Jojo Binay is not a malignant spiritBy Ramon Tulfo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Take it from solons, honesty is the best policy—headline.
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Kidding aside, a resolution passed by the House of Representatives urges the Department of Education to post signs reading “Honesty is the Best Policy” in all elementary and high school classrooms in the country.
Teaching honesty as a way of life among students can be more effective if it is included as a subject in all grades than posting signs in strategic places on the school campus.
A subject on good manners and right conduct is more important than regular subjects, like math and political science, especially when taught in the child’s formative years.
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Vice President Jojo Binay complains that broadcaster Korina Sanchez was referring to him when she said on radio that “dark and small malignant spirits” wanted to take over the post of interior secretary.
No, Binay is not a small and malignant spirit since he’s not an elemental.
Elementals are unseen beings that supposedly inhabit balete trees and mounds.
Binay is just plain dark (nognog), but dark is a neutral word since “tall, dark and handsome” are the qualities most women look for in a man.
So why should Binay feel alluded to when he’s neither an elemental nor ugly?
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Binay should expect more brickbats to come his way with the coming 2016 presidential election.
He has announced his intention to run for president, and so he has become fair game.
If he has a dark past, he should think twice before running for president.
But he has none. Or has he?
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It was providential that hours before he was to take over the post of director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina’s son became a victim of two rogue Metro Manila cops.
Two Quezon City policemen aboard a patrol car allegedly tried to extort P20,000 from the young Espina.
Now General Espina knows that his No. 1 problem is not the metropolis’ high crime rate, but criminal cops.
If the new NCRPO chief is able to get rid of cops who commit crimes, the crime rate will go down considerably.
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If you call the reservation office of Philippine Airlines (PAL) at 855-8888, you will notice that the people who answer the phone are articulate and very courteous.
Tycoon Ramon S. Ang’s courteousness has rubbed off on the employees of his newly acquired airline.
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