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They should call
it “footbrawl”

Ninfa Leonardia Perhaps they should give it another name now. After what happened during the football game between Iloilo and Negros Occidental at the Western Regional Athletic Association Meet Wednesday, they should now call it “Footbrawl” instead. It was a funny incident, because the players were not the ones who started the rumble, they were a referee and a coach, but, somehow, some of the players got into the act.

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Funny, because these games are being promoted supposedly to develop sportsmanship among students athletes, as well as an opportunity for them to meet and get to know their counterparts within the region. In the incident that took place in Iloilo Wednesday, it was the team that lost, because the game was stopped, and Iloilo was declared champion by the WVRAA officials. Well, at least the elementary delegation brought home the bacon, figuratively, besting their elders in high school. But what a pity!

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Tomorrow the county will celebrate one of the most significant, and proudent moments in our history – the EDSA Bloodless Revolution. The younger generation, those born after 1986, will probably not be as emotional about it as those of us who lived through it, but it was something all Filipinos should always remember with pride and thanksgiving. I am not sure how the present administration regards it, considering that it will bring back the honors to the people on its forefront, but it will be a shame if they belittle it.

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EDSA, named after the famous highway cutting through Metro Manila and named after a previous hero, Epifanio de los Santos, was where the term “People Power” sprang, because it was there where our people showed their guts in facing up to the dictatorial government they had endured for more than two decades. It was where thousands, maybe millions massed and braved tanks and soldiers, unfearing, of the might of the dictator who could have ordered them mowed down. EDSA was what made our country a model for others to follow, and also gain their freedom. It made our country an icon in the way we drove away a dictator without bloodshed, and restored the democracy we have been deprived of.

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The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would legalize divorce in this country. A lot of people, however, do not think it will survive the Senate, but who knows? In the Lower House, it must have been a cinch, especially with the stance of the present speaker. One of the reasons given for the passage of the bill is that it will free abused women. Would you believe? The ones abusing them are probably husbands, among whom are congressmen.

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Now what? Amnesty International has ranked our president “among the world's worst violators of human rights”. What can we expect next? A ban on Amnesty International agents? Anyway, the President has a very capable spokesman, let him deal with them. After all, that is not the worst thing ever said of him by those international groups, and he is very equal to putting ‘em in their place. Wait and see what the backlash will be.

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While we are trying to stop our people from going to countries like Kuwait to find jobs, the President of the United States is also trying to stop what he calls a “chain migration”, i.e., the modus of foreigners, Pinoys among them, to go to the U.S. to find work, and then, gradually petition for, and bring in all the members of their families. President Trump has reduced this to only the wife and the children of the immigrant, and no other relatives. But wait, a report yesterday said that his mother-in-law and another kin of Melania, his wife, are also coming in as residents of the U.S.A. So it's a selective process only.

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He must really be indispensable to President Duterte. He brought him in as soon as he assumed the presidency, extended his term when it was supposed to be time for him to retire, and now he is extending him again, indefinitely. So Police Chief Gen. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa could PNP Chief for life? They call him “Bato”, meaning stone, so that it must be how hard their connection is. Lucky guy!*

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