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Jailhouse rocks while jailbirds sing

 

ROLLY G. REYES

THE possibility of former Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon being reappointed is now over as PRRD said that Faeldon has accepted an offer from a private corporation. I am quite sure that it is not a company that deals with mathematics or computation. It could be Ripley’s, if you ask me.

The National Bureau of Investigation was ordered by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to verify and build up a case on the reported hospital pass for sale allegedly being practiced inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Not to worry, Mr. Secretary, as WellMed Dialysis center can provide the database of those inmates who availed themselves of the company’s fake services.

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It was reported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that there are 300 traffic choke points in Metro Manila. I hope the Japanese did not have a hand in influencing the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to change the number coding according to vehicle brands to boost the sales of Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Honda and Mazda. Please hurry, as commuters and drivers are already choking to death.


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It has been said that Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality Bill, or Sogie, will be certified as urgent. This is expected to protect LGBTQ rights once and for all. Contractors are expected to appreciate this development with the additional toilets to be added everywhere.

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Another one bites the dust. Antonio Goitia was fired recently by PRRD. He is the executive director of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. Too much “commission” could be the reason. We can now say that this is the reason why the Pasig River is still “polluted.”

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Sen. Imee Marcos is worried about pork afflicted with African swine fever (ASF) being smuggled into the country. She has good reason to be worried. The animals could gain entry through the Bureau of Customs undetected. Actually, she is also worried that “pork contamination” could reach the two famous legislative buildings in Metro Manila.

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The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has finally announced the completion of the slow-moving process we call a recount. The three pilot provinces completed are Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Occidental. The series of motions filed by the lawyers of protagonists former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo contributed to the delays.

But wait, the PET has not taken any action yet to finalize its decision. It is a reflection of the obstacles of a loser in trying to determine the legitimacy of being elected. To trigger such question involves huge amounts of money. Poor candidates who are cheated will never have the means to afford such “over-due-process.”

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Media reported that Singapore President Halimah Yacob got excited over our Philippine Eagle when she visited Davao City. I was a little bit scared thinking that she might be toying with the idea of cooking a Hainanese eagle.

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It is said that a group of Chinese scholars has a theory that all European languages, including English, actually originated from Mandarin dialects. I am now wondering why Donald Trump and Xi Jinping cannot understand each other. If that is the case, they should discard their interpreters and instead enjoy an exchange of hamburgers and siopao during their meetings. The concoctions are somewhat similar.

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Meanwhile, the Department of Health has given assurances that pork is safe to eat since the ASF virus poses no threat to humans. I agree completely. Pigs have more reason to be afraid of humans. People are the major signatories of their death warrants. And that is without commutation.

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On Sanchez et al.:
Let it be known that seven terms of reclusion perpetua were meted for each of the accused in the crimes against Sarmenta and Gomez, Two reclusion perpetua for each of the accused in the Peñalosa murder. A total of nine terms of reclusion perpetua for those involved in the two cases. Forty times nine equals 360 years behind bars. In spite of this extremely lengthy sentence, Sanchez still insists that he is innocent and will not budge to pay the victims. He must be smuggling “lambanog” inside his cell to be gravely intoxicated.

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The North Korean leader is reported to be willing to sit again and resume talks with Trump later this month. This is after firing several missiles. This is a unique way of conveying a message. Fire first and then release the peace doves.

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Potus Donald Trump fired his national security adviser John Bolton. Either Trump has a serious case of insecurity or he got used to firing from playing his role in “The Apprentice” TV series.

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Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Faeldon was just outwitted by corrupt lower-ranking officials in the agency. Mr. Panelo, please try to look for the definition of the word “incompetence.”

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Duterte said Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has been eyeing the presidency and “trying to be a crusader but ignorant.” This is obvious. For the past two years, he was always dipping his fingers into every issue.

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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam changed her mood again when she warned other countries to keep off Hong Kong’s internal affairs. The other countries should ask her to tell Beijing not to interfere as well.

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Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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