THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata All of a sudden the criminals are armed with .38 cal. revolver and hand grenade and the police had to shoot them. This is the scenario everyday that come out in the media to justify the killings. I really have doubts about this reasoning. Criminals are normally afraid of the police and for them to fire first with their gun is just surprising and very unbelievable. People in their right mind would laugh on this issue and I suggest that the police should change their position in the killings. Get rid of doubt or suspicion from the public and let credibility stands. Daily murder has already alarmed people worldwide. Pres. Digong should watch out his pronouncement of important issues. He talks too much and later would apologize for his blunder. Be a straight talker and hold on to principles. The latest of his none sense talk is that of the US ambassador to the Philippine whom he described as “gay and son of a bitch”. He forgets diplomatic relations that binds countries around the world. Sometimes Duterte thinks he is supreme and can do anything he wants that would truly please him. Insulting America, the world’s superpower, is exposing himself to ridicule and dishonor – – and the whole country too. The way the government is being ran I don’t think Duterte needs the approval of congress for an emergency power to solve the problem of traffic in Metro Manila. Once the police start shooting those traffic violators, in less than 24 hours there will be smooth flow of traffic anywhere in the country. In my...

THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata I agree with Pres. Digong Duterte that the government should not operate in coalition with the communists. This is the same subject matter that then Pres. Cory Aquino rejected – – to share power with the communists. Sharing power? What for? Communism and democracy are like water and oil. They cannot be mixed even for moment. If the communists really want peace with the government, all they need is lay down their weapons and talk peace. They should realize by now that they cannot topple the government after 47 yeas of fighting. Government troops are well-trained in combat plus they are equipped. 0 0 0 It is so shocking to know that many town and city mayors were drug lords protectors and some of them even maintained security officers with heavy fire power. But what really surprised me is the fact that they only turned over their firearms and they get back to their positions as chief executives of their towns. I thought they would be held for a crime of possessions of illegal drugs and loose firearms. Sometimes I am confused if our criminal law has been revised and who did it specially on shooting to death of suspected drug lords. It seems any police officer now is clothed with the authority to shoot anyone he thinks is connected with illegal drugs. 0 0 0 Pres. Digong Duterte who accused Sen. Leila De Lima of immorality and adulterer for maintaining her driver as her lover and collector of payola from drug lords should be a good cause for the lady senator to resign. Honor and...

Leyte massing up for Rody Duterte

TACLOBAN CITY – “Mayor Duterte? Here in Tacloban?”, a passenger waiting for her flight at the Daniel Romualdez Airport asks repeatedly in Waray. It is not that she distrusts the people holding up welcome streamers for Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who was slated to arrive in Tacloban Saturday afternoon. Duterte was the main guest at the Leyte Electric Cooperative III’s 36th annual general membership meeting in Tunga, Leyte, about 40 minutes from Tacloban. Rather, the woman found it hard to believe that the Davao mayor would indeed be coming to Tacloban in the flesh. It is not that Duterte coming to Tacloban was improbable. Rather it was a reflection of how most people in Leyte hold the Davao mayor in respect and admiration. Duterte was the first local executive outside Leyte who arrived in Ground Zero after typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons in the world, unleashed its wrath in 2013. The mayor, who brought in manpower, medicines, food and relief goods to the people of Tacloban and other parts of Leyte, came and went without fanfare. Good deeds, however, will not remain unnoticed and Duterte’s is one of them. “I just want to shake his hand. I was walking barefoot, hungry and shivering not knowing what to do. He saw me, gave me food, dry clothes and rubber sandals,” a woman in her 60s said, explaining her insistence to wait in line in the searing heat for the mayor to emerge from his speech in Tunga. Duterte recalled his post-Yolanda response to Philippine Daily Inquirer editors and writers, confessing for the first time that he stopped at...

Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte: A victim of his own success

    Is he running or not? There is no telling the number of people who are asking this question. It is being asked by both friend and foe, by nearly everybody scanning the horizon in preparation for 2016. Is he running or not? Before we answer that question, clarifications are in order. First, another question: is he interested? The answer is a categorical no. “I will not run, you can’t make me run, I’m not interested,” Duterte declared on “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” last March 2, 2014. In a single sentence, he summarized his position on the talk of the town. I will not run. This is the same man who, when asked during a Senate hearing what he would do with a suspected rice smuggler, promptly replied: “I will gladly kill him!” Nobody ever said anything close to this before in front of the country’s highest legislative body, and it’s doubtful anybody ever will. The point is clear: he speaks without equivocation. You can’t make me run. “What will I spend? I will rely on somebody to fund my campaign? That will mean P15 billion to P20 billion worth of utang na loob (debt of gratitude), so, what will I say if the one who funds my campaign will ask for a payback?” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him in a story published March 9, 2014. The man is right. He doesn’t have that much money. Granting that somebody else will foot the bill, what would be the catch? Nobody gets a free ride in this world and the mayor knows that. It is precisely the reason...

Hope

Looks like it’s going to be the tandem of Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Sen. Grace Poe for the Liberal Party (LP) in 2016. While the newspapers say this is still “being considered”, the gut feel is that this will be it. Beneath the LP’s chest-beating, there is not much tandems it can play with going into the homestretch. It is a smart move to avert adventurists in the group who might entertain the possibility of doing it the other way around. A combination of Mar’s nosedive from second to sixth and Poe’s surge to second, no one can blame those who would go for a Poe-Mar tandem. That would be more logical if the surveys are going to be an indication. And yet, that might not exactly be a bright idea. The pattern in the post-EDSA elections show that voters no longer automatically go for tandems. They voted Ramos-Erap in 1992, Erap-GMA in 1998 and PNoy-Binay in 2010. The only aberration was the GMA-Kabayan tandem in 2004, but then the polls itself was an aberration. To this day, FPJ’s family and supporters insist the screen icon was cheated – and they have reasons to believe so. Sen. Loren Legarda, FPJ’s running mate, also protested the victory of then Vice President Noli de Castro. Given the subsequent discovery of ballots in the Ampatuan compound, she has every reason to protest it. Even if we concede legitimacy to de Castro in 2004, it is still 3-1 in favor of mixed tickets since 1992. That should be a legitimate argument against those pushing for a Mar-Poe ticket. If there is...

The Shepherd

Free Verse Chito A. Fuentes It was a cold, lonely night in the field To the shepherds, it was always like this. Open skies leave them nothing but the stars They seem so near in a world so dark. On this cold night, the sheep seemed unafraid Silent and still, in the cold night’s dark shade. The shepherds know they were free to wander Away from there, with no worry or fear. The shepherds know sheep trust them most at night When there’s no choice, sheep know who to turn to. The sheep is sure, that the shepherd’s arm Will protect them from all danger and harm. Then it happened, the sky lit up with light The angel spoke to the privileged few. “Fear not!” the angels calmed their fright This is good news in a world of bad news. Who is this Child for whom the angels sing? Why is He here, what is the news He brings? Even the stars could not hide His glory There is no doubt, He is a deity. The shepherds went without hesitation They did not waste heaven’s invitation To see the Babe that no inn would welcome. He is their King, in His world that will come. It was the same desert they returned to Still the same sheep they have to attend to. But something changed when they met the Savior They spread the Word, to the world He came for. The shepherds saw what Bethlehem missed out They didn’t know why He chose them instead. In later years, the shepherds would find out They were His sheep, He was...

THROUGH THE YEARS 13

Some months later, Aning was sent by her aunt to college in Cagayan de Oro City as she took up Education course. But, though she was already at the middle of the school year, Aning did not take her studies seriously. She was always doing frequent absences to her classes but instead always going out with her newly-acquainted friend-Christine. “Christine, let’s go out! We will not attend our classes this afternoon.” Without having a good mood, she approached her at the cafeteria. “Yup …but what’s up?” Christine asked. “I don’t know… let us just make fun going around at the downtown.” while she joined Christine eating with her lunch. “I observe it seems you like Roel… one of our classmates in English.” Christine said teasingly while they were strolling around at the plaza park. “Obvious??? Ha! Ha! Ha! I am only flirting at him.” Aning answered laughingly. “…because, he is so cute.” “What if Roel would turn serious at you…?”Christine asked. “Ha! Ha! Ha! …He is not my type to be my BF.” Aning reacted. “What do you like to a guy, who could pass to your criteria?” “I like a guy who will not make me cry…who would love me truly.” Aning replied Christine in a little serious. “Are you serious? …where you can find that kind of guy at this time?” Christine reacted unbelievably. “If I can’t find that type of guy…then I would continue flirting to many cute guys at the school.” Aning replied but did not mean it seriously. She looked at her watch when she remembered that her aunt would pass by to her...

