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Will Manny bite?

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

Aha! I thought nobody would take the bid of boxer Manny Pacquiao for the presidency seriously,  but from the reactions of admirers of the President, who have starting bashing him, it looks as if Pacquiao is apparently a threat they have not reckoned with. Since President Duterte himself has not been releasing statements against this supposed opponent, it should mean that there are others aiming for the post, who had not expected having to deal  with Pacquaio.

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But who knows? The more those people try to put him down, may even elicit sympathy and support for him. If they believe that as a mere boxer, he must be simple-minded and incapable of holding an executive position, particularly the presidency, who knows, and who can guess what is in the minds of Pinoy voters who may be idolizing him, not only as a ring champion, but also as their country’s champion as well? I hope whoever  are angling  for the position now, since the incumbent seems to be indicating loss of interest in reelection, will consider this.

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But who knows? The President may still be prevailed on to run again, and not by those who are really interested in having him continue with his leadership, but for their own interests. And now, I even pity poor Manny Pacquaio, because some people – interested ones, I believe –  have started putting him down. And if he ever falls into the trap, and runs for the position, I can just imagine  the disappointed wolves baying at him and digging up the worst against him.

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Anyway, election is still quite far away, and we still have the COVID pandemic to tackle. Who knows how many voters will be gone from our list by the time voting time comes? What we should concentrate on now is to urge our medical people to strive harder to find a cure for this virus that still does not have plans for going away. And its latest variant they have named as “Delta” has been taking up where the previous versions have left off!

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Let us not forget that, even in Biblical times, people have gone through illnesses they may have called by other names, but, perhaps also affected them in pandemic proportions. Remember the Twelve Plagues of Egypt? What we need to do now is to pray that this one we are going through, that originally was just known as the coronavirus disease, has also graduated now into what has been named as the “Delta” Variant. What we need to do is to plead with the Lord to stop its progression and the development of other variations to save this generation.

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Meanwhile, is it an “inferno” that is hitting some parts of the world, the latest of which was reported in Northwest Canada, where hundreds of deaths have been reported due to extreme heat? How can we help thinking that such happenings are giving us a sample of how the fires of hell will feel? CNN reports have revealed hundreds of deaths from  the extreme heat! That is why we should not complain if occasional rains spoil our  plans these days. Think of what those countries  are going through, and give thanks for the occasional rains that cool us.

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But for two American billionaires, the threats from the COVID are not stopping them from their plans to go to outer space. Well, who can stop them? They are spending their own money, and if they find habitable areas out there where the atmosphere is free of viruses and other health threats, by all means, let us encourage them and even pray for their success. Maybe our world now is getting overpopulated and has developed so many viruses that bring serious and incurable diseases, and evacuation or transfer to another planet might be the answer.

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The most prominent international report now, it seems, is the departure of United States troops from Afghanistan, after 20 years of occupation. Seems, however, that this is  causing a lot of fear among the Afghans, because another party, the Talibans, are just waiting in the wings, figuratively, to pounce on it. I hope they will take a cue from us. When the American decided to leave us to our own devices, many of our people were fearful, but, despite all the problems we encountered, we are still going on – on our own.*

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