The United States is ending its combat mission in Iraq, but the U.S. will remain involved in helping the country transition to a stable and peaceful democracy. That was the message delivered by President Obama in a nationwide address August 31.“We have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in Iraq, and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home,” the president told the American people. “Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it’s time to turn the page.”The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003. At one point more than 250,000 coalition forces were stationed in Iraq although fewer than 50,000 American soldiers remain. Meghan O’Sullivan, Harvard Kennedy School Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, who served as special assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2007, says a hasty retreat from Iraq would undermine U.S. long-term interests.“Despite the fact that many Americans might want to see the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq, U.S. interests in Iraq are substantial and the prospects for success in that country are still significantly uncertain enough that continued U.S. engagement is an imperative,” she says.
Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally The biggest payable is the contract with WTG Construction and Development Corp. at P188.8 million. Another P146.9 million is owed to Sargaso Construction and Development Corp. followed by Duros Devt. Corp. for P83 million./Correspondent Peter L. RomanillosRead Next Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Zaballero heads the PB committee on budget and appropriations. She found out about the status of the projects in yesterday’s meeting with Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora.“Some of the projects have not been started altogether by the construction firms, aside from the fact that a number have already expired,” she told reporters yesterday.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortion“But that is still the prerogative of the governor. We are just continuing to explore our options,” she added.Of the Capitol’s total P607 million worth of payables to 31 different contractors, only P88 million has corresponding documents filed and “ready for billing” based on a report from the accounting office. Capital One Data Breach THE Capitol’s P607-million payables to contractors could possibly be lower after some of the projects’ contracts were found to have expired.Cebu Provincial Board (PB) Member Grecilda “Gigi” Sanchez-Zaballero said the Cebu provincial government has the option to scrap the expired agreements that were undertaken as early as 2006.ADVERTISEMENT NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep That means contractors for P518 million worth of projects have not submitted to the province their completion documents and obligation requests.MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execs“Mr. Jamora told me that a lot of the projects were not completed or not started altogether by the contractor. We still do not why,” she said.Zaballero said they are planning to go over all the contracts one by one and craft guidelines for its review.Up to now, not a single centavo has been paid to the firms because Governor Hilario Davide III is standing firm on his decision to withhold the payments until the contracts get the PB approval.A number of contractors demanded payment from the Capitol in the past six months for unpaid projects.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments