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And now Mrs. Grandma Universe, too

Ninfa Leonardia Today is the birthday of the late President Corazon Aquino. What would have been the situation in our country had she not died just before the elections slated that year? I recall that the front runner was former Senator Manny Villar. What kind of presidency would Villar have served us? Would he have the guts to veto a bill like the Social Security System pension hike, knowing it would be very unpopular?

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But just as Cory Aquino's assumption of the presidency after the murder of her husband was kismet, so, I think, was the elevation to the presidency of her son, Benigno Aquino III, or PNoy, to the highest office in the land. Just as the death of Ninoy had catapulted her to the office, so did her death pave the easy way to the presidency for her only son. And it is noteworthy to see that, also like his mother, PNoy will soon leave Malacañang with his record clean. Will that be too much to expect from the one who succeeds him?

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But why are we talking about death and presidencies when everybody will be talking about the arrival of the new Miss Universe, Pia Wurztbatch, who flew in yesterday to spend a few days of triumph with her kababayans? Part of the obligations of her new position is for her to stay in New York where the reigning Miss Universe has functions cut out for her. It is good to know, though, that she is visiting Cagayan de Oro, the city where she spent her childhood.

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Oh, and we have another international beauty contest winner in another Filipina, Babylin Decena Newfield, who was crowned Mrs. Grandma Universe in the competition held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Many of us do not know much about Bulgaria, where it was reported, about 50 countries participated. But, be it in Las Vegas or Sofia, who cares? As Jose Rizal said “El sitio nada importa (The place does not matter)”. Our contestant won again, and, I understand this was the first Mrs. Grandma Universe title ever held.

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Despite the natural calamities that our people have gone through, aren't we still luckier that we were not threatened by such calamities as blizzards and snowstorms, as what the people in the eastern part of the United States are going through now? Reports say about 85 million residents have been affected, buses and trains could not travel, and flights are being cancelled, while the areas also suffered from lack of electric power and other inconveniences. Even monuments and museums had to be closed. Sports competitions had to be cancelled, too.

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But when people continue talking and fearing climate change, what some of our people fear is the possibility that such change will involve snow or blizzards happening in our own country. What could Filipinos do then, and how do we survive them? One can only wonder how many thousands, even millions of people would die, especially those living in nipa huts and shanties, and even those well-off, but without appropriate winter clothing. We have to pray very hard that this never happens to us.

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By the way, how many are buying the explanation of Lt. Col. Ferdinand Macelino who was found in a shabu laboratory site when it was raided by operative of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency? Marcelino, who looked stunned when he was handcuffed and led away by agents, some of whom he had reportedly worked with before, has apparently gathered his wits and now insists that he was in the place for a “special mission”. But the PDEA men are not about to swallow that, because it has also been reported that the mission order he was talking about had expired in 2014 yet. And who was the officer he was said to have called to send a copy of his “order” while was being held? Was it a fraternity brother?

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I sympathize with Senator Jinggoy Estrada, whose new bid for bail seems to have very dim chances of being granted. Estrada reportedly cited the case of another senator, Juan Ponce Enrile, who was granted the privilege of his old age, and failing health. But Jinggoy is very young, and quite healthy. As for Enrile, he became rejuvenated after bail and healthy enough to again aim his bitterness against President Aquino, the same way he had done with PNoy's mother. Maybe he is embittered because, despite his brilliance and cunning, he can no longer hope to become president like the ordinary mortals they must seem to him.*

 

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