THE STRIKER

By: Ben Emata

I guess someone should remind Pres. Digong Duterte of a beautiful poem of log ago entitled “No Man Is An Island”. Because the United Nation criticized the extrajudicial killing in the country, Digong Duterte got mad and threatened to remove the country from membership. In the old poem, it was stressed that nobody is entire of himself and, therefore, man should associate with neighbors or friends. An island can stand alone and exist under the fury of the elements. Man cannot. As I said before, Duterte is a very talkative person but at times he cannot defend his position.

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I urge the embattled Sen. Leila De Lima to exercise her right to defend herself. Fight back and show to the public that the president is not a saint as he tried to portray himself. He admitted before that he is a womanizer and has several wives and girlfriends and if that is not immorality, there must be a better word to describe his person. Presidential bullying should not be tolerated otherwise, a lot of government officials will suffer the game he is playing.

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I beg to disagree the declaration of former Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales that he is supporting Pres. Digong Duterte’s war against corruption and drugs because he is in the right track. Certainly, the cardinal has the right to express his opinion but supporting the killing program of Duterte definitely contradicts his position as a catholic bishop. Duterte violated one of the Ten Commandments of God “thou shalt not kill” . Of course, I also support the president’s fight against corruption. but I specifically object to killing without due process.

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Tension between Japan and China is escalating anew when the former protested the presence of so many ships of China in the disputed seas. I am afraid the controversy will be reduced to a military confrontation. If this happens, it is going to be big war and America will definitely be dragged into since Japan is an ally. I still hope things will be settled and peace will prevail.

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Peter Garcia, president of the Kagayanons of northern California (Cagayan de Oro City residents) announced the holding of a picnic to celebrate the feast of St. Augustine. Venue is San Leandro marine park on August 27 this year from nine in the morning to three in the afternoon. The association will donate one lechon and other dishes but encourages everyone to bring with them their favorite food too, water or soda. Meanwhile, the Kagayanons of southern California has also announced their own fiesta celebration. VIVA SAN AUGUSTINE.

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The Philippines is an heir of so many cultures from Spain and notwithstanding the atrocities we suffered during the more than four hundred years of Spanish rule, we are grateful to them. The best gift we derived from Spain is Christianity. By this, we learned religion, the supreme power of the Almighty God, creation, practices and co-existence. We also learned the Spanish language, education and behavior not to mention physical appearance, Intermarriages improved the color of our skins from dark to brown and generally Filipinos are good looking people. Had it not been of our belief in God, we should have been ordinary animals that roam in the jungle. Another important thing is our habit of celebrating fiesta to honor the saints, which practice is unknown to other countries.

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With Pres. Digong Duterte who said many times he will serve the people, I urge the public officials of Camiguin to work harder for the establishment of a bridge that would connect their province to the mainland. I guarantee the island-province will improve tremendously and join the regatta of modernization if it is linked to the province of Misamis Oriental. I am certainly hurt to see people leaving their places to settle in nearby cities more particularly Cagayan de Oro. Lapulapu City used to be a secluded place and reachable only by motor boats. After three bridges were constructed, it is now a giant metropolis that can be compared with Hongkong and Singapore.

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Thousands of Overseas Filipino workers are stranded in Saudi Arabia without jobs. This developed when many Saudi firms closed shops due to reduced economy in the country. They must return home and surely will add to the long list of unemployed Filipinos. Our government should help them by all means or they might commit crimes in Saudi when hunger strikes. I urge our ambassador in Saudi to find solution. Maybe they can move to nearby countries for jobs. BEN EMATA Bennex News Service

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