Monday, 20 February 2017 13:50
What was termed as a "runway obstruction" caused the cancellation of the Cebu and Manila flights to this city early Saturday morning, affecting hundreds of passengers.
This was confirmed by Rey Alforte, officer in charge of the Zamboanga City Airport and also the head of Area Traffic Services. He bared, a hydraulic paver encountered mechanical problems during an asphalt overlay project on Runway 4, so the runway had to be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to accommodate the project.
The contractor then had to send for a mechanic to fix the equipment, and was finally fixed by 10 a.m. Saturday, and then removed from the runway, allowing inbound flights to resume landing at the airport.
The project, aimed to rehabilitate the runway, began late last year and is expected to be finished by April yet.
Some of the affected passengers took to social media to vent their anger, prompting Alforte to conduct an investigation into it, where at least 600 passengers were inconvenienced.
X x x x X
At least nine suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group participated in the strafing incident that wounded eight bus passengers on Tuesday night at the Maria Clara Lobregat Highway in barangay Buenavista, this city.
Chief Insp. Ramon Bautista, Curuan police chief disclosed, they have witnesses who saw and even identified the perpetrators, but withheld their names so as not to jeopardize ongoing investigation.
Bautista theorized that the ambush was meant to harm them and not the Rural transit bus, as very recently they arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf member, believed part of the band that allegedly killed eight fishermen off the coast of Siromon Isaland, who they brought to the Prosecutor’s Office earlier that day for inquest.
And it happened, that fateful evening, he added, they cut short their patrol route and reached only kilometer 56, still some distance from the ambush site.
X x x x X
Aftershocks continue to rattle Surigao City folks, forcing terrified residents to evacuate from their homes and move to higher and safer grounds.
The aftershocks persisted after a 6.7-magnitude quake struck last February 10 and left a swath of destruction to structures in Surigao City and nearby areas, including the city’s airport and several bridges.
The latest aftershock, measuring 4.6 magnitude, occurred at 5:18 p.m. on Friday Its epicenter was plotted 22 kilometers (km) southwest of Surigao City, with a shallow depth of only 2 km, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) here said.
At 7:34 p.m. that same day, a 2.8-magnitude tremor was also recorded, with its epicenter traced 5 km northeast and with a depth of 26 km.
Phivolcs added that more aftershocks might continue in the next few days.
X x x x x X
No court has yet jurisdiction over the three criminal charges filed against Sen. Leila “Dilemma”, ooops… De Lima before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC) over her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
The non-bailable cases are still to be raffled among courts tomorrow, Monday. The selected sitting judge will then finally decided whether to issue an arrest warrant or not.
As the lady senator fears for her safety behind bars, Director General Ronald “Bato”dela Rosa, is offering the maximum detention facility inside Camp Crame to guarantee her safety.
Should the Muntinlupa court commit De Lima to the PNP Custodial Center, she will be sharing the compound with Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. whom De Lima helped prosecute as Justice secretary over the alleged misuse of “pork barrel” funds.
Should the court commit De Lima to the Bicutan jail, she will be joining Enrile’s Chief of Staff lawyer Gigi Reyes who is facing charges over the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam; and if the court orders her detained at the Women’s Correctional in Mandaluyong, she will be joining the alleged PDAF scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and drug queen Yu Yuk Lai.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) assured that no influence is being exerted on the court to immediately issue an arrest warrant against Senator Leila de Lima.
“We cannot influence them (courts) contrary to the claim of some sectors,” he stated.
Ows, really.. think so, folks?
X x x x X
The stage is set for another classic church-state confrontation, as signaled when the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) threw down the gauntlet at President Duterte by urging Filipinos to join the “Walk for Life” against widespread drug killings and the return of capital punishment.
Read over the fighting stance of the prelates. “Let us face those who attempt to cast fear among the people and show them our courage,” CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas told thousands of ralliers on Saturday morning at Rizal Park in Manila. Villegas urged Filipinos to banish fear and “walk with the victims and their families.”
