The Manila Times – A Smartmatic steak? “Huwag-you”

By Rolly G. Reyes | The Manila Times

I am counting the days that SmartMatic will stop counting. A great number of Math teachers are with me.
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How come everyone always say “at the end of the day” and no one says “at the start of the day”?
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Due to MMDA’s plan, car assemblers are thinking of rolling out one-seater cars. Formula One drivers get set and go.
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To PNP: MMDA is encouraging “riding in tandem” in cars as well. A kidnapper or a carnapper beside the driver will not be flagged down.
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I am thinking of creating a HATERS group. I am very sure some people I know will LOVE it.
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No parks, no playground, no library, no museum? Spaces are slowly being replaced by more malls, condos and “tiangges.” Are we really serious in creating a “buy-and-sell” generation?
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Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi took steps yesterday to address the double whammy to consumers, which are slowing growth and high commodity prices by tapping the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) to import low-priced fuel.

“The government agency will source low-priced petroleum products, particularly diesel, to mitigate the impact of volatile oil prices,” he said.

— Good move Sec Al. Let us free ourselves from the greedy clutches of Brent and OPEC.
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French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur has refunded more than P1.16 billion to the Department of Health (DoH) for unused Dengvaxia vaccines, the Commission on Audit (CoA) reported.

However, they revealed the DoH still has to collect P700 million from the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), which supervised the vaccine procurement, representing unliquidated fund transfers. They alleged that PCMC started holding pre-procurement activities for the P3-billion dengue vaccination program about a month before the MoA with DoH took effect on 19 February 2016.

—The officials involved should be detained and immunized from corruption by the same vaccine.
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MMDA: What we need is NOT vehicle reduction. First and foremost, what we need is DISCIPLINE — discipline among ALL drivers of ALL motor vehicles; riding public and pedestrians; discipline and integrity among traffic enforcers to really ENFORCE the law; discipline among repair and maintenance agencies to coordinate work schedules; discipline among MALL OWNERS to coordinate SEPARATE SUPERSALES and discipline among METRO MAYORS to enforce ALL OF THE ABOVE.
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Whenever I notice that I’m gaining weight, I watch the movie “The Battle of the Bulge” and listen to The Beatles song “Carry That Weight.”
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I noticed that some Facebook friends religiously post their faces whatever they’re doing. I don’t blame them as they thought that Facebook is just about faces.
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Maybe it’s not true that our memory is short. Maybe our tolerance for pain is longer — especially for self-inflicted wounds.
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The Philippine Immigration Bureau said Thursday it has blocked the entry of an Australian who has been blacklisted for reportedly joining a 2015 rally in violation of regulations barring foreigners from engaging in political activities in the country.

His lawyers is said to be seeking his removal from the blacklist so he could seek medical treatment in our country.

—Really? An Aussie leaving his first-world country having one the best doctors and medical facilities to seek treatment here?
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News: DoJ panel revives drug charges vs. Peter Lim.

State prosecutors recommended the filing of charges of illegal drug trading against suspected drug lord Peter Lim, who was earlier cleared by a different panel from the Justice department. The first DoJ panel -dropped the charges against all the suspects for lack of evidence.

— Good job DoJ. The former prosecution panel was illegally “drugged.”
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I am deeply saddened hearing this: The 2019 budget for CHEd’s Student Financial Assistance Program’s (STUFAP) was slashed from this year’s P4.7 billion to P1.7 billion.

However, CHEd Officer in Charge Prospero “Popoy” De Vera said students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs) could still have free tuition and other school fees, but would no longer receive additional stipend due to the 64 percent budget cut.

—DBM’s Diokno feels the allotted spending is “NoJok.”
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Comments against Charter change from Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia did not sit well with Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, who took to social media with his complaint. For Aquino, these remarks seemed to belittle the ConCom’s work and the administration’s stance on charter change. There goes the neighborhood. “Game of Thrones” is very popular in Philippine politics.
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National ID an invasion of privacy? When it was required to get a postal ID, voter’s ID, Community Tax Certificate, Senior Citizen ID, driver’s license to drive motor vehicles — did you really feel that your privacy was invaded?
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Good news: Your favorite 1950 beer garden in Ermita is still there. The bad news: They have the same waitresses. (Sigh)
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Most people cry at weddings. I suspect that they break into tears remembering the time that they committed the same mistake.
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They told me to say grace before meals. I whispered “grace, grace, grace’” several times and I can’t understand why my wife slapped me for no reason at all.
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After taking down capsules like turmeric, circulan, vitamin C, dandelion roots, malunggay oil, ampalaya, vitamin E, sharksfin oil, apricot kernel, centrum, micardis plus and ginseng — I find that my tummy is full and there is no more room for food. Tough to be a senior.
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MMDA: No car will be allowed in EDSA with only one passenger. I assume that the next step is to ban a car without a driver.
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A good teacher is one who is always hungry to learn more.
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It takes only 35 seconds to say the Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory Be. We don’t have to guess how much time we spend looking at our smartphones.
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Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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