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Russian interlude

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WHY did the Russian ambassador skip lunch with journalists at the last minute? Why was he in a rush to be at the Department of Foreign Affairs?

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Early rush

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MR. and Mrs. M sold their house near UP Balara because their daughter was a victim of traffic torture every day that she went to school at The Fort in Taguig. Now they live in a condo a few short minutes from the school.

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Exodus

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As of Oct. 15 Saturday noon, 417 Chinoys were turning cartwheels to be on the trip that starts today. They have every intention of being seen in China, and seen supporting the two Presidents, Xi Jinping of China and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, as well as participating in business forums and maybe cashing in on a deal or two on the side, but will there be enough plane seats and hotel rooms for all of them?

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Bad and better

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SO bad words work? In his own words coming out of his mouth, President Duterte told an audience of 1,500 guests, many of them big shots and captains of industry, why he uses “bad words”: Because that’s the way to get everyone’s attention.

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Armed and pretty

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Have you noticed how charming the new breed of policewomen have become? Yes, including the batch of 800 who listened enraptured to their chief of all chiefs at the Ninth National Biennial Summit on Women in Policing. Including the President’s close-in security who seemed to be his aide-de-camp but has not been seen escorting him at formal ceremonies during the last few weeks.

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Timing

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AFTER eight years in the White House, America’s first black President, Barack Obama, will vacate his post in January 2017. Around the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Kyi-Moon will step aside for his successor. In Europe, cracks are appearing in the EU after Brexit, with murmurs of a looming Frexit and Departugal.

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