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Why Mocha is still there

Ninfa Leonardia

Relax. The national Identification System that has just been signed into law by President Duterte is not mandatory. So you can take it or leave it. If you have a very clean record and conscience, that is. If you do, then it could make your transactions, especially with government, easier. If not, your “sins” may catch up with you, via your ID specification. Anyway, 70 percent of our countrymen and women supposedly favor it, so leave the nay-sayers alone. Me, my only worry about it is that government photographers, if they will be the ones to take my photo, do a nice job of it.

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More and more questions about the advisability of adopting Federalism are cropping up all over the land and, fortunately for us who have not fallen in love with the idea, even several of the country’s top economists are against it, too. Recall that its adoption was among the first projects announced by the President upon assumption of office. But now people are getting to know more about it, objections are coming up, and let us all hope and pray that, for once, the powers-that-be listen. I wish I do not have to repeat what Mahatma Gandhi had said about the leader having to follow his people.

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Do you still have relatives and friends who are moving heaven and earth to be able to go to the United States, work there and eventually acquire citizenship? I would discourage them, if I were you, or at least advise them to wait until it gets back its original name. Because, lately American themselves, after finding out how their present leader had been playing footsies with the Russians to get himself elected by smearing the name of his opponent, have given their own country a new name: Kremlin-Annex A.

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But who are we to talk or even just comment on such matters. From the way some of us, especially journalists and members of the opposition in this country, are talking about the way our leadership seems inclined to a closer relationship with China than to any other country, who knows? Our own folks might also get the idea of changing our country’s name to “Little China”.

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So much for problems involving world leadership that we cannot solve, maybe we should move on to those we can express an opinion on. This time, the concern is about our athletes who are competing in the international field with those from other countries whose teams have inborn advantages over them. I am talking about basketball where a Pinoy team is playing next week against Kazakhstan, and then against China, that both have players much taller than most of ours, including our so-called imports.

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I can’t recall anymore the name of that sports analyst who zeroed in on our built-in disadvantage in basketball where height is of the biggest concern. Now the Kazakhstan team is composed of very tall players who will probably dwarf our hopes on the court. But we have committed to join the competition, so the show must go on. China, too, is noted for its giants, after all they have billions to choose from, so the next game will be another big challenge. Our team realizes this, but they declare they will not give up “without a fight”.

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Well, let us support them with our best wishes and prayers, and hope they can just hang on to their rank in the last encounters which was seventh place. Their coach has been doing a lot of peptalk, and maybe that will help. Who was that analyst who said that we had better concentrate on football, because it does not require height. In football, even shorter ones be nimbler and can make stronger kicks. I admit, though, that basketball is a favorite with Pinoys, and football is sometime tiresome to watch because of the very rare times a score is made. But it is good to know that our young students are getting to go for it.

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Because of the great boo-boo in the way she handled the federalism promotion job given to her, together with a P90 million budget, some quarters are calling on the former sexy dancer and now a ranking official of this administration, Mocha Uson, to go on leave. Just a leave? And continuing to receive the thousands which an undersecretary gets? Why hasn’t the President blown his top over the fiasco as he had done for the simplest errors of his other appointees? Maybe they have the same mindset, or speak the same language?*

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