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Monday, 07 December 2015 11:54

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


This is again another hasty writing, as it is close to 1 a.m. of 6th December. Just came in from a roustabout with Atty. Joe Tan, a brother-in-Law now assigned in Caloocan City as BIR Regional Director in the areas in and around it. In tow were wife Lily, her sister Evelyn Tan and nephews Ronald and Ryan Natividad.

And tomorrow is going to be yet another day. Paternal nephew, Roger Cabato, will also give us the spin of Sta. Rosa and Tagaytay. He is most of the time Manila-based now as manager in a flour manufacturing and distribution firm, Philippine Foremost, covering the entire country.

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The recent Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision disqualifying Sen. Poe as a candidate for president is spawning several scenarios and reactions.

One, Comelec is faced with a serious predicament. Deadline substitution and listing of official candidates is this 10th day of this month, and for sure, Sen. Grace Poe will elevate the matter to the Supreme Court.

It is in a bind. How will they treat Poe’s candidacy in the listing of candidates, more so, in the printing of ballots, for the final say on her qualification as candidate rests with the SC.

Comelec spokesman Director James Jimenez  then opined “It is prudent and practical on the side of the poll body to include the senator’s name rather than exclude it, considering that the case will definitely reach the High Court, and nobody knows what the SC’s final verdict will be.” (TMT)

On the other hand, Lawyer Estrella Elamparo, counsel of one of the petitioners on Wednesday filed an “urgent petition to exclude” Poe from the official list of candidates and from the ballots.

It was later reported that said petition was granted by the Comelec Second Division.

But according to Jimenez, the non-inclusion of Poe’s name in the ballot based on the Comelec en banc’s unfavorable decision at this point would complicate things later if the SC would rule the other way around.

He explained, it is easier to ignore the votes cast for a person than to take his/her name out of the ballot then later on find out that he should have been in the ballot. It would be practical then, he explained, to include Poe’s name.

The big big problem is, what if Poe wins and is later disqualified by the SC?

Will the dictum Vox populi, vox Dei (The voice of the people is the voice of God) prevail?

Will the man in Malacañang, forceful a man as he has turned out to be, allow that to happen as he will still be in power up to the 30th of June.

Problem problem, another people power scenario is in the offing. Let’s keep watch.

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Second. Malacanang called for “sobriety and respect for law” among all concerned parties in Poe’s disqualification cases.

Such concern is drawing the attention of this corner. What could Malacañang be telegraphing, when no camp has shown any bit of anger, uproar or violence. “Sobriety” seems to call in a big “why”, when no negative reaction is clear in sight.

In a text message, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said, “We believe that sobriety and respect for the law and its processes are the best way forward for all parties concerned.”

Do they foresee violence? Or is that wired message of Lacierda as written immediately written above. That, we want to know.

Meanwhile vice Presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday advised Poe to just the same, keep going.

He counseled Poe not to lose heart and keep in mind that when she feels she is doing the right thing, she will in the end succeed.

The young Marcos added that he was not surprised at all by the verdict and expressed belief that it is still a long way to go before the issue would be finally settled as Poe’s camp has announced that it would appeal the decision before the Comelec en banc, and if needed, the Supreme Court.

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Tiresome day it was today, with yet another one coming tomorrow, this corner writes “30”.