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Not keen on endorsing betel nut to Digong to replace drugs

May 11, 2019 - Saturday 4:05 AM by Jimmy Laking

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Aside from the prediction that the “Big One” is most likely to hit western Davao City all the way to the gulf in the future, this young geologist from the University of the Philippines said low-lying parts will most likely go underwater.

He said this was no new phenomenon, since “these areas used to be underwater before, including parts of Buhangin district.”

He said these without batting an eyelash, or in the typical cold detachment you associate with scientists. Please take note that he did not say the “Big One” will occur within 20 to 50 years but it will come. Of course, only the animals with their deep attachments to the earth and its ramblings know.

His monologue ranged from the far North to the far South, and were he not talking of earthquake faults I was tempted to think he was referring to the direction of mineral deposits that often interdict earthquake faults.

On how the Philippine Islands came about, he said geologic evidence showed that Palawan used to be part of Taiwan. “We examined and compared rock, earth, fossil, animal and plant samples from both places and the results showed they used to be one solid mass.”

He said somewhere in the past millennium, Palawan drifted southeast to join the formation of the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

Why not indeed?  Like Palawan, Taiwan has its indigenous populations who are deeply spiritual and whose agricultural practices in fact look more like those practiced by the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera.

I have friends from Baguio City who told me that the “monkey dance” performed by the indigenous Kalanguya ethnologistic group of  Benguet and Ifugao is similar to what they saw performed in Taiwan.

Why, even betel nut chewing is adored in the Cordillera as well as in Taiwan where betel nut is cultivated in plantations and where it is sold in malls.

But while I tried it once in my youth as I did cannabis out of curiosity, I am not willing to recommend it to President Digong as an alternative to illegal drugs in the rare chance that I would find him in the same room with me. But why not, considering that Apo Digong seems to have an open mind for organic alternatives to crystal meth.

Now is there a possibility that by some quirk operation of nature, Palawan will drift back and rejoin Taiwan?  It was the one question I failed to ask.


The “Big One” this Monday is certain to shock some people especially those who are staking a lot of resources to ingratiate themselves with the electorate.

I am told that where the stakes are higher especially in one neighbouring province, tempers are running short and some bets are panicking.

Here’s hoping President Digong will be gifted with a new set of officials who would do to ride the river with, and not end up with driftwood and scums that will set back all the gains this administration has accomplished.


Suddenly, everybody in the NBA is talking of the Denver Nuggets and the 7-1 Serbian Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets.

On Wednesday, the Nuggets went up 3-2 against the Portland Blazers and one-time San Antonio Spur Richard Jefferson predicted the Nuggets to win the series.

Chauncey Billups who played for the Detroit Pistons Expert described Jokic as a special talent who is a better passer that 80 per cent of the point guards in the NBA.

But there seems to be more to the Nuggets than Jokic, Paul Milsapp and a squad of talented players.

In the post-mortem after his team came from behind to decision the San Antonio in the previous series, coach Mike Malone said his team played unselfish basketball. True enough, his team looked more like the San Antonio Spurs that defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the title years back that played ‘beautiful basketball.’ The extra passing and the team synergy said it all. The Nuggets are the San Antonio Spurs in another name.