Una’s headache

IF ONLY Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III could quickly read ex-President Erap’s body language, he shouldn’t have waited for the leadership of the newly formed coalition, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), to rule either in his favor or his “nemesis,” Juan Miguel Zubiri, over a slot in its senatorial slate for the 2013 mid-term elections.

Vice President Jojo Binay and Erap, along with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, could certainly be facing the hard task of deciding over the matter but they have to act with dispatch before the other camps would capitalize on it and point at the issue as the start of the disintegration of the alliance this early.

In truth, Pimentel has every reason to complain and demand for the dropping of Zubiri from the UNA’s slate because he said the latter couldn’t be trusted as Migz had the habit of junking his partymates in the past for his vested interest.

“I realize that I need UNA’s help in order to win as senator in 2013.

But if UNA requires me to run with an election cheat before help is extended to me, then I am prepared to lose, for as long as I remain true to what I passionately believe in,” says Pimentel.

Koko was firm in saying that Migz was the biggest beneficiary of the fraud perpetrated in the 2007 elections.

He says Zubiri had enjoyed tremendously the benefits of a stolen office which he held on for four long years and two months.

Pimentel’s just right. He simply doesn’t want to be on the same stage with Migz during the 2013 campaign because he can’t avoid attacking election cheaters and Zubiri will surely be the direct target.

Navotas Govt and Residents Tandem

Look at the benefit of having established a mutual cooperation between the local government and its constituents.

A mere text report from a concerned resident to Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco has resulted in the arrest this week of eight suspected drug pushers and users and confiscation of several paraphernalia and undetermined quantity of shabu.

“We can see in this particular case the key role the residents can play especially in the city government’s campaign against all forms of illegal vices and drugs,” says the visibly-elated Tiangco as he vows no let-up until illegal drugs are crushed.

Further believing on what the unnamed texter had relayed over the local police, Mayor Tiangco instead sought the assistance of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and conducted an entrapment somewhere in Barangay Tangos.

Some Navotas residents, this writer was told, have complained that illegal drug activities continue to thrive especially in some depressed communities because of the protection these drug pushers and peddlers get from the local lawmen.

With Mayor Tiangco and Northern Police District director Chief Supt. Antonio Decano in great tandem and with enough logistics and momentum, there’s no way these drug and vice fiends can go on with their nefarious activities with impunity.


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