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Found: P50B

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“MGA iskolar ng bayan,” you have 50,000,000,000 reasons to rejoice! The chairman of the powerful House appropriations committee has found more than enough sources of money to fund the free tuition program for scholarships in state universities and colleges (SUCs), plus local government, technical and vocational schools, all 1.9 million of you.

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DID we hear right? President Duterte throwing the “p” word at his policemen, cursing them for going beyond the pale of the law, killing in the name of the war on drugs, after he had promised to double their salaries next year?

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Ghost month

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It’s been only hours after the sun’s glory was stolen by the shadow of the moon across a large swath of the United States, only a week after hot words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un all but put humanity on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. What new dangers does the world face in the next 24 hours, the next 24 days?

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Not perfect

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DISCLOSURE. My daughter and Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista are friends; she knew him before I met him briefly for the first and only other time at a dinner in the house of his dear mother-in-law and my friend, Baby Cruz Vazquez.

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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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