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Saturday, 21 November 2015 13:46

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

At all times, it is heart-warming to hear the heroics of our authorities. Though, supposedly only wounding one the most wanted persons, nice knowing that our military is up and about.

It reports that Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon was wounded in a 40-minute gunbattle with government troops in Sumisip, sometime last month. According Captain Roy Vincent Trinidad, chief of staff of the Joint Task Force ZamBaSulTa, said Hapilon, per multiple sources and assets on the ground who have direct access to the core group of the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan, sustained took two bullets on his foot and back.

The fierce encounter left three Abu Sayyaf members dead while several others were wounded, including Hapilon as soldiers were on a security patrol in the village of Baiwas when they encountered the more than 50 armed militants.

Four were injured on the military side.

Hapilon is said to have a string of arrest warrants mostly for kidnapping cases he spearheaded in Basilan and in other parts of western Mindanao.

He is also reported to be involved in the 2001 Dos Palmas resort kidnapping in Palawan where three American nationals were held hostage for several months, and carries bounty of $5 million for any information that could lead to his arrest or neutralization.

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Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., condemns the beheading of a Malaysian hostage by Al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and has called for the military and police to mount an all-out offensive against the terror band.

Marcos views the savage murder of the foreign hostage as a slap on the face of Philippine authorities, perpetrated as it was at a time when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is in the country attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Beheaded was Bernard Then Te Fen who was kidnapped by the ASG last May in Sabah, Malaysia along with Thien Nyuk Fun.

Thien, however, was released last week after ransom was reportedly paid.

Marcos said, for government to only condemn the savage killing of the hostage in words, is not enough.

He said, the country should come up with concrete actions in order to recover from the embarrassment bought by the band’s barbaric acts.

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The suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, described as an Islamic State jihadist was killed during a major police offensive, prosecutors confirmed Thursday.

Killed was Abdelhamid Abaaoud when elite police units swooped down on an apartment in northern Paris, which left at least two people dead.

According to reports it was simply a discarded cell phone found at the scene of the carnage, plus succeeding careful sleuthing that led the police to the location of the indentified suspects.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls welcomed the death of what he said as “one of the masterminds” of the attacks.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said Wednesday that the raid effectively neutralized a “new team of terrorists” who were ready to launch another attack in a city still mourning 129 dead.

Valls also aired signals of dangers that France still faces, as lawmakers voted to extend an extraordinary package of security measures for three months.

“The measures include allowing police to carry weapons when they are off duty and use them in the event of an attack—providing they wear a police armband to avoid “any confusion”, according to a directive seen by Agence France-Presse.

French MPs also voted to allow the government to block websites and social media under the state of emergency.” (TMT)

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Former Martial Law days Information Minister and ex-Sen. Francisco “Kit” Tatad appears sorely bothered and furious over the Senate vote on the disqualification case of Sen. Grace Poe.

He speaks of two angles in the quashing of the case versus Poe.

One is similar to what this corner wrote yesterday. The secret honeymoon between the president and Poe, it was. Remember?

Both angles have the color of politics, but his other is tainted money patronage.

First the honeymoon angle. Tatad is particularly mesmerized by Sen. Bam Aquino’s vote.

His analysis. Cousin Pnoy is LP titular head and chief campaigner for Mar Roxas, Pnoy, so naturally he would like to see Mrs. Llamanzares out of the presidential race. He should have voted together with Nancy Binay and the three Justices.

He then issues a question. “Is it too soon to speculate that despite his open statements for Mar Roxas, PNoy is secretly playing the Grace Poe Llamanzares card?”

Inconsistent. Say you. That is the noticeable honeymoon.

The second angle. Tatad entertains the idea, though admittedly with no evidence on sight at then moment, money changed hands in the process.

He dropped a “precocious suggestion” that one well-known CEO of a conglomerate allegedly desirous to own the next president bankrolled Mrs. Llamanzares’s “paper-thin” temporary victory.

Without him having to say it, he must have been hinting on the tycoon who was Pres. Aquino’s alleged choice on being with rather gracing the 2nd anniversary activities in the company of the still homeless Yolanda victims.

It was the wedding of the tycoon’s son that mattered more to him. Andrew Tan is his name.

In branding the Poe victory as temporary, he said, the SET ruling suffers from an obvious “grave abuse of discretion” on the part of the five senators who chose to “politicize” what is indisputably a constitutional issue, and he expects petitioner Rizalito David to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, after filing a Motion for Reconsideration, which the SET majority will most likely deny.

“I do not want to second-guess the Court, but it cannot possibly stray from the constitutional parameters of the case. The issues are simple enough. Under Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution, no person shall be a Senator unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, and, on the day of the election, is at least thirty-five years of age, able to read and write, a registered voter, and a resident of the Philippines for not less than two years immediately preceding the day of the election.” (Tatad, TMT)

Tatad explains vividly, the provision of the applicable law that he says is written in plain and simple elementary English. Any person who understands the words in it should be able to understand its contents. There is no need for one to hold a degree in law or in English from anywhere to understand it.

Similarly, Tatad disclosed, the SET ruling has nothing to do with his petition before the Commission on Elections for Mrs. Llamanzares’s disqualification as presidential candidate.

Same applies to the two other petitions seeking the cancellation of her certificate of candidacy.

In conclusion, he said, it’s too early for Poe to jump for joy or uncork the champagne or San Mig, as well as for the campaign donors to rush to the aid and comfort of American husband, Mr. Llamanzares.