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John the Baptist feast day

Let us give incoming President Rodrigo Duterte the emergency powers he needs to solve the worsening Metro Manila traffic chaos. There is no need to subject the matter to unnecessary and unfounded speculations and delay.

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There is no doubt that the key to economic progress is industrialization. We, however need to prioritize food production and food security. Let us support incoming Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol’s program to ensure food self-sufficiency and export other agricultural products.

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Addressing a media forum in Iba, Zambales organized by the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) Central Luzon group, Zambales Congressman Sherlyn Deloso-Montalla, underscored the need to repair Zambales’ beautiful countryside ravaged by irresponsible mining, natural calamities, and man-made destructions. She also exhorted mediamen to support President Duterte’s reform agenda.

Together with Federation of Provincial Press Clubs of the Philippines, Inc. (FPPCPI) members, led by its president Allan Sison, we attended the Zambales event. We hope Malacañang will tap the provincial press for its massive information on federalism and other major agenda.

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Today is the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the patron Saint of various Churches worldwide where Christianity has established its niche. Locally, St. John’s feast is popularly celebrated in San Juan City, Batangas, Tondo, Kalibo (my hometown in Aklan), Caramoran (Catanduanes), Tabaco City (Albay) and many others. Parents name their children born on June 24 as John or Juan, including myself, for them to imbibe St John’s virtues. Today we celebrate our birthday.

Recognized as a prophet by various religions, John foretold the coming of Jesus Christ. He baptized Jesus and made baptism a core holy sacrament of his messianic mission.

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My family and I are deeply touched by former President Fidel V. Ramos’s birthday greeting for me today. In his thoughtfully written letter, FVR stated:

“Not everyone has been so blessed to be able to look back upon a fulfilling life – knowing what you planted and patiently nurtured, has produced a rich harvest of good for you and your family, our country and people.

“It is said that life begins at 40. Therefore, one who is fortunate to live beyond age 81 may be said to be “born again plus more” – which would indicate the deep appreciation for you by God Almighty.”

Thank you, Mr. President. (Johnny Dayang)

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