Taiwan and Philippine strained relationship is partly the result of electing incompetent public servants

The race for the highest position in the land just got tougher with popular surnames Poe, Binay and Aquino all winning Senate seats and all said to be vying for a push to the Presidency in 2016.

taiwan_burning_philippine_flagYes, the election is just a popularity contest particularly in the Philippines where most voters don’t even ask their candidates for a platform; it’ll be interesting to see which brand name is more popular with the masses in three years time. Mind you, their performance in the Senate won’t even matter to those who voted for them. Of course it doesn’t hurt when one’s family is well-connected with the media just like how the Aquinos are said to be too chummy with media giants ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Elections in the Philippines promote that fiesta atmosphere most Filipinos enjoy and it should now be obvious to those who prefer to be serious about tackling the issues plaguing the country that progress will not be seen as long as Filipino voters keep electing the same people or those coming from the same bloodline. No amount of “prayers” can help Filipinos in this situation, indeed.

While it’s more fun and easy for majority of the voters to simply choose from a line up of candidates with familiar names, it’s not fun when Filipinos have to deal with the fall-out from the incompetence of the candidates once they are in office. This is especially true when the international community is involved.

Take the case of Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino. Almost everyone acknowledges the fact that before he was pushed into the Presidency, he was an underachieving and lackluster senator. However, because of his popular name, he was installed in the highest office in the land in the hope that he could learn the ropes as an on-the-job trainee (OJT). Some of the candidates for the senatorial post who won like Nancy Binay are hoping to learn as they go as well.

Binay intends to enroll in a crash course for new legislators at the University of the Philippines before starting her post. It goes to show that some people in the Philippines are lucky enough to get a lawyer’s job even if they didn’t go to law school. Some might consider her move in enrolling now as commendable, but the truth is there are grave consequences for being in a position you are not qualified to hold. Our country is bound to have issues that would involve high-level talks with foreign dignitaries in which only an experienced public servant with excellent diplomatic skills can handle.

Just recently, the Philippines has found itself between a rock and a hard place once again with our neighbor, Taiwan. The death of a Taiwanese fisherman in the hands of Philippine Coast Guards is turning the lukewarm relations between the Philippines and Taiwanese government into an icy one. In fact, if the Philippine government doesn’t succeed in appeasing an angry Taiwanese government, the situation can escalate into something worse for Filipinos. Taipei has already mobilized sanctions against the Philippines by suspending the processing of work visas for Filipinos.

Just when Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino thought he could sit back and relax after his grueling schedule campaigning for Team PNoy for months leading to the recently-concluded mid-term elections, in comes another problem he doesn’t seem confident enough to resolve. The Philippine President needs this problem like a hole in the head. Most people would rather he didn’t have this kind of problem at all because he doesn’t really come across as a natural diplomat. Even his late mother former President Cory Aquino admitted this to former United States ambassador according to leaked information from Wikileaks.

I had second thoughts about criticizing BS Aquino’s lack of urgency in addressing this dilemma with Taiwan. Of course I want to be behind the Philippine President when our national security and thousands of Filipino people’s livelihood is involved. Unfortunately, he makes it hard for his critics to support him. I decided that if what Taiwan wants is genuine apology for the death of one of their citizens, maybe we have to accept that to some degree, the death of the Taiwanese fisherman could have been avoided had the Philippine Coast Guards practiced some restraint.

It goes without saying that it wasn’t the Philippine President’s fault why the Taiwanese fisherman was gunned down. BS Aquino wasn’t even there. I believe an investigation is underway to find out how it actually happened. Unfortunately, his position requires him to have command responsibility and this includes giving a satisfactory response to the questions of foreign governments. The Taiwanese government wants actions and they wanted it last week. They claim that the Philippine government’s apology was insincere and demands more answers from the Philippines or else they will continue to issue more sanctions, which could even include deportation of Filipino workers from Taiwan. Where will they find work then?

