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Monday, 04 January 2016 11:44

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Some thieves really do move brazenly, so it seems, these days. At the Villa Teresa Subdivision in Culianan, the house of a policeman was not spared. Victimized last Tuesday was PO2 Julmaine Abah y Chang, assigned with Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO)

PO2 Abah, lost cash amounting to P26,000 and a pair of Rayban sunglasses worth P10,000.

The policeman said they were also divested of a brown sling bag belonging to his wife, Nur-Aisa.

Ocular police investigation showed that the intruders gained entry to the house through a window at the front of their house.

To have happened in the house of uniformed man who necessarily owns a gun, truly is bold.

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We first spoke of good policeman, then of an inconsiderate one. Now, it’s of considerate cop. Eve of new year it was. This keyboardist took a sharp turn on a blind corner beside Chowking in Gov. Camins. Presto! A police checkpoint.

Unhelmetted, I was flagged down by a policeman. He seemed serious, and asked for my license. With all respect and courtesy, I curtly quipped. “Brod, ta entra new year ara, numas tamen dale problema kumigo. Tutal, nuay man se helmet epecto na rider. Ta mira man tu, cun quidao man yo ta maneja. (Brod, the new year is coming, do me spare me from problems, Anyway, helmet-wearing has no effect on riders As you see, I drive slowly with care.

He shot back, “Paano yang violation mo?” (What about your violation?)

I repeated, “Brod man ara, pagbigyan mo na ako.

Obligingly, he smile and said, “Ok pagbigyan kita ngayon, pero sa susunod, pasenciahan na tayo, ha?” I re-started the motorbike, said “Thank you”, waved to the rest in his company, and motored for our evening cabinet session.

Now, that is what we call considerate. I got his name, but I won’t mention it here. It may happen when his commander reads this, he might be reprimanded. I salute that peace officer. Thank you, brother-comrade.

Comrade, yes. I am a proud former member of the Police in the then City of Basilan, sometime in 1974.

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Speaking of the cabinet, Monggueh’s, the session-cum 4th holiday party scheduled last new year’s day was called off. Coughs took the better of our usually sturdy Chairman. He was indisposed. Only real estate agent Tony Lim and Monggueh tech Alvin Regalado showed up and joined me for a couple of bottles.

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The ever-active City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer and OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario,reports, efforts to rehabilitate the Grandstand is on track as both the local and national government jointly validate the information for the preparation of the documentation process of the project.

Apolinario said, the national government, through the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) is charged handle the rehabilitation project.

He added, the DPWH has proposed some minor changes in the plan but that in general, the project will follow what the LGU has put forward.

Apolinario expressed confidence that the project will not be hindered by the election ban for the forthcoming elections.

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Two known political figures had made separate simultaneous calls for clean campaign tactics and conduct.

128 days left to the May 9 elections, independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe and vice presidential bet Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos called on their fellow candidates to abandon dirty politics and start to elevate the political discourse in the country.

Meanwhile, three Catholic bishops called for a new political outlook. They renewed the call of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines for Filipino voters to free themselves from the past and stop voting for traditional politicians.

For his part, CBCP president and Dagupan-Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas warned that a candidate who resorts to dirty politics “must be suspect.”

Such a candidate may have nothing positive to offer, and debases the level of political discourse by calling attention to the shortcomings of his rivals and competitors, rather than on the programs and projects he or she might have.

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. would defend his title against Evgeny Gradovich in April, possibly in Manila.

This was announced by Top Rank Promotion head Bob Arum said on Saturday, saying that “I really love Nonito. I’m confident he will defend his title successfully.

The schedule will be a week after Manny Pacquiao’s April 9 fight in US.

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How powerful these will be, there’s no telling. But just the same, it’s best we are informed.

PAGASA predicts the country expects at least six cyclones during the first half of the new year, with one cyclone reported to enter the Philippine area of responsibility every month. Calculated place of landing, not cited.

While it is noticed that only few typhoons occur when there’s El Niño, still that is not to be ignored, because as also felt, even the recent typhoons amid the El Niño were just the same stron. PAGASA warned.

Meanwhile, seven areas have fallen under a dry spell, namely, Laguna, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Guimaras, Albay, Aklan and North Cotabato.

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From all indications, it could only be a work of the Almighty Father — a miracle.

The new year’s day Tondo fire that that razed about a thousand houses last Friday, inexplicably spared the chapel that houses the 54-year-old image of the Black Nazarene, which is revered by more than 300 devotees of the community.

So, from despair, after losing their homes, residents of Barrio San Jose, Barangay 155 in Tondo, Manila, had a reason to rejoice.

They discovered yesterday, their chapel survived the six-hour inferno. Teresita Macaspac, 62, the chapel’s caretaker said, she broke into tears seeing the Black Nazarene intact.

Macaspac lamented that no one had thought of saving the image of the Black Nazarene until the fire had grown too big.

She concluded, It’s a miracle because everything around it was razed but the chapel was the only one spared.

Halleluiah. Praise be to God.

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The supposed final listing yesterday of firecracker-related injuries, and more so, of the victims of stray bullets proved false.

Injuries caused by firecrackers has ballooned to 459 as of today. And the number of stray bullet victims hit 36, police and health authorities said.

The official count of revelry-related casualties will end on January 6, Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), expressed hope that there will be no more additional cases of such injuries.

Deaths thru stray bullets was reportedly zero. The only supposed victim from Bulacan. A nine-year-old girl was found to have been false. It turned out that the victim was accidentally shot with am improvised gun by his brother.

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So many now believe PDP-Laban presidential bet, Rodrigo Duterte may have over-stepped on the manner he initially launched his campaign.

Picturing himself as a womanizer, kissing a woman, and having one seated on his lap in public caused a lot disparagement. Sen. Koko Pimentel, a political ally, virtually said, watching his language may help him in the presidential race. Duterte should still be himself but should moderate his statements, according to Sen. Pimentel.

The PDP-Laban would help Duterte’s campaign by providing him with support and advice on how to run for a national post, if he wants it, the senator said.

The party would also offered provide him with a checklist of what it knows based on the usual practices and from experience.

But Pimentel added, if Duterte does not want to take the advice, he ha no problem with it. One thing, he said, he could advise Duterte is to lessen the use of cuss words and the mention of killings in his statements. The mayor could use other scenarios, aside from killing criminals, to illustrate his point, he suggested.

In conclusion, Pimentel said, “I won’t tell him to eliminate cursing. Maybe just don’t do it 100 times.” (PDI)

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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit memorial sites for Filipino and Japanese war dead during their official visit starting Jan. 26, Japanese media reported Saturday.

According to the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Shimbun, the imperial couple will offer flowers at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (National Heroes Cemetery) in Taguig City and at the Japanese Memorial Garden in Laguna where many of the 520,000 Japanese fatalities of the Second World War are buried.

Japan, he had, should remember its bitter lessons from World War II. (With PS reports)