President Donald Trump once more made a fool of himself – and embarrassed the US – at the 2018 G7 Summit

President Donald Trump once again made a fool of himself – and, unfortunately, of the entire United States – at the 44th (2018) G7 Summit held in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8 and 9, 2018.

Trump’s presence at the summit – albeit very, very brief – left vivid marks that characterized the entire 2-day meeting:

  1. Trump arrived at the meeting late in hopes of becoming the center of attraction. Noting that his tardiness was instead highlighted, he forthwith disrupted an ongoing meeting on women’s rights to call attention to his own agenda.
  2. Without any productive participation, he signed (and obviously agreed to) the G7 “collective communique” that was put together before his planned early departure for Singapore (where he was to prepare for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un).
  3. Because he didn’t like some of the statements made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he forthwith denounced the meeting and renounced the “joint communique” that he signed earlier (before leaving for Singapore).
  4. Using his Twitter account, he condemned Prime Minister Trudeau as “weak” and “dishonest” and denounced the entire G7 for “robbing” the United States blind – and then provoked more animosity by suggesting the readmission of Russia into the Group. Russia was removed from the Group for invading and annexing Crimea.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders: France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a working session on the first day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. Picture taken June 8, 2018. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister’s Office/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

The two pictures included in this essay – borrowed from Donald Trump’s “fake news” people, and to which I’ve added suitable captions – say more than a thousand words.

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About my WWII Japanese Imperial Army officer friend who knew my father was an American hiding from the enemy

I was seven going on eight years old when World War II broke out and the Japanese military occupied the Philippines. In 1941, while I was a student at the Cubao Elementary School in Quezon City, I met and was befriended by an officer of the Japanese Imperial Army who was stationed at a post near Camp Murphy in Quezon City, north of Manila.

My dad – an American citizen and US Army veteran – was in hiding at a farm in Cubao that was owned by my sister Rosalia (Rosie) and her husband, Joseph. My dad declined to report to a concentration camp for American citizens at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila as he was instructed by the US Embassy. My dad believed that the war would last “just a few days . . . maybe a month at most.”

My dad – with my stepmother Antonina and me in tow – made the long trip from our home in Baclaran, Parañaque (south of Manila) to Cubao (north of Manila) where my dad believed he would be safe for the “duration” of the war. My younger siblings – Hattie, Thomas, Roscoe, and Emma – were sent to the town of Agoo, in the province of La Union, where they stayed with my stepmother Antonina’s family – for the “duration” of the war.

To shield my identity and protect my dad, I was enrolled at the Cubao Elementary School under the name Julian Velez. The school was about three miles from our home on Natib Road. I would walk to and from the school for classes and other school activities.

I was in the third grade (I was in the third grade at the American Central School on Taft Avenue in Manila when the war broke out). In school, we were assigned books in which pages that had the American flag or any images or text relating to the United States or to America were pasted over with blank sheets of paper to conceal their content (curiosity, of course, led most of us to take peaks into the hidden text or pictures). We were taught Japanese – and did calisthenics daily while singing a song that started with “Odoro asahi no . . .

On one of our school days, a short man wearing the uniform of the Japanese Imperial Army came to our classroom. Speaking in fluent English, the officer spoke about his role in the community. He must have given his name and rank, or wrote them down on the blackboard, but I didn’t notice. At the time, I considered his appearance a distraction.

Several days later, during a recess, the Japanese officer sought me out at the school yard. He told me he had something to tell me and took me to one side of the school building, away from the other kids.

“I lived most of my life in America,” the Japanese officer said. “And I went to college at Yale University,” he added. He then pulled out a wallet from which he showed me a picture of his “girlfriend” who he said was in America. I remember saying “really” and “how nice” but not much more.

About a week later, during a class recess, my Japanese officer friend came to the school yard looking for me, and when he found me, handed me a bag of Japanese food that he asked me to take home. I ate most of the food while I walked home that afternoon and discarded the bag in a ditch on Arayat Street.

About two months later, again during a class recess, my Japanese officer friend sought me out at the school yard. He took me aside – out of hearing distance from other kids. He sat on a bench while I stood in front of him. He held a twig which he used to gesture, and, looking me in the eye, told me he was going on a mission “tonight” to “kill an American.” I felt uneasy and concerned. He used the twig to sketch on the ground the location of the American’s “hiding place,” explaining that the “hiding place” was on Natib Road, off Arayat Street. As he spoke those words, I began to panic. I realized it was my sister Rosie’s house that he identified. Without saying a word, I turned away from him and started running home as fast as I could.

