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Term-sharing and blame-sharing



EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to a scheduling error, the ‘Mirrorless’ column of Mr. Rolly Reyes was unforgivably omitted from yesterday’s issue. We are running that column in today’s issue. Our apologies to Mr. Reyes and our readers.

WE have seen this insidious ploy before. Testing the waters is a clever way to measure social and political undercurrents in a forthcoming scenario. The President brokered the term-sharing agreement between two political allies in Congress. Ever the suspicious mind, I can only guess that the issue emanated from either one of the two “shareholders,” Alan and Allan. Alan Peter Cayetano to gauge opinion on taking up the full term, or Lord Allan Velasco to make sure that promises will be kept.

Floating the issue can be both annoying and disgusting as the result could be distracting or affect legislative productivity. October 2020 is an important date for the “Lord” that makes “St. Peter” start twiddling his fingers. Oh well, intoxication comes in many forms.

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It is not just the athletes who are in competition in the ongoing Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Our politicians are also engaged in a “blame” triathlon, pitting their “spin coaches” on who to blame for the embarrassing glitches in the preparations for the event. With so many fingers pointing in different directions, the energy generated has affected even the usually normal magnetic field of a compass.

For Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, the Senate is to blame. Sen. Frank Drilon drew first blood by questioning the P55-million cauldron. Social media was steaming hot in the blame game. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and even Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. unleashed their uppercuts to additional sting to an already much publicized missteps.

Most people noted that the government has given the necessary funds and other support to agencies concerned to ensure a successful hosting of the SEA Games.

First things first. Let us support our athletes, fix the lapses right away and fix the blame later. While we support calls for accountability on issues hounding the country’s hosting of the SEA Games, these should be dealt with after the conclusion of the event instead of displaying our dirty linen in public.

Not to fall into these controversies, in his usual quiet way, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has directed subordinates to have all pending permits and project contracts acted upon prior to the end of the year. His deadline is on or before Dec. 20, 2019. Yes, Sec Al is one of the few.

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A dog, named “Conan,” was honored recently at the White House by President Donald Trump himself. Conan is the Belgian Malinois that played an important role in the killing of Islamic leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi recently. I assume that the other “Conan” Arnold Schwarzenegger was not invited to grace the occasion.

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I read the news that Marco Polo Davao’s Christmas tree has been presented to the media as symbolizing the hope for the earthquake victims of Mindanao. The short ceremony was followed by a small cocktail where attendees were served food that were a sample of the buffet offerings in the coming Christmas festivities. Then the hotel illuminated the building with white lights, with the gingerbread house as the centerpiece. Cocktails? Lights? Buffet? My calculator heated up trying to compute the expense. The total amount spent could have been more beneficial if given directly to the victims instead.

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Taking a cue from The Beatles’ albums, PRRD appointed Vice President Leni Robredo and said, “Please Please Me.” She thought, however, that it would be “A Hard Day’s Night,” so she asked for “Help” from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. But she chose to join “The Magical Mystery Tour” with the media and wanted to cross the confidential “Abbey Road.” She was then suspected of being a front for the “Yellow Submarine,” and, thus, she complained about feeling like she was a member of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” She claimed that her program was like a “White Album” in purity, without “Revolver,” that is why the Palace decided to “Let It Be” without her participation.

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Turkey will not be celebrating Thanksgiving again this year. I can understand why. They never like fowl play.

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I make the major decisions in my household; my wife only decides the minor ones: what school the children should enroll, what bank should we keep our money, what food to eat, where to travel, where to invest, what gifts to send to whom, what time should everybody be home, and what events should we to attend.

I make the major decisions: airing my view on issues like the trade war, human rights, wars in Yemen and Syria, and if Russia was correct in annexing Crimea.

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Still on music, I remember Ritchie Valens of “La Bamba” fame. On Feb. 3, 1959, on what has become known as “The Day the Music Died,” Valens died in a plane crash in Iowa, an accident that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well as pilot Roger Peterson.

The three-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza departed for Fargo, North Dakota and crashed a few minutes after take-off for reasons still unknown. The crash killed all three passengers and pilot Roger Peterson instantly upon impact. As with Holly and Richardson, Valens suffered massive and unsurvivable head injuries. At just 17 years old, Valens was the youngest to die in the crash.

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Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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