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As predicted, in deference to two Philippine Eagles Club activities, SS saw no print yesterday. In the morning, hitchhiking with Eagle P/S Felix Martinez, we motored back home from Ipil. Back in town, WS moved hectically around to oversee preparations for the night’s induction ceremonies, where this corner (Writing Sniper), was reinstalled as Club President.

It was last night that a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was further made on the planned alliance between PDEA and the Eagles Club is in the works. Truly providential, our keynote speaker happened to be Dir. III Lyndon P. Aspacio, PDEA chief here. Providential, because the invitation for his appearance was arranged even before we came to know about the grinding MOA in Manila.

By Divine Providence, too, chosen to deliver the welcome address was Eagle P/SS Luisito Magnaye, City Director, and for the inspirational talk was Eagle P/Chief Sup. Billy Beltan, Region 8 director. Abruptly, though, he was called to Malacañang for a conference. Thus, it was regretful, we missed him during the affair.

The point – the combination of the three personality augurs well for the proposed MOA, as they are in the forefront of the war against illegal drugs. Just how the Eagles Club would fit into the campaign is yet unknown. In any case, the Eagles are anxious to be a part thereof.

Starting out late, having overslept due to enervation, probably our SS today just might be briefer than usual. Just keep watch.

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The police have arrested two persons and seized from them illegal drugs, a firearm and ammunition in an anti-drug operations in Zamboanga City. The suspects were arrested in a drug bust around 6:20 p.m. Friday along Maestra Vicenta Street in the village of Sta. Maria.

Suspects, Angelo Miller, 20, and Arleigh Antonio, 50 are now detained at Police Station 7 awaiting appropriate charges set to be filed against them.

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THE Zamboanga City Government pitched its investment incentives to Chinese state officials in a briefing as part of its continued efforts to boost economic opportunities and investment partnerships. The Chinese delegation met with the local officials and business groups to discuss investment opportunities as an offshoot of the accord forged between President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of China. City Administrator Marie Angelique Go on Saturday, March 11, said the Chinese delegation led by the Office of the President, Envoy for Foreign Relations came to this city and were interested to look at potentials related to the airport, mass transit, Information Technology (IT) hub, parking and housing development, and tourism-related projects.

Taking part in the investment briefing were the Zamboanga Filipino-Chinese Commerce and Industry Inc., the Zamboanga Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Council, and the Zamboanga Economic Zone.

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Close to 500 job seekers trooped to the Philippine Red Cross Training Center for the day-long job fair despite the inclement weather condition in this city.

520 job seekers trooped to the Philippine Red Cross Training Center for the day-long job fair despite the inclement weather condition in this city.

This is very surprising. 500? Only?

City Social Welfare and Development officer Socorro Rojas earlier announced the available slots were 6,000. One thousand of which were for local placements and the remaining four, overseas.

Is this how disinterested our youth are to working? Silly. The batting average is pitiful. Say you?

And Rojas, who also heads the Public Employment Service Office (Peso), said that of the total interviewed, 326 qualified.

326, a similarly pathetic score. Think so?

She said the day-long job fair formed part of Peso’s efforts to fulfill its mandate to help provide employment opportunities for Zamboanga constituents, as well as to meet the manpower requirement of industries operating in the city. Peso facilitated the Jobs Fair in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Overseas Employment Service Office.

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The Philippine Government (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) in Utrecht, The Netherlands (Manila time Saturday night), agreed anew to return to the negotiating table and talk peace, bidding to put an end to 49 years of armed conflict, This comes after having spilled more blood nearly a month after both sides called off their respective ceasefires.

The focal point of the informal talks was the agreement to “reinstate their respective unilateral ceasefires, which shall take effect before the scheduled fourth round of talks in April (in Oslo, Norway).”

The two parties stated, they will “forge an interim bilateral ceasefire agreement which shall take effect after the terms of reference and other considerations shall have been settled.”

GRP signatories to the deal was led by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza. For the NDF, was Peace Panel Chairman Fidel Agcaoili.  Ambassador Elisabeth Slattum of the Third Party Negotiator Royal Norwegian Government also signed the statement.

Under the agreement, the government also agreed to release an NDF consultant who was re-arrested when the unilateral ceasefires were withdrawn.

The statement also said that, agreement in the Rome formal talks last January, the government “shall ensure the participation of four detained consultants in the fourth round of talks.”

“The GRP shall also work for the release of 19 political prisoners based on humanitarian grounds on or before the next round of talks (on April 2),” it said.

The terms clearly show government generous moves, but the latter rightfully holds on still Duterte’s orders for an all-out war against the Communist insurgents, until the NPA releases all captured military and police personnel, and for the insurgents to desist from burning assets of extortion victims, installing landmines, and demanding for revolutionary tax.

Dureza, however said that Duterte’s conditions will be taken up during the discussions over the bilateral ceasefire agreement which will transpire this April.

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Before this developed, the New People’s Army (NPA) burned a vehicle of a rubber company in Kabasalan town, Zamboanga Sibugay on Wednesday, March 8.

The rebels owned up the torching through a letter they left in the area, signed by NPA’s Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Operations Command spokesman Ka Mario Jose.

Investigation showed the NPA rebels have earlier filed a complaint with the NPA’s court, Bagong Hukbong Bayan, against the company.

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Pres. Duterte has revealed another set of local officials allegedly into the illicit drug trade. Among them are former Rep. Vicente Belmonte and ex-mayor Lawrence Cruz, both of Iligan City, to include Lugait, Misamis Oriental mayor Willy Lim.

Strange, they were all known to be popular figures in the province.

Amid all these, resolved to extricate the country from the drug menace, gave drug personalities two options to choose from: stay at home or risk being killed.

Duterte announced he plans to issue an order to keep drug users off the streets.

“In the coming days, I will make it a must, a mandate, continuing in Pilipino, that all who are drug, should stay home, and that he will take no prisoners, warning with cuss words that he will kill all found outside,. Duterte made the statement as he underscored that the illegal drug problem is the heaviest burden the country is facing..

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“Today, I’m officially out of retirement for Conor McGregor. So, announced unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, saying that when it comes to a big-money fight, such as with Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, he is “out of retirement.”

Posting on the MMA website, the 40-year-old American said, “We don’t need to waste no time. We need to make this… happen quickly. Let’s get it on in June.”

This guy is surely a sigurista, (Advantaged-prone). Read over. A rematch with our Manny Pacquiao, just the same, is a sure-ball mega-buck bout, but he is dodging him, and goes instead for a McGregor match. Reason, Pacquiao is a sure-fire threat. McGregor, a non-boxer, being a mixed martial arts competitor, isn’t that dangerous. Thus, it would be big money under lesser threat.

Smart-alecky, really. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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