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PNoy’s sentimental journey

Ninfa Leonardia E tu, America? After the news broke out that the Scots had voted against splitting from the United Kingdom, some portions of the United States have reportedly also started agitating to get out of their own United States of America. Have they forgotten how their forefathers had struggled to get them all together in the union? As for Scotland, one cannot help admiring Queen Elizabeth for her very proper and sober attitude to all the upheavals. Unlike other officials who actually campaigned for the preservation of the UK, all she would say is that she hoped the people would look into the future.

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Maybe we should invite those American states itching to abandon the government of Barack Obama to look at our example. Our government now is doing all it can in order to keep our country together, particularly the southern areas in Mindanao that have for about a hundred years now, been trying to get out and create their own government. The crafting of the Bangsamoro Law, still to be gone over by Congress, is one major effort to keep the country together.

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Meanwhile, such is the aura of Pope Francis that when he went to Albania, not only Catholics swarmed to greet him, but also Muslims who constitute 56 percent of the population, the Orthodox who have 11 percent, while Catholics only make up 15 percent. Some Muslims in the crowd, interviewed by foreign journalists said they were also there to be “blessed” by the Pope. Maybe the spirit of Mother Teresa is working on them, remember, she was an Albanian, too.

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But is it true that the Albanian Constitution specifies that there should be no religion? I heard that sometime ago, but it didn’t sound credible. But it was rather disturbing to hear that the country had to intensify security for the Holy Father because of some reports that he would be harmed there. Now we know he has left the country, safe, and apparently very happy at the reception given him.

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Meanwhile, the 17th Asian Games have begun in Incheon, South Korea, but, as of late yesterday, the Philippines had not yet plucked any medals to make their presence felt among all the other countries participating. So far only losses by our athletes have been reported by the country’s news agency, but, well, our officials have predicted, hopefully, only about seven gold ones for this event. That would be a great improvement over the last one’s undertaking, if attained.

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But at least there are less chances of any graft and corruption hounding the country’s participation in the Incheon games, unlike the one held in the Philippines where the stink from the misuse and abuse of the Asian Games funds, especially for the events held in Bacolod has not yet abated. I’m sure those involved are praying that the charges or the decisions over that will not be announced while the current games are being held.

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A lot of people in the Philippines and even abroad must feel a lot of sympathy for singer-actress Nora Aunor when she admitted in an interview that she missed singing, and hoping that an operation she is contemplating will restore her voice. Nora was reported to have lost her golden voice during a botched operation in Japan. Will she ever regain it? I hope so, because her voice was something very special. Now that Christmas is nearing, I remember how beautifully she sang “O Holy Night,” in a way which, I am sure, nobody has done before.

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President Aquino is back in Boston, the city where, his family says, they had spent some of the happiest years of their lives. That was where they had located when Marcos, author or Martial Law, had condescended to send them when their patriarch, martyred former Benigno Aquino, his father, had to undergo a heart operation. It must be a real sentimental journey for PNoy, being in the place where he had been with his father and mother, who are now both gone. Let him be consoled by the thought that both of them had left a Philippines now worth living in.*

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