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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 26, 2018
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The Associated Press reported a very interesting story recently. It was about a man who held up a bank teller by pretending to be withdrawing money. But he gave the teller a note saying that he had a bomb in his bag and he wanted her to give him $2,000. The teller, probably out of habit, asked him for two identification cards, and, probably automatically, the holdupper gave them to her. While apparently checking the IDs, the teller pressed the alarm button, bringing the guards, who nabbed the man.

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The story reminded me of my own experience when I was working at the DBP Bacolod Branch. I was then the Branch cashier, so the tellers were in my division. Because of my phobia against hold-ups, I pleaded with the manager to have an alarm system installed in each of the tellers’ cages. And he agreed, so technicians came to the office and installed them. There was no visible button, they were located on the floor close to the teller’s foot. A few days later, one of the tellers was absent, so someone else was assigned to take her place. The new girl did not know about the alarm and in a few minutes stepped unknowingly on the pedal triggering it. How surprised all of us in the office, as well as the clients when, suddenly a dozen policemen were surrounding the building, with guns at the ready!

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Doesn’t it seem like the wrong timing to declare closure of popular resorts, foremost among them our Number one attraction, Boracay? This is the time of the year when the place gathers the most number of tourists as well as local visitors, even from neighboring provinces and cities. So far, we have not heard of any reports about the effect of the closure threats, or even the intense publication of stories about its disadvantages, but I am afraid such stories could have lasting impressions on those who may have been planning to spend their vacations or just visit and see the popular place. Isn’t that another way of shooting ourselves in the foot?

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The horrible tragedy that was the crash of a bus maintained by the Dimple Star lines in Luzon, and even in Mindanao, has gotten all other similar operators worried. Now the President has ordered a crackdown on them, and who knows how many will be found remiss in their compliance with the requirements for their operations? I hope none of those operating in our province are guilty of such neglect, but I also hope that the same checks will be made everywhere to protect the riding public from similar tragedies as what was wrought by that bus that had cost 19 lives.

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There seems to be no stopping it anymore – the barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections are virtually “Go” now with the delay in the transmittal to the Senate of the bill postponing it. That is, unless the President himself disregards what the law is supposed to require in such situation, and orders a postponement himself. Well, these elections are long overdue, so let’s have them in October as scheduled. The incumbents have been in office far too long, especially for the SKs who are no longer qualified to be “kabataan” or “youth” by now.

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The President’s daughter, Sara D. Carpio has been very prominently covered by the national media recently. So it is no wonder that many are speculating that we may soon find her running for a national position, say that of senator. Well, she is, no doubt, qualified, but will detractors not cry “Dynasty”, even if the other Duterte, Paolo, who was vice mayor to her, had given up the post? They say that if an anti-dynasty law is written into the new Constitution, it may ban the relationship of elected officials to the second degree. What degree exists between father and daughter?

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In the sports world, three new names in boxing were honored at the recent Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards and Banquet of Champions, where their biggest star, Manny Pacquiao, was the guest speaker. The three were Jerwin Ancajas, Milan Melindo, Marlon Tapales. It was during the event that the casting of the fist of Pacquiao, known also as the “Pambansang Kamao (National Fist)” will be done. But the report did not say if it will be cast in gold or bronze.

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This should interest dog lovers. Don’t be shocked if what happened to a dog owner in Poland happens to you, too. A Great Dane surprised her owner and probably the entire country by giving birth to 17 puppies. The owner had to have her pet undergo a caesarian operation to get out all 17 of her babies! Now the mama dog and her litter are occupying the entire first floor of her house, and her main problem is how to feed them all. In Germany too, a woman dog owner’s pet also gave birth to 17 pups, but naturally, not by operation. Since the mother dog could not supply enough milk for her puppies, their owners have to bottle feed them, and the owner of the latest births has to miss work frequently to take care of them.*

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