A striver and willing to learn PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 January 2016 14:24

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Firecracker-caused injuries reported yesterday were only 200 plus, but later findings show that there were 384, with one casualty of a stray bullet on entrance of the new year. This is the final count reported by the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, DOH reminded the public on Friday to make certain that they stay off unexploded firecrackers, and that the same be properly disposed of to avoid accidental injuries to innocent people.

The health department also appealed to the public, especially the kids, never to pick up any leftover firecrackers lying on the ground.

It advised the public to coordinate with their barangay officials in gathering and disposing of such items that remain as risks.

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The candidacy of Manny Pacquiao does not sit well with Former Sen. Rene Saguisag. He says, the Pacquiao fight a month before the May elections, is in complete disrespect for the Senate and our democracy.

Saguisag adds, as he trains and fights, he will earn - at least - another billion, but he will forego campaigning and miss out on telling us his stand on the various issues besetting the nation, which among others are, how he views the BBL, AAIB, ASG, MMFF, RH, the dispute with China, AFP modernization, federalism, constitutional change, longer Mindanao blackouts, etc..

Satirically, Saguisag twitted Pacquiao, “He should be arranging to guest in TV talk shows to tell us how lucky we are to have him join a chamber where once we had Rectos, Laurels, Dioknos, Pelaezes, Sumulongs, Salongas, Roxases, Aquinos, and Rodriguezes, who worked hard as lawmakers.”

Well, well, Pacquiao may not be in the league of the above-cited great speakers, at least one thing is clear — the man is a striver. Recall the writeup in one of past editions here. He came to congress prepared. Pacquiao took special lessons in the English language and in parliamentary rules and [procedures, too.

And at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), to boot. That’s a strong display of earnestness. Say you? Under-schooled as he may be, but the guy is willing to learn.

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2015 was another great year for Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

In the 16th Congress, he played key roles in the passage of several measures that strengthened the youth, highlighted the plight of barangay officials, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Muslim-Filipinos in Mindanao, and policemen killed in the line of duty.

In brief, these were Marcos’ achievements: passage of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Law. Authored and sponsored a bill that provides retirement benefits to barangay officials that was not limited to barangay captains and kagawads, but to Barangay Tanods, Members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, Barangay Health Workers and Day Care Workers

All bills had passed on third and final reading.

Last year, Marcos also showed his mettle and independence when he waste-basketted the Aquino-brokered proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). He crafted in its stead the wisdom-filled and tolerable substitute bill entitled “Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region”.

In the Senate investigation of the Mamasapano massacre, Marcos stood strong in support of the 44 Special Action Force policemen who were killed by a combined separatist groups and private armed bands in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

He targeted on the breach of the chain of command and called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to apologize as Commander-in-Chief of all the armed forces of the Philippines.

the balikbayan boxes-opening of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), Marcos took a valiant stand that pressured Customs Chief Alberto Lina to make a public apology to OFWs and stop the implementation of the plan.

As regard the tanim-bala scam, the senator reprimanded airport officials for the extortion racket at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by corrupt airport personnel.(With TMT reports)

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Anytime this month, the reigning Filipina Miss Universe is set for her homecoming. No specific date has though has been specified, but that it will be near the end of this month.

In preparation for her return, on New Year’s Day, she posted on Instagram: “Keep your faith and hold on to your dreams,”

“And now as I continue on with my journey as Miss Universe, I hope I inspired you all. Not just my fellow countrymen but all of you. Keep your faith, fight for what you believe in and hold on to your dreams! They do come true! I know I still have much to learn and a huge responsibility ahead of me. So thank you 2015 and bring it on, 2016!” said Wurtzbach, in her New Year’s message posted on her Instagram.

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After years of what has been described, a boycott to online streaming, the Beatles have joined in after all.

They ended the long strike and made its catalog available through streaming, the fast-growing sector of on-demand online music

This space understands that when one is not linked to the system, their songs are not available for downloading.

But the quartet is now in.

So, Beatles fans get your fill.

Thus far, the early verdict of listeners is, “Come Together” is their favorite song.

Spotify, the largest streaming service, bared that fans in the first three days streamed the Beatles songs 70 million times – which means that on average every user of the site listened to one Beatles song around the Christmas holiday.

“Here Comes the Sun,” off “Abbey Road” album was also among the most listened although it was outpaced by two other Beatles tunes with themes of hope – “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude.”

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There will be six long weekends this 2016. The first long started yesterday, New Year’s Day, which fell on a Friday.

The five others are on the weekend of are: Chinese New Year on Feb. 8, Monday; Maundy Thursday and Good Friday on March 24 and 25, respectively; National Heroes’ Day, which falls on Aug. 29, Monday; Oct. 31, Monday, Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day, a Tuesday; and Rizal Day on Dec. 30, a Friday.

Based on Proclamation No. 1105, regular holidays include New Year’s Day, January 1 (Friday); Maundy Thursday, March 24; Good Friday, March 25; Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Saturday); Labor Day, May 1 (Sunday); Independence Day, June 12 (Sunday); National Heroes Day, August 29 (Monday); Bonifacio Day, November 30 (Wednesday); Christmas Day, December 25 (Sunday); and Rizal Day, December 30 (Friday).

Special non-working days are: Chinese New Year, February 8 (Monday); 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, February 25; Black Saturday, March 26; Ninoy Aquino Day, August 21 (Sunday); All Saints’ Day November 1 (Tuesday); and additional special (non-working) days: January 2 (Saturday); October 31 (Monday); Christmas Eve, December 24 (Saturday); and New Year’s Eve, December 31 (Saturday).

The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. (With MB clips)

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Got wind of this only today. Hard to believe. Fighting for man and country, when injured in battle, our military not given full medical assistance! This tells all -

Masbate Rep. Scott Davies S. Lanete has asked Government to cover the medical expenses of wounded soldiers until they have fully recovered.

And this just means wounded soldiers in the were fully supported in the past. Revolting!

It was so humane for Lanete to have moved to their succor, filing a bill to provides payment of medical combat pay to wounded military personnel the moment they are admitted to a hospital or medical clinic. And their medical care will extend even after discharge from hospital or post-care and recovery.

In filing the bill, Lanete noted that the hazard and combat pay being received by wounded policemen and soldiers is pittance considering the danger they face in the line of duty.

While some laws are already in place to provide financial assistance to wounded uniformed men while on duty, these are not adequate to help and alleviate their physical, mental, psychological and financial sufferings,” Lanete said.

All wounded policemen and soldiers shall be entitled to the medical combat pay the moment they are admitted in a hospital or medical clinic.

Likewise, they are entitled to continuing medical assistance until such time a qualified physician declares them fully recovered, both physically and psychologically.(With MB lifts)

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Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat “King” Cole. is gone. Little is known, Natalie overcame substance abuse before rising to stardom in her own right. She was 65.

The Grammy-winning singer, who had longstanding health issues including complications from a kidney transplant, died on New Year’s Eve at a Los Angeles hospital.

Quoting her most rembered song, the family said: “Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”

In contrast to the rags-to-riches stories of many other artists of her generation, Cole was raised in relative affluence in Los Angeles., daughter as she was of the late Nat Cole. (With PD reports)

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The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) may clearly be seen as off the hook on the recent dab publicity on it. At the onset of the new year, the INC greeted 2016 with three new Guinness world records.

After more than an hour of setting off colorful pyrotechnics, the INC broke Norway’s world record of having the largest fireworks display.

It had also successfully broken the world record of having the “longest line of sparklers lit in a relay” and the “most sparklers lit simultaneously.”

This is resurrection of sort. Happy new year.