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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:57

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Kudos to the City’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO). Without much fanfare, it recently launched two successive job fairs, giving out over a thousand jobs to high school and college students.

The latest was only this Monday at the Red Cross Training Center in Pettit Barracks, with the first one conducted last 7 November at the Tetuan Central School.

Ten companies that are to operate at the soon to open KCC Mall in Gov. Camins participated in the job fair.

PESO operates under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

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The guessing game on the qualification of Davao City Mayor as a presidential contender is catching fire. But all these could have been doused off by the clear-cut opinion of Comelec Chair Andres Bautista. Here goes —

PDP-LABAN party leaders have nominated Duterte as its standard bearer, with a source, quoted as saying, Duterte’s certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) is ready for his signature; and that once signed, the certificate will be submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Clearly, these are indications that they are confident Duterte will qualify.

On the other hand, Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. of Dasmariñas City Cavite contends it may no longer be possible for Duterte to join the presidential race unless PDP-Laban nominates him as a substitute candidate.

Barzaga, former chairman of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, cites the mistake of PDP-LABAN’s supposed presidential bet, Martin Diño in filing his CoC for president, but in actuality filed his CoC as candidate for mayor of Pasay City.

Written here earlier is that there is (now “was”) one good going for the PDP-Laban, Comelec indubitably recognized Diño as a presidential candidate when it sent him a letter asking him to justify his candidacy for the top elective post. Meaning, in some ways that could have an ace up on their sleeves.

But then arose this development. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista declared there would be legal complications if PDP-Laban fields Duterte as a substitute candidate. And matters will entirely depend on the CoC of Diño.

Now, Diño himself had said, his CoC is for mayor in Pasig, not as president of the republic.

Bautista concluded, Diño’s political party could nominate a substitute for mayor in Pasig, not for any other post, president included.

Things appearing, those declarations could only be icings on a cake. Bautista disclosed further, the nomination and acceptance of Duterte should have been made at the same time that the original candidate withdrew his COC.

And Diño is out since 29 Oct. and there has been no nomination and acceptance until now.

Want to have more meat? Read on. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal echoes the Bautista view. Macalintal said, Duterte’s presidential candidacy may no longer be possible due to the defect in Diño’s COC.

Macalintal added, if PDP-Laban nominates the Davao mayor, the Comelec would have to reject the nomination.

Case closed.

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Said in one short line, no further need for elaboration. Yen Macabenta reader/comment sender, one J. Herald has this say of Pres. BS Aquino III’s supposed insensitivity of the languishing Yolanda victims,

“Mabuti pa nga ang saging may puso…pero itong gobyernong ito wala…(The banana plant is better because at least it has a heart; but this government [ the Aquino government] has none.)” (TMT)

Not much elaboration needed, except that Aquino must listen the people, and do what he has to do for the Yolanda survivors. Do not let over a billion pesos in donated money intended for the victims’ post-rehabilitation lie in waste. Give them their due.

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In a certain degree of fairness, Pres. Aquino does have something good for government workers, after all. Their average basic pay would increase by 45 percent.

President Benigno Aquino III has endorsed to Congress the passage of the corresponding salary standardization bill.

Under the bill, state workers would also get to enjoy an 8-percent increase in their mid-year 14th month pay and an enhanced performance-based bonus (PBB) system.

Salary Grade 1 employees, at present receiving P9,000 a month in basic salary will take home P P11,068 by January next year.

And from the present P19,000, public school teachers who serve as members of the Board of Election (BEI) Inspectors stand to receive P25,000.

Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab said the administration-friendly House of Representatives is expected to act swiftly on Aquino’s proposed measure.

Ungab, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, added that he expects the bill to be approved in a single hearing.

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And this other good development comes from both Houses of Congress.

Millions of Social Security System (SSS) pensioners will be drawing a little more in their pension pay.

The Senate has passed the measure that provides a P2,000 across-the-board increase.

And this bill would easily be put in place as Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises, bared there is no need to convene the bicameral conference committee because the chamber adopted the version of the House of Representatives. No need then for the tedious conciliation debates between the two Houses.

Villar sponsored House Bill 5842 or the Social Security Act in the Senate.

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Eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao wants American World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford for his opponent next year prior to retiring from professional boxing.

Pacquiao says it’s Crawford for his last fight because he wants the best fight there is.

On one hand, Pacquiao’s long time business manager Eric Pineda took a potshot on Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who, he said chooses easy opponents, adding that Manny doesn’t fight patsies.

Crawford, 28, does have impressive credentials. Unbeaten in 27 fights with 19 knockouts, he just scored a 10th round technical knockout win against Dierry Jean last 24 October.

Another choice foe is British Amir Khan, a known knockout artist.

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This corner gives space to this item, in a move to appease wife Lily.

Avid a fan as she is of Arnel Pineda, she is peeved of council aspirant-son who amusingly kids her no end on the supposed disloyalty to country of Pineda, when in the company of two Journey back-staffers, he dished out the Star Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem in the opening a prestigious football tournament in the States.

This is the recent pronouncement of Pindeda, ‘Kahit ano’ng mangyari, kahit saan man ako ipadpad ng ginagawa ko sa buhay at career ko, Pilipino pa rin ako – ’yun ang hindi mawawala.’ - (TMT) [No matter what happens, wherever my life’s work and career take me, I am still a Filipino - that is what will never be lost.]

His comment comes as he entertains feelings of having his fair share of critics and haters since joining Journey eight years ago, even if it may seem he is on top of the world now that he regularly commands shows in different continents.

He revealed, there were times some Caucasians in the audience would make faces at him while he performs. And a few would even swear at him, presumably for being Asian, leading a top American rock band.

In totality referred all these to racism, which he said, he has learned ignore, so as not to lose focus on his undertakings.

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