Duterte Bans E-cigarettes and Prince Andrew

Grind for November 24th
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The Headline

Filipino President to ban e-cigarettes

The Grind

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte this week said he is planning to outlaw e-cigarettes following the nation’s first reported case of vape lung.

He has also threatened to arrest any individual caught using e-cigarettes (a serious threat coming from a president who rewards citizens for murdering drug users).

The Details

In previous comments, President Duterte has likened vape pens to traditional cigarettes and has suggested all cigarette smokers deserve to be “exterminated.”

In 2017, Duterte passed an executive order banning smoking in public places.

“This vaping, it contains nicotine and other chemicals that we do not know,” said Duterte this week. “It has not passed the FDA…and at this time, I said ‘smoking is dangerous’ so vaping is also dangerous and I am banning it.”

Duterte’s stance on drugs is legendary.

Since his election in 2016, thousands of Filipinos have died in drug raids conducted by police or vigilantes. Last year, he offered a $40,000 reward for the death of any police officer found to be using drugs. “I will not ask who killed you,” he said.

If I were a vape user in the Philippines, I would throw that thing in the trash and never look back.

Run And Hide

The Headline

Prince Andrew goes into hiding over relationship with Epstein

The Grind

Prince Andrew will suspend all public duties “for the foreseeable future” following a controversial interview with BBC.

During the interview, Andrew said he did not regret his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, and denied allegations that he had sex with Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

Andrew insists he never met Giuffre despite the existence of a photograph showing him with his arm around her.

The Details

Guiffre claims Mr. Epstein brought her to London at the age of 17 to have sex with Prince Andrew and other prominent men.

Andrew denies the accusation, but has no alibi.

This week, Andrew told reporters he regrets his association with Epstein: “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.”

In the meantime, a US judge is deciding whether to unseal a cache of more than 3,000 pages of new evidence about Epstein’s crimes.

The documents come from a defamation lawsuit filed by Guiffre against Ghislaine Maxwell (Epstein’s former girlfriend and associate) in 2015.

According to The Telegraph, the documents describe a “range of allegations of sexual acts involving Plaintiff (Guiffre) and non-parties to this litigation, some famous, some not; the identities of non-parties who either allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff or who allegedly facilitated such acts.”

Prince Andrew is said to be among the hundreds of individuals mentioned in the documents.

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