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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, November 28, 2019
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with Benjamin Calderon


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A desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone. I agree with the conclusion of Marichu A. Villanueva when she wrote in her column, COMMONSENSE, that o nly after 19 days, Vice President Robredo lost her designation as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) because, “It was given out of spite. It was accepted out of spite. It all began in spite. Thus, it all ended in spite.”

Spite is becoming more prevalent now-a-days when we begin hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games as the mistakes or snafus give rise to fault finding, finger pointing and blast of explanations with accusations of being unnationalistic for Filipino who complain. The event is so balanced that the worst and the best of the Filipino will be showcased in management of events, support for athletes, logistics, preparations, hospitality and competitiveness. The event has just begun and we are encouraged to be positive, keep mum on the negatives and just wait for the event to be done before the investigations and washing our dirty laundry in public will take center stage. How pitiful we, as a nation, the Pearl of the Orient Seas, have grown below the high expectations our previously envious neighbors had on us. But that is water under the bridge and we must continue to press on forward, move on with lessons learned and be more careful in entrusting our future and public resources to our chosen leaders.

We should do our share in preventing this hosting from becoming a national embarrassment.

Being positive is being encouraged to learn that despite controversies surrounding the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said Wednesday that it also plans to have the Asian Games hosted in the country. “Kasama po ‘yan. Magbabakasakali (That’s included. We will try),” Cavite 8th District Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, POC president, said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer, when asked if the committee also plans to have the Asian Games held in the Philippines now that the country has built facilities for the SEA Games .

Let is end with an encouragement to be careful with what we become with the following anecdote (at the expense of the Nigerians). A Brazilian, a Frenchman, and a Nigerian were in a plane. The pilot told them that they have to jump out of the plane when they find their country. The Brazilian jumped out when he saw the Christ the Redeemer statue. The Frenchman jumped out when he saw the Eiffel Tower. When it was the Nigerian's turn the pilot asked, "When will you jump?" The Nigerian put his hand outside the plane window. When he brought it back in, his watch was gone. He said, "Ah, we've reached my country."*

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