My Japanese officer friend came after me, calling out to me and yelling for me to stop – but I kept running until I lost him.

I got home scared and screaming. The first person I met at home was my sister Rosie. I yelled to her, half-crazed and excited, “sister, sister – the Japanese are coming – they’re going kill dad!” My sister Rosie grabbed me by my shoulders and, shaking me, told me to calm down. I explained to everyone who had surrounded me by then – my nephews Rafael, Frankie, and niece Teresita – what the Japanese officer had said to me at school.

Sister Rosie’s husband, Joseph, and his two sons Rafael and Frankie, took my dad out of the house through the back yard and into the corn fields on their way somewhere I never got to know. That very same night we heard there was some Japanese military activity around the area where we lived – but no Japanese soldiers came to our house.

My dad returned to the house two days later. My dad never spoke to me about the incident or asked me any questions about it.

I did not attend classes for the next two school days – I would walk out of the house dressed for school, but would just walk around town and hang out at the rotunda until it was time to return home. On the third day, I decided that I would go to school. My classmates asked me questions, but I dismissed them all. I was hoping the Japanese officer would not ever again come to the school.

But he did. The Japanese officer came over to the school yard while we were in recess. I tried to avoid him, but he picked me out and took me aside. I was nervous and worried. And then he spoke.

“I know your father is American. But I would not hurt him.” He said that he only wanted me to know that he knew.

I said nothing. I don’t think I even looked at him while he spoke the words.

I felt relieved when he turned and walked away.

I kept silent about what happened at the school when I got home that afternoon. As in the last two days, when I was asked if I had seen the Japanese officer again, I said no – and not much more.

I did not return to Cubao Elementary for the following school year, in 1943. The war had intensified.

And I never got to see my Japanese Imperial Army officer friend again.

I will forever remember my Japanese Imperial Army officer friend whose name or rank I regret to not know. I often wonder what his fate was after the war. I have a feeling that he survived the war – and that he remembers a little odd-looking boy he met in the Philippines whose father was an American hiding from the enemy.



  1. My sister Rosie was my dad’s daughter from his first wife, Demetria Osorio. My dad and Demetria had three children: Rosalia (sister Rosie), Vicenta, and Elena. After Demetria’s death in 1930, my dad married my mother, Soledad Ramos, with whom he had three kids: myself, Thomas Henry, and Hattie Florence. After my mother died in 1936, my dad married Antonina Ventura, with whom he likewise had three children: Roscoe Konklin, Emma Jane, and Walker Ernest. At seven years of age, I had nephews who were adults (children of my sisters Rosie, Vicenta, and Elena).
  2. My sister Rosie’s house was on #15 Natib Road. Sister Rosie and her husband Joseph Thomas Casey Jr. owned land on both sides of Natib Road. On the west side (#15 Natib Road) sister Rosie raised poultry (duck, turkey, and chicken), planted crop (corn, sugar cane, and pineapple), and had a handful of fruit trees. Across the street from the house, my sister Rosie had a piggery – about 50 pigs in a row of sties. Sister Rosie stopped farming when the Japanese military began to commandeer her produce (around the beginning of 1943); her piggery ran empty because Japanese soldiers would come over and take pigs away until they ran out. As their provisions were no longer arriving from Japan, the Japanese military began to commandeer all available food products from the population.
  3. Also on Natib Road (north of sister Rosie’s house) was the home of a family of Swiss nationals with whom we had very little interface.
  4. North of the Swiss home on Natib Road was the home of the Paz family. Jaime “Jimmy” Paz was my friend and classmate at the Cubao Elementary School. Jimmy would scare the wits out of our teachers by drawing war planes with the American star on their wings. On weekends, Jimmy and I hung out at the huge Cubao rotunda. Jimmy later became an executive at the Development Bank of the Philippines.
  5. Also on Natib Road (next to my sister Rosie’s piggery) lived the family of a retired Spaniard whom my dad befriended. In some ways, the Spaniard protected my dad who passed himself off as Spanish (my dad had a decent Spanish vocabulary that helped).
  6. At the southernmost end of Natib Road lived the family of an American Air Force pilot (who perished at the start of the war) and his Japanese widow. They had three wonderful children who were all under the age of five in 1941.
  7. Sister Rosie’s husband, Joseph Thomas Casey Jr., owned a shoe store in Ermita, Manila; he shut down the store when war broke out. Joseph was also the chief of police of Quezon City. His position as chief of police protected us – the Japanese troops respected the huge sign on the gate to our home which read: “HOME OF CHIEF OF POLICE.” And my sister Rosie’s oldest son, Rafael, was a member of the Quezon City police force.
  8. Sister Rosie and her husband Joseph had five children: Rafael, Frankie, Joseph Jr., Teresita, and Dorothy – all of them my nephews and nieces. They called me Uncle Sunny. Dorothy – the youngest – and I were of the same age.
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‘Blame Game’ President Donald Trump condemns the media for reporting bad news and derides an entire religious group for an occasional act of terror

It is unfortunate that we have a president who is incapable of leading the country, one who chooses to be part of an issue instead of its solution, and one who fails to rally the people into the task of building their future. We have a president who is so deeply focused on his own personal agenda so much that he has become blind to the nation’s purpose.

When the news does not please him, or when the news tends to be critical of his statements or actions, President Donald Trump brands the news – and its media – as “fake” and then sometimes offers “alternative facts.”

When more than 50 people were killed and hundreds injured by a native-born white American man who fired at his victims from the 32nd floor of a hotel building, President Donald Trump blamed the tragedy on a “a very sick mind.” But when an immigrant from a predominantly Muslim country lost his mind and used a truck to run down and kill 8 bicyclists, President Donald Trump branded the act as “Muslim terrorism” and renewed his call to ban immigration from predominantly Muslim nations.

One would have to wonder if President Donald Trump would blame a bad cold on the weather and then demand that congress outlaw certain weather conditions.

The president’s inability to separate a problem from its root cause(s), and his tendency to focus on their effects instead of their solution, is evidence of a narrow mind. Because of his narrow-mindedness, the president could not distinguish true from false – or good from bad – and due to his thin-skinned nature, the president reacts with his feelings instead of his brain.

In this twenty-first century world, the president needs to possess and use the skills of a good leader – and find solutions to society’s illnesses – instead of being a part of those diseases that plague society.

The president needs to be able to tell true from false, good from bad – and he needs to actively tackle the root cause(s) of our illnesses instead of barking up the tree that they have become.

President Donald Trump will go down in history as the man who became part of the nation’s difficulties, instead of being recognized as the leader who found solutions to some, if not all, of the country’s misfortunes.

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His campaign statements and his actions as president appear to suggest that Donald Trump is a Russian surrogate!

trumpputinmeet-620President Donald Trump appears to be a Russian surrogate, a puppet of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump’s White House staff is said to include people who have close relations with Russia and the Russian government, and President Trump’s own foreign policy statements seem to align with those of Putin and of the Russian government.

President Trump’s relationship with, and “admiration” for, Vladimir Putin and the Russian government began some 10 years ago:

  1. In a 2007 interview with Larry King on CNN, Donald trump said Putin is “doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”
  2. In his 2011 book “Time to Get Tough” Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy by saying “Putin has big plans for Russia” . . . Russia will soon “dominate oil supplies to all of Europe.”doestrumpreallyloveputin-320
  3. In 2013, Donald Trump posted on Twitter his wish that Putin would be his “new best friend” and hoped that Putin would attend his Miss Universe Pageant that was slated to be held in Moscow.
  4. Also in 2013, Donald Trump told Larry King on CNN’s “Larry King Live” that Putin is doing “a great job out-smarting our country (referring to the U. S.).”
  5. Immediately after launching his presidential bid in 2015, Donald Trump said he would “get along very well with Vladimir Putin.”
  6. Also in 2015 (on CBS’ Face the Nation), Donald Trump claimed he has many of Putin’s good traits, saying he and Putin were “stable mates” and “would get along very well.”
  7. Throughout his quest for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump repeated the claim that he and Putin were “stable mates.”
  8. In 2015, Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump as “a talented person” and “the absolute leader in the (American) presidential race.” To this, Trump replied: “It’s a great honor to be . . . complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”putintrumponhorsebackride-320
  9. Again in 2015, Donald Trump defended Vladimir Putin against reports that Putin ordered the killing of certain journalists, saying: “. . . he’s running his country . . . at least he’s a leader.” And then he added: “. . . our country does plenty of killing also.”
  10. During the campaign in 2016, when questioned about Putin’s excessive praise for him, Donald Trump said he’d be stupid not to accept Putin’s platitudes, adding “I think I’d have a good relationship with Putin.”
  11. In his speeches during the presidential campaign last year, Donald Trump aligned himself with Vladimir Putin’s stance on NATO (‘it’s an obsolete and useless treaty”), the war in Syria (“the US should keep its hands off”), the European Union (“a poor economic alliance”), and American foreign policy in general (“not in the best interest of the American people”), and alleged: “I don’t think he (Putin) has any respect for Clinton (Hillary). I think he respects me. I think it would be great to get along with him.”

