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A Brave Government

Ninfa Leonardia Isn't it heartening to know about the reactions of other countries to the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Philippine case against China? I do believe this has chalked up our respectability quotient by several notches, comparable to the famous bloodless and successful EDSA Revolution. Now, several nations are watching China and its rejection of the judgement of the international court. And their view is the opposite of how they look at our guts in seeking a peaceful and legal solution.

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The photos from the international wires said it all, especially the one taken in Hanoi, Vietnam, another claimant to the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, which are being appropriated by the giant of the east without regard for history and justice. A placard carried by one of the Hanoi protestors said it all: “THANK YOU PHILIPPINES! YOU HAVE A BRAVE GOVERNMENT”. This, because while there are other claimants to the area, only our country, under our righteous president, Benigno Aquino III, dared to file the case. Ah, whatever his political foes and adverse media may say, Noynoy is his parents' son. The late martyr Ninoy and democracy icon and former president Cory Aquino must be very pleased with their only son.

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Meanwhile, it is also good to hear that the present administration is creating a Task Force to probe the killings of journalists in this country. Some people must have come to their senses, after the very negative reactions of media people to earlier statements that most of the journalists who were killed deserved it. Is it an olive branch to the practitioners who smarted from the seemingly heartless indictment? I hope the probe will identify the real reasons behind the killings, and no generalizations will be the conclusion.

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Neither was he gay or a transgender, but an Indonesian woman, posing as a man, got married to a girl who got shocked when she discovered that her “husband” was also female. She ran to the police and now Suwarti – he has only one name – who had identified himself as Muhamad Efendi Saputra, and a policeman, is likely to get seven years in jail, because falsifying one's identity is a serious crime there.

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I forgot to allay the fears of some newbie politicians who had become turncoats after the last elections that they don't have to worry even if the bill against their ilk being filed by Senate President Drilon becomes a law. I really don't think it is likely to get passed with the clout turncoats may have in the incumbent membership of both houses. The law, even if it miraculously succeeds, will not affect them yet. Isn't there a provision in the Bill of Rights against an ex post facto law?

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This is something for “Believe it or Not”, but a wire report last week said there is a new school in China that has for its main curriculum, making young people know how to relate to each other or love! This is said to be due to the fact that almost all families have only one child, so the kids do not have anyone of their generation in the family to interact with. With no brother or sister to play, or even quarrel with, therefore, many young people must be ill at ease with those they meet later in life. Aren't you happy that we Filipinos have big families and do not need to go such schools?

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This is very happy news to our countrymen. The ten best islands in the world were selected recently and guess what? The Philippines had three landing among them, and the Top Two are Palawan and Boracay! Cebu is Number Six, making it three, but the U.S. that also has three had Numbers seven, eight and nine only, which are Maui in Hawaii, Hilton Head in South Carolina and Kawai, also in Hawaii. Indonesia's Bali is only Number 10. Number 3 is Isdina in Italy, Number 4 Waiheke in New Zealand, and Number 5 is Santonini in Greece.

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The proposal of Senator Ralph Recto to extend the validity of passports and drivers licenses is a very sound one. Imagine having to renew one's license every year, and it is not as if the process is a very speedy one. Someone who is earning from the skill, like jeepney, taxi and bus drivers, have to use up a lot of time every year renewing and waiting for the release of their licenses. So the move to make it last for five years, and for the passport for ten years will be very welcome, especially to overseas workers who need not to come home for the purpose and spend a lot to do so. Let's hope his fellow lawmakers see the logic in this.*

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