Could it be the calm before the storm? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 January 2016 15:08

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


Today’s writeup may definitely be brief. It’s 9:15 and by 10:00, this keyboardist will have to catch up with two activities. First is the baptism of the grandson of Bali Tanod Nasser “Adori” Nurani. Second is the Araneta clan reunion, where reportedly Sen. Bongbong is a guest.

Bongbong as is known is married to an Araneta.

All these are in support of barangay captain-son Jaime “Boday”, who is gunning for a council seat.

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Despite presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte’s negativism on the outcome of the Mamasapano reinvestigation,  Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile stands optimistic of truth revelation this time around.

He likewise insists that Pres. BS allegedly reneged from ordering reinforcements to the beleaguered Special Action Force, as he vowed to delve into the liability of President Aquino for the butchering of 44 police commandos when the inquiry into the carnage reopens this week.

Being President until the end of his term, is accountable of the events that transpired during his entire tenure,  Enrile said in a radio interview.

Enrile also expressed beliefs, there were efforts to cover-up for the President’s liability in the incident.

He particularly wants to look into the exchange of text messages between Cabinet officials and top police officials at the time.

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs chaired by Sen. Grace Poe set the hearing on Jan. 27.

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Public uproar over the President’s veto has seemed to cool down. Or could it be the calm before the storm.

What you say?

And President Aquino yet appears teasing the disheartened oldies. In what look as if a mockery, he said Congress could override his veto of the bill raising monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension by P2,000.

What a sick tall tale, when most congressmen appear cool to an override, with administration supporters saying it would look bad for the President.

And leaders of the House of Representatives have nailed a “NO” to overriding the presidential veto, although Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. had said they are looking for ways to address the need for higher pensions for retirees without compromising the fiscal health of the SSS.

Fiscal health?

Wow. One of the principal authors of the senate bill, Sen. Cynthia Villar had bared, the stability of SSS, even when the pension is  granted will maintain, saying her committee had studied the bill thoroughly.

What a highly precarious situation. Hundreds of lawmakers in both upper and lower houses, saying the grant will not jeopardize the SSS coffers, only to stumped upon by one man, the president.

That just simply implies that he alone is intelligent, and the rest are a brainless bunch of imbeciles.

Here is yet another comic relief.

Lawmakers are said to be considering a compromise that could  give a smaller increase of P1,000. That President Aquino, however, may go along only with P500.

Palakpakan (applause) pa more.

And still another. Several senators voiced support for a congressional override of the presidential veto.

And right after here comes this statement - “That’s just wishful thinking on the part of some in the minority group in the House,” Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said of plans by some opposition lawmakers to override Aquino’s veto of the bill.

He said that with Belmonte and Drilon defending the President’s veto, “there is no chance at all for any override call to prosper.”

Gonzales was commenting on the call of Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares for the House to overturn Aquino’s rejection of the pension hike bill.

Colmenares, one of the measure’s authors, said: “It’s incumbent for me to work for the override. We approved the bill, we studied it very well, why don’t we stand and fight for it?”

Still, Gonzales was more concerned that an override would embarrass the President.

That’s saying a mouthful. You think?

And here’s goes one other shaggy dog story, “You don’t do that to your President. You cannot do that to a popular President like P-Noy,” he said.

He said he doesn’t think any member of the pro-administration House majority coalition would support an override initiative. (A PS-based item)

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Tonight is another big night for the Monggueh Cabinet. It’s the birthday of Cianing “Kimsu” Tan, where all cabinet members are invited to the celebration at one of the function halls of Astoria. Happy birthday, man.

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Time’s up. Requesting my editors to please review this piece before printing and/or posting. No time for it now. Thank you.

Till next time around.