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And they call it ‘sports’

Ninfa Leonardia

President Duterte has reportedly said he is claiming responsibility for the misencounter between the police and army troops in Samar where six police trainees were killed. “Spoken like a true leader!” gushed his ever-loyal spokesman, Harry Roque. But what do the Filipino people think, are they accepting the President’s bravado in accepting responsibility when he didn’t order the shootings, and was not even there, or knew about it as it happened? That’s too much gallantry naman. What I personally fear is that bad blood may develop between the two agencies and then what will happen to us with our police and military warring against each other?

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Last week I titled one of my columns with “Build, Build, Build,” and under it the words “Borrow, Borrow, Borrow”. Surprisingly, yesterday the Manila Bulletin editorial was titled “Grow, Grow, Grow” with “Build, Build, Build” under it. I hope mutual readers of both the Daily STAR and the BULLETIN do not conclude that one of us saw the doughnut, and the other only saw the hole. Actually, however, we were not on the same wave lengths, because what the Manila daily wanted to say was that the government should concentrate more on growing, i.e. agriculture.

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The editorial cited Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara who is urging the Duterte administration to also focus on agriculture and fishing because growth will be nothing if it does not reach farmers and fisherfolk. Spoken like a true son of his father, the recently departed former Senator Edgardo Angara, who left so many legacies for the country through his contributions to its growth and development. Meanwhile, the same editorial also underscored the many expensive bridges that the government is funding with billions, money that will come from China and Korea to which our future is being mortgaged.

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As I was writing this, members of the STAR staff got all excited over the mess that took place while the Philippines Gilas team was playing against the Australians that turned into what looked like a free-for-all. Tsk, tsk. And they call it “sports”. It was not very clear if the suspected provocation was intended, but I just hope there will be no black eyes on both sides today. Anyway, videos will clarify what really happened, and we don’t blame TV for repeating the scene, as even non-watchers also crowded around the TV to watch replays.

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When President Duterte mouthed those blasphemous words calling God not only stupid, but also an idiot, he must have forgotten when he took his oath of office as president he ended it by saying “So help me, God”. Now, how can he expect God to help him when he is calling Him names without provocation? Since he also went to Catholic schools, does he not remember the line in the Ten Commandments saying “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God in vain”? Sometimes I do worry about our leader. He really seems to calling the wrath of God on himself. That is why, as the Bishops say, we must pray for him. We are stuck with him for four more years, despite the dreams of Joma Sison.

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Who was that man who said he is questioning before the court the election of Duterte as president? He has a lot of gall, that guy, but what if what he is claiming is true? He says that Duterte submitted his certificate of candidacy late, that is, after the deadline for filing. Aside from that, he also claims that the Commission on Election had not approved the CoC when the elections were held. Why has the Comelec not refuted him, so far? Let us wait for a rejoinder, either from Malacañang or, yes, the Comelec itself.

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Now it’s jueteng, you know, the gambling game that has so many Pinoys from the lower level of the economy involved, both as operators and promoters, as well as bettors. In his recent speeches, the President sounded as if he favors jueteng that he says gives livelihood to the poor, who would get into drugs if they had nothing to do. As quoted in the Inquirer yesterday, he said, “Now if there’s jueteng, at least money goes around. Some people will get hungry, others will be able to eat, there’s commercial activity”. Will the next pronouncement be “Legalize jueteng”?

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Back to sports again. Forget about the “basketbrawl” between the Filipino and Australian players, let’s go international and commiserate with the adoring fans of football greats Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina, who are now out of the World Cup and are not likely to compete in the next ones, too. Well, as they say, “The old order changeth”, and new, young ones are now raring to go from several corners, but they will always be lined up against the achievements of Messi and Ronaldo.*

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