By:Reynald Bautista Villagomeza
Mother Earth is healthy,
And has beauty and is wealthy;
But with Global Warming on the way,
It will take Mother Earth’s beauty away.
It will become hot,
Like a steaming pot;
Leaves will become brown,
Then everybody will frown.
We need coolness, not hotness,
But also happiness;
Please Mother Earth don’t come to an end,
Because we’ll be your friend.
…To help you become healthy and green again!!!
DDB: 1.7 million Pinoys hooked on drugs
MANILA, Philippines - An estimated 1.7 million Filipinos are hooked on drugs, with 1,700 of them dying each year due to their addiction, a Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) official. DDB executive director Benjamin Reyes told the House committee on dangerous drugs that the 1.7 million represents an increase of 200,000 from the number of drug users two years ago. Based on his agency’s estimate, he said the number of deaths directly related to drug use is “very low.” “Even the World Health Organization ranks the Philippines 153rd in terms of drug use-related mortalities,” he said. Committee members led by chairman Vicente Belmonte Jr. of Iligan City expressed disbelief over Reyes’ “low” numbers. “I think those are not reliable,” Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez, a former Palace national security adviser, said. He said he could not believe that only 1,700 deaths a year could be attributed to or induced by drug use. “We always claim that 70-75 percent of crimes and deaths resulting from these crimes are drug-related,” he said. Golez’s colleagues agreed with him.
Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla said drug use today is not confined only in Metro Manila and urban centers but has spread even in the rural areas as well. Belmonte said there are already tens of thousands of drug users in the provinces. For his part, Rep. Loreto Leo Ocampos of Misamis Occidental said drug lords in his province and in Ozamis City are funding the Kuratong Baleleng group of bank robbers. “They...
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