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The region‘s Philippine National Police is indeed up on its toes, made evidence as its elements swooped down on a Kidnap for Ransom Group (KFRG) lair to serve an arrest warrant, in the process killing bandit group leader and the capture of two others when the latter initiated a gunfight.

Chief Superintendent Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula director made the report, lamenting, a member of the PNP-SAF had to be wounded in the clash in Sibugay Province. Beltran identified the slain KFRG leader as Imanm Yasin, and captured were Aujie Moh Abdul Karim and Mura Mohammad. The wounded trooper was named as Police Officer 2 Larry Falitnang of the 84th SAF.

Beltran likewise said, Yasin has links with the Abu Sayyaf Group and other lawless groups operating in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte, and that same group is also known for extortion activities. Beltran added, an M14 rifle, mobile phones and subversive documents of high intelligence value were recovered from the clash site.

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A 19-year old pregnant woman suspected to be Meningococcemia-afflicted victim has died of at the Zamboanga City Medical Center last week.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said that the female victim is a resident of Calarian.

The victim, went to the Zamboanga City Medical Center on the third day after contracting fever and died hours later of septic shock.

Agbulos said that no samples from the victim were sent to Manila to test for possible diagnosis for Meningococcemia. Symptoms however point to the disease. And the City Health Office has conducted prophylaxis to eliminate the possible spread of the disease.

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Councilor Teodyver Arquiza strictly appears gusty, really. Say you? Appearing as TV host, he is not only his usual self. He radiates a character personified by strength, will and determination.

Any weak human facing a string of malversation, falsification cases, and what have you, would melt at the sight of a grinding camera, cognizant of the thousands of viewers in the city.

Notwithstanding the two suspension orders he is simultaneously serving both at the moment, contrary to just one as initially reported, and coming off from a very recent first, his poise is extraordinarily unchanged - seeming even shorn up. Dumbfounding.

The chronology of events - It was initially reported that Arquiza had been slapped with a 90-day preventive suspension order by Judge Grace Bernardo of the Regional Trial Court Branch 14.

The preventive suspension started last February 1, barely two weeks from the previously served suspension order handed down by Judge Gregorio dela Peña of Branch 12 of the Regional Trial Court.

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Arquiza is serving yet another preventive suspension which he also started serving last February 1.

The order was issued by Judge Vera Vergara under whose sala case numbers 33187 and 33189 were raffled off, is the third suspension order against Arquiza, stemming from cases of Graft and Corruption and Malversation of Public Funds filed against the Councilor while he was still Talon Talon Barangay Chairman.

Breathtaking hegemony, that man. Your say…

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President Duterte yesterday warned rogue policemen who have chosen to go AWOL and engage in criminal acts instead of accepting their new assignments in Basilan are likely to be killed.

“Don’t be surprised if they are killed one of these days, one by one,” he said. He also ordered the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings against the policemen, and said he had ordered his men to put the erring policemen under strict surveillance.

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Wisely, President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to again enlist policemen in the war against illegal drugs, but stressed, only qualified ones will join the campaign. In so doing, Duterte sensibly cited the lack of manpower in the present campaign against the illicit drug trade.

Every station, he bared should have one task force with thoroughly picked out members who are with no deleterious record at all.

However, Duterte said the anti-drug operations involving policemen, including the military would be supervised by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). “There should always be a PDEA (representative in each operation),” he said.

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Who said Sen. Manny Pacquiao is a patsy in the senate? Folks, that cannot righfully be said of one who had a strong hand in the expulsion of mainstays of Liberal Party (LP) from the super majority in the Senate. It was Pacquiao who initiated the move to remove the committee chairmanships of the LP senators, and he was the host of the bloc when the move was hatched.

It was inevitable, he said, and done out of sheer common sense.

Led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, 15 to 16 members of the majority bloc, except for the LP stalwarts and Sen. Risa Hontiveros, were present during the meeting.

Even before the meeting, a number of senators belonging to the majority bloc had been murmuring over how the LP senators were voting as a bloc against some issues important to the administration.

Meanwhile the Senate majority maintained that Pres. Duterte had nothing to do with the ouster of Liberal Party (LP) senators from their respective posts.

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Pensioners must keep watch of this announcement, for this may be rudely stage-managed to justify a stoppage to the grant of additional pension pay.

State-run Social Security System (SSS) on Tuesday said its net income as of end-November 2016 eased by 21.74 percent as the growth in expenditures surpassed the rise in revenues during the period.

In a statement, the SSS said its net income for the 11-month period in 2016 dropped to P28.96 billion from the P37 billion recorded the year before.

With such report, any possible move to stop the pay increase can never be justified. Thank God.  The statement stated, “… the growth in expenditures surpassed the rise in revenues during the period.”

Pointedly then, the fall was not pension pay increase-induced, it was of their own making - they overspent. Pues (Therefor), minimize expenses. Foolish if the move is pension cut-planned.

Pensioners, raise hell, if ever.

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So rightfully, for Pres. Duterte ceasefire talks with the communist National Democratic Front is still on an animated suspension. He pronounced, he will think “a thousand times” before deciding on whether to resume the peace talks, which were terminated last month after rebels launched successive attacks against security forces, saying “… I will... consult with the Cabinet, including the left-leaning members…”

Right-o, Duterte stressed that the government’s interest “must prevail” in any negotiation.

Yes! Unconscionable demands must be rejected.

Just imagine one of them is insistence on the release 400 rebels whom they claim to be political prisoners. Duterte opposed the demand, which he claimed, is similar to the grant of amnesty.

The communists then called off its unilateral ceasefire and launched offensives against government forces.

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Detained Sen. Leila “Dilemma” de Lima yesterday failed to get reprieve from incarceration as the reliefs she sought from the Supreme Court (SC) on her arrest and detention that arose from the illegal drug trading charges filed against her by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Instead, the High Tribunal gave the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC) until March 10 to comment on De Lima’s petition. It also set the oral argument on March 14 at 2 p.m.

The comment of Judge Guerrero and Dir. Gen. Dela Rosa is expected to be filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

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This looks an innocently-cloaked prompting. A Roman Catholic Church leader reminded the faithful of the essence and significance of today’s observance of Ash Wednesday - that God gives life and only God has the power over life.

“As ashes are placed on our foreheads today, we are reminded to keep in mind that only God has power over life. God gives life and only God can take this life away. God is the author of life, and He alone has authority over life. Thus, no one should act nor play like God,” Balanga (Bataan) Bishop Ruperto C. Santos told the Manila Bulletin.

Whew, WS thought the reminder was purely based on religious beliefs. It is double-barreled, after all. The clear intention is to counter the Duterte drug war - to WS feeling, that is. Yours? (By Jimmy Cabato)




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