, said in an online briefing that the Southeast Asian country received 1.2 million doses from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd., a vaccine Indonesia has been testing since August.

He added that the government plans to receive another 1.8 million doses in early January.

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Indonesia is also expected this month to receive shipments of raw materials to produce 15 million doses and materials for 30 million doses next month, the president said.

General Discussion / Black Hawk in Mindoro
« on: January 12, 2021, 03:42:54 PM »
Black Hawk, the most modern air asset of the country, ready to use in Mindoro

The most modern Polish-built S-70 i Black Hawk transport helicopters in the country, Occidental Mindoro PTF ELCAC Chairman Governor Eduardo Gadiano along with the staff of the Provincial Government, LtGen Antonio Parladé Jr of Southern Luzon Command, Col Jose Augusto Villareal of the 203rd Bantay Peace Brigade and LTC Alexander Arbolado of the 4th Infantry Battalion to re-host the native Bowing of the Site Mantay and its surrounding areas and personally know the developmental and other needs of its residents.

Remember that on 13th July last year the local government of San Jose and Provincial Government actively conducted the Retooled Community Support Program or RCSP of DILG, according to Executive Order 70 of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This is aimed at addressing the aspirations of our Mangyan brothers so that they will not be deceived by the CPP-NPA terrorists.

Because of this program, Mangyan people in this area are gradually opening up about the government's program for them. At the same time, the CPP-NPA terrorists who are said to have had a long time in the mentioned area were expelled.

Since then until now, the ′′ convergence ′′ or the merger of various government agencies and non-government organizations continues to bring the situation of our brother Mangyan in Sityo Mantay and nearby. its place.
The leaders of Buhid tribe convey heartfelt gratitude to the government for the services and assistance provided to them. In the leadership of Gov Ed Gadiano as PTF ECLAC Chairman and MTF ELCAC Chariman Mayor Romulo Festin was able to carry out medical missions here, the House Meeting was also built, pathway and they were also given solar lights.
Apart from this, they were also given agricultural supplies, pets and fabric scarves materials for their alternative livelihoods.

And at the end, when the leaders of the Provincial Government and the Army went up again, they saw a big change in the life of the Tribung Buhid who are there far from fear and danger caused by the terrorist CPP-NPA.

On the other hand, the leaders of the army extend their gratitude to the local government of San Jose and the Provincial Government of West Mindoro for their immediate action to improve the condition of our Mangyan brothers. ′′ Your army will continue to be aides and aidesmaids for the peace and development of your community. Having the latest aircraft, the Black Hawk, this is an additional tool so that we can easily reach the remote areas here in Mindoro Island with various government staffs and solve the problems in the community. Let's work together and together give way to our long-awaited peace ′′ final statement by Col Villareal.

Aside from the Black Hawk's ability to perform day and night surveillance missions, these will also be considered multi-purpose helicopters that can be used during disaster, HADR or humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions, insurance, and troop transport of AFP.

House Democrats plan to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump
By Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju, Lauren Fox and Phil Mattingly, CNN
Updated 9:49 PM ET, Mon January 11, 2021

(CNN)House Democrats plan to vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Democrats on a caucus call Monday, setting up an impeachment vote one week after rioters incited by Trump overran Capitol police and breached some of the most secure areas of the US Capitol.

The House will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power, and then plan to vote Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET on the impeachment resolution, Hoyer said.

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