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Who's spending for Bongbong's caper?

Ninfa Leonardia By this time we should know already how the country's representative to the football games in Tianjien have fared. After their triumph in Brisbane, of course, our sports aficionados are hopeful that they can repeat their feat. No matter what had taken place in Tianjien yesterday, the Ceres-Negros team has already made a mark, and should not be discouraged by a setback here and there. They should know that not only Negrense and Bacoleños are rooting for them, but the entire country as well.

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It is quite a coincidence that just a day after the annulment of the marriage of a former beauty queen and someone who is now a senator, a news item also comes out announcing that the Lower House of Congress has approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 6779 that will simplify and shorten the processes for securing an annulment in this country. And guess what? The bill was authored by two women members of Congress – former Cebu governor Gwen Garcia, and Yedda Marie Romualdez.

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The bill also provides that church annulments would have the same effects as those by the courts. It also allows the ex-spouses to remarry and start a new life with new partners, as well as provides for the support and custody of the children, if there are any. In proposing the annulment measure, one of the authors even cited the words of Pope Francia himself who had reportedly called for a shorter period for processing them. Indeed, what we have heard of annulled marriages is that they take so long that the couple are already gray-haired and aged before they are granted.

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Our national papers made a quite a fuss over the big sweep made by singer Bruno Mars who won all the six prizes he had been for in the Grammy Awards. And local fans will also be ecstatic over his recognition, considering that he has half Filipino blood in his veins, with his mother a Pinay. Well, that proves once again that Filipinos are really great singers and musicians, who can compete with all others in any part of the world. I recall that Mars visited the Philippines about two years ago, and was lionized here. These awards will certainly sell more of his records.

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Now I don't think I will ever agree to undergo an MRI again, no matter what my doctors say. A report from the Agence France Presse, said that in Mumbai, India, a man was sucked into an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine and was killed! The man was said to be carrying an oxygen cylinder that was attracted by the powerful magnetic force of the machine. I had undergone an MRI about three or four years ago at the Philippine Heart Center and I remember that they were very strict in ensuring that I had no metallic objects on me, examining even my teeth!

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Me, I avoid discussing Federalism because I admit that I am largely in the dark about it. I know this feeling is shared by many Filipinos, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao, as a survey has disclosed findings that we are not ready for this form of government. I therefore hope that the present government will not ram it down our throats without taking an exhaustive effort and time for everyone to understand its workings. The fact that Mindanao is also mentioned in the recent survey indicated that even in the President's own turf, Federalism is still an unknown factor.

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Just wondering. Who is spending for all those movements of ballot boxes and election materials just to cater to the suspicions of the namesake of the unlamented Martial Law tyrant that he was cheated in the vice presidential election? One can tell how aggressive he is in demanding for the transfer of the ballot boxes to where he could watch the recount to satisfy his ego that has assured him that one can never beat a Marcos. Ah, but the Filipinos may not have beaten his daddy, but they drove him away decisively, to die in exile in Hawaii.

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It was not very nice of the “Palace,” that now could refer to either the President himself or spokesman Harry Roque, to say “Good Luck” to Rappler for seeking help from the Court of Appeals on the revocation of their license by the Securities and Exchange Commission. To say that the wish sounded like a mockery is, maybe, to say the least. Why can't they just leave it to the Court, now that they have gotten their wish to stop it from operating in the country? Anyway, it seems almost a done deal what will happen to Rappler. Wanna bet?*

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