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Thursday, 01 October 2015 16:28

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

I just do not remember what exact date it was when I wrote, cartographic sketches can only be of much help to investigating authorities if photos of the sketched suspect is in on file with the police or the NBI in their respective rogue galleries.

DZT today reports the police have established the identity of the man who planted a bomb on a bus of the D’Biel Transit, that exploded at a downtown bus terminal killing a young girl and injuring 33 others on Sept. 18.

City Police Director Supt. Angelito Casimiro, however, declined to name the suspect pending his arrest. And Casimiro said the artist sketch derived from the description of the witnesses and victims matched with the photo at the rogues gallery of a threat group member.

See? Had the suspect’s photo not been available on hand, it would have been very hard to identify him.

Kudos to the police and the NBI, particularly the artist, who did a neat job in coming up with the apparent accurate sketch based  purely on testimonies.

Except for the outrage caused by the  seeming flaw on the tag of a “Muslim type”, it was job well done by both the Police and the NBI. ‘Cause in whatever way, the tag was a mistake. It could not have helped any in identifying the suspect.

In any case though, good work, gentlemen. May your tribe increase.

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It just occurred to me that there are now two slips from separate top officials, who are terse exponents of the BBL. Only yesterday, it was Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, whose blunder deserves repetition here…

On a likely unguarded moment due to possible exasperation because of his doomed BBL, Rodriguez was quoted as saying, “the BBL is dead. It has been stripped of 48  provisions” by the  Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), authored by Sen. Bongbong Marcos.

And the first is House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, saying that the BBL is having hard time “being passed in the house because of several unconstitutional  provisions”

What shameless guts! Admitting the BBL’s unconstitutional provisions, yet they have the temerity of pushing hard for its passage in congress. Shameful, no less.

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So, the bloody grenade blast intended for then Sulu Governor, now Vice Governor Sakur Tan remains unsolved. DZT reports that “The City Prosecutor’s Office has dismissed for insufficiency of evidence to establish probable cause the complaint for multiple frustrated murder and violation of R.A. 9516, the law on firearms and explosives, filed by Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan against former congressman Munir Arbison, two former Sulu mayors and four other persons in connection with the August 5 bomb explosion at the Zamboanga City International Airport. “

In a resolution, the panel of prosecutors that looked into Gov. Tan’s complaint, said the complainant failed to establish probable cause that conspiracy existed “or which reason the complaint was dismissed.”

The panel of prosecutors composed of City Prosecutor Ricardo G. Cabaron (chairman) and Bienvenido P. Orillo and Arnel E. Maravilla (members), citing the case of People vs. Cruz, 191 SCRA 377, said that conspiracy, like any other ingredient of an offense, must be proved sufficiently as the crime itself, through clear and convincing evidence, not mere conjectures.

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This is one standpoint that I particularly admire.“United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay yesterday said he won’t take a defeat in the May, 2016, elections sitting down if it happens via cheating.

Binay vowed in front of Manila Bulletin editors during a roundtable interview yesterday that he would lead a “People Power” should such scenario play out next year. MB)

He said, he will take to the streets if  heloses  because of cheating.

Bravo! I like those fighting words. It really is distressing to lose via cheating. I tasted that in 2013. It simply is just good that I have a very supportive family, who when the cheating trend became apparent, conditioned my mind early on in the fight. If not for them, Zamboanga would have seen an early Binay. Mark my word.

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The Liberal Party (LP) was to announce today its national candidates for 2016, including its vice presidential candidate but decided to cancel it in the wake of its failure to convince Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to run for the No. 2 post.

On the other hand, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano announced his candidacy for vice president in Davao City, stimulating speculations he will run in tandem with reluctant presidential timber Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Now, if  Robredo finally decides to stay away from the vice presidential derby and Duterte chooses Cayetano for a runningmate the LP will be left with limited option and will have to rely on its senatorial ranks to buoy up party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

It also turned out upon a Roxas insinuation that Cayetano was not considered by the party as for its VP bet.. He mentioned though of his past good working relationship with Cayetano, saying when they were still both in the House of Representatives he had recruited the senator as his deputy majority floor leader.

Among the LP senate listing, the probables for the VP slot are Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senators Ralph Recto, TG Guingona, and Bam Aquino. Former presidential food security adviser Francis Pangilinan, who served two terms as senator, was also mentioned as a possible vice presidential bet.

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The Davao kidnapping seems to be growing more and more of a cleverly hatched plot. A drama in the making?

First, the P1-billion businessmen’s offer, picturing presidentiable Digong as the punisher.

Next, he issues ear-splitting words addressed to criminals, “Tataba mga isda sa Manila Bay. Dyan ko kayo itatapon.”

Then the fire-breathing dragon gets into the limelight, saying the kidnappers are linked to the Abu Sayyaf, with the captives brought to Sulu; which info were all debunked by the police and the military

This time, he says, Canada and Norway want me to step in, backed by this report, “Officials of Canada and Norway have reportedly asked Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to take a proactive role in negotiations for the release of kidnapped foreigners who are now believed to be held captive by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu.

“I told them that I have to establish my predicate first, my foundation there before I talk to them [the kidnappers],” Duterte told a small group of journalists on Monday night. “If my presence is needed, I would go there personally.”(TMT)

And Duterte already has a a formed theory of the kidnapping to apparently be well-planned, where it seems like there was a local group, he called a local contact. That this was the group responsible for the attack and for turning over the hostages to the Abu Sayyaf.

Duterte also talked of uncertainties over how the crisis would end, describing it as full of dynamics.

Hmm, dynamics and theatrics sound so close to each other. What say you?

Dynamism in craftsmanship, should I say.

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I find this statement of US President Barak Obama so re-assuring. “As President of the United States, I am mindful of the dangers that we face; they cross my desk every morning. I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known, and I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies, unilaterally and by force where necessary,”(TMT)

It’s been long since I ran across such tough talk in favor of allies. Thank you, Uncle Sam.

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Already suspected as having had a say in the attacks against the lumads by alleged para-military forces, the denial of Malacañang for an investigation of the matter by UN special investigators, has put itself on a hotter seat.

Renato Reyes, Bayan secretary-general, questioned the Aquino government for refusing to issue invitations to relevant UN rapporteurs who want to look into the spate of lumad killings in the Philippines.

Reyes insinuated that government may be trying to hide the truth.

Recall that Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose bluntly said the government cannot grant requests from the UN envoys to come to the country and investigate the killings and other human rights abuses against tribesmen in Mindanao