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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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Ninfa Leonardia

If there is any country that could be distracted from the pandemic that is raging all over the world, including it, it would be the United States that has began to focus on politics with the start of the conventions yesterday. And the two persons who are vying for the position of president must be the most apprehensive, although, from the reports we have heard, there does not seem to be any strong opponent for either of the frontliners in both parties. I believe both the incumbent, Donald Trump, and the challenger, former vice president, Joe Biden, are confident of getting the nominations.

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The real battle will be when the campaign season begins and the candidates begin to go around the country trying to court the votes of their countrymen – one for his reelection, the other for his promotion from being vice president before, to president. Aren’t we glad that our own elections are still far away, and we do not have to add campaign worries to our present concerns? I think that if there are potential candidates making plans now, these are the ones seeking positions in local governments, where the voting is more exciting.

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That is why President Rodrigo Duterte does not at all seem unduly worried about conditions now and, in fact, has very seldom been seen or heard from lately. Perhaps that is because his medical advisers have strictly warned him against entertaining other people, even if they are officials, themselves. I am sure everybody agrees that if there is anybody who should be very, very strictly protected from this virus – or any other ailment, for that matter – it should be our President and his family.

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Anyway, COVID or no COVID, it seems that the sex for sale business continues to thrive in various countries and Tijuan is one place where this is still a main source of income for women. When interviewed, however, they justify their involvement in it because they are the main breadwinners for their families. So the red light districts are still in full operations. Does the state have no authority to stop them, or is that sort of business legal there? But let us not be hypocrites, it is illegal in our country, but can it be stopped?

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I do remember during our trip to European countries seeing a big show room where, instead of mannequins, real women are posing inside. I thought they were modeling the scanty attires they had on that barely covered their “assets”, but our tour guide told us they were actually “for sale”. That meant that anyone, male, of course, who takes a fancy to any of them can negotiate with the management for the fees to take them out on dates and whatever else in services they have paid for. My companions and I were mesmerized at their beauty in face and body, but they looked very serious. But when some men came along, why they started smiling their pretiest and posed this way and that for better views of their assets!

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Is the Philippines sending its condolences to the family of U.S. President Donald Trump? The news yesterday announced that his younger brother, Robert, died at the age of 71. Nothing much was reported about the cause of his demise, but it must have caused a lot of grief to their family. And it had to happen just before the conventions for their coming elections were to take place. But who knows? It could bring in some sympathy votes for Donald, unless there are talks that he and Robert were not on good terms. If that is not true, this could elicit votes for Donald Trump and Joe Biden must think hard on how to counter that.

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What about school opening? What is the final decision on the actual date of the reopening of both public and private schools? I am sure some kids are now raring to go to school after so many months of boredom, but how safe will it be? Even in the U.S. there is a lot of confusion over the matter. Some parents are not in favor of the idea, and some teachers have resigned, and who can blame them? Better to be jobless than to risk your life, even if it is a noble task you will be doing. I wonder if the President himself has given any instructions on when he expects schools – kindergarten to college – to open.

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But it is quite a cause for concern to hear that the state of California is one of the hardest hit by the COVID. It is also the state where, I think, there are more Filipinos and many of us have relatives and close friends there. The report said there were 600,000 cases as of Saturday, and that is supposed to be the highest in the entire U.S. So we need to pray for our kin, friends and fellow Pinoys that they will be safe from it as it was noted that most of the victims were colored people and Latinos. They are our fellow human beings too.*

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