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Sunday, 13 December 2015 15:18

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


The traffic snarl downtown must really be that monstrous, so much as to pester a visiting mayor.

Judge it from the remarks of Sibuco Mayor Norbi Sauragal Hamin Edding, who - after a long Lakbay-Aral tour to Luzon in the company of barangay officials - is in town for the wedding of his youngest and only daughter tomorrow, Sunday.

The mayor’s fb message to this corner reads, “Jim pbor baketya este problema trafik. el (lisut) na EDSA taki awra na ciudad de flores. keber dos ora ya io na veterans para anda lng kumpra lus na century lights. Aura, w/c used to take me 15 minutes the most antes, hinde pa bien dura. gracias mio amigo.” (Jim, please hit on the traffic problem. The EDSA congestion is now felt in this city of flowers. Imagine, For two hours I am stuck here in Veterans Ave. just for a drive to Century Lights to buy light bulbs, in what used to only be a drive of 15 minutes not so long ago. Thanks,. My friend..)

Need we say more ...

But we can surmise that probably this is a price we have to pay in exchange for progress. Note that the mid-Veterans Ave. stretch lies directly between City Mall and KCC.

And that’s what we get and have to bear with until authorities move to build new and wider roads to accommodate the bulging abundance of more and more vehicles.

On the sides, this keyboardist takes time out to thank good friend, Mayor Edding for his cordial invitation to attend his daughter’s wedding. It so only happens, the momentous event is scheduled at 7:00 pm, which is the scheduled session of the Monggueh Cabinet. So, there’s no telling if this corner will be able to attend this memorable event.

In any case, to the proud parents of the marrying couple, thank you very much. To the couple, congratulations and best wishes.

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Here are two harmonizing developments.

The Zamboanga City Water District alerts the public to possible water rationing, as the water level at the diversion dam has again dropped to below normal levels.

Engr. Teotimo Reyes Jr., Water Production Manager of ZCWD bared, the present elevation is at 74.16 meter, and is .04 meters below normal depth.

The impending abnormal weather conditions has driven the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA to warn the public of the onset of ‘el Nino’ in the country.

El Nino is an abnormal weather condition where temperature of the ocean surfaces rise, triggering prolonged dry spell and intense heat in the pacific region.

PAGASA further decreed this year’s El Nino could develop into one of the harshest, rivaling that in 1997.

‘It has not rained much of late preventing our natural aquifers from rejuvenating,’ Engr. Reyes added.

And here is that complementing development that may level off the impending crisis. A low pressure area over the Pacific Ocean is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility and intensify into a tropical depression by Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Friday.

Pagasa weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the LPA was still 1,700 km east of Mindanao, but once it enters the PAR and intensifies into a tropical cyclone, it will be named “Nonoy.” the 14th to affect the country this year.

Nonoy has a slim chance of making landfall but it will affect the eastern side of Visayas and Mindanao. (With reports from DZT and TMT)

Though LPA as it is, that may very well spell stormy conditions. But with the drought, such expected rains just might fill up our water reservoir, and trim down the effects ‘El Niño’ in this part of the country.

That’s the bad and the good of it all. God makes the way.

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A Manila-based Zamboangueño contractor proposes to purchase the 7.5-hectare property of the cash-strapped Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) in Barangay Putik in what is described as a “win-win” transaction that will help liberate the electric coop from its financial instability, at the same time bringing into the city a major investor, which is one of the country’s biggest business conglomerates.

The proponent, Structural Engr. Ibrahim “Bong” Nuño, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Stonerich Corporation, has formally written Zamcelco President Omar Sali of their plan to purchase Zamcelco’s Putik property in the amount of P1.17 billion.

It is said that with such amount, the electric cooperative would be in the position to pay a substantial portion of its current debts, upgrade its facilities, and relocate its head office and facilities to another location elsewhere in the city.

Nuño is proposing the buy-out on behalf of one of his clients whom he declined to identify for the moment.

He said, the proposed buyer of the Zamcelco property is one of the country’s biggest conglomerates that wants to build a huge mall in Zamboanga City.

On top of the offered bountiful sum of P1.17 billion forthe property, Nuño said his company is also offering to provide a 13-hectare land in Barangay Pasabolong where Zamcelco could relocate its facilities.

Apart from that, Nuño said, his company would provide the sum of P30 million that Zamcelco could use to construct its new building.

Nuño exuded confidence that his proposal would benefit Zamboanga City residents who will soon enjoy better services from Zamcelco once it is able to fix its financial problems and upgrade its facilities, as Zamcelco will then have the financial clout to negotiate purchases of electricity from alternative power suppliers and end the infamous power outages in the city.

Nuño is the eldest son of Zamboanga City Second District Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño and Taluksangay Barangay Captain Abduhraman Nuño. He finished his high school studies in the Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

Metro Stonerich Corporation is based in Quezon City and has been responsible for building malls throughout the country. Among its clients are Robinsons Malls, SM Supermalls, Ayala Land, and Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. The Triple-A construction company is one of the builders of the KCC Mall of Zamboanga.(With reports from DZT)

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Embattled Sen. Grace Poe falls anew on second round..

This time, the First Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by a vote of 2-1, has ruled the 47-year-old presidential aspirant as ineligible to stand in next year’s elections.

The ruling was issued after hearing the consolidated petitions of former senator Francisco Tatad, political science professor Antonio Contreras and former law school dean Amado Valdez.

Like the earlier ruling handed down by the Second Division, which ruled 3-0, the commissioners ordered the cancelation of her certificate of candidacy (COC).

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The “ALDUB” in Philippine politics fizzles out. Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has categorically said, his president is Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

“ALDUB” is the acronym for “Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong”

On the other hand, PDP-Laban bet Rodrigo Duterte had also announced that his VP running mate is Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano

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To give justice to this bit of hereunder note, this corner will borrow the favorite line of US-based cousin Jet Cabato Bocala’ as a bit of focus is lent on the aliases of rising star that is Rodrigo Duterte.

Colorful as he is, Duterte has been baptized with so many monikers. He is the “executioner”, the “Cusser”, the ”womanizer”, to name few.

My attention was called to this, when I came across a new name coined by a Manila-based columnist whose name skips my mind at this instance. He dubbed Duterte as “Rody Do Dirty” … Now, Jet’s favorite line, “of fleeting thoughts and passing fancy”.


The pseudonym just sticks. That’s all there is to it. Repeat, “of fleeting thoughts and passing fancy”.