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Hawaii recalls Pearl Harbor

Ninfa Leonardia Was it because of the Christmas party? The news about the resignation of Chairman Jose Corpuz of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office came out shortly after the report, and comments, about the PSCO party hit the media, and, I understand, the President. Now, the officers are being asked to explain because the initial reports even said the amount was actually P10 million. What kind of a party was that? Does it not remind you of the Imeldific days in Malacañang?

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But it was later explained that it cost ONLY P6 million. Even so, workers in other government offices must have had their tongues hanging out in envy. Did Corpuz resign out of delicadeza, but was he at the party, too? Anyway, he should have explained to the President that their office makes a lot of money and they could well afford it. After all, their name is Philippine CHARITY Sweepstake Office, and isn't it that charity begins at home?

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But the President has a solution to the PSCO problem of profligacy. He is reportedly appointing a former general to take the place of Corpuz. Seems a lot of offices now are being headed by retired generals. Perhaps he believes that the ex-military leaders will be able to make their subordinates toe the line, the way they do their soldiers. Let's not suspect that this is a sign that our country is being militarized. Just accept the possibility that it will be federalized. If you know what that means.

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It looks as if the behavior of Mayon Volcano is hinting at a possible eruption, with the reports now that residents in its vicinity are being required to move out. Does the local government have provisions for their shelters once they leave their homes to save themselves from the dangers that could happen in case an eruption does occur? For that matter, our very own Kanlaon Volcano, that had been grumbling lately, has apparently quieted down, but it still gets into the news now and then. Let us hope avid mountain climbers find other ways to indulge themselves.

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Remember Pearl Harbor! That cry immediately came to mind when I read the report about the missile alert in Hawaii. Fortunately it was later explained that someone had hit the wrong button, that sounded the alert. And the residents are aware of the threats of North Korea with its nuclear weaponry that is capable of destroying its target countries and even neighboring ones. What panic the alert caused among the people! Anyone can imagine what was happening there.

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One can imagine how amused the head of North Korea must have been to know what terror and panic just the mere threat of a nuclear missile being launched could bring. As for the people of Hawaii, they should not allow the ones responsible for this to go unpunished. The sight and reports of people running around, looking for possible shelters, abandoning their vehicles on highways and hysterically looking for their family members is something that should never have happened. Maybe the elderly ones even remembered the time in the 1940s when Japanese forces sneakily bombed Pearl Harbor and started World War II. But that war was child's play compared to a nuclear one!

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Oh, Oh! What is this we are hearing about moves to scrap the position of vice president that is noted in the draft of the federal constitution of the country? So what office or offices will be created in its stead? Or will we all be under one absolute ruler who will call all the shots, and maybe have the power to name his supposed heir? I know I am being imaginative, but this issue came out in the national media, and there seems to be some credibility to it. Speculation is that it will be the Senate president who will be considered the successor in case the President dies or is unable to perform his duties. But the people vote for him as a senator, not as a presidential successor!

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Did we get too many after wishing for only one? After people started to complain about the inefficiency of our local and national communication services, the President announced that he was open to offers from another country. China, I think, responded immediately. Now there are four foreign firms presenting themselves and which one will we choose? The offerors are said to be China, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. I hope we get the most efficient one, and that no monkey business is involved in the deal.*

 

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