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Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:53

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

No wonder then why City Hall hammers on policemen and all other law-enforcers are made to concentrate on minor violations of laws — instead of being hard-tasked to more serious concerns - such as drug busting, to name one.

Raising revenues alone is suspect.

This can be gleaned from a prideful City Hall report, “The continuous drive against erring motorized tricycle drivers and operators in the city in 2015 generated a total of P1.5 million in income from administrative fines imposed on violators.”

The TAB has also intensified its crackdown against violators of Ordinance 185 on field with the help and assistance of personnel from City Administrator’s office and the local police. It has also requested Mayor Beng Climaco to mobilize barangay tanods and police stations in the barangays to help in the campaign. (Press release)

See the point?

Raise some P1.5 million, and let the illegal trade, criminality and such other serious offense flourish.

P1.5 m a year as against the thousands upon thousands of lives destroyed or make a messed up?

That is Zamboanga management for you.

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Try this for size. The administration has all the while been trying to ram down our throat the Aquino-brokered Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Yet, all the while, the pungent BBL had incorporated all pro-separatist provisions and left out substantive ones unfavorable to the latter in their substitute Bangsamoro Law on Autonomous Region (BLBAR).

This is what we gather from the most recent point raised by Dist. 1 Cong. Celso L. Lobregat during his Turno en Contra on plenary session in the halls of the Lower House.

One such provision we refer to is the decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces, as a condition for the normalization process

Without such provision that is found in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, government would never have the clout to disarm the rebels.

Rightly so, as Lobregat questioned, without such a provision, the MILF could forever hold on to their forearms.

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All eyes here, please. President Benigno S. Aquino III spent about P50 billion of taxpayers’ money on his campaign to get the insane Bangsamoro Basic Law enacted into law, documents as well as sources in government disclosed.

So, wrote the prolific Rigoberto Tiglao.

The money, he said, was spent on efforts to convince the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to agree to the BBL, generate support from traditional Muslim politicians and for Congress to pass it into law before Aquino steps down from power.

“With that kind of money, we thought BBL was unstoppable,” a source in government said. “But even the legislators we thought were already deep in our pockets found the Mamasapano massacre a perfect excuse to withdraw their support,” he added.

Tiglao termed the Aquino (mis?)deed as a criminal waste of taxpayers’ money, spent as it was on a drive to get the BBL passed.

All these, Tiglao added, simply because of the President’s naiveté that the MILF would lay down its arms, hanging on to a megalomaniac greed that he would win the Nobel Peace Prize that eluded his mother.

Tiglao was specific, pointing to the breakdown of the P50 billion that went down the drain along with his BBL delusion is as follows:

First, the P10 billion hijacked from the 2011 Budget through the so-called Disbursement Allocation Plan (DAP), which according to a Malacañang October 2011 press release would be used for what it termed “Comprehensive Peace and Intervention Package.

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The banner program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (Setup), has further stepped up.

DOST Regional Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano said their budget has been upped by P15 million, 37.5 percent higher from the P40 million in 2015, raising it to P55 million for 2016.

With that addition, Manzano said, her office may surely work for the upkeep, growth and development of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region.

Manzano added, they have so far assisted 40 MSMEs in 2015 in the region, which contributed to the creation of 748 new jobs.

Overall, she said, the DOST’s Setup has assisted 231 firms with total funding support of P158.94 million in 15 years of implementation in the region, which resulted to the employment of 25,053 people.

She said the Setup is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting MSMEs to adopt technology innovations to improve operations and boost productivity and competitiveness.

Through this program, she said the MSMEs can address technical and production problems through DOST interventions such as: system improvement, upgrading of equipment to improve productivity, product development, with better product quality, manpower development—training on the operation and maintenance of equipment, basic sanitation and hygiene and good manufacturing practices, and process improvement—technical consultancy on proper plant lay-outing.

She said Setup focuses on priority sectors such as: food processing, gifts, housewares, decors, marine and aquatic resources, horticulture and agriculture, metals and engineering, health products, services and pharmaceuticals, and Information Communication Technology and electronics. (Bong Garcia-sourced)

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Erwin Tulfo likens the corrupt in government to traffic aides mulcting motorists amid the perennial traffic mess, which is actually a microcosm of the corrupt government we have.

Public officials at both national and local levels are no different from the traffic enforcers who extort from drivers they flag down for the most frivolous citation.

Conversely, he added, the rampant kotong or hulidap racket is no different from the pork barrel scam and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) pulled off by Noynoy Aquino and his shrewd bagman Butch Abad.

Tulfo also branded the Aquino government one that failed to deliver its promise of good governance under the sham matuwid na daan (straight path).

Capitalizing on his mother Cory’s demise, Noynoy ran on a campaign promise, “Hindi ako magnanakaw!” (I am not a thief)

But what he has delivered, he said, is exactly the opposite - massive irregularities and plunder of public funds by his closest aides and cronies, particularly congressional appropriations.

He went after his political and personal enemies in a shameless vendetta, targeting first then-Chief Justice Renato Corona, less than a year after the Supreme Court ordered implementation of agrarian reform in Aquino-owned Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, (one that is tilted in favor of the Cojuangcos).

Known to all, Noynoy has jailed three senators linked to the pork barrel scam or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which Janet Lim-Napoles herself said actually involved a number the President’s allies in Congress.

He further breathed fire, saying, there are those notorious Cabinet members, who have figured in massive irregularities, including Budget Secretary Abad, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina.

They have remained in office and fleeced the country’s treasury despite their clear incompetence in the performance of duties.

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It is turning out that Former Interior and Local Government chief Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, administration standard-bearer in the 2016 elections, can also spit fire. Watch.

In Pilipino he ranted at Vice President Jejomar Binay, “I ... am not capable of promising heaven and earth just to get your votes…”

And added, “Stealing is something that he ... does. If he stole from Makati City, he’ll do the same for the entire Philippines. We can’t be at his pity.”

Roxas instead challenged Binay to face allegations of corruption.

In May 2015, the Court of Appeals ordered Binay’s assets of P600 million frozen in connection with an investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman of the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building 2 worth P2.28 billion.

In October 2015, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales also ordered Binay’s son, Erwin, dismissed as Makati City (Metro Manila) mayor and perpetually disqualified him from holding public office over grave misconduct and serious dishonesty also in connection with Building 2.