Daily Star LogoOpinions


Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Front Page
Star Business
Opinion
Sports
Star Life
People & Events
Twinkling
with Ninfa Leonardia
OPINIONS

Who’s scared?

Ninfa Leonardia

“What are you scared of?” That question, coming from Vice President Leni Robredo to President Rodrigo Duterte, is, I am sure, going to be a much quoted statement in the coming days. It is a question so full of meaning, and, knowing how imaginative our fellow Pinoys are, it will surely elicit a lot of speculations, and as many conclusions. Indeed, what should the vice president not discover if she becomes part of the anti-drug war of this administration?

***

I noted that the President had said that she was “talkative”. Well, she may be, but surely she will not talk from her imagination, but from facts she may discover? And who could be involved in those discoveries? So far, it does look as if our anti-drug agencies are holding their punches in some cases. Maybe they are afraid of backlashes, like being charged for libel or worse, by those they name. In such a situation, I believe Robredo will be more forthright than them.

***

Anyway, that is water under the bridge, and the gap between our top two leaders seems to be unbridgeable now. Especially because the lady is proving that she is no patsy, and ready to take on any comers. But she belongs to the opposition and it would be shameful for the administration to have her succeed when their best efforts failed. And misogynists, like a lot of people we know, will never stand for a woman succeeding where they failed.

***

Want to have a look at a Christmas presentation that one could call “out of this world?” Go and visit Bamboo Tonogbanua’s magical set-up of a Christmas village in miniature that will surely leave you awe-stricken. Not only is it extraordinary, it is a real work of love and art that Bamboo has been improving through the years with more and more of the added features he collects from abroad. Bamboo has set it up right in his own house, probably not imagining when he started it that it would become so popular. I have seen it several times, but am always amazed at the originality and intricacy it involves. I think it is already open now at his residence in San Juan Street.

***

A report from Agence France Presse yesterday told about a ship that had overturned in the Black Sea near Romania and 14,600 sheep fell into the water. One can only wonder what kind of ship that was, but, at least, it was good to know that the crew, 21 of them were rescued. As for the sheep, only 32 were saved, and, well, better them than the human beings. I also wonder where the sheep were bound – were they for the farms, or for the butchers’ shops? In the latter case, a lot of gourmands lost some delicious meals because lambs are considered the meat of the wealthy.

***

A Manila columnist commented that while riots and protests are going all over the world, for once Metro Manila is quiet. For that matter, the rest of the country also seems peaceful, except for areas where there are rebel groups and even those seem to have quieted down a bit lately. I don’t know if anybody agrees with me, but could it be because our people have learned a lesson from the infamous EJKs at the start of this administration? That must have silenced those who had some ideas of protesting.

***

This is something that could not happen in the Philippines. I am referring to the news that the leader of Hongkong, Carrie Lam, whose government was soundly defeated in their latest election, saying that her group would listen humbly to the public. This was after Hongkongers turned down her government that is being supported by Mainland China. If that happened in our country, one can just imagine the cries of cheating and denunciation from the losers. Sadly for them, their views are being disregarded. But China’s leaders brushed off the victory by saying “Nothing will change”.*

back to top

   
  Email: visayandailystar@yahoo.com