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Marawi siege outlasts our own Zambo siege

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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q._ HOW TRUE THAT EVEN THE DEVIL TREMBLES AT HEARING THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST?

A.) “BUT WHEN HE SAW JESUS AFAR OFF, HE RAN ANDWORSHIPPED HIM. AND CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, AND SAID, “WHAT HAVE I TO DO WITH THEE JESUS, THOU SON OF THE MOST HIGH GOD? I ADJURE THEE BY GOD, THAT THOU TORMENT ME NOT.” (MARK 5: 6-7). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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Marawi siege outlasts

our own Zambo siege

THE Marawi City skirmishes outlast our own Zamboanga siege in terms of their duration-period. The current Marawi conflict between our gov’t forces and the IS-inspired Maute terrorist group is now entering its 8th week, according to reports. THE Sept. 9,2013 bloody “Zamboanga Siege” that flattened at-least five villages near the center of our city, came to an end before the September month wound up-- more than three years ago.

AND,pathetically, rehab works on the city-coined “Build Back Better Zamboanga” is not being addressed with appropriateness as far as its supposed time-line for the massive relocation of its thousands and thousands of IDPs is concerned. They still wallow in hardships and mired in abject poverty, not of their own doing.

AS to the ongoing Marawi siege, how’ll its local government address its aftermath? That, we still wonder with trepidation.

NOW, as to our city’s relentless effort to rehabilitate the grossly abused/raped modern Joaquin F. Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex as a result of the infamous “Zamboanga Siege,” that we can’t aptly evaluate exactly well. What, with the pronouncement of our own Dist. 1 Councilor Bong Atilano—Chair of its council committee on sports, attesting it’s now being undertaken intermittently, due to the delay in the release of its gov’t funding amounting to (close 200 million pesos?-- not very sure) by installment. As to what particular office or agency in gov’t? I don’t want to venture on my own, ‘coz I failed to exactly and accurately jotdown what the good councilor from Ayala randomly informed Pencing the other day.

BUT, one thing sure, its rehab project is of national gov’t endeavor—could be part of the much ballyhooed statement of former Pres. Noynoy Aquino III that his then administration would allocate the 1.2 billion pesos for the immediate rehabilitation and relocation of our Zambo siege victims in a place where they can consider their very own. And in such a gigantic amount, the rehab of its wrecked JFE sports center is included, as well. The Sept. 2013 mayhem happened when the city came under attack from the disgruntled armed group of the MNLF-Misuari followers numbering to some 400.

THE undergoing mammoth rehab of one of the city’s destroyed landmarks (JFE Sports Complex)—as an offshoot of one of the city’s worst bloody confrontations in the post-war 2 era, is aimed to bring back the Zamboangueños’ lost glory in sports. Its sad aftereffect was shown when our city athletes paled badly in recent national/ regional sports competitions.

ZC has been dislodged by the Zamboanga del Sur athletes in the top overall standings. Atilano said, though, that our city will regain back its winning form when rehab works of its fixture in sports, the Mayor Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. Sports Complex in Brgy. Baliwasan, will be totally completed. He said it won’t take very long to make it realized thoroughly to the hilt. Ohala era.

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BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TINA, OUR BATCH-MATE

BELATED Happy Birthday to our batch-mate Tina Canlas Machado who threw a big bash to mark another milestone in her life last July 12 at the Sigay rm., Patio Palmeras in Brgy. Sta. Maria. It was a well-attended birthday party for Tina with scores of her batch-mates and a lot of her friends and relatives, not to mention her immediate family members (2 daughters and a son? Am I right Tina?) and brothers Roger, Jun and two sisters (failed to get their names) and all the rest who came to greet her a very happy birthday that evening. To you, Tina, may you reach a blissful long life. So, good luck to you! (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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