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Due to the absence of a franchise, the touted brand new taxis intended for Zamboanga City cannot yet operate. This was the disclosure Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) here made.

LTFRB Regional Director Engr. Eduardo Montealto, Jr. said that the taxi cooperative must first comply with the omnibus franchise guidelines before starting its operations.

All taxi units, he added must be equipped with dashboard cameras, radio communications, GPS and meter, and that the operators must also secure accreditation from the Department of Tourism (DOT).

And as a cooperative, members must operate a minimum of at least 15 taxi units.

So far, reported is that the cooperative only has seven units to its credit, Montealto said, adding that these units may only be used on pilot runs.

Meanwhile, Jerson Monteverde, president of the Asia’s Latin City Taxi Cooperative, said they will launch this coming Sunday the brand new taxis and by Monday, they will give free rides to passengers within the seven-kilometer radius.

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Possible kinks to the final recount of votes for the 2016 vice presidential race may have been ironed out as the Leni Robredo camp has accepted – but accordingly with pretense - the challenge of protestant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, jr. for both of them to withdraw their respective petitions, that would surely delay the recount.

The Supreme Court, however, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), will start next month the revision of the votes, which Marcos claims he was cheated for Robredo to win.

The revision starts on March 19 and will cover Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, which Marcos identified by as the areas where he could prove the irregularities he cited in his poll protest.

The described devious Robredo act, Marcos questions is Robredo’s sincerity by allegedly paying lip service to his challenge to join him in asking the Supreme Court - the PET to expedite the resolution of his electoral protest.

Marcos’ lawyer Vic Rodriguez said Robredo was deceitful when, glaringly, she did not sign the copy of the “joint manifestation” in agreement for withdraw of any and all motions that they sent her.

Rodriquez explained that in the joint motion presented by the Robredo camp before reporters on Wednesday, only the name of Robredo’s counsel, lawyer Romulo Macalintal, appeared.

“A joint manifestation is a major pleading and it cannot be done through counsel alone,” Rodriguez said.

“It should also be signed by the client because it needs his or her conformity. Since Mrs. Robredo did not sign the pleading together with her lawyer, it is obvious that she has no intention to withdraw her motions.”

Rodriguez said Robredo’s failure to sign the motion put into question her sincerity in hastening the pace of the electoral process.

Rodriguez also said it cast doubt on the authority of Macalintal, who signed the motion considering that Robredo could later on even disown the motion because it was made without her conformity.

How that would affect the announced recount remains unclear. Let’s keep watch

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Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday accused Sen. Richard Gordon of “intellectual dishonesty” for saying that it was the task of the House of Representatives to investigate President Duterte. Trillanes argued, there is nothing in the rules of the Senate that bars the chamber from investigating sitting Presidents and other impeachable officials.

Gordon had said that the House should be the one to investigate the President because Senate Resolution No. 602 was “a finding of probable fault in the President that he violated the Anti-Money laundering Act.”

But, folks, what strikes SS here is the Trillanes basis for the investigation. News reports says it is the news website, Vera Files, that posted, the President and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, had joint deposits and investments exceeding P100 million at Bank of Philippine Islands, which they allegedly did not declare in their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Clearly of mode these days is “fake news. Right?” This corner then contends, accuser Trillanes must first exert efforts to first determine the credibility of subject Vera Files.

Taking the unchecked issue to the Senate or even the House may just prove futile in the end, unnecessarily leading to wastage of government money and machinery, while bills upon bills needing  more attention keep filing up.  (By Jimmy Cabato)

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