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Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:54

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Greetings. This piece was to have seen print yesterday, but due to technical malfunction of my usb, I failed to send it. Here goes

Monsi dela Cruz, styling himself as a servant leader, having come from the priesthood, has expressed concern over what he termed as certain quarters threatening the peace and security in the city, which is still reeling from the effects of the infamous Zamboanga siege of September 2013. In view thereof, Monsi conveyed his desire to strengthen his core group that he says he secretly formed during the height of the crisis to defend the place and his area of responsibility.

Writing on his facebook, the normally meek person, boldly spoke, “… as I moved on with a lift of faith I say never again!”

I am with you on that, Monsi. Similarly, during the close to a month rebel insolence, I too, in my own small way did do my part. Describing what my family and I did I will simply say — To be warned is to forearmed.

Just as Monsi, we all had to be prepared. More so in my case. When two men were separately found dead, one in Baliwasan and the other in Putik, a mind-boggling post went viral in the net when in the supposed MNLF web site, two innocent personalities were named the alleged culprits. On the Baliwasan discovery, I was pinpointed as the perpetrator. And on the Putik finding, now ABC president Gerry Perez was blamed.

Eerie, don’t you think? So, there had to be no let-up on our guard. Warned as were, we were forearmed.

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We have once heard then president GMA pronounced she was not seeking re-election after taking over the reins of government from deposed Erap Estrada.

Are we at it again, when Rodrigo Duterte avowed he is not running for president in 2016? Is his verdict final?

From his statements thanking all those who spent money, precious time and tiresome efforts, then spelling out political plans for his brood, I am prone to believe so. It’s final.

But just a food for thought. Wily as so many politicians are, this could also be prelude to the influx of crescendoing calls for him to change his mind. Presto, this possible statement, “The voice of the people is the voice of God. And to God I cannot turn my back. I’m running.”

Things do really seem uncertain. However, between the two thoughts cited above, I stand by the first. He was indeed specific, unambiguous and sincere in looks.

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While things may sound uncertain, there is one thing that is certain. Sen. Ferdinand ‘’Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., a Nacionalista Party (NP) man, will gun for a higher office.

And from all indications, a possible announcement, or maybe hints, may surface tomorrow or on the 11th. We all know the significance of Sept. 11. It’ s the birthday of the grand old man Ka Ferdie.

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While Bongbong Marcos is speculated to announce his decision based date significance, both Sen. Grace Poe and Chiz have their own choice.

And theirs is Feng Shui, who believers thereof say is a lucky period for the duo.

According to sources in the Poe-Escudero camp, geomancy and other Chinese beliefs on “good luck” are playing an important role in the tandem’s announcement, as it is with some other candidates eyeing elective posts in next year’s elections.

The same source predicted that this may happen on September 16, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. They hastened to add, however that there is yet no finality as a lot of things may still happen between now leaving their expected date of announcement, open-ended.

The projected Poe-Escudero ticket came to light as the ruling Liberal Party (LP) has all but lost hope in getting Poe, the frontrunner in presidential surveys, to slide down to being vice presidential bet of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

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The BBL issue is getting nowhere in the Lower House. This is gleaned from a virtual Malacañang admission that it is resigned to the fact that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) cannot anymore be enacted under the Aquino administration.

Efforts by Malacañang and the House Leadership have proved futile to gather a quorum to proceed with the plenary sessions on the BBL.

Malacañang also admitted that the time needed to attain this objective is getting shorter, in spite of its efforts for the lawmakers to recognize the importance of supporting what it called as a peace process.

And how are we to believe when they say that the real problem for time to run is because so many members want to interpolate

Really? Tell that to a dead marine. It is largely believed, absenteeism of legislators is the culprit. And committee level meetings are not yet over. On that level ,interpolations are scanty. Tedious interpolations arise normally in plenary.

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The office of the Ombudsman is up in arms against the Supreme Court. It contends granting of bail to Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, the Supreme Court (SC) portrayed likeness to injustice, inequality, partiality and preference, so spoke Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, as it has filed a motion for reconsideration on the matter.

She said, she had raised three objections to the Supreme Court’s decision granting bail to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and allowing him temporary freedom while plunder charges against him are being tried.

Question. Along this line, reading the verbal assault on the SC decision to grant Enrile bail, will there be a way where the highest court of the land will overturn themselves?

I doubt.

That would like licking back their spat saliva. So, my guess is, there will not be a flip plop this time. Their honor is at stake. Enrile stays out on temporary liberty.

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Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is on the spotlight again, speaking wisdom-filled remarks. He disclosed, he would grill Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista over the poll body’s decision to award the printing of election ballots to a private company instead of the National Printing Office.

Marcos at the same time questions the change in system, which does not make sense. He , however, clothed his words with safety nets, saying that he does see a change, but isn’t sure yet if it’s indeed irregular. But normally, he quipped, the NPO should do the printing.

Thus, wishing to hear their explanations, he added.

Tomorrow and in the few days to come, I may go column-less. Am flying tomorrow to Manila in the company of Mongueh Gan and some others. In any case, I will try not missing it.