Pnoy, Poe honeymoon resuming? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 February 2016 11:34

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Having read that Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio Cerilles was here recently, it made this keyboardist remember his wife Auring’s participation in the marathon session of  the Rodriguez committee that tackled the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

In some two or so replays of the hearings on television that corner was able view, Cerilles was prominently shown to have forcefully interpolated the bill sponsored by Rep. Rufus  Rodriguez, in support of the arguments of Dist. 1 Cong. Celso L. Lobregat.

She was debating vigorously with the sneeringly aloof committee chair Rodriquez.

While this corner did not chance upon the stance of our very own Dist. 2 Representative Lilia M. Nuño during the sessions, she was, however, later monitored to have voted along with all the Lobregat-batted revisions in the BBL, which toward the end was re-named to BLBAR (Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region), patterned after the Bongbong Marcos-introduced substitute bill of the BBL in the Senate.

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The Araneta Clan Association had recently conducted two closely-scheduled family reunions.

The first was in September. Guest in that occasion then was Korina Sanchez, on behalf of her husband, presidential bet Mar Roxas, whose mother is an Araneta (Judy), and whose racial roots are traced to Zamboanga City, migrating later to the Visayas. Also on hand then with Korina was a family friend to the Roxases, our very own former Health Undersecretary Dr. Mila Fernandez.

The second, conducted in similar grand fashion was only this month. And that time, the honored guest, who personally came over to grace the affair was no less than the now-leading vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand R. “Bongbong”, Jr., in the company of his wife, also an Araneta.

Owing to the grossly successful conduct of the recent reunions, its officials are moving to greater lengths.

Association president Ric San Juan, retired Regional Tourism Field Officer, has set for 3 February another  planning session to further strengthen the organization.

The venue will be the Jollibee branch at KCC Mall de Zamboanga, at 11 am to 1 pm.

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Different people certainly do have different views on a particular issue. Columnist Mauro Gia Samonte calls the Enrile-initiated Mamasapano re-investigation, a big flop. We quote him as saying, “I – and the entire nation for that matter – had expected to hear a blast from a playing of the alleged recorded conversation between two officials that had been fanned in the media in the lead up to the Senate hearing January 27. No such playing ever materialized. And Senator Llamanzares went on record as having ruled that the record of the case, done a year ago, remained unchanged.”

And to remain gathering dust on her table, reported as it was, Pnoy and his LP are planning to dump Mar Roxas in her favor, should the Roxas-Robredo tandem remain moribund in the next surveys?

Still according to Samonte, the Poe report certainly absolves Aquino of blame for the carnage, averring though, that in the early stages, Poe distinctly told the media the President is accountable.

Now, now, where is consistency there?

Oh, gosh, it could even be this simple to conclude. It has been written and  quoted here earlier of a Manila-based columnist that such Poe recant, in effect, was what produced the widely believed Aquino-Poe honeymoon. Supposedly, she was promised the anointment as LP standard bearer, only to be relegated later to the vice presidential which she refused. And with this alleged dropping of Roxas, the honeymoon could just simply be resuming.

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And here is that differing viewpoint that had also earlier seen print here and now repeated, “He (Sen. Bongbong Marcos) opined that while there may have been no bombshell dropped during the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the Mamasapano bloodbath, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile succeeded in showing the evidently clear role of Aquino in the botched operation and how he (mis)handled it.”

He justified his point with these statements. “… Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. lamented, if Pres. Aquino had observed standard operating procedure (SOP) in launching police operations like Oplan Exodus, the 44 police commandos slain in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, would still be alive today.

Pointedly, Marcos said, very clearly as the President disregarded procedures in the planning and execution of the operation, at the same disregarding the chain of command, the massacre occurred.

Marcos concluded that the main focus of reopening the Senate investigation was to find out what really happened back then and Enrile was able to accomplish it.

Clearly, he added, there was lack of coordination due the President’s move to keep the operation secret to other officials of government, particularly to the officer-in-charge of the PNP (Philippine National Police.

Cabinet and security officials present during the hearing still had the temerity to claim that Aquino was not aware of the real situation of the SAF troops deployed in Maguindanao to capture suspected terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, because no clear information reached him that day.

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A new virus is threatening the world, driving the Philippines to join other countries in the mad scramble to protect their citizens from the disease that, like dengue, is transmitted by mosquitoes.

Described as fearsome, the Zika virus continues to spread worldwide.

Malacañang on Saturday, however gave assurances, the Department of Health (DOH) is laying down measures to prevent the entry here of the disease that causes microcephaly in unborn babies.

Should it find its way to the country, Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd said the Health department is already relatively prepared for the phenomenon.

He also allayed public fears over the disease, saying that the virus is not easily transmittable.

As transmissions of the virus is through mosquitoes, then easily it can be said that measures such as those being taken against dengue can very stop its spread.

While DOH, reports that the Philippines remains free of the Zika virus, in 2012 a case of Zika affliction was documented in Cebu City.

But since then no other Zika case has been recorded.

Abroad, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Zika is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects.

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Malacañang rebuked Senator Grace Poe for stating that Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya should be criminally charged for the multitude of problems facing the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.

Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd claimed that indicting officials is not the answer to the rail problems.

He added that instead of proposing the filing of charges against Abaya, Poe should support the reforms being done by the government.

He expressed hope that out of her sense of frustration, also supposedly felt by a lot of people, Senator Poe would see that the filing of charges is not the solution.

He said, this would be very easy for her, being a member of the Senate, and in aid of legislation, she could readily determine why the situation to such disastrous extent.

Poe on Friday bared Abaya should be held accountable for the MRT mess and that the Senate sub-committee on public services which she heads will likely recommend the filing of graft-related charges against the DOTC chief.

The senator added that Abaya should have been included as a respondent when former MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol 3rd and five others were charged at the Sandiganbayan over the awarding of the $11.5-million maintenance contract to PH Trams Incorporators without public bidding.

“The problem with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is 1its leadership or [the] lack of it,” Poe saidAs Poe-ascribed, this corner concurs with her. Quezon is practically singing a different tune, he speaks of the messed up situation of MRT, while Poe points to the $11.5-million maintenance contract to PH Trams Incorporators without public bidding, and not solely on mismanagement.

Abaya must be made to account for his acts.((With TMT lifts)

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Administration candidates in the senatorial slate are clashing among themselves over the moribund BBL.

A Muslim senatorial candidate said, the proposed Bangsamoro bill as revised is unacceptable and deserves to be rejected by Congress, but another government senatorial bet warned a flawed bill could be a better option than going to war.

Differing in views are former Assistant Secretary Ina Ambolodto of the Department of Interior and Local Government and ex-Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla. Their conflicting views surfaced during “The Rundown: A Senatorial Forum” held in UP Diliman.

Ambolodto rejected the pending Bangsamoro law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) in Congress outright because it deviated from the Bangsamoro Basic law (BBL) proposed by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, which is composed of representatives from the government and the MILF.

The government’s BLBAR version excludes the BBL’s salient provisions such as: an opt-in provision that would expand the core Bangsamoro area to the contiguous areas through a plebiscite; the establishment of the Bangsamoro military command; Bangsamoro’s own police; a Bangsamoro audit body; a Bangsamoro Civil Service Commission and a Bangsamoro poll body.

Otro pa unu. (Here’s yet another one). A senatorial aspirant insisting on retaining unconstitutional provisions.

Hay gana gane ste pulano? (Will this John Doe ever win?)