Scandal and not only media hype PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 13:51

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

This corner, after all, will not be as much late as I had given notice to my editors. Thank God, the computer in use now has been re-formatted early, and I won’t have to hop from one internet shop to another to catch up with different brownout schedules, for at where I’m pounding the keyboard now, an inverter apparatus is in place.

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What’s happening to Malacañang, after all the media hype on “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) at the Manila International Airport, the president still refuses to fire or revamp airport officials over the alleged tanim-bala cases.

At this stage, all he wants done is to “verify and validate” all bullet-related incidents so the proper solutions could be implemented, he said. What solutions does he still have to plan out? The modus operandi of the heist has been much properly illustrated by the different media outfits covering the beat. What else is there to probe. The time to move is now.

Take it from the faster and evidently smarter thinker, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay. He immediately called for the firing of all personnel of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) over the scandal

And that’s the word I should have used above, “scandal” and not only “media hype” as the state of affairs of that tittle-tattle has reached that level.

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One other funny part of that outrage, the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-Avsegroup), has a ridiculous conclusion to the tanim-bala shame. Reacting to the reported bullet-planting or “laglag-bala” scam it simply warned passengers against taking bullets to airports.

Police Supt. Jeanne Panisan, public information officer of PNP-Avsegroup, said this is due to reasons supposedly cited by accosted passengers after bullets are discovered inside their luggage. They allegedly claim the bullets are their amulets or good luck charms, locally called “anting-anting”.

What a surprise, when most of those apprehended are elderlies in their mid-sixties.

Amulets for grannies. What a laugh. Har har har.

“Liberal Party (LP) officials on Monday took turns in belying a supposed “black propaganda” to eliminate Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe from the presidential race in favor of administration standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd.” (TMT)

But of course. Which culprit will admit of such a deed or misdeed evil it as it seems?

In spite of the rosary of disqualification cases on the citizenship issue filed against Poe, and the littany of graft and plunder cases against Binay, Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and LP spokesman Barry Gutierrez denied hatching insidious legal moves to have Poe disqualified and Binay jailed.

And what kind of defense is Belmonte, who is LP campaign manager, displaying as he claims Binay has “powerful” lawyers who can take care of his legal problems.

Do we get it to mean that because Binay has “powerful lawyers”, all kinds of cases may then be heaped upon him?

He continues as the same source reports, “It’s not true. Ridiculous. Regarding Grace, (the) Ombudsman has no say…”

I’m perplexed with that justification, which to me is what is ridiculous, for the House leader to link the Poe cases to the Ombudsman. There appears no “connect”. Think so, too, friends?

Earlier it was reported that an alleged plot hatched by the LP with former associates of the defunct powerful law firm, CVC Law Office, or The Firm, exists. And the aim is to ensure the victory of Roxas by getting rid of his two strongest rivals.

The plan is to apply all available resources and influence to have Grace disqualified while making sure that Binay is put behind bars, a source said.

Joey Salgado, one of Binay’s spokesmen, said they are aware of such “dark” legal operations., with the opposing side dismissing the report as mere rumors.

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The tirades of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on President PNoy Aquino gets on the roll.

Following reports that more than P300 million in donations for victims of calamities remain untapped, Marcos said its utilization shows the government’s callousness, describing it as abysmal.

He expressed consternation over the government’s “insensitivity” to the plight of disaster victims as well as its failure to properly use the calamity funds and donations intended for families hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda and other calamities.

The young Marcos called on government to make good use of the idle funds to provide permanent shelter to families rendered homeless by typhoons and other calamities.

You will recall, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that P385 million in donations coursed through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) under the Department of National Defense (DND) remained unused as of 2014.

Marcos disclosed only P38 million of the donations for victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) amounting to P136,996,859.29 was used.

He cited that it has been two years since typhoon Yolanda reaped off Tacloban and other nearby areas and many of the survivors up to now have yet to get permanent shelters, despite of the millions on hand.

Earlier, Marcos as chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Works conducted an investigation into the alleged sub-standard bunk houses constructed as temporary shelters for Yolanda survivors.

It was discovered with data supplied by a group of Yolanda survivors from the National Housing Authority, that only 534 out of the 13,801 targeted permanent houses have been built by the government as of September this year.

Separately, the Senate committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement chaired by Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito last month bared that of the 205,128 houses to be built by July 2016, only 16,000 have been constructed.

Wisely, Marcos concluded, the government could have used the idle funds to provide immediate assistance and relief to victims of calamities.

“This smacks of not only insensitivity to the plight of the disaster survivors but also negligence of duty,” he added. (TMT)

And Marcos pledged to take issue of the unused calamity funds during the forthcoming 2016 budget deliberations in the Senate to ensure that the funds are tapped for their intended purpose.

And Senate was to resume session today after a month-long legislative break.

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This piece could have still touched on some other worthy developments, but our Cabinet Chairman Monggueh has sounded the alarm call, for his newly-wed side-kick in store-mending, Natnat left for Manila today enroute to Hong Kong and Taiwan.

And first stop is at the residence of Vice Chairman Michael Chiong, who is celebrating his birthday today. All the best to you, Vice.. Happy birthday.

Till next time around, go go.