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Aguirre’s dilemma

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Saturday to Sunday an “unofficial” rally was held where its name said it should be, EDSA. If that was a “yellow” event, there had to be a Duterte “show of force” at the Luneta. Tit for tat.

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Publicly relating

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THREE in one! Buy one take three! Triple treat! The offer was too good to resist kicking up a three-way conversation. Three p.r.o.’s (public relations officers) of the newsiest personalities in town together at one table and they were sitting in front of me, at a casual dinner that had nothing to do with the hottest news of the week.

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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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