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IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but who’s willing to skip the holiday season? Me, said Scrooge. Me, said Grinch. Me, said piggy.

Of course, the piggy says yes—it’s the source of ham and lechon.

In preparation for the Christmas gluttony, I’m now sticking to fish and veggies when I’m home—yes, the same dinner daily. Which surely makes the piggy happy as long as I don’t eat out.

Another Pinoy may find an unchanging menu boring as he craves for variety. That’s why President Rody Duterte won in May 2016 since, unlike previous presidentiables, he’s politically incorrect and doesn’t make pa-cute unless he’s about to kiss a woman in public.

But in Vice Ganda’s “Gandang Gabi Vice” on Sunday night, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was asked if the president had “inappropriate” moments, and Roque replied, “‘Yung kissing in Korea, ‘yung OFW. Ang feeling ko dun tumakbo ako dun tapos hilahin siya.“

Which was opposite of his comment in June right after it happened when he described a kiss as “a light moment that is very accepted in the culture of Filipinos.”

Why the difference in opinion four months later? “E trabaho ko ‘yun. Trabaho ko talaga ‘yun,” was Roque’s excuse.

Duterte is a public-image nightmare and he doesn’t care if he is, which can be endearing to the Pinoy who listened to all sorts of campaign promises from previous presidentiables that failed to fulfill those promises.

But this is not the first time for a presidentiable to be brutally frank. The late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was also candid and even funny. So, what’s the diff? Must be Duterte’s p***ng in* and war on drugs for which the Pinoy can’t claim he wasn’t warned.

It’s time to eject, er, elect new officials again in the midterms next year which will pave the way for former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s comeback as he plans to run as representative of Makati City’s first district. But it’s the rivalry between his two kids that’s gaining mileage in the political arena as they’re both planning to run for Makati City mayor. His daughter Abby is the city’s incumbent mayor, his son Junjun is former mayor. Amidst what seems to be a public-relations ploy, the fact that former VP Jejomar is facing graft charges along with Junjun is now forgotten. Hahay. Wag the dog again.

As you can see, the powers that be will always remain in power. Even detained Senator Leila de Lima has managed to send out handwritten statements and released two books this year, “Dispatches from Crame I” and “Fight for Freedom and Other Writings.”

De Lima is not allowed to use gadgets while in detention, thus, the handwritten notes.

Well, if Mystica could make a comeback after her stint in the fried-chicken business, anything is possible, provided “Ang Probinsyano” would go on and on until Coco Martin has given second chances to all the has-beens in Pinoy showbiz.

And if all else fails, there’s the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Ultra Lotto 6/58 whose jackpot prize soared to more than P1 billion by Tuesday last week. To infinity and beyond!

On that same Tuesday, CNN Philippines asked via Facebook: “If you won the P1 billion jackpot prize, how would you spend the money?”

Cas Ty’s reply: “Papagawan ko kanya-kanyang parking ang mga kapitbahay ko para wala ng sagabal sa dadaanan ko.” Which might not be necessary once the Proof-of-Parking Space Act is approved.

But the most interesting answer could be the one from Bodi Bacs: “Magpapagupit ako at kakain sa Jollibee. Tapos ang iba ibibigay ko sa mga magrereply ng comment na ‘to.”

The question that may hover overhead, though, is Cornetto’s tag line: “Hanggang saan aabot ang P20 mo?”

For lotto bettors, that P20 plus P4 documentary stamp tax is the ticket price for each set of six numbers they repeatedly pray over until the lotto outlet cashier has memorized them. If you continue to lose, consider changing the usual numbers, perhaps one of them should be your real age instead of the age you pretend to be. Hehe.

P1 billion could have been campaign funds for next year’s midterm elections. But finally there were two winners on Sunday night to equally share the jackpot prize which had reached P1,180,622,508 by then. The two placed their bets at Legazpi City in Albay, and at Barangay H, Borongan in Eastern Samar.

Last weekend, there was this piece, “10 Ways You Can Win the Lotto” by Christa de La Cruz for Spot.ph. Among its tips were, “Choose an even mix of odd and even numbers” and “Spread out all the high and low numbers.” Based on these, did the winning combination—40-50-37-25-01-45—follow the “rules”?

Santa also has rules as “He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice/Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.”

But then, there’s de La Cruz’s last tip for winning the lotto: “Just try your luck.” And that can be true for Christmas and the elections, too.

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