Wastes and missed prospects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 14:59

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

My apologies to former Campo Islam Barangay Captain Bro Sandag for having missed his name among the LP-NP council ticket who graced the 9th Bonggahan na Baliwasan.

And also to Kimsu “Cianing” Feliciano, who is one of the Monggueh cabinet members who stayed and attended the Gan-Atilano wedding on Saturday last.

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Police efforts in arresting a suspected kidnapper and more so of engaging a band of armed kidnapping suspects in a fierce running gunbattle that exposed the operatives to danger are proving to go to naught.

DZT report that the would-be kidnap victim, Dr. Armando Iturralde, did not give any written statement of the incident.

The doctor is an elder brother of Vice Cesar Iturralde.

Of course, while it is the prerogative of any citizen to make one’s decision, we cannot entirely blame the Iturralde family from backing off the case.

But on top of wasted police effort and the risk they faced, we gloat over the fact that the deadly group of kidnappers will go scot free and left to do further evil to the citizenry.

The indictment and further grilling of the suspect could have led to the identification and possible arrests of  other brigands.

This corner rues over such wastes and missed prospects.

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Former Defense Secretary and National Security Adviser Norbert Gonzales foresees the inevitable failure of the forthcoming elections, and the outbreak of popular passions as a consequence to it. So he wrote on a front page commentary in TMT on Sunday.

Further, he said “ … there would be need to prevent vested interests from taking over and for some responsible group to direct mass action for the required authentic change.”

Accordingly, this is a role that the National Transformation Council (NTC) has defined for itself in its since it first general assembly which issued the Lipa Declaration on Aug. 27, 2014.

And NTC call is for the institution of a revolutionary government.

And according to the Kit Tatad, the statement may have shifted public attention and discussion from what promises to be a meaningless and completely manipulated presidential election to the need of a meaningful peaceful revolution.

He continues, “ … as the political system continues to deteriorate while we enter the active presidential campaign season, the premises and proposals advanced by the NTC tend to gain greater validity and support from the ground.”

These commentaries, to me, are spine-tingling as the pictured scenario is flaunted with words such as “the inevitable failure of the forthcoming elections.” “need of a meaningful peaceful revolution” “political system continues to deteriorate”, “revolutionary government” and “ unmitigated collapse of the constitutional order”.

He concludes, “If the government wants to avoid a revolution, it will have to exert every effort to ensure the holding of a clean, honest, transparent and credible election. So far there is no evidence of that. To the contrary, everything is being done to rig it. Various efforts to break Smartmatic’s stranglehold on the electronic voting system have failed.”

Philippines, whereforth  thou art?

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The belief that the 2013 elections was a farce is further bolstered by new developments.

The story goes, “A German biometrics firm, Dermalog, was reported to have made an offer to refurbish the 80,000 PCOS units at minimal cost, in order to save the Comelec billions of pesos and prevent it from using the same Smartmatic voting machines that were divested of all safety and security features to produce the flawed election results in 2010 and 2013. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista was reported to have met with the group twice, but could not decide on his own what to do with the offer. In the end, he reportedly asked Dermalog to sit down and negotiate a possible arrangement with Smartmatic.

This tends to confirm all speculation that after President B. S. Aquino 3rd met in private with Smartmatic international chairman Lord Mark Malloch Brown, Smartmatic’s stranglehold on the 2016 automated election was completed. It succeeded in shutting out all other interested parties from supplying transparent technology in the elections.”  (TMT)

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The reported abduction and illegal detention of Lowell Menorca 2nd, an expelled minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) is baffling.

Too unusual to be believed. The INC is widely known for its spirituality, piety, religious convictions and obedience as a congregation.

Quite clearly, there is more to it than meets the eye. For how could a church be so crude as to undertake such malevolence?

Therefore before anyone condemns the other, it is the better judgment to await results formal investigations, as the INC leaders profess readiness to answer the charges.

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Wazzup, guys? Having to fly from Manila, Sen. Francis Escudero had a private meeting with Vice President Jejomar Binay in Davao, where Binay was to grace the National Boy Scouts Jamboree and an assembly of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.

The two met sans the presence of the duo’s respective running mates. They are Sen. Gringo Honasan, Binay’s vice presidential bet, and Escudero’s standard bearer Sen. Grace Poe.

Topping it, Binay and Escudero flew back to Manila on the same Philippine Airlines flight.

The meeting was purportedly brokered by Tony Boy Floirendo, who has consistently been a supporter of both Binay and Escudero in their past political ventures.

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The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay lambasted Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales Sunday for allegedly acting in bad faith in recommending the filing of charges against him.

Rico Quicho, Binay spokesman said the Ombudsman clearly abused its power and exceeded its authority and intended to malign and discredit the vice president, who cannot be the subject of an indictment during his term of office.

In a motion for reconsideration filed on Oct. 19, Binay’s lawyers said the law requires that an impeachable officer must first be removed from office by impeachment before charges against him could be investigated to determine probable cause.

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The youth once again proved to be allies of  Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago as she emerged as at the head of the pack of rivals lead in the presidential and vice presidential surveys. in the official fan page of the state-run .

This was result of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-conducted online poll. Santiago, who filed her candidacy for President on Oct. 16, received 71.3 percent of the 80,000 votes cast.

Santiago’s rivals in the presidential contest lagged behind in the PUP poll, with Senator Grace Poe garnering only 12.4 percent of the total votes, former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II 11.9 percent, and Vice President Jejomar Binay 3.2 percent.