Donald Trump desperately tried to win Putin’s attention and recognition. For reasons of his own, Donald Trump eagerly wanted to be Putin’s “friend.” It now appears that Donald Trump is either a puppet or a surrogate – wittingly or unwittingly – of the Russian leader and of the Russian government.


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Donald Trump: an unlearned, thin-skinned, uncontrollable, and unpredictable man is now ‘president’ for some of the American people

trump-notmypresident-530Friday, January 20, 2017 – Donald Trump today took the oath of office for the presidency of the United States of America.

During his inauguration at the West Front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, D. C., Donald Trump solemnly swore that he would “faithfully execute” the duties of the Office of President of the United States and that he would – to the “best of his ability” – preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

A man who has little or no knowledge of how government works has taken on duties he dislikes or does not comprehend and may never faithfully execute.

A man who has never read his country’s Constitution – and who may never understand it if he does read it – has undertaken the responsibility of upholding the fundamental law of the land.

A man whose only education and experience in life is buying and selling real property (with a strong urge to stiff people big time) and whose goal is to get richer than anyone else has taken control of the most powerful office in the world.

A man who has demonstrated racial bias and ethnic discrimination has taken on the responsibility of promoting the social, economic, and political well-being of all the people in the most ethnically-diverse society on earth.

A man with a learning disability, a huge ego problem, and a potentially dangerous sensitiveness to criticism is now in charge of the executive branch of a government he has yet to learn about.

A man so unpredictable that he is thought of as being dangerous and a threat to society is now in charge of U. S. foreign policy.

A man who bragged about his ability to sexually assault women, who is obsessed with building a wall instead of bridges, who plans to deport more than 11 million people he does not like, and who gets peeved by critics whom he attacks with angry wee-morning hour Tweets has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

He might be known as the president of the United States, but Donald Trump is not truly the president of the United States.

Some of the people might say he’s their president, but the majority will proclaim:

“Donald Trump is not my president!”


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Why Donald Trump ran for president – and how his ineptitude earned him victory over a seasoned politician and political organization

trumpalienated-notpolitician-620In a 1998 People magazine interview, Donald Trump made the following comment: “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”

Donald Trump was not a politician. He did not care about politics and had no idea how government worked. However, in early 2014, Donald Trump started taking a presidential run seriously when it became apparent he was running into pretty tough times with the IRS and had serious problems with many of his casino operations.

And run he did.

trump-bestassetstupidity-320As he pursued his adventurous candidacy, it became clear that Donald Trump’s ineptitude was becoming an asset.

Donald Trump’s stupidity caused him to pick the Republican Party – where he had absolutely no friends – as his platform to get nominated and elected. The party’s “dumb voters” and its ideologically divided leadership were assets he would rely on.

Donald Trump’s absurdity caused him to be a renegade candidate running amok with loose talk as he disregarded the advice of his professional campaign staff. The people loved it.

Donald Trump’s idiocy made him alienate instead of win over the Republican Party’s old guard. The people were sick and tired of “traditional politicians.”

Donald Trump’s imbecility caused him to pledge to deport all 10 million illegal immigrants from the country if he got elected. His followers loved it.

Donald Trump’s fatuity made him pledge that if elected he would make America’s allies pay for their protection. Turns out the majority of Americans disliked the nation’s current foreign policies.

trumpwarheroesdont-320Donald Trump’s ineptitude made him denigrate Mexicans, Muslims, black Americans, and all other non-White citizens and immigrants. The move won him the support of the great majority of white Americans.

Donald Trump’s fatuousness made him hope for, pray for, and rely on the failures and misfortunes of his political opponent – instead of on his own abilities – to win votes. That saved him the need to be competent.

Donald Trump’s apathy made him bad-mouth and alienate members of the media and all media in general. Surprise: people actually distrusted the media.

Donald Trump’s insensibility made him insult war veterans and heroes who were captured, wounded, or killed in action. Turns out his supporters believe heroes are those that never get captured, wounded, or killed in action.

Donald Trump’s asininity made him deny and brand as ‘lies’ reports and charges of his sexual crimes and other indiscretions. He was actually loved for being so macho; besides, people were more concerned about his opponent’s character.

