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wilfrido david
wilfrido david TAPOS NA ang buhay-karangyahan ng mga Arroyo. Binabagyo ngayon ang buhay nila. Nasa ilalim sila sa gulong ng palad. Mananatili sila roon hangga't hindi mag-iiba ang ihip ng hangin. Sa ngayon wala silang magagawa kundi maghanda sa malakas na hangin at ulan, baha, at may kasama pang kidlat at kulog.

The Arroyos are playing political ping-pong—a game of hide-and-seek in reverse—because they want to seek any means of escape and then, if they get lucky, hide! But that's not likely to happen because they are well-known and easily recognizable, which is not, by any means, as bad as being convicted and put to jail. Any country that may offer them asylum will face criticism by the international court. And even if they do manage to have their way—that is, on the pretense of seeking medical treatment abroad for the former PGMA but then only for her not to return to the country to face the music—will but result to utter humiliation for the entire Arroyo camp. What price fame and fortune? People who are sympathetic to the Arroyos see nothing but political harrassment and revenge on the part of the current administration invoke human rights as a legitimate defense to let her go for treatment. Filipinos are known to be a compassionate people, but where does compassion begin and how about justice being shelved for the sake of compassion? The least that could happen is that all the charges against the Arroyos would be put on hold indefinitely until a new president is elected and who might be more "user-friendly"?

It seems that the Arroyos' lawyers and sympathizers are in a frenzy to get their clients out of the country, ASAP. What's the big rush? GMA's health condition is deemed to be not as life-threatening as they want it to appear, and their express desire to seek treatment for her abroad is an insult to our own doctors who are just as skilled as those abroad, having acquired their expertise overseas for that matter. DOJ secretary Leila de Lima should stick to her decision to bar the Arroyos from traveling, even at the risk of being cited for contempt of court. Any clear-thinking citizen knows that the Arroyos are not likely to return to face the charges against them, because conviction is the ultimate humiliation. Simply put, if you were the Arroyos, with their unlimited resources, would you risk coming back when you could well buy mansions in any country of their choice? Don't answer that one!

Kapag nakalusot o kaya na-intimidate si de Lima na palabasin sina GMA at ang dating FG at hindi na sila bumalik, sino ang sisisihin ng mga mamamayan? Ano ang magiging tingin ng mga tao kay PNoy, kundi isa siyang inutil? Paano na lang ang kanyang "Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap" slogan, ang kanyang "Walang wang-wang?"

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Inuulan din ng mga intriga ang buhay ni Manny Pacquiao. The simple fact is that the Pacman is becoming too big for his britches. Imagine talking about running for president in 2016 or whenever he thinks he's ripe for it. It's a blessing in disguise that he almost lost his WBA title to Mexican challeger Juan Marquez. Because of that near-fiasco of a fight, Manny probably realized the fragility of fame and popularity, that he is after all a mere human who will certainly lose friends once he loses his star billing in the boxing world. If he doesn't watch out, he could wind up like Tiger Woods—with all the adulation, fame and fortune fizzling out like hot air in a balloon. Pacquiao and his wife weren't on speaking terms during his pre-fight training and this probably distracted him during the fight, losing his focus and visibly fumbling. His time is spread out too thin—coping with his duties as a congressman, dealing with his Manny Many Prizes TV program and other various TV appearances, training only (and overdoing it) within a few weeks before a big fight, plus his nights away from home for which he has to account to his wife Jinky. Money doesn't guarantee you happiness, although it does make you look handsome. Take care, Manny!

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Binabaha naman ang buhay ng (mga) pamilya ni Ramon (Bautista) Revilla, Sr., dating sikat na action star at senador at tatay ni Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. The murder of Ramgen, an aspiring actor himself and the eldest son of Ramon Sr. by Genalyn Magsaysay, is hogging media coverage. Ms. Genalyn just couldn't believe and insists that Ramgen's siblings had anything to do with his slaying. Why would it be so hard to accept this possibility, especially when investigators point to his younger brother Ramon and sister Ramona (everybody in the kin seems to have been christened with the name Ramon attached). Common sense points to the fact that if you have nothing to hide, you shouldn't go into hiding! Ramona put one over the local police by flying to Turkey a day after the murder, and Ramon always has his face covered everytime he's seen on TV. For that matter, if families can have incidences of incest—why not of fratricide? So, you see, the sun doesn't always shine on one's life. The Revillas of Cavite are quite well-known in Imus as a political dynasty, basking in public adulation, until, suddenly, tragedy strikes like lightning.

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Justice secretary Leila de Lima is getting severe sunburn from the sweltering heat which has befallen her career. She is being called all sorts of names by GMA's camp of sympathizers as well as the constitutionalists and legal experts for standing her ground on the issue of barring the Arroyos from international travel. De Lima is to be admired, if only for her guts in holding the Supreme Court's TRO in abeyance, to the consternation of the Arroyos. She is just what PNoy needs during this crisis in his administration to remind the Arroyos are no longer in power but who seem to not realize it!

Ang buhay ay "weather-weather" lang. Dapat lagi tayong handa at may dalang kapote, payong, o rubber boots.

Mamun na ku pu, anggang qeng tutuki!


[About the author. Wilfrido David is a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1985. He is an avid news consumer, habitually tuned to global TV via satellite. In turn, he occasionally comes up with spiced up essays and anecdotes liberally sprinkled with his wry humor, at times irreverent, oftentimes as corny as corn-on-the-cob, but nontheless thought provoking. He thinks of himself as a "junior senior," a mature gentleman with very active brain cells but a waning testosterone count. He is an American citizen by necessity, not by choice, as he so aptly put it. He is as Kapampangan as sisig, no more, no less.]

-Posted: 8:53 AM 12/13/11 | More of this author on eK!
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