Shades of unfolding teleserye? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 September 2015 14:23

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Forgot to pass on this bit of information to you yesterday. So, today, please know, I am writing from out of Titay, Sibugay province where I attended two activities of the Philippine Eagles Club, where I am vice governor to SMB’s Kuya Pierre Adrian Macapil.

In view thereof it may be likely, you will be reading a brief piece of write-up now, with hurried efforts. And pressed for time, I just might simply some bits of commentary and feed details of the core story.

First bustle was the afternoon 3rd Eagles Regional Assembly for 2015, held at the private function hall of Kuya Bobong Talania, in the latter’s acres upon acres of rice land.

Do not be surprised when I call our fraternal brothers as kuya in spite of visible disparages in age, for such is the way, we address each other in the club. And if memory serves me right, this was the brainchild of the now deceased Army Gen. Jimmy Echeveria.

In the evening, we witnessed the chartering of the Titay Panama Eagles Club, where Boy Alegre was sworn in as president of the new-born club with over 20 inductees. It was held at the newly-opened Radan Pension House of Kuya Raul Zamora.

Keynote Speaker was Kuya Aldred Limoso, incumbent NICA regional director of Western Mindanao.

Then we did have a grand time during the socials that followed the induction.

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Being an adopted daughter herself, “Senator Grace Poe yesterday turned emotional when she told the audience of a global child welfare gathering in Taguig that she will continue to press for the passage of a bill that will streamline adoption processes in the country.

Poe, who is battling citizenship and residency issues at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), made the remarks at the 13th Philippine Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services held in Taguig City, where she was guest speaker.

Unable to contain her emotions, Poe said her advocacy to ease adoption processes stemmed from her desire to honor her adoptive parents – the late action star Fernando Poe Jr. and actress Susan Roces – whom she believes acted out of pure love when they decided to adopt her.

“But let us not forget that we are here today because of the altruism and love of people who did not think of themselves, but who thought of the defenseless, helpless child,” said Poe, whose speech was briefly interrupted after she broke into tears while talking about a topic so close to her heart.” (MB)

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A lawyer yesterday filed malversation charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against some 20 incumbent  and former legislators. The complainant is Levito Baligod cited alleged diversion of their Productivity Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to bogus non-government organizations.

According to Baligod, the former counsel of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, the lawmakers named in his malversation complaint which he wants the Ombudsman to investigate are already facing charges of plunder and graft charges before the Sandiganbayan.

Specifically mentioned were Senate Minority leader Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., alleging that they while they did not use the Napoles NGOs, they utilized other service providers (supposed fake NGOs) in exactly the same modus operandi as that of Ms. Napoles.  “Aside from Enrile and Revilla, Baligod asked the Ombudsman to investigate former Senator Edgardo Angara and former and incumbent Reps. Prospero Nograles, Joseph Santiago, Roberto Cajes, Florencio Miraflores, Neil Tupaz, Carol Lopez, Edgar San Luis, Joel Villanueva, Rodolfo Antonino, Reno Lim, Julio Ledesma IV, Maria Evita Arago, Rachel Arenas, Alfonso Umali, Al Francis Bichara, Marina Clarite and Arturo Robles.

To prove his case, Baligod attached the affidavits of four witnesses who detailed how the PDAF, a discretionary fund available to members of Congress was diverted to bogus NGOs.” MB)

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Malacañang is playing it cool in the face of a recent disclosure that President Aquino and Budget Sec. Butch Abad are facing investigation in office of the Ombudsman for allegedly being the principals in the disbursement of the Development Acceleration Fund or the DAF, a funding scheme that was declared illegal by the Supreme Court.

In a statement released yesterday, Malacañang said it holds no rancor on his appointee Ombudsman.

Hmmm, shades of an unfolding teleserye?

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GILAS Pilipinas is on full throttle as it once more saved its best struggles in the fourth quarter to snatch its 3rd win in 4 games, losing only to South Korea, a team that dropped a game against the Filipinos’ first victim, Taiwan.

At the moment, Smart Gilas is tied at second spot with Chinese Taipei-A and Russia Spartak and is now in a good position to contend for the crown it last won in 2012.

Iran still up ahead the tourney (4-1).

“Terrence Romeo again led the Gilas’ onslaught, while getting a lot of help from Moala Tautuaa and Gary David in the final 12 minutes, as they scored clutch baskets.

Romeo, the tournament’s leading scorer coming into the game, was his usual dominant self and finished with a team-high 17 points, while Tautuaa scored eight of his 10 points.”  (MS)