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Señor Moments | Two left feet!

Gary Tiongco (The HS’ 61 classmate of Tato, Digong, Sonny D., Sonny P., Niel D., etc.) told me this story about the National Artist Victor Edades. Gary Has An Edades Painting “The Builders.” He once commissioned Edades to paint a nude – which after a few months was delivered and paid for. Upon close inspection, Gary noticed that the gorgeous gal had two breasts (ok!) but two left feet! So Gary asked Edades to “fix” the painting- and gave it back.

Edades did, after a few months, but according to Gary, the original version looked better (a great conversation piece a nude with two left feet).

Reminds me of the portrait that Edades did of my mother – now hanging at The Museo Dabawenyo. Edades retired in Davao, taught at PWC and died here.

As a dedicated Duterte senior, I want Duterte’s chief advocacies-the war vs. drugs, the war vs. corruption, the war vs. oligarchies (business+ religious), and end to poverty. This will take at least the next 2-3 administrations, I’ll be 95 then so perhaps, God willing, I’ll see it in my lifetime. And maybe Rody’s too. I would like to see our country take its podium – stand among the world’s first-world countries: Scandinavia, America, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea.

So, who are the most likely President/Vice-president teams that may be voted as a tandem in the next administration. Here are my top 5 presidentiables:

1. Sara Duterte
2. Rene Cayetano
3. Bong-Bong Marcos
4. Manny Pacquiao
5. Manny Villar or Panfilo Lacson

These are my top 5 Vice-presidentiables:
1. Any of the top 4 presidentiables.
2. Bong Go
3. Isko Moreno
4. Mark Villar

For the president/vice tandem, the traditional political wisdom – 1 from Luzon and the other from Mindanao or Visayas.

As early as now the output of the PR machineries of Isko and Go are very noticeable.

Local positive peace program

The DILG and the Davao LGU had a seminar on local peace building and on positive peace. This was organized by Inday Morada-Santiago, Ms. Marivel Sacendocillo (DILG USEC), and Mayor Sara Duterte.

The guest speaker, Mr. Steve Killelea, was unable to attend so he was ably represented by Mr. Charles West of Killelea’s Institute for Economics and Peace.

To give you an appreciation for Killelea and the institute, here’s a brief biography:

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high tecnology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace.
Steve founded Integrated Research Ltd (IR), an Australian publicly-listed company with a 25-year heritage of providing performance management and payments software for business-critical Computing and Unified Communications environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, IR has built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s leading software companies. Steve was recognized as AII A Australian Exporter of the Year in 1998 and 2003, amongst numerous other business awards. Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established the Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specializes in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphansis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people.

In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace.

IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. Steve’s founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history.

Steve currently serves on a number of influential Company Boards, Advisory Boards and President Councils. In 2010 he was honored as member of the Order of Australia for his service to the global peace movement and the provision of humanitarian aid to the developing world. In 2013 Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK Group action on armed violence.

Charlie West, a retired police official of the Victoria, Australia Police, was a student of Inday Santiago at The Royal Thai University, so he was an appropriate substitute for Mr. Killelea. His main message was: you cannot manage what you cannot measure. Thus, the Institute develops metrics to analyze peace and to quantify its economic value.

When I was with intel corp in Silicon Valley, our management style was based on “key objectives as measured by key results”- a very similar idea. Perhaps we can combine the positive peace metrics with the “happiness index.” The latest good news for Paquibato’s Local peace 911 program is that the City College of Davao, a USEP addition will be built In Barangay Malamog, Paquibato District. This is where Mr. Steve Killelea’s help will be most welcome.

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