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Pulitika2010 was a success because of you! Check out my stats! ;p

Posted by akosistella on January 4, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 1947 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 99 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 635mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 1,758 views. The most popular post that day was Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, twitter.com, and raissarobles.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vetallano acosta, maria montelibano, philippine constitution 2010, bong naguiat, and erap junks binay.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon May 2010
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The Lord of Makati – Can Binay explain his wealth? May 2010


Tong Payumo on the SCTEX issue vs Sen. Noynoy Aquino January 2010


Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s speech before the Makati Business Club January 2010


Prof. Winnie Monsod on the C5 road controversy February 2010


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Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


‘Stop whining, Noynoy’
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

Monday morning I posted this “status” on my Facebook account: “I am beginning to sense that a lot of my friends, including those who voted for Noynoy, find his adversarial attitude toward the new Chief Justice a bit too much. What do you think?”

In minutes, several of my FB “friends” responded.

From Ed S: “I think so too. Time to mend fences and start anew. Besides, winning the election in spite of the odds is more than a slap on their faces. He just has to give them a tap on the back for consolation and enough of these rantings.”

Click Dan Mariano.

Form and substance
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

SINCE CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA decided to accept the poisoned chalice from President Macapagal-Arroyo, the least he is expected to do is to drink from it. Not least because he has gotten to be chief justice due to efforts and arguments first forwarded in 1998—when his appointment as a judge by President Ramos was voided by the Supreme Court—and which finally bore bitter fruit in 2010, when the Court granted itself an exemption from constitutional prohibitions on presidential appointments during the campaign and transition period, thus paving the way for Corona’s becoming chief justice.

So in a sense he is joined at the hip to the point of view that there shouldn’t be any sort of ban on appointments during election periods or in the transition from one administration to the next. And here, the contrast between this assertion—whether on the part of President Arroyo, who set aside precedents dating back to her own father’s revocation of the midnight appointments of his predecessor—and the present Supreme Court itself (in granting itself an exemption) not to mention Corona himself, who ignored former Chief Justice Manuel Moran’s decision, based on delicadeza, to decline an opportunity to return to the high court by means of a midnight appointment, is instructive.

Via Manolo Quezon

Shape up, Comelec
CALLING A SPADE…By Solita Collas-Monsod

May I ask why it is that nine days after elections, the PPCRV’s tally still covers barely 90% of the election returns? Surely by this time all 76,000 PCOS machines should have been able to transmit the results electronically. That is, after all, part of what an Automated Election System is all about. After all, the Comelec itself had originally stated that two days after the elections, the tally would be complete.

PPCRV has a lot to answer for, as far as I am concerned, particularly because it opposed (successfully) the accreditation of Namfrel which has more than 27 years and at least eight national elections’ worth of counting experience under its belt, compared to PPCRV’s zero experience. At the same time, Comelec also has a lot to answer for because it allowed PPCRV to conduct a public count, even if its accreditation — at least originally anyway, was limited to a count for internal purposes only. If I remember correctly, Comelec’s reason for not accrediting Namfrel was because the elections would be automated, and everybody would have access to the transmitted election returns, so Namfrel raison d’etre was gone. Or some such rot.

Via WInnie Monsod

Fraud will out
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

That fraud marked the automated polls can hardly be denied even if it is being vehemently denied by poll officials. But the blame really falls on the Commission on Elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and even members of Congress who were so gung-ho over automated polls and not bothering to insist on checks for the entire system, including the Comelec’s cavalier attitude in doing away with the important security checks.

And that is where the big problem of the credibility of honest elections comes in.

Via Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Editorials and opinions from today’s papers

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


Analysis: A landslide in the making
By Amando Doronila

BARELY 10 DAYS BEFORE THE MAY 10 ELECtion, most signs point to a smashing victory for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the presidential race.

Surveys by reputable polling organizations indicate that a landslide is building up behind Aquino as his campaign has gained momentum over the past three weeks. The issue that currently engages informed political observers in Manila is not that Aquino’s main rival, Sen. Manuel Villar, is battling huge odds to overhaul Aquino’s lead in the surveys with only a week to go before the election, but the size of a possible Aquino landslide. Time is not on Villar’s side in his almost desperate effort to erase Aquino’s lead.

