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Saturday, 26 December 2015 14:28

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Banned as it is, indiscriminate firing still claimed two victims, separately wounding one in this city and another in Zamboanga del Norte.

Here, the incident occurred in Sta. Catalina. Victim was 50-year old Hawaki Hanapi of Tulungatung, who was in the area to visit a brother and was on a motorcycle when his by the stray bullet.

The del Norte victim, according to the police was the first-ever to reported after the initiation of “Oplan Ligtas Kapaskuhan 2015.” It started December 16, 2015 and ends January 3, 2016, and is designed to minimize crimes during the Yuletide season. (DZT)

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Rival companies, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company and Globe Telecommunications, in a move to minimize - if not - avert Internet connectivity cuts or outages, have entered into a tie-up that forged a swap fiber optic agreement effective by 31st December.

Amante de Guzman, PLDT Operations manager, made the announcement yesterday at city hall.

At the moment, he said the PLDT-Globe fiber optic swap is undergoing testing, the reason for the shortened Internet cut last Saturday by 1 hour and 30 minutes, and he attributed the early resumption of to the PLDT-Globe swap service.

De Guzman reported that for 2015 PLDT had recorded 53 Internet outages in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula, and in most cases or 90% of those fiber optic cuts were caused by the backhoe of DPWH undergoing expansion projects on the national highway connecting Zamboanga to Ipil, Sibugay.

PLTT is a sister company of Smart and Talk and Text Telecoms.

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At the bat of an eyelash, in spite of widespread reports and talks of surfacing problems, Pres. Aquino seems fond of dismissing the same.

He is at it again, as Malacañang belies reports that there are jihadist training camps in the country, particularly in Mindanao, amid this news item - “… the Daily Mail Online reported that a propaganda video purportedly released by the terror group shows a training camp has been set up in a Philippine jungle.

The video surfaced a month after eight members of an ISIS-inspired group were killed in a clash with the Philippine military in Sultan Kudarat, southern Mindanao.”

Quoting National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said “ISIS has no training camps in the Philippines,” referring to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

He continued, “What ISIS-linked personalities have done is to try to link up with local jihadist/terrorist groups,” Coloma told reporters. (With TMT lifts)

Gosh… by whatever gauges, that link-up is a tell all.

It will be recalled, earlier Aquino had downplayed the Mamasapano massacre. He did the same to the extensive media-hyped “Tanim-bala”.

Now, instantly, he again rejects the reported ISIS intrusion into Philippine soil, in the face of all reports.

Even students in Central Mindanao have admitted to being enticed into joining the terrorist group, with the military confirming that an ISIS member was one of those killed in an encounter with the military also in Sultan Kudarat.

The military had earlier reported that one of those killed in with AFP TROOPERS was an ISIS member.

Let’s have enough of that. The nation, led by the president should confront these problems straight in the face.

It is not time for looking the other way and leave problems as they are.

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Commissioners of the Commission on Election (Comelec) in an en banc session confirmed the rulings of the First and Second Divisions cancelling Sen. Grace Poe’s certificate of candidacy (COC) for president, a report in an online news portal said.

A GMA News report, quoting sources, said the verdict on the 47-year-old senator interprets she is not a natural-born citizen and has also failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement.

It, however, declined to disclose how the commissioners voted, saying the rulings of the en banc are “nuanced” after it tackled issues of jurisdiction, satisfying the requirements and whether Poe committed misrepresentation in her COC.

In another item, however, that this corner chanced upon earlier is that, one commissioner dissented and one other inhibited. The rest were against Poe.

No names were mentioned, but earlier Commissioner Arthur Lm, a former associate of a Poe counsel had said he will inhibit due to that one-time affiliation.

Poe is expected to elevate her case to the Supreme Court (SC).

On that again, we say. So, what else is new.

With the case elevated to the SC, and the printing of the ballots scheduled in early January, the Comelec has to come up with its final list of candidates anytime these days, leaving Comelec with no other recourse but to include Poe in the list; and thereafter stays as the printing of the ballots start.

And that will have to include Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Trouble trouble, trouble watch out.

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UNA presidential bet and Vice President Jojo returns to the No. 1 slot in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Binay, who tailed his rivals in previous surveys, owing largely to the controversies that surrounded him, pulled off a surprise by getting the approval of 33 percent of respondents in the survey conducted December 4 to 11.
Polled were 1,800 respondents, all registered voters aged 18 and above, are from different parts of the country.
For VP, Escudero got the top position with 29 percent, some scanty points ahead of another favorite and fellow lawmaker, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who got 23 percent.
Placing second for President was Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 23 percent, followed by Sen. Grace Poe with 21 percent.
In fourth spot, was Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd who garnered 17 percent and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 4 percent.(With TMT quotes)
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Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Justice secretary Leila de Lima, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, are four of the only new faces that joined the magic group in the senate race.
This was the result of the latest survey commissioned by he Manila Standard for the 2016 polls from Dec. 4 to 12.
Interviewed were 1,500 respondents. Shown leading the pact is re-electionist Senator Vicente Sotto III at the top spot with 57 percent.
Former Senator Francis Pangilinan placed second at 48 percent, followed by Senate President Franklin Drilon (47 percent), former Senator Panfilo Lacson (46 percent) and former Senator Ralph Recto (44 percent).
Included in the list in another paper that is keyboardist chanced upon earlier is Miguel Zubiri. (With PS reports)
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The Roxas-Duterte verbal tussle refuses to die down, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte again slammed Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II for demanding that the mayor face him in a debate, saying he was just a “Cubao leader” and did not qualify as a “world-class leader”.
On the other hand, Roxas said in Baybay City there won’t be a Christmas truce between him and Duterte if the Davao mayor keeps on insisting that he is not a genuine alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Roxas is a scion of the powerful Araneta clan, which owns the 35-hectare commercial complex, Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.
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Still grieving from the controversial mix-up in the finale of the Miss Universe tilt, lawyers for Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, are preparing to sue the New York-based pageant organizer, The Miss Universe Organization, as well as the coronation night’s host, Steve Harvey, for the contentious error that was viewed live by millions worldwide.
Harvey, an American comedian, TV host and radio jock, erroneously declared Gutiérrez as winner of the pageant, only to take back his words split seconds soon after, apologizing that he made a mistake in reading the cue card.
Right after the drama-filled coronation night, Bogotá-based De La Espriella Lawyers Enterprise announced on Twitter that two of its lawyers are filing a lawsuit against the pageant.
In Manila, agreeing that Columbia has the right to sue for humiliation, Lawyer Lorna Kapunan. She, however disagreed with former Miss Universe Gloria that the Philippines should also get a hefty fine from the program host. She argued that the Filipinos should be as gracious as Wurtzbach who already expressed her sympathy to Gutiérrez and understanding to the organizer. (With TMT clips)