Bzzzzz: Why politicos are on U.K. playing cards

THIS set, the 2017 version of “Release,” a group based in United Kingdom, casts President Rodrigo Duterte as the “Joker.”

The cards, according to the “Release” website, features “hypocritical politicians” who are drug “prohibitionists” despite admitting their own drug use. They used the President’s statement on Dec. 12, 2016, which owned up to his use of Fentanyl and what his doctor told him.

Each set sells for five pounds (about P335). Duterte’s card includes two lines from his Dec. 12 quote. Others featured include Boris Johnson and former U.S. president George W. Bush.

“Release,” founded in 1969, says it is committed to “just and fair society” in which drug policies should reduce harm from drugs and “where those who use illegal drugs are treated” humanely.

Not a whodunit

The mystery of the 5,000 metric tons of garbage dumped in Mandaue City has spun off the subplot about the Cebu City landfill being reopened to accommodate the garbage.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is linked to an alleged conspiracy to dump 5,000 metric tons of garbage at the city’s landfill which the court has ordered closed. That’s why, the theory runs, the mayor wants to have the landfill opened again.

That itself is the main mystery, as far as city residents are concerned. If the garbage-transfer theory (from Mandaue to Cebu City) is implausible, how to explain the change of stand by former councilor Nida Cabrera, who had sought the Inayawan landfill’s closure but would now want it reopened. Looking into the Cebu connection may explain what’s going on.

And why would it take an inquiry by the House committee on ecology to raise the issue? Couldn’t the City Council ferret out the “why”? Maybe it’s not a whodunit as the decision makers are known.

Felix Lopez Jr.

The complainant is said to be one Felix Lopez Jr. who alleged the conspiracy between Cebu City Hall and some Koreans. Has City Hall, with its resources, found out if the person exists and if he does exist, has he been confronted for proof of his accusation?


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