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It was the optometristís fault!

Ninfa Leonardia There is a proposal to tap the tycoons in the Philippines for the funding of rehabilitation centers. Sounds like a very good plan for me,  since they are the ones with the ready money to put up such centers. They will be doing very good service to the communities all over the country, and what is more, these do not have to be permanent investments. Who knows, we may be able to rehabilitate thousands of those users, many of whom may not be too far into drug use, and could  improve within months. The more the inmates get healed, the less there will be to support, and perhaps time will come when, hopefully, there will be no more need for the facilities.

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          But let’s hope there will be no one in those centers who may think like the worker in a center for the mentally disabled in Sagamihara, Japan, who attacked and killed 19 patients and injured 25 by stabbing them with kitchen knives and other  bladed weapons. The 26-year-old killer, who admitted the crime, told the police he believes  all mentally disabled people should be destroyed. The poor inmates who were spared said  to be so shocked, they could not talk. Could the shock serve to cure them of their malady?

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          I know that many  reporters and columnists are tiptoeing when it  comes to criticism of the new President whose ardent admirers are ready to spring at the neck of anyone who dares say a negative word about him, but, as usual, I admire Ninez Cacho Olivares, who did not mince words when she commented on the recent State of the Nation Address of the new President. But Ninez focused her wit more on the  Communications secretary of President Duterte, for telling people they would be moved to tears by the heart-wrenching SONA, which, after all, elicited more guffaws that sobs.

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          Meanwhile, a news item, presumably written after an interview with the President or his closest staff, quoted Duterte as saying that he had to improvise in his speech because his new eyeglasses gave him double vision, and he could not easily read the teleprompter, so sometimes he had to go on his own, and that was what probably multiplied  the 38 minutes promised by Secretary Martin Andanar by three. Well, it was entertaining, even if many of the things he said we heard before during the campaign and inauguration. See? I did not say anything against him, or else his rabid people here will target me again.

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          The Philippine National Police has announced that from July 1 to 24, they had killed 239 drug suspects. Let us pray for the souls of those dead people, and that they will get justice in heaven that they did not get on earth. Because, being mere “suspects”, who can be sure they deserved their elimination? And also for the policemen who fired the shots, that they develop a fear of karma in their own lives.

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          Meanwhile, can we be sure that the cops will not include their own personal enemies among their targeted “suspects”? It  really looks as if they are now vested with impunity for the killings they have done. The way they announce, as if with pride, the number of victims they  have eliminated sounds as if they consider them a badge of pride. Did they learn this in those police courses and seminars they are sent to? Why is it that they no longer foster respect for human lives?

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          Meanwhile, this is something newly elected town and city officials could take a cue from as they try to resolve the problems of “midnight appointments” by their predecessors. The Civil Service Commission has voided the appointments and promotions of 99 employees of Makati City by Acting Mayor Romulo Peña. Peña was the vice mayor who took over when Jejomar Binay Jr. was dismissed from office as mayor and banned from public service by the Ombudsman. That was how Peña became acting mayor.

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          But, after the May 9 election, another Binay, daughter of the clan Abigail Binay (she does not use her married name, like her senator sister Nancy, believing, naturally, that the Binay name is more irresistible to Makati voters) won the mayoralty post of Makati. And, also, naturally, she went after all the new appointments and promotions made by Peña. The Civil Service, in turn, noted that appointments made after May 9, or Election Day, up to June 30, by outgoing officials cannot be valid, unless they comply with requirements of the Civil Service standards.*

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