Click Amando Doronila

Power of a trusted brand
Vector — By Sonny Coloma

If you feel beleaguered and besieged in the heat of battle, would you call in your octogenarian mother to pitch for you? Presidential aspirants Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Richard Gordon assailed fellow candidate Manuel Villar earlier this week after the latter’s mother called a press conference at her home. Even Senator Villar’s sisters got into the act. They said that they should not be questioned on why even their mother got involved in a turbulent political campaign. After all, isn’t Noynoy Aquino continually invoking his parents’ legacy?

The Villars, especially the presidential candidate himself, are missing the point. It’s not about parents and children. It’s about the power of a dominant political brand.

Click Sonny Coloma

A question of fairness
Calling A Spade… — By Solita Collas-Monsod

I have been accused by Mrs. Gloria V. Benedicto, the sister of presidential candidate Manuel Villar, of being “unfair” to her brother. As far as I am concerned, this is a very serious charge, because one of the tenets that govern my behavior and my pursuits is fairness and justice — dinned into my head by my parents, in the same way that my husband and I have dinned it into our children’s heads. Unfortunately, however, Mrs. Benedicto’s was a blanket accusation, and she gave no details, so I have no recourse but to examine, as it were, my conscience, insofar as my treatment of her brother is concerned.

Click Solita Collas Monsod

Phil. Star Editorial: Waiting for a court ruling

Almost every day, Armed Forces chief Delfin Bangit tries to reassure the public that the military, working together with the Philippine National Police, is committed to HOPE, or honest, orderly and peaceful elections. Bangit has yet to shake off perceptions that he is the favorite soldier of the commander-in-chief, who might attempt a make-or-break maneuver to hold on to power beyond noon of June 30.

Via Phil. Star

Will JBC nominate de Castro, Corona?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Worse off is Justice Renato Corona, said to be President Arroyo’s top choice for CJ. He has been criticized for letting Arroyo appoint his wife again and again to head a Malacañang-supervised government firm. Also, for accepting gifts from the President. His “unethical acts” allegedly undermined the judiciary’s independence from the executive. Pages 201-202 of Marites Vitug’s bestselling Shadow of Doubt narrates:

“Among Justices, when he is relaxed, Corona can be quite open. He once told some of his colleagues that President Arroyo took care of his hospital bill when he underwent an operation to ease his bad back. He was already on the Court then.

Via Phil. Star

The witching hour by LITO BANAYO

TEN days from now, voters will troop to their clustered precincts to elect the men and women who for better or for worse will run the affairs of state for the next six or three years.The vote is most crucial. It will determine whether we can make this democracy work. It will determine whether we will have more of the same and worse. Or whether the public has decided to cast their lot with those they can trust to bring about meaningful change.


Heated exchange
Fence Sitter — By A. R. Samson

To be newsworthy, a verbal exchange needs to involve at least two well-known personalities, currently in the news. A tiff between angry motorists hardly rates a mention in the news, unless one of them is shot dead. Feuds between movie celebrities are too routine and sometimes (make that often) faked to promote a movie or new TV program.

Click A.R. Samson

The poor and the hungry
At Large By Rina Jimenez-David

WHEN I WATCH NEWSCASTS AIRED ON US TV networks, I am often astounded when a family, described as “miserably poor,” is interviewed in their home with an upholstered sofa, a TV set and even a carpet. I can’t help but wonder how the same TV reporters would describe Filipino families in urban poor communities, who reside in dark and crowded shanties with only a bench for furniture, or in poor rural areas where tin-shack homes boast of a dirt floor and where members congregate around a low papag, which serves as dining table, study desk and bed.

Click Rina Jimenez-David

Daily Tribune Editorial: Yellow politics of coercion

Presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino seems single-minded about being the next president of the land and he will not accept anything otherwise.

The problem with such an attitude, if Noynoy really believes what he is saying, is that it brings Filipinos potentially on the road to a more chaotic administration than the nine years of Gloria.

Click Daily Tribune

No count but more trouble from yellows
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Truth is, the call came a bit too late for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to approve the idea of a parallel manual count.

Still, it must also be stated that the Comelec has hardly come clean with the people via the Congress, and has in fact, reneged on its pledges to the congressional oversight committee to prepare for manual polls and count, in the event of a failure of automated polls.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

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Anatomy of black propaganda

Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


Vector — By Sonny Coloma

The intense battle between the two presidential front-runners has raised concerns over the resort to “black operations” in a political campaign. A leading broadcast network found itself at the vortex of the raging propaganda battle last week. Maria Ressa, head of news and current affairs for ABS-CBN, related how the network got embroiled in a controversy spawned by propaganda unleashed by the Nacionalista Party of Sen. Manuel Villar.

