Runaway Bolante

The apprehension and cancellation of the visa of former Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante has been big news in Manila.  Not a bleep here — just like the rape case in Subic against the rape/murder case in Iraq, both involving GIs.  Not that I want us to be in the limelight again, but I am grateful to Philippine Star for giving me my daily dose of news from Manila, plus Mom’s daily update after she gets to watch The World Tonight on AZN here.

Are we supposed to be grateful about this turn of events?  Initially I was, until Mom postulated a theory that it might be a ploy to twist Malacanang’s arm about the 4 GIs in the rape case.  Since we have been playing the case to the hilt, they’re giving Malacanang a major headache with Bolante’s case.  That’s just my mom thinking out loud.. (Sometimes Mom’s have a way of putting two and two together..)

It’s up in the air right now.  With no formal charges filed in Manila, Bolante cannot be extradited.  (Due process requirement — and the Americans will be sticklers for this because Bolante’s apprehension does not fall under the purview of the Patriot Act which is the all-powerful Due Process clamper.)  They Americans were within their prerogative to detain him and cancel his visa as per the request of our legislators.  Remember, traveling to the US is a privilege, NOT a right.  It’s their right to let you in or close their doors to you here, even if you have a visa previously issued to allow you continued entry to the land of Uncle Sam.

Still, it’s so easy to just “disappear” — Bolante can still “fly” to another country unless the Philippine Government chooses to be vigilant about returning him to Manila.  (Read: Chain an actual personality to Bolante — not some unknown consular employee who can so easily disappear, too.)  The Senators who have clamored for his return would do well to consider that.  Maybe one of them can pick him up here.. otherwise, he can disappear “in flight”, somewhere between the time the US authorities release him and he boards the plane — or in transit between the Philippines in the US.  With a 3 Billion peso question hanging over your head, you don’t know who’s going to pull the bullet first.  I can’t blame Bolante for running — if he talks, he’s in danger.  If he doesn’t, he’s still in danger.  That’s how dangerous public service can be.

Talking about Mascara

Bride-to-be WengT got curious when I wrote about the L’Oreal Waterproof Panoramic Mascara that I’ve been using.  My personal favorites are not waterproof but I agree that you ought to try it out before your decide on using it for what would probably be a day you’ll be crying tears of joy.  This is my second L’Oreal mascara product but I don’t really stick to one brand.

My big beef about waterproof mascara is that it is difficult to take off, but I think you’ll be good with some baby oil or good old Pond’s cold cream.  I use baby wipes to clean my face and although it takes more than the usual to do it, it cleans it up.

I’m okay with this product because it is as black as can be, I noticed it doesn’t clump badly although it might need more than one coat if you want ultra-noticeable lashes.  If you want it to be noticeable but still look natural enough to blend in with your made up look, this is a mascara you should try.

I have always liked Lancome’s Definicils and The Body Shop’s mascara.  You might want to ask if they have waterproof versions and try them.  Lancome will be rather pricey so one advice I’d give you is try it at the counter.  They will usually indulge you that if you ask even if they don’t have a makeover promo.  They will even suggest other products.

Good luck!