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Those SEAG snafus

Ninfa Leonardia

When it comes to picking the right words to describe a snafu, trust Senator Ping Lacson to find the most appropriate figures of speech. Who could have likened the alleged transfer of P1.5 Billion in public funds to a private group headed by Rep. Allan Peter Cayetano to the much maligned racket set up by the ingenuous Janet Lim Napoles? Remember her? She was the woman who devised the “foundations” where members of Congress “invested” their pork barrel largesse.

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But this is not the first time that the country has hosted similar sports events. Why didn’t they call on those who had managed the previous ones to come and share their experiences in those former activities? Now, knowing how quick Pinoys are at making fun of things, they came upon the fact that the contractors had put up ladies rooms with two toilets in one stall. Quick with puns, the word went around interpreting the Philippines slogan of “We win as one” into “Wiwi as one”! For sure foreign athletes will be asking for translation of that.

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But isn’t it embarrassing to our country that even before the Southeast Asian Games, or SEAG, have officially started, news headlines are already shouting: “Rody wants probe on SEA Games mess?” But the committee running the meet is objecting, saying the blunders are “isolated”. They claim the snafus are just “isolated cases”. All right, if they say so, but for the younger generation who may not have heard the term “snafu” yet, it means: “Situation Normal, All Fouled Up”.

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As if the problem of preparedness and lack of coordination among the officials involved were not enough, there is also the possibility that a killjoy in the form of a storm named “Tisoy” may decide to enter the country on the very day that the games will start. Worse, it could develop into a typhoon by the time it comes, and wreck havoc on outdoor games scheduled on those days. I hope the organizers are superstitious enough to remember to distribute eggs to the poor. I do not mind admitting that I have tried that and it works!

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Let’s not talk so much about the Southeast Asian Games boo-boos, because it was not only the supposed head of the project that was shamed, but our entire country as well. I hear the President was hopping mad at the reception boo-boos and even the transportation and quarters, and also the food of the guest athletes on their first day. Is it true that it was Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano supposed to be in charge? Didn’t he have the foresight to consult with those who had headed similar affairs before? From the reports, it seems as if the reception of the foreign athletes consisted of one boo-boo after another. How are they making up for that?

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And it was not only the reception being criticized, seems many other aspects were not in order yet for the start of the games. To think that this is not only an “among us” activity, other ASEAN countries are involved. The President reportedly blew his top, but he was away attending another Asian gathering when it began, so he can only cuss and maybe stamp his foot. Poor Digong. And he does not look very healthy, too. All we can say is “Relax lang, Sir! Just read the riot act on Cayetano when you come back”.

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Once again, the L’Fisher Hotel, outdid itself in this year’s marking of the start of the Christmas Season with the ceremonial lighting up of the giant Christmas Tree in its lobby. The ceremony was preceded by several dance number from the Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance whose young students entertained the visitors with several ballet numbers, all performed to Christmas music.

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But the program was not all show, it was also for the cause of the Welcome Home Foundation, Inc. that supports the deaf by providing them education, job training, outreach and ministry. By the way, the big multi-colored tree, called the “Tree of Hope” also has an opening through which donations for the foundation could be made. The lighting ceremony was officiated by Delia Ciocon Granada, while Bacolod Congressman Greg Gasataya delivered a Christmas message.*

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