The fear factor

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News of Fernando Poe Jr.’s announcement that he would seek the presidency of the Republic made it to CNN last Wednesday. It wasn’t just because here was another actor seeking public office a la Arnold Schwarzeneger. That’s hardly news nowadays, actors of all stripes including porn stars being in the running for public office from India to Italy. Poe’s announcement was news even to CNN primarily because Filipinos had already elected an actor to the presidency in 1998, but had removed him from office in 2001 and detained him on charges of plunder.
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Incomprehensible cruelty

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Former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago suggests that her alma mater, the University of the Philippines College of Law, might have been responsible for the suicide of her son Alexander Robert, or “AR”.

At the time of his death last week, the younger Santiago was a law student at the Ateneo de Manila University. “AR,” said Santiago during the funeral mass for her son, had passed the written admission tests for both the UP and Ateneo colleges of law.
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