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The Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong was declared a “walk-in park” during the observance of Holy Week. This is contained  in Executive Orders (E.0.) 255 and 256 Mayor Beng Cimaco-Salazar had issued, aimed at ensuring the safe and solemn observance of the catholic rites.

Aside from “walk-in park,” E.O. 255 also impose a temporary traffic rerouting scheme on all roads leading to the Climaco Freedom Park in Mount Abong-Abong in the village of Pasonanca.

The declaration of walk-in park and traffic rerouting scheme is effective from 6 p.m. of April 12 to 6 a.m. to April 15.

Sale and drinking of liquor, bringing of bladed weapons and firearms as well as backpacks and other similar items at the Freedom Park during the event is also banned. And arrangements for hygiene and sanitation in the area have also been put in place, as thousands of Catholic faithful flock to the Park for the way of the cross at the foot of Pulumbato in Mount Abong-Abong. Several of them stay overnight on Holy Thursday and go home after the seven last words mass on Good Friday.

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An innocent septuagenarian widow lost a big amount of cash and jewelry after she was allegedly duped by a gang who employed the “budol budol” tactics on her in Guiwan last Monday.

Divisoria Police Station Commander Chief Insp. Arlan Delumpines said, Hamsina Columbres, 71 years old, a resident of Pasobolong, was approached by three persons, 2 women and a man, in front of a drug store in Guiwan at around 9:30am, after she had just withdrawn money from an ATM machine.

The group, pretended to know the victim’s son, and invited her to board their car bound for the town proper, convincing her along the way to join their business.

One of the women reportedly showed her a lot of money which she placed inside a bag together with the victim’s money and jewelry.

The victim, together with the bag, was then dropped near the San Bernardino bridge by the group, promising to return for her.

Upon alighting, the victim opened the bag, to find her money and jewelry missing.

The victim reportedly lost P13,000 in cash, a pair of gold earrings worth P8.400; a necklace with pendant costing P20,000, one gold ring worth P5,000, a watch worthP4,200 and two ATM cards.

Police are conducting investigation in a bid to identify the suspects.

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Amending a previous city ordinance declaring a city-owned property in Talisayan as site for a public cemetery, the City Council has approved its use now to house the modern jail facility, as its counterpart share for its erection, with the BJMP financing erection at a cost of P194 million.  Mayor Salazar had certified the bill as urgent, facilitating in its one-sitting passage.

Throwbak. Yesterday, it was reported that City Jail Warden Irvin Diaz was against the site, claiming it to be far. In that regard, we wrote here, “ His rejection, though of the Talisayan site,... SS guesses must be reconsidered.

Beggars, my dear Sir, cannot make demands.”

More reasons now for JC/Insp. to re-think his position.

Our advice, the property I ready for the taking. Repeat, “Take it. That would be better than losing P194 million to other takers for the construction of a modern city jail.”

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Government troops clashed anew with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) over the weekend, leaving more than ten terrorists dead, the military's Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said Tuesday.

Clearly, this is a separate clash the military had recently engaged with the ASG, where it reported sustaining 42 wounded, with several terrorists believed killed, including its leader.

Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., WestMincom chief, had said his command will continue their focused military operations even during the season of lent, repeating the timeframe of six months to end Abu hostilities Duterte had imposed, with its deadline set on 20 June, which is less than three months to go.

The military also said, in a propaganda video posed on social media, Daesh declared Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf top leader Isnilon Hapilon as its head in Southeast Asia and “emir” of the militant group in the Philippines.

Hapilon was ordered to transfer to Lanao province in Central Mindanao to join the Maute group and establish an ISIS wilayat or province, where he was reported to have been seriously injured or killed in military airstrikes in Butig town.

And on Monday, Pres. Duterte expressed optimism Hapilon is dead.

Duterte said he ordered the bombing of Hapilon's house two months ago and they have not heard from the terrorist leader.

Hapilon , indicted in Washington for his involvement in the 2001 kidnapping of three Americans in the Philippines, has a $5-million bounty on his head from the US government.

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Top Rank’s Bob arum did have his way, having given the Pacquiao camp one to week to decide.

Now, it signed, sealed and delivered.

Pacquiao then resurfaces in the ring against undefeated Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.

The Queensland government is partially footing the bill in bringing Pacquiao to Australia in what will go down as the biggest bout ever to be held Down Under.

Arum had actually wanted to stage the Pacquiao-Horn slugfest on April 23 but Pacquiao and Koncz thought they had something up in the Middle East: a rich payday versus Amir Khan.

But Arum predicted, nothing came out with the talks when the promised $38-million purse turned out to be just a mirage.

Pacquiao (59-6-2 with 38 KOs) hasn’t fought since outpointing Jessie Vargas last November at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Horn (16-0-1 with 11 KOs) easily stopped Ali Funeka of South Africa last December in Auckland, New Zealand, with Arum in attendance.

The Australian media reports that Pacquiao is guaranteed some $7-million to $8 million for the Horn match.

But not all is lost in the lucrative proposal for Pacquiao to fight Khan, according to Koncz, who is working to import Khan so they can meet Pacquiao in the Philippines or his.

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Also “signed, sealed and delivered” is the Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire (AIJC) between the Philippine Government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF.)

Inked on Wednesday in the Netherlands, the agreement is expected to move peace negotiations significantly closer to resolving 48 years of armed conflict in the Philippines.

The historic deal was signed after 31 years of peace negotiations between the GRP and NDF that span the terms of six Presidents since former President Corazon C. Aquino initiated talks with the Communists in 1986.

But what put a restraint on the signing of the AIJC was the clarification made by both sides that the deal will not actually stop fighting on the ground.

“There is no de facto ceasefire yet. This is an agreement to work for a permanent ceasefire,” said Dureza.

NDF Peace Panel Chairman Fidel Agcaoili admitted that “it was an agreement to agree on the guidelines” that will lead to the full implementation of the truce.

My, my, that is mind-boggling. “Agreement on ceasefire,” yet “not actually stop fighting on the ground.”

Fight and talk, it is.

But the AIJC effectively addressed the four conditions set by President Rodrigo Duterte, it was said... Hmmm?

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Notwithstanding Mr. Duterte’s supposed assurance he would not appoint defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to the top DILG post, the latter still looms as the likely choice. So believe lawmakers in the House.

“The firing of Sec. Sueno and BBM (Bongbong Marcos) being open to the post of DILG  secretary shows the political bias of President Duterte for the Marcoses,” Akbayan partylist Rep. Tom Villarin said in a statement.

Corruption allegations against Sueno could “just be a smokescreen to justify such move,” he said.

“President Duterte was playing coy about the impending appointment of BBM (Marcos) as DILG Secretary. From the start it was promised to the Marcoses as a political debt. Just as the dictator’s burial happened, such appointment too will happen,” he said. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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