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5 pm today, the batch of some 50 Zamboanga Eagles, including this corner, shoves off for Dipolog enroute Cebu on board a ferry boat.

Most likely then, in motion again as we will be by tomorrow, there would be difficulty in grinding SS. Let’s see on Friday.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) hits it big in Tawi Tawi, arresting an alleged big time drug personality, and hauling in a whooping P1.5 million worth of illegal drugs.

Just as we has said, the PDEA, especially in the Zamboanga Peninsula under Regional Director Lyndon Aspacio has been a great deal of a job.

On a nationwide scale, however, lack of manpower does not reflect similar achievements.

The Police must come back to the scene. Together with PDEA a lotcan bed acchived in ridding the country of the drug menace.

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Concreting of the road to connect Gov. Camins to Gov. Ramos in Sta. Maria is in progress. Engr. Christopher Navarro, officer-in-charge of the City Engineer’s Office, says the amount of amount of P45,634,607.90 has been appropriated for the purpose.

Navarro added the project, a four-lane road, measures 734.65 linear meters in length and 16.20 meters in width, started on July 11, 2017 with an accomplishment status of 6.48% as of Oct. 15.

But he said, the construction, rehabilitation and improvement of the road project under Phase 1 amounting to P12,297,359.44, that started on Oct. 30, 2015, has been completed 100% as of April 20, 2016. It measures 195.07 linear meters long and 16.20 meters wide.

The total cost of the entire project is P57,931,967.34.

Meanwhile, Navarro said his office is also working on three more road opening projects designed to decongest vehicular traffic in the city of Zamboanga.

One of these projects is the ongoing demolition to pave the way for the Kasanyangan-Tetuan road worth P27 million.

He said the CEO is also negotiating with owners of the lots that will be affected by the opening of Vitaliano Agan (formerly Nuñez Extension) to Veterans Avenue.

Also under negotiation with land owners is the proposed road to connect Veterans Avenue (near Budgetwise) to Talon-Talon.

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Not necessarily hook, line and sinker, SS buys the comment of Franklin Harrfy Maletsky that those against the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) are inconsistent in batting at the same time for federalism. Read over, a respected personality Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. on Tuesday described as a “lethal experiment” and a “leap into hell” the apparent rush by Congress to amend the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a shift in the form of government from unitary to federal.

“I assert that the shift to federalism or amendments to our Constitution to accomplish the goals and objectives of the proponents of federalism is totally unnecessary,” Davide told business executives at Manila Polo Club in Makati.

He said the reasons cited to support the move were “deceptively misleading.”

“All such goals and objectives can adequately and sufficiently be accomplished by merely but effectively and efficiently implementing the provisions of the 1987 Constitution for strong local autonomy and decentralization,” Davide said.

He said the local government units’ complaints about their share in the proceeds of the use and development of natural resources in their areas were already addressed in Article 10 of the Constitution and the Local Government Code of 1991.

The Constitution, according to Davide, even provides for the creation of regional development councils to accelerate socioeconomic growth in the regions.

If there are deficiencies in the Local Government Code that hinders regional development, then Congress should just amend the law, he added.

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Nine (9) former Cabinet members from the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III now face a plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the anomalous MRT-3 maintenance contract.

Former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya and former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas lead those included in the complaint filed on Tuesday by DOTr Undersecretary for legal affairs and procurement, Reinier Yebra.

Included, too, are former Budget Secretary Florencio (Butch)Abad; former Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima; former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla; former Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo; former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; former Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson; and former National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief Arsenio Balisacan.

Named also as respondents are former MRT General Manager Roman Buenafe and former Transportation Undersecretaries Rene Limcaoco, Catherine Gonzales, and Edwin Lopez.

Several former Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) officials, BURI officials, and a certain Marlo Dela Cruz also made it to the list.

The complaint hit the private respondents for “acting as dummies” for the government officials, who amassed ill-gotten wealth through “a combination or series of overt or criminal acts.”

The complaint stated that the local officials approved the BURI maintenance contract worth P568.8 million from January to December 2016, even though BURI is inexperienced to take on the project.

Yebra said that Abaya and Roxas are considered as the “main plunderers” of the entire scheme.

Earlier, former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas III scoffed at attempts to pin the blame on the past administration for the dismal state of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT 3).

“In a word? Pathetic, he said.

No, however, the situation is different, it is an attempt no more. It’s for real. And if the case prospers, there would no bail for temporary liberty. This is serious. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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