In an article entitled “Telling It Like It Is,” published by ABS-CBN News online on April 12, Ms. Ressa recounted that on the morning of April 8, she convened her editorial staff to “discuss a potentially explosive document given to us by a source from the Nacionalista Party.” Later in the day, she wrote, “We received the same document from another source in the Nacionalista Party.”

Click Sonny Coloma.

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Mudslinging between LP, NP intensify

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010

(via ABS-CBN News)

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Was Villar ever poor? You be the judge

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


HERE are the documents used by several columnists to disprove Sen. Manny Villar’s so-called slum origins.

The first page is the death certificate of Danny B. Villar, the senator’s brother, who passed away at the FEU Hospital, and whose body was then transferred to the Funeraria Paz, w/c was then and now, a funeral parlor only afforded by the middle to upper classes.

The succeeding pages show the land title for the Villar family’s property in Navotas, and memorandum of encumbrances on said San Rafael property:

The photo below is of the Villar house w/c the family occupied since 1962. It is located on 375 Bernardo St., San Rafael Village, an exclusive village in Navotas. The 560-square-meter-property is now owned by Jumbo Fishing whose owner, Jun Borres, bought in 1987.

For reference, read William Esposo’s column in the Phil. Star, or Winnie Monsod’s column in the Inquirer.

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Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

By Rina Jimenez David

NATURALLY the refutations cannot but please the LP hierarchy, but by ascribing the counter-stories to a “smear campaign” organized by the party, is Villar insinuating that Monsod and other media commentators have allowed themselves to be used by the LP?

There is, after all, a candidate’s primary duty to tell the truth—and nothing but—to voters. And if a media person discovers documents that contradict the candidate’s version of truth, is it not the duty of the media to lay bare the facts for public consumption?

There’s a lesson here for all would-be candidates, and that is to make sure that any claim or statement made in the course of a campaign is supported by fact. In their efforts to create the persona of a poor boy who made good, Villar’s image handlers may have gone too far with overly dramatic claims and embellishing on the already-touching story of Villar’s late brother.

Click Rina Jimenez David.

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Noynoy doubts Villar’s rags story

Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

Villar insists ads are true, seeks apology

MANILA, Philippines 1st UPDATE – Senator Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III on Tuesday said he does not believe Senator Manuel Villar’s claim that he came from poor origins.

Aquino said he and his siblings, including youngest sister Kris, were all born in the Far Eastern University FEU Hospital where Villar’s brother, Danny, was said to have been confined for 13 days because of leukemia in 1962, according to his death certificate.

“Eh may kaya naman kaming pamilya,” Aquino said in a press conference.

Click ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

HERE’S Dan Mariano’s take on the issue, in his Remate column, WARIi:

Paano namatay si Danny Villar?

Patuloy na natutuklap ang pagbabalat-kayo ni Manny Villar. At habang naliliwanagan ang madla sa tunay niyang pagkatao, patuloy rin ang pagbulusok ng tiwala ng mga botante sa kanya.

Kaya hindi daptat ipagtaka, lalo na ni Villar at ng kanyang mga kaalyado, kung bakit hindi niya maungusan si Noynoy Aquino sa sarbey. ‘Ika nga ng mga Tondeño, buko na siya.

Nitong huling mga araw, halimbawa, naisiwalat na naman ang isa pang ehemplo ng panlilinlang ni Villar.

‘Ika niya sa isa sa napakaraming patalastas niya sa telebisyon: Naransan n’yo na ba ang mamatayan ng kapatid dahil sa kulang ang medisina at pangangalagang medikal?

Tampok sa political ad ang retrato ni Manny at ng kanyang nakababatang kapatid na si Danny na namatay noong 1962. Si Danny daw, pahiwatig ng ad, ay namatay dahil kinapos ng panggamot ang pamilya Villar.

Pero mga dokumentong opisyal na rin ang magpapatunay na ito ay kabulaanan na naman, ani Winnie Monsod sa kanyang kolum sa Philippine Daily Inquirer noong Marso 27.

Ayon sa kopya ng “death certificate” mula sa Pambansang Tanggapan ng mga Estadistika (NSO), si Daniel Villar y Bamba ay anak nina Manuel Villar at Curita Bamba, na nakatira sa kalye Bernardo, North Balut, Navotas.

Nakasaad sa naturang dokumento na si Danny Villar ay namatay noong Oktubre 13, 1962 sa edad na tatlong taon at walong buwan makaraang bumigay ang kanyang puso at baga bunsod ng leukemia.

