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WHY WE CHOSE IT – It’s the latest bio-pic about the great Nelson Mandela, featuring the right actor to portray him.
ONE SENTENCE PLOT – Early 1940s South African lawyer Mandela dedicated his life to fighting and defeating Apartheid, South Africa’s legal system where a white European minority brutally oppressed the non-white African majorities until 1990, and he accomplished it with little bloodshed, replacing revenge with supreme forgiveness, despite being in prison for almost 30 years, culminating with Mandela’s election as South Africa’s first black president.
By DANNY LLANTO
MANILA – To the Philippines, the negative world opinion against China’s occupation and reclamation of areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) has softened Beijing’s hardline stance on its maritime disputes with neighboring countries as China declared the completion of its construction activities.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement last week that they were done with a number of construction activities in the South China Sea amid reports that Beijing has been putting up military garrisons on one of the contested reefs.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Wednesday the international support to Manila’s position on the disputes may have played a role in China’s apparent decision to backtrack on its reclamation binge in the disputed sea.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former California State Senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a felony racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case that brought down the once-popular legislator known for his support for Filipino war veterans, good government and gun control.