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Saturday, 06 February 2016 11:37

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Three employees of the City Assessor’s office were found guilty of grave misconduct in office for acts contrary to civil service law.

Two were dismissed from office and one was slapped with a six-month suspension.

Fired were Engr. Vicente Pascua, Local Assessment Operation Officer II and head of the Appraisal Division and Arnold Santos, Administrative Aide II.

Under suspension is Engr. Eduard Zon Estandian, Local Assessment Operation Officer I.

Estandian and Santos, upon instrctions of Pacua, were found to have presented to taxpayers Isabela Galvez and Carmelita Galvez the prepared FAAS (Field Appraisal and Assessment Sheet) with a high tax assessment of P90,000 per year for their building situated in Sampaguita Road, Guiwan and demanded and later received the amount of P15,000 in return for lowering the tax liability to P10,000 per year.

The findings were unearthed by a three-man probe body chaired by Atty. Alexander Elias with Dr. Mario Arriola and Jane Bascar, Ph.D. as members.

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District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat attributes to politics, the move to oust Councilor Ismael Musa as the mandatory representative of the Zamboanga City Indigenous People Council of Leaders in the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) has affirmed a resolution adopted by the Zamboanhga City Indigenuous Peoples (ZCIP) last Aug. 20, 2015 seeking to oust Musa as their mandatory representative in the city’s legislative body.

In turn, Musa had officially received the corresponding communication from the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) on Feb. 1, 2016, signed by NCIP Regional Director Timuay Woy Lim P. Wong.

Musa said, the ZCIPC resolution cited loss of confidence and their objection to his entry as a member of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP). In its rsolution, the ZCIPC claims that the their group is supposed to be apolitical.

Musa claimed, before he swore in as a card-bearing LDP member, he was being courted by the Administration’s Liberal Party, but he turned a deaf ear to it.

Musa stands pat on his decision to join the LDP, explaining that he saw in the LDP a good track record of performance especially under the leadership of Congressman Lobregat.

What surprises him, he said is, a day before he took his oath, he had consulted the Council of Leaders one by one, and they have given him the free hand to decide which party he would choose to affiliate with.

And accordingly, among those who gave their nod are the very people now moving for his ouster.

He revealed, as a consequence of his political move, the mayor has - in effect - been adversarial on him, to the point of denying him the privilege to travel on official business.

That is plain discrimination, as it is simple harassment.

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This corner gives credit to where credit is due. So on this, we tip off our hat to Mayor Beng Climaco, who had reiterated her policy that does not allow the presence of any Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members in Zamboanga City, especially if they are carrying firearms.

And that suits us fine.

The chief executive issued the statement following the incident weeks ago when MNLF members from neighboring provinces came over to the city on their way to attend an event or assembly in Sulu.

What we just do not know, is if they were armed, she had said the local police and military authorities had to “escort” the MNLFs from the boundary in the east coast to the port where they boarded a boat bound for Jolo, Sulu.

If they were armed, they have been barred from passing through. Don’t you think?

Climaco simply turned her ire on the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) instead, saying the OPAPP should coordinate and/or inform the local government units (LGUs) with regard to the presence and/or activity of either the MNLF or the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

She further said OPAPP should have come up with a policy “because it’s really confusing to us, we were the ones that suffered from the MNLF attack and no one is serving the arrest warrant of Nur Misuari in Sulu.

She lamented the OPAPP has not been doing its job and “it should be abolished.”

Climaco also appealed to the people of Zamboanga not to panic if they see any augmentation or movement of troops. (With DZT reports)

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Two lawmakers blasted the House leadership for the abrupt adjournment of the session on Wednesday apparently to suppress moves to override the President’s veto of the proposed Social Security System (SSS) pension hike.

They are Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Rep. Lito Atienza, who showed pity to Senior citizens groups that trooped to the House in hopes that lawmakers would listen to their request to override the veto but the chamber adjourned suddenly without giving proponents of the override molve a chance to air their proposal.

Atienza, Buhay party-list representative, condemned what he called as the political bullying at the House.

He particularly vented his ire on Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd who terminated the proceedings.

He expressed disgust on his disrespect for the elders who had been waiting in the gallery for over three (3) hours.

Atienza also deplored the rude manner the were treated. Right after adjournment, electricity was impolitely cut, shutting off the lights and sound system.

Marcos, who backed moves in the Senate to override the veto of the SSS pension hike bill, noted that senators cannot pre-empt the House of Representatives on the veto move, as the bill had emanated from the latter.

House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares, the author of the SSS pension increase for retirees, was requesting that the session continue when the adjournment was insolently decreed. (With TMT feeds)

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Senator Grace Poe has at last flatly expressed belief that she she could be the daughter of the late strongman, Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Poe was responding to questions on how she was coping with wide-spread rumors that she is an illegitimate child of the former president and her aunt, Rosemarie Sonora, whose family, she said, has been offended by the talks circulating in social circles.

Found abandoned in a church in Jaro, Iloilo, and later adopted by the showbiz couple, the late Fernando “FPJ” Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, Poe said the issue has really been “a point of contention” and she has apologized to family members who have been dragged into the issue.

A candidate for president, Poe admitted that so far there hasn’t been any positive development with the DNA tests she has conducted with the potential blood relatives who have agreed to be medically checked for parental lineage.

However, in the event of a positive blood matching result between her and Sen. Marcos, Poe said she would still attribute her life to the couple that raised her. (TMT-sourced)

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It’s a good thing, the national government is also moving to help curb the effects of El Niño.

The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) reports, it has allocated P25.9 million for nationwide cloud-seeding operations amid the intensifying impact of drought on crops.

With this developmenmt then on our local leaders need to lobby with the SRA so that the program would surely included our city.

See? Reading on, this news story - picked from MB, carries this itemized allocations. Zamboanga City is missing on the list. “For Negros and Panay alone, at least P7.4 million was allotted by the agency, for a total of 60 hours each.

SRA said focus areas in Luzon cover Batangas, Camarines Sur, Tarlac, Pampanga and Cagayan Valley, while the Mindanao areas covered include Davao del Sur and Cotabato.”

So, where would that leave us, if our leaders will not make the needed representations?

Likewise, it is said, El Niño could also affect at least 100,000 municipal fishermen in 58 provinces in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities.

And we also have a large bulk of fisherfolk here.

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Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile on Thursday has announced his suport for the candicacy of his party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), led by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Enrile said he would also help Binay’s running mate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan II, but advanced the onformation that he cannot assure Honasan of his suport in his very own Cagayan province, because of the tendency of the people there to choose a fellow Ilocano.

Very likely, he was referring to the preferrential VP bet as Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong Marcos, jr.

He also said he told Honasan that he would try his best to help him in his region, but could not guarantee the support of residents there, adding that realistically, Ilocanos have that culture that if an Ilocano is running for higher office, they gravitate to him. Recall, Enrile had earleir endorsed the candidacy of Marcos Jr., when he showed up at Marcos’ proclamation.

“I am with UNA and I will campaign for the candidates of UNA,” Enrile said in a Senate forum.

“I am for Binay. I will bet on Binay. Why would I bet on someone who will lose?” he said later. (PDI-sourced)

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