“We will not be bullied or intimidated,” declared Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Valentin Cabbigat Dimoc, a burly Cordillera native.
He also scored President Duterte for cursing the Church and doubting God’s existence.
Clearly then, Church leaders are calling for active resistance to the Duterte government’s draconian measures at checking the drug menace and imposing law and order.
X x x x X
Pres. Duterte yesterday expressed disappointment in Environment Sec. Gina Lopez, saying instead of helping make governance easier, Lopez gave the administration a problem that has turned into a mess,
While there is a need to correct serious environmental problems, Duterte said he also needs to take into consideration the benefits of the mining industry. “We get something like P70 billion a year out of the mining operations in the entire Philippines. So we have to also take (that) into consideration,” he said.
“I will not judge her now (but) I will review (Lopez’s decision)… I can’t do anything, if it’s destructive to the environment,” he said, stressing that Lopez’s decision to shut down 75 mining projects will hurt the economy.
And mining companies hit back on the closure orders, raising the government’s responsibility to uphold contracts and follow due process as an issue.
They are also seeking to block Lopez’s confirmation as environment secretary before the Commission on Appointments.
X x x x X
San Miguel Beer’s Final Four series with TNT KaTropa in the PBA Philippine Cup is going the distance, coach Leo Austria said he expected right from the very start.
And one good thing is on his side, his Beermen will be coming off their most dominant form, carving out in the final half of Game 6 on Saturday night with a 104-88 demolition of the Texters at Mall of Asia Arena.
His gauge for a tough fight is their lineup, which he branded as equally talented, but Austria added, “Our only advantage, I think, is that we have June Mar (Fajardo). That’s the difference.”
And Fajardo did back his statement, having churned out the 11th 20-20 of his career with 23 points and 21 rebounds in just over 31 minutes.
The 6-foot-10 cornerstone scored nine points in the breakaway fourth period, 13 in the final half, as the Beermen peeled away from what had been a tight game to take a winning feeling into Monday’s sudden-death match-up again scheduled at the ultra-modern Pasay venue.
X x x x X
Former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos once more chided Pers. Duterte, claiming change has yet to be seen from his administration. Ramos hurled some more potshots on pronouncements made by the Palace telling people to “move on” as it decided to tone down the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution on Feb. 25.
“If today, many of our people are unhappy or disgruntled, it is simply because they are not seeing those whom we elected to lead us achieve any real reforms toward the betterment of our country and people,” Ramos said in a statement sent to Manila Standard.
Ramos, who earlier berated Duterte for the “fiascos” he continues to commit more than six months into his term, noted the “painfully obvious” lack of coordination among the country’s leaders.
Among the “fiascos” committed by the administration, Ramos said, were the summary replacement of the PNP by PDEA in the anti-drug war; the breakdown of GPH-NDFP Peace Talks and the transfer of rogue cops to Mindanao - much to the consternation of Mindanaoans, the mis-earmarking of funds for calamity assistance in Surigao Norte and the mass awarding of Medals of Valor to 42 PNP-SAF victims in Mamasapano, without the observance of established procedures. (By Jimmy Cabato)
- 21/02/2017 13:38 - Plot to oust Duterte heats up
- 21/02/2017 13:36 - De Lima's court battle begins
- 21/02/2017 13:30 - BENG hits back her critics
- 21/02/2017 13:20 - Heinous Crimes of Rape
- 20/02/2017 13:58 - “Walk for Life” part of Duterte ouster plot?
- 20/02/2017 13:40 - We deserve a breather in Freddie “Anak”Aguilar
- 18/02/2017 13:16 - A long talk
- 18/02/2017 13:16 - Schools should help city address traffic woes
- 18/02/2017 13:10 - Sink Hole in the Waters
- 17/02/2017 14:16 - Why did Aguirre cancel foreigners’ visas?