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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1, the Holy Bible).

PARTY OF PRESIDENTIABLE REJECTING MEMBERS? At this point in the preparations for the 2016 presidential elections, a political party which is pushing one of its leaders as a candidate for the country’s top position seems reluctant to bring in people wanting to become its members, if I am going to believe the report of a group of Laguna residents who claimed they were given the run-around by party leaders when they tried to apply for membership.

The residents said they were given the impression that the party’s leadership in Laguna instead wanted to pursue an incumbent official whom they are opposing on grounds of massive graft and corruption under his administration. Now, the residents want to put up their own party, to oppose both the party who will have a 2016 presidentiable, and the incumbent official whose relatives are facing huge court problems.

CONGRATS TO COMELEC FOR NEGROS POLLS: I am congratulating Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and Commissioner Robert Lim of the Commission on Elections for the peaceful and orderly special elections in the fifth district of Negros Occidental Saturday, June 2, 2012, which saw Binalbagan Mayor Alejandro Mirasol replacing the late Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo. Brillantes and Lim went to Bacolod to oversee the special polls, and their efforts paid off with the elections being concluded without any hitch.

Congratulations are likewise in order for Regional Director Dennis Ausan and Provincial Elections Officer Jessie Suarez, who made sure the elections were clean and credible, resulting in the immediate proclamation of Mirasol. Certainly, Brillantes, Lim, Ausan, and Suarez once more showed that with determination, elections could be swift and the results accepted by the people. Mirasol likewise is to be congratulated for chalking up a 13,000 vote advantage over his opponent.

WRONG IMPRESSION FROM MEDIA REPORT ON PORK RELEASE: Whoever released to media the report showing pork barrel releases to 12 Senators recently must have been motivated by reasons other than good faith. I mean, things were made to look as if the pork barrel releases were timed to coincide with the conclusion of the impeachment trial and the subsequent ouster of Renato Corona as chief justice of the Supreme Court. My barber from the UP Shopping Center in Diliman, Quezon City was howling: “Corona conviction equals pork barrel releases?”

BARBER’S CHALLENGE TO LAWMAKERS: The same barber also let loose a challenge: “lawmakers must now disclose how much government funds have been released to their districts and their provinces in recent months, to remove insinuations that pork barrel funds were used not only to pressure the filing of the impeachment complaint against Corona but also to convict and oust him”. Now, will any of our congressmen and senators be willing to make the barber’s desired disclosures?

PACQUIAO’S VICTORY OR DEFEAT DEPENDS ON TWO THINGS: To all fans and boxing afficionados who will watch the fight between Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten American champion Tim Bradley on June 9, 2012, watch the Filipino fighter intently from the moment he walks out of his dugout into the ring. See if you can still see the crucifix he had worn in all of his previous fights, and observe if he will still make the sign of the Cross just before he trades punches with Bradley. I am convinced his victory---or defeat---will depend on these two.

TV 5 PURCHASE OF GMA 7 LEGALLY OK: I agree with Willie Revillame that there is nothing wrong---legally and morally---if and when TV5 owner Manny Pangilinan finally seals the purchase of GMA 7, for the sum of about P45 billion. For one, there is nothing in the Constitution and under existing laws which prohibits a Filipino company or individual from owning several media entities, as what is in fact happening right now.

To me, Pangilinan’s acquiring GMA 7 in fact augurs well for the entire broadcast industry, on account of the businessman’s willingness to spend just to push TV 5 and GMA 7 to greater heights and, of course, better broadcast glory. It will also enliven all the more the growing competition among the existing networks, which could only result in better programming and more benefits for broadcast personalities.

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