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Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:28

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Am starting this piece ahead of time, and it’s Thursday, the 26th yet, expecting a hectic-pace schedule on Friday, today, and resume to finalize this at about 11 am probably.

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Police stations making good use of social media are commendable. They keep us informed of their efforts, thereby giving townsfolk the feeling of security.

To name the prominent ones, they are the ZCPCO under Sr. P/SrSUP Angelito Casimiro, the ZCSPC of P/SUPT HUESCA A.T., the Divisoria police Station of  PCI Arlan Lim Delumpines, as well as the Ayala Police Station of PCI Karib Muharram, and the Pio Zcpo, manned by PCI Joel Tutuh.

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With the simple intent of calling on our leaders to lend tighter grip on criminality, such killings, hold-ups, the drug menace, and with no intent whatever to undermine the efforts of the ever-active and no-nonsense officer, PSupt. Huesca A.T., last night I posted a reaction on this post:

“Together with the LTO enforcers, members of the ZCPSC led by PSUPT HUESCA A.T. conducted “Oplan Bulabog” at Barangay Recodo, Zamboanga City.”

The reply, “Lto? As it is in Recodo, and if on non-helmet wearing and lack of papers, to me (is) a so so task. If on drug peddling, to me, it’S GO GO.

You will note, Recodo is listed as the No. 1 drug source in the city, thus emphasis should be on the anti-drugs campaign, and not on any other petty police work. That’s all there was to it.

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This corner is aghast as to why anyone would desire to put ablaze other parts of the city’s public market.

Also, if that attempt is an indication that the first deadly fire as also a case of arson.

But for what? This writer is baffled, though hinting on the possibility of disgruntlement due to possible discrimination by authorities. Can’t really tell.

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The trending of the hash tag #WorldWarIII, as not much was said of it yesterday, was fueled by this development.

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that it said intruded in its air space, causing a fuming Russian President Vladimir Putin to lambast Turkey.

He described the incident as a “stab in the back by terrorist helpers,” prompting NATO to hold what it described as an “extraordinary meeting” Tuesday afternoon just hours after the incident.

And soon after, NATO declared their support to treaty ally Turkey.

Russia, however, had vehemently denied it was violating Turkish airspace, while Turkey said it warned the aircraft 10 times before shooting it down.

And that is where hash tag #WorldWarIII emanated, with tweets posted by the thousands. Netizens expressed concern about the escalating tensions on their Twitter accounts. And some others though poked fun on it.

What say you. Is there an imminent sign?

God forbid.

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Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gus Lagman likens the demonic PCOS machines to GARBAGE, paraphrasing a famous Shakespearean quote he wrote in TMT “Garbage, by any other name, will smell …”. For sure, he meant just as stinking. I do, too.

If you will note, Smartmatic now brands the Comelec-purchased equipment as vote-counting machines (VCM) and not PCOS.

Lagman further fumes, that’s the same despicable PCOS; that, because of its bad reputation, has been re-named VCM.

This time, it is this corner that will paraphrase another popular jargon, “Same demon with a different collar.” Yeah ... Demonic, true. This keyboarding is victim himself in 2013.

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The scandal at the New Bilibid Prison would not dissipate. More illegal items were discovered by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) after it conducted its fifth raid in the facility Tuesday morning.

BuCor Director Ricardo Rainier Cruz III and NBP Supt. Richard Schwarzkopf Jr. at the lead of about 230 correctional officers in inspecting Buildings 1, 2 and 5, and the common areas in the NBP’s maximum security compound.

Illegal items recovered included a .45-caliber pistol from the Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang, a grenade from the Commando gang, several improvised shot guns, 11 bottles of Johnnie Walker whisky and blade weapons.

Schwarzkopf said ammunition, cell phones, appliances including TVs, air-conditioning units and refrigerators, and yeast were also found. (With reports from TMT)

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Only a few of the vote-counting machines out of the 48,000 to be used in next year’s elections have yet arrived, it was learned from sources at Comelec.

Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, however bared they are expecting all units to be in  by the end of March next year.

He said a 48,000-square-meter warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, where the new machines would be stored, was expected to be fully functional by the middle of next month. It would also be used as a production area, revealing that there will be a production line room there called memory configuration room, and that’s where they will produce all the SD cards.

He must mean, the cheating room.

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Another good news. A weaker and slower typhoon ‘Marilyn’ (international name In-fa) has veered away from the country and further diminished its chances of making landfall.

From a maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 210 kph last Sunday morning, Marilyn has weakened with 150 kph maximum sustained winds and gustiness of up to 185 kph on Monday morning.

As this developed, however, PAGASA warned fishermen  and other seafarers of rough to very rough seas over the northern and eastern seaboards of Ilocos Norte, Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, and the eastern coast of Albay, Sorsogon and Quezon including Polillo Island, as well as the eastern seaboard of Samar and Leyte (MB)

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OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres is taking a turn, and says he is now open to the possibility of scuttling his presidential ambitions in favor of his San Beda College fraternity brother, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, provided he agrees to certain conditions.

But, ahw, ahw, upon reading his conditions, the guy is simply campaigning, more than throwing a pitch in favor of Duterte.

Speaking in the vernacular, he said he is not saying that he is willing to be substituted, but if Mayor Duterte withdraws the statements he made against Sen. Grace Poe… if he says he will be pro-life like him instead of being pro-death and if he will take the cudgels for the contractual workers in the country, then he will consider allowing him to substitute him.

Whew ..! This corner feels like deleting this segment from this piece, but lucky for him, as stated earlier on, this keyboardist has a hectic schedule today. So he writes 30 after this.

It was former Justice Secretary and 1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III who floated the idea of Duterte joining the presidential race by substituting for Señeres instead of PDP-Laban bet Martin Diño, whose COC is allegedly under question. (With reports from TMT)

Until next edition, see you all.