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In 2014, Commission on Audit records showed Zamboanga City was the 5th richest city in the Philippines and in Mindanao, the richest.

At the turn 2018, however, the COA reported different. Based on its report, Zamboanga City is now continuing to decline in the ranking of the richest in the country.

Tagged then as richest in 2014, the “continuing decline” must necessarily have started in 2015, a year or two after Mayor Beng Climaco took over the reins of the city from Mayor and now Congressman Celso Lobregat.

How does that picture strike you?

One point looms - a strong comparative delineation between the past and succeeding administrations, mirroring the efficiency or inefficiency in the   handling of city affairs.

Downplaying the story, this the justifying stand of Mayor Climaco, as “Cosa lang man se equity si el mga pobre vivientes, gende ta sinti el progreso del de aton ciudad. ”Of what good is that equity if the poor sector does not feel the progress of the city.)

True. Bull’s eye! How would the poor residents “feel the progress of the city,” when from being one of the richest in the country and the richest in Mindanao, Zamboanga had continuously dropped in ranking?

You be the better judges. SS only lays the cards on the table.

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Evidently, the local police are back in action on the drug scene after laying off on orders of the President.

Several apprehensions of drug personalities were recently reported.

With the PDEA here under Director Lyndon Aspacio relentlessness on the campaign, we foresee the sharp reduction once more of the drug menace here.

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) Wednesday called for calm among members of the media who are feeling threatened with the alleged background investigation (BI) being conducted by the national police force.

And what alarms them? That’s basic police work. Unless, of course, they have skeletons hidden in the closets.

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After claiming China’s military buildup in the South China Sea was no longer news, Malacañang said the Philippines was not going soft on Beijing over its territorial dispute in the contested area.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the remarks after Southeast Asian foreign ministers aired concerns over China’s land reclamation and other activities in the disputed sea. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) admitted that China’s activities have “eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” Roque gave assurance that the country continues to support regional calls for peace, security and stability in the busy waterway.

Roque

He said the country supports the latest statement made by the ASEAN foreign ministers about China’s activities in the area.

Meanwhile, Roque opined, the Philippines will one day “thank” China for the artificial islands it has built in the disputed South China Sea, but that this would only happen if the Philippines will be able to ask China to leave the artificial islands it has reclaimed in the disputed sea.

Will that day ever come!

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Education Secretary Leonor Briones has formally informed Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa, that DepEd was formally terminating its Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the social news network.

No further details were given as to why the DepEd decided to terminate its partnership with Rappler.

Clearly, however, this has to do with the Duterte-Rappler tiff. Plus SEC’s.

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Pres. Duterte, in a luncheon meeting in Malacañang with NPA rebel returnees, lambasted Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison

Duterte, a former student of 78-year-old Sison chastised him, saying he thinks he owns the government, and even wants to be president.

That guy deserves no less. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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