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Thursday, 10 December 2015 14:41

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Such real good timing there for this soul. T’was all-systems go at the start, when this corner opened its CPU to start researching on worthy news bits to fill up this space. And a scanty seconds after surfing the net, access to it, went pffft…

Hopefully, at the end of this writeup, the system will return, so its contents may then be sent, without having to run off to an internet café.

“Let us to see”. So they say in chabacano.

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Just stumbled on this bit of banner story in the net, and was much attracted to it. Read on - “Zamcelco rushes plan for a “blackout-free” Zamboanga.”

See, and who won’t?

But not wanting to appear a bearer of doom, this corner will simply heave out a sigh. Whew..! With some P1.4 B indebtedness to our power supplier, is that a reachable dream?

Let’s hope against hope. Zamboanga does deserve better services.

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Police are hot on the trail of big-time pushers, or so it seems. Wonderful. That is exactly what they should do, even if street pushers are paid lesser attention to. More so, even on campaigns against non-life threatening violations. Non-helmet wearing and the likes.

Get the big-timers, street pushers are dead pan.

“City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro announced on Monday that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has approved the police’s request to freeze 27 bank accounts worth billions of pesos belonging to suspected drug traffickers and pushers in Zamboanga City.” (DZT)

According to Casimiro, some of the drug lords have already been arrested and jailed, while the rest have eluded arrest and are currently at large.

“I cannot tell you the exact total amount. All I can say the bank accounts are worth billions,” Casimiro said during the regular Monday press conference of Mayor Beng Climaco held together with the chief executive’s Media Christmas Party at Grand Astoria Hotel’s Celebrity Hall.

The city police chief said the frozen bank accounts, including  two US dollar accounts are now under forfeiture procedure in favor of the government.

A slide presentation showed the following drug suspects with their frozen bank accounts:

* Benilda Lao  — 2 BDO, 1 PNB, 2 Maybank, 2 dollar accounts, 2 insurance policy, 1 vehicle insurance

* Nimeira Cawanan (Wife of Arman Lao Usman) — 1 BDO and 1 PNB

* Al Najier Idjas — 1 PNB

* Pedzmar Lao — 1 BDO

* Danny Go — 1 BDO

Casimiro lamented that the anti-drug campaign in Zamboanga City is hindered by the lack of witnesses or reluctant witnesses to cooperate during drug raids.

He explained that police anti drug operations are required under the law to have witnesses present.

Casimiro said it was fortunate that two barangay officials agreed to stand as witnesses during Sunday’s raid that netted one kagawad, assorted guns and shabu.

According to Casimiro, the drug scenario in Zamboanga City is not as worse compared with other cities that have much bigger problem on the menace.

Figures presented during the press conference showed that only 46 percent of the 98 barangays in Zamboanga City face lesser risk on drugs. City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro announced on Monday that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has approved the police’s request to freeze 27 bank accounts worth billions of pesos belonging to suspected drug traffickers and pushers in Zamboanga City.

Some of the drug lords have already been arrested and jailed, while the rest have eluded arrest and are currently at large.

The city police director said the frozen bank accounts, include two US dollar accounts and are now under forfeiture procedure in favor of the government.

He named the suspected drug suspects as:

* Benilda Lao  — 2 BDO, 1 PNB, 2 Maybank, 2 dollar accounts, 2 insurance policies, 1 vehicle insurance

* Nimeira Cawanan (Wife of Arman Lao Usman) — 1 BDO and 1 PNB

* Al Najier Idjas — 1 PNB

* Pedzmar Lao — 1 BDO

* Danny Go — 1 BDO

Here’s a crossed finger that all big-time dealers be dealt with iron hands.

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At long last, the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) is in operation.

This corner is somewhat baffled. Accordingly, the operations of the IBT was to officially start at 1 p.m. yesterday, but that the initial operations will cover only departures of provincial bus lines.

As to what gives, is beyond imagination. Whoa there. What about arrivals?

It, too, seems that the IBT operations is complicated. Commuting to and from the terminal is regulated, to the point that passengers are directed where to board to and from the site. And that tricycles are prohibited from plying said route.

Beginning yesterday, the loading and unloading area for commuters to the IBT is at the former Pichay Studio (town proper) from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It is foreseeable that commuters travelling with big cargoes might just encounter intense inconveniences. Pichay is packed with vehicles during rush hours. Traffic is monstrous. We can only imagine how passengers will see their way to that area, when several entry and exit points in the city proper are a no-no to tricycles.

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Respected Manila Times columnist Rodrigo Tiglao brands the  recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll claiming that Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte garnered a 38 percent rating in the presidential race, as a bogus.

He explains, the questionnaire, which SWS used to project the ‘weird’ candidate as the front-runner is flawed, and misleading. The questionnaire:

“Q5: Ibang listahan naman po ang gamitin natin. Kasama dito si RODRIGO DUTERTE bilang isang substitute candidate sa President. Sa mga sumusunod na pangalan sa listahang ito, sino po ang malamang na inyong iboboto bilang PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS, kung ang eleksyon ay gaganapin ngayon? (Let’s use a different list. Included here is RODRIGO DUTERTE as substitute candidate for President. Among the following names in this list, who would you likely vote as President of the Philippines if the elections were to be held now?)”

Tiglao says, such a question is not used in professional polling. It is uncommon for a poll to ask respondents to pick names in a list to mention a particular name.

Further, he said, the questionnaire that produced Duterte’s high ratings, or “Q5,” was preceded by a “Q4,” which seems not to have Duterte’s name. Thus, Tiglao questioned why the SWS did not release the results said questionnaire.

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Another one bites the dust. Not contented, perhaps, for an Estrada (Jinggoy) already behind bars, another Estrada is next to fall.

The Office of the Ombudsman has found ground to file graft and technical malversation charges before the Sandiganbayan against Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and several other officials in connection with the allegedly anomalous purchase of high-powered firearms when he was mayor of San Juan City (Metro Manila) in 2008. (TMT)

Before his election to Congress, Ejercito served as San Juan city’s mayor from 2001 to 2010.

In a 20-page joint resolution, the Ombudsman found that the gun purchase was allegedly done without public bidding. And that there was a “hasty procurement of specific high-powered firearms of a particular brand sans competitive bidding and without any post-qualification.

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So much other stories to have still touched on, but one of this space’s editors, might again complain for lack of space in his paper. Topping it all, the net access hasn’t returned, so have to hie off to an in internet shop to send this piece. That’s about all for today, folks.