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Saturday, 12 December 2015 11:48

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Yesterday, this corner was aghast when at the prodding of wife Lily, I hastily surfed the net for any breaking news, as she said, it appeared on the net that Leni Robredo quit as VP bet under Mar Roxas, for the simple reason that the LP was violating election laws because of pre-mature campaigning, when it released it promotional video clip.

It was then that his representation stumbled for the first on what is labeled as “Adobo News”. Instantly it dawned on me that by the word “Adobo”, humor could be its meat.

Woe to me. It truly is. The “breaking news” did not only center on the Robredo alleged withdrawal from the VP race. Believe you me, it also “announced” the supposed disqualification of the country’s five top presidential bets.

Due to premature campaigning, Mar Roxas is out.

Due to CoC defects, Rody Duterte, out.

Due to graft charges, Jojo Binay, out.

Due to health reasons, Miriam Santiago, out

And due to citizenship, Grace is also out.

Goodness grace. The two options mentioned here sometime recently could already be in the works. No-El and People Power 3, it could only be.

In any case, though, while the cited disqualification bases are evidently unjustifiable in legality, still and all, suspecting that Malacañang’s baton must have again waved, the scenario has become possible. And today, soon as I woke up, I glued my attention to breaking news on TV, switching from one channel to the other. It was then I realized, I was sautéed to an “adobo” - - - Weeeh..!

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Yesterday, to my prompting, as I inquired on a possible substitution option for the mayorship by Re-electionist Cong. Celso Lorbegat, he called me on the phone.

Probably in jest, he said, if it is Beng that he substitutes, he will. As I egged him on for the mayoralty switching, his true desire for wanting to stay on in Congress was revealed. “Tali pa, Jim el BBL. Nuay pa resolbe,” was his curt reply. (The BBL issue is still there, Jim. It remains unresolved.)

True enough, it is. And his persistence to stay in congress is truly a reasonable one. Evidently, as seen daily on MCTV”s channel 17, Lobregat is doing a yeoman‘s job against the equally forceful Cagayan de Oro attack dog of Pnoy, brains behind the BBL.

The latest on BBL in Congress -  Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr, has said, the House of Representatives will not be able to approve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) this year.

The BBL is the proposed enabling act that would concretize the largely criticized peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The Speaker described at best-case scenario is for the termination of the period of interpellation on the Bangsamoro measure within next week wherein the House will be holding sessions from Monday to Wednesday before adjourning for the Christmas break.

Belmonte doubts if the House can approve the bill on second reading, as several members are still lined up for interpellation, and that they can’t be prevented from so doing,.

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A Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. move brings good tidings for bowing out barangay officials, as well as other 9-year serving staff members, but who have reached age 60 .

The Senate has approved on second reading Senate Bill No.12 seeking to grant retirement benefits for barangay (village) officials and workers. The Marcos-authored measure provides a retirement pay of P100,000 for each qualified barangay chairman, P80,000 for each Member of the Sangguniang Barangay, and P50,000 each for the Barangay Treasurer, Secretary, Barangay Tanod, Member of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa and Barangay Health and Day Care Workers. (TMT)

Bill sponsor Marcos noted that while barangay officials and workers are serving in the front lines, delivering basic and other public services, they are only receiving measly benefits.

“Their dedication and contribution to public service without monthly salaries but with only honoraria, allowances or other emoluments deserves more than mere recognition,” Marcos said.

As proposed, a barangay official or worker must be at least 60 years old and with at least 9 years of service to be eligible to receive the retirement benefits.

Marcos expressed confidence, the Senate will approve this measure within the remaining days of their session.

So far, based on these criteria, the National Barangay Operations Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has determined that as of June 7, 2013, some 95,616 are qualified for the benefits out of the 1,849,232 total number of barangay officials and workers in the country.

On that basis, P5.2 billion is needed to pay for the retirement of the initial number of qualified barangay officials and workers,” Marcos said.

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Some more good news. And expectedly, this will be the messiahnic solution to the city’s power problem.

A group of Filipino-French investors (Ecoglobal Inc.) has chosen Zamboanga City to be the hub of the country’s first ever and Southeast Asia’s largest solar energy plant with a power generation capacity of 100 megawatts.

The Zamboanga Economic Zone property in Barangay Talisayan, west of this city was named as it plant site.

And the news is not a dream. Its construction is expected to  begin very soon in just about a week’s time or two, with  a proximate target date for completion on or before March 2016.

Earlier, according to Jean-Philippine Henry, chief executive officer (CEO) of Ecoglobal Inc., married to Mercedes Zobel, a member of one of the country’s prominent families, the solar power farm at Zambo Ecozone will start with 30mw and will gradually increase its capacity to 100mw then it will peak at 300mw, but this time with the combination of wind energy. He said a wind mapping has been conducted and they found out that the wind coming to the city is more than enough source of energy, and that will be their next project after the solar.  (With reports from DZT)

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LP Presidential bet Mar Roxas does have a good sense of humor, after all.

He just proved that he can take a snipe at a rival when the opportunity arises.

Very recently, UNA Presidential bet, VP Jojo Binay was reported to have explained to students in a forum, the difference between graft and corruption.

When asked to comment on the report, Roxas blurted out, “Vice President Jejomar Binay? He’s an expert on graft and corruption.” (PDI)

That is what this corner terms as impromptu humor. Unless it was pre-arranged. But the story as told, the interview was an ambush one. Let’s give it to him this time.

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Shooting incidents in Zamboanga City have reached at an alarming level. The 100th mark for the year 2015 has been recorded, after a businessman and a woman were shot to death while another was wounded in two separate shooting incidents at the Old Public Market in Magay Street and Don Toribio Street, Barangay Tetuan, respectively the other day.

Police Station 11 commander Superintendent Diomarie Albarico told Zamboanga Today that Tuttuh Unding, a businessman engaged in buy and sell of wristwatch, and a resident of Barangay Talon-Talon, this city, is one of the latest victim. He was gunned down at the downtown market.

Meanwhile, a woman was found dead with a gunshot wound in her head inside Sta. Cruz Public Cemetery. She was identified as Catalina Nicken, of legal age, married, and a resident of Nuñez Extension, Barangay Camino Nuevo, this city. (With reports filed by Eugene Lasprillas, ZT)