Same old pork barrel under a different name PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 15:17

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

The last day of 2015 saw two men gunned down in this city, reports DZT.

Shot and killed around 10:45 a.m., at Vidad Compound, Purok 8, Barigon, Tugbungan, was Eric Candido y Sorote, 43, married, of Asinan, Kasanyangan

Police disclosed no leads yet into the slaying as the case is still under investigation

On the other reported killing, victim Edwin Pasamata was shot and killed around 9:30 p.m. at Camino Nuevo interior.

DZT sister paper ZT, bared that the duo are police assets. Other than that, no other details on the victims were given.

Meanwhile, the shooting and wounding of one Christian Alejabo y Jalao, of Sitio Catumbal, Cabaluay was also reported.

Crime suspect, Samuel Manuel of Lapakan, was later arrested by the Sangali Police in a follow-up operations, and is now detained in its cell at the police station pending filing of appropriate charges.

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Not all rebels are, after all, are through and through conscienceless Some are also noted to be gallant.

A case in point: The military’s Eastern Mindanao Command said Saturday it recognizes the gesture of the New People’s Army (NPA) in releasing one of its abducted soldiers. He was identified as Sgt. Adriano Bingil. of the army’s 26th Infantry Battalion Brgy. Polycarp, San Luis, Agusan del Sur (ADS) last September 19, 2015

He was abducted by NPA members of guerilla front 88, at KM 16.

The military openly expressed hope that the NPA will continue with such gesticulation of peace and goodwill by abandoning the armed struggle and putting a stop to their extortion activities and attacks against development projects.

The Eastmincom disclosed, NPA’s armed capability has declined driving them degenerate into a lawless group devoid of ideology and are now engaged in criminal activities like abduction, arson and extortion,” said the statement. (With DZT reports)

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TMT”s Rigoberto Tiglao continues his rampaging verbal onslaught on President Noynoy Aquino. He writes, “If there’s a single thing that should convince you, dear reader, how much of a rapacious wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing President Aquino’s Administration has been, it is the pork-barrel issue.”

For these closing months of his administration, he said, an election time, his proposed Budget that Congress approved carries P24.7 billion in pork-barrel funds, masked in techno-fiscal mumbo jumbo, his budget secretary, Florencio Abad, believe could fool the nation. It is shrouded as the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) projects.

Tiglao describes BUB as the same old pork barrel under a different name - just as the same dog with different collar.

And that system, he cited, is what the Supreme Court had defined as “government spending meant for localized projects and secured solely or primarily to bring money to a representative’s district.”

And this year’s BUB is the biggest pork-barrel fund ever in the entire Philippine history, Tiglao said.

He opined that, as an election year such, such veiled BUB “is intended to bribe local government officials to support the candidacy of Aquino’s bet, the lackluster Manuel A. Roxas 2nd.”

Tiglao went on, “That money will, together with other funds lodged in the interior and local government, make up the largest vote-buying kitty this nation will have ever seen.”

In recollection, he mentioned that it was Aquino’s mother, Corazon, who in 1990 gave birth to that sort of appropriation, named the Countrywide Development Fund, that amounted to P2.3 billion. “It became her means of buying the political support of local government officials to counter the coup attempts mounted against her, he concluded.

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Sen. Grace Poe, one of the leading independent presidential contenders, could be in for trouble in the disqualification cases she raised to the the Supreme Court (SC)

The three SC senior justices who were asked by Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares to inhibit from deciding on her disqualification cases have stood their ground and will participate in the hearings.

This story was carried by the TMT, quoting reliable sources in the SC.

Senior SC Justices Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Arturo Brion maintain that Poe’s disqualification case will be decided by the high court based on its merits and that the three justices will participate, deliberate and vote on the issue.

Well, that’s three big blows on Poe, without yet anyone throwing punches in the SC. How else would they argue and vote when they have clearly said their pieces, sitting as members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).

The trio have ruled that Poe is a not natural-born Filipino and has failed the residency requirement.

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Erwin Tulfo does a Tigalo. He pens, “The past five years and half have been anything but a semblance of matuwid na daan (straight path).”

