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Local ‘Napoles’ tale persists anew

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THE WORD: “THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RELIGIOSITY AND SPIRITUALITY. RELIGIOUSITY IS MORE ON RITUALS AND ON TRADITIONS. WHILE SPIRITUALITY IS WORSHIPPING GOD PURELY IN THE SPIRIT, BECAUSE WE WORSHIP HIM IN TRUTH AND IN THE SPIRIT.GOD SEES ONLY OUR SPIRIT, AND WITHOUT IT, WE’RE DEAD IN HIS SIGHT, SPIRITUALLY.”

THE CMC in last Thursday’s midday press briefing held at the conference room of City Hall, announced that the Curfew hours be shortened— starting at 12 midnight to 4am the following day.

It was my major topic in the last issue and was finally addressed in favor of the sectors’ one top wish. But, ultimately, they’d want curfew be lifted completely to show strong posture that we can’t be cowed at all by any form of threats, both unimaginably and just its opposite. No way!

Previous to this, the curfew which came about due to the twin crisis— the September long siege and the massive flashfloods—was from 10pm to 4am.

IN the said CMC briefing, Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar took the opportune time all those who, in one way or another, did their level best to help ZC rise from its darkest hours during such herculean crisis. 

DUE to our own extreme angst, I suppose, we have managed to fence off those potential threats still hounding us to this day.

ON the part of the authorities they need to keep us safe & secure at all times by tightening tough well their special security plan really meant for our beleaguered city.

IN my very recent interview with TFZ Commander Army Col. Andrelino Colina that happened only on Tuesday(Oct. 15), those reported threats accordingly stemmed most part of it from the Moro rebel group/s supposedly existing off the two separate villages of Limpapa bordering the town of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte and our very own city, the farthest barrio of our city’s west-coast.

BUT, the good colonel appeared the least worried—meaning there’s not much to fear in mi ciudad de Zamboanga.

“We already checked and verified those reported threats,” the TFZ chief declared, as if to calm down the whole situation here albeit the harrowing ordeal we all went through.

THE best that we can do by now is to help with all honesty  our very own authorities, instead, of being swayed that easy by these craps who have nothing to do but fan all the more those chaos and confusions amongst our own hapless populace already too much traumatized by the two crisis.   

DIDN’T our CMC head Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar remind us all in here to train all those unverified alarming text messages appearing in all our mobile phones to either the AFP via the Wesmincom here or to the PNP via their own PRO9 Hdqters, as well?

THE problem within us is we keep being defiant and even foolhardy, at times, to all these— and when they finally occur, we get rattled and panicky all the way.

Too bad, we act that late— resulting to our own debacle in the end.

\WHAT I’m trying to drive at, is be, at all times, ready to treat all these potential threats with proper wisdom, knowledge and understanding— so as not to tumble that easy to our own chagrin.

IS there a local version of Napoles in mi ciudad de Zamboanga?

A lot of talks hum abuzz these days about our own Napoles bleeding that bad our own coffers to the point it drains dry, nothing left to the poor and plenty to spare for the few who are rich.

WHY is it so? Think of our government projects easily washed out, compared to those private ones that can prove too strong and sturdy to fall down.

ONE concerned citizen brought up such local Napoles issue just the other day, and true to his word, came the buzz unsurprisingly that indeed we have our own Napoles right now supposedly making our city— already badly battered by the two huge crisis— virtually a milking cow.

THIS is nauseating! This is despising! and more so, the need to condemn it in its strongest term!

By: Jun Feliciano




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