Issue of March 12, 2017
Mt. Province

66th Courier Anniversary Issue
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A long, long time ago, when men dominated the world by shutting out the women, forcing them to take to the streets to protest the inequality, demanding that the right of suffrage should be accorded to all regardless of gender, the story is told about an English professor who wrote the following line on the blackboard.

“Women without her man is nothing.”

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He then asked his students to make use of two commas that would define the character of their gender.

Casting aside chivalry, the men went first, and the line came out thus:

“Women, without her man, is nothing.”

When it was the turn of the women, the professor couldn’t help but applaud when the sentence read:

“Women, without her, man is nothing.”

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Once referred to as the “weaker sex,” the women have since come into their own, providing stiff competition to the men in every human endeavor, particularly in the professional field.

Over the past decade or so, there were more women in the top 10 of the Bar exams, many of whom placed first or No.1.

Even the Medical Board examinations show the same trend, and Engineering is no longer an exclusive men’s domain.

And while there is, today a large number of male nurses, the ratio is still six to one in favor of the women.

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And the reason why women make better judges than men is because they study pretty hard, driven by a desire to excel in their jobs as magistrates.

But there is one curious flaw that seems to affect the women.

The higher the women go up the ladder of success, they are suddenly struck by vertigo and lose track of themselves.

Taking over the world is now their aim, not gender equality, and the men are getting in the way.

Guilty or not, the women will fight tooth and nail to prove their innocence, and anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or a paid witness.

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Even my dearly beloved mom fell prey to the syndrome.

When my dad quit his job at City Hall to take up Law, he put up an apartment building and sold some of his surrounding properties to neighbors on installment basis; that way my mom would have monthly collections to meet the needs of her large brood – five sons, two daughters, and an adopted boy and girl.

But times were difficult then, and tenants and buyers would often default in their payments.

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So my mom decided to go into real estate. With luck and prayers, she was soon making good money.

Strangely, however, she had turned into some kind of tyrant. Far from what she was in our early years of childhood, a mother we would run to in moments of tears and distress, she would often scold us for being lazy dullards, not sparing my dad who would high off to the corner sari-sari store, quickly gulping a bottle of Añejo rum, and snore off my mom’s tirades and sermons.

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Look at Leni Robredo. In her new world of power and politics, she is no longer the brave and admirable widow that we all looked to once upon a time. Right now she is aching to be president, making nonsense claims that the Bongbong protest is a shade of the 1986 snap presidential elections.

How? Marcos “won” that one, as Leni did last May.

So, who cheated who?

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Ah, but we are happy to see that the PMA class valedictorian is a woman.

When she becomes a General or a Navy Admiral, we hope that she won’t be living in a mansion, has a lover or two on the side, and attend an alumni homecoming riding an expensive SUV with other brand new vehicles trailing behind her.

Maybe and ever so hopefully, the new batch of women will bring back to their alma mater the true meaning of courage and dignity.

Hey, come to think of it, this might be the right time to turn over everything to the women, and let’s just pray that they won’t do what Eve did to Adam, or like Mary Magdalene did to Judas, drive us all to betray the master for 20 pieces of silver and hang ourselves after.

Thank God for the Blessed Mom of Jesus and the whole world, Protector of all mankind.

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Congratulations to newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Samuel Martinez, a promotion well deserved.

The new Justice is married to a Baguio lass, Cecile Solano, which makes him one of our own.

Oh, I feel both a pinch of envy and pride seeing friends and colleagues on TV, still active in the practice of law.

Atty. Boy Lemos, lawyering for Matobato, and Atty. Pablito Sanidad, fellow Midland Courier columnist, acting as counsel for Lascañas.

So who’s afraid of Rodrigo Duterte?

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Briefs: Belated Birthday greetings to Dr. Irene Dimalanta, the doctor of our two boys in their growing up years, beloved widow of the much loved and lamented Johnny Dimalanta, God’s servant on Earth during his lifetime.

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Our condolences to the family of the late Mac Flores, old family friends and neighbors at New Lucban in the ‘50s; sibling of Mang Rudy, Erning, and Ben, likewise gone to God’s kingdom.

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Birthday greetings to Palma Rosario-Orden, hosting a luncheon today at the Rose Bowl Restaurant.

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