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Distracted

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As Senator JV Ejercito explained it, a simple law banning the use of cellphones by drivers while they are driving became an overnight sensation when the implementing agencies, LTO, LTFRB, MMDA, and HPG unanimously agreed to enforce the law although it was still premature by three to six months, depending on which spokesperson was speaking to media. The new anti-distracted driving act (ADDA) bans the use of cellphones but not navigational aids. A much older law bans the use of “accessories” and icky stuff like toy dogs with moving heads displayed on the dashboard. Are rosaries distracting?

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Study later

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THAT’S right, study later, work now. That is, when you’ve found a job (The Job), edging out the 300,000 graduates of 2017.

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WHAT is a TRO? T for Temporary, R for Restraining, O for Order. It’s an order from the court to stop or restrain an action or a law, but that order is merely temporary, and temporary doesn’t mean permanent.

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May-December

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President Emmanuel Macron, 39, is now known all over the world, and not just in his own country, as France’s youngest president, also as the one who just happens to have a first lady who’s 25 years his senior. Whatever label he wears – centrist, left of center, liberal, pro-European Union – women of a certain age are looking at him as a man after their own heart. In that sense, he is an authentic new “new wave” feminist. In the age of botox and Barbie dolls, Brigitte Trogneux is telling grandmothers of the world to stop measuring the age gap and start counting 60 as the new 35.

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Connected?

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THEY were doing lunch in a five-star hotel and they wore the uniform of managers in their late 20’s to early 30’s, black jacket over white shirt, each touting their most essential accessory, a smartphone. The five of them, three guys and two girls, were fully focused and totally not speaking to one another as they studied the tool they were holding in their hands as if it were a grenade they could not let go of. But it was lunchtime, shouldn’t they be enjoying the noon break?

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Life and death

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IS it possible that survey results showing a majority in favor of the death penalty were the opinion of victims and survivors of crime, or of persons who knew someone who was destroyed, directly or indirectly, by a dastardly deed?

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