‘Are our votes alms for the deceased?’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:35

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

I start again with an apology. Blunder, blunder, blunder. So sorry. The merry-go-round in the vice presidential derby is much so much baffling that yesterday I carelessly booted out Sen. Gringo Honasan as VP tandem of VP Jojo Binay, UNA presidential bet when Camarines Rep. Leni was declared LP candidate. Pardon the rashness. I seek you apology.

Bin-Go and not Bi-Hon, per Binay’s assertion, is still a hot item. Today’s papers tell all. The UNA offer is still in the hands of Honasan, and this time around, it is he who is biding time consulting with family and political circles.

Sorry again for the slip.

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The Duterte-Marcos team-up is still a hot item, too. A Marcos family member, though not named, is said to have reported that she had received an invitation from the Duterte camp to attend the launching of the latter’s candidacy, with Sen. Bongbong Marcos in attendance, allegedly right in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, a known Marcos territory.

The story, however was debunked by a Duterte aide, saying it must be a Marcos plan, inviting Duterte over as he had said, he will support in case he runs.

Whatever her (Marcos family member) idea endures watching. There just could be a catch there somewhere.

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Here’s yet another twist. But this could, however, be far-fetched as one of the contenders has leveled up conditions for its consummation.

Manila City Hall sources claim that the tandem of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is in the works for the 2016 polls.

It was Marcos, they said who visited Estrada last Wednesday in his office at the Manila City Hall.

Now for the restrictions. The mayor is open to that idea if Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay are both disqualified. Poe on the citizenship issue and Binay on the charges filed by the latter’s political detractors.

On the Marcos visit to Estrada. the source maintained silence. Here again is one more catch. For Marcos to go to city hall and talk politics could be a hard sell.

Further, Estrada said he would be filing his certificate of candidacy on the last day for filing of COCs for the 2016 elections, for time to fallback position and give people surprises.

On the sides, Estrada made some beguiling observations, such as that the presidency is providential, in the case of both Cory Aquino and PNoy. For Cory, it took the death of husband Ninoy for her to be catapulted to the presidency. Noynoy, he said, had his mother not die, he would never have become president, saying that when the late former President Cory Aquino was still alive, Noynoy’s name was not even considered in the vice presidential race.

And this is where a text message that went viral steps in to this effect, following the analogy on the Aquinos ascendancy to power. Cory and Noynoy became heads of state due to deaths.

Now that Jesse Robredo has died, will Leni become VP?

The text message concluded, “Are our votes alms for the deceased?”

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The fear of VP Binay of an arrest order in the course of the campaign period must be mounting even more now.

He now faces a fifth plunder case, filed also by former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado. This time the charge is for the alleged anomalous sale of a Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) property in Makati City.

Mercado said the so-called Malugay property on record was appraised and sold at P1 billion in 2005, and up to now the BSP has not received anything from the sale of the piece of land that was supposedly priced at only P600 million. Neither was the P600M allegedly remitted to the BSP.

On the other hand, the Binay camp said if anyone was to be charged over a land deal between the BSP and Alphaland Corporation, it should be Mercado. It was he who Rico Quicho. the Vice President’s spokesman on political affairs, said that dealt with Alpha Land and even asked for a bribe. That information, he claimed, came from Alphaland official Mario Oreta; adding that this has been established in the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee hearings.

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is sure in the thick of the Samal Island Resort kidnapping investigation. He is apprised of all details thereto, from contact with MNLF founding chairman, the police and military here, as well as investigator in Davao City.

Yesterday it was he who confirmed the arrest by authorities of one of the kidnappers involved in the abduction of three foreign nationals and a Filipina from a resort in the Garden Island of Samal last September 21.

He identified the kidnapper as Bandahar Adona alias “Bano”. The identity of Bano, Duterte said was traced through the CCTV footages recovered from the Ocean View Holiday Resort where theCanadian nationals and a Filipina were abducted.

It took time for the intelligence units to identify the suspect until Adona placed a call to Bunawan. And that call led agents to his location. The mayor, however could not give details of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the suspects or his current whereabouts

Really? Such highly crafted sleuthing moves.

In any case, the development points toward positive directions. And the countdown to the COC filing deadline is drawing near. May we then expect the victims’ release by then? Hmmm… As they say in chabacano, “let us to see.”

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This one is for the record. I just wasn’t able to keep its full text; so I will relate to you the story from memory.

Would you believe that a team of inmates, coached by a little known Bard College teachers in American can beat the popular champion debating team of Harvard University?

Yes, it could and it did. And that debating team of inmates had consistently defeated teams from the Westpoint Military Academy. Owing to its defeats, the scenario has heated up, turning the contest into yearly match.

One for the record, indeed.

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An influential group of personalities is questioning the constitutionality of President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s P424.14 billion lump sum appropriations in the General Appropriations Act of 2015.

The faction that filed a petition before the Supreme Court is led by Philconsa Chairman Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro and former Budget Secretary Ben Diokno, joined in by ex-Sen. Kit Tatad. Co-petitioners - Philconsa president and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Archbishop Romulo de la Cruz of Zamboanga City, Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao, and former national security adviser Norberto Gonzales failed to be present in the trip to the SC.

While not part of the of the petitioners, Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon had also questioned the same in the papers, saying in part, “THE bulk of the P44 billion in Bottom-up-Budgeting or BuB funds has been allotted to traditional bailiwicks of President Benigno Aquino III and the ruling Liberal Party’s standard bearer Manuel Roxas II, such as Central Luzon, Panay and Cebu, Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon said Tuesday...A closer look at the regional allocation for the BuB program reveals how it is intrinsically designed to boost the candidacy of former Interior Secretary and now Liberal Party presidential [candidate] Mar Roxas”.