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THE WORD: “THE WORD SPEAKETH BY THE LORD ALMIGHTY GIVES LIFE TO ANYONE WHO CALL HIS NAME. LAZARUS, DEAD FOR 4 DAYS, CAME BACK TO LIFE WHEN THE LORD JESUS SPOKE AND HIS WORD, CALLING LAZARUS TO COME OUT OF HIS TOMB INSIDE A CAVE, GAVE BACK HIS LIFE.”

BOGS, gasping for his breath, after he left City Hall, met me downtown and asked my help if I could accompany him back to City Hall to see Mayor Beng C.

I asked him why the heck I had to escort him back where he just came from.
“Cay dol bien dipicil man entra na office d Mayor Beng,” he reasoned out.

BOGs who happens to be my eyes-&-ears in many ways, is only one of the many  supposedly having the same predicament when going to City Hall purportedly to see Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar to help address their problems. But, to their dismay, they never made it, according to their own accounts.

ONE contractor said he had waited for so long outside Mayor Beng’s office in a bid to see her personally, but his visit of City Hall for the said purpose unfortunately backfired.

“Dol grabe pa man ste oficina d Mayor Beng aura, compara kta tiempo d Celso (Lobregat),” another disgruntled City Hall visitor griped.
IN retrospect, if need be, Dist. 1 Cong. Celso Lobregat was then the city mayor prior to Beng’s ascendancy as the new mayor. The latter was Cong. Celso’s predecessor.

“During Lobregat’s reins in City Hall, ya tene lang kel tiempo shouting match. Hinde’ pa tu kel pencing yaman gritahan pate c So’?” c Bogs ya ace acorda, umpoco’ bastos pa el pregunta.

“Pero’ este tiempo d Mayor Beng, ya tene lli boxing match gayot pencing,” c Bogs pa ya umenta.
Ansina ba, Bogs?
Bogs didn’t name names.

BUT, what I gathered from a reliable source inside City Hall, prolific DZT news reporter Allen Abastillas once figured in a supposed fisticuff with one of the cops securing City Hall.

ONE narrative account reaching pencing about the incident, said Allen was reportedly insistent to shoot his camera inside Mayor Beng’s office where a closed-door conference was going on.
This said to have triggered the unsavory incident inside CH.

Ay ke barbaridad!  

THIS could be the reason why I don’t see even Allen’s shadow in any press-cons called by City Hall in these days.

THIS was and even to this date, a sad day for media being the purveyor of truth. By whatever name you put it, such unpleasant incident is absolutely uncalled for, and should have even been deeply and thoroughly looked into.

LETTING it simply go unnoticed will even leave a bad taste to both—our local media for its press freedom being infringed    and to City Hall where the city’s chief executive holds office, and being so, should have kept its integrity unmarked free of any criticisms that may arise in the future with regards to the said incident.

THE late Mayor Vit Agan could be right now restive and even glowering in his grave as the degraded & even desecrated JFE modern sports complex was one of his flagship
projects during his administration in the early l990s.

WE all must have known now as to what’s happening to our own modern sports center that was built complete with its rubberized track oval done by experts from Germany sometime in l992.

Its cost was considered that expensive already in those days at approximately P60 to P70 million. I was lucky enough to be amongst Mayor Agan’s few living witnesses as he conferred with his advisers at that time when envisioning what many here in mi ciudad de Zamboanga even hailed as Agan’s signature pet project.

THE ‘dead’ JFE modern (no more) sports complex on RT Lim Blvd, Brgy. Baliwasan, was even the envy of the other key cities in the region for being dubbed as the most modern sports complex in the entire Mindanao—scientifically constructed in accordance to its international standard.

PARADOXICALLY, it now looks in terrible shape, hardly appearing near its former splendor and grandiosity awed by its all fond users—from all walks of life and of all ages, meaning the young and old alike, whose frequent presence thereto added to its vibrant & radiant ambiance in all its beauty & elegance. What’s more so disheartening is its entire complex stinks so bad that it can even literally kill you to death.
“Ke grabe el cuchinadas na grandstand! Makamurir gayot pencing,” ya reclama ya tamen c Bogs.

BUT, these are all gone in the air-- leaving not even a shadow of its past splendor. In-fact, a pitiful & appalling sight we never imagined it could ever happen to her.

Worse, to rise up there the soonest will be bunkhouses worth in several millions for the throngs of evacuees forced to flee their homes due to the savage of war brought in here by the MNLF-Misuari mercenaries that fought our government soldiers for almost a month last Sept.            

THE thousands of evacuees displaced by the fighting in at-least six barangays near the city’s fringes even doubly or triply increased in number, as incessant heavy rains came down hard from heaven to seriously flood our city’s low-lying areas. 

NOW, all we see are the mushrooming of those temporary shelters built right along the city’s unfinished RT Lim Boulevard expansion works where their stench is equally extremely unbearable to most motorists passing by en-route to the downtown district.
“Mas Grabe Man!,” mimicked Bogs, as he gets use to it.




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