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Woody Allen reveals he only gets $35 allowance every 2 weeks

Woody Allen —Ruben V. Nepales
(First of two parts)
LOS ANGELES—One of the world’s greatest filmmakers only gets $35 allowance—not every week, but every two weeks—from his wife.
Woody Allen disclosed that—with glee, we should stress—when he gamely answered who’s the boss in his house. Is it him or his wife, Soon-Yi Previn?

“In my case, it’s unequivocally my wife,” began Woody, in one of his favorite attires—his frayed, old green sweater, checkered shirt, brown pants and shoes—at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Needless to say, our talk was peppered with constant laughter, in reaction to this cinematic genius’ witty quips.
The only somber moment came when we discussed the Harvey Weinstein sexual allegations.
“My wife has a very domineering, strong personality,” the quintessential New Yorker said. “She’s hypercompetent and I’m hyperincompetent. I can’t work the television set without calling her into the room. So, she clearly handles the money and runs the house.
“I get a small allowance, $35, every couple of weeks. I have in my pocket now what’s left of it. She’s the one who calls all the shots—and I’m fine with that.”
We couldn’t get over the fact that we get more allowance than this legendary auteur whose latest film, “Wonder Wheel,” stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi and Juno Temple (all very good). Well, by five dollars. We get 20 dollars a week, at least—not every two weeks.
Does he spend his allowance on the Yankees, of which he’s a fan? “I can’t afford the Yankees on my allowance,” Woody replied. He smiled as he said, “What I do with my allowance is, I leave my pants on the stool in the bathroom. I notice that my kids, on the way to school, occasionally come and take a five or a 10 (dollar bill). It gives me a thrill that they’re taking it.
“Then, I say to my wife, ‘I need money. I have to take a cab, or I have to tip a maître d’.’ But, I really let the kids gyp the money out of my pocket.”
We got curious about how his home looks like, as a result. Is it filled with whatever he collects?

“I’m not a collector at all,” came the quick answer. “I have no mementos of my work. There are no pictures of me with Kate Winslet or anyone. I don’t have programs from the theater or still shots from my movies. I just feel that once a movie is over, it’s gone.”
Woody stressed, “It’s not that I deliberately don’t have them. I was never interested in them. There are no traces (of my work). Someone once came over to my house, doing an interview with me and said, ‘You would never know what he did. It’s like the home of a literate lawyer.
“I don’t have DVDs of my movies. I wouldn’t know how to play them anyhow. In the library, there’s probably a copy of one or two of my books. It’s from apathy. I don’t look at my films, so I don’t need them. I don’t read my books, certainly.
“I’m giving my best shot all the time and if the public enjoys my film, I am thrilled. If they don’t, there’s nothing I can do.
“They have asked me at times to go on panels with Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts, where they would show ‘Annie Hall,’ and we would discuss it. I didn’t go because I don’t like living in the past all the time. You’re always talking about a film [made] 50 years ago and telling anecdotes about it.”
This Manhattanite who moonlights as a jazz clarinetist shared, “Another person writing about an interview with me wrote this sentence, ‘There are no great Woody Allen stories.’ I’m just not into any of that. I am interested in the Knicks, the Yankees, my clarinet, kids, wife…”
We begged to disagree about there being no great Woody Allen stories, of course. With his quotable answers and asides, Woody can inspire a thousand and one stories.
The bespectacled Brooklyn native quipped on the biggest misconception about him: “Probably that I am an intellectual. They think I’m an intellectual because I wear these glasses and that I am an artist because my films lose money. At home, I’m not upstairs with a book on Danish philosophy. It’s a great image, but it’s not me. That’s a misconception.
“And also, that I am a workaholic. They think all I do is work, but I don’t. I spend a lot of time fiddling with my clarinet, watching sports on television and taking walks with my wife. If anything, I’d say I’m lazy.”
For a lazy man, this 81-year-old has been prolific. He averages one new film each year. Last year, in addition to the film, “Café Society,” he also cranked out his first-ever TV series, “Crisis in Six Scenes.”
“Wonder Wheel,” his film this year, is an engrossing drama set in Coney Island in the 1950s that evokes the world of Blanche DuBois and Tennessee Williams.
Kate plays Ginny, a waitress who was once an actress; Justin is Mickey, a lifeguard who aspires to be a playwright; Jim is Ginny’s husband, Humpty, whom she resents; and Juno is Humpty’s daughter who’s being hunted by the mob.
Woody emphasized that “Wonder Wheel” isn’t his paean to Williams or “A Streetcar Named Desire.” “No, because I never do homage,” he asserted. “But everything I write, if it isn’t comedy, always has some ties to Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill. I see that all the time cropping up in my work.
“They say that the writer is every character in the story. I am a protective father, and I have a loving relationship with my two daughters. I can see myself as Justin’s character because I’m a writer who’d like to write like (August) Strindberg or O’Neill, but can’t.
“I can see myself as Kate’s character, always thinking that the next love affair or thing will turn my life around magically. But it doesn’t. Soon-Yi and I married 20 years ago. These have been the best 20 years of my life because of that. But I am all of those characters, for sure.”
(Conclusion on Sunday)
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PNP faces class suit in SC over drug killings

