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Oil in our country?

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

Was there a follow-up story, and I just didn’t see it? A news item last week told about an incident where a child swallowed three coins. I am sure many other readers or watchers of development, like me, are still waiting to know what happened to the child, and of course, to the coins too. Well, as the saying goes, “No news is good news”. I hope the coins have been retrieved and will be preserved by the parents as a reminder to their other children, and all other parents, to ensure that no other kids get into the same accident.

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Mothers and fathers, and even titas and titos, should be made aware of such an incident happening that could be deadly. But I didn’t see any follow-up news on the incident, so I hope proper care was given to the child, and other parents take the cue and be very careful where they place their coins, especially if their children are of the early ages and are apt to put any object into their mouths. If there was a follow-up report, I hope many parents are aware of it and be extra careful if they have very young kids.

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Have you noticed that Bongbong Marcos a.k.a. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is now a candidate in the coming elections? I guess he is motivated by the fact that his father did not end his term as president in very memorable circumstances. Although I believe in the saying that we should not “Visit the sins of the parents on the children”, I am sure the late President Ferdinand Marcos, and his beauty queen wife, Imelda, had lost many of their admirers before the presidential term ended. Perhaps the son wants to vindicate the family honor by also getting into politics.

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Bongbong has been appearing on TV a lot lately, and one can see that he has inherited the good looks of his parents, but what else he has inherited, we don’t know yet. Apparently, he has inherited their charisma and intelligence. I hope he has also inherited the exemplary memory of his father, who could have been the best president we ever had, if not for the scandals his people got him into. But even now, no one can deny that Ferdinand Marcos Sr., referred to by his non-fans as “Macoy”, despite all the negative things reported about him that eventually sent him and his family fleeing, my family has good memories of him and his sharp mind.

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This was when my late brother, Cesar, was beaten up by cops in Hinigaran when he failed to stop his jeepney (he operated several of them) when he passed through the town. My mother, aunt Milagros, and I went directly to Malacañang to report the case, and our friend Bubby Dacer accommodated us by making an appointment with President Marcos. And indeed, Marcos acted at once and the cops were summoned. But my brother, the victim, took pity on the cops when they pleaded with him.

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That was when I realized what a sharp memory President Marcos had. When he came to Bacolod a few months after, of course, my mother and I were among the throng welcoming, or just curiously wanting to see the President of the country. Of course, my mother and my aunt Milagros (Ramos), were in the group that welcomed him at the NOHS where he had a speaking engagement. Would you believe that when he saw me, he immediately asked “Where’s your mother?”. My usually very shy parent immediately popped up, declaring “HERE”. She remained a Marcos fan all her life.

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I heard that the government has started the vaccination of prisoners. What a humane action it is. I guess even those on Death Rows were “vaxxed”, and perhaps it gave the recipients hope that they may not be executed at all since the government didn’t want them hit by the virus. Well, I hope such vaccinations are being made available, not only to city and town folks but to all citizens, and even the superstitious ones who are afraid of injections.

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Was it only a few weeks ago that there was news that oil prices will go down? But yesterday, the report came out that they will be hiked again. Things are not very stable these days, and oil is one area that can affect the progress of any town, city or country. What ever happened to the news a few years ago that oil could be discovered in our country? Have enough efforts been made to confirm that? What a blessing it would be if oil is discovered here and we could have resources for refining it and serving our people! Let us pray that this is true. What a boon to our poor country that will be!*

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