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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution

President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5, 2013 of cancer at age 58, marked forever the history of Venezuela and Latin America.

Hugo Chavez
1. Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader had such incontestable democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012. He defeated his rivals with a margin of 10-20 percentage points.
 2. All international bodies, from the European Union to the Organization of American States, to the Union of South American Nations and the Carter Center, were unanimous in recognizing the transparency of the vote counts.
 3. James Carter, former U.S. President, declared that Venezuela's electoral system was "the best in the world."
4. Universal access to education introduced in 1998 had exceptional results. About 1.5 million Venezuelans learned to read and write thanks to the literacy campaign called Mission Robinson I.
 5. In December 2005, UNESCO said that Venezuela had eradicated illiteracy.
6. The number of children attending school increased from 6 million in 1998 to 13 million in 2011 and the enrollment rate is now 93.2%.
7. Mission Robinson II was launched to bring the entire population up to secondary level. Thus, the rate of secondary school enrollment rose from 53.6% in 2000 to 73.3% in 2011.
8. Missions Ribas and Sucre allowed tens of thousands of young adults to undertake university studies. Thus, the number of tertiary students increased from 895,000 in 2000 to 2.3 million in 2011, assisted by the creation of new universities.
 9. With regard to health, they created the National Public System to ensure free access to health care for all Venezuelans. Between 2005 and 2012, 7873 new medical centers were created in Venezuela.
 10. The number of doctors increased from 20 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 80 per 100,000 in 2010, or an increase of 400%.

One Billion Rising (Int'l Womens Day)

Manila, Philippines-- Students from Adamson University danced the One Billion Rising theme song on the International Women's Day program held at the Liwasang Bonifacio.

March 8, 2013.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Barug Katawhan leader shot dead in Davao Oriental

Kagawad Cristina Jose of Brgy. Binondo, Baganga Municipality, Davao Oriental (Kilab Multimedia)
DAVAO CITY, Philippines- A Barangay Kagawad of Binondo, Bagangga Municipality, Davao Oriental and a leader of Barug Katawhan was shot dead Monday evening, March 4.
The victim, CRISTINA JOSE,  was one of those who led the 3-day protest rally outside the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao. Jose is also a member of the party-list group Bayan Muna.
According to human rights advocate, Karapatan Southern Mindanao, Jose and all those who participated in the 'Kampuhan' were allegedly harassed by the Barangay Captain and the military from 67th IBPA.
"Supposedly, she was on her way to Davao City after the session to report the cases of Human Rights Violations, but she was brutally killed", said Karlos Trangia, spokesman of Barug Katawhan.
Meanwhile, Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares, in a text message, condemned the killings and called for an immediate investigation.
Colmenares said that whoever the perpetrators are should be punished.