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Noong Miyerkules, inanunsyo ni Pangulong Duterte sa isang talumpati niya sa Talavera, Nueva Ecija ang pagsibak niya sa isang Undersecretary. Tila napagpasiyahan daw ito ng pangulo habang nakasakay siya sa chopper patungong nabanggit na lalawigan.

Hindi niya pinangalanan ang opisyal na sinibak niya ngunit si Secretary Manuel Pinol ng Department of Agriculture ang nagbanggit sa mga reporters sa pangalan ni Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Valdez ng Office of the Cabinet Secretary na pinamumuan ni Leoncio Evasco noong nasa Nueva Ecija sila.

Naunang sinibak kay Valdez ay si Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno. Nauna pa rito ay sinibak din si Peter Lavina na kasama pa ni Duterte noong siya ay mayor at tagapagsalita niya noon panahon ng kampanya sa pagka-pangulo.

Malalaking isda ang sinisibak! At marami pa raw sisibakin si Duterte sa mga susunod na araw.
   
Dahil dito ay nagsaliksik ako kung sino ang mga ‘unoy “pinababantayan” pa ng pangulo sa kanyang mga tagasuporta.
   
Napag-alaman ko na diumano ay may mga sisibakin  pa si Pangulong Duterte na mga opisyal at empleyado ng Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Housing Authority (NHA) Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) PAGCOR, NAPCC,  at marami pang ahensya ng pamahalaan.
   
Mangyayarin din ‘umano ang sibakan ng mga opisyal at empleyado sa mga departamento tulad ng Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Agriculture, Department of Budget and Management, Department of National Defense, Departments of Education, Tourism, Trade, Finance,  at halos lahat na ng mga departamento.
   
Ayaw ipabanggit ng nakausap ko ang pangalan niya para sa kaligtasan niya. Iginagalang ko ang pakiusap niya dahil ako ay isang peryodista.  Pinaiimbestigahan na raw ang mga opisyal at kawani na mga bagong itinalaga at mga dating opisyal na.
   
Natural na kung presidential appointee ang opisyal, puwedeng sibakin ng presidenteng nag-appoint ang sinumang opisyal anumang oras.
   
Mag-ingat na ‘umano ang mga kasama ni Duterte sa kampanya o eleksyon noon na nakapuwesto ngayon at hindi niya sasantuhin ang mga ito. Wala raw kaibi-kaibigan kay Duterte na pinatunayan naman niya. Mag-ingat narin umano ang mga opisyal at empleyadong dinatnan ng administrasyong Duterte.
   
Ang pinakamatibay na patunay ng pangulo ay ang pagsibak kay Peter Laviña na talagang itinaya ang pangalan at buhay sa pagtatanggol noon kay kandidatong Duterte laban sa paninira ng mga karibal sa eleksyon. Ngunit nakaamoy ‘umano ng usok si Duterte at nangyari na ang inaasahan. Sibak si Laviña.
   
Mabigat ding patunay ang pagsibak kay Sueno na kasama na ni Duterte noon pang mayor siya.
   
Kung sino  pa ang “malalaking isda” na mga opisyal ng gobyerno ang sisibakin ni Duterte ay malalaman na lang natin na kadalasan ay sa paraang nakabibigla din. ‘Yon bang hindi inaasahan ng lahat ay biglang mangyayari.
   
Kaya lahat ng mga opisyal at empleyado ng gobyerno, bago man o luma, umayos na kayo.

  • Published in Opinion

DOJ sets ‘banana scam’ probe

THE Department of Justice has been given the details of the joint venture agreement between banana exporter Tagum Agricultural Development Co. Inc. (Tadeco) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on the long-term lease of 5,308 hectares of Davao Penal Colony property.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is asking the legal opinion of the DoJ on the land deal.

“We have just received the letter of Speaker Alvarez requesting our opinion on the true legal status of more than 5,300 hectares of the Davao Penal Colony,” Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said on the issue involving Tadeco, which is owned by Davao del Norte Rep. Tony Floirendo, in an interview yesterday.

Aguirre said he will form a panel or fact-finding team that will look into the legality of the contract between BuCor and Tadeco.

Earlier the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) urged the Duterte Administration to review and study the joint venture agreement between the banana exporter Tadeco and BuCor on the long-term lease of a 5,308-hectare property of the Davao Penal Colony.

VACC founding chair Dante Jimenez said the government is losing badly in the land lease and profit sharing contract signed in May 2003.
   
