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Running Out of Options

Who are you voting for next year as president?

Honestly, a couple of days ago I was thinking of voting for Miriam.

When Miriam Defensor Santiago decided to run for president, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had announced he was not going to run for the highest position in the land. Since then, almost everybody who was supporting the iron handed leader from Mindanao, shifted towards the good senator, whose credentials and merits are beyond any shadow of doubt.

I was really waiting on Duterte to declare, but when the final second of the deadline for filing lapsed, it was the end of the waiting for me. And like most others, I looked on MDS as an option.

But then Senator Santiago made some ill-sounding comments about the family of the late president Ferdinand Marcos, whose son Bongbong is her running mate. Her statements left a bad taste in a lot of her supporters’ mouths, which prompted them to withdraw support from her, and worse, totally boycott voting for president.

I would have actually let her comments about the Marcoses pass, and still give her my support. After all, supporting her isn’t an automatic count for Bongbong.

But this interview really killed all my admiration for her:

Before I make any comments that may spark a battle of words here, let me state a couple of things: I understand the context where she drew those statements. The death of a son is beyond compare to any pain a living soul will endure on this earth. Not even the most agonizing of physical infirmities can match the hurt that a mother or father would feel if it was given to her or him the task of burying their own child. And we are not taking away from the senator to hurt or continue hurting even after years since her son died. She can continue on refusing to come to terms for all we care.

But to call God an underachiever?

To claim that if she was God she could do a better job?

To conclude that God does not exist?

That’s too much, lady.

I’m still hoping there was something fishy with how Korina Sanchez’s team of editors did the splicing of the full interview, which came out the way we are watching it. Otherwise, then it is nothing else but the good senator accusing God of unrighteousness and injustice.

But like in the movie “God is not Dead,” how can you be indignant against someone you believe does not exist?

Madam Senator, I may not have the brilliance and intelligence that your mind has. I may not be as decorated with credentials as you are. I may not have reached the pinnacles of successes you have reached.

But I don’t think even a million versions of you combined can do a better job than my God.

So, like the rest of you out there, I’ve ran out of options on who to vote for president next year.

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ISANG HULING LABAN

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Matapos payukuin ang ilang dosenang kalaban sa nagdaang mga linggo, nakarating na ang Gilas Pilipinas sa kanilang huling laban–ang laban na magbibigay sa kanila ng pagkakataong itanghal ang ating bansa sa nalalapit na Olympic Games sa Rio De Janeiro sa susunod na taon.

At ang kanilang kalaban ay walang iba kundi ang mga Tsinong basketbolista.

Hindi kaila ang mga hamon na nagbabadya sa ating mga kababayang manlalaro na sasabak mamayang gabi. Bukod sa katotohonang pinaghandaang mabuti ng Tsina ang torneyong ito upang matiyak ang kanilang representasyon sa Olympics sa 2016, ang bakbakan ay magaganap mismo sa kanilang sariling bakuran. Aasahang dadagundong ang bulwagan ng paglalabanan ng Pilipinas at Tsina sa mga hiyawan at sigawan ng mga Tsino para sa kanilang mga kababayan. Kumpara sa kanila, tila langgam na pwedeng paglaruan ng tipaklong ang ating mga kinatawan.

Matikas at mabilis ang mga Tsinong lalaro mamayang gabi kontra sa ating mga manlalaro. Kaya nilang makipagsabayan sa gilas ng Gilas, kung tulin at liksi ang pag uusapan. May NBA player din sila sa katauhan ni Yi Jianlian ng Milwaukee Bucks. At sa halos lahat ng mga nagdaang edisyon ng torneyo ng Olympics, ang Tsina ang namamayagpag na kinatawan ng Asya.

Sa pagsabak ng Gilas mamayang gabi, dala nila ang mga hinanakit ng mga nagdaang liga ng manlalaro na bigong makapasok sa Olympics simula 1976. Kapanahunan pa nila dating senador Robert Jaworski at Freddie Webb ng ang Pilipinas ay huling nakalahok sa Olympics. Ngayong taon lang muling nakalapit ng ganito ang ating bansa na makatikim ng tagumpay na maghahatid sa kanila sa prestihiyosong paligsahan ng mundo.

Subalit hindi kasing dali ng pagpitas ng bunga ang pagsungkit sa gintong medalya sa FIBA Asia Championships. Lalo pa’t ikaw ay lalaro mismo sa lugar ng iyong katunggali.

Isang laban na lang ang nalalabi. Isang laban na lang mula sa ating matagal ng asam na tagumpay.

Isang laban kung saan PUSO ang kailangan.

Tiyak na ibibigay ng Pilipinas ang lahat ng kanilang hawak at tangan sa laban mamayang gabi. Ibubuwis na ang buhay sa laban na ito, makamit lang ang pinakamimithi. Higit sa taktika sa sahig, talas ng isip, at liksi at lakas, PUSO ang siyang magiging pangunahing sandata ng ating hukbo na sasabak sa labang ito.

Walang dudang mamaliitin at tutuyain sa labanan mamayang gabi ang ating mga manlalaro. Subalit gaya ng sinumang inaapi at nililibak, hindi nga ba’t ang bida ay bumabangon at bumabawi? At mamayang gabi, may pagkakataon ang Gilas Pilipinas na ibawi ang mga ginaping koponan ng bansa ng mahigit apat na dekada, itaas ang bandila sa tagumpay, at muling pag-isahin ang mga puso ng mga mamamayan sa pagbubunyi na, sa wakas, nanalong muli tayo.

Isang huling laban. Laban Gilas Pilipinas.

#PUSO