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SENATOR Ping Lacson notes that there are “too many” shootouts between cops and drug suspects, just as Senator Leila de Lima asks if we’re not in too big a hurry to terminate alleged dealers.

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SHE was director general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, but the locators who adored her for her exceptional managerial abilities called her “General” (as did FVR, who first put her there). Now, 21 years after serving FVR and his successors up to PNoy, Lilia de Lima just wants to tend her garden and relax in her pretty little cottage in Laguna, filling the hours painting, what else but, flowers.

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DU30 days

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THIRTY days since he became president, Rodrigo Duterte has earned the trust of the people, 9 out of 10. Which explains why practically anything he says or does goes, the way he wants.

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That speech

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IT had something for everyone. Even “ambush” moments as Senator Loren Legarda and Rep. Baby Arenas tried to bend the President’s ear as soon as he stepped down from the podium. The winner of the day was Phillip Salvador (rumored to be the next chairman of MTRCB), who gave and got a tight, long hug.

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Keep it short

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THREE days before President Duterte, in office for less than one month, was to describe the state of his nation to the nation, Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. Not a few Filipinos have been calling Mr. Trump the American Duterte.

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Arriba, Lariba!

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SHE’S making history at age 21, a student of De La Salle University, the first Filipino table tennis player to represent her country in the Olympics and one of only 64 wielding their paddles in this year’s summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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