Crazy politics not only in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:16

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

One other major points I missed when I wrote about the crazy political developments in this part of the country.

First, that Mayor Beng Climaco’s shrewd move could have only been born out of despondency of quality candidates among her ranks.

And it occurred to me that this silly happening is not limited to a Zamboanga City leader. Manila’s could be just as wacky. Climaco could never have filled up her council slots with candidates who are true-blue supporters of UNA presidential bet VP Jojo Binay, unless she had the blessings of LP presidential aspirant Mar Roxas, with whom she last talked to on the phone, a night prior to their CoC filing.

See? That is idiotic or so it appears.

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Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, facing a plunder case filed against her and several others before the Sandiganbayan, has sought sanctuary with the Supreme Court (SC).

She was indicted for approving the release of more than P365 million in Confidential/Intelligence Funds (CIF) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during her term

In a 115-page petition for certiorari dated October 15, 2015, through her lawyer and former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza, Arroyo asked the High Court to expedite proceedings and set oral arguments on the case.

At the same time, through a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), she urged the SC en banc to suspend further proceedings on the case before the anti-graft court. particularly a hearing to receive evidence from the accused by way of defense.

Arroyo’s petition was filed more than two weeks after the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights ruled that the detention of the former President over the plunder case is arbitrary under each and all of the three categories of arbitrariness.

“Mrs. Arroyo was denied bail on grounds that are not compatible with international law; she did not benefit from the presumption in favor of bail; she was denied bail exclusively on the basis of the alleged strength of evidence against her; measures alternative to pre-trial detention were not considered and there were undue delays in considering her bail position in the proceedings against her as a whole,” a UN ruling said. (TMT)

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It was only today that this corner came across a column by Carmen Pedrosa which appeared the day before in the Philippine Star. This is in relation with the UN ruling above-mentioned that President Noynoy Aquino rejected outright. As I find it amusing, I share with you parts of it.

“President Aquino is acting true to character when he defied the UN ruling that the continuous detention of GMA is ‘politically motivated.’ She is not allowed to post bail while others who were similarly charged were.

So what? Aquino said.

It is shameful. As if he is saying, I am the president of the Philippines. I am the boss here. Walang UN dito! (There is no UN here!) Go to hell!

Pedrosa said, things would have been more Filipino-like had he instead replied in diplomatic fashion that the ruling would be considered and the result made known as soon as possible. “But that would be expecting too much from him. He is not cut out to be a leader or a statesman capable of such niceties that would speak well of Filipinos.”, she added.

On the same breath, she also took to task the men around him, branding them as behaving just as bad. She next questioned why Aquino is so angry and vindictive of GMA.

“One columnist thinks it had all to do with Hacienda Luisita. It was GMA who nullified the stock distribution option of the Cojuangco property and it was under the watch of former Chief Justice Renato Corona that the Supreme Court made its decision to distribute the hacienda’s 6,000 hectares of land to the farmer beneficiaries as final and executory.”, she wrote.

Corona. That rings a bell. Ah, yes. The impeached SC Justice, whose ouster was allegedly marred by bribery with money supposedly coming the president’s DAP funds.

Concluding, Pedrosa sarcastically remarked, “The ruling of the UN goes far beyond former president Macapagal Arroyo’s detention. At the heart of the matter is whether we want to belong to a community of nations under the rule of international law or behave like Nazi Germany.”

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There’s a good and bad news in Philippine boxing. An impressive win and a shocking loss on the sides

Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, fighting for the first time in the United States made his presence felt by retaining his title with a lopsided unanimous decision on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) over Mexican challenger Juan ‘Pinky” Alejo at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

Nietes made good use of his counter-punching tactics and great body movements to dupe the young Mexican all throughout the 12 rounds to gain the convincing win. In the process, he kept his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight belt.

On the other hand, former world titleholder Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria was dealt a ninth round knockout loss to Nicaraguan World Boxing Council pound-for-pound flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

While Viloria displayed skillful performance in the opening rounds, he was not able to sustain the same in the later rounds.

The Nicaraguan champ had a lot of air left in his lungs and remained the aggressor in the fight to improve his statistics. Viloria (36-5 record with 22 knockouts) was caught with a solid right by Gonzalez that ended the bout at 2:53 of round nine.

And seen as aimed at exacting vengeance for a fallen comrade, Nietes just after his own fight, asked his handlers to immediately move and negotiate with Filipino conqueror Roman Gonzales, drawing some negative reactions, citing the excellent record of the undefeated Nicaraguan, of an imposing 44-0 with 38 knockouts.

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For asking a 6-year old boy to repeat his gyrating-filled dance moves ala-male stripper in exchange for P10,000, television host Willie Revillame is back in hot water. The Court of Appeals gave the go-signal for the arrest and prosecution of Revillame on charges of child abuse and child exploitation.

The appeals court 13th division through Associate Justice Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla, penned the Quezon City Regional Trial Court correctly issued the order.

It was the Department of Social Welfare and Development filed the complaint for violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law before the Quezon City Prosecutors Office, which later on filed the case in court.

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Accordingly, Revillame even tried to imitate the boy’s moves and at one point raised the boy on hydraulic circular platform while the host shouted “beer pa.”

At one point the boy appeared to be crying while doing the dance moves.

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Former Senator Francisco Tatad has joined the Sen. Grace Poe fray. He is filing on Monday his own disqualification complaint at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Poe is one of several candidates aspiring for the presidency.

She filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) last week and is already facing a disqualification case before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) filed by Rizalito David.

The filing of his petition, Tatad said, is pursuant to Comelec rules, which state that disqualification of candidates may be filed after the deadline of the filing of CoC’s.

The last day of filing was on Friday, October 16.

Tatad maintained that Poe is not qualified to seek the highest post in the country not a natural-born Filipino.

“One seeking the presidency should be constitutionally qualified, and there are no ifs and buts in this. Being not a natural-born Filipino citizen and for failing to meet the minimum residency qualification, respondent [Poe] should be disqualified from running for President, lest the commission will countenance a grievous violation,” he said in his petition that will be filed at the poll body this morning.

The presidency, just like other high offices, cannot be held or occupied by one short of qualifications. Dura lex sed lex,” Tatad added. (TMT)