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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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Will the change mean a gold at last?

Ninfa Leonardia

Only former Fidel Ramos, then a general and head of the military, was present at the EDSA commemoration last Sunday. Where was the other supposed hero of the historic event? Those who were already of age to remember, surely recall that Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile were the idols of the bloodless uprising, because they were the ones who turned their backs on the dictator, and roused all the former cowards among our people to also rise up, first to protect them, and then realized that they were working to get back their freedoms as well.

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Maybe Enrile, who is supposed to be in detention, together with other “suspects” in the PDAF, or pork barrel scam, no longer felt he should rise with the people. After all, he, of the three senators who were arrested and detained, was allowed to come out supposedly due to his age and health condition. Poor Senator Bong Revilla, who used to be one of the trio, is now the only one still in detention. Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada has also been allowed to come out.

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As for Enrile, was his heart really with the EDSA crowd that had saved his life, or did he have other plans after it that were frustrated? Maybe he had thought he would be president after the Martial Law dictator had been driven away? That thought came to me shortly after the EDSA affair, when he was in Bacolod, and we interviewed him. I remember that incident very clearly, because, after the other media people had moved on to the other VIPs, I persisted in asking him more questions, especially about Cory Aquino, who had already been proclaimed president.

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This happened at the Sea Breeze Hotel, and I can even remember exactly where it took place. I noted that he was very accommodating and charming, until I asked him a question about the new president and his own plans. I don’t think I imagined it when he seemed to smirk when he referred to her as “My President”. I knew then that Cory, with her woman’s intuition, would soon see through him. And then, as proven by events, they did come to a parting of the ways. And that is why I was not surprised that he didn’t bother to go to EDSA, like Tito Fidel, who even mustered the energy to give his historic leap again at the EDSA anniversary.

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Hats off to the Interpol! It didn’t take long before it rounded up the suspects in the horrible death of Filipina Joanna Demafelis, even if they had fled to their native countries. And now they have both been accounted for and will face the consequences of their deed. Why does everyone seem so sure that the couple are the real suspects? Isn’t it a well known belief that flight is a sure sign of guilt? It seems they will be tried in Kuwait where the crime took place. And I hope, like the family of Joanna, that they both get the death sentence.

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But let’s not delude ourselves that this will be an open and shut case. We are not familiar with Kuwaiti laws, and, for sure the couple, and maybe even their government, will get the best lawyers to defend them. As for Joanna’s family, all they can do at this point is pray that justice will prevail, and that our government will also field a good international lawyer to help the prosecution. This is a sin that truly cries to heaven for vengeance.

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Lucky, lucky Xi Jinping! His party is setting the stage now for his unlimited stay in power. That means he could be president of China for life if he wants. I hope that does not give other presidents ideas, even if they keep swearing now that they will not seek another term. Xi himself has coyly responded to that by saying their constitution has fixed the term of the president, but who can tell what his thoughts will be at the end of his second term that may soon start?

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There seems to be some rejoicing in sports circles after the recent election for the president of the Philippine Olympic Committee. Seems the younger blood had ganged up on the perennial president, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, who has headed it for 13 years. And in all those years, our country had not won a single gold medal in any of the events we participated in. Cojuangco, now 83, was undoubtedly surprised by the election results, but those working against him probably stressed that it’s about time another leader takes over, one who will work himself to the bone to get our country’s first gold, after almost a hundred years of competing in the Olympics. Let’s wait and see.*

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