series 10

THROUGH THE YEARS series 10 Aning had found that she would be secured in the hands of Ramon if ever she would give her “yes” to him. At the beginning of their friendship she had been also secretly admiring to Ramon. She knew that Ramon was really sincere to her. “Ramon, I know you will not let me cry someday.” Aning answered affectionately. She thought at that night, that maybe it was the right time for her to have already a serious relationship. “Hmm…I accept you now to be my boyfriend.” while she lay down at Ramon’s arm. “Thank you very much, Anne! You are so special to me. I love you very much!” Ramon embraced her so tight and affectionately kissed her lips. When Aning opened her eyes, she got immediately to her sight her daughter- Rosa who was seating down beside at her head. “Mama, all of us your children and your apos love you so much!” Rosa spoke softly to her. “You are the best mother we ever have!” while she was wiping the tears of her mom falling to her cheeks. “Thank you…my daughter!” on her thought she answered as she just nodded her head. After a while her two other daughters – Mary and Grace arrived. “Mama, I did not just bother you while ago in your good rest.” Mary said. “It’s time for your medicine.” “Mama, I do really hope for your good recovery.” Grace approached to her bed and looked at the gauge level of her oxygen tank was placed at her head side. “I know God has His beautiful plan for...

HOROSCOPE

Aries (3/21- 4/19) – You’ve got a few new ideas about your situation at home — so make the most of this time and get things done! It’s a great time to show off your intellectual heft, and other aspects of life are sweet as well. Taurus (4/20- 5/20) Try not to get involved in serious business today — your energy just isn’t quite right for anything involving signatures or money transfers. Life is sure to get a little better soon, though! Gemini (5/21-6/21) You may have a few too many meetings scheduled, or some other problem related to your calendar. Things are sure to get a little better soon, but you may need to ask for a reprieve today. Cancer (6/22-7/22) You’re not sure what to do next — and there are no authority figures around to guide you this time. That’s just as well, because you need to find your inner voice and follow it freely. Leo (7/23-8/22) Your unique perspective is exactly what’s needed today — so let it shine! Even if people aren’t asking for your input, you should still feel safe offering it up. Don’t be shy. Life’s too short! Virgo (8/23- 9/22) Take care today — people are quite likely to misinterpret you if you’re not very careful with your words. Things may start to get a little weird as you find out what’s going on in their heads! Libra (9/23 – 10/22) CYou’ve got so much going on today that you can hardly stand it — and yet your energy is amazingly strong! Sometimes you can rise to meet even the most...

Race relations gone wrong

Race relations gone wrong Ferguson’s controversy sparked a national outrage when a caucasian police officer involved in the death of an African-American teenager was not to be indicted in court. Such decision came up after said cop was accused of shooting the same man who resisted an arrest. On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, a police officer, due to an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri. Mr. Brown, who was unarmed, allegedly attacked the cop who tried to arrest him. In this same sequence, witnesses said that the teenager punched the policeman and reached for his gun. However, other witnesses claim that no part of Brown’s body ever reached into the vehicle of Wilson. They said that the boy even had his hands raised up (as a sign of surrender) but, still, shots were fired by the police officer. A total of 12 rounds were fired, two in the car, and 10 more while the teenager was being chased down by the street. A grand jury was tasked to decide whether there was probable cause to indict Wilson. Said body decided in the negative which, afterwards, resulted to massive protests, several businesses being looted, and burning of buildings. As the decision was being relayed, chaos and violence reigned over Ferguson which resulted in a lot of damage. Today, the same wave of anger has spread across the United States of America in protest of the untoward killing of Michael Brown. The levels of racial tensions have escalated into demonstrations and confrontations among sympathizers from both sides. We can only hope that such wrangle will cease sooner than later to avoid...
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