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Eight fighters, including five members of the Maute group, were killed while 52 others were wounded as fighting continue in Marawi City.

Mentioned only as fighters, it was  later confirmed, the eight casualties were government troopers.

Fighting was for the control of Bangolo Bridge that was heavily guarded by the Maute group.

The troops, however, have retaken control of it, a strategic passage into the besieged Islamic city

Such scenario indeed shows that the terrorists are still a force to reckon with, taking us to this top concern - Pres. Duterte stressed, as he finally left to the military the option whether or not to carry out bombing runs on mosques where members of the Maute Group are believed holed up. In Pilipino he said, “It has always been an option to bomb mosques to capture or kill the leaders there and in the process, sacrifice hostages who are all Filipinos. Concerns, however, of possible Muslim world condemnation, has been forcing him and the military to vacillate in such very sensitive move.

Earlier, there was a breath of hope for it was reported, the terrorists were expected to soon succumb due to diminished ammunition and food provisions. But with what is evident, that does not seem to hold water.

Resilient enemy strength and power, emboldened by its utilization of mosques as safe havens against military aggression, clearly rises as evidence to the contrary.

Would that then compel the president and his forces to implement their sole remaining and protracted option – to bomb enemy hideout-strongholds, no matter where and no matter how hard a decision?

If ever that is resulted to, the public - Muslims and Christians, including persistent critics here and abroad alike must view the move with unbiased bases.

The president had said, this crisis must end and not prolonged any longer.

Looking at it fair and square, the president does have a point, lest many more lives, properties and funds are wasted.

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The Blood Bank of the Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter has discovered three bags of donated blood which were positive of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) while another three are still subject to confirmatory test.

The bags of contaminated fluid were among those donated to the PRC Blood Bank since January this year.

Whoa there! Hold on. There appears certain irregularity here in the extraction mode.

Discovery of… “three bags of donated blood… positive of (HIV),” and that these… “were among those donated to the PRC Blood Bank since January this year?”

Something seems wrong here. SS is no authority on this, but the Western Eagles Club here under the presidency of this corner in tandem with the Baliwasan Barangay government unit headed by Cap Aimie Cabato, has been conducting several MBBs (Mass Blood Letting), and it is observed, before blood is extracted from any donor, tests are conducted, with a doctor checking the health condition of all.

And these tests determine the suitability of blood for donations, so applying donors found with contaminated and unsuitable blood are skipped, and advised by the doctor on what medication or process to undergo.

So, it is unlikely of such dangerous discovery. But if true, then there may have been lapses of sort somewhere.

And it appears the discoveries are true, as Nimfa Linao, PRC Blood Bank medical technologist, disclosed, the Department of Health’s (DOH) Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) already confirmed this while the results of the other three have yet to be released.

And, the same authority also said, last year, eight bags of donated blood were found positive of HIV.

Said and done, how many blood recipients may have already been transfused with blood carrying the deadly virus?

Strange, truly. The tests were unmistakably conducted after blood extraction.

Being no authority on the matter, SS poses a teaser, is that how the system works – extract first, then conduct the tests? Pray tell us.

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Zamboanga City Police Director, Sr. Supt. Neri Vincent Ignacio rightfully did a Duterte. SS salutes him. He came immediately to the defense of his men.

Yesterday he disclosed, seeing no violation committed by the police in dispersing the misbehaving fraternity members last week along Cabato Road, Barangay Tetuan, this city.

On the other hand, Supt. Nonito Asdai, chief of the Tetuan police said it was only practical for his men to fire warning shots into the air because the situation was already going out of control.

Good move, officer. A salute, too is proper.

Ignacio said, a netizen uploaded the incident in his Facebook page and he was able to watch the video.

“There was nothing wrong with what the police did. It was their duty to pacify the trouble before it goes out of hand,” Ignacio said.

He, instead, called on the parents of the frat members to discipline their children before something bad will happen to them.

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Some businessmen in Zamboanga City are against the proposed four-day work week.

Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation president, Edwin To said he does not see any benefit from the bill to the business sector.

“We can never catch-up with our Asian neighbors with regards to business because of so many day offs,” To emphasized.

He asked the lawmakers to explain the wisdom in passing the bill saying it is only good for the employees and not the employers.

On the other hand, Cholo Soliven, who chairs the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, the proponent of the bill did not consult with the stakeholders who will be affected if the bill is realized.

Soliven said the bill is not applicable to all industries.

The draft proposal of the “Four-Day Work Week Act” will not change the traditional 40 hours of work every week or cut back on service or productivity.

“It will still be 40 hours a week, but the work schedule will run from Monday to Thursday instead of until Friday. Public and private sector employees will put in two additional hours of work daily,” said the proponent. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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