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Friday, 13 November 2015 13:34

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

All sorts of rackets are sprucing up everywhere. In Zamboanga, it’s the boat ticket scam, where scammers block entries to the ticket booth and claim all tickets are sold out, then sell theirs at costly prices. Two suspects were recently nabbed in an entrapment operations of the police.

In Manila, a young Bulgarian ATM cloner was arrested also by the police, acting only by way of a report from the mall’s security guard . He was caught red-handed while repeatedly withdrawing cash from an ATM machine inside the Market-Market Mall in Taguig City last Sunday using different cards, including a convenience store reward card.

Those breed of police of such kind of alertness and response to calls do deserve commendations.

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As stated before in this space, it’s a nutty political scenario in this City. Top leaders of the same coalition fielding different sets of councilors, and followers rooting for others belonging to a different party.

So, too noticed Rex Miravite, who decried that “some candidates who filed their COCs (together) are supporting aspirants from other political parties as early as now.”

Noticeably, Councilor’ Rommel Agan, Kim Elago, Pinpin Pareja and one other whose skips me at the moment, all associated with Climaco’s LP re rooting to VP Jojo Binay for president.

Vice-mayoralty candidate Melchor Sadain of PDP-Laban is supporting Cong. Lilia Nuño in the 2nd district, an LDP-NP.

2nd district re-electionist Cong. Nuño on the other hand is supporting Mario P. Yanga an independent candidate for Mayor.

Some PDP Laban aspirants for councilor are supporting Albert Cajayon for Mayor and Cesar Ituralde for vice-mayor who belongs to the Liberal Party.

And Cong. Lobregat is reported to have thrown his support to independent vice mayoralty bet Noning Biel. He has so far not endorsed any mayoralty bet. But as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, he will not endorse Mayor Isabelle Climaco Salazar.

Calamitous but humorous, ain’t it?

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Upon reading an earlier write-up in a national daily (Outfit that I opt to keep to myself), that says Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) affirming the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals (CA) to act on petitions questioning orders issued by the Office of the Ombudsman, I became confused.

TRO, upheld as it was, with the SC’s siding with the CA ruling; what stops the reinstatement of the young Binay?

Stumbling on another news item, the picture then became clear, Junjun Binay’s round one seeming victory is short-lived.

It turned out, he petition of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay questioning his preventive suspension in March for six months has become moot after he was sacked in a second case by the Office of the Ombudsman last month, ruled he Supreme Court.

Adding insult to injury, the high court even directed the CA to dismiss the Binay certiorari plea against his suspension in light of his “supervening” dismissal.

The SC bared, the petition should be thrown out as it is already moot.

Therefore, on the ground of mootness the Ombudsman dismissal decision, that carried with it the accessory penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding public office, the CA has to dismiss the Binay plea.

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There he goes again. “Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte colnclusively put all speculations to rest on Wednesday when he declared that he has no ambition to be president.

If you believe me, okay. If you don’t its still okay. The truth is I have no ambition to be president. (TMT)

And I believe, his decision comes in the wake of a discovery that decoy Martin Diño had mistakenly file his CoC for mayor and not as president, added to Comelec Chair Andres Bautista that substitution must be made simultaneous with one’s withdrawal.

He was out of contention all the while .

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Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab is true to his word. Only the other day, he said he will push for the one-sitting approval of the proposal to increase the salaries of government employees when the House Committee on Appropriations that he chairs convenes.

True to form, the bill was indeed approved in one-sitting in spite of the vehement opposition from a Makabayan bloc congressman.

Soon after majority of the panel members gave their nod to the pro-workers’ measure, Ungab instructed the Secretariat to prepare the committee report as soon as possible for immediate presentation to the house members in session assembled.

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The scandal inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) has not stopped.

In a third raid in eight days at the maximum security compound, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials discovered another stash of contraband items that included bladed weapons, adult movie DVDs, cable satellite dishes, air-conditioning units, two bottles of Johnnie Walker whisky, TVs, TV antennas, ID laminating machine, personal computer, printers, photocopying machine, cell phones, tablets, DVD players, compressor, speakers, water dispenser, exhaust fans, refrigerators, stoves, toasters, rice cookers, airpots, and tools. No guns or drugs were found this time.

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Somebody is again telling a lie.

President Benigno Aquino III was officially invited to the ceremonies in Tacloban City marking the second anniversary of Typhoon “Yolanda,” which killed more than 7,000 people and devastated Eastern Visayas in November 2013, contrary to Palace claims.

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez  made this confirmation, saying Aquino was invited as early as Oct. 27 or 12 days before the second anniversary of the Yolanda tragedy.

The President drew flak from all corners for skipping the Tacloban rites and was spotted attending a big wedding in Pasay City of Kester, son of business tycoon Andrew Tan on Nov. 8, but a spokesman disclosed he did not go because he was not invited.

And the toughest words came from Rigoberto Tiglao of TMT

In as much as somebody is proving to be a liar, I find it appropriate that this corner re-quotes parts of the Tiglao commentaries on that yarn, “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...”

He even rued that he gave him too much credit, having said 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.

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

“That’s the kind Aquino prefers rubbing elbows with, rather than (with) weeping widows in Tacloban,” Tiglao concluded, sniping further that Aquino was on ditch for campaign funds, quipping “I wonder: If American Presidents charge exorbitant fees for speaking engagements and appearances in events to raise campaign funds, is there a Filipino version of that?”

Recall, Tan is owner of the Megaworld property conglomerate, and has become 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?

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