TIMESMAN| He’s not a Duterte!

WE WOULD like to welcome to Davao City some 3,000 councilors nationwide who will attend the two-day 3rd Quarterly National Executive Officers-National Board (NEAO-NB) meeting and 2nd Series of Continuing Local Legislative Education Program (CLLEP) starting Sept. 18 to 20 at the SMX Convention Center.

But while we appreciate their coming to share them the Davaoenos peaceful co-existence and see for themselves the fast development and progress of the city, we also would like to remind the delegates that in their two-day stay here, they have to behave, no monkey business, and observe implementation of our local ordinances that they may apply when they return to their respective cities and provinces.

My reminder is also in conformity with District Two Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre’s, head of the program committee for the PCL convention, pronouncement to participants to take seriously their participations and not playing hooky as he cited the case of Albuera, Leyte councilor Sergio Antigua Batistis who was caught red-handed for allegedly selling fake official receipts and certificates of appearance in June 2015 convention also held here.

Alejandre said, he doesn’t want councilors from different districts will go around the mall (moonlighting) during the period of the convention as “this is a working hours for the government and an official business of a councilor.”

And this is also to warn our visitors to observe speed limits of 30-kilometer per hour driving within the poblacion, 40 kph outside of city roads, and 60 kph along the highways. Although it seems that our traffic enforcers have slowdown on apprehending violators lately. Huwag lang magkumpiyansa.

On smoking ordinance, I think there’s no need of a reminder as this is already a law to observe all over the country.

For participants of the two-day gathering, we also want to inform them, especially those mahilig sa night life, that your known favorite “sexy spot” in Cabaguio Avenue is now temporarily closed and “for rent” after the management was involved in alleged bribery case with some agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Pero marami pang lugar, basta marunong lang kayong maghanap.

And finally, avoid eating too much of our famous durian, now on its peak season, very cheap and can find in almost every street corners. Baka you might land in the hospital or cemetery instead for hypertension.

Enjoy Davao City’s amenities and forget all the worries you have left in your respective cities. Chow!


City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) chief Dionisio Abude and his men were all their hands full apprehending traffic violators during the first day of the re-launching of the Comprehensive Traffic Code against street offenders last Monday.

The CTTMO recorded 453 arrests –293 pedestrians and 160 drivers—and the figures continue to increase as its drive now enters its fourth day today.

Ewan ko, I think even Chief Abude will conform with me that there seem no solution in sight to these undisciplined pedestrians and motorists that continue to ignore simple traffic rules and regulations.

Chief Abude is not new in the office. He was CTTMO chief in the past, transferred to another agency of the police for only few months and again back to his former job. Yet he seems reassumed the same problem he left before running after traffic violators.

I can’t recommend to Chief Abude to use iron fists to discipline these violators as he’s not President Duterte who by the mention of the name alone, taranta na sila.

Ewan ko lang si Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that seems like the Sword of Damocles that continue to threaten and give headache to the President in all the latter’s doings.

Meanwhile, we beg fellow motorists and pedestrians to PLEASE naman, respect our laws while on the road.

Tao naman kayo at hindi luko-luko para hindi makaintindi.

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