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X marks the UV

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The rape and molestation happened at night, an aggravating circumstance, in a van that was “colorum” or unlicensed, in a dark secluded place that was, according to the jeepney lingo, “out of line.” The passengers were tied up like pigs and hostaged for hours, even as they pleaded for mercy because one of them had just given birth. After the monsters were done with their dastardly deed, they took their victims’ cellphones and cash, even attempted to withdraw money using their ATM cards. Drug lords are the scourge of society, but what do we do with rapists such as these? A public hanging would be too gentle a punishment!

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Speaking for

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TO the ordinary citizen, the Presidential Spokesperson may look like the easiest job in the world as long as he or she can read the mind of the boss. In reality, that person’s ability or penchant to speak for another person is just the tip of the iceberg.

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QUICK, before the flame flowers of the fire tree melt, dissolve in the rains of June, drive around Quezon City or go south to Cavite-Laguna and see how the sunset-hued treetops have divided the year in two. Yes, before we know it, it will be Christmas, and Christmas traffic, alas!

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Chef or cook?

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“ARE you a chef?” the pretty French girl, a sous chef, asks her new friend, Hassan, whose father has just opened an Indian restaurant in a snooty French village.

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A new wow

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These days when somebody says wow about “our Dick” (to quote Bobby Joseph) they’re more likely to refer to his Herculean work as chairman of Philippine Red Cross.

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Ali in Manila

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WHEN Muhammad Ali knocked the gum shield out of Joe Frazier’s mouth in the middle of “Thrilla in Manila”, I had no idea what that thing was that had landed on my left forearm. It looked like a mouth without teeth, and only when I saw drops of blood on its inside did it dawn on me that someone had just been hurt pretty bad.

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