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Trump – America's Hitler?

Ninfa Leonardia Will Donald Trump care? He has been compared to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler by two former Mexican presidents. Probably referring to the racist statements of Trump, who makes no bones about his preference for caucasians, Presidents Felipe Calderon and Vicente Fox have slammed the American presidential candidate for his views. Recall that among the first statements Trump made after declaring his candidacy, were to bash the Mexicans who, he claimed, are gatecrashing into the United States.

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Of course the world remembers Hitler, who advocated for a purely German population and was particularly cruel to the Jews. Thousands, maybe millions of Jewish people were persecuted, imprisoned and eventually executed by the most cruel means, for the reason that they were not of pure German blood. Books and novels have been written, aside from historical records of the gas chamber killings, and other atrocities he sanctioned against the Jews. Well, justice came to him in that he, too, died a cruel death.

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Trump, however, is the leading bet of the Republican Party and, so far, he has been outdistancing his opponents. Somehow, Americans seem to be charmed by his language, and condemnations of other races entering the U.S. His most likely opponent when the actual campaign begins, will be either Hillary Clinton or the aging Bernie Sanders, who, however, seems to have a good following, too. But if the primaries are to be the indication, it looks as if Clinton is the most likely to get the Democratic Party's nomination. And she and Donald Trump will fight for the presidency of the most powerful country in the world. Will the expected women's vote catapult Hillary to the White House where she used to live as the first lady of then President Bill Clinton?

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Sen. Miriam Santiago, another presidential candidate seems to rely a lot on the student vote, which does not sound very reassuring. And why is her running mate Bongbong Marcos playing footsies with Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte? They say there is a pairing in the North called “Digong-Bongbong”, where does that leave Miriam? The report said her picture is not even displayed in Bongbong's headquarters. Is Miriam putting up with that? Doesn't sound like her, if you ask me.

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China has hit our country for what it called “provocation”. Look who's talking! They intrude into territory that has always been ours historically, and now complain that we are provoking them. I think they are referring to our complaint at the International Mediation Court, which is backed by other countries in the area, and is likely to be resolved in our favor. The question is, will China recognize the ruling of the international body and yield the territory back to us? That is something that seems very unlikely. So what is the next recourse for us, and for the international body?

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Japan, who now seems to be our friend in this issue, is however facing problems of its own. Their latest census shows that their population is declining. Between 2010 and 2015, the report said, their population shrank by about one million. What could be the cause? Is it population control? Or just the disinclination of couples to have more children? I do think Japan had ever limited childbearing couples to only one offspring, like China. Their problem now is that, less people, less demand for goods and transport.

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Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman continues to do overtime on the cases filed there involving both national and local officials. I hope they focus on those seeking reelection, because if those scalawags win again, it will mean more problems when they are finally convicted and have to replaced. I also hope they zero in on the malversation cases, on which the office can act on decisively at once. Getting rid of the higher officials should be done sooner to prevent having them repeat their thievery and misdeeds.

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One of the latest convictions is that of a barangay captain who was meted 70 years imprisonment for seven counts of violations of the Anti-Graft and Corruption Act. This barangay leader was found to have received P146,000 from a businessman for projects set up in his barangay. Now he will have 70 years in jail to regret what he had done. What about those are guilty of graft involving millions? Shouldn't their cases be give attention sooner?*

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