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Monday, 05 October 2015 10:47

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

For a while, I thought “Sound Snipings” would be missing again today. It so happens today is the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, on which day, the Cabato-Ledesma Clan gathers in celebration and observance of its Family Re-union. Good thing, Bomfred, the usual initiator of a post-celebration/observance drinking session, failed to muster enough quorum among the males, giving ample time to this writer to start pounding on the keyboard.

The first Sunday of October also marks the feast day of Barangay Bolong.

Speaking of the Cabato-Ledesma re-union, it’s worthwhile mentioning, this year’s celebration/observance marks its 118th-year anniversary. Mindful that this re-union of relatives could be the longest ever and the most consistent, in war or in peace, among all clans, it behooves on all relatives to religiously celebrate/observe the day. Parientesco Cabato, let’s live up to this tradition. To us, this day is miraculous. Stories handed down from generation to generation state that on his day, the Cabato patriarch then was leading his family and close relatives in saying the rosary, when midway, an amok wielding a bolo with fresh bloodstains on it barged into their domicile. And t was later learned that said amok was on a hacking spree much earlier in some 4 to 5  houses. In the Cabato abode, however, the amok seeing the household in prayer, simply requested for a glass of water, gulped it down, hurriedly exited and again went berserk in other houses until he was neutralized.

Thus, our veneration of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Viva ..! Nuestra Sra. LaVirgen del Sto. Rosario.

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Congratulations to the Zamboanga City Chapter of the Philippine Sports Association for Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) for their feat in he National Games 2015-Mindanao leg. In the sports fest among differently abled persons held recently in Pagadian City, the city’s participants performed remarkably well, harvesting 10 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze medals.

The medalists in their individual events and medals are Jose Antonio Maraguinot, Standard Chess for Blind (Gold) and Rapid Chess for Blind (Bronze); Joseph Gregana, Rapid Chess for Ortho (Gold) and Standard Chess for Ortho (Silver); Henry Salac- 100 Meter for Ortho (Gold); Cris Jeric Agustin- 100 Meter for Deaf (Gold) and Shotput for Deaf (Silver); Albenson Abdurajib- 100 Meter for Deaf (Silver) and Shotput for Deaf (Gold); Redwan Aslari- 100 Meter for Deaf (Bronze) and Shotput for Deaf (Bronze); Rommel Alim- 100 Meter for Ortho (Gold) and Shotput for Ortho (Gold); Nathaniel Victor Valdez-100 Meter for Ortho (Silver) and Shotput for Ortho (Bronze); Layzner Reputana- 100 Meter for Partially Blind (Bronze) and 200 Meter for Partially Blind (Bronze); Samuel Simbajon Jr.- 100 Meter for Hearing Impaired (Gold) and 200 Meter for Hearing Impaired (Gold); Mae Rose Sanches- 100 Meter for PWD Open (Silver) and 200 Meter for PWD Open (Silver); Emelito Pablo- 100 Meter for Ortho (Gold) and 200 Meter for Ortho (Gold); Rolly Mando- 100 Meter for Ortho (Silver) and Discus throw for Ortho (Silver) and Roldan Sencil- Shotput for Hearing Impaired (Silver) and Discuss throw for Hearing Impaired (Silver).

For info, one of the gold medalists, Henry Salac was one of my staff in the city council then until I talked to comebacking Mayor Celso Lobregat to take him in as a regular staff of the City Social Welfare  and Dev. Office, where he now is.

Good to hear that Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday honored and recognized the participants of the now-bound team to final leg of competitions in Lingayen. Hopefully, that recognition does not end there, for based on accounts of some participants, the stipends allotted them for the trip are far too insufficient. Hopefully again, Beng will look into this and share with them some more, truly in bad need of help are they, differently abled as they are. Keep our finger crossed.

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Gilas Pilipinas dished out their best and battled furiously but still bowed to the giant Chinese, 67-78 in the championship round of the 28th FIBA Asia Olympic qualifying tournament on Saturday at the Changsha Social Worker Gymnasium in Changsha, China.

It was the Philippines’ second consecutive runner-up finish since Iran defeated our team in 2013 in Manila. This year, however, Gilas had trounced former champion Iran, which bagged the bronze medal after beating Japan 68-63 in the battle-for-third place.

Living up to his height and experience, the 6’11 naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche posted 17 points via 6-of-13 shooting in the field, pulling down five rebounds to lead Gilas Pilipinas. And Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro was limited to only eight points and six rebounds while guard Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva were to add only nine points apiece.

And by winning a silver medal, the Philippines can still make it to the Rio Olympics next year if it dominates the World Olympic Qualifier from July 4 to 10 next year. The 2 other qualifiers are Iran and Japan.

The teams competing in the Olympic World Qualifier are France, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Angola, Tunisia and Senegal.

How Philippines will fare against them could be a good guess.

On the sides, Castro bagged the moniker as Asia’s best guard, because for the second straight year, he made it to the FIFA’s Mythical Five.

Such honored achievement. Congtas.

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The police have this time  admitted that armed men believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have taken their foreign and a Filipina captives deeper into the forests of Sulu. This was a report seen by The Manila Times reporters.

Accordingly, the ASG is consolidating all of its hostages somewhere in Indanan town in Sulu and they are being guarded by more than 200 gunmen. These are the victims abducted by a group of 20 armed men from a resort in Samal Island in Davao del Norte on September 21, 2015.

Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will recommend that security forces withdraw their units in that area of Sulu where the four (4) captives are suspected to be held.

According to Moro National Liberation Front spokesman Absalom Cerveza, the Duterte move will pave the way for MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari to negotiate for the release of the victims.

Cerveza said should the government agree to the proposal, Misuari will provide the necessary logistics and provisions to MNLF members who will negotiate with the hostage keepers for the eventual release of their victims.

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The Sen. Bongbong Marcos poker-like political moves seem to grow somewhat clearer these days. He appears more to be gunning for the vice presidency now. Unless, of course, he is prevailed upon by his family to do other wise, for it also appears, now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos and a sister, want her son to go for the presidency, saying she wants the hero’s burial for her still unburied husband in her lifetime. And only the president can allow that. She is now 82, and to wait for 2022 could be too long for comfort. Save though for the other possibility. That is, the presidential bet under whom he will run under promises that.

Get a load of this as reported by the Binay camp, “Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong”  Marcos Jr. are reported to have supposedly reached a ‘very significant breakthrough’ in their ongoing talks to team up for the 2016 national elections.

This comes from Binay himself, “It’s almost a done deal . . . as lawyer Jose Virgilio Bautista, secretary-general of the United Nationalist Alliance, lauded the development as a very significant breakthrough.” (MS)

Then again however, if the desired hero’s burial is uncertain, that Imelda factor will go onto play.

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has finally made  the announcement of his bid for the vice presidency, and  said this will give rise to the Poe-Trillanes tandem, saying Senator Grace Poe is the choice of his group, Magdalo and their chapter leaders all over the country.

The announcement was made during Magdalo’s general meeting at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City at 5 p.m. yesterday.

Such announced tandem though is devoid of any link to Sen. Grace Poe herself.

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Not giving much details, the Manila Standard reports, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said its Election Watch Desk has identified Binay and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago as the most “likeable” presidential candidates in the 2016 national elections.

With that, we can somewhat say, the labor sector just might go For Jojo Binay, at the same time debunking a Grace Poe supremacy.