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The reasons are manifold, but they hinge on Filipinos’ apparent willingness to overlook the death toll as long as Duterte’s government satisfies their individual economic and political interests, analysts say. The politician promised to eradicate criminals — “kill them all,” he said — and Filipinos appear to view Duterte as keeping his word.“The war on drugs has been synonymous with the president. They mutually feed each other,” said Francisco Ashley Acedillo, a former lawmaker. “Until one is undone, the other will not be undone.” Duterte has urged members of the public to kill suspected criminals and drug addicts. The President however is always emphatic for the people -- asserting that the government has the obligation to protect its people from the drug menace. “You destroy my people, you destroy my children, and I will destroy you”. Policemen are also victims of the drug war, which represent” grim testimonials to the reality that those involved in the drug cartel will not allow themselves to be arrested or captured alive,” the Presidential Spokesperson said. He urged critics who alleged that extrajudicial killings are state-sponsored to file the appro-

priate charges in local courts, saying that failure to undertake judicial action can mean that critics are only “engaged in conjectures and politicizing the matter to the advantage of drug personalities and criminals.”

This is Manila: A city caught in growing violence under Duterte’s rule In September, the government cited an 82 percent satisfaction rating for the drug war in a Social Weather Stations survey as it pushed back on a U.N. resolution calling for the investigation of human rights vio- lations. On the campaign trail, Duterte diagnosed drugs as the scourge of society, claiming their use was connected with rape and murder. The narrative struck a chord with his supporters, propelling him to victory in 2016 elections. (Officials in 2015 estimated there were 1.8 million drug users in the Philippines.) Duterte was the only candidate who offered a solution to the prevalence of drugs, a longtime frustration among the urban poor,

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a sovereign nation. He said that Obama should have lodged a complaint before the UN rather than reprimanding him in public. I said, ‘You are a son of a bitch. I said, ‘You can go to hell.’ I said ‘You think you’re better than me. If you don’t know how to respect others, you son of a bitch. You fool.” The president’s remarks came just weeks after he apologized to Obama for uttering profane words against him. During his visit to Israel in September, he said that he hoped Obama would forgive him, adding: ”I have forgiven you”. Another result of Obama’s perceived disrespect, the president said, was his decision to forge closer alliances with Russia and China — traditional rivals of the US. He even once threatened to “break up” with America, cancel their mutual defence pact and order the pullout of all American troops in the Philippines. However, the tensions between the two countries have eased since President Duterte welcomed Trump’s election and described him as a “good friend” to the Philippines.

Since Duterte took office, more than 6,000 people have been killed in his campaign to purge the Philippines of illegal drugs and those associated with them, according to reliable estimates by local media. The ­victims—­suspected users and ­pushers—do not enjoy due process, and they are always killed at night, sometimes inside their own homes. The perpetrators are vigilantes, hired guns and likely cops too. Duterte made no secret that this would happen. “All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you,” he said last April. Duterte has even admitted to personally killing a few himself while he was mayor. The reaction of the international community has been one of outrage and reproach.



President Duterte has said that Donald Trump is “cleaning the mess” of US-Philippine relations left by his predecessor in the White House. Speaking on Thursday (November 22), he said the country’s “strained” ties with the US began when President Obama criticized his crackdown on illegal drugs. He then recalled telling Obama to “go to hell” for disrespecting a fellow leader of

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MANNY ‘PACMAN’ PACQUIAO: STILL IN THE RING 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao is still one of the most ferocious fighters in boxing. I’ve been a fan of the great Filipino boxing legend Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao for a long time and I am still astonished that he is fighting as a 40-year-old Senator and teaching these young bucks a lesson in the ring. Pacquiao is still one of the most ferocious fighters in the sport and he fights with all his might in the ring. No matter how big or tall the opponent is he will never back down from a tussle. He is a true warrior. I will see people question his punching power and mention that he hasn’t knocked someone out cold since he fought Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton in 2009. I remember several years ago Pac haters claiming the reason he was taking out these bigger guys was due to steroids and Alex Ariza mystery shakes. Then they claimed he stopped juicing

because Floyd Mayweather Jr. put him on the spot with his USADA drug testing demands. When Pacquiao rejected those demands the Pacquiao detractors suggested the reason he stopped knocking guys out is due to him being off the juice. What they fail to mention is that he has knocked down 5 of his last 8 world class opponents and had several of them badly hurt in fights. When he fought Chris Algieri he knocked him down several times and the referee should have stopped the fight but let it keep going and Algieri went on his bicycle in survival mode to last the distance. When he fought Jeff Horn in Australia, he hurt him so bad in the 9th round that the referee nearly stopped it. They robbed Pacquiao of a TKO victory in the Horn fight and gave the gift decision to Horn in

