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Bilibid or not

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Hitman Matobato, who has killed 50 people, or two convicts serving life sentences in the maximum-security compound of Bilibid?

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Drugs to riches

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OF all the reasons given to postpone the barangay and SK elections, including that of election fatigue, the best was one given by policemen. That it was almost a certainty that drug lords would have bought the elections by funding their candidates as the next step toward establishing a narco state.

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Not all lunacy

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WHEN even the stock market tracks the ghost month (August in the Gregorian calendar, equivalent to the seventh month in the lunar) to sort of explain the ups and downs of the market, you know some so-called old wives’ tales are not all lunacy or kidstuff. Okay, so it was good riddance to the ghost month on Aug. 30, and as if to compensate for the 28 days lost avoiding contract signings, weddings, and big noisy parties, the Festival of the Harvest Moon, better known as the Mooncake Festival, crept up on us last Wednesday with the promise of a full moon the following day.

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In harm’s way

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NOT a policy statement, not a shift in our defense posture, just a word of caution to the US special forces – advisers – operating in Mindanao, that “they have to go” because it’s not safe for them.

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Dress codes

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When my daughter went to the Department of Foreign Affairs last week to apply for a passport for her little girl, she was almost barred from entering. Alas, she was in shorts – nice to know that DFA is more strict about “proper attire” than your regular Sunday parish priest. But for the kindness of a lady who lent her a shawl to double up as a sarong of sorts, my daughter would’ve had to miss her appointment and the five-year-old to cut classes a second time. As for me, a mere chaperone, I was asked to remove my shades to give the guard a chance to appreciate my a.m. face.

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A changed world

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NINE/ELEVEN was 15 years ago. It changed not only America, it changed everyone else in the world, emotionally, psychologically, but especially in the way we travel, watch movies, react to the explosive sounds of firecrackers, and whenever we hear, talk, and think about the word, a single word: terrorism.

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