Donald Trump’s lunacy forced him to find someone to hate and vilify each day of the campaign. And the people loved it mad.

Finally, Donald Trump’s brainless thick-headedness caused him to seek an office for which he is utterly unqualified and disqualified – temperamentally, intellectually, and professionally. People loved the fact that he was a ‘successful businessman’ and NOT a politician.

Donald Trump’s desperation, stupidity, injudiciousness, absurdity, imbecility, idiocy, fatuity, ineptitude, fatuousness, apathy, insensibility, asininity, lunacy, and brainless thick-headedness turned out to be assets that guaranteed his unexpected victory in the November 8, 2016 presidential election.

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Why Donald Trump will not concede defeat when Hillary Clinton wins the election in November

lastof3debates-620At the third and final presidential debate which he lost miserably to his Democratic Party opponent, the Republican Party’s somewhat official candidate declared – twice – that he would not recognize the validity of the election if he was proclaimed the loser.

Well, what did one expect?

Donald Trump – true to his character1 – would never take no for an answer, not even from the American people.

Donald Trump is above all else – Donald Trump sets the rules.

morosetrump-confidentclinton-325If Donald Trump says he did not brag that he could grab any woman by their pussy, then so be it – he did not say he could grab any woman by their pussy. He’ll let you know if he changes his mind.

If Donald Trump says he did not have a chat with Billy Bush while on a bus, then so be it – he never had a chat with Billy Bush while on a bus. If the facts change, he’ll let you know.

If Donald Trump says it’s improbable he tried to kiss any of the many complaining women because they didn’t have the right looks, amen – why would Donald Trump try to kiss a woman who was not attractive enough? He’ll tell the true story when he feels like it.

If Donald Trump says he will release his income tax returns the day he feels like doing so, then learn to live with that. Donald Trump will release his tax returns – the day he feels like doing so!

If Donald Trump says he did not pay a penny in Federal income taxes for the past 20 years because he’s smart enough to get away with it, he gotcha! Live with it.

And if Donald Trump says he will make America great again – well, you better believe that too! Donald Trump will do everything he possibly could to lose the election!

It will be Donald Trump’s world, even when she’s the president!


1 An egomaniac is someone who suffers from an extreme egocentric focus, an obsessive preoccupation with one’s self; someone who follows their own ungoverned impulses; someone possessed by delusions of personal greatness; and someone who feels a lack of appreciation.

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Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong: give it up, surrender plundered wealth, change your last name, and start a new life somewhere else

imeldagrievesoverpreservedbody-620Three members of the Marcos family – Imelda Romualdez Marcos and her children Maria Imelda ‘Imee’ Marcos and Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. – refuse to admit that the name of their late husband and father, former dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, is so irremediably tainted, discredited, and despised.

marcos-1917to1989-220The three continue their fight to gain control of the Philippine government in an effort to accomplish the late dictator’s dream of establishing a Marcos royalty and change the name of the country to ‘Maharlika.’ The steps they hope will help achieve their goal are: (1) have the late dictator proclaimed a ‘national hero’ and belatedly interred at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery), and (2) win the country’s presidency. Through the presidency, the three hope to set up a new dictatorship and – eventually – a Marcos royalty, and then rename the country. It’s what the late dictator wished.

Their motives are so obvious.

Imelda, Imee and Bongbong believe that Filipinos can and will forget the twenty-one years of tyranny under Marcos’ martial law. Like the late dictator, they think poorly of the Filipino people.

noherosburialfordictator-320Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong cling on to wealth said to have been plundered from the country’s treasury and deny and suppress the grievances of the more than 100,0001 citizens that were wrongfully imprisoned, tortured and displaced or murdered during the late dictator’s rule.

Why do Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong want to rewrite history by denying the illegitimacy of, and the harm done, by the Marcos dictatorship?

Call it false pride – or call it avarice – the fact is that they persist in wanting to rewrite history.

Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong should realize that their ‘cause’ is lost – and give it up. The three should resign their government positions, surrender all plundered or ill-gotten wealth, change their last name, and start a new life somewhere else.

The name Marcos has become a liability.

marcostriestoclingtopower-6201 Amnesty International (AI) reported that about 70,000 people were imprisoned, 34,000 tortured, and 3,240 killed during the Marcos dictatorship.

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The battle for the liberation of Manila: in 144 pictures taken by US army personnel during and after hostilities

The battle to liberate Manila lasted a month – between February 3 and March 3, 1945. The Japanese were the occupiers from whom the city and its surrounding areas were being liberated by American troops.

