When temper explodes; Are highlanders hypertensive?

A local legislator of Laoag City punching a colleague as an offshoot of heated argument in the session hall is not a rare scenario.

It happened also in Paoay, Ilocos Norte years ago. A taller town councilor outboxed a diminutive colleague for contradicting a legislative measure of the former. Cooler heads intervened and saved him from further bodily harm.

In Taiwan and many foreign countries, their legislature and parliament have a history of violent sessions among their honorable members.

But, so far, Taiwan has a long list of violent legislative incidents. As one instance, one of their legislators’ temper exploded during their session causing them to rumble and threw chairs against one another until many were hurt and bloodied.

Some local media people in the 1900s were temperamental too due to acid competition in the practice of their crafts.

One long-time incident that I could remember was the street fistfight of two radio reporters/announcers from rival broadcast stations.

Their path crossed by chance in downtown Laoag. Like a cockfighting Texas-bred, they had a scuffle that drew many onlookers.

In all these incidents, the culprit was an uncontrolled temper, a human normal attitude when one is under stress and overworked.

A masked couple was photographed kissing each other at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Feb. 1, 2020.

If one is coronavirus carrier and you do the same act of kissing even cum surgical mask, your partner surely goes horizontal to the grave.

Baguio temperature dips to 10.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday morning of Feb. 1, 2020.

The punishing chill is not good for the sick, elderly and infant babies.

A medical survey showed that many highlanders are hypertensive due to the cold weather.

Their blood pressure goes up as blood vessel constricts when the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures, medical experts say. #