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For now, President Rody Duterte is giving Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon the benefit of the doubt. The President announced that he would await both houses of congress to wrap up their respective investigations before he makes a decision on the fate of Faeldon.

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Describing the US debacle in Balangiga which transpired the previous day, The Salt Lake Herald in its issue of September 30, 1901 (September 29 in the Philippines} reported “Terrible Defeat at Hands of Filipinos”.

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Here in the Philippines, it is called State of the Nation Address or SONA for short. In the US, it is State of the Union. In Great Britain, it is called Speech from the Throne or The Queen’s (of King’s) Speech. It is Prinsjesdag in the Netherlands. There is no equivalent name in Japan but the speech, likewise, is delivered during the first session of Parliament.

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It is getting to be a habit for the PNP Chief Bato de la Rosa.

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Years ago, I used to go to the jai alai fronton on Taft Avenue. Clearly emblazoned in the fronton wall were the words: “El fallo del juez es inapelable.” Translation: “Pag sinabi ng referee, tapos.”

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Images of the burning Resorts World Hotel and the Grenfell Tower (in London) are grim reminders of one of the constant horrors we face today.

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