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Will Manny fight again?

Ninfa Leonardia Is Manny Pacquiao fighting again? Well, that seems to be the dream of his promoter, Bob Arum and his trainer Freddie Roach, but the senator-boxer himself appears to be hesitant, considering that he has repeatedly said that he will now dedicate his time to his work for the government. But, who knows? It does look as if those prodding him are trying to fix his schedule, like pointing to recess time in the Senate, for the fight to take place.

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But if he would listen to me (fat chance!) I'd advise him to keep away from the ring from hereon. He already left it in a burst of glory when he beat up Tim Bradley the last time, so why chance it? Of course that bout with Bradley was necessary, remember how foul judging stole the victory from him in their first encounter? He may not be fighting Bradley again, but he should rest on his laurels now, and be as good a senator as he can be. By the way, he earned a lot of admirers when he spoke at the Bacolod City Government Center recently for his direct and simple style, as well as the good sense he showed then.

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Speaking of the New Bacolod City Government Center, it was a good step taken by the new Sanggunian to officially give it back its original name. Maybe the previous administration only wanted to call it something else because its leader had sworn before that he would never hold office in the NGC, but broke his word and sat there, anyway. However, most Bacoleños never called it anything but “Government Center”. Even jeepney, tricycle and taxi drivers used to say their passengers always asked to take them to the Government Center or NGC, and never by the misnomer given it.

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Is there hope for people who are potential sufferers of dementia? An encouraging report from Australia says that a vaccine that could prevent it is now being studied and may be ready within three to five years. Most of those who have heard about it have asked if it could also work on sufferers of Alzheimer's Disease, but the team working on it at the Finders University in Adelaide, Australia, has emphasized that it is going to be a vaccine. In other words, it could prevent, but not treat the patient who has already developed the ailment.

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This is one time where we should give credit where credit is due. I am talking about the recent success of our country in winning our case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the international mediator for conflicts among nations. In a very decisive and uncompromising way, the Court declared that our country was in the right in protesting the incursions of China on the areas called West Philippine Sea and South China Sea. And I think we should credit former President Benigno Aquino III for his courage and sense of righteousness in filing the case, despite the reality that China would be likely to use its might to frustrate us. So Congratulations, PNoy, and to your Foreign Affairs people!

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In the meantime, PNoy's appointed Ombudsman continues to do her job in cleansing the government of grafters and corrupt officials, and as of yesterday, we continued to hear about former big shots in local governments being indicted or convicted for the way they made free with the money of the people. A former mayor of Banganga, Oriental Mindoro, has been meted 10 years imprisonment for graft as well as perpetual disqualification from public office, for giving unwarranted preference to an auto repair shop owned by his brother. Incidentally, the convicted mayor was identified as Gerry Morales – surely not a relative of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales?

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And then there is the former congressman and now Governor of Davao, Douglas Cagas, who is facing charges for graft and malversation involving his pork barrel fund of P16 M. And Cagas is now detained at the Digos City Jail for the murder of a journalist in 2010. But it's not the father alone – his son, Mark Douglas Cagas has also been indicted for graft and malversation for allegedly misusing his PDAF and receiving kickbacks and commissions of P5.5 million. Like father, like son?

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Meanwhile, the United States elections is getting more exciting with the focus now on the party candidates – Hillary Clinton for the Democrats, and Donald Trump for the Republicans. It is very interesting to note that, finally, Hillary's opponent in the party nomination, Bernie Sanders, has come out to endorse her. I guess he must believe her to be the lesser evil. Meanwhile, Trump, with all his money and bluster, is said to be losing his following among the youth and especially among the colored population of the country. He must be regretting now his rascist remarks earlier in the game.*

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