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Saturday, 14 November 2015 14:31

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

While I am set for a trip to Ipil and Pagadian today, I’m positive that this corner will still see print today. How lengthy or brief, will be known by the end of this write-up. The travel will have to wait.

And about tomorrow’s, this corner will strive to find time to pound on the keyboard. Hopefully, so...

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On the lighter side of things, friends have been seeing solo at the Lotus, Astoria Hotel for some four nights now.

They normally would stop and inquire, “Where is the cabinet?

My standard answer, “Chairman Monggueh is indisposed, down probably with colds and is feverish. And when the chairman is missing, so are his cabinet men.”

That’s the evening session. The morning’s at National Bakery, however, did go on regularly. And expectations are, the evening session just might resume this day. For accordingly, when I have not checked in yet, the chairman, strode in the session hall on his way to fetch her daughter Nathalie, who was to plane in with husband Allain from Manila after about a week of travel in some Asian countries, to include Taiwan, China and Singapore.

If it so does, it will be this keyboardist that the cabinet will miss, for I will be out by then.

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Jonash Jubaira y Bariwa, 35, Tugbungan barangay treasurer, was arrested in a shabu buy bust operation in recent days in an operation led by Supt. Nonito Asdai of the Tetuan Police Station

Taken from his possession were P200 marked money, seven sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia and a .38 cal. revolver with four rounds of ammunition.

He is now detained at the Tetuan Police Station pending the filing of charges in court against him.

And Barangay eMedia reports, it seems that Tugbungan Jun Graciano doubts the integrity of the police buy-bust operation against his barangay treasurer. Accordingly, Graciano entertains the belief the said 7 sachets of shabu, which were apprehended from the suspect’s possession, were just allegedly planted by the operatives, so as to pin their subject.

Incidentally, Jonash is the son of the late Bar Jubaira, whose voice was only one heard for a long time in the entire region during the initial martial law months.

In another police action, Royderick Cabrera y Ariola, 27, of Lobregat Village, Putik was collared by policemen of the Divisoria Police Station and barangay tanods.

Confiscated from his possession were a sachet of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was brought and detained at the Divisoria Police Station.

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Sometime, 26th October, this saw print in the corner, “The reported abduction and illegal detention of Lowell Menorca 2nd, an expelled minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) is baffling.

Too unusual to be believed. The INC is widely known for its spirituality, piety, religious convictions and obedience as a congregation.

Quite clearly, there is more to it than meets the eye. For how could a church be so crude as to undertake such malevolence?

Therefore before anyone condemns (one and) the other, it is the better judgment to await results of formal investigations, as the INC leaders profess readiness to answer the charges.”

True enough, the words expressed therein may have just been buttressed by recent developments.

Independent expert lawyers in Manila have volunteered, the criminal complaints and petitions filed against leaders of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) at the Department of Justice and Court of Appeals may eventually be dismissed for being infirm.

According to informed sources at the Court of Appeals, the petition for writ of habeas corpus and amparo may be junked because of the inconsistencies that emerged during the hearing of the case.

A court insider said the petition for habeas corpus may be deemed moot since Menorca is no longer in the custody of the INC. The source said the testimony of Menorca’s wife that they were free to go to “various places” at the time of their claimed abduction will likely weaken the case.

Evidence, such as logbooks presented before the court also show that the Menorcas were allowed to accept visitors and friends inside their house in the INC compound.

On one hand, famed lawyer Sigfrid Fortun disclosed, the complaints at the Justice department will likely be junked.

The case against the INC leadership is weak and will most likely be dismissed,” the lawyer said. (TMT)

Much earlier the noted lawyer said the complaint of “harassment, illegal detention, threats and coercion filed by ex- minister Isaias Samson suffers from glaring legal infirmities.

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Ugh, ughw, depending on how fast I can work on the special task just entrusted to me bybarangay captain-son and council aspirant, Jaime “Boday”, the length of this piece may just be imperiled.

Anyway, this piece as of writing time is already one and a half long-sized bond paper.

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“THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) and technology provider Smarmatic-TIM Corp. are priming up the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) counting machines for cheating to favor administration candidates in the 2016 polls, according to a broad coalition group calling for credible elections. (TMT)

Such is the conclusion of the Reform Philippines Coalition (RPC) that demanded Comelec to restore four major security features that, in the last 2010 and 2013 elections were removed or effectively diluted, undermining in the process the legitimacy, integrity and credibility of the Automated Election System (AES).

RPC is a reputable broad coalition of Catholic Church members, lawyers and active and retired military, police and government officials, whose members and supporters, among others, include the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the Philippine Constitutional Commission, Archbishop Oscar Cruz, former military chief Hermogenes Esperon, former senator Francisco Tatad, former Comelec Commissioner Manolo Gorospe and retired Admiral Damian Carlos.

The alliance asked Chairman Andres Bautista to order the return of the security features stipulated by Republic Act (RA) 939 or the Automated Election Law, particularly the ballot verification or ultra violet detectors, the source code review, the voter verified paper audit trail and the digital signature.

Without the four features, the 2016 elections would be an exercise in futility and would even be worse than the alleged fraud and manipulation committed in the 2010 and 2013 polls. Thus bared RPC spokesman Glenn Chong.

He pointed out that the general mode of cheating is a combination of transmission cheating for national candidates and pre-loaded CF (compact flash) cards for local bets.

So there! Who says, I was defeated fairly in 2013?

That’s a lot of bull ..!

Not only that, folks. I was also cheated in the succeeding electoral protest that I filed.

Of three clustered precincts, under question, one — Cabatangan’s — without notice to me nor my counsel, was opened a year ahead supposedly to count the party list votes.

Imagine! As if five precincts will determine the fate of the party winners!

And it was the opened Cabatangan votes that murdered me. There I was massacred by 59 votes out only five precincts, while in Canelar’s and Talisayan’s eleven (11) precincts in totality, I managed to lead by only sixty one (1).

Confirmed, it was Mayor Isabelle Climaco, with her Malacañang connections, who allegedly engineered the cheating, pit a dog against Climaco in this coming elections, I will go for the dog.