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Dumped

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THEY were in love, he said, with the intensity of a typhoon signal No. 5 until other men entered her life and the lovers’ quarrels became so regular that a breakup was inevitable. It petered out to a signal No. 1.

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Saving children

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“WHAT I have in mind is something quite different. In this village I would like to regain every orphaned, forsaken child the natural world of the family…Nine children are to live together in a family house, three together in three bedrooms. In such a house a woman is to be a mother to these nine children. Not a social worker or a teacher …In this house she’ll cook for the children in her own kitchen, look after the household like every housewife and mother in every normal family. The children are to call her mother. They are to feel protected by her. It must be a real home for the nine children, a family in which even the psychologically ill child can develop freely.”

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If not now . . .

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Should the Department of Transportation stop using “emergency” and find another word, something bland, maybe? A crisis is bad enough without another crisis, an emergency, to solve it. The solutions are projected to cost P7 trillion, which is another reason senators and congressmen are not keen about assisting in the delivery of such a costly mammoth to another branch of government.

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Tugade dares

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HE is a large man with a booming voice and he carries a big stick. Who else would dare ask Congress for emergency powers to solve the transportation and traffic crisis?

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Unenforceable?

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Not in so many words, MMDA chief Tim Orbos appealed for the cooperation of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who go through the daily grind on EDSA and other big roads that are no longer big enough – MRT-LRT, Pasig ferry, Uber and carpooling schemes notwithstanding. Even as the human and car populations grow, the truth is that compliance with the code of the road, i.e., good manners, has not kept pace.

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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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