For those who are not aware, there are two issues BS Aquino needed to resolve before even approaching Taiwanese government. First, since the Philippines adhere to a one-China policy meaning, in theory, the Philippines does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state; BS Aquino has to find a way to appease Taiwan without angering China. The President needs to consider things very carefully like he’s walking on eggshells lest he offends China. Second, he needs to find someone competent enough to talk to the Taiwanese officials, one who will not come across as insincere. Sadly, he already failed in the last one, which is why Taiwan issued their sanctions.

It is unfortunate as well that the promise of a “thorough” investigation of the incident already rings hollow to the Taiwanese government due to our tattered reputation as a result of the Mendoza hostage crisis which resulted in the deaths of eight Hong Kong tourists in 2010. If only those who were found inept in their duties then were fired from their posts or at least suspended, we would not have come across as lacking in sympathy to the international community. Since some of those accountable for the incident are “buddies” of BS Aquino, they didn’t even get a slap on the wrist.

I would like to appeal to the Taiwanese people and their government to practice restraint as well. Our trainee government may not have meant to offend you. It could just be a result of learning as they go. The Filipino people certainly do not want any quarrel with you. I hope that the 80,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan will note get the brunt of your anger towards our government. A news item already reported “an overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan has been physically attacked amid rising tension over the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters last week”. Harming an innocent civilian is unacceptable and unjustifiable. It doesn’t make your society any better.

A lot of Filipinos sympathize with the death of the Taiwanese citizen. A lot of competent Filipinos with more sincerity could have handled our diplomatic relationship better than our OJT President. The same Filipinos wish that a more competent head of state will be voted in to the Presidency one day to avoid jeopardizing our relationship with the international community especially our Southeast Asian neighbors who share our borders and who were kind enough to provide jobs for our compatriots. Some of us are hoping that the Filipino voters can learn from the mistake of voting in incompetent public servants in office one day soon because there are grave consequences in doing so.

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libertas
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Pnoy and his amateurs have no experience of life outside a privileged cocoon and consequently are capable of upsetting any country without even trying, or obviously without any thinking. It is a recurring theme of the past 3 years, almost from day 1 , and explains why the philippines is seen by asean and the wider world as the cockroaches on the political map. The disgust at the philippines should not be underestimated. They are considered 3rd class within the 3rd world with little ability, aptitude or the right attitude to improve their status. The lack of competence of the… Read more »
Johnny Derp
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I’m expecting our “favorite” punching bag a.k.a eduardo to make another appearance in this post.

Anyway, great article as usual Ilda. It’s really jarring that we’ve elected someone that is clearly not fit to lead our country and yet a lot of people are still stuck in yellow la-la land insisting that Mr. “blameeverythingon gloriaarroyowheneverythingisgoingtoshit” is the right one to lead us.

Although, it wlll be relatively impossible for aquino to pin the blame on the previous admin for this mess-up with the taiwanese.

cynicjam
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“…Some might consider her move in enrolling now as commendable, but the truth is there are grave consequences for being in a position you are not qualified to hold.”

Geez, it’s like important positions are just being given like candy nowadays. Enough proof that we never learn from our mistakes.

As always, another great article, Ilda.

Kuro-chan
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All one needs to do is look at Tarlac to see one perfect example that even if two presidents have hailed on that province, the province still looks like sh*t up until now. And yet, their kin are still getting elected. At least Pampamnga looks more industrialised with more economic/investing opportunities in the area.

Chibi_cute
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It looks like any diplomatic relations with our neighbor countries are failing.

Sabah fail.
now in taiwan fail.

Pres Pnoy is such an excellent and competent Leader
(SARCASM)

Hyden Toro
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Taiwan has a good Air Force. China mainland tried to invade the Island, many times. But, Mainland China failed. Taiwan has also an experienced Navy. A good fighting Army. Not Coup d’ etat plotters Army. It is a small nation, but it is strong in its fighting ability.
Aquino should take this matter seriously. Or Aquino will end up like Argentina, losing the Falkland War to Britain…

wenden
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what?so do you mean that the batanes group of island is really in the disputed waters?sir there are site that shows the signed EEZ by the two countries.

