In 2012, during a midnight screening of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado cinema, a nut job tossed tear gas grenades into the audience and killed 12 people with semi-automatic weapons. When arrested, the killer was said to sport reddish-orange dyed hair resembling the DC Comics character, The Joker. After Heath Ledger portrayed the iconic Batman arch-villain in Nolan’s earlier 2008 film, The Dark Knight, he was said to have trouble getting back to normalcy, and couldn’t sleep more than two hours a night; the actor overdosed on an assortment of prescribed medications shortly after an Oscar nomination for playing The Joker was announced. Now we have Joaquin Phoenix putting on the greasepaint in what people are already saying is the darkest, most disturbing cinematic Joker yet. Todd Phillips — not known for directing dark comic antiheroes but rather for those Hangover movies — was said to be gearing up for some weird reactions … [Read more...] about Why does The Joker continue to fascinate US?
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A failure of the justice system. This was the statement of Maria Clara Sarmenta, mother of slain student Mary Eileen Sarmenta, as she lamented that the justice system seems to favor the killer of her daughter. Sarmenta had learned of the impending release of Antonio Sanchez, the former Calauan, Laguna mayor who was convicted of the rape-slay of her daughter in 1993. “I became angry and frustrated. Why is it our justice system seems to favor the criminals?” Maria Clara told GMA-7 in an interview yesterday. Sanchez was sentenced to seven life terms or up to 40 years in prison for the rape-slay of the younger Sarmenta and the murder of her fellow student Allan Gomez in 1993, both from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday said Sanchez may be included in the list of detainees eligible for release, in line with the provisions of Republic Act 10592 which revised the computation of good conduct time allowance for inmates. … [Read more...] about Victim’s mom: Why does our justice system favor the criminal?
Because she, her boyfriend James Reid and Sam are good friends (like brothers and sister), Nadine said doing a love scene with Sam felt like ‘incest’ Nadine Lustre has a good reason to be dancing. Her career (including movies without her perennial leading man, boyfriend James Reid) is going great, that’s why, Indak, the title of her new movie perfectly describes her present state of being — you know, mapapa-indak ka sa tuwa. It’s Nadine’s second “solo” movie (read: minus James), with Sam Concepcion as leading man. The first was Ulan with Carlo Aquino. “Like incest,” laughed Nadine. That’s how she said she felt doing a love scene with Sam in Indak, showing nationwide starting in Wednesday, Aug. 7. It’s because, explained Nadine, she, James and Sam are such good friends that they are like brothers and sister. Being professionals, Nadine and Sam beautifully acquitted themselves in the love scenes despite the initial … [Read more...] about Why does Nadine keep on dancing?
Senate committee on energy to review EPIRA Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Senate committee on energy plans to review the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 (EPIRA) and introduce supporting bills through the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) since electricity prices have yet to go down 18 years after the said law was passed. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the committee, said the EPIRA has not yet achieved its goal of bringing down electricity prices. “I say we stagnated because the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) prices are healthy now. But even if WESM prices are low, if you ask ordinary Filipino consumers, they will say electricity prices are still not cheap,” he said. “It only means EPIRA has not yet done enough reforms and one of those is the implementation of retail access,” he said. Through the … [Read more...] about Senate committee on energy to review EPIRA
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?