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It’s mandatory for each and every barangay government unit to hold the Barangay Assembly Day each year. Thus, reminded Department of Interior and Local Government-9 (DILG-9) Regional Director Paisal Abutazil, as he warned village officials that sanctions will be slapped against them for non-compliance.

The Barangay Assembly Day is set on March 25 and October 8 for the first and second semesters, respectively, of this year based on a memorandum circular issued by the DILG central office. And DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno wants 100 percent compliance as far as the conduct of the assembly as required.

The Assembly Day is anchored on the theme: “Sulong Barangay Kontra Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian: Makialam! Makilahok! Makiisa!”

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Yesterday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) foresaw the possibility of what he called the “Bigger one”, a quake of intensity 7, followed by a 10-meter high (equivalent to a -3-storey building) tsunami. Just when is unknown. Now, it forecasts the probability of El Niño in the country sometime in the later quarters of 2017. Chief Meteorological officer Maribel Enriquez said there is around 52 percent probability that El Niño will come during the months of August, September, October, and November.

And the local government will be utilizing the topographic maps to determine areas with geo-hazards and climate change incidents to project what needs to be done during extreme weather conditions..

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Police authorities continue the crackdown against violators of City Ordinance 248 otherwise known as the Revised Traffic Code of Zamboanga City in a bid to ease traffic situation and ultimately maintain order in the city proper area.

Implemented in coordination with the City Administrator’s Office, the intensified campaign focuses on parking regulations

Hopefully, they leave be the “Helmet Law”, that poses no danger to lives in the city proper.

There should be no parking or stopping, loading and unloading, on the side of the street immediately fronting any gates.

Vehicles are likewise not allowed to park on any designated pedestrian lane; within five meters from fire hydrants; within six meters from any intersection or street corners, and on any approaches to bridges as defined in the ordinance.

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Ramon “Khan, the conqueror” Gan, texted this corner a brief quotation that supplied one very incontrovertible justification to quash qualms on the manner by which Pres. Duterte is carrying out his war against illegal drugs as allegedly anti-Christian or Catholic, for that matter.

Take a look. The Book of Genesis, Chapter 9, Verse 5, reads, “Whosoever murders a man will himself be killed by his fellowmen.”

Taken in that context, whosoever then supplies drugs to users is ruining them - body, mind and soul. Though not exactly equated per se to the legal term of murder, ruining one’s life is killing. Premeditated as their acts are, manufacturing, supplying, pushing drugs qualify the criminal acts to colloquial murder.

Genesis, 9.5 rightly justifies their killing - “Whosoever murders a man will himself be killed by his fellowmen.” Bang!

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President Benigno Aquino III, Mr. Clean? But it seems, next to Sen. Leila de Lima’s, on the chopping board is his neck.

The Department of Justice disclosed it has on hands now voluminous documents, evidencing the alleged corruption during the Aquino administration.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed he received the documents from Pastor “Boy” Saycon, a political strategist and head of Council on Philippine Affairs.

Aguirre admitted he had yet to thoroughly sift through the voluminous papers but revealed they included purported anomalies involving gambling operations and misdeclared contributions of some candidates in last year’s elections.

The receipt of the documents by the Department of Justice followed President Rodrigo Duterte’s “private and lively” dinner with some senators Tuesday, according to Malacañang, was sispelled to be a loyalty check following destabilization rumors..

Aguirre said, the documents indicated the involvement of “high officials” in the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.

When asked about the credibility of the documents, Aguirre indicated they were original public documents involving “many forms of corruption” and “many people.”

“These are credible documents - to the highest degree,” he said.

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China, after attempting to mediate in the US-North Korea row, has further seemed to simmer down in controversies, pronouncing, it fully respects the Philippines’ rights over the continental shelf in the Benham Rise located northeast of Luzon and vowed not to challenge those rights.

The is, however a catch to it, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was quick to emphasize that the basic principle of international law dictates that the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the continental shelf do not equate with territories. Likewise, a littoral state’s exercise of rights over the continental shelf should not hamper such rights as freedom of navigation enjoyed by other countries under international law.

Freedom of navigation? That is exactly what America is challenging China on the territorities it claims theirs contrary to the ruling of the International Court of Arbitration. That appears to be a double-speak. Say you?

The China statement was issued after the  Philippines sought clarification, through a Note Verbale sent to the Chinese Embassy in Manila, on the reported presence and visit of a Chinese survey ship in Benham Rise.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China is technically right when it said that Benham Rise is not Philippine territory. But they are all in agreement that the country has rights over the resources of the area.

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Through a video message, Vice President Leni Robredo brings to the world’s attention the troubles in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs, primarily the thousands of deaths that have resulted from the bloody seven-month campaign and flagrant human rights violations.

Robredo’s nearly six-minute video is scheduled to be shown on Thursday at the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs annual meeting in Vienna.

Robredo offered, “We are heartened that the issue of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines today is being discussed in an event such as this. To know that the international community’s eyes are on us and to feel that human rights advocates are watching over our country gives us comfort, courage and hope.”

“…discussed in an event such as this.” Such hogwash! Nowhere does it say that the forum is to extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, it is she (Robredo) discussing it on video for the forum to watch.

It is she offering to tell the forum. Look over what the report quoted above said, “…Robredo brings to the world’s attention the troubles in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs, primarily the thousands of deaths that have resulted from the bloody seven-month campaign and flagrant human rights violations. “She bring s to world’s attention…”

Get the point, folks?

This is then worth repeating. “…whosoever supplies drugs to users is ruining them - body, mind and soul. Though not exactly equated to the legal term of murder, ruining one’s life is killing. Premeditated as their acts are, Genesis, 9.5 justifies their killing -  “Whosoever murders a man will himself be killed be killed by his fellowmen.”

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Whoa there! Que grande “ta*”. Knowing the President is in control of the House, this big-headed mammal, had the temerity to do this. A former soldier turned lawmaker on Thursday filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano filed the impeachment complaint before the Secretary General of the House of Representatives, which would determine if the form and substance of the complaint is sufficient to have the president impeached.

Among the basis of impeachment are culpable violation of the constitution, bribery, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and other high crimes.

Rightly said, it remains to be seen if the impeachment complaint would survive the lower House dominated by a supermajority of allies of the administration.

Starting outright, Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejerito immediately dismissed on Thursday the impeachment case filed against President Rodrigo Duterte, saying there was no “compelling reason” for at it at this point. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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