April 27, 2018, 3:35 am
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That photo shoot

AS I was about to send this piece to my editor to meet my deadline, I happened to read in a morning daily that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong said the photo-shoot of his granddaughter in Malacanang was a “small matter”.
“It’s a small matter. Gamitin lang ang Malacañang. Wala naman ako doon and even if I was there, eh, kung granddaughter ko magpa-picture, lahat nga ng mga bisita dyan nagpapa-picture eh,” he said.
Well, it is not a “small matter” to me because it runs counter to what Digong has been saying and portraying himself to be – a poor probinsiyano whom the majority of the people supports because he identifies with them. He shuns ostentation and has unequivocally expressed his disdain for the ways of the rich and famous, the privileged class, the oligarchs.
I have, therefore, decided to go ahead with the piece below with slight editorial changes. So, please read on, dear readers…
What I write below is no reflection at all on my continuing ardent and wholehearted support for the policies of Digong on both major domestic and foreign affairs, particularly on his pursuit of an independent foreign policy, the campaigns against illegal drugs and corruption and his drive to uplift the lives of the poor.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said there was “nothing wrong” with the pre-debut photo shoot of Digong’s granddaughter Isabelle in Malacañang, that no law was violated, that the Duterte family could be living in the palace but chose not to.
Granted. But what Roque (and Digong) failed to appreciate is the fact that people from different sectors, including a good number of Duterte supporters, criticized the photo shoot of the comely presidential granddaughter from an entirely different perspective.
Digong was elected by the less-privileged, the unwashed, the downtrodden because he identifies with them. He knows and appreciates their problems and continues to address them as well as he could. He has shown disdain for the ways of the privileged class. 
He chose not to live in Malacañang not because he is afraid of ghosts, as he claims. He simply doesn’t want to live in such an opulent surroundings. He’d rather continue to dwell in his ordinary house in Davao City and sleep under his “kulambo”.
With that background in view, the image and the impression that the people got from the photo-shoot is that of a presidential granddaughter who loves opulence, the ways of the rich and famous, what with all those beautiful and presumably very expensive finery. She was also attended to by a couturier and a make-up artist.
This is the same winsome lass whose taste for expensive clothes, bags and shoes have been written about.
A friend said: “But she’s a girl, a teenager soon to be a debutante. Every girl loves and dreams of having and doing those things.”
True, but she could have been advised by (her grandfather) and her parents to be more discreet about such things, much less flaunt them, in deference to her grandfather.
Her parents may well be able to afford such things. But it runs counter to what her grandfather, the President, has tried desperately to portray himself to be and which endeared him to his people – the simple and poor probinsiyano whose aim in life is to serve the Filipino people, lift the the majority of them out of their miserable existence and provide a more secure future for them and their children.
His outright dismissal of the commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor for not doing their job is a prime example of how he feels towards the poor.
I could be wrong, but I do not think Digong was consulted on the photo-shoot beforehand or that if he was, that he would have assented to it. (It would appear I am wrong.)

THE DENGVAXIA MESS
Digong wants French company Sanofi Pasteur, makers of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, to refund to the government P3.5 billion for concealing the possible adverse effect of the vaccine.
This will put Sanofi in a bind if it is true that kickbacks had been paid to certain individuals in the purchase of the vaccine. The company may either 1) pay the entire P3.5 billion first and later collect what they may have given the bribe takers unless, of course, they’d rather charge that to experience; or 2) if the latter refuse to return the money they got, reveal their names publicly so they can be prosecuted accordingly.
Either way, we win. Of course, we also lose by way of the 830,000 Filipinos who have already been given the vaccine, not to mention those who have died because of it.
In the meantime, spokesman Roque said Digong will be waiting for the results of the Senate and Department of Justice investigations on the anomaly so he could “run after all individuals who may have criminal culpability for this”.
This, the people await with bated breath.

CANADIAN WASTE
Canada has issued a travel advisory to her nationals of “a serious risk of terrorist attacks and kidnappings” in Mindanao following the extension of martial law till the end of next year. Fair enough.
However, Canada should have also advised her nationals, for health reasons, to avoid going anywhere near where the garbage and toxic waste sent to us nearly four years ago are rotting and reeking with the foulest of smell.
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QUESTION: Why is there zero endorsement in the House of Representatives for the impeachment complaint filed against Ombudsman Conchita Morales?
ANSWER: Because many still have pending cases in the Ombudsman Office???
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REMINDERS
I have decided to resume inclusion of this Reminders segment in this space to remind the administration of its yet unfulfilled promises and matters that need attention and/or follow-up action.
1) Digong’s promise to rid the country of foreign troops. This, of course, includes re-visiting the VFA and the EDCA with the US.
2) Reciprocal visa arrangements with the US and other countries.
3) The retrieval of the Balangiga bells.
4) The return of the Canadian waste.
5) The immediate implementation of the FOI. 
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Today is the 229th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.
After the acquittal of Major Harry Baliaga, Jr., the only person formally charged with Jonas’ kidnapping, I guess what happens next is now up to Divine Providence.
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From an internet friend: 
Some words of advice and comfort for all you ladies out there:
1) Don’t imagine you can change a man – unless he’s in diapers.
2) Go for younger men. You might as well – they never mature anyway.
3) Best way to get a man to do something – suggest he is too old for it.
4) Men are all the same – they just have different faces, so you can tell them apart.
5) If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital.
6) If he asks what sort of books you’re interested in, tell him checkbooks.
7) Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener. 
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A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to one and all! 
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