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Yesterday SS tried start to grinding a short piece. Though relatively briefee, it still turned almost one a half long-sized bond page. No feedabacks have  yet come in, especially form my arch-critic wife Lily. Neither, too, from Manila-based Aunt Nenita. And same mode applies today.

Drugists just  don‘t learn. With daily reports of arrests and seizures, they still continue with  their vice and illegal trade. Operatives of the Divisoria Police Station arrested three persons including a minor who were caught having a “pot session” in Ferrer Drive, Divisoria on Monday afternoon.

Insp. Abdulhan Acbal, SDET (Special Drug Enforcement Team?) head, ked the operation .

The team was able to nab three suspected drug addicts with different residential addresses, recovered from the site a glass container with dried marijuana leaves inside, a plastic sachet containing marijuana seeds, an improvised tooter with dried marijuana leaves and one disposable lighter.

The three were taken to the Divisoria Police Station while the seized items were forwarded to the 9th PNP Crime Laboratory for examination. Police have readied charges against the suspects in court.

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Tension rose between Blue Ribbon committee chair Senator Richard Gordon and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the latter moved to invite Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Mans Carpio to the hearing on the P6.4 billion shabu shipment.

Trillanes was asserting that Duterte and Carpio be summoned in the hearing to explain after a witness alleged that the two were involved with the so-called “Davao Group” at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Witness Mark Taguba II showed the panel his exchanges of text messages with a certain “Tita Nani” where the names of “Pulong” and “Mance” were mentioned in their transaction.

Gordon and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said Taguba should first present solid evidence before Trillanes could demand Duterte and Carpio’s presence in succeeding hearings.

Reacting to Gordon and Sotto’s opposition, Trillanes called the Blue Ribbon Committee a “committee de abswelto.”

Gordon cut off Trillanes saying: “You’re out of order. I will not dignify your statements.”

He said he would personally file a complaint before the ethics committee against Trillanes.

Trillanes called it an “irrational ruling,” to which Gordon replied, “I’ve always acted rationally.”

The session was then suspended for a few minutes.

SS stands strong on the position taken both Gordoln and Sotto took. Their stand is indeed sensible.

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Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on Thursday is mum about a story that her mother the former First Lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is willing to return as many as 7,000 tons of gold.

Marcos begged off questions and referred to lawyers questions about the family’s plan to return the alleged ill-gotten wealth and gold accumulated during the two-decade rule of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

She said President Rodrigo Duterte, who announced that the family is open to returning the wealth and gold, has the full trust of the family to end the forfeiture proceedings and criminal cases filed against the family.

That surely would put the long-standing matter to a tranquil end.

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North Korera warned Tokyo against “imminent self-destruction” for siding with Washington, as tensions soar after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan.

The North set off global alarm Tuesday when it fired an intermediate-range missile over the Asian island nation, triggering condemnation from world leaders including the US and Japan.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denounced the launch as an “unprecedented, serious and grave threat” and agreed with US President Donald Trump to “further strengthen pressure against North Korea”.

The North’s official KCNA news agency decried the former colonial power in a commentary, saying: “Japan has now come out with its sleeves rolled up in supporting its master’s anti-DPRK war moves.”

The allies’ “military nexus” had become a “serious threat” to the Korean peninsula and Japan was “unaware” it was “accelerating self-destruction”, the statement late Wednesday said.

So, having fired missiles that cruised over the Japan skies, how would Pyongyang then want Japan to act? Cuddle up to them?

Crazy. Think so?

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There is no guarantee that the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos will be the last in the bloody war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday.

Responding to calls by his European critics, including UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, to stop the killings with Delos Santos’ death, Duterte fumed,  “That’s bullshit,”

“You’re saying that Kian’s death should be the last, but (son of a bitch), who are you to say that?” he said.

Duterte said if he stops fighting drugs, more families will become “dysfunctional.”

“I’m sensitive (about) this. I told you before, do not destroy the Filipino. But these silly people, they don’t understand that it’s really a fight for life,” the President said.

“In this fight, it’s a matter of life and death for us. In a family, if there is a member or two who are into drugs, that family becomes dysfunctional. Your life will be ruined,” he said.

The President added that those who criticize his bloody drug war would lead the country into great perdition.

“Today, we have a great opportunity to finally rid of our nation of its many problems and usher in real, lasting and meaningful change,” the President said. “But some people don’t get that.” Yes, to that, Mr. President but our operatives should do things the Espenido way – Nasty but clean and neat. Lejos na lios. (Far from blabbermouths.,) with no traces of foul play.

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Itchy fingers just won’t stop as yet. So, one more interesting item, please. Pres. Duterte has put Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, he tagged as a narco-politician living ostentatiously in a mansion - under a lifestyle check. “His house is like a palace,” Duterte said in Pilipino.

Mabilog’s palatial house, popularly known as the “White House” mansion, sits on the banks of the Iloilo River. It has a declared value of only P3 million, but estimates by his critics place the value of the controversial mansion at P50 million to P70 million.

In previous interviews, Mabilog said the house was his inheritance from his mother.

In a statement, Mabilog played down his house.

“I have nothing to hide. My house, while often described as a palace, is not quite a palace. It is not as big as pictures would make it appear. Last year I opened our doors to the local media for them to see the inside.” (By Jimmy Cabato)




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