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Friday, 06 November 2015 13:55

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

One head, the first, gets the axe resulting from the disastrous blaze that smothered a large portion of the city public market, killing 15 in the process.

Mayor Isabelle Climaco Salazar has sacked the four-month old market supervisor, Nathaniel Asuncion from his post, and sent to the freezer under direct supervision of Acting City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario

City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon, who was tasked to spearhead the investigation team of the city government, revealed over RMN radio, that Asuncion is the direct authority to blame since the market is under his supervision.

He said, the relief of  Asuncion is just the start of the investigation as his team will also move deeper in the coming days by getting the testimonies of other government employees assigned in the market operations, and will look as well into the command responsibilities of Assistant City Administrator for Enterprise Apple Go and OIC Administrator Apolinario.

Assuming full responsibility of the fiasco and widely seen as playing scapegoat, my compadre Elmeir Apolinario may have executed a masterful act, for at the moment, Climaco is nowhere near him even within a ten-foot pole distance.

He and Go were, however, asked to submit their sworn statements on why they should not be charged for negligence and command responsibility with regard to the blaze and the loss of lives therein.

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Zamboanga City remains a viable expansion site of Robinsons Supermarket, a subsidiary of Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc., the second largest multi-channel retailer in the Philippines.

Investment Promotions, Robinsons public relations arm bared, the conglomerate currently operates 6 business segments, 10 formats, 20 retail brands and 1,145 stores, and Zamboanga City may well be Robinsons’ next destination.

Robinsons officials, after a courtesy call on Mayor Climaco last week, proceeded to the City Assessor’s Office to research on useful information concerning real properties and market valuation in the city.

A PR statement further said, “Robinsons’ Business Development Adviser Ronnie Ong is committed to bring together healthy selections and affordable prices in a refreshingly clean and organized shopping destination. Supermarket Manager Ruth Fucoy explained how Robinsons guide its customers to food and grocery choices by using the 4-color tag system, with the green shelf tagged products having been evaluated and certified as healthy and nutritious by the Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).” (DZT)

Earlier, It was reported that its team went to the Zamcelco office to look over the possibility of buying off its property in Putik, a move that Zamcelco Board President Omar Salh said is at present shelved, pending serious study.

The Robinsons team took notice of what it said as Zamboanga’s favorable economic and business potentials that are drawing more players as they are attracted to such favorable climate, benefiting in the process its constituents.

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For the second time, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo differ in opinion.

Just so sorry, can’t fairly well remember on what exactly was the first, except that it was on a highly ticklish issue, this time, the split is on the “tanim-bala” shame.

In spite of growing public outcry over the “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) incidents that have already caught international attention, Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas still expresses full support to the government’s strict implementation of the bullet ban in the country’s airports, reasoning out to save Filipinos from harsher penalties abroad., which reason this corner views with favor. Repeat, only the reason - “to save” and not the bullet ban.

And that Roxas position is in utter contrast to the position of running mate, Robredo, who had earlier filed a bill, seeking to decriminalize possession of bullets.

House Bill 6245, Iwas Tanim-Bala Bill, seeks to decriminalize mere possession of not more than three bullets.

“Let’s stop this scam and ensure the safety and well-being of passengers in NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport),” she said after filing the bill.

On that score, however, this corner tends to side with Roxas, as his concern is “to save” Filipinos from harsher penalties abroad.

Yeah, come to think of it, if in the Philippines carrying of a bullet or two is allowed, but is a crime in other places abroad. Our countrymen will be in bigger trouble. Right.

However, the Roxas stand on full support to the government’s strict implementation of the bullet ban in the country’s airports, does not sit well in the corner.

The concern must not center on apprehending carriers of bullets, no matter how few in number. The focus must be in stopping “tanim-bala”. What you, guys, think?

Tanim-bala is the glitch. That is what should be stopped.

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It’s a failure! The “Cinderella shoe” does not fit, so to speak.

Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares has confessed, the two DNA tests she underwent to verify her filiality with probable biological relatives proved negative.

Facing a string of disqualification cases before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Poe, has until today, November 5, to submit pertinent documents to the SET to prove she is a natural-born citizen.

In an interview over radio DZMM, Poe admitted, the persons tapped for the medical procedure did not match with her DNA.

However, despite the negative results of the DNA tests, Poe stays confident she will hurdle the case with flying colors, declaring her camp has sufficient bases to support her claims of being a natural-born Filipino.

She maintained, from the start, the State allowed her adoption, explaining that the State will not allow one to be adopted if it doesn’t recognize him/her as a citizen.

Poe seems truly in a bind.

Under the law, only natural-born citizens may run for president and vice president. And it was SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the SET who gave the view that Poe is a naturalized Filipino. Also it was who said that a DNA match would solve Poe’s case. But she failed.

In deep trouble is she, considering further, her residency status in the Philippines is also under question.

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Check this out. Couldn’t seem credible.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman has said, a big chunk of foreign government and private donations for post-relief and recovery efforts for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda went to UN agencies and not the government,  in a breakfast media forum, claimed that only a fraction of the donations went to government coffers.

She added, close to 95 percent were directly handed over to UN agencies such as the World Food Program, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and Habitat (for Humanity).

Soliman earlier gave assurances the cash donations were used as intended.

Following that, the DSWD has posted a summary of the donations on its website, dswd.gov.ph.

Really? Tell that to a dead marine.

The point. COA has been saying the millions upon millions of money lie idle for the last two years already. Unused, while typhoon victims suffer and even die in bunkhouses and other temporary shelters.