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Monday, 09 November 2015 11:43

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Although in delayed fashion, and even if the oldest — Quirino Yeo — among the group of friends who I texted to inquire on the anniversary years of Chong Hua’s foundation, was the only one who remembered.

Can you beat that? Those who I contacted included Alex Wee, Cap Abeng Miranda of Sto. Niño, Efren Wee, and Tiago Santiago of Labuan. No one remembered.

Quirino at 82 years of age, knows. It’s the 96th, he says.

As I was about to wrap up this piece today, Cap Abeng texted in, and said a little doubtfully, “|school established 1919, so that means 96. Not yo sure. Try asking others. He he, very much younger than Quirino, my friend Abeng only in his mid-30’s, yet still entertains doubts. But not the young man of 82. He is dead sure.

In any case, Cap Beng, thanks for the info, more so with the effort. And you even gave meat to add humor to this space today. Gracias, Cap Abeng.

Happy anniversary, alumni.

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So it turns out, the city’s branded bearer of disaster, after all has a counterpart on the national level.

Take it from a Manila-based youth group, when it issued a statement, to wit:- “SCORING the government’s ‘criminal neglect, corruption and exploitation of typhoon victims,’ … the youngsters “...labeled the Aquino administration a ‘disaster government’ as the nation marked the second anniversary of one of the biggest disasters to strike the country.” (MB)

Just what the statement meant is self-explanatory, especially so as the effects of the cited disaster are still sorely felt by the Haiyan victims, compounded by the over a billion peso-donations by foreign governments and charitable institutions remain sleeping in the government’s coffers, while the typhoon victims still exposed to the elements with no decent domiciles and poor living conditions.

Such insensitivity to fellowmen.

In Zamboanga, the facts have been detailed earlier.

The siege, immediately followed by inundation in some 15 or so barangays, remember?

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Yesterday, I posted a request for reactions/responses to my writing here. It was on whether I had maligned anybody, disrespectfully or otherwise.

So far, thank you, folks. There have been several replies, and all said, the write-ups here have been on the level. No invectives, No personal tirades. No disrespect to anyone.

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A few days back, there could have been some dark areas implanted in the minds of readers here. I refer to my declared support. Retired Police General Mario Biong Yanga that carried a December 10 hanger.

It was written here, to this effect:- “If the fight was between Cong. Celso Lobregat and Mayor Isabelle Climaco Salazar, I will root for Lobregat.

That accounts for son Jaime “Boday” Cabato running as councilor under the NP-LDP ticket of Lobregat.

The Cabatos have faith in the leadership of Lobregat.

As the fight is between Climaco and Yanga, unless something dramatic turns up on 10 December, last substitution day for candidates, I am for Yanga.

See, the dark area in 10 December?

It is so, because this corner knows of something very few know.

As to just what it is, Seeecret … Let us wait for that day.

Interested in knowing now?

Contact me through those numbers and messenger account that I had twice published.

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Rappler, a cluster of news assemblage has issued an apology to former DILG Sec. and LP presidential bet Mar Roxas for lionizing his quote, to wit:- “If you enter the airport with contraband, then how does that become the government’s problem?”

Very surely we surmise “contraband” would readily mean “bullets”, the issue hugging the headlines all over the world.

But I do not subscribe to the idea of Rappler’s apology. It makes no sense to me.

But of course, Charlie. Bringing in bullets at the airport does not make it the government’s problem.

But planting bullets (tanim-bala) is.

And that is the crux of the matter.

A statement like this, “If you enter the airport with contraband, then how does that become the government’s problem?” does not sit well in this corner. It’s a lifeless remark. Altogether brainless.

Rappler was all the while correct in bloating Roxas’ words. Irresponsible comments need castigation

Apology was unwarranted, to this corner. Say you?

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Investigations leading to arrests are indeed worthy a feat, especially so when the hot pursuit operation is led no less than by the chief of office. Hail!, Chief Insp. Karib Muharram and men of the Ayala Police Station

The posse, acting on intelligence reports, arrested on Friday the principal suspect in the killing of two alleged police “assets” who were shot in Cawit last Thursday night.

Arrested was Jesus Simpao alias Kuya Bata, 29. His two cohorts, however, managed to elude arrest during a police chase in Recodo.

Simpao and companions were named as principals in the gunslaying of John Michael Cabrera y Francisco, of Josephine Silos Drive, San Jose and a certain Raiza, a native of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. They succumbed to bullet wounds in the different parts of their body and died instantaneously.

DZT, erroneously earlier referred to here as TZT gathered that the duo were slain by drug pushers in the area upon learning, Cabrera and Raiza were working for the police.

Higher authorities must take cognizance of such achievements and heaped on their minions, the much-deserved recognitions and corresponding rewards.

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Anti-pork barrel and political dynasty prime mover, Quintin “Ting” Paredes San Diego was shot dead in his own resort in Dingalan, Aurora province.

It is, however, believed the killing was not linked to his two advocacies, for tagged responsible for the slay are members of the New People’s Army after, San Diego repeatedly refused to give in to extortion demands of the armed group.

Rey Bautista, a San Diego ally, related that the latter has been telling him the NPAs were trying to extort money as payment of revolutionary taxes, being an owner and operator of an agricultural farm in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, which he continued to disregard for being illegal.

San Diego had said, if they ask something for food or supplies, he will oblige, but to ask for money by which they will buy more guns is something different, Bautista relayed of San Diego’s words.