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The BBM president-elect’s optics in caucus with his well-received economics team is a powerful reminder that, however universal the approval of his ministerial choices, he remains the main one. If the reins of control are loosened or tightened in any of his alter ego’s spheres, it will always happen as he chooses.

The composition of his team is arguably the most critical announcement a president-elect makes after his proclamation. And, because the BBM president-elect’s picks have been mostly fair, their upcoming nominations have taken center stage and should provide the man with a strong start. The BBM president-elect has also made several maverick appointments, including the inspired choice of Professor Clarita Carlos as national security adviser. His eminent qualifications aside, his gravity alone should drive all threats to their lairs.

If the choices inspire confidence, however, it’s not just because of who they are. It is rather because the elected president knew how to choose them.

Clear vision. For many, including this writer, what was truly reassuring was his first post-proclamation statement affecting foreign policy. The day after the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House raised their hands, he sought to correct our chaotic China strategy with the strong caveat that “out there. will be. be. nope. compromise. He also laid out his position toward the United States in subsequent hearings with US State Department officials. It was trust that drove the decision to revive marginalized relations with the United States and abandon the zero-sum game mindset.

We are not surprised because the president-elect is consistent with the posture that has defined his career in public service. Even in the days of Bangsamoro’s Basic Law debates during his last stint in the Senate, his fiery counter-belief was always punctuated by the overarching theme of sacred and inviolable sovereignty, independence and self-reliance. . In fact, we agree that this is one of the main reasons for the strength of his candidacy.

And though the now familiar refrain of Marcos rewriting the narrative continues to be heard, no amount of rewriting can erase from our minds how, in the days of first President Marcos, pivoting from one-sided American connection did not have to mean a de facto repudiation. Rather, he made it clear that the identity of interests should also be determined from the perspective of our own national interest and also the regional alignments he so masterfully nurtured.

The events of the past month have proven that the president-elect is a man not to be underestimated. Whoever said he’s a push over must be eating crow. He’s built a team that certainly won’t leave an amateur impression and he clearly knows how to do it, even before Day 1. Why wouldn’t he? The man has been preparing for this moment for 35 years.

Robin Mockingbird. Robinhood Senator Ferdinand Cariño Padilla is extremely serious about his federalism platform that he took on the challenge of leading the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Law Review.

Expect to see the Padilla committee working twice on proposals, led by itself, to amend the Constitution for this purpose. The senator is right not to bother with the ballyhoo and the challenge it is? and how dare he? on his qualification. The legislative process results in laws. In theory, yes, avocados could make them better. But the only qualification we require of our candidates is that they are of the required age and that they know how to read and write. The only duty we impose on them is that they make the right decisions. The senators will be surrounded by lawyers to explain the alternatives to them. They just have to choose wisely. Ultimately, Senator Padilla’s Constitution is an instrument written and read by the ordinary layman who has no other qualification than to know how to read and write.

Anyone who still has a problem should ask the 26.6 million people who gave him the highest vote total in Senate history.

The whole world is our stage. Filipino mothers have brought pride to the world stage of professional sports.

The UEFA Champions League in the sport of football is bigger globally than the NBA Finals (yes, Virginia), MLB World Series and NFL Super Bowl combined. This year, the last team standing is Real Madrid CF of the Spanish La Liga. They beat fellow runners-up Liverpool FC in the English Premier League. Crucial to Real Madrid’s victory was their world-class defender, David Alaba. Alaba was born in Austria to a disc jockey who is also an African prince and a nurse who is also a Filipina beauty queen.

In tennis, Filipina-Ecuadorian teenager Leylah Fernandez, who plays for Canada, was on track to qualify for the French Open semi-finals. That is, until she was distracted – by a stress fracture in her foot. It was exciting to watch her blast her way through her bracket, beating bigger, more powerful hitters with superior craftsmanship, finesse and focus.

What should have been a routine straight-set quarter-final for his opponent, the injured rising star managed a best-of-three. Today’s players withdraw from games at the slightest sign of physical or mental adversity, avoiding the risk of further damage. Not this kababayan. She played through the discomfort, hobbling and wincing and grimacing rather than surrender. Tennis great Pam Shriver gave Leylah the ultimate compliment: “It was old school.”

Both are celebrated here as they are proud of their heritage. During the post-match match at the Stade de France, Alaba had flags of his multiple nationalities draped around him on the pitch: the green and white of Nigeria and the red, white and blue of the Philippines.

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