A rare show of Filipino unity at the SEAG
SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Valeriano Avila (The Freeman) - December 2, 2019 - 12:00am

For our special presentation on our talk show “Straight from the Sky” we bring you a full discussion on understanding the concept of a federal state by Michael Yusingco, one of the country’s top experts on federalism. Although this interview is a replay of my show two years ago, the issue is still very relevant today as many people have seen the need for charter changes, for instance, to force voters to vote the president and vice president as a team like what they do in the USA. Here people are fed up with Vice President Leni Robredo always undermining the president and even reporting the war against drugs to the UN.

To drive home my point, one of the reasons I supported the candidacy of then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte was his call for federalism, something he seems to have lost sight of. While he still has three years, we can move towards achieving this goal and making an important change in our kind of politics. So watch this very interesting show on SkyCable’s channel 53 at 8 p.m. with replays on Wednesday and Saturday same time and channel. We also have replays on MyTV’s channel 30 at 9 p.m. Monday and at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

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Saturday evening, we watched the opening night of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) and legendary boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao led the lighting of the cauldron with 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships gold medalist Nesthy Petecio. The Philippine Arena was filled to the rafters and watching the super praises on my Facebook page, you can see how the huge negative publicity we got last week was overpowered by the humongous positive support by the netizens for the SEAG, especially during its opening night.

Actually the opening night was a huge victory of Filipino cultural dances like the singkil, which I never get tired of watching. The singkil shown during the opening night was truly fabulous to watch and I’m sure that our athletes would also be awed watching our cultural presentation. This was the first time that the SEAG opening night was done indoors, which already makes history in the SEAG.

The biggest comment I read on my Facebook page was “I’m proud to be a Filipino,” which shows you that the negative reports by those Filipino crabs seeking to bring the Philippines down were all drowned by the positive reactions of Filipino netizens. When I saw Pres. Duterte beside the Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei when songstress Lani Misalucha sang the Philippine national anthem, I was reminded of then president PNoy Aquino III who never wore the Philippine flag on his chest, but his favorite yellow ribbon, which has become irrelevant at this time with the administration of Pres. Duterte.

During the presentation of SEAG athletes, the Philippine delegation wore Barong tagalog and had 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach as their muse and practically the whole arena danced to the turn of the iconic song "Manila" by Hotdog, which is one of catchiest songs in OPM history. It also played in the background as the Philippine delegates to the SEAG marched front and center. Even Pres. Duterte could not help himself and joined the 80,000 inside the Arena and grooved to the beat.

At this point, the only negative we are hoping that won’t come to the Philippines is typhoon Kammuri. It slightly slowed down and remains outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, according to state weather bureau PAGASA. The center of the typhoon was estimated based on all available data at 1,220 kilometers east of southern Luzon (Region 4) as of 10 a.m. last Saturday. Kammuri maintains its strength with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of 185 kilometers per hour. At this point we can only hope and pray that this typhoon would simmer down rather than worsen.

During the dramatic and amazing opening night of the SEAG, a multitude of netizens were totally awed by the cultural presentation. The only negative report came from one or two hardcore Yellowtards who could not change their minds and would rather remain as the yellow crabs that they have always been.

MICHAEL YUSINGCO
Philstar
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