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And now comes Bette Midler

Ninfa Leonardia

Are the trees outshining Christ in Christmas? It seems so with all the focus now – especially by commercial establishments – on creating the biggest and the most well-decorated Christmas trees. There was a time when a campaign was staged to “put Christ back into Christmas”, but that has been forgotten and outshone by the more colorful and attractive trees. I still wonder what had happened to make even Christians turn their focus to trees, rather on the real reason for celebrating Christmas. I don’t think I have ever heard or read any mention of a tree in the story of Bethlehem, have you?

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It was very inspiring to read the report headed “Leni not quitting”. But I spoke too soon because just as I was writing this last night, the news came out that President Duterte had, indeed, fired Vice President Leni Robredo from the position he named her to a few days ago. And they say only women are famous for changing their minds. I doubt, however, if it was a change of mind for Digong – he never wanted to have her in his team, knowing how close the VP is to the office. Well, he only needs to keep being healthy and not worry too much about being succeeded by Leni, or he may end up doing that.

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Did you see the front page of the Philippine Star last Saturday? Whoever thought of designing what is supposed to be our symbol for the ASEAN was a flag that is stripped into pieces? Were they trying to show the coming athletes and sports leaders the real state of our country? By the way isn’t there a law that punishes desecration of the country’s flag? I don’t think there was anything artistic about it, and if it is to symbolize our participation in the games, it would only show how fragmented we are.

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Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo is up in arms against actress Bette Midler for including his boss among the leaders she described as “detestable”. Panelo fired back by calling her “incompetent” and “a gullible talking head”. That was because she classed our president with Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot, Asaad, Chavez, Kim Jong Un, Idi Amin, Mussolini and Mugabe. What an honorable roll!

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Ten years ago, on November 23, 2019, I was in New York City at the residence of my niece, Peachy, daughter of my brother Pros, and we were at lunch when she suddenly called, “Tita, Tita, come look, a massacre has taken place in the Philippines!” I rushed to the TV before which she was gaping, and saw a gory sight of bodies being taken away. At the time, we had no idea how many there were, but later reports said 58 had been mowed down and 32 of them were journalists.

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Of course we all lost our appetites as we crowded around the TV set, in shock and condemnation of the evil that had caused such butchery. That turned out to be the despicable Ampatuan Massacre case that, believe it or not, has until now, ten years later, not yet been resolved! Until now it remains the most horrible incident connected to politics. The victims were the Mangundadatos who were on their way to file his certificate of candidacy as governor of Maguindanao, against Andal Ampatuan Jr. It seems the Ampatuans had been using, through their lawyers, all the motions possible to delay its resolution. What is it they say about “Justice delayed being justice denied”?

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I read a report noting that the present spokesman of President Duterte, Salvador Panelo was among the first lawyers of the Ampatuans. I guess he realized that he was trying to rescue a sinking ship, and therefore let go. For sure he would not be in Malacañang getting quoted everyday in media, had he stuck it out with what was an obvious lost cause. But anyway, the other lawyers had managed to keep the suspects free 10 years after the crime, and who would be surprised if they are still roaming around freely after 10 more years?

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What a beautiful cartoon the Philippine Star had on Friday! It depicted a skinny athlete, in ragged shirt and pants, trying to hold and run with the P50 million “caldero” as the torch. Me, I would like to see as well as touch that cauldron if it is, at least, gold plated, costing that much. Will they allow it to be brought to any part of the country where there are sports events? At least let us see how a “caldero” can be glamorized.*

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