A non-natural-born for a president? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2015 11:49

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Authorities have again scored in its hunt for local terrorists. Reports say, security forces killed an Abu Sayyaf militant involved in kidnappings in Malaysia and captured another in separate raids Friday in Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga City, officials said.

The raid was staged in a hideout of the Abu Sayyaf in Tawi-Tawi’s Sitangkai town and killed one Said, whose group was tagged as behind several cross-border raids in Sabah, and other kidnappings in the province that included mining firm executive Precillano Garcia.

Said, who operated under Alhabsi Misaya and Idang Susukan, was fatally shot during the clash. Both Misaya and Susukan are linked to the beheading recently of Malaysian hostage Bernard Then in the town of Indanan after his family failed to pay ransom.

Captured in a joint police and military operation in the village of Tugbungan, this city was Abu Sayyaf leader, Madi Umangkat.

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The largely touted success of the recent APEC hosting in Manila must have emboldened President Benigno Aquino III, as he was noticed to have pulled no punches in criticizing China for its aggressiveness in staking its claim to the West Philippine (that it calls South China) Sea when he told his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that the Asian giant’s island-building threatens stability in the region.

In the same forum he called for collective prosperity to achieve stability in the region that has come under threat by unilateral actions such as the massive reclamation and building of structures on features in the Spratly (Kalayaan) islands.

These, Aquino said, have urgent and far-reaching implications to the region and the international community.

Philippine efforts to repeatedly attempt engaging Beijing in solution-seeking talks all ended in a deadlock, prompting RP to elevate the issue for international arbitration, that China refuses to participate.

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Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, in his dissenting opinion on the disqualification case of Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares, asserts, “There is no dispute that respondent is a Filipino citizen, as she publicly claims to be. However, she has failed to prove that she is a natural-born Filipino citizen and is thus not qualified to sit as Member of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines pursuant to Section 3, Article VI of the 1987 Constitution.” (TMT)

Very likely then the Kit Tatad view that when the matter reaches the Supreme Court (SC), the Poe victory would be short lived

But then again, this possible SC appeal of protesting Rizalito David is likely to be compounded with several legal battles, as so many implications and seen to procrastinate till the 10 December final listing of candidates is at hand. And if by then the SET ruling stays, Poe’s name will necessarily be included in the list of qualified candidates, and printing of ballots will commence with her name on it.

So naturally, she can be voted upon. And if she emerges winner the dictum, of Vox populi, vox Dei will apply, even if the end the court will brand her as naturalized. And we will then have non-natural-born for a president.

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On the immediately preceding item this bit comes into the fore.

Hold back your reins, folks. He is back. Pushing. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says, “My candidacy for the presidency is now on the table,” .

Duterte explained what changed his mind is the recent decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) throwing the disqualification case against Senator Grace Poe who has been accused of not being a natural-born citizen.

“(Poe) will be presumptive president whose citizenship is based on presumption. The highest position is reserved for a true-blue Filipino,” Duterte said. (MB)

He added, he cannot accept an American for a president.

When asked if his decision is final Duterte, he again gave a little pull, saying he would change his mind if the SET reverses its ruling or Poe shows the public her real mother.

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As the curtains will lower on the Aquino administration mid-year next, Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, said it will be leaving a legacy drenched in blood because of the continued injustice served on the victims of the Maguindanao massacre.

The sixth anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of 58 people, including 34 members of the media comes two (2) days from today.

Colmenares and Zarate lashed out at President Benigno Aquino 3rd for his alleged failure to deliver on his promise to give justice to the families of the victims.

The duo described the massacre that happened on November 23, 2009 in Ampatuan, Maguindanao province as the country’s worst political-related violence in history.

Some 197 suspects have been charged in connection with the carnage, but only around a hundred are under detention, with the main suspect, ex-ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, having died of liver cancer this year .

The lawmakers added that Aquino also reneged on his campaign promise to disband and disarm paramilitary groups, saying Aquino retained Executive Order 546 issued by then President Gloria Arroyo that allows the creation of paramilitary groups to supposedly help the government in its anti-insurgency campaign.

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Presidential sister Kris Aquino admits her “attempt at self-deprecating humor failed” and issued an apology for her “sunburn post” on Instagram after enraging netizens Kris Aquino on Saturday.

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