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The banner feats of Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., as the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief, has indeed merited him the posh post of Chief of Dtaff  of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

As commanding genereal here, a total of 84 members of the ASG were neutralized since January 1 toApril 1, this year. Galvez said that 60 of the 84 ASG members have surrendered while 13 were arrested and 11 killed in separate clashes with government troops.

Added to that was his active role in the bloody Marawi siege.

Galvez, was a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1985.

He succeeds General Reynaldo  Guerroro, himself a folrmer WesteMiCon chief, and as supposed to retie December of 2017 but the president extended his term. Guderrero is now groomed to head the Maritime Industry Authority upon final retirement.

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The Summer Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) will officially kick off next week for the first batch of 1,400 hired students comprised of high schoolers, who will work from April 12 until May 10.  The second, this time college students will work from May 11 until June 2.

Socorro Rojas, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) chief said there are 2,766 beneficiaries of SPES for this year.

Under the SPES, the students are to work for a period of 20 days with a daily salary rate of P477.73 or a total of P9.554. The implementation of SPES is a joint undertaking of the local government and Department of Labor and Employment (Dole). The city government shoulders 60 percent or P286.60 of the salary of SPES beneficiaries’ while the 40 percent by Dole. Rojas said the city has allocated P15 million for the SPES representing the City Government’s 60 percent counterpart in the program. SPES is commonly known as the summer job program.

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Pres. Duterte has proposed for the conduct of the government peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF)  in Philippine soil.

That excactly is what should be done, and not in  foreign lands, for even if communists, the reds are still Filipinos, for whom they are allegedly fighting.

But all that could be in peril. Echoing the stand of Duterte for the “last chance” talks, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Thursday, laid preconditions before the peace negotiations are resumed,

And exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison countered, saying that setting of preconditions would not follow The Hague Joint Declaration signed in 1992 by former president Fidel Ramos and former NDF chairman Manuel Romero.

The preconditions raised are seven, at the0 least: a bilateral ceasefire; no coalition in the government with the communists; no attacks of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on government forces and civilians; no extortion activities; no destruction of properties; no recruitment by the NPA; and no roaming around with firearms.

As of tghe moment no break of tghe deadlock has yet been reported.

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The National Food Authority (NFA) has accused its own NFA Council, the highest policy-making body of the grains agency, of defying the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately replenish the state-run grains agency’s already depleted stocks with imported rice.

And soon  after, Pres. Duterte ordered the disbanding of the council.

Do not clourt the ire of a hot head president. Risky As ikt turned out.  (By Jimmy Cabato)

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