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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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No wall tall enough

Ninfa Leonardia

Like a lot of Bacoleños, I was surprised, rather “shocked” at the news that the city’s police chief had been tagged by the President as being a coddler, if not actually involved, in illegal drugs. To us, Sr. Superintendent Francisco Ebreo seemed to be doing a very good job as far as the drug problem was concerned. Almost every day, we had reports on drug raids or arrests under his leadership. My first reaction was, there must have been some mistake, or somebody had fed the President the wrong information. Anyway, Supt. Ebreo was supposed to meet the President yesterday, and we await with bated breath the results of that meeting. It will be so sad, to learn that there was no mistake.

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But probably one of the worst cases involving the illegal stuff is the one in which a mayor, his vice mayor, and a family member are now on the run after a raid on their house where drugs and guns were reportedly stored. This happened in a town in Maguindanao named Datu Montawal, and the persons being hunted are the mayor, Vicman Montawal, his father and vice mayor, Ottoh Montawal, and his other son, Andy Montawal. However, the raiding team was not able to find what they were looking for.

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The wife of the vice mayor, who faced the raiding team, said later that no illegal drugs were found in their house. On the contrary, she claimed that the police took their jewelry worth P3 million, and some P40,000 in cash. Talk about turning the tables! The police also discovered that the residence of the Montawals had a secret escape passage leading to a swamp, which they had used in fleeing via a waiting motorboat. Movie makers should get a marketable plot from this operation that shows how ingenuous bigtime operators can be.

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I have been writing lately about some very bright and enterprising women who have shown up the men in their successful endeavors. Alas, lately, reports have been coming out about some such females whose enterprising activities involved criminal ones that may earn them years in jail if convicted. There is that one about the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation where a female official is now in hot water. There is still the enterprising Janet Napoles, who devised an almost perfect scam that led to the charges and even detention of several members of the Senate. There are several others in the news, too. I guess it all started with the first citizens, Adam and Eve.

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I cross my fingers and hope that by the time this comes out the national budget has already been signed, sealed and delivered, figuratively speaking. The last time it was in the news, the Senate had not yet approved it, and fears were expressed .that the country may have to make do with the 2018 version, i.e., “re-enact” it. One wonders, though, why it takes such a long time for both houses to approve such a necessary measure. One could almost suspect that they are having a difficult time sneaking in some “pork” and finding an innocent-sounding word for it.

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Don’t ever try to be funny by making jokes about bombs especially when in public places. A passenger of the Metro Rail Transit in Quezon City found to his dismay that such jokes are never funny to policemen. The man said that the box he was carrying held a bomb, and an alert security guard promptly arrested him and stopped him from entering the station. When he resisted, other guards reinforced their colleague, and they brought him the police station, where he had to do his explaining. Hopefully, they did not detain him.

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In the United States, meanwhile, what they call a “shutdown” is now on its fourth week with no end in sight because neither the protestors nor the authorities are giving in. Sadly, however, it is the common wage earner from the government who are suffering because they have not been paid their salaries for that long. Is this still the result of the people’s refusal to accept the plan of their president to build a Great Wall to keep out immigrants from Mexico? Me, I doubt if Trump can build a wall tall enough that determined migrants cannot scale.

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By now the sports world, especially in the Philippines and Las Vegas, Nevada, are full of excitement about the coming Pacquiao-Broner fight on January 19. From the sounds coming from his trainers, there is no way Broner stands a chance against their Pacman. We haven’t heard any quotes from Broner himself, but he must have heard that Pacquiao is focused on knocking him out. And of course we Pacquiao fans will be praying that he makes good his wish. Then it’s Mayweather next?*

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