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The cancer scare

Ninfa Leonardia

She is really a princess, but she behaved like one in the wrong place. Now Princess Hassa Bin Salman, daughter of Saudi Arabia King Salman and sister to the crown prince of the kingdom, is facing a case in a French court on charges of ordering the beating up of a worker who was doing repairs in her luxury apartment. The “crime” of the worker was that he took pictures while doing his job, that enraged Her Highness.

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So what did she do? She ordered her bodyguard to beat the poor man up. The worker later told the court he was not only beaten up, he was also tied up and ordered to kiss the feet of the princess! Not only that, all his tools for his trade were also confiscated! But the princess has left Paris, and was not at the court. Could she be convicted in absentia? We don’t know if the worker can be persuaded to drop the charges with the right amount of francs, but I suspect that other Frenchmen will prod him to go through with it.

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This will sound like treason to our sugar industry, but have you heard what a group of researchers in France have disclosed recently? They said that consumption of sugared drinks like sodas and fruit juices has been linked to a “higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer”! It is also being linked to increase of obesity. What a coincidence it is that only yesterday, in church, I commented to my companion that there were so many massgoers you could describe as “obese”! Maybe they are consuming dangerous amounts of sugary stuff? This frightens me, personally, because I also have a very sweet tooth. I must thank my doctor for prohibiting me from cola drinks, but he didn’t say anything about fruit juices which I also love!

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Anyway, I remember reading an article about what hypochondriacs there are in the medical and science professions, because they seem to think so many kinds of food, especially the tastiest ones, could cause that dreaded disease. Indeed, not a day passes that one cannot see an item in the news with scary warnings about things that cause cancer. Well, the title of the article was quite reassuring. It said “Everything does not cause cancer.” See?

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How come our President is warning us about “a very dangerous time ahead”? Sir, you are supposed to assure us of a good life, free from trouble, whether from within or without. Why are you saying this now? That does not sound like the President we elected who promised to clear our country of drugs in a few months. We did not expect miracles, of course, but please do not frighten us. We know you have been beefing up the armaments of the military, but what forebodings do you have to make you issue such statement?

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I don’t often agree with Senator Richard Gordon, but I think he is right in asking why members of Congress want to go to the President and ask him to endorse a candidate for the speakership. Why, indeed? Are those congressmen who are planning to do that not aware that they are supposed to be an independent body, and do not even belong to the branch of government that is the Executive? Maybe those congressmen are the sip-sips, who want to curry favor with the president. I hope Mr. Duterte will give them a talking-to and remind them of their supposed “independence”. The question is, will he?

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Seems they have already consulted with the President and it was he who suggested that team-sharing idea. The idea is to split the term between Lord Allan Velasco and Alan Peter Cayetano but, hold it. The President’s daughter, now popularly referred to as “Inday Sara”, seems to have somebody else in mind, a certain Davaeño named Isidro Ungab. Me, I have never heard of this Ungab, but if his only qualification is that he is from Davao, that will be like extending the dynasty.

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Meanwhile, our Health officials should take very seriously the outbreak of Dengue in some parts of the country before it spreads to other areas. So far, reports say that 63 victims have already succumbed to this disease that seems to strike the country regularly. The regions already hit are Bicol, Zamboanga and the Cagayan Valley. But with the rainy season on, and the increase of hatching places for the deadly dengue-carrying mosquitoes, one can never tell whether dengue-carrying ones are already breeding in our vicinities as of now.*

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