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Are ‘sources’ always right or real

Ninfa Leonardia

Defenders of President Duterte are angry at the United Nations Human Rights official who said our president needs “psychiatric evaluation”. In other words, he wants President Duterte to consult a psychiatrist, which means only one thing – he believes we have a leader who is not “all there”. The HR chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, was quoted as saying he believes our President, needs to submit himself to “psychiatric evaluation”.

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Our officials should not worry too much over that, I think. Who are the psychiatrists that they think could tackle President Duterte? I do think that it will only take a session to drive them crazy. Al Hussein’s statement was reportedly triggered by a statement of the President that he would slap UP rapporteur on extra judicial killings, Agnes Calamard, while mouthing profanities, according to an Agence France Report.

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And it is not only the United Nations people who are not in love with our President. The leader in absentia of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army also calls him the Number One Terrorist in the country! Talk about the pot and the kettle! This was Jose Ma. Sison, or “Joma’s” reposte to the declaration of their group as terrorist by the President. Well, it seems to be the season for name-calling among top people, not only in governments, but even in such exalted organizations as the United Nations. And our generation has to put up with it, sad to say.

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I wonder what the people of Iloilo City think of the recent developments about their mayor, Patrick Mabilog, who has not returned to his post and is reportedly out of the country until now. The presidential spokesman says that his refusal to return is a sign of guilt, but his boss, the President, has declared that he will kill him if he returns to the country. Now, Spokesman Roque said that after the President declared he will kill Mabilog if he returns, ands did not say he would do so only if he is guilty. What would you do if you were Mabilog?

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Now that the barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan elections are believed to be a sure thing in May, warning is out that officials, or would-be officials who are on the President’s “drug list” should not be voted on, and should be rejected. But who are those officials who may be incumbent ones, or just wannabes, who are listed? Will their names be announced before the filing of certificates of candidacies, or just before the election? There are reportedly 143 barangay captains, and 146 barangay kagawads who are on the President’s list, not counting the prospective candidates who are planning to run for office. How are the voters to reject them, unless they are identified before they become candidates?

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And the dynasty goes on. The daughter of the unlamented Martial Law leader, Ferdinand Marcos, Ma. Imelda, a.k.a. Imee, has announced that she is running for senator in the next election. She emphasized that her brother, Ferdinand Junior, also known as Bongbong, is not after the office because he is banking on grabbing the vice presidential position from Leni Robredo, who won over him in the last polls. Because Leni’s lead over him did not reach millions, and was less than 300,000 votes, he believes he can still grab it from her before the next elections come. Hope springs eternal… they say.

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See what you’ve done, Dengvaxia. After the tumult that followed the discovery that the vaccine was not safe for those who have not been exposed to dengue before, and some children who had been dengvaxia vaccinated started dying, parents are now afraid of having their children vaccinated even against the most common one against measles and other common childhood diseases. Now that outbreaks of measles have been reported in some places, they are worried about their kids getting sick, but more worried about any reactions to the vaccines. This is a big problem for Health and Education officials who would like to see their schoolchildren protected from ailments preventable by vaccinations. There should be a drive to disabuse minds against the dangers of vaccinations.

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Indeed, Senator Vicente Sotto should back up his claim that there was fraud in the 2016 election. Who were benefitted by that fraud? Only six, he now claims. It is therefore incumbent upon him to name those six who benefitted from the fraud. Now he also says a “source” gave him the names, and that he can vouch for the credibility of his “source”. If so, why not come out with his identity? The way he announced it, he, too, could be victim of fake news, in case his “source” had put one over on him.*

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