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Look who’s talking!

Ninfa Leonardia

They called it a “gold rush” on Day One of the Southeast Asian Games. Let us all hope and pray the rush continues up to the last day. It is really gratifying to see how motivated our athletes are, as shown in the earliest performances. Let those be an inspiration to the rest who have not yet come out with their own shows. Let’s not allow the bickerings of politicians affect them, and keep reminding them that is for our country that they are in this.

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Begin as you mean to go on. That’s another saying that I like to quote. I hope our athletes will adopt it, too. With their rousing show on the first day, surely, that was not all that they could show. But they need our prayers and cheers to enable them to give their best. Who knows? Those who perform well may soon represent us in the Olympics, too. And that’s a wider and bigger field that will require the very best our players and performers are capable of.

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This is getting interesting. After virtually being snubbed, as well as deprecated by the President, who not only fired her after barely three weeks after appointing her as the country’s drug czar, Madame Vice President Leni Robredo, has announced that she will make public the reports she had submitted to the President based on those three weeks of ferreting out data on the state of the drug problem. She said she had submitted those reports, but does not know how he acted or reacted on them, so she is releasing them to the public.

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That should be very interesting, and what will Malacañang do to stop her? According to the voluble Palace spokesman, her reports are all buried under the stacks of other documents filed by other entities, and the President has had no time to go over them. Now that she has announced that she is releasing them to the public, by all means, let her. If the Boss does not want to know, the public should, as they are most affected, politics or no politics.

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Who’s afraid? Not him, says the President, talking about his Vice President, Leni Robredo. I guess he said this because of reactions to his firing her barely three weeks after appointing her as co-chairman of the ICAD, or Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs. Don’t tell him we are saying so, because he was virtually admitting it by saying he dismissed her because she consulted with foreigners. Seems what he wants is to solve or work on the drug problem as “atin-atin” or “ours-ours” only. But ours is not the only country plagued with drugs, who knows what inputs we may get from others on how they solved their problems?

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Didn’t you feel like laughing when you read – or heard – the President complain that he had to fire VP Robredo from the ICAD because she would just “talk and talk and talk”? Of course he was referring to her having consulted with other people, possibly to learn about their own methods of dealing with the drug problem, but he didn’t like that. Other malicious minded people claim that it could mean that he doesn’t want her to discover certain developments or characters in the drug trade.

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He probably did not reckon with Robredo getting back at him by saying she will continue to do what she can to stop the “senseless killings” in his drug war. Worse, she even dared to ask him what he was afraid she would find out about his “drug war”. Now the country is waiting with bated breath for the reports she said she has sent to the President, but which he has ignored. As they say, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

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Good news for Catholics and, of course for all Christians as well, is the report that a relic from the manger where Jesus was born has been returned to Bethlehem, the city where he was born. For 14 centuries, it had been kept in the Vatican. It arrived there Saturday, and was hailed by the people because it will just be in time for the celebration of the birthday of Jesus who was born in that city. What a celebration it must be for the people there. No less than the Prime Minister of Palestine attended the ceremonies and a Christmas Tree was lighted at the area where the manger once stood. I am sure that will become another pilgrimage site.*

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