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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 13:33

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

It’s 11.20 am, and this piece is just starting to grind. From all indications, it is expected that this space would shrink today. Keep fingers crossed, friends.

Had to join up with Barangay Captain-son Jaime “Boday” for a visit to the office of City Prosecutor Ricardo Cabaron to submit his affidavit in support of his Tanod, who is charged with illegal possession of firearms.

Boday’s statement is seen vital to buttress the defense of his tanod.

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Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, jr. spoke tough against the Aquino-brokered Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), calling it foolishness.

The BBL being pushed by Malacañang Palace will not bring peace to Mindanao and the whole country, he opined.

Marcos foresees that BBL will not pass in the House of Representatives as it is  dead in Senate.

The senator claimed that BBL, (supposedly) aimed to complete the government’s peace initiative in southern Philippines, will not benefit both Muslims and Christians and it will only sow divisions among the people.

The BBL issue is dead, he said, and that he had drafted a substitute bill that is fair to everyone to benefit the people of Mindanao and the whole country . The 150-page bill new  is called “Basic Law in Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region (BLBAR).

Marcos, whose wife is an Araneta, was here Sunday to grace the family reunion of the Araneta clan. (With DZT feeds)

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As this developed, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) looks like having toned down on its stand, admitting, they are no longer optimistic that Congress will pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will create an autonomous Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

Sounds good, for how can they - the president and his negotiators, included - ever believe they can ram down the throats of members of both legislative houses a draft that even the common tao (man) can decipher as unconstitutional.

Thus, was born the Bongbong Marcos-initiated “Basic Law in Bangsamoro in the Autonomous Region (BLBAR).

And this one here sounds even better. MILF peace panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal said “… there were signs that the BBL would not be passed and there would be frustration in the ranks of the MILF. But the MILF would still pursue the path of peace even if the measure is not enacted.

Well said, Sir. And it is very elating to note that the MILF stand is getting more and more domesticated.

Bravo!

Iqbal added, “.. If the BBL doesn’t pass, I think we’re back to zero. But in terms of the peace process, I don’t think we’ll be back to zero, except if a new president would adopt a war policy, that’s another matter,” he added. (With PS reports)

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The cat is out of the bag. Though not admitting the offer was made to “bribe” mayors into supporting his candidacy, two  top Palace officials on Monday confirmed that former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, indeed, promised local officials P100 million each from the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) program.

In separate talks with The Manila Times, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. belied allegations that the BuB is a form of “pork barrel” fund.

(Not a form of “pork barrel” fund, huh. It’s the same dog with a different collar)

Abad confirmed that the offer made by Roxas to officials of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) was more of a campaign promise.

(Promise? Bulls eye! That is exactly it, “bribery”, if we may say so.)

Abad then went on trying to justify what he himself termed as a “promise”. In  his own words, Abad had this to say, “He promised that, if and when he is elected President. He said that to demonstrate his commitment to meaningful devolution.”

TMT, quoting a highly placed source, reported that the Liberal Party (LP), through Abad and Interior Secretary Mel Sarmiento, promised P100 million worth of projects to each mayor who would support Roxas.

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Several family members of the police commandos of the Special Action Force (SAF) who were massacred in the infamous Mamasapano tragedy snubbed the awarding ceremony in Camp Crame in Quezon City on Monday, the first anniversary of the Mamasapano massacre.

The police commandos who were killed while on the operation to capture Malaysian terror suspect Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan and two others that turned sour

When President BS Aquino, who led the rites, was to award the Medalyang Kabayanihan for Police Officer 2 Ricky Nacino, Senior Police Officer Lover Inocencio and Insp. RennieTyrus, no one stood up to receive the medals.

It was plain noticeable that it was only their classmates who received their medals from the President. Aquino is blamed by many for the death of the SAF troops.

The immediate family members of many others did not also attend the ceremony.

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Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile appears cool to the offer of  Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and others with supposed new information about the massacre of the Fallen 44 (SAF) elite troopers.

Evidently, not keen on sending them invitations, he simply urged them to show up at the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the botched Mamasapano police mission.

If they have knowledge then I suggest that they voluntarily appear and ask permission to submit their evidence. This is for the nation. It’s not for anybody,” said Enrile.

Enrile insists he has evidence to show that President Aquino knew extensively about the Mamasapano police operation on Jan. 25, 2015, and had monitored in Zamboanga City the unfolding debacle in Maguindanao province, but did nothing to save the lives of the commandos as they were being slaughtered by Moro rebels.

Recall, Duterte revealed that he was in Zamboanga City on that ill-fated day and was invited by then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to a closed-door command conference when news broke out that the commandos were being annihilated.

On the other hand, Retired Chief Supt. Diosdado Valeroso, claimed over the weekend that he had a digital audio recording of an alleged conversation between a “ranking government official” and a “lawmaker” that could purportedly shed light on the Mamasapano carnage.

Enrile, however, shrugged off reports about the claims of both Duterte and Valeroso.

Seemingly already confident with what he has on hand, Enrile quipped, “I do not need them, I don’t know what they have,” adding “If they think that what they have is material evidence to be known to the people and they are running for public office, it’s their duty to speak out without having to be subpoenaed …”

“This is a matter of courage and moral courage above all.” he concluded. (With TMT quotes)

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From all indications, Duterte might bite the Enrile statement prodding, may not voluntarily appear in the senate investigation. He had this to say, that’s why, “If I am called, I will be forced to tell the truth because I would be under oath.”

Would that mean that even if he has vital information about the government action during the Mamasapano incident, as he was privy to a meeting on the incident presided by President Aquino himself, he would keep his piece if not called to testify in the Senate inquiry?

For clarity, this was his statement made in Zamboanga City, “If I am called to the Senate inquiry I will tell the truth because I have the moral obligation to tell what I know.” (With TMT quotes)

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Whoah there! This is something new. President Benigno Aquino III on Monday praised the heroism of the 44 Special Action Force commandos killed by Muslim rebels a year ago in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, but blamed other police officials for not doing their jobs.

But we’re in a bind. Who must he have held responsible and for what?

Ugh ugh, seems like he is leveling the blame now on the police officials he had tapped to carry out  the covert mission to neutralize two high-profile terrorists. It was he who approved the operation.

Now, this one is clearer. Point is clarified, as he disclosed during his speech at the awarding rites for the slaughtered commandos, “We appeal to Congress: review the PNP Law; specify the provisions that hinder the immediate imposition of penalties against leaders who fail in their responsibilities. We do not want a repeat of this tragedy just because they do not want to follow the policies. It is not right to continue a system where one would carry a bigger responsibility just because others fail to do so,” Aquino said. (With MS feeds)

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Our contribution did not shrink after all. Seems just as comprehensive as in previous times. Keep track, folks.