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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 14:04

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Due to space constriction, teasers first -

1. City Hall red tape is not limited to only the CHRO. There is yet another discovery

2. Observation of today’s SOCA seating arrangements

Nawh. Not today, folks. Tomorrow.. Space constriction, remember?

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District 2 Congresswoman Lilia M. Nuño gets into the act, following observations aired by City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat.

Responding to the El Niño phenomenon now intensifying in Zamboanga City and in other parts of the country, Nuño scheduled an emergency conference with officials of different line agencies of government to discuss measures that will mitigate the forecast devastating effects of the dry spell.

She said the meeting is aimed to devise measures for implementation in District 2 to minimize the impact of El Niño to agricultural crops and help farmers come up with alternative crops for the dry season.

The dry spell phenomenon started intensifying at the start of the new year and is expected to extend up to May this year.

The meeting will include the regional heads of agriculture, natural environment resources and irrigation offices, as the existing El Niño is approaching its peak and will likely spawn dry spell and drought, Nuño said.

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Recently in this corner, we wrote on how brazen thieves are going about their transgressions.

First it was an intruder who ransacked the residence of a policeman in Culianan. Now, the hold-up was conducted by three armed men in Caburihan, Canelar, only a stone throw away from the heart of town.

At gunpoint, the looters carted away jewelries worth about P50,000. It was a good thing, though, the house owner had guts to soon after give chase from a distance.

And when noticed, the gunmen fired at him but missed. But the cautious chase bore fruit as the thieves must have lost their focus and drove to an interior part somewhere in Jovellar street, abandoning the motorcycle they were riding and, and in evident fear, left their loot which the police later recovered and returned to the owner.

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Whenever this corner chances upon an item of police accomplishments, due prominence is normally made as in this case.

Police Station 7 personnel arrested two persons during anti-illegal drugs operations conducted at Montojo Drive, Villa Sta. Maria, Barangay Sta. Maria, this city, last Wednesday.

Nabbed were Reynaldo Raceles y Real, 41, married and Sajid Pinjay y Hamad, 41, both residing in Barangay Sta. Maria.

They were booked for violation of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and R.A. 10591, the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013.

Police operatives reported the recovered items from the suspects as 5 pieces of medium size heat-sealed sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, 2 Caliber .38 Revolvers loaded with 6 live ammunition, 3 pieces of P100 marked money bills and assorted drug paraphernalia.

To the officers and men of Police Station 7, we tip off our hats  to you. You sure do merit commendations.

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One of the four petitions seeking to disqualify Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been junked for the simple reason that the petitioner failed to appear during the preliminary conference set for the purpose.

This was announced by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday

The Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) First Division issued the decision on the complaint filed by John Paulo delas Nieves, chairman of the University of the Philippines Student Council.

A preliminary conference is required before oral arguments are held. Acting Clerk of the Commission Abigail Justine Lilagan said the petitioner’s failure to appear in the hearing is a ground for dismissal.

Three other petitions against Duterte are pending. The cases were filed by broadcasters Ruben Castor and Rizalito David and Elly Pamatong.

All petitions questioned the validity of Duterte’s substitution for former barangay (village) captain Martin Diño.

Although substitution is allowed under the law, the complainants claimed that Diño wrote in his certificate of candidacy (COC) that he was running for mayor of Pasay City (Metro Manila), not for President of the Philippines. (With TMTreports)

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Malacañang had earlier downplayed the presence of ISIS jihadists in the south as being rumors only.

What then is this?

The Abu Sayyaf Group was reported to have “officially” pledged allegiance to the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and named its new leaders aligned with the international Islamic extremist group, according to a video released by the ASG.

The video, uploaded at Archived.org website on January 4, showed more than 30 armed militants led by Isnilon Hapilon hiking in the hinterlands of Basilan province while chanting the “Dawlah Islamiyah [Islamic State]” after which they recited an Arabic script of  bayah or pledge of allegiance.

Hapilon alias Abu Abdullah was named as the new leader of the “Harakatul Islamiyah”[Islamic Movement]” the new name given to the ASG,.

The latter is known to have carried out kidnappings, bombings and other criminal activities in Mindanao in previous years. And Hapilon’s head carries a $5 million reward the US government has offered.

Hapilon was shown in the video with Abu Harith Al-Filibbieni , an alleged deputy commander of the al-Ansar Infantry Division of the ISIS, and Mohd Najib Husen alias Abu Annas Al Muhajir, an alleged division head of the Ansar al-Sharia of the ISIS.

The rebels clarified in the video that they had previously done the bayah but were repeating it “officially” in front of their named leaders.

It was unknown when the video was created but it was released after the Army’s Western Mindanao Command claimed last month that Husen was killed during operations in Basilan against the ASG bandits.

Husen was with other Malaysian foreigners namely Mahmud Ahmad, Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee, Amin Baco and Jeknal Adil, who fled to southern Philippines reportedly to recruit militants and send them to “Dar al-Harb [place of war],” referring to Syria and Iraq, where the ISIS had established its own caliphate state(With TMT lifts)

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Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. really knows where to place his priorities and copncerns. He seems “in” on all matters that redound to the welfare of people.

Most recently, he called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the military and police to ensure that checkpoints will not be used to abuse motorists as it started implementing the election gun ban.

Marcos on Monday stressed, safety precautions have to be put in place so that ordinary citizens will not fall victims to unscrupulous law enforcement officers.

It will be noted, several complaints of abuses in checkpoints especially during the election period were reported in the past.

He does take cognizance of the necessity to exercise such steps to ensure peaceful elections, but said, it should not be used for the commission of abuses. Marcos added, it is important for law enforcement personnel manning the checkpoints to know their limitations and for motorists to know their rights when going through checkpoints. (With TMT quotes)

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Hmmm, true? Government forces are reportedly determined to pursue efforts to locate and arrest Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari for his alleged involvement in the Zamboanga siege in 2013, Malacañang said yesterday.

Really? But it was only last Friday that Misuari, former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), was spotted in a gathering of MNLF supporters in Sulu, .

The meeting with armed MNLF members as well as Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) gunmen was said to have been in Indanan, Sulu. And to our knowledge, Indanan is simply a neighboring town of Jolo. Pardon  me if I am wrong. But I have been there twice.

Where then were our government forces at the time that had sweet huddle in the place?

Government resolve to arrest him… Hmmm, true? You tell me.

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The much-publicized exchange of dramatic bars two feuding members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) fizzled out, after all.

Reportedly, this was so because they had to beat the deadline in lodging an en banc comment in the Supreme Court on Sen. Grace Poe’s second pleading to reverse the poll body’s ruling to disqualify her from the presidential race in May.

And the verdict - Comelec collectively  asked the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday to throw out the latest petition of Senator Grace Poe, seeking to stop the poll body from implementing its resolutions on the cancellation of her certificate of candidacy (COC) for president in the May national elections.

All seven members of the Comelec en banc have signed the second comment.

Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista’s signature had a note, which read: “Subject to the concurring and dissenting opinion dated 12/23/15.”

Commissioner Louie Tito Guia also wrote “subject to my separate opinion,” while Commissioner Robert Lim indicated he inhibited from the proceedings. So, of the seven-member body, the remaining four compose the majority, even if the SC takes the trio’s stand as dissentions. (With TMT reports)