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Life’s a gamble

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A crackdown on illegal gambling? Good luck, we’ve heard it before. The fact that legal, government-authorized gambling (gaming, to be politically correct) is big business means that law enforcement can only go so far to curb an “instinct” that libertines, even liberals, would classify as natural, universal. With Pagcor’s success in hosting the glitziest casinos in E-City, the urge to build a fortune of so many tables or under the table, in sunshine or in shadow, legally or illegally, can only become stronger and more irresistible.

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Basty’s bash

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AS parties go year in and year out, Sebastian Chua’s birthdays always hide one or a few surprises. As host, he’s also a springer of surprises. In 2016 he invited Joseph Estrada and the brothers Manny and Ronnie Zamora, when the air was politically charged and tense due to the San Juan elections (Ronnie’s vice mayor-son, Francis, versus Erap’s candidate, reelectionist Mayor Guia Gomez). In 2015, when the name of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte began popping up as a probable presidential candidate’s and he was on a “listening tour” all over the islands, Digong showed up at Basty’s bash, the man of the hour and celebrity of the day.

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Happy with 3?

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PRESIDENT Duterte, father of four, encourages soldiers to stop at three. He ought to say the same to policemen. One doesn’t need a Malthusian theorist to argue that not every cop will find it easy, like a certain SPO3 Sta. Isabel, to support more than three kids and grow a fortune on a salary of P8,000.

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Done already

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STOP it already, you people who think you can do better than Miss Philippines Maxine Medina during the Q and A portion of the Miss U pageant. As she so charmingly dismissed her critics and detractors – and reporters who needed to entrap her into another potential boo-boo – “It’s done already.”

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Spring cleaning

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Feb. 3, Friday, the first day of spring, to some Chinese people the real start of the Lunar New Year (to end on Feb. 4, 2018). Have we done our spring cleaning yet? Apparently not in the Philippine National Police, where a police superintendent accused of taking part in the kidnapping and killing of a Korean was allowed to slip out of Camp Crime, oops, Crame, while under PNP protective custody.

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New terrorists

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LORD Almighty, protect us from policemen if they’re like the ones who kidnapped and killed Korean Jee Ick Joo and (how many) others in similar circumstances!

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