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Love is helping others in need

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Filipinos are being shown what indeed  love is all about.

Especially to those in places devastated by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake and Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Love is translated into money and goods pouring into the devastated areas, prayers from strangers,  concern shown  to victims of the two calamities, especially those affected by Yolanda.

The community of nations responded as one in helping the victims of the twin calamities.

Even China, with whom we have a misunderstanding over some islets in the vast ocean, is sending help to us.

Love, a universal virtue, knows no limits when it comes to helping others.

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Why are our so-called nationalists, who bash the US for alleged imperialism, quiet over the American help to the victims of the big earthquake and the super typhoon?

The US was the first nation to come to the aid of the victims.

It is also the biggest provider of aid in terms of money, relief  and equipment such as helicopters, C-130 cargo planes and MV-22 Ospreys.

The problem with some people is that they only see the “bad” side of the US and ignore the good things the country does.

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The Osprey, a cross between a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft, can carry a load as heavy as a C-130 can.

It lands and takes off vertically like a helicopter, and flies as fast as a fixed-wing aircraft.

The Ospreys are used by the United States Marines to unload many fighting men all at once in a battle zone much like a landing craft on sea.

Of the 19 C-130 planes used in landing military personnel and relief goods at the Tacloban City airport as of last week, 10 belonged to the US.

Three of the 19 C-130s were from the Philippine Air Force and the rest from other countries.

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Police raided four offices in Metro Manila allegedly used as fronts for illegal gambling.

They arrested 700 persons, including some expatriates.

The places raided were two offices at the RCBC Tower in Makati City and one at Enterprise Bldg., and Eton Tower in Quezon City.

The firms were allegedly operating under license from First Cagayan Leisure Resort Corp. inside the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza).

If they are licensed to operate gambling joints by a company inside Ceza, they should confine their operations inside the export zone, police said.

The Ceza firm is reportedly owned by a politician.

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A man who calls himself “Nap Magno” is not an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), according to its records.

Magno reportedly represents himself as a liaison officer of the NBI with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) passport division.

Some employees at the passport division have complained about his alleged arrogance when he follows up papers for clients.

He allegedly parks his car inside the DFA compound.

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