A New Job for EdPam

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

Re­ports fil­tered at the Palace that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is eye­ing a na­tional po­si­tion for An­ge­les City Mayor Pam­intuan.

Talk cir­cu­lated in Mala­canang that EdPam was be­ing con­sid­ered for the next DILG Sec­re­tary.

EdPam was grateful for the prof­fered op­por­tu­nity but he would rather take the task as Chair of the Re­gional Devel­op­ment Coun­cil. He has vi­sions and plans of in­tro­duc­ing devel­op­ment con­cepts for Re­gion 3, chiefly mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture projects and agro-in­dus­trial pro­duc­tiv­ity.

****** US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump wants a meet­ing with Pres. Duterte, most likely in Jan­uary next tear.

I can guess that the main topic of their meet­ing is the se­ri­ous con­cern of Mr. Trump over the ten­dency of our pres­i­dent to­ward a strong gov­ern­ment which might lead to au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism. There is per­sis­tent talk ev­ery­where about law­less­ness, ter­ror at­tacks, so­cial dis­or­der and all the grounds that may com­pel the Pres­i­dent to sus­pend the writ of habeas cor­pus.

Gov­ern­ment spokes­men deny the un­ex­pressed in­tent of Mr. Duterte but not the pos­si­bil­ity of mar­tial law. Mr. Trump may dis­suade the for­mer from go­ing to that di­rec­tion

****** All US pres­i­dents were gravely con­cern over the lead­ers and dic­ta­tors of de­vel­op­ing and third world coun­tries. Their ap­pre­hen­sion is grow­ing in­de­pen­dence and dis­af­fec­tion of the strong lead­ers whose shift to Rus­sia and China dis­turbs the power play.

Duterte is one such leader who has weaned his coun­try from US pa­tron­age and is about t o cut its de­pen­dency from US pa­tron­age.

This is the spirit be­hind the in­vi­ta­tion of in­com­ing Pres. Trump. Court­ing Duterte back as a part­ner and a new friend, Trump has re­trieved a po­ten­tial ally from a sour­re­la­tions with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

****** Wel­come home Nanay Gov! The Gover­nor is back in ser­vice af­ter a two-week va­ca­tion. She was glad that the Capi­tol was in good and ca­pa­ble hands un­der Act­ing Gover­nor Delta Pineda. Pam­pan­gos ob­served the work style of the Vice Gov “as qui­etly pro­duc­tive, with sus­tained en­ergy, and high per­for­mance.

****** Pam­pan­gos are hop­ing for the ap­point­ment and of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion of the over­achiev­ing Alex Cau­gi­ran as Pres­i­dent and CEO of Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port Corp. Alex is ob­sessed with his plan for a Dual Air­port pol­icy that is in­tended to de­con­gest air and traf­fic in Metro Manila. DOTC Sec. Arthur Tu­gade has cho­sen the right per­son for CIAC

An­ge­lenos, on home visit for Christ­mas, ex­pressed ad­mi­ra­tion over the phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion of the city. They cited the newly built road in­fra­struc­ture that made traf­fic less stress­ful; cul­tural pro­grams, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the com­mu­nity. A new sense of public dis­ci­pline and a low crime rate made feel safe and se­cure, they said.

******** Res­i­dents of Villa Teresa A.C. and sur­round­ing vil­lages ap­peal to TGN’s Tricksy Valdez to set a 12 mid­night dead­line on con­cert and stage per­for­mance for their peace­ful night’s sleep. Rock bands play ri­otous pop noise up two AM as tol­er­ated by TGN ac­cord­ing to irate of­fi­cials of the VTHA.

Ma­bal­a­cat res­i­dents sup­port their mayor in his anti-drug cam­paign. At the same time they as­sail Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino for in­clud­ing Mayor Bok­ing- and re­fus­ing to clear his name- among mayor-pro­tec­tors of the drug trade. What’s up, Gen­eral?

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