Residents of slums in San Andres Bukid, Manila, including relatives of slain drug suspects, on Wednesday filed a class suit in the Supreme Court against the Philippine National Police to keep their neighborhood safe from policemen.
The petitioners urged the high court to grant a writ of amparo to protect them from harassment by members of Station 6 of the Manila Police District (MPD), which has jurisdiction over San Andres Bukid.

The petitioners also sought the tribunal’s intervention to stop the police from turning their community into a “killing field” and to order the administrative relief of the entire MPD Station 6 force.
It was the fifth petition filed in the high court questioning President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, which has led to the killings of at least 4,000 suspects in police operations and thousands more in vigilante attacks.
‘Killing field’
The petition filed by the Center for International Law said the slums “have become a veritable killing field.”
“The unabated killings in San Andres must not evolve into a culture of passive tolerance and defeated resignation over the seeming ordinariness and banality of the taking of human life in the war on drugs,” the petitioners said.
“By banding together, petitioners, though fearful still, have found their courage and are now asking this government to recognize and respect the dignity of their persons as human beings,” they added.
The petitioners, led by Catholic nun Ma. Juanita Dano, submitted 39 sworn affidavits regarding the killing of 35 residents and the arrest of eight “innocent individuals.”
Named respondents were PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa; Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, head of the MPD; Supt. Olivia Sagaysay, commander of MPD Station 6; and 16 other police officers.

“This petition tells of the systematic violence perpetrated by or wrought in conspiracy with the respondents… over the urban poor community of San Andres Bukid… and its adjacent areas in general, and the dead victims, the petitioners and their families,” the petition said.
Falsely charged
“It tells of the arrest of the innocent wives, partners, mothers, brothers, sisters, relatives or/and even neighbors of the victims and falsely charging them with illegal possession of drugs or conspiracy with the persons killed,” it added.
Sister Dano initiated the documentation of 35 drug killings in San Andres Bukid after the Duterte administration launched its crackdown on narcotics last year.
Most of the killings were perpetrated by masked gunmen while the others were due to questionable police operations “carried out in the dead of the night.”
The residents surmised that members of MPD Station 6 had knowledge of the vigilante killings as some of them were stationed in the area “before and during” the attacks of masked gunmen.
“The consistent impunity and persistent audacity of armed men who forcibly enter and barge into houses, without fear of policemen, are among the many indications and manifestations which show that the police killings, and most if not all of the vigilante killings, are not random and unplanned, but part of a systematic design and organized strategy,” they said.
Disabled CCTVs
The residents also noted that the CCTVs installed in their communities were disabled by the policemen before conducting drug raids.
“This is how the residents in the slum communities in and around San Andres Bukid have been terrorized and cowed into fearful submission not to seek redress for the threats to and violation of their rights to life, liberty and security,” they lamented.
Amid mounting criticisms, Mr. Duterte last week removed from the PNP the task of prosecuting the war on drugs. He designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the sole entity that would carry out operations against the narcotics trade.

