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Armed and pretty

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Have you noticed how charming the new breed of policewomen have become? Yes, including the batch of 800 who listened enraptured to their chief of all chiefs at the Ninth National Biennial Summit on Women in Policing. Including the President’s close-in security who seemed to be his aide-de-camp but has not been seen escorting him at formal ceremonies during the last few weeks.

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Timing

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AFTER eight years in the White House, America’s first black President, Barack Obama, will vacate his post in January 2017. Around the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-Moon will step aside for his successor. In Europe, cracks are appearing in the EU after Brexit, with murmurs of a looming Frexit and Departugal.

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Chamber music

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MUSIC to the ears. A sight for sore eyes. A roomful of young music lovers, some of them dressed as if for a cosplay, for once the young ones outnumbering the young once.

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Language!

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PRESIDENT Duterte’s politically incorrect language is turning out to be his administration’s Achilles’ heel and his advisers’ road to the Tower of Babel. What he needs is a good talking-to, but who’ll do the talking if he hears but won’t heed?

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Anti-car bias

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There’s an anti-car bias out there. The plan to increase the excise tax on fuel from under P4/liter to P10 is the biggest worrier for owners of cars as well as those dreaming of finally owning one (if only to save themselves from the daily risk of riding on MRT-LRT). Bills and proposals from out of nowhere seek to restrict car ownership, e.g., no-garage-no-car, blaming cars for air pollution, limiting the hours of private cars on EDSA, etc.

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Miriam’s way

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IT was hard, nay, verily impossible for reporters to mention her name without preceding it with the adjective they could not do without, so much so that Feisty Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago sounded like the name she was born to carry.

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