Towers of strength

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FOR true-blue members of our mother media organization the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) like yours truly, nothing can compare to the best gift all of us for sure had received this Christmas and New Year.

Nothing really, and this writer is obviously referring to the renewed bonding of NPC President Benny Antiporda, my Kumpare, and ex-NPC president and current club treasurer Jerry Yap, who is also the chairman of the partylist aspirant the Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM).

Though it didn’t last long, nevertheless, most of us have virtually been plunged into darkness for more than a month upon learning about the sudden gap that occurred between the two towers of strengths of media people especially those from the prints.

One wouldn’t believe it happened but to me it’s a mere miscommunication or misunderstanding that we, as part of the organization, are all quite lucky because those very few who knew nothing but to spread rancor among our ranks had not been effective, thanks to Pres. Benny and Chairman Jerry who didn’t make ‘patol’ on those who wanted to feast on the unwanted crack that’s now a thing of the past.

Instead, they gave themselves the much-needed space which let them breathe much fresher air as they preoccupied themselves in carrying out their personal concerns and tasks to the NPC and ALAM members minus each other’s presence.

As most of us have expected and prayed for, the two pillars showed up at a Christmas party of a mediamen’s group in Quezon City.

That fateful day was destined to come to light as the duo didn’t make any move to prevent it from taking place and yes they met, they hugged and talked with each other so eagerly as if they’re long, long lost friends to the delight of our colleagues.

One nice thing with the two central figures is that they never threw invectives or harsh words against each other during the short-lived split for they knew that that it wouldn’t do good for the members who all visibly got affected by what had transpired but the sadness and uncertainty are now over, they’re now back in each others’ arm.

Well done job for CAMANAVA cops

Kudos to the Northern Police District now under the leadership of Chief Supt. Joel Alvarez and the police station chiefs, namely, Senior Supt. Rimas Calixto (Caloocan), Sr. Supt. Ferdinand Ampil, Sr. Supt. Conrado Gongon (Navotas) and Sr. Supt. (Atty.) Wilben Mayor (Valenzuela) for keeping the northern metropolis safe for the revelers during the New Year’s eve revelry.

By deploying enough policemen to the streets and strictly implementing the designated firecracker zones and catching those who defied the laws by selling banned firecrackers, they gave the CAMANAVA residents a field day in welcoming the New Year.

See how beautiful is life when you are living in a place where the concerned law enforcement agencies and authorities are doing their job dutifully and with dedication. That’s great!

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