Issue of June 16, 2019

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Musings – after one too many

The very first time I stepped inside a classroom – this was ages ago – I couldn’t help but notice the signs boldly written in cartolina placed atop the blackboards, some of which I understood, the others I found confusing.

For example, the one that said “Honesty is the best policy” was easy to comprehend.

Every time I would sit with my mom to read a book, she never failed to remind me that it always pays to be honest.

To my fragile mind, honesty meant “not to lie, not to cheat, and not to take anything belonging to others.”

Of course my mom had no idea that her eldest son would someday become a lawyer, and years later, a government official.

You would say that in all those years, it was one balancing act after another.

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Still another sign said “Knowledge is power.” I wonder, did Mighty Mouse go to school first before flying to the sky and saving the day for those in need of help or rescue?

But when I read that “The pen is mightier than the sword,” only then did I get to find out that gray matter was better than a gun in a holster.

Not so, says a policeman about to draw his gun. “One false move, and you are dead.”

Like I said, no brains can be scary.

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Anyway, in my grade school days, teachers didn’t sell wares to their pupils, nor required them to bring a little something that could improve their grades.

I remember a classmate who was one of the smartest in our class, but he had a hard time figuring out the difference between a hundred and a thousand.

Poor fellow, he wasn’t a machine after all. He is now with the Commission on Elections.

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Hey, didn’t I say that the Raptors would wrap it all up in six games.

So, the NBA Larry O’Brien trophy will move to Toronto, at least for a year.

Ok, the Golden State Warriors weren’t in the pink of health – Kevin Durant not able to play in game six, Klay Thompson, playing the game of his life, taken out in the 4th quarter to avoid further injury, and Steph Curry wasn’t making his shots.

An ugly win, as they say, but a win is a win, as others also say.

And hey, get this, there is no Canadian native in the Raptors champion team.

But who the hell cares, Canada or the Royal Mountain (Mounted) Police couldn’t care less.

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At last, after years of frustration, President Rody Duterte is now a man after my own heart.

Send the Smartmatics home, the man orders. Naturally, Comelec balks, making all sorts of claims like legislation is needed to do that.

Not easy to shoo away the goose laying golden eggs.

Why are there so many crooks in government? Is money more important than a favor in the eyes of God?

Go all the way back when Sixto Brilliantes was Comelec chair, which was about the same time that Smartmatic landed here.

Go around the islands and ask people what they think of Smartmatic.

But of course, Comelec will always come to the rescue.

The more problems for Smartmatic, the more people will rub their hands in glee.

Not to worry Venezuelans, we will only be too happy to lawyer for you.

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Duterte also bewails that the partylist system benefits the rich more than the people they are supposed to represent.

Right on target, Mr. President sir. And now they have even become a powerful bloc.

No way could they win on their own.

It is the same thing with the barangays. Dear old Ferdinand Marcos opened the gates for everyone to become a public official – amateurs, istambays, good for nothings – pretty soon they are kagawads and barangay chair.

How many barangay officials not so much finished college? Sure, they know how to read and write, but are their diplomas on their walls? Some maybe, but I bet you a greater majority were or are bullies of the neighborhood.

Go home, Smartmatic, resign partylist reps, and scrap the barangay elections.

Come out youth of the fatherland. Raise your voices against what is happening to your country. March, march, march!

Happy Father’s Day!

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