Namatay siya sa ospital ng Far Eastern University makaraan ang 13 araw na pamamalagi doon.

Pribadong pagamutan ang FEU Hospital at noong panahon iyon ito ay katumbas ng Makati Medical o Manila Doctors o St. Luke’s sa kasalukuyan, ani Monsod.

Sa mamahaling ospital idinala si Danny ng kanyang mga magulang gayong mayroon namang PGH o San Lazaro o iba pang pagamutan ng pamahalaan na mas mababa ang singil. Ganyan ba ang tunay na mahirap?

Makaraang tuluyang mamatay si Danny, idinala ang kanyang labi sa Funeraria Paz, isa sa dalawang pinakasikat na punerarya noong panahong iyon. Ang mahihirap, sa kalsada madalas pinaglalamayan.

Pero ngayon ipinapakalat ni Manny Villar ang alamat na kaya namatay ang kanyang kapatid na si Danny ay dahil sa wala silang pera para sa medisina at ospital.

Pinansin din ni Monsod ang tirahan na inilagay ng tatay ni Villar sa death certificate ni Danny.

Ang kalye Bernardo, ani Monsod, ay bahagi ng San Rafael Village, isang subdisyon na noong panahong iyon ay katumbas ng FilAm Homes ngayon sa Lungsod Quezon. Ibig sabihin, lugar ng mga maykaya sa buhay.

Tinukoy ni Monsod ang mga dokumentong nagpapatunay na ang tahanan ng pamilya Villar ay nakatayo sa lote na may sukat ng 560 metro kuwadrado.

Maaaring sabihin ni Villar na P16,000 lang ang ibinayad ng kanyang ama para sa kanilang lote’t bahay sa San Rafael Village. Pero, ayon kay Monsod, ang halagang iyon ay katumbas ng P1.266 milyon ngayon.

Ganito ba ang buhay mahirap na ipinapangalandakan ni Manny Villar sa kanyang political ad?

Ngayong Semana Santa harinawa’y magawa ni Manny Villar na pagsisihan ang kanyang panlilinlang at ihayag ang katotohanan tungkol sa kanyang pagkatao.

Kung mangyari man iyon, himala talaga.

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Black propaganda

Posted by akosistella on March 15, 2010

By Filomeno Sta Ana III, Mar. 7, 2010

Winnie Monsod’s impostor attacked not only Villar for his corruption but the other candidates as well. The impostor rebuked Gibo Teodoro for his false galing at talino and his association with Arroyo. The impostor criticized Erap Estrada for his miserable performance when he was president. The impostor did not even spare Juan Ponce Enrile, describing him as a “crook who should be jailed.”What adds a little sophistication and credibility to the piece is that the fake Monsod acknowledges the flaws of Noynoy Aquino and even expresses concern over the Liberal Party, which “has its own share of crooks.”

Click Filomeno Sta. Ana.

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3 reasons Villar should be president

Posted by akosistella on February 9, 2010

Reading a tweet about Sen. Manny Villar and his security convoy going the wrong way down a one-way street yesterday made me realize something.

Senator Manuel Villar Jr is the president we deserve. Not the one we need, just what we deserve because if you really think about it, Manny Villar is us.

Click Indolent Indio.

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Calling a spade a spade

Posted by akosistella on February 8, 2010

Yellow Pad
By Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III

The title of Winnie Monsod’s BusinessWorld column is “Calling a spade…” For she calls a spade a spade — she plainly and forthrightly says what is evident, what is factual, and without fear of being rebuked. And she does not hesitate to criticize anyone — not only the bad guys but also those she likes and respects. Perhaps, only Winnie’s husband has been spared from her stinging criticisms.

Despite Winnie’s close association with Cory Aquino, as economic planning secretary she had serious policy differences with her President (on managing the debt, for example), leading to intense debates and eventually her and Jimmy Ongpin’s resignation from the Cabinet.

Nevertheless, her love for Cory, whom she calls a “saint,” does not prevent her from speaking out her mind on Cory’s Noynoy. In her Philippine Daily Inquirer column titled “The statesman and the retreatant” (Sept. 5, 2009), she described Mar Roxas as a statesman and Noynoy Aquino merely as a politician.

Winnie thought that Mar was better suited than Noynoy to lead the nation. Her pointed remark, something now echoed by Noynoy’s rivals:

“Anyone who wants to assume the mantle of leadership and selflessness similar to that of Ninoy and Cory better make sure that it is deserved, and earned. It is not something that can be claimed merely because the same blood runs in one’s veins.”

