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Friday, 16 October 2015 13:40

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

This item was written yesterday, 14th October. Per text message today of Editor Roy Ramos, this failed to see print due to the unavailability of the internet. So today, this piece finally appears and with certain addendums or addenda, if there is such plural for the word addendum.

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(This was yesterday) Hellow, world. Am coming to you today from out of Ipil, where I had an all-important meeting with a friend in relation to the 2016 polls. Details?  Seeeecret.

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Archbishop Romulo Dela Cruz has issued an appeal to candidates, both for national and local levels for an honest and peaceful polls in 2016. I guess, your Excellency that appeal is better addressed to President Noynoy Aquino and his COMELEC. Please know, a few days back, COMELEC Chair Bautista himself had openly declared he cannot assure such, in spite of the billions of pesos at his command. This goes to show, only Aquino is in the position to do so.

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(This one, too was yesterday’s writing) As of writing time, some quarters believe that the Cong. Celso Lobregat and Mayor Beng Climaco reunion is still in the works. So, whispered to me a close close as in - ally to both camps (Repeat, close as in, as how it is uttered in the colloquial form of the youth.) And his closeness to either personality is beyond reproach. Only two kinks stand in the way, he said. The Ituralde-Nuño set-up and the number of slots in the council slate for each camp. Accordingly, once this set-up is ironed out, Celso returns to Congress, Beng stays on. But will two publicly noticed determined heads bow to one and the other? By the 16th or even earlier, the answer will be known. (Today’s addendum) The duo, according to media accounts have agreed on certain terms, but such terms seem funny as it was reported. Mayor Beng Climaco and Cong. Celso Lobregat say on they are. VM Cesar Iturralde slides back to vice mayor as Cong. Lilia Nuño is adopted Cong. for Dist. 2. But there is big big but, each one runs with eight council bets apiece. How true, we will know today as the Celso group is at the moment sitting in conference with his slate. On the other hand, Beng reportedly marching to COMELEC today with her full slate in tow. This is D-Day for the two.

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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has declared her entry into the race for the highest government position in the land. Going through mailed feedbacks the move is seen in varied forms. Favorable 0reactions seem similarly equated to the unfavorable ones. Pros talk of her qualities, and the antis speak of her suppose health situation. Whatever, the field, to me is better off with more bets from whom we are to choose.

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A view from columnist Rigoberto Tiglao, who wrote, from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15, LP Presidential candidate Manuel A. Roxas 2nd has reportedly spent P257 million on television ads to push up his ratings in the presidential preference polls undertaken by Pulse Asia from Sept. 8 to 14, and by the Social Weather Stations from Sept. 2 to 5 as well. It’s a good thing that in that period, he was already out of DILG as secretary, otherwise, he would again have been branded as using government resources for the purpose. But who knows. According to Tiglao, “Given the basic flaw of such polls as practiced in this country, the massive spending for ads in a month’s time P9 million a day raised Roxas 2nd’s ratings to 20 percent from the poll body’s survey in June, when only 10 percent of the respondents said they would vote for him in 2016.” The Roxas camp, he said per verbal account to him, has also put up billboards worth P100 million mostly outside Metro Manila to increase his name-recall. Of course, while too costly, the gimmick is strengthening his stead. Wise tactic, for as long as actual campaigning is avoided.

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Another Atenean classmate of Pres. Aquino has further strengthened his hold in government. He is Benjamin Caguioa. From being Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, he is now ad interim justice secretary, replacing Leila de Lima who is running for senator in the May 2016 elections. He will serve as justice secretary for the remaining eight months of the Aquino administration.

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Strange as it may seem but there just could be a later surprising twist here. Watch. From a high profile personality in the Samal Island kidnapping of three foreign nationals and a Filipina, Davao City Rodrigo Duterte has curiously been out of the picture.

His last reported participation was in announcing the capture of one of the kidnappers right in Davao. And previous to that was his declared idea to ask for the withdrawal of military forces in the Sulu area where the captives are said to be held. Now, the very same idea is being espoused by the kidnap victims themselves. Could this signal the re-entry of the crime czar? This idea comes three days before the last filing day of CoCs, and two days after his declaration of a no-go for president? Just tickling you, folks. Abangan! (Now, this one is today’s) Though, yet unannounced word has reached me, with later news reports saying Duterte will DUit. And the day is today. Of course, the Samal kidnapping can wait. From now until campaign time is far too long a time yet.

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Manny Pacquiao’s opponent in the ring for 2016 cannot yet be determined. This, after Brittish contender Amir Khan reportedly fizzled out, as the latter backed off, pridefully not due to cowardice but in the belief that Pacquiao is more interested in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. He even expressed disappointment in Manny and his team, saying the Pacquiao camp isn’t really “playing ball”, for All that was left is to sign the contract but it is stalling.

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Earlier plan for the family was to seek Cong. Celso Lobregat group’s permission for council aspirant Jaime “Boday” Cabato to file his CoC today, this day being a special for him. Happy birthday, son. Hoping and working for all the best to you. On the past three (3) electoral contests he that joined, all his CoC’s were filed on his birthday. First, was when he ran as Kagawad in Baliwasan. Second was when he chose to gun for the chairmanship after only one term. And third was when he defended his leadership. In all 3 polls he won hands down. With these developments up ahead, the plan might just not materialize today. Whatever, we leave things all to God the Almighty.

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Have to end up here today, and be at the side of Boday as he enters a crucial stage in his political career. ‘Til then.