Issue of January 8, 2017

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Heroes and villains

Like many showbiz personalities who are of the notion that the characters they portray or depict in the movies are themselves, Rodrigo Duterte likewise fancies himself as a legendary hero in the mold of James Bond, Robin Hood, and John Fitgerald Kennedy or JFK.

Bond is fiction Robin neither myth nor real, yet probably both, and JFK is true to life.

Whatever, let’s take a peek into their lives.

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James Bond, of her Majesty’s Secret Service, is a government agent licensed to silence England’s enemies, and consequently, also of the free world.

In all the movies I have seen of him, all of Bond’s killings did not involve collateral damage – no innocents shot dead, only evildoers.

His biggest foe was – or is Spectre, a worldwide crime organization with Russian roots or origins.

In his initial flick, the villain was a Chinese lunatic who sequestered an island and the waters surrounding the Bahamas, not allowing any of the locals to conduct their fishing business, scaring them off with a flame throwing tank. Dr. No, his name was.

My point? Bond never made deals with the Russians or the Chinese, not drinking vodka or eating chopsuey with Ruskies or Chinks.

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Hey, what about Robin Hood?

Coming home from the Crusades, Robin was shocked to discover that the domain he was supposed to inherit from his father had been taken over by the evil sheriff of Nottingham, and that Robin’s beloved, Maid Merriam, was being held captive in the castle against her will.

With only a motley band consisting mostly of scum, getting back his rightful place in the sun and rescuing Mad Merriam was too daunting a task even for the courageous Robin. So he took to robbing the rich and giving or sharing his loot with his impoverished subjects.

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One day, while crossing a log that served as a bridge over a river, he was halfway through, and so was Friar Tuck coming from the other side.

Instead of graciously giving way to a servant of God, he fights him with his stout staff, and ends up in the drink. He would however later befriend the good friar, whom he called Little John because of his bulky body.

So why does Duterte keep on fighting the church instead of befriending them?

Will Duterte and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines ever come to terms?

Summa total? The poor are complaining that their children are being killed indiscriminately, and the problem of poverty is not being properly addressed.

And the feud between Du30 and the Catholic hierarchy will not end until kingdom come, or until hell freezes over.

Strike two for Duterte.

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But Du30 makes up for the slack with his JFK image.

While JFK carried a wounded buddy on his back trying to swim to shore after their P.T. boat got blasted, Duterte’s load is much bigger and heftier, an entire nation beleaguered with all sorts of ills and other woes, and he needs to get his people to safe harbor in only six years’ time.

But what he really needs to do is to come down from his high seat and mingle with the people more so he can listen to the beating of their hearts.

Forget the yellows, they are a spent force. But watch your back, sir. No telling what a woman who is next in line will do.

She will cry, flirt, use brain and tongue – anything just to be No. 1.

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It has always been a source of wonder to me that in life or in politics, women who start out as number two end up being number one subsequently.

The men only have themselves to blame.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a Hillary and Aimee fan, a big admirer of Gretchen Cojuangco (the orig), and while I mourn the untimely demise of my Auntie Miriam, what I mourn more is that she never got to be president.

Oh yes, CJ Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Morales are also tops on my idols list.

I also have a schoolboy crush on Allysa Valdez, Athlete of the Year in my book, and women’s volleyball as the Sport of the Year.

I also admire mother and daughter Gloria and Gladys Vergara, Lu Cabato, Becky Domogan, Olive Balajadia, Julie Cabato, outstanding women all, but none more outstanding than my Minda.

Me, a woman hater? Only their bad traits, please. More in another column.

Early Chinese New Year greetings to all!

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