My dad was an American-in-hiding during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. He had refused to submit himself to internment at the University of Santo Tomas campus where he was told by the US Embassy in Manila to proceed with his family at the onset of hostilities in 1941. I was seven years old at the time.

My dad went into hiding. He took me with him to seek refuge at the home of his oldest daughter (my sister Rosie) in Cubao, Quezon City, while my step-mother took my four brothers and sisters with her to lie low in Agoo, La Union in Northern Luzon. Hiding was quite difficult for my dad who was visibly Caucasian though my siblings and I easily passed for Filipinos.

My dad had a short-wave radio which he managed to keep undetected by the Japanese and from which he was able to get reliable information on the status of the war in both Europe and the Pacific. The Japanese military had earlier ordered everyone that owned radios to submit them to official censors so their “short wave” circuitry could be disabled.

1944ustroopslandonleyte-320The Japanese military controlled information published by local broadcast and print media – propagating lies about the war situation. For example, during American air raids, I would count between 100 and 200 US Air Force planes in the sky and watch them from a hillside dive-bomb and strafe the nearby Camp Murphy which was occupied by the Japanese air force. Very, very rarely would I witness an American plane shot down during a raid. Each morning following an air raid, however, the Manila Tribune would run a headline that would read: “200 YANK PLANES SHOT DOWN OVER LUZON.”

From short wave radio, we learned that American troops had made a landing in the north of Luzon – in Dagupan, Pangasinan. We also learned that General Douglas MacArthur made another landing on the southern island of Leyte, where he famously waded to shore.

1944ustroopstendtowounded-320American forces started bombing vital Japanese bases and fortifications in the greater Manila area in September 1944. In the first week of February, 1945, rumors started spreading that American troops were coming into Quezon City from the north on their way to Manila at a time when I would be celebrating my twelfth birthday. A regiment of Japanese troops had fortified themselves at the Catholic nunnery and the water reservoir in Quezon City.

My dad and I followed the American forces from the time they arrived in Cubao, Quezon City, through the slow march to the city of Manila. My dad and I met the American troops and six American tanks that were heading to knock out the Japanese who were fortified at the Catholic nunnery and water reservoir in Cubao and then later to proceed to the city of Manila.

1944soldiersitsnexttodeadenemy-320The video accompanying this story shows 144 images of the death and destruction wrought by the liberation. Ninety-five percent of these images are credited to John Tewell who retired from the US Army and resided in Manila until his death. It was Mr. Tewell’s wish that these pictures be shared and propagated. Other pictures used in this video and story are official US Army photographs.

The Manila landmarks that could be identified in the video include the Manila Hotel, the Army & Navy Club, the Elks Club, the U. S. High Commissioner’s Office building, the US Embassy, the Jai Alai building, the Bay View Hotel, the Luneta Hotel, the San Luis Terraces building, the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. John Episcopal, the Central Methodist Church, the Agriculture and Commerce buildings, the Legislative building, Manila’s City Hall building, the Manila Post Office building, the Metropolitan Theater, and the Adamson University buildings.


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What Donald Trump supporters should know: Donald Trump has no true friends, is fickle, inconstant, and disloyal!

donaldtrump-peaceplan2-550It’s a wonder that a handful of Republican Party leaders are still supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. When one considers what Donald Trump stands for and what he has fought for his entire life – which are himself and his own financial interests, respectively – any sane person would (and should) keep a distance from him.

Donald Trump has not a single, true, lifetime friend – and Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is loyal to no one who fails to be useful to him one way or another. One is useful to Donald Trump only as long as one continues to soothe and feed Donald Trump’s ego and/or bank account.

whoisdonaldtrump-320People like Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and the dwindling band of fellow Trumpeteers overlook – or disregard – the fact that Donald Trump is an egotistical megalomaniac who historically has been loyal to himself and no one but himself.

Those that still support Donald Trump should consider the reasons sane and rational folk like Mitt Romney, former presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and dozens of other fast and true members of the Republican Party, have dumped Trump.

Right-thinking Republicans have dumped Donald Trump because they know that if the xenophobe wins the presidency (which fortunately is as impossible as hearing Donald Trump apologize for anything wrong he’s done), Donald Trump and Donald Trump alone will get all the credit and those that helped him along will be left out on the wayside to sigh, dry, and die.

It’s time for his remaining supporters to realize that Donald Trump is egocentric, egotistic, self-centered, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and a self-seeking and self-serving egomaniac.

Donald Trump can never be anyone’s friend.


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