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Miriam Nominated for Highest Civil Service Award by Duterte

The late Miriam Santiago and incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte might have been political rivals during the presidential elections but they weren’t enemies and had even shown great respect towards each other. Duterte, known for mocking the other candidates and repeatedly clashing with them on stage when they meet as well as in the media, has never uttered harsh words against Santiago.

Recently, Duterte has nominated Santiago to receive the highest civil service award, the Quezon Service Cross. The Malacañang Palace has confirmed that the President has, indeed, nominated the late senator and that the recommendation has been forwarded to Congress.

By The above portrait is the official photo disseminated by the Office of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and is the same photo found in the tumblr page of the Senate of the Philippines (http://senateph.tumblr.com/) (http://senateph.tumblr.com/page/150) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
It was reported by ABS-CBN that Duterte was urged by Senators Grace Poe and Sonny Angara to nominate Santiago to receive the award, post-humous.

But why did the senators have to ‘urge’ Duterte to do it and not just file it themselves? Well, it is not because of some political issues but only because Duterte, as current president of the Philippines, is the only one allowed to do the nomination.

According to the stipulations behind the award, only the president can nominate the civil servant who will potentially receive the award.

By Presidential Communications Operations Office [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
But why, then, did Duterte have to send his nomination to Congress? Well, this is also in accordance to the stipulations of the award. While the president is the only one who can nominate the candidate for the Quezon Service Cross, he can’t grant the award. Instead, it is the Congress that will approve the nomination and declare whether it was approved or not.

Should the Congress approve the award (which is actually quite likely to happen), it would be among the highest honors Santiago has received but not the best or highest. She was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service, an award in Asia that is considered to be the equivalent for the Nobel Prize.

Who Were the Recipients of the Quezon Service Cross?

Did you know that there have only been five people who received this award? They were:

  • Emilio Aguinaldo
  • Carlos P. Romulo
  • President Ramon Magsaysay
  • Benigno Aquino Jr.
  • Jesse Robredo

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Photo of Dog Sitting Like a Human in the Jeep Goes Viral

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Dogs are man’s best friends; there is no doubt about that. But did you there are times when dogs sometimes mimic their human best friends? And that’s the most adorable thing, really.

On Facebook page Doggie Fun Fair, photos of a dog had recently gone viral because this canine seems to think that it is a human being. Why is that so?

Well, as can be seen in the pictures taken by a certain Derick Anne Mariano, a dog can be seen sitting like a human being while riding a jeepney. Isn’t that cute?

Photo credit: Derick Anne Mariano / Doggie Fun Fair – Facebook

According to the Facebook post, the photo first appeared on the Philippine star last year but has obviously gone viral again because of its hilarious image.

Mariano narrated that the dog sat alongside its owner, much like a real human being would do if riding a jeep. While dogs might have stayed on the floor of the jeep, this one climbed up to the seat and sat like a human, even putting its head out the window to look at the sights.

This happened on a jeep going to Lardizabal Street in Manila.

But before netizens could complain that the seat is only reserved for human beings (is it really?), Mariano added further that the owner actually paid for the dog’s seat.

Photo credit: Derick Anne Mariano / Doggie Fun Fair – Facebook

It really seems like these owners are treating their dog like a human being – and the dog must have thought he’s really a human being and is very much part of this family, doing things like what this family does. Cool, isn’t it?

Some people commented that it was good that the other passengers did not complain about this dog as there are others who actually would, saying they are afraid of dogs or are allergic to one or simply do not want to be in the same place with a dog, especially if it is a public transportation.

What can you say about this dog who sits like a human at the jeep?

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Woman Shares Husband’s Compassionate Reaction after Baby Gets Scalded with Boiling Water

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Parents love their children so much that they would surely get angry when someone harms their kids! But what if the incident was not intentional? How would you react?

A mom named Jinghan Naan of Singapore had a first-hand experience on the matter when her daughter got scalded with boiling water by their new helper. As expected, she was furious about what happened but her heart changed after hearing her husband’s compassionate reaction.

According to Jinghan, their helper had just been with them for a week. The woman had just finished pouring boiling water into a thermos when Masha, Jinghan’s daughter, looked at her. In an attempt to amuse the kid, the helper began shaking the thermos, forgetting that she had not covered it yet. This resulted in the boiling water splashing all over the place, hitting the kid on the arm!

Photo credit: Jinghan Naan / Facebook

Jinghan’s husband Aizat immediately took Masha to the bathroom to run cool water on her arm but while both of them had gotten soaking wet in the process, blisters were already forming on the child’s arm. So, they took her to the hospital for treatment.

Seeing her child suffering, Jinghan felt anger and frustration. She was very furious at the new helper, with her anger growing each time the baby cries.

Hours later, as Masha slumped on Aizat’s shoulder out of exhaustion, the couple had a talk. But it wasn’t something Jinghan had expected.

Instead of saying they should fire the helper, Aizat told Jinghan to ask if she was alright. The shocked wife wondered why that was so and Aizat explained that they were so focused on Masha that they had forgotten the helper must have suffered injuries, too. For sure, she was also shocked and had felt guilty about what happened but it was all an accident.

Jinghan insisted at first that the helper was to blame for the accident but Aizat gently reminded her that the woman was human and makes mistakes; she did not want it to happen.

Photo credit: Jinghan Naan / Facebook

Realizing that her husband was right, Jinghan did what Aizat said. She later shared that both Masha and the helper are doing fine now – and the woman is still with them.

What a beautiful lesson about compassion

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Teen Taking A Selfie Left Severely Injured By Train That Rushed Past Behind Her

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It has long been established that selfies can be dangerous. Especially if you become addicted to it that you forget to be careful about your surroundings, in your attempts to shoot the perfect selfie.

May we remind you about the most dangerous selfies that have been posted? Or do you want to read about the man who lost his life because he wanted a selfie with a walrus? Or what about the guy who accidentally killed himself because he wanted a selfie with an unpinned grenade? See, the list is endless.

Adding to that list is this young woman from Indonesia who were taking photos with her friends near the train tracks in Purworejo on December 6.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook

Ely Hayati, 16, and her friends stopped by the railway track while they were having a stroll along it. They decided to take a selfie, with the girl in front holding a selfie stick when a train rushes past behind them.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook

Not mindful of the possible danger, the teen was thrown forward for a few meters from where she was by the force of the train. Causing her to bump her head into the concrete slab.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook

She suffered heavy bleeding and her friends immediately asked for help from the residents around the area.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Line

Hayati was quickly rushed to the hospital where she underwent an emergency surgery in order to stop her bleeding.

Although she is still in the ICU, World of Buzz, it is lucky that she survived the incident and nothing more tragic happened to the girl from South China who decided to take a selfie with an upcoming train who seconds later, eventually killed her on the stop.

The girls managed to take photos of the incident, one while Hayati was still upright and another one where she was already down and have probably already hit her head.

May this incident serve as a warning to those who are taking their selfies. Remember that no matter how “cool” your selfie is, it won’t matter much if you are not alive and well.

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