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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:44

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Kudos to Sen. and VP bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos for his vision and worthy declarations that saw print here as early as the 20th of this month.  The story, “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.” (TMT)

Now read this, “President Benigno Aquino III has ordered to intensify the country’s military and police anti-terror operations against ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf Group in southern Philippines.” (TMT)

This simply means, in vision and in avowals Marcos had jumped the gun even on the sitting president, Benigno Aquino III. The latter’s decree on that came out only today, the 23rd.

There is still some more on the president’s succeeding pronouncement, which Marcos was just the same a mile ahead.

This one. It was reported that the Aquino directive came following the beheading of a Malaysian kidnap victim Bernard Then on Tuesday, November 17, in the village of Bud Taran in Sulu province.

But earlier on, Marcos had spoken that same line, which saw print in this space “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).”

That is  mirror of vision and decision at its peak. Very well indeed, the young Marcos is a presidential timber.

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Still along that line preceding item, the Philippine government has said it will join the global fight against terrorism as President Benigno Aquino III vowed “to be right there” with other world leaders in facing such threat.

This comes with the issuance of a UN Security Council resolution authorizing nations to “take all necessary measures” to fight Islamic State (IS) jihadists following a spate of attacks across the world.

For probably  a start, the Philippines is laying down the groundwork for a military crackdown against the Abu Sayyaf Group and other local organizations linked to international terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists.

The UN resolution came after gunmen besieged a luxury hotel in the Malian capital Bamako, killing 19 people, most of them foreigners, proceeding from the bizarre attacks in Paris..

Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda called on Filipinos to do their share by being vigilant and by reporting to authorities suspicious activities of a person or groups. (TMT)

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While the Monggueh Cabinet is fixed on its morning session venue, which is the well-known National Bakery/Aristocrat Chinese Restaurant, but as predicted, the cabinet did do some shifting last night for its evening session. The boys hied off back to Lotus at the famed and ever busy Grand Astoria Hotel.

And so will it be tonight. For some birthday bashings. Naaahw, you must have guessed wrong. It is not anyone  else’s natal day but jointly those of wife Jocelyn’s and daughter Princess’ of cabinet mainstay, the giant-sized KingKong Araneta Kasan.

Happy birthday to both of you. Likewise, same good wishes go to … to all birthday celebrants.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) has a new chief at its helm.

Maj. Gen. Mayoralgo Mendoza Dela Cruz, a member of Philippine Military Academy “MATIKAS” Class of 1983, assumed the position after a successful stint as chief of the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Division in Tarlac, during a change of command ceremony Saturday at Camp Don Basilio Navarro in Calarian, Zamboanga City.

Dela Cruz replaced Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero as the commander of the military’s WestMinCom.

Dela Cruz’s appointment to “this coveted position was due to his extensive background in command and leadership where he served different capacities as commander of Mechanized Infantry Division and two different battalions under the Philippine Army.” (ZT)

The outgoing WestMinCom chief, Guerrero, who served the Command for two years and fifteen days from November 9, 2015 will retire on Nov. 24, 2015.

Under Guerrero’s command, several accomplishments have been listed. These include 345,596 combat operation operations to include intelligence and civil military operations, completion  of 258 Bayanihan team activities, Naval operations including Maritime patrol and territorial defense operations, surface operations, disaster response, as well as 3,763 Naval operations and 7,179 Air operations in support to internal security operations, Naval development and disaster response.

Also during his stint as WestMinCom chief, several enemy personalities were either arrested or neutralized. There were recoveries of 232 assorted firearms, and 145 improvised explosive devices and materials, and seizures of 44 enemy camps and 6 personalities surrendered through the integration program..

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The National Press Club (NPC) of the Philippines is at the head of various media organizations were to march  today to Chino Roces Bridge (formerly Mendiola) for a program commemorating the 6th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, the single most deadly attack on journalists in recorded history.

The combined media members will conduct a simple wreath-laying ceremony at the site where a marker stands in memory of the 32 journalists murdered on November 23, 2009 in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province.

The media group grieves that it has been six years since the gruesome Maguindanao massacre where many of our colleagues were silenced by members of the powerful Ampatuan clan and their minions.

And that for the last five years up to now, the Aquino government’s promise to bring the perpetrators to justice remains empty and the case in limbo over a series of humiliating set backs.

The TMT reports, “This year’s theme is “PNoycchio: the lying president” where an effigy depicting President Benigno Aquino 3rd with an elongated nose will be presented to the public to highlight the government’s unfulfilled promises to curb cases of media killings.

The effigy will be burned as participants don t-shirts with the markings: “Anim na taon na! Sinungaling ka [It has been six years! You’re a liar]!”

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Zamboangueño Nestor Colonia bolstered his 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games bid after snaring a bronze medal in the clean and jerk event of the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in Houston, Texas over the weekend.

Colonia, competing in the men’s 56 kgs category, lifted 158 kilos in the clean and jerk to finish third behind Om Yun Chol of Korea and Wu Jingbiao of China.

Meanwhile, two-time Olympian Hidilyn Diaz will see action in the women’s 53kg division today.

Diaz is hoping to play in her third Olympics after seeing action in the 1988 Beijing Games and in the 2012 London Games.

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The City of Davao made merry after its beloved mayor, Rodrigo Duterte, announced Saturday night his final decision to run for president in next year’s elections.

In Manila, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) bared readiness to study Duterte’s Certificate of Candidacy (COC) if the reelectionist-mayor formally applies for substitution in order to run for the highest post in government.

And that is where the glitch may arise. Recalling previous pronouncements of Comelec Chair Andres Bautista,  Duterte is out of the race.

First, PDP-LABAN suspectedly planted decoy for president, Martin Diño was discovered to have mistakenly filed instead for Pasig Mayor in his CoC

Good thing, Diño was also mistakenly “accepted” by Comelec as a presidential bet when he was directed to justify his status as a supposed nuisance candidate. That could have arguably been a legal for substitution.

But this was followed by yet another mistake. Diño withdrew prematurely, without yet a legal substitute, particularly Duterte.

Came then the other Bautista declaration. Withdrawal must come hand in  hand with the substitution.

Therefore, following Bautista’s public arguments. Late at this point, Duterte has no one to substitute.

But wait, there could still be a simmering glitter of hope.

Duterte has been saying, he is set to go see and tell PDP-Laban stalwarts about his plans.

“Plans”. This could mean, he will resign from the party, be an independent and substitute one of the several independents. Nuisances all. And this probably accounts for the consultations.

Then again, can one who had officially filed his CoC as a PDP-Laban at the deadline date of filing later become independent? Such ticklish complications, aren’t they?

Ergo, in the end, friends, Pres. Aquino, via his controlled COMELEC will have the final say.

What else and else?