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Monday, 02 November 2015 15:18

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Just heard this from members of the Monggueh Cabinet, and they looked serious, I really don’t know. Accordingly, Cong. Celso Lobregat has publicly pronounced withdrawal of support from Mayor Isabelle Climaco Salazar, for having supposedly declare war against him.

My oh my, that’s ear-splitting. An underling meeting head-on a king/queen maker. It’s of common knowledge, the underling sprang from whence the political dominance of both Lobregats, Ma’am Caling and Celso took her in to their fold.

And we all know what it is called with this kind of end result. Need I say it?

For now, I guess, no. Right at the onset of my writing I had harped on my word to my better half. No personal adverse comments, but that the Cabato sting will still be felt, and that accounts for the title of this column, Sound Snipings, the words I feel nearest to Pasaplit Solamente. So there. As in Duterte’s words, I a man of my word.

However, I invite you to reflect on  the statements issued separately by Cong. Lobregat and Rep. Lilia M. Nuño soon as filed their individual CoC’s. Both spoke of honor, ideals and principles. To me, the duo’s words were simply shy of saying debt of gratitude, in chabacano debe pabor.

Need I say more? You be the better judge.

And pray tell me please, was I ever impolite?, was I ever disrespectful, discourteous or rude to anyone here since this space was born?

Again, apart from my FB page, here are my contact nos. contact, 0917 307 8089 and 0907 300 6078.

I surely will surely be gratified if you would so kindly respond.

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Surprisingly today, a friendly-looking young man seemingly in his mid-50’s and unknown to us approached the Monggueh cabinet gathered for our daily morning session at the National Bakery. He was looking for storeowner Minsang Perez. At that time, Chairman Monggueh and Member George Yeo were among those who were not yet around. So, nobody knew. As he was about to go the adjoining outlet, a stranger as he was, he struck a brief dialogue with the group, exuding the impression of a mild-mannered and well-cultured person. Soon after, the Chairman, Minsang and George came in.

It turned out that then trio were well acquainted with the visitor. Lo and behold, he was and is Mariano Ong (Yu), a cooking oil and soap tycoon of Malabon, Metro Manila.

He was introduced to us as manufacturer of the branded Spring Oil, a product that comes from a factory employing the latest, most modern technology and machineries. I failed to actually inquire about his purpose in coming over, but normally with a man of that stature in life and by the leisurely manner by which he strode in, it could only be a combined business and pleasure trip. Welcome to Zamboanga, Mr. Ong (Yu). Enjoy your stay.

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Ooops. There is a new twist in the Martin Diño CoC filing and withdrawal. While in the first development, having withdrawn as a candidate, PDP-LABAN, under which Diño ran as president, may still install a substitute.

Then came the second discovery that posed a problem. Diño mistakenly filed his CoC as mayor of Pasig City which simply meant, PDP-LABAN has no candidate for president at all.

And this is the latest twist, per COMELEC statement itself, despite wrongly filing as Pasig mayor, his name was inadvertently accepted and listed in the list of presidential candidates.

Ergo, the Duterte push and pull, to the point of eating one’s word, may again pave for the entry of crime czar Digong in the presidential derby.

All these, however, will depend on a final  Comelec ruling.

Keep in touch. The watch here continues.

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“It is not ghosts or spirits that haunt President Benigno Aquino 3rd but the specter of the slaying of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, early this year.” (TMT)

And Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., a vice presidential bet, has this to say, Pres. B.S. Aquino III should apologize to the families of the 44 slain Special Action Force (SAF) members and release all benefits due them.

Marcos paid a visit to the tomb of Police Officer 3 Omar Nacionales in the north. Nacionales was one of the policemen brutally massacred by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other armed groups in January 2015.

“The ultimate blame lies with the President and if that is the case, the conclusion that we come to is that the President will not only apologize but to give all the demands, all those that they have promised to the surviving families and file charges against those involved in the massacre,” Marcos said after consoling Nacionales’ widow, Gae Ann, also a SAF member, at the Luna Memorial Cemetery.

Marcos revealed, a Senate report on the Mamasapano incident showing that the Philippine National Police’s chain of command was broken when Aquino, dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima and then SAF chief General Getulio Napeñas, proceeded with the Mamasapano operation without informing then PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina.

The Senate report submitted by Sen. Grace Poe, head of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Marcos added, found Aquino ultimately responsible for the Mamasapano tragedy.

And this Marcos revelation drew pricking reactions from readers. Here are some:

“What? PNoy apologize? Hmmm, apology is not in the mind of a mentally challenged person like him. He does not even know what it means, one suspects.”

“No way PNoy will apologize! He thinks too much of himself. He is the King of the land!”

“The sacrifice of the 44 SAF soldiers, Massacred should be raised high this coming All Souls Day and remind BS Aquino that He is the One Responsible for this operation.”

“This BS Aquino should never been President. He does not live up to the Honor of Leadership and Chain of Command. He is a COWARD!

There will never be Closure until Aquino is brought to Justice together with his sidekick Purisima.”

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It’s good to know a UN intermediary body, officially accepted to sit on the Philippine-China dispute over the maritime jurisdiction involving parts of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea.)

This development is seen as a first-step victory of the Philippines, and this may eventually help ease the increasing tension between the aggressive US government and the assertive Chinese state.

It is held that the decision indicates that the tribunal, assembled under the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), will hold further hearings to settle the increasingly contentious dispute.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration on behalf of the Arbitral Tribunal in the Philippines v. China arbitration”, however clarified that the dispute was not about sovereignty, as China claims.

It also, “the arbitration concerns the role of ‘historic rights’ and the source of maritime entitlements in the South China Sea, the status of certain maritime features in the South China Sea and the maritime entitlements they are capable of generating, and the lawfulness of certain actions by China in the South China Sea that are alleged by the Philippines to violate the Convention.” (TMT)

Thus, the panel concluded it has jurisdiction over the case. And the tribunal expects to issue its Award on the merits and remaining jurisdictional issues on the matter in 2016.

Philippine diplomats predicting gains for the Philippine comes as the announcement from The Hague made notice that all 10 findings or conclusions of the tribunal were unanimous decisions.

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If you are annoyed by increased power outages these recent days, everybody has to bear with it a while. It’s not anybody’s fault here. Blame it on the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), and spare Zamcelco.

Here is a forwarded message to me by GM George Ledesma, for I’m sorry having overlooked sharing. This tells all. Read on, “MRCC: System Advisory: Mindanao Grid is on Red Alert from 0900H - 2400H, Oct.29, 2015.Contingency Reserve is zero (0). Customers are advised to adjust their load allocation from NPC/PSALM based on 80mw deficiency due to fast drawdown of Pulangi4 & Agus4 HEP reservoir elevation.Customers are also advised to strictly follow their adjusted load allocation from NPC/PSALM. If adjusted load allocation is insufficient, customers are advised to utilize their BPS and Embedded generators. Customers exceeding their total load allocation (NPC/PSALM + BPS) will be subjected to MLD.”

Once, NGCP clears the kinks, happy days will be here again.