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Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:20

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


The National Intelligence Board’s special monitoring committee ‘Bravo’ has come out “with threat level for December 2015 – placing many parts of the Zamboanga peninsula, the entire Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Palawan and Boracay under threat level 3,” Thus, disclosed Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro to reporters here Tuesday. (TMT)

The city’s police chief has warned of possible terrorist attacks in several areas of the country during the yuletide season, saying they received reports of “high terrorism” threat in areas classified under that level.

The report, he said, is based declassified documents coming from the National Intelligence Board (NIB), wich is the advisory body to the chief of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

Casimiro said the classification came after “persistent reports” that “suggest the intention of the ASG and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to allegedly launch bomb attacks and engage in kidnap-for-ransom activities.

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The city government is facing certain legal obstacles in its long-time plan to connect Nuñez Extension to Governor Ramos Avenue in Barangay Sta. Maria.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the road project is currently on a standstill after land owners refused to sell the property covered by the aforementioned project.

Accordingly, the national government has allocated additional funds for the said project.

Just when these legal impediments that stand in the way will be addressed is still anybody’s guess.

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While there is a noticed respite on assaults on the Binay family, Sen. Nancy Binay voiced anticipations of intensified attacks on her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, by next year when the campaign period starts.

In spite of the present up, the senator said it has not left them at ease because they know that her father’s political rivals will continue to discredit him, and added that they are prepared for whatever attacks the political rivals of the vice president are preparing.

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On the lighter side of things. Planner and poised surprise giver turned out surprised instead.

Last 14th, Chairman Monggueh’s son, Lenin celebrated his birthday simply in one of the function rooms of the Grand Astoria Hotel.

Knowing his father’s routine every evening, Lenin, wishing to surprise his dad withheld information on the party’s conduct from Monggueh, wishing to surprise him and his cabinet at the last minute.

Party time came... Surprise! surprise! ... Lenin was the one startled. The Chairman was missing.

Informing no one, he changed his schedule that night and secluded himself in a room in one of his business concerns downtown to engage himself in heavy paper work, ending up way past 9:00 pm. Upon reaching home, dead tired from work, it was only then that he was told of the celebration. Alas, he begged off from joining no more. The patriarch was exhausted and wanted to retire to bed.

No Monggue. No cabinet in the party. From planner and would-have been surprise giver, Lenin turned up astonished instead. Till next time, birthday boy. Better luck. The chairman is unpredictable.

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We had a very brief story on local weightlifters who are doing us proud. Stumbling across pertinent details, this corner shares them with you.

Hidilyn Diaz, fresh from a third-place finish in the world championships in Houston, Texas, Diaz bested her class in the third Qatar International Weightlifting Championships last week in Doha, Qatar.

She dominated the 53 kg. event by lifting 96kg in the snatch and 117kg in the clean and jerk for a total of a whooping 213kg.

With her remarkable achievement, Diaz consequently enhanced her chances of making the grade for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

At 24, Diaz, is also honing up for the Asian championships to be staged in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in April next year.

Ruling the Asian championships in Phuket, Thailand, last September, this year, Diaz is truly on a roll.

A veteran of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, Diaz was joined in the trip by fellow Zamboanga native Nestor Colonia who settled for a bronze in the clean and jerk.

Colonia took part in the men’s 56kg. (With a report from Nonoy Lacson,)

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Which is which? The Zamboanga City Water District recently bared, Zamboanga will greatly be affected by “El Niño.

Now, comes the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), announcing Western Mindanao, specifically Zamboanga City is not directly affected by the El Nino phenomenon.

On such scenario, you may have noticed us writing, “God will make the way.”

Most likely then, this new CDRRMO monitor is a product of His way.

In whatever case though, it’s worth knowing that CDRRMO Chief and OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario is initiating moves to mitigate the effects of the dry spell.

This is altogether incredible. Blessed really is Zamboanga City. As typhoon Nona continues to wreak havoc in Northern Visayas, Civil Defense chief, Alexander Pama, lists only 8 provinces to be directly affected by the drought and dry spell starting this December. And these are the provinces of Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Antique, Northern Samar, Western Samar and North Cotabato, practically the same provinces whose parts and proximities are affected by Nona. And, Praise God, Zamboanga perfectly safe.

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Sour news for both LP standard bearer, Mar Roxas and PDP-Laban bet, Rody Do Dirty. If their slapping match progresses, both protagonists just may have the chance to give each other a smack with an open hand straight in the face.

Columnist Rigoberto Tiglao explains, “people who graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania – Roxas’ course – would just call themselves U-Penn grads … a Wharton graduate, (is) a term used to describe those who finish a masters’ degree in business administration or finance from the Wharton School of Business, a unit of U-Penn.”

Tiglao continues, “The US National Student Clearinghouse, a trusted source for verification of academic degrees, has confirmed that Roxas received a degree of “Bachelor of Science in Economics” from the University of Pennsylvania, but his school division was noted as “Wharton undergraduate.” So Roxas lied: He is not a Wharton graduate, but a Wharton undergraduate.

So, that’s it. Roxas is “slappable”.

And so, probably, is Duterte. Roxas had showed records of close to two thousand reported crime incidence in Davao City in 2014. With that, it seems, Davao City may not as peaceful as is claimed.

So go slap each other’s face, boys

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But hold on. The slapping match could be off by now. If things happen the way the protagonists claim, it will either be a shooting match or a fistfight.

Rodrigo Duterte has instead challenged rival Mar Roxas to a duel. He called for a shootout.

And on Tuesday, the game Roxas, on one hand, also challenged Duterte to a fistfight instead of a slapping match.

‘ … why a slapping match? That’s only for women. Let’s have a fistfight,” Roxas told reporters in an ambush interview in Cubao, Quezon City. (TMT)

And let’s borrow the words of Manny Pacquiao, “Let’s get it on.”

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We were all the time right after all. The delay in the disqualification cases against Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe works in favor of both.

This is latest from an authority, “UNLESS the Supreme Court rules with finality on the disqualification cases, both presidential aspirants Senator Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will still be included in the official ballot for the 2016 polls, the Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista, “ said Tuesday. (TMT)