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It’s 1:35 pm. A little late starting time for SS today due chores relative to the recent slay of SMB supervisor Adrian Pierre Macapil . But there are sufficient ticks left to meet submission deadline. And if some chores, for either Councilor Boday or Cap Aimie, butt in, no worry still, Ed JV normally - with an early text message notice, gives some leeway to SS.

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Three persons, including a village official, were arrested in a drug bust in Zamboanga City, a police official said Thursday, October 5, Police Station 6 Chief Nonito Asdai reported. Arrested were Village Councilor Pilar Dagalea, 64, of Mampang village; Dexter Dagalea, 36; and Joebert Eijansantos, 31. They were nabbed in a drug bust around 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, at Purok 4.

In relation to the barangay and SK elections postponement, it was only yesterday that we voiced on El Canionaso over RMN-Zamboanga, without having to translate to Enlish “Segun, ya inicia este si Duterte el postponement para permiti cunele purga el rango de mana barangay oficiales entrao na droga illegal que segun, ta alcansa como 40 porciento todo-todo, antando lugar otro.

Aqui Zamboanga, si tiene pa man restante, alto ya el tres o cutro, siendo teniya cuantas officiales ya bula diaquel dia na question de droga.

Pues, en tal caso, tiene pa man restante, tiempo ya de escalda. Apiki ya el sentencia. Enmenda, miertras tiene pa tiempo.”

But the elderly kagawad, heeded not, so there - she is to be sentenced.

Recovered from the arrestees were P200 marked money, nine sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” with an estimated P2,250 street value, and illegal drug paraphernalia. Asdai said the drug bust was launched following days of surveillance in the alleged illegal drug trade of the suspects.

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Operatives of the Tetuan Police Station, still under Supt. Asdai and soldiers of Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) of Col. Leonel Nicolas intercepted a cargo truck loaded with smuggled rice along the boundary of Barangay Arena Blanco and Barangay Mampang last Tuesday night.

The Tetuan Police Station disclosed that their operatives were conducting a mobile patrol around 10 p.m. when they spotted a truck loaded with 280 sacks of Jasmine rice.

The report said that the sacks of rice came from Vietnam and allegedly smuggled into the country.

There is, however, a striking note to the confiscation. As the items are inarguably imported, with no taxes paid, officials admitted, smuggled goods such as rice, sugar and cooking oil are far more affordable compared with local goods.

Would free entrance then of such items, really do much damage to local producers and manufacturers?

Food for thought.

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has come under fire from some sectors, including Duterte allies for tagging critics of the administration’s war on illegal drugs as “ingrates.”

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and human rights group Artikulo 3 led the grumblings.

Pimentel, chided Dela Rosa for uttering negative remarks when he is still faced with a pile of unsolved killings, citing only one killing - that of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, councilor Melchor Arago, and his 15-year-old son. “Where is the peace and order that Dela Rosa says the people are ungrateful for?” asked Pimentel.

Rights group, Artikulo 3, mentioning no concrete happenings, called for the PNP chief’s resignation.

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Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday said the recount of votes in the 2016 vice presidential race would start this month, claiming he was cheated of some four million votes.

Optimistically, he quipped, “If we start the recount this month, I think the results will be out before the year ends.”

Marcos, who lost the vice presidential race by 263,473 votes, is protesting the victory of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

The Marcos camp accuses Robredo of benefiting from “massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities” such as the pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded data storage cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes or “undervotes.”

“We are very sure that when the recount begins, the real results will come out and we will find that the vote count of the previous elections was wrong,” he added.

Marcos earlier said the recount of votes would begin in three pilot provinces - Iloilo, Camarines Sur, and Negros Oriental, where there were allegedly “more than a million undervotes,” or ballots that contained votes for president but none for vice president.

In his protest, Marcos assailed the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts. He paid P66 million for a recount in 36,465 clustered precincts, and wants the results annulled for the remaining 2,756.

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On the invite of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Duterte went to Brunei to grace the Golden Jubilee celebration of the accession to throne of His Majesty.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, said Duterte’s attendance in the landmark event is also an opportunity to invite Bolkiah to the ASEAN Summit next month.

While in Brunei, Duterte has designated Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as Officer-in-Charge tasked to “take care of the day-to-day operations in the Office of the President and oversee the general administration of the Executive Department.”

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“Unfortunate and saddening” was how Senator Risa Hontiveros described television host and actor Joey de Leon’s controversial remarks about depression he made during an episode of the noontime show “Eat Bulaga” on Thursday.

But Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III came to the defense of De Leon, his co-host in the show, saying the latter might not be aware of the situation of people suffering from depression.

Asked if De Leon and fellow host Jose Manalo should apologize for making the offensive remarks, he said: “Malamang (Maybe) they will. I have not attended EB (Eat Bulaga) kasi (because) we are super busy with the government budget and the tax reform law. I’ll see them tomorrow.”

During a segment of Eat Bulaga on Thursday, De Leon and Manalo dismissed depression as an illness merely made up by the person suffering from it.

“‘Yung depression gawa-gawa lang ‘yan… Gawa nila sa sarili nila (Depression is just made up. They put it upon themselves),” De Leon said.

Curious query. Were those statements truly offensive eliciting the Hontiveros tantrum?

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Newly appointed Philippine Army commanding general Maj. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, who had led ground operations against Maute terrorists, supports the extension of martial law even beyond the freeing of Marawi of ISIS- inspired Maute terrorists. Bautista bared, th eIslamic State-stirred forces are planning to infiltrate other municipalities in Mindanao in a bid to “replicate” the siege Marawi City.

He added, it would be necessary to continue implementing military rule in Mindanao as the rehabilitation efforts continue.

“Martial law is a big help. Our operation does not stop when we liberate downtown Marawi,” he said.

Bautista likewise said that they are still verifying reports that the so-called ‘emir’ of Islamic State forces in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon and other top leaders of the rebellion were dead. (By Jimmy Cabato)

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