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Sunday, 25 October 2015 14:43

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

The Cong. Celso Lobregat - Mayor Isabelle Climaco Salazar intramurals is still on a standstill. With the passing off of eight days after last filing day of CoC’s, reconciliation stands with a Chinaman’s chance.

One and the other are likely to stand by their respective council slates.

And just came to thinking. It’s not only the council aspirants who are disadvantaged, after all. Number one casualty is LP standard bearer Mar Roxas. Four bets in the Climaco lineup have declared support for rival  presidential bet candidate, Jejomar Binay.

And quite clearly, no one can say that this has the blessings of Mar Roxas himself.

Where then would that lead Climaco to. In a bind, in a fix or glory and victory.

Time will tell.

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Could not tell yet the length of this space today. As this is the big day for our cabinet chairman Ramon “Monggueh” Gan, have to be on my toes in support of him.

Missed out some names yesterday of those who came in all the way from Manila to attend the wedding of Monggueh’s daughter, Nathalie.

Among others, they are Dionisio “Lacson” Lim and Bonnie Dy. And hurrying back from Manila today to catch up with the wedding is Quirino Yeo. Staying behind are cabinet die-hards George Yeo, Mr. Virgilio Shia, Alex Wee, Tuat Gan, Nonie Dondoyano, balikbayan Bob Jaldon, Michael Chiong, Hajji Big Boy Salam, Minsang Perez and the legendary-sized KingKong Araneta Kasan.

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Tomorrow, the 25th is the town feast of Baliwasan in honor still of Patroness St., Nuestra Sra. La Virgen del Pilar. In celebration thereof, Barangay Captain Jaime “Boday” Cabato presented the 9th Bonggahan na Baliwasan, a nightly fonda-type of shows at the Wee Bin property along San Jose Rd.

The activity was very well attended and with God-blessed weather conditions. What typhoon Lando spreading its wings up our city. And with the help of GM George Ledesma, ever-alert in receiving text messages, the nightly programs were timely spared from power outages.

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Having just mentioned the name of Jaime “Boday”, Baliwasan Barangay cap, makes me remember having earlier read a news item on the ever-active Sta. Catalina Barangay Cap Jimmy Villaflores, now also running for a council seat as Boday is.

DILG City Director Mohammad Taha Arakama publicly praised him for two feats. Accordingly, he is the first barangay official to have convened this year’s annual barangay general assembly. And per the Arakama statement, the Villaflores-called general assembly is by far the most attended.

There’s just no telling if that comparison dates back to those of last year’s, for such exactly was Director Arakama’s commendation of the one held in Baliwasan.

Whatever, tukayu Jimmy merits laurels for his feats, especially on being the first barangay chairman to act on the DILG-required assembly of all 98 barangays.

More power, Kayu. Good luck.

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This is part of what appeared in this column yesterday, “What kind of another folly is this? “Voters will be able to vote for President Aquino’s successor and other candidates in the May 9, 2016 elections, but their votes may not be transmitted and counted.

And the hereunder development does not impress this corner.

“The House of Representatives decided yesterday to give the Commission on Elections (Comelec) additional funds to cover the cost of electronically transmitting votes in next year’s elections from the precinct level to various canvassing centers.” (TMT)

And per later qualifications, Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, committee chairman, said they have agreed in the appropriations committee to allocate P500 million for the transmission of votes.

This corner is not awed by that for the COMELEC still needs another P500 m more. Here is COMELEC Chair Andres Bautista statement on that matter, “ … they have requested for P1 billion in additional budget from Congress as they are aiming for 100-percent election results transmission rate in May 2016 polls.”

And get a load of this, “He (Bautista) noted the vote transmission rate in the 2013 mid-term polls was only 76 percent and they intend to increase this to 100 percent in next year’s elections.” Perhaps, unguardedly, he must have meant the missing 24 percent was one of the ingredients to complement the cheating.

And that makes matters worse for us voters and candidates.

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The Ombudsman is in a frenzy of outrightly dismissing officials charged with graft and corruption.

Jun Ramirez and Elena L. Aben write, “Yesterday, the Office of the Ombudsman once again showed it can act with dispatch on cases of graft when it ordered the dismissal of 19 police officials over the anomalous procurement of rubber boats worth P4.5 million in 2009.

The other day, it also dismissed from the service Capiz Governor Victor Tanco Sr. and his son, provincial security officer Vladimir Tanco, over corruption and extortion complaints. It likewise suspended for one year in service Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado and Bacolod City Administrator Rolando Villamor for six months after they were found guilty in two separate administrative cases.

Early this month, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also ordered the dismissal of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. and 19 other city officials on corruption charges. She also ordered the dismissal and perpetual disqualification from service of Masbate Governor RizalinaLanete over the anomalous use of her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) from 2007 to 2009.”

And very recently, the younger Binay was also viciously axed. Could VP and LP presidential bet Jojo Binay then be next in line. Watch out! The Ombudsman has finally recommended the filing of plunder cases against him. And this frenzy could very well be the scenario being set up to condition the minds of people for his eventual arrest and/or possible dismissal from post.

, if indeed, another presidentiable Sen. Grace is a threat to the administration-backed Mar Roxas, she could, too could be on the hole, in view of the three (3) disqualification charges she faces.

Keep in touch, friends.

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Fast as the Ombudsman is on several officials, why is kit just as slow in dealing with President Benigno Aquino III and Budget Sec. Florencio Abad.

In the original graft complaint versus both Aquino and Abad, the former even came out unscathed. Cleared of guilt when he is the principal releasing the money. Only Abad was charged. And noticeable still is that the case isn’t even moving.

Now, will this other case against Aquino prosper, as Former Iloilo congressman Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco has started running after the neck of the president.

“Syjuco, on Friday filed a five-page complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman against President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Senate President Franklin Drilon and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad over the disbursement of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which is infamously known as “pork barrel,” and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Syjuco, chief of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) during the Arroyo regime, earlier said the inefficiency of the Aquino administration was a factor in his decision to run for President in next year’s elections.” (PS)