Is Mindanao sold to Malaysia? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 September 2015 15:54

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Sound Snipings just might be missing for some three days or so, unless I can drop by an internet zone, and  pound away on the keyboard. Or maybe would  tag along a laptop. I am embarking on a land trip to Bukidnon to attend the 4th quarter national convention of the Philippine Eagles Club, in the company of four (4) other members.

And for all those days, I will be an absentee in the Monggueh cabinet that conducts sessions every morning and evening. Mornings, over cups of coffees. Evenings, brown and clear bottles.

In the process, we talk of the latest political and related developments locally and nationally, often times with lots of teachings on the bible, herbal medicines, jokes and philosophy as intelligently shared by the chairman.

And whenever in town, Rintintin Yeo, the Gen. pours in bundles of on-the-spot quickie wits, at the click of a finger.

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Is Mindanao now sold to the Malaysian government?

This chilling question deserves close scrutiny and answer by the Aquino Government.

Backgrounder. A newspaper clipping of an editorial in one of the national dailies was handed to me by our Chairman Monggueh Gan some three (3) days ago, and it was only today that I was able to seriously browse over it.

My friends, the opinion expressed therein, if true, is critically damaging. It reads in part, referring to the Malaysian government in the course of the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), “… its presence pressured our peace negotiators into accepting a ridiculously disadvantageous deal; worse rumors have been swirling for more than a year that an actual payoff - $750 million is the figure most often cited - was made by the Najib Razak government to the Aquino regime to encourage hasty acceptance of the defective peace agreement and ensure swift passage of the otherwise unacceptable balkanizing BBL.

The paper says though, on-going probes in this story has netted no factual evidence this far, but attributes that to “stonewalling and opacity” of both the Philippine and Malaysian governments than anything else. “… and given the developments hounding Najib and his close circle, suspicions that Malaysian involvement in the peace process is a front for something other than just international goodwill have only grown.”

It is noted that overseas graft problems hound Malaysian head of State Najib Razak of alleged “hundreds of millions of dollars in mysterious overseas fund movements.”

The paper then called on President Aquino to explain exactly what interest Malaysia has in the crafting of the BBL especially so in noticed previous support to the rebel movement here.

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It is nice knowing that our military forces in these parts are on their toes. So it is gathered from news reports carried by the DZT. It is reported that artillery fire by pursuing forces of the Western Mindanao dispatched in the mountains of Sulu forced the retreat of fleeing Abu Sayyaf forces.

This goes to show that our military forces do not anymore simply stay in camp and wait for the enemy to hit, then put on a chase. Now, it seems, they are on the offensive. Such laudable moves. Carry on, gentlemen.

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The latest kidnappings on Samal Island in Davao del Norte, just off the coast of Davao City , compelled the Canadian government to call on its citizens in the country to “exercise a high degree of caution”, and has included the Zamboanga peninsula in its travel ban, allegedly due to serious threat of terrorist attacks and kidnapping.

The Canadian government is wary that “Several foreigners have been kidnapped in this region. Threats of abduction of, or violence toward, foreigners continue to occur. On September 21, 2015, four people, including two Canadians, were kidnapped on Samal Island, Davao del Norte,” (MB)

It so happens, one of  the kidnapped Canadian tourists, John Ridsdel is president of the TVI Minerals Processing, Inc., a firm that provides mineral mining services, which once operated a gold and silver mine in neighboring Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

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A neck and neck fight among the top three (3) announced presidential bets is reported by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).\

The three declared candidates, in the order of preference, but with inconsequential margins  are Sen. Grace Poe,. VP Jojo Binay and former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas.

Even if undeclared, names of the following prominently appear in the list. They are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (11 percent), who had repeatedly claimed he is not running, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (4 percent), Sen. Francis Joseph Escudero (4 percent), Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (3 percent), Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago (2 percent), former Senate President Manuel Villar Jr. (1 percent), former Sen. Panfilo Lacson (0.8 percent), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (0.8 percent), and Sen. Loren Legarda (0.8 percent).

Two percent of the respondents said they are undecided.

In the vice presidential race, the SWS-Business World survey showed Poe also leading the way with 27 percent.

She was followed by her runningmate Escudero with 20 percent.

Others in the list are Duterte (9 percent), Marcos (7 percent), Estrada (7 percent), Cayetano (5 percent), Legarda (5 percent), Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto (4 percent), Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (4 percent), Lacson (3 percent), Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo (3 percent), Senator Jinggoy Estrada (2 percent), and Rep. Lito Atienza Jr. (0.9 percent).

Three percent were undecided.

The question asked was,” Among the names found in this list (13 names), who will you probably vote for as vice president of the Philippines if elections were held today?”

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The word war between Mar Roxas and Jojo Binay accelerates. Roxas blasted Binay for complaining that the former’s rise in survey polls was due to the use of government resources.

Roxas countered that he cannot use government money when has resigned his post, while Binay is still a sitting vice president. “So who’s using government resources now,” asked Roxas.

And it turned out that Binay has hurled criticisms over the conduct of the surveys in the company of a lot of personalities and groups. They are questioning the method used in the quarterly survey wherein respondents were asked to write names of three candidates instead of just one.

And Roxas defended the SWS, saying it is exactly the same method used in the past. He twitted that the noises questioning the method only crop up when other names were topping the survey.

While thankful in his improving survey results, Roxas said that he does not focus much on the ratings for public perception changes along the way.

Probably, he spoke based on personal experience, when in 2013, he was the top favorite in the VP race, only to be trounced by Binay in the actual results.