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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 11:57

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Wasn’t able to catch the presidential debate on TV last night, but did follow on it in the papers.

Here are some of the points they raised and some answers to questions. And to this corner, it was Mar Roxas who nailed in the hardest potshots.

We start, then with Roxas - Relating to the safe transport of one’s child, he asked as to whom one would place his/her trust.

To a person who is crooked and is charged with stealing?

To someone who is hot-headed and is likely meet cause accidents?

To somebody who is just learning to drive?

The cannonballs flew straight on course... Boom! Boom! Boom!

Bullseye! Three hits.

Binay. Duterte. Poe… In that order, with one supposedly with an ailment, spared.

Those are good guesses. Say you?

Roxas spewed fire all the more, saying Yolanda was the most powerful typhoon in history. He was there before, during and after the debacle. he didn’t leave the place until the situation was contained. Others, he sniped, flew in by chopper, had their pictures taken, acted like a tourist, and then left.

Jejomar Binay - He doesn’t recall saying that most of their property were inherited, admitting that some of them were bought, and that his family was financially capable to do so. He denied owning many pieces of property, averring that he either bought or inherited the properties in his name. He added, his inheritances came not only from his mother, but from his father as well.

Rodrigo Duterte - He will go after criminals as long as it is done in accordance with the law. According to him, any President can order the killing, provided it’s done in the performance of duty, as stipulated by law. His plans will be carried out using the military and police to go after criminality and drugs plaguing the country.

Grace Poe - Admitted she is the least experienced among the candidates, but qualified her statement by saying, while she has least experience, she has the perspective of a mother who sees the needs of her family. She downplayed length of service in government as making one qualified. She added, there’s no proof to that contention.

Miriam Defensor Santiago - She issued a defense on her reported state of illness, offering, an ailment could go worse or not, or be completely healed. It is her right to run. Under the Philippine Constitution, there’s no constitutional provision that if one gets sick of something, that person is disqualified.

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For the second time, the Philippine Catholic Church, in the company of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp has defended boxing hero and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao for his opposition to gay marriage, saying he was only quoting the Bible.

But Fr. Jerome Secillano qualified his defense, opining Pacquiao should respect homosexuals and not judge and condemn them with a description as worse than animals.

On one hand, Binay’s camp  stood by the boxer-turned- lawmaker even as he faces the wrath of several sectors in the community, comparing members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to beasts.

The only 8-division world boxing icon is a candidate running for senator under the Binay-led opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Pacquiao, 37, who converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Protestant faith late in his boxing career, was slammed no end by local gay rights groups and celebrities and was stripped of lucrative commercial endorsements as a result thereof.

Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Public Affairs Office, said: Pacquiao’s statement is really inscribed in the Bible.

He said, it was “unfair” to condemn Pacquiao for echoing what he reads in the Bible when he was asked about same-sex marriage.

However, Secillano added, the boxing hero should not have used such offensive language.

On that aspect, this corner agrees with the priest. Pacquiao should have been more prudent and tactful in dealing  with the sensitive issue.

On  the other hand, in justifying the cancellation if its endorsement deal with Pacquiao last week, Nike - Pacquiao’s major global sponsor - described his comments as “abhorrent.”

Pacquiao, described as a former street kid with little education, has used his fame and fortune to launch a political career.

Already a two-term congressman, he is campaigning to win a Senate seat in the May 2016 elections. He was, however, defeated by Dulce Antonio in his first try is politics, as Mayor of Gene. Santos City.

Surveys published before the controversy had indicated he will win.

Pacquiao is even eying to be President of the Philippines, pronouncing such is his ultimate ambition.

In siding with the boxer, the Binay camp said, “People belonging to one party should help each other, you carry each other.”

Well, that is so loyal of partymates, which could in turn mean, people belonging to one party should help each other, you go down with the other. (TMT-sourced)

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A Malacañang official claimed, this week’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution is not at all a form of “revenge” against those who ruled during martial law, particularly the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos whose son, Ferdinand Jr, or Bongbong, who is running for Vice President in the May 2016 elections.

It also alleged, there is no truth to allegations that it is pursuing a so-called politics of revenge.

Ows, really. The tenor of year’s theme for the EDSA anniversary, sounds a lot more different, or so it appears.

Here it is -  “Pagbabago: Ipinaglaban Ninyo, Itutuloy Ko,” (Change: You fought for it, I will continue).

Comical. Watch. Edsa was a fight against strongman Marcos. Then by the connotation of its theme, it could very well be an instigation, you fought Marcos, fight pa more.

Entertaining, don’t you think?