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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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‘Horror roll'

Ninfa Leonardia Now it must be the local executives who are palpitating – the guilty ones, that is – because of the threat to reveal the names of those involved in drugs. By the time this comes out, maybe the revelation must have been done already, and what is going to happen to those in the “horror roll”? Let us hope, though, that this time the so-called validation of such list has been more thorough than on the previous lists, because the stigma of being named could affect the entire future of a man or woman and their families.

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Until now there are still skeptics who can't believe how Brazil was able to host the Olympics despite all the negative predictions about it. But what we didn't know, and were revealed in post Olympic reports only, was that there were quite a number of incidents that were successfully covered up that could have spoiled it. A report from a New York newspaper said the Education minister of Portugal was robbed, and also the chief of security for the opening ceremony of the Games. Someone fired at a police vehicle, killing an officer, and a bus carrying members of the press was stoned.

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But the Brazilian government was mindful of violent incidents frequently happening in their country and they deployed 85,000 security people, with thousands patrolling the streets, others in military vehicles, and even helicopters. The people later said their greatest fear was what would happen when all those cops and security people were pulled out of Rio. Back to the time when 10,000 robberies were reported in one month?

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And now there are talks that the next Southeast Asian Games, or SEAG, will be held in Davao. Of course crimes like what happened in Rio are not likely to occur in Davao, with its reputation for unorthodox methods in dealing with offenders. So what will they call the Davao edition? In Bacolod, they called it BASOC, will it be DASOC in Davao? And who will be the officials in charge of the finances? Let's not forget to warn them never to even think of depositing DASOC money in their personal bank deposits. That could bring a lot of trouble, you know.

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That was a good move of the new Tourism Secretary, Wanda Tulfo Teo, to invite members of the Filipino-American community to come and see the Philippines again. That must be intended for those who had immigrated to the U.S. but perhaps she should include in her invitation the children of those former Pinoys, majority of whom are now either American citizens or immigrants, to especially bring their children, who may not have seen the Philippines since they were born. Let them see their parents' homeland, and the way their relatives here live.

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That reminds us of former presidential candidate Grace Poe, who said she complained to President Duterte when he called her an American. Well, she was once an American, wasn't she? Now her entire family have supposedly acquired again Filipino citizenship, as, that was necessary for the voters to believe that they are decided to stay and work for their country. I wonder, though, if some regrets do not come up for them at times? Well, someone who must be happy with such development is her mother, Susan Roces, who must be enjoying the company of her daughter and her grandchildren now.

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Meanwhile, what about the barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan elections? Seems there is a move from some members of Congress to work for a postponement. But why? The law provides that they be held in October, so why move them when the registration and all have already taken place? Anyway, what I am most interested to see is whether the anti-dynasty provision of the amended law will be observed faithfully. Also, when can such law also be imposed on the election of local and national government officials?

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By this time, the talks between government representatives and those of the Communist Party in the Philippines must have gone a long way already, and everybody is curious as to what the provisions and compromises provided in their discussions are. In the meantime, we who are waiting for its conclusion should continue to pray that both sides will be guided in order to come to a conclusion that will benefit our people and restore normalcy to our beloved country.*

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