PRESIDENT Duterte earlier admitted having personally killed crime suspects in Davao City.
He would ride, he said, on his big bike and “look for encounter” that would involve himself pulling the trigger. He was also accused of killing a government official with an Uzi sub-machinegun.
Last Tuesday, Duterte talked of having shoved corrupt persons out of a helicopter. He would take the “korap” official or employee on a chopper ride. He didn’t say how many and who died that way.
These “confessions,” of course, may not lead to any prosecution. There’s no evidence the events really happened (although a Palace spokesman dutifully said they did happen). And who would complain or initiate the prosecution? Even critic Sen. Leila de Lima hasn’t initiated it herself even though she believes Duterte should be charged.
Presidents are exempt from prosecution during their term--even after, if it’s found the one prosecuted was nuts.
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Trump as rooster symbol
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, or how he looks, is depicted in a rooster sculpture that serves as the mascot of a shopping mall in Taiyuan in the northern China province of Shanxi.
The “yuge” rooster sports Trump’s signature hair style and small hands.
The image has become viral in China’s internet and gone beyond its borders to the rest of the world, especially the U.S.
The coming year 2017 is the year of the rooster.
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Developments in the landfill issue seem to debunk Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s claims on the issue:
-- Use of South Road Properties (SRP) as transfer station was both illegal and impractical: it wasn’t a transfer station as prescribed by law and it was far from the “final disposal” site. It merely re-enforced the suspicion that it was done to spite the investors at SRP.
-- Choice of the old site in Consolacion as the “final disposal” site after its having been rejected and used as excuse for reopening the Inayawan landfill.
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‘Possible, not certain’
Dante A. Ang who wrote the Dec. 27 column in the “Manila Times” titled “U.S. ex-envoy plots Duterte’s fall admitted in a subsequent column that the plot was “in the realm of possibility and not a distinct certainty.”
Conspiracy theories abound. At least Ang admits it was just a theory -- a theory the House has seized greedily for legislative inquiry.
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