Issue of August 11, 2019
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Rain, rain

It is a rainy and wet Sunday, and according to a keen observer of nature, the cause of the foul and windy weather is due to some members of the local IBP taking to the streets to protest the Chinese intrusion of our “Bayang Magiliw” with anger and fervor burning.

The “attorneys” are demanding that all undocumented Chinese should be shipped back to China kaagad-agad (pronto).

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But in Hong Kong, it appears to be the other way round. Lawyers joining the multitude of yuppies and students protesting a policy that says all infractions and misdemeanors shall be tried in mainland China, are one in pleading that the policy be recalled.

“Get out and now,” is what we are saying to non-Filipino-Chinese here.

“Stay put” is what the Hong Kong folks are being told and telling themselves.

Which just goes to show you that lawyers can never seem to agree on anything.

But like my son Marco puts it, “The issues may differ, yet united in purpose.”

He sums it up in one sentence: “Freedom from fear.”

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Us Filipinos, with our beloved leader dining with Premier Xi, fear a Chinese takeover.

While the Hong Kong Chinese fear the mainland brand of justice, where you are presumed guilty until you prove yourself innocent.

At times, even innocence is not a defense if it threatens “order and security.”

No talk, no jail.

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The National Rifle Association of the Uni-ted States claims that it is not guns that kill, it is people. They are the ones who pull the trigger.

But that’s exactly it. If there is no trigger to pull, nobody gets killed.

Sure, knives and clubs kill too, but not in a single burst.

Gun manufacturers are raking in profits in billions of dollars. Assault rifles and machine pistols, like those used by the killers in El Paso, Texas and in Daytona, Ohio, can be purchased over the counter, through the black market, even online.

Blood money on their hands.

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I attended a party last Thursday hosted by contractor-businessman-cum ex-officio politico Abe de Castro, and the talk that went around was mostly about Isko Moreno.

A Chinese guest said that he has been or goes to Divisoria over many years in line with his business, and he is amazed with its transformation – from a dirty vendor loaded street to a clean and wide road that has traffic flowing smoothly.

But what amazes him more is Moreno’s closing his eyes to a P5 million a day income that his predecessor was receiving during his two terms as mayor.

I am amazed too that the rascal is back to his old tricks, given his track record and incarceration for money offenses.

How does that saying go again?

“Old habits die hard” or “Some people never change.” “Once a crook, always a crook.”

Moreno is either one of two things – he is the new Andres Bonifacio or a damn good actor.

With fingers crossed, we resolve the doubt in Isko’s favor.

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No American president has enjoyed the power and perks of the White House more than Donald Trump.

He has this notion that he is the redeemer of the American people, unifying a nation divided by previous heads of state, and following his reelection in 2020, will be the greatest President ever, a used car salesman with illusions of grandeur.

Like the Beatles who once claimed to be bigger than Jesus Christ, Trump too suffers from the same malady that afflicts those who cannot handle power and fame.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, he declared openly, practically asking Russia’s help in his political battle against Hillary Clinton, “Are you listening Russia?”

Now he is telling his friend Putin to kindly lay off the 2020 U.S. elections.

You know what the Democrats’ greatest fear is? No, not Trump possibly winning a second term, it is that Trump is a puppet of Putin.

After all, Trump is a wheeler-dealer, who will do anything to get what he wants.

In sum, Trump is a fraud, and he knows it.

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And speaking of Jesus Christ, the True Redeemer, he too was also accused of being a fraud.

Around 2,000 year after His birth and resurrection, millions and millions of Christians adore and worship Him, awaiting His second coming.

I think that is what He is gearing up for – a once and final showdown with the devil, to try and win over His people who have gone to the devil’s dark side.

Unlike in the 40 nights and days in the mountains where He easily defeated Satan, this time He has a fight in His hands.

It is a near even match, and it is we who will decide the winner.

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