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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 1, 2018
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Reading editorials is always an opportunity to learn a new word. The editorial of a national daily of Feb. 23, 2918 used the phrase “…appearance before an unctuous Senate” and immediately the new word to me jumped out and required a visit to Google which shared the meaning of the word as “(of a person) excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily.” Synonyms include ingratiating, subservient, and hypocritical.

The editorial was timely as it also shared an opinion on the Presidential spokesman with the following comment: “Perhaps Roque can take a few minutes every day from his unabashed premature campaigning for the Senate to review his statements from the previous day, to help straighten his messaging”. The Presidential spokesman was invited to give the keynote address during the Lions District 301- B2 3 rd Cabinet Meeting and District Convention hosted by the Dumaguete City Host Lions Club and the Metro Dumaguete Lions Club.

The keynote address started with a romantic revelation of how our speaker met his wife in Dumaguete City. Followed by a report on legislative bills he worked on while being a party-list representative. Then he explained that he accepted his current position as this offers greater opportunities to be of service to the public with more immediate impact. He concluded by sharing the current administrations efforts against illegal drugs, infrastructure and the anticipated signing of the Universal Health Care bill into law.


We would like to congratulate the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II for receiving a 3.2 percent prompt payment discount from Green Core Geothermal, Inc. for the billing month of January. The discount translates into a 5-centavo per kilo watt hour that the cooperative purchased billed at Php2.938 million. Calculated discount would amount to Php94,016.00 which brings to life the saying, “a peso saved is a peso earned”.


After 13 years, the Philippine Olympic Committee has a change in leadership with boxing chief Victorico “Ricky” Vargas beating incumbent president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. in elections held Friday, Feb. 23, at the Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City. Seems that the young blood group has finally overcome the opposition to the take-over from the young once. In my opinion maturity is also knowing when to help make change for the best smoothly. A turn-over would be preferred than that of a take-over. We all look forward to the betterment of our performance in the Olympics.

Let us end with a smile with the following anecdote about being careful with something new. I asked my daughter if she’d seen my newspaper. She told me that newspapers are old school. She said that people use tablets nowadays and handed me her iPad. The fly didn’t stand a chance.*


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