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Coverup try of hazing death tarnishing legal profession—Chiz

Sen. Francis Escudero on Thursday lashed at Aegis Juris members whom he said “clearly attempted” to cover up the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III on Sept. 17.

“They are tarnishing the legal profession which we and many lawyers are part of,” said Escudero, himself a lawyer.

At the regular “Kapihan sa Senado” forum, Escudero referenced the online exchange of messages by fraternity members.

“It’s clear, based on their chats, that they intended to cover up their crime and hide those who are liable,” said the senator.

On Wednesday, Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, Manila Police District (MPD) chief, told the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs inquiring into the fatal hazing of Castillo that investigators had retrieved the conversation thread on Facebook of the fraternity members following the death of the UST law freshman.

The Facebook group chat, shown through a 38-page slide presentation at the hearing, was initiated by a UST graduate and member of Aegis Juris identified by Coronel as lawyer Marvi Abo.

the MPD chief said Abo started the group chat early on Sept. 17, the day Castillo was believed to have died from excessive beating during his initiation into the fraternity.

Coronel noted that the fraternity members’ “tendency” to avoid investigation and prosecution “at all cost” was “very evident” in the group chat.

Escudero also said the fraternity members’ alleged participation in the online chat and in the actual hazing could be grounds for their disbarment or could prevent them from taking the bar examination.

He said that violating the Anti-Hazing Act, committing a murder and being an accessory to a murder “constitute moral turpitude,” which could be a “basis for law students to not be allowed to take the Bar and not allowed to be a lawyer. It can also be ground for disbarment of a lawyer.”

One of the issues discussed during the group chat was the fraternity members’ attempt to rid the Aegis Juris library of possible evidence.

“His family is welloff. They’ll be able to get a search warrant for the frat library tomorrow. I hope it gets cleaned up. I hope the paddle gets removed from there,” said a chat message from Alston Kevin Anarna.

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No EU aid, no excuse to meddle, says Cayetano

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano FILE PHOTO / MALACANANG
The Philippines will reject “all kinds of aid” from the European Union (EU) to give the 28-member bloc no excuse to meddle in the country’s internal affairs, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Thursday.
Cayetano said he would formally notify the EU delegation’s ambassador to the Philippines, Franz Jessen, about Manila’s decision following President Duterte’s vitriolic attack on Wednesday against the EU over criticisms of his bloody war on drugs.
“The point of the speech of the President last night was if the grant has strings attached, you (the donor) can meddle in our politics. It’s more damaging than helpful (due to the) sovereignty issue,” Cayetano told reporters.

He said EU grants were “one-sided” since donors could unilaterally end the grants and dictate conditions.
Other countries like India, China, Russia and Japan gave grants without conditions and many US grants had “no strings attached,” he added.
He said “a number of Cabinet members” also believe that such grants give donors “the legal authority to meddle” in the country’s internal affairs.
Cayetano said he was unaware of new EU grants in the pipeline and he could not confirm Mr. Duterte’s claim of a supposed grant from the United Kingdom amounting to about $18 million.
Duterte not apologizing
Incensed by last week’s visit by a foreign delegation, including several European parliamentarians who denounced extrajudicial killings in the antidrugs campaign, Mr. Duterte threatened to cut ties with the EU and send all their ambassadors home.
Duterte later said he was not satisfied with the clarification of the EU delegation in the Philippines that it was not involved with that foreign mission.
“The President is not apologizing because he believes there are certain elements of the EU that are creating the environment of deceit, wrong information here and in the international media,” he said.

He said EU-based think tanks and human rights groups have also made “bad and damaging conclusions” about the antidrugs campaign, creating an environment that did not allow European policymakers “to deal with us in a much more friendly manner.”
Sought for a reaction to Cayetano’s statements, the EU office in Manila said Jessen had no comment.
A priest who heads the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines urged the government to reconsider its decision, calling the take-no-aid position an “absurd policy,” especially when the country needed massive resources to rehabilitate war-torn Marawi City.
“The President should have a macro perspective, not very myopic, and not only focused on the war on illegal drugs,” Edu Garinguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action, said on Thursday.
Aid is “a form of assistance and expression of global solidarity,” Garinguez said.

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