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Biden’s generosity

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

What trade or profession has not been affected by COVID? It was not a surprise, therefore, to hear the news that even the famous Broadway where the most popular of shows were held has also felt the effects of the virus. Seems it has not been operating for sometime because the news said Broadway is looking to a comeback after COVID. That was how the report on TV yesterday phrased it. Not very hopeful for both operators, actors and other business workers and sponsors is it?

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I just realized, too, that there haven’t been a lot of reports about movies,  movie making and about our popular actors and actresses. So COVID has intimidated even the most playful of businesses. At a time when people need some entertainment to deflect their attention from the pandemic, they are deprived also of one of their entertainments. But is it true that the Olympics is still going to  be held? Maybe all the athletes and referees as well operators have undergone vaccination and are confident of immunity. That remains to be seen.

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In the United States, meanwhile, political  opponents of now President Joe Biden are criticizing him for the grant amounting to trillion that he is setting aside for help to those affected not only by COVID but by other happenings in his country that has impoverished many and further affected those who were already poor even before the pandemic. But I am sure people in other countries with less sympathetic leaders are wishing they also have people like Biden, who is putting the welfare of his people above other concerns.

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Of course other leaders may be as generous and concerned for their people but do they have the means to give them help materially? And here comes a leader who must know or has observed how the poor cope with their daily lives, hence his concern. But I hope he and people have made sure that the beneficiaries all deserve the aid and their status have been strictly confirmed. I wonder how much aid would be distributed if this were to happen in the Philippines? Never mind you and I know the answer to that.

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Beware of Land Grabbers! That would sound like a silly warning if no proofs could be found about it. But it seems cases are happening in our country and some land owners who are poor and maybe uneducated have found themselves deprived of their property most of which they had inherited from their ancestors! How does it happen? In the cases that got into the news when some courageous victims dared to go to court despite knowing that they were facing not only landed but also influential people and even officials of their communities.

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Now Congress is being asked to pass a law that would penalize land grabbing and it is very likely that it will do that. But will it stop the crimes from taking place? In the cases reported in the news it was alleged that the acts happened because of the connivance of officials like the town, city or provincial officials, particularly the treasurers. Has the matter reached the ears of the President already? What has been his reaction to it? From what I know or have heard about President Duterte, such things would enrage him. This time let us see how he will react!

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 I was not able to hear the entire report but only the tagline that said the Philippines is headed in the wrong direction. I watched and waited but the report was not repeated so I still do not know why or how. Do our officials, our Senators and Congressmen know? Does the President know? Seems we very seldom hear from him these days. Maybe his doctors are too strict with him and we can’t blame them. Of all times, this is the time when we need a robust and active president who can be a model of good health and fearlessness  COVID or no COVID.  But let us all pray for his good health and that the Lord will truly inspire him in his decisions for our protection. Let us also pray for him.*

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