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Hello, world. No telling again if SS sees print in the next three days or so. Cap Aimie, “Lady Bato” of Baliwasan, in tandem with the Redcorals United Football Club, is sending a highly potential champion football team to the Pia in Action Cup in Cagayan de Oro City on 7th, Friday to about Monday, the 10th.

Reynan A. Marzan ably mentors the team that represented Region 9 in the Palarong Pambansa this year.

This time, brandishing the name “Baliwasan-Redcorals Heromosuras”, Junie Manuel, a former Philippine Team soccer mainstay, and a recently retired navyman, joins up in the coaching staff, with two others.

Writing then depends again on time schedules and net facilities availability.

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The new political color of the majority members of congress looms in the horizon. And it seems it is veering away from the PDP-Laban.

First, PDP’s president, Sen. Koko Pimentel was surprisingly replaced as senate president.

Then followed the unceremonious dethronement of another PDP stalwart, Pantaelon Alvarez followed as House Speaker.

Then came replacements of known PDP allies as chairs of various important committees.

One who also fell is our very own Cong. Celso Lobregat.

Marikina Cong. Jose Bayani Fernando took over his post as House Committee Chairman on Public Works and Highways.

Lobregat, is close ally of Alvarez, and is the PDP-Laban local Chairman in Zamboanga City.

And a twist of fate sparng in favor of Zamboanga District 2 Rep. Mannix Dalipe. He was named vice-chairman of the committee relieving Cong. Munir Arbison of Sulu.

To SS, that particular Dalipe fortune is the giveaway. His providence is owed not to his reported support to the takeover of Arroyo as Speaker.

SS is more inclined to believe, political color of the new majority motivated the changes.

Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) appears to be it.

Reflect on on this - While still unannounced, SS has come to know, Dalipe was in the very recent HNP mass oath-taking rites in the Jalosjos trurf - Dakak. Dalipe is a sworn-in HNP affiliate now.

A thought to ponder on. You may agree or disagree, folks.

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he will challenge before the Supreme Court (SC) the proclamation of President Duterte voiding his amnesty, and seek a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Duterte order, which nullified the amnesty Pres. Abnoy granted him in 2011 and ordered his arrest.

Trillanes reiterated, he cannot be arrested over his previous charges, standing  pat that they were already dismissed.

He also repeated he was already a civilian since 2007, three years before he was granted amnesty. He recalled not to have been subjected to a court martial for the November 29, 2017 Manila Peninsula siege.

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The fifth Duterte-marked “narcopolitician” was recently killed Wednesday dawn right inside his office where he had earlier sought sanctuary, fearing for his life.

Killed was Mayor Mariano Blanco III of Ronda town, 82 kilometers southwest of Cebu City.

Blanco’s killing came seven months after his nephew, Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, was gunned down by unknown assailants outside Cebu City’s courthouse.

Ungab, a lawyer, had served as legal counsel to confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Much earlier wiped out were Mayors Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas; Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao; Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte; and Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamiz City.

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Almost US$83 million worth of investment and cooperation deals that would generate around 790 jobs were inked between the Philippines and Israeli firms during President Duterte’s historic four-day visit to the Holy Land.

Not much detailed descriptions of the deals’ nature were given.SS interest was on whether the deals were grants-in-aid, joint financing or loans.

No satisfaction on the matters were outlined.




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