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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 11:59

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Notice to all officers and board members of the Araneta Clan Association. There will be a meeting on 3 Feb. at the Jollibee Branch, KCC, 11 am to 1 pm. Please pass on. - Pres. Ric San Juan.

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While only Jolo, the capital town of Sulu, is reported to be under threat to reported plans of the Abu Sayyaf to stage bombing missions, Zamboanga City authorities as well as those of nearby places must likewise be on the alert.

Security forces must stay vigilant and focused against any such possibilities that may spill over.

In  Sulu, Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint task Group Sulu commander, has put in place safety nets to suppress the danger.

Arrojado attributed the initiative of the reported bomb attacks to Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron, known  to be the oldest among militant leaders in the province.

Arrojado added the “hostile plan” is to divert the focus of the military troops currently conducting military operations targeting Radulan’s group in the hinterlands of Patikul and Talipao towns.

With such kind of an objective — to divert the focus of the military troops currently conducting military operations - the spilling of the terror acts may not be far-fetched.

It will be recalled, in Isabela City, Basilan a bomb was disrupted Wednesday by police bomb experts after it was planted outside a merchandise store, .

Hence, the wake up call to authorities here and elsewhere must be sounded out.

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If not so much has been unearthed in  the recent Enrile-initiated re-investigation of the Mamasapano tragedy , attribute that to the lap dogs of Pres. BS Aquino in the halls of Congress. This is so exemplified by Former Sen. Kit Tatad, writing now for TMT. He opined that “Senator Juan Ponce Enrile had to contend with President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s allies who were resolved to save their patron from any criminal liability in the January 25, 2015 massacre of 44 Special Action Force police commandos by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.” Enrile, he ranted, was effectively impeded from fully building up his case, and present any audio-visual evidence of Aquino’s reported ‘stand-down order’, as earlier bruited about by Ret. Police General Diosdado Valeroso.

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Malacañang has finally given up on the passage of the his Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft bill in Congress. It has now shifted to what they say as their next best move for the peace process, that is, to prepare for its transition to the next Administration.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd, has directed government peace negotiators to craft an action plan with all stakeholders during the “transition period.”

There we go again - that ear-shattering word, stakeholders.

Stakeholders, my foot!

You will agree, Zamboanga locals are also stakeholders in Aquino’s BBL, but we never ever listened to and given voice in its presentation to Congress.

The only stakeholders he listened to and lent credence were the collaborators who crafted the GRP-MILF MOA that became the nucleus of the BBL.

That supposed intention of Pres. Aquino to prepare for its transition to the next Administration could be loaded. To what must he have referred to as the next administration when  nobody yet has the solid inkling as to who will become president next?

We say loaded, it appearing that in planning, its substance would just have to suit the thinking of the one who would look into it - the next leader.

Seen seemingly sure of the future, he must be confident of something.

And could that exuberance could be the monsterized  PCOS that will pick his anointed bet.

Just a food for thought.

And this corner would rather believe that their next best step is to center this time on the recent magnanimity radiating in MILF top honcho, Mohagher Iqbal.

Iqbal had so spoken nobly.

With that graciousness, they can start offering acceptable substitute solutions to the BBL kinks that are within the framework of our Constitution.

Iqbal’s recent statement are so virtuous that this corner could not help but repeat them “… 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.

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.

Such wholesome a viewpoint.

That is where Malacañang should take the cue.

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Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. advances insights on the coming observance of the 30th anniversary of the “people power revolution” this month.

Rightly, he predicts greater disparagements against his family, particularly that he is now one of the leading vice presidential candidates in the May 2016 elections, with his popularity still rising to grander heights.

According to Marcos, the government and some groups have lined up a series of activities leading to the Edsa celebration on February 25, which was declared by Malacanang as a special non-working holiday.

The senator said he is anticipates sterner attacks directed at his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, and at the entire Marcos family that are beyond their control.

Marcos added, he and his family have learned to live with the yearly celebrations and the constant bashing, admitting that he still gets affected by the tongue-lashings.

“We are human, of course we get affected but as I’ve said we have learned to live with it. It’s part of our lives,” according to the senator.

Marcos, in the latest vice presidential survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS), is statistically tied with independent rival Senator Francis Escudero for the top spot.

He was the only candidate for Vice President who registered a huge gain in the SWS survey while the rest dropped by several points. (With TMT lifts)

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Rigoberto Tiglao ascribes what he says is “The horrific massacre of Special Action Force (SAF) troops last year in Mamasapano to what stopped dead the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), one of the main projects of President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd, whose incompetence and hubris in undertaking Oplan Exodus resulted in that carnage.”

In pressing for the BBL passage, Tiglao also charged Aquino for almost causing the dismemberment of our Republic.

The tough-talking columnist suspects that the outgoing President wishes to win for himself a Nobel Peace Prize, claiming funds running in the tens of billions of pesos from the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the renamed pork-barrel allocations must have been used to bribe traditional Muslim politicians and the Congress to pass the bill.

Earlier, he said, Aquino was able to get the approval of the House committee evaluating the proposed BBL -  with fifty affirmative votes - led by Cagayan de Oro’s Rufus Rodriguez, including that of vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

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Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile is challenging President Aquino to a public debate on the Mamasapano massacre, baring that Aquino could be charged in court once he steps down from office on June 30 because of his involvement in last year’s botched police operation that led to the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

But Malacañang disregarded Enrile’s challenge, saying the opposition senator had an opportunity to present his case during the recent reopening of the Senate probe into the tragic Mamasapano clash but failed.

Enrile issued the challenge in a radio interview, insisting that Mr. Aquino was to blame for the death of the SAF members who were on a mission to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and two other terrorists in an upland area in Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015.

Countering comments that the reopening of the Senate investigation last week did not bring out any new evidence, Enrile said he had in his possession an “audit operation report”.

Very likely then the Aquino rat pack in the Senate did not only manage to obstruct Enrile’s playing of the reported damaging audio tape, but also his presentation of subject audit operation report”. (With PDI feeds)