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The pot and the kettle

Ninfa Leonardia Aha! Now it's out. President Duterte has admitted that it is his daughter, now Davao City mayor Sara Carpio whom he wants to succeed him as president. And that's not unlikely, because he also made her succeed him as mayor of Davao. As for his sons, Paolo and Sebastian, it looks as if their dad does not think of them as worthy. Note that Paolo is until now vice mayor only. What could his plans be for his daughter, Kitty? Are we seeing the development of a dynasty?

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Anyway, that is all in the future yet. What should concern us is the growing tension between the United States and North Korea whose leaders are both impetuous and warlike. Their heads of state, Donald Trump and Kim Jung un are now exchanging words like two fishwives, with Kim calling Trump “deranged” and the latter calling him a “Rocket Man on a suicide mission.” But Kim had harsher words, he also called Trump a “rogue and a gangster”. And when Trump hit back saying that they may have no choice but to “totally destroy North Korea,” Kim again declared he would make Trump “pay dearly” for that. All right, let the man pay, but don't involve the poor citizens of his country.

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So where is the world heading to now? There's Korea that used to be an ally of Japan, now even threatening Japan with its nuclear missiles, too. With leaders like those two, one can only wonder what tensions the ordinary citizen of those countries must be feeling. And, if ever push comes to shove among those hot-heads, how will it affect those of us who are just standing by, minding our own business? Our world is in such condition now that anything that affects one country can also affect the rest. The case of the pot calling the kettle black seems to be the situation we are seeing now.

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The President of the Philippines, meanwhile has disclosed that there are 44 local government executives who have been funding the Marawi siege. That means these executives were providing drug money to the Maute fighters, which was why they seemed to be well provided with weapons and supplies. Now that such has been revealed, how are those officials being treated? Have they been identified, and what should be done with them, if they are still in power?

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Anyway, the President has announced that the Marawi battle is now at its final stage. Although we have heard similar announcements before, like only so many barangays were in the hands of the Mautes, or only a small portion of the ravaged city is still problematic, let's accept the news, if only to console ourselves that the war over there could possibly end, and its people can return to normalcy. That is, if their homes are found to be livable yet, and not among those flattened to the ground.

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Former Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who is now Secretary of Foreign Affairs, a true loyalist to the administration, has reportedly insisted that the Philippines has “nothing to hide” as far as its human records are concerned. All right, if you say so, Secretary Cayetano, but I think people like Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon could be raising their eyebrows. But, of course, there was nothing to hide when Congress slashed the CHR budget to only P1,000. Did anybody see if Cayetano's nose did not grow longer when he was claiming that?

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Oh, and another interesting thing we learned about our president. He had been a millionaire, pala, even during his younger days. Frankly, I thought all the while that he was just a bright and smart poor boy, since that was what I understood during the campaign. Now he himself has confirmed that he and his siblings had inherited a lot from their parents and all became millionaires from that. Maybe he can also answer, like what the late Senator Pacita Madrigal from that. Maybe he can also answer, like what the late Senator Pacita Madrigal said when accused of corruption: “I am a millionaire's daughter. Millionaires don't steal!”

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Another proof that a dog is a man's best friend, indeed, was the prominence given to the one named “Frida” who was credited for the rescue of so many victims of the massive 7.1 earthquake in Mexico that killed almost 300 people last week. And it was not only in Mexico that Frida had done heroic things, she also featured in the quakes that hit Ecuador, Guatemala and in a gas explosion, also in Mexico in 2013. In fact, Frida has her image on a P500 bill. And then there was the pet of the latest fatality in hazing, Horacio Castillo, named Lega, who stayed constantly near his coffin as his body lay in state. Maybe dogs are more faithful than some humans.*

 

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