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Sunday, 21 February 2016 14:27

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

In all likelihood, the city’s cloud seeding effort to help mitigate the hard felt effects of El Niño is now in place.

At least it was reported today that the operations had started last 17th, and is led by a Manila team from PAGASA.

It is jointly supported by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology and the City Agriculturist’s office.

So far, however, we doubt if rains had indeed been spawned, as the skies had since remained clear.

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Today is a grand day for the Gans of this city and the Lims, formerly of Basilan, now locally-based.

It’s the wedding day of Lenin Gan and Ma. Corazon Katrina Lim. Rites are at the St. Joseph Church, with a grand treat to follow at Astoria Regency in Pasonanca.

The previous night, 19th a select core of relatives and friends were feted with dinner, stag party-like as despedida to bachelorhood, at the topmost floor of the Astoria Tower 2,

Former classmates and friends from Manila of Ramon “Khan” the conqueror, have been invited to the affair .

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Speaking of Astoria Tower 2, Alex Wee requested for the inclusion of this bit of item, for its further improvement. He observes that its veranda could prove risky to customers who would have taken one bottle too many (tipsy ones), excluding yet mischievous kids.

Alex suggests for management to raise its railings that are only about a waist high now.

This corner feels management will in no time at all look in to the matter.

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Good news for state workers, President Benigno Aquino 3rd just signed an executive order that grants a pay increase to more than a million government workers, plus additional benefits to civilian and uniformed military personnel.

Relatively, it is seen as a saving grace to cushion the impact of the presidential veto of the bill raising by P1,200 the pensions of SSS retirees.

It was Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., who made the announcement, explaining that the EO provides for the implementation of the first of the four tranches under the proposed congressional bill that remains unapproved.

See? When there’s a will, there’s always a way.

You will note, the president affixed his signature on the E.O. based on a proposed bill that failed to be approved before adjournment of congress for the election campaign period.

He simply relied on Republic Act 10717 or the 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA) which provides a budget of P57.9 billion,” Coloma said.

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Senator and Vice Presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has anticipated a smear campaign on the Marcos family when the EDSA anniversary is observed on 26th this month.

But a noted UP professor came up with observations that Bongbong, whose campaign, he said, has gained headway will remain unscathed.

He offered that the namesake of the then strongman Ferdinand had long since been disassociated with martial rule, because the perceived problems of martial rule remain the same today.

Woes professed in the past are the same ills plaguing the nation now, the professor added.

It is to be note, too, Marcos, per credible surveys has a high approval ratings of 64 percent .

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China is indeed being too hard-headed. She is courting a lot more enemies.

A day after the United States slammed Beijing for deploying missiles in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). China, Australia on Friday urged China to refrain from the “militarization of islands” to avoid walking into a conflict.

As things stand, China appears unperturbed. Unmoved.

Beijing seems to be humming an Elvis Presley ditty that goes this-a-way, “If you’re looking for trouble, you came to the right place. If you’re looking for trouble, just stare right in my face”

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President B.S. Aquino 3rd has denied suppositions that he is clandestinely backing Sen. Grace Poe in the May 2016 presidential elections.

He told media he has no reason to hide his support for a candidate he likes.

In Pilipino, Aquino said, if he believes in a particular candidate, he has no reason to keep it a secret.

He has endorsed the candidacies of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and his running mate Leni Robredo but talks of his support for Poe mounted when the latter attended his birthday party recently.

Explaining Poe’s presence at his birthday party, Aquino said the senator had sent him a birthday greeting via text message, and that that triggered her appearance.

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Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas has dared other presidential candidates to disclose the sources of their campaign funds including the private planes and helicopters they have been using.

Honesty and transparency of candidates’ fund are the best campaign policies, as Roxas particularly cited the nature of the use of private planes and helicopters in the campaign sorties after reports went the rounds that he is using a plane owned by a friend, who is involved in the mining business.

The Liberal party standard-bearer targeted his rivals, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe, who separately said that they will only reveal the names of the owners of the planes they have been using after the elections.

If one has nothing to hide, they should not wait until after the elections, said Roxas.

Reacting to criticisms that he is using the plane of a mining mogul, Roxas admitted that the planes and choppers are indeed owned by businessman Eric Gutierrez, but he emphasized that he has been renting the rides.

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Not for anything but simply for inadequate time allocation, presidential candidate ex-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte might skip the first of a series of debates of presidential bets to be held Sunday in Cagayan de Oro City.

He said, given only 30 seconds to speak, he would not be able to say a mouthful.

Previously, Duterte, a lawyer, threatened to boycott the national debate if local media will not be allowed to cover the event.

Speaking in Pilipino, he admitted he is not a good debater for a faceoff with bright people.

The outspoken local chief executive said the time limit and strict rules imposed on the debate by the organizers might work against him.

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In spite of the worldwide hullabaloo, labeled as “gayweather” versus boxing great Manny Pacquiao, the latter is like China - Unperturbed. Unmoved, prompting Rowland Bella, a social media habitué to post on fb a comment, “The guy has bols.”

He insists, the described “gay slurs” that affected his reputation and cost him millions in endorsements, God was on his side.

The world-renowned eight-division world champion remained in high spirits, smiling and joking through a training session in his hometown of General Santos City, and told reporters he does not intend to cumble before his critics.