• A color-coded nation: The year that was in the future

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    ROLLY G. REYES

    ROLLY G. REYES

    VERDICT before the judgment: Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Tuesday called former President Benigno Aquino III corrupt-free. The anti-graft office is still in its fact-finding investigation into the liability of the former President on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Mamasapano carnage.

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    News headlines in conflict:
    . Foreign Policy, an American magazine that focuses on foreign affairs, named Sen. Leila de Lima as one of its 100 Global Thinkers for 2016 for “standing up to an extremist leader.”

    . House leaders file new criminal complaint against Leila. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, along with other congressmen, filed the complaint against De Lima for ignoring the summons issued by Congress and for ordering her admitted lover, Ronnie Dayan, to do the same.

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    Traveling from Bulacan to Makati made me fully understand the idiom “Till kingdom come.”

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    My neighbor advised that to evade the Christmas rush and traffic, one should shop on December 26. And to get the cheapest fireworks, shop on January 2 next year. I stared at him blankly and left.

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    De Lima cannot apply for political asylum due to political persecution. She was cleared to leave by the DOJ, granted travel authority by the Senate and her passport was never cancelled by DFA. The records will show that she can even shout to anybody during the hearings and stage walk-outs anytime she wants.

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    Traffic nightmares expected during the holidays. In addition to daymares.

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    No days off for traffic enforcers during the holidays. It’s about time they get to work after the year-long vacation.

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    Firearms from China payable in 25 years. At last, our soldiers will have the same firearms as the rebels. Wholesale price available on Alibaba. Trump may offer a better package on Amazon.

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    We hope that Ronnie Dayan did not text this to Senator De Lima when she left–“Pakisabi sa kanya magtago lang muna sya at huwag na siyang umattend ng hearing.”

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    Candidates for Miss Universe criticized for whale shark swim in Philippines. I thought they were not allowed to pose with politicians before the pageant.

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    House keeps two-tier tobacco tax measure. One for filter and the other for the tobacco.

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    News: Employment rate rises to 95.3 percent in October. I thought ghost employees were a thing of the past.

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    This agency is quiet (not like the others) but performing professionally as expected.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday announced that 10 more hydroelectric power plants would be constructed in the province of Bukidnon.The 10 new hydroelectric power plants will be located in the municipal towns of Baungon, Libona, Dancagan, Impasugong, Sumilao, Kalilangan, Malaybalay, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, and Maramag, the DOE said.

    Congratulations to Secretary Al Cusi for a job well done.

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    Immigration (BI) Associate Commissioners Al C. Argosino and Michael B. Robles admitted having received P50 million from Chinese online gambling operator Jack Lam. The two immigration officials claimed that they were framed. They said that they kept the money to use as evidence against Lam and his cohorts.

    Believe it or else. Ho-hum…

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    Ombudsman Morales: All “pork” cases resolved by 2017. After so many years? She must be in a hurry to make it in time for the Lenten season next year when pork is prohibited.

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    President Rody admits suffering back pains, migraines. Lam immigration virus must have contributed to the allergies.

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    I heard Tim Orbos of MMDA say this in an interview: “I must admit that there exist traffic gridlocks on EDSA. But that is good – it makes us see that there’s a lot of work to be done.” Good? To see a lot of work to be done? Sir?

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    I firmly believe that the national budget this time was properly crafted, according to priorities as promised:

    The 2017 GAA, dubbed the “budget for change,” is 11.6 percent higher than the P3.002 trillion national budget this year.

    Department of Education, P567.561 billion
    Department of Public Works and Highways, P458.61 billion
    Department of Interior and Local Government, P150.050 billion
    Department of National Defense, P134.54 billion
    Department of Social Welfare and Development, P129.912 billion
    Department of Health, P94.046 billion
    State Universities and Colleges, P58.812 billion
    Department of Transportation, P55.478 billion
    Department of Agriculture, P45.291 billion
    Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, P41.782 billion

    I just hope the “Houdini” ways of the past will not be reincarnated. This is what DBM chief Ben Diokno has been saying all along. Correct spending to boost real inclusivity in the economy.

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    There was a MOA dated March 20, 2012 signed by then Secretary of Justice De Lima and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales saying that both agencies (Ombudsman and DOJ) shall have concurrent jurisdiction over complaints for crimes involving public officers and employees falling outside the exclusive jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan. But now that there is another DOJ secretary, she is saying that the Ombudsman has the sole jurisdiction on such cases.

    A case of “Sisters Act?”

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    SWS and Pulse Asia survey groups seem to be quieter these days. Previous clientele-in-power gone?

    Cash flow-margin of error percentage more minus than plus sign? Just asking.

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    Some say that drug addicts can be rehabilitated–but not so with those officials addicted to corruption. The corruption lords they say are housed in the three biggest institutions that we all know.

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    Like the MMDA policy, politics in this country is color-coded. Only the calendar changes as the faces of the players remain the same looped in the same background music. A slideshow that we view in pain everytime.

    Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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