TIMESMAN| Camp for honorables

MY WIFE Virgie is supposed to be 74 years old on Wednesday (March 1)  had she not died on Nov. 9, 2014.

Eldest son Jojo asked me where the celebration is. I said no more celebration but just a visit to her gravesite at the Davao Memorial Park where we will offer flowers and prayers for the eternal repose of her soul. After this, we will go to McDo or Jollibee for a simple family treat and then go home.

I am a practical person who believes that when a person dies counting of age also stops. Lighting candles at their final resting place is enough as our way of remembering them.

When I reached my senior age (60) I promised my friends that I will no longer celebrate my birthdays because I hate admitting I am getting old. Mahirap magbilang ng edad.

I broke my self-imposed moratorium when my children abroad insisted that I celebrate my Diamond Year because that is already an achievement that should not be forgotten. I listened to them. We prepared a bonga party.

That was on Jan. 17, 2016 where the venue of the celebration was in a local hotel complete with video presentation of my 56 years of challenges and existing in this city and witnessed by longtime associates, friends, relatives and children from abroad.

That’s why when last Jan. 17 (my birthday) this year, Jingo Camomot and Melinda Petalcorin of UMBN texted me what the gimmick will be this time, I told both: ‘Sorry, I am now in a safe house,” meaning, no more celebration.

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Senator Leila de Lima is now at the Philippine National Police custodial center in Crame, her fourth day in detention on drug charges, which she denounced as political persecution by President Duterte. She may have not expected what hit her.

De Lima, if I am not mistaken, will be the first senator detained under the Duterte administration, and the fourth jailed after senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, and Juan Ponce Enrille who were also put in jail during the Arroyo administration on charges of corruption.

Enrile was temporarily released on bail last year due to old age. He is now 92.

We expect more of our honorables to be jailed as this was the Duterte administration promised that it will not stop running after corrupt officials.

Since President Duterte seems determined (and I believed him even if I am branded as ”sipsip”), I would suggest that Camp Crame be renamed as Honorables’ Camp because soon we will see more members of the legislative branch being placed behind bar. Dyahe!

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President Duterte said he’s not afraid to die and that he will continue his drive against illegal drugs and criminals despite threats on his life. He instructed his daughter Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to cremate his remains when his time comes and place the urn at the graves of his parents, Gov. Vicente Duterte and Nanay Soling, at the city’s public cemetery in Wireless.

Like the President, I also am not afraid of talking about death as no one will be exempted. I also requested my children to burn my body (not in hell) so as to spare them of time, effort and money attending to my remains. Kung puede nga itapon na lang ang aking abo sa fish pond sa bahay.

But while President Duterte expects (hopefully not) to die in the hands of his enemies, in my case, I am afraid that it will be my turn soon as all members of the first generation of my family members were all dead, (the last death only last week). Nag-iisa na ako.

But it seems that God didn’t want me yet and continue to guide me, to keep enjoying my retirement years and to do my job HE assigned even if I kept on telling Him, Lord, pagod na pagod na talaga ako. Yet, HE still is ignoring me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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