The power of one’s words
The statement of President Digong that he might not last a full term is worrisome.
The President has no terminal illness—that I’m very sure.
Otherwise, how come he’s still a womanizer; a sick person does not have appetite for sex.
The President was just very tired when he said he might not be able to finish his term.
The burdens of his office have taken a toll on Mano Digong who, at 71, is the oldest man to become the country’s Chief Executive.
But other than having a migraine, which is easy to treat, Mr. Duterte is healthy.
What is disquieting, though, is that his statement, which should be taken in a lighter vein, might become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
People who keep repeating they have no money, even if at the moment they are financially abundant, eventually become poor.
A person who keeps saying he’s sick, even if he’s in the pink of health, will soon contract an illness.
That is the power of one’s words.
The President should watch the words that come out of his mouth.
The United States is withholding its $434-million aid package to the Philippines because of President Digong’s war on drugs.
The President is right: the US always attaches strings to their assistance to mendicant nations like the Philippines.
It’s time we show them we can survive without their aid.
Besides, there’s our neighbor, China, who’s willing to help fellow Asians.
The trouble with the US is that it wants to impose its will on other nations.
Playing Big Brother or World Policeman has been the role of the US in world affairs.
The US backs off when countries stand up to it.
Look at how Uncle Sam treats the Vietnamese, who defeated the world’s mightiest army: Vietnam is now treated with utmost respect.
Even if they returned P30 million of the P50 million that they extorted from illegal online gaming operator Jack Lam, Immigration Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Mike Robles should still be charged with robbery-extortion.
Argosino and Robles claim they shared P18 million of the payoff with Charles Calima, intelligence chief of the Bureau of Immigration, and handed P2 million to retired police senior superintendent Wally Sombero.
It was Sombero, under orders from Lam, who handed Argosino and Robles the P50 million at the second floor of the City of Dreams hotel and casino.
The two immigration officials surrendered the P30 million to Justice Secretary Vit Aguirre.
Be that as it may, returning the money doesn’t erase their crime; it can even be held as evidence against them.
So, what’s wrong if banana tycoon Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo donated P1 million in cash for the Christmas party of members of the House of Representatives?
The money came from his own pocket.
The Floirendos of Davao del Norte are known for their generosity.
Tonyboy, son of the late banana king Antonio Floirendo and a former congressman, wanted to make his former colleagues happy this Christmas.
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