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Stepping ahead of any possible eventuality, Police Regional Director, Chief Sup. Billy Beltran, in anticipation, had wisely made his move, ordering all provincial, Municipal and City directors to provide bounteous protection to “doctors-to-the barrios” (DTTBs), who serving residents in far-flung areas in Western Mindanao.

This proactive move comes in the wake of the murder of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, acknowledged as a very well-loved and highly popular DTTB in Lanao del Norte.

And according to Dr. Aristides Tan, Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director, there are a total of eight DTTBs in the region, who are assigned in the towns of Mutia, Godod, La Libertad, and Sergio Osmeña in Zamboanga del Norte; and, in the municipalities of Lapuyan, Guipos, Midsalip, and Tukuran in Zamboanga del Sur. The general objective of the DTTB program is to provide the countryside with competent Medical Human Resources to render quality medical care to the people

Beltran readily assured they are prepared to amply secure the DTTBs in those areas.

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Police Station 11 Chief, Sup. Ariel Huesca led his men in scoring some more in the resurrected war against the illegal drug trade.

In the company of military operatives, they arrested four persons and rescued eight children Sunday, March 12, in the implementation of Double Barrel Reloaded (DBR).

Police Station 11 Chief, Sup. Ariel Huesca identified the arrested suspects, who have standing warrants of arrest, as Fatima Sampang Yusop and Marife Fontanilla Asaali both arrested for violations of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Presidential Decree 1612 (Anti Fencing Law), and Rodel Muskid Injirani and Javier Muntog Jawani, both arrested for violation of RA 9165. Huesca said the four arrested suspects are believed to be among the “handlers” of the group of children engaged in petty crimes downtown such as pickpocket and snatching. The eight children will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for appropriate action. Huesca said the arrest came when they swooped down on their hideout around 9:20 p.m. Sunday at Kasulutan Drive in the village of Sta. Catalina, Zamboanga City. The police chief said four other suspected “handlers” managed to elude arrest by jumping out of the hideout’s windows when the lawmen arrived. Huesca , however identified them as former Police Officer 1 Mohammad Nur Saabdulla Asaali, who was dishonorably discharged, Alradzmin Asaali, Carding Miranda, and a certain Fatima.

Recovered from the hideout were 16 sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or locally known as “shabu,” illegal drugs paraphernalia, several wallets and bags, jewelries, several units of mobile phones, documents, police badge, and foreign currencies, he added.

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Here is one other top and noticeable workaholic public official. He is Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, who just made another remarkable move, as he declare, he would transfer bulk of the employees of the Department of Agriculture regional office in Pagadian back to Zamboanga City, as he stressed that the Zamboanga is centrally located.

Piñol made this declaration before Mayor Beng Climaco in a recent gathering presided by President Duterte in Davao where the lady chief executive sought the support of Cabinet officials on her request to transfer back the regional center from Pagadian to Zamboanga City.

Climaco likewise discussed the regional transfer issue with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon and AFP Chief of Staff LGen. Eduardo Año. The mayor has personally submitted to President Duterte a letter seeking the return of the regional center as well as the city’s proposed acquisition of the ARRM property in Cabatangan consistent to the provisions of the ARMM organic act.

On the properties, ARMM Governor Mujib Hataman, left the issue to the President’s discretion.

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Congressman Celso Lobregat treated critical reactions a clearly manifestation of his decision to vote in favor of the passage of House Bill 4727, re-imposing the Death Penalty in the country.

Congressman Mannix Dalipe also voted in favor.

Lobregat said that prior to the very day he was to vote, he has weighed all the positions of his colleagues expressed in several debates in congress for and against the passage of the bill.

“My vote was yes and I have a clear conscience about my decision… this is not the decision which came overnight. I have consulted several groups, made several information campaign on radio, television and newspapers here in the city while the deliberation about death penalty started in congress. I have respected the decision of the catholic church…”

On the issue that he has not informed the public, Lobregat said that he has roamed almost all the radio, print and television networks in the city to inform the public about the history, the pros and cons and implications of the re-imposition of death penalty, prior to the final decision that on came last Tuesday (March 7), where he voted in favor together with the entire Mindanao bloc comprising the “127 Yes Votes”.

“I was criticized by a priest from Ateneo who, at the same time conducted a shame campaign in the city last week cay Atenista pa man daw iyo. Yes, Atenista yo y Lasalista pa yo, pero iyo un Zamboangeño y Filipino, y ya vota yo con mi concencia porcausa del agravao problema de droga na ciudad y entero paiz,” Lobregat said.

He further explained, among the framers of the constitution were catholic priests and nuns, naming them  as Father Joaquin Bernas, Sister Cristine Tan and Bishop Teodoro Bacani. All voted for the subject provision on death penalty. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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