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E tu, Edu?

Ninfa Leonardia Hurrah for democracy! Myanmar's “The Lady”, or Aung San Suu Kyi is winning by a landslide in the former military hostaged country where she also was detained or held in house arrest for almost half a century. But her persistence, and the longing of her people for a democratic government finally was answered with her election. Not only is she winning with a great lead, but also her partymates are now sure of at least 70 percent membership in the government.

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Meanwhile, another woman leader is reported to be leading in the elections being held in Taiwan. If she wins this will not be good news for China, because the candidate, Tsai Ing-Wen, is said to be an oppositionist who is very much against the plans of China to annex their territory. The fear of her followers is what steps China will be taking to help in her ouster, so a more compliant leader will be elected who will toe the line they draw.

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So Edu is one of them, too. Edu Manzano, ex-husband of now Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, has “confessed” that he, too, is a dual citizen of both the Philippines and the United States. Of course, he was never a foundling, his parents are both known and, I understand, both Filipinos, but he was born in the United States, and therefore automatically acquired its citizenship. But he says, that was something he could not help, and he is a real Pinoy by blood, or, according to the theory of “jus sanguinis”. How will the Comelec act on cases like his? Edu, by the way, is running for senator in the coming election. He is just one of the many movie personalities who want to go into the political arena.

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Senator Lito Lapid (another one) has posted bail of P30,000 for the charges against him in connection with the fertilizer fund scam. The charges say that the fertilizer purchased from the supplier was overpriced. How many other congressmen and senators have been hit by that overpricing greed? Some even bought fertilizers that were not suited for agricultural plants, but for flowers. Guess what is one city where this supposedly happened? But Lapid should be happy that his case is bailable, and he can still go around campaigning. If it had been malversation, sorry na lang for him, or for those involved.

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Isn't it ironic? Here we have the Negros Occidental Provincial government looking for land to buy, and on the other hand, the mayor of Bacolod is bent on selling prime properties of the city, and at a big bargain at that! What opposing types of management their leaders have. The Provincial Governor wants to acquire land for housing of employees and for homeless citizens, while the Bacolod mayor wants to sell property at a very good location and displace the people on it!

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Meanwhile, we have been told that some people, elective officials, mostly, complain when we do not publish their self-serving press release in toto. We would like to inform them that our priority as far as publishing space is concerned, are items written by our own reporters and columnists which are of general interest. While we do try to accommodate those press releases, we do so only as concessions to those who want to be in the news, but have no obligation to do so.

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Now investigators of the plane crash in Sinai, Egypt, of a Russian aircraft with 224 aboard, have claimed that it is almost 95 percent sure that a bomb in the plane had caused the crash. So, anong say ni Vladimir Putin who had been insisting that that was not possible? Maybe he was just trying to be contrary, because both the United States and the United Kingdom had already concluded that an explosive device had caused it. Still, that will not matter to the families of the victims who were just returning home after going on tour in Egypt. They say the incident will be a terrible blow to the tourism industry of Egypt that relies so much on it.

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Another group of government officials were ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman for the purchase of expired medicines and supplies worth P1.8 million. This happened way back in 2009, and all those penalized were members of the Bids and Awards Committee of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. The Ombudsman surely has a long memory, but I agree very much with the statement from a citizen quoted by a Manila columnist that “This is the first time in the merit system when discipline and penalties were applied on as many public workers, and without much delay.”*

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