Exercising prudence on sensitive issue PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 February 2016 13:26

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Prompted by water rationing in the city, the City Health Office urged residents to properly store water in clean enclosed containers. The move is aimed at denying mosquito dengue carriers of breeding grounds.

Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, issued the advice, following Zamboanga City Water District’s (ZCWD) implementation of water rationing since January 8, due drastically dropped water inflow to its reservoir bnecause the prolonged dry spell brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.

The latest water level at the diversion dam of the ZCWD is measured at 74.04 meters. The normal elevation is 74.20 meters.

Agbulos stressed water containers should be closed tightly as these could be good breeding places for mosquitoes when left open.

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This corner feels government officials must be more circumspect in their public statements on serious matters, especially when the issue surrounds the armed struggle.

Unless, authorized by the active rebel groups, no one must issue statements of war resumption because of the collapse of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

For when one speaks of war resumption, it would be as if he is initiating infuriation in their minds, or better said still, inciting them to resort to violence again.

Prudence must be exercised so as not to exacerbate the situation.

It must have been no less than three times that we featured the well-refined words of MILF spokesman, Mohagher Iqbal. He did speak of disgruntlement among the separatists ranks, with the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), but he has stopped espousing a return to the battlefield.

Admiring his stand, we reprint that portion here that bears a suggestion - “And his corner would rather believe that their (government’s) 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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In the most recent days, the Monggueh Cabinet - in many occasions, met in full force - with the presence of three outside-based members. They are the grand old General, Quintin Yeo, Jan Tan (not the customs collector), Benito Lim and Alvin.

Their company added color to the sessions.

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The Department of Health (DOH) issued a warning that the threat of the mosquito-borne virus reaching the Philippines is real.

This comes to fore as the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency.

And the UN agency, on one hand, sought to build an international response to the threat, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. Honduras on Monday declared a state of emergency as Zika infections soared.

The WHO said the Zika virus, transmitted by the bite of the Aedesaegypti mosquito, was “spreading explosively” and could infect as many as four million people in the Americas. The Pan American Health Organization says Zika has spread in 24 nations and territories in the Americas.

This marks the fourth time the WHO has declared a global health emergency since such procedures were put in place in 2007, with the others arising from influenza, Ebola and polio. (PS)

WHO director general Margaret Chan told reporters that coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and expedite work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease, but said curbs on travel or trade were not necessary. (With PS reports)

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Presidential aspirant, Sen. Grace Poe, seems to have found an ally in the Supreme Court (SC) - in no less than the Chief Justice herself - Ma. Lourdes Sereno

She was quoted as saying, “Disqualifying Sen. Grace Poe from the presidential election in May for being a foundling could set a dangerous precedent and have dire consequences if upheld by the Supreme Court (SC).

She made the statement at the resumption of the oral argument on Poe’s case. She contended declaring foundlings as not natural-born and ineligible for national elective posts would have repercussions on the rights of similarly situated government personnel and scholars.

She even branded the position of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against Poe as discriminatory to foundlings as it makes them second-class citizens.

In her interpellation of Comelec commissioner Arthur Lim, the SC chief read a long list of positions in government that are open only to natural-born citizens.

“If you are saying that foundlings are not natural-born citizens, have you thought about the impact on the rights of all foundlings?” Sereno asked Lim.

Citing constitutional provisions on citizenship, particularly on the theory of bloodlines and the rights of foundlings, Sereno lamented that foundlings would be deprived of the rights of ordinary citizens if the SC upholds the position of the poll body on Poe’s case.

“The court now has to categorically answer the question about her (Poe’s) status, because the pronouncements we will make will affect so many others,” she stressed.

Hey, hey, hey, something must be wrong somewhere in such arguments. Non-lawyer as this keyboardist may be, but such standpoints are mere personal views or so it seems.

Pardon if I am wrong, in any court of law, judgments are based on the rule of law, and not personal opinion/s.

This corner is confounded. What gives? (With PS feeds)

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The override move in congress on the Aquino veto of the SSS pension hike failed to even take off, even as there were efforts of blocs in the Lower House to push it.

As reported, the House of Representatives abruptly and unceremoniously adjourned session last (Wednesday) night to quell an attempt to force an override of the presidential veto, that would have granted pensioners a much-need P1,200 a month additional pay.

Truly with undue haste, without calling the roll or going through other business, House leaders moved to adjourn the legislative session until May, even as the Makabayan bloc led by Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares tried to push a resolution asking the chamber to override President Aquino’s veto of the SSS pension hike bill.

Dozens of protesters in the House gallery, most of them elderly folks, were outraged at the abruptness of the adjournment. They had come en masse to express support for the override, waiting for hours for the session to begin.

They raised a ruckus and began chanting “Override!” with some of them facing the media to air their grievances. (With PDI clips)

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In all of basketball history, no team - down from 0-3 has yet snatched a victory in the remaining 4.

But the incredible San Miguel Beermen secured a niche in history as they grabbed the crown with a record comeback on a 96-89 demolition of the Alaska Aces to retain the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup crown before an overflow crowd at the MOA Arena last night.

Falling behind 0-3 in the series, the Beermen just refused to die and, in the end, chronicled a saga.

Reigning back-to-back PBA MVP Junmar Fajardo, one-time MVP winner Arwind Santos and do-it-all guard Chris Ross were the catalysts as the Beermen reaffirmed their stature as the league’s premier team with a third crown in the last four conferences and 22nd overall.