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Carried-over stubborn brats of 2014

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(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) Despite all the efforts of the City government to ban the sell and use of pyrotechnics, and the firing of guns during the New Year’s Eve, there was still a handful who yet insisted to disobey. Barangay eMedia’s opinion, these are the remnants of some stubborn brats in the City who must learn their lessons this year 2015.

At least, the percentage of these “hardheaded” locals has now reduced only to a handful. Observably, sporadic noises of fireworks were still heard during the New Year’s Eve, but there were only less than 10 persons who were injured as related to pyrotechnics and guns, and two of whom were from stray bullets. Somehow, the tilt of the balance wasn’t that worse anymore as compared to the previous years.

Many Zamboangueños who are used to the tradition of firecrackers however whined that the New Year’s Eve was incomplete because of its absence. Their complaint was that the local government deprived them of their supposed joy; they thought that it was their rights stripped by the councilors who sponsored and voted the said City Ordinance.

Well, let us understand that our local legislators do have the police power to enact or create regulations that may indeed impair the rights of the few or some, for the betterment of all. Zamboanga City understandably is still coping from the trauma it experienced last 2013’s siege that any seeming fire shots would create right away frights to our residents. The minds of our City Councilors for the passage of C.O. No. 431 were for the benefit of everyone.

Same councilors said that perhaps after three years the emphasized local ordinance can be amended as to please the sad locals who craved for the yearly tradition of the lighting of firecrackers. And also to mention businessmen whose skills and expertise was the former legitimate business of pyrotechnics.

Chinese superstition believes that the use of firecrackers ward off evil or negative vibes which could cause misfortunes and bad lucks. Thus, depriving such believers is somehow not so friendly. But because it is a local law, everyone was bound to obey. Barangay eMedia presumes that our local legislators are accessing the pros and cons it brought for the two New Year’s Eve since C.O. No. 431 was enacted.

Another stubborn brat exposed at the entry of the 2015 was a BJMP public officer who was involved to illegal drugs. His bust added to the already long list of the headaches of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The cleansing process of our City is slow but sure. Officials in their positions are committed to introduce real and genuine reforms of our bureaucracy. The like Col. Casimiro, Col. Huesca and Hon. Jerry Perez are the leaders everyone waited to help introduce transformation in Zamboanga. And yes of course to include our City Executive and the City Council.

Real bouts have just started back as normalcy has returned after the long Christmas vacation. You perhaps as well heard why that boat which carried smuggled rice slipped (or actually released)? In the following days it will be one of the sure issues which will be heard, seen and read in the local circulation of the news and current affairs.

Busses and provincial boats are now again full as out-of-town students are returning for the regular classes on Monday. There are those who are excited because the vacation bound them to stay home and their daily allowances were curtailed. Others are also sad for the usual pressures in school will again haunt them every night to study. Well, success has a price.

All over after 5 o’clock in the morning more and more locals are now jogging to burn extra weights they gained during the holidays. Gyms have also increased a certain percent for same health conscious Zamboangueños.

But what perhaps holds for our City this year 2015? For sure there will be more challenges as there shall also be more opportunities. Expectedly, within this month the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in Divisoria will start to operate as it was postponed for its original deadline last December.

Other good news is the transfer of the IDP’s inside the Grandstand to Mampang. No less than the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary herself, Sec. Dinky Soliman, promised the completion of the Z3R construction at the end of this month, and no more postponements.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jer. 17:7-8, ESV)

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