And so when Winnie wrote her Inquirer column titled “Manny Villar blameless?,” she cannot be accused of partisanship. She calls a spade a spade. She ends the column by asking the question: Is Villar blameless? Winnie likes to use idiomatic expressions, and her answer to her own question was: “Is the Pope Protestant?” Or are you playing a joke on me?

Villar is intimidated by Winnie’s integrity-in the same way that he is not man enough to answer the charges of unethical conduct against him with respect to the C-5 expansion project (or CX-5). Thus, instead of directly responding to Winnie (and the Senate), Villar lets his followers do the talking for him.

One of Villar’s defenders is Ricardo Barcelona, whose paper titled “C-5 sound and fury: Is Monsod painting the full picture?” is an open challenge to Monsod. The paper’s subtitle shows that the writer has chutzpah: “Student rebukes professor.”

To boost his credentials, apart from stating that he was a student of Professor Monsod, Mr. Barcelona also declares that he’s the managing director of an investment firm in Spain and the UK — the obscure Barcino Capitas — and a lecturer at the University of Navarra’s business school.

But he does not impress. I should not dwell on minor things, but because Barcelona’s immodesty is irritating, I cannot resist saying his writing needs editing (for example, lapses in subject — tense agreement and the atrocious mixed metaphor for his title).

The chutzpah again shows when he, the student, tells his lady professor Monsod that “her efforts risk losing sight of the first principles in economics.” Ahem.

Barcelona asserts that the underlying principle is one of “providing choices for motorists.” And hence, the CX-5 does not entail waste.

But the motorists already have choices. They can take the toll road or the non-toll roads (for example, via Sucat or Bicutan) to get to Las Piñas or Parañaque). Choice in other words is not violated.

But Barcelona disregards other basic principles of economics. Either he does not know his economics or he distorts his economics to defend Villar.

Since the motorists already have choices of roads to take, building a new road, the Villar project, is redundant and thus a waste of taxpayers’ money. Here, Barcelona must be reminded of a basic concept that was taught to him in Economics 11, the concept of opportunity cost. The amount of P6.96 billion that was spent for Villar’s road could have been alternatively used to finance basic education, preventive health, and rural infrastructure. This would have had a greater impact on alleviating poverty.

In fact, Barcelona and Villar violate a basic principle in economics — the efficient use of scarce resources. We can build all the roads we want to expand motorists’ choices only if resources are unlimited and abundant. But resources, especially government funds, are scarce. Government’s revenue effort is very low, and government has under-spent on essential services. In this context, the construction of the Villar road using taxpayers’ money, when other road networks to serve the area are in place, is wasteful.

(To be continued)

Mr. Sta. Ana coordinates Action for Economic Reforms (www.aer.ph).

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Prof. Winnie Monsod on the C5 road controversy

Posted by akosistella on February 2, 2010

via QTV/GMANews.TV.

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Manny Villar blameless?

Posted by akosistella on January 30, 2010

Get Real
By Solita Collas Monsod

WHILE the Senate is declaring a moratorium on the discussion of the ethics case against Sen. Manny Villar, here are some incontrovertible facts, presented in Q & A form. The source of the information is also given.

Question: What roadway projects are the subject matter of the Villar ethics controversy?

Answer: 1. The Manila Cavite Toll Expressway Project MCTEP, the original C-5 south extension project, linking SLEX with the Coastal Road; 2. the DPWH C-5 Extension project CX-5, which together with 3. the Las Piñas-Parañaque Link Project LPPLP, also links SLEX with the Coastal Road. Source: Senate Report SR 780.

Click Winnie Monsod.

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Sipag and tiyaga in applied politics

Posted by akosistella on January 23, 2010

THIS CAN BE considered the continuing saga of Sen. Manny Villar’s efforts to diffuse the ethics and misconduct charges against him. If it were put into music, two alternating refrains would have to be sung: if-at-first-you-don’t-succeed-try-try-again (or maybe sipag at tiyaga), and curses-foiled again.

In the first scene, Villar tries to impugn the integrity of the Senate ethics committee, which was about to investigate charges brought against him by Sen. Jamby Madrigal regarding the C-5 Extension Project. He delivers a privilege speech on the Senate floor calling the ethics committee a kangaroo court whose members were mostly “presidentiables” out for his blood. He states that he will not appear before the committee but will answer the charges before the Senate on the Senate floor.

Click Solita Collas Monsod.

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