My Google Page Rank

SNIPE SWIPES

PDFPrintE-mail

It’s 2:32 pm, and SS starts grinding only now. Had to help assist in the first of two days satellite voters registration of COMELEC in Baliwasan, then skip out a while to pay last respects to a deceased cousin from Talon Talon, Danny at the Tetuan Cathedral. My deepest condolences to the surviving family members of the Candidos.

From here, time next to cleanse up and then hie off to the office e of 1st Lt. Francis G. Salcedo, Commanding Officer, Charlie Company, 11 IB, 3ID, PA, at Xanadu Ville, Baliwasan for some coordinative moves in the barangay. From there it’s off to the hangout of the Monggueh Cabinet.

For our piece to reach editorial desk of Zambtotoday on time, writing may definitely be brief today.

X x x x X

The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) shows seriousness in putting an end to Abu Sayyaf atrocities. Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, Wesmincom information officer on Tuesday, said that military operations against the terror group in Sulu will continue during the observance of the Holy Week. Petinglay disclosed Pres. Duterte has given the command a deadline within which to neutralize the ASG, and that it is to lapse on 30 June, this year.

The focused military operations is aimed at rescuing the remaining hostages in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf bandits.

X x x x X

Initially intended for a public cemetery, the city-purchased property in Talisayan has been offered instead to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for the site of its the new jail facility.

Actually, a study conducted on the property shows that the project has not complied with four of six items in a criteria set by the Department of Health (DOH.)

The depth of the water table is reportedly 2.3 meters during rainy season, a figure less than the 4.5 meters required to comply with health standards.

Due to its elevation, the site is also prone to flooding and is in the direction or course of run-off due to its elevation.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco cautioned City Jail Warden, Chief Insp. Ervin Diaz against resorting to media outbursts of his reactions relative to the congested situation at the City Jail. She specifically asked Diaz to put in writing whatever comments he has and communicate with her officially.

But SS could not blame the good warden for turning to media, when it has been ages since he first offiially complained about the precarious conditions obtaining in the city jail, with his prompt request for a city counterpart share in the erection of a new jail facility - a piece of property, that consistently falling on deaf ears.

And clearly, our officialdom only moved in haste when he staged a media blitzkrieg, threatening to refuse acceptance of new inmates owing to the jail over-congestion.

His rejection, though of the Talisayan site, claiming it to be far, SS guesses must be reconsidered.

Beggars, my dear Sir, cannot make demands.

Take it. That would be better than losing P194 million to other takers for the construction of a modern city jail.

X x x x X

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) made a positive call in relation to the ongoing peace talks. On Tuesday it called on its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and the government to speed up negotiations to end nearly 50 years of rebellion. It was, however laced with a terse threat that “peace-spoilers” and preconditions set by President Duterte could derail it.

In The Netherlands, where the fourth round of formal talks opened on Monday, CPP founder Jose Maria Sison, chief political consultant of the NDFP in the talks, said the rebels would reject preconditions that could undermine their position.

The President on Sunday set four preconditions for the fourth round of talks, including the forging of bilateral truce and the release of soldiers and policemen held by the New People’s Army. He also demanded an end to the rebels’ revolutionary tax collection and territorial claims.

In a separate statement on Tuesday, the CPP congratulated the NDFP and the government negotiating panels for pushing through with the fourth round of talks “despite the peace-spoiling by stooges of US imperialism in the military establishment,” referring to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año.

Lorenzana tagged the rebels as “terrorists” and he and senior officers of the AFP also insisted on a bilateral Sison said both parties “should (move) ahead of the issue of ceasefire, the social, economic, political and constitutional reforms demanded by the people and needed to address the roots of the civil war.”

X x x x X

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will investigate the alleged misuse of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) during the previous administration.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the probe would also look into possible liabilities of former and current officials who supposedly benefited from schemes under the economic stimulus program that was partially declared illegal by the Supreme Court.

“We will look into that (anomaly in the DAP),” Aguirre told newsmen. He said there are plans to create a team to conduct the fact-finding probe.

Earlier on SS suspected, the main targets are former president Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, particularly how they supposedly benefited from the scheme. And true to form, Aguirre later admitted it.

Earlier, too, Pres. Duterte vowed to expose how P72 billion in funds under the DAP were misused.

“The President is in possession of documents showing how officials in the previous administration benefited from it,” Aguirre said.

The DOJ has concurrent jurisdiction with the Office of the Ombudsman in investigating corruption charges against government officials even if the anti-graft office has the exclusive power to prosecute the cases under the jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan.

Last month, the Office of the Ombudsman indicted Abad before the Sandiganbayan for violation of Article 239, or usurpation of legislative powers over the controversial DAP but spared Aquino.

But revelation of revelations, the charge was simply as petty as an administrative complaint - Only usurpation of legislative functions as he belonged to the legislative branch of government.

X x x x X

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make his first visit to the United Nations later this month to chair a UN Security Council meeting on North Korea.

