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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q. WHAT’S THE SEVEREST WARNING GIVEN TO MANKIND BY GOD, LEST THEY’LL BE DECEIVED?

A.) FOR THERE SHALL ARISE FALSE CHRISTS, AND FALSE PROPHETS, AND SHALL SHEW GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS; IN SO MUCH THAT, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT.” (MATTHEW24:24). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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Now they all try to wash their hands, except, perhaps, for a few, relative to the alleged substandard Z3R project that the Cong.Albee Benitez’s housing committee probe body is currently looking into. Like what has been published in national dailies, to include one inside-page story highlighted by Daily Tribune May17, to quote part of it: “WHILE OWNINGUP TO THE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE WOODEN BRIDGE THAT COLLAPSED IN RIO HONDO, ZAMBOANGA CITY, ITS CONTRACTOR HAS GIVEN INVESTIGATING LAWMAKERS A RATHER FLIMSY EXCUSE. SERVING AS CONTRACTOR FOR THE BRIDGE, WHICH FORMED PART OF A LOCAL HOUSING PROJECT FOR ZAMBOANGA SIEGE VICTIMS WAS LIMESTONE CONSTRUCTION. IT IS BASED IN ISABELA CITY.”

TO ADD ON, FURTHER, “THE COMPANY ACCEPTS FULL RESPONSIBILITY ON THAT SIR,” ENGR. ALHAZEN SAPIE, LIMESTONE TECHNICAL CONSULTANT TOLD THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY NEGROS OCCIDENTAL 3RD DISTRICT REP. ALBEE BENITEZ. “FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE FOOTBRIDGE WAS CONSTRUCTED ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. SO IT WAS ALREADY EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS,” SAPIE SAID OF THE BRIDGE WHICH WAS MADE OVER A MURKY BODY OF WATER,” as published.

Other contractors of our city’s Z3R, accordingly, maintained their innocence, and that their projects have been done within their estimates and specifications. Whew!

Its 2NDprobe hearing will come by May30, according to media reports.

SIDELIGHTS OF THE BENITEZ HEARING

Now, the sidelights as recounted by my grapevine inside the Benitez housing committee probe hearing, with gusto. “You know what, Pencing? E-media tried to get the side of our Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar after the probe hearing was adjourned, but it just didn’t work, at all. Our lady mayor went straight to the exit door without giving any reply. It only showed her ill-feelings, up to now.”

How about our Dist. 1 Cong. Celso Lobregat? “Well, it was very obvious he was trying to pin down Mayor Beng who’s the chair of LIAC (Local Inter-Agency Council),” the source hinted.

“Aba, aba, nuay gayot sila man union? Debe kel man huntu, huntu sila combersa para bien del ciudad, lla,” snapped someone in our group hobnobbing during one cozy afternoon inside a resto-bar, downtown.

“They already fell in unison that fateful morning of April 26 when the Rio Hondo wooden bridge suddenly collapsed that even embarrassed the visiting housing committee probe team led by its Chair Dist. 3 Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, can’t they already unite for the sake of their own constituents in the city?,” another quipped.

“I bet they won’t unite, for if they do, then there’s no more to expect their “Dream Match” by May2019. Dol umalin ya kay,” another in our six-man gathering, butted in.

This is where a lot of hogwash reigns in our midst due to politics. Can’t we—even for a while—forget about politics, and, for God’s sake, act as one, solid and united public-servant leaders for  the welfare and well-being of our own suffering people, here? (By Jun Feliciano)  (30)




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