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Sunday, 07 February 2016 14:11

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

In Sulu, it seems, the Abu Sayyaf Group of Radulan Sahiron is surfacing as a force to reckon with. In recent days, it managed to inflict damage on several government troopers. One incident, at least 15 soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was hit by an improvised landmine in Barangay Lagtoh, Talipao, Sulu Thursday morning.

The wounded soldiers all belong to the 10th Marine Battalion Landing Team, who were on a road convoy around 6:40 a.m. heading for Barangay Kuhaw coming from Barangay Katian, Indanan when their vehicle ran over an IED landmine.

They all were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

A military report said, identities of the ASG perpetrators were determined, and are all operating under Sahiron

In another incident, men of the 10th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col, Jacinto clashed with an underdetermined number Abu Sayyaf gunmen around 7:45 a.m., in Sulu, on the same day.

The firefight lasted for only five minutes, but prompted the terror gunmen to withdraw to an undisclosed direction.

And around 12:15 p.m. the other day, 10th IB troops encountered Abu Sayyaf militants also under Sahiron in Patikul, Sulu and engaged them in a firefight. No details were given.

Sightings of other militant groups of Hajan Sawadjaan and Idang Susukan were reported different barangays of the  same municipality.

The group of was also spotted in Barangay Mabuhay, Talipao.

The three Abu Sayyaf groups are temporarily harbored in separate places to mislead pursuing troops.

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For saying that the NCIP decision to withdraw the IP membership of sectoral representative Ismael Musa is politically motivated, Congressman Celso L. Lobregat was criticized in an item carried by the DZT.

Because no source was mentioned in the writeup, we will not give much credence to his/her critiques well-sounding as they may have been, but we will quote some justifications made by the unnamed source.

It contended, sectoral City Councilor Ismael Musa is enmeshed in politics, having affiliated with a local political party, the LDP.

The source said, such act is a violation of the apolitical nature of IP representation in a legislative body of government.

And the NCIP will only decide on conflicts forwarded to the commission after the Council of Elders/leaders in the locality  issues a certification that they have exhausted all possible remedies to settle the dispute, but has not resolved or found a solution to the conflict.

But come to think of it. Would this mess have cropped up, had Musa - having said he was invited - joined up the with the LP?

Unlikely, we surmise. Say you?

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Seems like TMT’s Yen Makabenta and I are on the same frequency on Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno’s stand on the Poe disqualification stand. It’s only in the manner of presenting our views that we appearingly differ.

His commentary is centered more on the personality of the highest magistrate, and not the nationality.

Piercing, as this keyboardist sees, prompting this corner to admit, his commentaries are so spiced up. Pica! (Bitter!)

Get a load of this, “Whoever convinced Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno to champion the cause of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares, has wound her up like a ventriloquist’s dummy, she now squeaks like one.”

Sereno, he said, now dutifully mouths arguments no matter how nonsensical and fallacious.

The hidden persuader, Makabenta added, exacted from Sereno such a firm commitment, even when the prestige of her office is being compromised.

In effect, he concludes, the lady is staking the apex of her legal career on an enterprise as dubious, conferring natural-born citizenship on a person of unknown origins and parentage, and enabling that person to vie and perhaps even win the highest office of the land.

This appears to be his only comment that speaks of the issue, as he asks, “Why would she espouse the misreading and amendment of the Constitution by the SC when it is neither empowered nor requested to change the law of the land?”

Back to additional stings. During last Tuesday’s oral arguments on Ms. Poe’s disqualification cases, he said, many were astonished by her line of questioning, which ran the gamut from the fallacious to the absurd to the weird.

Towards the end, he spoke thus, “Sereno’s weirdest line was to lie that Philippine nationality law has magically shifted from the jus sanguines principle to the jus soli principle in determining Filipino citizenship.”

“   Weirdest line was to lie…” Whew!

Earsplitting, really.

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Watch now the difference in presentation. “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?”

Now, we have an answer - the hidden hand that waves the baton.

As to our writing, recall we initially had said at the onset of this corner, ours will be sound stings to satisfy my No.1 critic—the wife. And we will sway with the wind and swing like tide.

But the sting pervades.