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Keep reminding the young ones

Ninfa Leonardia The President of Zimbabwe has been criticized for the lavish celebration of his birthday recently. President Robert Mugabe had turned 92, and his family, or his staff must have felt that was a milestone worth celebrating. Apparently he is not very popular with his people, who should be rejoicing that their leader has been given such a long life. That is, of course, if he has not been acting as senile.

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Our provincial governors must be doing good jobs, at least the majority of them. Of course our own Governor Freddie Marañon has not been challenged by any opponent, as everyone knows he had been doing achieving a lot. But a late report I noted said that, out of the 60 seats for governors all over the country, 40 of the incumbents running for reelection are unopposed. I hope the reason is that all those who are unopposed have been doing excellent work, and are not tyrants who are feared by any potential opponent.

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The lament of most people who are dismayed by the possibility that the son of the late dictator could clinch the vice presidency, is that the young voters, who were born long after Martial Law reigned over our country, do not know much about the situation then and are now beguiled by the so-called appeal of Bongbong Marcos. I guess our generation has failed in constantly reminding the young ones about what our people suffered then. It's a pity that such an event as the EDSA revolution, that has been made a model by so many other countries in regaining their freedoms, are not familiar to our own post-EDSA generation.

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Perhaps continued drumming into their memories statistics about what Martial had wrought will help, especially at this point when elections are getting closer. They should know that 25,730 people have filed claims for human rights violations committed during the dark days of Martial Law. Also detained were 70,000 and 34,000 have reported emotional and physical torture, which included electric shocks, beatings, rape, and molestation; extra-judicial killings, of which 3,240 have been recorded, and about 150 summary executions that took place from 1976 to 1978. Because of that, no chance at all should be given to anyone with Martial Law inclinations to make us go through that again, ever.

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Doesn't it seem as if the two brats of Asia are China and North Korea? The first has suddenly arrogated unto itself part of the Philippine territory, and began building facilities there like airports and other structures. Even with the complaint already filed by the Philippines at the International Court, China continues its construction work and has reportedly even ignored calls by the court for it to attend hearings on the case. And it is not only the Philippines that has claims on the area, other Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam also believe they own part of the areas appropriated by the giant that is China.

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And then North Korea, with its petulant young leader, who must consider missiles and bombs as toys, has bragged about sending rockets out, possibly to show its twin South Korea who is boss, and what it will get in case NOKOR is offended. Now the whole world, especially the United Nations, is concerned, because such war weapons are nothing to play with. With North Korea ignoring the complaints, there has been proposals to boycott its goods. That's right, hit ‘em in the breadbasket! The same goes for China, too. Why do some countries continue to be bellicose in these days when peace can bring more progress to them and their neighbors?

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Have you ever heard Bongbong Marcos say anything about the constant displays and references to the jewelry collection of his mother that is estimated to be worth almost P1 billion? It does seem as if this family feels they have a divine right to all these material things. Aside from the jewelry, that could be equal to a king's ransom, his mother, the “Imeldific” Imelda Romualdez Marcos is also known as a collector of some of the world's most precious art works. I doubt it even President Obama of the United States, or the queen of the Netherlands has paintings of Picasso, Van Gogh, Gaugin and Monet, each of which could cost millions of pesos.

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If you are among those who usually bring flashlights when they travel, just make sure they are not powered by lithium batteries. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has warned against them because they could cause explosions on planes. I think local aviation officials have also recently warned against them. Don't take risks. Avoid them.*

 

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