Poe, Duterte are in luck’s way PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 January 2016 11:44

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

The Basilan Police killed a suspected Abu Sayyaf bomber in a shootout right in the militant group’s stronghold when serving an arrest warrant issued by a competent court.

Insp. Gean Gallardo, Lamitan City Police chief, identified the subject as Haji Jabier Pinglias, who was named as behind the planting of bombs in Lamitan City, Basilan.

Gallardo said Pinglias, upon seeing the lawmen, drew a gun from a belt bag and opened fire at the lawmen triggerring the exchange of fire.

Confiscated from Pinglias’ possession were a .45 caliber pistol, several improvised explosive device parts, a battery with wires and two plastic sachets containing methamphetamine hydrochloride or commonly known in the Philippines as shabu and ice.

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“The malls did not just sprout or come out all of a sudden” - Dist. 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat.

Friends That opt-repeated statement can infer only one point.

That no one should arrogate unto him/herself the seeming favorable business climate that prevails in Zamboanga and entices investors to put up shopping malls in the city.

Rightly, the onset of the present malls saw blue-printing during the tenure of then mayor, now Cong. Lobregat.

In his SOCA, the latter enumerated the several malls that are now majestically standing in this city. These include Mindpro, Budgetwise, Yubenco-Putik, Southway Square, and Gateway Shoppers’ Center.

In the same forum, he also listed KCC Mall de Zamboanga and Yubenco-Tetuan as to have been born in his time. The only mall missed in his enumerations was City Mall, but as we notice, the latter rose even before KCC. The same must also have been initiate under his last term as mayor.

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Well, well, lookie here, former Zamboanga City Police Director Mario Yanga must be mouthing a similar point on a different angle, though.

In solving the city’s problems, Yanga came out publicly with this statement, “The bottom line is political will” He particularly cited the need for more serious efforts by City Hall if it wants to solve the problem on overcharging.

Now, now, now. That statement also can infer only one point.

That our present mayor has no political will. How else would one interpret that declaration?

He goes on, “Local government should coordinate with different agencies and not merely relegate the problem to the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB)” Yanga said.

Whew..! Such sweeping statement, as this corner sees it.

Now, this one—in any visible form - is a lecture, conjectured as his tenor connotes. Yanga said that “the local chief executive should call a meeting among these agencies to give them a firm guidance to solve the overcharging problem. The directive, once given, should be strictly monitored to be able to implement a more successful drive.”

He did not stop there, and we could gone on and on, but due to space constraints, for us to also touch on other matters, this keyboardist suggests, get a copy of  the Daily Zamboanga    Times. This item was lifted from its pages.

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Management of the Zamboanga City Water District never tires in seeking ways to further improve the city’s water production facilities.

It was reported that two groups of officials looking to extend help to the ongoing project in Pamucutan yesterday toured  the 50 million-liters-day Prime water bulk production facility in the city’s west coast.

The tour apprised the visiting officials of the progress of work of the Villar Group-financed project which is envisioned to come on stream middle of this year.

One group was headed by ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez, along with experts from the Florida Water facility, who are tied up on a mentoring program with the local water firm and members of the Be Secure Project of the USAID.

The other group consisted of Chris Pettit and Maurice Tobon, experts from Florida, Yolly Gomez of Water Links, Cagayan de Oro Water District Director Joel Baldelovar and some members of the UNICEF group.

Zamboanga City Water District is currently engaged in four major infrastructure projects worth 1.7 million pesos.

These combined is expected to improve potable water delivery to 56 barangays service areas with over 55 thousand active connections. (ZCWD PR)

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Both Sen. Grace Poe and and ex-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are in luck’s way. They have caught up with the printing deadline.

Owing to that, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has included in its initial official certified list of presidential candidates Poe and Duterte even if the disqualification cases filed against them are still pending.

The other presidential candidates are Vice President JejomarBinay, Sen. Miriam-Defensor Santiago, former Interior secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and OFW party-list Rep. Roy Señeres..

The poll body also listed six candidates for Vice President - Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honasan, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Antonio Trillanes 4th and Rep. Maria Leonor Robredo.

And there are, 52 candidates fighting for the 12 Senate positions. (TMT)

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Military officers in Mindanao announced the recent surrender of seven alleged Abu Sayyaf rebels  in Basilan where security forces are pursuing the jihadist group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Major General Gerardo Barrientos, Jr. commander of the 1st Infantry Division and anti-terror Joint Task Group ZAMBASULTA (Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) said the rebels surrendered to Colonel Rolando Joselito Bautista, Philippine Army commander in Basilan, in two batches on January 18 and 19.

The rebels admitted that fighting the government and enduring hard life in the mountains is a lost cause. They also turned over their weapons – four automatic rifles, a grenade launcher and a pistol.

Bautista attributed the surrender to the help of the populace and the local government of Ungkaya Pukan.

It was not immediately known whether the rebels would be criminally charged or pardoned, but the Aquino government has made no peace offer or amnesty to the Abu Sayyaf.

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The return on 23rd January of the Filipina Miss Universe will be in grand fashion.

It will start with a motorcade from Makati City to Quezon City that is predicted to certainly trigger traffic gridlocks, and Motorists are advised to bear with the inconvenience as the country has not produced a Miss Universe for more than four decades now.

It will be preceded by a brief news conference at the airport.

Airport officials said Wurtzbach will be treated like a queen upon her arrival as she will be allowed usage of the Presidential Lounge of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, where only Presidents could use.

On Monday, January 25, Wurtzbach will make a courtesy call in Malacañang and the Senate.

A second parade is scheduled, following her Malacañang and Senate visits.

The reigning queen will ride a carosa (carriage) for her grand homecoming parade that will start at 2 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. (With TMT reports)

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The  jackpot prize in the Grand Lotto 6/55 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for Saturday has risen to P140 million, after nobody won in last Wednesday’s draw with a jackpot prize of P133 million.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said nobody hit the winning combination 06-41-40-08-13-27.

But some 28 bettors bagged the second prize of P56,440.

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It is only but proper that Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. called on officials of the Social Security System (SSS) to step down because of their failure to properly manage the firm’s funds.

On the same breath, he urged Malacañang to appoint capable people to the agency and not to utilize the sensitive posts as rewards to political allies.

Possibly for lack of managerial skills, he noted that these officials invested SSS funds in assets that are not earning.

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A narcotics raiding team, netting some 60 kilograms of shabu worth P320 million and various laboratory equipment used in manufacturing illegal drugs, surprisingly turned up catching a big fish.

Marines Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, who used to head the PDEA Special Enforcement Service was nabbed inside the shabu laboratory.

He gained prominence for his role in the arrest of the “Alabang Boys” in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City and Quezon City, in September 20, 2008 over ecstasy (A prohibited sex stimulant).

The case was, however, dismissed due to technicality but the allegations of corruption at the PDEA and the judiciary became its stigma. (With MB stories)