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When The Flash flickered

Ninfa Leonardia

It seems to be true – that saying that misfortune comes in threes. The country mourned again when Nonito “The Flash” Donaire lost to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in their fight held in New York yesterday. Nonito’s loss closely followed that of Brian Viloria, the “Hawaiian Punch” who was defeated by Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada. Of course the most painful blow was the unbelievable loss of our Pambansang Kamao (National Fist), Manny Pacquiao.

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The saddest thing is that Donaire had been touted as an unbeaten fighter. This was the first time he had suffered defeat, and one can only imagine how he feels now. But perhaps he should not take it too badly. After all the one who beat him is also undefeated, and a two-time Olympics winner at that. To think that the fight was held at the famous Radio City Music Hall, and that Donaire was even given a much bigger purse than his opponent I’m sure it was quite a show, with our boy favored before the fight. And it even had the famous Michael Buffer emceeing!

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Even Manny Pacquiao was reported to be saddened by Donaire’s loss. After all, Nonito has his roots in the same city as the Pacman, General Santos. What great pride its residents would have felt if Donaire had clinched this one, too. I can’t help feelings bad for the guy – this comes after his winning all those “Fighter of the Year” titles last year. Meanwhile, do these defeats augur a weakening of our boxing abilities, and are there any in line who can follow the footsteps of our champs?

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I missed the whole fight between Donaire and Rigondeaux yesterday and was able to catch up with the 11th and 12th rounds. But those were the rounds where Donaire already seemed confused, and looked as if he was flailing blindly at Rigondeaux. A replay later showed that he had been doing well, had even floored his opponent once, but, obviously this Rigondeaux knows how to adjust, and changed his tactics to confuse the Flash, who seemed to have lost his gleam by them. The judges’ decision was unanimous and one even gave his opponent a five-point lead.

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Filipino sports lovers, especially those of basketball, and who go for the Lakers, will also be mourning the injury of their biggest star, Kobe Bryant, who reportedly got a torn tendon during his team’s last encounter, involving the Golden State Warriors. When it happened Kobe had already made 46 points, and the team was elated. The sad part is that he may be grounded for the rest of the season, and what will the Lakers do without a Kobe? They have been faring badly recently and it weren’t for Kobe’s contributions, they might have been eliminated already. Poor, poor Kobe, and poor Lakers!

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Meanwhile, has the Philippine Supreme Court suffered a relapse of its old flip-flopping disease? He did not say it outright, but that was what one gathers from the statements of Commission on Election head, Sixto Brillantes. The Comelec boss was referring to the case of the Imus, Cavite mayoralty contest, where the two candidates – in 2010 yet! – seem to be playing musical chairs until now, thanks to the changes in its resolutions by the High Court. Until now, barely a month before elections, there is still confusion as to who really won in Imus, the one who sat after the counting, or the challenger, whom the Supreme Court is supposed to have decided on as the winner, but changed its mind when the one dislodged sought a reconsideration.

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But one mayor who is also having trouble with the court is that of Pagadian in Mindanao, who has been linked to the Aman Futures Group that had swindled residents of Mindanao and some from the Visayas through the pyramid scam that bilked investors of billions of pesos. Now a warrant of arrest is out for Mayor Samuel Co, but the police has not gotten hold of the real mastermind, Manuel Amalilio. They say Co has gone into hiding, and who can blame him? The crime he is accused of is a non-bailable one, and he is a reelectionist. How can he campaign from jail?

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There’s supposed to be a plan to abolish the Bureau of Customs. This is because of rampant smuggling to be taking place there which its present officials cannot seem to cope with. Can we be sure that smuggling will stop if there is no BOC? Wouldn’t that he like burning the house because there are bedbugs?*


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