ERC action: Handiwork of Celso PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:26

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Dogged representations made by District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat proved a success as he announced over the weekend what is termed as a breaking pronouncement relative to the persistent power problem pestering the city. That is that the ERC acted favorably in issuing a Provisional Authority to ZAMCELCO to enter into a Power Sales Agreement (PSA) with Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC), a diesel-powered plant based in Barangay Sangali for the purchase of some 50 Megawatts electricity for the Coop.

Lobregat personally handed over the ERC documents to ZAMCELCO Board of Directors Chairman Omar Sahi and OIC-General Manager Engr. Eduardo Ancheta for them to have the first hand information about the issued provisionary authority and act on it immediately.

And subject application for provisionary authority on the power sales of ZAMCELCO and WMPC as approved (by the ERC), was confirmed by Mr. Omar Sahi, ZAMCELCO board president in a press conference attended by WMPC officials and board of directors yesterday.

Sahi credited Lobregat for helping the City’s electric cooperative in securing the ERC’s approval of PSA, saying that that was the handiwork of the congressman.

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There is a glimmer of  hope that the disqualification case versus Sen. Grace Poe may be resolved in a day or two.

The early move of the Supreme Court (SC) to act on the disqualification proceedings against Sen. Grace Poe looms as the clincher.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has included the disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe in the calendar of the Supreme Court special session tomorrow, December 16, a well-placed source of The Manila Times in the SC disclosed.

In accommodating the matter, seemingly, the originally scheduled December 16 date set to resolve the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States and on whether to lift a temporary restraining order on the “No bio, no boto” case involving the Commission on Elections (Comelec) may have both been postponed to a later date.

The SC ruling on Poe is final and executory.

If the SC rules in Poe’s favor, she will be very lucky. She is officially accepted as a candidate, and her name will definitely be printed on the ballots. But if negative, permanently, she’s out. Sorry for her.

The Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte fate appears different, though. And seemingly in his favor even as his fate remains on the balance.

The Comelec en banc is expected to meet today to discuss the disqualification cases against presidential hopefuls, Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, among others.

The point is, Duterte’s case is scheduled for hearing today, yes. But even if he is ruled disqualified, Duterte may still elevate the matter to the SC. And Comelec will be left with no choice but to include his name on the ballot, as the matter may dra on for long in the SC. And Comelec also has schedules to meet in printing the ballots.

Lucky Rody Do Dirty.

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Here is one other development that would lead to the early final resolution of Poe’s fate.

Also expected to be discussed by the en banc is the final list of candidates for the May 2016 polls.

While the Comelec is set to release the final list of candidates tomorrow, December 15, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said it is possible that they will release a provisional final list of candidates on Tuesday.

His words, “It’s possible that we will already input whatever names that are already final and then just add names later… we are studying that.” (MB)

Bautista said they may also extend their self-imposed deadline of December 15 for the final list of candidates, and that is under study, considering that the printing of ballots is set for sometime in January.

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One other quote. For the record.

Tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is breathing fire. And is furious on Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II over government’s so-so response in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“… pag-magkita kami sa isang kanto dito sa kampanya, sampalin ko yang gagong yan (if we meet in some corner on the campaign trail, I will slap that idiot),”

Such were Duterte’s tussling invective during a thanksgiving dinner for Taguig’s partners in progress at the Bonifacio Global City on Friday night. Again, cousin Jet’s favorite axiom, Jet’s favorite line again, “Of fleeting thoughts and passing fancy.”

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This is one event of a life-time. Music icons Jose Mari Chan and Jack Jones in one concert, that is

Chan said the two of them personally picked the songs for their upcoming concert. The repertoire includes “Wives And Lovers,” a song that earned Jones a Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance.

The duo, it was said, will also do some unchoreographed dancing, explaining that most of his songs are ballads; and in ballads, one just stands on stage and walk around, smiling.

Chan also disclosed, Jones will perform his signature hits, some well-loved cover tunes and tracks from his latest CD “Seriously Frank,” which pays tribute to what would have been the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra.

The Filipino singer-songwriter also said they will perform “old songs” because that’s what people like to hear from them. He recalled performing new songs in one of his concerts but the audience ended up asking for his classics.

The concert will be held on Dec. 29 and 30 at the Kia Theatre is for the benefit of the Special Action Force (SAF 44) who died in Mamasapano, Maguindanao early this year. (With reports from the MB)

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Zamboanga City is truly blessed. While this corner even expressed hopes for some drops of rains amidst the announced entry of Typhoon Nonoy, renamed to Nona (international name: “Melor”).

But from what we experience, not a sign of any inclement weather is anywhere in sight even as Nona intensified into a severe tropical storm and barreled toward the country yesterday, raising storm signals in Eastern Visayas and Bicol and threatening disaster-prone areas in the east coast with giant waves, flooding and landslides as it is expected to make landfall this afternoon.

Meanwhile, OCD Chief Alexander Pama told a meeting of rescue officials, not to underestimate the dangers posed by this storm. Storm surges, or giant crashing waves, are also a risk in some areas, said Pama, who is also executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). (With reports from MB)

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Provided it is not intended for any joint offensives, here is a welcome development.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) started last Saturday brokering initiatives to reunite the divided forces of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), its former mother unit, in an apparent move to muster greater pressure on the national government for the creation of a Bangsamoro autonomous entity.

This is so because if the government grants significant favors to the MILF, it will infuriate the MNLF, the initiator of the muslim separatist movement.

Even Ghadzali Jaafar has expressed feelings that the MILF feels that the perceived “lack of political will” by the government is rooted on the disunity within MNLF ranks, which could have something to do with the shabby treatment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress Jaafar said. Jaafar was referring to the “divided” MNLF forces of Nur Misuari, Abulkhayr Alonto, and Muslimin Sema, who now all sit as chairmen of their groups.