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Still a city landmark

Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia

Does he read Twinkling? I heard from TV that President Duterte will be the first to get vaccinated once the stuff is received in the country. That is really admirable of him, because people will lose their fears about them once they see their president himself submitting to it. Follow the leader, you know. We do not know yet which of the popular ones will be  procured by our Health Department, but if it is good enough for our President, then it should be good enough for all of us. But don’t  forget to cross yourself before the needle pierces your skin!

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But the president who is in dire trouble now is that of the United States, who is facing his second impeachment case. I admit I don’t remember when the first one took place, but this new one sounds very serious. What should hurt President Trump most must be the fact that some Republicans, his partymates are with the group promoting his removal from office. But he has no one to blame for what is happening to his country. Also they believe he had some responsibility for the riot that took place in the White House the some referred to as a sedition  andconspiracy, for which he could be charged. Let us wait and see how he will wriggle out of this.

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It’s funny how people, especially those interested in politics, can think up names and slogans for or against candidates or leaders. Remember how our late President Ferdinand Marcos and his influential wife, Imelda, used to tagged as the “Conjugal Dictatorship”? Not some Americans have also found a name for their president and would-be president again, and his party. They coined the name “ReTrumplicans” for those who must be working for the re-elections of Donald Trump. Ironically, other are seeking his removal from office, and let us see which group will prevail.

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Back to the subject of vaccines, the latest on it says that Pfizer is he one approved for the Philippines. I am sure most Filipinos favor that because Pfizer is a well-known name in medicines. But when is it coming to the Philippines? There is again a new variant of the COVID and yesterday’s reports said it could already be in the Philippines. Do we wait for another type of vaccine for this latecomer? By the way, when the vaccines do come, will there be enough for our entire population? Will it reach all the barangays, puroks and sitios?

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In the local scene, there is a more to reopen the border between Negros Occidental, where Bacolod is located, and Negros Oriental, with Dumaguete as its capital. It seems, however, that the local government units, i.e..towns, cities, barangays and puroksbelonging to both sides, are not in favor of the idea. I am glad that our local officials are not sold on it as well. Why change the status quo? As it is, the two provinces –  the Occidental – west, where Bacolod is the capital, and the Oriental – east, with Dumaguete, are on very good terms. Haven’t the proponents heard of that poem that ends with “Good fences make good neighbors”?

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Wasn’t that an “overkill”? Reports said that the troops fielded to secure the capitol in Washington D.C. exceed the number of those sent to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. And they have not been sent there to protect it from an invading country, but from their own people, like the ones who stormed into the White House last week, suspected to be initiated by a politician we shall not name, as readers will need only one guess. Some would call it paranoia, but one cannot blame them. After all, it is the seat of power they are there to protect.

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I am among those who feel sad about the plan to transfer our  capitol to another city because it has always been a landmark of Bacolod, but since the building will still be there, and they cannot uproot it, I guess it is all right. Maybe the city should negotiate to acquire it and convert it to the museum it is planning to build. It is just an appropriate structure for a museum, so stately and accessible to students, teachers and researchers with the playground in front adding to the view. I feel sentimental about it because as children, we used to live within walking distance from it, and spend a lot of time during weekends and summer vacations playing there.

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I was watching the coverage of the Dacera case on TV yesterday when I saw a face that looked very familiar. I am referring to that murdered flight attendant Christine Dacera, whose killers have not yet been charged or identified. First I was puzzled, being sure I knew the lawyer of the Dacera family, but could not confirm, because the Daceras, I think, are from Mindanao. But finally, the lawyer’s name was announced, and indeed, it was Brick Reyes from Bacolod  who has really gone places in his career.*

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