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Good thing, SS was able to skip joining the boys’ session after mass and breakfast that normally marked the annual Fiesta la Virgen de Sto. Rosario, known in town as Fiesta Cabato. Fiesta day, the 7th coincides with the Bolong Town Fiesta to where several Cabato roots are traced. That event is also known hereabout as Fiesta Cabato.

Accompanying daughter, Cap Aimie Lady Bato was the SS most convenient excuse for, as she had an appointment in Pasonanca.

Thus SS pounds on the keyboard now, with Cañonaso following. And if the Cabato boys still remains in session when task is over, SS follows to the chapel.

And yesterday, we ventured a guess that this year’s Cabato clan reunion was somewhere near the corder of 108 years.

Wrong, folks, it was the 121st Anniversary.

Happy fiesta again. And long live!

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Brace up for another round of oil price hike by as much as P1.30 to P1.50 per liter this week

And literally oil firms will squeeze blood out of stone from Filipino consumers’ pockets.

Public utility vehicle drivers is the sector seen to be hardest hit as diesel is its main fuel need.

For gasoline prices, the expected increase will be a bit leaner but still significant at P0.80 to P0.90 per liter, with kerosene prices also anticipated to take its toll on consumers.

Concurring with speculations, the Department of Energy (DoE) described the upward adjustments as a dreaded series in more than two months already.

Given the incessant rise in oil prices, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, head of the Senate Committee on Energy, proposed that the government-sanctioned subsidy under the Pantawid Pasada program be increased from the P2,542 monthly per driver to P6,000 - an increase of more than 50-percent.

Under the proposal, Gatchalian also wants tricycle drivers covered. Well, the move appears estimable, particularly in this city, where a large number of tricys operate.

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Malacañang is keeping its fingers crossed that the recent administrative and memorandum orders Pres. Duterte issued will help ease the effect of inflation on the ordinary Filipino.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after it was reported that the country’s inflation surged anew from 6.4 percent in August to 6.7 percent in September.

In a statement, Roque said the Palace is aware that the rising prices of goods are taking its toll on the ordinary Filipino.

These are the recent measures that the government has taken to address the issue of inflation.

Administrative Order (AO) No. 13 to streamline procedures on the importation of agricultural products, including rice.

Memorandum Order Nos. 26, 27, and 28, seeking to stabilize prices of basic agricultural commodities at reasonable levels, maintain their sufficient supply in the domestic market, and provide effective and sufficient protection to consumers against hoarding, profiteering, and cartels with respect to the supply, distribution, marketing, and pricing of said goods.

"These steps are seen to lower the price of basic food products for Filipino consumers since certain administrative requirements unduly add to the cost of importation and limit food supply,” he said.

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This was what we perceived yesterday which Malacañang bandies today. Accordingly, despite registering a lower public satisfaction for its work in the past three months, the Duterte administration maintained a “very good” rating in the third quarter, shows the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.

That may certainly be true, but they should be wary of the downward trend in Duterte’s ratings since he ranted against God. With three and half years left in his term, those falling stars may soon turn into meteors.

Duterte had better watch his tongue. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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