THAILAND IS TAKING the luster out of the Philippine triumphs in the Southeast Asian Games, accusing the host nation of "cheating" and prompting Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to suggest a summit meeting to discuss fair play in sports.
This headline banner story from the Philippine Daily Inquirer absolutely spoiled my day. This is the consequence of having a president who is a big-time cheater. Let us kick Gloria out of office now! She is dragging us all down to hell.
What makes me really angry is the fact that the accuser himself, Thaksin Shinawatra, is a loathsome, human rights violator in his own country. He is hated by Muslim Thais because of his murderous repression of legitimate dissent in the south of that country. His family, who owns the mammoth Shin Corp, is persecuting freedom of speech activist and journalist Supinya Klangnarong. Clearly, Thaksin has no business lecturing us about fair play!
I think we should boycott the Asian Indoor Games in Thailand next month. Grrr. To our athletes, we throw our full support to all of you, with or without medals. And thank you for making Filipinos proud.