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Do your grave visits earlier

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

Go Girls! It’s about time we had another woman for president! Remember we’ve had two, and they didn’t do badly at all. Scandals were a-plenty during the terms of men as president, but I believe les girls did not seem as scandal-prone like some of the men. I hope nobody tries to persuade Leni Robredo from seeking the presidency, women are good at housekeeping, and that is what those who had serve as heads of state accounted themselves very well. I am sure our women are now looking forward to having another woman as president.

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If Leni Robredo listens to the clamor for her to run, she will be our third female head of state. I think we are the only country that has elevated women to that post. And we know how they performed. If there were any scandalous acts they had done in office, they must have hidden them so well, not even the aggressive media covering the palace could bring out scandalous acts. If they had done so, they were clever enough to keep them from the probing eyes of the media who delight in uncovering such acts.

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It is a tribute to our women that we have elected two as president. Not even the United States, the so-called model for democracy, has not elected one so far. The nearest to the position is held now by Madam Kamala Harris who was voted as vice president to President Joe Biden. And if she plays her cards right, she could be his successor. It is an area where we beat the proud U.S.A. They have not elected a woman as president, but we have two already. That is quite a record, isn’t it?

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Writing about women leaders, it was reported that England’s Queen Elizabeth was admitted to a hospital recently, but checked out after only one day. I have noticed that reports on the health conditions of heads of state are often kept secret and released only after they have checked out. I guessed there is some fear of disturbance in governance of the president or any head of state is sick. Could it be fear of a coup d’etat, or seizure of power, has that happened in any country before?

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While tourist spots in the country have been noted to have closed due to the possibility of infection from the raging COVID, the town – or is it a city already – has been announced to open to tourists already. I wonder what office has the authority to classify places as safe for tourists, and has any town or city in Negros Occidental and Oriental gotten such authority, too? It seem, however, that entries of people from other parts of the country have been approved, but they must show evidence of having been vaccinated, which is fair enough, of course.

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But while some towns, cities and provinces have been opened for visitors and tourists, others are still very strict about arrivals. I wonder who, or what agency provides the manpower to do the checking of travelers to assure that they are not carriers of the COVID virus? But since vaccinations have now been ordered by most local government units, it seems that fear of infection has slowed down in our area. Some areas, in fact, have proudly released reports about their vaccination records to assure visitors or homecoming natives.

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Don’t be surprised if you see lots of people in our public cemeteries and memorial parks this week. They have been declared as closed, during the regular feasts of All Saints and All Souls Days. So enterprising relatives and friends of the departed anticipated the feasts days by visiting the burial sites of their loved ones. So even if policemen are assigned to keep people away from cemeteries and parks, people will still find a way to visit the burial sites of their loved ones.

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One thing I am sure will happen on November 1 and 2, which are the feast days of the departed is the effort of some those with departed loved ones, in the cemeteries and memorial parks is that they will visit their graves before, or after the prohibited days. So, if you also want to do your grave visits, anticipate the even and bring your flowers and light your candles at their burial sites BEFORE or AFTER November 1 and 2. That will serve the purpose of remembering them, as well as praying for their souls.*

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