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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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Is Federalism catching on?

Ninfa Leonardia

No less than the President himself has announced that he will campaign for the vaccination of children against measles. Does this mean that he will be present at some of the schools or areas where vaccinations will take place? I can still remember instances when we were children and how the nurses and doctors administering the vaccine had to chase our schoolmates in order to give them the shots. And how, in the days following then, a lot of our friends still had scabs and scars for a lifetime.

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But will the presence of the President reduce the fear, even terror, of the children being subjected to the vaccination? I think they will be even more terrorized to see such a fearsome character watching their agony. Anyway, am sure that such vaccines are now more effective, and probably less painful. And I bet the needles they use are also thinner, and less fearsome as those used in the old days. Nevertheless, I am glad that we older folk, are no longer obliged to undergo such preventive shots.

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A recent item that came out in the national daily warned against the proliferation of what were described as “illegal dentists”. The report came from Cebu, but I think it is not only there where such illegal practitioners are thriving. In Bacolod I have also noticed signs announcing such practitioners, emphasizing that they specialize in making “pustiso” or false teeth. I have not checked though, whether they also perform extractions or cavity-fillings and other dental treatments. Well, if the local legitimate practitioners do not complain, maybe the national organizations just look the other way, and allow them to do their thing.

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Will they, or will they not? We are talking about the moves to include among the provisions of the amendments to our present Constitution the anti-dynasty provision. There is some hope, however, in the report that the members of the Consultative Commission, or ConCom, are hopeful that the next Congress will reconsider the inclusion of the Anti-Dynasty provision. That is one amendment that I believe is sorely needed by our country that has now so many families entrenched in important offices, either by election or appointment. In the meantime, we cross our fingers and pray that the next membership of Congress will be decent enough to prevent the proliferation of dynasties in our country.

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I salute the Manila Police officers who stood up for their man who was insulted, not only verbally, but physically as well, by an ill-mannered Chinese girl who refused to respect the laws of our country. The woman, identified as Jiale Zhang, had been politely asked by the policemen not to bring her cup of “taho” into the train as such bringing of liquids was prohibited. Instead of complying the woman – she is already 23 years old – threw the contents of her cup at the cop, drenching his uniform!

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How dare she! For a foreigner in this country, how did she feel immune to our laws? Just because our President seems to be chummy with their leaders, did she think herself above our laws? But, at least, we have police officials who cannot be intimidated. The Metro Manila Police Chief gave her a talking-to, and is now filing charges for direct assault and disobedience to a person in authority. The police officials is even recommending her deportation as an undesirable alien. But he commended his policemen for keeping his cool and for observing what he called the highest standard of discipline. P.S. I hope Miss Zhang is not planning to have her dirty rich relatives bribe officials into letting her go free.

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Maybe it was another good idea gone bad, I am referring to the so-called “Party List” system that was introduced to our politics initially as a reform measure. But what has apparently happened is that it has become a vehicle for dynasties to proliferate, and further corrupt the system. Well, as they say, this could happen to any well-meaning plans of mice and men. Now, all that a politician needs to perpetuate his own “dynasty” is to have his family members and other relatives run under a so-called party-list group.

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And, Oh. Some sectors have also warned that the party-list idea is a good preparation for the President’s pet project – the introduction of the Federal form of government! How naïve we all are not to have sensed something like that when we started hearing about the Federalism dream of our leaders. By the way, do our people know, or understand much about such system yet?*

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