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SELF-help

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TWENTY years a drug addict. For the last 25 years, founder and president of a foundation that operates a rehab center amid the lush greenery of Talisay, Batangas, that has “graduated” 300 ex-abusers plus 700 others who did not finish the program.

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Dress rehearsal

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IT wasn’t Friday the 13th but Friday the 12th, pay day. It wasn’t the Big One, but it was enough to scare people for at least 30 seconds.

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No answers

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SENATOR Cynthia Villar to a Bureau of Plant Industry underling, on why smugglers are allowed to manipulate prices of garlic: “Hindi ka ba naaawa sa sarili mo, mukha kang tanga?” Aren’t you ashamed of yourself, you nitwit.

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Mrs. A, Mrs. B

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Exhibit A: Mrs. Pantaleon Alvarez, nee Emelita Apostol, wife of the Speaker of the House. Her husband has publicly owned up to fathering several children with other women, but Mrs. A continues to love him, wish him well (without actually tellling him she will wait for him to come to his senses), and will not sever the conjugal ties: “I am married to him, I will not leave him.” She has the laws of the Church and the Constitution to back her up.

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Fascinated

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AT 2 o’clock in the morning, roused from bed with cops knocking at the door and shooting up her house and her parents’, the perfectly named Nova Princess, aka Vice Mayor Parajinog of Ozamiz City, was wide awake, keenly alert to what was happening, looking nonplussed but telegenic even without a trace of makeup.

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‘Kita Kita’

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IT wasn’t meant to be, but it worked. No slapping, hair-pulling women. No handsome leading man gunning after uglies to avenge a loved one. No climactic wedding scene, no amnesia, no lost childhood, not even a love triangle. What, no pa-drama-drama!?

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