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NO, not talking about capital punishment for heinous crimes but about the “life sentence” ‘til-death-do-us-part contract that brides and bridegrooms sign on their wedding day.

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Hidilyn Diaz had to shed some pounds to be in top shape for the weightlifting competition in Rio. For someone who lifted 88 kg and 112 kg to land a silver medal, she weighs in at 53 kg and stands in her bare feet at 5’2”. In other words, she’s not a heavyweight and she’s not tall. What’s more, she looks like a real girl, with a perfect set of white, even teeth that qualifies her smiles for a toothsome toothpaste ad.

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IN one and a half sweeping movements, the President and Commander-in-Chief is taking on the drug lords, top brass and lesser cops, governors and mayors, oligarchs, villainous miners, diplomats and the UN. As Christmas surely and certainly approaches, will he also bother to do something about beggars and their babies?

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TOP cop Bato, he with a heart soft as “mamon,” grinned sheepishly as he told a press conference how Kerwin Espinosa, tagged as a drug lord by his own father, “wanted me to fetch him at the airport, like a VIP.”

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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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