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Elton John slams Russian cuts to ‘Rocketman’ gay scenes

Elton John and his husband David Furnish attend the UK premiere of the Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ in London, Britain, May 20, 2019. Simon Dawson, Reuters LOS ANGELES – Elton John on Friday criticized Russia’s reported censorship of gay sex scenes in the new movie musical based on his life, …

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Comedian Gary Lising passes away

Gary Lising, in an interview on ‘Rated K’ back in 2013, talks about how he wanted to have another crack at doing comedy. (UPDATED) Veteran comedian Gary Lising, widely known for his green jokes and his comic flair, was found dead by his only son, Bugsy, in his condominium unit …

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Letting go

All of us know how finite life is, that nothing in this world really lasts. But though this knowledge is with us every moment of our lives, we often fight it because it is very difficult to let go. Many politicians, used to privilege and power, can’t let go; if …

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Protecting dissent: Writs of amparo, habeas data

For the second time last month, the Supreme Court took steps to make use of two writs that may offer significant protection to political and social activists facing threats to their lives, liberty and security because of their continuing defense of human rights. The order to take up the two …

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Public trusts

Nope, the House Speakership fracas is not the only pintakasi. The Senate is creating its own noise with its turf wars. We started the week soaking in the mugs of the young aspirants to the Speaker’s chair: Alan Peter, Ferdinand Martin and Lord Allan. There was even that famous selfie …

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Who is lying?

I was more surprised than most when Rappler said George and Amal Clooney were supporting Maria Ressa, even if it has to contradict the Hague decision. I was involved in the events which led Amal Clooney, then Amal Alammudin to defend GMA in the International Court of Human Rights. It …

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Speaker

President Rodrigo Duterte breaks from the mold once more. In a brief meeting in Tokyo with the three leading aspirants for Speaker of the House, the President said he would leave the leadership choice entirely to the congressmen. It seems he is really serious about this. The announcement radically changed …

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Dutch, ASG woman die in crossfire

A Dutch birdwatcher held by Islamic State-linked militants was killed Friday during a firefight between his kidnappers and soldiers in Jolo, according to the military, which said he was shot by his captors as he tried to escape. ‘ASG’ CASUALTIES. In this military handout photo, soldiers stand beside the recovered …

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LPG price rollback: Petron sets big-time cuts

Petron Corp. on Friday announced it will cut the price of its cooking gas by P6.25 per kilo, or P68.75 per 11-kilo tank, effective June 1 to reflect the lower contract price of liquefied petroleum gas or LPG in the world market. MAJOR ROLLBACK. An unidentified man arranges tanks of …

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DFA orders envoys to fly back to Canada

Malacañang sees a possible reconciliation with Canada as Canada’s trash shipment begins its journey back to the North American country. BONNE JOURNEE. Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel wave goodbye Friday to the Canadian-hired cargo vessel Bavaria, sailing under the flag of Liberia, with 69 containers of trash on …

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