Duterte’s political ‘push and pull’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 September 2015 11:35

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Owing to the “like” hits, sharings and comments on  this column that come as replies through FB walls, messages via FB Messenger (PM),  the urge to write whenever possible gets the better of me. So, whenever time permits, I will pound the keyboard for Sound Snipings. This time I write from out of Iligan City, where from Bukidnon we had to stay overnight, arriving here in the evening of yesterday after some eight grueling hours along the stretch of Manolo Fortich town, trapped in three separate long queues on a one-lane highway where there are on-going  road repairs. We estimated the lined-up vehicles on the other end of the queue to be up to more than five  kilometers long. We had to wait that long for the in-coming vehicles to pass until it was our time cross.

In any case, it was a worthy experience for us all.  In my company in one vehicle were Pierre Adrian Macapil, an SMB supervisor, returning Recodo Barangay Chieftain Boy Aminula and son, Nanap, Edmond Atilano of DSWD, retired SPO1 Ali Husin. Earlier with us in going was come-backing Maasin Kagawad Mike Yusop, who stayed in Malaybalay for one more night attending to a personal  business.

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Nothing really noisy in Zambo politics, but I got wind of stories via cell phone, the Lobregat camp was again on a planning session yesterday.  This,  I surmised after learning he was calling some more of his friends who may he believe able to help strengthen his slate for 2016.

And quite expectedly, even receiving no feedbacks, the Climaco side could be doing just the same. Let’s keep watch.

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What do you think of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s political push and pull. Still on by throwing in juicier baits to gain more support?

The first time he announced disinterest in the race, known Duterte backer in Zamboanga City, a noted accountant told me in the airport terminal where we net by chance, “I still believe he is running. I am one of his men in the field. He (Duterte) says he is not. So, he should at least GSM’ed to us for our info. Up to now, there has been none”

Now this,  “Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday gave hopes to his supporters after he asked for more time to finally decide whether he would run for president in 2016.” (MB)

The statement was read by retired Armed Forces chief Hermogenes Esperon to the crowd at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where Duterte asked for more time to “do some final soul-searching.”

See the word, read? To me, it can only mean the statement was prepared way ahead of the gathering. Esperon, in the statement he read quoted Duterte, “I hear you loud and clear.”

How could he have readily heard the marchers when the obviously prepared statement was already in the hands of Esperon?

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In any case, the country’s aknowledged crime-buster, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is  seen to be being challenged by kidnappers when they abducted three foreigners and a Filipina in one of the tourist resorts in Samal Island, just some 10 to 15  minutes ferry ride, just off the coast of Balas, Davao City.

Seen as a challenge, to “Mr. Crime-buster” after many years of fighting criminality in Davao, allegedly noticing many of the pinpointed criminals went missing, this looks as a dare.

So, challenge as it is appears, the dare, described to be a final test case for Mayor Rod Duterte before he decides to run for President of the Republic, is too tall an order as this trial may be out of his jurisdcition for the rescue might reach the Zamboanga Peninsula or is it Basilan or Sulu, rumored that the kidnap victims were turned over to the Abu Sayyaf (ASG) for ransom in exchange for their release.

And if indeed he is that super and causes the disappearance of the kidnappers and appearance of the hostages, his stock will rise and the feat may send him to Malacanang.

Come to think of it, there were very rare cases of foreigners being kidnapped in Davao, and this incident sudden/y comes to fore.

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Much as I would have wanted to write more, I cannot. It will again take some long hours of ride from Iligan to Zamboanga, so we have to hit the road.