Chris
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Regardless of the diplomatic ineptitude, more attention needs to be brought to the reaction of the Tiawanese people who want to harm innocent Filipinos that were not even involved.

Critics often bring up the character flaws of Filipinos. Thankfully, lynchmob mentality is not one of them. Filipinos may protest, but they are not hunting down innocents. The barbaric behaviour of the Tiawanese is reprehensable.

As far as deporting existing OFWs, that is just a bluff. The Tiawanese enjoy having Filipinos to kick around as much as the Hong Kongers do. They certainly will not do the jobs themseves.

david
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I totally disagree that the Filipino is not capable of lynchmob mentality…in fact I have witnessed it. I would also question whether there has been “barbaric behaviour”.

Chris
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I did not say that Filipinos are not capable of a lynchmob mentality, I said that it is not one of their flaws. When something happens to a Filipino abroad, the populace does not seek out citizens of that country in The Philippines to do them harm.

The Chinese (including Taiwanese and Hong Kongers)do seek out innocents to harm when they are offended. They have done it many times. Here is just the latest incident – Yesterday:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/05/17/13/ofws-mauled-baseball-bats-taiwan

jaljohnBlitz
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agree to Chris. in addition, i think its just that those particular countries don’t have considerations to small underdeveloped nations. powerful pride they have

bunko
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Add Americans to that list. Just Google violence against Muslims after 9/11.

Ralph
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exactly…coz the Corona Impeachment is a clear case of lynchmob mentality at the highest level

Andrew
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Umm. I have a relative, an engineer, working in Taiwan and he is not happy at all at the moment. Let’s take a quick look at the Taiwanese side of the picture. Ma Jing-Yeou is a political chancer, always has been. He is a risk taker and that makes him unlike most other Taiwanese politicians. He has been strongly supported by the PRC who see him as a good bet to further reunification. And that is what this is really all about – reunification. It suits the KMT and the CCP to play up the outrage on both sides of… Read more »
Kemeo
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If this succeed I might just find Aquino in a new light. There more debilitating ways to inflict pain on a country other than military prowess.

pedro antonio
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well said…

wenden
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agreed…..with the current treatment of the filipinos in taiwan, PNoy should have a contingency plan to repatriate the filipinos in case things get out of hand. It will hurt the economy having an 88000 unemployed, but for sure there will be a way to transfer them. of all the sanction by taiwans government let it be….give it to them…well lets see http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2013/05/15/taiwans-one-sanction-against-the-philippines-that-really-hurts/ trade relation between countries…taiwan seems will be a hard….If PNoy attacked by his tantrums he can declare ban on all flight going to/out of taiwan passing in our airspace…..hehehe and regarding the incident…if it is true, the attempt… Read more »
jon
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I think you should call Ma’s “bluff”.LOL There are plenty of Taiwanese capable of taking their place. The reason they let in foreign workers is of the cheap cost. Don’t flatter yourself, most of the osf workers are maids or servants, as in HK. Those are being replaced by other S.E. Asian countries. As for skilled workers, because of this row, Taiwanese companies are beginning to absorb the cost and hire local workers. So go ahead, send back your workers.(as if they want to go back) LOL Last I heard, the overseas filipinos are pretty mad at your govt. btw,… Read more »
rajkamal
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…in short, most filipinos are bunch of idiots for electing incompetent officials just because they are actors and actresses for easy name recall..let the filipinos suffer their kabobohan,

wenden
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hehehe

phantonmagnum
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“Kung ano puno ay siya rin ang bunga”

Elect incompetent people, get incompetent results.

T. Locsin
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We need to wait for the investigation to finish. Let us do our part not to add more problems about the issue. If PNoy have solved previous crisis like Manila hostage and Sabah standoff, then why cannot get through this?

joeld
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Pnoy solved something…..that is something new. Three years into his term, all he did was to blame other people for the situation he is in. The Makati hostage crisis and the Sabah standoff were utter failures.

