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ANGEL THOUGHTS

God’s promises:
I will give you rest.
I will strengthen you.
I believe in you.
I will bless you.
I am for you.
I will not fail you.
I will provide for you.
I will be with you.
I love you.
—Sent by Vicki
Tanjuatco

ession at Sofitel, we had feisty Laila de Lima, (in Arabic, her name means ‘nocturnal beauty’) the former secretary of Justice as guest. She did not disappoint us with her witty and straight answers.

Laila is both a La Sallite and a Bedan, having gotten her AB History and Political Science degrees from La Salle University and her law degree from San Beda. She took the bar in 1985 and was in the top eight. Laila worked in the Supreme Court under Justice Isagani Cruz and then became the secretary of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal. She also joined Raul Roco’s law office and taught at her alma mater.

When she established her law office, she focused on election law, and then was appointed chairman of the Human Rights Commission. PNoy drafted her into his cabinet where she was one of the “performing assets” we all admired.

Senatoriable Laila de Lima [Image by Valeria Sorrenti]

Senatoriable Laila de Lima [Image by Valeria Sorrenti]

A bicolana from Iriga City, Camarinas Sur, this is the first time Laila will run for a political office, as Senator. Her performance in the DOJ has been spectacular, to say the least.

Elsewhere…GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) has announced that after several months of discussions with Emirates Airline, there will be daily Cebu-Clark-Dubai circular services starting March 30 this year with a wide-bodied Boeing 777-300ER. Passengers’ perks include enjoying the airline’s award-winning ice entertainment system with more than 500 channels of on-demand entertainment to choose from, including Filipino movies and music. Srinivas Bommidala, chairman of the GMCAC board noted that the new and diverse routes for Cebu were supported by careful economic studies to ensure its long-term sustainability as well as the economic and social benefits for passengers and businesses. Emirates operates multiple daily frequencies at GMR’s airports in Delhi and Hyderabad (India). The routes offer convenient and viable alternatives to travelers departing from and going to Visayas and Mindanao.

Louie Ferrer, GMCAC president, confirmed that the routes form the basis of GMCAC’s strategic vision of connecting Cebu to key global destinations and the routes are the first of many new ones to be launched.

“Filipinos living in Visayas and Mindanao who go to the Middle East and Europe will benefit from this. Now, they can fly directly from Cebu and save hard-earned money that they would usually spend on board, lodging, and transportation when departing from Manila,” Ferrer said.        A large number of OFWs reside in central and southern Philippines but they still have to make their way to Manila for their flights. “If we can give our kababayans the opportunity to spend even one extra day with their loved ones by allowing them to fly out directly from Cebu, then we’ve done our job,” he said.

The Emirates route connects to 39 cities in Europe, 16 in the Middle East as well as a number of destinations across its extensive network. Andrew Harrison, GMCAC chief executive advisor, noted that the improvements of facilities at MCIA play a big part in attracting airlines with multiple products such as economy and business class, offering travelers more choices.

MCIA is the second busiest airport in the Philippines with the capacity to handle 4.5 million passengers a year and will surge to 12.5 million when the new terminal is unveiled by June 2018.