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Beware! There are eyes everywhere

Ninfa Leonardia

Be careful, there are eyes watching you! That should be drummed into the heads of thieves and other lawbreakers who used to enjoy impunity because they committed their crimes without witnesses. These days, almost every establishment has installed close circuit television or CCTVs, that swiftly and accurately record the acts of thieves, holduppers, and even petty snatchers, so that they cannot escape prosecution. Note the number of news items being reported that cite the evidences provided by the ever ready cameras.

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Even vehicles now have their own thing, that they call the “dash-cam”. This one has already brought woe to many “pretend” victims of accidents whose motive is to make the supposed wrongdoer to pay-up. We have seen on TV several footages of men, and even women, pretending to have been hit by a car, even if they are the ones who hit it, then rolling down the road, as if they had been hit. In one instance, the dash-cam saved the driver, because it clearly showed the taho vendor, hitting the vehicle with his can, and then falling down and doubling up as if in pain. Alas for him, the dashcam spoiled his act!

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The former governor of Cebu province, who is now a congresswoman, has been meted dismissal by the Office of the Ombudsman after finding her and some fellow officers of the province guilty of what it termed the “anomalous purchase” of a property that was later found out to be mostly underwater. Of course the dismissal should have been for her previous position, but she is now a congresswoman, and now the House Speaker will have none of it, and has been quoted as saying he will not implement it. I bet this will get a lot of lawyers digging further in their law books to see what they say about the authorities between the Ombudsman and the head of the Lower House. Will jurisprudence come in?

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Another anti-hazing bill has been passed, this time authored by Senator Panfilo Lacson, with several others. This one is supposed to strengthen the cases against those who take part in the cruel rituals devised by fraternities, and even sororities, that had led to the deaths of several would-be members. The Senators voted 19-0, which means they all supported its provisions, that will also involve the officials of the school in case such rites take place that have not been cleared with them, and witnessed by proper authorities. Life sentences will also be imposed on participants, and even the schools will be fined P1 million if its officials are not able to prevent the hazing. It's about time.

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At first I was dismayed when I heard that the noted Los Angeles Times had been bought by an entrepreneur who is of Chinese origin. I recalled that even the popular Daily Inquirer of the Philippines had also been sold to someone with a Chinese sounding name but, I supposed, who was actually a Filipino citizen. But after coming upon an article about the man who had acquired the L.A. Times, I was a bit comforted, and even relieved, because he was no ordinary person, he is also a doctor, a scientist, and sportsman.

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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is believed to be the richest doctor in the United States whose life-long dream is to find a cure for cancer. He had created the drug that fights cancer and claims that he is driven to find the cure for it while he is alive. The Associated Press report on him also said that he had been born in South Africa but both his parents were Chinese who had fled there during World War II. He was lucky because, there was discrimination in Africa then, but he was himself not white, but not black, either. A sports enthusiast, he is also part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. But I will pray for him so he may be able to develop the real cure for cancer, or for its prevention during his generation.

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Filipinos should be proud that Philippine Airlines has been certified as a global 4-star one by the international air transport rating group, Skytrax. Who can blame its officer for their elation? It is the only airline in the county to have received such distinction. Me, I have always patronized it, not only for national flights but even for travels abroad because flying on it makes me feel at home. The only time I have flown to another country on another airline was on Luftanza, but that was because I was then a guest of the German government. Well, aside from being patriotic, in the past, it was also because one of top officials then was a former editor of the Manila Chronicle, with which I was also connected. Congratulations to its present officials!

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Today is Valentine's Day, and for those who think it is only Cupid they should worship on that day, be reminded that there is a St. Valentine to whom lovers, and anyone who loves can honor on this day. There is also a story that the saint can be appealed to when one is suffering from eye problems because he is believed to have performed a miracle by restoring the sight of a young girl who had gone blind. But this has nothing to do with the saying that “Love is blind”.*

 

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