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Thursday, 12 November 2015 13:50

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


Culpability in allowing the vendors to turn their business spaces into living quarters seem to get clearer.

Earlier developments stumbled upon by local mediamen are giving us the impression.

Simple. Read on and see for yourselves, “Mayor Beng Climaco has taken over direct supervision and control of the City Administrator’s Office, pending the appointment of a new city administrator vice Antonio G. Orendain Jr., who quit the post…” (ZT, 5 September 2015).

This was carried out in Executive Order No. BC125-2015 issued last June 30, where the mayor also limited concurrent Assistant City Administrator, Dr. Elmeir E. Apolinario, to simply act on the administrative activities and routinary functions of the office vacated by Orendain.

Dr. Apolinario, serving as assistant city administrator for years then, relinquished the post late last year to assume as department head of the newly created City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.

Consequently, the chief executive designated Apolinario again as concurrent Assistant City Administrator per EO No. BC114 dated April 25, 2015.

There is an utter confusing twist in that move of the mayor, in the way events were reported.

Per ZT news report, “To effectively pursue her priority thrusts, Mayor Beng Climaco has appointed two new assistant city administrators who officially assumed their posts September 1.”

They are Jose Genaro Yap-Aizon, ACA and Marie Angelique Go, has been named Assistant City Administrator, both on concurrent capacities.

The report was silent on the status of ACA Apolinario.

The clearest picture though remains, “Mayor Beng Climaco has taken over direct supervision and control of the City Administrator’s Office, pending the appointment of a new city administrator vice Antonio G. Orendain Jr., who quit the post…”

And up until now, an Orendain replacement is nowhere in sight.

Ergo, Mayor Beng Climaco sits at the helm of the city’s economic enterprises, with the public market top on the list.

Who is to blame then for allowing vendors to turn their spaces into living quarters inside the public market?

You be the better judges. The picture has been painted.

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For practical reasons that need no more mentioning here, Alex Wee called in to request publicly that authorities require all candidates to undergo drug testing. Personally, I support that call. But things as they are, the idea is impracticable.

It was indeed a requirement sometime in 1998, but the Supreme Court struck it down as it ruled the act as violative to one’s rights.

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The PDAF scam controversy continues to rear its ugly head.

Just don’t know if this is still Part I Napoles scheme or already the expected Part II Roque (Napoles replica).

Note, per earlier report of L.A. Zamboanga Times, it is said there are two (2) alleged scamming syndicates, one is Jane Napoles’, which has already been exposed by whistle blower Ben Hur Luy, and that of one Roque which has yet to blow up.

In any case, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is investigating five incumbent senators and four former members of the Senate implicated in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

Rodante Berou, chief of the NBI’s Special Operations Group, revealed this when he took the witness stand on Tuesday during a bail hearing of former Masbate Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete at the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division. Lanete is the incumbent governor of Masbate.

Berou named Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Gregorio Honasan, Manuel Lapid, Loren Legarda, former senators Edgardo Angara, Rodolfo Biazon, Ramon Magsaysay and Richard Gordon and Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad, wife of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad as targets of the ongoing probe.

It was a Commission on Audit (COA) special audit report on the use of lawmakers’ PDAF allocation from 2007 to 2009 that drew in the names of the lawmakers.

The COA report cited the lawmakers have possible “anomalous transactions regarding the implementation of soft projects.

No details of the investigation were disclosed.

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The burden and hardships that millions of Filipino voters underwent lining up at various Commission on Elections (Comelec) offices countrywide for their biometrics had turned out for naught.

Comelec chair Andres Bautista announced that the poll body would return to the old method of validating voters’ identities next year.

Whew! Doubtful of Comelec’s integrity, many are pondering, could there again be a devilish motive for this faux pas?

For, after subjecting voters nationwide to bear the strains of queuing under the elements for hours, Comelec would now go back using the old method.

Under the setup a hard copy of the voters’ list would be used in the precincts during the 2016 polls, meaning poll officials would literally have to open a big book of names to check on a person’ registry and identity as a voter.

Comelec explains “… the voter verification system (VVS), which would have included an electronic scanner for validating fingerprints, is a want, not a need in the upcoming polls. Bautista claims the VVS machine may suffer from technical problems, which can delay the voting.” (Atty. Dodo Dulay, TMT)

With only one day allotted for voting, Comelec Chair Andres Bautista says the voting process should be completed quickly.

Whoa there! This could be the catch to all this. Read on,

Critic Lawyer Glenn Chong, disputes Bautista’s claims, saying Bautista realigned P727-million meant for the purchase of VVS units and the conduct of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections, to the lease of the PCOS machines for next year’s elections.

In other words, Comelec is simply ensuring there will be enough monster PCOS machines for utilization in possible evil designs to re-implement the 2010 and 2013 machinated polls.

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Pres. BS Aquino, following cries of foul for not attending the 2nd anniversary of the Eastern Visayan catastrophe, had to issue a statement that he was not invited to the activities.

However, the explanation hasn’t dissipated people’s disgust.

Newsmen write that while the nation marked the second anniversary of Yolanda, the Chief Executive was spotted attending a wedding of a tycoon’s son in Metro Manila last Sunday.

On that, Rigoberto Tiglao empathically writes... With gusto.

“Never in the Philippines’ post-war history have we had a President so representative of and servile to the oligarchy. President Aquino has shamelessly demonstrated again and again that the oligarchs are really his “boss,” not the masses.”

Tiglao said, he had thought that Aquino missed the second anniversary of the commemoration of the Yolanda Typhoon and secluded himself in his room probably playing an X-box game with his nephew Josh, as he couldn’t bear to be on the same stage as the Romualdezes and Marcos in Tacloban.

That was giving Aquino too much credit, he rued.

It turned out, he said, Aquino was absent in this year’s - as he was last year - commemoration rites for the tragedy that killed more than 8,000 Filipinos in 2013 and made life miserable for millions of Filipinos, because he attended the wedding of the son of property tycoon Andrew Tan.

Tiglao then snidely remarked that Aquino preferred the wedding as he was allegedly in search for campaign funds.

Father of the groom, you see, is Andrew Tan, owner of the Megaworld property conglomerate, famous in the global liquor industry as the magnate from a capital-deficient, poor country who has been on a buying binge in Europe in the past three years.

“He bought 1,000 hectares of vineyards in Spain, 100 percent of the Spanish brandy maker, Bodega San Bruno for P3 billion, and 50 percent of Bodega Las Copas for P3.7 billion. Last year he bought the United Kingdom’s iconic Scottish Scotch whisky-maker Whyte & Mackay for US$720 million (P34 billion). Would you believe the owner of the P85-per-liter Emperador brandy outbid the owners of Remy Martin, Glenlivet, Chivas Regal, Absolut Vodka and Campari? That’s the kind Aquino prefers rubbing elbows with, rather than weeping widows in Tacloban.” (Rigoberto Tiglao, TMT)