T. Locsin
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If those were failures, he would be ousted. But the fact is it did not happen.

joeld
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If it was successful it should have been with minimum of damages done. Now go check it again, how many lost their lives on those events you mentioned? And BTW those events are hardly not a gauge of how good a leader your Pwesident is. And now this, he fails to address this Taiwan issue as a true statesman and head of state. His apologies are deemed as lacking in sincerity because of his previous mishandlings. Hordes of OFWs who are supposed to keep this country afloat are in a high risk of losing their jobs, and would further add… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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He didn’t even solve the Manila Bus Hostage Crisis (which 8 tourists were killed and will just resort to blame games and scapegoating) and the Sabah standoff (which his stupid speech piss off Kiram). So your point?

TROLL. 😀

cynicjam
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“If PNoy have solved previous crisis like Manila hostage and Sabah standoff, then why cannot get through this?”

What a utter load of bullcrap you’ve said. Where does it say that the Manila hostage crisis was “solved?” The police responsible were incompetent from the start, all they know is to assault the aggressive party like animals without considering the fact that there’s going to be collateral damage.

Johnny Derp
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You call sleeping on the job while those crisis happened as solving them?
What a delusional troll you are.
Troll harder, eduardo

cynicjam
Member

T. Locsin/eduardo trolling?

I was under the assumption that he’s just out of touch with reality.

Johnny Derp
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He is both out of touch of reality and trolling.
That’s what I call being
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Stupid

ginno
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We should wipe the face of the Philippines by purging the oligarchs and their associates, teach the people to assess politicians and discourage showbiz personalities & potential political dynasties to enter the government office by any means necessary. I cannot see the future myself but If we can do all of it, we might see a better future for the next generation.

T. Locsin
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If the previous administration could have strengthen the military and not just bribe it’s generals, the Philippines could have shown it’s force and not to be intimidated by Taiwan. This hole was seen by the president, now he puts more budget in national defense.

joeld
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You are referring to Aquino 1.0, kicked the US bases out of the Philippines. We wouldn’t be in this shit if it weren’t for her. And now we have Aquino 2.0, worse than ever. Its people like you who keep the Philippines from becoming a great nation.

Johnny Derp
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LOL, trying to pin the blame again on gloria?
That is so predictable of a member of the malacanang miscommunications group.
Is that all you guys can do everytime your boss in malacanang fucks up?
What a joke
Troll harder, eduardo

WinterSoldier
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Even the REAL Teddy Locsin would never say that?

BTW, who told you that? ABS-CBN? LAWL you dumbass! XD

Johnny Saint
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“…(T)he Philippines could have shown it’s force and not to be intimidated by Taiwan.” With what military force? The Armed Forces of the Philippines has been considered one of the weakest in Southeast Asia for years. The AFP admits that the military cannot fully defend the country from external threats due to a lack of weapons and a preoccupation with the long-running land-based insurgencies and security threats. We have a virtually non-existent deterrent capability that attempts at “modernization” going back over three decades have not solved. And the purchase of a couple of 40-50 year old, worn out, decommissioned frigates… Read more »
Aegis-Judex
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So weak, it’s as if the AFP is only good for parades…and when Taiwan makes the attack, we will not survive.

domo
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“the Philippines could have shown it’s force and not to be intimidated by Taiwan.”

Yeah right like them and what army? Our air force that has nothing but turboprop fighters? Our navy that has nothing but fossil ships? Taiwan will gonna enjoy blasting them easily like target practice. And no da pinoy prayd will obviously not gonna save you sorry ass as well.

T. Locsin
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Why is the current president the worst? Last time I heard our credit ratings rose up because of him.

Commiecs
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The current president is not the worst, but most of the presidents we’ve had range from mediocre to incompetent. Noynoy is no different.

Credit rating? Makakain mo ba iyan? Where is the ever elusive ‘inclusive growth’?

joeld
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OK, T. Locsin, you site here why he is not the worst and I will shoot it down one by one. Mind you, don’t quote any propaganda, as I am sure that is what you are having for lunch, breakfast and dinner, every day.

