Good news naman. Kudos to Wesley So, in a sport “where bright, not height, is might.” Computer chum Apollo Bonifacio wrote, “Congratulations to Wesley So—“Filipino Super-Chess Grandmaster” for winning the 17th Unive Chess Tournament at Hoogeven, The Netherlands!!! Dominant So tops elite GM tourney [quoting from last Sunday’s Inquirer]”Filipino Super Grandmaster Wesley So added another sterling entry to his resume by ruling the 17th Unive Chess Tournament in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, with plenty to spare on Sunday, to rule the elite four-man double round-robin tournament with 4.5 points, . . . The 20-year-old So, a finance business sophomore at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, also dominated the 2013 Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
“Expected to lead the Philippine team in next month’s Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, So is now ranked 40th in the world.”
As far as I know, he remains connected with us, which may be more than we can say for the San Francisco Giants’ Fil-Am pitcher Tim Lincecom who just signed a two-year extension for a humongous sum, generating lively conversation. But, more in the news was the bizarre, even insane ways, the third and fourth games of the 2013 World Series ended.
Unprecedented that a World Series game would be decided by an interference call and maybe equally so is Japanese Koji Uehara picking off a pinch runner at first to end the fourth game. A pinch runner is supposed to avoid such tragic ending. Uehara was the MVP in the American League Championship Series.
When I was young, we and Japan were evenly matched in baseball. We’re going southward in more ways than one. BTW, I root for Boston in this riveting Series now at 3-2 (as I write), Boston leading. Despite occasional bizarre incidents, I have understood baseball from when I was a grader.
Politics and public life I may not understand.
A People’s Initiative (PI) on pork barrel? This I have to see.
Such an initiative may be possible doing away with term limits and legalizing marijuana. Single issue. But even now, I would like to see how the question is framed on pork barrel. And how much is the exercise going to cost?
People’s Initiatives may be practical in a State of the Union in the U.S. or in a canton in Switzerland but in a country of a hundred million, permit me to doubt. So the elected cannot be trusted. In the proposed PI, who will be the unelected who will decide, retired Chief Justices or generals, or the unelected Supreme Court, a Milliard-Marchers, NGOs, academics, columnists with conflicting opinions, et al..
So in condemning an institutional arrangement as a rotten egg, who can lay a better one? Our 1987-92 Senate did not abuse, nor our predecessors. As a teenager during the time of Prez Magsaysay, it was a good time to be alive.
Then the Marcoses came and nearly ruined all our values, institutions and processes, which the Arroyos nearly completed. Then we elected a non-lying, non-cheating and non-stealing Prez, and hope came back. Blasted as a lightweight, now PNoy’s hit as a dictator.
But, we will continue to find our way, guided by a Compassionate Providence where we sing and dance in the rain in a country with the longest holiday season.
In the U.S., Good Friday is not a holiday. Nor is Election Day. If Jinggoy, Manong Johnny and Bong use their passports to leave now for abroad, they will come back for Christmas, dry elsewhere, essentially a one-day thing (but my first Christmas in the U.S. in the snow was great if only because Dulce’ and my love was new). Here, Christmas carols are heard beginning in September. I hope I can hear again what we would sing in Makati Elem, Rizal Hi and when caroling. “Soft as the voice of an angel. . . .” Yes, Whispering Hope. “Wait till the darkness is over. Wait till the tempest is done. Hope for the sunshine tomorrow. After the shower is gone.”
Happy Undas! Or Halloween.
The Lenny Villa case is now on its third decade. Joker says Ampatuan will take 200 years to try with scores of accused still at large. Assuming there’s probable cause to charge Manong Johnny, 89, house arrest would be fine. Same with GMA, who from all indications had a botched spinal procedure. Erap had Resthouse Arrest, following Housewife Arrest. Our courts have ample power on ordering where one may be confined. Janet rates special treatment because she’s in a unique position to disclose what she knows about the balyenas.
People’s Initiative of CJ Rey Puno is not the only remarkable position he has taken. In 2010, there was talk of his being active in junta discussion. Now he questions Rene Corona’s conviction by the people through the national inquest of impeachment, a political process, with the people acting through their duly-elected representatives. Bribery in this country is Kaliwaan not some pie in the sky or distant oil well to be enjoyed long after the fact. Rene tried to join the Million March of about 80,000 and was booed out of it.
CJ Puno cannot now rattle the bones of a skeleton from which all semblance of life has long departed.
Unconstitutionally inflicted by GMA, constitutionally removed by the people, Rene was.