A visit to Batangas to meet Gov. Vi PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 December 2015 14:18

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


This keyboardist miscalculated his schedule here in Manila. He forgot that his snappy trip to Lipa, Batangas would have to start at the latest, 8 a.m. tomorrow.

We have to catch up with our visit to the Batangas capitol and meet with Gov. Vilma Santos.

You see, it was not difficult to squeeze in our visit there with the governor because one of her trusted lieutenants is a Zamboangueña Ailleen, nee Gante, a high school classmate of daughter Jimbit.

So, this piece had to be written a night before so as to keep his word of keeping in touch with you whenever possible. But very surely, this coul be another brief episode.

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It is really elating to hear of police accomplishments. Take this case as one of those commendable feats. A solution to a crime due to incessant sleuthing.

“Police have forwarded to the City Prosecutor Office a murder case against two young men who shot and killed an engineering student along Emerald Street, Johnston Subdivision in Baliwasan recently.” (DZT)

This came with what was described as a relentless investigation after Abdurahman Omar y Alamia, 23, of Villa Teresa Subdivision, Mercedes was killed.

The non-stop probes led investigators to the identities of the suspects — Mohammed Effendi Salim alias Fendi, 21, of Johnston Subdivision and Nipotery Tulawie alias Nip, 19, of Sta. Maria whom witnesses pointed as responsible in shooting the victim.

“Omar went to Johnston Subdivision after he received a text message from a certain Nip telling him to go to the said place around 12:07 a.m. of November 18.

However when he arrived aboard his motorcycle, unidentified persons shot him repeatedly.

Omar was rushed to the hospital where he expired. Police said that the suspects will be arrested the soonest time upon the issuance of warrant of arrest”. (Dan Toribio, DZT)

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Tight security, complete facilities, new hotels, with big shopping malls to boot, the city continues to improve and lead as the entertainment capital of Western Mindanao.

Last night, in Zamboanga City was held what is billed as the biggest concert ever. Venue was the Vitaliano Agan Coliseum in Tetuan, which is of a 20,000-seating capacity where fans of today’s Philippines hottest actor Alden Richards and other stars filled up.

The concert is for a charitable cause dubbed as “Handog Pamasko.”

Alden thrilled the audience wsith his live hit song, “Wish I May,” and his version of “God Gave Me You” by Bryan White. The proceeds of the show will go to Christian Family Movement.

“The concert is organized by Phoenix Creative Production and Events president Rey Villavieja and producer Maria Jasmin Engracia. It is the same outfit that organized the local search of Mutya ng Pilipinas and Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Queen among others”. (DZT)

There have been stories here in local school campuses that Alden is born of a Zamboanghueña mother. However, it is reported now that he is the second child of Richard Peralta Faulkerson Sr. an American, and Rosario Reyes, a native of Pampanga, who had since passed away.

He grew up in Santa Rosa City, Laguna. He was a Business Administration student of De La Salle Canlubang in Biñan City, Laguna before he pursued a full time his showbiz career. (With reports from DZT)

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Nice hearing, too, that even the AFP, in coordination with the PNP elsewhere, is also doing its level best in pursuing lawless elements.

Read on, The Philippine flag has been hoisted to replace the ISIS flag in the 50-hectare camp of a new radical group that was overrun by Marines after a bloody firefight that left eight gunmen dead in the Muslim south last week.

Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade based in Kalamansig town, Sultan Kudarat province, disclosed that soldiers of the 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Sultan Kudarat took control of the camp of Ansar al-Khalifa, an ISIS -inspired group, after killing seven gunmen, including a young recruit and an Indonesian expert bomb maker.

Salamat said the gunbattle came after a week-long manhunt and pursuit operations against Mohammad Jaafar Sabiwang Maguid also known as Commander Tokboy, the group leader, in the village of Butril, Palimbang town, Sultan Kudarat.

Salamat said Commander Tokboy remains at large and believed to be hiding in the jungles of Palimbang and Maitum towns, both coastal towns in Sultan Kudarat.

In due time we will get him and his men,” Salamat said. (With reports from TMT)

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A Zamboangueño pilot is one of the three Filipino pilots, who trained in South Korea to fly the FA-50PH which the Philippine Government acquired from Korean Aerospace Industries, LTD.

And Congressman Celso Lobregat was fast in congratulating him for his achievement.

Lobregat met Lt. Col. Mariano while witnessing the arrival of two FA-50PH fighter jets at Clark Air Base, Pampanga on Nov. 28, together with top defense official and military officers.

Mariano hails from Baliwasan, Zamboanga City, and is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (1994-1999) with major in Business Management. He took his Masters in Public Administration at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (2002-2004) (DZT)

Mariano is the son of an engineer who is a personal acquaintance of my Barangay Captain-son, Jaime “Boday”.

While he and the father are good acquaintances with Boday, I am the personal acquaintance of Maynard’s grandmothers, Nang Pacing and and Nang Tibing, both of Ranchez Dr., Baliwasan.

On that occasion, the 36th founding anniversary of the PAF Reserve Command, Cong. Lobregat was a recipient of a special award in grateful recognition and sincere appreciation for invaluable support and services rendered to the PAF Reserve Command by supporting whole-heartedly the 6th Air Reserve Center stationed in Edwin Andrews Air Base, Zamboanga City.

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Already losing round one in the Comelec disqualification case against her, Sen. Grace Poe still faces the possibility of being jailed.

Thus declared the lawyer for one of the petitioners who want her disqualified from joining next year’s elections.

According to Manuel Luna, the counsel of former senator and The Manila Times columnist Francisco Tatad, the Comelec Second Division’s recent decision to disqualify Poe was based on an election offense that carries a penalty of “one to six years of imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage.” (TMT)

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8 pm, curtain time for this piece. Car, courtesy of Chairman Monggueh’s friends in Manila, is waiting outside the hotel to take us to our next appointment. As to where, seeeecret….. But tomorrow it will be Batangas. Till next issue