“Hindi ako magnanakaw (I am not a thief!”, he quotes Aquino, “was the winning campaign promise in 2010, and comments, yet we were surprised big-time with the exposés on the multi-billion peso anomalies in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), followed by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Accordingly, the expose of the “pork barrel” scandal involving senators and congressmen is not attributed to the

Aquino leadership but rather on the squabble between businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and her conspirator nephew Benhur Luy in 2013.

Quite the reverse, the revolting and illicit DAP was not exposed until Sen. Jinggoy Estrada lashed back at Malacañang over its “selective justice” and apparent cover-up of allies’ involvement in PDAF misuse and abuse, he said.

Tulfo says it is not a surprise that Napoles, a fixture in the corridors of power, surrendered personally to the President. And since then, Napoles’ case was muddled with lies and cover-up of her link to Palace officials themselves, including Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.

“Saan nga ba kumuha ng kapal ng mukha ang mga dupang na ito?” (Where did these monkeyshines get their thick faces?, he asked.

In despondency, Tulfo adds, the administration has resorted to negative campaigning and character assassination against the leading 2016 presidentiables to buoy up its Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas’ standing.

He claims Roxas continues to lag behind Poe, Duterte and Binay in sample surveys, and that neither a “star-studded” TV ad worked for the former DOTC and DILG secretary, who has no memorable accomplishments to boast of.

Tulfo even attributed the Mamasapano tragedy to his supposed “gross negligence, incompetence and inefficiency in the performance of duty, leaving him blind, that led to the Noynoy and Alan Purisima ill-fated Oplan Exodus sending the Special Action Force to a suicide mission.

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The execution of Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite cleric by the Saudi government has ignited the ire of Iranians, provoking protesters to storm the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early Sunday morning, as Shiite Muslim Iran reacted with fury to the killing.

Demonstrators, having massed at the embassy gates in protest, burst into the embassy and started fires before being cleared away by the police, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported. Pictures were tweeted showing parts of the interior on fire and smashed furniture inside one office.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed dismay over the execution and called for calm and restraint.

Likewise, the European Union raised serious concerns over the incident, warning it could have “dangerous consequences” for a region already plagued with sectarian tensions.

The United States, a country with a death penalty in 31 of its 50 states, has also condemned its Middle Eastern ally Saudi Arabia for the execution saying this could exacerbate tensions between Sunni and Shia religious factions in Saudi Arabia, a country that has a wide Sunni majority. The US called on all Middle Eastern heads on Saturday to “redouble efforts” to mitigate tensions. (MB)

Shortly after, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for calm and urging protesters to respect the diplomatic premises, the Entekhab news website reported.

And Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards swore “harsh revenge” against the Saudi Sunni royal dynasty for the execution of Nimr, tagged a terrorist by Riyadh, but is admired in Iran as a champion of the rights of Saudi Arabia’s marginalized Shi’ite minority.

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Boxing icon could be in for trouble in his upcoming fight with Tim Bradley. It is reported that Hall of Famer coach Freddie Roach, admits – if we are to believe him - Pacquiao “is not taking training” for the rubber match. Or was it a typographical error that occurred, missing out the word “serious” after the word, “taking”.

Roach contends that his long-time pupil knows the magnitude of each fight. And continues, “One thing about Manny Pacquiao is once he walks in the boxing gym, all that other stuff goes away,”

On the opposing camp, things appear different.

Bradley’s coach, Teddy Atlas says, while his student has become better after hooking up with him, he is still honing up his protégé to bring his A-game against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9.

“Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of the last decade and that’s a challenge and we have a responsibility to be ready,” Atlas told Michael Woods in the on-line edition of The Ring magazine.

On top of that, Atlas is still coming up with a grand game plan, saying, he would constantly review videos of their first two fights where Bradley was awarded a hotly-disputed split decision and Pacquiao handed a unanimous verdict in the rematch.

The mistakes Bradley made in the first two fights, will be corrected.

So there. If Pacquiao, takes training for granted, and Bradley takes the advice of his mentor, BANG! Lights out for our idol.

He loses the fight, and so will his chance for a senate seat for the boo boo.