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Friday, 12 February 2016 13:16

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Three barangays recently became beneficiaries each of a national high school. These barangays are Pasonanca, San Roque and Tulungatung. Officials thereof, on behalf of their constituents, were all praises of District 1 Congressman Celso L. Lobregat, who authored the bill creating the educational facilities.

In a last minute move, the Senate without any amendment approved the measure before its session adjourned last week.

The officials cited the veteran lawmaker and political leader for his initiatives in Congress.

Pasonanca  Barangay Chairman Efigenio Julian Jr.  said they see this as a legacy of the leadership of Lobregat, aware how such proposal evolved, and the hardships he encountered in the creation of Pasonanca National High School before it was enacted into law.

“Gracias Congressman Lobregat por el dituyu bien grande ayuda, sinuay tu na congreso, nuay escuela de secondary el diamun mga anak,” (Thanks to Cong. Lobregat, this is really a big help, without you in Congress our children would not have had a secondary school,) Julian said.

For his part, San Roque Barangay Chairman Joselito Macrohon lauded Lobregat and the Council Committee on Education chairman, Councilor Gerky Valesco, as well as the members of the city council for unanimously approving the resolution for the creation of San Roque National High School.

“Ta agradece yo mucho con(el) ayuda del consejo local y del Congresista Lobregat por, (por) el creacion del escuela de secondary canamun, bien alegre gat kame na San Roque,” (I am very much thankful to Cong. Lobregat for the creation of a secondary school in San Roque,) Macrohon said. (DZT-sourced)

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The Liberal Party (LP) is worried about the consistent poor showing of Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, its presidential candidate.

Senate President Franklin Drilon expressed this concern, even as he articulated confidence that the ratings of the former Interior secretary will improve with the help of the ruling party’s machinery.

“Of course it is a concern. No question about that,” Drilon, the vice chairman of the LP, said.

In all the past surveys, Roxas consistently trailed his rivals in the presidential race. In December last year, Vice President Jejomar Binay topped the Pulse Asia survey with 33 percent, dislodging Sen. Grace Poe who got 21 percent.

Poe later  regained the lead in the latest survey released by Pulse Asia last week, getting the support of 30 percent of the people polled. Binay got 23 percent while Roxas got 20 percent. (With TMT clips)

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This edition today started grinding a day before today, in deference to the interment of a trusted hand, Roque Cadiz, who had served the family devotedly since the time, this keyboardist started out as a barangay captain 1982, up to the time of his untimely death.

Will have to join up the funeral cortege at about noon today.

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Our earlier presumption that in view of the established trend on the earlier published survey results for president, Sen. Bongbong Marcos had inched closer to leading contender, Sen. Chiz Escudero, on the vice presidential race, is true.

The details - While Sen. Francis Escudero still led, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. gained six percentage points to narrow the gap, the latest Standard Poll showed.

The survey, conducted by resident pollster Junie Laylo from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4, had 3,000 respondents - all of whom are registered voters with biometrics and who said they are sure to vote. The respondents came from 79 provinces across the country, the National Capital Region, and 21 highly urbanized cities outside of Metro Manila. The survey has a national margin of error of +/- 1.8 percent.

While Escudero retained his lead, his rating fell two percentage points from 33 percent in December to 31 percent in January.

Marcos, on the other hand, gained six percentage points, rising from 19 percent in December to 25 percent in January.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, also posted a marked improvement, jumped to third place with 20 percent, up 9 percent from 11 in December.

Senator Alan Cayetano slid to fourth place with 15 percent, falling three percentage points from 18 percent in the previous survey, followed by Senators Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV with five percent and four percent, respectively.(20 percent down by 16) (MS-sourced)

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Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV posted P10,000 bail yesterday morning, resulting from libel case that former Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. filed   against him.

Shortly after arriving from the US, he went to Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 142 before 11 a.m. and met with Judge Dina PestañoTeves in her office.

Teves had ordered the arrest of Trillanes after the Department of Justice found probable cause to indict him for libel.

Trillanes said, he is ready to face whatever case Vice President Jejomar Binay would hurl against him.

“These are his tactics,” he said in Filipino. “He is using his influence and power to frighten and confuse his political opponent.”

He branded the case leveled at him by former mayor Binay is a form of harassment coming from Vice President Binay who is now running for president. (With MS reports)

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The Aquino administration dismal performance in  office and manifest character will translate into votes for the opposition in the May elections. This is the gist of the statement made of vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. yesterday.

The protest vote will increase, he said, adding that Many assert that this government is not helping them, does not think of the welfare of the retirees and those who fought for this country, as he spoke during a roundtable discussion at The STAR yesterday.

Hardest to be affected, he contended is the presidential bid of administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II.

The 58-year-old son of the former president will kicked-off with his running mate, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, at his hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

Next, he will swarmikng the Solid North. Target areas Vigan and around Ilocos Sur, La Union on Thursday and Pangsasinan from Friday to Saturday.

Marcos said the “protest votes” of the people have been reflected in the showing of the presidential candidates – Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte – in surveys.

Duterte, he said, as well as Grace Poe is clearly a protest vote.

Miriam is different, he asserted, it’s not a protest vote, but a class of its own.

Marcos particularly cited the negative impact of President Aquino’s veto of a measure increasing the pension of members of the Social Security System, the stalling of the Salary Standardization Law and the lack of inclusive growth where people do not feel the economic growth being touted by the administration.

“Mar will really be hit by that. There is just no way around that conclusion,” he said.

Last week, Roxas admitted his biggest rival is the frustration of people despite the good performance of the administration.

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Stories such this one does deserve prominence in any forum. For persons with a virtue of honesty, could be a true role model for all.

An airport cabbie recovered a pouch that contained US$1,600 cash left by an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who boarded the Jorivim Transport Services. Driver Anthony Masa said he brought the OFW to the Coastal Mall in Parañaque City and returned to NAIA where he picked up another passenger and later noticed a black tablet and a blue pouch at the back seat.

The owner was later traced through the social media based on identification contained in the Computed at P47  to a dollar the sum on had was a coooool “P175, 200. Any lesser soul would been tempted to pocket, but no, not Masa. He took pains to identify the owner thru social media and returned the heft sum.

In recent weeks, we also had one in this city, who found an abandoned bag stashed  with a huge amoun t opf but brought I to the police fpor return its rightful owner. Rightly so, the bag containing the un touched money  was returned. Wished to have the item reprinted here, but just don’t have the time to surf through our SS files.

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Curtains time. Have to get set for the interment of trusted hand, Cadiz.

Till next time around. See you.