APPLE of Discord. In Greek mythology, a scheming goddess created a golden apple to spite her enemies. Inscribed in it was "To The Fairest." Three goddesses fought over it in a protracted conflict until Paris decided it favor of Aphrodite. This started the war between the gods and the mortals. In Philippine politics, Sen. Grace Poe has been transformed into a apple of discord as two parties fight for the right to have her in their camp. When she would have decided which camp to join, the lucky party will have possession of the golden apple.

She has rejected the Binay offer to be his running mate. Now she is giving President Noy a hard time deciding on his proffered proposition, possibly as the tandem of a Roxas-Poe slate. Her rising favorable survey rating seems to have gone to her head, indicating she was interested and qualified for the presidency. Whether she was just playing hard to get or is seriously considering herself as presidential contender is a guessing game in political circles. Her body language is sending invitation to financiers and campaign stakeholders for a Grace Poe-Chiz Escudero ticket.

NBA Mania. With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors tied at 2-2 last Friday, all bets are in as the championship games continue. The NBA generates more betting activities than in Pacquiao's blockbuster fights. Whether it is a bottle of quatro cantos (San Miguel gin) from the poorest basketball fans, to cases of beer in TODA corner street cage aficionados. to thousands of pesos bets among professional and much more in corporate settings, the friendly bets provide excitement to the game watchers. The bettors like Clark retiree Eddie Quiambao or sportsman Roen Ayson of Poblacion, Porac have their favorite players. The two, like NBA fanatics in Pampanga, are diligent students of the games. They can analyze coaches' strategies, players tactics, and their strength and faults. Ed and Roen walk the talk and placed their bets to prove their winning forecast unlike self-styled game analysts who just talk and boast of their talent in choosing the winner with nary a peso bet to prove their belief.

The Mayoralty. The reason the Lapid campaign for city mayor has not been gaining ground is that the senator's camp has yet to organize a city-wide machinery. But wait till veteran PR girl IC (Calaguas) starts to work. The long time Tarzan Lazatin campaigner will backstop the Lapid drive to the City Hall, it was learned from an old Lapid supporter. IC is expected to wage a propaganda battle against the EdPam juggernaut in the same manner she fought the incumbent as Tarzan's lone wolf at the Jungle Base.

To counter the initial gains of Vice Mayor Vicky who has been making noise as Acting City Mayor, Lapid has filed a bill seeking legal status for abandoned children or anak bastardo and recognizing their finder-keepers as legitimate parents.

Earlier, to offset Vicky's laudable initiatives for women and gender development, he started a congressional probe on illegal and harmful beauty products to protect women and the LGBT sectors, too.

The Lapid camp criticized the VM for her inability to secure a running mate. Being considered in the Cabigting undercard is Balibago chieftain Tony Mamac and Councilor Marang Morales. Tony can contribute 20,000 votes to Vicky while Marang has her own loyal fans and friends, including business leaders from the Korean community.

Considered best bets from the Sen's line up are the likeable Councilor Pogi Lazatin and Atty. Angelo "Pinggoy" Lopez III who had landed nearest the winning circle in two previous attempts. Councilors Edu Pamintuan and Jerico Aguas topbill the EdPam slate, with Edu gaining his own supporters for his kindly and approachable nature.

Councilor Bryan Nepomuceno, VM bet of EdPam, may be leading the initial popularity race, but Atty. Willie hopes to catch up with the funding support of his lady friends, girl friends "a epayali" and the tycoon Delfin Lee. Comebacking councilor to be Rudy Simeon aspires to be at par with Councilor Max. Both are veteran media personalities.