TIMESMAN| Question I also would want to ask

OF THE ‘eight rules to a better life’ the TIMES published on its Oct. 9 issue, only the No. 7 is not in me. The eight rules are:

Never hate

Don’t worry

Live simply

Expect a little

Give a little

Always smile

LIVE WITH LOVE, and

Best of all, be with God.

 And why the No.7, it’s because I am loveless! (Kasi gurang ka na, from a reader).

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Belated happy birthday to our editor, Amy Cabusao who celebrated her natal day last Oct. 11!

How old are you, Amy? Never mind, don’t answer that. What I can remember, you’re now in this paper for the last 17 years, right?

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo had to walk more than two kilometers through the scorching heat to attend a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian military’s founding while spectators yell and chant his name.

Widodo and senior government officials, according to report, were held up by traffic gridlock as they approached the military parade in Cilegon, a port city about two-and-a-half hour drive from the capital Jakarta.

Davao City has also a share of traffic nightmares. I will not mention Metro Manila where commuters spend more time caught in traffic than in their place of work.

But our then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who sometimes acted as traffic policeman (not to mention taxi driver), never walked that far, as President Widodo did.

But Mayor Duterte was doing the job of a traffic enforcer then because he wanted to help ease the gridlock or teach lessons to some real traffic policemen who were more than busy texting than manning the traffic. It’s an instinct on the part of our Mayor to get out of his car at the middle of the road to do the impossible for public service although he was the highest official of the city.

Now as President Duterte, the more he will not dare walk two kilometers in Metro Manila, even if it’s election time just to call attention. Baka mabangga pa siya ng sasakyan!

But whether it was an admission on the part of Widodo that Indonesia’s monostrous traffic congestion is the worse in the world, he nevertheless received flak from a netizen who twitted:

“How come the president walked for two kilometers to the military anniversary location, why didn’t they give him the privilege of vacating road or taking him in a helicopter?”

This is the same question I also would want to ask in this corner.

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The military’s plan of recruiting 300 Lumads as soldiers in Regions XI and XII within this month is a brilliant idea coming from the establishment as it not only adding reinforcement in their fight against the New People’s Army but as well as it will neutralize the rebel group from influencing indigenous people in joining them.

Of course, the NPAs slammed this latest program for the IPs by the military and in its statement, Rigoberto Sanchez, spokesperson of NPA –Southern Mindanao Regional Operation Command, said: “The move is a desperate attempt of the AFP to score military points in the battlefield where its troops were required mastery of terrain, high influence for sacrifice and innate courage—attributes that they surely lack and want to exploit from the Lumad youth.”

But for Shirley Iguianon, chief of technical and management services division of National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, the program is anchored on the goal to provide employment opportunities for the tribal members.”

I consider the explanation of Ms. Iguianon as I believe that the only way to convince an enemy not to fight the government is through a hungry stomach. Feed them and they will not complain.

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