TIMESMAN| The father in me

THIS ARTICLE was supposed to be for yesterday, Father’s Day, but since my publisher assigned this corner to appear only from Monday to Friday (which I could not even meet lately, pagod na), we’re a day late. Nevertheless, as the saying goes: “Better late than never.”

All of my four professional children call me papa, while the one who came last calls me dad. My grandchildren here and abroad call me “daddy lo.” Nonetheless, fathers—whatever name you call them—are still regarded as the haligi ng tahanan, while the mother is the ilaw ng tahanan.

In my case, I am both the haligi (pillar) and ilaw (light) after the death of my wife.

Since the bunso was with me when he was still two months old, attending to all his daily needs— feeding, bathing and even changing his diapers, we have become even closer to each other now that he is in his senior high. I have become a dad, driver, bodyguard and a friend to him through all these years.

He learned his first driving lesson from me at the age of 16 and soon to have his first student permit in driving by October this year.

Although his ate and kuyas also learned professional driving through me and never enrolled in any schools of driving, the bunso became much more professional in handling a vehicle even at his tender age than his older siblings.

There are fathers who are great providers and protectors to their children while others are considered heroes as they sacrifice for their families and children. I salute them on this Father’s Day!

I am not saying that I belong to this so-called “master of the house,” although during my diamond year celebration, my only daughter said in her welcome address: “We wanted to be like our papa who gave everything to his family the best he can…” I will let others judge me and pick the right words of praises for something I have done so far for my children.

Happy Father’s Day!

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I am not sold to the idea of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wanting to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until President Duterte steps down in 2022. If this is done, it would only show that this administration is not capable of solving the problems of peace and order in this part of the country without it.

The declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, now on its 27th day, seems only felt in Marawi City and nearby barangays while the rest of Mindanao, particularly in Davao City, people are not bothered and it is business as usual.

Alvarez said the almost month-old martial rule has been well-received by majority of the more than 20 million people in the Philippine south and that critics, particularly those who were not from Mindanao, had no reason to oppose or worry about it.

Ewan ko, the speaker might have forgotten that President Duterte’s declaration was purposely to address the trouble brought about by the Maute group and its cohorts in Marawi City. And with the latest report that the terrorists are “now dislodged from ‘strategic points’ and resistance dwindling as the military has shifted its focus to clearing operation against Islamic State-linked gunmen in Marawi City,” this is the proof that government forces are winning the war and that there is no need of further extend the suspension of habeas corpus to more than 60 days as the Constitution allows.

Unless the speaker has better idea on why he favors the extension of martial rule in Mindanao, people might suspect that he has a hidden agenda that he alone knows.

Natatalo na ang kalaban, ginagawa niyo pang alibay na madagdagan ang takot ng mga tao sa Martial Law!

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