WinterSoldier
Guest

Credit ratings meant nothing after all. Or maybe they just paid it in order to make things better, which isn’t.

Johnny Saint
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“Last time I heard our credit ratings rose up because of him.”

That’s just dishonest. BS Aquino likes to bask in the glow of your delusion that the Fitch credit ratings upgrade was caused by his election as president. The reality is his performance in office has been abysmal. In three years, BS Aquino was never able to produce a strategy for economic development. Any goodwill we may have generated in the international business community is an affirmation of the resilience of the local economy in that it HAS managed to progress DESPITE the policies of the Aquino administration.

Jetlag807
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Nice article! The mishandling of this incident is yet another in a series which is so common to the Student Government. My only surprise is that Pnoy did not send Roxas to Taiwan (again). What does not surprise me is the Media and public reactions to Taiwan’s demands and subsequent sanctions. It amazes how people here (in the Philippines) can raise holy hell each and every time a foreigner and/or foreign entity so much as farts in the wrong direction. US Navy Target Drone is found floating off the northern shore and the Philippines cries “FOUL”! US Navy Vessel run… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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“…I don’t condone the reported violent acts taken against Filipinos in Taiwan…”

Regardless of the status of any relationship we have with Taiwan, the issue at hand is that a Taiwanese fisherman was killed by high caliber rounds fired FROM BEHIND. “Stupid?” It’s cowardly.

Jetlag807
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It was not my intention to side-step the issue. No matter how we look at it, the Philippine Government, starting with the two idiots on the (Philippine) boat who opened fire and ending with DeLima deciding NOT to participate in a Joint Investigation, has completely screwed themselves. In a way, its not much different from the aftermath of the Luneta Bus Hostage Fiasco. At this point, considering the decision of the DOJ to snub the Taiwanese investigators, President Aquino is now directly at fault for this flying out of control… Cowardly is the perfect term for the shooting. I was… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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T.Locsin is another fraud account made by the fraud named eduardo. So I request for the deletion of his comments.

It’s better that the admins would delete or block propaganda-spouting commenters and their IPs.

cynicjam
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T. Locsin/eduardo or whatever alternick he wants to use…

I am appalled by his overwhelming ignorance.

mcalleyboy
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The Military and police really use drastic measures in a country with no death penalty right? Criminals shot right in their cars all seats having an individual dead, come on that an execution the military real trigger happy on the high seas, possibly these were some bad guys but shouldnt’ they get their day in court, i’m sure the money from the trial alone would purge some of these wealthy criminals of there dirty money.

libertas
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US professor c wright mills wrote his classic book “the power elite” in 1956 about political developments within the US. He could have been describing the philippines today, and no surprise that the political culture here reflects the US model, especially with the number of US consultants from Mckinseys et al who stalk the corridors of power in manila, and the envy the elite ( oligarchs and political dynasties) here have for the US, whom they want to emulate at every opportunity even at the cost of their own identity, integrity, and independence. The Power elite – adapted extracts “The… Read more »
libertas
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Philippines election 2013 “Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” Hillary Clinton Sad that in brillantes we have someone without a shred of integrity or competence, and an outright liar. There were no problems with network signal strength which he stated was the reason for transmission delays. Network diagnostics showed there were no such issues. Stop lying brillantes and start explaining. The twin evils of comelec and smartmatic have shown that the philippines is incapable of running clean, open, and fair elections, with international… Read more »
Johnny Derp
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It seems that this latest f*ck-up of aquino has irreversably lead to the continued progress of his downfall.
The malacanang trolls are in trouble now since they can’t pin anything on the previous administration since clearly it is Aquino’s fault in the first place.

The clock is ticking…
Aquino’s fall is imminent
and no amount of yellow propaganda can hide that fact.

domo
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And once Taiwan, china, Malaysia will sadly gonna charge their army of fleet on us, expect pnoy to bitch like Denethor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLpPAz0tz98

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