Bolder steps for hostages’ safe release PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:56

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Quite surely, today’s piece will be brief. Will be leaving for Manila tomorrow, and have to attend to several matters in relation to our trip. Likewise, tomorrow’s as it will be flight day, it might be the same. Sadder still, when in Manila, there is no telling if there will be time to for this keyboardist to grind his article. But efforts will be exerted.

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The Philippine military has bared, a new Jihadist group is emerging in the country’s south.

It said, they stumbled on this information after a clash with a group of seven persons, who were all killed along with an Indonesian expert bomb maker on Thursday in Sultan Kudarat Province.

Capt. Joan Petinglay, spokesperson of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Central, said following the encounter with the marines in Palimbang town, Sultan Kudarat, troops recovered several students’ identification cards that bore the name of the band as Ansarul Khilafa Philippines and that it has been recruiting students in the central part of Mindanao.

Named as “among the most prominent names on the IDs was that of 22-year-old Datu Mongkang “Mongs” Dilangalen, a nephew of former Maguindanao House Representative Didagen “Digs” Dilangalen.

The young Dilangalen was among those killed in the encounter along with Ibrahim Ali, an Indonesian expert bomb maker, described by Philippines authorities as a known apprentice of Jemaah Islamiyah operative Julkifli bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan, who was killed in the January 25 Mamasapano bloody clash where 44 police commandos perished.” (DZT)

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The Abu Sayyaf holding seven hostages that include foreigners have been spotted on Friday in Patikul, Sulu.

At one glance, that bit of news may be a so-so. But to this corner, it attracts two lines of thought.

First, it calls to attention that the terror band, said to be under tight pursuit by government troopers, appears relaxed moving in and out of their lairs.

Second, coming in the heels of reports that a Malaysian national has been beheaded, is noteworthy that the seven are noticed to alive.

Quite evidently, it may be gleaned that the AFP forces must take bolder steps to secure the safe release of all hostages.

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Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now the proclaimed standard bearer of the PDP Laban. And this comes after what newsmen wrote as “boasting of killing criminals and even cursing the Pope for causing traffic in Metro Manila.”

So, goes the story, that in a rambling, obscenity-filled speech in Manila, Duterte spoke of zero-tolerance approach to crime and admitted personally killing criminals.

Accordingly, Duterte further bragged about killing a group of kidnappers and then burning their bodies during his time as mayor, but did not give no details.

All these, he dished out to a large cheering crowd.

The mayor was also said to have even lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in the capital of this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation when he visited in January.

He is reported to have said, “Pope, you son of a ——, why don’t you go home,” he said. (TMT)

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But there could be a saving factor here in the person of level-headed PLP-Laban resident, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

Pimentel disclosed, profanities and the word “kill” may be staples in the vocabulary of Duterte, but the senator advised the tough-talking government official to tone it down a bit especially if he becomes president of the country.

Matter-of-factly, he had asked his presidential choice to watch his words.

Part of the advice he bared in Pilipino is, “… Rhetoric lang. As a mayor, okay ‘yan; papalakpakan ka ng constituents mo, pero as president, international community ang nakikinig sa iyo kaya dapat grumaduate ka rin sa ganyang pananalita. I am sure, kapag na-elect siyang president, siya po ay gagraduate na du’n,” (... only part of his rhetoric. As mayor, it is okay for him to do that. His constituents will clap for those antics. But if you are the president and the international community is listening to you, you need to stop using that kind of language.

He is optimistic that if he would be elected president, he will adjust.

Truly a saving grace this gentleman, as he added that he is certain when Duterte becomes president, he will speak like a president.

Pimentel, though, clarified that he would not bind Duterte to anything once the campaign season starts, saying he will let Duterte’s personality shine through.    Also, he told Duterte, “I want the people to like your for your true personality. If you lose the elections because of your personality, so be it. But if you win, then good.”

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On the other hand, Duterte did come under fire from several sectors.

Pnoy spokesperson Edwin Lacierda had a simple snappy quip. Duterte, he said, can say anything against any politician, but not to “my Pope.”

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, to boasts by Duterte, of his being a womanizer and of his no-nonsense campaign against criminals and drug dealers,    “THERE is a whale of a difference between being righteous and thinking and acting like God.”

Cruz, a former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that the Church teachings against killing and adultery were not “subject to personal options.” He told reporters, “Taking justice into one’s hands makes one think like God and act like a dictator.” (TMT)

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It’s probably not surprising for Pres, Pnoy to ignore invitations to attend the observance of Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation, that up to now left thousand homeless; and choose instead to attend the wedding of Andrew Tan’s son.

But, of course, Tan is no pushover. He is a tycoon of tycoons. Get a load of this -

“LISTED liquor company Emperador Inc. owned by tycoon Andrew L. Tan has acquired Fundador Pedro Domecq, Spain’s largest and oldest brandy, in an “all-cash” deal worth 275 million euros, or P13.8 billion,” the Inquirer learned Monday.

The purchase concretizes Emperador’s rank as the world’s largest brandy company and makes the Tan-led firm one of the largest foreign investors in Jerez, the brandy capital of Spain.

Aside from Fundador Pedro Domecq, the done deal includes the acquisition of Terry Centenario, Spain’s top-selling brandy; Tres Cepas, Equatorial Guinea’s leading brandy; and Harvey’s, the United Kingdom’s top sherry wine.

Now, Emperador is Spain’s largest export brandy and is sold in more than 30 countries. The biggest export market for Fundador is the Philippines.