Covering up blunders of higher ups? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2015 14:05

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

In reading the full text of a TZT item on the opening soon of the city’s Integrated Bus Terminal, I cannot comprehend as to what really  stagnates it. My compadre Dr. Elmeir Apolinario was speaking in circles. Bright boy as he is, I tend to define his act as to simply cover up some people’s lapses in official acts. As to whose, it is obvious it could only be those of the administration’s. Who else’s?

You will agree, each time he explained the delay in its opening, repeated he spoke indefinitive, such as “the issues preventing its supposed early operation were resolved.”… “to resolve certain technical issues.” … “was almost completed a couple of months ago, except for certain technical requirements.” … “ discuss with them certain regulations of the IBT” … “Once we address these issues, we can already open the IBT,” (TZT)

What “the issues, the requirements and the regulations” actually are were never made clear. See what I mean? The wily multi-tasked official is hiding blunders of higher ups.

And I am of this impression due to a “give away statement,” issued on a seeming unguarded moment, “the city government through the human resource office will have to address the personnel requirement for the IBT and their training.”

And obviously there lies the fiasco. Lack of foresight, leading to inaction

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The Police rogue gallery has again proved to be much helpful in the investigation of cases. On the Biel bus bombing, the police reported the identification of the suspect from its gallery that matched the cartographic sketch of an NBI graphics artist.

This time, through visual verification by witness, suspects in the abduction of an Italian restaurateur in Dipolog City, police say have been identified from a rogue gallery. The suspects were found to belong to a criminal group, with pending cases of kidnapping, murder, extortion and illegal possession of firearms.

And as customary, the police declined to give further details so as not to jeopardize ongoing follow up operations.

Given their usefulness in police probes, rogue galleries must be fortified.

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A Tacloban-based people’s organization, calling themselves “People Surge”, has damned the Aquino administration stating, “If only PNoy, Mar, et al. had cared, this would not have happened.” (TMT).

The group, of course could only have referred to the storm surge aftermath, as it is broad alliance of organizations and individuals joined together in the common goal of helping the victims of super typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan.

“People’s Surge”, is composed of various entities and volunteers from the religious sector, academe, workers and peasants, urban and rural poor, professionals, lawyers, small entrepreneurs and conscientious public servants.

They particularly cited what they termed as the latest bad news, where a mother who had lost her baby to Yolanda, lost yet one more due to what they labeled as poor bunkhouse condition and died of pneumonia.

People’s Surge admitted that natural disasters such as super typhoon Yolanda or Haiyan may be inevitable, but bewailed that people’s lives can be spared if the government takes adequate preparedness and prompt action in the when natural calamities occur. It also lamented, countless lives have been lost to Yolanda, agricultural crops damaged, public and private properties costing billions of pesos destroyed.

It continued, the devastation wrought by super typhoon Yolanda may have been horrific, but more horrendous is the Noynoy Aquino government’s “gross negligence” over what it inferred as abandonment of the welfare of the Filipino people.

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The anguish the Binays must be facing worsening. The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal and permanent disqualification from service of suspended Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay Jr.

He was charged for grave misconduct and dishonesty over the construction of a Makati parking building.

According to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, the order is “immediately effective.”

She claimed there were irregularities in the services and contract for the construction in several phases of the parking building of the city government.

In addition to his disqualification, all of Binay’s benefits from government service were also ordered forfeited.

Binay, son of Vice President Jejomar Binay may, however file a motion for reconsideration; and if needed appeals to higher courts.

In connection with his plan to seek re-election, Morales said, she leaves the matter to the authorities to accept or deny his Certificate of Candidacy (COC ), adding it is no longer her concern.

But a spokesman of the Binay camp said he can still run in the  May 9, 2016  elections as there is yet no final judgment of his case.

The spokesman Joey Salgado questioned the instance of Budget Secretary Butch, a member of Liberal Party who has more than P72 billion alleged involvement in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) but was not suspended while under preliminary investigation.

The act of the Ombudsman he said is obvious. he order was rushed because  Monday is the start of the filing for the COCs for the 2016 elections. Having not received a copy of the order, the Binay camp branded the dismissal as one by press release.

And It maintains that the allegations against the Binay father and son are baseless and politically motivated, and that the allegations of overpricing do not have factual or legal basis.

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Reported to have appeared gung-ho on the 2016 tandem with Sen. Gringo Honasan, the former Reformed the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) leader, LP Presidential bet VP Jojo Binay, chanted their joint campaign slogan before the crowd, “UNA na, Bin-Go pa!”

And prominently posted at both sides of the stage were two huge tarpaulin banners bearing Honasan’s face and the words “bise presidente” (vice president)

Having done so VP Binay must have had the assurance Gringo’s acceptance to the LP to be in tandem with him.

But what really is in the mind of Gringo?

He was a no show in yesterday’s much-ballyhooed activity, where his prepared acceptance speech could have at least been read. There was none. Not even the reason for his absence was given.

Strange. What’s the true picture... In or out?

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Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao would probably figure in what could be his farewell fight before the 2016 polls. He confirmed he is in negotiations with Floyd Mayweather and Amir Khan to take him on. The deal is expected to be sealed sometime in November or December this year, and the fight to be set sometime in March or April.

Pacquiao, who lost to Mayweather in what was described as the dullest biggest-prized fight ever because of the latter’s run and gun show, said he was free from a shoulder injury and is ready to fight.

On the sides, when asked in a television interview whether he wants to be president in spite of some criticism about his political record after being elected in 2010, the eight-division world champion, he replied in the affirmative, adding if that’s his destiny and part God’s plan for him.