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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, February 8, 2018
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What Rody wants…

Ninfa Leonardia I mourn for all those luxury sports car that were bulldozed on orders of the President Tuesday. Not that I had any dream of ever riding, much less owning, one of them, but for the fact that auctioning them off would have earned a lot of money that could, maybe, help the homeless to acquire dwellings, or fund the operation or cure of an indigent child somewhere in the country. Is it not practically every day that we see reports in the media about children with tumors, with hydrocephalus, or other ailments needing financial help?

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But the President had decided, and he even was reported to have witnessed the destruction of such units as Corvette Stingray, Mini Pajeros, BMW745, Jaguar Type S, Ford Explorer, BMW Algina, etc. They say their “remains” will be sold as scrap metal. What a waste! Me, I don't believe that destroying them will be a sure deterrent to smuggling. By the way, what about the other brands mentioned before, like the Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, and other more popular and expensive ones, why were they spared? It was mentioned they were still “under litigation”. Oh.

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My! That was one big moment for supposed ex-rebels, or NPA members who were invited to dinner at Malacañang by no less than the President himself. Imagine, they were even fetched by a plane from Davao. How did they make sure that all of them were bona fide rebels, alright, “ex-rebels”? Weren't there some who were willing to admit being NPA members just to join the junket to Malacañang? After dinner, where will they be lodged? Not at the Manila Hotel or the Pagasa, for sure.

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Coke addicts must be alarmed at the report that Coca Cola is laying off workers. The reason, according to speculators, is the implantation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion, or TRAIN Act, that imposes higher taxes on goods and items. In Negros Occidental, meanwhile, people are looking at each other and asking if this could be a result of the prolonged boycott of coke products because of the complaints of the sugar industry against their use of the cheaper HFCS, or high fructose corn sugar. But Coke itself could be referring to the growing health consciousness of people who are now moving on to healthier drinks sourced from fruits. Maybe we will see Coca Cola shifting to the production of fruit ades soon. With sugar, of course.

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The Czech Republic is reportedly offering 1,000 jobs to Filipinos. I hope many will take advantage of the opportunity. The republic is among the most peaceful and beautiful countries and the people are also warm and do not seem to have any prejudices against Asians. And they seem to have a high regard for Filipinos, too. Being there will give one an opportunity to see other neighboring countries as well, because transportation is very easy and well, affordable, if you have a good job. That was what I noted among the Pinoys I met there while covering a presidential state visit of then President Fidel Ramos. At the time, the Philippine ambassador to Czech was the widow of the late Negrense Boy Wonder, Rafael “Toto Gay” Salas, Menchu Rodriguez Salas, so we Pinoys, especially the ones from the Visayas felt at ease.

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But the most memorable part of that trip, for me, was that I was able to visit the famous church of the Holy Infant, or Santo Niño of Prague. All of us in the President's party were very happy to have the opportunity to be in that church and pray before the famous image of the Santo Niño! What a privilege! Another privilege I had was seeing President Fidel Ramos, a protestant, also kneeling with us before the altar and praying. Later we went into the sacristy to have our images and estampitas of the Santo Niño blessed, while the President of the Philippines waited for us to join him in the walk over the historic Charles Bridge. Well, I hope some Bacolod willing workers will try their luck in the Czech Republic.

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Should we congratulate or commiserate with the people of Mindanao? The Supreme Court has just upheld the move to extend for another year the implementation of Martial Rule in that area. Five members of various groups tried to stop the extension to no avail after Congress decided to grant the request of the President. Well, it was a good try by former commissioners Christian Monsod of Comelec, Loretta Ann Rosales of Human Rights, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate and his group, and Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casila to stop the extension, but do they not know yet that what Rody wants, Rody gets?*

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