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It’s nice hearing that both our representative in the west and eastern fronts are doing their fair share of congressional tasks. While we have been hearing of massive infrastructures ongoing in the western front of Cong. Celso L. Lobregat, the eastern was a lot more silent.

And lo, Dist. Cong. Mannix Dalipe come up with a boom, announcing - The 16-kilometer superhighway project in his district gets additional budget of P795 million for the coming year 2018.

According to Dalipe, the superhighway project will connect the barangays of Cabaluay, Bolong, Mercedes and Zambowood up to Tetuan. Wow..!

It will also serve as a diversionary road in going to and from east coast, Dalipe bared.

While Zambowood and Mampang will  have to be connected by a bridge, Dalipe is optimistic the bridge will be funded just the same.

The said superhighway will also traverse through the barangays of Talon-Talon, Tugbungan up to Tetuan.

Dalipe stressed that the superhighway will greatly ease the worsening traffic congestion in the city since motorists coming from the east coast will have an alternative route in going to the city proper.

The congressman inspected the road concreting of the road project over the weekend and expressed optimism that said infrastructure project would possibly be completed in two years time.

In an interview with Daily Zamboanga Times, Dalipe bared the ongoing construction of the superhighway did not utilize existing barangay roads in the east coast.

And the congressman said the project was approved by the national government through his lobbying with the House Committee on Appropriation chaired by Davao Congressman Carlo Nograles, (of which Lobregat is vice chair,) and with the Office of  House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

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The City Council has approved an ordinance providing cash incentives to the city’s senior citizens. With that, around 64,000 senior citizens in the city are expected to benefit additional cash incentives from the local government.

Under the Coun. Cesar Jimenez-sponsored ordinance, senior citizens aged 60 to 69 years will receive P500, seniors at 70 to 79, P750, 80 to 90 receive P1,000, for those 91 to 94, P1,500 and 95 to 99 years old P2,000.

The ordinance will be funded with some P15 to P20 million.

Jimenez said, if the needed funding cannot be included in this year’s supplemental budget, this will be realized in 2018.

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A graft case and a charge of usurpation of official functions against former Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd has finally been filed in connection with the police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015 that resulted in the “wasteful” deaths of 44 elite commandos.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales approved a consolidated resolution that found probable cause to charge Aquino “in conspiracy with” former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and former PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) Director Getulio Napeñas. The two were charged earlier in 2017 with the same offenses before the Sandiganbayan, while Aquino first sought reconsideration but the Ombudsman denied it in the later consolidated order, which Morales approved in September.

The Ombudsman said in part that “the Office finds probable cause that Aquino’s act of utilizing the services of the preventively suspended Purisima for Oplan Exodus” allegedly “caused Purisima to perform, under pretense of official position the acts pertaining to the PNP Chief without being lawfully entitled to do so, in violation of Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code on usurpation of official functions.”

Doubly, the Ombudsman found probable cause, too, that Aquino’s act of utilizing the services of Purisima under the aforesaid circumstances” allegedly “constituted an act of persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform acts constituting a violation of the order of preventive suspension and a commission of usurpation of official functions, in violation of Section 3(a) of RA No. 3019,” the Ombudsman added.

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Do not mess around with your boss. This should stand as a lesson to department heads and chiefs of office under the Duterte administration.

Benjamin Reyes, former head of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), was earlier sacked

when he contradicted his boss’ data on the number of Filipinos addicted to drugs. Duterte said there were 4 million drug addicts while Reyes said there were only 1.8 million.

Now, the bossman also axed his successor, Chairman, Dionisio Santiago, who he asked to resign.

This was triggered when Santiago commented that the Duterte-initiated mega drug rehabilitation facility in Nueva Ecija was a “mistake.”

He said, the facility is “ineffective” since it crowds the drug suspects together while cutting their ties from their families.

“That was a mistake…,” and in Pilipino added, “The problem was the President got too excited… The money used there could’ve been used to build community-based rehab facilities…”

Having learned his lesson, Santiago then reasoned, “Malacañang knows best. The boss is always right.”

One other favored underling had seemingly erred, quipping something in effect hurtful to his superior.

He told complaining police retirees (so, you know who now), at the moment, he cannot raised their retirement pay for he only acts on the policies Malacañang and the DBM set, adding “Wait until I become president and I will quadruple you pay.”

Whew..! That’s a mouthful there. Ain’t it?

Tested good in the discharge of his functions and responsibilities,. SS hopes his utterance has escaped the ears of his chief.

Otherwise, as they say in “chabacano”, Alam na.   (By Jimmy Cabato)

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