Bridge Over Troubled No Water

ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! They always come in three's... St. Pedro Calungsod...Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ...and (Did I miss a third one)?

CONTRETEMPS. Heart-warming front page photos in all major dailies show President Benigno Simeon Aquino III getting a ''hongi'' welcome from Maori warrior in New Zealand... but elsewhere Fr. Peter Gerime, PIME, reports that lumads have noses rubbed to the ground and ''Pangayaw'' leader Dagil Capion's family rubbed out in Tampakan.

INFRASTRUCTURE. Former President Fidel Ramos defended the Presidential Bridges Program (PBP) which is under Senate Blue Ribbon committee investigation over allegations of Arroyo administration misuse of the project.

FVR launched the PBP in 1992 to address our need for 15,000 bridges throughout the archipelago. When told that the Austrian Waagner-Biro's offer of long-span bridges was a winner but their short span was expensive, Ramos gave a Solomonic solution: ''No problem. Buy the long-span and cut them into short span.''

But much later, Sen. Sergio Osmeña III says that some R111 billion had been spent for ''bridges to nowhere'' projects during the Arroyo administration. Those were the ''Bridges of Sigh.''

No problem if they built a bridge where there is no water - build an expressway under and call the bridge ''overpass.''

If there's no water over a very, very long-span bridge, build the expressway to run parallel to it, and call the bridge ''skyway.'' (Don't forget to collect toll.)

DYNASTY. South Cotabato Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez criticized the Pacquiaos for starting a political dynasty - Rep. Manny Pacquiao is up for re-election, Jinkee for vice governor, and his younger brother Roel for a Congress seat.

The prelate said the Pacquiaos would be an addition to political dynasties of the Chiongbians, Antoninos, and Constantinos in Mindanao. But isn't Pacman your poster boy vs. RH bill?

THE BUZZ. Senatorial candidate 52-year-old Daniel Magtira admits he wasn't married to a popular actress/talk show host personality. They were only going steady. Hindi kasal, STD lang.

Globe Ties-Up With China Mobile For LTE Data Roaming - News item. With simultaneous translation?

Pasay court heard Abalos motion to travel to Taiwan to import bangus fingerlings and fish feed for his aquaculture business in Zambales. (Sigh) Even worse than the fact that Thais who learned from Los Baños IRRI are now exporting rice to us, why did we ever smuggle bangus fingerlings to Taiwan?

Makati Richest City - Editorial. You could tell from the state of Arnaiz (former Pasay Road) which has steel plates instead of concrete to cover potholes which never get repaired. FEEDBACK: jaz_aide@yahoo.com

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