Big question mark:The vice mayorship PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 October 2015 13:30

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

It is nice seeing security forces in place for the safety, security, and successful conduct of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015.

Reportedly, these measures came following a bomb explosion that wounded 5 and killed 3 people in Lamitan City, Basilan the other day.

Hopefully, these steps will not be of the ningas cogon type, an on and off kind.

Come to think of it, this step can be put in place for the celebration of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 and to deter bombings. Then why don’t authorities do this on a regular basis ... routinely, a day-to-day activity. And for emphasis, repeat - “... this step can be put in place to ensure peace and tranquility of the city, in heaven’s name, the cycle must go.”

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One big addendum to that. It is known to all that safety and security of people and properties are the primordial responsibility of our uniformed men. We are then glad, tight security measures are in place. Repeat - “in heaven’s name, the cycle must go.”

The hell to running after non-helmet wearing motorcyclists. That should be the least of their worries.

Added to safety and security, our uniformed must also run after drug dealers, it being another serious problem in the city.

Enforcement of other LTO laws, such as those on driver’s license and vehicle registrations, should also be the least of their worries.

Hammer most on peace and tranquility, the drug problem, inclusive of carrying of unlicensed firearms and gun wielders minus permits to carry. Those are the primordial concerns of uniformed authorities.

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Briefly, addendum pa more.

Speaking of the drug menace. Why do we hear only of street pushers being put behind bars. Why are drug lords spared? I am sure, they are all known to authorities.

Come to think of it, too. Arrests of the ordinary street pushers will not solve the problem. Get one, two would spring up. It’s a question of economics. There’s money in it.

But get one drug lord, hundreds of the commonplace pushers and ushers will be immobilized. The prohibited stuff/stocks will lessen. No money in it.

Get them all. Nothing to sell. Nothing to burn. Problem solved. Let’s go for the jugular.

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Highly informed sources say the reported reconciliatory talks between King-queen maker Cong. Celso Lobregat and underling Mayor Beng Climaco has collapsed, following the underling’s rejection of certain conditions set the by the king-queen maker.

True as so many sense, the head-on collision is on course. In high gear and full speed ahead.

Just what do both leaders have up on their respective sleeves, is anybody’s guess. Both camps have not even  publicly hinted who their vice mayor is and who their respective congressional bets are in district 1.

In dist. 2, both sides have declared respectively their bets. For Lobregat, it is incumbent representative Lilia M. Nuño; and for Climaco, Vice Mayor Cesar Ituralde. And according to political pundits, that slot is one is one of the reasons for the crumbling of the reconciliation dialogue that supposedly lasted for only minutes..

Big question mark is, the vice mayorship. Who for each side?

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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino seems to be a more decent man than some of his superiors and equals.

In all decency, amid calls for apology in connection with the Laguna-Playgirls uproar, Tolentino made public apologies and resigned from his post.

At the same time, he asked the Liberal Party (LP) to exclude him from its senatorial line-up for 2016.

As regards the disparaged lewd show, Tolentino  reportedly hired the services of the dance group as a “gift” to Laguna Rep. Benjamin Agarao. And while he denying the allegation, he nonetheless apologized for the incident.

I find that a decent act. What say you?

And how about Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda, his co-equal or is it superior being considered an alter ego of the president, who defended Tolentino from his critics, saying the resigned MMDA chief’s public service record should not be solely defined by the Laguna incident. What say you?

Moreover, his direct superior, the president who had earlier a mouthed a “big no” to a dared public apology, and later in the day, issuing a statement praising Tolentino for his dedication and dynamic leadership. He further said, “Francis demonstrated the dedication and dynamic leadership of a public servant committed to the common good. It is this same commitment that encouraged him to set his sights toward serving our people in a higher capacity.” (MB))

Now could that be an indication, his offer to withdraw as probable senatorial bet will be rejected? In any case, let that be their better judgment.

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos surely appears to be a man of his own. Aware that his mother Imelda, former first lady and now Ilocos Norte representative desires that he instead would follow his late father’s footsteps into the presidential palace.

He was quoted as saying, “She wanted me to become president since I was three years old. Imagine how disappointed she is.”

But just the same, the young man announced his sight only for the vice presidency. Unless, of course, as he says hereunder, destiny beckons.

Marcos Jr. said he “… opted to run for vice president next year because he believes this is not the right time for him to run for President.

“As we have always said, the presidency is a question of destiny. We do what we can to gain some advantage, but destiny will tell you what to do. I would like to continue to be in the public service, and I think I can do a great deal as a vice president” (MB)

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Hoping against hope Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano still  his sight set on having Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte by his side when he files his certificate of candidacy (COC) next week.

Cayetano has voiced desire to pair up with Duterte, most significantly when he announced his bid for the vice presidency in the bailiwick of Duterte in Davao City.

And just like Sen. Marcos, Cayetano is committed to support Duterte if he runs for president.

It is reported that some campaign materials have come out showing Duterte with Cayetano together, which the latter said were prepared by supporters of both sides.

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On the sides, while  the ruling Liberal Party is considering the possibility of dropping Sen. Teofisto Guingona III from the lineup due to his supposed “questionable loyalty”, has included former senator Panfilo Lacson in its senatorial slate as a guest candidate.

Also, MB writes that LP a stalwart of the LP from the House of Representatives disclosed Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar intends to drop his senatorial bid after his mother, Sen. Cynthia Villar, opposed his plan.

Hmmm, could this item be factual? The Villars are Nacionalistas, and the story’s source is an LP, remembering further ex-Sen. Manny Villar had contested the presidency against the winning Aquino.