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Why Morales said ‘God forbid!’

Ninfa Leonardia

So the President is also a Pacquiao fan. And why not? Manny is also a Mindanao boy, and this coming fight will take a lot of the attention from his blasphemous pronouncements against God recently. Just as his recent photos showing him respectfully bowing over the hand of Archbishop Romulo Valles at Malacañang. Or was that just force of habit, being a product of Catholic schools?

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Duterte was reported to have agreed to a moratorium on his criticisms of the Church and obviously, also saying things about God that shocks the sensibilities, not only of Catholics, but of Christians everywhere. Well, let us see if he can keep his word. Seems he had promised not to do so again before but like a naughty child, keeps shocking his elders by doing it again and again. But maybe God Himself is giving him second, third and fourth chances before showing him His awesome powers.

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By the way, the President will be “out of town” this weekend when he travels to Malaysia to watch the Pacquiao-Mathysee much advertised fight in Kuala Lumpur. Maybe the sports activity will make him relax. But what if he sees some foul play and starts cursing Pacquiao’s opponent? That will be the day! The news report made it clear that the President is traveling on his own, it’s not official, but it did say that he will meet with Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir while he is in the country. Perhaps a social call only?

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Meanwhile, it is about time that we all pray for the President’s guidance in choosing the successor of ConchitaCarpio Morales as Ombudsman. Morales is retiring very soon and one name that has stuck out, and has given other officials the shivers is that of a woman lawyer, said to be the former lawyer of then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. But several people, including Morales herself, sound appalled by the possibility. Seems this woman lawyer had some history of being into bribery involving the Ombudsman and the SandiganBayan, and has admitted the deeds herself before she was named a potential Ombudsman. If all this is true, we join M. Morales in exclaiming “God forbid!”

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Are we being punished by the oil producing countries? Now not a week passes when we don’t get notice of another increase in fuel prices. Decreases, if ever, are few and far between, are minimal and barely effective. No wonder trisikads and tricycles are multiplying in the streets, further clogging them, in addition to the road repairs going on. At least some areas are getting a little relief with the installation of traffic lights, but, a suggestion to my friend, Col. LuisitoAcebuche: Please assign enforcers or policemen at busy corners when some ignorant drivers often stop when the light goes red, barring those turning right from proceeding. I have noted this as very common at Lacson Street, near Lupit.

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Is it only because the media is now so active and with so many kinds of outlets available that we learn of a lot of tragedies, particularly caused by nature nowadays? Practically everyday, we see on TV or read in the print media reports of calamities or accidents that did not seem so common before.

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Glory Hallelujah! The news last night said that, finally, and against all odds, the 12 young soccer players in Thailand and their coach who had been trapped in a cave that was a maze in its interiors, were rescued alive and well, and welcomed by their anxious parents and kin. Credited for the outstanding feat were the group called the Seals and some foreign volunteers. The players who called themselves the “Wild Boars” proved themselves equal to the wilds, indeed.

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However, tragedy also had a role in the rescue. A volunteer diver ran out of oxygen while attempting to reach them and died. On the other hand, all the boys were in good spirits when they surfaced, but have to be kept in hospitals for observation. They will undergo all kinds of tests to determine if they have contracted any ailments from their environment that was far from sterile. They will also go through counseling, but that is the least of their problems. Now they are being treated like heroes, but the one who should get that title is the one who unselfishly lost his life in the attempt to save them.

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Meanwhile, a bit of good news is the rescue of the two Filipino women who were abducted last week in Iraq. Four Pinays were in a car that broke down in a deserted road and their driverreportedly abandoned them when some Iraqis abducted them. Two managed to escape, but two were held for three days, until they were rescued by Iraqi police. Our Foreign Affairs Department has thanked the Iraqi government for the rescue, but what could have happened to the women, whom the reports did not identify?*

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