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Friday, 20 November 2015 13:50

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Strong decisive words there by newly-appointed  Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) Officer-In-Charge General Manager Engr. Edgardo Ancheta upon assumption of new post. That is, to face his duties and responsibilities head on with great challenge.

Ancheta said he is not afraid of this challenge as he is ready to take on it, square in the eye.

He said he will start off from lessons learned in the past management that led to the ouster of Engr. George Ledesma, feeling certain to take note of these challenges which he will face in the coming days.

Engr. Ancheta disclosed the mistakes of the past management as hindrances in decision-making, problem solving, human relations as well as the absence of an open line with everybody who are working in the embattled electric cooperative, listing the coop’s key management problems as seven.

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This is what this corner has been thumping on in several pieces. Commendations, awards and rewards to deserving public servants. And in this space, we do not limit writing to critiques and twits only, we also give credit to where credit is is due.

Therefore, we tip off our hats to Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, for recently rewarding policemen, led by Vitali Police Station Chief PCI Salvador Galvez and the officials of barangay Tumitus who pooled efforts to safely recover Isabel Muyargas and her grandson Kyle in the island of Tumitus last September 7.

There are, however a string of other achievements that have been left unrewarded. Remembering two, these are the feats of Jail Warden Julius Arro and his men; and even if their risky deeds went to naught for failure of the victim to file a complaint, the Tetuan Police are worthy of commendations.

They responded speedily to a simple report of a commotion that turned out to be a serious of attempt of the abduction of the doctor-brother of the city’s number two citizen, VM Cesar Ituralde. Their efforts must not be left unnoticed. They even engaged in a running gun battle with heavily armed adductors.

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Killings in this city go on unabated. One more man down.

An unidentified assailant shot to death a 5th year engineering student of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and a resident of Villa Teresa Subdivision, Barangay Culianan, this city.

The shooting took place in the vicinity of Emerald Street, Johnston Subdivision, Barangay Baliwasan, this city.

Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) spokesman Chief Inspector Joel Tuttuh identified the fatality as certain Abdurahman Omar y Alamia, 23 years of age.

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Pres. BS Aquino III has again come under fire from a respected TMT opinion writer.

This is in consonance with the president’s speech in the opening of the APEC CEO summit.

Yen Macabenta writes, “It left me troubled and stunned. No matter how many times I reviewed it, I kept winding up with the word “humbug” to describe it.”

Macabenta said, in all my years of covering and monitoring the annual APEC meetings, this is the first time he has heard of a speech of a host president or prime minister that was all “blame-everyone, all-credit-to-me” speech about an alleged Philippine turnaround under his watch.

Events such as the APEC, being rare and exceptional, deserve to be marked with solemnity, not extravagance; with grace and not self-congratulatory gestures, he added.

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The Malaysian government has tagged as barbaric, the beheading of a Malaysian citizen by a band of kidnappers.

And Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked Philippine authorities to punish the kidnappers in Southern Philippines, saying he and his people were “shocked and sickened” by the savage act.

Meanwhile, the Philippine military said, it is verifying intelligence reports that the militants killed Bernard Then Ted Fen in a jungle in Sulu province, where the militants are holding other foreign and Filipino kidnap victims.

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US President Barack Obama is further pressuring China, underlining the need to take “bold steps” to prevent the Asian giant from continuing with its reclamation activities and “militarization” of disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) which, he said, threatens freedom of navigation.

Obama brazenly ignored Chinese President Xi Jinping’s calls for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting to focus on economic ties, and demanded “bold steps to lower tensions” between China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors.

The US President, in a move to buttress his call, said  Washington will augment maritime assistance to the Philippines “to record levels” in support of what he termed as “rules-based” approach to settle the dispute.

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Remember on two occasions, it was written here that a hidden honeymoon between Pres. Aquino and Sen. Grace Poe exists.

It was first noticed with the dreary Aquino reaction when told that Poe is set announce her candidacy for president. Simply, Aquino quipped, “I want to hear what she will say in her declaration.”

And remember what one of Poe’s major pronouncements was?

This one, “I thank Pres. Aquino for regaining the people’s trust in their leaders.”

Publicly, she extolled the president to high heavens.

Now, if the duo’s separate statements is not a sign of a honeymoon, we do know what is.

What is the point to all this, you may wonder. Our 2-cents worth of assessment. Aquino seeing perhaps the poor winnability of his anointed bet must be playing on both sides of the coin and has entered in some sort a secret deal with Poe.

And this accounts for her victory in the SET.

Look over this bit of item in the papers.

“Bam Aquino 4th — son of Paul Aquino, the youngest brother of the late former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. — voted to dismiss David’s petition together with Senators Vicente Sotto 3rd, Loren Legarda, Pia Cayetano and Cynthia Villar.” (TMT)

See the inclination? If the Aquinos are hell bent to see through the victory of Mar Roxas, Bam Aquino, cousin to the president should have readily voted with the justices, and have the supposed front-runner candidate eliminated.

And she is in. Unless, of course, if she would fail to hurdle the residency test.

Just a food for thought. No more, no less. Call it guess work, a thinking game, whatever.

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Not even the highly-touted safe-city Davao is spared.

“A bomb  shattered a passenger van at around 9:15 a.m. November 18, 2015 while traversing Ecoland West St. near the SM Mall at Ecoland, Davao City.” (MB)

As laid out in the report, it seems the blast injured only one, its conductor, identified as Alberto Basanez, for the story shows the bomb exploded after its passengers who came from Pikit, North Cotabato have already alighted and the van was on its way then to the Ecoland Terminal.   The case is still under investigation, with the bomb supposedly planted inside the van. The Police are still establishing the motive behind the bombing.

Police Supt. Vicente Danao, however, theorized that the this bombing could be aimed at creating chaos and embarrass the government while the country is hosting the APEC economic leaders’ summit.

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There indeed appears efforts to embarrass government while the APEC gathering is in progress.

In  Manila, thousands of rallyists, belonging to different groups including labor, church, indigenous peoples and students, massed in several points of Metro Manila yesterday to stage protests against the staging of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader’s Summit.

Government had to field more than 24,000 policemen to form a security cordon of the entire reclamation area in Pasay, particularly the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) where the summit is being held.

“Late yesterday afternoon, police scuffled with protesters who came from Taft Avenue and the National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) to assail the APEC, for which President Aquino allotted P10 billion, with Makabayan legislators saying the money could have come from the unobligated allotments of the Department of Agriculture (DA) “in a repeat of the same illegal operation for the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP.)” (MB )