they know that Pacquiao has sneaky power. It is very hard to knockout an opponent who is trying to survive and avoid exchanging blows with you. For his size and weight Pacquiao has to be one of the hardest punchers pound for pound. He is hurting men who are much bigger than him in a weight class he doesn’t belong in. Pacquiao’s walk around weight is around 140 pounds and I remember reading an interview with Alex Ariza his old conditioning coach saying the Pacman has to eat a high amount of calories just to make the 147 pound welterweight limit, while his opponents usually cut down in weight 170 one of the worst robberies on nationwide or 180 pounds. If he fought at his natural TV. weight class of 135-pounds he would be a In his most recent fight, a 40-year-old KO machine. Pacquiao dropped the hard-hitting 30-yearPacquiao doing what he does in the old Keith Thurman in the first round and ring is legendary stuff. hurt him badly to the body in the 10th. There will never be another Manny Pacquiao also took all of the power shots Pacquiao. The ferocity and the will to win Thurman threw at him and went on to win even his advanced age is inspirational. the WBA welterweight strap. Seeing Manny still fight in the ring at People who say Pacman lost his punching his age and with all his responsibilities power do not take into account that most makes me realize there is no excuse to be of the time his opponents go into survival lazy. Whatever you do in life do it to the mode and get on their bike like Adrien Bro- fullest just like Manny Pacquiao. ner and Floyd Mayweather. These fighters play it safe and avoid trading blows because By Muki Hadad


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SCANDALS Wanger, respected producer, had shot successful agent Jennings Lang, and in a delicate area, no less. Why? Wanger suspected his beautiful wife, actress Joan Bennett, of having an affair with Lang (her agent), and evidently private detectives had confirmed his worst fears. Bennett and Lang had been spotted together too many times for mere coincidence, and the private eyes delivered proof that they were

immense popularity, was breaking the race barrier of a firmly segregated entertainment industry. Sam Kashner chronicles the backlash against their affair, the

Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen Denise Richards has found herself in another legal situation with her ex. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star claims Charlie Sheen owes her almost a half a million dollars in child support. He denies the accusations. “During the time frame since our last stipulation/order in 2016, he has failed to pay $450,000 in support while diverting over $600,000 in assets to adult family members and converting thousands of dollars into cash for his own personal use,” the court documents also state. Back in August of 2018, Charlie filed court documents asking to modify his child support payments to both Denise and ex Brooke Mueller. The actor claimed that his income has “changed significantly” over time making it difficult to sustain child support payments. As a result, Charlie alleged that he no longer has “sufficient income” to pay the court-ordered child support amounts. At the same time, he is “willing and able to provide child support” to the petitioners, but not at the level currently required.

Kim Novak Joan Bennett discussing more than just her next career move. Walter waited for Joan and Jennings to return from a late afternoon rendezvous, and as the couple sat in Lang’s car, Wanger marched up and fired two shots. One hit the protruding tail fin of the enormous Cadillac automobile; the other bullet went straight into Lang’s testicles. Ouch! Wanger was arrested then released on bail and then sentenced the disgraced producer to four months at the Castaic Men’s Honor Farm, just outside Los Angeles.

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The American, though momentarily daunted, when he learned the origin of the dish said, “What the hell, I’m on vacation! Bring me an order!” The waiter replied, “I am so sorry, senor. There is only one serving a day since there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early tomorrow and place your order, we will be sure to serve you this delicacy!”

“I’m sure you would, sir,” said the Madame, then, gesturing to an obese fifty-five year-old woman in the corner, “but Ethel here has seniority.”

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The new SR-72 developed a way to run turbojet engines at high temperatures and power levels, high enough to push the SR-72 to Mach 2.5. The ramjet-scramjet second stage requires speeds above Mach 3 or 3.5 to operate, a “thrust chasm” which Lockheed Martin says it’s solved … though it won’t say how. Turbojet? Ramjet? Scramjet? A turbojet spins many blades to compress and heat incoming air before setting it on fire and riding the resulting plume of hot expanding gas. A ramjet moves so fast that the air entering the engine is already hot and compressed enough to ignite the fuel. A scramjet—short for “supersonic combustion ramjet”—is just that, a ramjet where the incoming air is moving at supersonic speeds. At hypersonic speeds there’s no additional sonic boom, but the air piles up so fast along the aircraft’s leading edges that they reach blast-furnace temperatures. The SR-71 heated up so much due to the friction of its flight that its body panels fit together loosely on the ground and expanded snugly in flight.

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The rules to play Sudoku are quite simple. Fill in the blanks so that each row, each column, and each of the nine 3x3 grids contain one instance of each of the number 1 through 9.


1. Taverns 2. Foment 3. Lasso 4. Prickle 5. Horse 6. Frozen water 7. Give 8. Framework of strips of wood 9. If not 10. Showing little emotion 11. France’s longest river 12. A cook might wear one

13. It makes dough rise 18. Comes after Mi and Fah 24. Mineral rock 25. Hearing-related 26. Ouches 27. River of Spain 28. Affirm 29. Instigator 31. Docile 33. Throbs 34. Goon 36. Algonquian Indian 37. Apiary 38. X X X X

42. Sailor 43. Wager 45. Incumbency 47. Intended 48. A loud sleeping sound 49. British biscuit 51. 16 1/2 feet 52. Ellipses 54. Essence 56. Decorative case 57. Peel 58. Venician magstrate 59. 1 1 1 1 62. Not used

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