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Brace for possible missing SS editions on Saturday and at the latest probably even Monday. SS again parades the multi-titled Baliwasan Red Corals Team, this time in Imelda town, Sibugay.

Will keep you posted.

Another police superintendent on Pres. Duterte’s “narcolist” fell in a shootout with law enforcers during a buy-bust operation in Dipolog City on Monday night, as the PNP regional office pressed its campaign to rid its ranks of officers with drug links.

The slain officer was identified as Supt. Santiago Ylanan Rapiz, ZaNorte logistics chief.

Rapiz was on a list of 6,000 suspected drug dealers compiled for the President’s war on drugs.

As usual, Rapiz was killed when he allegedly refused to surrender, pulling out his gun fired first.

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Amid allegations of militarization of civilian government, triggered likely by Palace moves deploying soldiers to the Bureau of Customs (BoC) to deter corruption and smuggling, former Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay speaks out, fears of a “militarized” bureaucracy are exaggerated.

For one, it is the President’s prerogative to appoint whoever he wishes, whether they come from the private sector, the academe, or the uniformed services.

What is important is that those appointed are qualified and competent. And on this point, critics readily conclude that former military officers are not qualified or even competent to handle civilian work. This is an unfair generalization.

And apparently, critics allude to the martial law era military organization as basis of assessment. He stressed, that the present crop of soldiers is not the same military of yesterday.

After the 1986 EDSA Revolution, there were conscientious efforts to mold the ranks of the military, to include intensive management and leadership training courses for officers.

And when military officers retire at 56, they are still at their prime. So with their leadership and executive experience, it would be unfair to deprive them of the opportunity to serve the public sector.

In effect, he says, they should be afforded the right to serve.

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The day of reckoning for American politics has arrived.

On Tuesday, voters decided the $5 billion debate between President Donald Trump’s take-no-prisoner politics and the Democratic Party’s super-charged campaign to end the GOP’s monopoly in Washington and statehouses across the nation.

The “blue wave” then helped Democrats and two years later, again did the same retaining control of one chamber of Congress - the lower house.

And women dominated this year’s mid-term polls.

While Pres. Trump is not on the ballot, he himself has acknowledged that the 2018 midterms, represent a referendum on his presidency.

SS came across no commentary yet of results on that particular point.

On another angle, Democrats won control of the House, and as strategists in both parties suggest it is likely, they could derail Trump’s legislative agenda for the next two years. Perhaps more importantly, they would also win subpoena power to investigate the president’s many personal and professional missteps.

Tuesday’s elections were seen to also test the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender and especially education.

Trump’s Republican coalition is increasingly becoming older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates.

The political realignment, if there be one, could re-shape U.S. politics for a generation.

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While the story did not relate to politics neither referred to Pres. Duterte, but in a seemingly tainted ridicule, VP Leni Robredo on Tuesday read to about two dozens kids in Tondo, a storybook, titled “Digong Dilaw.”

“Digong Dilaw” is the story of Digo, a lazy boy who is so enamored of the color yellow that he only ate food that are of the same color.

The point. From all available story, she sorely chose “Digong Dilaw.”

A clear mockery huh. Say you?

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The Hugpong ng Pagbabago and the Tingog Sinirangan party-list group continues shoring up. Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats is joining forces with the influential Inday Sara-led regional party  for next year’s midterm elections.

Led by party president Martin Romualdez, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, and their political allies from the countryside will forge the “alliance agreement” with Hugpong. and Tingog Wednesday at the Tacloban Astrodome. (By Jimmy Cabato)




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