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Agan scores Lobregat on tax exemption furor

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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q.) WHAT ARE THESE 2 GREATEST COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT SUM UP THE WHOLE MEANING OF ALL HIS 10 COMMANDMENTS HANDED DOWN TO MOSES?

A.) “THEN A LAWYER ASKED JESUS A QUESTION, MASTER, WHICH IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT IN THE LAW? JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND.THIS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT. AND THE SECOND IS UNTO IT. THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.”(MATTHEW 22:35—40). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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TWO VITAL ISSUES RAISED IN THE COUNCIL

THERE were two items discussed during yesterday morning’s regular session of our city council that caught with reverie our keen interest. And, they’re considered vital issues affecting our city that need to be resolved with dispatch, right now.

FIRST tackled, as I arrived just in time for its thorough discussion by its august body with its invited guests, was its calendared dialogue with the owner/manager of RCDG for some clarification and information relative to the status of the ongoing renovation of the Joaquin F. Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex, this city upon representation of Hon. Councilor Jimmy Villaflores from district 2 who chairs its committee on infrastructure.

THE nitty-gritty put forth at first was its supposed delay in its implementation as it was supposed to complete its multi-million project of our city’s ruined sports complex by December yet of last year, since its commencement period came March of same year(2016). Then, it was reset to May and June this year.

IN SHORT, our rehab works by its contractor, in this case the RCDG, on this one devastated landmark of our city, as a result to that 3-week long infamous bloody “Zamboanga Siege” that triggered in September of 2013 when the city was laid under siege by some 400 to 500 heavily-armed group identified as belonging to the disgruntled MNLF-Misuari faction, have been lumbering behind schedule in its completion not only once or twice but thrice already.

NOW, the council was on fire to grill them (RCDG and DPWH, as well).

By all intents and purposes, both the august body and the invited guests appeared to attune each other, so as to thresh out those kinks discovered, the reason or reasons for those delays. Amongst them as ventilated by RCDG, are its anticipation for the late coming of those shipments contracted by them for the imported grass intended for the soccer or football field, the rubber cover for the oval from Germany, and also the weather factor is to reckon with, as well.These are just among those to comprise its remaining works for the finishing touches of its whole rehab project that they merely grade at 2 percent to fully accomplish. Their project engineer namedby DPWH to help oversee its overall performance work earlier disclosed to the august body that the ongoing rehab of the JFE sports complex is now 45 percent complete. That surely tells us there’s still a lot to be done, as far as this particular rehab works are concerned.

AGAN SCORES LOBREGAT ON TAX EXEMP ISSUE

NOW, here comes the stunning remarks coming from Dist. 2 Councilor Rommel Agan with regards to the tax exemption issue raised by no less our Dist. 1 Cong. Celso Lobregat. Agan strongly batted for its justification, underscoring the fact that when the Mayor Joaquin F. Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex was first rehabilitated during the past administration of his late father, then City Mayor Vitaliano Agan, it was all tax-free, as far as its importation cost was concerned. And, according to him, the same thing here is applied, as well. The only difference, he added, it’s now handled by DPWH while in in the past when its JFE sports complex undertook its first massive rehab in 1991, it was directly handled by its own local government, and that was our city gov’t of Zamboanga, itself. And, that such tax exemption is being sanctioned, as always, by the Philippine Sports Commission. “Tiene lang algunus ke ta ace complicao cuneste issue.Tiene lang gayot siempre cuchara mal labao,” the two-time lawyer- city councilor rued.

Ese pa!

SP WANTS ZAMCELCO TO RETURN GENSETS

Its second interesting issue having to do with Zamcelco’s supposed controversial purchase of its 16- modular gen-sets with its aim to have them all return to sender. That means, in their approved council resolution, after all is said and done, seek the legal position of both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration(NEA), separately, so as to find the possibility for Zamcelco, exercising its many options allowed under the law, to have them all return to DOE, since its two-year term contract has not been specific as far as its actual acquisition period of its 16-modular genset units, are concerned. No less its majority floor-leader Dist. 1 Councilor Cesar Jimenez raised such a supposed omission in the contract entered into between and among parties involved. Will I add more to it by my next return here or not? Let me see, ok?  (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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