Brisbane Times: This 17 year old boy killed in Duterte’s drug war galvanises the Philippines

This is too much. Everything about the boy pointed towards his innocence, but this regime would stop at nothing just to destroy, not the drug menace, but everyone who opposes its leadership and policies. This is not the first time that Duterte has sanctioned the cold-blooded murder of mere drug suspects and innocents, and as long as he sits there in his own Iron Throne in Malacanang, this wouldn’t be the last. This article from the Brisbane Times gives me less hope and more gloom, a reminder of the deadly spiral that our people has embraced in the name of “change.”

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Inquirer: Are you a cola addict?

I have been drinking a bottle of soda everyday for the past six months. This is not a healthy practice, but I’m hooked to sugary drinks. Cola has been my coping mechanism for both stress and boredom. But no excuses now. I’ll try weaning myself through sheer discipline. I’m no longer happy with my weight and waistline. For the sake of my physical and financial health, my budding addiction with Coke (the brand, not the drug, mind you) should stop NOW.

Nikkei Asian Review: Philippine women continue to pile on the overtime

This why the fight for equality and fairness continues, because while our women and LGBT do the heavy and dirty work of uplifting our families and economy, men with feudal mindsets continue to squander whatever we have earned. An insightful read from the Nikkei Asian Review.

The Guardian: No peace in Syria until Assad is ousted, says Nikki Haley

Few people would be sad to see Assad go, but after Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, I could not help but wonder if we are all prepared to pay the price of “regime change.” Here’s a The Guardian article about Trump’s latest foray into that mud called American foreign policy.