Residents want halt of BBL hearings in Zamboanga City

admin   •   February 19, 2018   •   3675

A Zamboanga City resident giving her thoughts on the issue of Bangsamoro Basic Law.

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HoR) is set to hold another hearing on March 2 in Zamboanga City in connection with the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

However, Zamboanga City residents believe lawmakers should no longer push through with the scheduled consultations.

Zamboanga local officials and residents have long been opposing the proposal to include their city in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. They noted that the consultations being held by Congress can no longer change their stance.

“Narinig na natin lahat. Nandyan na yung mga senador. Nandyan na yung Congress natin. Para sa akin hindi na maghi-hearing,” said Princess Dayang, a local resident.

(We have heard everything. The senators and congressmen were there. For me, there is no need for a hearing.)

Many of them also believe the consultations are politically-motivated.

“Nasa pag-uusap naman yan. Kung kailangan bakit hindi, pero usually kasi pagka ganyan political talaga yan,” said Maria Cristina Gil, a resident.

(It depends on the discussions. If it’s really needed, why not. But usually, these kinds of consultations are politically-motivated. )

The local government has already expressed disinterest to be part of the proposed Bangsamoro Region.

“In my talk with him [President Duterte] very, very briefly he told me that we are not included in Bisaya, and I think it pertains to the BBL,” said Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco.

“The LGU has not requested that the hearing will be conducted in Zamboanga City,” said Jawo Jimenez, secretary of the mayor.

They argue that the lawmakers and senators should just focus instead on the provinces and cities that expressed willingness to be part of the Bangsamoro Region. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

P2.4M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga

Robie de Guzman   •   October 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Around 90 boxes of smuggled cigarettes estimated to be worth P2.4 million were seized in transit by the operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Zamboanga last Saturday (Sept. 28).

The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted aboard MJ Champion, a wooden watercraft locally known as “Jungkung” from Jolo, Sulu, during a joint operation in the waters off Istanbak in Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.

BOC-Zamboanga District Collector Atty. Segundo Barte Jr. said the operation was launched after they received information that an undetermined number of smuggled cigarettes will be transported and distributed in Magay and Sta. Cruz Public Markets in Zamboanga City.

The operation was carried out by the BOC with the elements of the Philippine Coast Guard, Task Force Aduana, Naval Intelligence and Security Group Western Mindanao and Naval Special Operations Unit.

“A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) will be issued against the smuggled cigarettes for violation of Executive Order No. 245, the Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Products, and Section 117 of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA),” the BOC said.

“A WSD will also be issued against the vessel, MJ Champion, for transporting the smuggled cigarettes which is a violation of Section 1113 of the CMTA,” it added.

Last September 18, around 30 cartons of assorted cigarettes estimated to be worth P900,000 were also seized at the Port of Zamboanga. The cartons were loaded into two hatch back type vehicles inside the pier area.

BOC Zamboanga seizes smuggled rice and cigarettes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 21, 2019

Boxes of smuggled cigarettes intercepted by the BOC along Pangutaran, Sulu and Isabela City, Basilan on August 19, 2019 | Courtesy: BOC Zamboanga

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Zamobanga has seized smuggled rice and cigarettes on Monday (Aug 19) along Pangutaran, Sulu and Isabela City, Basilan, respectively.

Preliminary reports said authorities found various sacks of rice inside ML Nhardzrmar-2 while it was docked in Baliwasan Seaside, Zamboanga City. Meanwhile, the smuggled cigarettes were intercepted aboard MV Trisha Kirstin-1 of Aleson Shipping Lines.

The seized goods were turned over to the BOC.

Meanwhile, District Collector of the Port of Zamboanga collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte has commended continued efforts to fight against smuggling particularly on agricultural products and other anti-social goods.

“The seizure of cigarettes should serve as a warning to smugglers and manufacturers of fake cigarettes,” according to BOC’s press release.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula up by 81%

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 18, 2019

Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula rose to 81 percent, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 9. Cases had reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019.

Based on the report of the DOH 9, Zamboanga City reported 719 dengue cases, a 213% increase compared to the same period last year which recorded 230 cases. Zamboanga del Norte, on the other hand, recorded 499 cases which is a 222 percent increase from last year’s 155 cases.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga Sibugay recorded 175 dengue cases; Isabela City , Basilan, 99 cases; and Zamboanga Del Sur with 251.

READ: DOH: even a little water can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes

The DOH reminds residents to implement the 4-S campaign against dengue and work on controlling the mosquito population.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III previously said, “The first step to prevent dengue is within our homes. It is important to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water which may become breeding sites for mosquitoes.”—Aileen Cerrudo

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