Enemies may still hound Gwen; PNoy might consider marriage

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia will still be hounded by her political opponents and President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III might consider settling down.

These are some of the events in 2013 that popular card reader Cirilo “Brother Eloy” Arepal sees.

“Pangitaan gyod siyag daghang sayop (They will find fault in her),” said the 70-year-old soothsayer from Guadalupe, Cebu City about the first lady governor of Cebu.


As each year ends, Arepal entertains a stream of visitors who ask him for advice about their relationships and business transactions. He insists, however, that faith trumps fortune-telling.

Garcia was suspended by the Office of the President, which found her guilty of grave abuse of authority. The suspension order was served by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 last Dec. 19.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale took oath as the acting governor before DILG 7 Director Ananias Villacorta.

Since her suspension, Garcia did not vacate her office at the Capitol building. She insists she is still the governor.

As to Aquino, he said 2013 is a good year for the highest official of the country to marry the woman he loves.

“Kun gusto siya magminyo (That’s if he wants to get married),” said Arepal.
Aquino, who will turn 53 on Feb. 8, is still a bachelor.

His last known girlfriend was Shalani Soledad, a councilor from Valenzuela City. He was also linked to TV personality Grace Lee.


But Aquino should be cautious of his close friends and party mates for one of them might become unfaithful to him, said Arepal, who started reading people’s future at 12.

“Iyang gibuhat karon sigeg paminaw sa iyang sweethearts sa politics,” he said.

“Kinahanglan dili lang siya presidente sa iyang ka partido asta sab sa atoa (At
present, he mainly listens to his partymates. He should be the President of the whole nation, not just to his party).”

He said Aquino should stay calm and be wary of any military conflict or divide.

“He is sincere … but he must avoid hasty decisions,” said Arepal. The President should be careful in resolving problems with other countries to avoid further misunderstanding, he added.


This year, the Philippines had a standoff with China, which stemmed from conflicting claims over the Spratlys Group of Islands and the Scarborough Shoal.

“There is a warning of impending evil or trouble as a result of lack of caution,” said Arepal, who sees no “major problems” in 2013, which is the year of the water snake in Chinese astrology.

Next year, said the fortune-teller, is a good time to invest in real estate, construction and transportation businesses.

He also sees that there will be several lovers who will separate in 2013.

“There is advancement in life,” he said. “But we must be careful.”


Arepal, a devotee of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said he also consults the cards to see what is in store for him in the future.

He said the cards told him to take care of his health. He has been a diabetic for 30 years.

Since the world did not end last Dec. 21, he said he believes the earth will not explode and disappear in the universe in 2013.

“Nganong di man matapos ang kalibotan? Because God is love. In love kaayo nato ang Ginoo uy, di siya gusto na taposon ta (Why didn’t the world come to an end? It is because God loves us very much).”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 29, 2012.

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