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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:10

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

Table Talk is apologizing for an honest mistake in mispelling the first name of Turkey’s president as Yipyip. It it should have been Tayyip Erdogan. Sorry to his Excellency for the mistake and to the Turkish community in Zamboanga. No offense meant.

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Last Monday night at Hanazono Japanese Restaurant and the regular weekly winding day of busy members of the exclusive Hanazono Boys, interesting topics in business and local and national politics were the “table talk” of the night. Almost all seats at the Hanazono bar, the regular table of the boys, were taken. In business, the cheap price of groceries, meat and poultry products at the KCC Mall was the hottest topic. The boys went on saying that other malls in the city should keep pace with KCC or lose a huge chunk of the city’s daily business which they have been monopolizing for many years. One very surprising topic and that is so advantageous to local vegetable farmers in the city is  KCC’s reported plan to buy all the produce of the city’s vegetable farmers directly to eliminate third party buyers that is the primary cause of over priced vegetables sold in public markets. Third party buyers make more profit in the vegetable business while the farmers who actually do the dirty job of planting vegetables are always at the losing end, because third parties or middlemen can manipulate the buying prices of vegetables. So sad why this has been planned only recently while for many, many years local vegetable farmers are bearing the brunt of the burden in the vegetable industry.

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One very surprising, but interesting topic that night was, during KCC’s opening day, their grocery department alone grossed a sale of P30 million on the first day of business. Although unconfirmed but a whooping P30 million a day only in one department alone, is a history. This also shows the gravity and worth of the local Zamboanga citizens buying power. This might also be the reason why other national chain of malls in the country want to open a branch in the city and most of all, Zamboanga is wealthy, because practically all banks in the country have their branches here. It has been said over 50 banks are operating in the city and practically all streets in the center of the city has a commercial bank operating. Allegedly, during the almost one month MNLF siege in the city, the city’s business community had lost hundreds of millions of pesos a day in lost business transactions. Also allegedly at the public wharf, it is estimated that over P100 million daily change hands. Allegedly too, almost one billion pesos is circulating daily in the city. Commercial banks in the city have reported that there are more transactions on saving rather that withdrawal and loans. This situation is beautiful to hear that even those who seek autonomy for their region is fighting “tooth and nail” to get Zamboanga City as part of their planned autonomous area.

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In the political scene: For the presidency, almost all believe that right now only three presidentiables are vying for the highest position of the country. They are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, VP Binay and Senator Grace Poe if she will not be disqualified. The administration candidate DILG Secretary Mar Roxas is out of the contest right now but remains to be the “darkest horse” and may even win if the administration of President Aquino will employ dirty tactics during the election and tamper the results. If not Mar Roxas is a sure loser as seen from the negative comments about him nationwide.Two negative factors of Mar Roxas, is the declining popularity of the President and his wife broadcast and television journalist Korina Sanchez. Many Filipinos don’t accept her to be a future first lady. In fact right now, ABS-CBN suspended her in her broadcasting job.  Allegedly her negativity affected the ratings of ABS-CBN.

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In the local political scene: Political pundits agree that newcomer former police general Mario Biong Yanga and District 1 congressional candidate Crisanto dela Cruz are gaining followers everyday. They cannot determine who will win after the elections but they say the two oppositionists will give the incumbents a hard fight in the polls but still they remain to reckon with because they have huge campaign and financial support from the administration. The danger is, if the voters are enlightened and decide not to sell their votes because they want change. If Secretary Mar Roxas will not click with the voters even at all cost, it goes down to his candidates, and Zamboanga City has always been supporting the opposition. Only President Erap, an administration candidate, won in the city, but, again former President Erap, now city mayor of Manila, is inclined to support Duterte for the presidency and Bongbong Marcos for the VP. This is a new twist in Zamboanga Politics.

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Scoop: These opinions are gleaned from concerned citizens of the city and the truth will be out as the campaign period will climax in the coming few months. The boys will be separated from the men during these campaign period and the tactless will be known. Agree or disagree.