Under the 25-year joint venture agreement which will end in 2028, Tadeco pledged to pay BuCor P26.541 million annually or rent of only P5,000 per hectare.
   
Tadeco also set the share of government from its banana exports at P1.3258 per box or 0.22 percent for every box of bananas which has an average price of P600 per box. At an estimated yearly sales of 30 million boxes per year, government’s share will only be P40.584 million each year compared to the annual income of Tadeco of P18 billion.
   
The government should actually be getting P1 billion from rent and P900 million from Tadeco as its share of the profits annually.
   
VACC supports the case filed by Speaker Alvarez against his political ally and personal friend.

Soap, perfume-making seminar set

The Golden Treasure Skills and Development Program (GTSDP) will conduct a one-day seminar on soap making combined with perfume making to be held at the UPIS Bldg., A. Ma. Regidor St. cor. Quirino Ave., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon  City  on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m.  to 6 p.m.

In this  seminar, participants will get to learn how to make different kinds of soap,  body products and perfume together with  hands-on experience on how to make liquid dish washing soap, liquid hand soap, liquid all-purpose soap,  powder soap, dishwashing paste,  glycerin herbal (transparent bath soap) liquid bleach, fabric softener,  and liquid detergent soap.  Topics also include how to make household products such as tile and  bowl cleaner, glass cleaner, carpet shampoo, air freshener as well as car shampoo, tire black and also body products such as body scrub, body wash, bubble bath,  foot powder, hair shampoo, hand and body lotion,  hand sanitizer and dog shampoo as added bonus.  Also the seminar will highlight different types of perfume such as perfume spray, cologne spray, eau de toilette, cream type perfume and many more.

Aside from the technical aspect of how to make soap and many more  participants will also be taught on how to start a soap business, an invited expert resource speaker  will share her story on  how  she succeeded in the soap industry.   The other topics of the seminar will also include sourcing of materials, costing and marketing strategies. Participants will be given a certificate of training right after the seminar. Lunch, snacks, hand-outs and all the raw materials for hands-on will also be provided. For questions call 505-44-95;  587-47-46; 0977-173-6484 and 0947-288-8719 or log on to http://www.goldentreasureskills.ph or like and follow us on www.facebook.com/GTSDP.

  • Published in Events

Residential price spike tame

The Bangko Sentral on Friday reported the slight year-on-year uptick in residential real estate prices in the last quarter of 2016.

However, BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said it was understandable since the expanding domestic economy had the same impact on people’s financial capacity.

Data released by the central bank show that residential real estate price index rose to 113.9 as of last December from 113.6 in the same period in 2015, primarily due to faster increases in the prices of residential properties in Areas Outside of the National Capital Region.

It shows that prices of townhouses went up by 6.2 percent, faster than year-ago’s five percent growth and the 4.9 percent increase in the third quarter of last year.

On the other hand, prices of single-detached/attached houses contracted by one percent in the last quarter of 2016 from a growth of 8.2 percent same period in the previous year and the 2.4 percent expansion in third quarter of last year.
   
Growth rate in the prices of duplex was also in negative at 12.3 percent in the last quarter of 2016 against the 5.1 percent contraction in the previous quarter and year-ago’s 5.8 percent decline.
   
Prices of condominium units grew 1.8 percent in the last quarter of 2016 from a 3.1 percent expansion in the third quarter and year-ago’s 4.1 percent increase.
   
The central bank said about seven in 10 real estate loans in the last quarter of 2016 were for the purchase of new housing units.
   
Of these new housing units, condominium units continue to account for the large part at 48.1 percent; followed by single detached at 43.9 percent; and townhouses, 7.6 percent.
   
”All types of housing units registered increased in the number of loans granted compared to their year-ago levels, with condominium units posting the highest growth of 37 percent,” the BSP said.
   
In terms of purchases by areas, those from NCR are mostly condominium units while single detached units are the common purchases in AONCR.
   
Guinigundo, in text message to PNA, said demand for housing units came along with the demand for commercial properties.
   
“We have a large shortage of housing units supported by a big base of young, employed people especially in the services sector. As the economy continues to grow, demand for commercial space will be sustained,” he said.
   
Monetary officials have continuously stressed that a property bubble is far from happening in the country.
   
Guinigundo traced this to real estate developers’ decision to be “more prudent by doing due diligence of the market as they learned their lesson during the Asian financial crisis.”

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