PREZ Rody’s war against illegal drugs is gargantuan task. It’s good that our bet for the next Miss Universe pageant to be held at the Mall of Asia on Jan. 30, 2017, 26-year-old interior designer and model Maxine Medina trusts Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, crime, chaotic traffic and corruption, among others.
The drug menace has become a $500 billion business with about $200 billion going to bribes. We need about P200 billion to rehab our drug dependents numbering about three million. For this, holistic solution is needed which should include the five pillars of our justice system.
This column believes the drug menace is likely a ploy of China to attain victory against ’Pinas in the same manner as what the British did in the Opium War against China and the Vietnamese against the Americans in the Vietnam war.
The Church should join the act and offer a spiritual solution to the problem.
US President Barack Obama, quoting experts, said drug addiction is a disease and thus must be cured. Meanwhile, how the Prez Rody-De Lima teleserye will end is something to watch out. This column’s sources said we should brace for more earthshaking revelations and shocking surprises! Black propaganda, so-called white papers and smear text campaigns are circulating against Digong by those affected by his war vs drugs.
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Christmas in our hearts happened this early during this ghost month of August.
I never imagined that iconic songwriter and singer Jose Mari Chan who popularized the Double Diamond Record (20x platinum) classic “Christmas in Our Hearts” will be so generous and accommodating when I visited his Makati office one stormy morning. He was so gracious to personally attend to me after eating his lunch.
Jose Mari Chan is also a businessman being chairman and CEO of Biscom, Inc., the 3rd largest sugar company in the Philippines. For forty nine years, he has serenaded Filipinos and the international music scene with his feel good songs as a recording artist.
Mr. Chan was even apologetic that I had to wait for him for awhile.He could have simply just asked one of his secretaries to do the chores for him including preparing what I came for at his office along Paseo De Roxas. But he did all the routines.
Earlier, Mr. Chan donated a check to our 55-year-old Christ the King parish for its renovation in time for the fiesta on Nov. 20 culminating with the year of Mercy as proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Francis.
Mr. Chan’s gesture of giving is worth emulating and very inspiring. He sent his regrets that he would not be able to sing at the said concert for the benefit of the Aliw Foundation and the Christ the King Parish with parish priest Rev. Fr. Ronnie Santos, due to a previous engagement. However, he made up for it with his generous donation from the heart.
When I learned of this, Chan’s immortal Christmas in Our Hearts kept playing sweetly in my ears.
Before I left his office, Mr. Chan gifted me his latest CD “Going Home to Christmas” which is now going platinum. In appreciation, I gifted the songwriter the EAES Batch Magic Mug. Greatly touched, I said, “thank you so much. And he warmly replied, “Ingat po kayo.”
Unfortunately, my joy was distracted by the ugly sight of rugby sniffing teens underneath the MRT along EDSA in the Guadalupe bridge area! It was back to reality.
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Meanwhile, this column heard that Chief Persy V. Rueda Acosta flew to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be part of the Philippine delegation directed by Prez Rody for a special mission to address and rescue about 11,000 to 20,000 Overseas Filipino Workers stranded there.
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