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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:39

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Noticeable here is that, each time this corner predicts of a brief piece, its turns out relatively still long. Being on call for a filial obligation, can’t tell  what’s up for today. Here goes.

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While there were no signs of rain yesterday, despite the announced cloud seeding operations that were to have started yesterday, at writing time today, the skies do seem to appear a little bit dark.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this is a sign of the seeding’s success.

It’s been long since the dry spell began and water rationing has been in place for a while.

The operations will last until the 28th.

The project is a joint operation of the DOST-El Niño Task Force Project spearheaded by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).

The City Government and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) are also chipping in for the expenses needed for the operations.

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For those feeling lucky today, tara na (Let’s go).

The jackpot prize in the Super Lotto 6/49 draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for Tuesday has climbed to P120 million.

The prize swelled after nobody won in last Sunday’s draw that had a jackpot prize of P111.63 million.

PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said nobody hit the winning combination 38-31-49- 02-08-10.

But of the second prize of P70,000, there were at least 23 bettors winners.

Go go.

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Unless, authorities really tighten up their moves against the carrying of guns, bad elements can always flaunt the law and carry on their bad deeds.

Two holduppers on Friday, though not raking in much, robbed a restaurant along Alfaro St., Tetuan, Friday.

Pretending to be a customer, an unidentified man entered the restaurant and poked a gun on the stay-in cashier, announcing a holdup, grabbed her Nokia cell phone worth P12,000. He also scooped P300 from the cashier’s drawer.

After gathering the description of the suspects, policemen led by Supt. Nonito Asdai launched follow-up operations against the holdupper, who was aided by a look-out during the heist. They fled on board a motorcycle.

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Averring it defeats the purpose of the city’s program of improving parks and gardens and center islands., City General Services Officer Engr. Rene de la Cruz, said his office is seeking the exclusion of the center islands in the list of the COMELEC common poster areas.

Cruz said, the City Government has spent substantial amount of money to improve the center islands such as those located in Nuñez Extension, Governor Camins and R.T Lim Boulevard and elsewhere, and have newly been spruced up and dotted with varieties of greeneries and shrubs as part of the city’s beautification and cleanliness program.

De la Cruz said allowing the utilization of the center islands as part of the common poster areas will make the city’s beautification program a useless effort. It will also result to waste of government funds given the amount of money spent for the purpose, he stressed.

According to de la Cruz he had requested Mayor Beng Climaco to make representations with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on the possibility of excluding the center islands from areas where election posters and other materials will be installed and posted. (DZT-sourced)

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The campaign for local officials starts 26th yet, but as things appear, several local aspirants have jumped the gun on that date.

But, of course, as reported here very much much earlier, there are no regulations against premature campaigning, for such was the handed down decision of the Supreme Court when it thumbed down a 2013 petition seeking the disqualification of a candidate somewhere for premature campaigning.

And a Comelec official on Sunday said the poll body cannot stop candidates running for local posts from engaging in premature campaigning. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said, candidates can already put up propaganda materials without legal consequences.

It will be noticed that even national candidates have put in place their propaganda materials weeks before the start of the nationals’ campaign schedule

notably were those of the Duterte-Cayetano tandem, yet his camp says, they are cash-strapped, motivating them go on solicitation and even the scratch and donate cards.

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Even dropping a two-percentage points in his ratings, Vice President Jejomar Binay maintained his lead over his rivals.

This is what the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, held from February 5 to 7, 2016, showed.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the biggest gainer in the presidential survey with an increase of 4 percentage points in his rating and is sharing the second spot with Sen. Grace Poe.

Trailing them was Administration candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, who suffered the biggest plunge of 3 percentage points.

And Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago garnered only 4 percent.

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So, the official ballots for the May 2016 local and national polls are now grinding. And this comes after three postponements.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said the NPO can print 800,000 to 1 million ballots per day, adding that the ballots will be ready as scheduled by April 25, or two weeks before the May 9 elections.

He said, the ballots are precinct-specific, with the names of candidates for President and Vice President, and the 115 party-list groups printed on the front.

The names of the 50 senatorial candidates, as well as local candidates, are on the back.

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Albay Governor Joey Salceda vows Albayanons will go for Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.

This was what Salceda boomed in front of thousands of people in the province.

He then cited the several reasons why Albay will vote for administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas, together with Robredo, focusing on the various programs and projects that have been successfully implemented there.

For president, Roxas could likely make it, yes. But can Salceda hold sway in the case of Robredo, whose rivals are mostly from the Bicol region?

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While the Liberal Party hierarchy nixes the drug testing challenge, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is go. Marcos said, he is willing to take a drug test to prove that he is not using any prohibited drugs such as cocaine, heroin or shabu.

The dare was made by Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe.

Bongbong repeated, he is wiling to undergo any test, including DNA, as he spoke to reporters after a flag-raising ceremony in San Juan City (Metro Manila) that was led by Mayor Guia Gomez.

On the other hand, the Liberal Party (LP) on Monday rejected the challenge.

Senate President Franklin Drilon, LP vice chairman, said he sees no need for presidential and vice presidential candidates to be tested for drugs, saying he is not in favor of a drug test.

He said, a candidate for the highest office in this land, having presented himself, would never indulge in that kind of vice.

Meanwhile, Mayor Gomez, publicly endorsed Marcos as her choice for the vice presidency, as the latter zoomed into a tie with Chiz Escudero for the No. 1 slot in the VP race.

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At winding up time, the skies have seemed to clear up a bit. Rain or no rains, unpredictable.