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Next ‘top cop’ backed by ‘iron lady’?

I MAH have to call my friend Jan Sinocruz from the police beat to verify a development. Talks have it a very powerful woman called the “Iron Lady” is backing up the bid of National Capital Region Police Office chief Debold Sinas to become the next chief of the Philippine National Police.

No, she’s not Mayor Sara Duterte or madam Honeylet, but a woman who reportedly enjoys much influence in Malacanang, enough to make Sinas the top cop in the country.

Jan, is he really going to fill in the position to be vacated by current PNP chief Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan who’s going to retire this month? The “Iron Lady” reportedly enjoys Malacanang’s ear. She is said to be once based in Cebu and very close to Sinas.

Despite the mananita controversy hounding the NCRPO chief, Cascolan was previously heard saying Sinas would be promoted for a higher position. Department of Interior Local Government chief Eduardo Ano, on the other hand, expressed thoughts before that Sinas could no longer get himself promoted for a higher position fit for a three-star general but could instead be appointed as PNP chief.

This corner could only wait for confirmation on the rumor.


A hard-working professional from the wellness industry reached for this corner to push her appeal before a leading developer in the country. She’s asking for some consideration from D.M. Consunji Inc. or DMCI to condominium buyers like her who were hardly-hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Her concern stems from the P2,000 automatic deduction made by DMCI against her account after she failed to deposit on time her monthly payment for the condominium unit she bought from the developer. The deduction made by DMCI disregarded the fact she was late with her deposit by only a few hours. She deposited in the afternoon of July 22, 2020 not knowing that reckoning time for DMCI was in the morning of that same day.

At any rate, she tried to appeal her case with the Customer Care people of DMCI to whom she explained that despite lower earnings from her work due to the enhanced community quarantine at that time, she came up with the payment by taking other jobs on the side. In fact, she has never been late in paying the amortization. It was only on July 22 that she made an afternoon payment because the travel restrictions made it difficult for her to make a morning deposit.

Unfortunately, DMCI refused to honor her plea. I could only presume this incident was not referred to the higher-ups. Top DMCI management may want to make a humanitarian approach to help a pandemic victim. She can be reached at 09224370824.


The last remaining residents of Barangay Taliptip in Bulakan, Bulacan to be relocated from the future site of the P740-billion Manila International Airport finally moved into their new, sturdier homes in a safer location over the weekend–just in time for the onslaught of super typhoon Rolly, which affected parts of Central Luzon, including Bulacan province.

Fisherman Teody Bacon and other former Sitio Kinse families said that for the first time, they did not fear strong winds and tidal waves, because they felt safer in their new concrete homes in Bgy. Bambang, which they moved into last Saturday, Oct. 31, a day before typhoon Rolly struck.

Bacon is thankful for the assistance that San Miguel Corporation (SMC) provided in helping find the 437-square meter lot, and in constructing six houses that took less than three months. The company had also helped to ensure they have water and electrical connection, among others.

Even as Bacon admits that he will continue to rely on fishing as a primary source of livelilhood, he said that he and fellow residents will enroll in courses offered by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) in cooperation with SMC.

These TESDA courses are to prepare former Taliptip and Bulacan residents for employment and business opportunities in store during the construction and operational phases of the new Manila International Airport.

SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang earlier said that the courses will be opened to all Bulacan residents who are willing to learn and participate in the development of the airport project, seen to be a game-changer that will boost the country’s economy, which is still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Manila International Airport in Bulakan is seen to give birth to new local industries and boost existing businesses, as it will require suppliers, maintenance contractors, food providers, accommodations, and the like. Adjacent to the MIA, the Bulacan Airport City Economic Zone is expected to attract business locators that will provide employment to local residents and boost local government revenues.

The MIA project is capable of handling up to 100 million passengers per year as it will feature four parallel runways with a provision for two more, a world-class terminal. It will be seamlessly connected to Metro Manila and the rest of Central Luzon through existing and new infrastructure developments.


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