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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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Cargo trucks on the flyover?

Ninfa Leonardia Well, well! Another Pacquiao in the making? They say one swallow does not make a summer, but the way a Pinoy boxer made short work of his Mexican opponent in Corpus Christi, Texas, Saturday made thousands of Pinoy boxing fans cheering for another pugilist from the country who may make waves in the sports world again, the way Manny Pacquiao did. Remember that Pacquiao, who is now a senator, captured an unprecedented eight world titles, and even if he did lose some fights later, that record is still unmatched.

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Jervin Ancajas also beat a Mexican, and most of the boxers Pacquiao had demolished were also from Mexico. This time, the opponent of Ancajas was Israel Gonzalez, a young and good-looking guy who seems not to be afraid of having his looks marred by his ventures in the ring. Anyway, Pinoy boxing fans are again ecstatic, to think that we may have another wonder boy from that sport again. Meanwhile, I hear that Pacquiao is not quite ready to hang up his gloves yet, and may sally another time in the ring in April. Will traffic go to Las Vegas, or wherever the fights will be held again?

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Traffic, traffic! A headline of the Philippine Star yesterday screamed: “Traffic making PH cities uninhabitable”. The cities named in the accompanying article were mainly Manila, Cebu, Davao and Baguio, but if you ask Bacolod residents, they would tell you we are going that way, too, if not there yet. And to think that projections are that at least 500,000 more vehicles will come out by 2020. How will traffic move in these main cities, and probably even in the smaller ones? One can hardly imagine.

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And while we are talking about traffic, I would like to call on Col. Luisito Acebuche and his men to please send some of their people to watch over the new flyover at Araneta street. It is right along where the DAILY STAR building is located and every night we see several big, heavily loaded trucks also passing on it. Aren't they supposed to use the main road with all their cargo? And some even dare to pass it during daytime since it seems nobody is watching, anyway. Just a reminder, Colonel.

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The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company has announced that it is spending some P180 billion in a plan to, we hope, improve its services. But isn't it a bit late in the day for them to think about it? Already the President has made contact with telecommunication companies in China and it looks as if it is practically all over but the bidding. And Filipinos are looking forward to it because they, like us, must already be fed up with trying to dial someone and get a disembodied voice telling them “All circuits are busy now” or some such bromide.

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How many years have we been agonizing under the poor services of PLDT? In fact, at the DAILY STAR, we have just decided to let go of most of our PLDT phones and rely instead on cellphones to avoid the irritation and waste of time and money while dialing and redialing several times before getting connected. For sure we will replace them with the new provider and see if they can serve us better. In a newsroom, delay, or waiting for a connection until circuits are no “longer busy” and other similar excuses can be annoying, to say the least.

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The drug Fentanyl is again in the news and yesterday a report said that 16 people have died in the British city called Kingston Upon Hull from taking the drug that had already killed thousands of Americans. Among the victims, most prominent was the showbiz character called “Prince” who was reported to have died from an overdose. Fentanyl, according to the report from the New York Times, which I just get to read when dear Edouard Garcia brings me copies when he comes home from Paris, says that Fentanyl could become the country's next most dangerous drug. I am only concerned about it because our President had himself disclosed that he was also taking it. And the report said it is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine! Are his doctors trying to stop him?

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What is the matter with the trains that the Manila Railroad Transport is supposed to be running? People had thought they would solve the traffic problems of Manila because they can accommodate more passengers. But the units continue to break down, causing more inconvenience to workers who find themselves getting bumped off when the MRT cars malfunction. Was the system we had acquired the kind that, in cars, would be called a “lemon”? Then why have we not tasked the supplier, even sued them, for selling us defective units? Had money changed hands then and that is why complaints are not heeded?*

 

 

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