By MANUEL L. CABALLERO
MARCOS, JR. WILL GO TO US WITH "LINGERING SCANDAL OF ELECTORAL MANIPULATION"; ROBREDO HAS FIVE LIFE INSTRUCTIONS; CONGRATULATIONS TO LOIDA LEWIS ON SUCCESSFUL BOOK TOUR;FIl AM MISS UNIVERSE WILL JOIN PIDCI PARADE IN NYC
At the beginning of his 11th month in office, Pres. Marcos, Jr. Is embarking on his 11th, 12th and 13th trips outside the Philippines.
During the first two weeks of May, he will travel to Washington D.C., to meet with Pres. Biden on defense and economic matters, and possibly, about China's aggressive posturings; to England , to attend the coronation of King Charles and to Indonesia to attend the ASEAN meeting.
Mr. Marcos, Jr. will travel with a big question mark over his head as to his "election" as president.
A former Australian senator who observed the May 9, 2022 election together with other members of an International Observation Team, has said she did not think Marcos, Jr. and Sara Duterte were legitimately elected . Among the reasons cited were massive vote-buying and voter intimidations.
Four non-partisan groups in the PH have been seeking the truth about the apparent anomalies (in COMELEC) that surrounded the 2022 election. A related case is pending in the Supreme Court of the PH. A related people's petitiion
online is ongoing. Filipinos at home and abroad are getting involved and concerned.
In the words of respected Manila columnist Randy David, the situation for Mr. Marcos, Jr. is a "lingering scandal of electoral manipulation."
It is interesting to note that members of the 9 pro Leni Gerona Robredo chat groups formed during the 2022 election season in New Jersey and New York areas are still actively participating on Leni-related matters. On the former VP's birthday last April 23, a good number posted their reactions and greetings. Hindi sila bumibitiw.
The chat groups are: Pink Caravan Jersey City; Leni Tri-State Circle; Union Township for Leni; Leni Is My President; Pink Caravan For Leni Union; Fil-Am of Tri-State; Bergenfield Pink Caravan; God Bless Our Beloved Philippines and United for Leni North America.
The former VP has 5 life instructions that she shared, especially for young people. Those 5 are:
1. There is no free lunch. Whatever you want, work for it.
2. Daig ng masipag ang mahusay. A hard worker is better than a good one.
3. You are measured by the things that you do constantly and consistently.
4. Character is more important than all competencies combined.
5. We are what we tolerate.
To us, the last one means that if a group of people will just allow corruption, anomalies and lies to continue in their midst, that's what they will become.
Kudos to Loida Nicolas Lewis on her successful book launch and tour which took her to three States (New York, Illinois and California). Her autobiography, "Why Should Guys Have All The Fun" received warm welcome from readers in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and West Covina. San Diego County in California even declared one day as Loida Nicolas Lewis Day in the county to honor the Filipina American author. Again, congratulations, Loida!
Moppet-Maria Villasin Nucum , in an FB post, announced the participation of FilAm Miss Universe 2022 R. BONNEY NOLA GABRIEL in the June 4 PIDCI Parade in New York City.