Zambo City athletes demoralized PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:11

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Kudos to whoever wrote that item in DZT yesterday, which disclosed the alleged shabby treatment of the city’s athletes, who failed to snatch the championship after monopolizing year in and year out.

What struck me was the article’s title to this effect, “Dump Truck for City’s Finest Athletes”

Dump truck? For City’s finest athletes? Strange, it registered with me. Don’t you think so”

Finest and yet, deserving of only a dump truck?

As we read on, it turned out that the story highlighted the demoralization of our athletes who competed in the recently-concluded Regional Palaro Athletic Meet  in Zamboanga Del Norte.

Palaro, one will note, is a competition of “the best among the best” athletes in the region.

And yet, the writer said, “… the city’s contingent of ‘care givers’ for our athletes had some terrible lapses, from food preparation, accommodation and transportation, to condition our athletes to do their best in the contest for glory and victory.

And these lapses, he/she said, turned out to dishearten the passion of our “champions” to garner more honors for the city.

As written, other athletic delegations from neighboring provinces were manifestly given the best by their respective provincial governments and it paid off preciously because their spirits were so perked up.

With that,  Zamboanga City — the defending champion for years — lost the crown for the city.

The regional championship - repeat, ours for years - was stripped from us by the Province of Zamboanga Del Sur.

Accordingly, the main cause for the city’s defeat is government’s no show of concern to our athletic delegation, sent to compete for glory outside the city.

We further give prominence to the writer’s view that it may serve as an eye-opener for out city officials. “… we (The City government) relegated to the sidelines the most important and basic aspect - the sports development. Budget and assistance for the city’s sports development are so negligible that sports official shave to beg for more assistance and only approved after undergoing embarrassing situation, “like a mendicant begging for alms from the stingy Mr. Scrooge”.

Per account, handling of the athletes was despicable. “Our athletes should not be fed a prisoner’s meal.

As the venue of the sports competition was a distance away from their lodging houses, our athletes were allegedly ferried on cargo dump trucks, such that of a cargo of sand and gravel.

Other provincial athletes were transported in buses.

Thus, then that justifies the article title. Well laid down, writing-pal.

Satirically, the writer said, “They say Zamboanga City is a rich city, the “Dubai” of the South, what happened to the city’s tourist buses? Only for picnics and for “fiestas and Araws”? (Dias, actually. Obsernaces for the day).

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The city’s first and only senator, the late Roseller T. Lim was fitted to a tribute on 9th February in simple yet fitting ceremonies highlighting not only his legacy but also marking his 101st birth anniversary.

Dubbed as Dia de Roseller T. Lim, the activity kicked off with a 4 pm commemorative mass at the Carmelite Monastery Chapel, proceeded by a 5 pm program at the Sen. R.T. Lim monument, Normal Road in Baliwasan.

The tribute was concluded with the awards rites to Five Outstanding Zamboangueño Youth Leaders (FOZYL) at the Astoria Celebrity Hall at 7 pm. FOZYL is a collaborative effort of the JCI Zamboanga and the local government and confers awards to 5 deserving young Zamboangueños and community leaders who best exhibit the traits of leadership, excellence, civic responsibility and community service as exemplified by the late senator.

Honorees as five of the most outstanding young leaders in the City were Arnold Ferolino, Kenneth Al-John Abas, Arthur Joshua Rodriguez, Nafieza Mohammad, and Raemond Angelo Karagdag .

Roseller T. Lim, was born on Feb. 9, 1915. He was a member of the House of Representatives for six years and the Philippine Senate for eight years. He passed away due to heart attack on July 5, 1976 at the age of 61. (DZT-sourced)

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Choosing their own starting points, the different political camps vying for national positions have all hit the campaign trail. Sourced from the TMT, let’s take a look on each one’s buena mano move. (luck-seeking start).

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer and Vice President Jejomar Binay started his on Tuesday by baring his four-point agenda, which includes abolition of income tax on workers earning P30,000 and below per month.

His choice venue was the Wellfareville Compound in Mandaluyong City, where he spoke before thousands of slum dwellers.

Binay’s kickoff speech also delved on the “sins” of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III which, he said, failed to improve the lives of millions of poor Filipinos.

Binay vowed to give free books, uniforms and other school supplies to 20 million poor students enrolled in public schools, a given when in Makati where served long as mayor.

He said he will expand coverage of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program, stressing, “Do not believe such lies attributed to me that I will stop 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program). We will not only continue it, we shall expand it to include those aged 60 to 64 and many of our countrymen,” Binay added.

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The Santiago-Marcos tandem had its grand start in Batac, Ilocos Norte, home ground of the Marcoses, which is part of the acknowledged Solid North - a given victory to Bongbong Marcos - which even Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, a supporter of rival Sen. Chiz Escudero, concedes.

Standard bearer, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, delivered a very brief speech for a presidential candidate, but the message was not lost in the brevity of it.

Santiago vowed to imprison all corrupt officials, especially those who plundered the pork barrel, which the Supreme Court declared illegal.

Bursting in Pilipino, she said, there are first class, business class, ordinary jails from where they can choose, but all of them are going to prison.

Santiago, who is said to be battling lung cancer, added that her running mate, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., is ready to succeed her if she will not be able to finish her term as President.

The feisty senator took potshots at her opponents in the presidential race, some of whom she accused of early campaigning.

And how she entertained the crowd with her impromptu lines!

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Ex-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte began his presidential campaign by firing a salvo against the Aquino administration, saying corruption and criminality is prevalent because President Benigno Aquino III did nothing to stop these problems.

He vowed to cleanse the government of corruption and put a stop to the drug menace if he wins the presidential seat.

There is no straight path to speak of. There is no path, he said during the PDP-Laban’s kick-off rally in Tondo, Manila.

If he wins the presidency, he said I will order the military and the police to kill them all (criminals), no more talks,” he said in Filipino. He added, should they be charged, he will assume responsibility.

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Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd vowed to stop corruption if elected as President in May.

Stop corruption? All the while, drumbeaters kept saying, Pres. Aquino was true to his word, “Walang mahirap kung walang corap. (There are no “needies”, if there is no corruption.).

A plain and simple admission that corruption in the Aquino regime was rampant, never addressed.

Anyway, back to Mar, who enumerated his platform - creating jobs, giving farmers and fisherfolk access to loans, increasing infrastructure spending, investing in post-harvest facilities, expanding PhilHealth coverage and continuing the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.

President Benigno Aquino III and several Cabinet members attended the event.

Also present was Roxas’ running mate, Rep. Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur.

Aquino noted that Roxas has “competence, integrity and proven track record.”

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On the part of TMT, for the vice presidential race, it became evident that it’s fair-haired boy in Sen. Bongbong Marcos. Writing about all presidential hopefuls, it carried only one for the VP bets - Marcos.

It quoted Marcos to have vowed to put an end to political divisions that, he said, had hindered the full development of the country during his Buena mano” vice presidential bid.

Speaking in Pilipino, Marcos prided, “The reason why I started my campaign here (Batac) is that my fellow Ilocanos showed unity. Solid North! This helped us, this showed us that we can be united but it should not be limited to the Solid North, our unity should be nationwide],” Marcos told his supporters.