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Heavy rains prevailed on the first day that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGSA) declared the official start of summer - dry season.

Again, it was proven wrong last night as rains poured heavy in the city flooding streets and drives all over. Already by about 10:00 am today, in coming from Fort Pilar, SS personally saw the sad plight of Pilar st. commuters, residents and business clientele as its entire length was so inundated.

Comes in again the good news that Dist. 1 Cong. Celso Lobregat announced the other day.

He had managed to lobby before the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Mark Villar for the inclusion of a whooping P360 million under the president’s Build, Build, Build Program to fund the construction a flood control project for the below the sea level Pilar street.

Lobregat gave assurance the project freeing Zamboangueños from the age-old discomforts, will commence this year as everything is in place And which h continues to push hard.

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has warned candidates running for elective barangay positions in the different barangays to start removing their tarpaulins and other posters which are posted in their community as these are violations of the Election Code.

Comelec city officer Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete observed that there are various posters posted in conspicuous places in the community by people who are obviously going to run in the barangay polls.

“Tiene maga posters ta conseja con el maga jovenes to stay away from drugs, tiene tamen ta abla drive safely and many others.

Here in Baliwasan one announced bet has recently posted one with an advice against texting while driving.

Cañete said, “Ok lang aquel del otro dia cuando nuay pa sila man file el Certificates of Candidacy pero the moment they will file the COC it is already considered a violation…”

Under Comelec ruling, posters posted by people who have signified their intention to run are considered a violation even if the posters do not have the word “vote.”

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At least 10 senators have signified their commitment to sign the Senate blue ribbon committee report on the botched P3.5-billion anti-dengue program that was launched by the Aquino administration, Sen. Richard Gordon said today.

Gordon, chair of the blue ribbon committee, said among those who have already signed the report he released last week were Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, head of the Senate health and demography panel, and Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.

“It’s not a draft report, that’s the chairman’s report and that is final,” Gordon clarified.

“A lot of them (senators) will sign on Monday,” Gordon said.

And even though some senators frowned on the committee’s conclusion that former President Aquino III is liable for graft, Gordon insists that the panel’s documentary evidence against him and other officials involved are strong enough to stand for court trial.

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Pres. Duterte has declared the drug problem in the country is only one fourth of the way solved.

He admits his anti-drug campaign would be a “long fight” even as he vowed to sustain law enforcement efforts to bring down the danger level to zero.

Likewise, Duterte confessed that the narcotics trade might outlive his presidency as he cautioned his successor to prepare to deal with the problem.

“It’s gonna be a long fight. It will transcend my presidency. And the next president has to deal with it eyeball-to-eyeball whether he likes it or not. The motivation there is profit,” Duterte explained. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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