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Even if it was in speedy moves, SS in all humility as it is his effort,  feels contented with the result of ou piece yesterday - brief, but crisp and crunchy, having covered much more bits and pieces. Will strive doing the same today. If deemed more informative, SS continues adopting that mode each day.

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Mon Quin, a former member of media has silently been doing humble socio-civic acts at home and in his native place of Labuan.

In town, he has consistently been feeding children in the neighborhood during his past recent birthdays. In Labuan, for sometime now, months, he was engaged in the rehabilitation of drug surrenderees in the field of food processing with trainors tapped from the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA).

And these days, Mon is concentrating on the live birth registration of children also in Labuan, going there at daytime gathering their names/pertinent data and going back evenings.

Such is how Mon Quin spends his time these days. His only consolidation is that God sees his efforts. He will be so readily be rewarded.  God be with you, Mon. Keep up the good work.

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New People’s Army (NPA) members set fire to several construction equipment owned by a Cong. Roberto Uy in what appeared to be an act of retaliation for a failed case of extortion, in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur last Sunday.

And to the recollection of SS, this is not the first such kind of occurrence for the good congressman. Sometime ago - 3 or 4 years past - SS was in the company of Molave Fire Marshall Ed Muksan in his headquarters, when at around 8 pm he had to leave us to respond to a similar incident in Josepfina, in the vicinity of Dumingag, that also involved construction equipment owned by the same official.

Policed reported around 15 alleged members of the NPA appeared at the construction site that evening, pointed their guns towards the workers and identified themselves as members of the NPA, then set on fire several trucks and heavy equipment in the area.

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“The dream and aspiration to have a Cancer Center in Zamboanga City is becoming a reality”.

Thus, took pride in and spoke Cong.  Celso Lobregat, Vice-Chairman, Committee on Appropriations.

It was Lobregat who painstakingly pushed to obtain the substantial budget requirement from the Department of Health (DOH) for the completion of the ZCMC Cancer Center.

The most modern ZCMC Cancer Center costs P63-Million in infrastructure and P280-Million in equipment which is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Awaiting the early arrival of the Linear Accelerator, the 32 Slice SPECT CT with Hot Lab and BONE DEXA DENSITOMETER, Lobregat and ZCMC officials led by Hospital Director Dr. Romeo Ong recently inspected the ongoing construction of the said building which is in its completion stage.

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Police rescued a 16-year old girl and arrested the suspected human trafficker during massive inter agency operations launched at the Zamboanga International Airport last Sunday.

The suspect as Khair Rjan Bapora Julkipli, 32 years old, single and presently residing at Barangay Tabungon, Liloan, Southern Leyte.

The 16-year old victim, a certain Linda, was reported to have been missing since June 24 and was believed to have been taken by the suspect who is also her uncle.

Police said that Linda was brought by the suspect to different places where she was sexually exploited for two weeks.

The suspect turned out to subject of several pending cases of human trafficking and has connections with other groups involved in the illegal exploitation of minors.

Units responsible for the arrest of the suspect include the Zamboanga City Police Station-8, WCPC-MFU, Department of Social Welfare and Development-9, Liloan Police Station in Southern Leyte.

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Malacañang has expressed elation over the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that majority of Filipinos support the implementation of martial law in Mindanao to combat the threat of terrorism in the island.

Based on the latest survey, conducted a month after President Duterte signed Proclamation No. 216, among the 92 percent of Filipinos who are aware of the declaration, 57 percent said declaring martial law was the right decision.

“The positive public response indicates that they believe the factual and legal basis of the proclamation of martial law for Mindanao,” Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Wednesday morning.

The survey showed that the proportion of those who said declaring Martial Law in Mindanao was the right decision was highest among those in Mindanao at 64 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 58 percent, Visayas at 57 percent, and the rest of Luzon at 53 percent.

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With that result, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte now has an added arsenal in his view of  Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who he had branded “a hopeless person.” First, Trillanes a perennial Duterte critic. Recently, Trillanes took seriously a joke about committing graft.

Referring to Trillanes’ claims, Duterte said he will resign if Trillanes can prove he had P211 million in undeclared funds in a Bank of the Philippine Islands account.

“I said that’s not true. Even if you search the entire country, and you find even just half of that amount, I will step down,” Duterte said in Filipino.

Trillanes is also one of the yellows criticizing the Duterte move on martial law declaration. With that SWS revelation, they had better shut their big mouths.

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Leni Robredo could be counting her days now as Philippine Vice President. This looms as former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos expressed exultation over the decision of the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to allow the counting of votes for vice president in three pilot provinces - Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

The Marcos camp said there were more than a million undervotes in those areas. It believes that if the votes are counted correctly, these will be more than enough to overtake the more than 260,000 lead of Vice President Leni Robredo.

The high court will announce the vote revision date soon.

“It is clear that the justices are interested to proceed with the revision and counting of votes. They want a speedy resolution to finally know the real results of the election,” Marcos said in a news conference Tuesday.

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China hit back on Tuesday in unusually strong terms at repeated calls from the United States to put more pressure on North Korea, urging a halt to what it called the “China responsibility theory”, and saying all parties needed to pull their weight.

But U.S Pres. Trump took a more conciliatory tone at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, expressing some impatience that China, with its close economic and diplomatic ties to Pyongyang, is not doing enough to rein in North Korea.

Asked about calls from the United States, Japan and others for China to put more pressure on North Korea, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said it was not China ratcheting up tension and the key to a resolution did not lie with Beijing.

“I think this either shows lack of a full, correct knowledge of the issue, or there are ulterior motives for it, trying to shift responsibility,” he added.

The spokesman released some more biting words, “Asking others to do work, but doing nothing themselves is not.” he added.

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SS finds this item enough that government has set a deadline of 10 to 15 more days to end the more than a month Marawi crisis, when Duterte quipped he is hopeful that the conflict could be resolved in cited time frame.

And observers see the statement as Duterte offering the latest timeline of the military operations, disclosing plans to visit Marawi City this week to show solidarity with the government troops, at a time fighting is still on going..

The President admitted that the government faced difficulty in resolving the Marawi conflict due to the huge stockpile of weapons of the enemy. He said they knew the enemy had ammunition but were surprised that they have not yet ran out of weapons, especially rocket propelled grenades, since the conflict started last month.

“This is the 45th , 46th day? Hindi maubus-ubos ang — lalo na ‘yung grenade,” (Their arsenal just does not deplete - especially grenades,) he said.

SS writes “30” here with the hope he gets feedbacks on the brevity of the shared bits and pieces spiced by snipe swipes here and there. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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