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A case of royal chismis?

Ninfa Leonardia After the Czech Republic, France is also offering several kinds of jobs that a lot of Filipinos could qualify for. What are needed are chemists, carpenters, bakers, pastry chefs, and many others for which a lot of Pinoys and Pinays will surely qualify. The problem, however, is that, these positions are based in the cold North and South Pole, and one more thing, applicants must be able to speak French.

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Meanwhile President Duterte has warned about the presence of foreign terrorists in Mindanao. He said the terrorists include Syrians, Arabs, Indonesians and Malaysians. Please don't scare us farther, Sir. Anyway, the Supreme Court has already allowed you to extend Martial Law there for another year. That should give you and our military more time to deal with them and stop them from spreading to other parts of the country and force you also to declare Martial Law in such places, too.

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Have you noticed that the world is being plagued by so many calamities these days? In the Philippines, we are experiencing eruptions of volcanoes, landslides, floods, even mudslides, typhoons, earthquakes and other fearsome happenings from Nature. But we are not alone, other parts of the world are also going through the same things, or worse. The other day, when we visited our aunt Amor, widow of our uncle, the late Judge Jesus Ramos, and his sister, our aunt Maia, we found them worrying about the report of a strong earthquake in Taiwan. Their concern was expected, our cousin Joey, son of Amor and Judge R. has been working and residing there for several years now.

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And, indeed, yesterday's news carried a lot of stories about the 6.4 magnitude quake that hit Taiwan, with the worst hit the city of Hualien where five were killed and 247 injured as of the latest count. And pictures of places where the temblor was strongly felt showed tall buildings leaning on their sides as if they were toys! One eight-storey building was being propped to prevent it from crashing to the ground totally! And reports also said the building was sinking into the ground. Will investigations into its construction follow? I am sure that is only proper.

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The talk of the town in Las Vegas these days must be the surprise resignation of one of its biggest hotel moguls. Steve Wynn, who is the Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the Wynn Resorts, including the Wynn Hotel that used to be where Manny Pacquiao and his camp, as well as his guests, were billeted when he had fights there. Of course I remember staying in that hotel, too, and going around the place in wonder, like the provinciana that I must looked, so impressed was I with it. And, I think we also got billeted there another time for another Pacquiao encounter, so that our group felt rather at home there.

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What could have caused Wynn to resign, just like that? Associated Press reports said it happened shortly after several women came up and claimed that Wynn harassed and assaulted them. Who among the business moguls and those of the movie industry have not yet been charged for similar claims of harassment and assault? As their number is growing, one is likely to think that the more talented and successful they are, the more they behave like sex maniacs. That is if all those women are telling the truth and not just seeking publicity.

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But it seems nobody is spared, because even President Trump reportedly got the ire of the first lady when it was reported that he had paid off a woman to keep quiet about their dalliance before the election. As for Wynn, he has denied the reports but is also facing probes for the way his gambling business had been conducted. As for the stories about his sexual misbehavior, he claims it is his former wife, Elaine, who started it. Didn't both Trump and Wynn hear about the saying that “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”?

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What does it mean if a wedding that has long been announced to take place is suddenly postponed for two years? Will the engaged pair just agree to it? That is what is happening in Japan where the much expected royal wedding of princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and her commoner fiancé, Kei Komuro, who were supposed to be married in November this year. Two years. Was that a decision of the Royal palace? The princess is quoted as saying that the preparations for the affair are not yet complete, but, naturally, talks are surfacing that gossip may have caused the royal family to think twice. Reports came out that the bridegroom-to-be's mother had borrowed money she never repaid. Should that be classed as royal chismis?*

 

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