The April 28 meeting on non-proliferation and North Korea will be “timely” following a US-China summit this week, US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The United States holds the presidency of the Security Council in April, giving President Donald Trump’s administration an opportunity to showcase its foreign policy priorities. Trump will hold his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida this week, with North Korea shaping up as a key priority for the US administration. Washington has complained loudly that China is not taking action to rein in North Korea, which last year carried out two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile tests. (By Jimmy Cabato)




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Hermosa job fair set Oct 19-20 at KCC

16 Oct 2018 Hits:79 Be the first to comment!

The City’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is finalizing preparations for the conduct of the Zamboanga Hermosa Job Fair set Oct. 19-20 at the KCC Mall East wing. The annual event held as part of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, is one of the PESO’s major program aimed to provide employment opportunities to Zamboanguenos. Over 50 local and overseas recruitment agencies are expected to participate in the 2-day job fair that will be held in partnership with the Department of labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and KCC Mall. Thousands of job vacancies will be made available for jobseekers, who may be 18 years and above, college [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

City preps for Food Summit

16 Oct 2018 Hits:71 Be the first to comment!

The city government, through the Office of the City Agriculturist and the Office of the City Veterinarian, is readying a learning summit for food producers and stakeholders in line with [...] Read more


DOH: There are less health practitioners in Region IX

13 Oct 2018 Hits:169 Be the first to comment!

The Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development IX reported on Thursday that there are now less health practitioners in Zamboanga Peninsula. During a consultative meeting held at the Grand [...] Read more


Mayor cites importance of no network service during Hermosa special events

04 Oct 2018 Hits:247 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco has stressed the vital importance of implementing a no network service during selected special events and activities of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in a bid to ensure [...] Read more


ZCWD: Building a resilient water system for the future

04 Oct 2018 Hits:221 Be the first to comment!

The years 2014 to 2016 were trying years for Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), the city’s water utility firm. It endured one of the worst periods of drought brought about by [...] Read more


Wanted teenager nabbed for illegal drugs

01 Oct 2018 Hits:210 Be the first to comment!

A teenager with a standing warrant of arrest (WOA) was arrested by operatives of the Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company (ZCMFC) at Sagrada, Barangay Camino, Zamboanga City, on Saturday. Arrested was [...] Read more


All set for the 3rd Consumer Fun Run

29 Sep 2018 Hits:253 Be the first to comment!

There is no better way to learn than learning while having fun. This is the emphasis of the Department of Trade and Industry-9 in staging the 3rd Consumer Fun Run simultaneously [...] Read more


Fourteen soldiers conferred 'Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan'

27 Sep 2018 Hits:196 Be the first to comment!

President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the rank of Kampilan to 14 soldiers of the Joint Task Force  (JTF) Sulu during his visit in the capital town [...] Read more


Lorenzana cites Beng’s security efforts

26 Sep 2018 Hits:184 Be the first to comment!

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has cited Mayor Beng Climaco for her active support and participation in the government’s efforts towards a peaceful and prosperous Mindanao through the conduct of the [...] Read more


Batch '90 bags Championship in 5th PESAA Basketball tourney

25 Sep 2018 Hits:194 Be the first to comment!

The dynamic and formidable Batch’90 captured the much-coveted championships of the recently-concluded Pasonanca Elementary School Alumni Association (PESAA) basketball tournament, which was actively participated by dozens PESSA Alumni Teams. Batch ’90 [...] Read more


Barangay, SK special elections held in war-torn Marawi City

24 Sep 2018 Hits:252 Be the first to comment!

Thousands of residents headed to the polling precincts on Saturday to cast their votes for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (SK) in strife-torn Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. The Commission [...] Read more


City Police nets 2 more drug pushers

24 Sep 2018 Hits:250 Be the first to comment!

Two suspected drug pushers were arrested by the city police during the conduct of separate anti-drug operations at barangays Sta. Catalina and Ayala, this city over the weekend. Nabbed were Abdulmunap [...] Read more


City features ‘The Rainmakers’

13 Sep 2018 Hits:294 Be the first to comment!

Three local businessmen, noted for their capacity to hire, manage and inspire people, have been featured in a recent forum initiated by the City Investment Promotion Services Division aimed to [...] Read more


CPOC, CADAC seek strengthened barangay drug clearing ops

11 Sep 2018 Hits:265 Be the first to comment!

In a joint meeting Monday, the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco resolved to strengthen barangay drug clearing [...] Read more


Brgy health, daycare workers to receive add’l P300 stipend

07 Sep 2018 Hits:313 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco revealed yesterday that barangay health workers, nutrition scholars and daycare workers will receive additional P300 in their monthly allowance starting next year. She said the city government is [...] Read more


Consejo Chabacano celebrates 3rd foundation anniversary cum awards ceremony

07 Sep 2018 Hits:291 Be the first to comment!

The Consejo de Investigacion Y Desarollo del Lenguaje Chabacano will celebrate its third foundation anniversary on September 23, 2018 at the Crystal Room, Grand Astoria Hotel, this city, this was [...] Read more


Social workers undergo conflict management training

06 Sep 2018 Hits:389 Be the first to comment!

The Gender and Development Unit under the Office of the City Mayor organized a training workshop on Conflict Management and Skills for Social Workers aimed to promote effective negotiating skills. The [...] Read more


ZPSAM holds graduation ceremony for new EMTs

06 Sep 2018 Hits:321 Be the first to comment!

The Zamboanga Puericulture School of Allied Medicine (ZPSAM) held its graduation ceremony for its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) NC II on September 1, 2018 at the Royce Convention, Grand Astoria [...] Read more


Mayor banners P1.9B edu fund at principals’ summit

05 Sep 2018 Hits:327 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday challenged the gathering of school principals and head teachers to dream big and avail of all opportunities for career development as she bannered the city government’s [...] Read more