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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, May 17, 2018
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with Benjamin Calderon


Rock & Refuge

After, in my opinion, the historic low of the recent legal decision to oust the Chief Justice, the on-going competition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) on a conference final level has somewhat helped alleviate or make less severe the personal discomfort in swallowing the recent development of how law is currently dispensed by the Supreme Court.

The basketball games can become distractions to work as the games are played at the start of office hours in our country. The best-of-seven series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics have become more interesting with office mates agreeing on a pay-for-lunch bet determined by the result of the series.

If Lebron wins, I pay for lunch. On the western conference, no bet was made as we were all for the defending champions to reach the finals. The next two weeks will see more of us get home early in time to see the day’s game replay.

The recently held Barangay elections saw voters selling their votes and a few violent confrontations. Well, we know the implications of vote-buying or the use of guns, goons and gold in our elections which we know does not do well for positive national development. We need to do our share in helping become more responsible citizens and keep alive the faith that the Force be with us all.

Interestingly, the recent national elections of Malaysia, a Muslim country, has gotten the world’s attention with the historical on-going real-life stories of allies, turned opponents, one is jailed by the other, retirement, re-uniting, partnership that wins the election, a royal pardon releasing one from jail, and now another opportunity for Malaysia to do much better with good governance, dedicated public service and honesty as a national value. The picture of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim being released elicits a smile when we look forward to the future when Senator Leila De Lima’s turn comes along.

Let us end with an anecdote to encourage us to be appreciative for what each single day adds to our life.

A therapist has a theory that couples who make love once a day are the happiest. So, he tests it at a seminar by asking those assembled, “How many people here make love once a day?” Half the people raise their hands, each of them grinning widely. “Once a week?” A third of the audience members raise their hands, their grins a bit less vibrant. “Once a month?” A few hands tepidly go up. Then he asks, “OK, how about once a year?”One man in the back jumps up and down, jubilantly waving his hands. The therapist is shocked—this disproves his theory. “If you make love only once a year,” he asks, “why are you so happy?”The man yells, “Today’s the day!”*

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