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Weren't they listening?

Ninfa Leonardia Apparently they were not listening to his State of the Nation Address. Because three days after he declared a unilateral ceasefire with them, guerillas of the New People's Army attacked and killed a militiaman and wounded four others. Either that, or they thought he would change his mind again. Anyway, President Rodrigo Duterte, smarting after reports of the attack came in, threatened take back his declaration. We still have to see if the rebels really want peace, or they just want to continue fighting.

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The worst part is that the attack took place in, of all places, Davao del Norte. Reports said the soldiers were going back to their base after learning of the ceasefire declaration when they were ambushed. So they were like sitting ducks, who thought there was no more danger from the enemy. In the meantime, the President has asked for an explanation from the rebel group. Let's hope they respond, otherwise we go back to square one.

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On the lighter side, let's focus on the news that the Miss Universe contest will be held in the Philippines this year. That will be a big day for oglers who will have the chance to watch the 80 or more beauties from all over the universe who will be parading down Roxas Avenue before the contest. That is, if they follow the same routine adopted when the contest was also held in Manila years ago. If they charge admission for the contest program itself, I bet they can raise enough funds to put up one or two drug rehabilitation centers.

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Most excited over the event is the new Tourism secretary, Wanda Tulfo Teo, who is already brimming with plans to promote the event. It has to be admitted that the contest will draw a lot of visitors, aside from the contestants, their chaperons and the Miss U committee. By the way, Ms. Teo's maiden name is Tulfo, the same as that of columnist Ramon Tulfo, one of the original promoters of then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Is she a sister or a daughter, by the way?

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No sooner had the drug or doping problem in Russia been resolved, when the news comes up about the seizure of cocaine, crack and bullets in a house near the Olympics site in Rio Janeiro, Brazil. The illegal drugs were said to be packed in bags stamped with the Olympic logo the five intertwining rings. That must have been a costly haul, because cocaine is believed to be the most expensive among the drugs being promoted around the world and only wealthy people can afford it. I guess this means that the police in charge of narcotics in Rio should have their eyes peeled all the while for contraband.

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That was a despicable crime committed in Quiapo the other day when a car almost hit a bicycle and their drivers got into, first a heated exchange, and then a fist-fight. Obviously the car owner did not get the better of the exchange of blows because he went back to his car, took out a gun, and shot the biker on the head, before fleeing. Now, the place had CCTV, and several people saw the incident, where a teenaged girl was even hit by a stray bullet.

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But that was quick work on the part of the agencies who managed to locate and arrest the wanted road rage killer who shot down the bicycle driver he had a confrontation with and a boxing bout later. Probably irked and being dominated by the biker, Vhon Martin Tanto shot the biker. In the process he also hit a girl who, fortunately, is now out of danger. The arrest was due to the combined efforts of the police, Army Intelligence and Security Group and the Sixth Infantry Division. After a relentless hunt, they tracked him down in Masbate, and he was lucky because they didn't apply the shoot-to-kill order on him.

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What would you do if won an island resort in a raffle? An Australian tourist named Joshua bought a raffle ticket for $49 and found himself the winner of the island resort with 16 rooms in a remote Pacific Island described as a paradise. The Krosrae Nautilus Resort is located on the Krosrae Island that is somewhere west of Hawaii. Now all Joshua (they didn't disclose his real name) needs is to buy a yacht, or an airplane so he could spend vacations there.*

 

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