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Mystery of cell #1

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It’s possible the policeman who shot him did so in self-defense. The lights were out, it was pitch-black at 4 o’clock in the morning, the prison guards they encountered were “hostile” and possibly friendly with the mayor.

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Party time

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The nearest that I could understand of the race was that it was a duel between Democrats and Republicans, and how the red (Republican) states flooded the blue ones across the map of the USA. Which then brought to mind how our own elections last May featured a madcap of multiple parties plus a party-list system to boot.

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EDSActly!

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IF traffic is lighter now on EDSA, I haven’t felt it. That’s because I avoid EDSA at all costs, for all the wrong and right reasons, and at all hours except the wee small ones, just as I avoid going to Makati in the daytime (the car population there is denser than anywhere else in Metro Manila).

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New normal

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A NEWSFUL time it was to be in China. President Duterte and a top-heavy delegation of officials, politicians, businessmen, and Chinese-Filipinos had just left Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping was presiding over the annual plenum of the Communist Party when he announced a stricter code of conduct for party members while continuing the crackdown on corruption. As the newsmaking days unfolded, Senator Cynthia Villar arrived with nine NP congresspersons from Manila to learn and discover what the “new normal” in China is all about.

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Zero (?) poverty

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A third of Filipinos, or 33 million, are farmers and fishermen, and 18 million of these are among the very poor. In China, there are 800 million farmers.

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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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